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2015 Home Products Show

Dayne Kelley, General Manager of Raising Cane’s in Tyler presented Pets Fur People representatives with a check totaling $998.63. The fundraiser was made possible by the Louisiana-based chain’s Plush Puppy campaign. The upscale clothing and accessory boutique, Dazzlin’ Di’z has been renamed and rebranded as The Red Brick Quarters Boutique, LLC, located in the Rose Dry Goods building at 124 N. 4th St. in downtown Wills Point. Prev  1 of 6  Next


Ticket sales start today for the 35th annual Tyler Area Builders Association’s Home Products Show set for Friday through Sunday at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler. From lighting to landscaping and paint to pools, the Home Products Show will feature more than 100 TABA members from every building specialty imaginable. Each display will offer demonstrations or a sampling of products along with expert advice. The event will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available in advance at: Citizens National Bank, 2217 W. Grande Blvd.; TABA Office, 1504 W. Grande Blvd.; Kilgore National Bank, 16921 Farm-to-Market Road 2493, Flint; Granite Division, 3536 U.S. Highway 271 North; and Altra Federal Credit Union, 5523 Troup Highway. Adults may enter the Grand Prize drawing for a $1,000 prepaid Mastercard courtesy of Citizens National Bank. About 2,500 visitors attended the event last year. For more, contact the TABA office at 903-561-3964 or visit



Diana Wilcoxson has expanded her upscale clothing and accessory boutique, Dazzlin’ Di’z, by renaming and rebranding the business as The Red Brick Quarters Boutique, LLC. Ms. Wilcoxson, and two local business associates, Bronnie Dugan and Marie Moreno, have converted the historic former Rose Dry Goods Building into the new home for the boutique, Painting at the Bricks and The Red Brick Tea Room. The Rose Dry Goods building is at 124 N. 4th St. in downtown Wills Point. The official grand opening and open house is set for March 3, but the boutique and Painting at the Bricks launched in time for Valentine’s Day. Painting classes are available at 7 p.m. each night from Tuesday through Saturday. The studio can accommodate up to 21 people and party packages are available. Ms. Moreno, who has been part of Ms. Wilcoxson’s boutique support staff, will assist managing the tea room. The menu will be overseen by ChefRaul Armas and will feature homemade soups and house specialty salads and sandwiches using local dairy and produce and a line of baby cakes. For more, visit DazzlinDiz.



The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Cynergy Technology as a winner in its annual Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards, a program that recognizes companies for their success and innovation and for their contributions to economic growth and free enterprise. Cynergy Technology opened in 1981 as ComputerLand in Tyler. It was selected from a record number of applicants from communities across the nation for demonstrating exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement and customer service. The Chamber will announce seven regional finalists from the winners on March 18 and honor all of the winners at the 11th annual America’s Small Business Summit June 8 to 10 in Washington D.C. One regional finalist will receive the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, and a $10,000 cash prize from the U.S. Chamber. All Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which recognizes one business that has found notable success in the eyes of its community. The winner will be decided through online public voting between Feb. 19 and March 4.



The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce is holding East Texas Coalition Day in Austin, which started Sunday and continues through Tuesday, to meet with appointed and elected officials in conjunction with the upcoming state legislative session. This special event provides an opportunity for the business men and women of the Tyler area to meet and discuss issues and legislation with the officials. This session we will be hosting several functions with the communities of Longview and Kilgore, as well as other East Texas cities in an effort to show unity in East Texas. 



On Jan. 27, the Texas Legislature approved two resolutions to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the professional practice of accounting in Texas and to honor the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). Attending an event to mark the occasion were: Mark Lee, chairman TSCPA; Coalter Baker, assistant presiding officer TSBPA; Allyson Baumeister, chairman elect TSCPA; Tom Prothro, of Tyler, presiding officer TSBPA; Joe Straus, speaker of the house; and John Otto, Texas State representative, District 18.



East Texas Communities Foundation announced the appointment of three board members; Gordon Northcutt and Gregory Wright, of Longview, and Shannon Glenney, of Tyler. Northcutt will take on the role of board chairman for outgoing chairwoman, Shannon Dacus, who will remain on the board as immediate past chair. Northcutt, who has served since 2006 on the ETCF board, is vice president and trust officer for Citizen’s National Bank in Longview. Wright, a native of Longview, graduated from McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas. Ms. Glenney is a community volunteer serving on the boards of Pine Cove and Trinity Mother Francis Women’s Board.



Approximately 175 legislators, elected officials, business and civic leaders joined in Austin for the bi-annual East Texas Reception hosted by ETCOG (East Texas Council of Governments) on behalf of the County Judges and Commissioners Association. The reception honors legislators while they are in session, shares priorities important to the region, and honors a legislator of the year. Representative Chris Paddie, of Marshall, was recognized as the Legislator of the Year. He was nominated by a survey of the general public and selected by the ETCOG Chief Elected Officials Board.



Roe Buckley was elected to the Board of Directors of Citizens 1st Bank. Buckley is chairman of the board and chief financial officer of Mewbourne Oil Co. He is a former chairman of the Texas Oil and Gas Association and of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association. He is a graduate of The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.



Teresa Harper was named vice president of Southside Bank. Ms. Harper has over 35 years of banking experience and began her career at Southside in 2009 as deposit operations analyst. She now works as a business analyst for the Information Technology department.



Fred and Kathryn Worthen started their real estate business, Fred Worthen and Associates Real Estate, in 1972 in Flint/Gresham. Worthen became instrumental in developing real estate and mineral land man programs at Tyler Junior College, where he taught for nearly 20 years. After purchasing a Century 21 franchise, he moved to Tyler and operated that business for 23 years. After a heart attack, Worthen downsized to a smaller office at 2001 Rickety Lane. Worthen and his wife of 59 years are inviting the public to come by and meet the agents at Worthen Realty Group. For more, call 903-581-4614.



Dayne Kelley , general manager of Raising Cane’s in Tyler, presented Pets Fur People representatives with checks totaling $998.63. The fundraiser was made possible by the Louisiana-based chain’s Plush Puppy campaign. Customers were invited to purchase Plush Puppies during the holiday season, with 100 percent of net proceeds donated to pet welfare organizations in each of Raising Cane’s local communities. The Louisiana-based chain has consistently been named one of the “Best Companies to Work For” in communities throughout its system. 



The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Waterpark @ the Villages, 18270 Singing Wood Lane in Flint.



Altra Federal Credit Union will host a free Home Buying After Hours Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 24 at One Realtor Center, at 2772 SSE Loop 323. Attendees will receive a home buying guide and a coupon worth $300 off closing costs or a $300 Visa Gift card at closing from Altra. They will have the opportunity to register for door prizes, including a flat screen TV. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. Register at .



The Lindale Area Business Showcase will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5. The free showcase is open to the public and includes lunch at noon. It is an opportunity for the public to see their options of services and products that can be found in and around Lindale. For more, email or call 903-780-7969.



The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and Core insights will hold a critical thinking seminar from 8:30 a.m. to noon on March 31 at the Rose Garden Center. The event will cost $85 for chamber members and $100 for non-members. Topics will include the role of critical thinking in your business, how to think critically, how to prompt others to think critically and how to build a critical thinking culture.



Through weekly contributions, truck drivers and other employees of Averitt Express, which serves the Tyler area, raised a total of $450,000 in 2014, which was recently donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 1986, Averitt Cares for Kids, the company’s charitable employee-giving program, has contributed nearly $7.5 million to children-related charities, including the Shriners Burn Institute and Ronald McDonald House.



McKaig Chevrolet Buick was awarded a 2015 DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Award, a recognition auto dealerships earn by delivering outstanding customer service as rated by online consumer reviews. DealerRater, the car dealer review site for consumers, created the Consumer Satisfaction Awards to enable online car shoppers to instantly spot car dealerships that provide high-quality customer service. McKaig Chevrolet Buick has been in business since 1931, and has been owned and operated by the Abernathy brothers since the mid-1990s.



TransCanada Pipelines USA is offering grants to East Texas Nonprofit Organizations through the TransCanada Charitable Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation. The TransCanada Charitable Fund makes grants in support of strong projects based on good ideas and compelling needs which have the potential to improve communities and the lives of the people living in them. Funding is offered in the East Texas counties traversed by TransCanada pipeline operations and projects, which currently include Angelina, Chambers, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Hardin, Harris, Hopkins, Jefferson, Lamar, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Polk, Rusk, Smith, Upshur and Wood Counties. Applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organizations or government entities. Services must be available to citizens of the community without regard to race or religion. The TransCanada Charitable Fund encourages grant requests up to $5,000 for projects and programs in the following areas: community, safety and environment. For more, visit



The Tyler4Tech Networking Mixer and SXSW Send-Off Party will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 5 at Coyote Sam’s, 5224 Old Jacksonville Highway. RSVP preferred:



The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Tyler Economic Development Council, City of Tyler and several other sponsors will host the Tyler Area Energy Summit on March 30. Speakers will include Dr. Paul Tanaka, Exxon Mobil Corporate Strategic Planning; Dr. Bernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute at the SMU Cox School of Business; and Dr. Tom Tunstall, UT San Antonio Institute for Economic Development. The event will review global and domestic energy markets and the effect of oil and gas prices, geopolitical issues and the energy markets, issues and updates on the export of light crude, LNG issues and progress to date and Northeast Texas energy related economy and job market. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center.



The Tyler Economic Development Council’s 26th annual Investors Contributors Appreciation Luncheon is set for April 2 at the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. For more, contact Stephanye Petree at or call 903-593-2004, ext. 245.



The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Tyler Parks and Recreation will host the ninth annual Seniors Celebrating Life event from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 2 at Harvey Convention Center. This year’s theme is Surfin’ Up Fun. The event is designed for interaction and education, is free and includes lunch with entertainment. Breakout sessions will be held on gardening, safety tips, staying fit, financial matters, volunteering and Medicaid and Medicare updates. It will be a proactive event for participating businesses by providing a setting for educating potential consumers about services and products available in the Tyler area.


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Landscape sketches come alive at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Are you one of those highly visual people who can look at a design sketch and know what the space could look and feel like in real life? Or, are you like most of us, who can study a drawing and think it looks nice, but we can’t virtually walk ourselves through it to know if it would work for us?


We wonder: Is there really enough room under the pavilion for a complete outdoor kitchen and a large patio table? Will those trees cast shade on my meditation garden? How dramatic would that fire pit look at night? 

Fortunately for those of us who can’t tell if a squiggle on a conceptual plan is a screen or a stream, we can look at real landscapes — and their drawings — during the Yard, Garden Patio Show, Feb. 27 to March 1, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

For the show, local landscape pros came up with well-imagined plans based on their experience and knowledge of plants and garden trends that are suitable for the Pacific Northwest. Then, they executed their ideas and will stand by their creations. They will explain their choices and answer your questions about garden design challenges, from elevation and pathways, to creating a greater sense of well-being and privacy.

Yards are not as big as in days past, states the team at Design Resource Group (DRG) Landscaping, so there is a greater need for an outdoor family room that houses multiple activities and experiences for parents, children and guests.

Here are highlights from the Showcase Gardens displayed at the Yard, Garden Patio Show:

Eat, Play, Glove by Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping Garden Centers is a multifunctional space for family and friends. There is edible landscape alongside the table in the elegant open-air dining area. A playhouse and outdoor living room allows kids and adults to enjoy the outdoors. And a small, low-maintenance garden takes just a little time with a pair of gloves, pruners and a trowel to keep it in shape.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry by Showscapes Landscaping revisits mom’s good advice to “go play outside” and creates an interactive outdoor living area for people of all ages to make a meal, play Bocce Ball, pick blueberries and relax around a fire pit.

Modern Simplicity by Western Interlock is a contemporary garden design with a relaxing spa oasis, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, shower, fireplace and more.

Your Own Northwest Paradise by Northwest Outdoor Living and Landscapes is a series of outdoor rooms that will keep you from wanting to go back inside the house.

Toe dippin’…Wine sippin’…Timeless Pleasures by LMeyer Design and JP Stone Contractors focuses on garden trends suited to landscapes aging gracefully and enhancing relaxation such as an island oasis with the calming sound of water and a warming fireplace near a custom built table. Nearby are plants in a range of texture, movement, color and scents, and which are beneficial to sustaining necessary insects, bees, and birds.

A Place for Family and Friends by Matt Sander Landscape Services has a covered eating pavilion made of heavy timbers. Across the patio is a stone-and-steel fire pit. Nearby is a pond with a stone water wall and meditation areas.

Why Go Inside? by Design Resource Group (DRG) Landscaping is a multiactivity outdoor family room where guests can visit, kids can play and families can have time together daily.

In addition to Showcase Gardens, there will be seminars by well-known gardening experts on everything from urban farming and medicinal gardening to perfect plant combinations and fragrant flowers.

There will also be booths selling plants, bulbs, tools, art, books, furniture and other gardening-related items.

The Yard, Garden Patio Show was founded in 1988 by the Oregon Association of Nurseries. The 26-year-old show is now owned by Metropolitan Productions Inc.

— Homes Gardens of the Northwest staff

Yard, Garden Patio Show

When: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 ; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 1

Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Public transit and parking: Several TriMet bus routes stop near the convention center, and MAX light rail goes right to its door. Convention Center parking lot is $9 per day and is accessible from Northeast Lloyd Boulevard or First Avenue. Other area parking lots range in price. Also on-street metered parking if you can find it.

Admission: $12 at door, $9 for those 60 and older, free for those 12 and younger; $7 in advance at Dennis’ 7 Dees while supply last.

For more information: 360-210-5275 or

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Are herbal remedies safe?

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:00 am

Are herbal remedies safe?

By Bob Beyfuss


Before I continue with the topic of herbal medicines I want to share some cold weather tips with you. If you did not put rodent guards around the base of your fruit and ornamental trees, this would be a good time to shovel away the snow at their base and either install plastic guards or wrap hardware cloth around the lower 2 feet or so. Mice, voles and rabbits will tunnel under the snow, quite happily, and eat the bark off, possibly killing the plant.

If your houseplants are looking a little sickly due to darkness and indoor dust, take them in the shower with you. Be careful with rock salt around garden plantings, use Calcium Chloride or one of the newer “plant friendly” alternatives. In a pinch, ordinary garden fertilizer such as 5-10-5 will melt snow and ice. Now back to herbs!

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