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The Gunter Gazette
September 2018

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

Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family.  In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.


The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

There are four aims of Scouting: citizenship, character, personal fitness, and leadership. 

The methods of Cub Scouting are: living the ideals, belonging to a den, advancement, family involvement, activities, serving the community, and the uniform.


Cub Scout dens are arranged by grade and separated into boy and girl dens.


Learn more about Cub Scouts at


Sponsored by Parkhaven Dental

In September, STEM is moving from Tuesdays to Thursdays. Thursday September 6 at 4:30 will be the first STEM day. This after school activity is geared for 2nd – 6th graders. Moms, your 2nd grader may need your help with some of the activities. Themes for fall include Toys from Trash in September, Put a Spin on It in October, Up in the Air for November, and Arts & Crafts for December. During August, STEM activities involved learning to solve the 2 X 2 Rubik’s Cube. The winners of the Rubik’s Cube Challenge on Saturday, August 25 were Zackary Smith and Hannah Smith. Zackary won the challenge by solving the Cube in 28 seconds. We need to return the Rubik’s Cubes to by September 10, so the cubes will be available for practice in the library Makerspace until that time.

Library Update


Gunter Library has a collection of books in Spanish for children and adults. The library will have some of these on display during September and October for Hispanic Heritage Month. We invite you to get acquainted with some of these noted authors, as well as our many children’s bilingual stories.

Isabel Allende was born in 1941 in Lima, Peru. Her first and most acclaimed novel, House of the Spirits, is available in English at the Gunter Library. Daughter of Fortune is also available in English. Julia Alvarez was born in New York in 1950. She writes about her family’s memories in the Dominican Republic. The library has a copy in Spanish of her book, Antes de Ser Libres, and a children’s book in Spanish, De Como Tia Lola Vino a Quedarse.  Rudolfo Anaya was born in 1937 in New Mexico. His novel, Bless Me, Ultima, considered a classic of modern American literature, is available in both Spanish and English in the library.

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Her well known book, The House on Mango Street, about moving often between Mexico and the United States as a child, is available in Spanish and English.  Gary Soto was born in 1952 in Fresno, California. He is well known for fiction and poetry for children and adults. The library has his book, Too Many Tamales, in both English and Spanish.

The library has Reyna Grande’s The Distance Between Us, in English and in Spanish, as well as a Spanish copy of A Traves de Cien Montanas. Laura Esquivel’s Como Agua Para Chocolate is available in Spanish. Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s La Sombra del Viento is available in Spanish. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude is available in English and in Spanish.

The library has recently purchased a collection of children’s biographies from the series “Who Was…” This series of books about well-known scientists, notable women, sports and political figures is very popular. We have just received the new rotating collection of large print books from the NetLibs Library Consortium. Check those out! We will be receiving a new rotating collection of CD books from the Collaboration of North Texas Libraries in September. Commuters will enjoy listening to those on their drive to work every day.

Summer Reading Challenge Addenda

Attention all adult readers: No one signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge this year. The library has a Kindle Fire that was to be the award for Summer Readers. Here is one more chance to put your name in the drawing for the Kindle. Turn in a list of at least three books you read this summer and your name will be entered in the drawing on Saturday, September 8.

Amelia Bedelia Means Business

Amelia Bedelia is so silly she does not understand homophones (words that sound the same but mean something different) or expressions so her friends have to help her. For example, she was confused by the phrase, "That's a piece of cake!", she thought she was really going to eat a piece of cake. It was funny! She is always helping people and is kind to others. She is either on an adventure or solving a problem. She is always having fun with her friends Heather and Holly. I love Amelia Bedelia, it is such a good book.

Isabella Mann, Age 10

Story Time with Ms. Jennifer!

Sponsored by Turrentine-Jackson Morrow Funeral Home

We finished our Summer Reading Program on Aug 7, 2108 with a big Yahoo cowboy finish!  Our very own Gunterite Stuart Freeney cowboy, song writer and great story teller!  The children wore cowboy hats and bandanas to get into the western spirit.  Stuart told us all about the ranch, sang us a song, showed us a real saddle and he even wore real spurs!  Something that most kids will not see in person! 

Our winners of the Kindle Fire were elated to receive them.  We had one boy read over 50 books this summer and was awarded a Kindle Fire for his love of reading.  This SRP was highly successful this year with over 70 participants!

Since this is the beginning of the new school year, we are excited to announce that the Gunter Elementary Kindergarten classes will be able to attend a monthly program at the Gunter Library. We have so much fun when they come to our Library with stories, snacks, games and crafts.  We love to instill in them a love for libraries and that we can be a fun and happy place to be!  We encourage our moms of the Kindergarten children to come and volunteer and check our Library!

Gardening in Triple-Digit Weather

-Juanita Hazelton

Wednesday evening my grandson Sean brought me a small plastic baggie containing basil and rosemary from his garden. I told him it was one of the nicest gifts he had ever given me, and I shared its fragrance with several people. One of the reasons I loved the gift is because I love that he is becoming a gardener. Several years ago, I shared a space in my raised garden with him and his sister. I took them shopping at a nursery and let them choose and plant their choices. The next year Sean and I built his own raised garden at my house. He grew flowers, strawberries, and cauliflower. He planted some vegetables in his mother’s flower bed and in some containers on his back porch. This year his mother built him a raised bed in his own back yard. He has a beautiful raised garden with flowers, herbs, tomatoes, peppers and even a watermelon vine.  A large Roma tomato plant has sprouted beside their cement patio, from some seed he spilled last year. Now, Sean has plans to build more and bigger, maybe even a small greenhouse. So, when he brought me the little baggie of sweet smelling herbs, I was pleased beyond measure. I always feel a thrill when I see the first plants pushing up from seeds I have sown in my garden. I feel a thrill to see the seeds of a love of gardening growing up in my grandson’s life. His little gift of fragrance gives me a pleasure that will last long beyond my own gardening life.


Sexuality – What’s Choice and What’s Not?

-Judy Cook, MD

After doing a recent TV interview about the 12 y/o transgender girl from Achille, Ok, I felt it would be useful to do some basic clarification about gender identity here.  There has been so much misinformation and misunderstanding about this whole area despite all we have learned about it over the span of my medical career. One of the big misunderstandings is the belief that somehow people choose their gender identity and thus choose to be gay or transgender or heterosexual and so on.   Stop and think a moment about whether anyone – like your parents – ever said ‘Ok, it’s time to choose... do you want to be interested in boys or girls?” You just had your sense of who you were attracted to and for about 90% of the population that is heterosexual, but for the other 10% - and by the way this is across species, not just in humans  - the feelings that arise in them are for someone of the same gender, and occasional people are asexual and a few fall into a category like the dolphins and get turned on by almost anything! (Yes, the dolphins – the fish, not some athletic team!) Also, why would someone choose to be something that produces such horrible ostracism and hatred – much like some of the racism we see, or even worse. If it isn’t a choice, then what is it?  How about a normal variation in nature. Our whole hormonal system is so complex, it’s really amazing there isn’t more variation. Diversity is a part of life in almost every arena. If it weren’t we would all be identical. Why should sexuality be any different than something like body size and shape?

An issue that is at the heart of the problem here is that humans tend to fear things they don’t understand, and if you have never had anything other than a heterosexual attraction, anything else may seem really strange – but there are things out there that are much more strange than homosexuality.  Sometimes that fear is that someone of the same sex may ‘make a pass at you’ causing you to wonder if there is something wrong with you that you were unaware of.  It doesn’t mean anything more than that they find you attractive, and just like with someone of the opposite sex, if you aren’t interested you ‘just say no’.

Over the course of 40 years in both the field of psychiatry, and intense involvement in growing orchids I have had opportunity to get to know and interact with many very fine people with gender identity issues.  If you read history, you will see the enormous contributions made especially in the artistic fields by homosexuals. I can also tell you that there have been many children where it was obvious to me when they were quite young that they would not have the ‘normal ’ heterosexual orientation – at an age where it couldn’t really be a choice because they were too young to be thinking about sexuality!  I am far from the only person to only make those observations, and I seriously empathize with children who as they grow up begin to realize not only that they are very different from most of their peers, but also become aware of how their differences are so hated, and may develop a lot of fear of their own about being accepted as people. Often they are even afraid to tell their parents – and sometimes the parents are reluctant to discuss the issue with their children.   Let me point out here quite clearly that gender identity issues also have nothing to do with how that child is parented. I bring that up because that is one of many areas where parents have wrongly been blamed for the children’s problems – usually blamed on an ‘overbearing mother’. 

The issue of being ‘transgendered’ seems to be a more current and more confusing issue for a lot of people and certainly raises the confusion of ‘what to do about bathrooms’.  The simple thing is to create a couple 1 person bathrooms that anyone can use. It clearly is a 

confusing issue if, for example, you are transgender male, and have fully made the transition to being female and have to use the men’s restroom – but may also provide a little anxiety using the female restroom because that is a major change as well.   The wonders of modern medicine have made it possible for those people who were such overtly feminine males, or overtly masculine girls, to now be able surgically and hormonally convert to the gender which feels right to them. Yes, that is hard thing to understand, but it is also hard to understand and cope with if you look like a guy on the outside and yet truly feel like a girl on the inside – or vice versa.  I have known a couple people recently – one a HS student, one a practicing nurse – who have each undergone the gender transition – and both look and behave much more normally in those new roles and are clearly much happier as people. It is a hard concept to deal with whether for the person, the family or friends and acquaintances, but it seems to produce happier, better adjusted people. 

Please keep in mind that someone having a different gender identity does NOT represent any kind of threat to you or to society. Also know that they do not choose to have a different sexual orientation.  What they do choose is what they do about it – whether they try to keep it a secret and deal with the pain and risks associated with that, or whether they come out in the open with who they are and try to live as normal a life as possible.  For those of you who would like to bring up the religious taboos about homosexuality, I would suggest that you go and read those 11 or 12 passages in the Bible where you will find that there are many other sexual ‘variations’ that are admonished, but there is only one of them that made it to the point of being one of the 10 commandments – and that is Adultery.  Interesting that people don’t get so upset about that issue!!! My wish would be that we all learn to get along better and learn to understand our creator’s wisdom in generating all this diversity and just worry about making yourself the best and happiest and most loving person you can be – toward yourself and others.

Come Support your Gunter Tigers and Library!
Be sure to check out the Gunter Library & Museum table at the home football games this season and support your local library! We have lots of school spirit items to choose from including car decals that are selling out fast! See you at the game!


Baked Chicken Wings are tossed in a parmesan and garlic sauce and then baked in the oven. These wings are super crispy and finger lickin' good!!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20 wing portions

  • 2 lbs wing portions
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ - 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 c Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley finely chopped
  • Italian or Ranch dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine salt, garlic, both peppers, lemon juice and olive oil. Whisk ingredients together until a slightly thick sauce forms. Add wing portions and toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle cornstarch over wings to distribute evenly. Toss wings again to coat them completely.
  4. Lastly, add parmesan cheese incrementally to try and cover all of the wings completely.

  5. Place wing portions on a parchment paper lined baking sheet that has been sprayed generously with non-stick cooking spray.*  Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.

  6. Bake wings in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  7. Broil wings on a high broil for 4-6 minutes.

  8. Sprinkle wings with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve wings immediately with ranch or Italian dressing and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Do not use aluminum foil here!! It will only make the wings stick like crazy!!

National Hispanic  Month

-Juanita Hazelton

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15.  It is a time to celebrate and honor the many contributions Hispanics have made to the United States. The reason it starts in the middle of the month is because when President Lyndon Johnson signed the law to establish the celebration in 1968, he chose a date that coincided with the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their Independence Days soon after, on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Representative Esteban Torres of California submitted a bill in 1987 to expand the celebration to a full month. The following year President Ronald Reagan extended the yearly occasion through Oct. 15.  That allowed El Día de la Raza to fall under Hispanic Heritage Month, as well. 

According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from the 2000 Census, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.

Even though the first non-native settlers in Texas were Spanish and most Texas place names derive from Mexican culture, many people believe Texas history began in 1836—with the Alamo and Texas’ Independence from Mexico. But the history of Hispanic Texas goes all the way back to 1519 when a Spanish explorer claimed it for his King and country. In the centuries since, Texas has had a rich Hispanic history of conquistadors, missionaries, ranchos, impresarios, vaqueros, revolutionaries, civil right leaders, migrant workers, and many others. In fact, Texas would not be Texas without the profound influence of Hispanic Texans, whose contributions are substantual, long term, and deeply rooted.

Tejano culture is so ingrained in Texas that it often is taken for granted, from Tex-Mex food to our music, our arts, our celebrations and our cowboy culture. For many years, the Texas story has been told from a primarily Anglo point of view. Welcome to the Texas Historical Commission’s mobile tour, Hispanic Texans: Journey from Empire to Democracy. This tour serves as an introduction to the rich and colorful Hispanic experience in Texas and a starting point for all visitors to appreciate the role of Tejanos in the making of the Lone Star State.  You can see short videos of Hispanic influence in Texas at

There is no aspect of Texas business, industry, or professional life that does not feature important contributions by Tejanos.  Every U.S. war of the 20th and 21st century has seen heroic service from Hispanic citizens in every theater of operation and in every branch of the military. Nearly a dozen Tejanos died in defense of the Alamo, and many more fought bravely under the command of Juan Seguin at San Jacinto, the battle that ended the war. Tejano patriot and statesman Jose Antonio Navarro helped draft the Texas Declaration of Independence. 

The Latino Cultural Center of Dallas, at 2600 Live Oak Street, is a multidisciplinary arts center for the preservation, development and promotion of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture. It hosts more than 300 cultural events a year. In addition to producing and presenting an annual calendar of performing, visual art and educational programs, the Center offers unique opportunities for artists and cultural organizations to present their work. Go to for information about its events.

Information for this article came from several Internet sites, including

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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
Secure Your Email!
-Joe Woodwell

Last July, Google announced its 85,000 employees had gone a full year without encountering any security mishaps following a mandatory requirement of using physical security keys for two-factor authentication. Now, its in-house security key is available for sale in the Google store.

My thought was that Google was going to continue using Yubico and didn;t have any plans to actually manufacture and sell it's own technology. I was very wrong!

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the bare minimum standard anyone should be doing to protect their accounts from social-engineering hacks like phishing emails.

The most common form of 2FA is sending a user a text message with a unique code after they’ve entered their basic password. Unfortunately, even that method is vulnerable because text messages can be intercepted. A physical key is much more secure because a hacker would need to have the device in hand IRL in order to break into your account.

Google said earlier this year that only 10-percent of Gmail users have implemented 2FA, and it wants to encourage people to take things a step further and buy its Titan security key. If you're one of the 10-percent, you might want to get on-board with the new Titan device.

The Titan device appeared in the Google store on Thursday and it’s really two devices. For $50, you get one USB key that can be inserted into your computer to prove that you’re really you, and a backup device that communicates with NFC or Bluetooth. The idea is that Google’s Advanced Protection Program requires two registered devices in case you lose one, and the NFC/Bluetooth device is more convenient for unlocking a mobile device.

I'm a huge fan of two-factor authentication methods or combinations such as iPhone/AppleWatch, or Android phone/Android watch, Car entertainment screen/iPhone, etc. You get the picture. This way, if someone gets your phone, they won't be able to start your car, access your e-mail, etc. What a great way to practice safe, secure, computing.

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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