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contents Building on a Passion

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Before and After the Surgery

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ABOUT the River Valley

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The Editor’s Notebook One of the nicest things about living in the River Valley is getting to meet some wonderful people! And, how many times do you discover a ‘history’ with someone you have just met? I had that experience again the other day while greeting David Snellings, the winner of a recent drawing sponsored by ABOUT Magazine and the Russellville Downtown Association. It seems Mr. Snellings and I shared a number of acquaintances and a love of sailing. Small world, isn’t it? And in our sometimes small world, those we may know and love are often touched by illness. This month, we are honored to be able to showcase the stories of four River Valley residents dealing with, and triumphing over, their own personal battles. Please see pages 9 and 14 for “Cody” and “A Blessing in Disguise.” Our area is blessed with amazing talent, but you already knew that! Read “How Great Thou ART,” and discover potter Winston Taylor’s contribution to the construction of the First United Methodist’s new sanctuary. And, even if Winston’s artwork is too large to carry around with you, the 2008 Arkansas Artists Calendar isn’t. Introduced to this area by Arkansas’ First Lady Ginger Beebe during a recent book signing, the planner features the work of 88 Arkansas artists, many residing right here in the River Valley. Please see page 7. What would October’s issue be without a ghost story? My family had a joke about our own ghost -- Chloe -- who was responsible for a number of oddities in our previous home. However, nothing could

compare to the supposed paranormal activities in the Shea House in Lamar. Read the story of activity in their centuryold home beginning on page 16. My family and friends shuddered and encouraged me to share the following: While editing the “Diary of My Dream House Nightmare,” the lights in our home began to flicker; while uploading photographs of the “haunted” house to our designer, the electricity went out in the entire neighborhood. Now, how’s that for our own ‘ghost story?’ Think what you feed your family has little impact on the world? Read “What’s a Carbon Footprint Got to Do with Sunday Dinner?” starting on page 18. The last days of Summer drew to a close and Fall officially began as we were putting together this month’s issue. We couldn’t resist one final glimpse of summer in the Photographer’s Gallery on page 34. See the photography of Bill Peters exceptional and make plans for your own ‘butterfly trek’ to our state’s highest point, The Lodge at Mount Magazine. A big ‘thank you’ goes to those of you contributing stories and photos for your locally-owned-and-published community magazine. We welcome contributions and suggestions from our readers and advertisers. Just remember to submit requested materials no later than the 15th of the month preceding publication. We’ll include all that we can!

Dianne S. Edwards

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ABOUT… the River Valley

is locally owned and printed for distribution by direct mail and targeted delivery to residents of the Arkansas River Valley. Subscriptions are available by sending $20 for one-year (10 issues) to: SPPI/ABOUT Magazine P.O. Box 10176 Russellville AR 72812 Material contained in this issue may not be copied or reproduced without written consent. Inquiries may be made by calling (479) 970-6628. Email: editor@aboutrvmag.com Postmaster: Please send address changes to: SPPI, P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812.

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David Snellings receives a certificate from Suzanne Hodges, owner of The Frame Shop, as the winner of a $100 Gift Certificate given by the Russellville Downtown Association & ABOUT Magazine.

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First Lady Introduces Arts Calendar Arkansas’ First Lady Ginger Beebe introduced the 2008 Arkansas Artist Calendar during a September book signing held at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center. The calendar benefits the Governor’s Mansion Association and features 88 works of Arkansas art from throughout the state. A number of River Valley artists were present at the book-signing, and had their work selected from over 270 artists judged by out-of-state jurors. Over 100 corporate and individual sponsors made the printing of this book possible, said Mrs. Beebe. “Our State is blessed with a multitude of talented artists in every medium, and this book represents some of their best works,”

said Arkansas’ First Lady. “As the cultural community in Arkansas expands in every direction, one of my fondest hopes is to be able to continue to showcase our Arkansas artists.” The Arkansas Artists Calendar may be purchased at the ARV Arts Center, The Frame Shop or online at www.arkansasgma. com. Cost of the book is $20, plus postage and handling. The Art Center’s major fundraiser, the 2007 Fall in Love with the Arts, has been re-scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11. The event will be held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, 1001 East B Street in Russellville. Tickets are $40 each and are available from any Arts Center board member or by calling 968-2452.

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ABOUT

Us DIANNE EDWARDS

editor

Dianne Siler Edwards began a career in print media after earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arkansas Tech University. She has more than 27 years experience in editorial, advertising, marketing and special issue coordination. Her efforts have resulted in first place awards in both the Arkansas Press Association’s (APA) Better Newspaper Advertising Contest and the APA Better Newspaper Contest. She is owner and publisher of ABOUT ... the River Valley Magazine along with her husband, Nolan, an instructor at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville. The couple has three daughters -- Laura, Stephanie and Melissa.

CHRIS ZIMMERMAN

graphic design

Chris Zimmerman is an award-winning graphic designer and owner of Zimmerman Creative. A Dover native, he has practiced his trade in the River Valley for the past 11 years while his reputation, knowledge of his field and family have grown. He holds an Associates degree in both Arts and Applied Sciences from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. Chris and his wife Lydia, live in Dover with their three children – Grace, Claire and Lucas. Lydia is a Respiratory Therapist at St. Mary’s Hospital.

STEVE NEWBY

photography

Steve Newby is a life-long photographer, studying as a photojournalism student at the University of Kansas and BFA graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. With a 28 year run in Dallas, operating his own commercial photography studio on historic Swiss Ave., Steve served many diverse clients locally and around the world ranging from American Airlines, Hitachi, Mercedes-Benz, to the Dallas Mavericks. Seeking a lifestyle change from the big city, Steve, his wife Linda, and children Christopher and Elizabeth love the good life in Russellville.

MELANIE CONLEY

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Melanie Conley is an experienced and dedicated advertising and marketing consultant with nearly a decade of proven performance and customer service in print media. She has been recognized through numerous awards from the Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Advertising Contest. Melanie’s focus will be to assist clients with ad planning and marketing through both ABOUT Magazine and through her own business, MC Consulting. She and her husband, Herbert, make their home in Dover and are parents of Braden, 6.

KELSEY BOYD

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Kelsey Paige Boyd is a senior at Arkansas Tech University studying speech communication, journalism and public relations. She is president of The Hanna E. Norton Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America at ATU and is involved in the Wesley Foundation where she serves on the Worship Team. Kelsey is employed by Real Practices, Inc., where she assists with the company’s communication and public relations outreach. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in public relations. 8 ABOUT...the River Valley

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C dy

“A Survivor of Heart Disease”

When you hear the words “A Survivor of Heart Disease,” you probably wouldn’t think of a baby or a young person. Sometimes the outward, physical appearance cannot tell the whole story about a person. Cody Young was born on August 15, 1984, to Lisa and Tony Young of Centerville. He seemed to be a healthy baby boy, but at two weeks of age, he was losing weight and had some blue coloring around his mouth and eyes. After a check

up with his doctor, his family was told Cody had a heart murmur. He was immediately taken by ambulance to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. After a number of tests, it was determined that Cody had a heart murmur and heart disease. The heart disease was called Truncus Arterosis, a rare type of congenital heart disease in which a single blood vessel arises from the right and left ventricles instead of the normal two blood vessels.

American Heart Association HEART Walk Because cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of men and women in Arkansas, the 2007 Heart Walk is designed to educate everyone of the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and what can be done to prevent it. The 2007 River Valley Heart Walk/Community Fair is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Arkansas Tech University. (Late collections may be turned in at 8 a.m. that morning.) In addition to the Heart Walk, there will be health screenings, refreshments, activities for the children and sponsor booths. An Honor Survivors/Walk-in Tribute will be held, as well. Funds raised support local medical research and educational programs of the American Heart Association (AHA.) Individuals and groups are invited to attend. “HEART Walk organization’s website, www.heartwalk.kintera.org/russellvillear makes it easier than ever to raise funds for the American Heart Association – sign yourself up and begin sending emails to raise funds online,” urges Christina Hinds, corporate marketing director for the AHA. “Shoot for our ‘Walker Goal’ of $150 by asking for flat donations (not pledges) from friends, family and co-workers,” encourages Hinds. She added that walkers will have a choice of distances to walk and are encouraged to walk at their own pace. For additional information, contact Christina Hinds at (479) 571-6681 or via email at Christina.hinds@heart.org.

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Cody’s heart was enlarged and he had a hole in his heart. It took a while to get Cody strong enough to even survive the surgery that he needed to save his life. “Watching this happen to our baby was indescribable but our main concern was getting Cody strong enough for the surgery,” said his mother, Lisa. Just short of one month after his birth, on September 12, 1984, the cardiology team determined it was time for the surgery; the risk was huge. While the family was waiting for Cody’s surgery, they learned that the cardiologist’s notes in Cody’s file had indicated that “if Baby Cody lives through the night they would do the surgery.” Story continued on page 25

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ART

How Great Thou

Story by Kelsey Boyd, Photo by Steve Newby

He gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists …and some to be artists? While Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, may not specifically list “artists” among those in the Church, there is one man in Russellville who is filling that spot. Local artist Winston Taylor has lived in the Russellville community with his wife, Kristen, and recently married daughter, Megan, since 1990. The Taylors have attended First United Methodist Church (FUMC) since coming to Russellville 17 years ago and have watched the church grow in membership and in size. Because of continued growth, FUMC decided to construct a new building starting June 2005. The new building, completed in April 2007, houses a sanctuary, choir room, and several classrooms. That’s where our artist comes in. The idea for featuring a piece of original artwork in the church arose when Winston’s friend, Maysel Teeter, suggested that Winston donate his artwork to the new building at FUMC. “I really liked that idea,” Winston said. He approached the planning committee about contributing artwork to the new building, and after hearty approval from the committee, started planning for the sculpture. While digging through books at the Arkansas Tech University Ross Pendergraft Library one day, Winston stumbled across a painting that caught his eye. The painting depicted a scene described in Mark 2, verse 13, “Once again, Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them.” (NIV). Inspired by the artwork in the book, Winston sketched his own version of the painting to be used as a model for his sculpture. He decided to create a circular sculpture depicting Christ teaching his disciples by the Sea of Galilee. Winston used a bas-relief (pronounced BAH-releef) sculpting method in which a picture-like image is sculpted on a flat clay slab. October 2007 

Winston planned the entire piece from beginning to end, a process that took him three years. During the three-year planning period, Winston and the team of builders and engineers working with FUMC pre-determined the sculpture’s exact measurements, calculated its estimated weight and plotted how to best hang the massive sculpture on the wall. The sculpture, which was to be eight feet wide and one inch thick, was to fit in a circular recess in the wall and would be displayed in the entrance hall directly above the doors entering into the church’s brand new sanctuary.

Winston Taylor has spent 35 years in pottery. He attended Little Rock public schools and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art. After serving as a studio assistant to the late Rosemary Fisher, he taught pottery at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. He moved to Russellville in 1990 to take a job at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center and has been teaching pottery in Russellville since that time. While at the arts center, Winston formed the pottery program that is in place today. In 1993, he received the Arkansas Arts Award for the “Kids-at-Art” program he developed for children in the River Valley. Winston has taken workshops from noted artistisans Paul Soldner, Don Reitz, Harvey Sadow, and Aldelphia Martinez. Winston’s work

“May the favor the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.” 

Psalm 90:17 (NIV).

is most often raku fired and intended as objects of art. Winston’s wife, Kristen, is a teacher at Sequoyah Elementary and has taught school for 31 years. Their daughter, Megan, recently married Andy Beard of Russellville. Today, Winston continues to teach a few pottery classes at the arts

After comprehending the magnitude of project that lay ahead of him, Winston realized this was no ordinary sculpture. “I’d never done anything like that,” he recalls, “nothing even close.” Winston remembers having “no idea how long it would take.” He said he could only hope and pray—literally. Winston began the bas-relief project the first week in October 2006 with 1200 pounds of moist clay and many doubts. “At first I was really apprehensive about the project,” he said, “but eventually, everything started working.” He used a room in the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center as his workspace and built a rolling bridge that allowed him to hover over the large sculpture. By maneuvering on the moveable bridge, Winston was able to reach difficult places

center and the Community Christian School. For information on class offerings, contact the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center at (479) 968-2452 or visit the studio at 1001 East B Street, near the corner of Knoxville and East Main Streets.

that were hard to work on, particularly the center of the enormous carving. The first thing Winston did was create an overhead transparency of his sketch of the sculpture. He traced the sketch’s reflection from the overhead onto a transfer sheet, Story continued on page 12

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which he laid atop the clay circle, which actually began as nine-and-a-half foot diameter slab of clay one inch thick. He then carefully carved the massive image of Christ and his disciples into the clay. Winston built up the sculpture by adding clay on top of the one-inch slab. Using simple, household items such as dinner forks, skewers and chopsticks, he began bringing the sculpture to life. He also had to account for the percentage of shrinkage of the clay after firing it and used metric measurements to achieve the utmost precision. He fired a test image of Jesus’ face that measured one square foot in diameter and determined the percentage of shrinkage from the wet to dry clay. Winston continued to work on the project for several weeks and was pleased at how nicely it was turning out. When the sculpture was nearly complete, Winston said he started “showing it off” and “feeling really proud” of his work, until he considered something he had lost sight of: “This was not all my doing,” he realized. While reading in his daily devotional one morning, Winston encountered a meaningful passage of Scripture from James 1, verse 17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…” (NIV).

“I know I wasn’t doing it by myself,” Winston remarked. “I truly feel that God worked in me.” Winston recalled many problems that came up during the project that he had not planned for, but was able to solve them quickly. He attributes the solutions to God’s guidance. After re-focusing his project and examining it through renewed eyes, Winston gathered his strength for his last efforts on the piece. He finished sculpting on Christmas Eve, 2006 and entitled his work Christ Teaching. In order to fire the clay and transport it to FUMC, Winston cut the sculpture into 106 pieces. Twelve kiln firings were required to finish all 106 pieces of the sculpture. After its final firing, the entire clay sculpture measured exactly eight feet and one inch in diameter and weighed an estimated 800-900 pounds. “It came out just as planned,” Winston remarked. Winston and his now son-in-law Andy Beard transported the pieces of the carving to the church in two pick-up trucks. His daughter Megan lent a hand in assembling the pieces and preparing them to be hung on the wall. Wire was run through each piece and fastened to the wall to hold the carving in place.

After nearly four years, the sculpture was complete. In spite of the anxiety, excitement, fears and doubts Winston felt while creating the project, he was able to see the bigger picture. “It was kind of a growth thing for me,” Winston recalled while looking back on his experience. “It just seemed amazing to me that everything worked. I’m satisfied with doing what I’ve been gifted to do.”

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‘REGULAR’ RIBBING? Story by Kechia Bentley - Photo by Steve Newby

This is something a woman is never supposed to do, but since when has that stopped me? I am going to reveal my age. I am 43 years old. My husband is 49. We joke about what he would have thought when he was a senior in high school. What if someone had taken him to my sixth grade class and said, ‘there is your future wife?’ Our boys are currently 21, 18 and 16 years old and have heard this story a lot lately. We keep telling them not to get in a hurry to find the right girl -- because if they follow their father’s example, their future brides are still only 15, 12, and 10 years of age respectively. Due to our six-year age difference, I have had (and have taken many opportunities) to point out how old Donald is and how young I am. For instance, he was 28 when our first child was born. Now I know that seems young, but by the time I was 28 I had given birth four times. When he was 40, we had no teenagers. By the time I turned 40, that was all we had. Another milestone will be when Donald is 50. We will have two in college and one more almost there. When I turn 50, all three should be finished with college -- at least we hope so. Most of this teasing has been done in innocent fun. I will confess I have at times become slightly aggravated by my “aging” husband’s need to find his glasses to read small print --which he can never find. Also aggravating is his need to be “regular,” and his moaning about how vacations and being away from home make him “irregular.” (If there is anyone reading this that doesn’t know what I mean by “regular and irregular,” be thankful.) For years, his hearing has be getting worse as well, and being soooooo much younger than him, I haven’t always been as tolerant as I should have. It hasn’t helped that during all our years of marriage, he has never been able to hear crickets. I mean, one of the requirements of a husband is to be able to find and kill a cricket isn’t it? I could write a whole column on the first time I discovered my husband could not October 2007 

perform the manly duty of finding and killing a cricket. Of course, like most men, he will not admit that his hearing has gotten worse, which makes me tease him even more. Donald’s response to all this teasing has always been the same. “You just wait. Your turn is coming.” Well, recently several things have happened causing me to think my turn may have arrived with a vengeance. I have notice recently that it is becoming more difficult to read the newspaper. The other day I needed to thread a needle, and I couldn’t see the hole. The final straw came this past weekend. We were driving to see friends in Fayetteville. I was going to file my fingernails during the trip. No matter how many times I adjusted my hands I could not see to file my nails. I kept cocking my head up, down and sideways. Nothing helped. Exasperated, I complained to Donald. He just smiled this huge smile and I quickly said, “You better NOT say a word.” He didn’t. He just kept smiling. It gets worse. This past Labor Day weekend, our family went camping. We have been going camping for the past 17 years. I have never had any trouble with, as Donald puts it, being “regular.” Now I know this topic should only be shared with really close friends, but as I said earlier that has never stopped me before. Besides, it is only fair that since I have now shared my husband’s bathroom habits, I should reveal mine.

Not once in four days!!!! Not until I got to my own home. When my son Payton read this, he thought I was talking about taking a shower. Oh, the innocence of youth. The final straw happened just a couple days ago. I was lying on my son Dillon’s bed, asking him questions, which he hates. It’s not the questions; just me asking them. All of a sudden, he fusses: “Your watch drives me crazy.” I was confused, and I asked him what was wrong with my watch. He said the ticking was ‘so annoying.’ I responded, “What ticking?” I was shocked. I put the watch up close to my ear and sure enough, the second hand makes a ticking sound. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Out of Dillon’s mouth came something I have said at least a hundred times to Donald, “Can’t you hear that? You are sooooo old.” My eyesight is going, my hearing is going, and now I have to think about “regular and irregular.” Apparently, I am as old as my husband. What in the world, will I tease him about now? Kechia Bentley lives in Russellville with her husband, Donald, and three teenage sons. This (perhaps not so) typical 21st Century mom strives to balance their busy lives while maintaining a sense of sanity amidst the comedy of life. Correspondence may be sent to Kechia via email to: kechia@suddenlink.net.

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Breast cancer is not a death sentence;

Breast Cancer Diagnosis:

A Blessing in Disguise Story by Leslie Miller Photos by Steve Newby

it is a blessing in disguise. Breast cancer is not what defines you; it is a defining moment. Breast cancer is not a separation from those you love; it is a reconnection to them. And breast cancer is not something that weakens you; it is a teacher of strength. Vickie Hale, Suzanne Harmon and Barbara Crumpler are the breast cancer survivors who bravely shared their stories recently. These three courageous women were able to overcome breast cancer by discovering their own strength, faith and most importantly, the support given by their family and friends. Though understandably alarmed at their diagnosis, all three women were quick to say that breast cancer does not signal an end to the life you live. “It’s such a shattering and frightening diagnosis. Of course it scares you to death, but you have to set a goal to survive,” Suzanne said. She continued, “I think it’s the best time, if there is such a thing, to have breast cancer. There are so many new technologies and treatments. I never really did get sick. I didn’t have extreme nausea or fatigue and I think that is a miracle.” Vickie also went on with her daily routine after her diagnosis. “I had 36 radiation treatments. I went every morning, and I never missed work. I felt fine.” Barbara agreed saying, “Surgery was nothing like I anticipated. There was very little pain.” While the facts about breast cancer should not be ignored—the American Cancer Society estimated that more than 2,000 Arkansans would be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006—the stories of survival and perseverance should not be ignored, either. “I always knew I had to be strong, but sometimes you don’t want to be tough,” Barbara said. “Sometimes you want to lean on someone else’s shoulder.” While each woman said she discovered the depth of her own strength as a result of the diagnosis, each also emphasized the importance of a having a mentor and support group. “You have so many questions and it helps to have someone telling you what to expect,” Suzanne added. “Someone who has been through it before.” Although newly diagnosed patients may feel like they are alone in their battle against breast cancer, the reality is that 3 million American women are currently living with the disease. “At first you think ‘Am I the only one that has this?’ But no, there are survivors everywhere,” Vickie said. “And once you become a survivor, you want to be there for other women who are battling the disease.” “I want to help any other woman I can because that is how I got through my cancer,” Vickie said. Suzanne added, “You want to do whatever you can to help because you’ve been on the receiving end.”


But even those who have not been through breast cancer before are great sources of strength and comfort to the survivors. “People are so caring,” Suzanne said. “It’s your friends, and your family and people you don’t even know. They say ‘I’ve been praying for you,’ and it’s just an overwhelming experience.” Vickie and Barbara agreed that they felt the same support. “There were so many people,” Vickie recalled. “I got countless cards and phone calls, and you feel so touched. I remember thinking that I didn’t even know all these people knew me!” It may seem odd to describe a lifethreatening illness as a blessing, but our three survivors insisted that it was. “It is the dedication and compassion of the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who enable you to begin this journey to recovery,” said Suzanne. ”It is your faith, inner-strength, and especially the love and support given by your family and friends that sustain you.” “It’s really a blessing to go through this because you learn about yourself and your friends and the people that you love. Everyone was supportive,” Vickie said. Barbara and Suzanne also shared that their cancer was a blessing waiting to be found. “People are so wonderful and kind,” Barbara said. “It’s the kind of experience you don’t want to go through, but if you have to, the support is wonderful. There were so many people loving and caring for me.” The women also agreed that their

encounters with breast cancer reminded them to keep their priorities in perspective. “When you have something wrong that you might not recover from, it makes you that much more aware of what is important in your life,” Suzanne said. “You just live each day a little differently than you did before. You are thankful for every day you have.” “And it’s sad that it takes something this traumatic to make us feel this way,” Barbara said. “But you wake up in the morning and you are thankful. You’re thankful that you feel alright—that you’re going to have another day. It changes the way you think about everything, and that’s a good thing.” Breast cancer has truly taught these survivors that every new day is a victory and that time with family and friends is precious. Their encounters with the disease did not bring an end to their lives, but rather it began a new chapter. They hope that by sharing their experiences, other readers will remember the importance of early detection. Vickie, Suzanne and Barbara were faithful to get regular mammograms and in Vickie’s case, insisted that the doctor find answers when something seemed wrong with her breast. The survivors encourage all women to remember their yearly mammograms and watch for any changes in their bodies. “Early detection is key,” said Vickie. “There is just no excuse not to. No excuse.” Events such as the River Valley Relay-for-Life and the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure raise funds to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Their efforts are directed toward empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the stylists at Tangles Salon are helping combat the disease in their own, unique way. Terra Wilmoth, owner of Tangles Salon, and her stylists, Claranne Bennett, Sheila Coffman and Shannon Cothran are dedicated to helping find a cure for breast cancer through their contributions during the month of October. “For every chemical service that we do— perms, foils, color, or highlights—we are donating $10 dollars to the Susan G. Komen Foundation,” said Terra. When thinking of themed ideas for Tangles Salon for October, the ladies initially thought of having fun Halloween displays. Their thoughts quickly turned toward Breast Cancer Awareness Month and took a whole new direction. “Once we strummed up the idea for the donations, we went for it,” Terra reported. With more than 37 combined years as hairstylists, the ladies at Tangles have seen many women affected by the disease. “We’ve seen our customers go through this for years,” said stylist Sheila Coffman. She and the other Tangles employees are happy to help contribute money “for a good cause.” “Every little bit makes a difference,” she added. According to Terra, this is the salon’s first contribution to an organization, but the women hope this is just the start of more charitable contributions to other organizations throughout the year. Drop in and visit Tangles Salon in the City Mall or call (479) 967-0990 to schedule an appointment that could ultimately help save lives. For additional information on the Susan G. Komen Foundation or to make a contribution, visit the organization online at www.komen.org.

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Diary of My Dream House Nightmare Story by Jaime Shea For ABOUT Magazine

My day started abruptly today, 6:30 a.m., just like every other school day. I peel myself out of my warm bed, start a pot of coffee with one eye open, drag myself up the stairs, and begin the peeling of my kids from their cozy beds. Most days I am an acting single mom -- my husband, Ben, works in television and travels for the bulk of the month. I start with my 14-year-old daughter, Tori, who begs for “5 more minutes.” I make my way down the dark hallway to the boy’s room. Bridger, age 8, is my morning child -- he wakes up smiling. Jaxon, age 4, is not in his bed -- he is in mine, as he is every morning, everyday. I know parenting magazines stress the importance of preschoolers sleeping in their own beds; however, I do not believe those parents/ writers have lived in a haunted house.

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Four Years Ago Today: “Ben. Slow down. There!” I double checked the directions. “This cannot be the one.” My eyes skimmed over the scribbles: Highway 64; Lamar; Cabin Creek; around sharp curve; big field; cow mailbox; up on hill. My heart pounded. “This is it, Babe. Turn here!” There she stood, tall and proud in ageless charm. So beautiful and wise – colonial and white. She was safely nestled in a half-moon of massive, century-old oak, black walnut, and pecan trees. The gnarled branches hovered, curled and twisted around her and cast ominous shadows on her nostalgic frame. Long golden fingers of October sun parted the Autumn leaves and pointed at her as if to announce, “There she is. Her Majesty.” My husband braked quickly, cut the wheel sharp, and we slowly crept bump-by-bump,

up and around the dirt drive. We parked at the foot of the small hill, scrunched down in our seats, and cocked our necks sideways over the dashboard. We stretched our eyes to the top of the windshield in attempt to catch a glimpse of the tip-top edge of the towering rock chimneys on either side of the antebellum house. The hand-stacked stone chimneys seemed to lean slightly into the house. They looked as if they were bookends holding a volume of history. Neither of us spoke for several seconds. We did not leave the car. We sat right there and quietly absorbed every detail. The grassy hill, the airy height, the shadowy trees, the sun rays, the stone chimneys, the chipped white paint, the green shutters, and the dark wood double front doors – each one on opposite ends of the shady front porch.

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“Look at that porch!” we shouted in unison. The brief yet uncomfortable silence was broken and we pushed ourselves out of the car, feet-first into the dirt, through the dewy lawn, up three steps, and onto the porch of my dreams. The fall air was crisp and smelled of deep forest wood – strange considering the house was in the heart of the town. I walked the length of the porch – end to end – touching every white post and dragging my hand across the dusty railing. I thought, “This will be my porch soon.” “You know what’s weird, Honey? I have lived in this town over half my life. I have driven this same road hundreds of times and I don’t remember this house. How could I miss it? It has obviously been around for ... a while.” I was perplexed. I felt as if we had just stepped on the toes of an eery secret; yet I felt as if I NEEDED this house! I had not even crossed over the threshhold and I knew. My husband turned the doorknob, we stepped into the old kitchen, took one look at the charming fireplace and before the door stopped creaking– one timid step later, “Sold!”. November 15, 2002. Ben and I unpacked the very last box. One month, one day, six hours and three minutes after we moved into our two-story Colonial home, we sat down to relax (and lightly drool.) I flipped mindlessly through the sludge of late night television. It was close to 2 a.m., the kids were sound asleep, we were officially moved-in, and the relief pulled me deeper into the soft recliner. That’s when I heard it. The pitter-patter stomp, pitter-patter stomp of my middle son, Bridger, making his way down the stairs behind me. Ben’s couch snoring stopped

suddenly when I yelled over my shoulder towards the stairs, “Get. Your. Buns. Back. In. That. BED. NOW!” I didn’t hear him walk away but I felt his shadow move from the doorway away from the back of my head. “It’s late. You’re five now. And big boys sleep in their own rooms. Thank youuuu. ” My voice chased him back upstairs. Half a minute later I drifted into a light sleep. I awoke startled to: Boom. Thumpthump-thump-thump. Boom thump. Boom thump-thump–directly overhead. My husband mumbled a faint, “What’s that?” I slid clumsily out of my lazy chair and dragged myself up the stairs gaining momentum ready-to-pounce on my son who was obviously bouncing a ball up and down the hallway at the top of the stairs. “What do you think you are doing!” was ready to spill from my lips as I rounded the corner and threw open my son’s bedroom door. The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end when I saw both my boys in deep peaceful sleep. I flew down the hallway, flipped on the light in my daughter’s room – out, snoring! I ran down the stairs two-at-a-time, made a bee-line for the couch, plopped down on my husband’s feet, and pulled the blanket up just under my eyes. That is when I first realized we were not alone. January 5, 2003. ‘Dear Karen, I was referred to you by my mother who saw your article in the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette. I was hoping your group, Central Arkansas Society of Paranormal Research (CASPR) could check out our house. I think it’s haunted. ‘For the past two-and-a-half months the following things have happened: we hear footsteps up and down the stairs at all hours of the night, a ball bouncing at 2 a.m. when

everyone is asleep, we hear a baby crying in an unplugged baby monitor, the doorbell goes off at random times during the day, my good natured dog barks ferociously at the air, my middle son has night terrors and reports hearing voices that keep him up at night, my husband and baby-sitter saw the tail-end of a Victorian type dress float up the stairs, a thin mist of smoke has been spotted in the kitchen by both my brother and me. ‘At night when I am just falling asleep I feel a small hand stroking my hair, and footsteps running around my bed. My husband and I heard pounding on the wall above the head of our bed just last night. Doors slam. Cabinets creep open. Batteries drain in minutes. ‘At least twice a week I find dimes stuffed in my shoes, and in my bed (I know it sounds funny – but it’s freaking us out.). I hope you can‘Nightmare’ help in some way. on I just want continued page 25

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What’s a Carbon Footprint Got to Do with Sunday Dinner? We fast food, convenience-oriented eaters don’t need to worry that a reading of Barbara Kingsolver’s latest Animal, Vegetable, Miracle will send us kicking and screaming back to the farm to grow our own beans and raise our own chickens. On the hand, some fork-dropping statistics from Ms. Kingsolver’s new book may have us rethinking the old adage, “You are what you eat.” The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations. Americans put almost as much fossil fuel in our refrigerators as our cars. If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically-raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. Transporting a single calorie of perishable fresh fruit from California to New York takes about 87 calories worth of fuel. That’s as efficient as driving from Philadelphia to Annapolis, and back, in order to walk three miles on a treadmill in a Maryland gym. And from a recent book interview, Barbara Kingsolver says, “As we come around to being more mindful of our carbon footprint, being more thoughtful about the fuel we use as consumers, food is a natural place to begin. “Food is the rare moral arena in which the choice that’s best for the world and best for your community is also the best on your table.” Enough statistics! Lest you think Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is

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BUTTERNUT BEAN SOUP 1 ½ c. dried white beans, soaked overnight and drained 3 medium portabella mushroom caps, sliced (optional) 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 T. thyme 1 T. sage 4 tsp. rosemary 2 butternut or hubbard squash, halved lengthwise and seeded Olive oil Combine beans and spices in a large saucepan, adding water to cover amply. Simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes, until beans are tender and most water has cooked off. Add mushrooms toward the end. While beans are cooking, drizzle a large roasting pan with olive oil and arrange squash skin-side-down. Cook at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes, until fully tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and serve each half squash filled with a generous scoop of bean soup. Serves 4. 30-MINUTE MOZZARELLA Thanks to Ricki Carrol, Home Cheese Making. Measure out additives before you start, in clean glass or ceramic cups. Use non-chlorinated water. Rennet, an enzyme used in cheese making, is available in at least one local grocers’ ice cream department. 1 gallon pasteurized milk (NOT ultra-pasteurized) 1½ tsp. citric acid dissolved in ¼ c. cool water ¼ tsp. liquid rennet Stir the milk on the stove in a stainless steel kettle, heating very gently. At 55 degrees, add the citric acid solution and mix thoroughly. At 88 degrees, it should begin to curdle. Add the 1/4 tsp. rennet. Gently stir in diluted rennet with up-anddown motion, and continue heating the milk to just over 100 degrees, then turn off heat. Curds should be pulled away from sides of pot, ready to scoop out. The whey should be clear. (If it’s still milky, wait a few minutes.) Use a slotted spoon to move curds from pot to a 2 quart microwaveable bowl. Press curds gently with hands to remove as much whey as possible. Microwave the curds on high for one minute, then knead the cheese again with hands or a spoon to remove more whey. (Rubber gloves help – this gets hot!) Microwave two more times (about 35 seconds each), kneading between each heating. At this point, salt the cheese to taste, then knead and pull until it’s smooth October 2007 

and elastic. When you can stretch it into ropes like taffy, you are done. If the curds break instead, they need to be reheated a bit. Once cheese is smooth and shiny, roll it into small balls to eat warm or store for later in the refrigerator. Lacking a microwave, you can use the pot of hot whey on the stove for the heatingand-kneading steps. Put the ball of curd back in with a big slotted spoon, and heat it until it’s almost too hot to touch. Good stretching temperature is 175°. HOLIDAY CORN PUDDING A NINE-YEAR-OLD CAN MAKE 3 c. corn kernels 2 eggs, beaten 1 c. milk 1 c. grated Gouda cheese 2 T. dried parsley 1 T. dried marjoram Salt and pepper to taste Combine ingredients and pour into greased baking dish. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until top is puffy and golden FRIDAY NIGHT PIZZA 3 tsp. yeast 1 tsp. salt 1 ½ c. WARM water 2 ½ c. white flour 2 T. olive oil 2 c. whole wheat flour 1 c. sliced onions 2 peppers, cut up 16 oz. mozzarella, thinly sliced 2 c. fresh tomatoes in season (or sauce in winter) 1 T. oregano 1 T. rosemary Other toppings Olive oil To make crust, dissolve the yeast into the warm water and add oil and salt to that mixture. Mix the flours and knead them into the liquid mixture. Let dough rise for 30 to 40 minutes. While the dough is rising, prepare the sliced onions: a slow sauté to caramelize their sugars makes fresh onions into an amazing vegetable. First sizzle them on medium heat in a little olive oil, until transparent but not browned. Then turn down the burner, add a bit of water if necessary to keep them from browning, and let them cook ten to fifteen minutes more, until they are glossy and sweet. Peppers can benefit from a similar treatment. Layer the cheese evenly over the crust, then scatter the toppings of the week on your pizza, finishing with the Story continued on spices. page 21

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If you use tomato sauce rather than fresh tomatoes, spread that over the crust first, then the cheese, then other toppings. Bake pizzas at 425° for about 15 to 20 minutes, until crust is brown and crisp. Some of our favorite combinations for summer are: mozzarella, fresh tomato slices, and fresh basil, drizzled with olive oil; mozzarella, chopped tomatoes, caramelized onions, mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, finely chopped spinach or chard and black olives. Good winter combinations include: Farmer cheese, chicken, olives, and mushrooms, tomato sauce, mozzarella, dried peppers, mushrooms, and anchovies. SWEET POTATO QUESADILLAS 2 medium sweet potatoes ½ onion 1 clove garlic 1 T. oregano 1 T. basil 1 tsp. cumin Chile powder to taste Olive oil for sauté 4 flour tortillas 4 oz. Brie or other medium soft cheese 2-3 leaves Swiss Chard (or other greens) Cut sweet potatoes into chunks, cook in steamer basket or microwave until soft, the mash. Chop and sauté garlic and onion in a large skillet. Add spices and sweet potato, mix well, adding a little water if it’s too sticky. Turn burner very low to keep warm without burning. Preheat oven to 400°. Oil a large baking sheet, spread tortillas on it to lightly oil one side, then spread filling on half of each. Top with slices of Brie and shredded chard, then fold tortillas to close (oiled side out). Bake until browned and crisp (about 15 minutes). Cut into wedges for serving.

Basil and blackberry dessert? Really Now! Without enough backyard basil for Pesto making, but too much for salad, I had to give this one a try. If the combination of apples, blackberries in basil is a tasty surprise. I do think the recipe’s topping is a little too shy on the flour ingredient, so next time I plan to add an extra cup of flour or oats. And whatever you do, don’t forget the ice cream! BASIL-BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE 2 to 3 apples, chopped 2 pints blackberries 2 T. balsamic vinegar 1 large handful of basil leaves, chopped ¼ cup honey – or more, depending on tartness of your berries 5 T. flour 3 heaping T. brown sugar 1 stick cold butter Preheat oven to 400°. Combine the above in an oven–proof casserole dish, mix and set aside. Cut butter into flour and sugar, then rub with your fingers to make a chunky, crumbly mixture (not uniform). Sprinkle it over the top of the fruit, bake 30 minutes until golden and bubbly.

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Can’t use all that zucchini that keeps on keeping on this time of year? Try this veggie twist in your next batch of chocolate chip cookies. Thanks to Linda Heuring for this recipe. ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES 1 egg beaten ½ c. butter, softened ½ c. brown sugar 1/3 c. honey 1 T. vanilla extract 1 c. white flour 1 c. whole wheat flour ½ tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. cinnamon ¼ tsp. nutmeg 1 c. finely shredded zucchini 12 oz. chocolate chips Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the flour, soad, salt and spices in a separate, small bowl and blend into the first mixture. Stir the zucchini and chocolate chips into other ingredients, mix well. Drop by spoonful onto greased baking sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake at 350°, 10 to 15 minutes. Makes about two dozen.

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Hospice Celebrates World Day - Oct. 6

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The Northwest Regional office of the Division of Health Hospice, Department of Health and Human Services, will celebrate World Hospice Day on Oct. 6 at the Historic Downtown Depot. The event coincides with the 15th anniversary of the Northwest Regional location, which serves local eight counties. World Hospice Day began in 2005 as a unified day of action worldwide to celebrate and support hospice. More than 226 celebrations took place in over 60 countries last year. Hospice volunteers offer support for patients and their families. For further details, contact Hospice at 1509 East Main, Suite 4, or call 890-4834.

The Old Town Historic Neighborhood Association will meet at 6:30 pm on Monday, October 15, at the home of Carol Presley, 502 West 8th. The group’s mission is to build a strong neighborhood network of residents, owners and renters in order to preserve, develop, and promote the residential nature of our area. Yearly dues for supporting members are $25 per year. Plans for a Historical Neighborhood Cookbook are underway and recipes with ties to present and former residents of the neighborhood are being sought. Additional information is available by calling (479) 967-4547.

Pumpkin Patch Opens Oct. 14 The first delivery of harvest pumpkins is scheduled to arrive at the First United Methodist Pumpkin Patch soon, say organizers of the church-sponsored fundraiser which benefits children’s ministries. The patch will open daily beginning Oct. 14-31. This is the first time in several years that the church has sponsored the annual Pumpkin Patch due to the recent construction of their new sanctuary. The public is invited and encouraged to make a visit to the Pumpkin Patch at 301 S. Denver, said Alford. More information is available by calling 968-1232.

Pie Contest Entries Sought

Entries are being requested for the Fall Fest Pie Contest held during the Downtown Fall Festival and Chil Cookoff, Saturday, Oct. 27. Registration is 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. with judging held from 10 a.m. until noon. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. and pie slices will go on sale at 1 p.m. Categories may include fruit, holiday, cream, sugar free and Youth 12 and Under. Prizes, including the “Aunt Bea” Award, will be awarded in each category. Entry forms are available at C&D Drug Store and the Russellville Depot. Call Carla Reed at 498-4980 for further information.

Tea and History with Local Author Nancy Dane, author and historian, will speak Saturday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. in Reflections Tea Room, located inside Collectors Gallery, 130 East Harrell Drive, behind the Cracker Barrel. Ms. Dane has been a guest on many television programs and has written a historical fiction titled, Where the Road Begins, and Tattered Glory, a compilation of actual documents of the war. Cost of the tea will be $10 per person. For reservations, call 967-7667.

Nutcracker, Wine Tasting Planned The Nutcracker will be coming to the River Valley on Dec. 7-9. The production is under the direction of Ashley Miller Davis with choreography by Glen Irby, who will also play the role of Herr Drosselmeier. The DANCE Foundation is thrilled to be offering another artistic opportunity for the community. “We are pleased to be showcasing two principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre, along with outstanding local talent,” said Julie McNeill, DANCE Foundation president. Fund raising efforts are underway with plans for a spaghetti dinner in October, and a wine-tasting event conducted by James Cripps, certified wine specialist, on Oct. 18th. For ticket information, please email juliebmcneill@yahoo.com or call 967-3945.

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BUILDING on a passion By Phillip B. Lea For ABOUT Magazine

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I was introduced to woodworking at an early age. In the Los Angeles School District, industrial arts began in grade school and was mandatory for boys in Junior High school. (Girls were obliged to take home economics!) Moving by the power of the wind was intriguing. Sailboats seemed so quiet and so elegant in their motion. In high school, too much of my time was devoted to figuring out how to get an afternoon cruise or a weekend race in a friend’s boat. It was an easy evolution to couple interest in woodworking with passion for small boats, into boatbuilding. My first boat was a 16-foot open dory, built as one of a pair in a friend’s garage in Thousand Oaks, California. We rowed our dories in the Oxnard and Ventura harbors, and took a few short cruises out beyond the breakwater on fine-weather days. That first boat had to be sold, ironically, because of my enlistment and travel in the U.S. Navy. The small proceeds from the sale helped provide a bit of cash for Andrea, my wife, and my new start on life. At Andrea’s encouragement, I recently added an open shed to the back of the garage to support boatbuilding. Heaps of obnoxious dust made a mess on our cars and storage items. And it has been a lot more pleasant to work half outside. For the last three Septembers, Andrea and I have hosted a “messabout” here at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Our messabout brings together homemade boats and people who build them from surrounding states, including Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. There has been quite a variety -- several traditional sailing boats, light-weight canoes and kayaks, and some low-horsepower powerboats. Last year, my friend Max from St. Louis, MO., trailered a rare 1955 highly-polished aluminum runabout with an antique Johnson outboard motor. We bring our 14-foot sailing skiff, and my daughter’s 13-foot kayak, both of which I built. The term “messabout” comes from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. In this children’s book, one of the characters, Ratty, tells his friend about the pleasures of boating: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”


At last year’s messabout, the weather made a tough go of it -- a heavy line of thunderstorms, wind gusts to 60 mph and a tornado came through Pope County. It was not possible for anyone to be on the lake that morning. One of the boats was driven up onto the sand at the cove. Those that were camping in tents or on their boats ended up going home by noon on Saturday because the wind drove the rain into everything. By Saturday afternoon though, we were able to grill out, and had some nice boating weather right up to sundown. And the following Sunday was great for those of us who stuck around. This year, I don’t know how the weather could be any worse -- it absolutely has to be an improvement over last year. This year we will have a new boat, an 18-foot open rowing/sailing boat, with a sailing rig similar to a 100-year old working boat. It won’t be as fast as a modern sailboat, but the traditional lug rig with its wooden mast has advantages. Setup time is very fast. No standing rigging, no turnbuckles, and few running lines to mess with. There are few specialized marine parts since the rig is all wooden spars, rope and a few simple blocks (pulleys). The rig can be repaired with parts you would find at Leonard’s Hardware. Pine

and plywood was hand-selected at Ridout Lumber. (Andrea is always encouraging me to buy locally.) Home boatbuilding can take many levels. There are many simple plywood craft with straight sides and straight bottoms, such as Jon boats put together with concrete adhesive (which works quite well!). There are those projects that are quite complex, made traditionally by plank on frame or lapstrake -- like Viking long ships. Of course the majority fall between these extremes -- as do the boats that I have built. Wood, plywood and epoxy suitable for boatbuilding is relatively inexpensive, easy to work, and tools are readily available. Epoxy has greatly simplified the effort of putting together a strong and watertight hull. A person who is comfortable with car body work would be comfortable doing a lot of the epoxy work that is done on today’s new plywood boats.

The internet has made finding information about home boatbuilding easy. There are literally thousands of boat plans available, and many study drawings can be seen on-line. Many devotees have built websites describing every step of building their boat. For further resources for plans, on-line

articles, hardware and sails refer to the following references: • Duckworks -- The Online Magazine for Amateur Boat Builders http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/ • Sail kits: Sailrite Enterprises Inc. http://www.sailrite.com/ Further Reading: • Build the New Instant Boats, by Harold “Dynamite” Payson, International Marine Publishing, 1984. • Boatbuilding For Beginners and Beyond, by Jim Michalak, Breakaway Books, 2002.

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Second Aviation Camp

A SUCCESS!

Photos Courtesy of Ralph McCormick

The second annual Pilot’s Association of Arkansas (PAA) Air Camp ended far to quickly for 22 excited young students -- ages 8 to 13. The three-day event was held at the Russellville Airport Aug. 2-4. Ralph McCormick, who organized the camp in 2006 as a way to pass along “the thrill and secret passion for aviation” to the next generation of pilots, said the camp “puts the students in real time touch with aviation.” More than 30 fly-in pilots, kid guards and businesses contributed time, services and finances to ensure the camp’s success. “We could not have done this without them,” praised McCormick. Why do they do it? “Because deep down inside each of us (there) is a torch which must be passed. It is up to us to see that these fine young ladies and men receive that torch - because we care.” “The camp isn’t easy, it takes time, effort, and money. We challenged the kids to get high and higher. Not with drugs ... but with wings,” added McCormick. Sponsors of this year’s camp included Russellville Kiwanis, Arkansas Aeronautical Commission, Eagle Med Flight, News Office Machines, Gaston’s White River Resort, SkyVenture Aviation, Valley Motors, FLY-LOW Publications, Maus Implement, Aircraft Maintenance, SkyDive Ranch and Shell Aviation. For additional photos and information, visit: arkansaspilots.org/ aircamp/2007.

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‘Cody’ continued from page 9

Cody’s first surgery was a success. He had the hole in his heart patched and an artificial valve was attached to his heart. His recovery was excellent and we eventually came home with a healthy baby boy. With each day, Cody continued to get stronger and healthier. By the time he was three years old, he had outgrown the artificial valve that he had received as a newborn. In August 1987, another openheart surgery was completed and went perfectly. Cody thrived and was a normal boy that played sports. He did everything that he was big enough to do. However, at the age of 13, it was time to replace the valve again. In July 1997, the third open-heart surgery was performed; again it was a total success. He continued his education, graduating from Ola High School in May 2003. ‘Nightmare’ continued from page 17

a good night’s sleep. Oh, and I probably should mention that our home was built in the 1800s, was the original stagecoach stop in Lamar, and is rumored to have been a speakeasy, and a jail at one time. ‘There is a Confederate/Civil War cemetery on our land about 200 yards to the back side of our house and a old-thick rock building that historians say was the original kitchen. I hope this helps paint the picture of what we have been going through. If you can help, please contact me ASAP! Sincerely, Jaime Shea.’ Mid-January 2007. We have just completed twelve hours of interviews. Telling and re-telling our events to the director of the Discovery Channel series, “A Haunting”. Ben, Tori, Bridger, and I sat in our crowded duplex apartment–turned TV studio-for-the-day. We had lived in Joplin, Missouri for six months when we got the call from the production company.

“Cody has been such a blessing and inspiration to our whole family,” says his mom. “He has always worked, even in high school. He could be on disability but he refuses. He celebrated his 23rd birthday on August 15th. He is a very independent adult who lives alone and works full time at Kroger on South Arkansas in Russellville, but his greatest interest is playing music.” Cody enjoys playing guitar with his church group, Centerville Assembly of God Church. He has three younger siblings -Austin Young, and Holly and Brett Young. “To see and talk to Cody you would think ‘he is just an ordinary guy, living an ordinary life’ but what lies beneath would amaze a lot of people. He is tough and has been a fighter since the day he was born!” “He is very special and we (his family) are so thankful to have him everyday. Going through something like this really makes you appreciate everyday we all have together

For twelve hours we relived moving in, the ghosts, the CASPR investigation, the cleansing, the wreck, the putting-thehouse-up-for-sale-dilemma, and ultimately the move. It all seems so surreal. In a strange way I miss that house. May 15, 2007. The third set of renters have officially moved out of our Lamar house. The listing on our home expired with not even a good bite from a potential buyer. The renovations are nearly complete. I want my house back. This time we will only put good vibes into this house. We will rely on God for comfort and protection. We will make it work – financially, we have no choice. September 18, 2007. We’re back. Ben and I officially unpacked our last box (and shoved the rest in the shed). Sunk exhausted in our easy chairs. It’s 2 a.m. and the house has been quiet for the most part. Except for the occasional stomp, bounce, creek, thump, and the episodic blasts of

and we treasure each day!” adds his mom. According to his mother, Cody has not had insurance since he turned 18 years old. He continues to go for yearly check-ups with his cardiologist and knows another surgery will have to take place at some time in the future. A July visit to his doctor revealed that his heart valve is still working fine. “Cody’s story is a reminder that heart disease knows NO AGE LIMIT! Donations given to the American Heart Association are truly SAVING LIVES,” said Lisa Young. “I hope everyone continues to do all they can to fight heart disease because anyone can be affected. It could just as easily affect a baby or grandbaby as it could happen to a parent or grandparent. -- Information supplied by Lisa Young For additional information on truncus arteriosus and other “Learn and Live” suggestions for fighting heart disease from the American Heart Association, go online to: www.americanheart.org.

unexplained musical scores from the next room, life is pretty normal. I feel a strange sense of peace with the house. I think we all do. We have come to accept our “spirit friends” as extended family (that I don’t have to feed). In fact, the kids are getting along better than ever! I mean why wouldn’t they? When the neighbor’s pet gerbil ends up fully baked in our microwave, my favorite vase gets smashed by a Nerf football, or my husband’s cell phone is found floating in the bath water – instead of blaming each other, they bat their lashes, grin and exclaim, “Maybe the ghosts did it.” For more information on any of the people, places or things in Jaime’s story, check out: casprquest. com or spiritseekers.org. Their home was featured Sept. 21 on the Discovery Channel. Jamie feels “A Haunting,” which features the Shea home in the “Where Evil Lurks Episode” seems blown ‘way out of porportion: “I suspect the episode to be about 75% based on our true stories, and I do not consider our lovely home ‘Evil.’”

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Book Signing

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Author John Montgomery and artist Tim Parks were featured recently during a reception held at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center in Russellville. Montgomery is the author of The Fall of Daoradh, a fantasy novel published this year by iUniverse. The book was the recipient of the Editor’s Choice award from the iUniverse Editorial Board, which recognized books that meet high editorial standards. Montgomery has been writing professionally since 1984 and began his career writing abnormal and emergency operating procedures for the nuclear power industry. Tim Park of San Rafael, Calif., is the book’s illustrator. Dubbed “an excellent figurative artist,” Park works in both traditional and digital media. His experience in illustration, story boarding, character design, scenes and costume props made him the perfect artist to illustrate The Fall of Daoradh, said the author. The book is currently being recorded for an audiotape release and plans are underway to produce a video version and trilogy. The Fall of Daoradh is available locally and online. More information is available by calling (479) 967-1731 or via email at administrator@ imcintra.net.

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National Association of Junior Auxiliaries holds meeting in Russellville Story and Photos by Johnna Walker

The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries held one of its Area Meetings in Russellville at the Doc Bryan Student Center on the campus of Arkansas Tech University on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007. A total of 137 members were in attendance from several Arkansas chapters. Chapters in Missouri and Texas were also represented. Keynote speaker was Dr. Blair Dean, Associate Professor of Health, Physical Education and Sports Sciences at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Dr. Dean spoke to the association’s national focus, “Healthy Children, Healthy Futures�. Kristin Murdoch of Russellville also presented a workshop on Chapter Board Training. Murdoch is a member of the association’s Membership Committee. The Russellville chapter of Junior Auxiliary was presented an award for having the most members in attendance. Attending from the Russellville chapter were 15 active members and 12 provisional members. Junior Auxiliary represents a serious endeavor on the part of its members to

become active and constructive participants in the communities in which they live. They also impart to members the desire to assume responsible leadership in meeting the problems of their individual communities. The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries was founded in 1941 by 100 enthusiastic women representing organization from 10 towns in Mississippi and Arkansas. For a number of years, these groups have been assisting their respective communities in the systematic care and welfare of underprivileged children and in civic endeavors dealing with suffering and poverty arising from economic depression beginning in 1929. With child welfare in mind, these 10 groups hoped to seek strength and inspiration from a sharing of ideas by uniting into a national organization. The organization has continued to grow since that time and now has 102 chapters and thousands of members in several southeastern states including Arkansas. The Russellville Chapter of NAJA currently has 37 active members and 14 provisional members.

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Graduation Equals ‘Big Bucks’ for Pope County

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The Pope County Community Foundation successfully completed the sixyear PARTNERS program of Arkansas Community Foundation, officially “graduating” and making Pope County eligible for endowment funds and grant opportunities. Becoming an affiliate in the PARTNERS Program means that Pope County receives a direct gift of $600,000 in endowment funds, plus almost $100,000 more in grant-making/youth endowment and operations from the Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF.) This is the third group of County Foundations across the state to complete the program, made possible by a partnership between ARCF and a grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. “A list of the funding received through ARCF does not do justice to the affect that Pope County Community Foundation (PCCF) has, and will continue to have, on the future of residents of Pope County now and in perpetuity,” said Betty LaGrone, PCCF board president. Through the generosity of Pope County and the hard work of the PCCF board of directors, the Foundation has met the yearly goals to maximize the matching funds. Some of the funding resulted from grants to ARCF from Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation. Pope County Community Foundation funds now have a market value of $1,496,420.78. Almost $150,000 in grants has been awarded in scholarships to high school students attending Arkansas Tech University, Pope County Library, Community Services and Boys and Girls Club. Also awarded have been teacher mini-grants to each school district in Pope County, the Russellville Skate Park, Wesley Foundation and several other organizations that serve the needs of Pope County residents. “The perpetuity, or foreverness, of the Foundation and the matching funds are what attracted me to this program when it was first announced,” said LaGrone. For more information about Pope County Community Foundation, call (479) 967-3083. October 2007


‘Beau Arts’ Inductees, Gala Planned The Arkansas River Valley Arts Center has announced the induction of a 2007 Artist and a Patron of the Arts into the newly created “Beaux Arts Academy.” The first artist to be inducted will be Lodema Jensen of Russellville. Ms. Jensen is well known, both locally and in many cities and states across the country. Her work graces private collections in homes and corporate offices around the United States. She has lived in several states and in Mexico, the end result of which is the southwest influence apparent in many of her paintings.

Not only is she an accomplished artist, both Ms. Jensen and her sister, Juanita Leussen, are involved in many facets of the community where they serve in leadership roles and work in a number of organizations. The first Patron of the Arts award will be presented to Simmons First Bank. “The bank has been a Corporate Partner in Education for many years and supports the Art Center’s programs and projects. Ron Jackson, chief executive officer, and his wife Susan are also very strong supporters of the arts and cultural programs in the River Valley,” said Dennis Overman. Overman is president of the Arts Center Board of Directors and will co-chair the event along with board member Robert Ford. “We have many individual and corporate partners who are instrumental in bringing our services Miss Last Week’s and programs to the public through Cyclone manpower, financing, equipment and creative ideas -­­ and all are deeply Football Game? appreciated,” said Betty LaGrone, Wish you could Arts Center executive director. see it all over again? “It is always difficult to choose only one, but we are delighted and excited You Can - When You to name Simmons First Bank as the first Patron of the Arts inductee. Watch Channel 6! Both Ms. Jensen and Mr. Jackson will receive a piece designed and Friday Nights created especially for this honor by Beginning at 10 p.m. Art Center staff artist Winston Taylor. The unique blackware pottery piece Saturday Nights will feature a Spirt Bear emblem. The 9 p.m. - Midnight same piece will continue to be used Sunday Nights in succeeding years. Beginning at 4 p.m. The induction ceremony will be part of the Art Center’s major Community News, fundraiser, the 2007 Fall in Love with Political Issues, Academic the Arts, scheduled for Thursday, and Sports Coverage, Oct. 11, 2007. The event will be held Educational Programs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Arkansas and Entertainment River Valley Arts Center, 1001 East B Street in Russellville. Tickets are $40 provided by per person. Invitations are not required. The IMC STUDIOS gala is open to any resident or visitor Call (479) 968-1731 for who wishes to purchase a ticket to support the work of the Arts Center, More Information! said LaGrone.

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the Surgery By Dianne S. Edwards ABOUT Magazine Editor

After taking an early retirement in 1998 from her position as a vice president of Regions Bank, Joann Hays began another career that she considers extremely rewarding -­- assisting women who have had breast surgery regain the fit, femininity and comfort they deserve. Joann is the owner and consultant of Joann’s Mastectomy Shop located at 1704 West C Place behind Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. A similar business, which Joann purchased from Jean Embry, was located downtown. Known then as “Jean’s Intimate Apparel,” Joann renamed her shop and moved to its present location in 1999. Her customers come from referral from area physicians, surgeons and previous customers. Appointments are not required but are recommended. Hours are 10 a.m. until noon and 1-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Joann sees her patrons early, late and on weekends by appointment.

ABOUt MAGAZINE is locally owned and printed for distribution by direct mail and targeted delivery to residents of the Arkansas River Valley. To subscribe, send $20 by check or money order for one-year (10 issues) to: Silver Platter Productions, Inc., P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812.

Business Customers vary in age -- from 30s up to women in their 90s -- and in sizes. Joann also offers a hard-to-fit fashion bra for sizes from 34F up to 46H. Everyone is different, so Joann offers a variety of fashion bras, breast prostheses, breast shapers, post-surgery camisoles and swimwear with higher necklines and underarms. The bras are not just for patients following radical or reconstructive breast surgery, says Joan. “We offer a product which redefines and shapes patients who have had a lumpectomy or whose final results are simply not balanced.” Product lines available include Amoena, Jodee, Nearly Me and TruLife. The fashion bras are “feminine, sensually soft, flattering and sexy.” There are hundreds of sizes, style and shapes that have been created to match a women’s remaining natural breast. A certified professional fitter is trained to measure and selected the proper prosthesis for each individual woman. Joann assists with proper fitting of bras and breast prostheses. The breast forms can be weighted or non-weighted and are generally made of silicone gel. The forms are not mass produced. Each one is made by hand and are considered medical devices regulated by the FDA. Fitting generally is possible within a month or two of surgery. Joann encourages women to come by for a consultation and measurement prior

to surgery. Products, such as the postsurgery camisole by Amoena, are available are designed for comfort and function. The soft fabric can be used immediately after surgery and features removable drain pouches. Breast prostheses are generally covered by private insurance but individual coverage may vary. Medicare and Medicaid coverage differs by state. Joann works with the Women’s Cancer Research Center, through the St. Vincent Cancer Center in Little Rock, to help secure services or products for those who need them. For additional information or to schedule a no-fee consultation, call (479) 967-6494.

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October 2007 

Bath Junkie

2125 E. Parkway • Russellville (479) 968-BATH

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Photographer’s Gallery

Photography by Bill Peters “Butterflies of Mount Magazine”

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” 

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~ Nathaniel Hawthorne October 2007


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