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The Gunter Gazette
December 2018

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

Community Christmas Party
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 5:00-8:00pm

Join us for Story Time at the Gunter Volunteer Fire Department Annual Community Christmas Party! Santa and Mrs Claus will be there to visit the kids! There will be goodies for everyone! Bring your friends and enjoy the festivities!


Sponsored by Parkhaven Dental


STEM projects in November included building catapults out of popsicle sticks to throw Halloween candy and using magnets to propel small cars. Magnets have a positive and a negative side. The positive sides attract, and the negative sides repel each other. Children at STEM learned about these properties by fastening magnets to small metal cars and moving the cars forward or back with the negative side of another magnet. Yes, you can try that at home. All you need are two magnets and a small metal car. The first STEM class at the library in December will be on Thursday December 6 at 4:00. Join us as we create some fun Christmas crafts.


Library Update

The library has a new look! We have rearranged our lobby space to accommodate expansions to our makerspace including a book binder, laminator, and cricut machine.  


We want to extend a special thank you to Funovation Station for including the library in celebrating our veterans. The library hosted a Texas 42 domino tournament and enjoyed spending time with local veterans while playing this Texas original game. We had so much fun we will be incorporating a Domino Club into our library programing.  


Beginning January 2019, the library will host Domino Club on the first Thursday of each month from 7-8 p.m. We will have several sets of dominos available for a variety of dominion games. All ages welcome!  


Want to help the library, but can’t commit to the desk? No problem! The library is looking for two volunteers to help with media and technology. 


Media Specialist – This volunteer would be responsible for promoting library events on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, creating flyers to be distributed to schools, and maintaining an online calendar for the library website. All work can be done from home and should take no more than a couple of hours per week.


Technology Specialist – The library needs a tech savvy volunteer to come in as needed to upload and maintain programs on library computers.

If you are interested in helping the 
library, please contact Jackie Kruzie at  


Thank you to all who love and support our library. We wish you all a joyous holiday season.


Story Time with Ms. Jennifer!

Sponsored by Turrentine-Jackson Morrow Funeral Home

The Holidays are upon us in full swing!  We had a very grateful November.  Our story times revolved around the theme of Thanksgiving with a little bit of Pete the Cat! 

December is going to be fun with our Christmas themed Crafts and snacks!

We need to get our attendance up for the New Year!  If you have any young ones at home or you have a neighbor with young children, invite them out for Story Time at the Gunter Library!  Every Tuesday of the year at 10:30 am.  


Kindergarten at the Gunter Library and Museum


This month we had a fun visit with the Gunter Elementary Kindergarten classes!  I think one of the highlights is just crossing the street with a Police escort, lights and all!  With two classes at a time it makes it so much easier. These kids have been so good about coming over in a straight (almost) line and coming in and sitting down so nicely.  That gives us more time to talk and read our story.  It is so fun to team up with Funovation Station each month and the children were able to have some play time and discovery there.  Then in the library we had a fun Thanksgiving craft and played games.  

We hope that this becomes a go-to place for families to come and hang out in our maker space for creativity, and be able to check out a book or two!  We look forward to our Christmas themed Kindergarten Story Time, Dec 11 at 12:30! 

Keep them reading through the break and come to the Library!

-Juanita Hazelton

I first noticed in September there were an extraordinary number of twigs lying on the ground beneath our pecan trees.  It looked as if someone had pruned the trees heavily, but none of the twigs were very large. Then I noticed there were a lot of twigs on the ground beneath every pecan tree I saw. Someone told me it was insect damage. According to we have been visited by Twig Girdlers.

“These beetles are 1/2 to 3/4-inch-long, light to dark brown with a wide gray band across the wing covers (elytra) and a dense sprinkling of pink, orange or dark yellow spots. They have long antennae, being members of the longhorned beetle family, Cerambycidae. The pecan girdler occurs throughout Texas except in the trans-Pecos area.” They attack citrus, elm, hackberry, hickory, huisache, mimosa, pecan, persimmon, red oak, retama, tepehuaje, Texas ebony, walnut and some fruit trees.  Female beetles choose twigs from 9-12 mm. in diameter. They chew a groove around the circumference of small branches and lay their eggs in them. The larvae can only survive on dead branches, not living branches. High winds will cause the girdled branches to fall to the ground, where the larvae, which hatch in about three weeks, continue to chew tunnels inside the twigs to form pupation chambers. Pupation occurs in August through September, when the adult beetle chews a circular hole through the bark to emerge.

According to articles at these insects seldom do any serious harm to trees and are mostly a nuisance, usually September through November. Damage is more extensive some years than others. It is not recommended to spray with chemical insecticides. The best thing to do is collect and destroy the girdled branches.

Notice the smooth, rounded girdle around the pictured twig, with the rough center area where the twig has broken off from the branch. We gathered at least five wheel-barrow loads of these twigs underneath the two pecan trees in our yard and piled them in the pasture for burning.

Christmas Chocolate Layer Bars


For the crust:

  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened just slightly {do not substitute margarine}
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

For the chocolate filling:

  • 12 oz. (2 c.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 1 c. slivered almonds
  • 1 c. red & green M&Ms


  1. PREPARE THE CRUST:  Mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Cut butter into small pieces. With an electric mixer on low speed, blend in almond extract, butter, and eggs. (Mixture will be VERY crumbly ... do not over mix. If mixed together too well, the crust will bake up very hard.)
  2. Put 2/3 of the crumb mixture in the bottom of a greased 9x13" baking dish; pat down very lightly with your fingers. Set aside.
  3. PREPARE THE CHOCOLATE FILLING:  Put cream cheese, chocolate chips, and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute to melt, stirring after 30 seconds. (If not melted, microwave in 20-second intervals until melted.) Once melted, stir in almonds.
  4. Pour chocolate filling over prepared crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture evenly on top.  Sprinkle M&Ms on top and gently press down into crumb mixture with the palm of your hand.
  5. BAKE:  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely and cut into small squares. Store in the refrigerator.

 Recipe found here

Armistice Day

-Juanita Hazelton

According to Wikipedia, “Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France at 5:45 am, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. … The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.” On November 11, 2018, the U.S.  commemorated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. There were parades and memorial services all over the country in support of Veterans Day, as it is now called.

Chances are, some of your relatives were involved in World War I, or “The Great War” or “the war to end all wars” as it is also called. My father-in-law’s brother Harry tried to join up in 1918. He was only 17 and his father refused to sign for him. He went to Virginia where he worked in a powder plant, caught the flu and died in 1918, before the war ended. His brother Oliver was drafted later and traveled by train from Graham, Texas to Fort Worth to enlist. The Armistice was signed while he was on his way and he returned home the same day he left. Merrill’s mother had a cousin who was on a ship going to England when the Armistice was signed. The ship turned around and brought the soldiers home.

When the United States entered the war, the administration decided to rely primarily on conscription, rather than voluntary enlistment, to raise military manpower when only 73,000 volunteers enlisted out of the initial 1 million targeted in the first six weeks of the war. In 1917 10 million men were registered. This was inadequate, so age ranges were increased, and exemptions reduced, and by the end of 1918 this increased to 24 million men that were registered with nearly 3 million inducted into the military services. If you go to the website Fold3, you can find draft registrations for WWI. I was able to find registration records for my grandfather and great-grandfather. I also found a draft registration for one of my father’s uncles. He was one of the fortunate ones. When his unit was ready to ship out, he was ill and was left behind. Fold3 includes records for all our wars, from the Revolution to current conflicts. I was able to find my father’s draft registration from World War II, as well as those of three of his brothers.

The first global war lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918. 70 million military personnel were mobilized. It was one of the largest wars in history. Nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a direct result of the war. The war contributed to the spread of influenza in 1918. Any visit to an old cemetery will show a lot of tombstones from 1918. Merrill’s mother, who lost a sister to the flu that year, said the flu hit young, healthy people and the elderly.

The Great War was the transition from horse and wagon warfare to modern technological warfare. By the time it was over, field telephones and wireless communication, armored cars, tanks, and aircraft were in use. The online Portal to Texas History has pictures and videos in its World War One Collection. The U.S. Signal Corps produced a film “America Goes Over” which documents activities of the American Expeditionary Forces. The film was produced in 1918 and reprinted about 1927. Although dark and grainy, it still gives evidence of what war was like when America became involved, from pictures of soldiers slogging through rain, and horses pulling wagons of equipment and supplies, to shots of a German plane shooting down a surveillance balloon while the spotter drifts to earth with his parachute. Anyone with an interest in the War to End All Wars will find a visit to this website fascinating.

For those who like to browse pictures of the war and read about it in detail, the library has a few books available. John Keegan has written The First World War. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman has the subtitle, The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I.  There is also a copy of Smithsonian World War I: The Definitive Visual History.

How is the Phone SPAM activity on your mobile phone?

-Joe Woodwell


India tackled mobile phone SPAM a few years ago when it’s government, not the mobile phone manufacturers, released an anti-SPAM app for mobile phones, call TRAI DND, or Do Not Disturb. Google had the good sense to allow the app in it’s Google Playstore. And Apple? Well, not so good sense…


The nation of India threatened to BAN Apple’s iPhones for non-compliance. But while Apple is known to apply a higher level of scrutiny to apps it allows in the Apple store, and for good reason, I think Apple wiffed this decision.


Jeremy Horowitz writes in today’s Venture Beat website “Apple wouldn’t allow the app to be released to iOS users, citing privacy concerns, though it agreed to cooperate on a version of the app that wouldn’t share a user’s call or message logs with Indian authorities.”


Horowitz continues, “India’s telecom regulator TRAI threatened in July to ban iPhones from the country’s cellular networks if Apple didn’t approve a government-developed Do Not Disturb app by January 2019. With that deadline fast approaching, an Apple spokesperson in India has confirmed that the app become available today in the iOS App Store.


“The app, titled TRAI DND – Do Not Disturb, promises to help Indian consumers curb unwanted phone calls and text messages — an issue that has become hugely problematic within the country. Reports have suggested that the average person receives upwards of 10 unwanted calls and messages in a given day, which the app combats by letting users join a “do not disturb” registry and allowing them to report unwanted contacts.”

So what’s the upshot for us US consumers?? What is Apple going to do for us here in the US? Do we wait and just patiently bear with the harassing phone calls or do we make a stink like the government of India did?


Wishing a safe and mobile device harassment-free Holiday Season to you and yours.

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

What’s the difference between speech therapy through the school and through a private practice?  As a speech-language pathologist, I get this question often.


Let’s talk about some of the differences.  The first is eligibility. By law, an individual can only receive speech therapy through the school if the child meets two conditions: 1) child exhibits a speech-language disorder AND 2) the speech-language disorder will adversely affect his/her education.  


In a private setting, the child is eligible for therapy if there is a functional need.  Functional need means the child must demonstrate speech or language skills that are below what is expected at the child’s age.  


Isn’t every speech-language disorder going to adversely affect a child’s education?  Good question but the answer is no. Many children with articulation disorders, for example not producing the “s” sound correctly, are not necessarily at an educational risk.  Therefore, children with mild articulation disorders may not qualify for school speech therapy. However, that same child could qualify in a private setting because there is a functional need to train correct production of the “s” sound.  


What is considered a speech-language disorder?  Another good question. In the school setting, a child often must perform below a set criterion.  This criterion might differ between school districts. In many cases, mild disorders will not meet the criterion.  In a private setting, a speech-language disorder is diagnosed when there is a discrepancy in a child’s performance vs developmental norms.  The degree of that discrepancy does not necessarily have to meet a criterion for a diagnosis.


Another difference between speech therapy in the school vs. in a private setting is the frequency of treatment that is recommended.  Both settings use research-based methods in determining frequency. However, in a school setting, the speech-language pathologist must take the child’s educational placement into consideration before recommending a frequency of treatment.  For example, if a preschool child demonstrates a language disorder, the school speech-language pathologist must consider the language stimulation opportunities that are occurring in the child’s classroom prior to recommending a frequency of treatment.  In a private setting, the speech-language pathologist works directly with the parent to determine frequency of treatment. In some cases, the frequency of treatment recommended by the school will be less that what is recommended by a private speech pathologist.  That doesn’t necessarily mean one frequency of treatment is right and the other is wrong. It also doesn’t mean that the school must follow a private therapy recommendation. The two entities follow different guidelines.


A third difference is the goals targeted in a school setting vs a private setting.  In a school setting, the goals must be written to affect educational performance. In a private setting, goals are written based on functional need.  For example, a child with a language disorder might have goals integrated into the general classroom. In a private setting, that same child would have language goals relating to communication break-downs that occur in everyday life, not necessarily just at school.


Private therapy and school-based therapy are complementary.  They do not compete with one another. It’s very important for parents to understand the differences offered through both entities.  Their roles are different. Some children benefit from receiving speech therapy through both.


If you have questions about whether your child would benefit from speech therapy, reach out to a speech-language pathologist.  Knowing the differences between the two therapy models can help you make the decision that is right for your child.


Tiger Speech Therapy, PLLC is located here in Gunter.  Call for information @ 214-499-8958


Holiday Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk or half & half
  • Salt & pepper
  • 8 ounces about 2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese + 1/4 cup for topping
  • Paprika for garnish
  • Fresh chopped chives or parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degree F and grease a 13"x9" baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Scrub potatoes and place them, whole, into the boiling water. Cook for about 20 minutes. Remove from the water and let sit until cool enough to handle.
  • Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, until flour is golden brown; about 2 minutes. Stir in milk and cook, stirring often, until thickened; about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Gently peel potatoes and slice into 1/8 inch rounds. Place 1/3 of the
  • potatoes overlapping in a single layer in the baking dish, seasoning with salt and pepper. Spoon about 1/3 of the cheese sauce on top of the potatoes.
  • Repeat for two more layers. Pour all of the remaining cheese sauce over the top layer of potatoes. Spread to ensure all of the potatoes are covered.
  • Sprinkle with 1/4 cup shredded cheddar (if desired) and paprika (about 1/8-1/4 teaspoon.
  • Bake in the 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped chives or parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.

    Recipe found here.
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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