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6 things to remember before voting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Learn the ways to beat bad habits . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Plug in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Calendar of events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Simple ways to make time for family . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 3 strategies to help you achieve your goals in the year ahead . . . . . . . . . 15 Explore your culinary curiosity with Creole jambalaya. . . . . 18 History of â€œAuld Lang Syneâ€? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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Letter to readers A new decade is upon us. 2020 brings with it the promise of new beginnings. It’s time to start working on those New Year’s resolutions and coming up with a plan to sticking to those resolutions throughout the year. In this issue of Connect, we feature some tips on creating a “New You” in the “New Year.” You’ll find tips on getting healthy and fit, breaking bad habits, making more time for family and achieving your goals for the year ahead. We’ve also included some advice on preparing for the elections in the year ahead, including some tips on how to avoid long lines at the polls. And just for good measure, we’ve included a jambalaya recipe just in time for Mardi Gras. When putting together this issue’s plug in content, I included information about the 10-year anniversary of the discovery of the Runaway Bay chupacabra. It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since one of our reporters took a call to the newsroom about the strange discovery, and the rest is history. What mysteries will the new year and decade bring? Let’s stay connected and find out together, shall we?
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Life lessons from a local coach
The high school football season has wrapped up and the college bowl season and NFL playoffs are gearing up. While you’re still in the mood for football, pick up Decatur native and Hall of Fame high school football coach Ronnie Gage’s new book “the Life Coach.” The book written with one of his former players, Emmet Thompson, the oldest person to score a point in an NCAA football game, covers Gage’s career from the highlights of leading Lewisville to a pair of state titles and the lows of losing a father at early age and later mourning the loss of a daughter. Throughout the book that is dedicated to his daughter Jessica Bonesio, Gage shares the principles that have
been part of his coaching career and how his faith and mentors helped him. He hopes it will help inspire young coaches and others. “It’s dedicated to my daughter and it’s another way to keep your legacy alive,” Gage said. “I think there’s lessons to be learned about every day life and putting on your game face and taking on a challenge.” He offers many of those Gageisms — from doing the little things correctly and not looking for shortcuts, to demanding players show up every day to work as hard as they can and be coachable. “All that does is give you a chance.
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All you want is a chance,” Gage said. He said the toughest chapter was the one about Jessica getting ill and passing. He said it was an important story to tell because of how it renewed his faith. “Never give up on your faith. I had every opportunity to do that,” Gage said. “But because of my faith, I know I’ll be able to see [Jessica] again one day. My faith has grown stronger.”
For families having a hard time making ends meet, Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) is here to help. The organization is located at 300 N. Trinity in Decatur. Wise County residents are eligible to receive a food box once every 30 days. Food items are based on availability but can include items such as rice, pasta, corn, green beans, cereal, beef, chicken, soups, tuna, peanut butter, and/or snacks. There may also be frozen meats and vegetables and/or refrigerator items and fresh produce. Pantry hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The organization also provides utility assistance through appointment only at the beginning of each month. The day to call to schedule an appointment will be updated on WARM’s website and Facebook page each month. Emergency prescription assistance is also available as funds are available. WARM requires a quote from the pharmacy, including the name of the client, the name of the medicine, quantity and price for each. Call to check on available funds before turning in prescription or coming to WARM. Donations may be brought to the door on the south side of the building under the awning 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Monetary donations are also encouraged and can be brought by the office, mailed or donated through PayPal on the organization’s website, warmtx.org. The gift is tax-deductible as a charitable donation to a 501(c)(3) organization. Volunteers are also always needed. Call 940-626-4676.
Link to the past
1958 airplane collision This March will mark 62 years since perhaps the worst aviation disaster in Wise County history. On March 27, 1958, two Air Force transport planes collided in midair near Bridgeport, killing 18 servicemen. A Wise County Messenger story on the crash between a C-119 Flying Boxcar and a C-124 Globemaster called it “one of the nation’s worst air disasters of the year.” A Bridgeport Index article said, “Mr. W.J. Mann was riding a tractor plowing his field when an engine from the C-119 fell to earth
beside him and about 100 feet away. He said he looked up and saw airplane wreckage falling all around him.” Everyone aboard both planes died. The Index reported the Globemaster was flying from Kelley AFB in San Antonio to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City while the Flying Boxcar was headed from Carswell AFB in Fort Worth to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls.
Why is... ...Runaway Bay associated with the chupacabra? On January 13, 2010, Tony Potter, a groundskeeper at the Runaway Bay golf course, discovered an odd looking dead creature on the 14th hole. He and many others in the community couldn’t figure out what the hairless creature was, but many thought it might be the mythical chupacabra. While biologists would later identify the creature as a hairless raccoon, the legend quickly took hold. T-shirts were printed with a cartoon likeness of the creature. And the chupacabra’s name was used on several local items, everything from a burger at a local gas station to a Texas Parks and Wildlife paddling trail. Ten years later, the legend continues.
Good to know
Home winterization tips There are a number of ways to conserve water this winter. The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District offers the following tips to save water and money: ♦ Repair indoor water leaks from toilets and faucets. Adding some food coloring dye tablets to toilet tanks is an easy way to identify leaks. ♦ Install water saving devices such as lower flow toilets, shower heads and faucets which can all significantly decrease your household water consumption. ♦ Make sure to check or install faucet coverings and insulation around all outdoor water fixtures. When temperatures drop below freezing outdoor fixtures can freeze which can cause pipes and faucets to crack or burst resulting in a huge headache for you as well as a tremendous waste of water.
♦ If you have a private water well, remember to avoid storing pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals left over from the spring or summer near your wellhead. Also, consider using items such as older towels or fabric to help insulate your wellhead and pipes. ♦ Start planning for the warmer months. Composting leftover food, those troublesome leaves that have littered your yard and other organic material for use in your garden or landscaping will help retain soil moisture and add much needed nutrients to your plants. And, don’t forget to add mulch to your landscaping once the temperatures start to rise. For more water saving ideas, visit the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District’s website, uppertrinitygcd.com or call the office at 817-523-5200. WINTER 2020
Getting back on track with diet, fitness BY RICHARD GREENE
“Why would you want to have the perfect diet but not be active at all? Or why would you go to the gym five days a week, if you’re going to eat junk all the time?” Wise Health System Director of Nutrition Services Hayley Mayo
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hrough hustle and bustle of the holidays and the extra sugar cookies and glasses of egg nog, it’s not surprising to see a few extra pounds and an inch or two being packed on. With the dawn of a new year, many of us will be looking to make a few changes to get healthier and get back into shape. That could include making regular trips back to the gym and trading sugary snacks and lattes for an apple or banana and water.
To get you on the right path with a new exercise routine and set some healthy eating habits, we got a few tips from Wise Health System Director of Nutrition Services Hayley Mayo and Fit-N-Wise Sports Performance Coordinator CJ Kerr. Mayo and Kerr are quick to point out a healthy lifestyle requires both attention to what you are putting in your body and also putting your body to work. “Why would you want to have the perfect diet but not be active at all? Or why would you go to the gym five days a week, if you’re going to eat junk all the time?” Mayo asked. “My diet is not perfect by any means. But you try to balance it with activity.”
Nutrition, reading labels
If you are going to begin hitting the gym or just looking to trim a few pounds, the best place to start is making sure you’re getting the proper nutrition. “It starts with nutrition. You need energy to get started,” Kerr said. “I’d recommend your nutrition being on point up to a week before you start working out to make sure you have a good base.” A good start is learning about what you are eating and forming a good plan. Learning how to read food labels and decipher the calorie content, serving size and ingredients is a good start. In her years as an inpatient and outpatient dietitian, Mayo said she’s been surprised by how many people don’t know how to read labels properly. “The biggest thing is educating yourself on food labels — calories and contents of foods,” Mayo said. And that’s not just for food. Soft drinks, sugary caffeinated beverages, juices, sports drinks and alcoholic drinks are filled with calories. “Most people don’t realize it’s not just what you’re eating, but it’s what you’re drinking also, whether it’s sodas, Kool-Aid, alcoholic drinks or fancy coffee drinks,” Mayo said. “One can of soda a day adds about 15 pounds per year. Just think about someone drinking two cans of soda per day, if they cut out that alone and nothing else, there goes 30 pounds.”
A good way to make sure you’re not overeating is portioning for meals and snacks. If you are snacking, try putting a few chips on a plate instead of sitting down with the whole bag, Mayo said. For meals, she suggests dividing a plate in half. One side should be non-starchy colorful vegetables and greens. The other half should contain lean proteins and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and fruit. Why you may be tempted to save a few calories and skip breakfast or lunch, Mayo and Kerr warn against it. “Don’t starve yourself. A lot of the fad diets are just about caloric intake and you may lose weight but it’ll kill your metabolism and it’ll eat away the muscle that you’re trying to gain.” And Mayo points out that building that muscle through physical activity is a key to getting weight under control. “One thing about physical activity is you’re not just burning calories while you’re doing it, but after you finish you continue burning calories,” Mayo said. “Muscle is your major main calorie burner.”
While you are gung ho and fired up to get started working out, remember to start slow and prepare. A good starting point is making sure you have the proper footwear, especially if you’re adding some cardio — running, walking or stair climber. “Getting a good pair of shoes is extremely important,” Kerr said. “It helps also to ignite that passion. You know when you put your workout shoes on, it gets you in that mindset.” If you are just getting back to the gym or to hitting the pavement, start gradually and take time to condition muscle before and after. Kerr said warming up and cooling down will help keep you from suffering an injury that can stop your momentum. That may include visiting the sauna and also doing some warmup reps. “Most of working out is making sure you keep working WINTER 2020
Getting back on track ... out and preventing injury,” Kerr said. He points out if you do have a setback there are local sports medicine experts that can help you get back on track. Also when getting back in the weight room for the first time in a while realize that you’re not 17 anymore and you may not be able to squat 300 pounds like in high school or run a six-minute mile. Kerr again cautions people to start slow and work their way back into it, perhaps even start in the pool with some swimming and water weights.
Finding the right balance
Changes don’t happen overnight. You didn’t add a few pounds or an inch or two in a few days and it won’t disappear that quick either. While shedding pounds is a good starting point and will help you set a goal, Mayo and Kerr say don’t be a slave to the scales. As you start working out and adding muscle, you may actually gain some weight at first. “If you’ve not been active for years and you’ve lost muscle, chances are your weight may go up a little bit at first before it starts going down,” Mayo said. “That really frustrates people. Go by how your clothes fit and not the weight.”
Kerr added: “If you’re working out, you’re going to be thirsty and your water weight will fluctuate. That’s why it’s best not to check the scale every day. If you need to check the scale, check once per week.” Setting goals and rewarding yourself for accomplishing those goals is important. Kerr and Mayo said it will keep you motivated to continue. “Moderation is the key. But celebrate your success,” Mayo said.
Ask for help
And whether it’s working out or trying to fix your diet, Mayo and Kerr encourage people to consult with professional trainers and dietitians for assistance. They can help you through the intimidation factor in the gym or give you the proper start to fixing your diet. “That’s our job. We’re happy to help,” Kerr said.
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