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love the start of the new year. It is a time to sit back and think about the good things you accomplished last year and the possibility of better things ahead. What worked and what didn't work? What were the shortcomings and successes? What needs to change and what needs to stay the same? It is never a bad idea to evaluate, set goals and confidently move forward. That's exactly what we have done at Lifestyles Magazine. More than anything, we are making Lifestyles more about East Texas. More about you. Our March/April edition will be all about weddings. Do you have an unusual or interesting story to tell about your wedding? Men, did you go through extraordinary lengths to make the marriage proposal to your loved one unforgettable? Tell us your story. Was your wedding nontraditional? Did it have an unusual theme? Why are people talking your wedding? Did you have your wedding in a special venue right here in East Texas? Was it a beautiful location? What did you like about it? Tell us your story. Just put it in your own words. Better yet send us a photo or two. Don't stop with weddings. Who is the most amazing person you know? Has a person you go to church with done something extraordinary? Maybe you have done something that would make a great magazine story. After all, this magazine is about East Texas. It is about you. Tell us your story. Send your information to me at dmogle@tylerpaper.com or call me at 903-617-8196. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

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CONTENTS

44 GOOD LIFE 10 HIGHER PURPOSE

For home builder Janey Angelo, loss and faith has led to success.

22 HERBAL HEALING

Michelle Stewart wants you to chill out and she knows just how to help you do it.

ADVENTURE 32 FIRE AND ICE

The breathtaking beauty of Yellowstone in winter brings a journalist to tears.

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Fredericksburg just may the ultimate getaway.

58 POWER OF PETS

The SPCA East Texas wants to spread love one adopted pet at a time.

62 WINTER SKIN CARE

You'll love what happens when you give your outer layer a little TLC.

66 GLUTEN FREE AND LOVIN' IT Changing your diet may be the key to feeling better.

A walk in the great outdoors will do you a lot of good.

New program helps women with high-risk pregnancies.

84 RISK FACTORS

Knowing your family medical history can help prevent future problems.

86 GRAND REVIVAL

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CULTURE 96 THE DATEBOOK

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SUCCESS Janey owns Angelo Construction, which specializes in remodeling projects and building custom homes. Although only in business a few years, Janey has more work than she ever imagined. Last year, Angelo Construction had a home on Tyler Area Builders Association's Parade of Homes tour, a showcase of some of the best work in the home construction industry. She attributes her success to three things:

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“ do a lot of listening to find out what they want but I also contribute to what I think is best. We build with the intention of exceeding our client’s expectations for quality, functionality and aesthetics to create their dream home.” — JANEY ANGELO

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| CONT. FROM PG. 13 the ability to bond with clients, working with the best contractors and paying relentless attention to details. “When potential clients interview me they don’t know it but I'm also interviewing them,” Janey says. She pays attention to how the husband talks to his wife. “If he talks harshly to her, that’s a bad sign,” she says. It is often a clue that the man doesn’t respect women and may not be a good fit as a client. “If it doesn't feel right to me, then I'm moving on.” Janey says a good relationship between a client and builder is essential. “I do a lot of listening to find out what they want but I also contribute to what I think is best,” she says. Janey sees her job as doing more than transforming ideas into reality. “We build with the intention of exceeding our client’s expectations for quality, functionality, and aesthetics to create their dream home.” She doesn’t have much patience with contractors who are uncooperative or not willing to correct problems. Mitch Woolard, who does work on Angelo projects, says sometimes contractors assume that Janey’s soft voice and calm demeanor means she doesn’t know what she is doing and that they can get away with something. “During the final walk through (before a client moves in) she will go in and spot something that’s not done right,” Woolard says. “Nothing gets by her.” Woolard said she has a reputation among contractors for having high expectations

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“No two of my houses are ever the same. I’m always thinking outside the box. What can we do to give the homeowner something different.” — JANEY ANGELO

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| CONT. FROM PG. 15 but also being easy to work with. “She doesn’t lead with an iron fist. She talks to people. She treats people with respect. ... She’s really a good lady.” Janey also attributes her success to paying attention to details and being innovative. “No two of my houses are ever the same,"” she says. “I’m always thinking outside the box. What can we do to give the homeowner something different?” Janey once specifically designed a space in a room to show off one of the homeowner’s favorite antiques. She has been known to spend weeks searching for the perfect set of hardware for kitchen cabinetry or an antique door knob. She has put beautiful wooden planks on a living room's pitched ceiling. In her own home, decorative frosted glass panels are in the doors to her pantry. “Who does that?” she says with a laugh. Distinctive light fixtures that convey style and personality is another opportunity to make a home unique. “Light fixtures are the jewelry of the home,” she says. She insists that attention to the small things always pays off. “I am a perfectionist. I can’t help it. It is just the way I am.”

FAITH Sitting in her living room on a fall morning, Janey frequently brings up her late husband. “He was the love of my life,” says Janey as she looks over at a photo of him on a wall. “He was so good, so kind and gentle.” They met and fell in love when they were living in Oklahoma. A love for the ministry brought them to Tyler. The Angelos worshiped at Tyler Gospel Chapel in Tyler. Over the years, he served the congregation in many roles including as youth leader. Janey taught Sunday school. Janey says nothing gave her husband more joy than helping others with matters of faith and getting through hard times. “We often had people (from the congregation) in our home.” In 2012, David was diagnosed with

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| CONT. FROM PG. 18 cancer. He died a year later. He was 53. David had also been an electrician and worked on home-building projects. Janey says sometimes they took older houses, fixed them up and sold them. She sometimes cleaned and staged homes being put on the market. Beyond that, her knowledge of home building, was limited, to say the least. Eventually she decided she wanted a new home as part of the process of moving on and began working with a builder. “I asked for something special and he said, ‘No, we won’t do that,’” recalls Janey. “I thought, OK, well I'm going to build this myself. I told myself, “You can do this.’” She said she was at peace once she made the decision to become a builder. “I know it doesn’t make any sense (to launch this as a career) but I was determined. You educate yourself. If you say that you're going to walk by faith that is what you have to do. I walked by faith. I completely walked by faith.” Janey says that in the beginning it often was not easy. “But the Lord sent me exactly the right people who I needed.” The more she did as a builder, the more confident and knowledgeable she became. She gives God the credit with getting her through the tough time. “I am nothing without God.” Although she is in a better place in life, she still misses her husband every day. “David would be amazed (at what I'm doing),” says Janey with a smile “He would be very proud of me.”

“I asked for something special and he said, ‘No, we won’t do that.’ I thought, OK, well I’m going to build this myself. I told myself, ‘You can do this.’” — JANEY ANGELO

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he fragrances in Michelle Stewart's home are amazing. When I stepped through the door of her Gladewater home, my sense of smell immediately shifted into overdrive. An unmistakable mixture of potpourri, citrus, spices, lavender and mint saturated the air. It didn't take long to figure out why. On the stove in the kitchen was a pot with simmering potpourri mixture. Steps away were big racks where herbs were drying. And on the kitchen table were piles of boxes filled with of her specialty blends of teas, simmering potpourris, smudge sticks, bath teas and facial steam mixtures. Stewart is the owner of the Three Roots Boutique. She makes concoctions of teas and fragrance products that all work in some way to calm frazzled nerves. "Some of the herbs I grow and some I buy," Stewart says. "And then I put them together in unique ways." The venture allows her to combine the great loves in life: horticulture and helping people reach a calmer place. She also is a certified life coach and a professional horticulturalist.

SELF DISCOVERY "When I was a little girl (in Dallas) I remember picking peppermint in my mom's garden," Stewart shares while sitting in her living room. "Growing plants is a part of me. It is just in my nature." She worked in garden centers while in high school and then earned a degree in agriculture from Texas A&M University. After college, she moved to Seattle and become more interested tapping into the body's full potential to reach a higher state of being. She enrolled in Sofia University, a small college in Palo Alto, California, and earned a master's degree in transpersonal psychology. The university defines transpesonal psychology as the study of the full range of human experience: the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, social and creative aspects of life Stewart says she then went through a period of selfexploration. She spent a great deal of time in nature thinking about what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 25 "It was a transformative experience. ... I had changed so much intellectually. I wanted to do so much with the knowledge that I had." She realized that her true calling was to help others. She moved back to Texas and started working with kids in an after-school program. She was particularly effective in helping fourth- and fifth-grade girls "work through issues." She later counseled children at an East Texas mental health services provider and then transitioned into parttime work as "My clients come to me with a goal of seeking change," Stewart says. She sits and listen to their concerns and helps them come up with strategies on how to reach goals. As a relaxation coach, she leads clients through sessions "specifically designed to allow peace to flow through you."

THERAPEUTIC QUALITIES But even while counseling others, Stewart never quit working with plants. A licensed horticulturist, she opened a side business, Three Roots Gardening. She helps clients create wildlife gardens, sacred space gardens, container gardens and micro-farms. She also continued growing herbs in her backyard. "Working with plants has always been a part of my life," she says. She branched her love of horticulture into Three Roots Boutique. "I have a tea obsession," Stewart jokes. "I love loose leaf tea but I couldn't find what I wanted so I started making my own." She puts different combinations of teas together until she finds the flavors that work best together. And better yet, she knew that tea is good for you. "Everything that goes into these (tea blends) have some medicinal properties," she says. In Eastern cultures, teas for thousands of years have been regarded as a key to good health, happiness, and wisdom, says information on the medical website webmd. Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol; and bring about mental alertness. Stewart says that all the products she makes are "natural and handmade in small batches with the utmost care." Most of the products are organic. Whether counseling people on reaching goals, helping clients create private gardens or having people use one of her personal blends, Stewart says the goal for the client is always the same. "The idea is to relax and enjoy."

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rowing up, one of my favorite pastimes was curling up on our scratchy tweed sofa with the latest National Geographic magazine. In those pages, I could fight through the dense Borneo rain forests, trek across the polar ice cap and trudge through Saharan sands in search of lost treasure. In its colorful photographs and pages, I also found a place that captured my heart and moved my soul — Yellowstone. Our first national park is uniquely American. There is no other place like it in the world. Yellowstone is over 2.2 million acres of wilderness, filled with mountains, forests, lakes and thousands of thermal features. It is home to some of our most iconic wildlife — bison, moose, elk, wolf and grizzly bears. I wondered as I stared at the photographs what it would be like to have the park all to myself. What would I do? What would it feel like to “own” the park for just a little while? It was a big dream. When I was a teenager, I started a “Do Before I Die List,” my version of a bucket list. One of the first things on my list was “to see Yellowstone National Park in all

four seasons.” From the NatGeo articles, I knew there is something special about each season. Over the ensuing 40-plus years, I have been able to see America’s park in the glory of summer with wildflowers and wildlife babies in abundance, the beauty of the yellowing aspen and bugle of the bull elk in the fall and the quiet season of spring as the park slowly wakes from its sleep. But winter in Yellowstone had always eluded me until recently. My chance came early in March last year near the end of a brutal winter. My base camp for exploring the park was Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana, 18 miles from the northwest border of the park. Seeing Yellowstone in winter is not easy. In winter, you can only see the park by snow coach or snowmobile. I was joined by a NatGeo associate photographer, and a guide Moving past a towering snow-covered trees, we reached the crest of a hill and eased over the

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| CONT. FROM PG. 35 rise overlooking Madison River valley. The sight of winding river sparkling in the early morning light with steam rising from its snow-covered banks and bison moving along the river banks was so beautiful, it took my breath away. Overwhelmed, I burst into tears as gutwrenching emotions spilled out. I whispered, “I’ve waited 47 years to see this. I can’t believe I’m finally here.” Pure joy was all I felt. We stopped near the river on a high spot to take photos. Getting out of the toasty warm snow coach into the frigid -37° air wasn’t as hard as I thought. (I think my happy motor was running at top speed so it kept me warmer than usual.) After taking photos of the bison herd by the river, we climbed back into the warm coach and continued through the park, stopping frequently to take photos and absorb the amazing beauty of Yellowstone in winter. The mysterious looking ghost trees, as they call them, are coated with a thick frost formed by the freezing of the constant steam rising off the thermal features which stick to the needles, trunks and bare limbs. Winter turns the park into a fairy tale wonderland of sparkling snow, diamond dust, and rivers of ice. I was in awe at the beauty of this magnificent place. It was even better than I imagined when I was sitting on that scratchy sofa so long ago. We made our way to Old Faithful village where canvas yurts provided a place for snowmobile riders and coach guests to warm their toes and eat sack lunches. Since it was unusually cold, everyone was huddled in the yurts. I wolfed down a sandwich, tanked up on water and headed back out. I’d been to Old Faithful numerous times, but this was different. As I got closer to the famous geyser, I saw it

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Tamra Bolton in Yellowstone. was puffing away, not caring if the usual crowds had long since gone. That was when it hit me. I was alone, totally alone. Usually several hundred people crowd around the viewing area, and the noise of chatter, cars, and RVs drown out nature’s voices, but not on this day. I took a deep breath. Against a bit of blue sky, were billowing clouds of steam. A lone bison just beyond Old Faithful’s puffing crater was swiping its head back and forth in a bank of snow, searching for the forage buried underneath the drifts. In that absolute silence, I felt Yellowstone was my park, all mine. I didn’t have to share it with anyone else. I wanted that moment all to myself frozen in time. Later, while snow-shoeing around the Lower Geyser basin, I encountered a bison herd on the roadway, had a close call with a grouchy bull bison, saw trumpeter swans, a female elk, a coyote, and took about 300 photos. It was a magical, emotional day. Dreams do come true. Tamra Bolton is a freelance journalist based in East Texas.

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AN EAST TEXAN’S GUIDE TO VISITING YELLOWSTONE IN COLD WEATHER

Tamra Bolton, a freelance writer based in East Texas, shares what she learned about visiting Yellowstone National Park in the dead of winter.

GET THE RIGHT GEAR One thing’s for sure, if you don’t have the right clothing, you will die …or at least you'll think you’re going to die. Don't fool around with a -37 degree temperature and a wind chill of -50 degrees. Your cute corduroy coat with the fleece lining that works in East Texas will not keep you warm in really frigid weather. The key to staying warm in extreme cold weather is wearing layers of wool clothing. Heavy wool socks, like Norwegian fisherman’s socks coupled with sock liners will keep your feet warm. You will need insulated boots with non-slip soles to keep warm, dry and have steady footing in icy and snow. Bring a good hat. Wool toboggans, felt hats, or lined bombers with insulated ear flaps work well. Combine them with warm scarves or neck gaiters or turtles (fleece pull-overs that cover you from chin down to your shirt or sweater top). Invest in warm long underwear (top and bottom), wool or fleece pants and top, and a waterrepellent outer layer. The only thing that got cold on me in Yellowstone were my hands. Because I was always taking photos, I tried to find gloves that would keep me from getting frostbite,

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even if they didn’t keep my hands warm. I found thin gloves with the “smart phone” tips so I could work the buttons on my camera. When I was in the subzero wind for more than a minute, my hands went numb. Try several types of gloves to see which work best for you.

Let’s face it, Texas doesn’t have the coldest weather. We are mostly spared below zero temperatures. So, how do you prepare for a harsh winter environment? Get used to drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated in severe cold helps your body maintain a healthy balance and keeps your skin from looking like you stepped into a time machine that ages you in minutes. Also, get off the couch and get moving! Several months before your excursion, start walking and stretching every day. Your muscles and joints will thank you when you are in knee-deep snowdrifts or snow-shoeing uphill in a headwind. It’s no fun to pull a muscle or have a sudden charley-horse in the middle of a cross-country ski trip or dog-sled adventure.

Winter turns the park into a fairy tale wonderland of sparkling snow, diamond dust, and rivers of ice. I was in awe at the beauty of this magnificent place.


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| CONT. FROM PG. 49 and Laundry. Built in the 1920s and serving the community until the 1980s, this historic building is a bright spot in the reclamation of Fredericksburg’s past. Jill Elliott’s store is hot spot for locals and visitors looking for the right touches for their homes and wardrobes. One-of-a-kind gift items also are a specialty at Blackchalk. Gathered and Good, another home decor shop, is in the historic EasterHaus in the Old Fair Park/ Warehouse District. The store has a little bit of everything — from gorgeous linens and kitchenware to amazing Christmas decorations. FOOD & DRINKS In Fredericksburg, being hungry is only a problem

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F O R T H E U LT I M AT E W I N E A D V E N T U R E , TA K E I N S T O P S O N T H E T E X A S W I N E TRAIL AROUND FREDERICKSBURG. | CONT. FROM PG. 52 when you can’t decide where to eat. Woerner’s Warehouse Café is known for its sandwiches, salads and pizza. It also has some of the best desserts in town. Located in the iconic Woerner Feed Store, the cafe's soaring open-beamed ceiling and antique furnishings are as much a delight as the food. The upscale Navajo Grill has an unusual atmosphere and Southern and Mexican cuisine. You'll find a touch of Creole and Caribbean influences in their signature dishes. If dining in a basement is something you’ve never done, check it off your list with a visit to the historic Keidel Hospital building where Rathskeller is located. The restaurant's peach-inspired glazed pork chops is one of the best pork chop dishes I’ve ever tasted. It has a cozy environment and wonderful selection of wines. At August E’s, Leu Savanh, the owner and executive chef, creates imaginative Asian fusion dishes. The sushi is as much a treat to the eye as to the palate. Chef Leu maintains an organic garden for the freshest ingredients

and uses local suppliers of beef, venison, axis, wild boar, elk and antelope. The restaurant's Wine Book, yes book, was compiled by owner Dawn Savanh, who hand-picked more than 240 wines from all over the world. Enjoy an after-dinner drink at the Elk Store Winery & Distillery. Carrying on a family tradition dating to 1895, owners Todd Smajstrla and Scott Hladky, produce smallbatch moonshine, gin, rum and whiskey from a one-of-akind handmade Kentucky copper still. You won’t find any better spot to wet your whistle and find interesting conversation than the Lincoln Street Wine Market. Relax with a great beer or wine in front of its cozy fireplace or gather with others around the antique wooden table and browse through books and magazines. ADVENTURE For the ultimate wine adventure, take in stops on the Texas Wine Trail around Fredericksburg. Several wineries are on the famous Wine Road 290.

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THE OFFICER’S CLUB AT THE HANGAR HOTEL The Officers’ Club is a good choice for a memorable evening out. The mahogany and granite fireplace, soft leather furniture, grand piano and regulation pool table, provide a quiet environment to join friends before and after a dinner engagement. 155 Airport Rd. Fredericksburg TX 78624

BLACKCHALK HOME AND LAUNDRY BLACKCHALK HOME + LAUNDRY is one of the most unique home decor and gift boutiques in the Texas Hill Country. Come get lost in the FOUND + UNBOUND items that surprise and delight you around every turn. The building itself is steeped in history and takes you back to a bygone era that delights the senses. The LAUNDRY hosts events and socials that you do not want to miss. You can find a fabulous eclectic home goods store, featuring furniture, gifts, kitchen goods, rugs, lighting and other curated finds. 306 S. Lincoln St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624

CAROL HICKS BOLTON ANTIQUITIES Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities features beautiful and funky French and European antiques. They have a large selection of antiques and antique accessories, including beds, armoires, library cabinets, tables, chairs, lighting, garden items and art from 15 different countries. Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities has operated in Fredericksburg for over 25 years and have been photographed in numerous magazines. 301 S. Lincoln St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624

ROOM NO. 5 A continuation of Carol Hicks Bolton Antiques, Room No. 5 invites you to “dream in white”. Enter Room No. 5 to experience pure brilliance and brightness, antiques with character and elegant home goods. All in white.

GUS ANTIQUES & WONDERS Gus Antiques & Wonders features French and American antiques, vintage garden statuary, handmade dining tables, handmade local beds, beautiful bed linens, live olive, rosemary and lavender topiaries and so much more! The shop is part of Fredericksburg’s Warehouse District and a Carol Hicks Bolton store.

ELK STORE WINERY & DISTILLERY Following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Todd Smajstrla, along with Scott Hladky, two Czech brothers from two different mothers, proudly produce small batch moonshine, gin, rum and whiskey from a one-of-a-kind handmade Kentucky copper still. Elk Store Winery & Distillery serves incredible wines from all over the world, including Texas, by the glass, bottle or case, along with offering small batch handmade liquors by the bottle or cocktail! Elk Store boasts a lounge, a gourmet menu (small plates) and an 1100 square foot covered back patio. 327 E. Main St. Fredericksburg TX 78624

GATHERED & GOOD Gathered & Good is an “old/new” shop in famous Fredericksburg, Texas. They are located in the historic Easter Haus home in Fredericksburg’s Warehouse District, just two blocks from the Nimitz Museum on Hwy 87 South. In the past, the owners had operated as one of the five vendors inside the shop you may have known as “smitten.” Beginning in October 2019, they reopened the shop as Gathered & Good – offering good things they have gathered for your home and your life. You can find home decor and holiday decor in farmhouse and vintage styles. With their juried vendors, every room offers a different look plus a few surprises! 401 Auguste St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624

NAVAJO GRILL The Navajo Grill serves refined southern cuisine. The restaurant welcomes you warmly with a melding of modern and southwestern design elements. The menu is composed of a variety of dishes made from locally-sourced foods. The specialties are served with house-made sauces and dressings. Pair your meal with a wine from their extensive wine list or an original cocktail. Daily dinner specials offered all week. Seasonally serving Sunday brunch! 803 East Main St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624

WOERNER WAREHOUSE CAFE Woerner Warehouse Café + Catering is located in the iconic Woerner Feed Store in the heart of the abundant organic produce and wine region of the Texas Hill Country. Superb local suppliers and farmers provide herbs, organic tomatoes, peppers, fruits and vegetables year round. Every day guests enjoy the creative imagination of Chef Angela and her signature fresh salads, soups and jaw breaker sandwiches prepared at the peak of flavor. 305 S. Lincoln Fredericksburg TX 78624

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LINCOLN STREET WINE MARKET Lincoln Street Wine Market is Fredericksburg’s oldest wine and cigar bar with an enchanting patio and live music on the weekends. They offer the finest in wine, cigars, cheese, bread, olives and atmosphere. Featuring an eclectic variety of wines from around the world, by the glass or by the bottle, in a wine bar fitting of Napa Valley or Tuscany, but found in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Indoor and outdoor spaces with fireplaces and a great atmosphere, set the mood for a relaxing time at Lincoln Street Wine Market. Enjoy regular Live Music available by the fire on the patio. 111 S. Lincoln Fredericksburg TX 78624

GRAPE CREEK VINEYARDS The premier working winery experience on Fredericksburg Wine Road 290, Grape Creek Vineyards welcomes new visitors to our Tuscaninspired tasting rooms. Taste award-winning wines amid beautifully landscaped patios, fountains and terraces. Tour our estate vineyards and state-of-the-art winery, barrel room and private tasting room. Enjoy on-site dining at the Trattoria. Grape Creek Vineyards – where wine is a pleasure, not a party. Second tasting room location in downtown Fredericksburg at 223 East Main Street. 10587 E. US Hwy 290 Fredericksburg TX 78624

4.0 CELLARS Three of Texas’ internationally recognized wineries, McPherson Cellars, Lost Oak Winery and Brennan Vineyards, have collaborated to form the next great Texas winery – 4.0 Cellars. 4.0 Cellars brings you an amazing property featuring their superb Texas Wines for all to enjoy. Enjoy the gorgeous tasting room or book a private event and be sure to inquire about the Wine Club. 10354 East US Hwy 290 Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Rathskeller Restaurant is a full service breakfast, lunch and dinner spot. It features a great menu plus daily specials, to go orders are welcome, and a private meeting room. They offer live music most Saturday nights. Rathskellar Restaurant is located in the basement of the Historic Keidel Hospital Building. The menu features sandwiches, great salads, pasta, German food, steaks and seafood. They also have a nice selection of beer and wine and try their famous Peach Bread Pudding with Homemade Caramel Sauce! 260 E. Main St. Fredericksburg TX 78624

AUGUST E’S Since 2004, August E’s has delighted guests with their “Nouveau Texas Cuisine”. Offering fine dining, steaks, sushi and fresh fish and an awardwinning wine book, August E's was voted “Zagats” highest-rated restaurant in the Hill Country and a AAA three-diamond award member. Come enjoy their contemporary atmosphere with soothing background music and contemporary art. 203 E. San Antonio Fredericksburg TX 78624

ALTSTADT BREWERY Altstadt Brewery is an authentic Bavarian brewery dedicated to creating the purest, easydrinking beers guided by the historic German purity law of 1516. Altstadt’s premium Germanstyle beers are carefully made using only four ingredients – hops, barley, yeast and artesian spring water. The 120-acre Old World destination features a restaurant, brewery tours and a beautiful venue perfect for an elegant Texas Hill Country wedding or corporate event. 6120 E US Hwy 290 Fredericksburg TX 78624

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| CONT. FROM PG. 54 At Grape Creek Vineyards, you'll feel like you’ve been whisked away to Tuscany while sipping its award-winning Petit Syrah or Cuvee Blanc. Nestled among oaks and grapevines, Grape Creek is the perfect spot for taking in outstanding Hill Country views. In the beautiful tasting room at 4.0 Cellars, you can get a wine and chocolate pairing. Not into wine? Try a beer tasting at the castle-like Altstadt Brewery. This authentic Bavarian brewery looks like it belongs in the Alps. They create beer guided by the historic German Purity Law of 1516. While dining in its massive beamed great room with a gigantic fireplace, you'll think you’ve been dropped into the Middle Ages. Tamra Bolton is a freelance writer and photographer based in East Texas.

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eborah Dobbs can't say enough good things about Geronimo the dog. “He’s a big old boy, a big bundle of love. ... He’s so lovable.” That wasn’t always the case. Last spring, the SPCA of East Texas was called to a residence on a rescue mission. At the home were about 70 animals not being properly taken care of. Among the animals were 17 huskies. “They were running in a pack,"”recalls Dobbs, the founder and president of the Tyler-based SPCA of East Texas. Geronimo was among the pack members. As part of the rescue, SPCA ET took Geronimo and placed him with a foster volunteer who takes in animals that have been rescued or voluntarily turned over by people who can no longer take care of their pet. Under the love and attention of a pet foster, Geronimo has gone from being a pack dog who wanted to be left alone to a dog who wants nothing more than to get into someone’s lap and get a playful scratch on the head. The nonprofit organization also made sure that Geronimo was examined by a veterinarian. It turned

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out that he had heart worms. "That was bad news,” Dobbs says, noting hat left untreated, heart worms can be fatal to an animal. Geronimo is now on medications to get rid of his heart worms. Dobbs says that although most people who come to a pet adoption organization want a cute little puppy, she is confident that one day someone will be excited to open their home and heart to lovable Geronimo. That’s the mission of the organization: take animals who need a home, do all it can to make them ready for adoption and then find them a loving permanent family.

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If you ask Dobbs about the benefits of having a pet, be prepared to sit for a while. She will talk you ear off. The bottom line is that people are

generally happier and healthier when they have a pet to love and care for. “It's not just psychological its physiological as well,” she says. “We’re even finding now that veterans with PTSD respond well when they have animals in their care. Dogs are much more perceptive (about what their owners are feeling) than we give them credit for.” Both young and old benefit from being around animals. “Children in reading programs do better when dogs are introduced into the classroom and for seniors in our community they provide companionship,” Dobbs says. Interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of a stressrelated hormone and lower blood pressure, according to the National Institutes of Health. Studies have found that animals can reduce the heartache of loneliness, increase feelings of security from having something that loves them and, with a timely wag of the tail or a deep purr, put people in a better mood. “Dogs are very present," says Dr. Ann Berger, a physician and researcher in information released by NIH. “If someone is struggling with something, they know how to sit

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families bring the animals in their care to the adoption center at 4517 Old Bullard Road in Tyler. Those looking to adopt can at that time come see the dogs and cats that are available. The SPCA ET also has information on the animals on its website. Each week the Tyler Morning Telegraph prints photos and profiles of some of the available dogs and cats.

there and be loving. Their attention is focused on the person all the time." According to NIH, studies show that dogs can help children with ADHD focus their attention and that children with pets have better social skills, fewer behavioral problems and are more willing to take on responsibility than their peers who don’t have pets. The researchers suggest that because pets offer unconditional love and acceptance, they are a comforting influence to the children who then want to return the love. Angela Welch of Tyler knows first hand the benefits of pet ownership. Over the years, she has adopted two dogs from SPCA ET, including her current dog, Scrappy the Chihuahua. “He definitely got a second chance at my house,” Welch says. The first dog she adopted was an English bulldog named Tank. She says the bonding she had with Tank led her to want to adopt Scrappy. “You want to try to connect with that dog or cat,” she says. “It’s opening up your heart to that animal.”

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In addition to having adopted animals through SPCA ET, Welch volunteers as a foster. More than anything, the foster’s job is to give the animal lots of love, teach the animal to trust their pet parent and make sure they know the basic dos and dont’s of living with a family. With a little tender love and care, most animals respond positively, even when they have experienced abuse and neglect. Dobbs says that without a doubt fostering “makes for a much better (animal) family member” when they are eventually placed in a permanent home. She said shelters typically leave animals in their care in a pen until the animal is adopted. Often the animal has limited interaction with people while waiting to be adopted. When a foster family houses an animal, SPCA ET pays for the animal's food and veterinary care. Foster families have a support network offered to them, including a 24/7 veterinary technician to ask questions. Karen Parker-Kilgore, is a foster

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“Children in reading programs do better when dogs are introduced into the classroom and for seniors in our community they provide companionship.” — DEBORAH DOBBS

and volunteer coordinator for SPCA ET. She says the organization needs people who are willing to temporarily take care of an animal. “You have to have the compassion and heart to help rescue an animal,” she says. Currently SPCA ET has about 130 foster volunteers. “We always need more families,” Parker-Kilgore says. Fosters are essential. “The SPCA cannot take an animal in without having a foster family for them to go to,” she says. Each Saturday, the foster

Besides facilitating adoptions, The SPCA ET operates the Snippet Clinic, a wellness and spay/neuter clinic in Tyler. Having too many animals that are not spayed or neutered is one of the reasons East Texas has a large population of dogs and cats without a home. The organization’s 8-acre Bossart Bark Park is located off Grande Boulevard between Texas Highway 155 and Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. The park provides large gated grassy and shaded areas for dogs to run off leash and play with other dogs. Each October, the organization sponsors Dogtoberfest, an event in downtown Tyler that features live music and craft beers. Dogtoberfest attracts thousands and draws attention to the availability of animals for adoption. Shelters and adoption groups from throughout the area participate. One a month, SPCA ET transports some of its dogs by van to areas, like the Northeast, that don't have enough animals available for adoption. The animals are placed in organizations with similar adoption practices. The organization also has a hotline for people to call when they suspect cases of animal abuse. Sometimes SPCA ET volunteers working with law officers help rescue animals facing neglect or abuse. Dobbs says a misconception is that SPCA ET receives funding from American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Local SPCAs are funded through local donations. More information about SPCA ET is available at spcaesttx.com.


East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents

Discovering Abstract Expressionist

Victor Thall

Thall abandoned New York in 1950 as the Abstract Expressionist movement rose to fame. For the first time, a retrospective of Thall’s body of work will be on display.

Brahms’ First Piano Concerto Jan 25, 2020 , 7:30 p.m. UT Tyler Cowan Center An epic tour de force for both piano and orchestra, featuring soloist Daria Rabotkina.

Josh Dorman: The Art of Listening: This exhibition brings awareness to the internal worlds of Alzheimer’s patients and the loneliness they feel and how to maintain connection.

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Plenty of options are available in the battle for better skin


STORY BY TAMI BROOKS

Thinking about taking skincare to the next level? Exposure to pollution and the sun’s UV rays, lack of sleep, a poor diet and smoking take a toll on the appearance of skin. Making skin look better often is about keeping skin healthy.

Use sunscreens First and foremost in this strategy is using sun screens and reducing sun exposure. Retinal, a vitamin A derivative, treats dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines. It works by causing skin cells to turn over more quickly. It also dries excess oil and aids exfoliation. Use a moisturizer Next on a must-use skincare list should be a moisturizer. Often, dull or tired looking skin is dry skin. The simple practice of exfoliation and moisturization leaves skin looking fuller, plumper and healthier. A consistent

10 TIPS TO HEALTHY SKIN UT Health East Texas

With thousands of skin products on the market, it can be difficult to figure out what’s the best way to take care of your skin. Skin care is beyond topical treatments, it’s a combination of what you put into your body and what you put on your body. Different internal and external lifestyle factors can affect the appearance of your skin. For example, cold weather could trigger eczema, while warmer weather could trigger acne. Too much sun exposure could lead to pigmentation and accelerate aging skin. Here are some of the most effective ways you can care for your body’s largest organ. 1. Exfoliate. Your skin regenerates itself creating a new layer at an average of once a month. Exfoliating removes the dead cells from the outer layer of your skin. Use an exfoliating scrub or skin tool such as a towel or face brush and massaging your skin with an exfoliating cleanser and warm water in circular motions for 1-2 minutes. Finish by rinsing the skin and patting dry with a clean towel. Do this two-three times a week for normal skin, and once a week for sensitive skin. Tip: Pat your skin dry with a towel rather than wiping it dry to prevent tugging at the skin and losing elasticity. 2. Moisturize. Depending on the type of skin you have,

skincare routine, combined with a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water, goes a long way but more can be done. Consult professionals Dr. Jennifer D. Holman and her partner, Tori Burns,

crazy,” Holman says. “We can build a plan based on what you want to invest, from a downtime standpoint, your budget, all of those things” Products Besides a good sunscreen, she recommends using products with antioxidants and peptides as well as retinoids.“That’s where you start.” Procedures

of the Center for Aesthetic and Laser Medicine in Tyler, say consulting with a skin care professional is always the first step in the battle to improve the look and health of skin. Holman asks her patients on the initial visit to bring all products they put on their skin, to share their concerns and to consider how much time and money they want to spend. “Some people couldn't care less about the wrinkle on their foreheads, but their brown spots drive them

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as well,” Holman says. “It’s great for regrowing hair, injecting under the eyes for dark circles, micro-needling it in for overall rejuvenation.” Burns acknowledges that when it comes to procedures and injections, the choices can be overwhelming. “If you’re going to do (only) two things ... it would be laser resurfacing with something like Fraxel or Clear and Brilliant,

and then your neuromodulators, which are Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau. Even just maintaining those two things will do yourself and your skin a great service.” Be pro-active They also recommend that people concerned with the appearance of their skin to take pro-active measures. “So, you don’t wait until you have a

line, you don’t wait until you have the wrinkles.You start early, so you don’t develop those things,” Holman says. “If I can get people in here by 30, it makes a huge difference in how they age. If we get people on a good skin care regimen early on, and then (on) the pre-juvenation treatments, it makes a big difference.” Tami Brooks is a freelance writer based in East Texas.

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it’s important to get a moisturizer that meets the needs of your skin. 3. Apply sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen is not only for beach days. Sunscreen is a preventive and protective measure against damage from ultraviolet rays. Wearing it year-round could help prevent premature aging. 4. Take off your makeup. Just as you brush your teeth, you also should remove your makeup and wash your face. Refusing to remove makeup before you go to sleep can cause extensive damage to your skin. 5. Drink water. Drinking water can improve your complexion. Dehydrated skin will result in dry, tight, flaky skin. 6. Drink green tea. This can help reduce inflammation, improve elasticity and protect you from sun damage. 7. Eat well. Foods such as cantaloupes, carrots and sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, which keeps your complexion clear. Other skin superfoods include berries, tomatoes, apricots, beets, squash, spinach, tangerines and peppers. Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring supply omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and helps keep skin supple. 8. Cut back on dairy. There could be hormones found in milk that can trigger acne. 9. Don’t touch your face. Picking at your face may be tempting when there’s acne present, but keep your hands off. 10. Sanitize your phone. Pressing your phone up against your face after touching it with unwashed hands could spread bacteria and clog pores on your face, as well as cause painful pimples or acne cysts.


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Shriners Hospitals for Children – Shreveport At Shriners Hospitals for Children – Shreveport, our team of pediatric orthopaedic and cleft lip/palate professionals offers outstanding medical care for kids, no matter how minor or complex the condition. We research, innovate and do whatever it takes to treat your child’s condition, while helping inspire kids to live a great life. Founded in 1922, the Shreveport Shriners Hospital was the first facility established in the Shriners Hospitals for Children system. Over 97 years, our hospital has provided specialized care to a global population of kids, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Our world-class care is not limited to insurance networks, or to what’s been done before. The same doctors who innovate treatments for the most complicated orthopaedic and cleft lip/palate issues will help to ensure that your child grows and develops properly. Our pediatric orthopaedic specialists are uniquely skilled to provide insight into both routine and complex orthopaedic conditions, from clubfoot and intoeing issues to cerebral palsy and spine conditions. Minimally invasive methodologies, such as our EOS™ low-radiation imaging system and our Schroth-Barcelona Institute-based treatment for moderate scoliosis, help protect our kids and reduce the need for surgeries.

With programs geared toward sports medicine and orthopaedic injuries, our physicians and other healthcare professionals help kids prevent and recover from mild to complex orthopaedic injuries. When injuries do occur, our fracture team offers the insight necessary to address the physiology of a developing child, helping kids safely and confidently return to the field. Our oral and maxillofacial program involves a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, dental specialists, care managers and therapists in providing education and care to children with cleft and craniofacial conditions. Children with low to moderate craniofacial conditions receive comprehensive care from our team of specialists who work closely with our families to foster and maximize the social, physical and psychological development of our kids. Leaders in research. Developers of advanced procedures. Innovators of modern orthopaedic and cleft lip/palate care. Expertise and love, all directed into providing outstanding care for kids. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Shreveport: The Most Amazing Care Anywhere.

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Tabbouleh INGREDIENTS 1/2 to 1 cup quinoa (amount varies depending on preference) 2-3 bunches of curly parsley, chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced 1/4 cup fresh and/or dried spearmint 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or more) Salt and pepper to taste

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Karol Spence, a health coach with Integrative Health Matters in Tyler, is writing a cookbook that explains why this is a dish of superfoods. “Quinoa is a complete protein and is high in iron and calcium. Onions contain anti-inflammatory, anticholesterol, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties. Parsley contains more vitamin C than most vegetables and approximately three times as much as oranges. Spearmint improves digestion, boosts respiratory health, and optimizes hormonal levels. "The lycopene in tomatoes can reduce the risk of several cancers. The flavonoid in lemon juice contains antioxidants, which fight infections. Lemons have been known to relieve asthma symptoms.”

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| CONT. FROM PG. 69 My results, though not overnight, were amazing. My hair stopped falling out. My skin cleared, as did the brain fog. The migraines and tummy troubles disappeared. Gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats, damages the intestinal system in some people who are sensitive to the protein. A damaged gut can lead to all sorts of ailments. To repair the gut, autoimmune protocol eliminates all grains including corn and rice, dairy, refined sugars, and restricts legumes, eggs, nuts, seeds, tomato, eggplant, peppers and potato. Keto and paleo both grain-free/glutenfree styles of eating clean can help reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, balance hormones and enhance weight loss.

HEALTHY SUBSTITUTES

Not sure where to begin in reducing or removing gluten from your diet. Here are some healthy substitutes for common foods. Instead of a tortilla, use lettuce leaves as wraps. In lieu of buns, stuff a tomato or avocado with tuna salad. Stevia is delicious in place of sugar. Instead of dairy, try the nut milks. Riced cauliflower is a perfect substitute for mashed potatoes, rice, and grits. Make a crustless quiche, similar to a custom omelette, by preparing the baking dish with olive oil.

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There is no one-size-fits-all diet, so be sure to consult with your healthcare provider for guidance. Karol Spence is a health coach with Integrative Health Matters in Tyler, a whole-health practice dedicated to healing in every area of people's lives. She is dedicated to helping clients implement new habits, so they won’t miss out on what life truly has to offer. She reimagined her family’s favorite Lebanese tabbouleh with quinoa instead of traditional bulgur, because wheat can cause bloat.

CHICKEN SOUP

Collagen, the quintessential ingredient in bone broth, is fabulous for healing the gut. Start with boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a crockpot. Add bone broth, carrots and onion, and there you have the base of a comforting, healing soup.

GREEN DRINKS

Plant-based hydration is more beneficial than water alone. Stock up on green drinks that contain leafy greens, celery, lemon juice, and aloe vera. I love the Liquid IV electrolyte drink mix. It’s great for hydrating on the go. Patrica Wilson is an East Texas freelance writer and design consultant who continues to have a gluten-free diet.

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he new year is a time for reflecting on goals and making resolutions. These often include improving fitness, reducing stress and spending more time meditating or in prayer. These goals can be achieved simply by spending more time in nature. Experts agree that you can reconnect physically, mentally and spiritually by merely taking a walk in the great outdoors. In addition to being a great cardio workout, walking outdoors builds strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs. It is a weightbearing exercise, so you'll also build bone density. Walking on uneven terrains can even improve balance and you'll work your core as muscles stabilize your body. As with any good cardio workout, you'll lower the risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and help to control weight. The bonus is that this all happens while you enjoy lovely views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. It also has been proven that people who exercise outdoors are more likely to stick with it. Next up are the mental health benefits that come from walking. While any physical activity can help to reduce stress and anxiety, there's something about being out in nature that elevates those benefits.

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5 G R E AT P L A C E S T O TA K E A WA L K So, are you ready to take a walk? The best news is you need a little more than good walking shoes, a desire for fresh air and perhaps a bottle of water in order to enjoy the gifts of nature. Your favorite walking route might be around the block, through the park down the street or the woods near year house. Go for it. But if you are looking for a place to walk that includes designated paths and some extra attractions along the way, no problem. Here are five paths and trails that will keep your feet moving.

In all, eight trails meander through the heavily wooded grounds. The trails vary in length from about one-half mile to three miles and from easy to challenging. The terrain includes steep hills and drops in elevation. Some trails are used by mountain bikers and hikers while others are reserved for hikers. Those who want a more leisurely stroll should consider Lakeshore Trail, which is relatively flat and offers great views of the park's spring-fed lake. For a bigger challenge, tackle the D Loop.

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First, the mood boost. "Research shows that walking outdoors has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety," says Gregory A. Miller, president of the American Hiking Society. "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that." It may seem obvious that time spent in nature can soothe your mind and soul, but science is discovering that trekking can change your brain for the better. A recent study found that spending time in nature, unplugged from technology, not only decreased negative thoughts, it also reduced mental fatigue, soothed the mind, and gave creative thinking and problem-solving a boost. Finally, being in nature can enhance meditation and spirituality. Spending time in nature, without devices and distractions, helps us become mindful, genuinely alive, and in the moment. Place one foot in front of the other, over and over and begin to notice your breath and bodily sensations as you become more aware of your soul's intention to connect with something bigger than yourself. Climbing mountains, strolling through the desert, submersing yourself in the forest, are excellent reminders of how small our problems are in the grand scheme of things. Enjoy the beauty and majesty of God as expressed in nature. Martin Luther may have said it best. "God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars." John Muir, Sierra Club founder wrote: “Thousands of tired, nerveshaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.� Begin with a simple walk through a park or nature center. You don't need much more than a decent pair of shoes, some water and a sense of adventure. Tami Brooks is a freelance writer based in East Texas.

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| CONT. FROM PG. 79 History is the perfect way to work in a quick walk and get some much needed fresh air. Along the the permanent, outdoor, half-mile loop that surrounds the square are stone plaques that commemorate significant people, places and events in Smith County history. Currently 54 plaques are in embedded in the sidewalks. And there is plenty of room for more to be added. Plaques commemorate, among other things, the history of East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Tyler native Dooley Wilson and Junior League of Tyler.

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Running along Donnybrook Avenue between Broadway Avenue and Rieck Road, the Rose Rudman trail is one of the most popular spots for running, walking and biking. The 3.7-mile paved trail passes along a creek, through wooded areas and a park and over long wooden bridges. There are water fountains along the trail and signs that help people keep up with how much distance they have covered. On the south end, it connects to the city's Legacy Trail System that extends for miles. TYLER ROSE GARDEN

Those who walk along the many paths that crisscross the 14-acre Tyler Rose Garden face the risk of stopping frequently to enjoy the flowers, reflecting pools, gazebos and fountains. The park at 420 Rose Park Drive is home to 35,000 rose bushes and more than 500 varieties of roses. Within the garden are smaller sections — the Idea Garden, Heritage Garden and camellia and day lily collections — that are worth exploring. There are plenty of benches for those who need to rest.

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The garden is open during daylight hours and admission is free. FAULKNER PARK

Although Faulkner Park off Cumberland Road in south Tyler is better known for its baseball complex, tennis cour ts

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ith the addition of Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist Dr. Mojirayo Sarumi, Christus Trinity Clinic recently launched a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program that is treating patients from across East Texas. Sarumi works with pregnant women with chronic health problems “to keep them as healthy as possible throughout pregnancy,” said Merri Murphy, administrative director of the clinic. “She will also assist patients with unexpected problems that develop during pregnancy, such as early labor, bleeding or high blood pressure.” As a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist, Sarumi is an expert in high-risk pregnancy. In Northeast Texas, where the rates of highrisk pregnancy complications like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease are all above average, the need for a Maternal-Fetal Medicine program serving this region is crucial. MFM specialists treat conditions

and illnesses from pregnancy through birth. Before pregnancy, Sarumi can provide advice for women with chronic health conditions or those who have experienced a high-risk pregnancy in the past. MFMs use ultrasound, blood tests and procedures such as amniocentesis to look inside the womb and evaluate the developing fetus. The MFM team also works with genetic counselors to offer tests such as integrated screening, noninvasive prenatal testing and amniocentesis. During pregnancy, Sarumi assists women who have faced recurrent pregnancy loss, preterm birth, blood pressure issues, bleeding and issues with the placenta. Sarumi will work with other OB care providers to ensure highquality care during labor and childbirth. MFMs provide input on when to induce labor, when and how to monitor the fetal heart rate, and whether a cesarean delivery is indicated. After birth, Sarumi treats mothers struggling with issues that may have been worsened during pregnancy, like heart issues such as congenital heart disease, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease and pulmonary hypertension, as well as pulmonary issues, obesity, hormonal problems with troubling endocrine gland responses, digestion and blood conditions. Sarumi came from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania, where she served as the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow. When she was a young child, Dr. Sarumi’s family went through a

tremendous health scare when her father was diagnosed with a lifethreatening liver infection. Though not initially expected to survive, after months of treatment, her father was able to come home from the hospital. Dr. Sarumi was thrilled — and curious. “(I pursued medicine because) I wanted to know what happened with my father, how it happened, and most importantly how I could help other people get home to their families one day,” Dr. Sarumi explained. “I love being able to be there with women during a very important journey in their life. So often, that journey is an incredibly happy time for women — but sometimes it is not. So, I really do love that I can be there with them, provide care and comfort, and I can be a part of their healing.”

“I love being able to be there with women during a very important journey in their life. So often, that journey is an incredibly happy time for women — but sometimes it is not. So, I really do love that I can be there with them, provide care and comfort, and I can be a part of their healing.” — DR. MOJIRAYO SARUMI

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our family members share with you more than just the same color eyes or the same kind of hair. While many features you have inherited from your family members may be easy to recognize, one thing that is not easy to immediately recognize is family medical history. Being aware of your family medical history is important because you may be at increased risk for developing medical conditions if they run in your family. Sharing your family medical history with your doctor can help you to keep an eye on any symptoms you may be having that could be an indicator of a medical condition that runs in your family. Knowing your family medical history also allows your physician to help you get screenings earlier, if need be.


Collecting your family history can be as simple as asking your family members about your family history of cancer at a gathering or family function. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends looking through any existing family records that can help you determine information about any types of cancer your relatives have had, including breast cancer. Collect information about parents, grandparents, siblings, children and extended family members like aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. When it comes to breast cancer, you’ll want to be aware of your family history to determine if you need to begin getting mammograms at an earlier age than the standard age. You’ll want to talk to your doctor about this if any of the following run in your family: breast cancer, especially at a younger age, cancer in both breasts, breast cancer in male relatives or triple

negative breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 5-10 % of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, which means they form directly from gene changes (mutations) passed on from a parent. If you have a relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age, your risk becomes greater of also developing breast cancer. For example, if your mother was diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40, your risk of developing breast cancer is twice the risk of a woman without a family history of breast cancer. However, if your mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at an older age, your risk is not as high of also developing breast cancer. If breast cancer runs in your family, there are certain lifestyle steps you can take to help reduce your risk. Maintaining a healthy

weight, exercising regularly, limiting consumption of alcohol, eating nutritious and healthy food and never smoking are all important. Not everyone has access to their family medical history. If you are unsure of what medical conditions run in your family, talk with your healthcare provider about other risk factors for breast cancer. Discussing these risk factors can help you learn about the risk you have, even if you don’t have information about your family history. Family history is a critical indicator when it comes to health and breast cancer. Determining if you are at increased risk as early as possible is vital when determining the best course of prevention for you. Talk to your physician or contact with UT Health East Texas Breast Care Center Risk Assessment Program at 903-596-3191, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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nearly 100-year-old building in downtown Marshall has experienced a grand renaissance thanks to East Texas Baptist University. The ETBU School of Nursing occupies several floors of the old Marshall Hotel building now known as the Marshall Grand. “It has been a remarkable journey to transform a building that initially opened in 1929 into the modern training facility that it is today,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said during the building’s opening ceremonies earlier this year. “As Isaiah 25:1 says, the Lord planned this long ago. None of it would be possible without the provision of God’s hand stirring the spirits of His generous people." Marshall native and businessman Jerry Cargill and his wife, Judy Cargill, along with former Texas State Sen. and former Harrison County Judge Richard Anderson and his wife, Christina Anderson, donated the building to ETBU in 2013 for the advancement of Christcentered education and the benefit of the local community and East Texas region. ETBU renovated five out of eight floors of the historic Marshall Grand, three of which are being utilized by the School of Nursing. “One of my friends encouraged me to fix up some of the old buildings downtown. I knew then that downtown Marshall would not make it until someone fixed up the hotel. We put together a fundraising program with the Andersons and raised enough money to do the first phase in the restoration of this building,” Jerry Cargill said in a statement released by the university. “Six years ago, we donated the Marshall Grand to the University to put in a medical school. To see where they have taken it, we know it was the perfect thing for us to do. We are delighted that ETBU came to us with a plan. It gives the community a sense of pride, and we believe it will revitalize the whole community.” ETBU raised over $3 million to renovate Marshall Grand, with significant contributions from foundations. As others partner with ETBU, the University will develop additional floors within the historic building for institutional needs. “We are thrilled with the response that we received from the extended ETBU family, foundations, and community members to our School of Nursing campaign,” ETBU Vice President for Advancement Scott Bryant said in the information from ETBU. "Relocating the School of Nursing to the Marshall Grand provides us the additional space needed to train more nurses and help meet the growing need for medical personnel in our state and region."

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| CONT.FROM PG. 89 The Dr. Charles and Jo Ann Whiteside family, Dr. D.M. Edwards, Marshall Economic Development Corporation, and the city of Marshall made significant contributions to the technologies available in the Nell Whiteside Starling Center for Nursing Education on the third floor. MEDCO provided a $200,000 development grant to support ETBU’s purchase of vocational training equipment for the nursing skills and simulation laboratories. The simulation equipment includes mannequins, headboards, hospital and medical treatment beds, gurneys, cameras, and computer simulation technology. “As MEDCO’s mission is focused on workforce training, this project was a perfect way for us to partner with ETBU in their endeavor to train students,” Marshall Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Donna Maisel said in a statement. “The mannequins can be programmed to simulate any condition. It is a state-of-the-art facility and will be here for a long time into the future. As the nursing program grows, we hope that we can help through our continued partnership.” From seizures to a breech birth, the seven wireless mannequins simulate a broad range 90

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of realistic conditions. Students can complete a full-body assessment, perform chest compressions, check for a pulse, and insert intravenous and intraosseous medications into the mannequins. Every physical contact a student has with a mannequin is recorded, allowing faculty and staff to review each case with the class. Faculty and staff will not intervene even if the patient crashes, enabling students to gain critical, hands-on experience before they move into clinical situations. “It is critical for nurses to be trained beyond providing medicine to patients. In the simulation laboratory, we are committed to teaching our students the value of assessment,” ETBU Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders said. “As a University, we are thankful for all of the individuals, who came together over 100 years ago to invest in Christian higher education in Marshall. We are grateful that this vision has not died in our town and for the opportunity to see something old become new. I thank God for every individual, who had a hand in this construction and is a part of extending the healing hand of Christ throughout this nation.” On the same floor as the simulation lab is a skills laboratory, where students primarily work alongside each other. There are also two

classrooms on the fifth floor, one holding 48 and another seating 18, and a lounge area that can easily be renovated for more classroom space as the program grows. “We see the move to the Marshall Grand as an opportunity to grow our program, while providing needed resources for our students. Ultimately, this impacts healthcare practice in our community, the East Texas region, and wherever our students go as they serve Christ as nurse professionals,” ETBU Dean of the School of Nursing Rebekah Grigsby said. “This new space provides an innovative environment to accomplish our mission to educate nurses, who will leave the University prepared to deliver holistic, Christ-centered nursing care.” Since 2015, ETBU nurses have achieved 100 percent pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination. With the expansion to the Marshall Grand, ETBU intends to develop Master of Science programs in nursing education and speech pathology. “ETBU has always taken our training seriously, but this facility shows us even more so. I am excited to receive hands-on experience and be prepared for so many different situations,” ETBU sophomore nursing major Reagan Dean said. “Especially with the

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| CONT. FROM PG. 91 lounge and other study areas, I think we will grow closer together as a program. The facility will allow us to build stronger relationships with one another while helping us feel more connected to the community of Marshall.” The Marshall Grand also houses an art gallery inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37. Through the generosity of ETBU alumna Rita Storie Turner (’48) artist Melinda Marlowe of Cimarron, New Mexico, was commissioned to create replicas of famous renditions of Jesus’ biblical parable to display in the Good Samaritan Gallery. The collection of nine pieces features works by Vincent Van Gogh, Eugene Delacroix, and Jean-Francios Millet, among others. The gallery also includes an original work by Marlowe, titled “The ETBU Good Samaritan.” President Blackburn credited the people of Marshall with the success of the university, its nursing program and the Marshall Grand. “Thank you for your prayer and support, sharing what God is doing at ETBU. Pray that He will continue to use this institution to be a light on the Hill at our main campus and on this hilltop within the city of Marshall.” The information for the story was provided by East Texas Baptist University.

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1/6 ROLLING WAVES OF SCOTLAND: Made up of kiltwearing string players, the Maxwell Quartet performs classical and Scottish folk music. Showtime: 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler. Free. 1/11 FUNNY LADY: Jeanne Robertson brings her Rockin’ Humor Tour and vivacious personality to East Texas. Showtime: 7 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: belchercenter.com, 903-2333080.

1/16 LIVING LEGEND: Rita Moreno, star of stage and screen, shares highlights of her career. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: cowancenter.org, 903-5667424. BUSINESS CONNECTIONS: Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Tyler B2B Expo. Following a luncheon, the doors open to an exhibit hall filled with businesses and organizations. Location: Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. 1/17 WILD ABOUT KRATTS: In a show inspired by their TV series, brothers Chris and

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Martin Kratts go on an animal rescue. Showtime: 6:30 p.m. in LeTourneau University's Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: belchercenter.com, 903-233-3080. 1/23 HE WEARS SQUARE PANTS: “The Spongebob Musical” has singing characters from the popular Nickelodeon children’s series. Showtime: 7 p.m. in LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: belchercenter.com, 903-2333080 1/24 ROCKS OF AGES: The East Texas Gem and Mineral Society presents its annual Gemstone & Jewelry Show. Show dates: Jan. 24-26 in Rose Garden

Center in Tyler. LAND AND WATER: See campers, travel trailers and boats at the East Texas Boat & RV Show. Show dates: Jan 2426 in Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex in Longview. 1/25 PIANIST EXTRAORDINAIRE: Acclaimed pianist Daria Rabotkina performs with East Texas Symphony Orchestra. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. in the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: etso. org, 903-566-2024. 2/6 KEEP STOMPING: The members of the percussion sensation Stomp use unconventional


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instruments in choreographed numbers to deliver infectious rhythms. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. in University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: cowancenter.org, 903-5667424. 2/7 HOME SWEET HOME: East Texas Builders Association Home & Design Home Show is all about the latest trends, products and services in the home industry. Show dates: Feb. 7-9 in Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex in Longview.

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LIVING THE DREAM: Tyler Civic Theatre opens “Dream Girls," the musical about the rise of a 1960s’ Supremes-like girl group. Show dates: Feb. 14-16, 20-23. Tickets: tylercivictheatre.com, 903-592-0561.

CLASSIC CARS: Perfectly preserved yesteryear rides are on display at the East Texas Auto & Cycle Show, a fundraiser for East Texas Crisis Center. Show dates: Feb. 14-16 in Harvey Convention Center in Tyler.

FALL IN LOVE: The Earth and Space Center at Tyler Junior College offers “Love Under the Stars,” a couples-only night that includes a star show in the planetarium, telescopic viewing

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The members of the percussion sensation Stomp use unconventional instruments in choreographed numbers to deliver infectious rhythms.

Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora sing songs of love in “An Evening of Romance.” Showtime: 7:30 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview. Tickets: longviewsymphony.org. 2/19 SHAKESPEARE PLEASE: Theatre TJC stages “Othello,” Shakespeare's story of betrayal and revenge. Show dates: Feb. 19-22 in the college’s Jean Browne Theatre. 2/20 OF STRINGS AND PIPES: Since performing as Syvati Duo, cellist Rebecca Hepplewhite and organist Julian Collings have gained international acclaim. Showtime: 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk in Tyler. Free.

2/21 MORE TENOR THAN REDNECK: Although the Redneck Tenors can sing with the best in the world, they still make fun of their Texas roots. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. in LeTourneau University's Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: belchercenter.com, 903-2333080. 2/28 BROADWAY MELODIES: Tyler Civic Chorale’s “Melodies of a

Golden Age,” includes some of Broadway’s most iconic songs. Showtime: 7 p.m. in Liberty Hall in Tyler. Tickets: tylercivicchorale. org. 2/29 CHECK IN TO CIRQUE: In Cirque Eloize Hotel, a grand hotel provides the setting for mesmerizing acrobatics, unique staging, dance and music. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903566-7424.

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CONTACT US 903-581-6091 www.altra.org TYLER, TX LOCATIONS: 5523 Troup Hwy • 2815 W SW Loop 323 • 8976 South Broadway *APR = Annual Percentage Rate. No Fee Balance Transfer offer is valid for telephone or in-office balance transfers posted to a new or existing Altra Visa. Offer valid 01/01/20-03/31/20. Balance transfers are sent by mail and may take up to 10 days to reach their destination; please be sure to make all minimum payments on any account from which you are transferring a balance until the balance transfer is credited to that account. Balance Transfers may not be used to pay off Altra credit cards or other Altra accounts. If you are ineligible for the top tier Altra Visa card, you may receive a card with a fixed promotional rate: from 5.9% to 9.9% based on your card program and creditworthiness. Your balance transfer rate will remain fixed for the life of the balance transfer as long as your account remains in good standing or until your balance transfer amount is paid in full. Balance transfers do not earn Reward Points. Rate not valid on new purchases; new purchases based on current rates and card selected. Contact Altra Federal Credit Union for complete details. 100

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