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Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on an article that describes how gardening provides excellent exercise.  Velvete is the owner of Balanced Newtrition in Rockwall.

Polaris Slingshot, Facebook

Derek Price, the author of the "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner and is nationally distributed, has lately been driving a Polaris Slingshot, a cross between a car and a motorcycle, which he says is very impractical but extremely fun to drive.  We also discuss an article on "Top Five Ways Cars Have Gotten More Dangerous."

Hunt County United Way, Facebook

Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says the organization is offering free lunch for children in Celeste this summer.  The Celeste ISD donated a used bus which the United Way has repurposed as its second Mobile Learning Cafe.  The first operates in the Quinlan ISD.  The United Way is also providing free meals this summer for children in Commerce and Greenville.

Texas A&M University Physics

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, says Venus is highly visible in the west, Jupiter can be seen in the south, and Saturn is in the east.  In late July, Mars will be very visible in the western sky.  At that time, all four planets will be visible to the naked eye. Dr. Montgomery says a small telescope or even binoculars will help in viewing the planets, especially in viewing Jupiter's four moons.

Ant Man & the Wasp, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, agrees with the publicity for the latest summer superhero movie, "Ant Man and the Wasp:"  "... a lighter, brighter superhero movie," although she says it's too long and overcomplicated.  Alice notes that the acclaimed documentary on Fred Rogers (best known as "Mr. Rogers"), "Won't You Be My Neighbor," will be playing in Greenville this weekend.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Byron Chitwood says now is the time to plant fall tomatoes.  Byron says his favorite variety of tomatoes for Northeast Texas is Celebrity.  He says in this hot weather, they should be watered at least once, and perhaps, twice per day.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville reminds us of the annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. today (July 4) on Park Street in Greenville, followed by a program of patriotic singing at the Kavanaugh United Methodist Church on Park Street at 11 a.m.  And Pud says the Greenville Family Theater presents "The Wizard of Oz" at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium Friday and Saturday, July 6-7 and 13-14.

First Presbyterian Church, Facebook

Toni Deaton of the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce says the church offers its SCAMP (Summer Creative Art and Music Program) for children going into first to sixth grade July 16-20.  The deadline to register is Monday, July 9.  The fee is $20, but scholarships are available for children whose families cannot afford the fee.

Toole Design, East Texan

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says crews are tearing up the south side of Live Oak Street to build new sidewalks (in some places on Live Oak, sidewalks have not existed before).  The work is being paid for with funding from the Texas Department of Transportation, and is the beginning of the city's revitalization plan,    called "Reimigine Commerce," developed last year in consultation with the Toole Design Group.  The city and Texas A&M-

NE Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, the director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the Children's Museum is one of the few in Texas, and the only one in a small town.  Others are located in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.  She says last year, the Children's Museum attracted 30,000 visitors.  Plans are being developed for a new combined agricultural arena and children's museum south of the Texas A&M-Com

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Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, contemplates the controversy over the trend of feeding raw food to pets.  Although eating raw food may seem natural for pets, Dr.

Tim York, Facebook

On this edition of the Blacklands Cafe, Diana Hines of the Commerce Public Library board of directors introduces Tim York, singer and musician, who will perform for Family Night at the Commerce Public Library from 6-7 p.m. Thursday (June 28).  Tim is an alumnus of Texas A&M-Commerce, who as part of the duo York and Hawthorne, will perform at Poor David's Pub in Dallas Saturday evening, August 11.

Makerspace, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses Makerspace, a new organization in Greenville that owns many shop tools and allows members to come to its building on Lee Street and work on their own projects.  Pud also says the Wright Park Municipal Golf Course is busy with summer events, and she's looking forward to Greenville's Fourth of July Park Street parad

Cooper Review, Cindy Roller

Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, discusses the "Guardian Plan" passed recently by the Cooper ISD Board of Trustees.  It will allow trained volunteers, including teachers and staff, to carry concealed weapons. Also, Cindy and Carmen Chessher, Cooper realtor, discuss plans for the monthly "Cruisin' the Bricks" event Saturday evening, June 30. 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the special effects and the acting in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" are good, but the script is disappointing.  It's the fifth movie in the "Jurassic" series and stars Chris Pratt.  Alice says a hidden summer gem is "Breath," a coming-of-age surfing movie set in 1970s Australia.

Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price with Hunt County Public Art says the organization is seeking proposals from area artists for projects in 2019.  The organization pays artists to create works of art in public places.  

Texas A&M-Commerce

Dr. Thomas Newsome, associate vice president and dean of students at Texas A&M-Commerce, and Helena Hortman, director of the A&M-Commerce Children's Learning Center, say the Center is taking applications for children to attend the center in the fall.  The applications are available on the center's website.  The center is funded by student-service fees and A&M-Commerce students pay a reduced fee for their children to attend. 

  

CHAOS Kids, Commerce Police Department, Facebook

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the CHAOS Kids program for tweens and teens is underway again this summer.  The Commerce Police Department conducts the program under the leadership of Angela Price.  It provides youngsters with projects that are useful the community. 

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says she is seeing a major increase in distemper in dogs.  Dr. McCreary estimates the number of distemper cases has perhaps doubled in the past couple of years.  She said distemper was almost considered a thing of the past when she was in vet school, but it has returned in this area because too many people do not vaccinate their pets.  Dr. McCreary says the disease is almost always fatal.

Texas State Historical Association

Byron Taylor, the president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, reviews the Hunt County highway construction projects in the beginning stages of development funded by a $24 million bond issue approved by  voters in 2016.  The projects will be supported by $194 million in funding from the Texas Department of Transportation.  The projects include FM 2642, which wi

Northeast Texas Trail, Facebook

Northeast Texas Trail executive director Jack Neal says Clarksville is hosting the "Gateway to Texas" cycling event through Sunday.  Some of the bike riding events will take place on the NETT.  We also discuss other NETT attractions -- the Onion Shed in Farmersville (pictured) and the Farmers and Artisans Markets Saturdays in Paris.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says this year's Independence Day celebration takes place Sunday evening, July 1 at Centennial Park.  The event includes music from the Cross Trails Cowboys Church Band and Twisted Whiskey.  The event will include with a major fireworks display.  Paul says the former Taco Bell location in Commerce is being remodeled for a new Burger King, which is expected to open this summer.

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Commerce-area photographer Rick Parent has published a book, "The Hunter Chronicles," about his experience of more than 17 years with a pet wolf, Hunter.  The subtitle of the book is, "Life Lessons from Another Species," and it includes many surprising stories of life with what would ordinarily be considered a wild animal.  Rick will have two book signings at Mugs in downtown Commerce at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.

Ocean's 8, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says "Ocean's 8," the latest in the series of heist films, stars an all-female cast, with Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney in the recent "Ocean's" films (and by Frank Sinatra in the orginal).  Alice says the cast, also including Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway is dressed in haute couture, but otherwise it's another entertaining "Ocean's" movie.  Alice notes that "Incredibles 2" comes out next wee

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Royce Lee, the manager of the Commerce Community Garden, says 45 individual garden plots are available in the garden, located behind the First United Methodist Church on Highway 24.  The garden plots are rented for $35 per year, and water is provided.  Royce says people interested in obtaining a gardening plot may call him at 903-366-6047.

Byron Taylor, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, discusses plans for a 6,700-acre industrial and residential development on the west side of Greenville.

Hardin-Simmons University Library

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the Triple-Crown run of race horse Justify has reminded her of the days in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Greenville was a regional horse-racing center.  The North Texas Fairgrounds, located at Moulton and Stanford Streets, near the long-standing YMCA building, were the site of a popular race track.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says a "farm and wares" market will start in downtown Cooper as part of the next "Cruisin' the Bricks" event Saturday evening, June 30.  "Cruisin' the Bricks" is a monthly opportunity for drivers to show off their cars on the brick-paved square of downtown Cooper, but also is an occasion when people can meet and socialize.  Also, Cindy reports Interstate 30 Exit 110, the main entrance to Cumby, has reopened.  It has been closed for about a year while new

CASA-Hunt County, Facebook

The director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, Lori Cope, says the organization plans to provide funding for foster parents and others to provide fun summer activities for children.  CASA was boosted in this effort by $10,000 raised by the Altrusa Club.  CASA will be having another training session for volunteers in July.  CASA serves children in foster care.

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Dr. Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and owner of Balanced Nutrition in Rockwall, discusses a Mayo Clinic article on exercise.  Individuals can determine the intensity of their exercise routine, and what's best for them, by several recommended methods.  Lower intensity exercise -- in which you can still carry on a conversation with a partner -- is recommended for beginners.

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