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PUBLISHER’S LETTER Springtime is one of the most happening times of year for the magazine and right here in East Texas! March, April and May are the start of a busy social calendar and amazing run of charitable and fun events. The Symphony Ball, Heart Gala and Longview Cattle Barons' are coming quick – so is the hot Texas heat! Spring universally symbolizes new opportunities, and BSCENE is no exception. In addition to starting the year with a fabulous new issue (thanks to handsome cover-model Judge Joel Baker), BSCENE has also welcomed a new face: former CBS 19 Anchor Meghan McDermott – though now she's officially Meghan McDermott-Roth (congrats to newlyweds Meghan and Stephen)! And speaking of newlyweds, be sure to check out the latest, most lavish weddings featured in the B WED section, along with articles and ads to help you plan for the big day. Of course, we wouldn't be BSCENE without providing the most complete event coverage in East Texas. Just some of the events to check out in this issue: Rose Festival Winter Gala, Go Red for Women, Tyler Cattle Barons' Kickoff, Stars Over Longview and Longview Cattle Barons' Champagne and Chocolate. Another new event to check out is BSCENE's first ever Pardi Gras. We broke out the velvet ropes (and the king cake) to welcome guests at Cimarron for Mardi Gras with a Cajun-inspired menu and live entertainment by our friend DJ Shane Payne. I want to take a moment to thank our sponsors for the event: ETV Software, The Blaze 102.7/106.9 and 99.3 Talk FM. The party was a huge success! I am proud to bring you an incredible cover story about ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that recently visited East Texas. Native East Texan Kim Bandy Lewis is a designer for the show, and she has succeeded in bringing her crew here to show them how giving East Texans truly are. Gary Bayless of Bayless Custom Homes and his team, along with countless volunteers from across East Texas, worked a grand total of 106 hours straight to complete a fabulous, new, energy-efficient home for the Carr family. Flip straight to page 14 to read about this project, and what Bayless Homes has in store for the future. As you browse this issue, be sure to check out the interesting editorial to get you ready for spring break and a head start on summer! The Fitness IQ can help you tighten-up your “situation” for swimsuit season. Find out how the superman of spuds, the sweet potato, can help your health. You can also check out a special Tasting Room featuring Texas' favorite beverages. And for brides to be, no matter when your nuptials, we have selected one ideal honeymoon destination for every month of the year! Don't forget, you can always watch the wonderful people of East Texas in action at As we gear-up for a busy time of year, remember to relax and enjoy what East Texas has to offer: wonderful, talented, giving people who make this a fantastic place to live.

Shawn Michael Haney President & CEO

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EDITOR’S LETTER I can be a pretty cautious guy sometimes. It isn't a problem I'd consider to be “extreme.” It's not like I would stand in the middle of the street trying to decide which way to dive as a truck bears down on me, horn blaring. But, I've driven more than my share of servers crazy as they waited on me to make a decision at dinner: baked potato or mashed? (Baked, no chives, thanks). Acting immediately when necessary is one thing, but taking the time to make the correct and vital choice is another. Not everything is as simple as picking a side to go with your entree. There are times in life that demand you weigh your options, balance needs and wants, and make the right decision – not just for today, but for your future. I've been in Tyler for awhile now, and it is starting to feel like home. I'm finding the backroads and learning the shortcuts, searching out those out-of-the-way lunch spots that those who've grown up here swear by. My surroundings are becoming ever more familiar and comfortable. I have grown up around here, and I feel like East Texas is truly my home – more than just where I live, if that makes sense. The reason I bring this up is because, though I've looked before, there may be no better time than now for me to take steps toward purchasing a home. It's been on my mind for awhile, and it's what led me into moving from an apartment to renting a house. I have to say, it's been a great decision. I love the simple pleasures of parking by my door, maintaining my own yard or being able to play music at whatever volume I see fit. I love having a place to put up friends from out of town and a yard where my dog can run around like an idiot to his heart's delight. This year, I threw a Halloween party at my house … without fear of reprisal from curmudgeonly neighbors or worrying about the parking situation or having enough space to fit the fog machine, the foam pit and the bounce house (okay, so none of those things were at the party ... but I did hang some fake spiderwebs around). The point is, I felt like a host – opening my home to friends and coworkers. So, after the first of the year, when the staff and I jumped with both feet into the planning and execution of our March/April 2010 issue, and it's Best Places to Live and Real Estate Professionals theme, an idea firmly entrenched in the back of my mind was pushed right to the front. The homebuyer tax credit has been extended. The incredibly skilled builders, architects and designers have continued to bless the East Texas marketplace with their talents and resources – and we've got some amazing homes to show for it. The real estate agents are out there, pounding the pavement and doing the work to offer us some really exceptional opportunities to buy, rent or sell a home. The desire is there, to buy and to sell. It's time to get back out there, East Texas. It's time to take advantage of a great situation, time to make things happen, time to make a choice. And it may be time for me to take a little of my own advice. Will Knous Managing Editor Follow me on Twitter at

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Even as a New Orleans native, I can honestly say that I have never had as much fun on Mardi Gras as I did at BSCENE's Pardi Gras event in Tyler. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the people, the music, the decorations – everything was so welcoming and happy and safe. The whole atmosphere of the evening was absolutely wonderful and we hope you do it again next year! – Arlynne & Tim Olk Life Partners,



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Thank you once again for highlighting one of the most anticipated events in our community. Your presentation of the 61 beautiful young ladies and handsome young gentlemen of The Junior Symphony League is marvelous in layout and color and shows the young people at their very best. Each JSL member has made an important contribution to the East Texas Symphony Orchestra with their time and talent, and we were delighted to honor them at our Annual Gala Ball on March 5. Your magazine is a very important to us as it communicates our activities to the public. All of your presentations of life in East Texas add greatly to the success of each event, and the Women's Symphony League and I thank you enormously. – Joyce Hudnall President, Women's Symphony League of Tyler

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Arlynne & Tim, We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed Pardi Gras! The staff at BSCENE and Cimarron worked tirelessly on every detail of that party, and it paid off. But we couldn't have done any of it without our sponsors the Blaze and 99.3 Talk FM (and of course Shane Payne). At BSCENE, we felt that East Texas was lacking true entertainment for the "party" holidays, so we have plans to host similar events throughout the year – it all started with Gateway 2010 for New Year's Eve. Then we celebrated Mardi Gras, and who knows what will be on the horizon! – BSCENE Magazine


Here at BSCENE Magazine, our principle objective is to produce the highest quality publication we can, and one that truly represents all of East Texas. As readers, you are an integral part of the process – we’re here to inform and serve you as best we can. In the interest of doing that, we honestly want to hear what’s on your mind. You are a huge part of BSCENE, and we want you to be heard. Call us at 903-509-4703, email us at or fax in your feedback to 903-509-3189 – smoke signals and carrier pigeons are also welcomed. Each issue, the reader giving the most constructive feedback (postive or negative) will receive something special from BSCENE Magazine. This issue, the reward goes to ... Arlynne and Tim Olk! BSCENEMAG.COM


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22 The Gift of ADHD....................B Well 28 Part of the Program..........B Culture 32 V in the City.........Dolce Vita Salon 38 Hard Core Abs.................Fitness IQ 46 Getting On Your Nerves 50 The Suite Life..........................B Wed 56 Q&A For The Big Day 59 Best Places to Live & Real Estate Professionals...............Special Section


SPOTLIGHTS 60 Feather Your Nest 64 The Hamptons at Greenridge 68 The Cascades Lake Towers


72 Real Estate.................Home Listings 76 Super Starch....................Cook Well 78 Dean Fearing's Spice of Life 79 Oysters Rockefeller.............Recipe 80 Dining Guide for East Texas 86 Can You Beer Me Now.................... .........................................Tasting Room 88 Man About Town.............................

94 Mike Brattlof Homes, Inc................. ..........................................B Home Tour 102 The Psychology of Color 106 Style File....................Style Section 112 All That Glitters.............…..Style IQ 114 Tie One On...............….….Style IQ 116 April Showers.....................Style IQ 118 Getting Involved..............B Driven 122 Magdalene..................Entertainer 126 Entertainment Calendar 130 Social Events Calendar 138 100 Years of Duty to God and Country 139 B Connected 143 The Payneful Truth 144 Outtakes 146 Smart Money..Real Estate Finance

11 Street Scene

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152 Business Etiquette

15 Designing for the Future .................

90 Carpet 101........................At Home

156 Sports Scene

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160 Fatally Flawed.......Back Page

20 Stopping the Cycle.......Just Cause

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Shawn Michael Haney - President / CEO Kelly Laine Haney - Vice President Mitzi Hardee - Executive Assistant ACCOUNTING Kelly Laine Haney ADVERTISING SALES Angie Day, Meghan McDermott-Roth, Sonya York Intern: Ashley Parivar MANAGING EDITOR William Knous PRODUCTION MANAGER Karli Hetherington CREATIVE TEAM Karli Hetherington, Noel Martin Assistant: Marshall Garrett Berry EDITORIAL TEAM Holly Head, Karli Hetherington Production Interns: Cecily Anderson, Hayley Simmons, Lex Wolfe CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Shane Payne, Dr. Aubrey D. Sharpe, Eric Sullivan, Veronica Terres Contributing Food Editor: Chef Dean Fearing PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS Artist Group Photography, Valerie Anderson, Lindsey Bland, Gema Blanton, Matt Dalrymple, Andrews Joven, Dr. Scott Lieberman, Christina Massey, Leah Muse, Dennis Pham, Portraits by Bryan, Randy Phillips Photography, Mark Sanders, Sam Smead Photography, Summer Thomas, White Photography STYLE FILE Models: Jena & Dr. Guy Waldron Location: Hollytree Country Club Photography: Noel Martin Style Coordinators: Holly Head, Mitzi Hardee, Karli Hetherington FRONT COVER Photography: Noel Martin


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150 LIMELIGHTS 133 Tyler Rose Museum Winter Gala 150 ETCC President's Circle Reception 154 Sixth Annual Jarvis College Ball

SEE & BSCENE 26 Longview Go Red for Women 34 UTHSCT Med Student Dinner 42 Stars Over Longview 45 Second Annual Tournament of Heroes 92 Pasta & Puccini 119 Jan/Feb Pre-Release Party 137 Longview Champagne & Chocolates 142 Tyler Chamber Business Expo 157 Pardi Gras 158 Tyler Cattle Barons' Gala Kickoff

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48 ARC Donor Appreciation Reception Women's Symphony League Games Night


58 Nacogdoches Alive After Five at Lanana Creek Hall Lliteracy Council of Tyler Luncheon 74 Business After Hours at Tyler Museum of Art Business After Hours at Maude Cobb 104 Dr. Luke Society Dinner Spring Sweep Luncheon 148 Heart of Tyler Annual Meeting Hope Open Kickoff



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Mayor Barbara Bass installed the Tyler Area Builders Association's 2010 officers Jan. 6, during a luncheon at Hollytree Country Club. ETMC Tyler held a private dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting on Jan. 12, for the Mary and Wayne Poindexter Patient Care Unit – a $28 million, 72-unit expansion. Dr. Ray Perryman spoke at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Luncheon on Jan. 14, and gave his annual update on the status of the economy. The Hamptons at Greenridge hosted "Souper" Friday on Jan. 15, a soup cook-off and tasting, as well as a canned-food drive for PATH.


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On Jan. 21, the Greater Tyler Association of Realtors broke ground on the new 4.8 acre Realtor Center lot located on SSE Loop 323 between University Blvd. and McDonald Rd. The Bullard Education Foundation awarded 12 innovative teaching grants to Bullard teachers, students and staff on Jan. 22, at the Bullard ISD Administration Building.

Habitat for Humanity hosted a luncheon on Jan. 26, as a way to say "Thank You" to its many supporters.

Angela Moss, owner of Belladonna Day Spa, hosted "Reclaim Your Youth" on Jan. 28, showcasing the breakthrough PRIORI skincare system, with wine and hors d'oeuvres.

"Our economy is better than any other state in the country..." said Governor Rick Perry at his stop at Cavenders Boot City in Tyler on Feb. 1, before the primary. Supporters of The University Health & Science Center at Tyler gathered for a Dedication Ceremony for the newly remodeled Intensive Care Unit on Feb. 4.

A new location for the Family Crisis Center of East Texas' Thrift Store opened with a ribbon cutting on Feb. 5. Executive Director Margi Preston welcomed Nacogdoches Chamber members and guests. The Fifth Annual MDA Stride & Ride took place at Broadway Square Mall in Tyler on Feb. 6, to raise funds and awareness to support local programs and services provided by the MDA.

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 the faces you know. Music, theater and other cultural events also make the scene.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting of the newest Johnny's Pizza House took place on Feb. 6, in Whitehouse. Johnny's offers a wide variety of specialty pizza along with salad, wings and more. Susan Robinson Jewelry and Larry Lott Interiors cohosted a special Valentine's event on Feb. 9, with Charles Krypell. Raffle ticket sales for the Women's Symphony League also kicked off. Feb. 9, The Mary Tyler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution awarded scholarships to students at a special Tea at Willow Brook Country Club. On Feb. 12, Mayor Bass helped Habitat for Humanity build safe, affordable, and decent homes for those in need, as a part of the "Mayor's Year of Serving" initiative.

Brookshire Grocery Co. held the groundbreaking ceremony? for their long-awaited “Fresh” store on Feb. 16, to be located on Old Jacksonville Hwy. On Feb. 19, the 21st Annual East Texas Auto & Cycle Show featured the best classic, antique and specialty cars in the region. All proceeds benefited the East Texas Crisis Center. The Potpourri House hosted "Blues for A Cure" – an evening of dinner, and music on Feb. 20. Funds raised were donated to The American Cancer Society. The new location for Carter BloodCare opened Feb. 22, in Longview. The community blood center hopes the new location will provide greater convenience and added comfort for blood donors.


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On Feb. 23, Texas Bank and Trust proudly opened the doors to its flagship location in Tyler on Grande Blvd.

On Feb 25, The Cascades Lake Cottages hosted a Realtor appreciation event to showcase their lakeside properties to potential clientele.

B.JAXX celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting on Feb. 26, in Tyler. B. JAXX sells handbags and accessories, and is located next to Hasting’s. The ribbon cutting for the grand opening of American State Bank’s newest Tyler location took place on Mar. 2. Featured speakers included Mayor Barbara Bass.


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With a project like those undertaken by ABC’s wildly popular Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the superlatives tend to flow very easily ‌ The greatest, the kindest, the most helpful people ever all seem to be gathered in a three-block radius for a little while. But when the generators are shut off and the flood lights are extinguished, Will there be enough goodwill to go around in a week? A month? A year? For East Texas, the answer seems to be a resounding YES.

Designers John Littlefield and Ed Sanders answer questions from the media after surprising the Carr Family on Feb. 25.

Gary Bayless, Katrina Carr, Rina Carr, Haydn Carr, Nikolas Carr, Mike Carr, Ryanne Carr, Joe Runnels

Everyone knows about Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE). The show pulls down monster ratings every week with uplifting stories in which hundreds of people – from supremely qualified design professionals to volunteers who know nothing more about homebuilding other than that they’d like to give it a try – descend on the home of a genuinely deserving family and turn it into a residential wonderland. But what could easily become a tired, sappy schtick is kept fresh and inspiring because, well, the families deserve it (and the ladies do love Ty Pennington). Take the Carr family from Mineola chosen by the show for the East Texas rendition: Katrina and Mike Carr adopted their four children from Kazakhstan and worked incredibly hard to overcome the challenges they’ve faced financially and with a long string of health issues for parents and children alike, all from a home that was simply not up to the standards necessary to care for them, but filled to the brim with love nonetheless. Mike and Katrina met while working at a summer camp for special-needs children. After they married four years later, the couple followed their passion of making a difference in the lives of others by adopting four kids from Kazakhstan who were abandoned at birth. Two of the children were born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which caused Ryanne, now 6, to have both legs and one arm amputated, and Rina, 3, to lose a leg. Their BSCENEMAG.COM

brother Nikolas, 9, was recently diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder, which affects his behavior and ability to concentrate. Compounding the family struggles, health problems have required their father Mike, 41, to have both pancreas and kidney transplants over the past decade and he continues to have seizures. Despite these life complications, the family is an inspiration in the truest sense of the word, and the demolition and rebuilding of their home will have an impact that will stretch on long after the last ABC cameras are unplugged and packed away. Things in television move quickly, but when Gary Bayless and Joe Runnels of Bayless Custom Homes got a call from the producers of EMHE early this year, inquiring about their participation in the ultra-renovation franchise, they didn’t think they’d be walking through the process a few short days later. “Back around Feb. 1, [EMHE] called Gary,” said Runnels, during a break between affixing lamps to the new stone entryway. “Then, they called us in the office the following Monday and formally asked us if we’d like to do it. We said yes, and a day later the guys showed up to walk us through the process!” If the process was quick, the decision by Bayless to take on the project was at lightning speed. “We had a chance to see the family beforehand – on the videotape – and we saw what it was about, and the cause,” remembered Runnels. “We both thought it through and

were reminded of what the Bible says: ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’

“We’ve been given a lot this last year, so we wanted to be sure we contributed back, and gave the praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

And give back they have. Putting together a model car in 106 hours would be a struggle for most of us, and seeing the progress on this domestic wonder in only a few days inspires awe. “Considering that we started this less than a week ago,” said Bayless, taking a break from an endless slate of building, filming and meetings, “to be this far along is unbelievable … Really I’ve enjoyed just watching the people working, and how it’s all come together in such a short amount of time. I’ve appreciated the people’s attitudes and it warms my heart to see that kind of community involvement and the spirit of giving.” Runnels echoed Bayless’ sentiments. “My favorite thing of all to see is the amount of volunteers that come out in the rain and the cold and the mud,” he said, amazed. “It doesn’t matter, they work and give it their all and they don’t stop.” Though, it must be said, both these seasoned professionals were rendered speechless by the designs and themed rooms MARCH/APRIL 2010

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added into the home. Anyone familiar with the show would be looking for the baseball diamond or the space station controls or the integrated video screens throughout. But Runnels seemed to still be in a mild shock over what is being incorporated into this house. “These theme rooms are wild!” he said excitedly. “It’s something we don’t see every day, and it’s been a lot of fun to be a part of helping them get built. There are things in there that we definitely don’t get to put into the average houses we build … When you see this thing on the show, it will absolutely blow your mind!” More than just bells and whistles, the house is also aimed to be environmentally and fiscally conscious as well. “It’s truly as green as ‘green’ can be,” Runnels said. “It’s something we’ve thought about doing since the beginning, and we’ve tried to incorporate as much of that as we can. We’re a little limited by what’s available – it’s mostly electricity and we’ve used some propane and we’ve put sprayin foam insulation throughout the house, used special windows, all of it. Everything we’ve done has been with the goal of trying to make this place as energy-efficient as we can.” Tales of the astonishing designs and super-cool features are expected by those who know and watch the show. Though, each episode and house does bring with it something viewers may not expect. But that “expected surprise” is what makes it such great viewing! You know it’s coming, you know it will be great – and it never fails to disappoint. As most everyone on the job site will attest to, this house certainly follows suit. Along the same lines, after speaking with only a handful of people another familiar pattern will emerge in this build – and it’s a revelation the people of East Texas could expect, but should seize upon. Just listen to what designer John Littlefield has to say about it: “East Texas is great!” Originally from Tyler, EMHE Art Designer Kim Bandy Lewis expounds on Littlefield’s exclamation. “Basically, I brag about Texas everywhere I go,” Lewis said with a smile. “My crew and the people I work with get tired of me talking about Texas – because it comes up pretty much on a daily basis. But it’s really cool to see them here, because now they understand what I’ve been bragging about. The people, the spirit, the giving, the friendliness, the warmth. People are inviting here! When I walk into a builder’s office – whether it’s in Buffalo, New York or Seattle, Washington, they are totally different people with different attitudes – when they find out I’m from Texas they warm up to me … So it’s neat to have my crew see what I love about this state. They are seeing it. Our Executive Producer said he loves Tyler, the people are so amazing here. Just look around, we have more support than we even need. There are people standing in the driveway right now because we don’t have enough for them to do!” Lewis graduated from Texas A&M in


2003 (with a degree in Graphic Design – though she admits to switching her focus to architecture midway through school) then went to work for a furniture manufacturer in Austin. Her company donated furniture to a build for the show, contacting them after Lewis met one of the designers and producers at a trade show. She came out and helped –

Kim Bandy Lewis basically volunteering all night – and they hired her on the spot. Now wrapping up her fourth season on the show Lewis said it was like a dream to be plying her trade back home. “It’s been awesome,” Lewis intoned.

time is seeing the family’s face [at the reveal]. That’s what keeps me going. When that bus moves and they fall to their knees because of the things I’ve designed, there’s no feeling like that. It’s immediate gratification. But staying up all night, being on the phone all the time, working week after week – it’s a hard lifestyle to live. But it’s worth it every time, because I know I’ve done something for a family like this one. I’m working with a purpose – I don’t know what else I could ask for. I don’t know what I might do after this – I may have to have kids or something!” That feeling of purpose and satisfaction is contagious. From the on-camera talent to the volunteers, everyone talks about being able to contribute in some way to this family. And perhaps without realizing it they are offering up themselves as examples, giving so much of themselves to help someone they don’t really even know that well: a community – of any size, of any group – coming together to serve family – any family – is a powerful statement of philanthropy. And it definitely makes it easier to forget those tired bones and sleepless nights. “We get to meet the family and hang out with them for about two hours,” said Littlefield. “Then, we put them in a limo and send them off to Hawaii or Disney World or another place. But, it’s the time from when we put them in the limo all the way to ‘Move That Bus!’ that we truly get to know them by working with their friends and family and other volunteers that know them; people that tell stories about them … and it’s [in] those moments that you finally get to know them. We all become a part of that, and we’ve taken that journey. So, when we move the bus, we all know each other. It’s incredible. And that never gets old.”

“It’s very surreal and exciting to be home doing this … A community comes together… Littlefield went on to say: “Bayless I’ve done this in at least 45 Homes has done a phenomenal job because states – and my family has not they’ve not only built a house in a week for deserving family, they’ve done it with the seen me for about four years. afamily’s needs in mind … The kids, they And so to be able to see my real family and my Extreme Makeover family and show my family what we do on the road, week after week, has been really incredible. My family is out here helping, so now they understand why I don’t pick up my phone when they call,” she laughed. Lewis stays unquestionably busy – for this home she drew the house plans (in pencil), picked all the exterior applications – the stone, the roofing, all the details and bones of the house, the landscaping – everything you see on the outside, she touched. On the inside she’s responsible for deciding the room themes for the kids. But Lewis is accustomed to the diligence and dedication. “I am used to the pace – and I really thrive off of it – but what moves me every

love to help mom in the kitchen – but they have prosthetics. So, what did they do? They lowered the sinks for them. It’s that little, tiny attention to detail that turns this house into a home, their home: the Carr family home, with their needs in mind. It’s not just some model home where we say ‘we can make it work.’ For example, [to accommodate] the wheelchairs: wider doorways, ADA bathrooms... the list goes on and on and on. One level surface. Things you can’t see: clean air for dad. When we say “Move That Bus!” the kids are going to see all the fun stuff: the furniture and the plasma TVs and the computers and games and all that stuff. Mom and Dad will see a home that is safe from fire, clean air for dad, walls without mold, everything on one level for the kids and the wheelchairs. The phenomenal B S C E N E M A G.COM

things they did before in this house that was not catering to their needs, so just think what they can do now! I could go on and on about this stuff.”

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But what about the original question? What about when the Hollywood crews leave? What happens to the community then? To the people in need? To get things on the right track, Bayless Custom Homes is coming up with a starting line. “We’re going to try and keep the ball rolling on giving to needy families, even without the television show,” said Bayless. “There are a lot of people we want to help – even in this very neighborhood – that have needs just as [pressing] as anyone. It’s touched both [Runnels and my] hearts, and we want to keep doing these types of things. So, we’re setting up a foundation. We’ll begin by using the money that we raise because of this project to help other families in East Texas … The people at the show have told me that the people here were some of the best they’ve ever seen.” Runnels continued, “The thing that we really want to do with this is – when the cameras are not rolling – to be able to take something on like this every year. So, Gary [Bayless] and I are in the process of starting

a small foundation. And, it may not always be a complete build; it may just be widening doors for people or adding a wheelchair ramp to someone’s house … but we’re going to try and do a couple of things each year to try and keep this going. I hope [this event] translates over to a lot of things.

“When you see people that are hungry or need help, I hope everyone will step up and do this again, when the cameras aren’t here – doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. Hopefully we’ll be able to add a

few other people in who would like to help. We have a couple of ideas we want to work on – and we have another family in mind now that we’re excited to start helping here in East Texas. No timetable yet – just as soon as we get some sleep, something to eat and a few days rest!” Still clearly an East Texan at heart, Lewis independently voiced hopes strikingly similar to those shared by Bayless Custom Homes: “I hope that this will spur people on and that

this will be contagious,” she said earnestly. “There’s no reason that, once we pull out of here, Mineola and Tyler and East Texas can’t keep stuff like this going on … But, that’s the whole goal of this – that’s all we can ask for. This is only 106 hours, but let this be a catalyst for something bigger.” So, what does the future hold for East Texas and the efforts of the Bayless Custom Homes Foundation and others like it? No one can say, not really. All we can hope to do is to convey a bit of the zeal and zest displayed by these men and women – professionals, volunteers, contractors, husbands, mothers, granddaughters and everyone else – over the course of 106 grueling and truly heartfelt hours into a consistent effort by the entire community to help those in need. In the freezing rain and the blustering wind, through the dust-covered days and the sleepless nights, East Texans once again took the opportunity to show the spirit and backbone and willingness to step forward and help – to do something, do anything. It brought out the best in so many of us. Inspired by their experiences, Gary Bayless and his team have decided to take another step in the right direction. And they’re hoping you will walk along with them.

Many Thanks to Bayless Custom Homes and the countless volunteers and donations that helped build this dream home for The Carr Family!



STOPPING THE CYCLE Race, socio-economic status or school district make no difference in the staggering statistics: one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually or physically abused by the time they reach age 18, according to Darkness To Light, an international nonprofit agency specializing in the prevention of child sexual abuse. The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County (CAC) has investigated over 5,300 cases of child physical and sexual abuse, and has provided services to over 7,500 children. They are doing their part to show awareness and promote prevention, meanwhile tending to the delicate needs of those affected by child abuse. The CAC was established as its own nonprofit 501(c)(3) in 1999. As its mission states, “The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County is dedicated to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and strives to reduce trauma through a unified effort that facilities thorough investigations, effective prosecutions and the healing of the children and their families.” Jennifer Yoder is the development coordinator for the CAC. Before she started working at the CAC, she had always assumed “the boogie man” was the perpetrator in most child abuse cases. Unfortunately, statistics show the perpetrator is somebody the child knows approximately 80 percent of the time. “Everything handled through CAC is the worst of the worst. We see children whose childhoods are being robbed from them by adult offenders. Our goal is to help them to start the healing process to stop the cycle. Because if you don't stop the cycle, they are more likely to keep it going as an adult,” Yoder explained. The first visit to the CAC by a child age 3 and over starts with a video-recorded forensic interview. The goal of the interview is to determine details about the abuse the child has experienced. It is recorded by a hidden camera to minimize the times the child must recount his or her traumatic story – the tape can be used for any necessary references and is offered if needed in court proceedings.

After the interview, the child is escorted through Teddy Bear Alley, where he or she may select one new item to take home. The CAC is always accepting donations of new dolls, stuffed animals and blankets for Teddy Bear Alley. There is also a “Play Therapy” room where therapists can observe and interact with the victim in a comfortable environment and evaluate his or her mental and emotional status. Yoder explained, “This is a time when the child and therapist really bond with one another.” Yoder said that most children are in therapy for one to two years. “We may also see some children that come when they're young, come back as a teenager to talk through more issues, and of course we welcome them back with open arms,” she said. Free of charge mental therapy sessions include one-on-one therapy, as well as group therapy. They are offered to the children, as well as parents or caregivers. The Rainbow Room is an emergency resource offered at the CAC. “Child abuse has a trickle-down effect on everything in that household,” Yoder said. The Rainbow Room allows CPS and law enforcement investigators to provide the family with needed necessity items. It is like a store, full of household cleaning items, food, diapers, car seats, clothes, socks, underwear, toys and more – but families do not pay for anything. The room is stocked by donations from the community, as well as retailers such as Target. In 2008, the CAC qualified to become the first approved K.I.D.S. Agency in Smith County, which means that the CAC is the first agency contacted when a local affiliate of a national retailer such as Toys R’ Us or Gymboree has out-of-season or damaged items to donate. As if healing from the abuse isn't enough to deal with in itself, most children also face the stress of a court case at some point. And because the justice system can be an overwhelming maze to families in crisis, the CAC provides a liaison to keep the family up-to-date on (continued on pg. 27)




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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and its causes, diagnosis and treatment, have been a hot topic for parents and medical professionals since the 1970s. It was long thought to be a result of poor discipline or a lack of intelligence, but vast research has helped correct many myths, as ADHD is “one of the best researched disorders in medicine … data on its validity are more compelling than for many medical conditions,” according to the American Medical Association on Scientific Affairs. However, the research doesn’t have much to show for the rising number of children diagnosed with ADHD...


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There’s no denying that we live in a very structured society. Fifty years ago, it was rare that children attended preschool. Now, it’s the norm. In the 1950s, kids could play outside. Today, children don’t because it’s a safety issue. Fifty years ago, kids found ways to entertain themselves for hours on end. Today, playtime is scheduled as ‘play dates,’ dance class or soccer practice. Without these activities, many children complain of boredom because they don’t know how to entertain themselves creatively. Interestingly, the characteristics of a child with ADHD are a low tolerance for boredom, frustration, being easily distracted, impulsive, forgetful and restless. (“ADHD” is the scientific, all-encompassing term, but people sometimes use the term “ADD” to refer to those with attention difficulties only.) According to Jana Sisk, licensed clinical social worker, “As a culture, we are doing some things differently … There are certain aspects of our society today that lend themselves to some brain developments either being arrested or being hyper-developed.” Scientific research supports this statement. “There is strong evidence that specific central nervous system regions seem to be under-functioning and not properly regulated, as well as smaller than usual and less well-connected to other regions in people with ADHD,” reports Ray Scardina, MD, FAPA with Trinity Clinic. Research also shows that ADHD is highly hereditary. “It runs strongly in families and appears to be linked to several genes that affect how certain important molecules and cell structures behave at nerve cell synapses (junctions), in key regions of the brain,” Scardina said. However, Dr. Scardina suggests that ADHD is not more prevalent physically, we are just simply more aware. “Rates of diagnosis and treatment are indeed higher than in the past. This does not indicate that there are more people affected by ADHD than in the past ... it probably means that because more scientific information is available about ADHD, we understand it better, recognize it more, know to look for it in people with other associated conditions, and see how much it can affect their lives. It has always been true in medicine that, once a condition is better understood and more widely known, physicians recognize it more readily and diagnosis rates rise.” ADHD is a real, treatable condition that effects the daily lives of kids, teenagers and adults. “It is a disturbance in brain functioning that shows up as problems in three areas: impulse control, regulation of activity level and regulation of attention to tasks. These areas are impaired much beyond that typical for the age and developmental level [of the individual],” Scardina said. With this type of interference in daily life, ADHD can be a struggle not only for children, but their parents as well. In the past, society has been quick to attach a stigma to the ADHD diagnosis. But the quantity of research on the disorder has helped combat the stigma previously associated with ADHD. “Diagnosing ADHD is clinical: that is, it is based on a detailed history, including medical, developmental and family history, and on mental status, physical examinations and an assessment of family and school factors,” Scardina explained. “The role of the child psychiatrist is to carefully assess the child with behavioral and academic problems, looking for evidence for and against ADHD, but also for other medical, emotional, developmental and environmental factors that might explain the child’s difficulties – which may produce a picture that looks like ADHD but isn’t … A child has to show significant, continuous problems related to attention and task performance or behavioral self-control, or both, and a list of well-validated criteria is used to determine this.” “In most cases, if the child is truly ADHD, it’s not an excuse so much as it explains the child’s behavior. So that helps us understand more about what’s going on and treat the child in a way that will help him or her be more successful … We need to be proactive for our children who have ADHD,” said Suzanne Brians, Board Certified Counselor and faculty member of The University of Texas at Tyler. “They need more positive reenforcement and encouragement than the norm because of the struggles that they deal with.” Sisk served as Executive Director of Parent Services Center for six years. She explained Parent Services Center is: “A locally grown nonprofit which is fabulous because [being local] really helps meet the specific

needs of this community … we believe in ESP: education, support and prevention. We believe the old adage, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ We believe you can give parents the tools they need to help their children grow into everything they’re capable of being, which makes for a better community.” And during Sisk’s tenure, Parent Services Center leapt from serving 400 families a year to more than 2,100. As of January, Sisk returned back to full-time private practice and Shelley Judd has assumed the role of Executive Director. Parent Services Center organized a symposium in September entitled “The Gift of ADHD,” which was wildly successful. “We were over capacity at 226 people and I had 50 more on a waiting list, so there is obviously a need in the community,” Sisk said. Out of that symposium, a new support group has formed for parents of children with ADHD. Sisk emphasized the importance of a support system and education to help families better cope and understand the ADHD child. “Navigating the medical maze is so difficult, even for the most savvy parent … we know that when a child is diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, the divorce rate is sky-high. Depending on the condition, it’s as high as 80 percent,” she explained. Sisk said she loves to refer parents of ADHD children to the work of Dr. Edward Hallowell, renowned psychiatrist, author and expert on ADHD. “When a parent first hears this diagnosis, they grieve.” But ADHD is not a severe handicap, an excuse or a character fault – it simply explains the way your child’s brain is wired. Dr. Hallowell’s site,, states his view on the disorder. “I see ADHD as a trait, not a disability. When it is managed properly, it can become a huge asset in one’s life. I have ADHD myself … As I describe it, having ADD is like having a powerful race car for a brain, but with bicycle brakes. Treating ADHD is like strengthening your brakes, so you start to win races in your life. In my work as a psychiatrist who treats ADHD, I see myself not as a doctor who treats a disability, but rather as a doctor who helps people identify, develop and celebrate their talents.” Sisk explained, “Dr. Hallowell has been able to compensate for any disruption in his life.” This is the goal of the compensatory strategies that are taught to children with ADHD. “The thing about ADHD children is they are typically very bright. And if the parent understands how it manifests in their particular child, you can come up with strategies to compensate,” she explained. For example, the urge to fidget is one of the defining characteristics of hyperactivity. So you can teach your child to drum his or her fingers gently on the leg, rather than the desk. Thus, the urge to fidget is resolved in a way that’s respectful of others. This is one of many strategies that professionals can help teach parents and children. Six to 10 percent of the “school population” have ADHD. Of that percentage, one-third have a coexisting learning disability, Brians estimates. “Usually, symptoms peak in second and third grade when academic demands are rising. Teachers expect more autonomy with students doing their work,” she explained. The treatment protocol for ADHD is multi-faceted. “Research says that a combination of treatments works best: what parents can do at home to help, what teachers can do to help the child be successful and what we teach the child to help him or herself – and last but not least, medication. Eighty-five percent of those with ADHD do well on the right medication – not just in school, but in every area of their lives,” Brians said. “It used to be thought that children would grow out of ADHD, but that’s not the case … I think it’s a matter of learning to compensate and those compensatory strategies becoming second nature,” Sisk said. Statistics show that 60 to 85 percent continue to experience ADHD into adolescence and 40 to 60 percent will continue into adulthood. “The behavioral aspect of ADHD tends to get a lot better in adolescence, with much less hyperactivity and considerable improvement in impulsivity,” Scardina says, “The attention span problems tend to persist the most. Adults with ADHD are usually more impaired with task performance and organizational problems than with behavioral problems.” by Karli Hetherington,

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court procedures and case proceedings. “Our Kids in Court Coordinator is the liaison between the District Attorney, Matt Bingham, and the family. She helps prepare the family for what to expect. The coordinator uses a nationally-licensed curriculum called 'Kids in Court' which is a model of the courtroom setting. She can show them where the judge and the jury sit, where the witness stand is. The children also make a figurine of themselves to place in the model. “The goal of this is to make the courtroom less intimidating to a child ... imagine to have to be sitting in the same room as the person they are accusing of the crime.” The CAC has always been “reactive” to abuse. In order to become more “proactive” the CAC received a grant from The Women's Fund and hired a community educator in 2009 to present awareness and prevention programs to both children and adults. Two sets of nationally approved curriculum are used. P.S. It’s My Body is used to teach children the 3 “R’s” – how to recognize, resist, and report abuse. Stewards of Children is used to teach adults in child serving organizations how to recognize and report abuse. “Our goal between April 2009 and December 2009 was to educate 160 participants … however, by the end of the year, more than 1,800 children and adults have been educated with this program,” Yoder said. As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the CAC is inviting residents and businesses to join them and local elementary schools in stringing and displaying blue lights throughout April to show support in the fight against child abuse. The CAC also always accepts donations for Teddy Bear Alley and The Rainbow Room. Yoder said she is getting several donations from kid's birthday parties. “For the kid who has everything, ask your guests to bring gifts for the CAC,” she suggests. New, unwrapped gifts of stuffed animals, blankets, clothes, shoes, diapers, hygeine items, household cleaning products and toys, as well as cash donations are always appreciated. The CAC has plans to start a capital campaign during 2010 for much-needed building renovations. Yoder said they hope to add an additional waiting area, to separate first-time visitors from those coming in for therapy sessions. “We'd also like to add a children's therapy room that is conducive to smaller children, as well as one for teenagers. And the same with the forensic interview room – right now it's geared for small children, and we want to have a room for teenagers,” Yoder said. “We actually have a waiting list of children to get into therapy, but we've run out of space!” “Every day, victims of physical and sexual abuse come through the doors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County. When they arrive they find caring professionals and volunteers dedicated to reducing the trauma of the criminal justice system. Families find support and resources. Most important, this is the place where the smallest voice can be heard and the children can find help to begin healing,” Yoder said. “I believe we have a moral obligation to the children of our community because they are our future. We are not a 'field trip' type organization, but a needed emergency service for our children. We are very thankful that Smith County recognizes us as a crucial part in the fight against child abuse and continues to be a very, very giving community.” by Karli Hetherington,


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In a time when global and national issues are often frightening and their outcomes uncertain – it's nice to indulge in some good, old fashioned escapism. And while for some an entertainment indulgence may be MTV's “Jersey Shore,” another, more sophisticated form of entertainment and human expression that has captivated audiences historically since B.C. is theatre. And among the many wonderful theatrical experiences offered in East Texas is Tyler Civic Theatre Center. Beginning their 62 season of continuous performances, the Tyler Civic Theatre Center has several changes in the upcoming year. Longtime resident director John Woods will be directing his last production in May, after 20 years at TCTC. And TCTC's two theaters, Braithwaite Theatre and Rogers Theatre, will also combine their two seasons into one to accommodate the public and open more seating. Changes for TCTC have been necessitated by growth since it's Little Theatre days. And for a theatre that has evolved and grown since day one, change is part of the program. TCTC's Education Director, DeAnna Hargrove has been at TCTC for 10 years and has a passion for teaching theatre. In 1991, DeAnna was busy living in Tyler and commuting back to Dallas to her studio, Youth


Showcase, holding classes and performances for talented young children. She applied for a position at TCTC in 2000 after reading an article in the paper about the construction of a new theatre and renovation of the original theatre to become a children's theatre. “And of course that's what my longing was, so I immediately applied for the position,” she recalled. “This is what I was born to do. This is my calling, and I feel very blessed that I am able to do what I love as a profession.” Another love of Hargrove's is theatre history – especially TCTC's history, which is surprisingly significant. The Tyler Little Theatre was originally founded in 1927. “Performances were held at the Tyler Junior College Campus and what was then Tyler High School, which is now the Women's Building, off Broadway,” she said. At an interim location, Tyler Little Theatre continued performances through WWII. Alfred E. Gilliam, Tyler Civic Theatre's original designer, was involved in the Rose Garden and was a coordinator for the Rose Parade at the time. Gilliam drew the original TCTC theatre in-the-round plans and DeAnna explained, as Gilliam's unique theatre was being constructed, there was another theatre in-theround being constructed in Dallas. “I did some research and did find B S C E N E M A G.COM

that another theatre in-the-round was founded at about the same time. And unfortunately it only existed for a few short years (seven years),” she explained. “Now, we hold the title for being the oldest existing theatre inthe-round in North America.” In 1952, Gilliam directed the newly constructed theatre's first performance and was the only employee of the theatre and continued directing through the '80s. John Woods officially took over as Gilliam's successor in '91 as resident director. Woods has served as resident director for over 20 years and will be retiring in June of 2010. A welcome addition to what is now TCTC was the Junior League of Tyler's STAR program (Summer Theatre Arts Review) for children which premiered in 1986. The summer camp program for children included dramatic workshops and performances. With its success and growth, TCTC took it over the following year as their own program. STAR continued to grow under the direction of many leaders, including Jan Jones, and yielded an after-school program in the 1990s. In 2000, DeAnna was added as the second employee to TCTC to grow and develop the children's programs. “And we now offer year-round classes which include 18 summer camps and eight classes on an after-school basis.” BSCENEMAG.COM

In 2002, the Rogers Children's Theatre began offering a separate season of family-friendly shows. The additional season is available to the public and also accommodates school groups. “So, we have shows during the day for public school, private school and home-school students,” DeAnna explained. “When we began offering a show for children, we added a third employee that is Felicity Enas. She was heavily involved both as an actor on our main stage, but she also was a teacher within our acting conservatory and STAR program. Beginning in 2002, she became Resident Director of Rogers Children's Theatre.” Gilliam's original theatre seated 192. Growth and demand for tickets to TCTC performances caused a welcome problem for the original theatre in-the-round. The large number of season ticket holders filled the theatre each production. “There simply weren't enough tickets for the public,” DeAnna explained. The only solution was to add more performances to accommodate the public. “They kept adding performances until they were up to 11,” she said. “That's asking a lot of volunteer actors … all actors and the support staff of a production are all voluntary positions.” So, with the growth of the education children's programs and the need for a larger theatre, construction began to renovate and build. “In the year 2000, they completed the buildings of what was once a parking lot between the Theatre and the Rose Garden. That property was allocated by the city to be used for the building of the new theatre,” Hargrove explained. “So in keeping with our tradition, [the new theatre] was also built to be a theatre in-the-round … the David and Jacqueline Braithwaite Theatre In-the-Round.” The Rogers Foundation also offered a grant to completely renovate the original theatre in-the-round to make it the new home of the Rogers Children's Theatre. “And so the two theaters operate side-by-side, but also in a time frame that is a constant barrage of theatre both for young student actors as well as community actors,” DeAnna stated. And both theaters have a large influx of students and patrons. The Rogers Theatre has approximately 400 students per year. The Rogers and Braithwaite theaters combined seat up to 3,000 audience members per year. The Tyler Civic Theatre Center will also be changing their production seasons starting with the 2010/2011 season. The TCTC Braithwaite and Rogers Theatre seasons will be combined and produced in Braithwaite to increase seating. Rogers Theatre will continue to be used for educational classes and will serve as a rehearsal stage for Braithwaite productions. DeAnna explained, “The timing of this is perfect, not only because audience members necessitate it but also because John Woods will be retiring after his last production in May this year. And Felicity Enas will be appointed the new Resident Director at Tyler Civic Theatre Center [July 1, 2010].” The Tyler Civic Theatre Center website provides information on performances for the upcoming season with summaries of each play and a ratings system for the both adult and children's plays. Enas and Hargrove will direct productions after Woods' retirement and a number of plays will be produced by guest directors. “It's nice because we will have a variety in the direction of our season shows and our students have a variety of instructors.” TCTC's educational program is also continuing growth with their affiliation with the internationally prestigious LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). The affiliation started in 2007 when TCTC took their first group of young actors overseas to perform. “We happened to have one of their representatives in our audience who then approached us and said, 'You know, you do what we do here in the U.K.,'” she said. “They were so impressed by our student actors that were on tour that we began immediately offering examinations.” TCTC is one of only three examination sites for LAMDA in the U.S. Once a year a LAMDA examiner travels to TCTC to give examinations for students who want to test. She added, “Just to give you an idea of the prestige of this, if they were students in the U.K., by the time they went to college they would already have partial college credit. It's one of the most esteemed training schools for the arts in the world.” by Holly Head, MARCH/APRIL 2010

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It’s an annual event most teenage girls dream of … a night they hope will play out like a fairytale evening – their prom. From the time they understand what prom is, girls daydream about the planning of the night and how their fantasy evening will be: who will ask her to be his date, where they’ll eat, what car they’ll go in, and of course, what they’ll wear. Unfortunately though, as economic times grow increasingly more difficult for families in and around East Texas, and across the state and nation … more and more girls aren’t able to attend their prom because they don’t have enough money to buy a dress and cover the rest of the expenses the evening entails. It’s not just the cost of the tickets to the formal affair; it’s the cost of the hair, the makeup, the shoes, the manicures, the pedicures – way more, perhaps, than the average household can afford for one family member’s fun night out. I’ve read that the average cost of prom can range anywhere from $150 to $1,000. But even if a teenager and his or her parents can get away on the low end, it’s still quite an expense. Thankfully, there are a number of charitable organizations helping girls go to prom by collecting donated, new and gently used formal prom dresses for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a dress to go to their prom. One such program is The Prom Shop Project in Dallas. This now 10-year-old program also provides gowns for those wanting to go to Homecoming. Therefore, they distribute gowns twice a year during Homecoming and Prom Season. During these seasons, an appointment must be set to shop. Doors will open again for this spring’s Prom Season 2010 according to the website, Once I heard about programs like this, I wanted to get involved, and thankfully, so did Dolce Vita Salon in Tyler. If you haven’t been to this salon, you need to. Its interior design is hip and fresh, has a comfortable lounge area and the stylists

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are knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Dolce Vita Salon opened last year in Bergfeld Center by hair stylists Julie Thompson and Lindsey Morton, and color specialist Deidra Williams. Kelly Haney, co-owner of BSCENE Magazine, who is also a hair stylist with Dolce Vita, kindly helped me get the salon on board (though it wasn’t at all difficult). Between the five of us, we put together an evening during which my guests were treated to a fun hair show highlighting several of the season’s latest and greatest styles. (A special thanks to the hair models and stylists who volunteered their time and expertise!) Tying in the efforts of prom programs with V in the City, those who were in attendance were asked to donate a formal dress or gown that will go to a charitable Prom collection organization – and they graciously gave … I left with more gowns than there were women in attendance! Thank you ladies! (In attendance were: Callie Archer, Nicole Babineau, Nikki Berryhill, Terri Clark, Amy Datwyler, Carissa Fisher, Kelly Haney, Karli Hetherington, Stacie Jordan, Courtney Mayfield and Paige Thomas.) See, isn’t this another wonderful example of how having fun and getting together with great people and sharing their expertise can be made into a couple of hours with a higher purpose benefitting a greater cause? Incidentally, while we were organizing this event, I read about a group of local middle school students who were also taking part in a program like The Prom Shop Project – their efforts were going to help local girls in foster care make it to their big night. This is testament that no matter the age, anybody can make a difference. If you’re interested in programs like The Prom Shop Project, just go online and you’ll find a number of organizations helping girls to make their night the fairytale they have always imagined.



UTHSCT MEDICAL STUDENT DINNER Eighteen fourth-year medical students visited Tyler on Jan. 23, for their second look at the Family Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. The UTHSCT residency program has eight places open for medical students who will have graduated by the time this year’s program begins July 1.

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Supporting informal science and math based educational discoveries for the children of East Texas.

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Years of Caring for the Longview Community Good Shepherd Medical Center’s story provides an interesting history of growth, expansion and challenges, all while championing patient and medical care excellence. Good Shepherd Medical Center has served as Longview’s ‘community hospital’ now for 75 years and has defined the meaning of what a community hospital should be. As Longview’s largest employer, it has been fueling the local economy for decades, while at the same time its ‘not-for-profit’ status means it is committed to caring for its resident population – regardless of their ability to pay for such services. It is 75 years of ‘community spirit’ and humanitarianism that we are celebrating this year as we herald the remarkable expansion and current successes of a hospital which now employs more than 2,500 staff, and is nationally recognized for medical excellence from a range of independent ratings companies including HealthGrades, CareChex and more. Good Shepherd’s history began in 1935 as the 47-bed Gregg Memorial Hospital, built at a cost of approximately $40,000 shortly after an East Texas oil boom rescued the region during the Great Depression. The county population of just over 24,000 almost tripled as had the hospital's bed capacity by the time it became known as The Good Shepherd Hospital on January 1, 1960. It also came under the stewardship of the Episcopalian Diocese of Texas – an enduring partnership which was to last for 16 years. Today, Good Shepherd Medical Center is a 425-bed regional referral center offering specialized care in most medical specialties and providing Longview’s only Level II Trauma Center and Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This year Good Shepherd provided medical care services to a staggering 88,000 patient visits in its Emergency Room alone. With over one-sixth of the population living below the poverty level in Gregg County, Good Shepherd, in line with its not-forprofit status, disproportionately shoulders the burden of providing care for the uninsured – which has totaled more than $200 million in recent years. Yet, the hospital is proud to ensure all its patients receive unparalleled medical care, independent of their financial status as it is dedicated to serving the needs of the whole community – not just the privileged few. As we approach a landmark 75 years, Good Shepherd Medical Center salutes and pays tribute to the outstanding commitment and hard work of its staff and the extraordinary support it continues to receive from the local community. Throughout its rapid expansion from a small, county hospital to its current status as a major regional referral center, Good Shepherd has remained committed to its abiding mission – providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive health care to every one of its patients.






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HOW TO: Come into a sitting-crunch position, feet

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The upper body should not touch the ground during exercise (even the small of your back). Beginners start out with no medicine ball. Modify by using your fists starting at your chest, touching your fists to the ground on either side. As abs develop, go from a 6 lb., 8 lb. then 10 lb. medicine ball. Amparan doesn’t recommend going higher than 15 lbs. medicine ball.


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Core and Abdominals, entire body


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TIPS: To make exercise more challenging, do a Caterpillar Plank: start with elbows on the ground. Walk your feet up toward your elbows as far as possible, then walk your elbows forward. Repeat 10 times.





Obliques and Lower Abdominals, entire core

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STARS OVER LONGVIEW Longview Regional Medical Center celebrated the Stars Over Longview 10th anniversary by recognizing outstanding local women at it’s annual awards luncheon on Jan. 12. The awards luncheon was held at Maude Cobb Activity Center, catered by Lori’s Eats and Sweets of Gilmer. Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison served as the luncheon's keynote speaker.

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Colonoscopy Could Save Your Life If you were at risk for a disease that could kill you but responded well to treatment if found early, would you be tested? What if the screening process, though effective, was somewhat unpleasant? What if it were a colonoscopy, an examination of the inside of the large intestine, or colon? A colonoscopy is not just another screening – it can save your life. During a colonoscopy, a physician can identify any precancerous growths or polyps and remove them, thus stopping cancer before it starts. And that’s important, because the earlier colon cancer is discovered and treated, the greater your chances are of surviving it. Ninety-three percent of those diagnosed with the earliest stage of colon cancer were alive five years after their diagnosis, the National Cancer Institute says. In contrast, only 8 percent of people diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer were still alive five years later. “Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. About 140,000 cases are diagnosed and over 50,000 deaths occur each year,” says Bola Olusola, MD, a gastroenterologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Gastroenterology is the study and treatment of disorders affecting the stomach, intestines, and associated organs. While the process of cleaning out your colon for the screening can be unpleasant, newer and easier methods – including pills – are now available, says Dr. Olusola, who is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. “A well cleaned-out colon is essential to detect polyps during a standard colonoscopy, as well as a virtual colonoscopy, in which a CAT scan of the colon is taken,” he says. “If the virtual colonoscopy reveals polyps, then the patient must undergo a second procedure, a standard colonoscopy, to remove them,” Dr. Olusola adds. “The advantage of a standard colonoscopy is that polyps can be identified and removed in one procedure,” he says. You may be at risk for colon cancer if you: • Are an older adult. The American Cancer Society says more than 90 percent of colon cancer cases occur in people age 50 or older • Are an African-American • Have a personal history of colon cancer or polyps • Have an inflammatory disease of the colon, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease • Have a family history of colon cancer and colon polyps • Eat a low-fiber, high-fat diet • Smoke • Drink a lot of alcohol The American Cancer Society recommends that people with no identified risk factors other than age begin screening for colon cancer at age 50. If you have other risk factors, talk with your doctor about when you should have a colonoscopy. Don’t be squeamish. A short period of unpleasantness could add years to your life. B S C E N E M A G.COM


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Eagle’s Bluff Country Club in Bullard hosted the Second Annual Tournament of Heroes on Feb. 27. Players came from all over East Texas to support the efforts of the American Red Cross in East Texas. Special thanks goes out to event sponsors: Woodmen of the World, Estes Roofing, The Blind Place Tyler, Classic Toyota, Heritage Home Health, Legacy Hospice, Southside Bank, Flowers Davis/ East Texas Title, Gray’s Home Fashion Gallery, Carrier, United Technologies, Audibel Hearing Center, Cavender’s Boot City, BancorpSouth, Keith Hodges Collision Center, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Keller Williams Realty, Straightline Siding, Cordova Real Estate, Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, P.C., Clay’s Fencing, Villa Montez, Village Bakery, BSCENE Magazine, KETK-56, Fox-51, The Ink Well, Young Country Television, Unique Keepsakes and Coors of Longview.

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getting on your nerves

If you think of nervous habits, trichotillomania is probably not the first habit that comes to mind. Habits like finger tapping, skin picking and throat clearing are usually the common suspects that someone may do to ease nerves, which in turn may get on your nerves. However, in reality there are literally too many nervous habits to name them all. Common nervous habits include everything from thumb sucking to foot tapping, and less common compulsions like trichotillomania (compulsion to pull out body hair to the point of noticeable bald patches) – but not all nervous habits are that severe. No. 46 BSCENE


do you know if the habit is boredom or stress-related? Williams says an analysis of the behavior in action can often determine the reason for the behavior. Some solutions a counselor or psychologist might employ to help someone with nervous habits that annoy others and draw attention is to have them journal each time they engage in that behavior. Journaling the time of day, the activity, the surroundings the person was engaged in can help identify patterns and whether boredom and stress are triggering factors. And with the advent of the cell phone, Williams noted another nervous habit: “An interesting observation I have been making is that with the more frequent use of cell phones, we seem to have a substitute for the typical pencil tapping and hair twirling seen with idle hands.” Next time notice when you are stressed or bored you may pull out the cell phone to avert your attention. So, at what point does a nervous habit cross the line of annoying to others and become unhealthy? Dowdy says a nervous habit becomes unhealthy when someone crosses the boundaries of personal common sense or physical safety to others, “Eating too much, neglect of your physical health, [for] example: smoking.” Williams also defines unhealthy behavior: “A habit can be considered unhealthy when it becomes pervasive and interferes with a person’s normal functioning...” What happens if a nervous habit becomes so problematic, it interferes with your daily life? It is possible to develop severe nervous habits and experts recommend they should always be investigated for medical or underlying mental health problems. If the problem is depression, anxiety or other psychological disorders then medication or therapy may be warranted. Research shows the best approach for psychological problems often includes both medication and counseling with behavior modification. “Research has also shown that many compulsive disorders respond well to medication,” Williams added. Friends and family can also help with the nervous habit problem – or at least help not to exacerbate it. Williams says it is best not to place too much attention on the habit, which could make it worse. She also does not recommend punishment in children to get them to stop the habit. For children, she recommends distracting them while they are performing the behavior to help reduce the known triggers for the behavior and to let them know the behavior should be done privately. “The main idea is to be supportive and caring, without putting too much emphasis on the behavior but more on the impact or causes of the behavior,” Williams suggests. “If stress is a trigger then you may place more stress on the person by focusing on the behavior and end up causing an increase in the behavior.” So if the nervous habit that plagues you is nail biting, toe tapping, pencil drumming, hair twirling, thumb-sucking, skin picking and even smoking or overeating (which can be considered nervous habits) – there is hope to get your habit under control! First, breaking the cycle is key. Dowdy recommends “finding healthy ways to cope with the stress that brings on the habit.” And remember, “Your nervous habit isn’t a problem unless it is something you feel you have no control over, it causes you embarrassment or negative social responses or it exposes you to health or emotional risks,” advises Williams. And if your nervous habit annoys others, it may be time to adopt a more subtle habit to calm your nerves. Dowdy says to get rid of any habit, it must be replaced with another. “The individual must find another rewarding behavior or reinforce the new ones yourself by purposely giving yourself a reward after performing the new behavior.” There are many sources out there on how to break bad habits, and the best resources deal with the nature of the habit. Williams suggests, “One very well-known book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, is a good place to start researching more on how to make a paradigm shift that will allow you to formulate positive habits.” Visit or or check out Brain Lock by Jeffrey M. Shwartz, MD.

A behavior engaged in to reduce stress or boredom, increase focus or mitigate energy

great example of this she gave is of little children who suck their thumb because it has a comforting effect. She commented that you will notice that children who suck their thumb will do it a lot more when they are tired or upset to help calm themselves. Which brings up another question about nervous habits that plague the majority of the population: do nervous habits in adults mean something different than they do in children? “One thing that should be considered in answering this is the ‘age appropriateness’ of the habit,” Dowdy explained. For example, thumb sucking is considered a normal behavior for toddlers. However, if a 30-year-old curled up in a ball on the floor at the mall and sucked their thumb they would most certainly be escorted from the building. Dowdy says most ‘nervous’ habits typically decrease naturally as a person ages, and they typically develop other, less obvious, mental coping strategies. “So to an extent, an adult who has not outgrown a nervous habit they had when younger might be an indicator that they need to learn additional, more effective and socially acceptable strategies for self soothing.” However, on the whole, she says a nervous habit in an adult is the same as one in a child, “It is most often a behavior engaged in to reduce stress or boredom, increase focus or mitigate energy.” Most nervous habits in adults tend to be repetitious behaviors, Dowdy explained, which are used to ease tension: things like pacing, drumming of fingers, biting nails and snacking. However, some nervous behavior in children can be signs of a more serious problem. She added, “A child that exhibits what appears to be nervous movements, flapping hands or rocking motion may indicate a developmental disorder. Children with nervous actions sucha as crying and clinging to parents may be experiencing separation anxiety disorder or abuse. Are nervous habits related to stress or boredom and how

Toni Dowdy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Director of Social Services at Behavioral Health Center, Director of Employee Assitance Program at ETMC says a habit is a pattern of behavior that is developed and has become so automatic it is hard to break. And whether the habits are common or unusual, most of compulsions develop the same way, explained Tracey Williams, Licensed Professional Counselor, Learning Specialist and Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Tyler Junior College. She says, in her experience, habits often start in response to a physical need. For example, the need to clear one’s throat begins as an actual response but then receives negative attention and is reinforced. The anxiety caused by the negative reaction and the urge to control the response just makes the urge to do it worse. Many nervous habits also are developed to help “self-soothe,” which Williams says is normal and sometimes helpful. “Also, habits may be formed to mitigate energy and focus,” she explained. “It seems a plausible explanation is that with the sedentary lifestyle many of us have developed, a certain ‘nervous, pentup energy’ might be present.” And this certainly makes sense when you think of sitting in school for eight hours and the temptation to tap your pencil (especially during a test or exam) to calm your nerves. Nervous habits can also be perpetuated by stressful situations, fatigue or boredom. Dowdy explains that a more stressful day and being more anxious causes increased coping behaviors and added, “Needless to say, anxiety and stress can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety disorders like OCD and Panic Disorders.” Many nervous habits are accidentally formed when someone engages in a behavior for some specific reason but notices it has a positive effect of calming them or helping them to focus. Williams explained, “We tend to repeat behaviors which are positively reinforced, even if that reinforcement comes from within.” A

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theSuite Life If planning a wedding is one of the most exciting milestones in life, planning the honeymoon is the icing on the cake, so to speak. The honeymoon is a time for newlyweds to unwind from the stress of the wedding, to relax and rejuvenate together as husband and wife. But it can be difficult to agree on a destination, because there are simply so many to choose from. BSCENE sat down with Sharon Kay Howell, CTC, MCC, owner of Travel Masters in Tyler, who has some great tips and recommendations for booking the perfect honeymoon. After all, she has been helping families and newlyweds alike plan their dream vacations for more than 25 years. Ideally, honeymoon plans are started at least six months before the wedding. Howell starts with three basic pieces of information: time frame, budget and the couple’s likes and dislikes. “Some couples want the active honeymoon of trekking, hiking and biking, but most just want to lay on a beach … I ask them what they like to do together and what they want to do on the honeymoon,” she said. From there, Howell transitions into selecting the best destination to meet these qualifications. “I talked with a couple recently who really wanted to go to Tahiti but only had six days. When you consider travel time [of two days], that was not a good fit for them,” she explained. Logistics play an important role in planning the perfect honeymoon. The Hawaiian Islands are the same distance [from East Texas] as London, so you probably don’t want to go there if you have less than seven days. A basic rule of thumb could be this: If you plan on crossing the ocean, plan on having at least 10 days time. This leaves time to travel, recover from travel and ample time to enjoy the destination. Maybe you have ample time, but lack the budget for your dream honeymoon. Howell said a new, growing trend is to have a ‘honeymoon registry.’ The couple can direct friends and family to the travel agency to contribute funds in place of traditional shower gifts. Howell believes that using a local, reputable travel agency is a must, despite the growing number of travel ‘dotcoms.’ She explained that the various online travel sites can be a nightmare to navigate and even more difficult to piece together each leg of the trip. “You have a lot at stake with your money. The mother of the bride wouldn’t buy flowers from a street vendor, because what protection does she have if they default? … It’s a [huge] responsbility, but I love fulfilling people’s dreams, exceeding their expectations and establishing that lifelong relationship with them.” While summer is traditionally the most popular time of year to exchange vows, weddings occur year-round. Howell gave BSCENE her recommendations for a honeymoon destination for every month of the year. So, no matter when you tie the knot, you can be confident in your honeymoon destination choice. by Karli Hetherington,

January Avoid winter in Riviera Maya, a very well-planned deluxe resort area. Engineers designed this 20 kilometer stretch of land with a CAD program 35 years ago and it has exploded. There are a plethora of all-inclusive resorts to choose from and it’s a great fit for a couple on a tight budget.



The Rocky Mountains are a

great destination for honeymooners seeking more active, wintry weather fun. The Rockies are a winter playground with a wide variety of resorts for all budgets, from Breckenridge and Winter Park to Deer Valley, Copper Mountain and Santa Fe.

Spring is known as ‘shoulder season’ in The Caribbean destinations of St. Lucia, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Aruba and more, so the rates will be slightly lower and more affordable – not to mention the views are breathtaking.


Wine and dine your way through the Golden State. With wine to engage the palate and scenery for the eyes to feast upon, the rolling hillsides of Northern California are full of wildflowers and vineyards for miles. The Sonoma and Napa Valleys are just a few of the breathtaking sights California has to offer.


Cruising is a great option at Hawaii is also in shoulder season, just be

sure to factor in travel time! As one of the top honeymoon destinations worldwide, Hawaii is the ultimate in tropical beauty and romance. There is a wide selection of resort hotels that offer fabulous oceanfront views, relaxing spa packages and more.


this time of year. Even though the ports of call might have the same elevated temperature we’re experiencing in Texas, the ship is cool and comfortable at sea. Cruises offer an incredible value, with meals, activities and entertainment included.

By June, most East Texans are already growing weary of the heat, which makes Canada an ideal destination – all you need is a light jacket. Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal are all fantastic cities with lots to offer, and the exchange rate is very favorable right now, unlike in Europe.



Bermuda is “an unsung gem,” with pink-sand beaches, great golf courses and perfect weather. Still Britishowned, Bermuda is an upscale beach destination that even offers a ‘vacation weather guarantee,’ if the temperature falls below 70 degrees during the day time, you get a partial refund.


French Polynesia is a true

dream-destination, with locations such as Bora Bora, Tahiti and Fiji. December is also a great time of year to visit Austrailia, because it’s summertime. From the pristine beaches and Australian Outback to the Sydney Opera House, Australia offers 24/7 fun.


Romantic sunsets, warm tropical breezes and fine restaurants are just a few of the traits that make the Florida Keys/Key West a world-famous honeymoon destination. The Keys are also a haven for eco-travelers, with the Everglades National Park and locals consider it the “diving capital of the world.”

September is the start of hurricane season, which eliminates most tropical destinations. Autumn in New England is beautiful, with the fall foliage and perfect temperatures for hiking and biking. New York City is also great value during this time of year, coming off the high-traffic summer.


The Mediterreanean is great in late fall, with destinations such as Greece, Italy and Spain but it’s important to consider time and budget. Factor in wedding fatigue, then add jet lag fatigue and the couple will need a full two days in the itinerary for travel and recovery or they won’t enjoy anything.




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iffany Tyler and Raymond Elam were married Oct. 18, 2009, during a wonderful sunset at Castle on The Lake in Jacksonville. The couple spent a week honeymooning in Key West. Noel Martin Photography captured many beautiful moments.


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the Engagement of Kim Reeves & Jeremy Gray The third time has been an absolute charm for Kim Reeves and Jeremy Gray, who initially met in middle school. After dating just shy of three years, Jeremy proposed at sunset on Dec. 27, on a rose-covered walking bridge in Tyler. The two plan to marry June 12, 2010 at The Legacy in Jacksonville.

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the Engagement of Brittany Smith & Shane Richardson Shane Richardson proposed to Brittany Smith on July 22, 2008. After much thought, the couple has decided to have a destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on May 12, 2010. They plan to reside in Tyler.

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the Engagement of Christina Willey & Caleb Middleton Christina Willey and Caleb Middleton met almost three years ago in Lindale. Caleb proposed in front of a group of their closest friends. The couple will marry April 3, 2010 at Elmwood Gardens in Palestine, Texas.

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that their date is no longer available. Another problem: there may not be enough time for the style or design. They may have to go through different lengths to get the cake they want. How much of the budget should the cake be? It depends on the budget! We cater to a wide variety of brides, so every budget is different. However, we have noticed that the cake budget all depends on the importance of the cake for the bride. Some brides are all about the dress. They’ve always wanted a designer dress. So, they are going to have a bigger budget for that than usual. Some brides are about the flowers or photography. And then, there are the brides that are all about the cake! And thanks to all the new cake shows on TV (like “Ace of Cakes” and “Cake Boss”), the cake’s importance ranks higher then ever! Does the time of year and location of the wedding effect the type of cake and icing? Yes, because we live in East Texas, where the weather doesn’t always cooperate!! It's either too hot, too humid, too cold … For example: A buttercream iced cake for an outdoor wedding in July or August is going to sweat and melt along with all the guests!! Fondant doesn’t mind the heat, but it does the humidity! So the moral of the story is if you like the buttercream keep the cake indoors at that time of year!

Claudia Bazan Hill is the second-generation owner of Chez Bazan French Bakery & Café located in Tyler for more than 25 years. Hill offers tips from knowledge gained in over 15 years of wedding cake and cake consulting and design.



What is the first step in the process of choosing a wedding cake? The first thing that we do when a bride calls is to make sure that there is still availability on her chosen wedding date. We generally do several weddings a weekend so first, we have to make sure that we can help. Next, comes the initial consultation. Most brides have an idea of what they want when they make their initial appointment for a consultation. And while the bride may not know exactly what cake they want, they usually have a color, or a certain flower, shape or pattern in mind and we build on that idea. How do you choose which type of cake? What types are there? We do wedding cake tastings everyday so that brides can pick their favorite to serve the guests. They simply call and order the samples and either do a tasting during their consultation or take them home, make the decision with the help of the groom, family or friends. Then, they call us with their final choice. There is a wide variety of cake flavors out there. We have a whole list of different flavors for the brides to pick from. Some of the favorites include: Italian Cream, Raspberry Amaretto, Piña Colada, Strawberry Cheesecake, Cream Cheese-filled Carrot and a bigger list of grooms cakes to match! How far in advance should the cake be ordered? Our average cake order is done nine to 12 months prior to the wedding. We can still usually take orders with three months notice. Brides that wait until four to eight weeks before the wedding to select a cake run the risk

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Does the size of the cake (how many people it needs to feed) limit the style or type of cake? No, it’s the other way around! The number of people that the cake needs to serve is what suggests the size. Have you ever been to a wedding where there’s a huge wedding cake next to a small chocolate groom’s cake? By the end of the reception, the groom’s cake is all gone but a few crumbs left on the cake plate – and the wedding cake still has two tiers left untouched? A solution to this dilemma that we suggest is dividing the number of guests in half, and ordering the bride and groom’s cake to feed each amount. For example: you are having a wedding for 200 people and you are ordering a wedding and a groom’s cake. So, this wedding cake which is around three tiers (depending on the style or shape) would need to feed approximately 100 and the groom’s cake would feed 100 people. With this method, you should have enough of both cakes to feed all your guests without running short on either cake! What is the biggest cake Chez Bazan has ever done? The biggest cake we have ever designed was for 750 people! Can you imagine the line to get cake for a wedding cake with over 500 guests? We have weddings with large numbers that prefer to get a five or six-tier wedding cake and order large sheets to serve the rest of the guests. Of course this method is done discretely by cutting the extra sheets of cake in the kitchen. Then, the wait staff can serve the plated cake pieces to the guests. Guests will never know their piece of cake wasn’t from the actual wedding cake on display. Has anyone ever done anything other than cake for the wedding? We’ve done cupcakes, petit fours, cookies displays, banana pudding, cheesecakes, pecan pies, croquembouches, brownies … You name it! What are some unique ideas you suggest for decorating the cake such as flowers, initial toppers, etc? I’d like to think that a lot our cakes have some unique aspects that make them different from the original idea or photo. I love to incorporate elements that are part of the rest of the wedding like a dress color, ribbon or a pattern from the invitation. Then, maybe top the cake with something less traditional than flowers and initial toppers. Any dos and don’ts for the groom’s cake? In the world of groom’s cakes today, I have learned only one thing – anything goes!





Chris Berry


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atie Frizell and Christopher Berry married Feb. 6, at Villa di Felicita. The bride and groom selected Jerry's Flowers and Chez Bazan Bakery to provide details for the special day, which Artist Group Photography so beautifully captured.


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the Wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Roth BSCENE is proud to announce the marriage of our newest employee, Meghan McDermott, to Stephen Roth. The couple married March 6, 2010 in Houston, Texas and honeymooned on the ski slopes in Colorado. They look forward to their new life in Tyler as husband and wife.


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Krysta Jones, Tiffany Brookshire, Kelly Nelson

Beth Finnerud, Ruben Carmona, Mike Bay, Robin Dawley

Brian Crews, Scott Waller

Cindy Lee, Brent Rogers

George Barham, Jason Gound, Corey Ashley, Paul Smith Vince Beard

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Tisa Hibbs, Myrtis Smith

Rick Swain, Hannah Golightly, Anna Cabrera, Elizabeth Arellano, Blanca Albarran, Gloria Gonzalez, Nathaniel Wallace

Jesse Acosta, Nancy Crawford

Guest speaker Joe Lessert

Mary Lynn Smith, Deb Hulse

Mayor Barbara Bass, Michelle & Tim Brookshire

Phyllis Crawford, Melissa DeCarlo, Jessie Prestridge

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A UNIQUE AESTHETIC Lindsey Shaver Harrison and Blythe Loggins McCain, stepsisters and East Texas natives both have full-time jobs. But they have recently tapped into their love for creativity and thirst for design, creating a business stemming from each of these passions. "Blythe and I both have a passion for interior design. We love to scour for different antiques and great finds. Blythe is in real estate and saw a real need for home staging. The homes that she shows sometimes need help – if they just had someone come in and stage, reorganize or declutter, the sale may accelerate,” says Harrison. Being able to completely stage a home with a unique blend of taste, aesthetics and design became reality for these two women after a couple months of planning and direction. A home staging and interior consulting business, Feather Your Nest began in September of 2009. They set up a booth at Mistletoe & Magic to gain exposure while simultaneously working their first big job: a 5,000 square foot home in Hollytree. The owners had already moved out and wanted them to come in and stage their vacant home. Their number one goal when staging a home is to help it sell as quickly as possible. Staging is an outstanding way to enhance a home's appearance and give it an added dimension of comfort, while also making it aesthetically pleasing to a client. But they don't just want to put furniture in the home. Traffic is extremely important and they consider driving traffic a part of the job. "People don't realize that we offer an array of services and they are absolutely getting their money’s worth. We do more than just go in and stage the home. We work with their real estate agent and do what we can to market their home to potential buyers," explains McCain. Part of the contract with a homeowner or builder is for Feather Your Nest to conduct an open house. The two design consultants team up with art galleries, local artists or antique dealers to bring in their goods to drive a diverse group of

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people into the house. Fifty people came to the first open house, which was a great success for the two beginners. “Another service we can provide to improve traffic is conduct an estate sale of the furniture in the staged home," explains McCain. “The estate sale just intensifies the traffic numbers. And in this market, you need all the traffic you can get,” Harrison added. Feather Your Nest wants realtors to utilize their services for clients. Not only are these two women creative and passionate … A combination of having a sharp eye, natural talent and relentless ambition has truly sparked what began as a side project. Aside from home staging, Harrison and McCain offer room by room or complete home interior consulting, as well as a 'Do It Yourself' action plan. They will even take care of the shopping for your home if you lack the time or drive! "For interior consulting, we work by the hour. We meet with the homeowner and try to get a feel for their vision, and then we get to work … We work with what they have first, and then go back and add new pieces where necessary," McCain explained. So what does the future hold for these two ladies? They have the means to transform into something bigger and more mainstream in East Texas. Because of the fact that they will work with anyone on any budget in any sized home, they believe business will continue to grow. "In the future, we would love to have a storefront that people could go into. We would love to venture into commercial design. We can do anything … We have the means to get things upholstered; we can buy fabric and furniture – we have access to some truly unique pieces. We also are in contact with contractors, movers and painters. We’re a one-stop shop with our resources," says McCain. Passion along with effort, time and love for creativity accompanied with an avid thirst for design has turned a concept into application. Contact Feather Your Nest for any design need, big or small, you may have. B S C E N E M A G.COM



Cascades Lakefront


Cascades of Tyler’s only Gated Neighborhood!

Come see the New Extended Lake Bellwood! Lakefront Cottages from $407,000 to $707,000 Vist us at Teresa Wickham, Real Estate Sales 3351 Cascades Court Suite 305 • Tyler, Tx • Cell: 903-209-5557 • Office: 903-533-9700 •

Trina Griffith Summers Real Estate Group

C 903-736-3754

2002 Judson Rd, Suite 108 Longview, TX 75605 -


Luxury properties, estates and new construction is Trina Griffith's specialty … and it's paying off for her and her clients. Griffith has been a Realtor in Longview for 16 years and has consistently been a Top Producer. Her last several years in the business have been recordsetting with over $10 Million annually in production/sales. This has earned Griffith the status of "Top Producer" for 2008 and 2009. She was nominated and recognized in 2008-2009 by Montclair and Biltmore Who's Who in RE Professionals and in 2010 by Cambridge Who's Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. These registries open up opportunities, business contacts and strategic partnerships for Griffith to market herself and her properties. She has been named one of "the Best of East Texas" Realtors by a Longview News Journal poll. Griffith gives her clients not one, but three websites to market their properties so that her listings are viewed more often by more buyers. She signed on in 2009 with, an International website to promote her listings of $500,000 and up. As an added bonus to her listing clients, Griffith offers staging/decorating advice, tips and services to sell her listings faster. Trina Griffith loves selling real estate … and it shows! C 903-245-9289

1211 WSW Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701

Lynn Haney, SFR ERA Five Star Real Estate

DO YOU HAVE A HARDSHIP… Lost your job, business failure, medical bills, death of a spouse, divorce? If you feel that you owe more on your home than it will sell for, it’s time to take action and call me. Do you need to sell your home? I have been trained to help you find the right answer, whether it is a loan modification or a short sale. You should first consult with an Attorney and financial advisor you trust, because these decisions could affect your credit report. The person in which you place your trust needs to be honest and most of all knowledgeable in these areas. The prospect of foreclosure is difficult but there is another option and I want to help you! You can be assured that your information we share will be kept completely private. Please do not wait until it is too late! The government has helpful websites such as and When you decide to move on with your life and need someone you can discuss this process with I can be reached 7 days a week from 8am until 8pm. You have found the right person! I am a Realtor with extensive training in all areas of residential real estate. With this new economy I have chosen to specialize in Short Sales and Foreclosures in order to help people. Do you need help?

Cindi Featherston-Shields ERA Five Star Real Estate

T 903-561-2200 - C 903-520-7370

1211 WSW Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701

Cindi Featherston-Shields has been selling the “American Dream” in Tyler for 17 years. Born and raised in Tyler, she and her business partner, John Pollard, purchased the Tyler ERA office in 1995 and she currently owns and operates ERA Five Star Real Estate. Cindi has held several positions on the Tyler Board of Realtors and the Women’s Council of Realtors. “I get so excited when I help a new family relocate to our city and show them our schools, churches, medical facilities, shopping – not to mention our great restaurants! Our city has really grown and changed so much; it’s just exploded with commercial and residential growth in all directions.” Cindi holds her Broker's License and specializes in new construction as well as existing properties and works with several of the fine builders in the area. One of the top Real Estate Professionals in the area, Cindi hosts a weekly radio show called Let's Talk Real Estate on KTBB, AM600 and was named Best Realtor of East Texas in 2008 and 2009 by the readers of BSCENE Magazine. Cindi is the president of the a Tyler Chapter of BNI (Business Network International). She is currently the marketing agent for Tyler’s first residential high-rise, The Stretford at The Cascades, where she and her husband, Rob, live.

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SENIOR LIVING WITH A CHOICE Life is a journey. From when you are a child dreaming of the life you wish to lead, to establishing yourself professionally as a young adult, to eventually wanting to settle down as the years pass … Life is a journey. The Hamptons, ‘a Premier Retirement Community’, in Tyler is an outstanding destination to cap a life-long journey and a great place to call home. The Hamptons offers a lifestyle that provides a perfect blend of privacy and independence for adults as well as personal assistance as needed. This gated community, locally owned and operated by Brian Clarke, sits on 30 rolling acres with gorgeous views of beautiful East Texas. The Hamptons offers a spectrum of services and choices for each resident. Courtney Klepfer, Community Liaison at The Hamptons describes the available options. “We offer three environments: independent living, assisted living and a secure memory care environment – for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia related diseases.” Each environment has a plethora of amenities, as well as a full schedule of social activities. The Hamptons at Greenridge offers spectacularly designed 2 and 3 bedroom cottages with two car garages and luxury apartments with flexible meal plans and transportation. Both are especially designed for maintenance free living. Amenities include a wellness center, swimming pool and veranda, putting green, library and coffee shop as well as housekeeping and a full-service concierge service for the delivery of prescription drugs, groceries, pet care and dry cleaning– luxury senior living at its finest! Nancy Oakes, Marketing Director says “Our community is created with comfort and convenience in mind – our residents determine what services they need, says Oakes, including fabulous dining.” The Hamptons at Pine Forest offers the finest assisted living and memory care facility in East Texas. The Hamptons has acquired the most highly trained and experienced staff to assist each individual in a personal way. Ashley Bulman, Director of Pine Forest says “As caregivers, we are able to adapt a daily routine to support these changes through creativity,

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flexibility, and problem solving … We provide a continuum of care because we are an Aging-In-Place facility, giving all our families that extra peace of mind.” The Hamptons truly goes the extra mile for their residents. There is a nurse on staff seven days a week in the assisted living and memory care environments. “That’s the big difference with us...We provide above and beyond hands-on care,” Klepfer explains. The Hamptons at Pine Forest is also home to an on-site pharmacy and country store with delivery services through Good’s Pharmacy. There is also a clinic featuring Massage Therapy, Podiatry and a Nurse Practitioner. Paradigm offers in-house Home Health Care and Rehabilitation. In addition, The Hamptons at Pine Forest offers Respite Care - a temporary stay with all amenities - in both the assisted living and memory care facilities. For those who are dependent on others to remain in an independent environment, Hamptons Plus Care is a great solution – assisted living comes home to you! Hamptons Plus Care provides personal care, transportation for appointments, shopping and errands, household assistance and companionship sitters. So, where has your journey taken you? The Hamptons is a great destination where the friendly staff is graciously anticipating your arrival. As a senior citizen in East Texas there is simply not a better place to call home. Enjoy yourself, meet new people and take advantage of all the amenities and programs that The Hamptons has to offer. And you will never have to move again! Whatever you’re seeking, total independence or that special level of care that may be required; you’ll find it at The Hamptons, a Premier Retirement Community If you have questions about The Hamptons, they invite you to come out for lunch and tour the beautiful community. B S C E N E M A G.COM

1211 WSW Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701

Ann Head ERA Five Star Realty

Ann is currently ranked in the top five REALTORS® for the DFW Broker’s Council for ERA, and has a vast array of experience and expertise in East Texas Real Estate. Since beginning her career in 2006, Ann has received a variety of awards and recognition: ERA Five Star Realty Overall Top Producer, Top Producer, Rookie of the Year. Whether you are getting a property ready to sell, or taking advantage of the extended first-time home buyer tax incentive, Ann will use her expertise to help you sell your home or buy the home of your dreams. With her Senior Real Estate Specialist designation, Ann feels she is equipped to help seniors, whether down sizing or relocating to Tyler, make a smooth transition to their new home. “Always There For You” is not only ERA’s motto, but Ann’s too. And her clients agree!

Dena McGregor McGregor Real Estate

Hamilton: 254-386-8464 Hillsboro: 254-580-9393

No matter your needs, let McGregor Real Estate be your source for property in the Texas Hill Country. Dena McGregor earned her real estate broker license in 2001 and opened McGregor Real Estate in 2004. She is a member of the National, Texas and Waco Association of Realtors, and specializes in farm and ranch properties. Dena’s company serves clients throughout Texas by selling properties in Mills, Brown, Lampasas, Bosque and Hill Counties. McGregor Real Estate handles it all, from recreational property, to residential and commercial. Although farm and ranch properties are her most favorite properties to showcase, McGregor and her associates are ready to meet all of your real estate needs.

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It’s Time… …to Reward yourself by moving to the Bridges! The striking good looks, the convenient location and the numerous amenities will only touch the surface of all the reasons why residents love to call the Bridges home. Our property is in a gated community centrally located off Loop 323 in a quiet business district at 4411 Kinsey Drive. Our community has one of the most convenient locations to shopping, eateries, schools and colleges.

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No matter if you choose a one, two or three bedroom apartment home; you will relish all the luxuries and modern capabilities of a new home. Not the normal white walls you expect in an apartment. We have a decorator chosen wall color with 9 ft ceilings and beautiful crown molding. A few of our interior features are washer dryer connections, cable outlets in each room, ceiling fans in all the rooms with dual wall controls, large garden tubs, microwaves and ice makers, large walk in closets and extra storage on your covered exterior patio. When you live at The Bridges you can relax on our shade deck, catch some rays on the sun deck and participate in a volleyball game at the resort style pool. Cook out with a couple friends on the gas grills and immerse in the heated spa. You can also enjoy a walk on our lighted trails throughout the wooded area of the property or indulge in a picnic lunch. If you would rather have a good workout, use our state of the art equipment 24 hours a day. Other extras include, garages, carports, storage rooms, a Business Center and a free video library. We have something for everyone. Our staff brings over 75 years of combined management experience, so that your every need will be taken care of professionally and with appropriate urgency. The property is managed by Sunchase American, ltd. Call today to schedule a tour with one of our Leasing Professionals!

T 903.939.2900 4411 Kinsey Drive Tyler, TX 75703 B S C E N E M A G.COM

1211 WSW Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701

Mike Haney, SFR ERA Five Star Real Estate

Mike Haney has called East Texas home his entire life. With his 25 years of remodeling and new home construction experience, let Mike’s expertise guide you step-by-step through the process of preparing your home to sell. His goal: to sell your home for the highest price in a reasonable amount of time. He will increase your home’s sales appeal using creative marketing strategies and techniques learned during his years as creative director of BSCENE Magazine. Mike is also certified in SFR – Short Sale and Foreclosure. With all that is happening in the real estate market and the economy, there are a lot of people who may be in financial trouble and struggling with their mortgages. A foreclosed property in a neighborhood can have an extremely negative effect on the entire marketplace and one of Mike's goals is to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. If you know anyone needing this type of resource, Mike has special training on helping homeowners in distress.

Mendi McCall American Real Estate

T 936-676-0822

1313 S. John Redditt Dr., Lufkin, TX 75904

Mendi McCall has been in the real estate business since 2006. McCall earned the company honor "Three Million Dollar Producer" last year at American Real Estate, a locally owned and operated agency serving East and Southeast Texas with four regional offices. If you are a seller, Mendi will help set the right price for a quick sale of your property. If you are looking to purchase real estate in Southeast Texas, McCall is ready to help you choose the right home for all your needs. "We pride ourselves in being able to give all our clients important local information based on years of living and enjoying all the Lufkin area has to offer." No matter where you're looking to move, American Real Estate wants to help!


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A ROOM WITH A BEAUTIFUL VIEW Surrounded by the most spectacular location of Lake Bellwood, The Cascades Lake Towers and The Lake Cottages at The Cascades are arguably the best address in East Texas. These elegant residential developments offer all the perks of a five-star resort, yet are located just five minutes from downtown Tyler. Residents enjoy the amenities of The Cascades 40,000 square foot clubhouse, premier golfing, The Rose Spa and a second 3,000 square foot fitness center is complete. The Cascades Lake Towers is comprised of three buildings of condominiums, each with a different view of Lake Bellwood or The Cascades Golf Course, redesigned by PGA great Mark Hayes. This complex offers a variety of options, with five different floor plans from 1,367 square feet to 2,502 square feet, and prices range from $173,000 to $486,000. The condominiums are great for busy couples in the Metroplex who want a weekend getaway or retirees who would rather spend a day on the golf course than mow the lawn. The Lake Cottages at The Cascades offer a different type of living, but still with all the amenities one could need, including exterior maintenance. Each Cottage is three stories and sits lakefront within The Cascades. Sales Director Teresa Wickham said they plan to have 15 cottages available. “The model is completely finished out, and I’m using it to show clients. The others are just shells, and we’re leaving them to be customized by the buyer … The buyer will get a set allowance to choose flooring, paint colors, countertops and more,” she explained. Another purchasing option with a cottage is to buy as-is. “If a buyer wishes to bring in their own builder to finish it out, that’s perfectly fine. We’re selling the cottages as-is anywhere between $100,000 to $200,000 less than the cost of a finished product,” Wickham said. The price of your cottage or condo also includes the initiation fee to The Cascades, the buyer simply picks up the monthly dues. A sports membership will have dues of $150 per month, which does not include golfing. A golf membership costs $375 per month in dues, which is an allaccess pass to the grand clubhouse and the premier golf course. And your

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club membership adds even more value every day as you have the use of the resort pool and the Marina. Also, “The clubhouse hosts special events such as wine and steak dinners, movie nights for the kids and other similar events each month,” Wickham said. There are countless amenities that one can look forward to upon arrival at this pristine neighborhood. Certainly the most talked about of all, is the golf course. The Cascades Golf Course boasts a captivating and challenging course, featuring Champion Dwarf Bermuda greens, 491 fairways, strategically placed white sand bunkers and a host of water features. The course is also home to the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf. In addition, residents have access to a high-tech indoor golf studio, course simulations and trained PGA golf specialists who can provide analysis for your golf performance. The Cascades is also home to The Rose Spa. The Rose Spa spans 12,000 feet and offers an array of rejuvenating spa treatments. Another amenity that deserves recognition is the recent addition of a second 3,000 square foot California Health Club. Maybe your lifestyle prefers a personal trainer, or perhaps you are more suited to spend some time on your own in the cardio theatre – this new facility houses all of the equipment and resources you will need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Very few properties in the East Texas area can compare. At The Cascades, it’s all about location. “If you go to Dallas for a condo, it’s not lakefront and the price is sky-high. On Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler, there are no condos ... You just can’t find lakefront homes in the price range we offer. It’s a fabulous view for a great price,” Wickham said. Imagine living within one of nature’s most beautiful environments, with every conceivable luxury, activity and convenience at your fingertips. The Cascades Lake Towers and the Lake Cottages at The Cascades is a captivating, one-of-a-kind community in East Texas – Teresa is eagerly awaiting your arrival, and is certain that you could never find a better place to call home.


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Linda Parker & Laura Tedford Crestview Properties

T 903-849-6497

Linda: 903-360-6486 Laura: 903-360-8201

410 Hwy 31 E Chandler, TX 75758


At Crestview Properties, we are home builders and Real Estate Professionals who are ready to assist families relocating to our area. Whatever the community or neighborhood, It is our desire and privilege to help you find the area as well as the home that best suits your home needs. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority. That's why we've succeeded for more than 20 years building market and custom homes in Chandler and throughout the East Texas area. Please call Laura or Linda anytime you are ready to buy or sell real estate.

Melanie Baker Cornerstone Brokerage

T 903-581-4141 - C 903-360-0771

21041 Grande Blvd, Ste. 100 Tyler, TX 75703

Melanie Baker is a new but valued member of Andy Guinn's Team at Cornerstone Brokerage, LLC, a full-service real estate company. Her experience in sales, staging and interior design at Swann's Furniture Gallery bring added benefits to clients who are looking for a real estate professional to handle their property needs. Having lived in Tyler for 15 years, Melanie knows the area well, which makes her a wonderful resource for clients who are new to the area or looking to make that important "next move." Melanie is invovled in the community through Marvin United Methodist Church, The Junior League of Tyler and The Children's Miracle Network. As the wife of Smith County Judge Joel Baker and mother of three children, Melanie is keenly aware of the needs of today’s family and is eager to help both buyers and sellers with their real estate needs.

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Suburban Realty

100 Hunters Creek $1.5M – Executive Beauty on Lake of Hunters Creek! This 6448 sq. ft. Mediterrainian Custom Built home features marble flooring, gourmet kitchen, Venetian-style gunite pool/spa and MUCH more! Visit for info.

Brown’s Landing $735,000 – New construction by Campbell Custom Homes on waterfront lot! 4 bed/4 bath, 3 car garage, boat house and more. Unbelievable architecture and custom features, this is a MUST-SEE! Call 903.894.1039 today for a tour.

6506 Ashmore $259,995 - 4 bed/3 bath. Lovely home located in the prestigious gated Ashmore Addition. This 2003 home is move in ready. Hardwood floors, central vac, crown moldings, stainless steel appliances. 903.520.7370.

Suburban Realty

$350,000 – Beautiful condo in The Stretford at The Cascades. 2/2, granite, 10 ft. ceilings, crown molding, fireplace, HUGE patio, marble and hardwood floors. Call Lynn & Mike Haney at 903.245.9289.

$2.9M – More than $5M has been invested in this unique and fabulous 84 acres estate, nestled behind a gated entry close to I-20. 7 Bed/6 bath with elevator, pool, slide and more. For more photos and information, visit

13007 FM 724 $239,000 – Charming 3 bed/3 bath Tri-level home on 5 acres just minutes from Tyler. Home has been updated with granite, SS appliances, custom cabinets and more! Call Ann Head at 903.279.9979.

Hwy 155 $1.5M – 505 acre ranch w/2000’ of Hwy frontage. Located just 30 min from Longview. 4 ponds, 2 lakes, restored hay barn, storage shop with living quarters and more. Best hunting in ETX! Contact Trina Griffith at 903.736.3754.

2065 Yasmeen $184,900 – 4 Bed/2 Bath. Great Buy located Oasis South. Home is located on oversized lot with fenced in back yard. Marble entry with custom front door, granite counter tops and split bedroom arrangement. 903.520.7370.

CR 3601, Bullard – 51.4 acres located on CR 3601 with rolling terrain and great views. May be purchased whole, or 25 acres, 26 acres or 13 acres. Owner will divide. Call Lynn Haney at 903.245.9289 with ERA Five Star Real Estate

6057 Brynmar Court $259,900 – 4 Bed/3 Bath. Spectacular home with open floor plan, hardwood floors, crown moldings, and split bedroom arrangement. Comes with a 1-yr warranty, vacation for two and a buyer protection plan!. 903.520.7370.

Size approx: 1,128 sqft. Professional businesspark atmosphere at Premier South Tyler address. Above standard interior finish. Convenient to both Downtown and South Tyler. Professional Landscaping. For more info, call 903.509.4703.

312 Amanda Ct $195,000 – Stunning Home in gated neighborhood close to Whitehouse Schools. 2 lvg areas, formal dining, 3/4 bedrms, huge kitchen open to family room, Lrg backyard w/deck & hot tub. Call Ann Head 903.279.9979.

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Holly Head, Dr. Aubrey Sharpe, Mitzi Hardee

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With the New Year in full swing and weight-loss resolutions looming, what can we do to better our diets and overall health? I’m pretty sure anything that has to do with starch and potatoes should be left off our list of items to buy at our next trip to the supermarket. Or should it? Well, yes if you plan on indulging in the typical potato or greasy and fattening potato chip. However, if your focus is to stay away from the saturated fats and better your overall health, then the sweet potato will greatly suffice. Providing a wealth of healthy nutrients and being rich in flavor, the sweet potato needs to be discovered in your diet. With that being said, let’s starch search. Sharon Burgoyne MS, RD, LD Dietitian for Healthy Living at Good Shepherd Medical Center shared some of her sweet knowledge with BSCENE. “Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and magnesium. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, fiber, copper and iron. They have 10 times as much vitamin A than yams,” says Burgoyne. Wait! They have 10 times as much vitamin A than yams? Aren’t they the same vegetable? If you were like me and thought sweet potatoes and yams were the same vegetable – we were wrong! As Zach Galifianakis says in The Hangover, “Classic mix up!” According to Texas A&M’s horticulture website, they are from two completely different plants: Morning Glory and Yam, respectively. There are many distinctions between the two vegetables starting from their availability. Sweet Potatoes are grown in the U.S. and Yams are imported from the Caribbean. Next are their physical characteristics. A sweet potato is smooth, with very thin skin while the yam is rough with scaly skin. The sweet potato is short with a blockish type of appearance while the yam is long and cylindrical. The sweet potato is sweet and moist for the most part while a yam is dry and starchy. Another big difference is their vitamin A complex as previously stated. The sweet potato provides a wealth of it while the yam finds itself in the working class. In this country the terms are used interchangeably, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that the label “yam” always be accompanied by “sweet potato.” “Sweet potatoes are full of antioxidants that prevent cell damage which may help prevent heart disease and other ailments. One 3.5 ounce-sweet potato has approximately 86 calories, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 1.6 grams of protein and less than a gram of fat,” says Burgoyne.


potatoes are an excellent source

They are also a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, fiber, copper and iron. They have 10 times as much vitamin A as yams” of vitamin

A, C

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The nutrition found in the vegetable makes it highly attractive to the health conscious audience. For all you “gym rats,” the sweet potato is a fantastic supplement pre- and postworkout as well. Chef Devin Alexander of Café Renee Catering in Los Angeles says that the sweet potato is the fifth best body building food following egg whites, rump steak, salmon fillet and chicken breast. It is also a worthy dietary supplement. Burgoyne adds, “Like any fruit or vegetable it is good to vary the type you eat on a daily basis. To make it easy, it’s best to go for varied colors on your plate, sweet potatoes being one of them. Just be careful with how you dress them because what you add to your fruits and vegetables may lead to unintentional added fat and calories.” In terms of preparing dishes it is best not to overcook sweet potatoes. When they are overcooked they lose vitamins and minerals. Topping with butter is a major NO-NO. “Greek yogurt is a healthy alternative to butter. Steamed, baked and roasted sweet potatoes are the healthiest. It is best to cook them immediately after peeling or cutting to prevent oxidation,” explains Burgoyne. She went on to add that they go very well with turkey and ham balancing out the sweet and salty flavors. Roasted sweet potatoes also go well with roasted chicken, pork chops and pork roasts. Brandon Hafner, owner of Breakers restaurant in Tyler says, “We offer delicious sweet potato fries on our menu which are becoming more popular because they are healthier than your standard, greasy potato fries. So come in and enjoy!” OK, we have a vegetable that is great for building muscle and losing weight. It provides nutrients that help prevent cell damage and heart disease. The sweet potato outclasses the standard potato and the yam in terms of health and nutrition while providing fantastic flavor in its own right. I think our search for the super-starch is over. Let’s eat! by Lex Wolfe BSCENEMAG.COM

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DEAN FEARING’S SPICE OF LIFE Contributing Food Editor

Grilling with a Twist Since the dawn of cooking with fire – at least above the Rio Grande and below the Red River – barbecue masters throughout Texas have lived by the rule, smoke with hickory, cook with mesquite. They're referring to wood, of course. These two fairly common and readily available types of trees offer pitmasters, both amateur and professional, the chance to produce excellent fired and smoked meats and vegetables. Hickory wood gives off the sweetest fragrance from its smoke, and really nothing compares to it. But here's what I suggest as you get out the grills this spring: throw their rule out the window. Hickory isn't just for smoking anymore. This decadently flavored wood has been used for ages in the kitchen. Hickory wood burns slowly and evenly, and offers a flavorful, satisfying experience for the cook and his diners.

Grilling with hickory chips can add a new flavor and exciting twist to the usual dishes you make for friends and family. From fish to chicken

to beef, short term cooking – or grilling – works with hickory chips because you get a little of the smokey flavor along with the grill flavor, which makes it a complex and truly great taste. Plus, it's a relief to know you don't always have to commit hours of attention to the smoking process every time you want to use hickory. Vegetables also work great with this technique – zucchini, squash and corn turn out great on the grill. The hickory flavor from the chips will give them a really nice and distinctive (though not overpowering) taste. If you happen to be using a charcoal grill, the chips can be scattered directly on top of the coals once they've become hot enough to cook with. If using a gas grill, there should be a separate compartment where you can place the hickory. Regardless of which type of grill you have, be sure to soak the hickory chips in water before you put them in the grill, so they won't be wasted by catching fire too quickly and burning up. Wet wood smokes more than dry wood, so you're essentially using the principles of smoking on the grill. Also, use the lid of the grill! I cannot stress this enough. Put the lid over your meats while they cook, to capture that hickory smoke streaming from the chips and trap it while the food is gaining its taste. The lid really helps lock in all the flavors. Now that your plan is in place, there are a lot of myths and confusion surrounding grilling, so I would like to clear some of that up. ALWAYS season the meat before it goes on the grill. And SEAR! Do not keep turning your meat from one side to the other. You want to let the first side sear on the grill, and then turn it over. You should only flip your meat once, as it prevents loss of moisture and flavor. In the last few minutes of the cooking process, slather your product in a mop to get a beautiful, sweet glaze on your protein or veggies. I actually have a product called Texas Mop Sauce available on my website,, that is a perfect glaze for grilling – and it's a tried and true recipe that dates back to the 1800s! Back then, towns would hold festivals and cook half a steer over an open pit, and to keep the meat from drying out for the 18 hours it took to cook, they would literally mop it with a mixture of molasses, beer and vinegar. So I took this recipe, which could really be thought of as the first true “barbecue” sauce – it's sweet, tangy and savory – and applied a more modern method to it. Liberally apply the Mop to your product in the last few minutes so the molasses adheres from the heat of the grill and coats the meat in a nice glaze. An alternative to grilling with hickory chips is baking on a cedar plank. However, this is usually limited to fish because a home oven isn't hot enough to sear a steak. Salmon is the most popular item to grill on a cedar plank though Tilapia, Snapper and Mahi-Mahi would also be great. The first step is to season the fish with a light coating of olive oil, salt and pepper (this applies to any product going on a plank). Then the fish goes into the oven (approximately 475 F) directly on top of the cedar plank, which will infuse the fish with intense flavor. Again, this would also work well with zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes – the softer vegetables. Get cooking this spring and don't be afraid to try out some new techniques. Get out of your comfort zone, try something

new – I guarantee you'll love the hearty, smoky, mouth-watering results!

Long known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Chef Fearing has won accolades from such publications at Zagat, Wine Spectator, Esquire and countless more for his restaurant, Fearings at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

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DINING GUIDE OLIVETO ITALIAN BISTRO Meet. Eat. Unwind. Come visit Tyler’s newest Italian Bistro! With a Tuscan-inspired Italian menu and a blazing hot Woodstone® oven, Oliveto has people talking. Not to mention we offer a selection of 20 wines under $25 … Come see what all the buzz is about! 3709 Troup Hwy Tyler, TX • 903.581.2678 Catering available for any event!

CHEZ BAZAN This second generation, family-owned/operated bakery is much more than a great place to share a simply delicious pastry and gourmet coffee. Chez Bazan offers stellar catering services and truly innovative cake and pastry design to accompany their unparalleled bakery and café – all presented in metropolitan style, without losing the friendliness and incomparable service. Café Hours: 11a.m. – 2p.m. M-S Bakery Hours: 7a.m. – 6p.m. M-F, 8a.m. - 4p.m. S Closed Sundays 5930 Old Bullard Rd. • Tyler, TX • 903.561.9644 •

SHOGUN More than Dinner ... It’s entertainment for the whole evening! Shogun Japanese Steakhouse offers more than dinner. At Shogun, you’ll get a dining experience – an extensive sushi menu, drink specials and unique live-hibachi grill tables. Dining at Shogun is an experience the whole family is sure to enjoy. Walk-ins Welcome, Reservations Recommended. Shogun #1 5515 S. Broadway 903.534.1155

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Shogun #2 3521 S. Broadway 903.561.9890


COYOTE SAM'S “A wonderful study in contradictions, Coyote Sam’s atmosphere is hunting-lodge-meets-creek-side cafe, its menu eclectic-BBQ-joint-meets-California-trattoria.” Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sat & Sun, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Bar features HAPPY HOUR 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mon-Thurs 5424 Old Jacksonville Hwy Tyler, TX • 903.509.4222 Party Rooms Available

THE DINER Call or come by the Diner at 7924 S. Broadway (in front of the Skateplex) for the Best lip smackin’ Hamburgers in East Texas. The Diner Burger is a ½ lb Angus burger seared to seal in flavor. Combine it with the Diner’s crowd pleasin fried onion rings for a tasty combo! Enjoy the convenience of call in and pick up. And don’t forget about our casseroles to-go prepared in our dish or yours for a home made taste and a home made look! 7924 S. Broadway, Suite 1000 • Tyler 903.509.DINE • WE CATER!

FEARING'S ‘Elevated American Cuisine – Bold Flavors, No Borders’ Fearing’s is the namesake restaurant of Chef Dean Fearing and No. 1 Hotel Restaurant according to Zagat’s 2009 Top U.S. Hotel, Resorts and Spas Survey. Located in The Ritz Carlton in downtown Dallas, the restaurant itself features seven stylish indoor and outdoor dining settings and an acclaimed farm-to-market seasonal menu. Diners from across the country flock to Dallas to experience his signature dishes: Tortilla Soup, Barbecued Shrimp Tacos, Pan Roasted ‘BBQ Spiced’ Filet with Chicken Fried Maine Lobster, which has been described as a genuine “taste of Texas.” And don’t forget dessert – try these delicious Caramelized Apple Fritters on your next visit! 2121 McKinney Avenue Dallas, TX 75201 214.922.4848 •


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Ra-K'S MEAT MARKET & DELI Handcut Choice Angus Beef Boar's Head Deli Meat & Cheese BBQ Selections Smoked Daily Full Sandwich & Plate Menu 105 E. Main, Downtown Bullard 903.894.6263 Menu starting at $3.99

JOHNNY’S PIZZA HOUSE Johnny’s Pizza House in Whitehouse is a great destination for the entire family. For top-notch sandwiches, salads or award-winning pizzas like our signature “Sweep the Kitchen” or brand new “Kajun Pizza,” Johnny’s is the perfect spot! Whether it’s buffet, carryout or delivery, Johnny’s has the boldest flavors and freshest ingredients to make you the perfect pie, every time! 904 Hwy 110 S, Whitehouse 903.839.2322 • Lunch buffet from 11am-2pm, M-F, Sun Hours of Operation: 11am-10pm (Sun-Thurs) • 11am-11pm (Fri, Sat)

GILBERT'S EL CHARRO The Ramirez Family has proudly served Tyler since 1943. At El Charro you can expect fresh-tasting, handmade Mexican food delivered to you quickly, at a consistently high level of quality, and at a great price. El Charro has been delivering their own unique and special brand of Mexican food to the people of East Texas in Tyler for more than 66 years, from the classic dishes to the out-of-the-ordinary. For lunch or dinner, people travel from miles around to to visit both locations ... it’s food people love to eat every day! #1 Restaurant - 2604 E. Erwin 903.592.9084 #2 Restaurant - 2623 E. Fifth 903.596.7222 Menu starting at $6.69

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JAKES TYLER At Jakes, we serve only the finest cuts of Certified Angus Beef. Enjoy our cold water Australian lobster tails, famous crab cakes and fabulous fresh blue point oysters. Indulge yourself in our decadent desserts. In addition to our main menu, each week, a culinary extravaganza of specialty dishes is prepared, destined to satisfy the most discriminating palette, now with a special flare that is distinctly Gustavo. Visit our classic curved bar for an impressive selection of fine wines and martinis. Or relax on Jakes Chaveta this spring for dinner, a libation or your favorite cocktail while watching the sun set on Tyler’s historic downtown square. Weekends offer live music! 111 E. Erwin, Downtown Tyler 903.526.0225 •

VILLA MONTEZ This spring, choose from a menu of the finest, freshest ingredients prepared with care and skill by Executive Chef Carlos Villapudua. Or work with our expert staff to create a catering feast that will ensure your gathering is a smashing success. Enjoy dishes seasoned with herbs from the Villa Montez garden for an unmatched freshness. Dine in one of Tyler’s most beautiful settings, both indoors and out, mixing the magic and glamour of Old Tyler with a progressive, flavor-filled, adventurous menu and a spectacular wine list. 3324 Old Henderson Highway • Tyler 903.592.9696 • Menu starting at $7.99

NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE Newk’s serves the best fresh tossed salads, oven baked sandwiches, California-style pizzas and homemade cakes from our open, inviting kitchen. For your next party – of any size – call Newk’s for distinctive, high quality cuisine, exceptional service and a passion for food. Or visit us during lunch or dinner for an express, casual dining experience in a refreshing and stylish atmosphere unlike anywhere else. We also offer a selection of great wines by the glass or bottle. Menus available by fax or email. 3985 Old Jacksonville Hwy Tyler, TX 75701 903.509.4646 (fax) 903.581.7292


110 Texas 281 Loop Longview, TX 75605 903.753.7000 (fax) 903.753.7010

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CURRENTS Featured in Texas Monthly! From business lunches on-the-go to larger parties who’ve got the place to themselves, Currents will go the extra mile to ensure every customer feels like a regular returning to their favorite spot … because after the first visit, you will be. We also do wedding receptions, bridal showers and corporate events. 1121 E. Second St., off Fleishel Ave. Tyler, TX • 903.597.3771 • Lunch menu starting at $7.25 Dinner menu starting at $13.95 Reserve Currents for Your Private Party Today!

PIER ONE O FIVE COMING SUMMER 2010 As the temperature heats up, come enjoy the all-new Pier One O Five. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Tyler while you dine on the deck. This exciting new waterfront restaurant offers the perfect atmosphere, whether it’s to dock the boat and enjoy a casual lunch with friends or a romantic evening with your sweetheart. Pier One O Five’s extensive food and drink menu and live music will ignite your lakeside experience. Located at The Lake Tyler Petroleum Club

BREAKERS: A SEAFOOD JOINT At Breakers, we strive to bring the delightful California atmosphere to life as Tyler’s Finest Seafood House. Leave the white tablecloth at home and be ready for something unique when you come through the doors – Breaker’s is much more than your typical seafood house. Whether you are grabbing some fish tacos for lunch or one of our hand-selected Live Maine Lobster, you will not be disappointed. Breakers brings you top-quality seafood with a fun, west coast twist. If fish isn’t on your mind, come try our “Big Breaker Burger” or simply relax with a cocktail at our full-service bar. 5106 Old Bullard Road • Tyler, TX 75701 903.534.0161 • Hours of Operation: MON – FRI 11am to 10pm SAT Noon – 10pm SUN Noon – 9pm

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JULIAN’S ASIAN DINER With a newly renovated lounge, a revamped menu and new owners, Julian’s is one of Tyler’s – and East Texas’ – premier fine dining establishments. From the delectable coconut curry chicken to the healthconscious vegetable-and-rice bowls and hundreds of options in between, Julian’s offers something for even the most discriminating diner. For a closer look, check them out in the Man About Town in this issue of BSCENE. 5201 S Broadway Ave, Times Square Tyler, TX • 903.509.8833 Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 4-7pm Monday-Wednesday 11am-10pm Thursday-Saturday 11am-12am

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Arguably South America's most popular beer. Brewed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this lager is a light and refreshing beer. Quilmes is available at Villa Montez and pairs well with any red meat.

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Pale Ale is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It opens with bright, perky high notes of maltiness and orange blossom and segues into delectable hoppiness. This complex, full-bodied beer pairs well with the Angus Ribeye at Breaker’s.

PAULANER A German-brewed, refreshing beer. For help translating, “Hefe” means yeast and “Weizen” means wheat. As with most hefes, cloves are evident, and fruitiness is observed on the palette. Enjoy this brew at Jakes Tyler with the delicious pumpkin seed-crusted sea bass.


Something Special Going On If you are looking for a Californian-flavor gem with healthy Pacific-inspired dishes and a little something extra, Breakers seafood joint is definitely your destination. Owner Brandon Hafner certainly had a specific vision for his restaurant that opened in June 2009. And Breakers is stepping up their atmosphere with live music and local art for customers to enjoy with the fabulous cuisine. Hafner and his father, longtime owner of the property, decided to build the unique restaurant when Johnny’s Boot and Shoe Repair moved from the location. “I was living in California at the time and we kinda tossed around a Jamaican theme. We wanted it to be progressive,” Hafner said. “So, we went with a Pacific rim, Polynesian style. If you look at the menu, there’s a lot of pineapple and mango and stuff like that. It’s a little different.” Breakers’ décor includes surfboards and a laid back interior that was built with care. “We did a lot of the work too. We made the bar. We made all the railings, the surfboard bench out front – my dad and I welded all that together,” Brandon said with pride. “We put a lot of energy into it.”

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And Breakers is building their unique atmosphere by offering art shows and live music throughout the week, which enables local artists to put their work out there. “These guys who play instruments, it’s hard to make a living doing that. You have to have someone who is willing to take a chance, let them play and see if they can entertain the crowd,” he said. And Hafner, a musician himself, is definitely providing an atmosphere to showcase artistic talent and promote the arts. Just some of the artists you might encounter at Breakers include John Gable and Ricky Ashby. And every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at lunch Richard Callahan plays at Breakers. “It’s no vocals. It’s just plain guitar. He does everything form Jack Johnson to Led Zeppelin and manages to keep it all in that style,” Hafner explained. “I think it’s pretty good because people come in and they say, ‘Man, it’s so good to hear some elevating music – or just music. And they really like it,” Callahan said. Breakers also showcases a different lineup of live music every Saturday night. “You can sit down, within 30 minutes you can have our entire meal, be done. And then you can have a concert going on where you’re eating,” he explains. “It’s special. A little place like this, maybe you only go to Breaker’s once a week. It’s not Subway – you can’t go every day,” Hafner shared. “Maybe it’s something special, ‘Oh, it’s Wednesday I can catch Richard up there too!’” BSCENEMAG.COM

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Cosmopolitan Cuisine

“So if you’re out and about, look for us; we’ll be about town.”

It was a cold and rainy night in the Rose City. The streets were wet, and the lights of the night bounced off rain drops like Pixies dancing in the park. "The Man” was “standing on tip toes” emotionally, anticipating of a “hoot of a-night” – the Martin-Walker Law Firm was meeting us for dinner at The Lounge at Julian’s. All of ’em, along with their spouses. The guest list included: Blake Bailey, Stacy and Reid Martin, Leigh and Ron Vickery, Marisa Schouten, Adam Allen and Andrea and Jack Walker. Our hosts for the evening were owners Vanessa and Brad Downey and one of their partners, Matt Schultz. They pulled out all the stops to make it a perfect party. But let’s go back where it all got started: Oct. 28, 2009, Jay and Paula Schultz, Matt and Markquette Schultz, and Brad and Vanessa Downey became the owners of the “new” Julian’s. While none of ’em had restaurant operating experience, they were no strangers to good business expertise. Not to fear, executive chef Gonzalo Victorial, an original to Julian’s, is still “ruler of the kitchen.” So, the same great food you’ve come to expect is still the standard. All dishes are cooked to order in a wok, from scratch. Are there some changes? You betcha! All systems have been tightened, and there is always an owner on duty, working the floor. The wait time for orders has been shortened and is monitored closely. Owner Brad Downey says, “We took a great product and gave it the attention it needed.” They bought the place because they loved it and were faithful customers. So, a lot will stay the same. One big change, however, is The Lounge. It has been enlarged and there are new window treatments, modular couches, chairs and tables. The bar is bigger with new chairs and a stateof-the-art, ceiling-mounted, five-loop video projector that uses a full wall for projecting DVDs, sports, Power Points or cityscapes of New York, San Francisco, Chicago and more. Really breathtaking! The Lounge at Julian’s is indeed a destination experience. This is full-service bar boasts more than 30 beers from around the world and at least 20 martinis. A full tapas menu has been added which includes specialties such as pepper-seared Ahi Tuna with Strawberry Vinaigrette; Tempura Veggies; Spring Rolls and more! The Lounge at Julian’s is the place to go on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 6:30 until till the Lounge closes.

You’ll never hear, “Sorry the kitchen is closed.” Now, that’s something special! The dining room is still the good experience and bargain you’re used to at lunch or dinner. A significant new focus at lunchtime is a larger variety and healthier offerings. Julian’s has hooked up with K H Fitness and Premier Fitness to connect your training program with menu items that physical trainers recommend. These items conform to trainers' guidelines, according to Brad (an example is the CUNE special on the Health Bowls menu) … but there is more! On a special diet? Julian’s will fix it for you. Just ask. By the way, you may substitute a different meat for any dish on the menu. The New Julian’s is an ideal setting for your next business lunch or dinner, personal small group meeting or The Lounge at Julian’s can accommodate parties of 20 to 30 folks. Any way ya choose, you’ll be pampered and pleased with first class personal service. Now, what about our party? It was a hoot! We had the perfect place, the perfect hosts and the perfect group of folks. Reid Martin and Jack Walker know how to pull the right professionals together to get the job done, but that’s not just true of their law firm; they really know how to have a party. Linda and I had the time of our lives watching this group enjoy each other and the full impact of Julian’s. Turns out, they are regular customers, too! Uncharacteristically, “The Man” didn’t have to entertain this crew, they entertained me! The glue that holds these special people together is, in part, that they grew up here in Tyler. They have many common interests, friendships and memories. And we “more senior” folks were pulled right into the fellowship and banter of the evening and loved every minute of it. The party started at 6:30 with Vanessa’s favorite grape martinis. This “nectar of the gods” is created with Ciroc Vodka, white grape juice and garnished with three frozen green grapes in the bottom of the glass. What a delight! The “Man” is hooked for life. We ordered off the menu from an array of tantalizing Asian Fusion options. The wine and martinis kept-a-comin’, and we ended the evening sharing the house specialty dessert, Marble Cheesecake Xango. Wow! From beginning to end, sheer gastronomical ecstasy. Listen, The Lounge at Julian’s is a respite. Step out of Tyler and into The Lounge at Julian’s for a cosmopolitan experience.




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If you have children or pets, then you probably have a love/hate relationship with carpet. Carpet is plush, warming, and comfortable underfoot – but it also seems to be a magnet for stains and dirt. It constantly needs cleaning and attention to keep it looking fresh. Perhaps you are one of many that neglects their carpet. After all, if it doesn’t show dirt, it must not be dirty! This could not be further from the truth. First of all, battling to keep your carpet presentable doesn’t need to be a huge ordeal. There is a carpet out there for almost any type of wear imaginable. Carpets come in lifetime stain resistance, anti-static, anti-crush and even antimicrobial carpets and pads to help fight unpleasant odors (i.e. pets). The first step in deciding if carpet is the best flooring and if so, what type of carpet to get, involves asking two major questions. Deborah Drennan, AISD allied decorator with Cassidy Jones Home Plus Design Center, says to first consider, “Are you going to sell your home or are you going to be living there? Are we trying to fix up your home to sell?” If fixing up the home to sell, she recommends a carpet with great properties at a reasonable price point like a frieze in colors that would fit any palate. “If it’s for personal use and you are going to be living there, you may want to get a little more dramatic with it – like a retro shag, or an animal print or a wool (carpet).” And while dramatic carpet is not recommended by Drennan for a home that is going to be listed, she says dramatic carpet is a great way to personalize your home.

Drennan explains, is that it reacts with water – but it is also a “green” way to go. As far as longevity, she recommends Nylon, “Nylon is going to wear longer. It’s longevity is longer.” As for patterns or style of carpet, the assortment is as wide as the types of carpets. Carpets come in retro shag, short shag, pile-cut with designs, print carpets (like leopard or zebra), frieze, plush and more. “A lot of the carpet we use today is a sisel look (similar to berber but not as heavy, like a rope or a hemp). It’s natural material and is available in wool or synthetics,” Ken Horne said. “And berber is great (especially synthetic fiber-berber) for children’s rooms and playrooms because you can use bleach to clean up spills.” He strongly recommends to let where the carpet is going and what type of use/traffic it will get dictate the type of carpet that is used. Maintenance is also key in keeping carpet looking fresh and new. Carpet cleaning expert Ryan Driskell, owner of The Floor Physician says, “A rule of thumb is to vacuum your carpet once per week per person in your house.” And surprisingly, he recommends the biggest tip to keep

Carpet is typically used to add warmth and comfort to a floor, Drennan explained. So, what rooms to carpet is purely the homeowners preference. Most people opt for hard-surface flooring in the kitchen and baths. Ken Horne, AISD, is owner of Ken Horne Interiors and recommends against carpeting baths. “I would say don’t use carpet in bathrooms because of water and other spills. Hairsprays and and other things stick to the carpet.” However some people prefer carpet. Drennan recently put carpet throughout the entire home of a client that had arthritis. “There’s a pad under it. She’s more comfortable standing on it. It’s warmer and it’s more comfortable.” Another important factor to maximize the life of your carpet is the choice of the carpet pad. “We have a STAINMASTER® pad that is stain resistant. We have an antimicrobial pad that’s an odor eater [which is great for pets]. We have several pads in stock and you can upgrade your pad,” Drennan said. She explains what happens if you don’t have a good pad: “Your stain goes through the carpet, through the pad and to the floor. If you get it off the carpet, that’s still just topical and it will wick it’s way back up [to the surface], but with a STAINMASTER® pad it stays on top of the pad and you can get the stain out.” Carpet types vary for almost any type of need you have. Any good carpet will come with a warranty. If you have a pre–1990s home you probably have Polyester carpet. Drennan says some polyester carpets are warrantied for up to 20 years. Nylon carpet is made of continuous filament and doesn’t shed, which makes it great for allergy sufferers because there are no free radical particles in the air. Most nylon carpets warranty for up to 20 years. SmartStrand® carpet comes with a lifetime stain, lifetime antistatic warranty and a 15-year wear warranty. CrushResister® carpet has a lifetime anti-crush and pathway wear warranty. Most Wool carpet has a 20 year warranty, is natural and long-lasting. A drawback to wool,

dirt off your carpet: invest in a really good doormat. Driskell explains a large mat (big enough for two steps) made of bristles will help get the dirt off your shoes so it is not tracked into the house and onto the carpet. “And ideally, you don’t want to wear shoes in your home … the more dirt you can keep outside the better off your floors will be.” Driskell says when it comes to cleaning stains he has seen it all. He says people often grab whatever they have on-hand to clean a spill or stain, even though it may not be formulated for carpet. This can result in bleached-out or chemically burned carpet. “And when you ask what they use on it, I’ve heard everything. One time someone used toilet-bowl cleaner,” he recalled. To keep carpet looking its best, outside of vacuuming and getting it professionally cleaned every six months to one year, there is a correct way to clean stains out of carpet. First, scrape off whatever is on the carpet. Next, you should use a white towel to blot up excess liquid. “At that point you can use clean water to blot it out. Don’t rub the stain, it damages the carpet. At that point you want to do everything you can to not damage the fibers. You can even stand on the towel until the stain is soaked up,” Driskell said. Rubbing the carpet will fray the fibers, and can make the spot attract more dirt and stain more easily. As for stains from pets and children, he stresses that red is the most difficult stain to remove from carpet. And when it comes to pets, Fido’s favorite spot on the carpet may begin to look dirty at some point due to the oily residue left from his fur. Driskell’s solution: have a professional cleaner use a specific solution on that area next time they clean. Then, put a pet pillow over that spot to prevent it. There are definitely ways to prevent and treat most stains. He laughed, “Just because you have clean carpet, that’s not a reason to not have pets or children.” by Holly Head,

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cenic vistas abound in this Mike Brattlof home completed in 2008 that sits majestically on a peninsula overlooking Lake Tyler. The estate’s exterior is a masterpiece combining both Country Italian and Mediterranean styles. The home is thoughtfully situated on the deep, slender lot – maximizing views of the water. Designed by architect Mike Butler, the spacious floorplan includes three bedrooms, three baths, a two-car garage, a study and a wine room. Brattlof’s collaboration with the homeowners and impeccable attention to detail is apparent in the home’s impressive exterior. He wanted to soften the monumental feel of the home’s faÇade by avoiding straight edges and lines. Beautiful, rounded archways, columns and arched windows are incorporated into the home’s exterior. The builder also added a large, hand-sculpted bull nose around all the windows and the ornate iron door from Castle Doors. The home’s faÇade exudes Mediterranean style with Tuscan stucco by Cooper Plastering and stonework by Michael Byrd Masonry. David Cordell of Landvisions stayed true to the style of the home by using landscaping that blends with the Mediterranean feel without obstructing the view from the house to the lake.

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he home’s Italian Revival-style interior design is the creation of Stephanie Vasso of Vasso Design Associates, Inc. The home is a fabulous mix of her collaboration with the homeowners to execute their love of European architecture and one-of-a-kind pieces. “It’s all about the view,” Vasso explained. The interior goal was for the home to have character with serene views of the outdoors. The windows throughout the home seem to perfectly frame the views of the lake and maximize the panoramic views with large, seamless windows. Ceilings are also used throughout the home as a unique design element. Interior arches, ceiling beams, groin-vault hallways and a unique, octagonal cupola give the home character and true European style. The cupola tower extends from the center of the living room up above the roofline. Brattlof shared that the idea originated from Mediterranean architecture. “Most all of your Italian and other Mediterranean homes had a tower located somewhere in the house to see who was coming (friend or foe),” Brattlof explained. All exterior ironwork throughout the home was brilliantly done by 110 Welding. The iron gate adorning the entrance to the wine room was an antique piece purchased by the homeowners. The gate was reworked to fit the entrance, powder coated then glazed to give it back it’s antique look. Vasso utilizes both antique and modern elements together in the home’s interior. The kitchen mixes antiqued cabinets with modern, steel barstools. Seville travertine lines the walls of the kitchen. The granite countertops seem to disappear into the frameless glass window. And the mosaic-tiled guest bath combines antiqued black cabinets with a very modern sink and an antiqued French mirror with new mosaic tiles from Materials Marketing. Throughout the rest of the home, Vasso describes the overall style as Italian revival. She explained the homeowners love to travel and appreciate artifacts from across the globe. Vasso said, “They wanted the home to feel authentic while remaining serene to the environment. And they love the final outcome!” (Above) Octagonal archways make the cupola the focal point of the room, and antiqued spruce beams by Mathais Davis add dimension to the ceilings. Textured walls are smooth-troweled and glazed for a beautiful, cathedral-worthy finish. (Left) The open dining area includes a near 180 degree view of the water through the arched weather shield windows from Cassity Jones. The television cabinet and tall antique columns from Eclectic Architecturals serve as a great conversation piece, with arches imported from a European cathedral. (Right) The sitting area at the end of the hallway truly showcases a beautiful, copper-finished dome, faux painted by Tim Grounds, lighted by a massive iron chandelier from Wesley Beard’s. Large Seville travertine tiles throughout the home lend a spacious, open feel. (Below) The European-inspired, groin-vault hallway features hand-carved limestone Cartouches. Gothic chandeliers from Z Daniel illuminate the hallway, projecting geometric shadows onto each vaulted ceiling.


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(Above) Stand-out features in the kitchen: custom hood made of zinc, with Venetian plaster finish, custom Alder cabinets and an antiqued cabinet from Vasso’s Ministry Collection. The custom iron light fixtures by the sink were custom-made for just the right fit. (Below) The colorful and edgy bath showcases jewel-tone, iridescent mosaic tiles from Materials Marketing. Another unique element – aside from the French antique mirror and arched wall that frame the backsplash – is the black rhinestone Linkasink.(Right) The Calcutta Luna marble flooring and pearlized Venetian plaster walls by Tim Grounds add to the luxurious and classic feel. An iron chandelier and antique sunburst mirror from Z Daniel, accent the tub area. Large frameless windows maximize the views of the lake.








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Pets are an integral part of today’s society. Newsweek reported in 2008 that nearly two-thirds of U.S. households have pets and survey research noted in the U.S. Pet Ownership Demographics Sourcebook (2007 Edition) estimates a town the size of Tyler has a pet ownership population of over 60,000 – which includes dogs, cats, birds and horses. This certainly makes Tyler a pet loving community. As a pet industry business owner, there are many reasons why someone might choose to own a pet. In Tyler, climate and community resources make ownership a local lifestyle. One of the great resources is a reliable Professional Pet Sitting Service. Whether traveling for business, pleasure or maybe just working late hours, a Professional Pet Sitter provides daily dog walking, midday bathroom breaks, Litter box change, taxi service, overnight care and, most importantly of all, the love your pet would normally get if you were home. Some will even offer to keep your pet for a home-away-from-home experience. When looking for a pet sitting service to meet your needs, consider the following: • Bonded and insured • Adequate credentials and knowledge • Provides ongoing staff training • Regular office hours • Contingency plan for inclement weather • Provides literature describing services/fees Noah’s Critters Pet Sitters can put together the perfect package to fit you and your pet’s needs. Please be responsible pet owners and spay or neuter your pets. Enjoy their love for they will be your best friends for the rest of their life.



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According to a major U.S. automotive manufacturer, 70 percent of all accidents involve two or more vehicles and a third of those accidents involve a rear-end collision. Studies show most of these rear-end collisions are due to driver inattention and insufficient driver braking. Thus, technology steps in and prevents those accidents, in theory. There’s a chance however, that these “gee-whiz” devices could trade off driver inattention for driver complacency and the accidents will continue. I personally believe the human element can never be taken out of safe driving practices. There are some things we see, feel, sense, analyze and interpret while driving that a computer never will.

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From Hawaii to Hong Kong, color surrounds us every single moment of our lives, from the grass, sky and stoplights, to the clothes we wear and the cars we drive. People worldwide react to color, though sometimes in different ways. For example, white is the color of mourning in China, but you’re hard-pressed to find a bride in the U.S. who doesn’t wear a white gown, while brides in India traditionally wear red. This is called ‘color conditioning.’ Mitzi Perritt, Ph.D., Professor of Interior Design at Stephen F. Austin State University, says “The visible spectrum is a continuum of colored light ... the wavelengths range from the shortest visible wavelength of red to the longest wavelength, violet.” Color is such a part of our lives, that it’s easy to forget the effect it can have on us. Color is visible energy, and it can subconsciously affect our mood, our appetite and more. According to Perritt, color is one of the eight basic elements of design: space, line, shape, form, texture, ornament, light and color. “It is very powerful and yet is the least expensive method (a can of paint) for transforming a room,” she says. Lindsey Shaver Harrison and Blythe Loggins McCain are Co-Owners of Feather Your Nest – a home staging and interior consulting company in Tyler. “Color sets the mood for the entire room. You can have the perfect combination of lighting, gorgeous fabrics and furniture, but if the color on the wall is not right, the whole room will just be off,” Harrison says. The color wheel is a tool used by many in various creative industries. “According to the color wheel, there are complimentary colors which are opposites of each other, such as red and green or blue and orange … Then there are analogous colors – which is a group of colors that contain a common hue. These are found next to each other on the color wheel,” McCain explained. “You can also have a monochromatic color scheme focused around one single color, translated into a variety of shades or tints. This scheme works well in a bedroom because it depicts a calm, soothing environment.” Perritt advises to keep in mind that color can affect the appearance of size of the room. “Colors that are light in value visually expand a space whereas colors that are dark in value create a visual illusion of closer, more intimate space,” she explained. Lighting can also affect the appearance of color. “With artificial lighting, the color spectrum is generally skewed toward either warm or cool. Consequently one can only see the true color of an object by viewing it in daylight … However, for the most successful outcome in interior use, view fabric swatches and paint samples in the lighting in which they will be used,” Perritt says. When planning an interior space, there are a few basic principles of color to consider. Warm colors promote an outward orientation and are good for social spaces such as family rooms. Cool colors promote concentration and relaxation and thus are good private spaces like offices and bedrooms. Neutral colors can quickly adapt to many different looks and also provide an excellent background for artwork. “This strategy leaves the art as the element that captures attention,” Perritt explains. Neutral-colored space is especially versatile. She suggests you can change its appearance simply by exchanging accessories, such as a lamp, a colorful rug or a piece of art. Outside of the home, color still plays an important role. Nature had it right with the blue skies and blue water – Perritt says that blue is the favorite color of the majority of people. “Politicians often use this to their advantage through their clothing, which can help them

seem friendly,” she explains. “Research has shown that Alzheimer’s patients prefer the color blue and in this respect, are no different from the majority of our population and proves they still notice color.” Light hues of blue can be relaxing, whereas bolder blues can be stimulating. Blue is also said to be an appetite suppressant. So, wear a blue dress or a blue tie to a cocktail party if you don’t want to overindulge. On the contrary, red is an appetite stimulus, which explains why many cafeterias are decked in the bold color. Red also stimulates the mind. Pale greens can promote a sense of calm and yellow visually stimulates happiness. Orange promotes confidence and purple can inspire creativity. And while you may think white would be a calming color, Perritt says that a lack of color (white) can sometimes be stressful because it offers the mind zero stimulation. But just because a color is said to have X effect, the ladies at Feather Your Nest say that sometimes it’s best to throw out the rule book. “If you want to paint a kitchen blue, even though it’s the least appetizing color, paint it blue! We are not married to using certain colors in certain places … every once in a while, you should be daring with color.” Exploring a new field of color, Perritt says that SFASU has implemented a graduate program in health care interior design. “Color is a powerful tool in establishing a healing environment. The trend in health care design is to create a residential ambiance within the clinic or hospital so that the patient and patient’s family feel more at home and comfortable – not captive in a cold, institutional environment,” she explains. “The body heals more quickly and less pain medication is requested when a home-like, non-stressful atmosphere is promoted.” Perritt says that color choice is important in creating these atmospheres. “Patient rooms should be soothing, with subdued colors and rehabilitation areas can be brighter, more invigorating … It’s also interesting to note that cool colors can cause us to underestimate time. For example, I’ve been waiting in this lobby for 10 minutes when it’s actually been 15 [minutes].” It’s also worth noting that approximately 7 percent of males are relatively or completely deficient in color vision, according to “Humans with the most common form of colorblindness are unable to differentiate between reds and greens, thus see the world as a blend of blues, yellows and greys.” No matter the different perceptions of color, it affects our daily lives. So, add a little color to your life, and maybe you’ll begin to notice it really can make a difference in the way you feel! by Karli Hetherington,


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GETTING INVOLVED For someone that has a lifetime chock-full of involvement in numerous organizations and charities, mission groups, church and a dedication to the arts, her definition of a true volunteer is surprisingly unexpected. LaVerne Gollob explained she doesn't just help organize projects, she prefers to get involved. “I don't just serve as president. I don't think you can do that. You've got to know how to do and be willing to do everything – whether it's sweep up or clean up a mess that happened on the floor. At some events we've even run out of food! We've had to run get food or make peanut butter sandwiches. You just have to go with the flow.” LaVerne serves as the current President for the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras which has 30 leagues throughout Texas and one in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At their recent Concerto Competition at SMU, LaVerne served as a runner helping to transport piano sheet music between judges and escorting pianist contestants to the performance stage (up two flights of stairs). She also stepped in as the photographer. “We listened to some 35 fantastic musicians play. One of our biggest projects is the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition and it is for students grades ninth through twelfth throughout Texas. They do have to have a certified teacher. [The students] come and perform and we have the privilege of having dinner and lunch with the judges,” she said. The competition awards a prize winner in each category and an overall grand-prize winner. In addition to her position as president of TASO, LaVerne is also a tri-chair with friends Annette Findlay and Laura Hyde of the 2010 Women's Symphony League Ball: The Sound of Music. She began her involvement with WSL in 1986 which led to other positions. “That evolved and I served as President of the Women's Symphony Board of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra in 2002/2003. And from there, I don't know – people would just call and say, 'I'm working on this, would you like to become involved?” Since beginning her involvement with WSL in the '80s LaVerne has held numerous positions with organizations and charities both throughout Tyler and Texas. Just some of the boards she currently serves on include: TJC Foundation Board, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Annual Events Committee, Ladies' Dallas Opera Board, Executive and Full Boards for the Women's Symphony League. She chaired the 1991 Tyler Azalea Trail, chaired the Private Garden Tour, and chaired the one-day

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American Azalea Society Tour in Tyler when it was declared an official Azalea City in the U.S. She has served on the Habitat for Humanity Fundraising Event Committee. She is a member of the Tyler Garden Club and Criterion Literary Club and has served as president of both. She also serves as a member of the Mary Tyler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. And with only 24 hours in a day, one might wonder how LaVerne has the time and energy to serve on so many committees and be involved with so many projects at once. She chuckled and jokingly replied first, “Well, at my age we have kind of retired from just about everything.” And then she spoke the true reason, “And I just love to volunteer. I grew up with six sisters and we were constantly competitive in sports and music and were very involved in our community and schools. “Growing up in that big family, you just reach out to other people there … To me volunteerism is just gathering all these wonderful people and working together on a very important project.” A strong support network also helps. LaVerne was quick to say she could not do anything without the help of the Lord and her family. “My family is phenomenal! My husband (Michael) and children are very supportive. And then I have this wonderful base of fabulous friends … and close friends like Laura and Annette – when I start a project I wouldn't even start it without their help.” Working with people, and spreading the word on the wonderful gifts Tyler has as a community are definitely passions of LaVerne's. Another deeply-rooted, obvious passion is her love of music. She and her six sisters all took piano lessons growing up. She recalled their competitive nature and said they would actually fight over who's turn it was to practice. In ninth and tenth grade, LaVerne had her own rhythm band at Dean Baptist Church in Tyler. “And the kids were so wonderful. They had their little choir robes and everything. I loved that,” she said. LaVerne continues her involvement with choir and sings in the choir at First Baptist Church of Tyler. She was also the pianist at Thailand Baptist Church for 15 years in Tyler. In fact, music is so much a part of her life, it is often the first thing she wakes up to in the morning. “I wake up, I think, singing every morning with the radio or something,” she smiled and said. “And just listening to all the young musicians play … I am so glad the young ones are taking part in music and enjoying it because they are going to be our musicians in the future.” B S C E N E M A G.COM



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So often a band starts as a hobby, a way to take the mind off of work or the stresses of daily life. It’s a part-time thing, easy to pick up and put down, like a book that’s good-butnot-great. When the members of Magdalene formed their group in 1998, it was mostly just to mess around. Guitarist Mike Bick recalled everyone would get together mostly as a challenge to learn some new music. There were gigs at private parties, Rick’s, what used to be The Laughing Dog ... and a repertoire of more than 100 songs, all of them covers.

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everyone may not like or enjoy the music ... but they are saying

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Then, six years ago, there was a significant change of personnel within the group and as Bick said, “We got a new drummer, a new singer, a new bass player and we became more serious. We started writing our own music. We started getting a little heavier, more melodic and developing our own sound. It’s a lot more serious now … It’s 100 percent original.” Now, Magdalene has a solid lineup: Mike Bick on guitar, Brett Poulson is the bassist, Peter Sirianni a guitarist, Mak Saigusa on drums and the newest addition is vocalist Stevie Rene Vaughn. and the drive and talent to excel, perhaps adding a few of their songs to the set lists of bands who do nothing but covers.

There is a lot of talent in Tyler. They come and they go and they break up, but we’ve been together a long time. A band is kind of like a family; there’s a huge commitment to it. There are always strong personalities, and it doesn’t always go smoothly sometimes. I guess that is the strength of our band and it’s a give and take. I would say there is better talent out there than myself, said Bick. They could run laps around me on guitar, but we all have our own styles based on how we grew up and influences and that type of thing. Bringing it together makes us strong.

Though it’s not for everyone – those who swear by Hank Williams might not make Magdalene their first choice track on a mix tape – their music doesn’t overwhelm a listener. Magdalene’s music stems from the original idea of a melodic voice over heavy guitars; what must be an intricate and well-crafted sound that’s full without being overpowering, music with weight and not noise. The sometimes polar sensibilities of its members is what gives almost any band its sound, and Magdalene boasts a range of tastes, ages and influences that contribute to the musical dynamic. “We’re very different,” said Bick. “There are strengths in our band based on our personalities and musical traits – we balance each other out. We’re not completely one direction or another – we meet in the middle and it makes things interesting. If you listen to all 13 songs on our album, the interest is still there.” Poulson’s metal background and intricate bass lines, Bick’s composition and pianist’s ear, Vaughn’s unpolished but pitch-perfect vocals, Saigusa’s thundering drumming, Sirianni’s scorching riffs … they all come together to produce a sound that’s approachable and accomplished. “It comes down to the product,” Sirianni said. “If you’re true to the music it will be true to you. It’s like if you have this product that everyone is interested in and everybody wants, you only need the bare minimum before people start talking about it. Our music is real, and I think I speak for everybody in saying it is very serious ... Music comes first … I don’t write fiction, and the vocals and lyrics set it all up and then tie everything together. It’s like that Magdalene icon or figure: there is good and bad; it’s dark and it’s light. Bick reiterated, “There is good and bad, Like a relationship you may have. There are good parts and bad parts and yet there’s a sense of mystery, and we try to keep that too.”

“Life [is like that]; it’s back and forth,” echoed Sirianni. “And we are real.” “We transitioned into something that was just fun and challenging to something more serious,” Bick said. “It’s business now, and we have to treat it that way – it incorporates all the factors of being fun and creative while presenting a great show.” Regularly overlooked, especially outside the arenas and largest venues around the country, the experience of the live show is something Magdalene makes every effort to incorporate into their gigs. There are the smoke and fog machines – “sometimes we get a little heavy with those things and I can’t breathe during a show,” joked Poulson. Then there are the video screens projecting Poulson’s original artwork – which can be found on the cover art as well as in the band’s merchandise – so distinctive to the Magdalene image. “Brett does all the artwork for the band – and he’s really a true artist. He can draw, design and can even apply those skills in tatooing,” Bick said. “The artwork is something that adds another dimension to what we’re doing.” With a cohesive, engaging show and great music, it’s no wonder that the group is hitting its stride and making a real name for itself. From opening up locally for bands like Saliva and Flyleaf, to headlining their own shows throughout East Texas and into bordering states, to having people line up for them, the Magdalene name carries cachet. “It’s cut-throat out there, and we’ve learned to be a meaner, leaner unit,” said Sirianni. “We’ve gone from over the last six years playing three hours with big rigs to being in lineups now with six different bands in Shreveport or at Ridglea Theatre where you have 10 minutes to be on stage and set up and then play for 30 or 40 minutes … then another 10 minutes to get off. We’ve all adapted to that and we learn from other bands. So, we’re getting respected now,” Sirianni added. “Other musicians know us now, and sometimes we don’t even realize it. We’ve played one gig at Click’s and a band asked us to sign our set list for them! We were unsure how to take it ... People even ask us where we are from, and it’s just funny to us,” he said with a grin. Magdalene is also garnering interest regionally. Said Bick, “96X (East Texas radio station 96.1FM) has really pushed us. People hear us and we’re getting played in Shreveport on 99X ... The great thing about 96X is that no one knew who we were. We were just a band. The DJ came on and pretty much said: ‘This is Magdalene and here is their song.’ Then the media and the listeners – from that unbiased approach – said, ‘I want to know who this band is, I like this music.’ It was amazing validation for us – it opened more doors. We just want people to get a taste of our music and we feel if you taste it, you’ll love it.”

“It’s just crazy to think

about,” Sirianni threw in, “Some of our songs on MySpace have eclipsed 17,000 plays! Bands from California are emailing us, asking for t-shirts (the band has some new designs, by the way).

A booking agent putting together the new Creed tour wants us to consider being a regional opener for them – in Australia! … We’ve opened up for Warrant, Flickerstick, The Trust Company ... I never would have thought things would take off like they have.” Magdalene is certainly prepared to strike while the iron is hot – but because they are all successful in their “day jobs,” they won’t be forced into any of those horrendous first-deal horror stories bands complain about for years following putting pen to paper.

“We are on a label called Abarixe,” Bick said. “We’ve been on the label for about a year, and we’ve taken our time. The debut CD has just been released, and the product is excellent. We’re proud of it. It took a lot of time and energy, and we put a lot into it to in order to do it right. Plus, I think it appeals to a wide range of people. It keeps your interest and we want to promote that to get back what we put into it … and of course we’re eager to write new music. “From a business standpoint, we’ve all got some sort of net worth, and it’s not worth risking that to sign to a major label. If they shelve us, we are [out of luck]. From the same business standpoint, we are doing better by doing the majority by ourselves with the right type of investing – to the point where if we can generate interest ourselves, then a few successful years down the road a major label might be an option.” With all the ducks in a rocking little row, Magdalene recently hit one little bump in the road: they lost their lead vocalist, with whom they recorded the album. Were the band not such a well-oiled machine, things might have fallen apart for them – but they decided the project was worth it, that it deserved continuation. “When we lost our singer it was tough,” admitted Bick. “But, we took our time and went through the interview process and try-outs and found Stevie. She’s a true musician. She plays six or seven different instruments. She’s a viola major. She can do our cello parts, then play the acoustic guitar and then move over to the keyboards!”

While the band was immediately impressed, Vaughan was a little more stressed about the whole thing. “In early November there was a flyer posted at my college for this band. People kept telling me that I had to call this number, but my experience with people who want to start bands is that they are typically guys my age who want to get to know the chick who plays guitar better,” Vaughan laughed. “So, I was [hesitant] at first, but I saved the number in my phone as “Band?” I finally called and left a voicemail – Peter called back a minute later and we set up an audition … I almost passed out in the audition. I was nerved up.” With Stevie in place, the guys (and girl) feel strongly, they believe, that they are equipped to reach the next level, or whatever level they choose. “This will make us far superior,” Poulson said. “It will take us from where we are and move us to the next level. We’re comfortable. Our shows are good, and getting better. We’re clicking – a 12-cylinder band.” Bick sums things up like this: “We’re focused on putting on a fantastic show. We have backgrounds and lighting. We’re up to speed with what we have and we’re promoting it, hard. We’re doing more gigs and working together, learning how to deal with different things as they are thrown at us so we stay together as a group … I don’t know, there’s just this extremely positive feeling moving forward.” by Will Knous,

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Tyler State Park Dogwood Days is open from 8am until dark each day. Take a self-guided vehicle tour or enjoy a stroll down the many trails at Tyler State Park to see the blooming dogwoods. For more information call 903.597.5338.





Tyler Rotary Club’s Eighth Annual Chili Cook-Off on Dobbs Street. For more information visit The East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents the music of Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. Call the Cowan Box Office at 903.566.7424.



Alll-Female Art Exhibit at Breakers featuring work by Nora Schrieber, Jessica Hall, Robin Morris, Adreienne Stine, Ciera McGuckie and Lisa Horlander. Starts at 9pm.


The North Texas PGA Jr. Golf Foundation and SPORTyler Azalea Trail Junior Golf Event open to ages 7 thru 18. For more information call 903.592.1661 ext.237.

Tyler Museum of Art’s annual High School Art Show showcases the work of graduating seniors from area high schools. Call 903.595.1001 for more information. Cowan Center presents “Lord of the Dance,” a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance at 7:30pm. For ticket information call 903.566.7424 or visit


Annual Azalea Trail open for tours. Enjoy the splendor of azaleas, tulips, dogwoods, wisteria and Japanese maples along two trails in the historic district of Tyler! Visit or call 903.592.1661 for more information.


The Tyler Area Council of Garden Clubs is holding the Fourth Annual Garden Club Show at The Women’s Building. This year’s theme is “Remembering Historic Tyler.” For more information call 903.566.1019.

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Tyler Civic Theatre presents “The Chalk Garden,” suitable for all ages. Call 903.592.0561 for times or visit


Prestige Estates Azalea Trail Art Exhibit featuring artwork provided by the Palette of Roses Art League and the Thomas Kinkade, Gold Leaf and Frame-Up Galleries as well as works from private collections. Free admission. Call 903.561.6102 for more information.


Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour brings cyclists together to enjoy the beauty of East Texas and conquer the hill refered to as “The Beast.” For deadline and registration fees call 903.574.1629 or visit


Tyler Ballet presents “The Princess and the Pea” at Caldwell Auditorium. For more information contact Mary Wright at 903.596.0224.

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Enjoy guided tours of the Bonner/Whitaker House, detailing Tyler’s history from the 1870s. Special murder mystery dinner offered to groups of 20+. Located at 806 W. Houston St. Call 903.592.3533 or 903.312.0314 for details.


Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair semi-annual sale raises money for scholarships to students in Allied Health studies. For more times and details call 903.561.1353.


Penny Nichols-Sanders Annual Spring Art Show and sale features work by professionals and students at The Woman’s Building. Call 903.592.8519 for info.


Apache Belle’s Spring Show Annual showcase at Wise Auditorium. For information or tickets, contact Jasilyn Schaefer at 903.510.3162.


Historic Tyler’s Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes features an evening tour through elegant neighborhoods in Tyler’s Historic District. For more information visit


Main Street Flower Market showcase at the scenic outdoor flower market on the Goodman Museum grounds. For more information call 903.593.6905.


Porcelain Art Show along the Azalea Trail features unique porcelain collections and hand-painted china offered for sale. For more info contact Marguerite Spiller at 903.581.7687.

Quilters Guild of East Texas Annual Quilt Show at Harvey Convention center. Call 903.581.6176 for information. Azalea Annual 10K and 2-Mile Run/Walk and Kid’s 50-Yard Dash through the beautiful Azalea district benefits The Children’s Village. Register online at


The Central East Texas Orchid Society celebrates 50 years as an organization with “The Golden Age of Orchids,” a sanctioned orchid show and sale open to the public. For more information call 903.795.3808.


Roseland Plantation Annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail Tea and Tours includes an elegant four-course afternoon tea accompanied by a guided tour of the historic grounds (circa 1800s). For more information call 903.849.5553.


Cowan Center presents “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30 pm. For tickets and info call 903.566.7424 or visit


Sport gameday attire to the American Heart Association’s Tailgate Gala at Willow Brook Country Club. Call 903.533.9991 for ticket information.


The Off the Vine Wine Gala & Auction will be a magical evening of rare wines and gourmet cuisine. For more information visit


Cowan Center presets “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” For tickets and info call 903.566.7424 or visit


Vendors at the East Texas Natural Wellness Expo can help you live a healthier life! Visit for more information.


Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event will be at Cole and Co. from 5-7pm. Come for business networking, food and fun.


Azleway Tennis Classic benefiting the tennis program at Azleway. Registration includes meals. Call 903.566.6827x19 or visit for more information.



Smith County 10th Annual Master Gardners’ Home Garden Tour will feature five Smith County Gardens. For details all 903.894.7950 or visit


8th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Bergfeld park includes a 5k Coed run/walk at 8am and a 1 mile Fun Run at 9am. Registration and details available online at





Taste of Longview will feature local vendors and restaurants at Maude Cobb Activity Center. For more information call Susan Garner at 903.758.8470 or check out Carson & Barnes Circus at Maude Cobb Activity Complex. Visit for more info.


Enjoy an evening with Steve Forbes at Pinecrest Country Club with a book signing/reception, dinner and program. For reservations and more information call East Texans Lawsuit Abuse at 903.234.8300.


The 50th Annual Student Exhibit will be held at 215 Tyler St. in downtown Longview. For more information visit or call 903.753.8103.



The Longview News-Journal Job Fair at the Maude Cobb Activity Center. For more information contact Erin Suttin-Hassell at 903.237.7776.


Kilgore College is hosting the Spring 2010 Job Fair, open to the public and free of charge. For more information or to register contact Career Services at 903.983.8678.


Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network fundraiser for its ministry assisting families with children experiencing homelessness. Event includes dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions at First United Methodist Church Faith Center.


The East Texas Lion’s Club Barbecue at the Maude Cobb Activity Center. Proceeds go to the Texas Lion’s Camp for disabled and terminally or chronically ill children. Call 903.759.9364 for more info.


Dancing with the Stars of Longview pairs local celebrities with cast members of ‘Where Were You in ’42?’ For more information call 903.918.6783 or check out


East Texas Child Advocates, Inc. will hold a Bike Ball from 7-11pm at Maude Cobb Activity Center. For more information contact Linda Streeter at 903.753.8093 or visit


Longview Community Egg Hunt will take place at the Longview First Assembly. This free event include games, prizes, inflatables, food and 30,000 eggs. For details call 903.753.1004 or visit


Third Annual Money Street Power Show will take place at Abundant Life Gladewater. Call 903.841.0787 or visit for information.




Raisin’ the Roof for Habitat will take place at the Maude Cobb Activity Center. The fundraiser will include a celebrity-waiter dinner, silent auction and live entertainment. For more information call 903.236.0900 or visit

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The Longview PRCA Rodeo at the Longview Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena. Bull riding, calf roping and much more. For more information contact Mary Ramos at 903.757.4444 or visit


The Annual Crawfish Boil benefiting the Harvest Festival Scholarship Program will take place at Maude Cobb Activity Center. Enjoy all you can eat & drink, crawfish, catfish with a live Cajun band. For more information call 903.236.8428.


The Second Annual Kid Fest 2010 at the Longview Mall provides education and information pertaining to community resources, promotion of wellness and awareness against domestic violence. For more information call 903.791.3266.


Longview Museum of Fine Arts Sixth Annual Wine Tasting features wine expert Sharon Cox of Eclectic Architecturals. For more details visit or call 903.753.8103.


Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder with Haley Dykes will perform at the S.E. Belcher Center at LeTourneau University. For more information visit or call 903.233.3080.


Safe Haven Equine Rescue 10th Anniversary & Fundraiser will be at Maude Cobb Activity Complex. For more details visit


East Texas Builders Association Parade of Homes includes. Call 903.758.6416 or visit for more info.

MARCH 9-13

“Home” features artists from Texas and Massachusetts who explore architectural construction, deconstruction, entropy, recycling and shelter. Paintings, sculptures and an outdoor installation are included. The event will be held at The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House. For details visit


The 6th Refined Exhibition at The Cole Art Center features jewelry discipline throughout the world with Juror Lisa Gralnick, a jeweler and professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information visit or call 936.468.2801.


“Mission Possible XV: Advancing the Benefits of Change” at the Baker Pattillo Student Center at SFASU. For registration information call 936.639.1141 or visit


The Nacogdoches Azalea TrailSymposium will be held at SFA. “A Passion for Camellias” by Dr. William Welch, from Texas A&M Horticulture will present the many benefits of adding camellias and other flowers to azalea gardens. Call 888-OLDESTTOWN or visit for more information.


The Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo & Steer Show at Nacogdoches County Expo Center. Hosts include R&K Distributors and GAP Broadcasting. Visit for details.


The Farmer’s Market “Spring Fling” officially kicks off spring in Texas’ oldest town. For more information about the market or becoming a vendor call 936.559.2507 or visit

APRIL 2, 5/7

Join us in historic downtown Nacogdoches for “First Friday Nights” and shop late till eight! Participating downtown merchants will stay late. For more information call 936.559.2573 or visit


The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre presents Maurice Schigal’s “The Typists.” All shows are in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For more information call 936.468.6407.

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“Blue Hawaii” is an Elvis-themed fundraising event for Nacogdoches Waterworks at Hotel Fredonia. Ticket sales begin in March at Hotel Fredonia, Nacogdoches Recreation Department and Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. For details visit


SFA Gardens at SFA hosts Garden Gala Day, a spring fundraiser benefiting the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. For more information call 936.468.4404 or visit


Alive After Five downtown evening at The Dragonfly Nursery & Garden begins at 5:30pm in historic downtown Nacogdoches.


Habitat for Humanity Restore Earth Day 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held at 600 Powers (Restore Location). Event includes food and drinks, live music and door prizes. For more information call 866.297.9428x1314 or visit


Archie McDonald Speaker Series, “A Conversation with Mr. George Foreman,” in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Limited premier reservations available $50 (includes dinner with Mr. Foreman at 6pm). Speaking presentation will begin at 7:30pm. For more information visit


13th annual Blueberry Golf Bash at the Piney Woods Country Club. Registration starts at 10a.m, shotgun start at 12:15. For details and registration forms visit



MARCH 8, 4/5

Lindale ISD Night at Chili’s. Visit from 4-10pm and Chili’s will donate 10 percent of your check to the LISD foundation. For details visit or call 903.882.3227.


Texas Rose Horse Park Barrel Racing every Tuesday. Call 903-882-8696 or visit for details.


Join us for the Fourth Annual Eagle Golf Classic at Garden Valley Golf Resort. The tournament begins at 8am. Visit or call 903-881-4055 for sponsorships and registration information.

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Lindale Music Festival presents “Lindale Idol” at the E.J. Moss Elementary School. Age divisions include 8 and under, 9-12, 13-18 and adult. For more information visit


The Lindale Relay for Life walk will be held at the Lindale ISD Football stadium from. For details visit



MARCH 24-28

Mud Creek Off Road Park will be hosting the Mud Nationals. For more information visit



Junior Livestock Show at the Jacksonville Expo Center. Call 903.586.5077 or visit for details.


Adopt-A-School Night at Chili’s will donate 10 percent to the school of your choice. Call 903.589.0202 or visit for details.

APRIL 30, 5/1-2, 7-8

The Cherokee Civic Theatre presents “Noises Off.” For times and ticket information call 903.683.2131 or visit




KPXI Radio and Henderson Daily News will host “Dancing With The Stars” at the Henderson Civic Center. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Rusk County. For more information call 903.655.1800 or visit


Henderson Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 84th Annual Meeting and Banquet at First United Methodist Church Great Hall. Call 903.657.5528 or visit


The 15th Annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show will be held at the Rusk County Expo Center. Visit or call 903.889.2671 for more information.

5/1-2, 7-9

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” performances at Henderson Civic Theater. Call 903.657.2968 or visit for info.

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The 18th Annual Winter Gala benefiting the Tyler Rose Museum was held Jan. 9, at the Rose Garden Center. The much-anticipated event revealed the 2010 Texas Rose Festival Queen, Mary-Lawson Bracken Walden and the Duchess of the Texas Rose Festival, Laura Stacy Ramey, along with the Ladies of the Court. Dakota’s catered the seated dinner and Take 2 band entertained with live music.

Julie Kidwell, Shelia Berry

Ray Cozby, Ann Brookshire, Mary Ann Cozby

Dr. Aubrey Sharpe, Jane & Gen. Red Brown, Kellie & Lonny Uzzell

Priscilla & Russell Gilpin

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SERVICES ADVERTISING DESIGN P5-T. Platinum Advertising (903) 581-4237 ATTORNEY Mayo Mendolia & Starr, LLP 110 N. College Ave., Ste. 1700, Tyler (903) 534-0200 AUTO SERVICES S4-T. Davis-Green Paint & Body 5005 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler (903) 581-0020 BANK Texas Bank and Trust M5-L. First and Whaley, Longview (903) 237-5500 3622 McCann Rd., Longview (903) 234-4600 1800 NW Loop 281, Longview (903) 295-4221 1801 Gilmer Rd., Longview (903) 295-4281 W5-T. 6530 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 581-7555 3304 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler (903) 526-8080 DRY CLEANING Regency Cleaners 06-T. 122 W. Amherst, Tyler (903) 561-7011 Q8-T. 2819 University, Tyler (903) 566-6015 Q5-T. 5920 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler (903) 581-6060 The Cleaning Co. R8-T. 3943 Troup Hwy, Tyler Q5-T. 4200 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler 205 E. Fifth St., Tyler Old Jacksonville Hwy @ Loop 49 Westwood Shopping Center, Tyler (903) 939-9900 EDUCATION Tyler Junior College M7-T. Main: 1400 E. 5th St., Tyler (903) 510-2200 M3-T. 1530 SSW Loop 323, Tyler (903) 510-2900 FINANCIAL / ADVISOR / INVESTMENTS P5-T. Better Business Bureau 3600 Old Bullard Road, Tyler Bldg 1, Ste. 101 (903) 581-5704 East Texas Professional Credit Union R5-T. 850 Rice Road, Tyler (903) 581-5431 F5-L. 409 E. Loop 281, Longview (903) 323-0230 V4-N. 1407 Cardinal Road, Nac (936) 564-0458


Kelly Community Federal Credit Union 2105 W. Grande Blvd, Tyler (903) 597-7291 1409 E. Fifth St, Tyler (903) 597-1225 FITNESS Y5-T. LA Boxing 7924 S. Broadway, Ste. 800 (903) 509-IBOX U5-T. Woodcreek Fitness 6110 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 561-6800 FLORIST W5-T. Red Barn Flowers, Gifts & Home Accessories 6611 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 561-0101 HAIR SALON / SKIN CARE / SPA S5-T. Belladonna Day Spa 5100 Old Bullard Rd., Ste. C., Tyler (903) 509-9955 N6-T. Dolce Vita Salon Kelly Laine Haney 115 E. 7th St., Tyler (903) 533-0111 Tru Tan Q7-T. 3709 Troup Hwy, Tyler (903) 561-4121 U5-T. 5825 Old Bullard Rd., Ste. 600 (903) 939-0303 X5-T. 7924 S Broadway Ave., Ste.100 (903) 534-1818 3222 S Maine St., Ste. 105, Lindale (903) 882-0909 HOTEL / LODGING Hampton Inn R7-L. 112 S. Access Rd., Longview (903) 758-0959 R7-L. 3044 N. Eastman Rd., Longview (903) 663-8670

HOME BUILDER Bayless Custom Homes, Inc. 2329 Oak Alley, Ste. 1, Tyler (903) 266-9353 Campbell Custom Homes 203 W. Main St., Bullard (903) 894-1039 Carlyle Homes, Troup (903) 842-2387 Eddie Clark Contractors, LLC (903) 566-1749 Mike Brattlof Homes (903) 939-9933 HOUSE & HOME Q3-T. Castle Doors 3412 SSW Loop 323, Tyler (903) 509-3838 N6-T. Ken Horne Interiors 108 Troup Hwy, Tyler (903) 592-2315 N8-T. Swann’s Furniture Gallery 2401 SSE Loop 323, Tyler (903) 592-6526 POOLS / SPAS U2-T. Excel Pools & Landscaping 13495 Hwy 155 S., Tyler (903) 939-1513 RESIDENTIAL Cascades Lake Towers 3351 Cascades Court, Tyler (903) 533-9700 The Hamptons at Greenridge 4200 Old Omen Rd., Tyler (903) 566-0460

U5-T. Dakotas 5377 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler (903) 581-6700 Y5-T. The Diner 7924 S. Broadway, Ste. 1000 (903) 509-3463 El Charro Restaurants J8-T. 2604 E. Erwin, Tyler (903) 592-9084 M8-T. 2623 E. 5th, Tyler (903) 596-7222 Fearing’s 2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas (214) 922-4848 J6-T. Jakes Tyler 111 E. Erwin, Tyler (903) 526-0225 K6-L. Johnny Cace’s Seafood & Steakhouse 1501 E. Marshall Ave., Longview (903) 753-7691 Johnny’s Pizza House 904 Hwy 110 N, Whitehouse (903) 839-2322 Julian’s 5201 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 509-8833 R4-T. Mercado’s Cafe 2214 WSW Loop 323, Tyler (903) 534-1754 Newk’s Express Café R4-T. 3985 Old Jacksonville, Tyler (903) 509-4646 110 E. Loop 281, Longview (903) 753-7000 Oliveto Italian Bistro 3709 Troup Hwy, Tyler (903) 581-2678

Holiday Inn Express 2421 ESE Loop 323, Tyler (903) 566-0600

FOOD RESTAURANTS S5-T. Breakers 5106 Old Bullard Rd, Tyler (903) 534-0161

Sleep Inn & Suites 5555 S. Donnybrook, Tyler (903) 581-8646

S5-T. Caffè Tazza 4815 Old Bullard Rd, #107, Tyler (903) 581-6601

R -K’s Meat Market & Deli 105 E. Main, Bullard (903) 894-6263

INSURANCE R5-T. Toman Insurance Agency 728 WSW Loop 323, Tyler (903) 509-1300

U5-T. Chez Bazan 5930 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler (903) 561-9644

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse T5-T. #1 - 5515 S. Broadway (903) 534-1155 P6-T. #2 - 3521 S. Broadway (903) 561-9890

NEWS / TELEVISION Q8-T. CBS 19 2211 ESE Loop 323, Tyler (903) 581-2211 REAL ESTATE R5-T. ERA Five Star – Ann Head 1211 WSW Loop 323, Tyler (903) 279-9979

T5-T. Cimarron 5201 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 939-2200 T4-T. Coyote Sam’s 5424 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler (903) 509-4222 L6-T. Currents Restaurant 1121 E. 2nd (Off Fleishel), Tyler (903) 597-3771

P7-T. The Potpourri House 3320 Troup Hwy., Tyler (903) 592-4171

T4-N. Stacy’s Deli 3205 N. University Dr., Nacogdoches (936) 564-3588 M5-L. Tyler St. Bistro 102 E.Tyler St., Longview (903) 247-0570 M8-T.  Villa Montez 3324 Old Henderson Hwy., Tyler (903) 592-9696

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MEDICAL HOSPITALS L6-T. East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System 1000 S. Beckham, Tyler (903) 597-0351

Q7-T. The Center for Cosmetic Surgery James D. Saar, M.D. Laura E. O’Halloran, M.D. 3200 Troup Hwy., Ste. 240 (903) 510-8888

V5-T. ETMC 24 Hour Emergency Care Center 6210 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 579-2800

RETAIL CLOTHING S5-T. Harley’s 4815 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler (903) 534-9799

L5-L. Good Shepherd Medical Center 700 E. Marshall Ave., Longview (903) 315-2000 L6-T. Trinity Mother Frances Health System 500 South Beckham (903) 531-5000 B8-T. UT Health Science Center Tyler 11937 US Hwy 271, Tyler (903) 877-3451 MEDICAL SERVICES M8-T. AHS Audiology & Hearing Solutions 2501 E. 5th St., Tyler (903) 593-7977 Y5-T. Any Lab Test Now! 7924 S. Broadway, Ste. 500 (903) 509-3131 Brookridge Medical Center 105 Zeid Blvd., Henderson (903) 655-6633 705 E. Marshall, # 3000, Longview (903) 236-2575 S8-T 4519 Troup Hwy, Tyler (903) 533-0733 M6-T. Cardiovascular Associates 115 W. Fifth St., Tyler (903) 595-2283 L6-T. Tyler Oral & Facial Surgery Center 805 Turtle Creek Dr., Tyler (903) 592-1664 L5-L. The Vein Clinic 1028 E. Idel, Ste. B, Tyler (903) 753-6555 OPHTHALMOLOGIST S3-N. Lehmann Eye Center 5300 North St., Nacogdoches (936) 569-8278 SURGEON / DOCTOR M6-T. Dr. Hugh Babineau 1100 E. Lake St., Tyler (903) 593-0230 M6-T. Dr. Jonathan Blau 1814 land, #200, Tyler (903) 593-6500



The Longview Cattle Barons’ Gala got off to a rousing start on Feb. 11, at the annual kickoff event Champagne and Chocolates. Guests enjoyed fine food and drink and prepared to throw a fantastic party on April 24 for a great cause – The American Cancer Society.

Kim Brown, Tom Sledge, Terri & Todd Johnson, Tonya & Jim Kendrick

S5-T. Haute Totz 4815 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler (903) 534-9799 N6-T. Mary V’s by Shelby 113 E. 7th St., Bergfeld, Tyler (903) 595-5111 T5-T. Neon Dirt 5201 S. Broadway, Ste. 100, Tyler (903) 509-4488 JEWELERS B.JAXX 4023 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 561-2250

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Katie’s Jewelry N6-T. 112 E. 8th St, Bergfeld, Tyler (903) 597-8282 S5-T. 4905 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 509-2828 G4-L. Murray Jewelry Co. 2320 Judson Rd., Longview (903) 753-7133 Murphey the Jeweler II 1725 Troup Hwy, Tyler (903) 592-7730 N6-T. Ramsey Fritz Jewels 109 E. 7th St., Bergfeld, Tyler (903) 526-3062 U5-T. Susan Robinson Jewelry 6009 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 581-5530 SPECIALTY G4-L. Barron’s 405 N Loop 281 W, Longview (903) 663-2060

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J5-L. Louis Morgan 110 Johnson, Longview (Judson Rd. at Chaparral Plaza) (903) 758-6164 SuddenLink 3015 SSE Loop 323, Tyler 4949 S. Broadway, Tyler (903) 595-4321

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TO GOD & COUNTRY The influence that the Boy Scouts of America has had on our Centennial coins for both organizations. “The importance of the Boy country may not be immediately recognizable. For example, you may Scouts is evident in how many have gone on to become great national not know that when Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong landed on the moon leaders, including 18 Presidents of the United States who have been and said, “The Eagle has landed,” he was referring to Boy Scouts. And involved in Boy Scouts. In Congress today, 212 members were involved you also may not know that 11 of the 12 men who have walked on the in Scouting either as a youth or as an adult Scout Leader,” she explained. moon are former Boy Scouts. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Gerald R. Another great influence on our country, in Bailey’s opinion, is the sense Ford, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are all former of patriotism Boy Scouts instills in generations of our country’s youth. Scouts. And as of February 8, the Scouts marked the 100th Anniversary “As a matter of fact, more than 35 percent of the cadets at West Point of the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) organization. were once Boy Scouts. More than 30 percent of the Air Force Academy Many great leaders, both in the United States and in Texas cadets were Boy Scouts, as were more than 25 percent of the Naval have been Scouts and many have received the Eagle Scout Award. Academy midshipmen,” she added. “And more than 57 percent of U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, an Eagle Scout himself, not only America’s astronauts were once Boy Scouts.” supports BSA, but also serves as a local face for BSA when needed. Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith was recognized by the Boy Scouts He says Boy Scouts definitely made an impression on him as a youth. of America with the 2009 East Texas Area Council Distinguished Citizen “Going through Tenderfoot and Second Good Turn Award. Smith was not a Scout Class, First Class, Star and on up to Eagle himself, but his two sons were involved in [Scout], I had a wonderful Scoutmaster Scouting and he volunteered as a parent who probably had the greatest influence in helping with projects. Smith has observed my life for a man outside my own father another legacy of BSA, a leadership of and had a tremendous impact,” Gohmert direction. “I tell everyone that in my said. And he explained the process of jailhouse last year we booked over 13,000 becoming an Eagle Scout demands a people into the Smith County Jail … You strong support network. “So, it is more know, we are finding something that’s very than just one person. If you see somebody unique. Not a one of those 13,000 were a with an Eagle Scout Award it means they Boy Scout.” Sheriff Smith is also looking have worked hard. It is someone that has forward to helping the local BSA on a accumulated vast experience and talent project on Hwy 64 toward Henderson, and they’ve learned so many aspects about formerly called Headache Springs, slated the world around them. It’s somebody you to be transformed into a camp for the could trust in an emergency.” Boy Scouts. “We’re going to take our Texas Governor Rick Perry is also prisoners and help them in cleaning that an Eagle Scout, whose life was greatly place up – help them fence it and help On my honor I will do my best influenced by Scouting. “I would have to them with manual labor,” he said. “We’re say that Gen Overton, my Scoutmaster, To do my duty to God and my country going to hopefully help get that done in was my primary influence as a Scout. A the next couple of years and it will be a and to obey the Scout Law; military veteran and a 1932 graduate great place and rec area for the Boy Scouts To help other people at all times; of Texas A&M, he was a hardworking, of America.” principled individual who lived out the And apart from it’s legacy, BSA To keep myself physically strong, values he taught. He is no longer with us, instills knowledge and skills which seem but his influence remains in my character mentally awake, and morally straight. to stay with Scouts for life. Congressman today.” And as they celebrate their 100th, Gohmert says he never thought he would Perry says BSA has a strong legacy for the future. “To me, the legacy of have to use life-saving skills … “Four years ago I was giving a speech the Scouts is that they take young people from every race, creed and and a man seized-up and wasn’t breathing – and I just saw him last week economic background and establish a baseline of integrity that stays and he still says I saved his life, but Boy Scouting saved his life. If I did with them as they go through life…” Perry explained. “These scouts then scouting did,” he revealed. “And of course, the little things – Kathy become the sort of principled leaders that we need at every level. The and I were decorating for a dance and students at Harvey Hall. The Scouts make America stronger.” ceilings are so high and they were trying to hang some 10 and 15 pound However, Scouts and Scouting doesn’t just directly affect members decorations … So they yell, ‘Can anybody tie a knot that will hold these of the organization. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison sought recognition things up?’ And I said, ‘I can!’ So I went up there to the top and tied a for the Boy Scouts of America (and Girl Scouts of America) by co- bowline – which Boy Scouting taught me.” by Holly Head, sponsoring legislation S.3070 and S.451 in the Senate to mint

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>> A project undertaken by volunteers with Mission Tyler > EVALUATE YOUR RULES OF SURVIVAL 140 TRUE COMMUNITY 141 / LOVE SIMPLY 141 / GET CONNECTED 142


Evaluate Your Rules of Survival Elephants are kept in place with a cuff around their lower leg attached to a rope or chain which runs to a stake, maybe 3 feet long, driven into the ground. It seems this shouldn’t be a problem for a huge animal that can pull trees up with their root systems. How can they be held in so easily? I have heard that trainers take baby elephants and cuff and chain them to a stake in the ground, only the stake is connected to a huge concrete block. The infant pulls and struggles for hours, sometimes days before quitting. Once it quits, it doesn’t try again. In captivity, elephants often pull the stakes up from the ground by accident, even in their sleep! However, they stay in place. I have been told that elephants have stood and burned to death in fires, Chris Legg chained to a little stake in the ground; they are that Licensed Professional Counselor, Minister completely convinced that escape is impossible. We aren’t very different. While learning about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I was told about a soldier who had come back from a combat tour in Vietnam. During debriefing, one of the questions he was asked was: “How do you enter a house?” He replied, “Run up, kick in the door and throw in a grenade.” They reminded him that he was back in the U.S. and wondered if he had any other ideas. He could not creatively come up with one. I remember wondering about him; I would bet that he hadn’t thrown grenades as a 14-year-old. However, we had put him in a world with different rules. In the combat zone, you didn’t light cigarettes after dark and you didn’t walk in the middle of a path and you didn’t knock on doors and wait for someone to answer. If you did, you died quickly. These are called survival rules, and we all have them. If you haven’t been in a truly traumatic situation, they may not be as firmly rooted; but over time, we develop strong rules to survive the world we grew up in. Perfectionism, being too critical or easily angered, keeping people at arm’s length – these are all skills we may have developed to ‘survive.’ They can be very dear to us, but as we saw in the soldier’s case, a rule that keeps you alive in one world can get you killed in another. The rules that helped you as a child may be destroying your marriage. Look around … Anything you do that you don’t know why you do it? Habits that don’t make much sense? Ask yourself why you learned them. Then ask yourself if you still need them. One woman had an eating disorder that had virtually kept her alive in her abusive family. Without its false sense of control, she might not have made it! However, as a healthy woman, she didn’t need it anymore. We celebrated its role in keeping her alive and bid it farewell. It took time, but eventually she pulled up the stakes and stopped tossing in grenades and was able to embrace her roles as a great mom and wife. Look around, see any three foot long stakes in your life?

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True Commmunity How would you define community? What elements must be present for one to experience true community? Some would say that you need the infrastructure of buildings and roads so that the common threads of business and commerce can exist. Others may say that you need a centralized governing authority to lead people toward common goals. While all of these may be integral for one to experience community, especially from our modern westernized viewpoint, I am convinced that true community can and does exist apart from these things. If buildings, roads and commerce were the standard, then when these things ceased to exist, community would cease to exist. But if the real foundation for community lies in the hearts of people and their desire to connect, to relate, and to recognize the common thread of basic human need, Travis White then it becomes much more than brick and mortar. Licensed Professinoal Counselor, Mission Tyler We have experienced this spirit of community in the people of the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and now we see it in the massive tragedy in Haiti. The heart of what community really means transcends buildings and even location and becomes that basic human spirit of goodness, the need to connect, the desire to comfort in times of fear and hurt, and the awareness that we are really all one big community of humanity. One could lament that it takes a tragedy for us to peel away from the busyness and materialistic lures of this world to recognize our need for each other. But I choose to celebrate as I have seen that spirit rise about cultural, political, ethnic and economic differences when tragedy does hit. My prayer is that we, as Americans and even more so as East Texans, would realize that if we can reach that pinnacle of true community when tragedy hits then what could it look like if that became our daily way of life. On Jan. 24, 2010, a group of a little more than 300 people got a taste of what the pursuit of true community really feels like. In response to the recent church fires, and birthed from a simple conversation between two people, this group stopped what they were doing, put aside their own agendas and differences, transcended societal labels and came together as ONE. We joined together to pray, to unite and to co-exist in that awareness that we all share the same basic human needs. What could 2010 look like for all of us if we dared unite together like this every day; sharing common goals, meeting each other’s needs, and loving unconditionally? As I finished this writing, yet another church in East Texas burned to the ground. Let us remember that life is more than our own personal pursuits and that community is more than brick and mortar. We exist, whether we like it or not, as ONE. True community is only as strong as its weakest members, and our greatest measure of unity can be found in how we recover from the ashes of tragedy.

Love Simply

Rev. Kirkland “Skully” Knight Chaplain, All Saints Episcopal School

At the beginning of one of the Episcopal services in The Book of Common Prayer there is what is called ‘The Summary of the Law.’ It reads, “Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith: ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first commandment and the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” It is the summarization of everything – everything we are taught, everything that has ever been taught. Life is simply about love. Our faith can be a very personal matter, but it can’t stay personal. We find ourselves in a time when we can communicate constantly through technology, but never actually come into contact with other people. And we are people who are intended to live in community and God rarely, if ever, calls us to be solitary, secluded beings. We are designed to live in the midst of each other and in the midst of a God who loves us and cares for us. And that is what we are called to, a life of love – a life of connection. However, loving our neighbors is not always as easy as loving God because our neighbors cut us off in traffic, are obnoxious at soccer games and have different political opinions. But Jesus reminds us that if you only love the people that love you, and if you’re only kind to those who are kind to you, so what. Big deal. We’re supposed to love everyone – including those people that we find hard to love … especially those people. Sometimes it takes a real effort to live in relationship with other people, but it’s what makes life worth living. When Jesus boils it all down to what is most important, he says it is to love God and love each other. It may not always be easy, but it sure is simple.


2010 TYLER CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual Business Expo at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler on Jan. 21. The expo hosted a number of local businesses and vendors, each offering information about their business, and also served as a great way for area businesses to connect and network amongst each other.


SAINTS ALIVE perform at First Baptist Church in Longview from 10:30-11:30am. For more information contact Tena Crutcher at 903.758.0681.

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THE ALLELUIA SINGERS perform at Marvin United Methodist Church from 2-3pm. For more information contact Frode Gundersen at 903.592.7396.


NEWWORLDSON W/SHANA STRANGE performs at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore. $10, doors will open at 6pm. For more information call 903.984.3576.

Mike Anderson, Stephen Dunklin, Norma Macias


BIG DADDY WEAVE & CHRIS CONRAD perform at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. $15, doors will open at 6pm. For more information call 800.944.8443.


HISSONS, CHRISTIAN DAVIS & SHARON K KING perform at the Texas Gospel Music Hall in South Athens. Doors open at 5pm. For ticket information call 903.477.8084 or 903.677.2492.


Marvin United Methodist’s Wii Bowling Tournament from 12-3pm. For more information, call 903.592.7396.

Holley Breckel, Becky Davis

Brandi Abercrombie, Libby Simmons


Fellowship and networking for Christian writers at 7pm at New Horizon Church of God in Longview. For more information call Vickie Phelps at 903.734.7034.


The Compassion International Sponsor Letter Writing Party will start at 5pm at Bruno’s Pizza in Tyler. For more information contact Amanda Storer at 903.312.4925.

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Chuck McDonald, Gillian Sheridan

CASEY RIVER & BEYOND THE ASHES live in concert at First Baptist Bullard. Free, doors open at 6:30pm. For more information, visit


TOBYMAC & SKILLET at the Oil Palace in Tyler. $18, doors open at 6pm. For more details call 903.566.2122.

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THE ALLELUIA SINGERS perform at Marvin United Methodist Church from 2-3pm. For more information contact Frode Gundersen at 903.592.7396.

Debbie Allen, Angela Moss

Nicki White, Lucy Moore

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SAINTS ALIVE perform at the First Baptist Church in Longview from 10:30-11:30am. For more information contact Tena Crutcher at 903.758.0681.


LEELAND, PHIL WICKHAM & MATT MAHER at Friendly Baptist in Tyler. $15, doors open at 6pm. For more information call 903.593.1572.

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ERNIE HAASE & SIGNATURE SOUND perform at the Belcher Center in Longview. Doors open at 7pm. For more information call 877.801.4995.


CASTING CROWNS, TENTH AVENUE NORTH & CALEB perform at the William R. Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches. $25, doors will open at 5pm. Call 936.468.5225 for more details.


The Payneful Truth...

In the old days, (c.2007), if you wanted to catch up on the latest activities of your friends, you would call them and set up a time and place to meet. During this interaction known as a conversation, you would tell the other person how your life was going, what you were doing on the weekend and how much you loved the last movie you saw. Today, if you need to know what your friends are up to, one button on your iPhone will give you all the info you can stand to read, and then some! It’s not a problem that some of my online ‘friends’ feel the need to publish every detail of their lives. This includes how they’re feeling, what they are upset about, what will be served for dinner and how many points they have on Mafia Wars or FarmVille. At the other extreme, some people post a photo of their children twice a year and feel that they have shared enough. The best (and worst) aspect of the Facebook status update is the courage it instills in people to say anything they want. Political preferences, sports loyalties and generic social commentary are all topics that can polarize a group of people. Imagine you’re at a dinner party and someone declares how much they hate something that you like. It would be only natural to put some distance between them and yourself. If they’re spewing negativity and complaining about everything, don’t be afraid to ‘un-friend’ them. Chances are they won’t notice, but even if they do, you’ll still be friends (assuming you were in the first place)! Several ‘friends’ have admitted to accepting Facebook invitations for the sole purpose of snooping through photos. I really don’t see any harm here. If a person has taken the time to put all those pictures online, surely it was to let people see them. Speaking of photos for a minute, may I suggest that we all post at least one from school? How many times have you gotten a

‘friend’ request, but aren’t sure if you really know the person? If everybody had a high school or college photo that we could use for reference, recognizing the person and deciding whether or not you really like them would be much easier! Perhaps the most curious facet of Facebook is the concept of ‘friend.’ In the nonvirtual world, Kindergarten might have been the last time you actually invited someone to be your friend, as in, “Hey, I like playing in the sandbox too. You wanna be friends?” As we grew older and lost our innate sense of selfconfidence, we avoided asking people to be our friends. To minimize the risk of humility, we began passing notes in class. Remember this one, “D o you lik e me? C ircl e one: Ye s or No.” With the arrival of Facebook, the note is now digital. By the way, you shouldn’t feel compelled to accept every invitation. In May, I decided to conduct a social experiment, one that caused quite a stir, but the results were not unexpected. When my Facebook ‘friend’ list had reached 200, I decided to delete everyone and start over – like a forest fire clearing out the undergrowth. The idea was to see if Facebook users were really paying attention to their friend lists or simply adding people to see how many they could get. Within a couple of hours, several ‘friends’ had sent another request, concluding there had been a technical glitch of some sort. Over the next few weeks, maybe 10-15 of my previous ‘friends’ had either asked about it, or sent another request. A few people took months before noticing, and better than half the group never mentioned it. To me, this proved how unimportant I was to most these ‘friends!’ What if you sent an email to all of your contacts telling them you were no longer friends? Don’t you think most of them would ask why? On Facebook, you have the luxury of

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adding and deleting ‘friends’ however you see fit. Facebook ‘friends’ will in most cases also be your friends in real life, but not necessarily. As I mentioned earlier, many of the ‘friends’ I deleted are still my friends in life. You might have noticed that ‘friend’ is the name given to people who accept your Facebook invitation. In life, a friend is a valuable asset that must be cared for and will, in return, care for you. Friends must be earned through trust and mutual respect. A few common interests always help. Friends will give you a ride when your car runs out of gas at 3 a.m. Friends last a lifetime, and will take your secrets to the grave. By comparison, Facebook ‘friends’ are a dime a dozen. One of my ‘friends’ actually has 991 ‘friends’ on Facebook! Even the nicest person I know probably doesn’t have more than fifty acquaintances they would call real friends. If you think you do, take a minute and try naming them all in your head ... While Facebook remains a great way to kill a few hours at work, it should not be considered a replacement for verbal communication. Too many of the nuances are lost when we type our feelings. Conversational details like pace, tone and emphasis are hard to detect when reading text. And without these subtle cues, the intended meaning is often mistaken and feelings are hurt. Fa cebook i s lik e a

pl a net a r y cock t ail pa r t y whe re e ve r yone i s t al k ing at the sa me t ime . When you discover that someone is stepping on your toes, hit the delete button, and don’t worry about it. If they’re saying something you want to talk about, that’s fantastic! Strike up a conversation and share some ideas. This is how we all become better FRIENDS.

** Shane Payne is owner of IDEA-Post Production, providing both creative and technical services for the advertising and entertainment industries.

OUTTAKES EYE ON THE HEART OF EAST TEXAS A member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders mid-performance on Thanksgiving day.

The fuselage of a C-47 transport plane, this will be a center piece of the WWII section of the American Freedom Museum, soon to open at The Brook Hill School in Bullard.

Bill Engvall gestures during his performance at The University of Texas at Tyler. An American Red Cardinal is seen perched on a snow covered branch after a rare snow storm in Tyler.

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your fifth grader will be filling out college applications before you know it. Are you financially prepared

IN the current economic climate, proper planning is paramount – especially when it comes to the education and future of your children.

The regular expenses of the school year are seen in sharper relief. The dollars easily handed out for field trips or extra supplies might not be parted with as quickly, as we are all looking to save a few pennies here and there. In order to help readers put themselves in a suitable position, BSCENE consulted with several experts from East Texas Professional Credit Union, that serves communities of all sizes and income levels throughout East Texas. The basics of education savings stem from the central idea that, “In general, people with more education earn higher incomes,” said sources from ETPCU, and sociological research supports this. “College is an investment for a lifetime – the gift of a college education can open the door to a world of opportunity. Research shows that college graduates earn significantly higher incomes than those who stop with a high school diploma. The worth of your investment in a college education will continue to grow for a lifetime. It will pay for itself both personally and professionally.” One thing most every financial advisor or expert can agree on is that it’s never too early to start saving. “It is never too late, but the sooner the better; at birth is great,” said ETPCU. “With the cost of a college education continuing to increase, the key is to start saving early and regularly. The longer your college savings are invested, the more time for compounding and dividend reinvestment.” One important thing to acknowledge is that the biggest majority of parents will not be able to save the entire cost of a college education ahead of time – but the experts from ETPCU say you could save enough to give your child the right start. “Within our budgets, there are many competing priorities: living expenses, retirement, insurances, etc. … But it is important to save something.

The question for you is: what is your something? Setting a target amount is important.

Then, when you begin your savings plan, what seems to work best is taking your big savings target for the far-off future and breaking it down to smaller targets to meet at multiple points along the way. Also, start early, save on a regular basis and tell the Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles about your education savings plan. On birthdays and other special occasions they can make deposits to the account.” There are also common sense solutions to questions that might slip a parent’s mind when faced with the many financial decisions appearing throughout the children’s life. To begin with, you should adjust your savings plan based on how many children you have, or are planning on having. Also, seeing as how the average cost of college tuition has risen steadily for decades, keeping an eye on the trend is advised. “With regular reviews of education costs and the rate of return you can determine if increased savings are necessary to meet the education saving goal,” said the representatives from ETPCU. Perhaps the $64,000 (per year) question is: how much is enough? The experts explained there are several ways to determine how much you’ll need: “Financial Advisors, Sallie Mae and Mutual Fund companies have college savings calculators to help you determine how much you will need to save.” To begin saving, start with the familiar.

“You can only save what you do not spend, so scrutinize every bit of your spending,” ETPCU

experts said. “Focus on optional items – like dining out, vacations and leisure time activities. But don’t overlook the essential items too – like monthly food and clothing expenditures. What is truly a necessity and what can you cut?” After you’ve made the cuts you’re comfortable with, there are a few other options for saving. “First are 529 College Savings Plans,” said the representatives from ETPCU. “The advantages are: no income limits on contributions, you can contribute up to $350,000 per beneficiary, earnings grow tax free and withdrawals for qualified higher education expenses are free from federal tax. And, the owner maintains control of the assets, decides when withdrawals will be made and can change the beneficiary. These are best used for higher education expenses, such as tuition, room and board, books and supplies. However, there are disadvantages: a penalty if funds are withdrawn for nonqualified purposes, ordinary income taxes and

a 10 percent federal tax penalty on earnings.” The experts also mentioned the Coverdell Education Savings Account and it’s upside: “The ability to contribute is phased out for married couples with income between $190,000 and $220,000 and for individuals with incomes between $95,000 and $110,000. There is a $2,000-peryear contribution limit, earnings grow tax free, withdrawals for qualified elementary, secondary and higher education expenses are free from federal tax and you can change [the] beneficiary. The downsides include the same penalty as the 529 College Savings Plan and that the beneficiary may assume control of the account at age of majority.” Regarding Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) or the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) Accounts, experts said there are “no income or contribution limits. Withdrawals can be used for any purpose that benefits the child, and there are no penalties on withdrawals. Beneficiary assumes control at age of majority.” If all that sounds a bit confusing, there is help to be found. ETPCU recommends checking with your local financial institution to determine if they offer a college savings program. “For example, at East Texas Professional Credit Union, college savings plans are offered through MEMBERS Financial Services. The state of Texas offers the Texas College Savings Plan and the Texas Tuition Promise Fund. Mutual Fund Companies also offer college savings plans, as well.” If your savings plans are in place, budgets are decided and all the financial ducks are in a row, all the better. However, some minor pitfalls of savings plans can be avoided if you’re careful. The experts advise to be aware, “College savings plans may affect the ability to qualify for federal financial aid.” Also, it can be a real hazard. “Assuming you have saved enough when, in fact, the costs of education have outpaced your savings.

Once a savings plan is established you need to monitor the plan and the cost of tuition and make sure your savings are keeping pace with rising costs of education.” by William Knous,


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ETCC PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE RECEPTION Co-Chairman of the President’s Chair Campaign, Sharon Clark and her husband Dr. James Clark hosted this year’s East Texas Crisis Center President’s Circle on Jan. 28, along with Co-Chairs Rosemary Beaird and Verna Hall. Members from the East Texas community gathered for this special recognition reception to express their appreciation and thanks for the generosity of the donors.

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B U S I N ETIQUETTE S S If you are from the South, then you may know a little about Southern manners. And if you know anything about manners, then you may have noticed the lack thereof when it comes to e-mails and text messages. Smartphone users are constantly under seige by a barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets and Facebook updates. Any text queen, king (or even tween) will tell you that most rules of spelling and etiquette are thrown out the window in exchange for texting lingo [omg, brb, ;)] – but that doesn’t mean they should be in every situation. While texting friends during the movie might get you some dirty looks from the people around you, improper etiquette in work e-mails and texts could get you fired! Don’t let a lack of e-mail and texting etiquette at the office prevent you from communicating effectively and professionally. Check out our mini-course on the dos and don’ts of interoffice texting and e-mail.

Rules from Riestenberg: • DON’T use all CAPS, it’s viewed as yelling • DO use standard fonts in 10-12 point size (Tahoma, Times New Roman, Verdana) • DO use black ink (traditional), blue is also sometimes acceptable though it’s considered a little sporty • DON’T use red for your main text color • DON’T read or accept forwards, chain e-mails, joke e-mails on professional email accounts • DON’T send negative e-mails about the company or employees. Never include anything in an e-mail you don’t want your boss to read – ever heard the accidental ‘Forward All’ horror stories? Amy Riestenberg, Owner of Etiquette East Texas, specializes in business etiquette and says e-mails should appear as professional as written correspondence. “All e-mails should reflect your company in the best possible way,” Riestenberg instructs. Logos, contact numbers and your professional contact information are appropriate to include in the e-mail. She recommends using bullet points, and writing clearly and concisely to portray as consistent an image as you would with other marketing material. An important aspect of writing business-related e-mails may seem a bit similar to writing a college paper. Riestenberg says you should always use spell check! This means making sure e-mails read correctly, are spelled correctly and do not contain anything unprofessional (no jokes, X-rated material or profanity). It is also important to verify information, business names and the contact information with the other person in an e-mail. Sharon Nelson, owner of Sharon Nelson’s Protocol School of Texas, is certified by Protocol School of Washington to teach all areas of etiquette and business protocol. To be professional at all times, Nelson says, “Keep in-mind e-mails are a retrievable paper trails and what is written may be used by others if needed.” Her hint for keeping e-mails professional? “Try to use e-mails as though in a business meeting with those to whom you are speaking/writing,” she suggests. Nelson also says, while abbreviations may be acceptable in texts, they are not appropriate and should not be used in e-mails or business e-mails which is considered a more formal correspondence in the business arena. There are also some situations in which e-mail should not be the means for communicating. First, Riestenberg says the first introduction should preferably always be a face-toface interaction. Negotiations should also happen face-to-face. Umpteen e-mails back and forth to negotiate a deal can be tedious and frustrating for all parties involved. Controversial issues should also always be addressed in person. These issues can BSCENEMAG.COM

include a client discrepancy or ending a business relationship. Another situation where correspondence via your work e-mail is not appropriate: your personal life. The safest (and most professional) approach is to keep them separate. Business e-mails are set up for you to send proposals, get information for your business or your job and to set up meeting times with clients – not to dish the latest gossip with your girlfriends. So make it a habit: if it’s work–related use your business e-mail address, for everything else use your personal e-mail. Another grey area that seems to blur the lines of professional communication and personal communication is texting. Some jobs require immediate and constant communication. And while in some circumstances texting is appropriate for work, Mechele Agbayani, president of the Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas, says texting should be kept to a minimum. She elaborated, “I personally think it’s alright to send a reminder or to let someone know you’re on the way, but even then, it’s better to pick up the phone and call. Even now, not everyone has messaging on their phone.” There are definitely some situations where texting should be avoided, Agbayani recommends. First, important conversations should never be conducted via texting. As a rule of thumb, it might be a good idea to apply this to one’s personal life as well. If the conversation is important, pick up the phone and have a conversation about it or go visit the person and talk face-toface. Nelson stresses that texting can be construed as rude so to be considerate of the people around you while texting. “One should always keep in mind the fact that someone might be offended in a meeting, or at a luncheon, etc. if texting is going on. Therefore, an explanation is due that an urgent message needs to be sent back to the workplace,” Nelson explained. She says the correct scenario is to be discrete or leave the area, send a brief text, then return. If it is better to call or talk in person then should texting be avoided for business purposes altogether? “If at all possible. Texting is probably the least personal of all of our communication mediums and is probably the least appropriate for business use,” Agbayani says. As far as situations where it is considered rude to pull out the iPhone or Blackberry to text someone, Agbayani says it could definitely make a disrespectful impression. Not only does it prevent you from being fully engaged in what is going on, it could also be considered as rude. “If you are not expected to be fully engaged in your current activity, it might be acceptable. It would be more acceptable, however, to move to a more quiet, private area and make a phone call,” she recommends. Of course, one should never text while driving for business or personal reasons. It has also become commonly accepted to abbreviate or use instant message/texting lingo in texts and it is sometimes carried over into e-mails. However, this does not make it appropriate for the workplace. Agbayani says, “With regard to the abbreviating or using text lingo, it’s a bit unprofessional and could be misconstrued as rude.” The use of texting lingo and its appropriateness depends on the familiarity between the two parties, and should be kept to a minimum. And while texting and e-mails are certainly convenient means of communication, the pros recommend face-to-face interactions as the preferred way to communicate. “While e-mails and texting are great ways to efficiently communicate with colleagues and associates, there’s nothing like going out of your way to pay someone a visit to make them feel important,” Agbayani shared. Nelson says there is another important thing to remember when texting and e-mailing via cell phones for your work and personal life. “The cell phone should never become more important than the person/persons with whom we are in the company of.” by Holly Head, M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 0 No. 153


JARVIS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ANNUAL BALL The Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview hosted The 6th Annual UNCF Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball “Jarvis Style”, on Jan. 23. This fundraising event for Jarvis Christian College provided casino gaming, live entertainment from the Louis Wells Band, great food and a silent auction.

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ES l Coach Brown, you’re just a few weeks removed from the National Championship game loss to Alabama … What do you think about now that some time has passed? MB l Sully, I was so disappointed for our kids and seniors. They had won 26 out of 28 games, but I’m proud of our guys. No. 2 in the country is good … but we’re going to fight hard to get back to the top next year.

ES l How hard was it when star QB Colt McCoy went down so early? MB l When Colt got hurt, we went into shock a little bit. We responded in the second half, and with 3:50 left in the game I thought we were going to win. That was more devastating I think, because we had our chance, and then we lost it.

ES l How is Colt doing since the injury? MB l Colt is doing really well. He suffered a stinger where he had no control of his arm and hand – heck he couldn’t even grab the ball. He should be 100 percent ready for the upcoming NFL Combine.

ES l Coach, you have several East Texans on your team. How important is it for you to get kids from our area? MB l We’ve got some great players on our team right now from East Texas and we’ll continue to recruit

this area because the coaches are great and there are a lot of tough kids here. It will always be a critical part of Longhorn recruiting.

ES l Former John Tyler Lion Aaron Ross was a big-time star for you guys... MB l Sully, he was great for us and is going to be great for the New York Giants. But did you know this about Aaron?

ES l Know what? MB l He’s getting married this summer to track star Sanya Richards, the fastest female in the world. I told him he’s the only football player I’ve ever coached whose girlfriend was faster than him!

ES l Coach, what do you really look for in a kid that you want to play for you – besides athletic ability? MB l We are looking for smart young men that were raised right, coached the right way – that are winners who play with great passion and confidence.

ES l Coach, your ESPN commercial “Texas Fight” was the best of the year by far. Any acting in your future? MB l Sully, you had to bring that up didn’t you … There’s probably no more acting in my future. It was fun, but everyone has told me to keep my day job!

ES l You do that, Coach. You’ve done an excellent job for the Longhorns and East Texas – thanks for the time. MB l You got it Sully, it’s always a pleasure to be in East Texas.

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FATALLY FLAWED As spring is now upon us, thoughts turn toward everything fresh, renewed and new – the blooming flowers, trees sprouting new buds, baby birds chirping and all that other crap. In the spirit of spring and all things new, my mind turns to the best of what’s new – and what used to be new. Humans are a resourceful and ingenious species, and we’ve come up with quite a few inventions that made a real difference in the lives of the generations that came before us and those that will come after. Things like the remote control and the Twinkie … you know, the stuff that matters. Take just a minute to think of the most innovative and revolutionary inventions in the history of mankind. Now, should you choose to disagree with me that the remote and the Twinkie changed the history of the world, feel free to write in and I’ll gladly fight it out with you (I’m willing to admit that might be the minority opinion). So, I’m talking about the big stuff here: written language, antibiotics, the wheel. All of these truly life-changing innovations had several things in common … they are aimed to improve life for all of us, they are applicable every day, they filled a glaring need. But maybe the most intriguing aspect is the simplicity of each in its execution. That’s not to say these things are simple in their conception or implementation. Well, maybe the wheel was a pretty simple thing to come up with, but definitely not antibiotics – that might as well be crazy space magic. Overall though, it’s easy to separate out the truly game-changing from the also-rans, the “Coca-Cola” from the “New Coke,” as it were. Things that we consider to be terribly important don’t have everything in common. But apart from the abject failures, all the less-than-amazing inventions have some sort of a glitch – a fatal flaw that holds them back from true greatness. The examples are all around us, mocking us with there almost-perfection. As I sit at my desk writing this sentence, nice and warm in my Snuggie, I wonder why there is no pocket on the front to hold the remote and maybe a packet of crackers. The Snuggie is awesome, we can all admit that. But, why not take the extra step to take it from awesome to

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legendary with just a little more research and development. Instead they spent time, money and resources on producing a Snuggie for my dog – and a ridiculous, if mildly entertaining, television commercial to push this product on me. There are so many that are this close to being on point. Take five minutes and you can think of 20 examples on your own. There are the ones that are easy to spot: cars that offer outstanding gas mileage and value, but the gas pedal sticks, causing “unintended acceleration.” There are ones that just make good sense: Question: what is the greatest condiment known to man? Answer: ketchup. So, why does it come in those tiny little packets. Who needs just ONE ketchup packet? Did Wendy’s start serving orders of four individual french fries? And then there are those we hate to admit to ourselves, but deep down we know to be true. I love my iPhone and I’m almost certain there is an application that would clean my house for me, if only I knew where to download it. But regardless, I couldn’t use that and listen music at the same time … because the iPhone can’t run multiple applications at once! I guess this is the way of the world, though. Not everything can be perfect or exact, and sometimes things aren’t intended to be. Many products are purposefully built with flaws already inside, meaning you’ve got to replace or repair them. Business-wise, that probably makes sense even if it is woefully dishonest. I understand we can’t afford to build everything out of titanium and carbon fiber. But companies should at least be honest about what they are doing. We have the science and ingenuity to build a permanent outpost in space, where people live year-round … yet somehow the breaks on my car wear out after a few thousand miles of daily driving? I’m not trying to re-enter any atmospheres in my Jeep. I’m just asking for a little more deliberation and care to be taken in the development of the things we’re supposed to use all the time. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, but I’m not drinking a New Coke anytime soon either. by William Knous, B S C E N E M A G.COM

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