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September 2009

Kendall Beard

Inspiring Young Woman

Eva Walker

inspiring woman

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Home Tour

of Dr. Richard and Cherry Baker

Texas State Forest Festival September 16-20 / 1


September 2009

Your Home At Home: protecting your home 8 Landmarks: keltys texas 10 Homestead: home improvement grants 11 home tour: dr. and mrs. richard baker 12 In the Kitchen: italian eats 14 Landscaping: winterizing your garden 16 Your community business spotlight: olde towne general store 18 Business Connections: amanda anderson 19 lufkin Chamber of Commerce 20 Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce 24 Calendar 26 Places and Faces 28 Giving Back: march of dimes 32 Inspiring young woman: kendall beard 34 inspiring woman: eva walker 36 Your Life Hall of Fame Hubbies 40 Pretty Babies 41 Girls Group: historical and literacy club 42 your wallet: school’s back 43 weddings 44 Relationships: religion vs. religious 46 education: food for thought 47 Your Body Fitness 101: no pain, no gain 50 fashion: belts, belts, belts 51

Stephanie Oliver P r e s i d e n t a n d E d i to r Michelle Briley d i r e c to r o f s a l e s Courtney conerly l ayo u t a n d d e s i g n Kristie Huddleston graphic designer Stephanie davis s t e p h a n i e s d av i s . b lo g s p ot. c o m C o v e r p h oto g r a p h e r Lisa crow e v e n t a n d co n t r i b u t i n g p h oto g r a p h e r woodie hicks e v e n t p h oto g r a p h e r allyson langston c o p y e d i to r Susan childers web designer Paula Metzinger s ta f f w r i t e r alexis hudson marketing intern


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Welcome Welcome to our September issue! We have some exciting additions you do not want to skip over. We will have a new article, “Home Tour,” where we will tour a local home. Of course, we have our annual information about the Forest Festival! Make plans to attend the fun event for the whole family. Once you reach the calendar pages, you will see there are a lot of events planned for September! Look at the Giving Back story and see how you can help a local organization. Of course, our very own American Idol, Kendall Beard, shares her very inspiring story. Just because our Inspiring Woman is not on the cover does not mean she is any less inspiring. Eva Walker has quite a story that will motivate you to get up and do something! There are so many great stories in this issue, we don’t want you to skip a page! We are so excited to have this outlet to share the good news happening in East Texas. There are many resources right at our fingertips- we hope to jump start your search about women and businesses in your own backyard. Be sure to look at the advertisers also. They are a wealth of knowledge! Everything that is featured in the Journey, from stories, to contributors, to advertisers, are people and places we would send our mother and grandmothers to with confidence. You can feel good about who we represent. As September gets underway, I hope you get set into your new routines. Use it to your advantage, because before you know it, we will be talking about Christmas and saying, “Where did 2009 go?” The first day of fall is September 22! Looking forward to the fall weather,

Stephanie oliver president & editor

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hap py one y e a r b irt h day!! Ashley Sanders is celebrating one year in business with ADAIR Boutique. Being a small business owner these days is not a simple task. Every year is monumental, especially the first! Congrats, Ashley! If you have not been in to the shop, you have to stop in! It’s worth every penny you spend.

The r e s u lts a r e in : P r o m Proj ect 2 009 If you remember, we partnered with ADAC to help collect Prom Dresses. The Journey collected over twenty dresses! Thank you to all who went out of your way to drop dresses off. ADAC is proud to announce they were able to outfit 50 young ladies! What a great success! If you would like to help with next year’s project, call Kim Simmons today at 634-5837 or email her at kimsimmons@ Keep sending us your good news! We love to hear from you. Do you have an Inspiring Woman, a non-profit need of volunteers, or just a great story? Send it our way. / 5

Director’s Chair Is it just me or did this summer fly by? It’s hard to believe that the beginning of another school year has arrived. For some, this means getting back into a more structured routine. For others, this means continuing with their current routine. No matter what your routine, we are all bound to hit a “bump in the road” at some point. Sometimes those bumps are only a minor inconvenience. Other times those bumps stop us dead in our tracks and we are suddenly faced with a challenge we never saw coming. The way we handle those challenges, whether big or small, reveal our true character and a lasting impression of ourselves is made. One of the best aspects of my job is meeting lots of wonderful people who have faced some life changing challenges--challenges that would seem impossible to overcome. And yet, these people have met the challenges head-on and are living proof that the seemingly impossible is possible. I recently had the opportunity to meet a wonderful woman who has overcome a multitude of “bumps in the road”. When I asked her how she made it through all those difficult times, without hesitation, she told me “Faith”. She then shared with me a card that she found during one of her most difficult times years ago. Though the card was tattered and stained, the words were exactly what I needed to hear. I hope they will touch you and encourage you in a very special way as well. Sometimes the things that seem to hurt us the most Are the very things that bring out the best in us … They are the struggles that help us discover The faith we thought we’d lost … The strength we didn’t know we had … The courage to let go of the past and begin again … Because challenges help us to see Who we really are, Where we want to go, and What our lives can be … If only we have faith and keep trying.

Thank you, Ms. Alma!

michelle briley director of sales

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Your Home / 7

At home Protecting your home

For the last few years, our area has been hit hard by the destruction of hurricanes. Our home is one of our most important assets, but more importantly, our safe haven for our family. This hurricane season, be prepared. In the midst of chaos and bad weather, you can have a sense of calm knowing you have everything you need to be safe in your own home. Here are a few items to check off that every household needs: • You should keep enough supplies in your home to meet the needs of you and your family for at least three days. Keep at least a threeday supply of water per person. Store a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation and sanitation). • Build an emergency supply kit to take with you in an evacuation. The basics to stock in your portable kit include: water, food, batterypowered radio and flashlight with extra batteries, first aid supplies, change of clothing, blanket or sleeping bag, wrench or pliers, whistle, dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape, trash bags, map, a manual can opener for canned food, and special items for infants, elderly, the sick, or people with disabilities. Keep these items in an easy to carry container such as a covered trash container, a large backpack, or a duffle bag. • Preparing for emergencies needn’t be expensive if you’re thinking

Non-Prescription • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever • Anti-diarrhea medication • Antacid (for stomach upset) • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center) • Laxative Sanitation • Toilet paper • Soap, liquid detergent • Feminine supplies • Personal hygiene items • Plastic garbage bags, ties • Plastic bucket with tight lid • Disinfectant

ahead and buying small quantities at a time. Make a list of some

• Household chlorine bleach

foods that have a long shelf-life and will not spoil (non-perishable)

Tools and Supplies

and that you and your family like. Keep the list in your purse or wallet and pick up a few items each time you’re shopping and/or see a sale until you have built up a well-stocked supply that can sustain each member of your family for at least three days following an emergency.

• Fill Gas Containers • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries • Flashlight and extra batteries • Cash • Non-electric can opener, utility knife • Fire extinguisher • Duct Tape • Compass • Matches in a waterproof container

First Aid Kits Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

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• Aluminum foil • Plastic storage containers • Paper, pencil • Medicine dropper • Shut-off wrench or pliers, to turn off household gas and water • Whistle

• Plastic sheeting Before a Hurricane To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures: • Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage. • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed. • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. • Determine how and where to secure your boat. • Consider building a safe room. Sources: and / 9

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landmarks keltys | by megan biesele

KELTYS, TEXAS. Keltys, now a part of Lufkin, was once a separately incorporated town near the junction of the Angelina and Neches rivers and the Cotton Belt railroads in northwestern Angelina County. Charles Louis Kelty built a sawmill at the site when the Kansas and Gulf Short Line Railroad was completed between Tyler and Lufkin, intending to use the mill to provide ties for the new railroads. He also established the first logging railroad in Angelina County, a tram road four miles long. In 1887, Joseph H. Kurth,qv a



acquired the sawmill from Kelty. Within a few years, he was joined by associates S. W. Henderson, Sr., and Sam Wiener. In 1890, these men organized the Angelina County Lumber Company in Keltys. It became one of the largest timber concerns in Texas. In 1890, the partners also chartered the Angelina and Neches River Railroad, which they later extended to Chireno, thirty miles to the northeast. Early production at the Angelina County Lumber Company amounted to a few thousand feet of lumber a day. The mill was

expanded twice before 1900, when it had a capacity of more than 50,000 board feet a day. After a fire destroyed the mill in 1906, a larger one was built with double that capacity. A fire destroyed this mill in December 1939, and it was replaced in 1940 by a steel and concrete mill able to produce 12,500 board feet per hour. During World War IIqv, the Keltys mill received the first American Army-Navy E Award for efficiency and continuous production. It contributed lumber for army camps, crate materials, and ship timbers. Full-time production continued unabated even after the war was over. By 1948, the mill was producing 45 million board feet of pine limber and 15 million feet of hardwood. In that year, it employed 465 people and had an annual payroll of $1,104,000. In 1886, Keltys had a population of about 500. By 1925, it had grown to 800 and by the late 1930s, to 1,000. In the early 1970s, the population was 800. The Methodist church began meeting in the school in 1890, and the present First Methodist Church was established in 1899. The town acquired a post office in 1900. When the Angelina County Lumber Company was sold to Owens-Illinois Glass Company of Toledo, Ohio, in 1966, it was the longest continually operating timber concern in Texas. The sawmill had been closed in December 1965, and the company general store and office building were soon razed. Nothing is left of the mill but its foundations. Many fine homes from the lumberboom period remain in Keltys, including the Classic Revival home of J. H. Kurth. Keltys was still listed as a community in 1990, when it had a population of 800, but no population estimates were available in 2000. By that time, Keltys had disappeared from county highway maps. Only the Keltys Cemetery was shown within the city limits of Lufkin. Reprinted with permission from Texas State Historical Association.

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home improvement grants - What are they? | By Matt Hick Wouldn’t it be wonderful to renovate your home and let someone

Depending on the agency that’s offering the grant, and the

else pay for it? In many circumstances, you can do just that! There

amount being requested, you may be required to submit a detailed

are dozens of programs available today through local agencies,

plan of your project, including a substantiated budget and a variety

state governments, and the federal housing authority that allow

of personal financial information including current pay stubs and

homeowners of every economic status and area of the country

federal income tax returns for the last one to three years. The entire

to apply for grants and/or financial aid packages to help pay for

process can take anywhere form a few weeks to a year or more.

personal renovations and remodeling on your private home. Some agencies limit their funding for projects in specific areas of interest such as the revitalization of certain geographic areas, historic preservation, handicap accessibility, low-income housing renovation, etc. Others offer funding to homeowners who own homes built before a certain year; located in a specific neighborhood, or that may require a specific type of renovation such as insulation, roofing, electric, plumbing, siding, etc. The key to finding funds for your specific home remodeling project is to locate the agency or organization that offers similar grant programs. For instance, if you are interested in making your home more energy efficient, consider contacting your local utility companies, “green” organizations, or state housing authority to inquire about any funding programs they may offer. Interested in purchasing an historic home, but not sure you’re wallet is ready to handle such an expensive revitalization project? Talk to your local and state historic commissions and revitalization agencies for help. Many offer grants to historic property homeowners to bring these historic homes back to their previous grandeur. It’s not uncommon today for many homeowners to need to make their existing property accessible to an older family member who has become disabled and is no longer capable of caring for themselves alone. Grants are available by many disability and older American organizations and agencies to remodel current bathrooms, add

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sufficient ramps, and more in existing homes. Who’s eligible for these types of home remodeling grants? Virtually any American citizen who is 18 years or older and either owns or rents their home and meets a funder’s specific grant requirements. It usually requires filling out a short questionnaire to determine eligibility, followed an official assessment of your needs and request. / 11

home tour

The Home of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Baker

One very relaxing thing to do on a Sunday afternoon is to stroll

Dr. and Mrs. Baker have restored many areas of the home. The

around and look at the beautiful homes in East Texas. Some have

latest addition was transforming a carport into a large bathroom.

picturesque views of the Pineywoods, some over look the lakes,

It is a very beautiful room that has a tranquil and clean look while

some are very updated and modern, and many give the ambiance of

carrying a historic feel. Prior to the extra bathroom, they expanded

culture and history. You may even see some on your route to school

the kitchen. One aspect of historic homes that is difficult to solve is

or work every morning. You might sometimes think, “I wish I could

the lack of closet space. That is one area where Dr. and Mrs. Baker

see the inside of that house!” Dr. Richard and Cherry Baker gave us

have had to get creative with new areas in the home.

a wonderful opportunity to peek inside their home. This historic home on 612 Virginia Avenue makes you want to go The home of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Baker at 612 Virginia Avenue

back to the 1800’s and imagine what life was like. Who was walking

was constructed in the mid 1890’s by Mr. June C. Harris. Mr. Harris

the halls? What was the family doing in their family room? Who slept

was an active Nacogdoches Businessman with many interests,

in which rooms? Dr. Richard and Cherry Baker have worked hard at

including Aqua Vitae Park. The home was designed by renowned

keeping the look of the original home, while adjusting it to modern

Nacogdoches architect Dietrich Rulfs and built on a 30 acre farm

times and their family of five.

site “out in the country” on top of the “crooked Hill” overlooking Nacogdoches. The site was picked by Mr. Harris primarily for its deep water well which still exists in the back yard. Mr. Harris moved his family from downtown (corner of Mound and Hospital streets) to escape the city water, which he believed caused the “slow fever” that affected his family every year. The house was purchased by Dr. Baker in 1993 from Mr. and Mrs. Tom Davison, the grandson of Mr. Harris. A restoration started at that time and is ongoing. The home is furnished mainly with antiques, a few original to the home, a few original to the other Nacogdoches homes of the period, and the rest collected across the southern and eastern U.S. to compliment the style and period of the home.

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In the Kitchen Italian Eats | by anna lee boles

Beef Polpettone

One of the things that I love about food is that each food item comes in many different shapes and tastes. If you have ever traveled out of East Texas, you know that even the simplest foods can taste different everywhere you go. Take a minute and think about the many different places you have been and the different tastes found in the foods you ate. Whenever you travel outside of Texas, whether it is in the Northern part of the U.S. or another country, your perspective on food changes. It makes you realize that the manner in which a culture lives has a large impact on the types of foods they eat. Back in January of this year, my sister and I traveled to Rome and Florence, Italy. While in Italy, we visited a lot of amazing historical sites such as the Coliseum, Vatican and the Spanish Steps. Along with the amazing history in Italy, we also visited local grocery stores, coffee shops, meat markets, gelato (Italian ice cream) shops, Italian pizzerias, bakeries, and ate at true Italian restaurants. In my opinion, when traveling there is no better way to get the try cultural experience of where I am than through their food. I want to encourage you to venture out and try different types of food, whether it be at home with a new recipe that you got from an Italian or New England (or any other culture outside your own) cookbook, or the next time you travel. The experience will not only be a fun experiment for you, but will widen your perspective on what great things food has to offer. Some Italian foods to try: Ciabatta bread, Focaccia bread, artichokes, chard, rucola, raab, beans (fava, cannellini, & borlotti), polenta, cheese (mascarpone, ricotta, gorgonzola, & romano), limoncello, arborio rice

3 egg yolks, lightly beaten 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs 4 tbsp finely chopped onion 2 tbsp snipped fresh basil 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 5 oz. mozzarella cheese, cut in to 4 cubes 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 1/4 cups soft bread crumbs 2 tbsp olive oil 1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks, 3/4 cup bread crumbs, onion, basil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Add ground beef and mix well. Shape mixture into 4 meatballs. Press one cube of cheese into the center of each meatball and reshape to completely enclose cheese. 2. Place the beaten egg in a shallow dish and the remaining bread crumbs in a separate dish. Gently roll each meat ball in the egg then in the bread crumbs until well coated. 3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add meatballs; cook for 10-15 minutes or until brown, turning occasionally. Drain off fat. 4. Transfer meatballs to a baking pan and bake about 20 minutes or until meatballs are done (160 degrees). Tip: To check for doneness of meatballs, insert a food thermometer into a meatball to a depth of 1 inch. Be careful not to pierce the cheese in the middle.

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Nutty Herbed Focaccia Wedges

1 6 1/2oz container semisoft cheese with garlic and herbs 1/4 cup chopped almonds 1 tsp. bottled minced garlic 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1 10 inch Italian flatbread (focaccia) Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. In a small bowl, combine cheese, nuts, garlic, and pepper. Spread cheese mixture on focaccia. Place on the prepared baking dish. Broil focaccia about 4 inches from the heat for 2-4 minutes or until cheese mixture is bubbly and starts to brown. Cut focaccia into wedges. Serve warm. Nutrition facts per servings: 170 calories, 8gfat, 14mg chol., 0mg sodium, 19g carbo., 1g fiber, 6g pro. Anna Lee grew up right here in East Texas in the wonderful town of Center. While growing up, she was very much involved in her local 4-H club participating in projects from foods and nutrition, showing chickens in the infamous Poultry Festival, and riding in the Shelby County mounted drill team, played on her High School Golf team, and worked at her parent’s family business, Boles Feed Company. Anna completed a Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at SFA, Master’s degree in Family Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Anna and her husband, Justin, live in Nacogdoches. Anna is currently is working at Shelby Savings Bank. / 15


winterizing your garden, Part 1| by rose ella elaine forsythe and elaine cameron, angelina master gardeners

The average date of the first frost is mid-November, so it is time to use some of these pleasant days to prepare our yards and gardens for winter. First, clean up all annual plant




annuals that have finished blooming and vegetable plants that are finished. Save the seed from annuals such aszinnias, four o’clocks, celosia, and salvias to use next spring. Avoid composting plant material that has disease or insects to reduce disease and insects next year. Instead, destroy by burying or burning. Perennial plants may be trimmed back when the blooms are finished. Those that are still blooming may be pruned back after the first killing frost. Avoid severe pruning of hollow stemmed perennials (i.e. lantana, plumbago, and salvia) which may freeze if rainwater enters their stems. Mulch perennial plants with a layer of pine straw or chopped leaves to protect from temperature extremes. Trim cannas even with the ground, dust with Dipel to control leaf rollers and mulch. The cannas will sprout through the mulch next spring. Caladium bulbs need to be dug now if you haven’t already done this chore. Let the bulbs dry and dust off loose dirt. Store by putting in nylon stockings and hanging where they will not freeze during the winter. Potted tropical plants such as bougainvillea, mandevilla, and hibiscus need to be prepared to move inside for the winter. If you don’t have a greenhouse, plan where you will put the plants for the winter. You may install a grow light with a timer in your garage or find a bright spot in your home. Before moving inside, groom the plant by removing dead leaves, clean the pot and check for snails. Remove insects by spraying with a blast of water. If using pest controls, read labels to make sure it is safe for that plant. Bougainvilleas will become dormant and don’t need bright light to survive. Bring inside the garage and water only enough to keep roots from drying out. It will lose all its leaves, and in early spring will start greening up. Tropical hibiscus needs bright light during winter. Prune it back by about one-third, as blooms form on stems that are at least six months old. The hibiscus will probably develop some yellow leaves with the change.Water gardens need to be covered to keep out the falling leaves. If you have fish, use netting and remember to clean the leaves off netting as needed.

To contact the Angelina County Extension call 634-5414 or visit the Angelina Master Gardener website at

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Your community / 17

Business Spotlight olde towne general store

Growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dolli Geyerman never knew Nacogdoches was even on the map. After her dad moved to Nacogdoches years ago, Dolli and her husband Steve thought they would try it out for their family. “My dad has lived in Nacogdoches for some time and we wanted an opportunity to be in a smaller community to raise our kids. We had visited Nacogdoches a while back and fell in love with the area,” said Dolli. So, last August Dolli, Steve, Joe, Ella, and Maya made Nacogdoches their new home. Dolli previously owned a catering company in Arizona. She says, “I have always loved cooking. Ever since my first Betty Crocker oven, I dreamed of owning a bakery.” The store cooks up soups, salads, and sandwiches for lunch, Last October, she met the owner of Yakafritz Deli. Dolli could

as well carrying delicious bakery and dessert items. Her secret

not believe that the owner was wanting to sell the business. Dolli

passion is cheesecakes. She enjoys making them and creating new

jumped at the chance to be downtown to provide her goodies to

ones. Dolli says, “I am not sure what I like better--making them or

the community. After a few papers to sign, the deal was done. Old

eating them!”

Towne General Store was moving in to downtown Nacogdoches. “This was finally my dream come true!”

Old Towne General Store is open for breakfast and lunch, as well as catering services. The General Store has a warm hometown feel Dolli says owning her



doesn’t feel like work

when you walk through the red door. It is definitely a place where everyone will know your name. To view the menu or place an order, visit

most of the time. Her passion



and baking and this is what she loves to do. “With hard work and TONS of passion, anyone



their own business a great success. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change it for the world!”

To view the menu or place an order- visit

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Business Connections Amanda anderson

Amanda Anderson is a woman in our community whose job

The Amazing Turtle Race is a fun way to teach kids about what

makes a difference everyday. Amanda works for Angelina Beautiful

A/BC is all about. This is the main fundraiser for the organization.

Clean (A/BC). The goal of A/BC carries is to create environmental

If you have not been to see the “turtles race,” it is an event you don’t

excellence by beautifying and preserving Angelina County.

want to miss! To support the cause of beautifying the county, you can purchase a turtle to race and possibly win one of a long list of prizes.

Because Amanda grew up in East Texas, she is even more

This year’s race will

passionate about keeping Angelina County beautiful. She is a

also celebrate ABC’s

graduate of Central High School. Currently, she is working on

25th anniversary. The

completing her journalism degree from Stephen F. Austin State

Amazing Turtle Race

University. Anderson says, “I am proud to call the Piney Woods

will take place on

home and will make every effort to help make Angelina County a

Saturday, October 3rd

great place to live.”

at Ellen Trout Zoo. The day will be filled with

She oversees multiple programs, but two are well known and

food, games, fun, and

highly anticipated by the community. One is currently underway

a day of celebrating

and the other is up and coming: the Phone Book Recycling program

our beautiful county.

and The Amazing Turtle Race.

Turtles are ready to be adopted!

“The Phone Book recycling program is very important to East Texas because we are able to recycle over 10 tons of used phone

There are many

books that could very possibly end up in the landfill. This is our

ways to get involved

18th year to hold the program.” Amanda said. “Last year, more than

and give back to the community. Through A/BC, a $1.00 donation

twelve tons of directories were collected, with this year’s goal being

returns $23.00 worth of goods and services back into the community.

seven tons. The phone books will be collected by a Houston-based

Some of your donations can be seen through these ongoing projects

company that will shred them to create insulation,” stated City of

around the county: medians at 1st and Timberland, Loop 287 and

Lufkin Recycling Coordinator Lynn Winthrop.

69 South, the welcome signs coming into Lufkin, the hardwood tree nursery, and other beautification projects. Amanda says, “This job is exciting and rewarding and I feel very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful organization.” Visit to find out more ways to volunteer or donate or purchase turtles. Now through September 25th, you can drop off your old phone books to recycle at any of these locations: Brookshire Brothers Fresh Market on Chestnut, Gaslight in Lufkin, Diboll, Huntington, Consolidated Communications Business Office on First Street in Lufkin, and residents of Lufkin may also place the books in their blue curbside recycling container along with their newspapers. / 19


Texas State Forest Festival 25 th

Proceeds benefit the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center, Texas Forestry Museum and Angelina Beautiful/Clean

september 16-20, 2009 • Lufkin, texas

Jeanelle McCall © 2009


George Henderson Exposition Center Gate Admission: $5.00 Wed. through Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


tWentY-fiftH texas state fOrest festiVaL

Call (936) 634-6644 or visit for more information.

Presenting Sponsor

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Yo ur Co m m un i ty / PRESENTS THE 25TH Annual Texas State Forest Festival Schedule of Events September 16-20, 2009 George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center Wednesday, September 16th Gates Open 5:00 PM Commercial Booths Open (Southern Pine Pavilion) Food Court Opens (Cypress Court) Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo Opens (Sawdust Row) Show-Me Safari Pony Rides Opens (Sawdust Row) Century 21 Shows Carnival Opens Gator the Clown Loving Toyota/Scion New Car Display (Southern Pine Pavilion) Children’s Tree-riffic Festival Opens (Main Arena)

Friday, September 18th Gates Open 5:00 PM Commercial Booths Open (Southern Pine Pavilion) Food Court Opens (Cypress Court) Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo Opens (Sawdust Row) Show-Me Safari Pony Rides Opens (Sawdust Row) Century 21 Shows Carnival Opens Gator the Clown Loving Toyota/Scion New Car Display (Southern Pine Pavilion) Children’s Tree-riffic Festival Opens (Main Arena)

Main Stage GAP Broadcasting Pom Pon / Dance Team Competition 7:00PM LASER SHOW – Outside Main Arena 9:00PM IGX – Interactive Game Experience – Main Arena Showtime – All Day Event Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show – Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 6:00PM and 8:00PM The Show-Me-Safari Swine Races – Sawdust Row Showtime – 6:30PM and 8:30PM The Great Bear Show – Loblolly Lane Showtime – 5:30PM and 7:30PM The Great Cat Adventure - Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 7:00 PM and 9:00PM

Main Stage The Pregnancy Help Center’s Diaper Derby 6:00PM *Main Stage Entertainment from 7:00pm – 10:00pm LASER SHOW – Outside Main Arena 9:00PM IGX – Interactive Game Experience – Main Arena Showtime – All Day Event Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show – Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 7:00PM and 9:00PM The Show-Me-Safari Swine Races – Sawdust Row Showtime – 6:00PM and 8:00PM Page 3 of 4 The Great Bear Show – Loblolly Lane Showtime – 5:30PM and 7:30PM The Great Cat Adventure - Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 6:30PM and 8:30PM

Thursday, September 17th Gates Open 5:00 PM Commercial Booths Open (Southern Pine Pavilion) Food Court Opens (Cypress Court) Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo Opens (Sawdust Row) Show-Me Safari Pony Rides Opens (Sawdust Row) Century 21 Shows Carnival Opens Gator the Clown Loving Toyota/Scion New Car Display (Southern Pine Pavilion) Children’s Tree-riffic Festival Opens (Main Arena) Main Stage KSWP/KAVX Family Music Festival 6:00PM Featuring: Above The Garden State LASER SHOW – Outside Main Arena 9:00PM IGX – Interactive Game Experience – Main Arena Showtime – All Day Event Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show – Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 6:30PM and 8:30PM The Show-Me-Safari Swine Races – Sawdust Row Showtime – 7:00PM and 9:00PM The Great Bear Show – Loblolly Lane Showtime – 5:30PM and 7:30PM The Great Cat Adventure -Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 6:00PM and 8:00

Saturday, September 19th Tall Timbers District Belt Loop Bonanza Scout Fair (8:00am – 12:00 Noon) Gates Open 9:00 AM Commercial Booths Open (Southern Pine Pavilion) Food Court Opens (Cypress Court) Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo Opens (Sawdust Row) Show-Me Safari Pony Rides Opens (Sawdust Row) Century 21 Shows Carnival Opens Gator the Clown Loving Toyota/Scion New Car Display (Southern Pine Pavilion) Children’s Tree-riffic Festival Opens (Main Arena) Main Stage Yates Broadcasting Presents the East Texas Cheerleading Championship – 10:00AM *Main Stage Entertainment from 6:00pm – 10:00pm LASER SHOW – Outside Main Arena 9:00PM Brookshire Brothers/Hytop Southern Hushpuppy Championship All events will be held in Main Arena Heat #1 – 1:00PM Heat #2 – 1:45PM Restaurant Heat– 2:30PM Heat #3– 3:15PM

Financial Institution Heat – 4:00PM Brookshire Brothers/Hytop Southern Hushpuppy Championship Heat – 5:00PM Angelina Beautiful/Clean & The Diboll 4H Stick Horse Rodeo – Main Arena Registration from 10:00am until 12:00 Noon Rodeo Begins at 12:30pm IGX – Interactive Game Experience – Main Arena Showtime – All Day Event IGX Guitar Hero Finals – starting at 7:30PM Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show – Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 11:00AM, 1:00 PM, 6:00PM & 8:00PM Page 4 of 4 The Show-Me-Safari Swine Races – Sawdust Row Showtime – 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 6:30PM, & 8:30PM The Great Bear Show – Loblolly Lane Showtime – 11:30AM, 5:30PM, & 7:30PM The Great Cat Adventure - Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 10:00AM, 12:00 Noon, 7:00PM, and 9:00PM Sunday, September 20th Gates Open 11:00 AM Commercial Booths Open (Southern Pine Pavilion) Food Court Opens (Cypress Court) Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo Opens (Sawdust Row) Show-Me Safari Pony Rides Opens (Sawdust Row) Century 21 Shows Carnival Opens Gator the Clown Loving Toyota/Scion New Car Display (Southern Pine Pavilion) Children’s Tree-riffic Festival Opens (Main Arena) IGX – Interactive Game Experience – Main Arena Showtime – All Day Event Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show – Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 12:30PM and 3:30PM The Show-Me-Safari Swine Races – Sawdust Row Showtime – 12:00 Noon and 3:00PM The Great Bear Show – Southern Pine Pavilion Showtime – 1:00PM and 4:00PM The Great Cat Adventure - Pine Tree Place Showtime – 11:30AM and 2:30PM *SPECIAL PRESENTATION – POLK’S PICK-IT-UP $1,000 GAS GIVEAWAY at 3:00PM in the Southern Pine Pavilion **ALL TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! / 21

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NACOGDOCHES County Chamber of Commerce Chamber 88th Annual Meeting and Banquet Citizen of the Year and Business Excellence Award recipients The Chamber Board of Directors name Dr. Patsy Hallman Citizen of the Year. Business Excellence award recipients are: NIBCO, Inc., Large Business of the Year; Axley & Rode, LLP, Medium Business of the Year; and Glass Castles, Small Business of the Year. All award recipients will be honored at the 88th Annual Meeting and Membership Banquet, Tuesday, September 29, at Baker Pattillo Student Center, Grand Ballroom. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a raffle and social hour. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Contact the Chamber office for tickets and table sponsorships. The web site will have more details posted leading up to the event. Contact Barbara Holl, 560-5533, to donate items for the raffle and online auction. Alive After Five See you at Alive After Five on Thursday, Sepptember 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Regions Bank, 300 E. Main St. in historic downtown Nacogdoches. All Chamber members are entered in the cash drawing, but you must be present to win. The reception is come-as-you-are, and everyone is encouraged to bring guests. Enjoy delicious food, make new contacts, register for great door prizes and take home some cool goodies!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings 8 a.m., Thursday, September 17 Heart to Heart Cardiovascular Assoc., Dr. Gary A. Barkocy 4848 N.E. Stallings Dr., Ste. 103, (936) 560-4327. New business and Chamber member. 7:30 to 10 a.m. enjoy breakfast and meet Dr. Barkocy and his staff. 11:30 a.m., Friday, September 18 The Wildflower 413 E. Main St., (936) 552-6406, owner Jan Tracy. New downtown business and Chamber member. 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 23 Special Finds Antiques and Collectibles 411 E. Main St., (936) 564-0075, owner Jerry Graham. New downtown business and Chamber member. 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 1 Nacogdoches County United Way At the Ed and Gwen Cole Art Center, 329 E. Main St., (936) 679-6465, Gary Lee Ashcraft, executive director. 24 / The Journey - September 2009

Reception 5:30 - 7 p.m. with refreshments - kick-off 09-10 campaign.

NACOGDOCHES County Chamber of Commerce Celebrating with red ribbons and scissors Eagle Aerial Resources Kindle and Brian Crews, 936-366-3013 or 1-888-667-1966.

Cookies and Creamery 2801 North St. Stacey and Jason Bartley, 936-569-8500.

Super 8 Motel 3909 South St., Harsh Patel, 936-560-2888.

Aesthetic Laser Center Med Spa 1105 North University Dr., Suite 104. Jennifer Caster, 936-560-9131.

Olde Towne General Store 205 E. Main St., Dolli Geyerman, 936-560-3210.

Auto Clinic 1719 Douglass Hwy. Hubert and Euna Murray and Juanita Murray, 936-564-2779.

Always know the latest Nacogdoches news - Twitter updates for Chamber. - Twitter updates for Texas Blueberry Festival. - The Nacogdoches County Chamber Web site is also a great place to find a community event! Online calendar (submit your events, too), links to the Chamber events photo albums, Shop Nac First and NacBlog sites, and more! / 25

September 2009 Calendar of Events 4 First Friday Luncheon- Small Business of the Year Award, Crown Colony Country Club, 12 Noon – 936-634-6644 5 Grand Day Texas Forestry Museum 936-632-9535 “Because We Care” Troop Support Shipment Day Begins around 8:00 a.m. till boxes are ready to go to post office, generally around 9:159:30 a.m. Care package boxes are sent to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on the first Saturday of every month. Senior Citizens Center Contact: Lucy Burris (936) 7676-9148 or visit our web sites at or Farmers Market 8 a.m. 107 Pearl Street 559-2507 8 Business After Five – 5:30-7 p.m. @ A-1 Party Rentals Of Lufkin 936-634-6644 Museum Guild Style Show and Luncheon This annual luncheon features delicious food and a beautiful style show for Museum Guild Members and their guests. Kelley Moore presents fashions from the Carlisle Fall Collection 2009 and a Special Holiday Preview. The luncheon is a gift to Guild Members, and $7.00 for their guests. 12 - 1:30 p.m. Call 936-639-4434 for reservations. 9 I Can Cope A Monthly Educational Program for adults with cancer and their family members and friends. The program offers the chance to learn more about cancer and how to cope with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings. Second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Memorial Health System of East Texas. Lunch provided for $5 Please RSVP by Monday of the week before class. Contact Amy Varnado, 936-639-7620

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11 SFA Faculty Exhibition The Cole Art Center Recent works of art in a variety of media will be presented in this annual event by studio faculty, instructors and adjunct professors of the SFA School of Art. The exhibition enables East Texans to see the vast pool of talent within the school. Opening reception with the artists on September 11 at 6 p.m. 468-6407 A play of the 1859 opening of the Nacogdoches University Bldg 7:30 p.m./ Sept 13: 2:30 p.m. Nacogdoches University Building, 515 N. Mound Take a trip back 150 years with an interactive play that introduces you to Governor Sam Houston, students parsing Latin and tatting, and people who were present at the beginning of higher education in Nacogdoches. Refreshments will be served. $15.00 For info, call Patsy Hallman, 936-564-2712 12 Farmers Market 8 a.m. 107 Pearl Street 936-559-2507 Fajita Fly-In Angelina County Airport 936-225-0422 13 Region V Jr. High Rodeo George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center, 936-637-3976 16 Woodland Heights Healthy Woman Lance Sloan, MD will present, “The Highs and Lows of The Thyroid” 12 - 1pm - Woodland Heights Affinity Center For more information, call 936-637-8688 Art of Survival (Women’s self-defense) Gabriella Roberts, Instructor and Owner S.F.A. Entertainment building, Suite B. 7:00p.m.Call Ms.Johnson for details (832)277-4347 16-20 25th Annual Texas State Forest Festival George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center, 936-634-6644

17 SFA--The University Series presents “Twyla Robinson” 7:30 p.m. W.M. Turner Auditorium $35 A Seating, $29 B Seating and $17.50 C seating. Soprano Twyla Robinson has consistently earned tremendous praise for her consummate musicianship, dramatic sensibility and ravishing vocal beauty. Her solo engagement will include works by Ives, Barber, Duparem Foster, and a bit of Americana. Call 936-468-6407 for more information 18 Style and Color Presented by Laura Simpson at Nirvana Medispa 10 minute massages, Wine and Hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, and specially priced services. Only 25 spots available, reserve your space today. 6:00 p.m. 936.559.9100 Lamp-Lite Theatre presents “Pillow Talk” 7:30 p.m./ Sept 19, 7:30 p.m./ Sept 20, 2:30 p.m. Lamp-Lite Theatre Old Tyler Road Based on the hit movie from the ‘50’s, “Pillow Talk” comes to Lamp-Lite Theatre as hilarious live theatre. Art Exchange: University of Chihuahua Comes to SFA Griffith Gallery Students and faculty from the University of Chihuahua, Mexico, will exhibit their current work in Nacogdoches while SFA student and faculty works show in Chihuahua. Opening reception on September 18th at 6 p.m. This exhibit will be on display until November 28 18-19 Sandyland Bluegrass Reunion 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. 12 miles north of Nacogdoches on CR 141 $6 Friday, $8 Saturday Not Just a festival, but a place to call home 936-569-1179 18-20 2009 Oldest Town in Texas Motorcycle Rally Expo Center For info, call Dennis Hinson at 936-632-4936

19 Farmers Market 8 a.m. 107 Pearl Street 559-2507 23 Woodland Heights Senior Circle Chapter Day Trip to B&C Gardens in Huntington Come learn how to properly plant your fall flowers and hanging baskets For more information, call 936-637-8687 25 Power Networking Breakfast – 8 a.m. @ The Lufkin Chamber of Commerce, 936-634-6644 26 Lufkin Art Guild Meeting 1-3 p.m. Charlie Becker’s Art Studio 116 S.First St., Lufkin, Open to the public. Call Sarah Wallace for more information at 936-829-3878 Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walks Courthouse Square: Center, Texas Registration at 8am; Walk begins at 9am; Awards at 10 am. For More Information: Farmers Market 8 a.m. 107 Pearl Street 559-2507 Members Only and their Guests Preview Opening of JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: American Artist and Naturalist Museum of East Texas Exhibition and Auction benefiting the Museum 27 through January 19, 2010 JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: American Artist and Naturalist Museum of East Texas, 503 N. Second Street, Lufkin This expansive, nationally traveling exhibit features animal and bird prints, original paintings and drawings, portraits of John James Audubon, and personal artifacts. Many facets of Audubon’s life and works are included and this exhibit provides a comprehensive retrospective. We are delighted to make this exhibition open to the public for no charge. http://www. Special Museum Hours during the

exhibition: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 29 Business After Five, 5:30-7 p.m. @ Memorial Health System of East Texas, 936-634-6644 30 Woodland Heights Senior Circle Bunch Brunch - Sewing and stuffing pillows for heart patients 9:30 -11:00a.m.; Brunch will be served For more information or to RSVP, call 936-637-8687 Woodland Heights Senior Circle Dinin’ on a Dime Cooking demonstration with local chef 3 p.m.; Samples will be served For more information or to RSVP, call 936-637-8687 October 1 Senior Circle Trip Theatre Under the Stars to see the Broadway musical Meet Me in St. Louis To register or for more information, call 936-637-8687 David Wolf Lecture: “Butterflies in Your Garden” Museum of East Texas, 7 p.m. Call 936-639-4434 for more information. 3 Nacogdoches Women’s Conference Don’t just survive thrive! 8:30-3:30 Calvary Baptist Church 3732 NE Stallings Dr Free Admission, Breakfast, Lunch, and Childcare Provided. 936.564.4539 Amazing Turtle Race 4th Annual Amazing Turtle Race. Fun for the whole family. 11 a.m.- 3p.m.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free T-Shirts while supply last. Aircraft and public safety vehicle displays, remote control aircraft demonstration, discounted aviation fuel, live music and food vendors. 560-9567 In celebration of the JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: American Artist and Naturalist exhibition, a beginner’s Bird and Butterfly Walk with David Wolf will be held at Ellen Trout Park beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, call 936-639-4434. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars. Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walks Lufkin Mall Parking Lot: Lufkin, Texas Registration at 8am; Walk begins at 9am; Awards at 10 am. For More Information: 5 Murder on Main Street Mystery Dinner Theatre Cook Out 6 – 8 p.m. Downtown Brick Streets $25, 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN Sit back, relax and enjoy an exciting evening of live melodrama. The Millard’s Crossing players are back to present “Murder on Main Street, Anytown Texas. 10 Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walks SFA Piney Woods Native Plant Center: Nacogdoches, Texas Registration at 8am; Walk begins at 9am; Awards at 10 am. For More Information: 17 Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walks Matthews Park: Livingston, Texas Registration at 8am; Walk begins at 9am; Awards at 10 am. For More Information:

Art of Survival (Women’s self-defense) Gabriella Roberts, Instructor and Owner Calvary Baptist Church demo. 2:30-3 p.m. Call Mrs.Tanner ( Alcohol &Drug abuse) (936)634-5753 City of Nacogdoches 3rd Annual Airport Open House

Send us your events at Submission deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication. (September 15th for the October issue) In order for your event to be included please list all ofthe following: Date, Event Name, Brief Description, Event Location, Time, and Contact. / 27

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places and faces nacogdoches chamber of commerce fourth friday luncheon July 24, 2009

Hotel Fredonia

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parade of homes August 8, 9, 15, 16, 2009

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Zoo Safari Ellen Trout Zoo Lufkin, Texas *Photos courtesy of Ellen Trout Zoo

ART CAMP Museum of East Texas Lufkin, Texas

Junior League of Lufkin backpack drive August 8, 2009 Lufkin Mall

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angelina county chamber of commerce

first friday and new member showcase August 7, 2009

Lufkin Civic Center

LHS BAnd fundraiser August 22, 2009

The Very Thing Coffee and Desserts

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Giving Back

A LIL’ panther comes early... | By shelly slaton

It was just another typical fall weekend for our family--we were all on our way to College Station to watch the Lufkin Panthers play football! Boy, did we ever have a surprise in store for us! Later that very day, I went in to preterm labor and delivered our son, Mack Montgomery Slaton, born at just 29 weeks (11 weeks early), weighing 2 pounds 10 ounces. He was immediately life-flighted to Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport where he spent 43 days in a neonatal unit. Our family spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s in the waiting room of the hospital along with numerous other families whose babies were also struggling to survive after arriving early. After being admitted to the NICU (NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit), Mack breathed using

Novermber 27 Thankgiving Day 08 our first time to hold Mack

a vent tube and then remained on oxygen. He underwent many different kinds of testing and was fed through a feeding tube for weeks. Mack contracted an infection in his digestive system. He underwent abdomen x-rays every 12 hours for 48 hours and the doctor said we would know within 24 hours if he would pull through. We were scared, but our Lil’ Panther was a fighter! After seven days of fluids, antibiotics, and a blood transfusion, he was back on his way to gaining weight and making progress. On January 5, 2009, we brought our baby boy home. By Spring Break, Mack was at the Lufkin baseball games cheering on his Panthers. He traveled to Austin to watch them play in December 9, Mack’s first bath (taken in the hospital)

the State Championship and loved every minute of it! He is thriving and doing so well--thanks be to God!

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies’ lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, and low birthweight.

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Chrismas Eve 2008

President Franklin Roosevelt established the March of Dimes in 1938 to save America’s youth from polio. He created a partnership of volunteers and researchers that has endured through time, and with the help and support of the American people, the March of Dimes has saved the lives of millions of babies over the past 64 years. Each year, more than 525,000, or

SuperBowl 2009 weighing just over 4 pounds

1 in 8 babies are born too soon--some so small they can fit in the palm of a hand. Many of these babies must fight just to survive; others will struggle with lifelong health problems. No one is working harder than the March of Dimes and we won’t stop until we reach the day when every baby is born healthy! Won’t you join us in this fight? Thanks to your monetary donations, March of Dimes is continuing to save babies and make a lot of happy families--including my own! The community of Lufkin is having their first ever March of Dimes fundraiser--Swinging for Babies--a golf tournament will be held on October 12 at Crown Colony Country Club with a start time of 12:30. Entry fee is $600.00 per team or $150 per person and includes t-shirt, lunch, dinner, green fees, and awards. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. Please call 639-4557 for more information The treatment Mack received is a direct result of the work of the March of Dimes and we will always be grateful for this organization and their efforts on the behalf of babies. Join us in our effort to continue to help give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, and low birthweight. Go Panthers! Brent & Shelly Slaton

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Photo by stephanie davis photography

Inspiring Young Woman

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Kendall Beard Inspiring Young Woman Making it to the Top 36 as a finalist on American Idol, has put Kendall

dyslexia to manage and figure

Beard’s name on the map. Kendall has always been confident in who she

out their personal learning style.

is and who she wants to be. Music has been her dream and the journey

Kendall says she can still see her

she has always wanted to follow. Now that she has started down that

dyslexia come out in her writing.

path in a very real sense, she shared how she got to this point.

“All through college, my friends

Kendall was born in Nacogdoches and moved to Lufkin when she

could study a day before--college

was three. Her parents enrolled her in St. Cyprian’s preschool program.

was a lot harder for me. It was

“I think it was around first grade that teachers and my parents felt like

always a challenge. But, I kept

there was something not adding up,” she says. “Not long after, everyone

on because it taught me new

realized I was dyslexic. Thankfully, St. Cyprians has a wonderful dyslexia

things in life that music could not

program, if not one of the best in the area.” She began therapy then and

teach me. It was an experience

continued until she left St. Cyprians in the seventh grade.

that gave me a good foundation

“The one thing that I remember most, more than school and learning

of working hard and pushing

being hard, is that I didn’t want to be different. I felt like I wasn’t like

through the tough times.” Kendall is a proud Longhorn and received her

all the other kids.” Studies have shown that children with dyslexia are

degree in Corporate Communications.

artistically inclined. Neither Kendall nor her parents knew in the first

After taking a long hiatus from music, she realized that music was

grade that she wanted to sing or perform. “From the time I was a little

still her passion. This realization arrived around the time of auditions for

girl, I had a big imagination. I would dream big dreams. Something that

American Idol Season 8. On a whim, she told her dad, “Let’s celebrate

stands out in my mind is my mom’s encouragement. I can remember

graduation, take a vacation, and we will give American Idol a shot.”

my mom getting down to play and she would encourage me to dream,

They loaded up and flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico. As you know, she

imagine things.” Eventually, Kendall started to toy with music and it

received her golden ticket to Hollywood. “American Idol has by far been

ignited a spark.

the best part of the ride. It was a dream come true.” The day before the

“My dad and I were driving back from the Houston Livestock Show

live performance, the finalists had a dress rehearsal. They had a live

and Rodeo after my first performance. That was when I told him, ‘This is

audience and lights--the whole bit. Kendall stepped on stage and says

what I want to do dad. I want to sing.’ He didn’t discourage me at all, but

she saw her journey flash before her eyes. “When I was done, I got off

wanted me to realize that I would have to give up a lot and it wasn’t going

the stage and broke down crying. This is what I worked for and I could

to be an easy road ahead.” A few years went by, and Kendall eventually

not believe it. It was crazy to hear people scream your name!” Another

moved to Philadelphia to sing in a girl group. “Moving to Philadelphia

aspect of Idol that blew her away was the support she received. Kendall

was probably the hardest time on this journey. I was away from my

said, “I never realized that many people believed in me. To have the

family and I was missing out on what ‘normal’ kids were doing.” When

support from East Texas really meant a lot to me. It gave me more faith

she was eighteen/nineteen, she was at a stand still in her career. Kendall

than I had in myself.”

had been working hard to pursue her dream for six/seven years at this

All in all, Kendall has overcome adversity that could have given her

point. College was something that was always important to her, along

incentive to quit. School was never easy and has always been a struggle.

with being a personal goal. Kendall took a hiatus from actively pursing

She kept pushing and her hard work paid off. Music was always a big

music and enrolled

dream. Instead of giving up and thinking it was too far fetched of a


dream, she kept pushing and she is on the verge of seeing all her work



of Texas. “I took a complete break and

come to fruition. Kendall advises young people to “Believe in yourself, and when things

just wanted to be a

get hard, keep pushing! I could have easily given it all up, and I wanted

college student.”

to many times. It has not been an easy road, but anything that you want, you will have to work at.”

Although one is

Today, Kendall Beard is examining her options. She is writing a lot

never “cured” from

and looking for a label. To follow Kendall you can visit her myspace page


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Photo by lisa crow

Inspiring Woman

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Eva Walker Inspiring Woman by paula metzinger

When you hear Eva Walker’s story, your jaw drops and your stomach

In 1985, seven years after her mother left and living as a homeless

hurts. You cannot believe her story is real and you want to shake your

teenager, Eva graduated from Lufkin High School. Eva felt like at the

head and think you did not hear her correctly. Eva Walker shares a life

age of eighteen the hard years started to subside. She started college

story that no one should ever experience. She not only lived it, but now

and began to feel like she had a normal life. By 1991, she enrolled in

uses her experience to share God’s goodness.

Angelina College and went on to receive a nursing degree. She then began a career in the ER and ICU for ten years. In 2005, she became an

Eva was born in Lubbock, Texas. Eventually, the family moved to

instructor at Angelina College.

Lufkin. She was the youngest of three children: her sister was 4 years older, and her brother 2 years older. “My mother would leave us, often

Three years later, in 2008, her life took another major turn. “Almost

for months at a time with odd people, and other times just left us alone

a year ago, God began to place a vision in my heart to develop a special

for days or weeks at a time with only my sister to take care of us,”

program and open a home for destitute women and their children. As

recalls Eva. When she was eleven years old, her mother permanently

I shared this with my friend, Tracy, I told her that this home would be

abandoned her. Arriving home from school one day, she discovered that

a safe and loving environment, a place where mothers can receive

her house was completely empty. Scared at what the authorities would

Christ-centered mentoring and daily care, a place where women will

do, she kept what was going on at home a secret. Her mother scared

learn to use everyday activities to bond with their children. I noticed a

her with horror stories about safe houses and what they would do to

huge smile come across Tracy’s face as I poured out the details of this

girls like her. “I lived on the streets and in the roadside parks. I ate out

new ministry. ‘What are you smiling about?’ I asked. Tracy responded,

of trashcans and dumpsters. I hitchhiked to school each day, because

‘There’s a ministry in California exactly like that, and it’s called The

that’s where the free lunches were. I do remember living in the rest area

Sheepfold. My friend, Fran, started that program thirty years ago! You

between Lufkin and Nacogdoches when I was in 6th grade.” Eventually,

have to meet Fran!’

Eva’s sister and brother went to live with their dad when they were 16 and 14. Eva didn’t go because she did not realize what was happening.

Soon we were on our way to California to see firsthand this awesome

She remembers, “My mother was always protective of me because

ministry in action. I couldn’t believe God gave me the same vision and

I was the one she used as a child prostitute for her drug money-- of

calling He had given Fran Lundquist so many years ago.

course, no one else knew that’s why she was so protective.” My desire was to glean as much as possible from this woman of As she got older, she found odd jobs, but nothing substantial. Eva

God, and she had a lot to give! She told me she had always envisioned

eventually became comfortable living in homelessness. She was living

The Sheepfold becoming a national ministry. Now, one year later, this

the life that her mother told her she would. At the age of seventeen,

vision is being fulfilled in Texas.”

she experienced a homeless shelter for the first time. Eva recalls, “One night, at one of the ‘mandatory services’ that everyone hated, a

Eva is passionate about sharing her life with women she can

minister by the name of Tacky Hookamah came to speak. As usual, I

truly relate to. She is not just empathizing for their pain. She truly

paid no attention to what he had to say. After the service, he came over

understands--she remembers the pain and the hurt. She wants to use

to me and with a stern look, put his finger in my face and said, ‘You’re

all her scars for God’s glory.

different. You’re special and God loves you. You…are… special!’ and then he calmly turned and walked away.” Eva walked away and never

Today, Eva is married to a wonderful husband who is also her main

forgot those words. “Those words would stick with me for the rest of my

volunteer at the house. She has three children. Her first born arrived

life. It only took one man to make a true difference in my life!”

while Eva was homeless at sixteen and lives with his father. She and / 37

her husband have a twenty-two year old son who just returned home

and I vented my anger and pain onto others. But with one man’s

from a year in Iraq, and a twenty year old daughter who is in the Navy.

encouragement, one woman’s tough love, and, of course, God’s word, I

She has a precious two year old grandson that she cares for while her

stand as a vessel of God’s grace and mercy to pour into the lives of others.

daughter is away. “I never had a real family, so needless to say, our


children are extremely special to us. God, family and country!” Eva says, “If most of you met me 20 years ago, you wouldn’t have wanted to know me at all. I was an angry, resentful, hateful person

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Hall of fame hubbies Joey Mushinski Joey and I met in the military. He served for nine years. He shows his adoration for us everyday. Recently, our 3 1/2 year old son was choking on a hot dog and after my many failed attempts at saving our son, Joey gave him the Heimlich three times and saved him. He is a hero for our country and he is a hero for our family! Thank you so much for saving our son! Love, Natasha, Marek (3 yrs), and Mason (1 year) Joey, Natasha, Marek and Mason Mushinski

Terry Faircloth I describe Terry as a man with integrity, full of compassion for others. He has a humorous wit about him that’s like no other. He is sensitive, but firm when it comes to our children and grandchildren. Above all, though, he is a sincere, loving husband, to whom I have been blessed to have shared 28 years with. Thank you, TF, for the crazy, but wonderful ride!! Sue Please submit your Hall of Famer to Be sure to include a photo with 75 words telling us about your husband. Do not forget to list your children or grandchildren’s names if you would like to include them.

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Pretty Babies



Jackson Hodge Stripling February 16, 2009 proud Parents: John and Kim stripling Grandparents: Terry and Beverly Conerly Lufkin, TX


Stephen Wesley Bennett September 5, 2008 Proud Parents: Stephen and Lori Bennett Proud Grandparents: Richard and Rebecca BennetT & Ronald and Marlyn Soma Lufkin, TX


McKenna Reese Hooks April 6,2009 Proud Parents: Chris and Tamara Hooks Proud Grandparents: Wayne and Brenda Ford Huntington, TX


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Girls Group

historical and literary club


This year there is a very special anniversary to be celebrated. The first women’s club established in Angelina County, the Historical and Literacy Club, began in 1909. Their upcoming year, which begins in September, will celebrate their 100th anniversary. The basis of their existence was to promote the study of history and literature in Angelina County. The club would get together to pursue their common interests and goals and soon expanded their efforts. Twenty-five very determined women were the founding members. In the early 1900s, Lufkin was the trading post for many nearby towns and farm communities. Men, women, and children would come to Lufkin for the day for their needed provisions. The founding members established


a rest stop, mainly for women and their children, so they would have a clean, restful place on their trip. Then World War I began. The group of women found much to occupy their time while aiding those affected by the war. When the war was over, HLC lead the efforts to create a modern kindergarten. Once approved by the school board, the twenty five founding women purchased a lot, constructed a building, and created a school. Years later, that building became Lufkin’s first public library. Over the 100 years of existence, this group has played vital roles in the enhancement of cultural enrichment through literature and history. Today, their projects still fall in line with the founding member’s goals and ideas for the club. They make substantial contribution to the five area libraries: Kurth Memorial Library in Lufkin, The Ora McMullen Room at Kurth Memorial Library, McMullen Memorial Library in Huntington, Rube Sessions Memorial Library in Wells, and T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll. On September 17, the 100 year old Historical and Literary Club with have a kick off meeting to celebrate their centennial year. This is a huge feat for the organization. They are celebrating the women who have laid the groundwork before them and looking ahead at the future and the mark they will make on Angelina County. To find out more on the Historical and Literary Club of Angelina County, contact Genie Flournoy at 936.632.5413

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Your Wallet

Schools back! why aren’t all moms rejoicing? “School days, school days, dear old golden rule days” There is a new social phenomenon called boomerang kids. No, it’s not the newest hip-hop band or video game. Boomerang

So what’s a mom to do who loves her boomerangs, but doesn’t want to drink the deadly poison?

kids are adult children who refuse to sever the family financial umbilical cord. Yes, they went to school and graduated, maybe

1. REFUSE to withdraw any retirement funds.

even got a job, but somehow boomerang right back into your home

2. Be ALERT. I recently overheard my daughter talking about a

and pocketbook.

friend whose parents had given her a gas credit card for (believe it or not) gas. Instead the boomerang used the card at the gas

According to, 44% of surveyed women

station for snacks and other vices.

admit to financially supporting their adult children. And because

3. COMMUNICATE. Your boomerang – not you, should create

of the recession, they are doing so at a much higher level than they

a plan. Your job is to provide suggestions. You should both agree

anticipated. How are they doing this? Not the smart way. 33% of

on a timeframe and stick to it.

the surveyed women confess withdrawing retirement funds (IRA,

4. ENCOURAGE, but don’t enable. There’s a difference. You

403b, 401k, etc.) to support their adult children. This is a big

can help them network through your contacts, but your child

mistake for several reasons.

should do the rest. Allow them to live in “the real world” instead of fantasyland.

One mistake of tapping into your retirement account now is the recession. When you withdraw money during a down market, you immediately lock-in the loss, which erodes valuable retirement income. Yes, you have the money for Junior today, but what about your tomorrow? As a woman, you need to be prepared to live well into your 80s and beyond. Without sufficient retirement income, you are setting yourself up to become dependent on the government, your children, or both. Another mistake of withdrawing retirement funds is the tax consequence. If you are younger than 59 ½, you will pay a 10% penalty plus income tax. If you’re older, you still have to pay the income tax. Now on top of losses, you have added penalties and taxes to your own financial suicide cocktail.

MariJo Harding is a Financial Advisor Coach who ministers to women by helping them create a true financial peace of mind based on what women really want, while aligning their true purpose of money with their spending and investing decisions. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW), which enables her to understand the emotional and psychological needs of female investors. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Becoming a Wealth Wise Woman: A Secret Recipe with Seven Special Ingredients. 713-899-4104 / 43


Wedding Bells

Terra and Spencer Ellis May 16, 2009 Cochino Lodge

Photographer: Dena Staban

Mr. and Mrs. Ellis

Mr. and Mrs. Chittum Brook McPhail engaged to Hunter

Jaime Johnson of Plano engaged to Larry


Chaney Wyatt & Chad Chittum

Landrum of Plano.

Wedding date: November 21, 2009

January 3, 2009

Wedding date: November 14, 2009

Parents: Jane and Kenneth Johnson of

Photographer: Crystal Williams

Parents: Joyce and Jerry Johnson of



Registered: The Very Thing

Registered: The Very Thing.

Photographer: Becki Basham

Photographer: Dena Straban

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Audrey Katlyn Odom of Nacogdoches engaged to Tyler Daniel Sams of Conway, Arkansas. Wedding date: September 18, 2009 Nacogdoches Baker Patillo Student Center in the Twilight Ballroom at 7:30 pm. Parents: Carol and Tim Odom and Lynette and Kevin Sams Photographer: G. Patterson Photographic Studio & Gallery

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Relationships religion or religious by kathryn greene

There are many different relationships that each of us should have if all our needs are to be met. The need to bond with your parents is the first relationship that needs to happen for a child to feel secure and loved. Parents have a God-given responsibility to pour love and value into the hearts and lives of their children. The next significant relationship is with siblings and/or peers. This type of relationship helps a child to learn the important values of sharing and to realize that life is not all about them. There is the relationship that begins as a young adult when boy meets girl, then boy and girl fall madly in love, and then boy and girl get married. In Genesis, chapter 2 and verses 19, 22, and 23 reads… “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’ The rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’” God designed that woman complete man and the two become one. But the most important relationship of all is a relationship with the One who is the maker and giver of all other relationships. He is the One that makes the “world go around”. Without Him, none of these relationships would happen. He is the One who gave us needs and made a way for those needs to be met. It is amazing to me that He made us to meet each other’s needs, but if that doesn’t happen, He says, “I will be all you need!” Jesus Christ is very relational. Jesus left heaven just for you and me so we can come and spend an eternity there with Him and His Father, God. Jesus wants us just to be in relationship with Him. He gives us life principles to live by that keep us out of a lot of trouble and make life a lot easier. Going to church, being good, and looking religious is not what being a Christ follower is all about. A true Christ follower has fallen in love with the One who has given him a new life – “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians, chapter 5 and verse 17). As a Christ follower, it should be the desire of our heart for people to see a difference in us – not because of the way we are dressed or because they heard us say we go to church – but because Jesus lives through our life. When He lives in us, people will see love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians, chapter 5 and verses 22 – 23). They will want what you have – they won’t be turned off by your “better-than-you” attitude. I want people to say, “I want my life to be like Kathryn’s. She seems to be at peace and have contentment. She has something I would like to have. I wonder where she got it!”

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How about you?

Education with emily

food for thought | by emily parks

The body is a miraculously intricate system. A simple fact is that the body reacts to what is put in it. Just like a car needs gas to run, the body needs fuel to operate. When you put bad gas into a car, it doesn’t perform well. Our bodies are the same way, because the body reacts to what it is fed. There are foods your child can eat in order to keep their body and brain churning throughout the school day. Breakfast is SO important! It is directly linked to positive learning in school. It is best to avoid sugary foods because your child will feel tired and sluggish after the “sugar high,” not to mention they will feel hungry long before lunchtime! Fiber and protein are the key to keep the hunger pains away. Try eggs, whole grain toast, fruit, lean meat, or whole grain cereals. The bottom line on breakfast is don’t skip it and make it worth it! Lunch is also important because it will get your child through to the end of the school day. The new nutrition guidelines for schools ensure your child’s tray lunch is more nutritious than ever. However, the higher the grade, the more choices there are in the cafeteria. Talk to your child about healthy choices that promote learning, like salad with ham or turkey instead of French fries. The best way to assure your child is getting the nutrition they need at lunch is to “brown bag” it! Soups, salads, fruits, or sandwiches with whole grain bread are some good ideas. What about snack time? Some primary schools set aside time during the school day for students to have a snack. After school snacks are a staple at our house, as well. Some snack ideas to keep your child’s mind sharp include a handful of nuts, an apple, carrot sticks, granola, or grapes. / 47

Education with emily Continued

Here are some great recipes for during school or after school snacks: Roll Ups Lay out one slice of ham or turkey lunchmeat. Slice a piece of cheddar cheese. Put the piece of cheese onto the meat. Roll the meat up and put a toothpick through the middle. Peanut Butter Pinwheels Put a spoonful of peanut butter in a bowl. Squeeze a little bit of honey into bowl with peanut butter. Mix. Spread the mixture onto a whole wheat flour tortilla. Sprinkle with granola. Roll the tortilla and slice into bite size pinwheels.

Emily Parks grew up in Lufkin and then graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor of science degree in Education. She taught 8 years and this year has taken an indefinite leave from the classroom. Education is very dear to Emily’s heart and she wanted to continue to help parents feel more comfortable throughout their child’s educational journey. Emily and her husband, Chad, own Cross Medical, a local Durable Medical Equipment company. Their two sons, Pierce, 4, and Jackson, 7, also keep her very busy.

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fitness 101

No Pain - no gain | by xand brown

Many people are obsessed with aerobic exercise these days.

fear bulking up with resistance training. As little as 15-30 minutes

While a certain level of cardiovascular activity is healthy, you

of aerobic training a day will do the trick on resistance training

don’t need to beat yourself up with a daily running regiment, or

days, and thirty minutes is acceptable as a workout with most

going to step class five times a week. Two main problems arise

aerobic activities.

with excessive cardio training: muscular imbalances and related injury, as well as poor results.

Don’t stress over your exercise program.

If you aren’t

enjoying your training, find something that you can enjoy. The Have you ever noticed runners who look as if they’re in severe

secret is to make it a lifestyle change. If you try to go about your

pain as they run down the road? If your body isn’t balanced,

exercise program like a sprinter, you’re sure to burn out. Go about

repetitive movements such as running or aerobics are going to

it as though your goal was to make the most beautiful body in the

constantly stress the weak areas, further worsening the situation.

world, from the inside out. Remember, it’s a lifetime project and

You don’t need aerobic activity three times a week for 30 minutes

missing a session now and then is just fine. If you are curious

to be fit. Consider how fit and beautiful sprinters and other track-

about changing your life or are looking for personalized, corrective

and-field athletes look.

health experts that specialize in the areas discussed above, visit Synergy Fitness at our downtown Lufkin location, 109 N. First St.

Chunky Aerobics Instructor Syndrome (CAIS) is a term coined by the Olympic strength coach Charles Poliquin. Poliquin found that his athletes and clients quickly adapted to aerobic exercise, but they weren’t able to keep body fat off with aerobics alone. His research led him to conclude that the body adapts to any given stimulus very quickly, and for the best results, he needed to frequently change the program for his athletes. Not too long after finding out about CAIS, read a report on body fat percentages that backed up Poliquin’s observations. The researchers found that professional female aerobics instructors who averaged three hours of teaching daily maintained a body fat of 22-24% and male aerobics instructors had roughly 19% body fat. These body fat percentages may seem low, but consider that the average Olympic athlete hovers around 13% body fat for females and 8% for males, and many of them train less than three hours a day. So what’s the answer? Keep your body guessing. Mix your training schedule by alternating resistance training days with aerobic days. Rest between, or after theses these two training days. You can also add aerobic training to the end of a resistancetraining workout. I especially recommend this for women who

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BELTS, BELTS, BELTS | by Kelley moore Belts are the ultimate accessory this year! Any and all belts are in style: thick, thin, colors, patent leather, chain, and more. The question is how to wear the belt. The belt is not just for belt loops. Wear them at your waist or on your hips, depending on your figure type. Where you wear your belt is the part of your body you are accentuating. A pear shape should be cautious of wearing a belt at the hips. Cinching it too tight can accent curvy hips. Belting at the hips balances a large bust. Belting at the waist can create balance on a long waist, whereas a short waist should belt at the hips. If you have that straight up and down figure, anywhere you belt gives you the illusion of curves. Never be afraid to remove the self material belt on your favorite dress or jacket. Add a fantastic belt that compliments the outfit. Belt your “little black dress” with a bright color patent belt. Try wearing a thin belt with a jeweled buckle to the back. If you wear a link belt, let it hang to one side rather than the middle. Belting a bulky jacket with a wide belt will give you more shape. Make a half bow with a material belt that is too long. Add a little flair by belting a sheath dress. Sweaters, knits, and

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what to do about these spots | By emily goodwin Liver spots, pregnancy mask, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma

Although taking a bit longer to show results, skin care staples such

… the list is long for the names of discoloration on our skin. These spots

as alpha-hydroxy acids will also improve the look of age spots by

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When exposed to the sun, your skin releases melanin to the surface as a defense mechanism against UV exposure. Frequent sun damage causes

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some of the extra color to pool, creating spots that do not fade. So, if you neglect sunscreen or have neglected sunscreen in the past, chances are

No product or treatment will be effective in the long run unless

you have a few of these spots on your face, neck or hands. Occasionally,

you prevent further damage to your skin. This is done by applying

these darker patches appear on the face and neck as a result of hormonal

sunscreen on a consistent basis, or wearing protective clothing to avoid

changes, usually due to pregnancy or birth control.

sun exposure. Large hats are stylish, so protect your skin while being a fashionista!

Once you have it, how do you fix it? There are many skin types and sensitivities, so consult a skin care There are numerous products on the market. A majority contain

specialist to test and decide what products are best for you. As an Arbonne

hydroquinone, a controversial ingredient in skin care. Already banned

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RE9 System for general anti-aging factors.

while proven effective, the risks to overall health are inconclusive. Look for products that have a multi-pronged approach and avoid the

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use of hydroquinone. Revelage from Arbonne International has several

International for more than two years. She is an Area Manager and

products to add into your current skin care regime that improve skin

loves her company for the pure, safe and beneficial products that have

brightness and inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme that causes sun spots. It

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Yo u r b o dy /

Women’s Health healthcare concern: 1 out of 3 women share

“At first, I leaked just a few drops of urine when lifting or coughing. But it has gotten so much worse. Now, I never leave home without wearing a maxi pad and carrying another in my purse. I’m afraid I’ll have an accident.” It’s amazing. One out of three women share a common healthcare concern: the uncontrolled leakage of urine from their bodies, a condition known as urinary incontinence. For some women, the condition is brought on with coughing, sneezing or exercise. “Stress urinary incontinence limits lifestyles and relationships because of the embarrassment that accompanies odor and wetness,” explains Dr. Mitchell Silver “Typically the symptoms worsen over time, and lifestyles and relationships are further compromised as the condition progresses.” Stress urinary incontinence is typically the result of weakened pelvic muscles and tissue. These muscles and tissue are often weakened by pregnancy, childbirth, hormone changes, prior surgery, or obesity. The result is that the urethra is unable to close tightly enough to hold urine in the bladder. Fortunately, there are treatment options available. One such solution is the female “sling” system for stress urinary incontinence. Doctors treat incontinence by surgically placing a narrow strip of mesh material — called a sling — under the urethra to give it a point of support. “The sling procedure is a minimally invasive, highly effective procedure,” says Dr. Silver. “It generally takes less than 20 minutes and is commonly performed on an outpatient basis.” Most patients are continent immediately following the procedure and can resume normal, non-strenuous activities within a short time. Clinical studies support the enthusiasm that patients and physicians alike have for sling systems. One manufacturer, American Medical Systems of Minnetonka, MN, reports a study in which more than 95 percent of patients remained completely dry and did not need any protection following the procedure. “The potential to give someone back their lifestyle before incontinence sets in is great with sling systems,” says Dr. Silver. “It is life changing for so many patients, and yet such a straightforward procedure.” To find out more on urinary incontinence, call Dr. Mitchell Silver’s office today. 936.560.2763 / 53

The review Lollia is a beautiful addition to any bathroom. It comes in great names like Breathe, Relax, Inspire, Believe, and along with each scent comes wonderful ingredients to create a luxurious bath time experience. The beautiful design is another fantastic aspect of Lollia. It is a slender dessert wine bottle, with a satin sash and tied cut glass crystal. Perfect for you or as a gift! Available now at Laines Hallmark in Nacogdoches.

Cinnabar Canisters Southern Living At Home creates the perfect pieces for any home. These Cinnabar Canisters will add beautiful color to your kitchen for everyday use. Or pull them out for the holidays and fill with candy canes, marshmallows, and cocoa. Besides the beautiful cinnabar color, the fleur-de-lis finials make this set absolutely perfect! To order your today, contact Holly Bridwell, Independent Consultant, at 936-240-9352 or visit hollyathome

Fischer and Wiser is a brand East Texas has grown to love. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the company has a new look and over 20 new sauces, jams and jellies, and more. All the flavors sound delightful: Das Peach House Peach Salsa, Havana Mojito Salsa (a mango blend), and of course, the Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. They will even have great gift sets for the holidays. All these great flavors and more are available at Cowgirl Chic on the loop, at the Hwy 94 exit, in Lufkin. 699.4535

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Parting Advice: The school year is about to begin- what is your advice to moms?

Please let me take this opportunity to reinforce all the important

“Every new school year brings new opportunities for our children

things you know your child needs to be successful in school. Please

and us as moms. It is so easy to over commit, because all the new

just say to your precious child “Well, Mr. Knight says…….”

stuff is cool and exciting. Years ago, I was forced to use a calendar to

1. You need at least 8 hours sleep every night!

track everything my family had to do, and now I can’t imagine going

2. The television and cell phone have no place in the bedroom after

through a day without it. Keeping a family calendar that everyone can


see and use is a good way to know what is coming around the bend and

3. You get to watch one hour of television for every hour of independent

also a visual way to see how much precious time is spent on certain

reading time! (Even Cowboy games!)

activities. A goal I keep in mind is to have one day a week that is left

4. Homework needs to be done in the same location of the home every

blank with no commitments to others. That day allows us time to

night. (This ritual is particularly important.)

unwind at home or do something spontaneous with those that are

5. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Get up early to eat!

most important, my family.”

6. If you want to be treated like an adult, set your own alarm clock and be adult enough

Kelly Daniel

to get yourself up!


(This works best with junior and senior high students.) 7. Teenagers need to be home on school nights by 10:00 p.m. at the latest! Never



child confuse love with



should know that you



unconditionally. However, trust must be earned. Never fall for that old guilt trip that begins with “If you love me, you’ll let me…….” Your response should always be “I love you more than life itself, but you must earn my trust to do what you ask.”

Roy Knight Superintendent LISD

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