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Kelly Laine Haney SHAWN MICHAEL HANEY KHANEY@H3-Media.com SHANEY@H3-Media.com

Several years ago, when my children were around the ages of five and six, we had one of those lengthy conversations about that 'thing' all kids think about, and all adults ask them about; what are you going to be when you grow up. We have all been there, and if you have children, you have more than likely had that talk with them. We think we have it all figured out and plan out our lives with a career like only a five-year-old can. My son, Aiden, very enthusiastically initiated the conversation by telling me that he was going to be a "garbage man" when he grew up. Aniston, my daughter, chimed in explaining that she was going to be a "hair beauty girl." Of course, I encouraged them by telling them that they could be whatever they wanted to be, as long as they worked hard, and loved what they did. I had forgotten about that moment until about a year ago when out of the blue I overheard the kids asking my wife, Kelly, what she was going to be when she grew up. While it gave us a good laugh, we took it as a compliment. It obviously meant, in their minds, that we are still young and cool! We have chatted about this often with our kids, over the years, and each time their

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career choice changes depending on what they are into at the time. However, when they ask me what I would do if I were not working at the magazine, my answer is always the same: I would be a chef or have a food truck. In fact, I love to cook, and before Kelly and I bought the magazine, I strongly considered going to culinary school. It has become "a thing" at our house, that every time I create a new dish, the kids rate it. I know if they like it simply by asking if it is food truck worthy. I have brutally honest children that are quick to answer yes or no! Needless to say, I have a grown up job already, so naturally I was stoked when the "boxed gourmet" trend took flight. Specially packaged just for you, ingredients are all included, with every detail taken into consideration and dropped right at your doorstep. What's not to love? This is a "chef wanna be's" dream come true! However, which gourmet meal-in-a-box company is the best? There are so many to choose from, all of which have different price points, nutritional values, and various skill level requirements. We wanted more insight on this topic, so we asked our friend, Zoe Lawhorn, to put a few of these companies to the test. After a couple of weeks of ordering and cooking, she has compiled a list of

information to enlighten you on the journey of gourmet boxed meals. We would like to thank Julie and Chris Gibson for being our models in the kitchen and showing us how fun cooking together can be. They were unaware the shoot they graciously agreed to be in was the cover shoot, but we will tell you that, during the shoot, we found out that Chris really knows his way around the kitchen. So, if you decide to show up at the Gibson's home unannounced, you might want to do it around dinner time! We also learned, that while Chris may do most of the cooking, Julie takes care of the cleaning and keeps everyone in line!

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STREET | SCENE What is “STREET SCENE”: glimpses of glitter, photos of friends, a few lines of life and laughter. Like a school's yearbook, Street Scene chronicles life in East Texas. You'll find businesses and others commemorating anniversaries. Celebrations and charities gloss these pages, accompanied by faces you know. Music, theater and other cultural events also make the scene.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce held their 19th Annual Blueberry Golf Bash Tournament, at the Piney Woods Country Club in Nacogdoches, on April 8.

The Tyler Chamber of Commerce helped welcome FD's Grillhouse with a ribbon cutting, at its location in the Villages at Cumberland, on March 8.

The Scott Hamilton Custom Builders team was on hand at the ground breaking for the to be new office of August Wallace Eyecare Associates, at their location in Longview, on March 23.

Tyler Junior College held their 5th Annual 50 Gallon Challenge and reached their 50 gallon goal after many locals stopped by to donate blood, at the TJC Rogers Student Center in Tyler, on March 18.

Operation “Finally Home” along with Carlyle Homes presented a custom home to Veteran Patrick Rogers, in Flint, on February 25.

The Kilgore community got together to walk in honor of American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, in downtown Kilgore, on April 15.

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The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Eat A Bite food truck, at Trinity Mother Frances in Jacksonville, on March 15.

The Junior League of Tyler held it’s annual Contract Signing, in support of the Smith County area women, children, families and senior citizens, by providing 20,000 volunteer hours, in Tyler, on April 18.

The Tyler Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the newly opened Reggie’s Burgers, Dogs & Fries to welcome them into the chamber, at their location in Tyler, on March 14.

Country music artist John Rich, of Big & Rich, had an impromptu night out at Dakotas in Tyler, on April 18.

The 15th Annual Nacogdoches County Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet was held to honor those who have taken part in the agriculture community over the years, at the Nacogdoches County Exposition & Civic Center in Nacogdoches, on April 7.

The Longview Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and plaque presentation to welcome into the Chamber Longview’s newest pharmacy Longview Drugs, at their location in Longview, on March 17.

The Tyler Chamber of Commerce was on hand to cut the ribbon in celebration of the newly renovated The Stratford at The Cascades, at The Cascades in Tyler. on April 5.

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inner prepared nightly at home, from peak-fresh ingredients with exotic spices, and served piping hot by 7 p.m., has become a modern day fantasy land populated by human beings whose lives must be unrecognizable to the most of us. WHO HAS THE TIME? Instead, you’re probably cramming a fried chicken strip down your kid’ s throat on the way to baseball practice, while you attempt to feed yourself and steer the car safely down the road, all while hollering at your husband over a cell phone to "FIGURE IT OUT YOURSELF!" (He’ s on the way home from the office and wants to know what’ s for dinner. The usual.) As a nation, we are facing a health crisis. The rates of heart and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity have skyrocketed in recent years, and now see exponential growth in younger populations as each year goes by. The medical community agrees that a healthy diet and exercise regime are critical components missing in the modern American lifestyle, and the only paths to improved health. It’s so simple and yet so many of us pull our breakfasts, lunches and dinners out of a fast food paper bag. Who has the time, not to mention the expertise, to plan and prepare family meals? About a year or so ago, I started noticing a Facebook ad for a service called Hello Fresh. The company promised to deliver farm fresh ingredients, pre-measured and designed to help families prepare evening meals at home. As a person who actually really loves to cook, relishes trips to the grocery store and savors the process of imagining new dishes, I scoffed at the idea and never gave it a second thought. That is until I found out my friend, Jennifer Pierce, was using a similar service called Blue Apron. Jennifer is a lot like me. She prides herself on her cooking abilities and her own famous dishes. It’s one of the things we have in common, a love for delicious food and pride in our abilities to deliver good food to friends and family. But during a recent meeting, she and another friend of ours, Nicole Robbins, were so excited to compare their experiences

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with home-delivered meal services that I couldn’t resist. I ordered my first box from Blue Apron and I was instantly hooked on the idea. I decided to give three services a try, with Blue Apron being the first. The sign up process was simple, and I chose a combination of three meals selected from the six that were available the week of my first delivery. Tuesday came and went in its normal frenzied way, until the afternoon when I received email confirmation that Fed Ex had just delivered my first box from Blue Apron. I was literally giddy with excitement. When I got home around 6, all the items in the box were still perfectly chilled. Though the package arrived on a Tuesday, the lifechanging impact began on Sunday afternoon, my usual trip to the grocery store to try to plan meals that my husband Tab and I would actually want to eat over the next seven days. I still had to go to the store and pick up a few essential items for quick breakfasts, snacks and my go-to lunchtime salads, but I came home with less than half the haul I normally make each week, and spent about one third the money. The first dish I prepared was Chicken Cacciatore with Fettuccine Pasta and Mushrooms. The dish was easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. We were thrilled to have enough for leftovers, which is something I should point out – this will not be the norm. One of the key missions of Blue Apron is to eliminate food waste, and for the most part, the portions are designed to truly only be enough for one meal.

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Blue Apron is committed to using products from responsible sources. For example, all meat products are raised without harmful hormones or sub therapeutic antibiotics. The company purchases its produce directly from famers. This is important because it cuts down on transit time, so the produce is allowed more time to ripen at the farm. Menus from Blue Apron appeal to what I would describe as a broad palate. Many of the meals I cooked from Blue Apron used ingredients that I’d never heard of, let alone cooked with. Since I’m only cooking for myself and my husband, a more adventurous menu is a good thing. But if you’ve got children or you are cooking for more picky eaters, you may find some of the menu options to be undesirable. The best meal we cooked with Blue Apron was a Hoisin and Shiitake Burger with Miso Mayonnaise and Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges. The recipe combined typical Chinese and Japanese flavors using hoisin

Blue Apron:

Cost: $8.74 - $9.99 per meal, depending on the plan you choose Delivery Schedule: Free, Tuesday through Friday Skill Level: Beginner to Moderate Palate: Varied, with international influences and some exotic ingredients Calories: 500-800 per serving Average Cook/Prep. Time: 35-50 minutes

sauce and shiitakes to flavor the burgers. Shredded bok choy dressed in a simple olive oil, salt and pepper dressing added a satisfying crunch, and the miso mayonnaise finished off the unbelievably delicious burger with a rich and creamy finish. The potato wedges were a simple side dish and the flavors were great together. The fresh baked potato buns added a nice bit of sweet to the savory burger. Now, I’m not a nutritionist, and I wouldn’t suggest that these meals are perfectly healthy. In fact, I was only able to find minimal nutrition information about the meals. But most of the meals I cooked had a nice ratio of veggie to protein, and the service doesn’t rely too heavily on processed foods. Most of the processed foods are limited to the knick knacks (like hoisin sauce and other seasonings), breads and pastas. Blue Apron also has the best in web resources. If you are a beginner in the kitchen, online tutorials will put you at ease. The printed instructions were excellent and easy to follow as well. To top it off, all of the materials I received were recyclable. I then tried Hello Fresh, the most popular of the three I tried. I see ads for Hello Fresh everywhere, and I can truly understand why this service might be the best for families. When I received my Hello Fresh delivery, one of the first things I noticed was the packaging. Blue Apron’s ingredients were individually wrapped and identified by recipe, whereas all the items from Hello Fresh were boxed together by meal. This eliminates the process of finding all the ingredients you need for each meal. The first meal I cooked was the Feisty Fiesta Fish Tacos. This dish was a really poor introduction to the program. The tacos were anything but feisty, and the ingredients did not seem as high in quality as Blue Apron. The recipe included a Grapefruit, Avocado and Cabbage Slaw, and somehow the flavors did not come together. The

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slaw had been pre-sliced, which was a nice time saver, but the edges had already begun to go brown. I was so disappointed, because the menu looked delicious and the recipe should have been good, but it was bland and uninteresting. I also had a tough time following the directions. Hello Fresh gives you step by step instructions for each component of the meal, so you really have to read everything first and then go back and figure out how you are going to pace the process overall. In other words, you have to figure out which items to prepare first and in what order to cook them, and build in time for those things that take longer to cook. Not a big deal really, but it threw me for a loop the first night. It wasn’t looking good until we made the Dijon Pork Chops. The pork chops were served with a Dijon-thyme pan sauce that was savory and hearty. The crispy potato cakes were yummy and seasoned well, and the roasted asparagus rounded out the experience with a nice bite of toasty bitterness. This was a good ole fashioned example of stick to your ribs home cooking, and the Dijon sauce made it just the right amount of fancy. After a full week of Hello Fresh, I was content. The meals are good - flavorful without being intimidating or pretentious. The portion sizes were slightly larger than Blue Apron, and I felt that the options would appeal more to whole families. And although two of the dishes I prepared were a little bland for my tastes, the recipes could easily be adjusted to suit what you and your family likes. Hello Fresh also has detailed nutrition information printed directly on the recipes cards, so that you are in the know with what you’re eating and the nutritional impact it will have. The last to arrive was a service called Plated. Reviews of Plated prepared me for a more difficult ability level, and just a glance at the menus left me anticipating longer evenings in the kitchen.

Hello Fresh: Cost: $8.75 - $9.90 per meal, depending on the plan you choose Delivery Schedule: Free, Monday through Saturday Skill Level: Beginner to Moderate Palate: Mostly American dishes Calories: 400-800 per serving Average Cook/Prep. Time: 35-50 minutes

Fair warning, my review of Plated is admittedly biased because it was easily my favorite of all three. The quality of the ingredients was superior, and the flavor profiles were off the charts. I liked the variety of the ingredients used. Plated relied almost entirely on whole, unprocessed foods during the week I cooked from it. One dish used whole wheat udon noodles, but otherwise the meals were comprised of lean, beautiful proteins and loads of garden crisp vegetables. The first dish I prepared was a Red Thai Curry with Tilapia and Cauliflower. The aroma was amazing, that our mouths wwere watering before we even sat down. The ingredients included fresh ginger, red curry paste, coconut milk and fish sauce, combined to create an unbelievable broth. Cauliflower, Chinese broccoli and asparagus, along with the tilapia, made for a satisfying dish that left us feeling full. And to my genuine surprise, it was stunningly easy to prepare. From start to finish, I was in and out of the kitchen in about 25 minutes. This had to be too good to be true. BS CENEMAG. COM

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Which service would I recommend? After all is said and done, I think that the two most important factors to consider when choosing a service are your personal tastes and cost. Having tried three services, I would strongly recommend exploring. Most of these programs offer some type of introductory discount, and many offer a week of free meals. Customers are able to easily pause service indefinitely, and it’s easy to cancel at any time. My personal opinion is that Blue Apron was the best overall value, because I loved the food, thought the ingredients were among the most fresh and highest quality, and the accompanying materials and web support were superior. I thought Plated had the best food. Hands down, the quality and flavor was just better, and the meals took me the least amount of time to cook. Plated was a true joy and my favorite experience of the three.

Even on night two, I was out of the kitchen in under 30 minutes. The Pork Patties with Lemongrass and Crunchy Tahini Slaw was hearty without being heavy. This dish used some pretty exotic ingredients, like Kaffir Lime Leaves, which were thick and shiny and made me think of holly leaves. All of the processed ingredients used were low or no sodium and gluten free. Although the only nutrition information printed is the calorie content, these meals seemed to me to be the most nutritious, low fat, low sodium and low processing of the three services I tried. Plated does come at a price though. The meals are $12 each, making it the most expensive of the three. The portion sizes were the smallest, however, the meals were just as satisfying to both me and my husband. As far as the collateral materials go, the recipe cards are beautifully designed and the instructions are very easy to follow. The website has some great resources including some higher level educational videos and blogs that can really help you refine your cooking skills. And as with the other services, all materials are easily recyclable.

Plated: Cost: $12 per meal Delivery Schedule: Free, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday Skill Level: Beginner to Moderate Palate: Varied, with international influences and some exotic ingredients Calories: 500-800 per serving Average Cook/Prep. Time: 20-30 minutes

But Hello Fresh will appeal to a lot of people because of its straight forward flavors, wholesome selections and comprehensive approach to meal composition. If you grew up envisioning dinner as a protein, a vegetable, and a starch, Hello Fresh will probably be your choice. The meals often have a hint of comfort food to them without being overly fattening or high in calories. Overall, I have enjoyed several unexpected benefits to using these services. One, I don’t buy condiments and random spices anymore. That may not seem like a big deal, but typically I choose a couple recipes to prepare each week. Oftentimes, that forces me to buy herbs I’ll never use again, and strange vinegars and random items that will take up space until they spoil in my fridge. Next, I have no more food prep anxiety. Usually by Wednesday, I’ve cooked the things Tab actually wanted to eat, and we are left dreading the rest of the food I thought sounded good on Sunday. Now, we look forward to what’s left from the box. I plan on trying a few more services, such as Home Chef, Green Chef, and the latest to appear on my radar, Peach Chef, which hails from none other than Altlanta, Georgia, and offers southern comfort options like Zeb Stephenson’s Chicken and Dumplings.

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As a Texas neurosurgeon that has successfully treated thousands of patients, Guy Danielson M.D. knows that patients are experiencing server back and neck pain and facing complex decisions. Many will consult other physicians and be offered surgery or pain management and then wish to explore all other options. Dr. Danielson was the first board certified neurosurgeon in the East Texas area. He started his journey at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, and then completed six years of neurosurgery residency there. He then served as Chief of Neurosurgery in the Philippines at the Clark Air Force Base for two years. Dr. Danielson moved to East Texas where he joined Dr. Ron Donaldson and they formed the first neurosurgical group in East Texas. He has always had a strong interest in science, history, philosophy and personal growth. He has been practicing neurosurgery for 40 years in East Texas. During which he became the first neurosurgeon in the United States to place an artificial lumber disc, the ProDisc, which in now considered to be the leading disk in our country. He is now pursuing training through the Institute for Functional Medicine, which addresses the root causes of diseases. Dr. Danielson feels that it is important for his patients to make informed and practical decisions. In his practice, he treats patients with neck and arm pain, back and leg or hip pain. The patient will feel confident knowing that Dr. Danielson is there to consult and explain all of the treatment options. His number one goal is to empower his patients to improve in a supportive, positive environment for the best possible outcome. He understands the patient is the expert on how they feel. Surgery is rarely the first option. He has always been innovative in seeking new treatment options. Dr. Danielson commonly recommends lifestyle changes and takes a patient centered approach. He and his patients found this method to be very effective. He is famous for always listening to the patients thoroughly and carefully. If you are suffering from pain, visit www.guydanielson.com to schedule a complementary 20 minute phone consultation with Dr. Guy Danielson or call our office at 903-518-8020 to schedule an appointment. He is conveniently located at Texas Spine and Joint Hospital. Together, we can create a long-term treatment plan to help you live pain free!

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Jack is ready to roll after TAVR A self-described RV lover, Jack’s lifestyle was in jeopardy until he learned about TAVR at ETMC. “I was checking the tires on the RV and I started feeling very dizzy. So I went to the doctors and they described the problem as a calcified aortic valve. They said if I do nothing, I may have two years to live. Then they told me about this new procedure called TAVR.” Jack’s cardiologist, Thaddeus Tolleson, MD, FACC, with Tyler CVC and ETMC, explained, “TAVR stands for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. It’s the ability to replace the aortic valve without opening the chest by going through a small incision in the groin.” ETMC cardiovascular surgeon Vivek Patel, MD, FACS, added, “There are patients who are too sick to undergo typical open-heart surgery, and this method was devised in order to help them.” TAVR has gotten Jack back on the road. “It’s giving me enough gas to accelerate and do just about anything I want, because I feel absolutely great!” Take it from Jack, “ETMC is one great facility.”

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What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and why should you be screened? An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta, the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the entire body. The aorta, about the thickness of a garden hose, is the body’s main supplier of blood, and a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause lifethreatening bleeding. Although AAAs often grow slowly and usually without symptoms, accurate predictions of how fast they will enlarge is difficult. Therefore your vascular surgeon will closely monitor your AAA so that surgery can be planned if it is necessary, avoiding emergency surgical repair, which can be risky. Ninety percent of patients don’t survive AAA rupture, which is the #13 cause of death in the United States, yet when an abdominal aortic aneurysm is repaired electively, risk of death is less than 4%. AAAs are relatively common but patients at greatest risk are men who are older than 65 years and have peripheral atherosclerotic vascular disease (PAD). Anyone age 60 and older who has risk factors for developing an AAA, such as smoking or a family history of AAA, should consider regular screening for the condition. Because being male and smoking significantly increases the risk, men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked any cigarettes should have a one-time screening for AAA with an abdominal ultrasound. This one time AAA screening is a benefit of our government’s Medicare program and with the proper referral from the patient’s primary physician, it is a free service to Medicare beneficiaries. Dr. Mark Robbins and Dr. Tyrone Miller are exceptionally trained Vascular Surgeons who specialize in the management and repair of AAAs. For more information please visit VascularTyler.com or call our friendly staff to schedule a visit. 15-1476

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Innovation is at the heart of cardiac care at ETMC A number of new and cutting-edge cardiovascular treatments, therapies and devices have earned the ETMC Regional Healthcare System a reputation for innovation. But more importantly, these pioneering efforts are allowing East Texans to live longer and fuller lives. Among the advancements are Impella, the “world’s smallest heart pump”; TAVR, a minimally invasive way of replacing the aortic valve; cryoballoon ablation therapy for treating atrial fibrillation; stent technology; a number of clinical trials; and award-winning heart attack prevention programs.

Impella

Interventional cardiologists at ETMC Tyler are using the tiny Impella heart pump to offer new hope for patients who were previously considered too frail to undergo cardiovascular procedures. The pump, smaller than the width of a pencil, maintains blood flow to the brain, kidneys and other vital organs during heart procedures, such as stent placement or TAVR. Impella is used in scheduled procedures as well as emergency situations. Using a cardiac catheter, the Impella system is guided through the arteries and the pump is positioned in the heart’s left ventricle – where it can pump 2.5 liters of blood per minute to reduce strain on the heart and supply blood to vital organs. It is removed after the procedure so that heart function can resume.

TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement)

This revolutionary new procedure treats severe aortic stenosis in patients who previously weren’t candidates for traditional open-heart valve replacement surgery. “Perhaps they’ve had previous bypass surgery, a weak heart or bad lungs from smoking and would be a high risk to put under anesthesia,” explained Thaddeus Tolleson, MD, with Tyler CVC and the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute.

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Cardiologists with Tyler CVC and the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute were the first in Texas to participate in an ongoing clinical trial of a bioabsorbable vascular scaffold – similar to a stent except it later dissolves and is reabsorbed into the body. Stents are mesh tubes that are inserted into coronary arteries to keep them open and reduce the chance of heart attack. Tyler CVC has long been regarded internationally for research and advancements in the field, including the testing of drug-coated stents and new materials to make stents more flexible.

Clinical Trials

At any given time, approximately 15 cardiovascular clinical trials are taking place at ETMC. Among the list of trials currently underway is a global study of AdaptResponse, an implanted cardiac resynchronization device to help prevent heart failure. The device preserves normal heart rhythms and improves the pumping efficiency for patients with class III heart failure, allowing them to live more active lives.

Award-winning heart attack prevention programs

Cardiovascular programs at seven ETMC regional hospitals have been recognized as international centers of excellence by the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE). ETMC joins only 56 centers worldwide to receive this honor. Thaddeus Tolleson, MD

TAVR is much less invasive than surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). During TAVR, the chest remains closed and the heart continues to beat without the need for a lung-heart bypass machine used in SAVR. The new procedure, recently approved by the FDA, is performed in a specialized hybrid surgical suite at ETMC by an interventional cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon.

Cryoballoon ablation therapy

According to Raul Torres-Heisecke, MD, fellowship-trained electrophysiologist and cardiologist, the cryoballoon ablation system takes two to three hours versus four hours for standard radiofrequency ablation. “I find it easier to use, easier on the patient and easier on the team that is taking care of the patient,” he said.

Physicians at ETMC are among the first in the nation to treat atrial fibrillation (a-fib) patients with a new cryoballoon ablation system. During the procedure, a catheter containing the cryoballoon device is inserted into the femoral vein through a small incision the groin. The device is guided into the atria of the heart where lesions are created at the problem areas using an ablation freezing method.

The SHAPE-award-winning programs focus on early detection and effective methods of reducing heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths. According to Dianne Adelfio, ETMC vice president of operations, “The patients we’re trying to focus on have no symptoms but are at-risk and may be unaware of it. We think this is going to make a difference in our community.” To learn more about ETMC cardiovascular innovations, clinical trials or heart screening programs, contact the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute at 903-535-6496. To make an appointment with a leading heart specialist, please call 903-595-5514.

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The Trinity Mother Frances Center for Cosmetic Surgery was established to provide patients with both the art and science of plastic surgery in Tyler and throughout East Texas. Under the care and direction of surgeons Laura E. O’Halloran, MD, and James D. Saar, MD, the Center specializes in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and skin care. Not only do patients benefit from many years of surgical training and experience, they also have confidence that they will receive exceptional surgical care.

patient’s situation. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) – a procedure normally performed to achieve cosmetic improvement – may be covered if the eyelids are drooping severely and obscuring a patient’s vision.

The goal of the Center for Cosmetic Surgery is to offer every patient individualized and professional attention before, during and after surgery. Both Drs. O’Halloran and Saar have excellent reputations for achieving natural appearances for their patients.

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As an attending physician for the Center, Dr. O’Halloran is devoted to patient education, enabling each patient to make informed decisions regarding their care. The entire staff is committed to the individual needs of each patient and works diligently to ensure a pleasant experience – from the initial consultation through the end of the recovery period.  Dr. Saar serves as director of the Center and as Chief of Trinity Clinic Plastic Surgery. Recognized for their efforts in patient education, both Drs. O’Halloran and Saar have chosen a team of dedicated and caring professionals to ensure each patient receives individualized attention to help them make informed choices. Both Drs. O’Halloran and Saar are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Their many years of surgical training and experience allows them to provide quality surgical care for their patients.

The Center for Cosmetic Surgery performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures on the arms, breasts and chest, face and neck, legs and thighs, and midsection, and also provides body contouring and skin care.

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At the Center for Cosmetic Surgery, some patients seek to correct an abnormal condition, known as reconstructive surgery, while others seek to subtly improve their overall look, known as cosmetic surgery.

The length of time it takes to recuperate after plastic surgery varies, depending on the procedure performed and the person undergoing that procedure. Most patients will require assistance for the first two days post-surgery. Afterward, most patients are able to care for themselves but may still need assistance if they care for small children.

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, which can be caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.

The time a patient resumes regular exercises also varies based on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first two weeks, in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling and bruising. Weight lifting and contact sports are allowed at one month in most cases.

Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient’s appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.

Prior to any surgical procedure, Dr. O’Halloran and Dr. Saar meet with patients during an initial consultation to address any questions and concerns they may have. They will then offer recommendations and advice based on each patient’s specific goals.

There are a number of “gray areas” in coverage for plastic surgery that sometimes require special consideration by an insurance carrier. These usually involve surgical operations that may be reconstructive or cosmetic, depending on each

To schedule a consultation or request more information, please call (903) 510-8888 or visit cosmeticsurgerytyler.org.

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If you or someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, the UT Health Northeast Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center, opened in September 2011, may be the right answer.

The TrueBeam 2.5 is even more precise – targeting tumors as small as one centimeter which is about the size of a green pea. Not long ago, treating a tumor that small without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue would not have been possible.

“Our cancer center was designed with the most important person at the forefront of every decision we made – the patient,” explains Tim Ochran, senior vice president of hospital and clinics, physicist, and the gifted intellect behind the development and construction of the cancer center at UT Health. Surrounded by the beauty of nature found in Northeast Texas, the cancer center is in a very peaceful and serene setting that enhances the treatment experience. Free valet parking places patients just steps away from the cancer doctors’ offices, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and lab and x-ray facilities – all under one roof.

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UT Health – Focused on Excellence in Everything They Do. As part of the world-renowned University of Texas System and the only university medical center in the region, UT Health has treated patients with cancer for over three decades. They provide comprehensive treatment coordination for all cancers, and serve as a gateway to sister institutions UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas for rare cancers. Many patients receive their diagnosis and treatment plan at other cancer centers, but choose to have their chemotherapy or radiation therapy at UT Health – saving time, energy, and money because they are able to stay close to home.

A Commitment to Comprehensive Care The comprehensive, advanced therapies for cancer at UT Health include surgery, chemotherapy, biological therapy which works with the immune system, and radiation therapy – one or all four may be part of a patient’s treatment plan. Two of the most powerful weapons in UT Health’s arsenal of cancer technology are their Varian TrueBeam™ linear accelerators, versions 2.1 and 2.5, used for radiation therapy. The original TrueBeam is a workhorse known for unparalleled precision and speed in irradiating cancer.

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Today, the TrueBeam 2.5 not only hits that pea-sized tumor, but also allows for alignment targeting of the tumor in six dimensions. This amazing view shows the edges of the tumor in high definition which allows the tumor itself to be treated without damaging the healthy tissue around it. If that weren’t impressive enough, both Varian TrueBeams have what is called “respiratory gating” or the ability to treat tumors in organs and tissue that are moving during treatment. For example, when a patient with lung cancer breaths, the TrueBeam accounts for the movement and treats only the tumor.

The Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center at UT Health Northeast is fast becoming known around the world for how such advanced technology is being used in cancer treatment. As a Varian TrueBeam Tours of Excellence Reference Site, one of only a handful in the world, UT Health has hosted groups from across the U.S. as well as from countries including England, Israel, and Brazil who come to see how TrueBeam technology is used on its own and in conjunction with other cancer treatments. Accredited by the Commission on Cancer, this leading-edge cancer treatment facility in Tyler not only received accreditation, but accreditation with commendation in January 2014. One thing is certain – cancer brings with it a whole host of emotions, questions, and concerns. In choosing a cancer center like UT Health’s Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center and its proven record of patientfocused care, experienced cancer specialists and surgeons, and ultramodern technology, patients become part of a team wholly dedicated to providing each patient with the best quality of life possible.

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With the enormous number of independent freelancers, coffee shop Wi-Fi use and table space is beginning to clog up. Touted as both a physical space and a more ethereal type of network, the City of Tyler’s latest project is focused on encouraging the entrepreneurial community. Innovation Pipeline will be located at 217 E. Oakwood St., near downtown Tyler, directly across from the Tyler Transit Department and Cotton Belt Depot. The building, which was originally built in the early 20th century, will be renovated to suit its very 21st century purpose to encourage entrepreneurship in a shared space. Once finished, the building will be separated into three main portions. The front will focus on programming and computer work, while the back will be the Makerspace. The middle will be devoted to another relatively new concept called “co-working.” “It’s really come out of the woodwork with the dawning of all of these freelancers and consultants -- basically, the people you’d see working at a coffee shop,” Ruthie Strout, a volunteer for the city, said. “This is like a permanent coffee shop for them, but with a more intentional community. They’ll have shared assets like connectivity, lights, power, a kitchen and coffee. So for a fee, they can

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come and make that their office. It’s a really casual environment.” Since May of 2015, Mayor Martin Heines and other city leaders have been working on the idea of a place, a place where entrepreneurs can rent space to converge, work together and sharpen their skills. The premise of the pipeline is to be a place where anyone in need of equipment or experience can come to collaborate with professionals and experts. As a business owner himself, Heines wants Innovation Pipeline to focus on building the small business foundation in Tyler, either for current businesses or for those wishing to start new endeavors. “Most jobs are not large corporations. Most jobs are created by small businesses, and a lot of small business ideas originate from young people that have that college experience ... It’s important to gain that confidence and get started. That’s what I did,” Heines, who owns his own real estate company in Tyler, encouraged. “When [students] are finished with [their] college experience, we want to have mechanisms in place that they can participate in, in our community.” Heines plans for the project to benefit the college community in Tyler, especially those looking

to take control of their own futures. “When they’re in college, they’re trying to expand their horizons, looking at what kind of jobs they’re going to have and what kind of impact they’re going to make in their community, and in their own lives,” Heines said. One new idea, which will be a large part of the project, is a Makerspace area. “A Makerspace is a big laboratory space that you can use for different equipment. Our Makerspace is a pretty large warehouse space,” Jenny Wells, senior public relations specialist for the city, shared. “We’ll have a clean workshop area that will encompass our robotics and computer technology. We’ll have a film and multipurpose classroom area where you can do your filming and have a green screen and have some time to edit, and then in the back portion will be an industrial grade workspace where you can use stuff for woodworking and metalworking.” Along with industrial equipment, 3D printers are also proposed to be included with the tools available. “Tyler needs a place like this,” Susan Guthrie, assistant city manager, claimed. “We have so many college students who have great ideas, yet so many students graduate and move off because we don’t have B SC EN EM A G.COM


things like this. We really want to create that culture so people will choose to stay.” Seeing the potential of a project like this for the community, collaborators and partners have decided to join and help, including the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Business Alliance, Metro Chamber, Better Business Bureau, Discovery Science Place, The University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College, just to name a few. The colleges in Tyler are partners with this project to provide some of the educational opportunities and courses to be made available at Innovation Pipeline. “We partnered with the colleges because they have access to all kinds of curricula that we

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alone couldn’t afford to offer. We couldn’t just try to find someone and put together our own curriculum. Why would we do that when we can partner with colleges and use the resources and knowledge we have in our community,” Wells questioned. “So, we’re really working with everybody to make sure that it’s a joint effort. We’re not duplicating sources. We’re working together, and we’re making the most of what we have.” Funding for the project is heavily dependent upon donations and other, in-kind contributions. The city has raised just over $30,000 so far, with $12,000 of that coming from Historic Tyler, Inc. for the purpose of restoring and maintaining the building’s facade. “We’ll be able to preserve the

downtown Tyler aspect and just keep it in the historic range. Because it is in a historic part of Tyler, and it’s an important thing to us that we are being responsible with what we have,” Wells added. Donations have also provided for the demolition of an old, dilapidated building next to the proposed Innovation Pipeline location, which has opened a space for a parking lot. The grand opening is planned for either the summer or fall of 2016. For more information, follow Innovation Pipeline on Facebook or email them at innovationpipeline@gmail.com. Check the calendar at www.cityoftyler.org for any updates.

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TJC Highlights Recent Successes Tyler Junior College has had a busy and exciting 2016, with more exciting events on the horizon. TJC named one of 150 finalists for Aspen Prize In January, TJC was named a finalist for the Aspen Prize, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. TJC and 149 other community colleges were selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges using data on student outcomes in three areas: performance, improvement and equity. Nearly half of America’s college students attend community college, with more than 7 million students – youth and adult learners – working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country. Ten finalists will be named in fall 2016, and distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prizewinner and finalists with distinction in early 2017. Partnership with Fiat Chrysler for new auto tech training program Automotive technology students and area dealerships will benefit from a new partnership TJC has entered with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the National Coalition of Certification Centers. In January, TJC officials signed an agreement with FCA and NC3, to immediately incorporate Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar CAP Local training program into TJC’s current auto tech curriculum, which allows students to simultaneously train for and receive certification as Mopar Level 1 technicians for any Fiat Chrysler dealership. TJC is one of the first 20 colleges nationwide – and one of only two institutions in Texas – to be recruited for the program, which was created by FCA in July 2015 to fill a critical need for more than 5,000 service technicians by the year 2018. The program will also be a boon for Fiat Chrysler dealers, who can hire technicians already certified on Mopar equipment and ready to go to work immediately, with little or no added training. TJC speech and debate wins national championship The TJC speech and debate team returned victorious – and national champions – from the Phi Rho Pi community college national competition held in April in Costa Mesa, California. The team is under the direction of M’Liss Hindman, TJC speech professor. Assistant director is Joan Andrews, TJC speech professor.

“We took eight students to this tournament, which had 69 community colleges from across the country in attendance, and all of our students came back winners,” Hindman said. “With 10 events advancing, we had a near-TJC record of the number of events that went to the semifinals.” As a team, TJC won: • National Championship in Overall Sweepstakes • Gold in Individual Events Sweepstakes • Silver in Debate Sweepstakes Fifth consecutive successful 50 Gallon Challenge blood drive For the fifth year in a row, Tyler Junior College has met – and surpassed – the lofty goal for its annual 50 Gallon Challenge blood drive. In March, TJC students, faculty, staff and community members – 402 in all – rolled up their sleeves and donated in record numbers, raising 50.25 gallons of blood. Jacque Decker, Carter BloodCare manager of operations and field recruitment, said, “We see a drop in donations at this time each year, and TJC’s 50 Gallon Challenge was created to help combat that problem. “Our partnership with TJC and its students every March is vital to the East Texas blood supply. There’s a lot of work that goes into this event, but it is definitely worth it to see students who care about their community step up, donate blood and save more than 1,000 lives.” TJC kicks off 90th anniversary year with ‘90 for 90th’ bike ride TJC will soon begin a celebration of the college’s 90th anniversary. Events will be held throughout the year, celebrating TJC’s rich heritage and traditions and its reputation as an access point for higher education and a good neighbor in the community. The yearlong campaign will be inclusive of current students, alumni, past and present employees and board members, and its many valued friends and supporters who have embraced its mission for the past nine decades. TJC President Dr. Mike Metke, an avid fitness proponent and cycling enthusiast, got the celebration year rolling with the “90 for 90th” – a twoday, 90-mile bicycle tour on April 1 and 2, spanning the length of TJC’s enrollment district, from Alba-Golden to Rusk. “We are thrilled to have been ‘The College of East Texas’ for 90 years,” Metke said, “and we couldn’t think of a better way to begin our celebration year than with a ride through the entire TJC neighborhood.” Stay tuned for more events surrounding TJC’s 90th Anniversary.


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“Do you mind if I strap your cell phone to my forehead so I can pretend you’re looking at me when I talk?” This excerpt from a Dan Piraro comic illustrates a common firstworld epidemic. We are addicted to our electronic devices! It begins the moment we open our eyes in the morning. Nanea Hoffman of sweatpantsandcoffee.com jokes, “I don’t always need to drink coffee to be awesome. I’m already awesome. But it’s more fun when I’m awesome and awake.” Hoffman has pretty much described the general population’s view of coffee as a morning kickstart. As for myself, I am a little more complicated. Not only do I need a daily dose of coffee, but my morning is not complete without much devoted cellphone time. This coffee and cellphone routine consists of checking emails, a glance into the world of Facebook, reviewing my calendar and I

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"The majority of complaints from patients using electronic devices involve nerve and joint pain."

even fit in time to check a few of my favorite online stores so that I don’t miss out on a once in a lifetime deal. Pinterest is usually involved while I attempt to plan a healthy dinner for my family, or discover a homemade remedy to remove grass stains from the boys’ brand new khaki pants. With this much activity, you’d think being on my cellphone is a fulltime job. I am sure I am not alone in this coffee and cellphone ritual. According to the Huffington Post, 35% of people think about their cell phones when they first wake up, while 17% think of coffee. Cellphones have become the universal tool of the century. They have evolved from an emergency only device to an extra appendage attached to the palm of our hands. An abundance of information lays waiting for us inside our cellphones, and at most times it is too much temptation for one to bear. Throughout the day we continue to manage email, send and receive text messages, and ask Siri questions only a two-year-old could conjure up. That’s not even touching on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc… We take pictures, edit and BS CENEMAG. COM

filter selfies, and then edit and filter some more! The world at our finger tips comes with a price though. We willingly welcome a great expense of neck and back pain, thumb and elbow discomfort, and headaches that just will not quit. Shawn and Kelly Haney refer to this pain as Phoneitis; a fitting term that encompasses a myriad of issues associated with phone and tablet use. Other names referring to more particular pain include Text Neck, Cell Phone Elbow and Texting Thumb. The majority of complaints from patients using electronic devices involve nerve and joint pain. Dr. Dean Fishman, a Chiropractor in Florida, coined this Text Neck in 2008, while he was examining a 17-year-old

patient who was slumped over her cellphone. A case study completed by Dr. Fishman’s Text Neck Institute states, “while 75% of the world's population spend hours daily hunched over their handheld devices with their heads flexed forward, they are all in constant danger and at risk of developing Text Neck.” CNN Health further explains, “The average human head weighs 10 pounds in a neutral position -- when your ears are over your shoulders. For every inch you tilt your head forward, the pressure on your spine doubles. So if you're looking at a smartphone in your lap, your neck is holding up what feels like 20 or 30 pounds.” Nerve and joint pain is aggravated by “staying in what experts call the ‘forward head posture’ (which) can lead to muscle strain, disc herniations and pinched nerves. Over time, it can even flatten or reverse the natural curve of your neck.” But nerve pain is just the beginning. The Text Neck Institute lists flattening of the spinal curve, onset of early arthritis, spinal degeneration, spinal misalignment, disc herniation, disc compression, muscle damage MAY | JUNE 2016

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nerve damage, loss of lung volume capacity and gastrointestinal problems, as potential and permanent damage to your body. As you slump over your device, you are compressing your lungs and losing at least 30% of lung capacity. This lack of oxygen can lead to cardiovascular problems, and pressure placed on your organs can affect gastrointestinal function. “There is  a new term that ‘sitting is the new smoking,’ and it is a researched based observation that as our society becomes more and more sedentary, our health will decline faster.  There is a correlation between increased sitting causing damage to the heart, blood vessels, nerves, joints and brain function. All leading to shaving years off your life, and are just as bad as smoking,” David Flynn of Flynn Chiropractic added. Phone Elbow has been described by the burning, tingling or even numbness in your forearm and fingers, as the result of holding a phone to your ear for an extended period of time. The pain can also be a result of leaning on your elbow while using an electronic device. This sensation has been compared to the tingling you feel when you hit your funny bone. In fact, holding your cellphone to your ear stretches your ulnar nerve, the same nerve you irritate when bumping your elbow. By stretching this nerve, you constrict the blood flow resulting in tingling sensations and numbness. Knova Solutions, a clinical prevention service, states that “if you can’t reduce the amount of time you spend on the phone, be sure to switch hands frequently or better yet, use a hands-free cordless headset.” Another common complaint of cellphone and tablet users is a throbbing thumb. Some health care professionals refer to this unpleasant experience as Texting Thumb. Texting Thumb also includes painful popping when your thumb is repeatedly bent and then straightened while typing or texting. In some cases, your thumb can become locked in this position. With certain patients, Knova Solutions recommends cortisone shots to “eliminate pain and restore mobility. Either reduce the amount of time spent using it, use the other hand to hold it, grip the device differently or type with your index finger instead of your thumb. Wearing a splint on your thumb will remind you not to bend it and help it rest. If you have a long message to draft, it is healthier for your hands if you type it on a full-sized keyboard (and may take less time).”

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What else can be done to prevent further damage to your body and nerves? Experts agree that sitting with your feet flat on floor and rolling your shoulders back is essential in exercising proper posture while on your mobile device or laptop. Keep an eye on your head, so to speak. Make sure your ears are right above your shoulders to keep your neck in alignment. Also, take a break every twenty minutes and roll your shoulders and neck to increase blood flow. Health care professionals have also suggested the use of yoga to relax your muscles and restore mobility while providing a sense of calm. Ironically enough, Dr. Fishman's Text Neck Institute has created a mobile app, Text Neck Indicator, which alerts you when your head begins to tilt forward. When your phone is held at a proper viewing angle, a green light shines in the top left corner. If the app detects you might be at risk for Text Neck, a red light appears. Users can also personalize the app with beeps or vibrations that alerts of improper head posture. “The Tech-age is clearly upon us. Young and old, near and far, we are always on the run, and always 'connected.' This is truly a mobile world. Text Neck is a serious threat to our entire society which must be acknowledged, and precautions taken. Practice safe text,” Dr. Fishman explains of his Text Neck alert app. The simplest and probably the most difficult action to prevent further damage and pain? Give the electronic world a rest. Take my mother’s plan of action by requesting that all cell phones be deposited into a basket during family gatherings. Break up with your constant need to login into Facebook and come to the realization that Instragram and Snapchat pictures will be there whether you view them today or tomorrow. Is a sore thumb really worth all that texting? I am certainly the hypocrite here as I need to take a lesson from my own suggestions. It is easier said than done! Or, how about you take a cue from an actual doctor. Flynn advices that you remember these five tips to prevent any further damage.

 Sit up straight with your head looking

forward, not down. If you have to look down, use your eyes more and bring your handheld up into your field of vision.

 Get up every 45 minutes to move

around. Sitting is the new smoking so fight it by moving!

 As mentioned, use voice recognition

software or apps to type on your phone or computer at home.

 Stretch, stretch…and keep stretching!  Cut down use of handhelds. Use them

only when you need to, not just because you are bored or to babysit the kids.

Phoneitis, Text Neck, Cell Phone Elbow and Texting Thumb, whatever you decide to call our epidemic and addiction to electronic devices, it’s all still a pain in the neck.

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LAKE PALESTINE PALOOZA MAY 28TH, THE SATURDAY OF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M. AT THE VILLAGES MARINA Photos Courtesy of: Brian Gilstrap and The Breeze

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If you take boats, RVs, food, sun and live music including last year’s American Idol winner, what do you get? You get East Texas’ biggest lake party, the Lake Palestine Palooza. What started on Lake Palestine nine years ago as the area’s only outdoor boat and RV show has grown into a huge music festival with national recording artists like last year’s Jordin Sparks. The Lake Palestine Palooza is provided free to the community by Nautical Mile Marine and 95.3/102.3 The Breeze in an effort to raise funds for the Humane Society’s Pet Fur People, a local non-kill animal shelter. This year’s 9th annual Lake Palestine Palooza will be on May 28th, the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Villages Marina. The Villages Marina is located on Lake Palestine, off of Hwy 2661 west of Hwy 155. This is fun packed event for the entire family that benefits a fantastic cause. Kick-off this summer with a day of great live music, a boat and RV show, water slides, laser tag, raffle prizes, vendors, fair food and more. Admission to the event is free although they request you make a monetary donation to Pets Fur People. The music line-up for this year’s Lake Palestine Palooza is really exciting and has something for everyone. 95.3/102.3 The Breeze presents an impressive line-up of national recording artists starting with Nick Fradiani, the winner of the 2015 season of American Idol. Also Shawn Hook will be there performing his hit song "Sound of Your Heart" along with Tryon and their new hit “Somebody to Love Me”. The artists at the Palooza are usually available for met-and-greets with the fans after their shows making for a great photo op. Local acts performing will include The Kid Icarus Project, The Haggertys,

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Considering the level of entertainment this event brings to East Texas, I couldn’t help but wonder what motives the organizers to offer this event free to the community. Chris Knight, owner of Nautical Mile Marine said “Our motives are easy. We are fortunate enough to have Lake Palestine right here in our back yard, yet it is vastly underutilized. We want to give all of the community, whether they own a boat or not, the opportunity to come out and enjoy the lake. Of course, being a dog lover, if gives us all great pride to be able to use this opportunity to help such a worthy cause as Pets Fur People.” For The Breeze’s Brain, the answer was short and simple; “We love our listeners!”.

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The New Jack Ryan’s has it All It all started on a blistering cold night after the Tyler Christmas Parade downtown. The “Man” briskly walked to the newly remodeled Art deco Peoples Petroleum Building for his first experience at the bar of Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chop House. Upon entering the small lobby, one is instantly struck by the impressive twenty-two step staircase of green and red brown marble, that leads up to the restaurant located in the former People’s Bank on the second floor. A nondescript narrow stair, just to the right, accesses the mezzanine bar and lounge (there are elevators), which has an out of the world feel. The bar, like the rest of the building, is a decidedly 1930’s art deco cloister overlooking the dining room below. I was sold at first sight. The dark wood bar, excellent service, beverage selections and festiveness of the people in the room made this hoppin place a-do-againer. After several happy hours and fine dining

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experiences, a Man About Town seemed in order. After meeting the Ebey brothers, Brad and Wes, and hearing their story, a party was a must! Listen, both of these men from Longview are certified executive chefs, and graduates of the Culinary School at LeCordon Bleu in Minnesota. They have worked in various fine dining restaurants and prestigious hotels, including the Adolphus Hotel, The Four Seasons and Cru Wine Bar, for 12 years before opening Jack Ryan’s. The restaurant is named after Brad’s son, Jack Ryan, who is 4 years old. The fundamental key to the success of Jack Ryan’s is that it puts into practice the pillars of a great restaurant: Excellent in service, food and ambience wrapped in consistency. The Ebey brothers and general manager, Steve Riney, ride herd on every detail. It starts at the front curb where free valet service is provided every evening at five. The wait staff

are constantly trained and are not mere order takers. They know the menu, the preparations and are attentive to every detail. Your table is their family to treat like royalty. The kitchen is in the former teller locations and it is glassed in for casual viewing. There are ten chefs plus executive chefs Brad and Wes. Every item is hand-crafted and made fresh daily. You can taste the freshness and quality in every bite. The ambience is awe-inspiring with its imposing gold gilded pillars, green and redbrown marble walls, period style terrazzo floors and four enormous chandeliers hanging from the towering second floor ceiling. All of this adds up to a first class dining experience, priced at a value, and will become more of an everyday delight than a mere destination spot. But there is more. Private dining is available in three separate areas that will seat up to 16, 32 or 50 respectively. Of course, Chef Wes says you may reserve the entire restaurant if B SC EN EM A G.COM


you wish. Coming soon is high-end catering for events or a personal chef in your home. The hours of operation are Tuesday - Friday for lunch, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00p.m.; Tuesday Thursday for dinner, 5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.; Tuesday - Friday for happy hour. 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m, and Saturday 5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. (beverage only 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m., with $4 wine and well drinks and $3 all beers). Call for reservations at 903.630.7651. Now, let the festivities begin! Our party of eight were fine dined in the former bank board room, which has a splendid view of downtown Tyler at night. Our guests were our dear friends of HGR General Contractors. Randy Reynolds and his crews creatively solved some serious engineering, drainage and retaining wall problems at our home recently. They are

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the best! We are HGR’s debtors. So, it was treat time to return the favor. We were pampered all evening by chefs Brad and Wes, general manager Steve Riney and our fantastic waiter “Big John,” who explained every detail of each item. He was a star! First off, Brad and Wes greeted us at the table. They shared the big picture of the fine dining experience they had planned for us: an array of seven different and unusually delightful appetizers (the crab cakes are over the top good,) four specialty desserts to share (plenty for all) and we had a choice of entrée from the menu. We tried a little bit of everything. Some of the favorites were the 8 oz. beef tenderloin and the certified prime ribeye, both served with a cabernet demi sauce, and the pan seared sea bass with butternut squash risotto. The beef is prepared by the Sous Vide Method

used by the greatest chefs of the world, which retains fat and natural juices in the meat to ensure a perfectly spectacular flavor every time. “Big John” kept the wine, beer and gastronomical delights coming all night till we were all filled to the brim. You are gonna want to come to Jack Ryan’s for drinks in the bar, then enjoy a slow paced culinary experience in the fine dining room. As for our pleasantly indulged group, it was time to loosen our belts, retrieve our vehicles at valet and head home with grateful hearts and appreciation for our gracious hosts for the evening. So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.

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TYLER & JAKE BARANOWSKI, CHAROLETTE DAVIS

CHARLIE RIPPY, SHAWNA TANKERSLEY

NIEL JOHNSON, CHRIS SINGER, SHANNON & SCOTT LINE, BETH KLIEN, KAREN & CHARLIE HEATON

YESENIA NEITEO, JAIME LEZAMA

SARAH BETH WILSON, AARON SYMAK, ADDISON SYMAK, MIKE WILSON

CARA JONES, SAMANTHA HAGUE

WILLIAM POPE, LISA MCCRARY

CHRIS SMITH, DEB MCKINLEY, CAIT HARRISON, JOSH MCKINLEY

TOBIAS SCHNIDER, JAKE BARANOWSKI

OLIVIA & TAYLOR HEATON

JAKE CUNNINGHAM, JENNIFER PAYNE, KEVIN SINGER, AMY FRIESENHAHN

JULIE BROSANG, LAURA CAUTHEN

CANDICE & JORDAN STANLEY

MICHAEL GRINNELL, CLINT HILTZ

CICI & WILL SHELTON, JIM LOWDEN

CAROL & CARLTON RIZER, MANON HEATON

NANCY SMITH, WENDY STOKES, MICHELLE BALDERAS, MARGARET KNUCKLES

HOPE OPEN GALA MARCH 20 Participants enjoyed Mexican themed hors d’oeuvres at the Hope Open Gala held during the golf tournament hosted by Heaton Eye Associates, on March 20 at Cascades Country Club.

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KELLEY CROSBY, SAMANTHA MORRISON

MICHAEL PITONAK, CORN POP, MICHAEL MEZAYEK

SAMANTHA MUSSLEWHITE, DANIEL QUAN, RON UPSHAW

KEVAN HAUSE, MASON HAUSE, BLAKE HUFFMAN

PAUL BORDLEE, PEYTON STEPHENS, JENNIFER WALKER, KRISTY WOODLAND, TAI MCAFEE

JESSE KING, LIZ ESTRADA, MICHELLE WIMBERLEY

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LINDA HIGHTOWER, SABRINA LANG, MARY KEENER

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“I thank you tremendously for what you’re doing,” becky said. “If it weren’t for you, a lot of people in Tyler would be going hungry.” Each year, the East Texas Food Bank provides over 18 million meals for children, families and seniors in East Texas who may otherwise go without.  In fact, 1 in 4 children and 1 in 5 adults are at risk of hunger today.  Hunger is silent.  It could be affecting your neighbor, the family at church or the senior you see every day on the way to work or school.

“If we didn’t have this food, there would be no hope,” said Becky who visits an East Texas Food Bank partner agency in Tyler. “Being able to get food here is a real lifesaver.”   A few months ago, Becky lost her home to a fire.  At the time, she was caring for her son who is disabled.  “I lost everything in the fire,” she said.  “My son and I lived in my car for a short time, but now we live in a small trailer on the property.”   Becky is retired and said that it is a struggle to make ends meet, especially now while she waits for her home to be rebuilt. “My nephew is rebuilding my home on his off time and when I can afford the materials,” she said.  “We’re thankful to have the family support, and I hope it won’t be too long until we can move in.”   “Stories like Becky’s are ones we hear all too often,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank.  “A large portion of our population walk the thin line of asset poverty.  Becky’s fixed income can normally ‘make ends meet’, but like many, she was one crisis away from needing help.  Our mission is to be here to help when East Texans are faced with life-changing, emergency situations.”    Becky said receiving the food at the pantry means a lot to her.  “Knowing we can come here and get food is a lifesaver,” she said.  “At least we know we’ll have a meal ahead of us and food we can fix.”  She is also thankful for those that donate and volunteer.   “I thank you tremendously for what you’re doing,” she said.  “If it weren’t for you, a lot of people in Tyler would be going hungry.”

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CANDICE & MIKE WILCOX, REID MARTIN

CHRIS GLENNEY, DR. STEVE KEUER

MERCEDES NOTWARE, CARMEN CARPENTER, JION DIETZ

JASON BERGSTROM, MITCH BOND

IRENE ASZTEMBORSKA, LINDA DENSON

DONNA & DR. MIKE METKE, DR. PATRICK THOMAS

RANDY CHILDRESS, GRANT CHILDRESS, KYLE CHILDRESS, SCOTT FOSSEY

SCOTT FOSSEY, BETH & CLAYTON WHITNEY

VICKIE & PAUL COOPER

SHERRI SOULS, RACHEL SMITH

JOHN MCGREEVY, RICK RAYFORD, JIM MAZZU

JAN & BRENT MCCAULEY

LEXIE CLARK, ROBIN ROWAN

SANDY STEWART, STACY MARTIN, ANN SCHNEIDER, RIO RADICE

GAY SMITH, BECKY SNIDER, PATTY STEELMAN

MARY LAUREN FAULKNER, ROBERT ROSE, MARY ELIZABETH JACKSON

TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES KICK-OFF MARCH 2 Trinity Mother Frances hosted a preview party to kickoff “A Toast To East Texas,” a series of parties that serve as fundrasing events for the TMF Women’s Board, on March 2 at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital.

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JENNIFER & ALPESH JETHVA

ANNETTE & KEN FINDLEY

DR. SHERILYN & PATRICK WILLIS

LAURA HYDE, GENELLE GANN, ANNETTE FINDLEY, MAXINE FLATT, NANCY ULRICH

JILL & DR. STEVEN HICKERSON

CATHARINA & DR. MICHAEL J. KLOUDA

STELLA & MATT HUMPHRIES, GRACE ENGLISH

BETTY ANN & DON SMITH, TREACEY & GREG SMITH

SILVIA & REV. DAVID LUCKENBACH

DR. SUNNI BOREN ATKINSON, VIVIAN WILLIS, DR. SHERILYN WILLIS

DERRITH BONDURANT, SASHA VUKELJA, LAVERNE GOLLOB, TERESA BUTCHER

ELIZABETH & NICK ANDRADE

JUNE & TOM LOWERY

KEN FINDLEY, RON GAMMELL, GREG SMITH, BRAD MERRITT, CRAIG HARRISON

DR. LUKE SOCIETY BETHESDA FEBRUARY 27 Drs. Sherilyn A. Willis and Tom A. Lowery were inducted into The Bethesda Health Clinic’s Doctor Luke Society at the 12th Annual Doctor Luke Banquet, on February 27 at Willow Brook Country Club.

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HOME | DESIGN

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Build Together, Stay Together Article By: Poonam Patel Photos By: Bryan Stewart, Devin Hunter

It might just be that couples building and designing homes together is what is in demand right now. Many of the houses that are on the market are built by couples who have a passion for the home industry. The Gaines have not only made this a trend in the industry of home building and design, but also in entertainment. Thanks to them, we get to see how a couple builds together, and well... stays together. Joanna and Chip Gaines, you know that couple everyone adores from the HGTV channel, met unexpectedly in Waco, Texas. Well not really because Chip had his eyes on Joanna for some time before he conjured up the confidence to talk to her. And get this, they both were attending Baylor University but didn’t even meet on campus. Talk about a story to tell your kids! Well as we all know, they got married, had kids and, while pursuing their own ambitions, discovered that they can put their passions towards one venture. The Gaines found that venture in forming their own home renovation company, Magnolia Homes. With Chip’s insight into real estate and Joanna’s love for design, Magnolia Homes helps local families gain a dream home out of what they see as ordinary. Think taking a diamond out of the rough and making it shiny. Little did they know that, at the time, a home renovating business was simply a stepping stone to something much greater. Joanna’s design blog was discovered by HGTV, and today the Gaines can be seen on season three of the very popular “Fixer Upper” show.

And then there is their love for their city and community, with the couple not planning to leave Waco anytime soon no matter how popular they continue to become. The city of Waco isn’t complaining because the show has put them on the map as well.

Though there are many home shows on TV, this one really stands out due to the Gaines. Not only are they America’s sweethearts, but the couple’s energy is contagious, and not too mention they are hilarious to watch. Talk about couple goals!

You never know, these couples could become the next Gaines and show up on your TV screens. And then you can proudly call out, “Hey, I know those two from Tyler!”

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Like-minded couples with a similar passion towards home building and design possess that same kind of talent right here in the Tyler community. This year, the TABA parade of homes will showcase the work of four husband-wife teams, also TABA members, who put their time and hard work into making sure a home is that of a dream home. The Tyler Area Builders Association (TABA) is an association that represents Tyler’s housing professionals that consumers can confidently place their trust in. These couples didn’t just pick up a knack for this overnight. They have been working together for quite some time, and today have a resume you’d be interested in if you were to look into hiring some home experts on your next project.

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Debbie and Mike Pardue

became totally involved in our business and haven’t looked back. We love every aspect of building new homes because we enjoy helping homeowners realize their dream.

•When and where did you meet? If not in Tyler, how did you end up here? We’re both from Tyler and graduated from Tyler schools. We actually attended the same high school and met through mutual friends and family.  •How did you get involved, together, in building homes and home design? We built our first house in Whitehouse in 1993, and did a lot of the work ourselves while subcontracting some of the work out. We never missed a Tyler Area Parade of Homes tour, and loved seeing all the new features and ideas in all the new homes.  We knew we loved the building process and seeing the end result, but it wasn’t until much later, and several houses, that we ultimately decided building homes was our passion.  We both had full-time careers and juggled the demands of those jobs with our passion of building homes, until several years ago when we both realized our home building business had become our full-time careers.  We left our old jobs behind and

•What roles do each of you play? Where one of you has a strength, does the other have a weakness? Mike does all the initial contact with potential homeowners, draftsmen, suppliers and prepares estimates. I am more behind the scenes taking care of the interior design and decorating, as well as the bookkeeping.    •Has becoming a team benefited to your business? Having been married for over 30 years has definitely benefited our business.  We are able to bounce new ideas off one another any time of the day and know that we are in it together.  We both know our strengths and weaknesses, and when we need to step up or let the other take the lead.     •Do you have any advice for other couples considering working together, whether it is in the home business or not? Our advice would be to make sure you are fully committed to whatever business you are starting, and that each partner gets the recognition they deserve for whatever part they play in the business.  Patience is also very important as living and working together can sometimes be very stressful.  Although running a business is 24/7, quality time has to be set aside for each other and family. Love what you do and take joy and pride in it!

Amanda and Trey Hunt

•When and where did you meet? If not in Tyler, how did you end up here? I moved to Tyler in 2004, to work for a large developer. I then was transferred back to Conroe in 2008, where I am from, for 18 months. Amanda and I met working for the same company in Conroe. I moved back to Tyler at the end of 2009, we got married and Amanda moved to Tyler. •How did you get involved, together, in building homes and home design? I have built homes since 2002 in Conroe, two to three houses per year. When I moved to Tyler, I partnered up with a few local builders on a hand full of projects a year. In 2012 the market seemed right for us to go full-time into building. We both have always had a passion for building and design.    •What roles do each of you play? Where one of you has a strength, does the other have a weakness? Amanda is the interior designer. She is excellent at tapping into our client’s vision. She is much more patient then me when it comes to picking granite, lighting, flooring, paint colors, etc.. Most of our homes are sold before they are finished. Amanda is also a realtor, she lists and sales any homes that we need to sale. My role is developing marketable floor plans, managing construction, exterior brick, stone and paint. Amanda is more laid back where I am more hyper. We are best friends, in business together, and always seem to even each other out. BS CENEMAG. COM

•Has becoming a team benefited to your business? We are so blessed to have a strong relationship and be able to do what we love. We never want to let each other down, and that along with our faith gives us strength through challenges.   •Do you have any advice for other couples considering working together, whether it is in the home business or not? Our advice is to do what you love or it won’t be work. Define your roles and don’t second guess each other. MAY | JUNE 2016

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L indsay and John McKinney •When and where did you meet? If not in Tyler, how did you end up here? Surprisingly enough we met on match.com. John and I always joke that we should be on one of their commercials with our kids to show others that it really does work. We were living in the DFW area at the time and we both had a sense that we wanted to leave the busyness of the big city and settle into a smaller town. John was working for a large homebuilding company at the time and we began talking about starting our own company. He was born and raised in Tyler so we knew eventually we would make the move back to East Texas. After two years of marriage, we took a leap of faith and moved to Tyler to pursue the dream of building and running our own construction company. •How did you get involved, together, in building homes and home design? John began working in the construction industry straight out of college. It has always been his passion and he loved working with people and building homes. We started working together almost by accident. John would ask my opinion on design ideas for his spec homes and I started to fall in love with the process. Over the course of a year or so, that turned into clients asking for my help with their project, and eventually I came on board with the company. •What roles do each of you play? Where one of you has a strength, does the other have a weakness? John definitely runs the majority of the business.  He handles the finances, schedules our subcontractors, communicates with the clients on the progress of their project and stays active within the building community through TABA. I meet with clients to help create unique design ideas specific to their needs and tastes.  I get to go

“shopping” with them. John is great at spacial design and I’m terrible in that area. I carry a tape measure with me everywhere to get a better perspective ... He can tell me instantly if something will work or not.    •Has becoming a team benefited to your business? Our clients can relate to us because they see every aspect of our business and our family. Together, John and I get to walk beside them and help our clients think through those decisions and conflicts, and come up with a solution as a team. Working together as a team has not only benefited our company relationally, but also practically.  John is able to devote more time to overseeing job sites and focus on the quality of construction because he doesn’t have to worry about the design side.     •Do you have any advice for other couples considering working together, whether it is in the home business or not? Working together as a couple, in business, requires a lot of communication. It has strengthened our business, but it has also strengthened our marriage because we have learned how to better communicate ideas and concepts.  However, it’s very easy to let your business overtake your life.  The biggest piece of advice I could give would be to make sure and set time to focus on your relationship and your family.

Deborah and Carlton Edwards

school” style with a t-square. We built several homes along the way and quite a bit of designing for others. He loves the structure part and I love the esthetics.

•When and where did you meet? If not in Tyler, how did you end up here? We met in high school. Carlton was a drummer in a rock band, and on our second date he invited me to church. So my lightening fast mind thought “Oh, so not only is he a cool drummer, but he is a Christian! What’s not to like here?” When Carlton hung up his banking career so that we can go into building homes full-time, the Tyler area was the best location for us. The bonus was that our two oldest grandsons lived here. •How did you get involved, together, in building homes and home design? Building homes had been a dream of Carlton’s for as long as I can remember. Early in our twenties, he would design house plans “old

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•What roles do each of you play? Where one of you has a strength, does the other have a weakness? Carlton is the visionary for sure. He loves every detail of the design and build process. I’m more of the “people person.” I couldn’t sit at a computer for hours on end designing anything! I really enjoy getting to know the client, their taste and how that will pertain to their home. I am here to assist in their selections, and have found that some clients like assistance while others don’t desire any. Every build job is unique and different. •Has becoming a team benefited to your business? Carlton and I complement each other as our strengths are opposite. We stay in our own areas of expertise and it works well for us. •Do you have any advice for other couples considering working together, whether it is in the home business or not? Learn to celebrate your differences, affirm your spouses strengths and don’t ever think you’re going to change them.  Get up everyday and count your blessings. Laugh together because a good attitude and sense of humor goes a long way! B SC EN EM A G.COM


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TISH & SHANE MCGUIRE

GARY DUKE, WINTER & GORDON ROBERTS

CANDICE & MORGAN SHIPP

TAMMIE HOSEA, ESMERALDA MATA

CHERYL SUTHERLAND, HARRIET PERRY

BRIAN KIRK, GILLIAN SHERIDAN, KATIE POWELL

VICKY & BOBBY NICK

ARRIVAL BANKS, SHARON SCOTT, SHANNON AYNESWORTH

GINGER HABERLE, TRUDY WILLIAMS

CARMEN & MATT CARPENTER

BIG RANCH ROUNDUP MARCH 26 Azleway hosted a dinner by Sadler’s Catering, and a live and silent auction, to raise money for the Azleway Boys’ Ranch, on March 26 at the Azleway Boys’ Ranch Training Center.

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Article by: Kelly Laine Haney, Morgan Koziol

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here you are, sitting in pure serenity. Surrounded only by the ones you love. Life is good. Nothing could stop you from enjoying the moment, well, almost nothing. Then they show up. You know the ones, those unwanted blood-sucking little pests. Who invited them to the party? Living in this part of the country, we are all too familiar with the annoyances of mosquitoes. Some of us seem to attract them more than others (myself included). However, what options do we have for repelling them without smelling like we took a bath in lighter fluid mixed with rat poison or some other chemical compound? Of course, there is an abundance of new bug sprays on the market; all organic, natural and safe for the whole family. So on and so forth, all claiming to protect you from mosquito bites, but most importantly, they will keep you smelling fresh and clean! We have tried a few of them. However, I am pretty sure I heard a couple of mosquitoes laughing, as they were flying away, and saying that we did smell quite nice.

While none of the “all natural� bug repellents worked for us, that does not mean you have to resort back to the old school bug-be-gone sprays of the past. There is another option that does not require dousing yourself in anything. Plants. You heard that right. Many plants naturally repel mosquitoes and other pesky bugs. To give you some advice on how to get started, I asked Morgan Koziol, a student at Robert E. Lee High School, to do some research. In the list below, Morgan will tell you about some plants that will not only repel but will thrive in East Texas.


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Snowbrush

Snowbrush is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to eight feet tall and blooms best in June and July. This plant is great for keeping mosquitoes away. Preferring areas with sunlight, the snowbrush can grow in moist or dry soil as long as it is well-drained.

Feverfew

Feverfew is a plant that grows flowers resembling daisies. This plant can be used in the garden or around the home to prevent mosquitoes and other flying insects. A hanging pot of feverfews near the doors and windows can prevent mosquitoes from entering a home, and wmake for excellent decor.

Wild Bergamots are perennial plants that can be used to repel mosquitoes. The flowers of this plant come in a range of lilac, maroon, magenta and pink, and are easy for up keeping. Wild Bergamot prefers to be grown in areas of partial shade, and rich, moist soil.

Rosemary

Rosemary is an evergreen perennial shrub and natural mosquito repellent. The flowers of this plant can grow in lilac or soft shades of blue. Grown mostly in rocky gardens, they can grow up to four feet tall and four feet wide. Rosemary grows greatest when regularly trimmed and watered evenly, and in sun exposure. It also grows best in loamy or moist soil. This plant not only deters mosquitoes but can be used to add extra flavor to your steak or lamb.

Floss flower is a plant that contains coumarin, which is used in many commercial mosquito deterrents. Mosquitoes find the odor offensive, so, naturally, they will not want to hang out in a garden that has it. Floss flower plants grow flowers that come in bold pinks, purples or blues. Grown in areas with partial shade or full sun, the plant can be placed in containers, flower beds or garden borders, and needs to be watered often.

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Chrysanthemum is a plant with heads of red, white, pink or yellow flowers. The plant can repel mosquitoes and many other insects such as roaches, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider bugs and root-knot nematodes. Containing pyrethrum, used in insect killing products, a top notch exterminator might choose these products to fog insects in residential or commercial locations. As for the plant, it can survive prominently in a container on the patio. When planting chrysanthemums in the ground, it is best to choose a location in full sunlight to keep the plants dry and prevent mildew. Be sure to use fertile soil. Â

Lavender

Wild Bergamot

Floss Flower

Chrysanthemum

The lavender plant grows as a stem topped with vibrant purple flowers. The plant can grow in a shrub to the height of 20 inches, so it is important to plant them at least twelve inches apart. They can be grown in a garden with good drainage, or in pots. Some locations with good drainage would be along a wall, on top of a small slope in your yard or garden or a raised garden bed. Lavenders are most often used to grow along a wall or around a herb garden to form a small hedge or border, but can also deter mosquitoes, moths, fleas and flies.

Marigolds

Marigolds are of the French or African variety, and the best to purchase when aiming to ward off mosquitoes. The plant grows well in containers and can be planted in any soil with a good amount of sunlight. They even last long when you cut the flowers to include them in a floral arrangement or a vase display.

You can find any of these plants at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot store. Not only can the gardening center help you, but online resources like www.almanac.com/gardening will have answers to any questions you have about planting. Go ahead and take a stand against mosquitos. Get out there, plant some roots in the ground and let’s take back what is ours ... enjoying summer evenings outside with the ones we love!

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Color me happy Article By: Addie Simmpns

Remember the days when falling off your 10-speed and skinning your knees was your only concern? Back when watching Saturday morning cartoons was the only thing on your to-do list for the weekend, and forgetting your crayons out in the sun on a hot day was not considered a disaster, but a fun science experiment instead? Those were the days, and while the simplicity of our youth may be gone, there is an activity from our childhood that is making a comeback: coloring. Adult coloring books are not only a nostalgic way to kill time, but they also create a calming means of mental clarity, and there is data to prove it. Studies show that there is a direct correlation between coloring and an overall reduction in stress. For those who have a hard time getting into meditation, researchers at John Hopkins University have claimed that coloring is a great alternative. The designs are usually small and whimsical with strategic patterns throughout. They are set up in such a way to allow the brain to focus strictly on the actual process of coloring; therefore, maintaining one's full attention rather than allowing the mind to wander off into “To-Do List" land. The simple explanation is that the motion of coloring back and forth activates both sides of the brain while turning off the frontal lobe, a part of the brain responsible for situational awareness. This allows coloring artists to remain engaged while relaxing. Many coloring books feature mandalas, which are geometric figures that represent the universe and spirituality. Hindus and Buddhists first used them as spiritual tools. The prevalence of the mandala is due to research conducted in 2005, which concluded that anxiety and stress levels dropped when the subjects focused on coloring them. It also revealed that doodling did not alter stress or anxiety levels in the subjects. Although doodling is considered to be similar, your brain is still working to create new patterns and designs; whereas in coloring, the designs are already created for you.


Art therapy, which has been known to relieve emotional and mental stress through creating art, is often associated with the benefits of adult coloring books. However, researchers and mental health practitioners have been quick to dismiss the relation, saying that art therapy requires a licensed therapist working hands-on with the patient to achieve their goals. The relation has been so frequently cited in fact, that the American Art Therapy Association released an official statement claiming that while it supports the use of adult coloring books for pleasure and self-care, its hope is that the coloring books will not take the place of art therapy for people who could benefit from it. The adult coloring book trend has been gaining momentum in the U.S. since 2013, and what was once considered a niche hobby now has major retailers all across the world with entire sections of adult coloring books. The trend first caught on in Europe in 2012. Many in France, which numerous studies have ranked as one of the most depressed countries in the world, took to coloring as a way of inducing feelings of happiness and relaxation. There are even classes available that have group-coloring sessions. Tyler Public Library hosts adult coloring events the first and third Monday of each month. The classes are free and open to the public with all materials supplied. They also play soothing music to help participants relax even more. Wendy Piersall, a coloring book artist who is known for incorporating nature into her mandala designs, said the question she gets asked the most is, “How do I color?” Those who have not colored since they were kids think there may be a secret method of tapping into the mindfulness and mediation of coloring. The truth is, you just color. There is no wrong way to do it. Some

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color while on planes, in coffee shops, in front of the T.V., in waiting rooms or just cuddled up in bed after a long day. Whether you prefer music playing in the background, or listening to your favorite show, or no sound at all, the only way to find out what works for you is by experimenting. The same goes for coloring utensils. There is no right or wrong answer for which media you should use; it comes down to personal preference. However, the most popular coloring tools are colored pencils. Many of the designs can be small and complex, and colored pencils offer high precision. Other popular utensils include fine-tip markers and pens. Also, if your eyes are not as young as they once were, make sure you grab those readers. The designs can occasionally be incredibly detailed, and straining your eyes to color in the tip of a rose thorn is anything but relaxing. Adult coloring books have become so popular, that even high-end designers are cashing in on the trend. Yves Saint Laurent released their adult coloring book, as has Hermès, which offers 12 pages of designs for $160! Is all of this coloring book hype a reaction to so much screen-time in our present culture? Perhaps it is a way to slow down and get away from the busyness of day-to-day life. Whatever your reason, taking a moment to sit down, relax and unleash some creativity is never a waste of time. So while the kids run around, ride bikes, watch cartoons and continue to remain blissfully stress-free and unaware of your potential meltdown, maybe, just maybe, you’ll find the inner kid in you by coloring your way through the summer.

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