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JANUARY 2014

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PUBLISHER'S LETTER You will want to support this new endeavour and drink some Rose City Pale Ale, I guarantee.

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WHAT HAPPENED? Is it really 2014? The answer to that question is yes! I am a personal believer in change and love watching those around me prosper and take leaps of faith to move forward in life. We as a company have decided that 2014 is the year for us to bring you the stories of those very people and organizations living life right here in East Texas. Now, don’t get me wrong, it will take more than 12 issues, to tell them all, because there are just too many amazing people doing extraordinary things for us to tell all of their stories, but our goal is to do our best to tell as many as we can. When thinking about the direction we would like to take this year, we decided that our January issue would be the ideal time to tell you about a story we have been watching come together for over a year now. Three guys, three different career paths, one shared passion. What brought Stephen Lee, Ryan Dixon and Dan Griffith to this place in their young lives? BEER. All of these young entrepreneurs share a common passion that was realized while at bible study. They all have a common desire to bring people from all different walks of life together. They had faith that God would provide a way for them to do this. After all, they are from different walks of life and God brought them together. They thought about the one thing in life that no matter who you are or where life has taken you, it is a common factor

for most. That’s when they decided to start Tyler’s first Brewery. They got the support of their wives and families and came up with a business plan. The goal was not simply to create beer, but to use the creation of the beer to serve those in the community. Read this month’s cover story (pg. 14) to learn more about True Vine Brewery. Learn where they got their name and what these guys are really all about. You will want to support this new endeavour and drink some Rose City Pale Ale, I guarantee. We would love to hear more about the people, businesses and organizations in your life that are making a difference in the East Texas community, so please drop us a line so we can share their stories with our readers too!

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EDITOR'S LETTER Go ahead and eat those dark chocolate covered cashews…they reduce your stress levels!

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I have a confession. Get ready… it’s a big one! I never make New Year’s resolutions! Lets face it, who really sticks to them anyway? Makes me feel like I am setting myself up for unnecessary failure. However, after much thought about the new year being here and how fast the years go by, I have decided it’s high time I start. I’m not talking about the typical resolutions like weight loss or exercising. I’m talking about a total life resolution, from top to bottom, inside and out. Feeling a little overwhelmed about where to start? No need to stress, we have an article to get you started. But first, lets talk about how to get your mind right. I would say that at least half of all the problems in our lives are due to the amount of stress we are under or that we put ourselves under. Read about the foods you can eat to reduce the stress in your life, leaving you truly comforted (pg. 42). Go ahead and eat those dark chocolate covered cashews…they reduce your stress levels! Your family will thank you, or possibly may start buying them by the truckloads! Now that you are a little calmer and less stressed, take a look at our guide for a successful New Year’s total life resolution (pg.31). Get tips and ideas to make things a little more organized and a lot more fun for all aspects of your life. My husband and I are even going to make a few family resolutions this year. And to ensure that our kids get on board with it, our Elf on the Shelf, Alex, may just have to stick around all year long!

Feeling a little anxious about what to do with all that Wild Game you bagged this season? You might want to check out the Man About Town article (pg. 52) and get to know Chef Jackson Bolton. I hear he is the Man to know when it comes to preparing, cooking and serving wild game. Guess what… you can go see him at Coyote Sam’s! He will be happy to cook something up for you anytime! I can go on and on about how amazing this community and the people that live here are, but most of you already know this and it is the very reason you call this place home. There are 12 very distinguished women that will be honoured on January 7 as the chosen 2014 Stars Over Longview. Jenna Bush Hager is the guest speaker at this year’s event and I got the rare opportunity to chat with her about her busy life and how she keeps it all together (pg. 23). And YES, I asked… Kathie Lee and Hoda do drink wine, but not necessarily every single morning! These 12 women not only work and represent themselves and families well, they stand out amongst their peers because of their selfless giving and service for those around them. Congratulations Ladies, you make East Texas proud! I wonder if those ladies eat a lot of dark chocolate covered cashews? Not sure…but whatever you are doing keep it up!

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JANUARY 2014

CONTENTS Publisher’s Letter 02 Editor's Letter 04 Street Scene 10 New Year, New Brew 14 Stars of the Year 23 New Year, New You 31

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Man About Town 52 Into The Woods 56 Heavy Metal 71 Nevermore 72 Welcome Back Home 76

Best of 2013, Results 36

Gamers’ Arena 82

True Comfort Foods 42

reDesign 86

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Jenna Bush Hager visits East Texas as this years keynote speaker for LRMC’s 14th Annual Stars Over Longview.

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Dining Guide 48

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MAN ABOUT TOWN

The Man, Dr. Aubrey Sharpe, hits Coyote Sam’s to taste Chef Jackson Bolton’s take on wild game.

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You don’t have to head bang to enjoy this heavy metal style.

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JANUARY EVENTS

22 CAR CLUB TOY “DRIVE” 28 CENTURION CLUB ANNIVERSARY 34 DECEMBER COVER UNVEIL 44 OMNI CLUB HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 54 SPCA FUR BALL 70 HISTORIC TYLER CHRISTMAS PARTY 84 SPECIAL WISH CHILD GALA HEART BALL KICKOFF PARTY 92 CATTLE BARONS’ FUNDRAISER TYLER TYPE ONE CHRISTMAS PARTY

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Josh Carpenter takes to the stage to give his interpretation on one of literature's best known poets.

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76 BHOME TOUR

Step inside the newest water front creation by home builder, Joe Carlyle.

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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 a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Nacogdoches I.S.D. Mobile GO Center on Nov, 20. The Center provides access for parents and students to complete college and scholarship applications.

Martin Walker and associates held an open house of holiday tidings to celebrate the opening of their new location in Downtown Tyler on Dec. 13.

Bridgette and Harley pulled out all the stops for the La Piazza Christmas Open House on Dec. 5. Villa Montez catered the affair while guests pursued the finest suits in East Texas.

Guests were invited to browse in Christmas cheer, while exploring the designs of the Jude Frances collection at Susan Robinson on Dec. 17.

Cheresa Manmouth, recipient of Smith County Habitat for Humanity's 100th Home, signed official paperwork at the Central Title Company in Tyler on Nov, 26.

The Chinn Guitar Project donated 12 guitars, tuners, instructional books and DVD’s to Bonner Elementary on Nov. 21. Wells Fargo Advisors of Longview was a major contributor and provided half of the funding.

Andre Thompson was awarded the 2013 Salvation Army World Record Bell Ringer Contest at Walgreen’s on Rieck Rd. & S. Broadway in Tyler on Dec. 13. After 105 hours and $12,981 raised, Thompson put down The Writing Horse and Paula Yarbrough hosted a Juliska tableware trunk show at the bell in celebration with a mass of supporters her Tyler location on Nov, 20. surrounding him.

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To celebrate the newly completed floors of the Academic Center, UT Health In true Christmas spirit, Prime Lending celebrated the grand opening of Northeast held a dedication/ribbon their Tyler location on Dec. 12. cutting on Nov. 19.

Tyler Young Professionals held its annual Christmas party at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse on Dec. 9.

The East Texas Council Boy Scouts of America honored the Hibbs family on Dec. 17, with the Distinguished Citizen Good Turn Award for their honor and service at the Green Acres Crosswalk Center in Tyler.

The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) swore in East Texas homebuilder Joe Carlyle as their 2014 president at the Excellence in Leadership Dinner on Nov. 21 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin. Tyler Area Builders Association members Gary Bayless and Kerry Hamblett will also serve as TAB Directors for 2014. Crystal Springs Spirits in Winona, welcomed “Tipsy Texan” author David Alan to sign copies for avid fans on Dec. 11. Alan discussed his book during an industry VIP party that afternoon.

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The first fundraiser for the 2014 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala was held on Nov. 19 at Ramsey Fritz Jewels. The event included a silent auction benefitting the American Cancer Society.

Longview Community Ministries received a check donation of $5,000 on Nov. 21. Toyota of Longview donated $25 for every car sold in October, which was matched by Toyota Motor Sales. J A N U A RY 2 0 1 4

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NEW BREW Photos by: Noel Martin, Article by: Lauren Barnes & Amy Brocato Pearson

When three Tyler men joined forces to create a first-of-itskind business in Smith County, they knew they couldn’t do it without adding a fourth partner: God. In fact, they named their venture with their silent partner first and foremost in their minds. "The name ‘True Vine’ comes from one of my biggest heroes," said True Vine Brewing Company cofounder Ryan Dixon. "Jesus said 'I am the true vine, apart from me, you can do nothing' and we really believe that. We believe that in our lives as human beings, as fathers, as husbands and in our business." Ryan, along with Dan Griffith and Stephen Lee, melded their priorities: faith, family, community and Christianity, into a business plan that would also satisfy their passion for brewing and enjoying beer. The partners realize having their Christian values represented in the company name comes with great responsibility. "We bear that name very cautiously because that's

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a heavy weight, but it also keeps us in line with our values. We don't want to do anything to compromise that," Ryan said. "We want to inspire people to be a hero." They acknowledge that there may be some controversy within the community for three men of faith to open up a brewery. "We are keenly aware of the difficulty some in our community may have with a brewery, especially some with whom we share a common faith," Stephen said. "We are Christians first. We did not come up with the name True Vine by accident and we aim to conduct ourselves and our business with this characteristic in mind." "Our values of integrity, love and community are meant to hold us in contrast with the crudeness and drunkenness often associated with beer," Stephen said. "The history of beer shares a rich heritage and relationship with the history of the church and we aim to honor that."

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BEGINNING AT BIBLE STUDY

Ryan, Dan, and Stephen met during a small group Bible study at Grace Community Church about two-and-a-half years ago and became quick friends. After realizing their common interests included their faith, their family values, and beer, Ryan shared with them that he'd read, "The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World,” a book that chronicled the lives, values and generosity of the Guinness family of Ireland who built the international beer empire. Several months later, Ryan shared with Dan and Stephen that he had embarked on a home brewery, and asked them to come by. He told the two separately, neither of them knew the other was going to sample Ryan’s initial efforts. Stephen and Dan both, at separate instances, told Ryan that what he had created was amazing and he should really think about trying to sell it. So they decided to do just that. At first, the three considered opening a brew pub to serve their local concoctions alongside a small menu. However, they nixed the idea as they believed it would take valuable time away from their families. Ryan is married to Traci and has two children. Dan and Robyn have four children and Stephen and Jennifer have three."We're very tied with our church; we're very tied with our family; so we didn't want something that was going to take us away from that," Ryan said. Instead, the trio decided to open as a production brewery, selling their beers to local establishments."We have a huge love for local [business] and I think it really fits in with the culture today," Ryan said. "Everybody is into 'what's locally owned' and that's exactly where our heart is." It has been a long, fruitful journey, Ryan said, with a few bumps in the road and three barrels of beer declared substandard and thrown away. The three log True Vine hours late at night, early in the morning and on weekends, as brewmaster Ryan works in direct network marketing with his wife. Stephen spends his days as the regional director of a popular restaurant chain and Dan as a chief financial officer of an oil and gas company. But the three finally have a product they are thrilled with. "We feel really positive and we are just really antsy to get that first pint sold," Stephen said. While that day is imminent, Ryan declared their business is about the passion for beer, not profits. "We'd love to be able to make some money in the end, but really it's all about the passion for us," he said. "It's all about the desire to create something beautiful that inspires other people." In April 2013, they established their brewery in an urban oasis off of Glenwood Drive near downtown Tyler. "It was little, it was dirty, it was grungy and it was something that we could make beautiful from the inside out," Ryan said. "Industrial look." In November, they received the final approval from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to be able to produce and sell beer. "We're open, ready and legal, but we're still in the process of discreetly doing everything," Ryan said. "We've

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been trying to do that the whole time, because one of our goals is to be Tyler's first brewery. That's a huge thing for us."

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Once the dust settled on the logistical end of things, the partners started buying new brewing equipment and experimenting with their own recipes. Ryan and Stephen primarily concentrate on the brewing while Dan keeps a laser-sharp focus on the numbers. Part of the thrill of brewing, Stephen said, is continually improving their methods and increasing the operational efficiency. Dan said he’s blessed with the opportunity to work with a business from the ground up, something he’s always aspired to do. From crushing the grains, to fermentation, to the carbonation process, brewing is not only a craft, but also an exact science. The whole process can take anywhere from 10 days to a few months, depending on the style of beer. There are three steps to brewing the beer: the primary fermentation process when the alcohol is formed, the secondary fermentation when the second round of sugars are formed and the unwanted flavors sink to the bottom of the barrel and, lastly, the carbonation process. “There’s so many ways to change the artistry and the craft of it, the actual process of making the beer is so

steep in God’s creation that the actual process is amazing to me,” Dan said. “God has clearly provided a miraculous way for it to be made – for everything to be made, really – but that also includes beer.” Craft beers are created specifically to entice the senses, to play to taste, sight and smell, the men believe. "There's something about beer… it's one of those rare things,” Stephen said. “It can bring people together whether through sports or organizations. It brings people from all backgrounds, creeds, races and/or religion. They are united by beer because it breaks down those

“THERE’S SO MUCH VARIETY IN THE BEER WORLD, WE DON’T WANT TO REPEAT,” DIXON SAID. “WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE.”

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"WE HAVE A HUGE LOVE FOR LOCAL [BUSINESS] AND I THINK IT REALLY FITS IN WITH THE CULTURE TODAY," RYAN SAID. "EVERYBODY IS INTO 'WHAT'S LOCALLY OWNED' AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE OUR HEART IS."

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of our faith and a desire to have a positive impact on our community." Stephen added that they keep the environment at the brewery wholesome, in the same way they keep the environment in their homes positive and focused on faith.

FAST FORWARD

Looking toward the future, the triumvirate of True Vine Brewing Company plans to build a bar area and an outside beer garden. Ryan said they plan to operate as a tap room in the future. Customers will be able to come to the brewery to purchase and consume beer on site. However, they won't be able to purchase and take any off the premises. They won't have set daily operating hours, but they plan to host special events such as tours, tastings and parties.

barriers that would otherwise be there." Their flagship beer will be the Rose City Pale Ale, a homage to the city of Tyler and its heritage. It is a nice, mellow American ale, with unique citrus and earthy notes and infused with rose fruits. This aromatic ale pairs well with spicy foods. Dan likes the rose beer because it crosses gender barriers and has a universally broad appeal .“Men and woman all love it and ask for another glass,” he said. “I’m excited about that.” There’s also not another rose hip beer in production that the men know about."There's so much variety in the beer world, we don't want to repeat," Ryan said. "We want to do something different and unique." They are also working with neighbors, Porch Culture Coffee Roasters, another locally-owned business, to create a coffee-infused porter. Ryan’s vision includes crafting a summer beer using local honey. "That's our goal, to bring Tyler into all of our beers as much as possible," Ryan said. "It brings us back to that local community that we believe in so strongly." Also in the works is a Breakfast Porter Ale, which will be a bold multi-porter brewed with oatmeal. This dark beer will have a great "mouth feel" and contrast with its rich foam. It features flavors of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. This beer pairs equally well with steaks and burgers or a big giant piece of chocolate cake. They also have a brown ale, pumpkin ale and an IPA in the works. The partners don't expect to be the only brewery in Tyler for very long. "It's not that we'll be the only brewery, we know that and we don't want to be," Ryan said. "We want Tyler to thrive in the beer world, we just want to be the first." Ryan said their focus is on building strong relationships with the venues who serve their beers. "When we establish a new account, we're going to be there," Ryan said. "We're going to hang out. We're not about the quantity at all." Their overall goal is to build a brand with a limited supply that’s in high demand. "It's literally hand crafted,” Ryan said. “Every bit of it is plagued with human error and human creativity and that's the beauty of it." Besides just creating a demand,

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they want the community to love the fruit of their labors. "We want to win people's hearts," Ryan said. "We want to win taps instead of just taking up tap space."

THEIR INSPIRATION

It's not only their passion for the craft of beer that has inspired the men, but their personal heroes who have influenced them as well. For Ryan, some of those personal heroes include the Guinness family of the aforementioned biography. “We know of them as the Guinness Draught and that's great because it's a very good product, but the family themselves are unbelievable," Ryan said. "Their story is of how they literally changed Ireland for the better. "The Guinness family saw a disease-stricken country and wanted to help instead of ignoring the problems. They employed a doctor to go from house to house doing general health checkups. "No one hears that side of the story," Ryan said. "They're inspirational."

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

Among Ryan’s inspirations are the trips he’s taken to family-owned wineries. He said he loves how you can see the whole family working together. "We love that feel. We want that in the beer world," he said. "We want it to unashamedly be a family environment." Dan readily agreed. "We all take our roles as father and husband seriously," he said. "Our families come first." In fact, during a late night interview for this article, Dan had to excuse himself when his oven timer sounded. He was baking brownies for his children to take to school for their teacher appreciation week. The combined nine children of the three men visit the brewery often. Ryan spoke about how the men always have little eyes watching and little ears listening and they keep that in mind for how they conduct themselves. "The words we choose and the way we present our business are all a reflection of our greater roles and responsibilities," Ryan said. "The environment we want to create is a reflection

"THE NAME TRUE VINE COMES FROM ONE OF MY BIGGEST HEROES,” DIXON SAID. “JESUS SAID ‘I AM THE TRUE VINE, APART FROM ME, YOU CAN DO NOTHING’ AND WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT." Stephen said their next step is to slowly increase production to meet the demands of local restaurants and diversify their offerings. "We want to continue to evolve and improve our craft," he said. "Beyond that, we plan to reinvest in our business so that we can dramatically increase production and grow our distribution throughout Texas." It’s a goal of all three men to bring more business to downtown Tyler. No matter what the partners are working on, there's three main values they want to keep in mind: integrity, community and love. "We hope that people see that clearly in our brewery." To learn more about the True Vine Brewery Company, like the guys on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or visit them online at www.truevinebrewing.com.

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On Sunday, Dec. 22, Wagner Cadillac hosted, a toy “Drive” organized by local car club members Dr. Jayson Terres, Dr. Ritesh Prasad and Dr. Kurt Reuland. The event was sponsored by Wagner Cadillac and Cavender’s Boot City. It benefited children in foster care through the Tyler/Smith County Child Welfare Board. The event generated an entire trailer-load of toys just in time for Christmas! As part of the Toy Drive, car club members took an afternoon ride, which ended at Wagner, where they delivered their carloads of toys. After the drop off, they showcased the variety of exotics, muscle and one-of-a-kind autos for the public to enjoy.

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STARS OF THE YEAR JENNA BUSH HAGER HONORS LONGVIEW LADIES Article by: Kelly Laine Haney

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you,” Luke 6:38. This verse came to mind when speaking with Jenna Bush Hager, this year’s guest speaker for the 14th Annual Stars Over Longview event, hosted by Longview Regional Medical Center. Hager made the decision to make it her life’s mission to give back and assist in starting a revolution to better the world for children everywhere. Being the daughter of former President, George W. Bush and First Lady, Laura Bush, Hager was afforded the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of those she encountered. The Bush family encouraged their daughters to travel and see the world with them and it was through those experiences that she found the passion to help underprivileged children. She became an avid supporter of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and is now the Chairman to the Steering Committee of young professionals of UNICEF’s Next Generation. Being an editor-at-large for Southern Living Magazine, host on the NBC's TODAY Show and mother of nine-month-old baby girl Margaret Laura or “Mila,” Hager has her hands full. When asked how Jenna manages juggling her busy career and newfound motherhood, she explained that it is a work in progress; but the end result is beyond rewarding. Although, she has had many affluent women in her life, she accredits her mother, Laura Bush for being the most influential woman in her life; and it’s not just because she is her mom. She even went as far to say that she has seen her mother do many amazing things to help others and instilled in both Jenna and her twin sister, Barbara, that helping others is one of the most important things you can do in life. Because of Jenna's determination and drive to serve others, she in an inspiration to many. This is why she has been chosen to be the guest speaker for this year's Longview Regional Star's Over Longview event. The ladies you're will soon read about may not host a nationally publicized television show. They may not be the daughter or granddaughter of a former president. But in the eyes of their community, they are just as distinguished. And for that very reason, they have been chosen as this year's shining Star's Over Longview.

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Linda Davis embodies volunteerism and values each commitment she makes to serving the community and helping others. Linda’s greatest passion is serving as a volunteer at Longview Regional Medical Center, where she has donated more than 1,200 hours of her time since 2009. Many easily recognize Linda with her contagious smile and outgoing demeanor; Linda spreads joy to all she comes in contact with. For a number of years Linda conducted the music program at Summerfield United Methodist Church. Currently, she is in the choir ministry at Mobberly Baptist Church and being a faithful Mobberly member, serves as a care group leader.

Julie Fowler was raised in Henderson and as a child recalls many trips each year to the “big city,” of Longview. Julie’s community and charitable involvements include Longview Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Trinity School of Texas Board Member, Higher Education representative, Longview Arboretum and Nature Center Master Planning Committee and many more. Julie considers her greatest accomplishment to be her work at Kilgore College where she is the Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Dean of Kilgore College—Longview. Dr. Julie Fowler is a brilliant example of a Shining Star to many in our community.

Martha Glasgow has lived in Longview for more than 28 years and has been recognized by local organizations through awards such as: the 2013 Woman of Achievement Award from the Zonta Club of Longview for offering her help of those in need. Martha volunteers and shares her personal experience of the effects of abortion at local East Texas churches through the Christ Centered Abortion Recovery of East Texas (C.A.R.E), which provides support and healing to women who have been hurt by abortion. The heart of a volunteer is one that understands the true gift of service. Martha gives the gift of her time to help many in the community.

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IVA HOLYFIELD

PAULA CARGILL KAPLAN

Jennifer Harris is a native of East Texas and the Vice President of Business Development at Texas Bank and Trust, where she occupies a position of prominence and responsibility. Words could never describe the compassion and love for all she does for the community. She has served many roles, but just to name a few: Harris is the Funding Committee Chair, a mentor in the Confirmation Program, a member of the Stewardship and Staff Parish Relations committees, a Sunday School Teacher and a Friend in Faith. Jennifer Harris is described as a very special woman, worthy of many Star qualities.

Iva Holyfield has committed herself to making Longview a better place since moving to the community in the 1970’s. Iva's passion has always been to advocate for children. To just name a few, Iva volunteered for Junior Achievement and held many offices in PTA for PTISD. She also is a charter member and currently serves on the PTISD Foundation Board. Her love of education and children later led her to offer her time and talents towards the Longview Library with a focus on children’s literacy. Iva and husband, Frank, recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary. It is because of her contagious kindness that makes her a beautiful Star Over Longview.

Growing up, Paula Kaplan has spent her life working quietly behind the scenes for the betterment of this community. Paula’s community and charitable involvements include: Board of Directors for the LISD Distinguished Alumni, Board Member of PALS Foundation, Junior League of Longview sustaining member and these are just to name a few. Having lived in Niagara Falls, New York and Plainville, Massachusetts, she knew Longview was where her heart was and the place to call home and raise a family. Paula truly stands out, shining brightly to work tirelessly for our community. Paula Cargill Kaplan is a thoughtful and selfless Star.

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MARIO MACK

KAREN MAINES

BARBARA MCMICHAEL

Marion Mack is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, where she taught junior and high school. She has lived in Longview for almost 45 years. Throughout those years, Marion has selflessly dedicated herself to help the community. Marion has received many well deserved honors such as Outstanding Chairman and Lifetime Membership to the Longview Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador of the Year by the Longview Chamber of Commerce and a Lifetime Membership to the PTA. Aside from her many awards, her service to the community remained constant.

Call Karen Maines a “tree hugger” and she’ll probably say, “Thank you!” When Karen moved to Longview from Oklahoma with her parents Jim and Nita Killian in 1968, she was awed by the tall trees that stretched for miles. Through her nine years with the Longview Planning & Zoning Commission, Karen applied the city’s zoning ordinances and development plans fairly and with integrity. Maines currently chairs the annual Police and Firefighter Appreciation Golf Tournament and Fish Fry for the club. Karen’s love of music has prompted her to be a charter member of the East Texas Symphonic Band. Karen couldn’t juggle her many activities without her husband Randy Maines and their twenty-three-year-old daughter, Alicia Taylor. Karen Maines is an inspiring Star to many, indeed.

Barbara McMichael goes above and beyond, with labors of love to make sure joy is brought to those around her. Barbara has lived in Longview for 35 years and has devoted herself to her career at the Diagnostic Clinic of Longview, where she has served for 15 years as the Chief Financial Officer. Being that Barbara has a special love for children, she has had a longstanding involvement with St. Jude’s Children’s hospital a true passion and honor. Barbara shines brightly as a Star Over Longview, gleaming in all that she does.

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RENEE SLEGEIR

SUSAN K. SMITH

Mary Ramos owns and operates East to West Tourism, which produces three tourism publications. Mary is a resident of Longview with 20 years of radio management in the East Texas towns of Lufkin, Longview and Tyler, as well as four years in marketing and promotions with Championship Bull Riding. Mary is also a longtime member of the Greggton Rotary Club and her hard work and love for the community can quickly be noticed throughout all of her endeavors. Ramos is also one of the founding members of 4 Pet's Sake; a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare, including spaying, neutering, rescue and adoption. Mary Ramos is indeed a star in our midst.

Renee Slegeir is described as a woman who has a great heart of passion for people who have disabilities and are struggling with desperate circumstances. Renee is always looking for deserving organizations, such as the East Texas Literacy Council to devote her time.. Renee is a long-time volunteer for Longview Community Ministries, where she is a member of their Board of Directors. Through her volunteerism, she helps with their “Touch a Truck” and “Too Hot to Cook” events. Renee has also served as a coordinator for Meals on Wheels and currently serves as chairperson of the Meals on Wheels Advisory Council. Her biggest achievement is raising her two children to be wonderful, caring, young adults with her husband of 27 years, Bill Sleiger.

Susan Kay Smith has been a resident of Longview for 41 years and has given back an inspiring amount of service. Throughout the years, Susan Kay has either chaired or been heavily involved in major fundraisers for groups such as the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, the Community Theatre, the Zonta Club of Longview, the Gregg County Heart Association, Women in Longview Day and the Longview Symphony Orchestra Board. Susan Kay is also a Stephens Minister where she provides counsel to those who are experiencing job loss, grief, illness or some other life crisis. Ironically, Susan Kay is a cancer survivor herself. As a cancer survivor, she enjoys encouraging others and is unquestionably a dazzling star to all she has served.

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The Tyler Centurion Club, a social club of local businessmen, celebrated their 40th Anniversary on Saturday Dec. 14 at Willow Brook Country Club. The Centurion Club was organized in 1973, by 18 businessmen as a social club for the Tyler area. Some of original 18 charter members are still in the club and attended the event.

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Ah, the New Year’s resolution. Some studies show they last about as long as the New Year’s Day, post-revelry fog and fatigue. Other, more optimistic, calculations estimate half of those promises made to ourselves on Jan. 1, last until February, practically recordbreaking if you’re like most Americans. But 2014 doesn’t have to be the year of broken resolutions. Instead, do a life -makeover that involves baby steps. Small changes, new mindsets and fun updates; upgrades and upsells – for yourself, your home, your wallet, your style, your plate and every other facet of you.

PHYSICAL | YOU Getting healthy is the No. 1 resolution people make each year. But what does that mean? For many, being healthy equates to losing weight. That’s also the No. 1 derailed, train wreck of a resolution, experts say. Why is that? Because we focus on a scale instead of on our overall health. Did you try juicing this year? What about the seven-day-cleanse? Pink stuff? Hormones? The green pills? The blue ones? Yep, so did millions of other Americans. Sure, some worked. Some didn’t. But the ones that worked are the ones who changed their mindset. One resident of a nearby city has over 200 pounds to lose. That’s daunting from any angle you look at it. She tracks her honest progress on social media – Facebook and Twitter, to be precise. She says posting keeps her accountable, to herself and to those supporting her in her vast efforts. She started small, cutting out sodas, which by her own admission, she drank by the gallons daily. She started exercising, and at first, that meant walking her dog down to the mailbox. Then down the street. Then around the block. Now

she belongs to a wellness center and actually looks forward to her workouts. She stopped eating fast food as her staple diet and now cooks at home. She’s even discovered that the foods she loves taste better when they're not deep-fried. She’s lost 80-odd pounds since June 2013. And she has, because she’s changed her mindset, taken baby steps and hasn’t quit. Yet another real-life person has been so stressed at his job, as the CFO of a wellknown business, that his hair was falling out. He wasn’t sleeping; he couldn’t eat. When he did actually get some sleep, he suffered from such severe heartburn, that it wasn’t even worth his while. Finally, he left that job in pursuit of another. He works fewer hours each week, which allows him to coach his son’s baseball team. He shaved his head, making him look ‘hip,’ not ‘tragic,’ (so he says, anyway). He sleeps better and is taking a cooking class with his wife. Quitting your job and losing 80 pounds are drastic measures. Well-being isn’t always about drastic measures.

• Drinking more water helps your body function well, fluidly. • Playing hooky on a gorgeous East Texas afternoon for a round of golf may lift your spirits. • Scheduling a hot stone massage, once a month, wipes away excess tension. • Sleeping better improves your outlook on anything. Try some of the smartphone apps that are designed to lull you into a deep sleep – and keep you there – with white noise or melodic sounds. Purchase a highthread count sheet set. Spritz your pillow with a lavender spray as you drift to sleep in relaxation. • Stretch at your desk during the day to wake up your mind and body to reset your muscles and brain. • Dance in your kitchen when you make dinner. Sing loudly, really loudly, when you’re alone in your car driving home. No one has to know you sound exactly like Stephen Tyler behind the wheel. • Love your holiday lights? Leave them up in your bathroom yeararound. • Adopt a pet. Can’t commit? (Me either). Foster one instead. • Jump in a pile of leaves. So what if you get dirty? Clothes can be washed. • Do something you’ve never, ever done before. • Do jumping jacks or burpees next to your bed when you get up in the morning. • Pray, reflect, meditate or look inside yourself on a regular basis. • And always, always, ALWAYS be kind!

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Best Nightlife: Lago del Pino Best Patio: Villa Montez Best Tacos: Taqueria El Lugar Best Appetizer: Chino Latino Rolls, Villa Montez Best Sandwich: Jersey Mike’s Best Fajitas: Mercado’s Best Enchiladas: Mercado’s Best Happy Hour: BJ’s Brewhouse Best Cocktail: Villa Montez Best Mom & Pop Restaurant: Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que Best Wine List: KE Cellars Best Waitstaff: Bernard Mediterranean Restaurant Best Fine Dining: Bernard Mediterranean Restaurant Best Restaurant Ambiance: Villa Montez Best Wedding Cakes: Chez Bazan French Bakery & Cafe Best Burger: Jucy’s Hamburgers Best Seafood: Breaker’s Seafood Best Pizza: Bruno’s Best Sushi: Yamato Best Fries: Smashburger Best Mexican Food: Don Juan’s Best Brunch: Cork. Food & Drink Best Breakfast: The Diner Best Business Lunch: Rick’s on the Square Best Dessert: TCBY Best Kids’ Restaurant: Chuck E. Cheese Best Barbecue: Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que Best Steak: Bernard Mediterranean Restaurant Best Vegetarian Menu: FRESH by Brookshire’s Best Healthy Menu: FRESH by Brookshire’s Best Bakery: Janie’s Cakes Best Coffee: Starbucks Best Pastry: Chez Bazan French Bakery & Cafe


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BEST DOCTOR Hope Short

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TRUE COMFORT FOODS 12 foods to help you live stress-free Article By: Zoe Lawhorn

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izza, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, anything with gravy, hot fudge sundaes – these are just a few foods in a long list that I tend to turn to during times of stress. Comfort foods are warm and gooey. They often remind us of childhood favorites, things our mothers used to make. But what if the foods we turn to in times of stress are actually making us feel worse? Stressful events, even minor every day struggles, cause our cortisol levels to rise, which in turns causes food cravings. This is why we find ourselves on the sofa, with a spoon and a halfgallon of Rocky Road, after a fight with our significant other. Besides acting as a momentary, emotional balm, traditional comfort foods do nothing to lower stress. Furthermore, cortisol triggers an enzyme in our bodies’ fat cells, ultimately leading to weight gain.

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Filled with antioxidants, chocolate is known as a heart-healthy food. Now, there is evidence that when eaten in moderation, chocolate literally does lift your mood. Choose dark chocolate for the most health benefits. Keep in mind that experts recommend indulging in a chocolate fix no more than once a week.

Avocados are creamy fruits that are rich in glutathione, a substance that blocks the absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage. They also contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E and more folate than any other fruit. Sliced avocado can replace cheese on your sandwiches and simple guacamole can replace fatty dips and spreads.

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Long-known to promote sleep, chamomile tea has been proven to lower anxiety symptoms. You can take chamomile in supplement form, but the tea is delicious. Try making a nice cup of hot chamomile tea before bed and you are sure to drift off in no time.

Spinach boasts a power-punch of magnesium, which helps regulate cortisol levels and promotes a feeling of well-being. Eat raw spinach in salads, cook as a side or fold into your morning omelets.

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Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate and actually stimulates the production of serotonin in the brain. This hormone has antioxidant qualities and also soothes the body and mind. Steel cut oats are the most beneficial and can be prepared ahead of time. A bowl of oatmeal can be heated up quickly on busy mornings.

Packed with vitamin C, oranges are delicious stressbusters. Peel and eat or drink a glass of no sugaradded orange juice.

The good news is that there are foods which have true stress relieving powers. Although it takes little will power to turn away from the mac and cheese, making the right food choices will lead to a feeling of balance and overall wellbeing, while also supporting our body's overall health. This year, make a choice for true comfort foods. Here are a few examples of proven stressbusting choices that will leave you experiencing food zen, not food comas.

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For Your Comfort: RECIPE #1 Simple Blueberry-Lemon Sorbet Ingredients: 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon salt Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Place mixture into a freezer safe container and freeze until hard, which is about an hour.

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Next time you feel the urge to reach for a comfort classic, try one of these truly comforting foods. After time, you may find that you leave the ice cream behind for a delicious handful of juicy berries and a chocolate square.

RECIPE #2 Grilled Salmon Ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 4 (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets

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Salmon packs a punch with omega-3 fatty acids, which keep cortisol and adrenaline levels low. Always choose wild-caught salmon and serve with asparagus or spinach, which are also known to reduce stress.

Turkey is notorious for its sleep-inducing tryptophan, an amino acid, which is known to signal the release of serotonin. Being such a lean meat, turkey is a great substitute for ground beef.

Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Lightly coat salmon fillets with cooking spray. Sprinkle fillets with spice mixture and grill over mediumhigh heat for about 4 minutes on each side.

RECIPE #3 Sautéed Spinach Ingredients: 2 bunches spinach 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced salt and red pepper flakes to taste

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These crunchy, salty nuts make a great snack, especially if one is prone to reach for a bag of chips. Cashews are a good source of protein and zinc. Low levels of zinc have been linked to both depression and anxiety and our bodies are unable to store this nutrient. Reach for cashews as a quick snack or toss into a stir fry for extra flavor and a dose of zinc!

New research has shown that the milk protein, Lactium appears to have a calming-effect on the body. Lactium helps reduce blood pressure and the levels of cortisol in the blood stream. Due to the maturity of the adult digestive system, infants and young children will benefit the most from lactium protein.

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These little super foods have the highest levels of antioxidants, known as anthocyanin, of all berries. But any berry contains high levels of vitamin C which has been shown to help fight stress. Use berries in salads, oatmeal and cereal or all on their own for a sweet treat.

Garlic has long been known for its health benefits, but garlic's main source of strength is its ability to help blood vessels expand; this greatly helps in reducing blood pressure. Keeping one's blood pressure low is key to living a stress-free life. Garlic is also known to fight cancer; eat it raw for optimal nutrional benefits.

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Rinse spinach and chop off stems. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper and sauté about one minute. Add spinach and toss with tongs until it wilts, 3-5 minutes max. Salt to taste.

RECIPE #4 Classic Turkey Meat Loaf Ingredients: 1.5 pounds ground turkey 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1 large egg 1/2 medium onion, grated 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup salt and black pepper Heat oven to 450° F. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion and 2 tablespoons each of the milk and ketchup. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. On a rimmed baking sheet, form the mixture into a loaf and top with the remaining ¼ cup ketchup. Bake until cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. J A N U A RY 2 0 1 4

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KELLIE & ROGERS POPE JR. The Omni Club hosted their Holiday Open House at Texas Bank & Trust in Longview, on December 4. The club program was created for clients who enjoy escorted travel, lifestyle and financial seminars, as well as special events hosted by Texas Bank & Trust. The holiday party allows club members a chance to mix and mingle with fellow members in a festive, holiday environment. Guests enjoyed food and drinks and a chance to tell Santa what they want for Christmas.

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Let’s take the emphasis this year off of losing weight and focus on eating healthier. Because you were already eating well, right? Even most celebs will tell you they eat healthy 90 percent of the time (the ones who say they never watch what they eat are big, fat liars). I’ve heard area fitness experts concede that a cheat meal is OK about once a week, and by “cheat,” they mean, a lean burger with cheese, not a chicken-friedsteak the size of your head with double fries and an ice cream shake to wash it down. So yes, go ahead and cheat, but buy ice cream in the single-serving, 4-ounce cups, so you’re less tempted to overindulge. In America, we tend to focus our meals around proteins or meats. Instead of looking at the beautiful array of vegetables in the produce department and wondering, “How can I build a meal around this?” we look at a pork chop and ask, “What sides are we having?” A Mediterranean diet, based on vegetables, whole grains, healthy oils and lean protein, is more the mindset in which to eat. Eat more vegetables. Have you ever seen someone who got fat by eating too much spinach? Probably not. Veggies should take up the vast majority of our plates at mealtime, overcrowding the proteins and the carbs. But “carb” isn’t a bad word. Neither is “calories.” Just use both in moderation. Remember that mindset change we talked about earlier? Don’t think of either as “forbidden.” For that matter, don’t think of anything as forbidden. Moderation, moderation, moderation. And if you really, really can’t moderate, don’t buy it.

You’ve probably heard it before, but you’re going to hear it again: shop the outside perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where all the whole foods are located: the produce, the dairy and the meat. The processed foods, that probably aren’t as healthy, are on the inside aisles. The exception? The frozen foods section; where you can find flashfrozen fruits and veggies. Continued on pg. 69


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BRUNO’S PIZZA AND PASTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Family Owned and Operated since 1976 Bruno’s Pizza And Pasta has been providing East Texans with delicious homemade Italian food, pizza, pasta and more for decades. We have catering and takeout available, and our banquet room seats around 55. We also offer appetizers, salads, specialty pizzas and sandwiches. Whether it’s a quiet evening with the family or sharing a slice after the game, Bruno’s has you covered! Be sure to call us and ask for our daily lunch special! And, don’t forget to bring your favorite wine or ice cold beer for the ultimate Bruno’s experience! brunospizzatyler.com 1400 S. Vine Tyler, TX 75701• 903.595.1676 • 15770 Old Jacksonville Hwy Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.939.0002

CHEZ BAZAN FRENCH BAKERY & CAFÉ

Happy New Year from our family to yours! Now is a great time to give us a call or stop by our location on Old Bullard Rd. in Tyler, to order one our famous Kings Cakes! With the 2014 Mardi Gras Festival quickly approaching you will not want to miss out on any of the fun. Chez Bazan is here to bring your party to life! King Cakes available from Jan.6 - Fat Tuesday. Pre-Orders Welcome! “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” this year with Chez Bazan! 5930 Old Bullard Rd • Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.561.9644 chezbazan.com Café Hours: 11a.m. – 2p.m. Monday-Saturday Bakery Hours: 7a.m. – 6p.m. M-F, 8a.m. – 4p.m. Sat., Closed Sundays

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Locally owned, Jakes Tyler, located in historic downtown Tyler, has the best Happy Hour in town. Join us from 4 - 7 Tuesday thru Friday for a delicious, relaxing and inexpensive way end to your day!

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LAGO DEL PINO TEXAS FOOD, TEXAS FUN

For lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, or late-night dining, the diverse menu, immense cocktail and wine selection, soaring private lake views, distinct lighted fountain show, and eclectic live music make Lago del Pino the most unique dining experience in East Texas. With 17 flat screen televisions, Lago del Pino is the place to watch all your favorite sports. See our full menu and upcoming entertainment schedule at lagodelpino.com. lagodelpino.com 14706 CR 1134 Tyler, TX 75709• 903.561.LAGO J A N U A RY 2 0 1 4

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MERCADO’S AUTHENTIC TEX-MEX

Mercado’s has been serving up some of East Texas’ best Tex-Mex for over 30 years. Come on in and try one of our 25 new items featuring Taco Al Pastor and handmade Gorditas! With all this variety you are certain to find a dish that satisfies. Mercado’s is also equipped with a full bar, so ice cold beer or your favorite cocktail is always on hand. Oh! And, don’t forget about our fresh, made-by-hand tortillas or free chocolate and vanilla soft serve. Bring the family, bring your friends and join us for some great atmosphere and authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. 2214 W Southwest Loop 323 • Tyler, TX 903.534.1754 www.posados.com

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here is a new breeze a-blowin’ at Coyote Sam’s on Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. It’s not that the new is replacing the old, but Sam and Marsha Wells are adding another exciting layer to the unique ambience and superb menu that we’ve all come to know and love. This new adventure in wild game dining will “knock your socks off!" The addition of Executive Chef, Jackson Bolton, and his perfected wild game creations, makes for a one-of-a-kind, fine-dining experience right here in East Texas. What was previously referred to as the Red Room has morphed into the new Jackson’s Wild Game Lodge. Its inaugural event was a special, reservation-only party on the evening of Dec. 1. Twenty-one selected guests were hosted by Chef Jackson and Coyote Sam’s. The room was transformed with an artistic blend of seasonal colors, textures, candlelight and aromas. Every detail in the tablescapes and fireplace mantel swag was a visual experience of exquisite floral design. All the servers were dressed in black and white, well-trained and “on their toes” with impeccable service throughout the night. Each step of the plan and its execution was under the watchful eye of new General Manager, Linda Jones and Marsha Wells, herself. The entire team was cohesive, professional and full of heart for their guests. Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, executive chef, Jackson Bolton "was at the top of his game." He had prepped all of the entrees to perfection. No detail was missed. At his side were his two sous chefs for the night, the “Man”

and his good friend, Dr. Kim Russell. While the chef was as handsome as a cardinal in his crimson, trimmed-in-black chef’s jacket, Kim and the “Man” were decked out in pumpkin, trimmed-in-black jackets. We were just the cat’s meow! Chef Bolton taught us knife skills and plating design, so that throughout the night, we were able to put the finishing touches of color and height on each of the 21 plates per course. At some points, Sam and every available staff member were helping with the plating and transporting of the gastronomical delights to the holding room. From there the wait staff, to then, delivered the precious cargo to each guest, personally. The “Man” has been profoundly impressed with this son of East Texas, Jackson Bolton. He is highly credentialed and experienced for a man with youth on his side. After graduating from Texas Culinary Academy - Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, he began to craft his unique style of game cuisine at the famous, wild game restaurant, Hudson’s on the Bend. He was then selected as Wild Game Chef at King Ranch in South Texas. Listen, this creative young star has been the private chef to the Dutch Ambassador to China, President Bill Clinton at his library in Little Rock and many others. The good news is that he has come to East Texas and has staked his claim with Sam and Marsha at Coyote Sam’s, right here in Tyler! Lucky us! Now, if you’re thinkin, ’I’m not a wild game fan,' ya need to think again. The “Man” has never been a wild game kind of guy - other than duck. But, listen

THE “MAN” HAS BEEN PROFOUNDLY IMPRESSED WITH THIS SON OF EAST TEXAS, JACKSON BOLTON. HE IS HIGHLY CREDENTIALED AND EXPERIENCED FOR A MAN WITH YOUTH ON HIS SIDE. up! I am a total convert to Chef Bolton’s style of wild game cuisine. I’ve tried it all: The Smoked Duck Diablos; Honey-Ginger-Cilantro Glazed Bandera Quail; Hot and Crunchy tenderloin of Wild Boar; and Chocolate, Chili and Espresso Smoked Backstrap of venison. They are all to die for. Chef introduced each course himself and described the wine paired with each. Hey, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards in Pittsburg, TX…your wines are served with pride by Coyote Sam’s. All of the wine for the party was donated by these wonderful folks at Los Pinos Ranch. All of the wild game was secured through a new partnership with Broken Arrow Ranch of Texas, who went out of their way in support of the event. Well, at the end of the night, everyone was pleasantly surprised with the food, the chef, the wines, the service, and the first-class atmosphere of the dining experience. And, it’s only just begun. You must come visit and dine with Chef Jackson Bolton every Friday and Saturday night in Jackson’s Wild Game Lodge at Coyote Sam’s. Of course, you may still enjoy the “tried and true” favorites that Sam and Marsha have served for the better part of twenty years. Either way, there will be a place for ya. So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.

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SPCA FUR BALL ROB SHIELDS, J.B. SMITH, CINDI FEATHERSTON-SHIELDS

MARILYN MONROE, ELIZABETH TAYLOR The SPCA of East Texas held their annual Fur Ball at the Mayfair building in Tyler on December 7. This years guests were presented with the glitzy, silver-screen theme of "Hollywood Glamour.” Lifesize stand-ups of classic actors filled the room, with the Hollywood skyline playing backdrop for all the evenings activities. Guests were given the chance to participate in live and silent auctions and danced the night away to the sounds of the Dallas band, Professor D. The highlight of the evening was a visit from “Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor,” giving the guest, a one-of-a kind photo-op. The annual event was designed in an effort to raise awareness and support for the needs of abandoned and surrendered animals from the surrounding communities.

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Clearly the biggest news of 2014 is that yoga pants are the new jeans. Going out for a night on the town? Wear your yoga pants and pair them with a hot pink sports top. Think we’re kidding? We aren’t. God. Bless. America. But don’t stick to basic black. The brighter, the better. Color block with neons and top it off with something shapely. You never have to look like you just came from the gym ever again. Be your best self in 2014 with fashion that makes you feel good. So what if you can’t pull off the yoga-as-eveningwear look? Or the sparkly headbands that you wear on your forehead? (Is anyone else having Flashdance flashbacks?) Wear what makes you happy, because when you’re happy, it shows.

Contrasting collars, pastels and wide-legged trousers also make an appearance this year. And the tunic gives way to the shift blouse, come spring. Lilac is the “it” color for 2014. From scarves and dresses to wall colors and shoes, find one piece in this popular hue. And always remember, in the words of the iconic Coco Chanel, “Fashion changes but style endures.” Find your look and own it, no matter what it is. Continued on pg. 94

Skinny jeans are still on trend for men and women. Don’t be frightened by the word “skinny” because skinny jeans really are flattering on most body types. Pair with a tunic, scarf and riding boots for women. Men, try trendy colors, not just blue hues. Western wear is on the runways and on the racks, even more so than usual, this being the Lone Star State and all. Boots, always stylish in Texas, are being worn all over the world. Got anything leather? Put it on. Does it have fringe? Even better. Show ‘em how the west was won.

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The Historic Tyler organization held its annual member Christmas party at the 1888 historic home of Ellen & John Musselman on Dec. 14. The home located at 727 S. Chilton Ave. in Tyler, hosted over 160 Historic Tyler members in holiday cheer! All funds raised from the event are funneled back into the Historic Tyler preservation projects.

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NEVERMORE Josh Carpernter takes to the stage to give you his take on Edgar Allen Poe Article By: Sarah Draper Edited By: Veronica Terres

East Texas’ neon lights are shining a bit brighter these days. You see; our region is moving forward to offer more opportunities in the art world and in the performing arts world for the community to enjoy. Currently, there are various artistic programs, galleries, museums and theatres in the works and on the horizon. Take Josh Carpenter for instance—an East Texas, performing arts pioneer of sorts—one who has taken to action and is providing his talent to broaden this area’s cultural community. On January 17, Carpenter will make his directorial debut with a stage play entitled “Nevermore” at the APEX Theatre 20 in Tyler. Written by Matt Ritchey, the play made its original debut in 2010 in Los Angles, Calif. It will be the first time the play has been produced elsewhere and will be setting the benchmark for future APEX (Actors’ Preparatory Exchange) productions with a six-night performance at a $20 ticket price. The play takes literary license by using the stories of Edgar Allen Poe and turning them into a “what if” situation. “It takes on ‘The Raven,’ ‘The Tell Tale Heart,’ ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ and a couple of Poe's other pieces; and it puts him into the story,” Carpenter said.

“Everyone else saw me as a director and saw that I had this passion in me, but I didn’t see it. And then we started rehearsals and it just naturally comes to you,”

While the production debuts on Jan. 17, beginning at midnight on Jan. 18, in celebration of Edgar Allen Poe’s Jan. 19, birthday, the theatre will host a special performance recognizing the famous American poet/author with a celebratory toast from audience and crew members. The night will also include music by violinist Lacie Carpenter and live readings of Poe’s work to accompany the performance. Carpenter grew up in Tyler. He attended Robert E. Lee and Whitehouse High Schools. When he began acting at a young age, he quickly discovered a true passion for it. “My father died when I was five. And I had always been a very alive kid. You know, very outgoing,” Carpenter said. “And when he died, I kind of went into my shell and my mom was trying to find ways to pull me out of that shell. She started getting me involved in outside things like the Brickstreet Theatre.” By age 15, Carpenter was discovered by talent agent, Peter Sklar, and attended his first acting workshop, New Beginnings, in New York City. “I basically fell madly in love with [the workshop] and I became

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decent friends with everyone there. So that when I turned 16, they invited me back to be a chaperone.” Carpenter explained that he returned every summer after that and during his senior year ended up staying longer than his usual two-month timeframe. Eventually, he moved there. It was at the age of 19 that Carpenter made the big move to New York. He was auditioning and receiving callbacks for films like “Death and Love” and Broadway productions of “Rent.” He also had spots in popular television shows including “Sex in the City” and “Law and Order.” In 2008, Carpenter made a transition to Los Angles. It wouldn’t take long before he was working. Within just three short months, he even booked a national Budweiser commercial. “When I got to California, I started getting auditions like crazy. I would basically get a callback for almost everything I went in on,” Carpenter said. He went on to book four national commercials and acted in several festival films. As fate would have it, and as fast as the opportunities in Carpenter’s life were progressing, they almost came to a dead stop. While in Los Angeles, Carpenter suffered an allergic reaction to a prescribed medication that nearly ended his life. “My mother brought me back home to Tyler,” Carpenter said. “When I came back to town, I thought I was going to be miserable here. But honestly, I am happier than I have been in a long time.” More than a year later, Carpenter has moved his art forward in East Texas having already premiered two of his films, “Expiration Date” and “The Blind Artists” in the Tyler Film Festival. Both received awards and in turn, have helped push his name out into the piney woods burgeoning art community. “I kind of became that little fish that was, once upon a time, in a big pond and now I am a bigger fish in a smaller pond,” Carpenter explained. “I am getting to do stuff I never thought in my life I would do.” A good example of that “stuff” he refers to is being able to direct his own production. Working with Chris Abraham, Hannah Morris and Felicity Enas at APEX Theatre 20, Carpenter is able to turn his vision for “Nevermore” into a reality. “Chris came to me and was like, ‘Is there any piece that you would like to do with us here at the theatre?’ And immediately, I was like, I would love to do ‘Nevermore,’” he said. “So a year later, he hits me up and is like, 'Hey Josh, we are ready to do ‘Nevermore,’ but here is the thing, we would like you to direct it.' And that scared me. Beyond scared me.” Luckily, the Apex Theatre 20, which started up in early 2013, may end up being the perfect proving ground for Carpenter to work through his directorial debut fears. Since B SC ENEMAG. COM

the theatre’s inception, its goal has been to offer a more avant-garde feel in comparison to other theatres in town featuring shows like “Red Hot Patriot,” “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” and “Equus.” “We have had fun taking plays that we wanted to do. Not necessarily something the audience was looking for. Because if there is a project you’ve wanted to do all your life, you are going to bring an amazing energy to it,” Abraham said. “I really believe when you bring energy like that to a performance and a production, it translates back into the audience. And that is what we are trying to do with ‘Nevermore.’” Along with the unconventional selections APEX showcases for its audiences, it’s important to note that the theatre is also a resource for those interested in working in the performing arts. Which is why it is an active training school for both stage and oncamera acting.

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“Nevermore” actor, Slater Bonner, explained that the theatre has, “… some really great people and programs because they do groundbreaking plays that Tyler is not used to.” And this revolutionary, artistic touch is what Carpenter is hoping to bring to the community with his production. “We need something good. We have the Cowan Center and all that and that is great, but sometimes it is nice to just see local talent bring it,” Carpenter emphasized. “When I left [Tyler] there was no place like Juls, there was no place like Cork, no place for young, twentysomething hipsters to hang out. Now, I notice people just seem to care more [about art] and people believe in Abraham more.” Inspired by Tim Burton, Dr. Seuss and Baz Luhrmann, Carpenter has plans to create his own dream for the upcoming production. “I kind of have that twisted style when I see things,” Carpenter said. “It’s how I live my life, I take a leap and know the net will appear like the Dr. Seuss quote: ‘Will you succeed? Yes you will 93 ¾ percent guaranteed.’” Abraham commented that having a director like Carpenter taking these leaps of faith is what separates them as a theatre. “I can say there is a market out there of people who want to see different things,” he stressed. After selling out several of their shows within their first year, the theatre is expecting to see great results from the production of Carpenter’s directorial debut (tickets can be purchased on the theatre’s website). “Everyone else saw me as a director and saw that I had this passion in me, but I didn’t see it. And then we started rehearsals and it just naturally comes to you,” Carpenter said. “I think all actors have that director in them and it’s just an honor to get to pull it out; especially in a play that I am really excited to pull it out on.”

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More than a year later, Carpenter has moved his art forward in East Texas having already premiered two of his films, “Expiration Date” and “The Blind Artists” in the Tyler Film Festival. J A N U A RY 2 0 1 4

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The homeowners always dreamed of a house that would bring the woods of East Texas indoors. Working with Joe Carlyle Homes and local architect, Chris Johnston, their dream has become a reality. This gorgeous house, tucked in Caddo Creek Club in LaRue, Texas, is exactly what the couple yearned for: a quiet retreat in the woods.

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fter living in Houston for 18 years, the homeowners chose to retire in East Texas. They wanted to live close to their family in Dallas and Houston, so East Texas was an ideal location. When they saw the property at Caddo Creek Club in 2008, it was love at first sight. They made a deposit that day, but didn't begin building until February of 2012. In August of 2013, the couple moved into the house, although construction was not quite complete. Still, the homeowners could see the beginning of their dream home. “The architect took everything that I felt and wanted and put it into the house,” the homeowner said during a tour of the house. “He put things in that I didn't even know I wanted. He

translated my thoughts and put them into wood and stone.” This spacious home, measuring more than 4,000 square feet, was designed in an “East Texas Country vernacular style.” Johnston explained, “They wanted to keep as many existing trees as possible and bring the beauty of the outside in.” To accomplish this, Carlyle and Johnston incorporated green walls, cedar beam ceilings, stone accents and wooden floors throughout the house. Johnston said, “The outside was brought in by the placement of windows, material selection and a wood deck wrapping around the upper level. The lower level has its own patio that ties to a welcoming fire pit. The laundry room is a special room in this house. You have

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"Every morning, I sit in the [breakfast table] chair with my Life® cereal and look at my lake,” The living room displays the most outdoor inspiration with its wide windows, high cedar beam ceilings and stone tiles above the fireplace.

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beautiful views and natural light spilling through [the laundry room's] glass patio door, and windows." The homeowners felt it was also important to build a sustainable home, and ward off the East Texas humidity. Therefore, the house is well insulated and sealed, while the exterior walls are ventilated from top to bottom. Other sustainable features include an advanced air conditioning system and energy-efficient windows provided by Marvin Windows in Tyler. The focal point of the house is the cavernous kitchen. This room features striking countertops designed by Counterscapes and appliances handpicked at Don's TV & Appliances, both vendors located in Tyler. Open glass windows frame the breakfast nook, which overlook the lake and backyard. "Every morning, I sit in the [breakfast table] chair with my Life® cereal and look at my lake,” the homeowner said. Between the kitchen and living room stands a treasured piece of furniture: a

vintage dining room table discovered at First Monday Trade Days in Canton. The table was built out of bowling alley wood and weighs more than 600 pounds. Once the homeowners found the table, they requested the house be expanded to accommodate the piece. The dining room chairs are intentionally mismatched. The children and grandchildren were given $100 each and allowed to express their sense of style by purchasing their favorite chair, providing each family member their own “special place” at the table. Above the kitchen counter hangs recycled Sinclair gas station industrial fixtures. The architect, Chris Johnston, stumbled across them while on a buying trip for his store, Antique Architect, located in Gladewater, TX, at Yesterday's Treasures. "The client loves the color green, and when I saw them I knew they belonged in this house and fit with our sustainable theme," Johnston recalled. "They are the original green color [for the house's walls]." B S CE N E M A G.COM


The living room displays the most outdoor inspiration with its wide windows, high cedar beam ceilings and stone tiles above the fireplace. The hand-scraped hardwood floors provided by Builders Carpet, in Tyler, convey this East Texas homes' splendor. While Hagen's Lighting, also in Tyler, supplied the majority of the light fixtures. In the living room, the furniture and hardwood floors consist of dark tones, yet the room remains welcoming and airy due to the expert lighting. And with the flip of a switch, the fireplace errupts to make guests feel more at home. Once in the master bedroom, one can expect to be greeted with the rich aroma of cedar. “When we come in from out of town, we can always smell the cedar as soon as we walk in the door,� the homeowners expressed. The neutral bedding and furniture also bring focus to the natural beauty of the outdoor view, which is visible through the glass doors and wall of windows. To add to the relaxing environment, this room is minimally decorated and kept uncluttered. B SC ENEMAG. COM

His and her sinks accompany a spacious shower to complete the master bathroom. Above the shower is a modest circular window, a view into the seasons. Throughout the home, the plumbing fixtures were furnished by Moore Supply in Tyler. The guest bathroom sink, downstairs, is composed of broken vodka bottles, one of the many eclectic quirks that makes this house extraordinary. Also downstairs is a bedroom for the homeowner's grandchildren equipped with a hidden passageway for the kids' entertainment. The bedroom fits two bunk beds, leaving an ample amount of space for vintage toys. This gives the children plenty of room to explore and play. For this very reason, the majority of the house was built with the grandchildren in mind. With the brilliant work of Carlyle Homes, this house has become a fortress for the entire family to enjoy for generations to come.

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TO HAVE & TO CLEAN It is hard to find a day more prized, anticipated or stressful than your wedding day. Like many young ladies, local school teacher, Gail Cagle, has dreamed of her wedding her entire life. On this day, no detail is too small and no element can be overlooked. In one word, perfection is the goal. And almost as important as the church you stand in or the preacher who bonds you together forever, the perfect wedding dress is paramount. And Cagle had found that dress; the one that was meant just for her. Cagle was loading her new, glimmering gown into her car when a full bottle of bright-pink, diet water burst open, soaking the dress completely down its side. With tears in her eyes, Cagle feared that her perfect day was lost forever to an unfortunate accident. After telling a close friend of her wedding dress woes, she was recommended to call The Cleaning Company. With the special day just a couple of short weeks away, Cagle grabbed the gown and raced to their nearest location. Upon Cagle's arrival, The Cleaning Company staff assured her they would do everything in their power to alleviate the stain. After hearing word of Cagle's wedding dress disaster, The Cleaning Company's Owner, Darryl Flynn, along with Production Manager Manuel Olvera took special interest in the case. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, Flynn wanted to make sure every step was taken to restore Cagle's gown. Two days passed as Cagle worried about the fate of her dress. But soon the call arrived, putting her weary mind to rest. “It was perfect, you couldn't even tell there had been a stain,” Cagle breathed a great sigh of relief. “I was so appreciative to The Cleaning Company, because they saved my dress. I mean, it was the one, so there was no turning back,” Cagle exclaimed. “On the day of my wedding, you couldn't even tell. I couldn't even tell and I knew where the stain was! … They are just the sweetest people, they were so concerned ... and more than helpful,” … “I wasn't even a customer there. This was the first time that they had met me! And I was treated as if I were their own daughter. They were that concerned about me having my dress perfect and that was beyond the call of duty.” The Cleaning Company's mission statement is “From the time customers drop off their garments, each article is processed and handled with care!” Handled with care, indeed! B SC ENEMAG. COM

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GAMERS’ ARENA by Noel Martin

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kay you frag-collecting, fast-paced, FPS (First Person Shooter) gamers out there, Battlefield 4 has arrived and is making its way on to decked-out gaming machines around the world. And why wouldn’t it be? With the implementation of the Frostbite 3 engine, Levelution and jaw-dropping gameplay so real it will have you spotting for snipers on your way to work, Battlefield 4 breaks the mold of running and gunning. Yes, this game is a cesspool of eye candy and theatrics, but remember, not all that glitters is gold, my friends. I had the privilege of chatting with Keith Marsiglia, Owner of SMGaming and Server Administrator for the Official SMGaming Battlefield 4 servers, and was able to get insight beyond just a players standpoint. Lets start with the pros. After all, we want to build this game up just a bit before we completely tear it back down.

PROS SPECTATING

“During the duration of Battlefield 3, many players demanded more features that, in their eyes, hindered the online gaming experience. One such major feature was the ability to spectate during matches,” said Marsiglia. I agree with him completely. Let's face it, you unload a clip

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into a player who then 360-no-scope-head-shots you with a sniper rifle. Or you're running across the map and someone one-shots you with a shotgun from the opposite spawn. These things along with seeing through walls, glitching to unreachable places on the map and the seemingly never-ending clip, are some of the reasons spectating is an absolute must for online gaming, especially in competitions. “Perhaps Battlefield 4 will have a future in the competitive aspect of FPS games once all the bugs are worked out,” stated Marsiglia.

WORLD DESTRUCTION & LEVELUTION

In Battlefield 4, if you see it, you can pretty much destroy it. Lets imagine for a moment you have an entire enemy squad hunkered down in a building. It's locked down so tight you can’t even get within 100 meters of it without pushing up daisies. Well, instead of punching a hole in your monitor out of frustration, grab a tank and take out the load-bearing walls of the structure, then watch it come crushing down on the entire squad. To me, that satisfaction is like a Snickers™ dipped in ice cream. Yum. Levolution is the new back-of-the-box feature; transforming multiplayer maps via some rather spectacular events. Playing the same ol’ maps over and over again, where nothing changes, is like hearing grandpa tell the same tired stories every year at Christmas. Well, imagine this year grandpa put a twist on it, and the story took on a whole new dynamic. Welcome to the maps of Battlefield 4. From crashing down skyscrapers adding a dusty haze and new structures to exploding dams that flood a once-dry battlefield, the map you knew five minutes ago is now a new battlefield with more obstacles and places to hide. Just remember to have

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your parachute ready if you’re camped-out sniping from a tall building. Odds are, it’s coming down soon.

OVERALL GAMEPLAY

The Battlefield games have always had advantages to their gameplay over other FPS games. With players-per-server size, map modes and superior customizing abilities, Battlefield 4 continues to offer gamers a more advanced gameplay experience. What other game can you jump in while all in the same map, plant C4 on a jet ski, jump on, and send it crashing into a boat while detonating the C4 then take a helicopter over the building tops to knock out the snipers? We all love to run around a small map “spraying and praying” sometimes, but we want more, and Battlefield deliveres once again.

CONS NETCODE - The biggest issue

Netcode is a chunk of programing codes that manage the data transfer between client/host and players. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, how is this a con for the online players of Battlefield 4? I have turned to Marsiglia once more to help me with this issue. “Due to the fact that we play on American-hosted servers here in the US, players who join from other countries have a much higher ping. Well, with the netcode of Battlefield 4 favoring the higher ping, these players have up to one second of lead time on someone with a lower ping. This means the players with a higher ping will see you up to one second before you see them. That's enough time to fire off at least three shots. Odds are, by they time you see them, you are already dead,” said Marsiglia.

SERVER CRASHES

Simply stated here, server crashing is a huge annoyance when it comes to online gameplay of Battlefield 4. This is something that effects all players and has been occuring more frequently than we care for. Personally, if I ran Battlefield 4, I would make sure my servers are stable and could keep players in, before challenging clans to matches in game. Get the bugs fixed, then you can play guys.

GRAPHIC OPTIMIZATION

This game is a massive load of eye candy, as previously stated. With this comes the disadvantage of the games graphics optimization. If you are packing anything less than an upper to mid-ranged video card (costing anywhere from $250+) then you are not going to really be able to enjoy this game as much running at maybe 24 frames per second. Even the mid to mid-upper ranged cards are having a hard time pushing anything more than 60 frames per second. The developers definitely need to do some reoptimization to allow better frame rates on a little less card.

NO ADMIN FOR OFFICIAL SERVERS

So you see a guy that is obviously hacking and you want to kick them from the server or better yet, ban them. Well, thanks to the brilliance of DICE/ EA, you can’t. Thats right. You have no administrative control over servers that you pay for and you maintain. C’mon guys, if we are going to pay so much to host these “official” servers, at least give us the control to keep them clean. The pros definitely outweigh the cons here, folks. Once EA/DICE have these quirks under control, I think we will have a pretty solid game on our hands. Let's just say, it may leave the Ghosts sitting on the shelf – If you know what I mean. Check out the SMgaming servers online and SMgaming.net to maximize your Battlefield 4 experience. B SC ENEMAG. COM

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he New Year brings a sense of renewal for all of us. With the start of 2014, I want to challenge you to look at things around our home with a new perspective. Things that may seem old and worth giving up, just might be transformed into your new favorite dÊcor. So, put your creative glasses on. It’s time to redesign and repurpose.

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HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS FOR GIVING NEW LIFE TO OLD THINGS:

Turn an old piece of driftwood into a towel rack. With some twine and hooks from your local hardware store, this is a simple DIY project for the bathroom. Do you have old buckets or planting pots lying around? Paint them white, add a hook and you’ve got a new plant wall for your yard, garden or sun room. It’s a wonder what you can do with a can of white spray paint. Maybe take it a step further by taking a piece of scrap wood and twine to create a hanging shelf in a tree. I recently went to a craft fair here in Los Angeles and saw these super hip pendant lights. The company takes old Hobart mixer parts, baking tins, barbells and even marble scraps to create beautiful lighting. Perhaps you

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have a special piece from your grandmother’s kitchen that you won’t really use for cooking, but would like to feature it in a "new light." Honor the old by doing something new with it! Old kitchen utensils are fun to transform! On one episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, we took old spoons and made a beautiful chandelier for the dining room. Even something as simple as a metal funnel can be turned upside down and transformed into a hanging planter for succulents in any room. Dressers can new coat of Anthropology that would

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If you must get rid of the dresser, consider keeping the drawers at least. They make great wall shelves, planters in the garden and even dog beds! Art can come from anywhere! Even a stick, painted with a stencil can become art. A new trend on the west coast is to use old phone book pages, books and newspapers for art around the home. Try taking an old newspaper clipping and stenciling something on it for your walls. Before you throw out books in the trash, consider repurposing! My favorite journals are actually made by the Downtown Women’s Center in LA. They employ at-risk women, making products B S CE N E M A G.COM


Honor the old by doing something new with it!

with lots of love. This group rescues old library books by rebinding the covers with blank pages creating a meaningful new journal. Try taking old maps, record album covers, vintage magazine covers or even old sewing pattern covers and clip them on the wall with silver binding clips and you have unique, yet simple art!

Never throw away an old door, window or shutter. Picture a new headboard, shelves, art, table tops – the options for reuse of these items are endless!

Why buy a vase when you can use your favorite wine bottle? Even old Perrier and olive oil bottles make lovely flower vases.

I’d like to share a story about perspective to make this whole redesign thing clear. Last year, I worked in Ghana, West Africa to build an art center for kids. During construction, we ran out of paint trays and cups. For days, the volunteers asked if we had any more cups to pour paint in, we did not.

Some old car parts can make for interesting conversation pieces around the house. I learned how to drive in an old Ford pick up. So when I found a vintage Ford emblem, I knew it was the perfect piece to personalize my room.

Later that week, we went on a hike and the local kids in the village kept asking for our water bottles after we were done drinking the water. They all wanted to reuse our plastic bottles in different ways. As they were practically begging

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for our bottles, it dawned on me that we indeed had paint cups at the construction site all along – We were drinking from them! None of us had thought about the idea of repurposing our plastic water bottles for paint cups. Shame on us. The Ghanaian kids taught me a beautiful lesson about resourcefulness. Sadly, we label objects as the media has told us. Once something is labeled, we have a hard time seeing it in any other light. Let’s resolve to be more resourceful this year! The key in repurposing is to have an open mind. It’s all about perspective. Look at something and see how many uses you can actually give it, beyond the label it already owns. I believe whatever you’re looking for might just already be in your hands.

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HOME First things first: out with the old. To make your home the best it can be in 2014, de-clutter! Get rid of anything you haven’t used, touched or seen in the past year. If it doesn’t improve your mood, your space or serve a purpose, say adios! You can do it yourself or hire one of many area professionals who will make quick work of your extra belongings. Once you’ve de-cluttered, have fun with your space. Outside, create curb appeal with plots of popping color. Plant annuals in a bed, pot or in a cluster for maximum impact. Step out of the box and paint your front door something daring, like turquoise or lime green. Your house is sure to be noticed. Inside, change out area rugs with the season. Is the spruce and chocolate pattern to wintery? Try replacing it with one in camel tones and teal. Coordinate throw pillows for even more color. Have neutral furniture? The sky is the limit with what you can do. Change out pictures for each season or snap on a slipcover to give your room a new look. Tired of your light fixtures? Replace them with a chandelier, a pendant light or ceiling fan.

not going to your 52-week savings plan. When the jar is full, count out the change and put it toward something you – or your family – has wanted to go do, like a day at the amusement park or a fancy dinner out. Pay yourself first. It’s the oldest advice in the book, but also the best. Designate a certain amount each pay period that you IMMEDIATELY remove from your account and put it aside in an interestbearing account or money-market. Then do not touch it. Pay cash. It’s so easy to swipe a debit card or credit card at Starbucks for $4.27 and not notice where the money goes. When you’re physically handling the cold, hard cash, it’s a little harder to part with. Spend money to make money. If you are really in the financial doldrums, see a certified financial planner to help you figure out the best way for you to become financially fit in 2014.

Bedrooms are so much fun to spruce up and one of the easiest ways to boost your mood. Invest in a duvet and change out the covers. Snuggle down into a lux throw blanket for your bed, and spend a little on some high-thread-count sheets. It’ll be like sleeping in a luxury hotel every night. Freshen up your kitchen with new hardware on your cabinets, or even paint everything below your counter tops to a fun color like swizzle stick blue or lucent purple. Bathrooms can also easily be given a feel-good flair with new towels (remember that lilac?) or a new shower curtain. FINANCES Let’s give your wallet a workout! And we don’t mean in the shopping mall. Whatever your financial status, we bet we can do a little better in 2014. Try this small savings plan: The first week of the year, save $1. Just one. The second week, put aside $2. Now you have $3. The third week, save $3. Do you get where we’re going with this? Save the amount that corresponds to the week of the year. By the end of 52 weeks, you’ll have $1,378 in your piggy bank. Not bad for starting off with $1. Designate a Treat Jar for all the loose change that’s

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