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Many residents of the Arkansas River Valley pride themselves in having a green thumb. The skills to grow plants for either beauty or food are the mark of rural know-how.

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More than 70 student organizations and more than 30 community businesses met during the Arkansas Tech Involvement Fair held August 20th. The event, which was organized by the Tech Office of Student Services, was held on the plaza between Hindsman Tower and Baswell Techionery. More than 2,000 attended. The event was part of a week-long series of Welcome Week events.

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On the second Saturday of October, the cars begin to arrive on the top of Augsburg Mountain. Parking attendants direct them into their places in the open field much like motioning cows into their stalls to be milked. It is time for the Augsburg Fall Fest.

Day Two of Welcome Week 2012 at Arkansas Tech University was highlighted by the annual Splish Splash Bash on the west lawn of Caraway Hall.

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about | community Entergy Grant Aids in Creation of New Studio

A $10,000 grant from Entergy will help broadcasting students at Arkansas Tech University enjoy the benefits of a new radio studio beginning this fall. The funds will be used to purchase the equipment and software necessary to operate KXRJ 91.9 FM from studios that were constructed inside the Energy Center over the summer. By purchasing the equipment and software made possible through the grant from Entergy, Arkansas Tech was able to keep the transmitter and tower for KXRJ 91.9 FM in their current location at Witherspoon Hall. Anthony Caton, head of the Arkansas Tech Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism, estimated that the ability to keep the transmitter and tower in their current location saved the university a minimum of $50,000 and several months of waiting for approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to re-locate the tower. In addition to those savings, the grant is also beneficial because it will provide KXRJ 91.9 FM with the ability to continue to serve as a communications resource in the event of an emergency at Arkansas Nuclear One. The equipment and software purchased with the Entergy funds will allow Arkansas Nuclear One to take remote control of the radio station and communicate instructions to the community in the event of an emergency. Arkansas Nuclear One and KXRJ participate in a test of the emergency notification system each Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon.

Dr. Micheal Tarver, dean of the ATU College of Arts and Humanities; Robert Holeyfield, manager of emergency planning at Arkansas Nuclear One; Dr. Robert C. Brown, ATU president; and Anthony Caton, head of the ATU Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism

Arkansas Tech will begin broadcasting from the new KXRJ studios at the Energy Center on approximately Aug. 20. The new broadcasting facilities opening this fall also include studios for Tech TV, the student television station at Arkansas Tech. Tech TV previously operated from studios in Crabaugh Hall.

Fair Pageants Sept. 8th

The 2012 Pope County Fair Queen Pageants are scheduled for September 8 at the Center for the Arts located at the Russellville High School. The Little Miss and Mister Pageants will begin at 10 a.m. and the Miss, Teen and Mrs. Pageants will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Miss Pope County Fair Queen and Teen Miss Pope County Fair Queen winners will receive the chance to compete for the

title of Miss Arkansas State Fair Queen and Jr. Miss Arkansas State Fair Queen at the Arkansas State Fair in October. Miss contestants must be single females between the ages of 17-21 and a resident or student in Pope County. Miss contestants will compete in four areas of competition: Private Interview, Onepiece swimsuit, evening gown, and onstage question. The Teen contestants must be single females between the ages of 13-16 and meet the same resident requirements. Contestants will compete in four areas of competition: Private Interview, evening gown, sport/hobby wear and on-stage question. Each division winner will receive a prize package consisting of crown, sash, flowers, cash and other prizes.  Continued on page 28

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A former co-worker and I, both from different generations, once shared a secret: that we loved shopping for ‘school supplies’ even at our advanced ages. (Okay, I was much older than she, with kids of my own; she was a newlywed but still shared my addiction to pens, paper and markers.) Unless you, too, share the ‘office supply’ addiction and understand the joy of discovering a new pen or specialty notebook, you may not understand the thrill of the hunt. As thousands of Arkansas River Valley students and their parents searched to fill the school supply list handed out by their particular schools, I’m sure they felt more pain than pleasure. Yikes, it’s been years since I’ve taken our three daughters on the same search and prices have escalated. I recently discovered this when I set out to replace a particular ink pen that I’d become rather fond of. It was a simple, soft-sided medium point black pen – nothing extravagant – but I really liked the way it wrote. It’s funny but I spend so much time on the computer now that I get really particular when it comes to hand-writing instruments. Silly, I know. I even put off writing over-due thank you notes recently until I replaced that darn pen. (And yes, it has been suggested from time to time that I have obsessive-compulsive tendencies.) I have drawers full of ink pens. I bring them home from work; my husband brings them home from his work, I order them for our business... they are everywhere. But they aren’t ‘that pen.’ Like I said, it’s an addiction. You have to be ‘one of us’ to understand. When I started school, I think I went that first day with a pencil and a box of crayons. I’m sure it was probably one of those fat pencils and a box of eight fat crayons. Thankfully they don’t use those anymore! The use of the whiteboard with washable markers means today’s teachers don’t have to decide who gets to “dust the erasers” at the end of the school day. Remember that, the old blackboards and the white chalk dust that flew everywhere? Why on earth did we students clamor to be allowed to go outside and beat the dust out of those felt erasers? (Oh, I remember, it was to get out of class...) I know we did not carry backpacks though I do remember a ‘book satchel’ when I was in elementary school. Funny how we managed to still get home with our homework, books and lunch box without a backpack. In the near future our students won’t need to shop for pens, paper or ink. They won’t have to haul pounds of heavy books back and forth each day. They’ll be given (or required to provide) a laptop or tablet computer. Homework will be downloaded and typed, not hand-written and handed in. The lost art of “penmanship” will fade the way of the printed hard-bound book. I’m hoping that technology never overrides my pen Dianne Edwards, Editor/Publisher ‘addiction.’ I’m heading out to buy a few more of my 479.970.6628 favorite pens while they still make them! editor@aboutrvmag.com

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Sept. 1: Petit Jean Founder’s Day, celebrated at Petit Jean State Park. Info: (501) 727-5441. Sept. 5: Mommy and Me Program, Russellville Library, 3 p.m.; Info: 968-4368. Sept. 6: After School ANTICS, Russellville Library, 3:30 p.m., ages 8-12. Info: 968-4368. Sept. 8: Punt, Pass and Kick, 9 a.m., Vick Field, 915 East Parkway; Info: 968-1272.

Talk ABOUT...First Day Back There used to be a well-observed ritual among moms I knew, who gathered for a celebratory breakfast after dropping their children off for their first day of school each year. Most of these were mothers lucky enough to be ‘stay-at-home’ moms but a few I knew delayed work arrangements just to be able to join their mom friends for that “welcome back” meal. When our own mothers celebrated our return to school, they gathered most often for coffee at someone’s home, sharing antics from the summer’s activities and getting caught up with the latest news. It wasn’t that they were necessarily anxious for their offspring to be out from underfoot, it was just a time to catch up with friends in a way that they could not while the kids were at home. Having been both a working and a stay-at-home mom, I can speak to the fact that it’s kind of nice to “reclaim” your home and your life once your kids are back in school. Don’t misunderstand, I loved staying home with my girls and cherished each moment, but when you’re at home with youngsters and don’t have that adult interaction, something is just missing. When my girls were young, I remember craving adult

conversation. My poor husband had to listen to my litany the moment he came home from work. He realized I was “starved” for grown-up interaction those eight-hours he was away at work. I remember clearly the first day that all three of our girls were in school. How could I ever forget? “Feeling free” and in control of my own day for the first time in several years, I headed out on my 10-speed bicycle for a short two-mile trek to town for a haircut appointment. Just two blocks from home, I made a serious error in judgment which landed me over the handlebars and face-down on the pavement. There is something very odd about feeling moisture running down your face and realizing it’s not water. I gathered my senses and my bike and turned around, heading for home, hopeful that no one had seen me collide with the street face first. My “free day” found me at the dentist’s office, the doctor’s office and the office of the ear, nose and throat specialist. By the time my daughters got home from their first day of school, I was sitting on the sofa with a full face bandage covering a crushed nose and road rash. I should have met my friends for n breakfast.

Sept. 8: Bow Jam, Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, 8-1. Info: 229-4300. Sept. 9: Photography by Lynda Dixon Exhibit Opening Reception, River Valley Arts Center, 1-3 p.m. Info: 968-2452. Sept. 11: 2012 Senior Health Expo "Promoting Healthy Aging," at the Hughes Center, from 8-1. Info: 968-5039 or 857-7863. Sept. 11: Transitions Bereavement Support Group, 10 a.m., Ark. Hospice, 2405 E. Parkway; second Tuesday of each month. Info: 498-2050. Sept. 11: Forget Me Not Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 6 p.m., second Tuesday of each month, Wildflower, 240 S. Inglewood Ave. 264-8805. Sept. 11-15: Pope County Fair, Pope County Fair Grounds, Russellville. Sept. 15: Miss & Mrs. Mt. Nebo Pageant, 10-6; hosted by the Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce. Info: 229-3328. Sept. 22: 64th Annual Mt. Nebo Chicken Fry, Veteran’s RIverfront Park; hosted by Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce. Info: 229-3328. Sept. 27: Community Bingo, seniors 55 and older; 2-3 p.m. fourth Thursday of each month; Wildflower, 240 S. Inglewood, Russellville; 890-6709. Sept. 29: Great Arkansas Clean Up begins statewide. Sept. 29: Next Step Men of Faith event, 9 a.m., Center for the Performing Arts, RHS. Tickets $20 per person, subject to availability; 970-2516 or 747-8683. Sept. 29: 34th Annual Ozark Memories Day, Dover School campus; sponsored by the Dover Chamber of Commerce, Pancake breakfast starts 6:30 a.m.; gates open 9 a.m. for day-long events, music, food booths, and family-friendly activities. *Unless otherwise indicated, all area codes are 479 Visit www.aboutrvmag.com for a list of activities updated as they are received. To have your event included in the ABOUT Calendar of Events, email: editor@aboutrvmag.com or fax to (866) 757-3282. Deadline is the 15th of the month preceding publication. September 2012 | ABOUT 7


go native Story and photos by Johnny Sain

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Many residents of the Arkansas River Valley pride themselves in having a green thumb. The skills to grow plants for either beauty or food are the mark of rural know-how. In addition to providing aesthetic qualities and excellent table fare, planting a tree, a shrub, or a flower is the “green” thing to do. It helps the environment by cleaning the air, the water, and providing food for all kinds of animals. But, what if we could do even more for the environment? What if we could not just sustain it, but make it even better. “People just don’t understand that the plants, the insects, the birds, they all evolved together. They need each other.” This statement from Mary Ann King sums up what Pine Ridge Gardens is all about. Mary Ann started Pine Ridge Gardens in 1992. “I had a job in town that I just despised,” said Mary Ann. “I wanted to find another way and that’s what started this.” Pine Ridge Gardens specializes in plants that are native to Arkansas and surrounding states. These plants were designed by the passage of millions of years to thrive in Arkansas. Mary Ann’s thoughts on what constitutes a proper plant to place in the ground can be summed up in the word -- native. Sound ecological science is the foundation for those thoughts. “A while back I was asked to give a presentation at a gardening club and I decided to talk about responsibility. What is your responsibility when putting a tree or other plant in the ground? Is this a good plant? Is it a bad plant? What effect will it have on other organisms? Why should I care?” A good plant or a bad plant can be defined by many different criteria and Mary Ann states that attractiveness is not one of the top reasons. “Everybody wants a pretty plant, but pretty isn’t everything. The greenhouse industry did a great job of selling everybody on Bradford pear trees. Everybody thinks they’re pretty, but the problem is that they have reverted back to their wild state.” The goal of all living things is survival and reproduction. All organisms will find the best way to do this.

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parts of the world are popular. Arkansas bugs don’t bother them, but that causes problems in the environment. Some plants and some insects are very specialized. If an invasive species crowds out a particular plant, the pollinator that has evolved to pollinate it may die out.” Mary Ann says that flowers and bugs aren’t the only things that suffer “The local birds eat the bugs. I know that they sell birdseed everywhere, but all young birds must have protein and that protein comes in the form of insects. Fewer native plants mean fewer bugs and that means fewer birds. It’s just a big cycle.” Many things considered important for gardening just don’t matter when it comes to native plants according to Mary Ann. “Don’t bother with a soil test, that’s for agriculture and don’t use lime or fertilizer. Plants found in Arkansas are adapted to the acidic soil, they don’t need lime. It’s the same with fertilizer. These plants get all the nutrition they need from the soil, they been doing it forever. They can actually be over-fed. “What you see now is Bradford pears Why plant native? Mary Ann offers several One customer complained that her bluestem grass was falling over, bluestem is supposed all along the highways from Fort Smith to reasons. Little Rock and everybody still says ‘they’re “To sustain the environment, you reduce to stand straight up. I knew exactly what the so pretty’, but they don’t realize at what your use of water, fertilizer, lime, and problem was, she had fertilized it.” cost. How many native plants have been pesticides. People don’t like bugs on their The potted plants along with the trees plants, that’s why so many plants from other and shrubs found on the ridges surrounding replaced by this invasive species?”

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Pine Ridge Gardens bear the scars of a record setting summer. The heat and drought has caused leaves to drop here just like other places in the River Valley. The advantage of the local vegetation is that most will survive. Mary Ann says that putting a plant in the right location is key “If you put it in the right place, as far as soil and shade, they will most likely be just fine with minimal care. Of course you’ll need

to water them as they get established, but after that they can make it. Even through a summer like this one.” Many residents are concerned about the mid-summer leaf drop this year, but Mary Ann thinks the trees will be fine. “They can rebound; some are already growing new foliage with the recent rains. No, this fall won’t be so pretty, but the trees will survive.” Mary Ann does note that consecutive years of extreme heat and drought can kill a tree, even one accustomed to Arkansas summers. “I’d say three, maybe four summers like this year and the last one can start to kill some of our trees. We need a good wet year. Some people complain when it rains all the time but all that water is a good thing. It builds up the aquifers (underground water tables). We need a lot more right now, that’s for sure.” Native plants offer everything that a thoughtful landscaper should consider important; low maintenance, positive environmental impact, and beauty. But Mary Ann cautions against being hung up on beauty. “My mother always said beauty is as beauty does. Don’t worry so much about a plant being pretty. You need to know that it is good for the environment.”

Pine Ridge Gardens is a small specialty nursery, located 4 1/2 miles from Exit 74 on Interstate 40 - about halfway between Fort Smith and Little Rock. Please phone 479-293-4359 or e-mail office@ pineridgegardens.com for a confirmed appointment. Fall Open House dates are Sept. 8, 22; Oct. 6, 22, and Nov. 17 from 9 to 4. For additional information and a map, visit www.pineridgegardens.com. n

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 ~ Historic Downtown Russellville Events include: • Friends of the Depot Omelet Breakfast • Car & Truck Show • Arts & Crafts and Exhibits Booths • 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s 1K Run • Old Fashioned Pie Contest at the Depot

• Tour de Pumpkin Bike Ride • Chili Cookoff on Chili Alley • Trick My Wagon Kid’s Parade • Children’s Costume Contest • Canine Capers Dog Show • Live Music and Entertainment

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Arkansas Tech, Community Get Involved Story by Sam Strasner, Arkansas Tech University Photos by Steve Newby

Arkansas Tech University students met Russellville and the community met Arkansas Tech students in a big way on Monday, Aug. 20. More than 2,000 people turned out for the Arkansas Tech Involvement Fair, which was organized by the Tech Office of Student Services and held on the plaza between Hindsman Tower and Baswell Techionery. More than 70 student organizations and more than 30 community businesses were represented at the event. Similar events have been held in past years, but this marked the first time that businesses were invited to participate.

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"We are really excited about the businesses that came forth to be a part of this," said Kevin Solomon, associate dean for campus life at Arkansas Tech. "We felt like it could be a good thing. Our students turned out and really enjoyed themselves. It definitely exceeded our expectations. It's great for our freshmen to have this opportunity to see what's out there in the community, and it's great for the businesses to meet these students who will spend the next four years of their life here." Ron Jackson, chairman and chief executive officer of Simmons First Bank of Russellville, was among the representatives of the business community on hand for the Involvement Fair. "It's a great event not only for the community, but also for the students," said Jackson. "They mean so much to our community. It's invaluable for the business community to get our names and faces in front of these students. Many of them are freshmen, and we get the opportunity to welcome them to Russellville and tell them that we are there to help them through the process. I think that means a lot to them." Involvement Fair was part of a weeklong series of 2012 Welcome Week events at Arkansas Tech. Classes for the fall 2012 semester began on Wednesday, Aug. 22. "This is fantastic...I can remember going to the organization fair when I was a freshman, and I was completely lost," said senior Wallace Mullins of Russellville, 2012-13 president of the

Arkansas Tech Student Government Association. "We have grown this event by leaps and bounds since then. All of the student organizations coming out like this is phenomenal, and having local businesses represent themselves here is great."

Three New Degrees Offered As Tech Begins Fall Term

Three new degree programs await Arkansas Tech University students as they began the 2012-13 academic year on August 22. The new degree options --- a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in business data analytics, a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education and an Associate of Science degree in Ozark and Ouachita Studies --- were developed by members of the Arkansas Tech faculty. The programs were approved by both the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board. Arkansas Tech has developed more than 50 new academic programs over the past two decades. “Academic innovation is the lifeblood of higher education,” said Dr. Robert C. Brown, who is beginning his 20th year as president at Arkansas Tech. “I applaud my faculty colleagues for their continued good work in identifying and developing relevant degree programs for our students. As the world around us continues to change, Arkansas Tech will continue to evolve in order to meet the educational needs of our constituents.”


The Arkansas Tech College of Business developed the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in business data analytics as a means of connecting students with career opportunities in a growing field. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment in the closely related management analyst field is expected to grow 24 percent by the year 2018. The average salary for management analysts in Arkansas is $60,000 per year. “This is a great collaboration between our faculty and our industry partners,”

said Dr. Ed Bashaw, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Business. “The faculty led the effort by conceiving of this program. We worked, and will continue to work, with our industry partners to fine-tune the program and to secure helpful resources. We see this as a classic win-win situation. Our industry partners will have more highly qualified candidates from which to choose. Our business data analytics students will benefit from the increased high-paying job opportunities that will await them upon graduation.” The successful effort by the Arkansas Tech College of Applied Sciences to create a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education is a tie to the very beginning of the institution. Arkansas Tech was founded in 1909 as the Second District Agricultural School. Its primary initial mission was to provide training to the next generation of farmers. The study of agriculture has been part of the curriculum at Arkansas Tech throughout its 103-year history. With the addition of the Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education, Arkansas Tech will produce teachers who can share the knowledge that has made agriculture the No. 1 industry in the state. “This new degree will fill an educational void that exists in the west-central portion of our state,” said Dr. William Hoefler, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Applied Sciences. “Graduates with the Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education will be prepared to teach at the middle and secondary levels. They will also have the tools necessary to work in a variety of state and federal agencies.”

Students enrolled in the new Associate of Science degree in Ozark and Ouachita Studies will enjoy the benefits of a program that will draw on the resources of several different colleges and departments on campus. The degree is designed to provide graduates with a greater understanding of the region through the study of such topics as biology, English, fisheries and wildlife science, geology, history, recreation and parks administration and sociology. “This program is designed to enhance the educational experience of students wishing to remain in the state after graduation,” said Dr. H. Micheal Tarver, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Arts and Humanities. “It was derived from student interest in a variety of topics related to the Ozark-Ouachita region. In addition to a fostering of academic collaboration between the university’s colleges, the new degree will assist students in becoming employable to Arkansas businesses and to federal and state agencies targeted at cultural preservation, natural resource protection and social services.” In all, Arkansas Tech offers more than 100 degree options within its seven colleges --- the College of Applied Sciences, the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Natural and Health Sciences, the College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach and the Graduate College. For more information about Arkansas Tech University, visit http:// www.atu.edu/. n

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Little-known ‘Huntington’s’ Focus of Event Story by Tabatha Duvall | Courtesy Photos

Though Huntington’s Disease was thought to be rare, it has become one of the most diagnosed hereditary diseases. One out of every 10,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Huntington’s in their lifetime.

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This genetic degenerative brain disorder does not skip generations, and 150,000 people are currently at risk of inheriting Huntington’s from a parent. If a person inherits the abnormal gene, they will develop the disease. There is no treatment and no cure or even a means of slowing down the progression of the symptoms which will eventually lead to death. The average progression of the disease is about 10 to 25 years. Unless directly affected by this devastating disease, most people don’t know much about Huntington’s and if even if they do, they may not understand it well. JoAnn Carr of Dover and Cindy Hillyer of Clinton have made it a mission to change that. In January they had both called the Huntington’s Disease Society of America because there was not much advocacy in the state of Arkansas. Hillyer’s brother is battling Huntington’s now and Carr has had five family members, including her mother and two brothers and their children, that have been diagnosed with the disease. Carr says, “We want to see as many people know about Huntington’s as possible.”


Hillyer added, “My goal in life is to educate people about the disease and to let them know how they can help. We’re just trying to make a difference, one person at a time.” They are working in connection with the Arkansan chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. HDSA was founded in 1968 by artist Woody Guthrie’s wife Marjorie, after he passed from the disease. She went to then president Jimmy Carter to lobby for more funding for neurological science research which eventually lead to HDSA. Since that point, the gene has been pinpointed and a test has been developed, but there is so much more to be done. Currently, symptoms of the disease can be treated and lessened but there is no cure for Huntington’s.

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Steppin' Out Story by Kechia Bentley

My husband and I were watching the 2012 Summer Olympics one evening, and the tease for the night was the “fastest man alive” race featuring Usain Bolt. I had no idea this race was going to parallel my life to a ‘T.’ I know many of you who know me are thinking, “Girl you have lost your mind. You are a short, overweight, white woman, and he is a tall, fit, very fast, black man.” Just give me a moment, and I will explain. And actually it is not Usain Bolt that I identify with; it is those running against him – or chasing after him -- that I represent so well. As we watched the games, the gun sounded and the race began. I am sure everyone has seen the race by now, but Bolt was behind and then in a flash, he was in the lead and breaking away. In the moment immediately following the race, after a commentator said Bolt completed that race in just 41 strides while everyone else needed at least 44 strides, I said to my husband, “That is the story of my life.” I AM the 44 strides kind of person. You see, Bolt is 6’5” tall, and he towers over most of the other competitors. So, he can cover that distance with fewer steps. At 4’11” tall I have spent my life trying to keep up with the Usain Bolts of the world. And at my height that pretty much includes all of you people reading this. (Okay, I am only 4’ 10 1/2” tall now; I have started shrinking!) My husband and I have given up the idea of ever walking together for exercise. He is 6’ tall, and when he walks with me, no matter how hard I try to go really fast, he ends up walking in a zigzag pattern back and forth across the road just so he won’t leave me in the dust. Yes, neighbors, that is way that man was walking so funny down your street. He has even resorted to making big loops and circling back around me, which also looks really bizarre. I was afraid someone watching us might call for a mental evaluation of my husband, so I have decided we should go our separate ways -- at least when it comes to walking. Recently, I have gotten on a muchneeded exercise program, which I am sure will be explained in an upcoming story soon. 16 ABOUT | September 2012

They keep telling me I am short, but I just think they are way too tall.

A bunch of my friends are avid exercisers, and very recently asked me to join them. I have been there, done that. We tried walking together before our recent Costa Rica trip. Yes, I will admit that walking with your friends does sound really good on paper, but when we actually set out to walk one evening at the Lake Dardanelle State Park it became apparent -- very quickly -that this was not going to work. Now the height difference between me and my women friends is not nearly as drastic as with my husband, but it is safe to say I am the shortest one on this walk. Oh, I was getting a great work out, moving my short, fat legs as fast as I could. The only problem was those several inches taller than me were leaving me in the dust. Being the good friends that they are, they kept slowing down and waiting for me. I mentioned to them the zigzag pattern that my dear husband would do while walking with me and within a few minutes there were three women bobbin’ and weavin’ across the road. One was even starting to do that big circle thing around me. I am sure the people camping at the state park were sitting back wondering what the heck was wrong with this group of women. They had to be thinking, “Now, that one short lady is walking a straight line as hard and fast as she can go, but those others are all over the place. What is wrong with them?” I am telling you, if I hadn’t quit walking with all of them, I know it wouldn’t have been long before someone called the police and requested that they give us all a sobriety test. After doing a little research, I discovered that my friend Maylu, who is 5’8”, can walk in mile in 2,218 steps. My short friends Karla and Jane, who are 5’ 2”, can do a mile in 2,433 steps. At my grand stature of 4’10 1/2” I can walk a mile in 2,579 steps. I have to take 361 more steps than Maylu, I have to take 146 more steps

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than Karla or Jane, and I have to take 484 more steps than my husband! Do you see why I am now walking all by myself? I must say I am quite content. Now, there are a few days when I miss the encouragement. I know this because there is this squirrel at the state park that stands on its hind legs when I walk past. I have been asking him to clap for me, but so far he only stares. I was thinking maybe a few of you could just throw on your house coat, grab your cup of coffee, and come to the park about 7 a.m. and cheer me on as I walk by. Yeah, I didn’t think I would have any takers. I guess I will keep working on that squirrel. One last thing -- I am now calling myself a 44-stepper. I think I am in some pretty good company. n

Columnist Kechia Bentley stands with friends Maylu Stuckey, Kristi Schwartz, and Mary Barnes who are 5’8”, 5’9” and 5’9” respectively.


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German Heritage Community Offers

5th Annual Augsburg Fall Fest

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n the second Saturday of October (October 13 this year), the cars begin to arrive on the top of Augsburg Mountain. Parking attendants direct them into their places in the open field much like motioning cows into their stalls to be milked. It is time for the Augsburg Fall Fest. Augsburg Fall Fest is a day of celebration for a long-standing German immigrant community, a homecoming for a number of people scattered across the country, an opportunity to visit with folks you probably haven’t seen since the last Fall Fest, and fun for the whole family. People come from Minnesota, California, Oklahoma, and Texas to help the Augsburg residents put on the festival.

The small rural community of Augsburg was formed by German immigrants in the early 1880’s. In 1883, these first immigrants established a Lutheran church on the top of the mountain, which has been in continuous existence for 129 years. The members of this church, although knowledgeable about their past, are looking toward the future. At the 5th Annual Augsburg Fall fest, on Saturday, October 13, they would like to share with others their German heritage and their interest in developing the community in the years to come. There is no admission fee to attend the festival; it is free to all who come. Growing by leaps and bounds, the festival, located at Zion Lutheran Church at the intersection of Arkansas Highway

333 and Augsburg Road, offers activities that bring hundreds of visitors to the top of the mountain. The church sits on 40 tree-covered acres purchased by the German founders from the Iron Mountain Railroad Company. This year’s festival begins at 8 a.m. with a non-competitive Bike Race for fun and fitness. Anyone interested in entering this race may contact Rusty Dorn at (479) 746-6676. Since the primary occupation of the early settlers in the Augsburg area was farming, the festival features a tractor pull, sponsored by the River Valley Antique Machinery Club (Branch 32 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association). The tractor pull, in its third

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year at the festival, will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. There will also be a display of antique farm machinery. Kids’ games will be conducted in the morning from 10 a.m. until noon, and bumpand-jumps will be available throughout the day. Children can also ride ponies all day and visit the petting zoo, two of the most popular events at the festival. Visitors to the festival can wander through the silent auction, offering all kinds of interesting items, many of which are antique or handmade. At mid-day, there will be an old-fashioned cake walk. Shoppers will find unique objects at the arts and crafts booths, and the educational booths have information about businesses, industries, and services available in this area. Anyone interested in having a booth at the festival may call JoAnn Dorn at (479) 331-2302. Entertainment is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m. Local musicians, both instrumental and vocal, are featured at the festival. German bratwursts, sauerkraut, and hot German potato salad are always a favorite with festival goers, but many other food items as well as tempting desserts are available.

The drawing for a side of grass-fed beef, provided by Rusty Dorn, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, available by calling 331-3483 or at the festival, are $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. The day’s activities conclude with bingo. All of the proceeds from the festival are divided between the River Valley Free Christian Clinic and the Augsburg Food Pantry. The Christian Clinic, located in Dardanelle, offers free medical, dental, and eye services to residents of the River Valley who are unable to afford them. The Augsburg Food Pantry, sponsored by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League at Zion Lutheran Church, has been in continuous existence for over 20 years and supplies food to individuals and families in need. The Augsburg Food Pantry feeds from 250 to 300 people each month. The public is invited to come and enjoy a beautiful fall day in this serene setting atop Augsburg Mountain (located north of London on Highway 333 and Augsburg Road or northwest of Dover). “Bring your whole family, enjoy some good German food, hear good music, bid on some items in the silent auction, participate in the games and cake walk, and just relax in the country atmosphere.”

Organizers say, “It is a rare opportunity where you can feel good about spending your money, knowing that the dollars that you spend will improve the way of life of many people throughout the River Valley by providing them food and medical services.” n

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Budget-Minded Boutique Offers ‘Lavish’ Style Story and Photos by Tabatha Duvall

When Bethany Swindell decided to open a boutique, there was never any option to open elsewhere; she is a Russellville girl through-and-through. Her shop, Lavish, opened this summer on Main Street in Downtown Russellville, next to Italian Gardens Cafè, and is intended to be a shop for everyone. Their philosophy is having the same boutique items for less. Swindell says, “When people think of the definition of ‘lavish,’ usually ‘expensive’ comes to mind. Well, not with us. We believe that anyone can have lavish style, even on a budget.” All of Lavish’s clothing is priced under $40, with the majority of the items costing closer to $20, and come in a wide range of sizes. They carry a much wider size range than most boutiques, sizes S-3X, and many of their jewelry, accessory, and home pieces are handmade my local artists. They carry local pieces because of the talent located in the River Valley and the uniqueness of the items. Swindell adds, “You won’t find the same items everywhere else.” Another big part of Lavish’s character that sets it apart from other local stores is their monthly “Shop for a Cause Saturdays.”

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Swindell states, “We care. We aren’t about making money. We want to have fun, provide the best possible items at fair prices, and get warm fuzzies when we give back to charity.” On these selected dates, 15% of total sales is donated to a local nonprofit. In the two months that Lavish has been open, they have been able to give over $300 back to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and the Relay For Life. They also host private shopping parties that benefit the nonprofit of the hosts’ choice. The host receives two hours of private shopping for guests and 15% of the total sales will be given to the selected nonprofit. Swindell wants Lavish to be “your store. If there is something you want to see in the store, let me know and I will try my best to make it happen.” She also wants to thank Russellville and surrounding areas for their open arms.

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Calling All Vendors, Crafters, Chili Cooks and Festival Goers!

Pull those chili pots out of storage and get ready for Main Street Russellville’s 21st Annual Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff! This day long classic street festival will take place throughout Russellville’s Downtown Historic District on Saturday, October 27th. Booth registration forms are available for food vendors, arts and crafts, commercial and non-profit organization booths. Registration forms are also available for participation in events such as the chili cookoff, 5K & 1K runs, bike rides, car show, and pie and cake contest. The Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff is one of the many projects of Main Street Russellville, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our community’s sense of place through the preservation, revitalization and economic redevelopment of Russellville’s historic central business district, the heart of our city. Forms and other information may be obtained by contacting Main Street Russellville, 320 W. “C” Street @ The Depot, P.O. Box 694, Russellville, AR 72811. For information, call (479) 967-1437 or email: msrsvl@centurytel.net. Additional information is available at: www.mainstreetrussellville.com. n

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Make-Ahead Recipes Will Make Their Day Story by Dianna Qualls, Food Editor

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ith school back in full swing do you run out of time before you finish your ‘to-do’ list? Does the daily dinner dilemma leave you speeding through the nearest drive thru? Well, have I got some ”feed your hungry bunch” ideas for you! Take a couple hours this weekend and try out these make-ahead or ‘freeze-now, serve-later’ dishes, you can give your family a comfy meal on even the busiest weeknight. Here are just a few tips when making ‘ahead’ dishes: Make sure that you cool the food that you are going to store very quickly. You can use an ice water bath or place the baking dish or skillet in the refrigerator until the food is cold. Next, cover or wrap the food well and be sure to label the food so you know what you’ve got in your treasure trove! Store the food in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage; then all you have to do is heat it. How is easy is that? Most casseroles, soups, and marinated meats adapt very well to this type of cooking. Just be sure that the meats you use are either fully cooked when refrigerated, or not cooked at all. Partially cooking meats then refrigerating them is just asking for trouble. Always mark what is in the container and a date, when freezing a dish. Trust me, sometimes when it is frozen you cannot determine if it is fricassee of loch ness monster or the ever memorable ‘Hot time in the City’ Chili. To adapt a recipe that doesn’t give you make-ahead instructions, just assemble it up to the final cooking time, then refrigerate. The baking time will be a bit longer when the food is right out of the refrigerator; figure 1/3 more time but watch carefully in the final minutes! You could also think about packaging casseroles or soups in individual serving containers. That way, your busy family can pull out a healthy meal and eat in minutes, whenever they’re in the mood. Or make use of your stash of make-ahead dishes in your freezer to provide a friend with a hot dish to lift their spirits.

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DAY-AHEAD BAKED FRENCH TOAST 1 loaf French bread 6 eggs 2 T. flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 2 tsp. granulated sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 2 c. milk 1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 c. butter Maple syrup

Cut loaf of bread into 1 to 1 1/2 inch slices. Whisk the eggs. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat until smooth. Add milk and vanilla. Beat well. Pour into ungreased 9x13 inch pan. Place bread in pan. Coat one side then turn and coat the other side. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove toast and turn slices. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour it over a 10x15 inch jelly roll pan. Place toast in butter and bake 15 minutes. Turn toast and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve with butter and syrup. Recipe from cooks.com.

DO-AHEAD EGG BAKE

8 large eggs 3 c. milk 8 c. French bread cubes (3/4 inch, approx ½ of a 1 lb. loaf) 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry 12 slices cooked bacon, crumbled 1 pkg. (8 oz) Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided Whisk eggs and milk in large bowl until well blended. Stir in bread. Add spinach, bacon and 1-1/2 cups cheese; mix lightly. Pour into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining cheese. Cover; refrigerate overnight. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake, uncovered, 48 to 50 min. or until top is puffed and golden brown. Recipe from kraftrecipes.com. Q’s-tip: You may substitute turkey bacon, egg substitute, broccoli, fat free milk, low-fat cheese for any or all of the ingredients.


MARINATED STEAK

1/2 c. red wine 2 T. chopped fresh thyme OR 2 tsp. dried thyme leaves 2 T. olive oil 3 cloves minced garlic 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 2 lb. top round boneless steak, 1” thick In large shallow glass dish, combine wine, thyme, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add steak and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for 8-24 hours, turning steak occasionally to coat with marinade. Prepare and heat grill. Place steak on greased grill over hot coals; brush with marinade to coat. Cover grill and cook steak for 7 to 8 minutes per side or until medium. Remove from grill, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes before carving. Discard remaining marinade. Thinly slice steak across the grain on an angle and serve. Q’s-tip: Substitution for the red wine -- 1/3 cup beef broth and 3 T. apple cider vinegar.

MAKE-AHEAD GREEN CHILI RICE

3 c. cooked white rice 1-1/2 c. sour cream 1/2 c. milk 2 eggs, beaten 4 oz. can chopped green chilies, undrained 2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese Salt and pepper to taste

casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until set. To make and freeze: undercook rice by about 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients, using all of the cheese, and stir in 2 T. cornstarch, then chill in refrigerator until cold. Wrap thoroughly, label, and freeze up to three months. To thaw and reheat, thaw casserole overnight in refrigerator, stir well and bake at 350 degrees for 55-65 minutes until set and top is golden brown.

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1 pkg. (12 count) Hawaiian bread rolls 1 lb. shaved Black Forest ham 12 slices Gruyere cheese Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix rice, 1 tub (8 oz.) Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread sour cream, milk, eggs, chilies, 1-1/2 cups 1/2 c. butter, melted cheese, and salt and pepper to taste in 1 T. Worcestershire sauce large bowl. Pour into greased 2 quart glass

1/2 T. dried minced onion 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese Cut all rolls in half. Place roll bottoms in 9x13-inch pan. Place equal amounts of ham on each roll bottom. Top with Gruyere. On each of the roll tops, spread a generous amount of the cream cheese spread. Return the tops to the bottoms making sandwiches. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion and Parmesan cheese. Pour over your sandwiches cover with foil and let sit for at least 20 minutes. Place sandwiches, covered in foil, in a preheated 350ºF oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until warmed through. Enjoy! You can make these ahead of time and place in the fridge overnight, but add an additional 10 to 15 minutes to the bake time from Recipe: kraftrecipes.com. >>

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DAY AHEAD DIJON CHICKEN 4 boneless chicken breasts 1/2 c. honey 1/2 c. Dijon mustard 1 T. curry 2 T. soy or teriyaki sauce

Place chicken snugly in a baking dish, skin side up. Mix other ingredients. Pour over chicken and refrigerate overnight. Turn chicken over. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Baste well with sauce and continue baking, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve. Excellent with buttered rice. Recipe from Cooks.com.

BAKE-AHEAD STUFFED POTATOES 8 med. baking potatoes 1/2 - 3/4 c. warm milk 4 T. butter 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 egg 2 green onions, finely sliced (optional) 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper

Scrub potatoes and pat dry. Prick skin of each with a fork. Bake in 400 degree oven 1 hour or until soft and skins firm. Cut a slice from the top of each, longways. Carefully, using a spoon, scoop out the pulp, leaving enough for a 1/4 inch thick shell. Put potato pulp in a bowl and mash, beat in enough milk to make smooth and fluffy. Add butter. Stir in cheese, egg, onions, salt and pepper. Spoon back into shells, mounding slightly. To serve immediately, place in 350 degree oven to just heat through (about 10 minutes). To serve later in the day, cover and refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving time. Heat 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. To freeze, place on baking sheet and freeze one hour until firm, then wrap

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MAKE AHEAD CAULIFLOWER SALAD 1 head lettuce 1 lg. Bermuda onion 1 lb. bacon 1 head cauliflower 1/4 c. sugar 2 c. mayonnaise 1/3 c. Parmesan cheese Salt & pepper to taste

of the salad to bowl edges, forming a seal to keep the salad crisp until ready to toss and serve. This salad can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Recipe from cooks.com.

MAKE AHEAD GREEN BEAN SALAD

1 can cut green beans, drained 1 sm. can pimentos, chopped but not drained 1 can white shoe peg corn, not drained 1 can English peas, drained 2 c. chopped celery 1 c. chopped onion Cook, drain and crumble the bacon. Layer 1/2 c. vinegar bite size pieces of lettuce, then cauliflower, 1/2 c. salad oil chopped onion and bacon in a large 1 c. sugar salad bowl. Combine sugar, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and seasonings to make Mix vinegar, oil and sugar and pour over dressing. the other ingredients and let stand overnight Spread the dressing over the top in refrigerator. Drain and serve.

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MAKE-AHEAD BREAKFAST ROLLS

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STUFF YOU MAY NOT KNOW By Dr. David Bachman

Every once in awhile I like to get off the beaten track and write a non-medical article. It gives me the feeling of having a cerebral cleansing. Friends sent me some things I did not know and I’d like to pass along some of this information. OUR CRAZY ENGLISH LANGUAGE

The longest word typed with the left hand – stewardess. The longest word typed with the right hand – lollipop No word in the English language rhymes with mouth, orange, silver or purple. The only word that ends with the letter “mt” – Dreamt. There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous” – horrendous, tremendous, hazardous and stupendous.

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There are three million golfers in Japan but only 1200 golf courses Before 1850, most golf balls were stuffed with feathers. The first golf course with 18 holes was in St. Andrews in Scotland. More people die playing golf than any other sport – leading causes - strokes and heart attacks. It is about 10 times easier to shoot a hole in one than to score a 300 game while bowling. Fewer people golf on Tuesday than on any other day of the week.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

WEIRD FACTS ABOUT SOME ANIMALS

A goldfish has a memory span of only three seconds. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear – no wonder those hairy things hear so well. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. A snail can sleep for three years. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. There are more chickens than people in the world. An elephant is the only animal that cannot jump. Why do earthworms go on the sidewalk when it rains? The popular assumption that earthworms go to the surface when it rains to prevent drowning in their tunnels is incorrect. Rainwater that filters down through the ground has very little oxygen – the real reason worms go to the surface when it rains is to breathe. Once above the ground, earthworms are very sensitive to light – even a brief exposure to the sun’s rays paralyzes them. Since they are unable to crawl back to their burrows, they eventually dry up and die on the sidewalk.

TALES ABOUT FAMOUS PEOPLE

Benjamin Franklin once wrote an essay on the possibility of waterskiing. What did Christopher Columbus look like? – No one knows – his portrait was never painted. Jimmie Hoffa’s middle name was Riddle. Mahatma Gandhi is buried in California. Cleopatra was married to both her brothers. Sigmund Freud smoked 20 cigars a day. Albert Einstein couldn’t read until the age of 9.

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On any given day, half the people in the world will eat rice. The French eat an average of 200 million frogs a year Horseradish ice cream can be bought in Japan. Peruvians eat about 65 million guinea pigs a year. A Snicker is the best selling candy bar in Russia.

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Germans eat more potatoes per capita than any other people, averaging 370 pounds per person a year. The most popular Campbell’s soups in Hong Kong are watercress and duck gizzard. Domino’s Pizza sells reindeer sausage pizza, but only in Iceland.

STRANGE THINGS ABOUT MEN

Male gamblers bet more money when their wives are with them. Men without hair on their chest are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair. Eighty five percent of obscene phone calls are from men. Most common plastic surgery performed on men – liposuction. If a man’s tie is too tight, his vision worsens. The average single man is one inch shorter than a married man. In 1898 cheer leaders were all male – today three percent are. Most married men sleep on the right side of the bed – divorced guys often switch to the left side.

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It is illegal to ship live mice in the United States. In Brooklyn New York, it is illegal to let a dog sleep in your bathtub. In Atlanta, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a streetlight or telephone pole – doges are okay. A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in Indiana. Kentucky residents are required by state law to bathe at least once a year. In Oklahoma, you can be fined for making funny faces at a dog. It’s illegal to drink beer in Cedar City, Utah, if your shoelaces are untied. In Cleveland Ohio, it’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

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THE COST OF THINGS IN 1936

A first class stamp – 3 cents Six pack of Coca-Cola (bottles) – 25 cents Quart of m ilk – 12 cents Loaf of bread – 5 cents Full dinner at a first class restaurant – 75 cents FDR’s presidential salary - $75,000 a year Average starting salary for a college graduate - $20 to $35 a week Addendum: The world isn’t crazy, just the people who live in it. n

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Continued from page 5 This year’s pageant will also feature a Mrs. Pope County Fair Pageant. Contestants must be resident of Pope County for at least 6 months, have been married for at least one year and be 22 years of age or older. Mrs. Contestants will compete in four areas of competition: Private interview, one-piece swimsuit (with cover-up), evening gown and on-stage question. The winner will receive a prize package consisting of crown, sash, flowers, her $100 entry fee paid to the Mrs. Arkansas State Fair pageant in October and other prizes. Entry fee is $40 and Optional Photogenic fee is $10. For more information about the Miss, Teen, and Mrs. Pageants, contact the director, Amanda Freeman at (479) 970-5801 or e-mail popecofairpageants@gmail.com.

is $100. All parade participants must submit an entry form. The deadline to enter the 2012 Christmas Parade is noon on Monday, Dec. 3. Entries will not be accepted past this time. For additional information call the Recreation & Parks Department at (479) 968-1272.

Buck$ for Bike$ Campaign

During the summer, The Russellville Salvation Army invited the public to support them in the 2012 Buck$ for Bike$ campaign, requesting prayers, donations and used bicycles. Buck$ for Bike$ debuted with great success two years ago. Over the past two

Bank, La Huerta Restaurants (both locations), Brangus Restaurant, PDQ (Main & Weir Rd. locations), Mulan’s Restaurant, Taco John’s (both locations), Nothing Fancy Restaurant, A Perfect Image Salon, Old South Restaurant, A New Image Salon, Pizza Hut, Oak Tree Bistro, Cogswell Motors, Feltner’s Whataburger, Taco Villa, Hobby Lobby, Copper Pig in the City Mall, A-1 Pawn, and The Courier. Lamar Advertising was recognized as a continuing project supporter. “Your spare change and prayers are vital to the success of this campaign,” said Captain Warren Jones of The Salvation Army.

Little Miss, Mister Pageant

The Little Miss Fair Queen and Little Mister Fair King pageants are open to all residents in the state of Arkansas. Age divisions for girls are 0-18 months, 19-35 months, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12 years and Boys ages 0-3 years. The cost to enter is $30. There will also be an optional photogenic contest in each of the age divisions for an entry fee of $10 For more information about the Little Miss and Mister pageants, contact the director, Sarah Burgener at (479) 890-1079 or email popecofairpageants@gmail.com.

years, 140 local children from low income homes were given their top Christmas wish list when volunteers united with donors to purchase bikes at wholesale, transport the bikes via volunteer truck drivers and assemble bikes at the fairgrounds in time for Christmas giving. The ante has been raised for the coming year as the local corps office attempts to provide twice as many bikes as last year to Christmas Parade Dec. 6 The date for the 2012 Russellville area children. Christmas Parade has been set for 6:30 p.m. A special Red Kettle Campaign was set on Thursday, Dec. 6. This year’s parade up through the end of August to collect theme will be, “A Storybook Christmas.” donations from supporters, and the Parade entry forms are available at the Salvation Army Thrift Store will be collecting Recreation & Parks Department office used bikes to restore and sell for additional located at 1000 East Parkway, Russellville, revenue toward the holiday bike mission. Businesses that participated in or online at www.russellvillearkansas.org The entry fee for a float is $25 and a the red kettle campaign included: commercial entry, other than a float, Starbucks, CJ’s Burgers, Simmons

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Donations may still be made at the Russellville Salvation Army Corps office at 1004 Weir Rd. Used bikes may be turned it at the thrift store located at 1408 S. Arkansas in Russellville. For more information contact The Russellville Salvation Army at (479) 968-5358.

Ozark Memories Day Sept. 29

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the small town of Dover will host a big festival -- the 34 th Annual Ozark Memories Day. The festival is sponsored each year by the Dover Area Chamber of Commerce as a gift to the community. Events center around the grounds of Dover High School where there is plenty of parking. Admission is free. This year several new attractions have been added – including a 5K/10K run and a


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Dutch-oven cooking contest. Participants must register beforehand and cook their Dutch-oven specialty at the festival. Visitors to the festival can taste each dish and vote for the one they like best for a Tasters’ Choice Award. The day begins with a pancake breakfast from 6:30-10:30 a.m. at the Middle School Cafeteria, sponsored by the Dover Lion’s Club. Festival gates open at 9 a.m. Events include: a parade beginning at 10 a.m. and ending on the campus of Dover High School plus an antique car show. Games for all ages -- children through adults --run continuously throughout the day They include: horseshoe tournaments for teens and adults, the sack races, skillet toss, wheelbarrow race, and log toss. Children’s activities include a petting zoo, large bump-and-jump, face painting, and all kinds of activities designed just for them. Also featured are craft and business booths and displays, vendors offering all sorts of food, and family-friendly activities of all kinds. Continuous entertainment is provided on two stages throughout the day. Each year, the festival concludes with a Chicken Dinner, sponsored by the Dover Band Boosters. Music is provided during the dinner by the various bands at Dover Junior and Senior High Schools. The first Ozark Memories Day festival was held on May 26, 1979, the same year that the Dover Area Chamber of Commerce was officially begun. n

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Splish, Splash Day at ATU

Day Two of Welcome Week 2012 at Arkansas Tech University was highlighted by the annual Splish Splash Bash on the west lawn of Caraway Hall. Students who attended enjoyed inflatable slip and slide games, played some ultimate Frisbee, “had way too much fun� with water guns, and made new friends while sipping on beverages under the large campus shade trees. The event was sponsored by the Arkansas Tech Student Government Association and the Arkansas Tech Student Activities Board.

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Prevention of Diabetes Type 2 By Dr. David Bachman

Diabetes Type 2 is a most serious disease fraught with many life endangering complications. In the past 30 years the incidence of this malady has doubled – especially in obese people There are certain things one can do to prevent this life shortening complication ridden disease: • Stop smoking • Lose weight – especially around the waist. Body fat causes cells to become resistant to insulin. As you lose weight your cells become more responsive to insulin. One study found that for adults 60 and older, modest lifestyle changes reduced the risk of going from prediabetes to Type 2 diabetes by 71%. • Abstain from a diet of red meat and processed foods. • Avoid high fat dairy products • Sweets – indulge in minimal amounts – those foods have high levels of sugar, calories, fat and calories with little nutritional value.

• Stay away from sugary drinks.

will die of heart disease and have a two to • Correct abnormal cholesterol levels – four time greater risk for a stroke than nonHDL below 35 mg/dl, triglycerides over diabetics. Also, long time diabetics are at a greater 250mg/dl and high LDL levels over 100. risk for kidney disease, diabetes is the • A sedentary lifestyle – the Diabetes leading cause of kidney failure; in fact 44% Prevention Program recommends of new kidney cases are from diabetics. walking an average of 30 minutes a day five times a week. Diabetes and Eye Disease High blood sugars injure the blood Uncontrollable factors: vessels of the eye, leading to diabetic • Race – Hispanics, Asians, Afro retinopathy and loss of vision. -Americans and natural born Indians and Pacific Islanders have an increased Diabetes and Statins incidence for Type 2 diabetes. A new study conducted by the University of Glasgow, Scotland has shown taking high (80 mg. or more) doses of any statin raises COMPLICATIONS OF the risk moderately for Type 2 diabetes for TYPE 2 DIABETES middle-aged and older women (about 9% Diabetes and Heart Disease Experts claim two out of three diabetics increased risk).

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A new paper published in the JAMA, echoes previous studies that noted an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in middle-aged and older women taking high doses of a statin compared to those taking a placebo. Steven Nissen M.D, a cardiologist at the department of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio stated, “The evidence is strong that high doses of statins slightly increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes; however, the evidence is equally strong that patients on high doses of a statin have reduction in cardiovascular disease. David Preiss, MRCP, clinical research fellow at Glasgow University said, “We’re certainly not saying that people should be talking high dose statins. “If you’re somebody who is at high risk for an event, it’s definitely favorable for you, but what you should be doing is every once in awhile getting checked for diabetes.”

PRE-DIABETES

It has been predicted that one out of four Americans has been diagnosed with this insulin resistance problem. The malady is defined for a person who

has a high blood sugar level higher than normal but not high enough to be considered a diabetic. There are usually no symptoms of this malady but it increases your risk of stroke and heart disease. Research has found pre-diabetics are likely to develop diabetes within 10 years unless you do something about it. For those with insulin resistance, cells do not respond normally to insulin, causing glucose unable to enter cells easily, this increases levels of glucose and forces the body to produce more insulin. Eventually your cells become more resistant to insulin and the body cannot increase insulin production. If this is

unchecked, blood sugar levels rise and you develop Type 2 diabetes. n Dr. David Bachman is a retired surgeon who practiced surgery and bronchoesophagology for 30 years. He and his wife, Marie, make their home in Russellville where they continue to pursue their zeal for life in the River Valley. Editor’s Note: As someone diagnosed first with Pre-Diabetes, I failed to take the ramifications seriously. Consequently, I became diabetic in my late 40s and now deal with high blood sugar and its control on a daily basis. Everyone would do well to heed the warning signs while prevention is still possible.

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Calendar listings of engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements on the pages of each issue of ABOUT…the River Valley are available at no charge. They may be mailed to: ABOUT Magazine, P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812 or sent via email to: editor@aboutrvmag.com. (A phone number must be included for verif ication.)

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