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Golfers may not agree on much, but they know a good course when they play it. The 18-hole course at Chamberlyne Country Club, located north of Danville and south of Russellville, is rated as one of the best courses in Arkansas.

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From Changing Tires to Changing Lives Patrick Reynolds of Russellville has a lot for which to be thankful. He changed tires at a local automotive store only a few years ago when his wife died tragically, leaving him to care for his middle school son.

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ABOUT the River Valley

A Publication of Silver Platter Productions, Inc Vol. V, Issue 3 – April 2010

OWNERS/EDITOR Nolan and Dianne Edwards

Advertising Sales Melanie Conley

Vonna Marpel

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Graphic Design Chris Zimmerman

Writers Dianna Qualls

Kechia Bentley

Connie Las Schneider

Jeannie Stone

PhotographY Steve Newby

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is locally owned and published for distribution by direct mail and targeted delivery to those interested in 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.

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The Editor’s Notebook

Even though I’m a self-proclaimed “paper-a-holic” – call it the nature of my business – I must admit to becoming semiaddicted to social media via the internet. Besides being a wonderful resource for information and entertainment, it allows many of us to connect with those from our past. Consider Facebook. About a year ago, I began corresponding regularly with a friend from grade school, first by email then through Facebook. She and I had not seen each other in person for more than 35 years but we picked up right where we left off. Soon, another elementary school classmate joined it, and before long, a half-dozen of us reconnected and were arranging a holiday reunion in the small East Texas town where I grew up. It was wonderful. There were ten of us, part of an original group of 12 young girls who gathered each week as members of the BlueBird/Camp Fire organization. (Where I was raised, there were no Girl Scouts. But my early Camp Fire years led to be become a Girl Scout leader several years ago when my own daughters were young. Different name, similar purpose.) We gathered at a Tea Room for lunch as young women – okay, middle-aged women – meeting with one of our original Camp Fire leaders who still lived in our former hometown. We laughed, we shared, we even cried over an illness-stricken classmate, but there we sat. None of us had gathered together for such a reunion since graduating high school. And, had it not been for Facebook, we might still have not met for lunch. We might not have planned another ‘reunion’ for later this year. Now we keep in touch, not daily, but often, to share our lives, our losses and our joys. Most of ‘us’ are on Facebook, though we still have a few holdouts that prefer to communicate by ‘snail mail.’ If you are unfamiliar with Facebook, give it a visit. You might want to ‘friend’ ABOUT... the River Valley Magazine. We use the medium to update our ‘fans’ and friends. It’s an instant way to post information that might be of importance to our readers. We’ve recently used Facebook to remind them about the upcoming ABOUT... the River Valley Recipe Contest scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2010, at the Russellville Historic Missouri-Pacific Depot. If you’ve missed the information, please refer to page 31 of this month’s issue for information and registration on how to “compete or eat” at this year’s event. You may also go online to for forms. The public is invited to compete for accolades, recipe publication and door prizes free of charge, or purchase sample plates for $5 (sample plate) and $10 (all-you-care-to-eat.) Proceeds will benefit the Cyndie Parks Memorial Home for Girls in Dardanelle and the ATU Hospitality Scholarship fund. So, whether you like to bake, to cook or to eat, please join us on Saturday, April 10th! We’ll send you a reminder on Facebook!

Dianne Edwards, Editor/Publisher

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April 3: ATU Delta Zeta Sorority 4-person Golf Scramble, 9 a.m., Chamberlyne Country Club. Info: Darla Sparacino, (479) 970-0468. April 3: Ballroom Dance Party, 7:30-10:30 p.m., $10 admission, dance lesson followed by open dancing; casual/dressy, reservations preferred. (479) 968-1620, 264-7287 or website: April 5, 12, 19, 26: West Side Singles, 6 p.m.; guest speakers, game nights, trips, activities. 205 N. Waco, (479) 968-6565 or (479) 970-4447. April 6: Art Waves, Old Train Depot, Clarksville; first Tuesday of each month; open to all interested artists and patrons. Info: (479) 754-2399.

Talk ABOUT...March Madness The Arkansas River Valley has yet another reason to beam proudly. As we put the finishing touches on this April issue, our own Arkansas Tech University Golden Suns women’s basketball team had advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. Winning the South Region championship as the nationally fourthranked women’s team, the Golden Suns beat eighth-ranked Delta State playing on the Sun’s home court in Tucker Coliseum. As soon as plans for Tech to host the South Region championship had been announced, the school and all those involved began to buzz with excitement. Everyone we know was working hard to make a positive impression on the many out-of-state visitors, most first-time guests, who brought a slight, though brief, economic boon to our area. Folks from all walks of life pulled together to greet our visitors. Goodie bags were assembled. Business owners and residents purchased and displayed new ATU flags. Hotel owners hung out the welcome mats. Restaurateurs added staff to prepare for additional diners. And unsung heroes contributed time, energy and finances to make this a successful event. One would have had to be hiding under a rock to have missed the fanfare. April 2010

Russellville prevailed, even excelled, despite some negative hometown publicity. Dredging up past murders with an ‘over-the-fold’ newspaper headline the morning of the Sunday semifinals seemed inappropriate to many. Same-day issue mud-slinging about our “impoverished... downtown filled with “dangerous” parking was equally unpalatable. While we agree valid points could have been made with these articles, we would have preferred that our area’s ‘dirty laundry’ be aired at a more appropriate time – not when the community was filled with guests we were working hard to impress. As you read this, the championship games have been played and the final winners have been recognized. But in our books, there were already clear winners! Our community as a whole won, benefitting from the increased customer traffic. Merchants and business owners came out as winners with increased sales in many cases. New friends were made and compliments passed along about the beauty and friendliness of the River Valley area. The obvious winners were the ATU women’s and men’s basketball athletes. Their prowess both on and off the court is to be commended and congratulated. We’re beaming proudly! Shine on!

April 13: Transitions Bereavement Support Group, 10 a.m., Arkansas Hospice, 2405 E. Parkway; second Tuesday of each month. Info: (479) 498-2050. April 17: Russellville Earth Day, 10-3, City Park; educational activities, food, fun, music for the entire family. Free admission. April 17: C&W Dance Workshop, 7:30-10:30 p.m., $10 admission, lessons include line and partnered dances, reservations preferred. (479) 968-1620, (479) 264-7287. April 17: Hershey Track and Field meet, RHS Stadium; registration 9 a.m., starts 10 a.m.; free for boys and girls ages 9-10. (479) 968-1272. April 17: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Performance, 8 p.m., Witherspoon, ATU. $25 reserved seating tickets includes 6 p.m. reception held at Lake Point Conference Center. $10 general admission, $5 children 12 and under; free with ATU or UACCM I.D. Info: Joanne Ownbey, (479) 967-2433. April 21: Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon, noon, Savanah’s Riverfront Café; info: (479) 229-3328. April 22: Community Bingo, seniors 55 and older invited; 2-3 p.m. 4th Thurs. of each month; door prizes, grand prize, refreshments; Wildflower, 240 S. Inglewood, Russellville; (479) 890-6709. April 22: Crisis Pregnancy Resource Clinic annual fundraising banquet, 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church events center, Russellville. April 29: 18th Annual Taste of the Valley fundraiser for Main Street Russellville. 5-8pm, Russellville Depot. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door. (479) 967-1437. Visit for a list of activities updated as they are received. To have your event included in the ABOUT Calendar of Events, email: editor@ or fax to (866) 757-3282. Deadline is the 15th of the month preceding publication.

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in the Rough

The Chambers name is well known in the Arkansas River Valley. Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville, Chambers Cafeteria at Arkansas Tech University, and Chambers Banks in 20 locations all bear the family name.

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he crowning jewel, however, is the castle-like Chamberlyne Country Club carved out of the some of the most scenic bottomland in the River Valley. Prominently displaying the official Chambers coat of arms, Chamberlyne is named after the Old English spelling of Chambers. Who are the Chambers? A little background is in order. According to genealogical files, the Chambers name in America is linked to a Scotch nobleman named Lord Ross, although some members are of English or Irish ancestry. The earliest members of the Chambers clan arrived in the new world in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s and are among the earliest immigrants to America. Many fought in the Revolutionary War. One branch of the family moved to the Arkansas territory after William Chambers was captured by Indians during the Revolutionary War. Eventually, Chambers assimilated the Indian culture, married a Chieftain’s daughter and became rich in lands and other property. Many of these Chambers still reside in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

This brings us to the famous John Ed Chambers Sr. family of Yell County. Judge Chambers was born in a log cabin in Briggsville and later moved to Danville. A lawyer educated at Vanderbilt University, John Ed Chambers became a Chancery Judge for the 14th District, and served on the Board of Trustees for Arkansas Tech for 47 years. He also established the Danville State Bank, now called Chambers Bank, as a way to help the people of Yell County during the depression of 1930. Philanthropic by nature, Chambers descendants carried on the tradition. John Ed Chambers Jr. took over the banking business in 1946 and served as head for 41 years. The Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville is named after him. Like his father, John Ed Chambers was on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees for many years. John Ed Chambers III took over the family bank business in 1987. Johnny, as he is called, is a third generation Arkansas Tech University trustee. He also serves as chairman of Chambers Memorial Hospital and is widely recognized for his kindness and generosity. Johnny opened Chamberlyne Country Club in 1997 as his way to give something back to the community. Built in the architectural style of an elegant English Manor house, the clubhouse sits majestically on a rise, surrounded by an award winning 18-hole golf course with meticulously manicured fairways and greens, five lakes and several tumbling waterfalls. The course is surrounded by 60 stately homes, many with frontage on the course. Step inside the club house and one feels like royalty in a castle. Guests are surrounded by original artwork and valuable antiques, crystal chandeliers, tapestries, stained glass windows, comfortable overstuffed sofas and chairs, richly paneled walls, a recessed ceiling, and all the trappings of an elegant country home. The Legends bar, with its stained glass, wood and brass railed bar and elegant paneling, gives visitors the feeling of being in an exclusive English gentlemen’s club. But it doesn’t end there. The women’s bathroom alone is worth the trip. With its luxurious appointments, new brides are April 2010

happy to gather with their bridesmaids in the opulent lounge area off the bath. The crystal-chandeliered dining room has a mirrored ceiling and dance floor and huge windows showcasing the manicured lawns -- plus a door opening out to a patio near the 18th hole. Not surprisingly, Chamberlyne is known for weddings and other special occasions, as well as casual dining, but not just for the ambiance, as food served here is world class. “With our beautiful surroundings and fresh, made-to-order food, this is one of the greatest deals around. There’s nothing else like it in this area,” said Judy Tucker, Food and Facility Manager. Tucker joined Chamberlyne in 2009 after a successful career operating several restaurants, including the award winning Folie A Deux in Fort Smith, which was consistently voted ‘Best Restaurant.’ “Our food philosophy is simple, said Tucker. “We want to give our patrons the best possible dining experience”. Tucker has a policy of buying only the best local ingredients and making everything from scratch, from elegant desserts and enticing entrees down to the fresh Italian sausage on their home made pizzas. Produce is purchased almost daily and fresh herbs are grown on the premises, she explained. “It doesn’t matter whether were making a beautiful steak or a brisket hamburger with hand-breaded onion rings for takeout, every dish gets the same attention to detail,” said Tucker. “Johnny’s focus is to make this place reasonably priced and accessible to everyone. We don’t want to intimidate people because it so beautiful here. Our prices compare with other restaurants in the area and we serve everything from special occasion dishes to everyday comfort food.” The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and for dinner Wednesday through Saturday nights. It features an extensive wine list and fully-stocked bar. 

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“No other game combines the wonder of nature with the discipline of sport in such carefully planned ways. A great golf course both frees and challenges a golfer’s mind.”  – Pro Golfer, Tom Watson Golfers may not agree on much, but they know a good course when they play it. The 18-hole course at Chamberlyne Country Club, located three miles north of Danville and 20 miles south of Russellville off Hwy 27, is rated as one of the best courses in Arkansas. Best of all, anyone can play. On a web site rating golf courses across the United States, a player from Missouri rated Chamberlyne an “11 out of 10. Gorgeous!” Local golfers also raved about the course. Kevin Marsh of Little Rock rated it “highly recommended” and Allen Veasman from Dover, Ark., said, “I’ve played a lot of courses who charged a lot

more and weren’t nearly this good. It’s not the easiest place to find, but worth the effort.” Not surprisingly, Chamberlyne was voted one of the five top golf destinations in Arkansas. Chamberlyne is a golf dream come true for owner and developer, John Ed Chambers III. He started building the development in 1995 and has continued improving it ever since. The 120acre, par-72 course was designed by Chambers and golf course architect, Steve Holden, to incorporate many features found at Chamber’s favorite courses. Last year the club installed ultra heat-resistant Mini Verde Bermuda grass greens to replace the previous greens which had been lost due to hot, dry conditions the past two years. Mini Verde is a very fine grained grass that can be mowed to within 1/8th of an inch. “Golfers appreciate the low height and lack of grain and get the ‘truest’ puts,” said Chambers. “We’re very excited to see how it will play this year.”


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The course’s signature hole is the 5th, which tees off near the spot where the old Hunnicutt place once stood. The homestead’s chimney still stands as a reminder of the farmland once there. The 17th hole has a memorial cross in remembrance of the late Bill Preston Donnell Jr., son of Chambers Bank President Bill Donnell Sr. who lives nearby. Donnell can see the cross from windows in his home. There are seven ponds, some with waterfalls, on the golf course. All are stocked by fish, lovingly fed by Johnny.

One pond that can be seen from Hwy. 27 has a dead tree standing in the water where three bald eagles have been seen coming and going. Chamberlyne also ranks among the most walkable in Arkansas by a web site devoted to golfers who prefer the “walk in the park” concept to golf-cart riding. Although a semi-private golf course, anyone can play for a $35 greens fee including cart on weekdays and $45 on weekends. For more information, call (479)495-1110 or visit their internet site at n

There is a minimal $10 yearly charge for the private club restaurant and bar membership. This allows the member and their immediate family unlimited access to not only the restaurant and bar but to the clubhouse and game room. One can purchase a full-resident or nonresident golf membership which entitles the holder to all amenities of the club including golf, pro shop, restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and twin tennis courts. The club also has private lockers and showers. To accommodate the realities of a bad economy, full golf membership dues have been reduced from $135 to $100 per month. Residential lots are also available from $20,000 to $60,000 depending on location. When Chambers was asked how the banking crisis has affected the local economy, he replied, “Banking is still very treacherous. We are past the bottom now, but it will still be a tough year for people and businesses. There are 8,200 banks in the United States and of these 8,000 are small banks. If government had focused on assisting small banks rather than to just a few large ‘too big to fail’ banks, the economy would be in better shape. The common man is the one who is suffering and that’s not right.” For further information about Chamberlyne’s many offerings, call (479) 495-4110 or visit their website, n

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t will be about 25 days before any of you get to read this, but in the upcoming days, it is my intent to get my boys to let me be their Facebook Friend. Yes, I know I could spend the next 25 days on something much more important, noble or philanthropic, but this has become my personal quest. Until recently I had no idea how to use Facebook. When I first heard about Facebook, it was the latest rage for all the young folks -- college and high school kids. When my boys were in high school, their friends would be at the house and something would come up about pictures on Facebook – good pictures, not the ones no parent should ever see. I would say something about wanting to see them. One of the friends would say just look on (fill in the blank) Adrin, Dillon, or Payton’s Facebook (FB) page. My children would immediately begin protesting. Mom was never allowed on their FB page! Now let me stop and say that they had allowed other responsible adults to be their friends on FB, so I knew if something came up I really needed to know, it would come out sooner or later. Thankfully, one of their darling friends -- usually one of the girls -- would get me on their FB page so I could look at the pictures. This past summer we had a giant slip-and-slide at our house. Tons of high school and college age kids where here and it was my job to take pictures. I said something about getting copies for everybody and one of the boys said, “Miss Kechia, just post them on Facebook.” I responded with, “I don’t have Facebook.” At this time, several of the young people said I should get one. Someone even offered to set it up for me and others said they would allow me to be their FB friend. Loud protest emanated from my children. They did not want their mom anywhere near FB!


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The last straw for me came when I helped organize a ski trip for my middle son Dillon and some of his friends. Once again, where were all the pictures from the trip? They were on FB. More and more of my friends had set up their own FB page so I decided to stop listening to the propaganda my children were feeding me about FB being only for the young. I set up my own FB page. My children could not believe I had entered their world. Actually, what I think they really couldn’t believe is that I figured out to how set up my own FB page. I amazed myself with that one. When I first got on FB, I would see that little ‘thumbs up’ next to people liking something. I would want to like it too so I would click on the little thumbs up symbol and nothing would happen, so I would just keep clicking on it. Yes, I have finally found the “Like” word. Another time I was on FB and someone chatted to me. I had no idea how to respond. I would type something back but I couldn’t find the send button, because of course there is not one! Yes, I know now to hit enter. One last FB flub -- I once thought my comment wasn’t going through so I kept hitting the comment button. It posted about ten times before I stopped. Now that I am on FB and have most of it figured out, I am ready for my children to FB ‘friend’ me. Thus began the good natured and ongoing banter of my campaign to get my children to FB friend me. The fact that I am on FB at all is disturbing to them, but to actually consider FB ‘friending’ their mom seems to be unbearable. 

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From Changing Tires to Changing Lives

atrick Reynolds of Russellville has a lot for which to be thankful. He changed tires at a local automotive store only a few years ago when his wife died tragically, leaving him to care for his middle-school son. A high school drop-out himself, Patrick joined a life-changing church and enrolled in college. By the time this story publishes, he will be married to a jungle guide and missionary in Brazil. And, Patrick, who graduated with a degree in fish and wildlife biology last May, will be testing and developing methods of purifying water for the indigenous people of the Amazon River through Ray of Hope ministries. Where he once changed tires, he will now change lives. To hear just the facts, it would seem Patrick’s life was one never-ending hardship. Delving into drugs after losing his father, he spent a year in jail. His own two-year-old son didn’t recognize him upon his release, but Patrick feels God was working to transform him from the inside out because of two men who had befriended him. Gale Toney and Danny Hudson prayed for Patrick and encouraged a new life path. Toney was a member of Fellowship of Christians (FOC), and Hudson, a member of The Journey. “Gale even opened his home to me when I was released because I’d lost my home while I was serving time,” Patrick said. “Look, these people in this community are so awesome,” he said. “The folks at FOC are all about changing people’s lives.”

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Patrick believes he received an urge from a different source which further encouraged him to redirect his life. “God sent me a vision of me standing on the edge of a canyon,” he said. “My old life lay at the bottom, and I remember I turned away from the hole in the ground... That morning I knew I could turn away from that old life and be obedient, trust the Lord and have all my fears of money just vanish.” That’s when Patrick started visiting churches and joined FOC. “There comes a time,” Patrick said, “when you not only give yourself over to God, but you have to surround yourself with believers who support and nurture you.” Bad times continue to plague him – his wife passed away from cancer and left him to raise their child, and health issues complicated his life. Working at the only job he could find with a criminal record, Patrick changed tires until a knee injury forced him to take a break. His back against a proverbial wall, he fell into running the service truck, which was often dispatched in the middle of the night. “I worked 24/7, and I’d have to drag Austin from bed when I’d make my runs, so he wouldn’t be home alone,” Patrick said. Then, the unthinkable happened. A second knee injury forced Patrick under the knife. “That’s when I started praying for a different life.” Patrick wasn’t the only one praying. Toney and Hudson, the church-going men who’d befriended him in jail and encouraged him

to join a church family, had a long history of praying for Patrick. “The people at FOC are concerned with transferring people’s lives. I am an example of a life changed because of their love and encouragement to embark on my own faith journey,” Patrick said. So, after his boss remarked that Patrick would never do anything more than change tires, Patrick, at the age of 36, quit his job and enrolled in college. “I would have never gone to college had I not been praying for the Lord to guide me, had He not granted me that vision, had others not been praying for me, and had my boss not made such an insulting remark,” he said. Deciding to study Fish and Wildlife Biology because he liked the outdoors, Patrick began volunteering his time to agencies such as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “I wanted to get a feel for the line of work I wanted to do,” he said. Experience he got. He tested water quality, researched lake productivity using Rotenone sampling, caught Gypsy moths which can be detrimental to trees, and was involved in nuisance bear trappings before he found employment. He worked as a biological science technician monitoring elk habitats at Bearcat Hollow for three years. He then worked out of the Conway field office for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an endangered species biologist for a little over a year before he graduated from Arkansas Tech University. April 2010

“All that experience was another blessing,” Patrick said. ”A degree is one thing, but to come out of college with basically four years of field experience working with federal agencies is another thing. It really set me apart from other graduates.” Meanwhile, Patrick was becoming active in his church. Though he cites work as the reason he didn’t join a team who made a mission trip to work with Gloria Santos and the Ray of Hope ministry in Brazil, he was intrigued with the impression the experience made on his friends who did participate. After visiting the following year with no Patrick on board, those friends brought home news of the ministry founder Gloria. “They described her as this beautiful woman who loved the outdoors, and they wondered who or what I was waiting for,” he said, “so, we started corresponding on Skype (a popular computer software enabling users to converse, face to face, over the Web.) I planned a visit down there and proposed to her.” None of that would have been possible had God not been the center of his life, Patrick said. “Gloria had been single eight or nine years, and I hadn’t been involved in a relationship for a long time. I truly believe God created us for each other.” Vital to the spiritual health of the relationship is the counseling Elder and Associate Pastor

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David Eslick provided for the couple -- she attended by way of Skype -- and the support from their community of believers. “We have the blessing of the whole church over this relationship,” he said, “and her family is waiting in Manaus (the capitol city of the Amazon) with open arms.” Ray of Hope, a ministry co-founded by Gloria, seeks to transform the lives of the children and families living in the villages scattered along the edge of the River Amazon in Brazil. Every week in remote parts of Brazil, the Ray of Hope team takes to the river to meet the needs of the children of the Amazon, bringing love to villages in very practical ways. They conduct Kid’s clubs, working with children with special needs and helping young mothers tend to the needs of their children. Ray of Hope has been supporting families, providing food, clothing and medical care. They are now strategically building schools, improving literacy by introducing the National school’s curriculum in remote locations for these people. “From the moment I arrived last year there was nothing but acceptance from Gloria’s family. Even the Ray of Hope team accepted me,” Patrick said. “I came back convinced I needed to sell everything we owned and get back as soon as we could.” Not in this adventure alone, 14-year old Austin is part of the package. “I was kind of in awe, and I find it hard to believe until we’re really there,” Austin said. “It’s kind of hard to see my dad sell our land, but in a way, I’m kind of excited too.” “Austin is crazy about the Arkansas Razorbacks,” Patrick said, “and over there they are fanatics about soccer, so I think his perspective will change.” And there is much work to be done. “Pastor Wayne Drain said it well: ‘It’s time to release worship to the poor,’” Patrick said. “And everyone has a role to fill. I’m grateful God has given me the opportunity to serve the truly poor for as deprived of material goods as they are, they are rich in the spirit.”

“On the top of my list to do is to learn Portuguese,” he said, “and to use my skills to help the people. Right now, establishing pure water is such a huge need over there.” In fact, the small village of Coast do Catalao just received plastic water filters, the first in the Amazon. The debut portends a great public health boon as many diseases are preventable with a clean water supply. The Ray of Hope Web site newsletter states that an 11-year-old boy in the village reported never drinking clean water. The only water the boy had known was water from the river. So touched by the plight of others, Gloria has begun the process of adopting a young girl named Victoria, so that Austin and his dad will make up half of a newly-made family. “The last time I talked to Gloria she told me I didn’t know how much I was loved over there, and I believe her,” Patrick said. Recently, his former boss’ brother approached Patrick and congratulated him for turning his life around. “Really, the glory belongs to God,” he said. “My testimony is not about the darkness I’ve walked through but the light of what the Lord has in store for me, Austin and our new family.” n Note: For more information on Ray of Hope ministry visit the Web site at www.

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Sarah Love, a radiology technician at Saint Mary's, puts Dede Wilson of Russellville at ease prior to her digital mammogram.

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For the past 10 years, Patricia Weisenbach and her mother, Martha Morrell, both of Centerville have been accountability partners when it comes to getting their yearly mammograms, and they do so by making it a mother/daughter day. They begin with their health screening, and the rest of the day is spent shopping at local businesses and dining at their favorite restaurant. In the past few years, Patricia has encouraged her older sisters, Sherry Morrell and April Garner, to join in the tradition, and it truly has become a family affair. “I always put my mammogram off,” explained April, “that is until one year, my sister and mom made the appointment for me.” April has been a part of the family tradition ever since. This custom that began a decade ago is one that Martha credits to her mother. “After performing a self examination, my mom discovered a lump. She quickly made an appointment with her doctor, and at the age of 75, she was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of breast cancer. According to her physician, if they had not caught the cancer when they did, we would have lost her. That is the reason we go on a yearly basis. The thought of losing a loved one really scared us.” Their recent appointment introduced the family to Saint Mary’s latest technology in breast cancer detection, digital mammograms. According to radiologist Ashley Burnham, MD, “Digital mammography allows for better penetration of the particularly dense breast tissue, and it allows for better screening examinations and easier detection of earlier cancers.” Ken Dilday, Saint Mary’s Director of Imaging, urges patients not to be hesitant about scheduling mammograms. “Studies have shown that regular breast exams, mammograms and early diagnosis lead to faster intervention and overall better health in both women and men. And yes, men can develop breast cancer,” he adds. “So, be accountable to those you love, and insist they seek the best breast health care available.” “We are thrilled to be offering digital mammograms,” Dilday shares. “At Saint Mary’s, our goal is to combine advanced technology with well trained radiologists, imaging technicians and hospital staff who are dedicated to seeking the well being of every patient that walks through our doors.”

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Early detection is vital in the fight against breast cancer, and now the most advanced technology in digital mammography is just a stone’s throw away! For Dede Wilson of Rusellville, Saint Mary’s offered just that. “When I walked in the door, the first face I saw was Shelly Jones of Outpatient Services, and she had a smile on her face. She greeted me like I was the only person to have ever come through those doors. To a person going to a mammogram, that is a comfort, and that’s what I got from the experience: comfort and peace of mind due to their care. And it didn’t end there,” Wilson added. “When I was taken back, the mammographer, Sarah Love, visited with me. She told me what she was going to do. She explained the new digital equipment. She did that for me. That puts a person at ease.”

Many patients are finding that with the introduction of the digital equipment their overall experience with mammograms is becoming more enjoyable. “The experience was smooth and efficient,” Sherry Morrell says. “Saint Mary’s went out of their way to accommodate us and scheduled us all together,” adds Patricia. The ladies were also very pleased with the turnaround of their results. “They were really quick to get the letters to us that everything looked good,” Sherry stated. “We got the mammograms done on Monday, and I received the letter in my mailbox on Thursday. I was very pleased.”

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Dianne Edwards, owner and editor of ABOUT…the River Valley Magazine spoke of her experience, “When a recent breast mammogram indicated the need for further imaging, I was referred to Saint Mary’s for a digital breast mammogram. The technician immediately put me at ease with her explanation of the procedure. The test was painless, and other than a bit of pressure, there was little to no discomfort what-so-ever.” It was Dianne Edward’s experience with Saint Mary’s that led to her to partner with the hospital. Edwards announces, “To encourage members of our community to schedule their digital breast exam today, ABOUT is pleased to offer a limited time special.” Beginning in April, the first 250 women to schedule their baseline mammogram with Saint Mary’s Breast Imaging department will receive a certificate for a free year’s subscription (10 issues) of ABOUT... the River Valley Magazine. To encourage more women to become “accountability partners” the next 500 duos who schedule their mammograms together will receive a coupon for two subscriptions for the price of one. “This is just one way ABOUT Magazine can encourage a happier, healthier River Valley,” Edwards added. Likewise, Mirage Day Spa and Salon has joined the campaign to promote women’s health by offering an incentive of their own. Also beginning in April, every woman having her digital mammogram at Saint Mary’s can receive a $15 discount coupon for a 30 minute Rejuvenating Stone Back Massage from the Mirage. This service is a $45 value, but for women with this coupon, the service is only $30. It is a great way for women to reward themselves for taking a proactive approach to their health. “The Rejuvenating Stone Back Massage is very, very relaxing,” says Audra Findley, owner of the Mirage. “The warm stones heat and relax the muscles in a way that a normal massage doesn’t. It’s a whole new experience for someone who has only received a regular massage.” Early detection is vital in the fight against breast cancer, and now the most advanced technology in digital mammography is just a stone’s throw away! Check with your doctor about your breast health, and call Saint Mary’s scheduling at (479) 964-5999 for your annual screening appointment n

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The 18th Annual Taste of the Valley, Main Street Russellville’s award winning tasting party and signature fundraiser, will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29th at the Russellville Depot. Taste of the Valley features River Valley’s restaurants, bakeries, caterers, delicatessens, coffee houses, food and beverage providers and Arkansas vineyards. Area musicians provide live entertainment throughout the evening. This year’s event will also join in the communitywide celebration of Arkansas Tech’s Centennial using the Go Green, Go Tech theme. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and provide guests

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2010 Calendar of Events The Downtown Art Walk and Hot Summer Nights Concert will begin Friday, June 4th, at 5 p.m. n Pick up your program at the Depot then register at participating businesses for door prizes. Enjoy refreshments and get excited about the art featured in many of our downtown businesses. Artists are invited to display their art and visit with patrons during the evening. Contact Main Street Russellville or any of our downtown merchants for information. Stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Russellville and enjoy the wonderful vocal and musical talents of local musicians that may be heard throughout the evening. n The Downtown Art Walks are a project of the Russellville Downtown Association, a committee of Main Street Russellville, in partnership with the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center. Additional dates will be Sept. 3 and Dec. 4, 2010.

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n The 10th Annual Rummage Round the Rails is scheduled for May 21-22 at the Depot. Hours are 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is a huge rummage sale benefiting Russellville’s Depot Project. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” reminds Frances Parker, Main Street Board member and coordinator for the event. Anyone wishing to donate items for Rummage Around the Rails is encouraged to contact Parker at (479) 747-3360. n The 19th Annual Downtown Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff is set for Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at 6 a.m. ending at 5 p.m. “Come out and spend all day in Historic Downtown Russellville,” urges Main Street Director Betsy McGuire. “Start the day with an Omelet Breakfast beginning at 6:30 a.m., Shop with Street Vendors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., tour the Depot, stroll through the Car Show,

stop and watch the Canine Caper Dog Show. Don’t forget to purchase your Chili Tasting Kits beginning at Noon. Also featured are live entertainment, Old Fashioned Pie Contest, Kid’s Games, Costume Contest and much more. It’s an oldfashioned street festival featuring great fun for everyone! n Veteran’s Day activities, including a parade on West Main Street, beginning at 4 p.m., will be followed by the Salute to Freedom ceremony at Depot Park at 5 p.m. held each year on Veteran’s Day. For additional information on this event, contact Annita Davis at Humphrey Funeral, (479) 968-4411. Other information is available from Main Street Russellville, 320 W. C Street, The Historic Missouri-Pacific Railroad Depot, P.O. Box 694, Russellville, AR 72811; phone: (479) 967-1437. n

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JA Ball Generates $90K “Jazz it Up,” the theme of the annual Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball held Feb. 20, 2010, raised more than $90,000 because of the generosity of supporters, say organizers. The black-tie optional event was held for the second year at the L.V. Williamson Boys and Girls Club, relocating after years of hosting the event at Hughes Center. The increased square footage of the club allowed Junior Auxiliary members to enhance the displays highlighting 22 live and 105 silent auction items, as well as four sign up parties available for bidding. Guests enjoyed a meal prepared by Savanah’s Riverfront Cafe in Dardanelle, featuring Crawfish Stuffed Chicken Breast, wild rice pilaf featuring artichoke hearts and mushrooms, sweet green beans and Frenchcut roll. Following dinner and the live auction, party-goers danced to live music until 1 a.m. As a volunteer service organization, Junior Auxiliary relies on community support which provides resources necessary to implement and maintain projects which serve and benefit the community.

“We realize there are many worthy charitable organizations competing for the same dollars. The community’s continuous support of Junior Auxiliary demonstrates confidence in the organization,” said Robin Duffield, president. “For that we are grateful,” added Lynne Knight and Kathleen Stingley, 2010 finance committee chairmen. Continuing, the members agreed: “The Junior Auxiliary of Russellville is committed to being a responsible steward and returning those resources to this community through our many projects.” The JA membership consists of 35 active, 14 provisional, 21 associate and 191 life members. Member projects for this year include six child welfare, six community education, three health, 10 civic and cultural, 10 scholarship and four finance projects. Prior to becoming an affiliate member of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, founding members operated as a service league from January 1941 until October 1942. n

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Sweetheart Saturday Success

Sweetheart Saturday, an annual benefit for Arkansas Hospice, Russellville, featured over a dozen merchants, chefs and restaurateurs offering their decadent desserts and entrees during the annual affair. The event was conducted at the events center of First Baptist Church in Russellville and was attended by hundreds of individuals who make the annual benefit a regular affair. For the price of an entry ticket, guests enjoyed sampling the treats offered by various businesses for the purpose of generating funds to be directed toward the construction of the River Valley Hospice Home presently under construction.

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Music and entertainment by local talent continued throughout the afternoon. Also featured was a robust silent auction emceed by Johnny Story, local radio personality and news director for River Valley Radio. For more information about the Hospice home or Arkansas Hospice care call Phyllis Bewley at (479) 498-2050.

Russellville’s Ahrens ‘Miss Tech’

Freshman Lindsey Ahrens of Russellville was crowned Miss Tech 2010 recently during the 55th annual Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant. Ahrens, daughter of Anita and Dwane Ahrens of Russellville, won the Nona Dirksmeyer Talent Award for her vocal performance of “Mercy Said No.” She also earned a share of first place in the CenturyLink Interview Competition. “It’s amazing,” said Ahrens moments after Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum pinned the Miss Tech crown to her head. “I was not expecting this whatsoever. I just came out for the campus to know who I am and what I stand for. I’m so glad that I’m going to get the opportunity to spread the word of my platform. I’m so excited. “My platform is taking a stand for abstinence,” continued Ahrens. “I would love to be able to go into the junior highs and high schools and speak to kids about why that would be a great decision.” Ahrens will receive a two-semester tuition scholarship at Arkansas Tech and more than $3,000 in gift certificates from area businesses. In all, more than $16,000 in gifts and scholarships were awarded during the pageant.

Ahrens will now represent Arkansas Tech in the 2010 Miss Arkansas Pageant July 14-17 in Hot Springs. Mikayla Adair of Havana was first runnerup. Taylor Henslee of Glen Rose (second runner-up), Savanna Knight of Charleston (third runner-up) and Courtney Buie of Batesville (fourth runner-up) rounded out the top five among a field of 14 contestants.

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Home Our Reputation Fund, a non-profit organization made up of companies working in the state’s natural gas industry. The group recently announced a $100,000 contribution to fund scholarships to students pursuing petroleum technology degrees at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, matching the gift given in 2009. The scholarships will help students pay for tuition, fees and books. University of Arkansas System President Dr. B. Alan Sugg hosted members of the scholarship fund as they honored 58 students who were selected as recipients. “Now more than ever, students need financial support to pursue secondary education,” said Fayetteville Shale Scholarship Fund President Sam Mashburn. “We are doing just that by helping students stay in school and learn about an industry that is still quite new in our state. The companies operating in our field continue to look for skilled workers. I’m proud to represent so many in our industry who support the scholarship fund and believe in creating a strong, local workforce through the university’s petroleum technology program.” The petroleum technology program at UACCM is one of a kind in Arkansas, and it is paving the way for students to become a part of an industry that continues to be an economic leader in the state. Since the program began in 2006, enrollment has grown from 30 students to approximately 200, a 537 percent increase. It is among a handful of twoyear petroleum technology certification programs nationwide, includes studies in drilling, gathering and field operations, and is now the largest applied technology program on the UACCM campus. “The number of awards and the monetary amount contributed to our petroleum technology students are a testament to the

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a cookbook. The cookbook is a padded 3-ring-bound book containing 300 recipes combined with old photos of Pope County. The books are available for the purchase price of $15 at the following locations: all offices in the Pope County Courthouse, Pope County 9-1-1, Vintage Books, Woody’s Boots, and Walter’s Flowers. According to Denise Robinson, the group also conducted a bake sale at the Pope County Courthouse in March, where the Included in the show will be motorcycles, cookbooks were also sold. imports, corvettes, mustangs, antiques, This year’s Pope County Relay for Life trucks, VWs, custom cars, golf carts, CatEye is set for May 14 and 15 at the Russellville custom bikes and hot rods of all kinds. Swap High School football field. meet and car part booths available. Live For more information or to purchase a music by the Ball Room Bangers and a radio cookbook, contact Denise Robinson at (479) 567-0172 or Lori Halsted at (479) 747remote by KCJC will be featured, as well. Net proceeds raised from the event will be 4160, or come by the office at Pope County directed towards the Office of Emergency 9-1-1/OEM, 4 Emergency Lane, located off Management Dive and Rescue Squad. Weir Road, Russellville. Proceeds will be matched by Modern Woodsman. Door prizes will be awarded Successful Symphony Season starting at 2 p.m. A truck provided by Best Talk of the Town Tables, a major fundraising Ride, Advanced Auto, D&M Muffler and event for the Russellville Symphony Guild, O’Reilly Auto Parts will be given away at 2 was an overwhelming success and sell-out p.m. Tickets are available at Best Ride and again this year. the OEM Dive Squad office. “The Guild wishes to convey our gratitude to all of our friends and sponsors who Pope County Cares Cookbook helped to make the evening a success,” “Pope County Cares” is the name of just said Elizabeth Stinnett, president. The event one of many of the American Cancer Society was organized and hosted by members of Relay For Life teams. This group of consists the Symphony Guild and co-chaired by Rita of caring employees from all the different Goodman and Joann Hays. Pope County offices including: Pope County The annual event, held in February at 9-1-1, Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Pope Lake Point Conference Center, generated County Judge Jim Ed Gibson and employees more than $16,000 which will be used to of the Pope County Assessor and Tax promote symphony events, concerts and Collector’s offices, the Treasurer’s Office and school performances by members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Funds the County Clerk’s Office. In order to generate funding for Relay for Life, are also designated for the group’s local the “Pope County Cares” team has assembled scholarship fund.

More than 68 individuals and local businesses served as tabletop sponsors, contributed merchandise for silent auction items, or volunteered to host parties for this annual fundraising event. While previewing the tabletop displays, guests enjoyed a selection of appetizers and assorted beverages. An elegant, seated dinner followed. A performance of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Performance is scheduled for April 17, 2010, at Witherspoon Auditorium. The event begins 8 a.m. and will feature Pops and Classical Music.

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Tickets are $25 for reserve seating and include a 6 p.m. reception at Lake Point Conference Center held prior to the performance. General admission tickets are $10, Children 12 and under are $5 and admission is free with ATU or UACCM ID. For information and ticket purchase, contact Joanne Ownbey at (479) 967-2433. The group’s annual membership brunch for the Russellville Symphony Guild is planned for Tuesday, May 13, at the home of Sena Brown. For tickets or additional information, contact Linda Gifford at 8802259 or Aldona Standridge at 970-0250. n

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feel the need to

mix things up? by Dianna Qualls About the River Valley Food Editor

JUST A REMINDER: Compete or Eat, the ABOUT... the Best Cooks Recipe Contest, is Saturday, April 10, 2010, at the Historic Russellville Depot. Visit for registration forms and information. There is no charge to enter. Sample plates ($5) and All-You-Care-To-Eat ($10) will be sold from 11-1. Proceeds will benefit the Cyndie Parks Home for Diabetic Girls and the ATU Hospitality Scholarship fund.

Just open your cabinets and see how many seasoning mixes you have on hand. We hear every day that we should watch our salt intake, yet every seasoning mix you purchase is loaded with salt -- even the ones that say “less sodium”. Mix up your own seasoning mixes and adjust to your personal taste -- less salt, no salt, more cayenne -- be creative. Store them in air tight containers. Mix double batches and give one batch to a friend along with a copy of the recipe. This makes a great little gift. Here are a couple recipes to try your new mixes in. Go ahead...mix it up!



¼ c. coarse salt (kosher or sea) ¼ c. dark brown sugar, packed ¼ c. paprika 3 T. black pepper, fresh ground 1 T. garlic powder 1 T. dried onion flakes ½ to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 T. parsley flakes 1 T. dried grated lemon rind 1 T. celery seed 1 T. savory 1 T. thyme 1 T. marjoram 1 tsp. dried chives 1 bay leaf, broken into small pieces


Combine ingredients and store in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Use desired amount to season fish. Makes 1/3 cup. Recipe:

1 lb. ground beef 1 pkg. sloppy joe seasoning mix 6 hamburger buns 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste 1¼ c. water

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

CRUNCHY ITALIAN SEASONED OVEN FRIES 1 1/3 lb. (4 med.) potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges 1 egg ¾ c. cornflake crumbs 1 ½ tsp. Italian seasoning mix 6 T. grated Parmesan cheese

SLOPPY JOE SEASONING MIX 1 T. dried minced onion 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. sugar ¼ tsp. dry mustard

¼ tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. green pepper flakes 1 tsp. cornstarch ½ tsp. dried minced garlic ¼ tsp. celery seeds Combine all ingredients. Makes 1 pkg.

Brown beef in skillet; drain off excess fat. Blend in Sloppy Joe seasoning mix. Stir in tomato paste and water. Cover and simmer 10 min. Serve hot between split buns. Makes 6 sandwiches. Recipe from

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1 T. dried basil 1 T. dried oregano 1 T. dried parsley flakes 1 tsp. rosemary 1 tsp. thyme ½ tsp. paprika ½ tsp. black pepper

1 T. chili powder ¼ tsp. garlic powder ¼ tsp. onion powder ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp. dried oregano ½ tsp. paprika 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. sea salt or to taste Mix together and store in a tightly 1 tsp. black pepper or to taste covered container. Makes 2 ounces of dry mix. May be used to season oil and In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. vinegar for salads or as a seasoning for the Store in airtight container. Recipe: following recipe:

SPAGHETTI SEASONING MIX 1 T. dried minced onion 1 T. parsley flakes 1 T. cornstarch 2 tsp. green pepper flakes 1½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. dried minced garlic 1 tsp. sugar ¾ tsp. Italian seasoning (or combination of oregano, rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, marjoram)

ALL-PURPOSE LOW-SALT SEASONING MIX 2 tsp. onion powder ¼ tsp. pepper ½ tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. dry mustard 1 tsp. paprika ½ tsp. thyme ½ tsp. celery seed 2 tsp. basil ½ tsp. dried parsley ½ tsp. marjoram ½ tsp. curry powder salt to taste

Combine all ingredients, seal and store. Blend well in blender. Great on meat, Recipe: poultry even veggies. Recipe:


6 T. onion flakes 6 T. parsley flakes 3 T. celery flakes 4½ tsp. garlic flakes ¾ tsp. ground turmeric, coriander or cumin ¾ tsp. black pepper


2 T. leaf oregano 2 T. parsley flakes 4 tsp. sweet basil 4 tsp. leaf tarragon 1 tsp. leaf sage 4 T. onion powder Place onion flakes, parsley flakes, celery 4 tsp. garlic powder flakes, garlic flakes, coriander and pepper 2 tsp. ground marjoram in a 1-pint container with tight-fitting lid. 1½ tsp. ground black pepper Store mixture in a cool, dark, dry place up ½ tsp. ground thyme to 3 months. Shake well. For each cup long grain white or brown In bowl combine oregano, parsley, basil, rice, use 1/3 cup rice seasoning mix and 1 tarragon and sage. Crush until fine. Stir in teaspoon salt, then cook according to rice remaining spices. Mix. Spoon into a shaker. Recipe: >> package directions.


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CONFETTI BEAN SOUP MIX 1 (16 oz.) pkg. dry black beans 1 (16 oz.) pkg. dry Great Northern beans 1 (16 oz.) pkg. dry red kidney beans 1 (16 oz.) pkg. dry pinto beans 1 (16 oz.) pkg. dry green split peas Seasoning Bags (below) UP TO ONE MONTH BEFORE USING: In large bowl, mix beans; spoon into four 4-cup containers, placing about 3 rounded cups in each. Prepare Seasoning Bags. Place one Seasoning Bag in each container. If giving mix as gifts, include the Confetti Bean Soup recipe with each gift. Makes 4.

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3 T. dried chopped chives 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. dried savory ½ tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. coarsely ground black pepper 1 bay leaf Gather plastic wrap up to form a pouch; tie with a string or for gifts tie with ribbon.


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Cut four 6-inch squares plastic wrap. Onto each square, place:

Gift basket idea: Place the Confetti Bean Soup mix, along with a couple boxes of cornbread mix, soup bowls, or a pretty dish to cook the cornbread in, tie it all up with a pretty bow, and make a friend smile.

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ABOUT 3 HOURS BEFORE SERVING: 1. Rinse beans from 1 container Confetti Bean Soup Mix with running cold water and discard any stones or shriveled beans. In 5-quart Dutch oven over high heat, heat beans and 9 cups water to boiling; cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans. 2. Return beans to Dutch oven; add contents of seasoning bag from mix and 5 cups water; over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally. 3. Add 1 (14-16 ounce) can stewed tomatoes with liquid; over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cook, uncovered, 15 minutes longer, stirring to break up tomatoes. Discard bay leaf. Makes 12 first-course servings. Recipe: n April 2010





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Story Connie Las Schneider Photos by Max Slaughter

The Prom Closet

a Cinderella Story

Prom is an important rite of passage for most teens; that one night when boys become handsome young men and girls are transformed into beautiful princesses. Long after Prom is past, photos capturing that special moment are displayed as proof of one’s youth and beauty and often remembered as much for what was worn as what actually happened. This glamour comes at a high price. According to Your Prom Magazine, Proms are a $2.7 billion industry nationwide. Typical Prom goers spend several hundred dollars for this special night. Sadly, this is an expense some students’ families can’t afford, especially in low income areas of the River Valley. With this in mind, Johnson County Westside High School ‘Project Succeed’ Coordinator, Tammy Clinton, started the Prom Closet in 2005 to enable girls without financial means to attend Prom and other formal events. As more than 75% of Westside’s students live below the poverty level, Clinton has become a surrogate Fairy Godmother to hundreds of real-life Cinderellas over the past five years.

Clinton‘s inspiration for the Prom Closet came after a simple conversation with one of her high school students. “I asked the girl if she was going to the Prom and she said “no” because she didn’t have a dress and couldn’t afford to get one. Then I asked if she would go to Prom if I could locate a dress for her to wear. The girl said “yes” so I contacted past graduates to donate their old formals to the school and that’s how it began,” she explained. “I started writing letters to formal shops and manufacturers all over the US and ended up having an overwhelming response,” said Clinton. Eventually, the Prom Closet became so well stocked, Clinton had to take over the school library storage room as

a closet for more than 800 dresses, some still in boxes. Since then, Clinton has sent dresses to four other rural schools to help them start up similar programs. “It’s been a labor of love. Nothing makes me feel any better than seeing these girls look like princesses,” said Clinton. The program is 100% voluntary and receives no stipend from the school district. All the girls have to do is pay $10 for dry cleaning the dress after it is worn. Depending on the student’s circumstances we sometimes even help pay the cleaning bill, as all our dresses are cleaned and repaired before they are used again, she added. While Clinton loves playing the part of fairy godmother for these girls, she encourages family members to come and “shop” with their girls. “Family support is a huge part of the closet’s success. I don’t want to take anything away from the Mother-Daughter

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relationship,” said Clinton, the mother of twin girls who graduated from Westside a few years ago. For many girls at Westside, the Prom Closet is real dreams come true. Out of the nine girls chosen to be part of the Westside Homecoming Court this year, seven girls got their dresses from the Prom Closet and a record number of dresses were borrowed for the March 20 Prom, mostly in bright colors like hot pink, lime green and turquoise. “Because of the current economy, parents were especially appreciative this year,” said Clinton. In February, Westside gave the girls another reason to strut their stuff. With so many beautiful gowns available, the school hosted its first annual Westside Pageant in late February. Westside High School Secretary and Pageant Coordinator, Vickie Golden said, “I believe that giving these young women any extra reason to get dolled up in these beautiful gowns is an opportunity that some of them would otherwise never get”. And how do these girls feel about wearing borrowed dresses? “Oh, Wow! The first time I put on the dress I felt like Cinderella in heaven,” said Senior Salutatorian, Priscilla Her, of her first Homecoming dance when she was chosen as a sophomore member of the ‘court’. The oldest of six children of Hmong parents from Laos and Thailand who moved to the River Valley from Wisconsin five years ago, Her said she was overwhelmed at first, because she didn’t own a fancy dress and had never worn make-up or been to a hair salon. Fortunately, Clinton and several classmates rallied to help Her choose the right dress and make the day special. “I think the experience of wearing pretty dresses has changed me a lot,” said Her, who was chosen as Senior Maid to this year’s Football Homecoming. “I feel more confident now. I’ve changed my style and wear a little more make-up.” Senior Amber Hurtt has borrowed

dresses for six different school events over the years. “It takes a lot of stress off me to know I will have a dress that makes me feel so special. I probably wouldn’t have been able to be in Homecoming if not for the Prom Closet,” she said. “The red dress I wore last year was so expensive looking people didn’t believe I got it from the Prom Closet,” said the petite Senior Sarah Hurst. She has worn dresses from the Prom Closet on three different occasions, and was impressed by the selection of dresses and how well the closet was organized. “It doesn’t bother me that a few of these dresses have been worn by a lot of girls. It’s just nice to know I can come and get a dress,” said Senior Kylee Firkins. Her older sister Azure Firkins used the Prom Closet when Kylee was in 8th grade. Kylee has used the Prom Closet four times. The Prom Closet has hundred of dresses in sample size 8, but larger dresses, particularly in sizes 14 to 24, are still in short supply. We can always use large sized dresses, said Clinton. Shoes and a few pieces of jewelry are available for the girls to borrow, but the program still “desperately” needs more jewelry, said Clinton. “You can’t do something like this without a lot of support.” Although Clinton tried to help Westside boys with their expenses by asking for donations from tuxedo manufacturers and rental stores, she has yet to get any “tux” donations. “Maybe, it’s because tuxedos are worn over and over until they can’t be worn anymore,” said Clinton. She also said that some male students have fundraised for the event, especially during the 200607 school year, when the Prom Closet was organized as a school project. Anyone wishing to donate to the Prom Closet or organize a Prom Closet for their school is asked to contact Clinton at Westside High School in Johnson County. n

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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: (A phone number must be included for verification.)

–April 24–

Meghan Clement and Josh Follis Lindsay Langdon and Blaine Sims

–May 1–

Whitney Millwood and Michael Poole Brooke Needham and Patrick Smith Leigh Peebles and Tyler Morgenthaler

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Emily Barron and Glen Niehaus Lauren Jones and Nick Stinson Tiffany Nelms and Jared Brooks

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Giselle Torgerson and Kevin Flint Candi Wood and Ben Cox

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–June 26–

Kristen Bethea and Jon Weatherall Jennifer Cheatham and Joe Edwards Laura Edwards and Daniel Melton Kelsey Standridge and Justin Bennett Giselle (Torgerson) & Kevin Flint, Reception

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Lori Bradley and Chip Stokes Mallory George and Alec Berry, Reception

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Sharon Davis and Jon Howard

Morgan Childress and Austin McKnight Rachel Hall and Tim McKelvy Lindsey Hybner and Cody Chronister Andrea Williams and Josh Pitts

Victoria Landes and Neil Golden Lindsay Langdon and Blaine Sims

Tera White and Jesse Davis

Amanda Bell and Kevin Corrigan

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Wilson-Loyd to Wed Dr. and Mrs. Chuck Wilson of Danville announce the engagement of their daughter, CaraJean Frances, to Matthew Carter Loyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Bourne of Russellville and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Loyd of Paris. Miss Wilson is the granddaughter of Rev. and Mrs. Earl Stapleton of Danville, Mrs. Rebecca Wilson of Dardanelle and the late Charles Leroy Wilson. Mr. Loyd is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thompson of Russellville and Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Loyd of Yakima, Wash. The bride is a 2002 graduate of Danville High School, a 2006 graduate of John Brown University, and a 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a physical therapist at Lane Physical Therapy Center of Russellville. The groom is a 2001 graduate of Johnson County Westside High School and is currently pursuing a degree in Parks and Recreation at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. The wedding will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, at First Free Will Baptist Church in Russellville with a reception immediately following at Chamberlyne Country Club in Danville. Friends and family are invited to attend. To have your engagement or wedding published in a future issue of ABOUT Magazine, send your information, photo and a check for $57.50 to: ABOUT Magazine, PO Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812. Word count is limited to 225 words. Deadline is the 15th of the month preceding publication. For additional information, call (479) 970-6628.

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Appetizers: Dips • Vegetable • Meat • Fruit Breads: Quick Breads • Yeast Breads Desserts: Cakes • Pies • Cookies/Bars • Sugar Free Commercially-prepared entries will not be accepted. Deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, April 6, 2010. A copy of your recipe must be submitted day of contest. Complete form and mail to: ABOUT Magazine Recipe Contest

P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812

Saturday, April 10, 2010

There is no cost to enter and no limits to the number of categories an individual may participate in; each dish requires a separate entry form. Day of contest, participants need to supply a normal-size preparation of each pre-made dish, along with a copy of the recipe on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. Commercially-prepared entries will not be accepted.

Contest entries must arrive at The Depot between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to be considered eligible for judging. Recognition will include publication in a future issue. Certificates will be awarded to the winners of all divisions.

The public is invited to sample the submitted dishes. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., plates will sold for $5 for a sampler plate and $10 for all-you-care-to-eat. Proceeds benefit the Cyndie Parks Memorial Home for Girls and the ATU Hospitality Association. For additional information, please contact Dianna Qualls at (479) 857-1008 or via email at

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