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Health care professionals of every stripe have to learn multiple ways of communicating and building trust with their patients. For Jenna Rivais, those skills are a vital part of keeping the zoo family healthy — and it keeps them from eating her.

When April Lopez and her family welcomed two rescue dogs into their home, she did not realize it would turn into a doggone business venture. Lily, a Weimaraner, and Maximus (Max), a Jack Russell terrier, both suffered from severe allergies, causing them to have stomach issues. April struggled to find dog treats that would not make them sick, but to no avail.

Among the educational aids and conversation pieces found at Diver’s Depot is a large world map, peppered with hundreds of pins marking past dives of the soon-to-be 50-year-old Nacogdoches establishment.

Many of the fans who flock to the gas station-turned-tourist destination weren’t born when Texas filmmakers spent the summer shooting “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in rural locations surrounding Austin in 1974.

Celebrate spring by joining in local efforts to maintain, enhance and preserve the natural beauty of East Texas.

Ray Clary is a father, husband and a local business owner. He has mastered the mundane art of getting kids from place to place and growing his business to a comfortable place. Ray loves his family, his community and is exceedingly proud of his hometown of Lufkin.

Endurance riding pits horseback riders in a cross-country relay race against both the clock and other competitors.

Ivorie Ford, owner of F.I.F.T.H. Quarter Performance, is passionate about bringing forward thinking to East Texas.

Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Perhaps you’re struggling with lifestyle fatigue.

Every second of the Christmas season is filled with magic. Whether you’re 3, 13 or 33, there’s nothing quite like watching Christmas lights fill the street with beauty or waiting with anticipation for Santa Claus to come on Christmas Eve. Here at Charm, we believe that some of that magic comes from the movies, music and activities we enjoy throughout the holiday season. We compiled a list of some of our favorite things for you, our lovely readers.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, we found that some Charm readers felt a little unsure about whether they were on Santa’s “nice” list, or that other one. We went straight to the Jolly Old Elf himself to find out what our friends can do to ensure they don’t wind up with a sock full of coal.

“It was me. I stole your Christmas. I stole it because I thought it would fix something from the past. But it didn’t.”