Tonja’s Labor Of Love

One resident has brought her creativity to the utmost level and turned her quaint cottage into something whimsical and spooky. Tonja has left no headstone unturned when it comes to decorating for this upcoming Halloween season. A quaint white cottage tucked in on the side of Grigsby Chapel Road is adorned with some of the Halloween season’s spookiest decorations.

The exterior is embellished with hundreds of orange lights, spooky spider webs, hanging moss, a family of skeletons sitting on the porch, and even a witch who looks to have taken a wrong turn and ended up splattered against the chimney stack. Although the house may look haunted, Tonja is hoping to bring a little joy to spectators. “I just like to take what used to be bad and turn it in to something really fun” says Tonja. “It’s a labor of love really and I don’t count the hours it takes because it is all well worth the joy it brings spectators and people who pass by.” Tonja says that she tries to add a new ornament or decoration to the residence each day. She says she adds a little bit at a time, so that the joy continues for whoever passes by the house all the way up until Halloween.

The latest addition is the skeleton family, although her favorite decoration is the, “don’t drink and fly” sign, helping remind drivers to remain above the influence. Tonja said she wants to keep Halloween a fun and safe night for everyone.

Trick-or-treaters are in for a treat this year with an added iconic bubble machine and with weather permitting, a fog machine. Last year’s bad weather kept some trick-or-treaters indoors, but years past Bucca has had around 100 visitors on Halloween night hoping to add to their candy sacks. She even said there even may be an added surprise for trick or treaters this year who visit. With Halloween fast approaching, make no bones about it you’re not going to want to miss this house on your trick or treating route.

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Seasonal Culinary Inspiration

Fall has always been my favorite season. This is the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. When fall arrives, it’s the time for bountiful harvests of the foods that have grown through summer. Grocery stores and farmers’ markets are full of apples, figs, pears, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. The fall salmon run is the time when salmon, which have migrated from the ocean, swim to the upper reaches of rivers where they spawn on gravel beds. Salmon spend their early life in rivers, and then swim out to sea where they live their adult lives and gain most of their body mass. When they have matured, they return to the rivers to spawn. Fishing the fall salmon run is an amazing experience and the harvest is some of the best salmon all year.

To celebrate the fall salmon run, we are featuring a special dish for you to try at home and at Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille:

Wild Salmon with a Brandy Morel Mushroom Sauce

Ingredients:

7 oz wild salmon (cleaned and pin bone out)

2 oz extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs fine diced shallot

2 ea sliced morel mushrooms

1 oz brandy

1/2 cup demi gloss

1/4 heavy cream

salt & pepper

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Dr. Gayle Roulier: A Truly Extraordinary Woman

There are certain people in this world whom you admire, not because of any particular unearthly talent, but simply because of their selfless dedication to others. These people do not derive their happiness from any amount of recognition or compensation, but simply by living in the manner that suits them. For Dr. Gayle Roulier, that manner most accurately translates to a tireless dedication to her family, a natural sense of witty charisma, and a thriving career fighting one of the most deadly diseases in the world.

Gayle Roulier first knew what she wanted in a career while attending high school in Dearborn, Michigan. “I always loved math and science classes, and I always knew I would find a career that encompassed the two”. Though her baffling love affair with mathematics and science served as her guide in a general sense, Dr. Roulier never seriously considered the medical field until a summer job, where she worked at the medical office of Dr. Pedro Caing, a doctor of internal medicine. After her experience at the office, she decided that medical school was her calling. “Honestly, getting into medical school was the most difficult part” recalled Dr. Roulier “After that things just sort of fell into place”. Dr. Roulier received the honor of Magna Cum Laude at Albion College, and as such was swiftly accepted to Wayne State University Medical School in the heart of downtown Detroit. In 1991, she graduated from Wayne State and began a residency in Radiology at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan. After her Residency ended, Dr. Roulier decided to follow her career path south to Pittsburg, where she was granted a Fellowship in Woman’s Imaging. This is where she began her focus on Radiology, a calling that would last her the rest of her life and guide her future career.

Two years later, she found a wonderful opportunity in Knoxville TN at Vista Radiology (which was then known as Fort Sanders Radiology). There, she thrived as a young radiologist, and soon was granted a partnership, which she accepted in 1998. Little did she know, Knoxville would be the place where she would most call home, and a place where she would see her career thrive in a way she never imagined. Dr. Roulier went on to specialize in the detection of breast cancer, and has become one of Knoxville’s leading authorities in this field. She currently works at the Thomson Breast Care Center in downtown Knoxville, helping women diagnose and treat breast cancer on a daily basis. When asked about her career choice to go into radiology, and more specifically breast cancer, Dr. Roulier smiled. “My career has been extremely rewarding… its very satisfying to know that you’ve played a major role in saving another person’s life. My job is constantly giving back to me.”

Though Dr. Roulier’s passion for medicine had directed her to apply to medical school, some of her family were not as excited about her career aspirations. Having come from a very traditional Italian family (which to this day still boasts the most delicious pasta sauce recipe on planet earth), Dr. Roulier’s grandparents were unnerved at the thought of their granddaughter becoming a doctor. “They were just worried that I wouldn’t have time to settle down and have a family with all the work from medical school” Dr. Roulier laughed. Oh how wrong they were….

Dr. Roulier has not only had a very busy and successful professional career, she has, by all accounts, exceeded in her personal life too. After marrying her husband David in 1991, Dr. Roulier had her first son, a striping young lad named Philip. Two years later, her second son Joseph was born. Two years later, her third. This process repeated itself a few more times, and today Dr. Roulier boasts 5 boys ages ranging from 14 to 24. Even though she finds herself brutally outnumbered by the males in the house, she is extremely proud and happy with the family she has raised.

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