Come find out what going on in Gunter while the kids go back to school!
The Gunter Gazette
August 2018

The Gunter Library & Museum
110 S Hwy 289 #4
Gunter, Texas 75058


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Solving the Rubik’s Cube: STEM August 7 – September 4

August 7 is the final day of Makey-makey activities for 2nd – 5th graders. We will wind up with a party and demonstrations of any projects completed by participants. It will also include an introduction to a special activity for August STEM. Do you remember the Rubik’s Cube? Rubik's Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974. It was originally called the Magic Cube and became very popular in the 1980s. By January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide.  The You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube Education Program (YCDTRC) has loaned a set of small Rubik’s cubes to the Gunter Library for six weeks. STEM activities during August will feature learning to solve the cubes, every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Join learners on Saturday August 11, from 11 – 12, to find out who can solve the puzzle in the shortest time. The two fastest cubers will receive their own Rubik’s cube. Anyone who wants extra practice can use the cubes in our Maker Space until we return the cubes on September 12. Regular STEM after school activities begin September 11. Watch for a flyer!

Library Update


School Supplies and Clothing Drive

School begins soon. Are you ready? We are almost ready for the annual clothing and school supplies give away August 4, 2018 -The FIRST Saturday in August!  The library still needs donations of school supplies or funding to purchase them for the give-away. Donations of clothing are still being accepted this week at 121 East College Street. All sizes of gently used clothing are appreciated. Specific needs include: tennis shoes, blue jeans, socks, coats. Visit the Valley Church of Christ’s fellowship hall on August 4, 10-12 to pick up free school supplies and free clothing for your kids.


Children’s Story Time

August 7 will wind up the Summer Reading Program at the library. Have you been keeping track of your reading? Are you ready for rewards for that effort? Don’t miss the final SRP activity, with cowboy singer Stuart Freeney. After his program, there will be a drawing for Kindle Fire tablets and other goodies. You need to turn in your reading logs to make sure your name is in the drawing. Adults who participated in the Adult Summer Reading Challenge need to turn in their logs too.  The drawing for a kindle Fire for adult readers will take place at the same time.

Summer Reading Program 2018


Our Summer Reading Program continues to be awesome this summer!  In July we had the wonderful Logan Family in the Library to play all their musical instruments and even sing for us!  We first read the story about Max and how he found two sticks and started beating on all the different things around him.  All the kids received their own set of real drumsticks to take home to make their own music!  It was probably a real bang up at their houses!  Next month on August 7 at 10:30 Gunter’s very own Stuart Freeny will bring his stories of being a cowboy and even singing and playing to us! Hope to see you there! You may even look like a cowboy when you leave!

Story Time with Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Teri!

Sponsored by Turrentine-Jackson Morrow Funeral Home

Summer is quickly coming to an end and the kids are all heading back to school soon.  Why does it always seem like summer just went by so quickly!  Our summer story times have been a lot of fun!  We started off the month with a bang and learned all about “America A Patriotic Primer” by Lynne Cheney.  We had a marvelous time with the Logan Family for our Summer Reading Program and read “Max Found Two Sticks” by Brian Pinkney. We got our very own real drumsticks like Max did when he learned to play drums on everything from the front steps to buckets!   We found out the Kent Redeker has a brilliant imagination with “Don’t Splash the Sasquatch!  We even made our own Maracas! Learning how to be kind to everyone was the theme with “We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio the author of “Wonder”. We had fun Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches with “Ten Hungry Pigs” by Derek Anderson.


Small Talk 

-Mitzi Nelson, M.S., CCC-SLP



“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”-Mr. Rogers 

How many of you remember the warm fuzzies you got while watching an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood?  Fred Rogers understood children. He understood child development. He understood the importance of play.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”  Stop. Let the words of Fred Rogers engulf you. For children, play is not a luxury, it is a necessity. 

Caution though, not all play is created equal.  The rise in popularity of hand-held devices, gaming systems, and cell phones runs parallel with the decline of pretend play and childhood outdoor explorations. While technology and video games can be an appropriate form of play in moderation for older children, one of the most crucial forms of play for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary children is unstructured pretend play. 

Discover the magic that appears in constructing an unconquerable fort using sheets and chairs. Set sail on the mighty Mississippi River in the grandest of ships aka a laundry basket.  Adopt a beloved pet from the fantasy pet shop of stuffed animals. There is beauty and simplicity in the imagination of pretend play. So, go saddle your unicorn!

Gardening in Triple-Digit Weather

-Juanita Hazelton

My garden looks rather sad after our long hot spell. I didn’t water it, and I didn’t weed it. I thought it was best to stay indoors as much as possible while temperatures were 100 degrees and above. Meanwhile, my zucchini died and so did my one surviving cucumber vine. I still have tomato vines and pepper plants. My remaining plants thirstily drank up the scattered rains we had this week end. So did the soil. It was so dry and loose that weeds were easy to uproot when it finally cooled down enough for me to spend some time cleaning up the garden. Marilee Water Co-op has instituted water rationing – my watering days are Thursday and Sunday. We still have August heat to get through – I don’t expect to start my fall garden for a while.

There is one garden pest that has not minded the heat. The tomato hornworm has been busy while I have neglected my garden. If your tomato vines are missing leaves, you probably need to search for this pest. They are often easy to spot because they can be as much as five inches long. The big fat green worms are two types. One has a red horn like growth at the end of the body. This is the tobacco hornworm. The markings on the side of its body are slightly different from the tomato hornworm. The spike on the tomato hornworm is black. They are both destructive and will eat up your tomato plants if they are not removed and destroyed. See the accompanying picture for the destruction they leave behind. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac at, tilling will get rid of 90% of the eggs laid in the soil. Interplanting with dill, basil, and marigolds will discourage the hornworms. I planted dill right beside one of my tomato plants and I don’t see any damage on that plant. Wasps will also lay eggs on the back of hornworms that eventually kill the pests.


What Can We Do About Gun Violence?

-Judy Cook, MD

If you access any kind of news media, you can’t avoid the discussion about gun violence, second amendment rights, trying to blame the mentally ill and so on.  McCuistion TV ( if you wish to watch them) recently did a 2 part series on this and I was one of the panelists. No matter what your view of guns, there are some important things for you to know to better take care of yourself and your loved ones. Many people love having guns for hunting, while many others feel the need to have guns for self-defense. However, of all those people who are gun owners, less than 3% of them have been diagnosed with mental illness, compared with about 10 – 15% of the population as a whole at any given time.  Clearly the mentally ill are less likely to commit gun violence than the population as a whole. One of the things that is quite clear is that the vast majority of gun violence does not come from some stranger out on the street or entering your home or committing some kind of mass gun violence. If you get beyond the headlines for those ‘mass shootings’ usually there is a personal connection as well as a personal agenda in there somewhere. Certainly that is not true all the time but those random kinds of events are much less likely. What tends to not get publicized is that of all the gun deaths in this country – almost 40,000 in 2016, over 60% of them were suicides, and almost another 20% of them were related to conflicts in the home, and about 3% were related to accidental firings.  Thus the greatest risk from guns comes from within the home, so not too surprisingly, the more guns people have, the more deaths there are, but most of them are still in the home. I found it appalling that the NRA many years ago got the Dickey Amendment passed that prohibited the CDC from researching the whole issue of gun violence and its causes, and influenced cutting funds for CDC research. Even worse, they had managed to get a law passed in Florida that doctors should not be allowed to discuss the dangers of weapons, especially guns, in the home. Fortunately the physicians took it to the Florida Supreme court and got it overturned on the basis of it infringing on their first amendment rights. It also infringes on a doctor’s responsibility when they are concerned about the welfare of patients, to teach them some important safety issues about guns.  

Since you and your loved ones are 4 x more likely to be killed or injured by a gun in your home than elsewhere, I want to educate you about that in this column.  First of all if you have children, until they are old enough to be trained about guns and knives and how to handle them safely, weapons should be kept unloaded and locked where they cannot find them, and kids are amazing at finding things in unexpected places. There is a far greater chance that your child could get injured or killed with that gun than that you will need it to defend yourself against a home intrusion. Second, if there is anyone in your family who is significantly depressed – especially if they are suicidal - you do not want to have loaded guns laying around.  Third, if someone in the home is abusing drugs or demented and confused so they have poor judgment, you don’t want weapons easily accessible. In all these cases, by the way, you should lock up not just guns, but other things that could be used for self-harm like knives and medications – even over the counter ones – that could be overdosed on. This is not at all an issue of a right to own a gun, but a responsibility to protect people who are not functioning at their best from harming themselves if at all possible. If you are at risk for harming yourself, give that gun to someone until you are doing better.  The rules about guns and knives should also be followed if there is someone in the home who is violent or aggressive.

If you are going to own a gun, take instructions and learn to use it properly.  I am a firm believer that people who have a car need to learn to drive it properly and get licensed and should not be driving  if they are impaired from any number of causes and that the same standards should apply to using a gun. Well-handled both of them are fine to have around.  Poorly handled, both of them can lead to dire consequences, both causing about 40 thousand deaths a year in America, and both also causing a lot of other injuries above and beyond death.  If you want or need to have a gun, or a car, just be sure you learn to handle it properly and in a way that protects you and others from unintentional harm.

BTW, if you really think the NRA is about second amendment rights, you might want to look at who the major officers are.  It is no longer people just wanting to get together and enjoy some competitive shooting or hunting, it is the gun manufacturers – defending their right to sell you guns whether you need them or not.  Sounds like some of our TV commercials now, doesn’t it? Regards, Judy


Six Easy Lunch Kabobs
These are perfect for back to school! Keep your kids interested and excited for lunch each day with these fun kabobs!
(The link to the recipe is found here)
Pepperoni Pizza
  • fresh mozzarella
  • pepperoni slices
  • cherry tomatoes
  • flatbread
Chicken Cobb Salad
  • lettuce
  • grilled chicken
  • avocado
  • cherry tomatoes
  • bacon
  • boiled egg
Turkey Club
  • slices of turkey
  • bacon
  • sourdough bread
  • avocado
  • Swiss cheese
  • lettuce
  • sourdough bread
  • bacon
  • lettuce
  • cherry tomato
Salami Caprese
  • salami
  • marinated mozzarella balls
  • basil leaves
  • cherry tomatoes
Chicken Quesadilla
  • cheddar cheese
  • tortilla
  • grilled chicken
Pepperoni Pizza
  1. Thread small pieces of fresh mozzarella, slices of pepperoni, cherry tomatoes and bite-sized pieces of flatbread onto skewers.
Chicken Cobb Salad
  1. There's a lot going on with this kabob. One of everything is the way to go. Include a side of ranch for dipping.
  2. Thread a bite-sized piece of grilled chicken, lettuce, avocado, cherry tomato, bacon, and a half of a boiled egg onto each skewer.
Turkey Club
  1. Lightly toast a piece of sourdough bread and cut into quarters. Thread bread quarters, one slice of turkey folded in half and half again, bite-sized piece of Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, and a chunk of avocado. Repeat if you have room.
  1. Lightly toast a piece of sourdough bread and cut into quarters. Thread a bread quarter, bacon, lettuce, and a cherry tomato. Repeat.
Salami Caprese
  1. Slide pieces of salami, marinated mozzarella balls, small basil leaves, and cherry tomatoes onto each skewer.
Chicken Quesadilla
  1. Cut tortilla into strips.
  2. Cut cheddar cheese and grilled chicken into chunks.
  3. Fold tortilla strips in half or thirds and slide onto the skewer. Add cheddar chunks and grilled chicken. Repeat until skewer is fully loaded.

Battle of the Neches

-Juanita Hazelton


On July 16, 2018, over 500 people met at the Van Alstyne football field for the annual meeting of the Grayson Collin Electric Co-op. This annual event has been taking place for 80 years.  Those who attended the meeting were treated to free hotdogs and brisket sandwiches. Many went home with valuable items won in a drawing, including certificates for free electric service. Each went home with a bag of useful items, such as a rain gauge, a GCEC cap, and a book called Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative Celebrating Eighty Years, written by Megan Grant.  This article is taken from information in that book.

In the 1930's, less than 10% of rural families had electricity. It was thought at the time that farm families didn't need electricity, even though residents in nearby towns enjoyed its benefits. Electric companies did not think rural areas would use enough electricity to pay the expense of building and maintaining power lines. The Rural Electrification Act of 1935 changed that. It was a part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal" that made it possible for electric companies to obtain loans to develop and construct a network of power lines in rural areas. When the public utility companies were not interested, farmers across America joined together to create locally controlled not-for-profit co-operatives to provide electric power.  A co-op belongs to the people who use its services, it is self-controlled, and its gains are distributed to its participants. Any margins of profit are returned to its members.

J. Thomas Robinson and G.V. Bray of Celina began working toward a co-op of Grayson and Collin County farmers in the spring of 1936. On September 29, 1937, after meeting with area farmers and agribusinessmen, the Grayson-Collin Electric Co-op was formed. It's first meeting was in Van Alstyne. Beginning the new co-operative took door to door salesmanship, as signatures were gathered for memberships. Farmers were still recovering from the Depression and the $5.00 membership fee was the equivalent of $90.00 today. Many people didn't have the money, and many thought it was too risky of an investment, but many were ready to have electricity extended to them. When public utility companies saw what was happening with rural electricity, they decided they could provide some power lines. They built what were called "spite lines", that went through the middle of the proposed co-op territory and blocked new co-ops from forming.

The membership fee was paid only once, not yearly. In the early years of the co-op, members had to purchase a minimum amount of electricity. They read their own meters and sent the meter reading each month to the co-op. When we first moved to the Hazelton farm, I remember going out to the electric pole to write down how much electricity we had used that month.

It is hard for realize what life was like without electricity. Megan Grant's book includes the following paragraph. "Wives slaved over wood-burning stoves, drudged water up from the well, and exhausted themselves washing clothes on a washboard. GCEC director Ray Houston speaks about how his mother would heat her iron on the stove and struggle to use it to ensure their clothing was wrinkle free." I experienced living without electricity as a child, when I lived on a wheat ranch in Washington state.  The old house we lived in had butane lights. The nice thing about those lights was that the light didn't immediately go off when the string was pulled. One could scramble into bed before complete darkness fell. Water in the kitchen sink was brought up from a cistern in the cellar by a hand pump. I can appreciate what it meant to rural women when electricity came to their homes.


As electricity was brought to their homes, women had to learn how to use the new appliances. GCEC installed a kitchen in their headquarters building and hired home economists to host demonstrations. Another quote from Megan Grants book illustrates. "One member stated she refused to use her new electric stove to bake a pie because she was afraid she would ruin it. Since she had used a wood-burning stove for many years, she was far more comfortable baking in it until one day her wood-burning stove no longer worked, and she was required to use the new electric one."

Ms. Grant also talks about the crews who built the first power lines and maintained them. They first had to be trained to install the lines safely. Many men who worked for GCEC continued employment with them for years. Find a copy of Megan Grant's book and step back in time to see just how far rural America, and Grayson County in particular, has come in the last 80 years. We often talk about how life has changed for us all because of electronics and cell phones. Think about life without electricity. What would we do without it?


Words of Wellness

-Morgan Waggoner


Take a deep breath. Soak up the last bit of summer sun. The official countdown has begun. Even if you aren’t on a school calendar, or have children on a school calendar, it’s hard to deny the change of pace that seems to hit us all during the heat of summer.  As the start of a new school year draws near, there seems to be a slight quickening of pace, a little bit more urgency to do last minute projects and a crescendo of excitement as everyone feels the end of summer and the beginning of a new season approaching. In our household, this time of year is more our “New Year” than in January. We set goals, intentions, schedules and visualize the school year ahead.  This year, one of the biggest areas of focus we are working on is dealing with Procrastination. I firmly believe that this one skill can have the power to positively affect our peace and progress in every area of our lives. Meaning, if we will practice the skill of dealing with the stress in our lives directly, instead of avoiding it, we will ALL be healthier and happier for it! So, how do we do this? Here is a simple yet effective strategy. Shall we start….. tomorrow? 😉

Step one, according to Mel Robbins, author of The 5 Second Rule, is to acknowledge that “what we are avoiding isn’t the task itself but rather the stress that we are associating with the task.” Get honest and admit any fear you have around the actual task. (like I always say “admitting it is the first step to recovery!” 😊)  

Then, the fun part…. Step two: confront the stress directly. In five seconds or less, decide to do something about it and then act. Even if you decide to work just 5 minutes on the problem (no matter how big), and then do just 5 simple minutes, you’ve broken the cycle of procrastination!  A quick decision followed by immediate action interrupts the neurological cycle and begins to rewire your brain, proving to yourself that you can in fact confront and beat the stress! The most important part is deciding (within 5 seconds!) then acting.  Decide→Act!

So when you start to feel the rise of stress around a task, pause, breathe, acknowledge that stress is trying to impair your decision, identify the real fear around the task, then count to 5 and decide what you can do about it immediately, even if it’s just a tiny part, and then go DO it. Decide→Act!

Are you ready to try this??      5…4….3……2…..1….. GO!

And as always, I’d love to hear from you! Send questions, comments, success stories and feedback to me directly at I’d love to hear how Mel’s 5 second strategy works for you! Thanks for tuning in and have a wonderful start to the new season!

“Join Today and Grow Your Business With Us”
Schedule of events for 2018
April 9th - Meet the Candidate Night at 6:30
May 17th - GHS Scholarship Awards
**June 1st - Membership Networking at Landmark Bank Happy Hour 5:30-7pm. 
July 4th - Fourth of July in the Park 6-10 pm
October - Community Barn Dance
November - Member Networking Event - The Woods Potluck Dinner
December 1st - Holly Jolly Craft Fair 9-3:00 pm at GHS
U2F Security Keys
-Joe Woodwell

There are so many different topics for me to review with you, so I thought it would be helpful first to review three basic principles to help you stay safe online as written by well-known security researcher and consultant, Brian Krebs. Those rules known as Krebs rules for Staying Safe Online, are as follows:

#1 - “If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it!”
#2 - “If you installed it, update it.”
#3 - "If you no longer need it, remove it.”

They are self-explanatory but provide me a nice lead-in to this: If you'd like to minimize your profile for a phishing attack, then you might consider using physical security keys in place of passwords and one-time codes.

What's a security key?? Brian Krebs writes this week about this, "Security Keys are inexpensive USB-based devices that offer an alternative approach to two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires the user to log in to a Web site using something they know (the password) and something they have (e.g., a mobile device)."

The most common forms of 2FA require the you as the user to supplement a password with a one-time code sent to their mobile device via text message or an app. I use something similar to this when I login to my corporate intranet and VPN. Krebs writes that, "prior to 2017 Google employees also relied on one-time codes generated by a mobile app — Google Authenticator."

By contrast, a Security Key, such as the YubiKey Security Key made by Yubico, implements a form of multi-factor authentication known as Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), which allows the user to complete the login process simply by inserting the USB device and pressing a button on the device. The basic model featured here retails for $20. The device looks like a super skinny or thin USB Thumb-drive but its not a thumb drive, it's just a security tool.

How effective is it and does it really work, Joe?? It absolutely works and works like a champ. Read what a spokesman from Google has to say about the YubiKey's effectiveness: "We have had no reported or confirmed account takeovers since implementing security keys at Google.” Do you realize how many people work at Google and how many are the targets of security attacks??  That's remark from Google is about as good as it gets in the world of security tool endorsement folks.

While U2f technology is relatively new and is an emerging open source authentication standard, I've decided to move to this security platform myself as these high-profile sites are currently supporting it, including Dropbox, Facebook, Github (and of course Google’s various services). And the list of supporting sites is growing.

Most major password managers also now support U2F, including Dashlane, and Keepass. Duo Security also can be set up to work with U2F. So, it's not so cutting-edge that you'll find it useless.

Even Microsoft is implementing U2F support in an upcoming version of its EDGE browser. And since Microsoft is not usually the first company that comes to mind for innovating in this field, it's support is particularly noteworthy.

Additionally, U2F is supported by Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. In both Firefox and Quantum (the newer, faster version of Firefox), U2F is not enabled by default but it can easily be switched-on. How ‘bout them apples for endorsements of U2F?

If you are serious about wanting to reduce your security profile online, my recommendation is that you start with a security key.  Don’t think about it, run to U2F. Safe computing my friends.

Check-Out Library Materials 24/7 Online!

Gunter Library and Museum card holders can check out eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive and their great new app Libby. You can find out more by going to Libby is highly recommended for first time eBook readers, it is so easy! You can also easily read or listen directly from your browser by going to Here are some quick steps to getting started if you already know your library card number and password.

  1. Click on Sign in on the upper right corner of the page.

  2. Select Gunter Library Museum from the drop down menu on the left side of the page.

  3. Type in your library card number.

  4. Type in your PIN (you may email if you do not remember your PIN).

  5. Click on Sign in.

  6. Search for title, author, or keywords or just browse.

  7. Click on Borrow, then go to Loans under My account at the top of the page.

  8. Click on Read in Browser. If you are using the app and want to have it available when not connected to WI-FI click on Download and choose EPUB.

Pro Tips

  1. If the word Borrow is under a title it is available to check out. Place a hold puts you on the waiting list when the book is checked out to someone else.

  2. A book symbol lets you know it is an eBook.

  3. A headphone symbol lets you know it is an eAudiobook.

  4. Items check in automatically after 2 weeks, but you can return most titles early if you would like.

  5. Three dots lets you know that there are more menu options available if you click on them.

  6. The Libby app will remember your library card information for multiple accounts and multiple libraries.

  7. Pressing the spacebar will advance one page forward in the book. The left and right arrow keys will move you back and forth one page. The up arrow will let you know how far you are in the book and allow you to change the text size.

If you want to join the eBook crowd but just aren’t getting the hang of it, email us for an eBook assistance appointment at

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