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The Gunter Gazette
November 2018

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

Get to Know Our New Library Director,
Jackie Kruzie!

The Gunter Library and Museum is excited to announce a change in leadership. Our wonderful director, Juanita Hazelton, has stepped down from her duties to enjoy time with her family. Juanita has been a librarian for over 40 years and after retirement donated her time and skills to the Gunter Library and Museum. Her dedication and knowledge helped the library flourish and we want to extend our eternal gratitude for her service. Juanita will remain a board member and valued volunteer as she passes the reigns of director to Jackie Kruzie. 

Jackie Kruzie is picture book author and regional advisor of the North Texas chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has been a library volunteer and board member since moving to Gunter in 2016 and is currently pursuing her Master of Library Science at Texas Women’s University. During her undergraduate studies, Jackie learned the art of creating educational programs and put that knowledge to good use by creating Books that B.A.R.F., a young author’s workshop for elementary age children, and presents her program to schools across the state. Jackie lives on a 25-acre farm with her husband where they raise 5 children, Longhorns, a cacophony of chickens, a purrr-snickety cat named Godzilla, and a loyal German Shepherd named Lola. 


Sponsored by Parkhaven Dental

In October, the theme for STEAM projects was “Put a Spin on it!” We made colorful spinning tops out of old CD disks and marbles. We attached balloons to the CDs to make them move on their own. We created artbots out of plastic cups, markers and tiny vibrating motors. We created spiders that climbed on yarn webs and folded paper ghosts. On the last week in October we built catapults out of popsicle sticks and propelled Halloween candy at targets. In November we’ll be creating some exciting projects with magnets, like levitating pens and twirling pencils. Join us at Gunter Library every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 for hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Library Update


The Gunter Library and Museum is undergoing new growth.  We have new leadership in our Library. Our new Director, Jackie Kruzie, is attending Texas Women's College working on the required education to fill the position of Director, with the guidance of Juanita Hazelton our retiring Library Director.  Jackie is currently chairing two committees, who are working on our By-laws, policies and procedures. She is also working with some of our volunteers to improve our services, programs, and capabilities. The library welcomes anyone that may wish to volunteer and help support the library. Please contact Jackie to give and support the Library in any of the areas/ways you can.


     We are incorporating new software programs that will help us serve the community more efficiently and we have done an update to the front of the Library, with changes in furniture as well as arrangement. This will allow for a better area/space for the Children’s Reading Program and other functions. We are also pursuing the possibility of obtaining a 55” or 65” TV that will make it easier for children to see, to assist in our STEAM program, and make our community educational programs more beneficial as well as providing a platform for presentations.


     Since the Library is a non-profit organization totally funded with donations, there is a way to help with no cash out of your pocket. If you use Amazon, go to and on the pay page there is a donate to a charity. If you put in "Friends of the Gunter Library", Amazon will donate to the library a percentage of your purchase. Your costs, accounts do not change. For more information please feel free to contact any Board of Trustee member or Jackie Kruzie for further information.


     Under the guidance of a new Board of Trustees the Library is looking at Long-Range goals which include finding a location to build and design a Library and a Community Center together.  This is something this community desperately needs. We are looking at various forms of funding which includes Grants, donations and fundraising. Donations are welcome towards this goal.


     We gladly accept monetary donations, equipment donations, as well as those who wish to donate their time or skills.


We welcome any comments on how we can improve the current Library and what you think a new library/community center requires to meet the community’s needs.


Thank you


Don Anderson, President,


Friends of Gunter Library and Museum


Story Time with Ms. Jennifer!

Sponsored by Turrentine-Jackson Morrow Funeral Home

We would like to invite you and your friends  to join us each Tuesday morning at 10:30 for our Story Time Fun. 

I love the holiday months of Fall and Winter.  It always brings out the best books and fun!  This month was Fall and Halloween!  We started it off with a great book “Fall Leaves” by Loretta Holland. We enjoyed the book along with a leaf shaped snack made of rice krispies. YUM! We read the most fun book about “10 Little Monsters Visit Texas” by Trish Madson. It covered all the hot spots that people come to visit here in Texas. We even made our own little monsters and played Monster Bingo!  One of the cutest books that I found at our TLA conference last Spring was a book called “ish” by Peter H. Reynolds.  Sometimes the things we do are just “ish”, I am a children’s librarian -ish.  I am old-ish. Then there is “Otis and the Scarecrow” by Lauren Long.  Otis is the farm tractor and he is the one who really runs things around the farm. The scarecrow isn’t very friendly to the farm family. So they try hard to help him out!  This is a great series to read to your children.  It is so fun to dress up for Halloween!  I love to be the Glitter Witch! It is fun to have all the littles dress up in their costumes for Halloween! We get to wear our costumes more than once!  Look at all the cute pictures of our littles!  The book we read was “Inside the House that is Haunted” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli.  It is an interactive story telling book that I have read in the past and the kids all love.  Fun snacks and crafts and it is a great month! 

GES Kindergarten classes visit the Gunter Library and Museum


This month you would think I would do a Halloween Theme Story, but I fooled them and did a Monster Themed Story Time!  We read the “10 Little Monsters Visit Texas” by Trish Madson. It was the cutest Texas themed book for preschoolers.  These 10 monsters visit famous sites in Texas, like the Alamo, Marble Falls, Houston Rodeo, and more. At each location, we lose one of the monsters to something fun and interesting and end up with no one left! We then split off into groups with one group going to the Funomation Station and one group staying in the Library!  In the Library we played Monster Bingo and we also made a fun Monster Craft!  Then we switched with the other group.  The most fun thing to watch is the classes coming across the street like little ducks all in a row and the officer telling them to hurry along.  We even lost a shoe in the middle of the road this week! Always fun!

Rain Again
-Juanita Hazelton

North Texas has received a record amount of rain in September and October. Even gardeners have tired of the abundance. Plenty of water, interspersed with a little sunshine, has produced beautiful crookneck squash in my husband’s garden. The only problem is the mud. He can’t get into the garden to harvest it. My small raised gardens are producing some of the prettiest bell peppers I have ever harvested, but the tomato plants are still struggling to recover from the invasion of the army worms. At the same time the army worms arrived, I discovered dill worms were enjoying my parsley plants. I hand-picked the worms and dropped them into a paper cup of dish detergent and hot water. It’s a shame that such colorful caterpillars are so destructive. My chore this week, on the days we have sun, is to trim those blighted tomato plants so the new growth can produce fruit until frost. The marigolds I planted in the garden for beauty and bug control are flourishing with the freshest gold and yellow flowers of the whole season. I didn’t plant turnips and mustard this fall – Merrill planted plenty of those to last the winter. I did plant cabbage and broccoli. I think if I can just get some onion sets planted, my gardening spirit can manage until the next planting season.

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!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries

Roasted Brussels Sprouts:
  • 3 cups Brussels sprouts ends trimmed, yellow leaves removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt to taste
Roasted Butternut Squash:
  • 1 1/2 lb butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cubed into 1-inch cubes (Yields about 4 cups of uncooked cubed butternut squash)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Other Ingredients:
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup optional

Roasted Brussels sprouts:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease the foil-lined baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Make sure Brussels sprouts have trimmed ends and yellow leaves are removed. Then, slice all Brussels sprouts in half. In a medium bowl, combine halved Brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt (to taste), and toss to combine. Place onto a foil-lined baking sheet, cut side down, and roast in the oven at 400 F for about 20-25 minutes. During the last 5-10 minutes of roasting, turn them over for even browning, the cut sides should be nicely and partially charred but not blackened (see my photos).
Roasted butternut squash:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease the foil-lined baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cubed butternut squash (peeled and seeded),1 tablespoon of olive oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and toss to mix.
  3. Place butternut squash in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once half-way through baking, until softened.
  4. Note: You can roast both Brussels sprouts and butternut squash on 2 separate baking sheets at the same time, on the same rack in the oven – that’s what I did.

  1. In a large bowl, combine roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, pecans, and cranberries, and mix to combine. (OPTIONAL): For more sweetness, add 2 or 4 tablespoons of maple syrup, if desired – do not add all maple syrup at once, start with 2 tablespoons, then add more, if desired, and toss with the salad ingredients to combine.

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Stage lines in Texas

-Juanita Hazelton

Recently Merrill and I attended a Lunch and Learn session at the Red River Historical Museum in Sherman. Local historian Edward Sutherland talked about the history of the Butterfield Overland Mail commissioned by Congress in 1857 to provide mail service from the Mississippi River west to California. The route chosen led from St. Louis, Missouri to Fort Smith Arkansas, through Indian Territory, to Colbert’s Ferry, and then 740 miles through Sherman to Whitesboro, Gainesville, Jacksboro, Hueco Tanks in west Texas, and south to El Paso. El Paso, called Franklin at the time, was the mid-point on the 2,795-mile trail to San Francisco. The Texas section of the trip took eight days.

Donna Hunt details the Butterfield route through Grayson County in her August 28 history column for the Herald Democrat, titled Butterfield Trail Remembered by Markings. She mentioned a May 1936 newspaper article that quoted the former agent for the El Paso Stage Line, Richard Dorchester, as saying as many as 26 stages, besides the Butterfield line, left Sherman some days, going to Dallas, Gainesville, Clarksville and Fort Worth.

An Internet article at discusses travel in early Texas. “Early-day Texas travelers had only four choices when they needed to get from one town to another – walk, ride a horse, bounce along in a buggy or take a stagecoach.”  Horse drawn stagecoaches were in use in Texas in 1836. By 1838, stage connections carrying mail and passengers between Houston and Washington-on-the-Brazos were being advertised. It was a 30-hour trip. Stages carried passengers inland from Galveston and Indianola. A December 29, 1848 advertisement said, “The U.S. Mail stage leaves the Planter’s House on the arrival of the steamers from New Orleans and Galveston by which travelers will have a speedy and direct passage to Victoria, Cuero, Gonzales, Seguin, New Braunfels, and Austin.”

Accommodations for travelers ranged from fancy hotels in cities, to rural inns, to little more than stone or adobe buildings with a corral for stock. Meals ranged from wormy biscuits and greasy unknown cuts of meat to a variety of wild game, oysters, or fish. Waterman Ormsby, the New York Herald correspondent who rode the first Butterfield stage taking the Overland Trail to California describes the food. “It consists of bread, tea, and fried steaks of bacon, venison, antelope, or mule flesh – the latter tough….” He added, “The stomach does not long remain delicate after a few days of life on the plains.”

In 1848, the discovery of gold in California stimulated the development of stagecoach transportation in Texas. Henry Skillman contracted to provide mail service from San Antonio to El Paso to Santa Fe. James Birch landed a contract in 1857 to provide through service to San Diego. He owned 400 mules and horses and 50 Concord stages or the lighter celerity wagons. Passage from Texas to California cost $200. The mules were the reason his business was called “The jackass Mail.”

Increased demands for mail and passenger service between east and west led to John Butterfield’s Overland Mail contract with U.S. Postmaster General Aaron Brown in 1857. He contracted to provide twice-a-week mail service in each direction, and to collect fares for carrying passengers. He set up stage stops every 15 to 20 miles, dug cisterns and hauled water to them if necessary, built bridges where needed. President James Buchanan congratulated John Butterfield on October 9, 1858. “Settlement will soon follow the course of the road, and the East and the West will be bound together by a chain of living Americans, which can never be broken.”

VPN's: The Answer to Near-Total Online Security

-Joe Woodwell

I heard an interesting internet stat last week: Over 50% of all internet traffic is encrypted! That’s right, people are protecting their data and their identities from online-sniffers, hackers and government intel agencies. And don’t kid yourself, the U-S-A is recording all of your calls and e-mail correspondence. ALL OF IT.

So, what can you do to protect your online browsing, shopping, banking, and comms? What are smart-Americans doing to protect themselves online? You’ll recall a few approaches written in this column which you can take: First, strong, two-factor authentication keys such as those from Yubico or Google.

Second, use of encrypted messaging such as Signal or even WhatsApp on your phone.

Last, the most likely way folks are staying private online is with the use of a VPN or Virtual Private Network. VPNs are easy to set-up and easy to use and ultra-affordable.

There are a few things you’ll want to consider to select a worthy VPN service. Here’s why – A VPN will anonymize your computer’s identity and encrypt all traffic between you and your online connections. That’s what it does. How it does this is by having a stash of IP-addresses it can loan-out to you temporarily, by how many of it’s servers it can securely pass your traffic through to make it difficult for anyone online to track you down and see where you’re going or what you’re doing.

Ideally, the perfect VPN provider has a boat-load of IP-addresses and servers, and would own all it’s own infrastructure. Why? For the simple reason that the best of VPN companies DO NOT LOG ANY DATA, especially user-data. All network devices log IP-addresses and remember the data your connections passed and that’s how folks can track you. These logs are made available on request to law-enforcement, and sometimes a court order is required. But the best VPN outfits never log a single-bit of data.

How much does this all cost? It depends. The price for decent VPN service will range from $3.95 to $10.95 per month. Most offer annual or two-year subscriptions which can get the rate way down low, but do not shop on price alone. The cheaper the price, the fewer privacy features they’ll deliver. Or the slower the connection or fewer IPs or servers to help you stay stealth online.

Keep your online comms and data private and do it with a rock-solid VPN service today.

Words of Wellness

-Morgan Waggoner

About two months ago, our pastor at our church experienced the same kind of life-threatening traumatic delivery that we experienced with our son seven years ago. Their son was born with no heartbeat and not breathing and thanks to the doctor’s and nurses and the prayers of thousands of people all over the world, this baby is alive and well today. In the early days of this trial, our pastor’s sister wrote a song “Until the miracle comes” which powerfully describes worshipping and praising through the storms of life, singing until the miracle comes. As we were hearing this beautiful song for the first time, I had a little private conversation with God, maybe somewhat rebellious in nature, but thankfully God knows my intentions and is patient with my pestering….. “But when?? God, WHEN will the miracles come already? Some people have been waiting a long time for a miracle….working and waiting and serving and sacrificing and crying out and struggling to hang on!” The answer was swift and very clear. “The miracle is NOW.” So naturally, I question again…. “But how?? How do we KNOW when the miracle comes?” Again, clear: “Because you are HERE”.

In the month of November, it feels almost cliché to say, but finding gratitude for the now IS a miracle. In the words of singer/songwriter Edwin McCain, “right here in this moment is right where I’m meant to be, here with you, here with me.” Any given moment, any given day,  I can think of really awful, hard things in my life, but simultaneously, I can also think of some really amazing, wonderful things. This day, this month, this holiday season, let us focus our thoughts on the wonderful things and ALL of the things we have to be thankful for and truly experience the Miracle of Now.

Do We Need
a New Psychiatric Disorder?  
-Judy Cook, MD

In a world where the number of psychiatric disorders has risen from just over 100 to  over 500 since 1953, why in the world would I talk about adding another one? Because unlike many of our disorders, this is one that affects a huge number of people and is life threatening.   Other than that, it’s not important! I am also a bit nervous about mentioning it because the pharmaceutical companies might well jump on it and use it to recommend increased prescribing of some of their drugs. However, I am going put it forth with the hope that it becomes a wake-up call and helps a lot of people become aware of the issue and encourages them to implement the ‘treatment’ that I am recommending.  

The disorder I am postulating is ADDD – Attention Deficit DRIVING Disorder. I bet you immediately have some idea what I am talking about. Have you noticed all those people who – even in 80 MPH crowded traffic on the highways - are weaving all over their lane, and sometimes into the one adjacent to it? If you haven’t noticed it, do something you should be doing anyway, which is to watch the road several cars distance ahead of you carefully for potential problems, and it will be hard not to notice. In the past few weeks I have watched 2 different semis waving from just over onto the shoulder to the middle of the lane on the other side. Lest you think I am hallucinating, I verified my observations  with some friends in law enforcement and then found multiple research articles on the topic. It sure has made me a more defensive driver and even more attentive to how I drive myself.

So why is this happening and what can be done about it?  While it is tempting to think people must be driving while drinking, when it happens all hours of the day and night there must be other issues going on too. There are studies that show that just one drink of alcohol can interfere with coordination for things like driving, and many recent studies citing all the problems with utilizing cell phones for texting, reading, looking at maps, which seems to produce even more distraction and poor control than driving while intoxicated (BTW, that wonderful little ‘benign herb’ called marijuana can also intoxicate and impair driving ability and judgement as can a wide array of other drugs, both prescription and illegal). Certainly use of technology of any sort while driving increases the risk, but so do conversations with passengers and things like attending to grooming, other activities happening inside and outside the vehicle, being sleepy, and probably a lot of other things. The issue here is that being distracted while driving increases your risk of a fatal accident by about 10%, and the risk of injury even more.  Initiatives like rules against texting while driving have helped a significant amount but there are many other causes.

 So what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Expecting that other person to fix their behavior so you will be safe does not have a high probability of success. Clearly many people choose not to follow the laws, and their behavior can affect you just as much as it can affect them. Road rage doesn’t really help, but getting more defensive when you drive certainly does. Some simple strategies to employ include being sure you are watching well ahead of yourself on the road, not just close by you, because it helps you see potential problems sooner and also helps you track your own lane better. If you are going to talk on the phone, use the hands-free options, because holding that phone up to your ear limits your control. If your car doesn’t have that, get one of those inexpensive sets you can put in yourself.  Unless you can make calls with voice commands, don’t do that while driving unless it is an emergency and even then try to pull over or wait until you are at a stop light. Learn a skill my father taught to all his student pilots – know how to locate every item on your dash by feel – so you don’t have to look away to find it. If that is an important skill up in the air with so much less traffic (and where it also helped all his students come back from combat situations), it certainly can be helpful on our highways. If you are starting to feel sleepy, you can try turning the temperature cooler, singing aloud to yourself, putting on energizing music, or pulling over somewhere for a few minutes to rest or nap, or even consider spending the night in a motel or something. That’s a lot cheaper than winding up in a hospital or a grave!  Do some research on the subject of distracted driving, and if you have children also instruct them on some of these safety techniques, and to do their own research and let them know it is because you love them and want them to live long and prosper, not because you want to spoil their fun. Judy
Rotating Art Exhibit with GHS
Beginning in November the Gunter Library and Museum will be hosting a new Rotating Art Exhibit featuring art from the students at Gunter High School. Each month we will rotate art pieces from talented students and exhibit them in the library.  Please stop by and check out our new program and take a tour of our updated library!  You will love it!
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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