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Dear Ol’ Dad


By Gini Rainey

This is that day in June that is set aside to honor the paternal influence in our lives.  While I honestly feel we should honor and respect our parents every day of the year, it really is nice to set aside a special time to show them our love.  Whether you’ve had a good or not so good relationship with your father, it sure doesn’t hurt to take the time to reflect on that relationship, and if your dad is still living you have the time to improve that bond.  If your dad is no longer with you, take a few moments – or even longer – to sort out your feelings and
remember the good times and try to move past the not so good ones.

My father died when I was eleven, and while the time together was painfully short, I am blessed with so many good thoughts of him that my sister says I’ve made a saint out of him.  When I remember my dad, I think about an incredibly musically gifted guy, who tended to do some pretty goofy things that would make me laugh.  Maybe that was his job – to help me find the humor in life and living – because I try to find humor in just about everything.

My Dad owned a tavern in Moorhead, Minnesota, and while he might not have been around the house a whole lot in the evenings and on Sundays, he made up for it in so many ways.  He love to fish, and on his days off in the summer, we would load up the old ’49 Ford and head to a lake where he could wet his line, his whistle, and spend time with his girls – my mom, my sister, and me.  Dad was a gagster, and he was always looking for a way to make people laugh, while embarrassing my mother along the way.  He loved to sit at the piano, play a little boogie woogie or jazz and fill the house up with music.  There wasn’t an instrument he couldn’t play. He was kind, gentle, and loving and took care of his family the best he knew how.  Even though we didn’t have much money, we never went without.  And yes, I probably have made a saint out of him, but what a blessing it is to reflect on the good and forget the bad.

Another thing that Dad loved to do was crank up the old barbeque grill and cook outside.  Although he didn’t explore much more than hot dogs and hamburgers, there was nothing
better than sitting out in the back yard and watching dad flip those patties.  So, in honor of my Dad, I am taking a look at the Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorite Barbecue Recipes, and while the art of BBQ has advanced considerably since Dad was around, this book can give you the low-down on some good, old fashioned outdoor cooking.  What is it about dads and BBQing?  As I write this, my husband is smacking down some ground chuck into patties that he will flip on the grill later today!

Part of a series created by Better Homes and Gardens Books and published in 1977, this skinny little book has a bunch of great grilling and smoking recipes.  Complete with a chart of grilling temperatures and times, if you’ve not tried outdoor grilling, this book would definitely be an asset to your collection if you are looking for the basics.  It covers everything from beef, ham, pork, poultry, fish and seafood to recipes for sides to go along with your meat.  If you like to marinade your meat before grilling, there are several recipes that will make you a star in the backyard!  If your standard fair for the grill has been hamburgers and hotdogs, you might want to branch out and try your luck with a Lemon-Marinated Chuck Roast, an Onion-Stuffed Steak, or a Steak and Shrimp Kabob Dinner.  I’m telling you, why heat up your kitchen this summer when you can get dad to fire up the grill!

One of my favorite recipes happens to be Chicken Teriyaki.  It’s delicious and easy – win – win!  Start out with 4 skinless chicken breast halves and cut in half again, then put them in a 9×12 glass pan.  Then mix together ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup soy sauce (I use Kikkoman because it isn’t as salty as other brands), and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and pour it over the chicken breasts.  Cover the dish with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, turning the breasts every half hour or so.  Reserve the marinade and then grill them over medium heat for 20-25 minutes, basting frequently with the reserved marinade.  Served with grilled corn on the cob and summer squash, you’ve got one heck of good summer time meal that’s incredibly easy and yummy.  Oh, and by the way, if you still can, invite your dad over to enjoy it with you.  You won’t regret it.

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April 5th-7th: Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair


Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair:

Thursday-Saturday, April 5th-7th

The annual Book Fair, the primary fundraiser, began in 1968. A spring and fall sale event, each consisting of a three day sale, gives 75% of net proceeds funds to health career scholarships at Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler.

The Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair will be held at 2004 Broussard St., Tyler. The book fair will be held April 5th-7th, 8am-6pm. Only cash and checks are accepted.

“The community looks forward to our sales and anticipates all the great ‘deals’ and wonderful books they will purchase. We have shoppers from all around the state. We enjoy greeting our seasoned shoppers and meeting new ones as they line up early Thursday morning in anticipation to opening,” said Kelly Michaels, current President of SCMSA.

She continues, “‘Achieving Dreams’ a group of exceptional young adults volunteer every Monday to sort, shelve books, clean, and help with other various jobs. The “Achievers” love working at the Book Fair and show us the meaning of giving back to the community. They are a huge part of Book Fair success.”

Now, shoppers have a nicer shopping experience with more room to roam and more books to choose from. There are books for everyone! There are children’s books, collector’s books, cookbooks, new releases, coffee table books, fiction, non-fiction, hobbies and “How To” books, autobiography and biography, sports, religion, self-help, romance, travel, children’s, gardening, history, and much more.

If you would like to donate books, please drop them off at the book shelves outside in the front of the building. Donations can be made any day, at any time. Donated books are brought in daily. For a donation receipt, please leave your name and address information with your donation or call (903)561-1353 to schedule a drop-off.

For additional information visit or call Book Fair at (903)561-1353.

We also take monetary donations. If you would like to donate to Book Fair, please see the Donations page at This is a wonderful way to honor or remember a friend or loved one and to further health care education.


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March 2018: Book Worm Events!


March 23rd (3-5:30pm) – Meet Local Author Alma Ravenell  and discuss her book “Our Baby.” The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Most events hosted by Club Reads are free. The Library is open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to

March 27th (10am) – Club Read – Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Most events hosted by Club Reads are free. The Library is open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to

April 5th-7th (8am-6pm) – Book Fair – This year’s event focuses on the sale of donated books which will go to endowed scholarships for nursing and healthcare at TJC and UT-T and for community health projects. Thousand of books will be available for purchase. This is held at SCMSA, 2004 Broussard St., Tyler.

August 4th (1-5pm) – Book Bash will be held at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. They are doubling the authors for 2018’s Book Bash! Tickets will be on sale until the day of the event. Come on out and find a new favorite author as well as meet the authors behind the stories. For more info go to Tickets are $12.

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Spring Programs at the Library


Spring Programs at the Library

The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Most events are free. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to


All storytimes will be in Taylor Auditorium. Storytimes will not meet the week of Spring Break, March 12th-16th.

  • Leeme un Cuento/Read to Me Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Mondays at 10:30am
  • Lap & Play Time (babies up to 18 months) features stories, songs, and playtime with developmental toys at 9:30am every Wednesday
  • Toddler Explore Storytime (children under age 3) is on Wednesdays at 10:30am
  • Read Aloud Crowd Storytime (children 3-6 years old), Thursdays at 10:30am

March 3rd (2-4pm) – LEGO® Block Party – Children ages 3 and up, bring your imagination for an afternoon of building and playing! LEGO® and Duplo Blocks are provided.

March 10th and 24th (2-4pm) – Makerspace – This continuing STEM education for children and teens will feature March 10th, Multiplication Bingo; and March 24th, Cardboard Challenge. This will be held in the Library Treehouse.

Spring Break: March 12th-March 16th (10:30am) – Spring Break Movie Matinees – Families are invited to watch a fun feature length films in the library’s auditorium. A different movie will be shown each day. Pillows, blankets, and carpet friendly snacks welcome.


Every Tuesday (4:30-5:30pm) – Teen Tuesdays – If you are in Middle School or High School you’re in! The Library will have games, activities, and fun just for teens. Earn volunteer hours completing special projects. Descriptions for weekly activities can be found at Events are:

  • March 6th: Silent Library Games
  • March 13th: Movie
  • March 20th: Whose Line? Improv Games
  • March 27th: “And Scene!” Reader’s Theater

March 3rd (11:30am-1:30pm) – Tips and Tricks for Dog Owners – Pick up tips and tricks for handling your dog from Certified American Kennel Club Evaluator, Judy Parson. No pets in the Library.

March 7th (12 noon) – Great Decisions is a foreign policy lecture series. Books are available for $22 at the circulation desk. The March topic and speaker is “China and American: The New Geopolitical Equation,” Dr. Robert Sterken.

March 9th (11:30am) – “Raised Bed Gardening on a Hillside” with Wayne Elliot will be presented as part of the Smith County Master Gardener Series. Free to attend.

March 15th (5pm) – Reel Talk – This event is like a book-club, but for movies! Free to attend.

March 23rd (3-5:30pm) – Meet Local Author Alma Ravenell and discuss her book “Our Baby.”

March 2nd and 16th (1-3pm) – Veteran’s Movie – Join this biweekly screening of movies presented especially for veterans. This free event is held the first and third Friday every month.

March 27th (10am) – Club Read – Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan.

Every Tuesday (10am-1pm) – Quilting Class – Learn the art of quilting at the Library. Fabric and quilt patterns will be provided. Participants are asked to provide their own sewing machines, if you have them, plus scissors, and neutral or white thread. For details and a complete list of supplies please contact the Library’s information desk.

Every Tuesday (5:30-6:30pm) – Evening Meditation – Learn the practice of Heartfulness Meditation with Gayathri Kambhampati.

Every Wednesday (5:30pm) – Gentle Yoga – This gentle yoga class will be taught by Meagan Vrba who is certified in yoga, CPR, and first aid.

Every Saturday (11am-12 noon) – Crochet Classes will be held in the 3rd floor Internet Center Workroom. These are free classes. Learn to crochet with Library staff and volunteers. All materials are provided. All experience levels are welcome.

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