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(ARA) - How safe is your kitchen? It’s a question nose, touch your hair or cough into your hand while preparing food, as germs from anything you should always be asking yourself. you touch can be transferred onto food. 3. Keep foods apart: Don’t store raw meats next to or above ready-to-eat foods in your fridge and use different utensils, knives, cutting boards and prep surfaces for raw and cooked food. A good way to remember which is which is to use different colored cutting boards, for example red for meats and green for vegetables. 4. Treat friends with food allergies to a safe meal: Take extra care to prep dishes for guests with food allergies, as it’s not enough to simply The majority of Americans find food safety pick the item in question off a dish. Prepare the important both at restaurants and in their own dish separately from other food, including using kitchen, according to new National Restaurant separate cutting boards and utensils. Association research. America’s restaurants September is National Food Safety Month, serve 130 million customers each day, making with an annual campaign to heighten awareness the restaurant industry a critical component about the importance of food safety education. of the food safety universe. The industry has This year’s National Food Safety Month a long-standing commitment to food safety as theme is “Be Safe, Don’t Cross-Contaminate,” there is nothing more important than the health providing tips and education on preventing and safety of guests. Almost all consumers the transferring of germs from one surface to say it is important to them to know that the another. Food restaurants they visit train employees in food N a t i o n a l Safety Month highlights safety. When it comes to cooking at home, components of the NRA’s virtually all consumers say they have at least Ser vSafe Food Safety basic knowledge of food safety. Sixty-three program - the leading percent say they are aware of proper food safety source of food safety training and certification practices and always follow them, while 33 for restaurant and foodservice industry percent say they are familiar with some food professionals for nearly 40 years. safety practices and follow those when they can. While the campaign is held each September, In order to prevent foodborne illness, remember that food safety is critical yearavoiding cross-contamination is essential. round and should be practiced every day. For When cooking at home, remember to follow more information and free resources, visit these tips from food safety experts at the FoodSafetyMonth.com. ■ National Restaurant Association: 1. Wash your hands: Hand-washing is the first defense against cross-contamination. Wash your hands before handling any food and always after handling raw meat. 2. Touch nothing but your food: Don’t rub your 940.210.1769 • WISE

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Chef Sandy Hall

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hen people learn what it is that I do, there is one comment I always seem to hear some variation on: “We always eat the same things! We attempt to try new things, but we always end up going back to the simplest option.” Well my friends, I am here to tell you how to have it all, variety AND simplicity. Begin by identifying your family’s staples items – pastas, canned beans, frozen vegetables and meats/seafood. If you keep these basics on hand you will always have the basis for a delicious dinner, even if you don’t make it to the grocery store as often as you had hoped to. Next; double up! If you go to the trouble to roast a chicken or slow cook a pot roast why not double up and make enough to have the extras already cooked for a meal later in your busy week? Pre-cooked meats, seafood and even roasted vegetables make a delicious and fast dinner when they are sliced and served cold over a kitchen-sink salad with crusty bread (store bought and quickly warmed in your oven). Make extra meatloaf on Sunday and enjoy it again on Tuesday, now crumbled and mixed with your favorite red sauce and pasta. Seafood is the ultimate ‘fast food’ as most cooks in 15 minutes or less and requires very little prep time. If you keep a high quality frozen blend of stir-fry vegetables and raw frozen

shrimp on hand you have the basis for a fast, healthy and delicious dinner that can be made in less time than it takes to drive-thru. Most grocery stores also sell sliced and diced blends of fresh vegetables that make a great substitute for a boring (and tasteless) bag of salad, simply arrange on a pretty platter and serve family-style with your favorite salad dressing as a dip. As an added bonus, picky eaters are usually more open to trying new vegetables if presented in this manner, so go beyond baby carrots (yawn), try offering sliced button mushrooms and crunchy sugar snap peas. Bon Appetit! ■ Chef Sandy Hall Chef Sandy Hall, owner of Dinners on Demand Personal Chef Service, has been creating customdesigned meals for health-conscious clients since 2000. Chef Sandy is an industry award winning chef and culinary instructor whose articles and time-saving tips have been published in a variety of statewide and national publications. Chef Sandy resides in the rolling countryside of Wise County, Texas with her husband, Neal, their two Golden retrievers and three disobedient  cats. You can learn more about Chef Sandy and the services offered by Dinners on Demand Personal Chef Service  by visiting www. dinnersondemand.biz.

Meal #1 - Classic Roast Chicken 2 4-5 lb. whole chickens 1 bunch fresh thyme 6 cloves fresh garlic, smashed 1 lemon, halved 2 Tablespoon kosher salt 1 Tablespoon coarse ground black pepper 4 tablespoons softened butter Tip There are a couple “tricks” to getting a lovely crisp skin with juicy meat on your roasted chicken. The first is: The chicken skin needs to be dry. If you buy an airchilled chicken all this will take is a simple pat down with a paper towel. If you buy a conventional chicken you will need to remove it from its wrappings and allow it to sit uncovered in a large bowl in your refrigerator for 24 hours prior to roasting, followed by the paper towel pat down before seasoning. The second “trick” is to season your chicken and then allow it to rest at room temperature (lightly covered in foil or plastic wrap) for an hour prior to roasting. This allows the internal temperature of the bird to rise just enough so that the meat cooks evenly all the way through.

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Directions

Begin by preheating the oven to 475. Into the cavity of each chicken, stuff ½ of the thyme, 3 cloves of garlic and ½ of the lemon. Rub each chicken outside and under the skin where possible, with 2 T. of the butter. Mix the salt and pepper together and sprinkle onto the chicken as evenly as possible, patting lightly to ensure maximum adhesion. Place your chicken in a shallow roasting pan (higher sides create a steam bath and thwarts your goal of crispy skin!) and place the uncovered pan on the center rack of your oven. Roast for 25 minutes, turn the heat down to 400 and allow the chicken to roast for approximately 1 hour – the temperature in the meatiest portion of the thigh should be 160. Once your chicken has reach 160 degrees, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest under a loose foil tent on the counter for 20 minutes prior to carving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the bird and not all over your cutting board! In preparation of Meal #2, remove the skin from your extra chicken and pull the meat from the bones. Cool and refrigerate in an airtight container for no more than 4 days.


Meal #2 - Chicken Enchilada Stacks Pre-prepared chicken meat, shredded or chopped 12 corn tortillas 2 14.5 oz. cans enchilada sauce (red or green, whatever you prefer) 2 Cups shredded medium cheddar cheese 2 Cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (if you like things spicy try a pepper jack or sub crumbled cojita cheese for a change of pace!)

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Preheat oven to 350. Meanwhile, in a 9x13 baking dish or lasagna pan, spread 1 C. of enchilada sauce evenly over the bottom of the pan. Follow with 4-5 corn tortillas, ripping them as needed to ensure there is a single layer. Sprinkle on a handful or two of the shredded/chopped chicken, 1 c. of the cheese and about ½ c. enchilada sauce. Repeat twice more, ending with sauce and cheese fully covering the top layer. Cover the pan with foil

Tip This meal can be fully assembled and covered in a double layer of cling wrap and heavy duty foil before being frozen for a wonderful “desperation dinner”! Simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight and follow the baking instructions given above.

(try spraying the inside of the foil lightly with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick to the cheese) and bake on the center rack of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, return the pan to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is lightly browned and the sauce is bubbling. Spoon or cut into squares to serve.

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Dave Says

Get the brother-in-law out! Dear Dave, My 27-year-old brother-in-law moved in with us some time ago. He doesn’t have a job or contribute anything in terms of helping around the house or with bills. I think he needs to move out, but my wife isn’t so sure. She complains about the situation to me, but if I say anything, it makes me the bad guy with her family. How can I convince her? - Chuck Dear Chuck, I think you need to sit down with your wife, not all the other players, and gently explain to her that you’re just enabling his bad behavior by allowing things to continue this way. Responsible adults don’t behave like bums, and I don’t give a flip what the rest of the family thinks. It’s your house, and this issue is between you and her. You two are the only ones having to deal with this, so it’s really easy for others to chime in about what should happen. But hey, if they’re so concerned with the guy having a place to stay, maybe one of them should take him in. I’ll bet that idea would shut them up in a heartbeat! I’m not advising you to just kick the guy out, but maybe you could formulate a plan that will give him a little time to get back on his feet. Have a loving talk with him about the situation, but let him know things can’t continue on the same path. Let him know that within 30 days he has to have a job, and 30 days after that he has to move into his own place. Write it down on the calendar, if it will help, but make sure he understands why you’re doing this and the date he has to move out. I know these kinds of things can be difficult, but sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns and make something happen. There’s no reason it has to become an ugly situation, as long as you and your wife get on the same page and you do things in a helpful and kind way. - Dave What goes up must come down Dear Dave, I’m about to graduate from college, and I’m following your plan and trying to focus on my future financial situation. Is the current down economy a cyclical thing and just part of life? - DJ Dear DJ, It is. There are always cycles in the economy. I know you hear all this talk about this is the worst recession since the Great Depression, but that’s a bunch of bull. It was worse in 1982, when the Jimmy Carter

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era came to a close. We had double-digit inflation, double-digit unemployment and home interest rates were at 17 percent. The current situation has been kind of long and boring. Things haven’t really rebounded quickly. Instead, they’ve just kind of wallowed around and crawled along. There are a lot of theories as to why it’s happened this way, but the truth is it’s a part of life. Just like you have good and bad times in your personal life, there will always be good and bad times in your financial life. That’s why you need a solid, commonsense financial philosophy that works when things are up and when things are down. The principles I teach about not having debt and investing conservatively over the long haul work every time. Right now, I’m tempted to invest like a wild man and put every dollar I can find into investments, because everything is on sale. It’s a great time to buy real estate and put money into mutual funds. The best time was about a year and a half ago, but the deals are still there. Just keep investing and working your plan. The idea that you’re graduating at bad time and never going to have a good life is just plain wrong. There’s always some good and some bad out there, and the cycles will always come and go. - Dave Guidelines for giving Dear Dave, My husband and I are debt-free, and we have $100,000 saved. We like to give, rather than loan, money to family members if they’re having financial problems. Can you give us some advice on how to establish giving guidelines? - Susan Dear Susan, First, you can’t give to a level that it starts to make you worry about your future. Your first obligation is to your own household. Once that’s done, you can help family members and your immediate community as best you can without weakening yourself. The big thing in this scenario, I think, is to make sure you’re helping someone get back on their feet. You’re not helping when you give a drunk a drink, so you have to ask yourself if your generosity is really helping them or if you’re simply enabling irresponsible behavior. I’m not saying this because I’m a control freak. I’m saying it because I don’t believe in investing God’s money unless I see a positive return on investment. In human terms, that means helping someone get out of a mess they’re in, while at the time seeing that they are working to make sure they never end up back there


Student loan debt killing relationships? Dear Dave, This is a really interesting question. In a way, I’m glad she’s conflicted about the situation. At the same time, I wouldn’t want it to be a deal breaker where their relationship is concerned. Here’s my take. You don’t pass up a great, lifelong relationship just because of debt. You do, however, walk away from a relationship based on things like laziness, irresponsible behavior and immaturity. These are flaws that usually don’t go away. Any girlfriend or boyfriend who goes into a marriage thinking, “I can fix this person,” is in for a rude awakening. I’m glad she’s looking for a job, but her boyfriend also needs to be working—especially if they’re planning to get married. There’s no excuse for either of them being full-time students with $135,000 in combined student loan debt hanging over their heads. Besides, lots of people hold down real jobs and further their educations on a part-time basis. If she were my niece, I would encourage her to have an open and honest discussion with her boyfriend about their future, how he plans on paying for graduate school and her feelings on the situation. If his answer is simply to borrow more money, then she’ll have some potentially difficult decisions to make. But if he realizes how damaging picking up any more debt could be to their finances and their future, then they can start off on the same page. And things will look a lot brighter! - Dave No pay, no say Dear Dave, My fiancée and I are planning our wedding. Our parents don’t want to contribute financially, so we’ve budgeted $7,000 to cover everything. The problem is both sets of parents still want to make decisions regarding the ceremony and how many people attend. How should we handle this? - Anthony Dear Anthony, In my mind, they don’t have a say in what happens or who attends if they don’t contribute. I understand how your parents feel though. How nice the ceremony is or who’s invited can be a painful discussion, but in this case their opinions should only count as long as they

fall within the confines of your budget. Be courteous and gentle when you explain how much you’ve budgeted and what that means in terms of who can come, how many are there, and just how fancy this event will be. Now, it would be really nice to involve your fiancée’s mother in the planning. But at the end of the day, she does not make decisions. Make sure you involve them and their opinions, but it’s you and your bride-to-be who have the power. I know your parents love you, and they want it to be a wonderful day for everyone. But this is your wedding, not theirs. And by the way, this would be a really good time to consider premarital counseling. It amazes me how many people enter into a lifelong commitment without talking and thinking things through. And part of that should be you guys getting on the same page as to how you’re going to handle interfering in-laws. You both obviously have some! - Dave ■

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again. If they’re buying cigarettes or lottery tickets with the money, then you’re not helping them. Taking this stance isn’t mean, and it doesn’t indicate that you don’t love your family. It means you’re loving them well and want what’s best for them. - Dave

Land investment Dear Dave, My wife and I make about $85,000 a year. We’re debtfree, and we have no kids. We’d like to start saving money to buy some land in the near future. What percentage of our savings should we put toward this? - Dennis Dear Dennis, I don’t know if there’s necessarily a specific percentage for this kind of thing. Since you guys are already debt-free you need to make sure that you’ve got a fully-loaded emergency fund of three to six months of expenses in place, along with retirement funding. In your case, anything else you have sitting around is simply wealth. If you’ve got $50,000 sitting in a savings account in addition to these things, and you’d rather have $50,000 worth of dirt instead of a bank account, I’m cool with that. It’s really more a matter of ratios than percentages. - Dave ■

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Simplicity: Learning to let go “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” - Oprah Winfrey

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n our daily, ordinary lives, we are often so caught up in the details, we cease to enjoy the journey of living. In our work, the layers of procedure and detail can often completely destroy the journey to joy. For the health of our bodies, our mind, our emotions and our careers, we must learn to simplify; we must learn to lay down the encumbrances that burden our vision of our goal. Don’t be confused. I am not advocating the lack of detail that defines completion of a project from a half-hearted attempt; rather, I am encouraging simplicity as a course to achievement. As Thoreau maintained, it is often the busyness of a work plan that delays and burdens our life. It is often the mindless repetition of busy work that steals the joy of the task. We must learn to simplify. To quote Albert Einstein, “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” A life of simplicity is not a life of limitations. According to Victoria Moran in her book, Lit from Within, “A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with - that’s poverty- but how efficiently we can put first things first...When you are clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.” Living simply is a life of deliberate choice. It is the decision to fulfill your days and thoughts with focused direction. It is looking at the old way of doing things and making a deliberate decision on taking a ordered path. The main stumbling point is that most people wander with no sense of direction or ultimate goal. You must decide to decide on your

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life goals. You must learn to eliminate the the nonessentials in your daily walk. Develop a clear plan and conscious choice of your finish line, your fulfillment of your destiny. It is time to consider the weight of ‘just being busy for busy sake’. A plan for your life, your business future must be a clear vision. A vision that does not revolve only around movement for movement sake; but rather, proceeds toward a clear goal. You must learn to feed the things, the opportunities that take you toward your goal - not distract you from that goal. Simplicity slows down the world around you and allows you to see things with a refreshed eye, often illuminating the darkness of confusion. In itself, simplicity allows you to become grounded, to nourish yourself and others, to reach the seemingly unattainable with peace, rest and purpose. A life of simplicity gives you freedom to be, to enjoy the journey of life. Today’s challenge is to look at the details of your daily tasks, determine the difference between purpose and pressure and to lay down the unnecessary. To breathe again. ■ Keitha Story-Stephenson, Ph.D. Keitha Story-Stephenson, Ph.D. owner of BlueSky Wellness Center, provides private consultation for individuals and corporations in Nutritional Wellness, Weight Management, ADD/ADHD Nutritional Management, and other Alternative Health Care. Services are available by appointment in Decatur at 506 West Walnut. Call 817-239-9525 or visit us at www.BlueSkyWellnessCenter.com for more information. Follow us on our Blog, www. DrKeitha.com or www.MerchantsCircle.com . Also, tune in to Christian Radio, KDKR 91.3fm, on Saturdays at 1:30pm, for “Feeding the FamilyMind, Body and Spirit” or go to KDKR.org for live streaming of our broadcast.

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Happy 13th birthday Justin Dougherty on September 12th!

Lacy Hankins 1st day of school as a Sr at DHS

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Laying Down the Law

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Good to be back this month. Last month was such a blur and I wasn’t able to submit a quality article for September. This month, however, is a different story as you are about to read a powerful and moving literary work…..sort of. The theme of this month’s issue is Potential. What a great topic of discussion. Your potential and how to expand what you can do with your life has been a consistent subject of my articles for years. The most important attribute for a person who wants to expand their potential and reset the ceiling for their life is ATTITUDE. Attitude sets the tone for everything else. It honestly doesn’t matter how smart you are, where you are economically, or even what education level you have obtained. An unfazed positive attitude is essential if you want to raise the roof on your life. Think about it for a minute. Where do you think you are headed in life? How far do you think you can go if you are satisfied with mediocrity? With this negative attitude you have only two options, static and down. Very little exists for persons who simply don’t believe they can do better and don’t have a positive attitude that they can do more with their life. So I challenge all of you that are reading this to do two things. First, take a look at your life ceiling. See if the ceiling needs a new texture or needs a move up and away. Please note that I didn’t say it had to move that far. Every person is different and your life ceiling may move in small increments where others may need a complete renovation. Second, once you have evaluated your ceiling, take a hard and honest look at what you feel is reasonable to push that ceiling above its current static height. This applies to everyone. Don’t think that because you are economically successful that your ceiling has been reached. Any upward movement, regardless of how small, is progress. Similarly, don’t think because you feel limited by economics or education that you can’t also knock out your life ceiling and trade it in on a new one. All it takes is positive “can do” attitude. Don’t let pride, pessimism, or preconceived notions get in the way of the success you deserve. See you next month!! ■

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Wise County Wonderings The Wise County Reunion (continued)

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ham battles at one time was the main attraction during the early 1900’s, until young Grady Helm lost an arm the year the “Long Tom” of Chicamuga was being used. It is believed this weapon was sold for scrap metal during World WarI. Other entertainment down through the years has ranged from Indians, whose pay was in beef, eaten raw on the spot, to rodeos, stunt planes and rides, speeches by veterans to the relatively tame beauty queen contests, talent show and dances of today. Accord ing to t he W ISE COU N T Y MESSENGER, in 1904 the Wise County Old Settlers Association was formed to gather and publish a history of Wise County. The cost to be $1,000.00 for 1000 copies. C. D. Cates was selected to edit the book, which as published in 1907. Also, in 1907, a reunion committee surveyed and marked off lots, and families could rent a camp site for a small sum, and reserve it for several years. Water wells had been drilled. Today families still lease the camp sites, build comfortable cabins. Lease money goes toward , water and electricity as well as hiring persons to care for the outdoor restrooms. The week long activities take place at night, along with the noise of the carnival. Friends still meet at the reunion, and old acquaintances renewed. Many people set their vacations to coincide with this event, the date is always the last full week in July. It begins on Sunday night with a campers’ dinner and meeting. In the beginning the time was set to coincide with the first light of the full moon in August. There are now about 125 camp sites, each occupied by from one to several families. The present pavilion ws built in the late forty’s

with two smaller in the 1950’s. These may be rented for family reunions, and other functions during the year. The Reunion is governed by a Reunion committee which handles all leases, engaging the carnivals, planning programs and all the many details involved in an event of this size. City water was piped to the grounds in 1971, an modern restrooms installed and there is a free picnic area available, as well as playground equipment for the youngsters. This is the oldest event held continuously over the years, except for possibly two or three years during the years of World Wars I and II. It has become a part of the lives of many people, who return year after year, either to camp or just to visit; with youngsters growing up lookiing forward to this one event, it 1602 South Trinity continues to grow, Open 9am to 4pm • Monday-Saturday events change and 1:30pm to 5pm • Sunday Admission: the initial reason for $1.00 Adults it has been almost lost 50¢ for children under 12 to history, there is an historical marker at the entrance to the Joe Wheeler Park on Highway 51, south on the out skirts of Decatur. I might add the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. now has paper back copies of the first Wise County History available at the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity, in Decatur.-- ■

Wise County Heritage Museum

Rosalie Gregg

Rosalie Gregg was born near Hayden, New Mexico. Ms. Gregg graduated from Paradise High School and from Decatur Baptist College. She married Robert Nolen Gregg, Jr., who had been a Prisoner of War for 3-1/2 year during which time he helped build the railroad that led to the Bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. Ms. Gregg has been involved with the Wise County Heritage Museum since its inception in 1967. www.wisehistory.com

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The Texas Brigades

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he Texas Brigades is more then just a 5 day summer camp. These camps help prepare you for your future and give you the experience of a life time. Texas Brigades is a wildlife intensive leadership camp for youths (13- 17) and adults that have a desire to expand their knowledge for Texas wildlife, conservation and leadership and communication skills. My mother had always seen brochures for these camps but it wasn’t until this year that she strongly encouraged me to send in an application to get accepted. I wasn’t completely fond of the idea because I didn’t know much about the camp and I had never attended any kind of summer camp. When I was notified that I had been accepted into my first choice camp: The South Texas Buckskin Brigade I was still feeling unsure about going. I knew that this was something I had to do. Then exactly one month later as I arrived at the Southern Star Ranch in Uvalde, Te xas I was not anymore settled about attending this camp. Having no idea what would be in store for me in the next five day s. My days started out bright and early with ever y minute being f i l led w it h bonding actives and being taught by intelligent and focused instructors. Wildlife biologist helped us learn and study the plants whitetail deer favor, Ranch managers taught us about supple mental feeding and habitat management There were many fun games and activates but my favorite was called “Who Dunn It?” which was put on by a few game wardens. They taught us the laws and relegations of hunting and sent us into a fake poacher camp, where we acted as if we were game wardens. This activity doesn’t only give you hands on experience but as well as help you find your voice because when you see something wrong you have to speak up and point it out. I also learned how to score antlers, how to find out the age of whitetail deer by their teeth and their upkeep of their body, ratting and calling techniques hunters may use and how to keep a good habitat. A few other cadets as well as I attended a “Hunters Education Class” put on by

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a Texas Parks and Wildlife hunters education instructor which taught us all the safety rules and how to handle a firearm. Another hand on experience was given when we were learning about population dynamics. One evening we split up into our herds which consisted of 5 cadets, one assistant leader and one leader and we were driven around the ranch by one of the instructors as we looked and searched every way for whitetail deer and filled out our herd composition paper every time we spotted a whitetail deer. Not only was this camp teaching me new things every minute of each day I gained life long friends and made memoires that I will keep with me my whole life. I can honestly thank my parents for pushing me to attend this camp. I overcame my fear of public speaking and my shyness around new people. I gained a new confidence with myself and gained knowledge of Texas wildlife and I met incredible people that share the love I have for wildlife. I left that ranch with not only knowledge but with a second family. The Texas Brigades changed my life for the best in the best way possible. It has given me opportunities that I would have never been able to achieve if it was not for this camp. I hope to return next summer as an assistant leader to learn more and become more involved with this amazing organization. If you are a hunter, an outdoors person or just love Texas’ wildlife then I strongly encourage you to do something different and try out this wonderful summer camp I promise you won’t regret it. ■

Susannah Saathoff Her goal is to attend this camp next summer as an assistant leader to help out the first time campers,


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Adam Monroe, 29 of Decatur Enjoying Some Taco Casa!! Yummmy!!

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Six Tips to Minimize Back-to-School Stress

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he return to school is a time of excitement and can be a time of anxiety for families. The carefree days of summer have ended and early mornings, long days, and packed schedules resume. Here are six tips that can help reduce back-toschool stress. 1. Carefully consider every-one’s schedule. What must you add and what can you eliminate? When we fill every moment of the day, it is a recipe for stress. 2. Plan all your meals for the week: breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. Organize a shopping trip to gather everything on your list and do as much preparation as possible on the weekend. 3. In the evening, choose the following day’s outfits for you and your child. Have all items set out to avoid last minute decisions. Don’t forget the extra items you need for special activities. 4. Set aside a place that supports good study habits. Every child is unique. Establish what type of environment best supports your child’s ability to learn. Remember, it is the child’s homework, not yours. 5. Make a point to know your child’s teacher. A positive relationship with him or her will provide you with insight on how your child is doing academically and socially. Know how he or she

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will communicate with you. Ask what things you can do to support your child and their learning experience. 6. Connecting with family members face-toface is an important part of a balanced schedule. The ideal time is around the family dinner table. Studies show that children who eat with their family on a regular basis do better in school, experience less stress, and are more likely to be emotionally stable. Most importantly, be flexible and have fun. A happy home creates happy hearts that are less likely to be burdened with stress. Look for ways to make your morning fun. My singing would never place me on the American Idol stage, but I did sing to my children to wake them up in the morning. While I was greeted with groans for me to stop and heads buried under pillows, we all laughed and our mornings began on a positive note. ■ Deborah King, AICI CIP Deborah King is President of Final Touch Finishing School, Inc. which she founded in 1989 in Seattle. As a certified image professional, with over 30 years of experience, she presents her programs nationally and internationally for youth and corporate clients. She is co-author of “Image Power” and “Executive Etiquette Power” and developer of several education tools. www.finaltouchschool.com.


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4-H News

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f you are looking for a place where everybody belongs, 4-H is the place for you. The choices are endless. 4-H is open to anyone 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. The projects include beef, foods and nutrition, swine, dogs, photography, horse, clothing and textiles, shooting sports, safety, science and technology and many more. Youth participate in public speaking, judging contest, share the fun and much more. Here are the top 10 reasons to join 4-H: 1. 4-H members are the leaders of tomorrow. 2. Develop talents and skills that benefit you throughout life. 3. Have lots of fun while learning by doing. 4. Practice responsibility. 5. Develop skills to succeed in the workplace. 6. Become a community leader. 7. Experience new opportunities such as 4-H camps, contests, and conferences . 8. Learn about citizenship and at your civic obligations. 9. Improve goal-setting and decision making skills. 10. Meet new people and make new friends. If you are interested contact the Wise County Extension Office at 940-627-3341 for more details.

Lyndi Luttrull – Decatur Club Lauryn Luttrull – Decatur Club Bronze Star Winners: Clint Demmitt – Chico Club Ray Edwards – Paradise Club The Dan Forth “I Dare You” Award Winners: Christian Cross – Boyd Club Bailey Morris - Chico Club Farm Bureau Award Winner: Kara Demmitt – Chico Club 4-H Club of the Year Decatur Club Leader of the Year: Kim Dunlap – Slidell/Greenwood North Texas State Fair Livestock Judging At the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, 4-H’ers participated in the Livestock Judging Contest. Junior team consisting of Carson Read, Thaine Laaser, Lyndi Luttrull, and Seth Byers placed 1st overall. Carson placed 1st high junior individual and Thaine followed in 3rd place. The Senior team consisting of Olivia Bettesworth, Molly Cook, Christian Cross, Mo Coffman, and Kendall Vawter placed 4th overall. Molly Cook placed 3rd . National 4-H Week National 4-H week will be October 7-13, 2012. Local and County 4-H clubs have the opportunity to showcase what they have gained through their 4-H membership in various 4-H activities around the nation. Wise County 4-H members will participate in a Fashion Show at David’s Western Store on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6pm. Come out and see these members in action. ■ Lauryn Luttrull

Wise County 4-H Banquet The Wise County Awards Banquet was held August 18. Members and leaders were recognized for their accomplishments in the 2011-2012 club year. Gold Star Winners: Caitlin Pruett – Slidell Club Olivia Bettesworth – Paradise Silver Star Winners: 18

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Lauryn Luttrull is 12 years old and a member of the Decatur 4-H Club. She is starting her 5th year in 4-H. Lauryn is the Wise County 4-H Council Reporter/ Media Relations officer. She is the County Council Delegate for the Wise County Rabbit Club and Junior Vice President for the Decatur 4-H Club. Her projects include rabbits, foods, clothing, swine, consumer decision making and photography.


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Help Your Child Develop Greater Autonomy

e want our children to develop self-reliance and independence, yet if we are not mindful in our parenting, we may hinder their ability to do so. Frequently we do too much, we fail to step aside, or we overprotect and hover in the name of love. For autonomy to develop, parents must be intentional about providing opportunities. As children gain experience and successfully (or unsuccessfully) practice independence, they learn personal responsibility. They figure out how to negotiate bumps in the road, bullies, stressful circumstances, and everyday frustrations. They make mistakes. They grow up better equipped to tackle grown up life. Early Childhood Autonomy Builders Founder of The Conscious Parenting Alliance, expert Shelly Birger Phillips believes autonomy building can begin simply with a home inventory. She suggests the following tips to help preschool-aged kids develop a sense of autonomy at home: 1. Do kids have an easily accessible place to put their coats and shoes when they get home? (The easiest place to put a coat is on a low hook near the front or back door.) 2. Is there a place (such as a kid-sized bench) for putting shoes on and off? 3. Can toys and books be reached in the living room? 4. Are they able to access art supplies, dishes, water, and snacks in the kitchen? 5. Is there a stool in the bathroom that makes using the toilet and washing hands easy? Can she reach the towel to dry her hands? 6. Is there easy access to drinking water? 7. A child’s bedroom should be the most accessible and easy to navigate. Your child should be able to access clothes, a hamper, full length mirror for grooming, toys, books, games and other supplies she enjoys. 8. For toy storage, small bins containing a few items each provide easier to access than huge overfilled bins. 9. Your child should have a reading chair that fits his body. 10. Your child should be taught practical life skills such as pouring, spooning, cutting, and cleaning up. Autonomy Builders for Older Children It is likely that these ideas for increasing independence are already a part of your parenting repertoire. However, it never hurts to take stock. Embrace the Future is an organization in Australia working with teachers, families, and schools to increase resiliency in children. The program suggests these tips to promote an older

child’s autonomy: 1. Encourage age appropriate responsibilities such as caring for a pet. 2. Help them think up their own solutions to problems rather than solving for them. 3. Expect them to rise to small challenges like making a phone call for themselves. 4. Encourage them to make their own choices. 5. Model and teach good coping skills for coping with stress: *Be able to ask for help and know where to seek it. *Have a sense of humor. *Negotiate and be assertive. *Exercise, play, and have hobbies. *Be optimistic. Avoid Overprotecting Author Nadine Descheaux writes “Parents often tend to do things for their children in order to help them, to hurry things up or because they are under the misconception that their child will not be able to accomplish the task alone.” Descheaux identifies attitudes and behaviors which may be detrimental to the development of autonomy: • Overprotecting your child • Constantly repeating instructions • Constantly attending your child’s extracurricular activities • Constantly supervising your child’s group activities • Having difficulty letting your child work in his own fashion • Having a tendency to solve problems between your children • Worrying when your child is away from you Bear in mind, children make many mistakes on the road to developing autonomy. Parents must also be mindful of how to respond when these wrinkles happen.■ Michele Ranard, M.Ed. Michele Ranard has a husband, two children, and a master’s in counseling. Visit her blogs at cheekychicmama.blogspot.com and hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com.

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Digital dos and don’ts for families (ARA) - Serving nutritious meals, ensuring everyone gets enough sleep and physical activity, helping kids navigate the emotional challenges of growing up parents have a lot to think about when it comes to keeping their kids healthy. Over the past decade, one more concern has emerged, and it’s gaining in importance: teaching children how to live a healthy digital life. The percentage of American children with access to home computers increased 70 percent between 1984 and 2010, and the percentage with home Internet access rose 35 percent between 1997 and 2010, according to research by the nonprofit Child Trends research center. Eighty-five percent of children have access to computers in their home, the organization says. Nearly 97 percent of American households own at least one TV, according to Nielsen. Clearly, the digital world has become a big part of life for kids of all ages. With schools back in session and the holidays approaching, many families will spend even more time in the digital world, doing homework, holiday shopping, or replacing outdoor activities with TV when the weather turns cold. Just as parents teach children the value of self-discipline in their eating, exercise and behavior, they need to share lessons of digital discipline as well. As your family gets into a fall routine, keep these digital do’s and don’ts in mind: Do: * Limit screen time - The Mayo Clinic reports that too much screen time (whether TV or computer) has been linked to childhood obesity, poor sleep, behavioral problems, poor school performance, and even violence. Many child health advocates recommend limiting the amount of time children watch TV or spend on the computer. When kids aren’t sitting in front of a screen, parents should encourage them to engage in physical activity, creative pursuits or in-person socializing. * Keep everything in the open - Online activity should only take place with a parent present. Keep the family computer - and all Internet use in a common area of the home. Be around when children are online. You don’t have to look over their shoulders, but you should be aware of what they are doing while they’re online. * Take the first look - If your child wants to visit a new website or join a particular social media group, check it out first. If the content seems inappropriate,

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steer your child away from the site. * Use helpful tools - Protecting kids online can be a challenge, but tools like SafetyWeb can make it easier. The tool helps parents keep kids safe online by monitoring online activity - both the child’s and what the child is exposed to. An active blog discusses the latest challenges with rearing kids in the digital age. Don’t: * Let kids isolate themselves in the digital world While kids might enjoy a TV show or video game together, computer time is too often alone time for them. Children who spend a lot of time online can become cut off from the real world. Encourage children to engage in healthful face-to-face interaction with their peers, whether it’s as part of a sports team, volunteer group or just hanging out together at a friend’s house. * Allow digital communication to replace family face-time - Technology has made it easier than ever for families to stay in touch when they’re apart at work or school. Too often, however, family members rely on a quick text or instant message to reach someone in another room of the house. When you’re home together, set aside digital communication and go in search of each other. * Skip exercise - Families that exercise together tend to be healthier, studies show. Don’t forego physical activity in favor of screen time. Instead of sitting down together to watch a TV show, gather up the family and head to the bowling alley. * Forget to lead by example - For all that the digital world has expanded the influences to which children are exposed, parents still remain the most influential people in their children’s lives. Modeling digital discipline and healthy behaviors is an important part of teaching those lessons to your children. ■


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Wise Merchants Association Membership Benefits The Wise Merchants Association was founded in June 2009 by Kim Tinkham to help local businesses weather the recession. The goal of this Association is to allow merchants to share ideas, problems and solutions with other merchants. Our Association meetings are structured to  provide information, education, and motivation for  business owners, as well as networking opportunities. We believe in having local merchants support each other and in keeping shopping dollars local. Our Association does not compete with the local Chambers, and actually partners with them on occasion for special events. We are a unique Association with the only goal of providing business owners information they need to grow their business! Membership Benefits: • Motivational speakers • Training • Informal meetings • Networking opportunities • Excellent sponsors • Supportive members • Business owner focused

Additional Business Benefits: • Highly recognized by the Wise County Clerk and Wise County Attorney • Recommended by many local organizations • Discounted advertising in Wise Family Today Magazine • Discounts on member’s products or services

Our meetings have included training for business owners in marketing, networking, social media, business goal setting, sales training, and business etiquette. We also have informal, after-hours Mixers that are a great opportunity to bring guests. Thank you to our members and we encourage you to take advantage of all of your membership benefits. If you are not a member, we invite you to join us at www.wisemerchants.org!

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Wise Family Magazine September 2012  

Wise Family Magazine inspires parents, motivates kids and celebrates life in Wise County, Texas.

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