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A picture-perfect day paired with the growing number of enthusiastic Disc Golf participants led to the overwhelming success of the Second Annual Matthew Roberts Memorial Scramble Disc Golf Tournament held March 12 in Russellville.


Andrea Pitts: At the Helm





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Taking advantage of a beautiful spring day,

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‘Fitness in Disguise Fundraiser

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April 2011

Taste of the Valley


The 19th 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 28, at the Russellville Depot, 320 W. ‘C’ St. in the heart of the Downtown Historic District. Taste of the Valley showcases the River Valley’s restaurants, bakeries, caterers, delicatessens, coffee houses, food and beverage providers, Arkansas vineyards and local musicians. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and provide guests the opportunity to sample food and beverage from the many participating exhibit booths throughout the entire evening. Ticket stubs provide guests the opportunity to vote for the People s Choice Award that is presented prior to the close of the event. Tickets and last minute participant information are available at the office of Main Street Russellville, located in the historic Missouri Pacific railroad Depot at 320 W. C Street, or by contacting them at (479) 967-1437, .

Tickets may also be obtained from Main Street Russellville board members and volunteers, as well as at the office of the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from Taste of the Valley benefit Main Street Russellville, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, revitalization and redevelopment of Russellville s traditional central business district.

Bowl for Kids Sake Participants and team captains are being sought for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas’ signature event, Bowl For Kids’ Sake (BFKS.) The event will

be held on April 14, 16 and 17 at Sports World in Russellville. Bowl For Kids’ Sake offers everyone in our community a chance to positively impact a child’s life. The children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are among America’s most vulnerable, often living in a single parent household, suffering from poverty, failing in school, and coping with parental incarceration. By participating in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, your team helps children reach their potential and, through them, transform families, schools and communities. As the nation’s oldest, largest, most effective donor supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps vulnerable children beat the odds. Team Captains are responsible for recruiting individuals to their team and making the connection between team members and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Be ready to show your passion for changing how children grow up in Russellville! For information, call Robin Trafford, at (501) 336-9505 or (479) 857-0427 or email robin@ n

Upcoming Tournaments May 21-22: Bill Donnell Jr, Memorial Tournament (3-person scramble) June 24,25 26: Chamberlyne Country Club 4-Ball Tournament August 6-7: Chamberlyne Country Club Member/Guest Tournament August 27-28: Chambers Bank Tournament (3-person scramble) September 10-11: Chamberlyne Country Club Couples Tournament

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ABOUT the River Valley

A Publication of Silver Platter Productions, Inc Vol. VI, Issue 3 – April 2011

OWNERS/EDITOR Nolan and Dianne Edwards

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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

Gee, I wish I had followed doctor’s orders: “an apple a day.” Isn’t that what they used to tell us? Now that I’ve passed an important age milestone, it’s amazing how health issues frequently become the topic of conversation. I used to cringe when I’d hear healthdirectives urging us to eat better and exercise more. When it came time for the annual trip to the doctor and blood work, it wasn’t the needle I feared – it was the results. Among the wonderful family attributes that I inherited, a predisposition to high cholesterol and triglycerides was among them. If you don’t recognize either of those words, or don’t know your AIC (blood sugar) levels, shame on you. Call the doctor immediately and get a baseline screening! Everyone needs to know these levels if they wish to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Just knowing your baseline numbers can either bring comfort or serve to remind you that you need to watch what you eat and exercise more. I know many of you are shaking your head at this point. No one likes to be reminded that they should eat healthy and exercise more, but unfortunately it is a fact of life. The Mediterranean Diet, You: On a Diet, The Fat Smash Diet, The Good Mood Diet: Feel Great While You Lose Weight... the list goes on and on. Please... give me a break, although that last one where the author says you can “Get skinnier AND happier at the same time” does sound intriguing. As much as I love to read, the diet books all say the same thing. You remember, it’s what they taught (or should have taught) us in health class: You have to eat less and exercise more. There, I said it. Simple? Sounds that way but in reality we all know it’s not that easy. If it were, we’d all be skinny. The key is finding something you enjoy doing and trying to make healthier eating choices. We didn’t get heavy in a day; you won’t lose it in one either. This issue could be termed ‘the health issue’ if indeed we classified them. Let me encourage you to read and consider trying out two of the activities highlighted this month: Disc Golf (beginning on page 8) and Zumba (starting on page 34.) Participants in both activities are conducting fundraisers to benefit those in our community. These two organizations have put into place ways for River Valley residents to get healthier. In the arena of disc golf, you get the opportunity to get a good dose of Vitamin D from the sunshine as you stroll through the fields of two championship-caliber Disc Golf course. With the upcoming Zumbathon, anyone of any level who has an interest in the dancefitness program can experience Zumba, all while contributing the entry fee ($25) to a worthy cause – the Relay for Life. Now what could be healthier than that?

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Talk sports When my husband came home a few years ago and announced he was going to play disc golf with some friends, it didn’t faze me. He likes mountain biking, loves to sail, plays an occasional round or two of traditional ‘ball’ golf and generally enjoys the outdoors. What I didn’t realize was exactly what disc golf was, until now. Sure, I’d seen the new generation heavy-weight ‘frisbees’ known as golf discs but I had no idea what was involved. Now that I’ve visited the two Russellville courses and watched experienced players, I’m very impressed. The local River Valley Disc Golf Association began several years ago but began organizing loosely when the Pleasant View course was established. Matt Loyd, the current president – ‘by default’ he says – says the group has a ‘not-for-profit’ 501 (c)(4) status whose purpose it to further the interest in one of the fastest growing sports. The local club is a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association to which they pay annual dues ($20) and collect $10/$15 from returning/new members respectively. (For information on the national organization and to learn more about the sport, visit April 2011

The humor in the cartoon created by talented illustrator Cliff Thomas arose from discussions among our associates. “Just what is disc golf?” Is it anything like traditional ball golf? Well, yes and now, kinda sorta but not really. What an answer... The wonderful thing about disc golf is that is appropriate for individuals of any age and almost any ability. You play on a course similar to a golf course with “holes” and yardage, keep a score card and leave from a tee. And the cost? Minimal. Discs run an average of $8-$20 – a very palatable price for almost any wallet. But, just like golf, you will want an assortment as they are calibrated for different weights and purposes. Disc golf is a wonderful sport for families, for singles and for 3-person scrambles, such as the lineup during the Matthew Roberts Memorial Scramble held March 12. A group of 100-plus gathered at the 18-hole Pleasant View Course first, then relocated for the inaugural tournament at the newly-completed Old Post Road Park Course. It was a beautiful day to witness the exuberance brought about by this “new” sport. And who knows? I might even try playing myself – but don’t tell them. I won’t need an audience.

April 2: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Performance held at Witherspoon Auditorium; info: 229-2041. April 2: Storytelling concert with nationallyknown Storyteller “Andy Offutt Irwin,” Doc Bryan Auditorium, ATU; 6:30 p.m.; tickets: River Valley Arts Center 968-2452. April 8: Picture the Past Archeology Film & Lecture Series, Louisiana Story, 7 p.m.; free admission. Info: or call 727-5435. April 9: Home Expo 2011, 9-4, Hughes Center; Info. (479) 774-2848 April 10: St. John’s Catholic School Open House, 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.; 1912 West Main. 967-4644. April 12: Beaux Arts Academy - Tuesday, 7 p.m., Russellville Country Club, Hwy 7 North; 968-2452. April 12: Choices Pregnancy Resource Clinic Fundraising Banquet, 6:30-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church; reservations required, no charge; 967-2255. April 14, 16, 17: Bowl for Kid’s Sake, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas’ fundraiser; info: 336-9505 or 857-0427. April 16: Dancer Against Cancer, Zumbathon Charity Event for American Cancer Society, 9-3; Boys & Girls Club, 600 E. 16th St. Russellville April 16: Hershey Track and Field Meet, RHS track; Registration, 9 a.m.; meet begins 10 a.m. Free for boys and girls, 9 to 14. Pre-register at Hughes Center; 968-1272. April 16: Hot Rod Show and Shine, Pope County Fairgrounds; 967-3192. April 23: Party in the Park, Russellville City Park/ Hughes Center; 10-3, fun, music, food, activities, animal shelters and booths; 968-2452. April 28: Community Bingo, seniors 55 and older invited; 2-3 p.m.; door prizes, grand prize, refreshments; Wildflower, 240 S. Inglewood; 890-6709. April 28: Taste of the Valley, Historic Train Depot, 5-8 p.m.; 967-1437. April 29-30: 4th annual Winthrop Rockefeller Legacy Weekend. Free admission; or call (501) 727-5435. *Unless otherwise indicated, all area codes are 479. Visit 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.

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A Hole In One...or Two

A picture-perfect day paired with the growing number of enthusiastic Disc Golf participants led to the overwhelming success of the Second Annual Matthew Roberts Memorial Scramble Disc Golf Tournament held March 12 in Russellville. Pleasant View Disc Golf Course

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The three-person scramble began at 9:15 a.m. at the Pleasant View Disc Golf Course north of Russellville and finished at the newlycompleted Old Post Road Park course on the city’s south side. Both courses are 18-holes. The River Valley Disc Golf Association, comprised of approximately 50 members, “stepped up” this year to assist Greg and Paula Roberts of London who conducted the first such event last year to honor their son Matthew. The 15-year old lost his life in March 2009 while attempting to swim across a small body of water located near the Pleasant View course, known locally as the “strip pits” of the Illinois Bayou. “Last year, the Roberts family conducted the tournament on their own, organizing and coordinating with sponsors. It was a huge endeavor on their part,” said Matt Loyd, president of the River Valley Disc Golf Association. “Because we felt strongly about the family and their involvement in disc golf, we wanted to help honor Matthew and assist with the tournament.” Last year’s tournament, the first, was held during what Loyd described as “yucky” weather – windy, wet and cold... but the weather did not put a damper on the event, which drew 93 participants – yielding 31 three-person teams. “I wasn’t familiar with a 3-person scramble before having played mostly singles,” said Loyd, “but the first tournament was awesom. Everyone had a wonderful time and the enthusiasm spread.” This year’s tournament was publicized mostly by word-of-mouth among players, through the club’s FaceBook page, and by postings 4 at Poppa Wheelies Bike Shop in 5 15 6 Russellville and area bulletin boards. 2 14 18 3 It drew 129 players (43 teams) from as far away as Oklahoma, 13 Missouri, 16 17 Texas, Tennessee, and from across12 the state of Arkansas. Participants ILLINOIS BAYOU 1 18 17 were responsible for organizing their own three-person said Blue teesteam, - Pro BRIDGE White tees - Am Loyd. Cost was $20 per person/$60 9 per team. Tournament play is divided by different divisions, from 8 novice to professional.




What Is Disc Golf? The made-to-order weather couldn’t have been more cooperative as Loyd stood atop a picnic table to address the large crowd who had gathered early for the mandatory player’s meeting. After thanking the Roberts family and other volunteers who worked hard to get the Old Post course finished in time for the tournament, Loyd reviewed the rules. “Don’t go into the water to retrieve a disc for any reason,” players were told repeatedly. Knowing Matthew Roberts drowned as an indirect result of the family playing at the Pleasant View course kept the reminder top-of-mind for players. Pope and Johnson County Marine Search and Rescue provided assistance during the tournament for the event in 2010 and again this year, said Loyd. Money resulting from the sale of raffle tickets was donated to the rescue teams who supplied a recovery boat and team members during the tournament. After completing the 18-hole course at Pleasant View and grabbing a quick bite of lunch, tournament participants re-assembled at the new Old Post Road course. Pleasant View was established by the City of Russellville Recreation Deparment in 2007 as the “loosely-organized” local disc golf club began. The Old Post Road Park course is a result of a partnership agreement between the River Valley club and the Corps of Engineers. The proposal for the joint land use was submitted to the main Corps of Engineers office in early spring 2010.

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The sport of Disc Golf is played much like traditional ball golf with the major difference being the equipment and the cost. Instead of golf clubs, disc golfers use flying discs. The distance in most disc golf courses is shorter than a ball golf course. The two championship- caliber courses found in Russellville are both 18-hole courses. Almost anyone of any age or ability can play disc golf. Described as an “addictive sport, once you throw that first disc,” it is quickly becoming the fastest growing sport. To the beginner, a golf disc is best described as a “heavy, new generation Frisbee.” The flying discs are thrown through the air from a starting point (tee) toward a target Discs generally range in cost from an average of $8 to $20, and, according to Loyd, the largest selection in the state can be found at Poppa Wheelies Bike Shop in Russellville. Owner Doug Housley has for sale a selection of 500 discs from 10 manufacturers. Housley and wife Cass donated money for two course holes – one at each location – as well as over $100 of at-cost discs for the second annual tournament. Rather than a hole in the ground (as in ball golf) the target is usually a standing metal object with an entrapment section (sometimes called a basket, disc catcher, or ‘pole hole.’) The two courses located in Russellville use disc catcher baskets produced by Innova and made of chain and galvanized metal. They were selected because they are ‘top of the line, the best money can buy’ and for their signature bright yellow band, the “recognition factor” making them stand out on the course. “We want people to drive by the course and go, ‘what’s that for?’” said Loyd.

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“It basically got hung up for six months in red tape before approval was granted,” said Loyd. “But while we waited, we worked to speed up the process, planning as much as we could, securing sponsors for the baskets,” said Loyd. “So, when the approval was granted, we were ‘on go’ and ready to move forward.” Volunteers who supplied “an impossibleto-determine amount, in the thousands, of

man-hours” to ready the Old Post course included club members Doug Housley, Steve Bennett, Mark Lykins, Matt Simpson, Glenn Souza, Gary Collins, Brandon Weaver and Eric Rutherford. “Steve Bennett probably spent as many, if not more, hours working on the course than I did. He personally sponsored two holes on the course, too,” praised Loyd. “Mark Lykins worked tirelessly on preparation, the concrete pads and forms.” “When the club didn’t have the funding to purchase the concrete for the pads, Mobley Construction (with manpower from their employee Glenn Souza) donated 100% of the concrete for the Old Post course.” “ATU student Brandon Weaver, who had been saving up for a Spring Break trip, decided instead to donate the money toward sponsoring Hole #15. He was there to work every time we were,” added Loyd. “Club member Eric Rutherford, a band teacher from Paris, drove back and forth to help. Matt Simpson was there a lot, too, giving up any free time he had to get the course ready.” “A lot of credit goes to Gary Collins who brought his own tractor to help with the ground work. Without all these volunteers and business sponsors, we simply would not have had the course ready in time,” stressed Loyd. Each hole at the new Old Post course cost $340 a piece (for the basket and shipping.) All of the concrete for the tee pads was donated by Mobley Construction of Russellville. The forms were loaned to the

River Valley Club by the Diamond State Disc Golf Association who also donated time to show them how to use the forms. “This new course is really a state-wide effort,” said Loyd. Loyd attributed the further success of the recent tournament to additional supporters, many of whom provided drawing and raffle items such as discs, hats, caps and apparel including: Western Arkansas Flying Disc Association, Ft. Smith, and Diamond State Disc Golf Association, Little Rock. Feltner’s WhattaBurger donated $500 for the WhattaBurger, WhattaDrive Long Contest. Chris Eads won the contest, determined by one throw on Hole #12 at Pleasant View, with a toss of 506 feet. Eads also won the contest in 2010. Loyd also wanted to express his gratitude to his wife, CaraJean, for being so supportive of his time and dedication to the game of disc golf. Loyd, along with countless volunteers, spent thousands of hours to prepare the Old Post Road course in time for the tournament.  Cont. on page 37...

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At the Helm At a mere 23-years-of-age the new Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce executive director admittedly has her work cut out for her. Andrea Pitts, who assumed the new position in October 2010, knows she may have trouble being taken seriously in her new position. But make no mistake. From her power heels to her business attire, the exuberant young woman appears more than excited and ready to fulfill the job left vacant by former chamber director Vickie Sutton. Actually, she’s been at the helm of the historic River Town’s chamber since Pitts was hired for the position following Sutton’s resignation. Pitts grew up a Danville Little John and married her husband, Josh, in June 2010. The couple lives in Russellville where Josh is employed as a firefighter. Andrea graduated from Arkansas Tech University, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. She learned of the job opening from current board president Dana Callan Edwards who knew Pitts had worked for River Town Bank and would be a good fit for the position. Her “trial-by-fire” came at the onset of the Chicken Fry in October. She attributes her successful first days to former board president Trisha Sikes who guided her through the event. “Trisha helped me get my feet on the ground right from the start,” said Pitts. Pitts works from the Dardanelle Community Center and does not have a staff. She receives assistance from two city employees who help manage the facility. Her hours are basically 8 to 5 but she works both days and nights, as needed to handle the necessary schedule of events. She describes the job as “challenging, but exciting,” and admits that she does not have


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a “typical” work day. Pitts works on events or preparations as needed to accomplish the job at hand. Job requirements include event planning, welcoming new businesses and visiting existing ones, bookkeeping, preparing welcome packets and recruitment. Pitts hopes to help generate more community activity to get the residents involved with new events. She hopes to arrange “movies in the park” and similar events to bolster community spirit. A new Dardanelle event, the first-ever “River Walk” arts and music evening, was held March 18. The project was coordinated by TheRenaissance Front Street Restoration, a non-profit organization created to restore Front Street in Dardanelle. The chamber helped spread the word about the event which Pitts describes as forwardmoving for Dardanelle. The new chamber director’s immediate focus is to assist in growing the Chamber membership. Membership has already increased from 73 to 88 members and continues to grow, said Pitts. Besides networking opportunities, the members gather at a monthly meeting held the third Wednesday of each month at noon. Current location for the meetings was recently moved from Pizza Hut to the Front Street Grill and anyone interested in learning more about the Dardanelle Chamber is invited to attend the Dutch-treat luncheon. The Dardanelle Chamber sponsors six events annually. They include: the Annual Chamber Banquet (January); Yell Fest (May); a Welcome Back Teacher’s Luncheon (August); the Miss Mt. Nebo Pageant (September); Chicken Fry (September); and the Dardanelle Christmas Parade (December.)

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Current board members include: Dana Callan Edwards, president; Suzie Awalt, first vice president; Danny Bunting, second vice president; Nancy Moore, treasurer; and members Kathy Haston, Shirley Judkins, Trisha Sikes, Barry Sims, Montie Sims and Celia Velazquez. Membership costs are among the lowest in the state, said Pitts. For as little as $50 individual members may participate in activities which enhance the community. For a complete list of membership opportunities and fees (which vary based on the type of business and number of employees) contact Pitts. Renovation of the chamber’s website has been underway to make the site more informative and user friendly, said Pitts. The chamber also has a Face Book page and welcomes correspondence by phone or email via the address at: For additional information on the Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce, call (479) 229-3328 or stop by the Dardanelle Community Center, 2011 State Highway 22 West in Dardanelle. n

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Monster TV and a Wife’s Revenge

While I was gone to Springdale this past weekend to teach ACT prep classes, my husband used his free time to channel surf and stopped on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) long enough to order a 55inch television. As I write this I am waiting on the delivery guy to bring my husband’s new toy. I have joked with Donald that next time I leave I am taking the remote with me. In his defense, I did know he was considering buying a new TV; I just didn’t know he was considering buying a 55-inch TV! It is huge! I have been listening to my husband talk about wanting a new TV for almost a year -ever since we bought our middle son a 32inch flat screen for his apartment. Donald is constantly saying, “It is not right that my son has a nicer TV than I do.” Donald’s desire for a new TV only worsened after our friends, the Jacobs, got a really nice 55-inch TV and showed Donald all the “cool” things it could do. Not too long after that we were enjoying an evening of dominos at the Stuckeys’ home and discovered that they had two new TVs and one of theirs was a 55-inch. My husband was in full ‘TV envy’ mode. He kept joking that we were stopping at Wal-Mart on the way home and getting him a new TV. I then reminded him we were moving our oldest child to Florida in just a few weeks and we would not be making any more big purchases --we had just bought Donald a large leather rocker recliner -- until after we

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saw how much we spent to set Adrin up in his new place. That didn’t go over too well considering we were already having some disagreements on how “involved” we should be in making sure all Adrin’s needs were met. And by “involved,” I mean how much money we should spend: Me = spend whatever my baby needs to be ready for any and all scenarios. Donald = spend as little as possible and let the boy get the stuff on his own as he needs it. Oh, the book of “how to compromise” we could have written after that trip! One thing we did agree on buying Adrin was – you guessed it - a new TV. I thought we were going to have to camp out in that store before the two men – Donald and Adrin – were ever going to make a decision. You would have thought they were shopping for a new kidney or for something that had the potential to bring world peace. I got bored quickly, so I sat on a sofa and watched soccer on the Latin channel. I was actually quite entertained. I couldn’t understand the language, but hey, I couldn’t understand the pixel, co-axel, port, and capability mumbo jumbo the TV-obsessed men were talking about either. They finally decided on a 42-inch TV that I still think is too big for Adrin’s apartment, but apparently, to men, bigger is better. After Adrin’s TV was set up and the cable guy had shown him all the “cool” stuff this new TV could do, Donald once again started in on his old song of, “It is not right that my sons have better TVs than I do.” I agreed it was his turn, but just not yet. I wanted to wait a little longer. Well, I guess a little longer is up because in the course of writing this the 55-inch monster has arrived. Once again I must return to the largeness of this item,

because when I asked my husband, “Why so big?” his response was just so adorable. He said, “Well Chuck’s is a 55-inch, and I wanted one as big as Chuck’s.” Ladies, having now lived in a home surrounded by the male species for the last 24 to 25 years I can say they never change. It always needs to be as big as or bigger than their buddies. And if big is good then bigger is way better. I am sure I will enjoy this TV, but the real silver lining is we really don’t have a place to put this massive thing. Now some of you are thinking, how is that a good thing? And some of you, who are quick on your feet, have already caught on that there is a shopping trip in my future. We absolutely need a beautiful new piece of furniture on which to set this prized possession. Hey, I am starting to like this TV more already. I wonder if they have TV consoles on HSN? Let me just grab that remote and take a look. n

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Centennial Celebration Draws to a Close


hen Marvin Williamson became the first student to enroll in Russellville’s Second District Agricultural School in the fall of 1910, little did anyone know he would later become the first band director for the school now recognized as Arkansas Tech University. Having been drafted to direct the school’s first organized band in 1913, Marvin grew up on land next to the school that was created as a result of Arkansas General Assembly’s passage of Act 100 of 1909. The campus was actually a specialized high school when Williamson enrolled. He left after just one year of study yet his natural leadership skill and artistic talent saw him through years of service -- despite possessing no academic credentials. During that time, the instruments were furnished by the school, giving talented students a chance to broaden their musical education. Both the band and orchestra had members who played in both. Football began at the school in 1911 and played on the intercollegiate level until World War II (minus the 1918 season.) It is believed that the band played along the sidelines as a “pep” band during those early years. Photos appearing in the college yearbook, Agricola, between the years of 1912 through 1922 featured only male members. In 1923, the first female, saxophone player Edna Hood appeared. She was joined later by saxophonist Sylvia Hurley. Williamson continued as director of both the orchestra and band during the

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time that the students were primarily agricultural – or Aggie – students. During those years a new athletic nickname – the Wonder Boys – arose. College classes were added to the school in 1921. Until that time, the school was an agricultural high school. In 1925, Act 45 of the Arkansas General Assembly officially changed the school’s name to Arkansas Polytechnic College. It was then a junior college and possessed the ability to grant degrees. The last high school class was in 1929. Both the band and orchestra began wearing uniforms in 1926 and more women joined the orchestra, playing stringed instruments. In 1929, the school’s music department began gaining publicity as Williamson began airing programs over the radio. He drew distinction to the band on a national level when he directed the band on the “Arkansas on Wheels” excursion through the Atlantic Seaboard and eastern states and on the West Point special (in 1924) through the East, Middle West and Canada. Also, during 1929, the orchestra broadcast a one-hour program for Little Rock’s Columbia-chain station, KLRA. Members of the school’s Glee Clubs and quartets also performed. As the athletic programs changed during the late 20s and early 30s, so did Director Williamson’s band uniform. He began wearing a white plumed hat and carrying a baton. The band was now a

well-traveled organization. They attended out-of-town football games, marched in Little Rock parades, played at county fairs and state track meets – and in the process, Williamson was put in charge of the dance orchestra, the women’s drum corps, the band and the orchestra. In 1932-33, the band added a longer bugle element to their Drum Corps and the dance orchestra began being known as “George and His Golden Greens.” George was Williamson’s nickname, resulting from a name-calling band prank during his early years. The “Golden Greens” reflected the school colors. Though the concert orchestra disappeared briefly during the mid-30s as the nation struggled to recover from the impact of the Great Depression, the band remained strong. In 1937 19-year-old Dardanelle sophomore Mary Croom became the first female twirling drum major in the history of the college. She compared the intricate formations and steps necessary for a good musical production to the difficulty of solving a calculus problem. In 1941-42, Director Williamson took on an assistant director, C.A. Hartley, who assumed responsibility as director of the Dance Orchestra (no longer known as “George and the Golden Greens.”) After a large number of men left both the school and the band as a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the country’s entry into the war against Japan, the group briefly disbanded. April 2011

The Tech band became obviously smaller as male students left to join the military. Over half of the band’s membership was female in 1942-43. At the end of WWII, male enrollment in America’s colleges due to the GI Bill resulted in growth and reflected a modest increase in Tech’s band membership. Following years resulted in even larger enrollment numbers. Williamson organized the Russellville High School band in 1942; beginning bands at Tech and Russellville in 1948, and the Atkins High School band in 1949. When intercollegiate sports were reintroduced following the end of WWII, the Tech Band showed support for the now four-year (1948) institution’s award-winning football and basketball teams. Five new majorettes joined the band in 1948-49. Dramatic change was on the horizon for Arkansas Tech by the fall of 1950 as Williamson, who had been director of the group since 1912, handed over his baton to Gene Witherspoon. Witherspoon, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, would become another institution on the Tech campus. Williamson gave up the band’s directorship but remained a member of Tech’s music faculty until his retirement in 1956. The Witherspoon era had begun. Every aspect of Tech’s instrumental music groups grew in size and quality of performance under Witherspoon’s leadership. A High School Band Clinic was held on the campus in March 1950. A total of 325 band members attended. The Dance Orchestra played more engagements both on and off campus and the Concert Band displayed an exceptional aptitude for outstanding music literature. New uniforms provided a noticeable

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improvement beginning with the 1952 fall season. As Tech’s Director of Bands, Witherspoon had early responsibility for the ROTC band. The responsibility eventually fell upon the student cadets with Witherspoon serving as advisor. By 1953, Tech’s Dance Orchestra had become so popular that Witherspoon

created two groups to satisfy their demand for on-and-off campus performances. During the spring of 1955, Witherspoon was often seen directing a Pep Band at basketball games. And soon Gene “Chief” Witherspoon introduced a series of Sunday concerts into the Arkansas Tech Concert Band’s schedule. >>

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In the fall of 1956, the Wonder Boys and Arkansas State Indians played in War Memorial Stadium. The Aluminum Bowl, which was broadcast live on CBS, included a combined halftime show. Both bands took the field following a rainstorm, performing a tribute to the NAIA in the midst of a muddy field. Popularity continued as Tech’s orchestra appeared on KTHV Channel 11 in Little Rock in November 1956. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Fraternity and Sorority became full-fledge chapters in the spring of 1958. By 1961, the Dance Band (organized in 1948 and renamed the Esquires in the 50s) was more popular than ever for social occasions across the state. The concert band, now consisting of 85 members, completed a tour of Northwest Arkansas by appearing at the Bi-State Music Festival in Fort Smith. A new instrumental group, the Arkansas Tech Chamber Orchestra, began performing in February 1961. The Arkansas Tech Brass Choir appeared on campus in 1962, operating under the director of Don Owen, who was also the newest director of the Esquires dance band. That same period (1961-62) the Tech

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Concert Band was invited to participate in the Music Educators National Conference in St. Louis, one of the highest honors. During the early 1960s, the Tech Marching Band presented ‘gridiron stereo.’ Robert Bright, who became the new brass instructor and director of the Esquires and the Tech Brass Choir, joined the staff. Director Witherspoon conducted the first of the famed Arkansas Tech Band Camps, designed to benefit secondary school students, during the summer of 1964. Because of the cost and timing, the Tech band chose to decline an invitation to perform at the New York World’s Fair in September 1965. In March 1966, Tech performed at the Music Educators (MENC) National Conference National Convention in Kansas City, Kansas. Eighty members arrived in new uniforms. The following year, 90 musicians received a special invitation to represent the South at the silver anniversary of the College Band Directors National Association Convention in Ann Arbor, Mich., a turning point that placed Tech on the national map. Tech’s Brass Choir performed at the MENC Convention that same year. By 1967-68, the Tech Band had earned the reputation as “Arkansas’ Band of Distinction,” with an enrollment of 105 students under

Witherspoon’s direction. Of those, 75 were all-state band students in high school. The entire Fine Arts department came together under one roof as the new Witherspoon Hall – named for the longtime head of the music department -- was opened in 1971. Former Director Williamson had remarked previously that in the 30 years he had been at Tech, he had taught band in every building except the dairy barn and the physical education building. The 1973-74 Tech Symphonic Band appeared at the College Band Director National Association Convention in Houston, Texas. Tech professor Joan Wainwright became the conductor of the Russellville Community Orchestra that had been formed during the late 60s. The orchestra included both Tech students and area residents. Tech earned university status on July 9, 1976, under the authority of the Arkansas Board of Higher Education. In 1977, “Chief” Witherspoon turned over the duties of the marching band to Dr. Robert L. Casey but remained the head of the Tech Music Department. Dr. Casey, who had been a student under both Williamson and Witherspoon, had been hired in 1971. Tech lost its beloved music director on Jan. 14, 1979, when Witherspoon died of a massive heart attack. His memorial

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Arkansas Tech offers to instrumental students a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an instrumental option. Their organizations have been featured on state, regional, and national convention programs. And, as begun years ago, the department sponsors seminars and workshops featuring nationally-recognized authorities in the music profession. Join Arkansas Tech University as they celebrate their Centennial Finale Weekend, April 29-May 1. n

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Hal Cooper’s love for jazz and commitment to his music students was reflected in a 1998 article written for the Agricola. In March 1999, the Symphonic Band recorded a compact disk (CD) entitled Songs and Dances. During the spring of 2000, the band performed at the dedication ceremonies of the new Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center. The Symphonic Band played for the American Bandmasters Association National Convention in Wichita, Kan., in March 2002. Hal Cooper was honored for his 25th anniversary as ATU Director of Bands during a surprise party at the Russellville Country Club in spring 2004. While any organization touches countless lives within its membership, their local community and indeed, across the world, it is impossible to accurately outline its complete history within the confines of a few written pages. Unfortunately someone will fail to receive the recognition they deserve. Without the well-rounded choral and glee programs, the music program would have had a vast void. Volumes could be filled with the accolades of Tech’s choir directors and music department chairs, whose dedication to the music program live on through those they have instructed. Those leaving their indelible mark upon today’s musicians include choir directors: Mark Bennett, John Guthmiller, Clarence Hefner, Walt Michels, Gary Morris, William Oplinger, Paul Schulz, Rolland Shaw, John Wainwright and Ray Wheeler. Music department chairs, in addition to Williamson, Witherspoon and Casey, include Andy Anders and current chair Dr. Cynthia Hukill. The music program at Arkansas Tech, since its inception in 1913, maintained a reputation for high standards in musical performance. They remained dedicated to preparing superior quality music teachers through their distinctive and exemplary programs.


service, held before a standing-room-only crowd, was conducted in the auditorium of Witherspoon Hall. Experienced secondary school band director Hal D. Cooper was hired in 1979 as the new Arkansas Tech band director. He replaced Dr. Casey who remained at Tech as department head. By 1980-81, the marching squad had blossomed to 130 members. Within the next several years, the band grew to include the Golden Girls dance squad, majorettes, the flag line and a six-member rifle team. In 1983, the Tech Symphonic Band performed at the national convention of the American Band Directors Association in Hot Springs. The newly-formed Wind Ensemble performed for the Arkansas Music Educators Association in February 1984. Another round of new uniforms, this time with green coats and white trousers, made their appearance that fall. By the mid-80s, the Tech Band of Distinction made appearances during home games, parades and marched exhibition shows at high school marching contests in Russellville and Little Rock. In 1987, the band performed at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the State Capitol. Two performance bands, the Symphonic Band directed by Hal Cooper and the Concert Band conducted by Dr. Robert Casey, were formed in the spring of 1990. The Symphonic Band performed for the All-State Convention in Pine Bluff in February 1991. The 1990-era “Band of Distinction” and the Symphonic Bands saw multiple opportunities to play the “fight song” as the Wonder Boys and Golden Suns basketball teams had winning seasons, AIC or Gulf South Championship seasons repeatedly. In 1994, the Wonder Boys football team won the AIC crown and earned a spot in the NAIA playoffs, affording Cooper’s band numerous opportunities to perform before adoring crowds.

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ohnson County Judge, Mike Jacobs is low-key about his many accomplishments. “I don’t know if there’s much about me that would make a good story,” said Jacobs, a former U of A football linebacker, with the modesty of a good team player. His crowded office tells a different story. Every nook and cranny holds a plaque or award he received since he took office 21 years ago, including a gold trophy that looks suspiciously like an Oscar. “Oh that,” says Jacob with a laugh, explaining the gold-plated trophy with a star on top is a ‘Top Recruiter of the year for National Association of Counties (NACo) 2007-2008 in the United States.’ Despite the accolades, Jacobs simply sees himself as a hard working Johnson County boy. Jacobs was born and raised in Hunt, a small rural community north of I-40 on Hwy 164. Jacobs’ father, James, owned a store when he met his wife and Jacob’s future mother, Pauline Allen. The day Pauline and James got married, the newlyweds went to work at the general store in Hunt and eventually raised five children. Tall and robust at age 63, Jacobs credits the strong work ethic taught by his parents as his personal ticket to success. Hard work was expected. “My first job at the store was “casing eggs,” said Jacobs. Many people simply

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bartered their eggs for credit at the store. “That’s the way it was done in those days,” said Jacobs. Up until the early 1960’s, many locals came to trade at the store by mule wagon, said Jacobs. Like many of their customers, Jacobs’ grandfather never owned a car, preferring two mules hitched up to a wagon to steel horse power, he said. When Jacobs’ father died in 1997, Pauline continued to run the store single-handed until she was 90 years old; Pauline being at the same location for 75 years. Thick bologna and cheese sandwiches cut off the loaf were one of her specialties, according to patrons. Jacobs attended Hartman schools until he transferred to Clarksville High School as a junior so he could play football. After graduating from Clarksville High School in 1965, he was given a football scholarship to play at the University of Arkansas where he graduated in 1969. Soon after, he went to work for Exxon Oil Company in the marketing department where he stayed until 1977. Next, Jacobs ran the roller skating rink in Clarksville for 15 years, raised cattle and was a contractor for the cable company and other clients. “The technical term for what we did is digging

ditches,” said Jacobs with typical modesty. Jacobs also credits his business experience working with budgets and making payroll as critical to his success as Chief County Administrator for Johnson County. The County Judge’s job is mainly administrative, Jacobs explained. Like most County Judges in Arkansas, Jacobs is not a lawyer. Yet, Jacobs has reached the pinnacle of Arkansas County success as President of the Association of Arkansas Counties for the past 12 years, and past President of the Arkansas County Judges Association. He has also been a board member of NACo, for the past 14 years, and past president of several other organizations including the West Central Planning and Development District, Western River Valley Regional Solid Waste Management District and the Johnson County Development Corp. Board. About three months ago, Jacobs was one of six County Judges from across the United States, who went to Washington D.C. to testify before Congress on the Secure Rural Schools program. “That was quite an experience. I was scared to death!! I had to keep my speech to 10 minutes, which is hard for me, but I’m glad I did it. The President had called

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Heart Facts for Fabulous Women

Cardiovascular disease in women was the focus of a recent Fearless and Fabulous seminar at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, featuring cardiologist Dai-Yuan Wang, M.D. of Russellville Cardiology Consultants. The seminar was introduced by fitness experts Laurel Stabler and Kaylyn Collins of Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center, who presented “Willpower and Grace” and “Body Dynamics” exercise demonstrations. Registered Nurses Melanie Mullinax and Bobbie Miller of Saint Mary’s Outpatient Therapy Center provided free blood pressure screenings, and offered information on the center’s comprehensive patient education program for persons with congestive heart failure. According to the American Heart Association, roughly 430,000 women lose their lives to heart disease each year. This number is higher than the annual deaths among women from all cancers combined. In the U.S., 42 million women currently have some form of cardiovascular disease. The disease kills more women than men each year. “Heart attack symptoms in both men and women usually include chest pain, but women

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are also more likely to experience pain in their abdomen, neck or back. Women do not necessarily show symptoms of cardiovascular disease or an impending heart attack,” said Dr. Wang. Artery blockages also appear to develop differently in men and women. Plaque typically builds up in just one or two arteries in men, but may develop throughout more women’s arteries. Factors like smoking and depression also have a more serious effect on the heart health of women than that of men. Although these statistics may be disheartening, there are things a woman can do to prevent heart disease. “By

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According to the American Heart Association, roughly 430,000 women lose their lives to heart disease each year. disease, as it often leads to other risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and elevated blood sugar. Overweight individuals suffer more with heart disease than those that maintain a healthy weight. • Don’t smoke. Smokers are also more prone to heart disease than their non-smoking counterparts. • Choose heart healthy foods such as lean proteins and heart healthy fats like olive and canola oil, and nuts and vegetables. Moderation is key when it comes to occasional deviations from a healthy diet. Wang encouraged women to be aware of the dangers they face, and

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to make sure that their doctor or medical professional is aware as well. Information is critical to staying healthy, and educating yourself on heart disease and how it could affect you is the beginning of a healthy lifestyle. The congestive heart failure education program at Saint Mary’s Outpatient Therapy Center is available free to patients with a physician’s referral. For more information, call 479-968-3733. “Fearless and Fabulous” is Saint Mary’s women’s health initiative designed to arm River Valley women with the knowledge and confidence to make informed health and wellness decisions through every stage of life. Seminars are scheduled throughout the year and cover a variety of current health topics. The next Fearless and Fabulous seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, and will feature Obstetrician/ Gynecologist Michael Escue, M.D. of Millard Henry Clinic. Dr. Escue will present “Incredible Intimacy,” on how to revitalize physical and emotional connections within marriage. Women, men and couples are invited. This free event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s annex. Light refreshments and door prizes will be offered. Another spring event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20. This “Live Well” Lunch and Learn will feature Internist Don Hill, M.D., also of Millard Henry Clinic. Dr. Hill’s discussion on Chronic

Bobbie Miller, RN, of Saint Mary's Outpatient Therapy Center checks guest Wanda Parker's blood pressure at a recent Fearless and Fabulous seminar on women's heart health.

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A Party for Loralai

Story and photos by Dianna Qualls About the River Valley Food Editor


odge Family Dentistry’s office staff, of which I am a proud member, recently hosted a baby shower for our “awesome” boss, Dr. Brandi Hodge. (Maybe we’re looking for a raise, Ha, Ha!) She and her hubby are expecting their first child in May. In this wonderful world of technology after an ultrasound they were informed they are expecting a little girl. And her name has been chosen, Loralai. So in honor of her arrival we gave a “soon-to-arrive party.” We decided to change from the traditional decorated sheet cake to cupcakes -- Dr. B. loves cupcakes -- and we had six different kinds to satisfy even the greatest connoisseurs of cupcakes. In addition we served, a veggie tray, fruit tray, chipped beef cheese ball, buffalo chicken dip, and of course, punch. Loralai’s nursery is painted a vibrant green, with accents of bright pinks, intense blues and yellows. With that in mind, we kept our colors bright and cheerful and chose a rubber duck theme, featured on the invitations. The “one of-a-kind invitations” were created using “Print Master” and envelopes from Hobby Lobby. Favors for each guest were a package of microwave popcorn wrapped with a banner that said “About to Pop.” Corsages for Mommy-to-be and Nana Elaine were made using baby socks, and pinned on using diaper pins. So, step out of the box in planning your next baby shower. Make it as unique and personal as possible. There are many web sites with great ideas.



OATMEAL CUPCAKES Combine in medium bowl and set aside for 20 minutes: 1¼ c. boiling water 1 c. quick-cooking oats ½ c. butter Combine in large mixing bowl: 1 c. white sugar 1 c. packed brown sugar 1¼ c. all-purpose flour ½ tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder 2 eggs Add (cooled) oatmeal mixture to flour mixture. Stir until well combined. Place paper liners in a muffin pan, fill each 2/3 full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees, until tester comes out clean. Using a fork, lightly poke holes into each cupcake so topping can run down into the cupcake. Pour topping on the cupcakes while they are still slightly warm.

Topping: ½ c. (1 stick) butter ¾ c. sugar ¼ c. evaporated milk 1 c. flaked coconut 1 c. chopped walnuts Set oven temperature to broil. In a saucepan, combine all the topping ingredients, bring to a boil and boil for 1 ½ minutes. Spread on warm cupcakes. Place cupcakes on a cookie sheet. Place cake under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Watch very closely. They can burn very quickly. Baked with love by Carol.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center. Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with Glaze: the paddle attachment, beat butter, vanilla, 2 c. confectioners’ sugar and sugar until combined, about 2 minutes. ½ c. lemon juice Add eggs one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Beat at medium Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat speed until mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, together first three ingredients. Add about 3 minutes. remaining ingredients; beat 4 minutes. Fill In a medium bowl, stir together banana, paper liners (muffin pan) 2/3 full. Bake pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Add to at 350 degrees 30 to 35 minutes. While egg mixture, mixing until combined. Stir in cupcakes are warm, dip tops in glaze and flour mixture. let them set at least 1 hour before serving. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling Yield: 2 dozen. Baked with love by Jenny. about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until golden brown and a cake HUMMINGBIRD CUPCAKES tester inserted in the center comes out 3 c. all-purpose flour clean, 25 to 28 minutes. 1 tsp. baking soda Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small ½ tsp.salt offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled Decorate with dried pineapple flowers, if 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract desired. Serve at room temperature. Frost 2 c. sugar with Cream Cheese Frosting and Dried 3 large eggs Pineapple Flowers (recipes follow.) Baked 2 c. mashed ripe banana (about 3 large) with love by Dianna.


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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with 12 paper liners. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, set the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, and heat until melted, then let cool slightly. Place butter, sugars, flour, eggs, and cocoa in a large bowl and beat together until the mixture is just smooth. Beat in the melted chocolate. Spoon the batter into the paper lined muffin tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until springy to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. To prepare frosting, place the butter in a bowl and beat until fluffy, then gradually sift in the confectioner’s sugar and beat to combine. Beat in the lemon rind, then gradually beat n the lemon juice. Cut the top off each cupcake, then cut the top in half. Pipe the buttercream frosting over the cut surface of each cupcake and push the 2 cut cake pieces into the frosting to form wings. Dust with sifted confectioners’ sugar

Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add sugar, beating until incorporated. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before using. Makes 3 cups.

DRIED PINEAPPLE FLOWERS Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line two baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. Using a small melon baller, remove and discard pineapple “eyes.” Using a sharp knife cut pineapple crosswise into very thin slices. Transfer slices to baking sheets. Bake until tops look dried, about 30 minutes. Flip slices; bake until completely dried, 25 to 30 minutes more. Pinch center of each pineapple slice to shape into a cone, and let cool in a clean egg carton to form flowers. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days. Q’s Tip: Use a meat slicer to slice the pineapple very thin. Also level of humidity will affect the results. My flowers were not completely dry due to the humidity level.

SUGARED PANSY Egg white from 1 large egg Fresh pansies, organically grown and stems removed Superfine sugar

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white with 1/2 teaspoon water. Using tweezers hold a pansy and lightly brush 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature both sides of the petals to coat. Sprinkle 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract with sugar, shaking to remove any excess ½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into sugar. Let dry on a parchment paperpieces, room temperature lined baking sheet until pansies feel crisp, 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar, sifted about 8 hours. May store in an airtight In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted container for up to 1 year. with the paddle attachment, beat Q’s Tip: The small viola and/or the lighter cream cheese and vanilla until light and colors, especially the white pansy with creamy, about 2 minutes. With mixer on other color petals work better. The solid medium speed, gradually add butter, dark purple I thought did not look as pretty as the violas. beating until incorporated.




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LEMON CHEESECAKE CUPCAKES 4½ T. butter 4½ oz. graham crackers, crushed ½ c. superfine sugar 1 ¼ c. soft cream cheese 2 large eggs Finely grated rind of 1 large lemon 2 tsp. lemon juice ½ c. sour cream 4 T. all-purpose flour 2 small lemons, sliced for decorating Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with 12 paper liners. Place the butter in a saucepan and heat gently until melted. Remove from the heat, then add the crushed graham crackers and 1 T sugar and mix well. Divide the cracker mixture evenly among the paper liners and press down firmly with the back of a teaspoon. Chill in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, place the remaining sugar, cream cheese, and eggs in a large bowl and beat together until smooth. Add lemon rind and juice, and sour cream and beat together until combined. Add the flour and beat well. Spoon the batter into the paper liners. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until set but not browned. Let the cupcakes cool for 20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. When the cupcakes are cold chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Decorate each cupcake with a twisted lemon slice. Baked with Love by Sheila (Note: Sheila’s cupcakes were topped with whipped topping and a strawberry half.)

PARTY PUNCH 2 (0.13 oz.) pkgs. unsweetened drink mix powder (Kool-Aid) 1 (46 fluid oz.) cans pineapple juice 1 to ½ c. white sugar 2 quarts water 1 liters ginger ale In a large punch bowl combine drink mix, pineapple juice, sugar and water. Stir until dissolved. Stir in the ginger ale. (Blended with love by Lindsay; she prepares this punch then places into freezer safe containers and freezes the punch.) Thaw 4 to 5 hours before the event. Place in Punch bowl and add additional ginger ale if needed to desired consistency. This is best served slushy. Q’s Tip: To make superfine sugar, whirl granulated sugar in a blender or clean spice grinder until of the desired consistency. n April 2011


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Bringing ‘Life’ to the Relay Story by Tommy Mumert

All it took was one trip around the track at Russellville High School for Rusty Johnson to realize the impact cancer has on the Arkansas River Valley. That experience was at the 2009 Pope and Yell County Relay for Life. This year, Johnson is sharing co-chair duties with Todd Risius, who served as co-chair last year with Hugh Dorminy. Johnson is vice-president and manager of Dependable Air Conditioning, Inc. His father, James E. Johnson, established the company with Johnson’s mother, Carol. And it was two weeks following the death

of his father that Johnson had that first Relay experience. “My wife, Suzy, was on a team that year in honor of her father, Pete Floyd, who had passed away from cancer,” Johnson said. “Although my dad didn’t have cancer, our family decided that in his funeral announcement to ask people to donate to Relay for Life in lieu of flowers. Several of our family got together and walked the track the night of the Relay,” he recalled. “It was very touching, especially for the grandkids, to see all the white bags lit up with their Pee Paw’s name on them.”

Then, Johnson noticed the sheer number of luminaries lining the track. “I don’t know how many luminaries there were that year, but it looked like thousands. It didn’t take but one walk around the track to see how many people and families are affected by cancer in one form or another in the River Valley.” Not surprisingly, Johnson became involved in Relay himself the following year. “In 2010, I helped make funnel cakes for the team my wife was on and tried not to eat all the profits. Dependable Air also helped sponsor the event that year.” The Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. This year’s Relay will begin Friday, May 13, at 5 p.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. This year’s goal for the local Relay is $200,000. The money raised at Relay will go to support research and services provided by the American Cancer Society. The ACS is the nationwide, communitybased voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Information about the services provided by ACS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-ACS-2345 or on the Web at This history of Relay is one that’s well known to many. The event began in modest fashion in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Wash., ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for ACS. Now, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to at Relays to raise not only much-needed

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T his emotional time sets the stage f or the impor tance of each par ticipant’s contr ibution. A f estive atmosphere always develops as par ticipants make new fr iends and spend time with old ones. funds but also awareness to save lives from cancer. The whole notion of “community” when it comes to Relay is certainly true in the River Valley, Johnson said. “It’s exciting to see all the businesses, schools, local organizations and individuals in our community come together and volunteer their time and donations for such a great cause.” Typically teams of from about eight to 15 people are formed and the teams raise money in almost every method imaginable. Some teams have car washes while others may have bake sales. Some may make direct solicitation from friends, family and neighbors. In fact, there usually are as many different types of fundraisers as there are teams at the event. This year’s Relay thus far has attracted more than 40 teams but it’s not too late to form a team or to get involved in Relay in some way, Johnson said. “If anyone is interested in forming a team, getting involved in some other way or being a sponsor of Relay 2011, please contact me or Todd,” he said. The teams at the Relay are encouraged to camp out and stay for the entire 24 hours of the event. Immediately following opening ceremonies on the event on Friday, cancer survivors are always honored as they take the first lap around the track. Each team is encouraged to have at least one member walking on the track throughout the 24-hour event. But it is that first lap, walked by the survivors, which helps set the tone for the event.

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“This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant’s contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops as participants make new friends and spend time with old ones,” Johnson said. “Highlighting the evening is a luminary ceremony held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember loved ones lost to cancer. The luminary candles in white bags line the track, creating a lighted pathway for walkers and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.” Johnson said if each person who is unfamiliar with Relay for Life will take that walk around the track, as he did two years ago, their lives will be changed as well. “The survivors’ lap and the luminary ceremony will really open your eyes as to how many people are affected by cancer in the River Valley and why it is so important to fight against cancer.” Risius can be contacted by telephone at 968-4560 and by e-mail at Johnson can be contacted by telephone at 968-5555 and by e-mail at Scott Dorminy serves as online chair for the event (the official website for the local Relay is and also serves as community representative for ACS. He can be reached by telephone at 858-1439 and by e-mail at n

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‘Talk’ Tables Triumph

Talk of the Town Tables, a major fundraising event for the Russellville Symphony Guild, was quite successful again this despite inclement weather, say organizers. The annual event, held in February at Lake Point Conference Center, generated funds used to promote symphony events, concerts and school performances by members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Funds are also designated for the group’s local scholarship fund. Local individuals and 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 dinner followed. A performance of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2010, at Witherspoon Auditorium. For information and ticket purchase, contact (479) 229-2041.



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‘Fitness in Disguise’ Fundraiser Story by Dianne S. Edwards

Who among us doesn’t wish for exercise that can be described as “fitness in disguise?” Get Ready River Valley, your wish has been granted. “Zumbathon,” a charity event for the American Cancer Society, is the aptlychosen name of an upcoming “Dancers against Cancer” fundraiser organized by the Fit Girlz Relay for Life team. The event, led by local Zumba enthusiasts and instructors, will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the L.V. Williamson Boys and Girls Club, 600 E. 16th St., Russellville. The event is open to the public and is targeted specifically for non-Zumba participants and beginning exercisers. Though

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all fitness level participants are invited, the music for the event is being chosen for new and beginning dancers. Instructors Karen Daniels and Joyce Baker are among those organizing the event, and the pair is quick to describe Zumba as “fitness in disguise.” Zumba, the name of a dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto Perez of Columbia in the 1990s and marketed by Alberto Perlman in 2001, has become one of the world’s most successful dance-fitness programs involving more than 10 million people in more than 110 countries. It appeals to people of all shapes, sizes and ages. The classes are

offered through licensed Zumba instructors in more than 100,000 fitness centers. The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, IDEA Health and Fitness Association, and the American Council on Exercise all recognize the Zumba program. Participants in the Zumbathon are invited to attend the day-long event or come and go as they please. They may dance through sets featuring licensed Zumba instructors from the Russellville area, as well as enjoy demonstrations and class format from featured master instructors Annette White of Dixon, Tenn., and Christy Fulton of Sherwood, Ark.

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Annette has lost 100 pounds since discovering Zumba. She extols the benefits of the dance-fitness program. “Let’s face it. We have to become healthier no matter what size we are,” says Annette. “I am a plus size instructor who has lost 100 pounds. I am healthy and that is what matters. Please come exercise with me and join the party!” The Zumbathon fundraising team consists of volunteers and area instructors (and their current place of instruction) including: Karen Daniels, ATU Continuing Ed; Joyce Baker, Dance with Joy Studio; Susie Bickham Back to Basics; and high/ low aerobics and kick boxing instructor Kim Head, (all of Russellville); Candice Lee of Dardanelle, First Methodist Church; and Haley King of Dover, Girls Day Out. These women encourage and support each other, often attending each other’s classes. Joyce, who was featured in the November 2008 issue of ABOUT Magazine, introduced Zumba to this area. She had relocated to Russellville from Nashville in 2008 and had organized similar charity events while living in Tennessee. Registration is $25 for the entire day and includes admission to the Zumbathon dance floor and vendor area, as well as two Zumba sessions at the upcoming Relay for

Life. Advance registration is encouraged. An endurance 6-hour “Dance-Till-YouDrop” dance-off contest will be held and is limited to 20 contestants. Advance registration is required. (In the event more than 20 entries are received, contestants will be chosen by random drawing and notified prior to the event.) Participants are required to complete a health waiver form to participate. Participants under 18 years of age are required to have parent/guardian permission and signature. A concession stand will be available; participants are also encouraged to bring along water and healthy snacks. An array of door prizes -- including a month of free classes from various class instructors -- as well as tickets purchased for an opportunity to win a Zumba Wii Fit Game and Zumba DVD Body Transformation Kit, will be awarded during the day. Retail vendors will bring with them a variety of products available for sale as well. This is the second year that the Fit Girlz has participated as a team in the annual Pope County Relay for Life fundraiser. Last year they were recognized as “Best New Team” and for their rousing team spirit. Fit Girlz is a non-profit organized to help people in the community to get fit. The local group has 125 individuals on their membership roster.

“This is the perfect opportunity for individuals and groups to come and experience Zumba, even if they have never tried it before,” say Baker and Daniels. “We’re gearing the day’s activities to all levels of participants – from the beginners to the more advanced. We’re even offering a “dance till you drop” endurance dance for the hard-core dancers.” The event is a fundraiser but it’s also a way is to help community members discover a fun way to get and stay fit, say organizers. For more information, email, visit the “Dancer Against Cancer Zumbathon Charity Event” Facebook page, or call Kim Head at (479) 967-8583. n

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NORTHERN NATIONAL PARKS: July 22-29, 2011 (8-Day Tour) An unforgettable tour of Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole, the Oregon Trail Museum, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful and the Grand Teton National Park. CANADIAN ROCKIES BY TRAIN (9-Days) August 8 – 16, 2011 Travel back in time aboard VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” as you relax and discover the delight of overnight training. Enjoy first-class meals and aweinspiring Canadian Rockies vistas during the day. Highlights include Vancouver, British Columbia, Jasper, Columbia Icefields, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary. SPAIN’S CLASSIC: Sept. 25 – Oct. 4, 2011 (10-Day Tour) A colorful pageant of art, history and culture, set against a backdrop that spans sunny Mediterranean shores and grand mountain ranges. Highlights: Madrid, Prado Museum, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Flamenco Show, Granada, Alhambra, Valencia and Barcelona. FALL DAY IN THE OZARKS- MT. VIEW, ARKANSAS: (October 2011) Details Coming Soon! CHRISTMAS TOUR – NATCHITOCHES, LOUISIANA (December 2011) Details Coming Soon! UPDATED PASSPORTS REQUIRED ON TRIPS OUTSIDE OF THE USA!

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Cont. from page 21... Although the nation still suffers the effects of the “Great Recession”, Johnson County continues to grow. “We never really did hit rock bottom here. I see nothing but more growth in the future. That’s not saying Johnson County hasn’t had budget concerns over the past 20 years. “Our biggest change has been in finances. In January 1991, the County had a total funds of $490,000. For January 2011, our budget is $9.4 mil.” “The county’s road budget is our biggest expense today. To double chip and seal a road in 1991 cost $30,000. Now it costs $175,000,” Jacobs explained. “The county road budget used to be $700,000, now its $3.2 mil with approximately $l million in grants and special projects.” Johnson County had a 12% growth population since 2000, so maintaining the health and safety of this growing population is high on Jacobs’ priority list. “We have greatly improved our health care facilities and the (county owned) Johnson County Regional Hospital has been approved as a Trauma Center level 3. A few years ago, we added an $11,000,000 expansion to our existing hospital,” said Jacobs. The County has also upgraded its Emergency Disaster notification system.

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“We used to put up warning sirens at a new cost of $16,000 each, but those can only be heard for about 3 miles. In 2009, we installed a system that can directly target every person in the county who signs up through their phone or email. The cost of this system per year is less than the cost of one siren!” said Jacobs. This emergency call-out system called “Code Red” automatically contacts citizens in case of weather emergencies and can be tailored to notify only specific groups, like families of school children or school closings. All people have to do is sign up for this service to be activated. Call (479) 7546383 Office of Emergency Services. Jacobs is also proud of Johnson’s County efforts to be “green,” citing the big Recycling Center off Ludwig Road and Hwy 21 in Clarksville. Nine counties now use this site to process paper, plastic and tin. The recycled material is then sent back to the manufacturer for reprocessing instead of landing up in Landfills. Jacobs also praised the Hanes Brand manufacturing facility in Clarksville for becoming 100% green. Plans for the future of Johnson County? Jacobs says he would “love to pave every main road in Johnson County.” “Happy motoring,” said Jacobs, giving his signature closing. “Johnson County is the last stop for me!” n


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Cont. from page 10... “She is so unbelievably understanding about my commitment to a ‘silly game’ and puts up with me,” laughed Loyd. Club officers, along with Paula and Greg Roberts, had different assignments day of the event. With everyone’s help, the tournament ran smoothly. Profits from the 2011 Memorial Scramble will be used to help fund future tournaments and activities to increase awareness of the sport. For those interested in joining the River Valley Disc Golf Association, annual dues are $10 year for returning members; $15 for new members. Members are invited to participate in weekly Saturday and Sunday tournaments (weather dependent) where members play for “bag tags” to move up in their local rankings. There is no fee for the Saturday play and anyone may play. The Sunday Doubles Tournament fee is $5 per person. One dollar goes to the club while $4 goes to a payout to winners. The schedule and location are posted at Poppa Wheelies and online via their club’s FaceBook page. Club officers are: Matt Loyd, president; Doug Housley, vice president; Mark Lykins, treasurer, and cabinet members Brandon Weaver, Gary Collins and Bobby Mullen. More than 50 members are currently involved with the club but Loyd predicts the membership will grow to more than 100 by the end of the year. The group consists of individuals of all ages and skill levels and hail from all walks of life. A “War on the Shore” singles two-day tournament is scheduled for July 2324. Registration information is available locally at Poppa Wheelies Bike Shop, 510 S. Arkansas, and on the Professional Disc Golf Association webpage at pdga. com. Information on these and other club activities are available on the River Valley Disc Golf Club’s FaceBook page. The PDGA is the governing body of disc golf, of which the River Valley club is a member. It conducts championships, gives awards, and offers memberships to enthusiasts, as well as posting tournament information and a local forum for a mere $20 per year dues. “Russellville is a ‘disc golf’ mecca, with two of the best courses in the state. We have two championship-caliber courses right here in the River Valley” summarized Loyd. For information on sport of disc golf, a tournament schedule or club contact information, visit the River Valley Disc Golf Association’s web page or call Loyd at (479) 264-4469. n April 2011

10170 Bay Ridge Road Dardanelle, Arkansas

3,600 sq. ft. Executive-Styled Home with 20 Acres • 3 Bedroom/3 Bath with bonus game/hobby/office room • City water, all-electric with propane-fueled fireplace in formal living area • Split-floor plan separating spacious master bedroom with cathedral ceilings three walk-in closets, designed shelving for storage, double sinks and whirlpool spa tub, large ‘Cook’s Dream’ kitchen, formal dining and living areas from two guest bedrooms and elegant guest bath.

• Energy-saving, geo-thermal system provides heating and cooling • Flooring hard-surfaced with Italian tile; carpeted bedrooms • 16’x30’ sunroom surrounded by energy-efficient e-glass windows • Two-vehicle garage; workshop with convenient drive-in entry and ample storage • Large two-bay barn with roll-out doors, small pond; professionally landscaped

• Large, two-level deck features propane-accessible grilling area • Easy access to Lake Dardanelle State Park, marina, camping and boat launch • Situated only feet from the Lion’s Den Golf Club.

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Thank you to our Crown Circle of Friends. Your generous support enables Junior Auxiliary to implement programs that meet the diverse needs of our community. ABOUT the River Valley Magazine The Courier Phyllis and Phil Carruth Ewing Photography First State Bank – Cynthia and Charlie Blanchard Furniture Factory Outlet - Jay Peters Dr. Carmella Montez Knoernschild Lee Ann’s Fine Jewelry Quick Service Cleaners Sweeden’s Florist – Todd Sweeden


As you continue to give to Junior Auxiliary, we can continue to give back to the community. The circle of giving is meeting the many needs of our community. Kristy and Brad Allen Tom Bagby Bank of the Ozarks Liberty Bank of Arkansas Millard Henry Clinic Kristy and Dr. David Murphy Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center


The spirit of giving is synonymous with our community. Through your support, Junior Auxiliary is able to make a difference in the lives of many. A-1 Pawn Arvest Bank Burris, Inc CenturyLink Jan and Truman Hill Joshua’s Fine Jewelry Jeannie and Johnnie Peters Regions Bank Shoptaw, Labahn, and Company, P.A. Simmons First National Bank Streett Law Firm- Sue and Alex Street/ Elizabeth and Jimmy Streett Taber Extrusions, LLC Teresa and Mike Wilkins


Your generous gifts ensure that Junior Auxiliary will continue to have a positive impact within the Russellville community. Without you, our organization would not exist. Jennifer and Danny Aquilar Back 2 Basics Fitness Center The Beach Shack Debbie and Dr. Mike Bell Laurie and James Bibler

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Clayton Construction Cogswell Motors The Cedars – Sunnie and Chris Dodson Duffield Gravel Pam and Dan Fouts Feltner’s Athlete’s Corner Drs. Johnston and Richardson Pediatric Dentistry Papa Bill’s White River Guide Service Parkway Dental Phil Wright Autoplex River Town Bank Gina and Doug Skelton Maysel and Dr. Stanley Teeter Wilkins Brothers Outdoors


Lives of many will be affected because of your contributions. Your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated. Louann and Travis Adams Ferne Shinn Anderson Toni Bachman Baggo Carol and Harold Barr Rosalind and Dr. Garr Barron Bethany’s Design Center Big Star Market Place Kim and Dr. Stan Bradley Jill and Dr. Robert Brown Brown’s Catfish Jeanette and Dr. James G. Burgess Wanda and Dr. James Carter Millie and Bill Chevaillier Clark Eye Clinic Kellie and Ken Coker, Jr The Corner Store. Amy and Bryan Daiber Glenna and Kent Dollar Susan and Ronnie Duffield Claire and B.J. Dunn Ewing’s Photography Ewing Video Palace & Tropical Tanning Fat Daddy’s Barbeque Flowers, Etc. The Frame Shop and Gallery Suzanne and Dr. Stan Gately Sara and Mr. Cliff Goodin Jennifer Goodman Photography Mona and Dr. Rob Goodman Robin Goodman Grace Manufacturing/Microplane Judith Harper Graham Harrell Family Limited Partnership Hawthorn Park Inn & Suites/Cagle’s Mill Lavel and Benny Harris Laura and Dr. Rick Harrison Joann Hays Carol and Dr. Don Hill Annette and Robert Holeyfield Mr. and Mrs. Harold Humphrey Lequitta and Wayne Jones Keith’s Music La House of Beaute’ Lieblong Eye Clinic Jalia and Larry Lingle

Lowes of Russellville Doug Lowrey Loraine and Dolph Massey Robert May McDonald’s Millyn’s Inc. Marilyn and Van Moores Mullen Team Sports Annette and Bert Mullens Judy Murphy Steve Newby Photography The Other Foot and More Joanne and Ron Ownbey Pam’s Shoes & Pedorthics PDQ Super Convenience Stores Sandra and Richard Peel Primerica – Pam and Gary Huggins Pope County Title Company Quick Service Cleaners Quizno’s Rendezvous Formal Wear & Party Planning Linda and Dr. Tommy Richardson River Valley Realty Kay and Robert Roberts June and Freddie Rood Salon 121 Amanda Shilling/Cathy Jeffery – A Perfect Image Mary and Hugh Silkenson Kim and William Sims Kathy and Bill Smith Some Guy Named Robb Beth and Jamie Sorrells Peggy and Gary Stratton Terra Renewal Services Joe Turner- Cathy’s Flowers Verna Jean and Bobbie Turner VEI General Contractors, Inc Lori Walker Jenny Wilkins- Arbonne York Family Catering


Thank you for believing in Junior Auxiliary. Your contribution will help advance the services we can provide Faye Abernathy Allusions Salon Arkansas Tech University Bizzy Bee Quilts Catherine’s Cakes Chamberlyne Country Club CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers Cornerstone Jewelry Bucky and Gaye Croom The Dandy Lion by Julie Meimerstorf Abby Davis The Dixie Café Fletcher Oil Four Dogs Bakery Mary Lu and David Garrett Gifts on Parkway Linda and Robert Griffin Suzy and Scott Griffin Bonnie and Dr. Lynn Haines Donna and Al Harpenau Harp’s Grocery

Tim Harrell Jane and Rick Harrell Laura Hughes Italian Gardens The Jump Place Just Dance Susie Kroencke Kroger Grocery – Steve Hooten La Huerta Las Palmas Lefler’s Leonard’s Hardware Lowes of Russellville McAlister’s Merle Norman Cosmetics of Russellville Michelle Muncy- A Perfect Image Newton Tire Co., Inc Northwest Arkansas Naturals Baseball Oak Tree Bistro Frances and Bob Parker Parkway Cleaners Pet Sense Poppa Wheelies Bicycle Shop Razorback Video & Tanning Cindra and Russell Roberson Dr. Sarah Robertson Marie and Whitey Robertson Rose Drug Elyse Russell- A Perfect Image Jennifer Saxton SKY Design Sue Stallings Dean and John Strickland Taco John’s Taco Villa Mexican Food TGIC’s Tena’s Gymnastics & Cheerleading Hannah Tran- A Perfect Image Linda and Dr. Thomas Tyler USA Drug West Main Donuts Whattaburger Corliss Williamson Kristin Wright Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Young

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Life & Associate Members helping with Work Day Lunch Karen Akin Angela Bonds Nancy Canerday Debra Choate Janine Fleck Cathy Huett Sandy Huie Suzy Griffin Janice James Lynne Knight Troylynn McSpadden Julie Morgan Sarah Reel LeeAnna Richardson Gina Skelton Lindsey Spurlock Brandi Tripp Johnna Walker



2010-2011 Junior Auxiliary Board, Officers and Standing Committee Chairs Cathy Andrasik Arkansas River Valley Boys & Girls Club Arkansas Tech University Cheerleaders Arkansas Tech University Men’s Basketball Team Boys and Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley First United Methodist Church First State Bank Jim Ed Gibson Kappa Kappa Psi Memphis Travel – Joyce Laws Bobbie Moore Rendezvous Formal Wear & Party Planning River Valley Furniture River Valley Radio Group Stacy Rowlett Russellville School District Tau Beta Sigma Taylor’s Nursery The UPS Store Waste Management With Much Gratitude, The 2010-2011 Members of Junior Auxiliary of Russellville Tonia Adkins, Jennifer Aquilar, Tonya Bloodworth, Chrissy Clayton, Brittny Daubenheyer, Sunnie Knight-Dodson, Paige Fisher, Debra Fithen, Shannon Fulton, Leigh Ann George, Christie Graham, Chrystal Hall, Elizabeth Harris, Jessie Hogan, Kim McDougal, Emily McIllwain, Ashleigh McMillian, Dixie McSpadden, Jennifer Over, Regina Prince, Laurie Reasoner, Brandi Richardson, Jennifer Samuels, Jennifer Saxton, Amanda Shilling, Donna Smith, Kathleen Stingley, Christa Stratton, Elizabeth Streett, Amy Tarpley, Cindy Waits, Jill Ward, Lori Webb, Mel White, Whitney Wilkins and Aaron Wojtkowski Provisional Members: Anna Black, Valerie Enchelmayer, Elizabeth Latch, Andrea Nicholson, Meggan Scheumann, Jane Storment, Heather Strasner, Amy Whitlow, Julie Whitt and Stephanie Young

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Giving Family A Whole New Meaning

David Nelson, MD, Stephen Lefler, MD, Vickie Henderson, MD, Dean Papageorge, MD, Michael Escue, MD

Women’s and Children’s Services at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center From the moment of your first appointment through the delivery of your precious baby, you can depend on the highly skilled delivery team of obstetricians at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. From clinic to hospital continuity of care, to family-friendly delivery suites, we’re here delivering on our promise. Our family welcoming yours.

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