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ABOUT the River Valley

A Publication of Silver Platter Productions, Inc Vol. IV, Issue 10 – December 2009

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. Office: 417 West Parkway Email: Postmaster: Please send address changes to: SPPI, P.O. Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812.

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The Editor’s Notebook As we reflect upon the upcoming holiday season, our memories each will be different. For some of us, there will be the first year spent without lost loved ones; for others, new family members – new babies, boyfriends and husbands -will be welcomed into the fold. There will still be gifts to buy, packages to wrap and stockings to fill. (Yes, my children – though no longer tweens or teens – still look forward to opening their stocking Christmas morning.) There are new stockings to buy for new family members, and of course, the dreaded search for ‘something for someone who has everything.’ One year I (half-jokingly) told my husband that I was buying his sisters’ families a goat from the Heifer Project in Perryville. He thought I had lost my mind...Little did he know how serious I was! (For those of you unfamiliar with Heifer Project International, your gift helps children and families around the world receive gifts of animals and training that help them become self-reliant. Visit their website at: or call (800) 422-0474 for additional information.) Okay, so I’ve been thought to be a little strange before. This next statement will cement that fact -- I personally would love knowing a goat ($120/$10 a share) or even a flock of chickens ($20) had been purchased in my name and sent through Heifer Project to help people obtain a sustainable source of food and income. Besides, I don’t need anything really. Want, that’s another matter but we’ll discuss my human frailties another time. Regardless of how we each celebrate the coming days, our senses will be heightened with sights, smells and sounds that ring in the holiday season.

Perhaps the sounds come from the melodic rhythms sung by church choirs or children in a Christmas program; maybe they are piped in electronically at your workplace or selected via CD within the confines of your vehicle. Regardless of your musical experience, the repetition of favored Christmas hymns and modern tunes will trigger thoughts of time’s past. Several years ago, our youngest daughter mentioned ‘the smell of Christmas’ to a friend. He didn’t understand what she meant so she began to explain that it referred to those smells of baking cookies, cinnamon cider or the pine-scent of a Christmas tree (or in her most recent memory, a pine-scented candle from Glade.) It was inconceivable to her that someone would not recognize the ‘smell of Christmas.’ Which of us has not softened under the glow of the lit Christmas tree? Isn’t it funny how just the magical nightlight cast by twinkling bulbs can warm up any room? And, of course, in our family, there’s the pre-untangling discussion, “what color lights did we use last year? Was it the multi-colored bulbs or white lights? Do you remember?” No, of course not, but let me get those pictures from 2008 and I can look and see which color we used... oh, that’s right, I didn’t print them. They are still in digital form! Now where is my laptop? Best wishes to you and yours!

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Talk ABOUT... the Holidays! Just like the Jolly Snowman above, we hope you’ll put reviewing the December issue of ABOUT… the River Valley Magazine on the top of your holiday list. It’s filled with recipes, special features and stories about the people you know, or will come to know, as you read each page. Designed by talented graphic illustrator Cliff Thomas, the seasonal character is elevating a copy of our latest issue to the top of his tree – possibly by subscribing to ABOUT Magazine for family and friends. We hope you will take a few moments to enjoy the pages of our most recent issue as you contemplate the true meaning of Christmas. And, for those last minute gift-giving needs, a subscription to ABOUT Magazine is truly a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year – and we’ll do the wrapping and delivery! See page 4 for subscription information. The associates of ABOUT… the River Valley will take a brief hiatus following the printing and distribution of the December December 2009

magazine. This is our 37th issue since premiering our first one in July 2006. In keeping with our established publication schedule of 10 issues per year (plus the added ABOUT Weddings and Special Occasions which debuted February 2008) we will not print in January or July of 2010. Instead, we’ll take a bit of time to focus on the true meaning of the season and hopefully spend some well-deserved time with family and friends. Once the December copies are mailed and distributed, we’ll focus on our next project. We’ve already been planning our third issue of ABOUT Weddings and Special Occasions, which will appear on Valentine’s Day 2010. Advertising space will close on Jan. 20, 2010, but the stories and photos are already in progress. To be included in our next issue, contact any of our advertising associates listed on page 6. From our family to yours – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec. 3: Russellville Christmas Parade, downtown Russellville. Info: (479) 968-1272. Dec. 3: Morrilton Christmas Parade, Downtown Morrilton; Info: (501) 354-2393. Dec. 4: Dardanelle Christmas Parade, 6:30 p.m., starts at Merritt Park. Info: (479) 229-3328 Dec. 4: Downtown Art Walk, 5-8 p.m.; artist displays, refreshments, music and more; (479) 967-1437. Dec. 4-6: Historic Rural Arkansas Photo Documentation Workshop, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mtn.; (501) 727-6219. Dec. 4-6: The Nutcracker, 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 2 p.m. Sunday; Gardner Auditorium. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Info: Ashley Miller-Davis, (479) 964-2310. Dec. 4-6: Walk Through Bethlehem, Hector First Assembly; Fri-Sat. 6:30-8 p.m., Sun. 3-7:30 p.m.; Free admission; (479) 284-3026. Dec. 5: Main Street Clarksville Annual Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Dec. 8: Transitions Bereavement Support Group, 10 a.m., Arkansas Hospice, 2405 E. Parkway; second Tuesday of each month. Info: (479) 498-2050. Dec. 10: Picture the Past film and lecture series, 7 p.m. “Caveman,” Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean; (501) 727-6219. Dec. 12: Ballroom Dance Party, 8-11 p.m., $10 pp, dance lesson followed by open dancing; casual/dressy, reservations (479) 968-1620 or Dec. 14: Central Arkansas Children’s Choir performance, 7 p.m., Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, UCA. Dec. 16: “Forget-Me-Nots” Alzheimer’s Support , Arkansas Hospice, 1 p.m. Info, 498-2050. Dec. 17: Community Bingo, seniors 55 and older invited; 2-3 p.m.; door prizes, grand prize, refreshments. Wildflower, 240 S. Inglewood, Russellville; 890-6709. Dec. 18: C&W Dance Workshop, 8-11 p.m., $10 pp, lessons include line and partnered dances, reservations preferred. (479) 968-1620 or website: Dec. 18-19: Holiday Pops, Robinson Center Music Hall, Ark. Symphony Orchestra; Fri. 8 p.m./Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 25: Merry Christmas! Dec. 31: NY Eve Black and White Ball, $20 pp; 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.; RSVP 968-1620. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve fundraising celebration, 7 p.m. Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean; dancing, live entertainment, upscale dinner, $89 pp; (501) 727-5435. 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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Generations of Faithful Celebrate

Church’s Centennial

Story by Jeannie Stone | Photos by Steve Newby

The Plainview United Methodist Church, located in downtown Plainview, celebrated its 100th anniversary in October with 150 members and friends supping together and swapping stories under a large canopy tent. Many guests traveled from far-away states to testify on the spiritual influence the small church played in their lives.

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A strong bond unites present generations to their ancestors. Stories abound among the venerated pews and polished railings. Some are reflected in the gleaming windows surrounding the sanctuary, each depicting a Bible story and, when viewed in sequential order, tell the story of the Bible in pictures. Historical booklets, composed by the current congregation, offer excerpts of photos, letters, ledgers and newspaper clippings painting a picture of the birthing of the town of Plainview as well as the church. “I especially liked reading the first historical account included in the book,” member Pat Bailey said. Written in 1920, the account records the land gift where the church is located. “It describes how the town came to be,” she said, “and how all the local churches were formed.” Another, more recent account, is also included in the book. It is a perspective logged in the 1980s and updates the growth of the community and the church’s lineages. The town was incorporated in 1907, and the Methodist congregation formed in 1909. The white frame church, built by volunteers and the Ft. Smith Lumber Company construction crew, was completed in 1911. The sanctuary was built to accommodate 200 worshippers. The same curved pews, originally purchased through the Sears, Roebuck and Company on the installment plan, are in use today. Cushions were added in the 1970s. The 12 ft. walnut front doors leading to the church were donated by Nan Smith of the Ricker Family. December 2009

“She was always so generous to this church,” Bailey said. Although the church was remodeled in 1955, the original structure is still intact. “We save every piece of everything that falls off,” Bailey said, “because you can’t find this stuff anymore.” She refers to the wall board and other architectural features. A history of the church’s accruements was typed by former church member Georgia Parker before her death in 1990. It is available and directs guests to particular points of interest. It also lists former parishioners who are memorialized through such gifts as windows, choir chairs, an organ and the altar cross.

The second window reveals Noah and his family and all the animals in the ark which is resting on dry land. A rainbow symbolizing God’s promise never again to destroy the earth with water shines in the sky. A burning bush is featured in the third window reminding us of the story of Moses and his charge to travel to Egypt and release God’s people from slavery. The next window represents the Ten Commandments. Kerr would gently quiz the children on the commandments and discuss the importance of rules. “The whole world would be a nicer place to live if only everyone would follow the rules,” Parker wrote.

“Oh, the stories this old church can tell” Long-time member Sharon Hamilton is currently writing a book on the history of the town and is including the church’s history as well. “Back then this church was the center of the community. Even today, the congregation celebrates its joys and sorrows within these walls, she said. One of the more spectacular features of the church is the 16 colorful stained glass windows which were the pet project of Mrs. Kathleen Strickland Bell. The dedicated windows bear the story of the Bible, and former pastor Ed Kerr developed the habit of sharing the story as part of his sermon much to the delight of the congregation. The first window depicts a down-stretched hand and represents the separation of water and land. Trees are beginning to populate the earth. This window represents day four of the creation story (Genesis 1:14-19).

The following window details The Nativity, complete with shining star. Kerr would tell of the three kings and the fact that Baby Jesus, son of God, was born into poverty. An angel glows from the next window. Kerr would enumerate the appearance of angels in the Bible and always included the angels who participated in the story of the nativity. “Many of the announcements concerning the birth of Jesus were sent by God with the message, ‘fear not,’” Parker wrote. The next window bears the image of a cross in front of flames. Kerr would ask the children what they thought the flames represented. He explained that they represented fire, zeal and purification, and were also the official symbol of the United Methodist Church. The last windows depict the gifts brought by the Three Kings, the gift of the Holy

Spirit, the Last Supper, the Resurrection, and the Holy Bible. The historical account describes the early church and its services and revivals with attendance records and a full list of pastors who have served the congregation.  Cont. on page 49...

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DANCE begins

The River Valley is welcomed to experience one of the most recognized Christmas productions, The Nutcracker, on Dec. 4-6. The DANCE Foundation will be presenting the magical tale about a little girl, named Clara, dreaming of her Nutcracker coming to life to fight a Rat King, and being carried away to a beautiful Land of Snow where she finds a Snow Queen and Snowflakes dancing, and finally, meeting a Sugar Plum Fairy who invites all of the Land of Sweets to perform for Clara. Director of The Nutcracker, Ashley Miller Davis, says she is excited about the production. “The Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday experience…for the whole family!” It is only produced every other year due to the large amount of work involved. “We hold auditions in April and rehearsals start in July, so needless to say it is a lot of work,” said Davis. With almost 100 people involved in the ballet, Davis and The DANCE Foundation decided to call in reinforcements for assistance. This year the ballet segments are being choreographed by the 2005 Sugar Plum Fairy, DeAnn Petruschke. “She retired from Ballet Gamonet, in Miami, earlier this year, and came back to lead our auditions and help cast our show in April,” said Davis. Petruschke rehearsed with the ballet dancers eight hours a day for two weeks in August and again for three days in November, and the dancers were always happy to see her. “The dancers have been practicing three hours a week since August, and the girls are hoping that she’ll be proud of their hard work!” she added. 10 ABOUT...the River Valley

Petruschke is not the only special guest being called in for help. Mary Mills Thomas and Grant DeLong, both dancers with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York, will be this year’s Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Davis wants to emphasize the community effort that has been put into the ballet. “We have local dancers from Just Dance, All That Dance, Dance with Joy, and Jane Freeman’s Studio of Dance,” said Davis. “and they have been working together, rehearsing every Sunday afternoon since school started. The entire cast is amazing and I‘m very proud of them.” “We are also very excited to announce that Patty Mathes and, Superintendent of Russellville Schools, Randall Williams will play the mother and father of Clara, who is played by Chloe Davis,” she added. The DANCE Foundation is thrilled to be able to offer productions like The Nutcracker to the River Valley. “DANCE (Developing Arts-Nurturing Cultural Excellence) was founded in 2005, to provide more performing arts opportunities in the River Valley,” said Davis. “Our goal is to make dance accessible and to provide ways for our local dancers to grow and further develop their talents” she added. The DANCE Foundation does several intensives throughout each year to make sure students have the chance to learn different styles of dance from professionals dancers. “We have weekends where professionals come and inspire our students, and show them things the teachers are not always able to show them,” said Davis. “As much as we would like to, we are not always able to fly to New York for inspiration or the newest dance

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routines. But the DANCE Foundation is able to bring people to our community to challenge and encourage our dancers,” she added. Recently a former Russellville resident, Erin West, came in and did a tap intensive with the students. “This was a wonderful weekend for our dancers. The girls learned so much from this amazing tap dancer from New York….but even better, she inspired and motivated the girls by reminding them she was from Russellville, just like them…. and providing them a little proof that dreams can come true!” “The DANCE Foundation has been such a wonderful way to provide more opportunities to our students, and thanks to the many involved it has become a successful program,” Davis added. For those interested in learning more about the DANCE Foundation, they can e-mail Davis at thedancefoundation@gmail. com for more information. Tickets for The Nutcracker may be purchased at any Russellville Arvest bank location or by calling (479) 964-2310. “Five out of six past performances have sold out, so we encourage people to purchase their tickets in advance,” said Davis. n

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Nutcracker Cast List: Dr. Stahlbaum�������������Randall Williams Mrs. Stahlbaum���������������� Patty Mathes Clara�����������������������������������Chloe Davis Fritz������������������������������Frankie Williams Herr Drosselmeier�����������Dr. Tim Smith Grandmother���������������������Loretta Page Maid���������������������������������� Vandy Moore Party Guests������������� Tammy Knighton, Rachel Harris, Paige Fisher Party Girls���������Lewis, Caroline Larkin, Breckyn Ballard, Myah Ray, Grace Sykes, Annabelle McNeill, Dalaney Manning, Madison Van Horn, Brooke Owens Party Boys��Charlie Davis, Jordan Greer, Harrison Turnipseed, John William Vogler, Wesley Ivy, Whit Nicholson Dancing Dolls������������Sydney Jacimore, Victoria Myers Toy Soldier�����������������Anthony Williams

Pages����Meggan Harris, Kim Santiallan, Lilianne McKissack Snow Queen���������������������Abby Kuonen Snowflakes�������������Raigan Purtle, Grace Hendren, Hanna Jane Colvin, Samantha Fudge, Meagan Biller, Ashton Purtle, Allyson George, Mallory Leavell, Jessica Knighton, Hannah Grace Knight, Annika Smith Angels����� Rachel Ivy, Lydia Hale, Emily Paskey, Myra Baugh, Hannah Barber, Autumn Guizar, Maggie Gregory, Marykay Greer, Kristen Fleming Littlest Angel������������������Harper Phillips

Rat King����������������������Anthony Williams

Dew Drop Fairy���������������Lindsey Jacks

Soldiers��������������������������������������Maddie Wojtkowski, Bayley Pitts, Mikailah Carr, Marley Shilling, Madison Fisher, Hannah Tedford, Tamer Ford

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Arabian��Katie Nicholson, Ashton Purtle Russian������������������������Allyson George, Raigan Purtle, Annika Smith, Jessica Knighton, Hannah Grace Knight Reed Flute�����������������Samantha Fudge, Laura Kob, Hanna Jane Colvin, Meagan Biller Bon Bons������������������ Ashton Purtle, Ava Jane McNeill, Anna Cate Wojtkowski, Isabelle Berryhill, Hailey Smith, Mallory Leavell, Annalee Drain, Jessie Widde Flowers��Hannah Grace Knight, Jessica Knighton, Mallory Leavell, Allyson George, Annika Smith, Meagan Biller, Hanna Jane Colvin, Grace Hendren, Raigan Purtle, Abby Kuonen Sugar Plum Fairy���� Mary Mills Thomas Her Cavalier��������������������Grant DeLong –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Director��������������������Ashley Miller Davis Choreographers����� DeAnn Petruschke and Ashley Miller Davis Technical Director����������Jimmy Ritchie Stage Manager������������ Keshia Lovewell Lighting������������������������������Jason Hann Sound�������������������������������� Ken Futterer

Mice���� Catie Woodson, Lauren Owens, Paige Thomas, Megan Smith, Alex Tanner, Madison Hudgins, Brayli Roberson, Katelyn Danzy, Ruthie Jacimore, Megan Fleming, Alana Hilburn, Elizabeth Griffin

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O Little Town of...Hector Community creates ‘Holy Town’

Story and Photos by Jeannie Stone

In order, top to bottom: Joseph: Robert Pruitt; Mary: Casey Vincent; Baby Jesus: Silas Muncy; Sandy Barton: Basket shop; Ricky Pruitt: Camel Keeper. The camel comes all the way from Gentry, AR. Kayte McAlister: Salt Shop, Youth Pastor’s wife.

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On the night of Christ’s birth, in the ancient town of Bethlehem, ancestral home of Joseph the Carpenter, an angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds, “for there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) In a small town nestled in the Ozark hills of Pope County, members of Hector First Assembly of God have re-created that holy town and will open the gates of the city to guests searching for their own room in the inn Friday, Dec. 4. For two weekends the 100 member cast will live up to Bethlehem’s literal name, “House of Bread.” The alternate outdoor world they have created freeze plays the moment in time that changed the course of human history. The time when the “Bread of Life” came down from heaven to offer salvation to those who believe. (John 6:35, 51) The extraordinary event showcased in the sleepy town is the result of a vision shared by Jason, a private music instructor, and Lana Muncy, members of the congregation. Lana, a first grade teacher at Hector Elementary, encouraged her husband Jason, who sold the community on the possibility of transforming a little plot of earth into the earthly birthplace of Jesus. “With the support of the leadership in the church and the hundreds of volunteers outpouring from every corner of Hector, we experienced countless blessings the first year of production,” Jason said. “We bill it as ‘The event that changed the world forever.’ ” The performances are orchestrated out of love from the church members – a free gift. “It’s a neat way to replay the story of Christmas so many of us grew up with in church, but it’s also a way to share the story with others who weren’t as fortunate, and who might not have ever stepped foot inside the walls of a church.” In fact, the church has reaped tangible blessings due to the tour. “We’ve actually had people who started coming to our church after walking through our Bethlehem because they were touched and realized they missed that church involvement in their lives,” Jason said. “To my knowledge there is nothing quite like this in the entire state,” he added. It has, literally, put little Hector on the map during the holy season. The town, with a population barely over the 500 mark, hosted 3,500 guests to their Bethlehem during the inaugural season in 2008. December 2009

“This is our interpretation of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus,” Jason said, “but we try to create as realistic an experience as possible. Animals of all kinds are incorporated into the village scenes. Camels, horses, sheep, goats, cows, calves, chickens and goats make up the animal crew.” “The whole essence is for the guests to feel as if they are arriving to town to pay their taxes, as in the Biblical story, and are searching around town trying, desperately, to find a room to rent. When you walk through the gates, it feels so old world.”

“There is nothing quite like this in the entire state.” The town of Hector pulls together for the experience, Jason said: “It truly takes a lot of commitment. It’s not just the 100 members of the cast, but the construction crew, costume crew, design crew, cooking crew and even a parking crew devoted to the event which takes over 13,000 square feet.” From the first Saturday in October, hammers and needles are flying to reconstruct the visual masterpiece. “Last year, the construction crew was really working overtime to pull this off. This year, it’s a lot like putting together a giant puzzle,” he said. The costume crew had challenges of its own whipping up period-accurate costumes for the 100-member cast. Most of the people, if not all of them, are so willing to be a part of this, Jason said. There is

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even a cooking crew that feeds the entire cast on performance nights because there are so many cast members who work out of town. The humble visionary eschews accolades. “I’m not really a minister or anything at the church. I’m just a lay person, I guess you could say,” Jason said. The Muncy’s two sons Silas and Josiah were a part of the first season and return this year as members of the cast. Silas, then 14 months old, played the starring role of baby Jesus, and Josiah accompanied his mother as one of the townspeople. “He had one line to say, and he delivered it over and over,” Jason said. That word was “Shalom” which, literally translated, means more than simply “Peace.” Shalom means to be complete, perfect and full – a state of grace impossible without God. To greet one another with “Shalom” is to proclaim a mighty blessing. “And to think this all happens in little Hector,” Jason said. And, to think it all happened in little Bethlehem... Shalom.

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Note: The performances run Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 11-13. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday performance begin at 3 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Guests are reminded that the entire performance is conducted outdoors, and encouraged to appropriately. Hector First Assembly of God is located in downtown Hector on Highway 27. Pastor Shane and Debbie Williams invite the public to visit their regular worship on Sundays. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m., worship begins at 10:40 a.m. and evening services being at 6:00 p.m. Additional Wednesday night youth programming is offered at 7:00 p.m. for all ages. n

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Christmas ‘09: Hot Chocolate wins over the Bathroom Nativity Story by Kechia Bentley Photo by Steve Newby

A few days ago I sat down to make my Christmas shopping list. Along with this list came the hurried, scurried thoughts of holiday meal planning, decorating and travel. I find myself beginning to get anxious over how to get it all accomplished. You would think that since I have an empty nest, it would all get easier. But now I have to contemplate my two youngest coming home from college around December 12th and being here an entire month with no school, no job, and no desire to help me shop, decorate or wrap presents. They will, however, expect to be fed and cared for by their momma. Oh, I will do the ‘momma thing’ for about a week: wait on them hand and foot, gladly wash all those dirty clothes, and let them sleep till two in the afternoon. But, then I will have had it and I will want some appreciation and help. I have been waiting on appreciation for so long now that I’d say the odds of me receiving it this year are less than slim to none. Help, on the other hand, is entirely different. I can get help. I use good ole fashioned motivation – nagging and yelling – and it is incredible what I can get them to do (once I get them out of bed.) I am trying to assess just how much yelling and nagging I really want to do this year. Do I want to turn my house into a winter wonderland? If I do, it will involve lots of huffs and puffs and threats of doing it myself, to get my husband on the roof to outline every twist and turn with our infamous runway lights. (I really need to invest in different lights for the house. Seriously, airplanes could use our house as a navigational device) Do I want to make the inside look like you have walked into a window display at Macy’s? Oh, I have done it before and it truly is enchanting -- but remember, I live in a house full of men. My college-age males will ask, as they have in the past, “Why is there a nativity set in our bathroom?” Yes, it is that ‘over the top.’ Do I really want to breakout all those boxes of decorations and haul them up and down the stairs? Okay, let’s stop for a 14 ABOUT...the River Valley

clarification. I will not personally be hauling boxes up and down the stairs, so the question really should be – do I want to bug my husband until he hauls all those boxes up and down the stairs? ‘No’ keeps popping into my head, which makes me think, I may be turning into my Grandmother Wilson. All she ever had for decoration at Christmas time was a small tree that sat up on a table in her living room. When I was little, I found that kind of sad. But now, I know she was a very smart woman. Then, I could be like some people I know and hire a decorator to come in and make all the magic happen for me. Unfortunately, that is not in the budget this year (or any year in the foreseeable future. Remember, two in college?) Hey, wait a minute, maybe that could be my out for losing the runway lights this year. We need to save money. Instead of feeling guilty that I didn’t “do it all,” I could just tell myself I was being responsible. I mean, I have been doing this crazy Christmas stuff for 25 years now. Which reminds me, I forgot to mention that during this holiday season my husband

and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Is there time for that? No, not if I go crazy shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping and feeling guilty that I did too much or didn’t do enough. I think now would be a good time for me to stop, take a deep breath, and think about what will really make this holiday time special for me and my family. Instead of two Christmas trees this year – just one. And instead of making it a designer tree, I will cover it will all the sappy ornaments my children have made throughout the years. Somehow, with one having his own house and the other two away at college, those years seem to be slipping farther and farther away. No runway lights and no winter wonderland. And I will make sure we have lots of homemade hot chocolate. My boys would much rather have hot chocolate than a nativity set in their bathroom. Maybe, with all the crazy cut out of my schedule I will find the time and energy to celebrate that 25th wedding anniversary. More importantly, I will find the time to celebrate and reflect on the amazement of Immanuel – God with us. n December 2009

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Citizen of the Year Nominations Sought

2007 Citizen of the year Roy Reaves (right) presents Ron Knost with the 2008 Citizen of the Year award

There are many citizens of Russellville that go above all expectations in making this an exceptional city. Naming the Citizen of the Year is only one way to recognize and honor one of these outstanding citizens. The Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing the 2009 Citizen of the Year at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Banquet on Jan. 26, 2009. Nominations will be accepted at the Chamber office located at 708 West Main Street in Russellville through Dec. 17, 2009. The nomination criteria is as follows: -- Nominee must be a resident of Russellville for at least the past five years; -- Nominations must be accompanied by a resume stating the reason for the nomination and the community contributions of nominee or they will not be considered; -- Community involvement should not be limited to one field and must include areas other than those related to nominee’s occupation; -- Contributions over several years will be considered, but nominee should still be a viable part of the community; -- And nominee should have served in a leadership role and not just as part of a committee or group. The person making the nomination must also include his or her own name and daytime phone number in case additional information is required. Outstanding Citizens awarded this exceptional designation for the past 11 years are: Ron Knost (2008), Roy Reaves (2007), Chuck Gordon (2006), Jim Bob Humphrey (2005), Bobbye McAlister (2004), Kathryn Hobbs (2003), Dr. Robert Brown (2002), Charlie Blanchard (2001), Sid Brain (2000), Cliff Goodin (1999) and Evelyn Harris (1998). For additional information please contact the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce office at (479) 968-2530. n

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Chorale Concert Scheduled The Community Festival Chorale, the official community choir of the River Valley, will present its 2009 program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, in Witherspoon Auditorium on the Arkansas Tech University campus. The program promises to be an evening of fun for the entire family and a time to put aside the hurry and hassles that accompany the holiday season. While donations to help with operating expenses are gladly accepted, the concert is free and open to the public. The Community Festival Chorale was founded in the summer of 2002 and has grown from a small group of dedicated singers to a community icon that the River Valley can be proud of. “We are truly a community choir with our membership being made up of River Valley people with a rich diversity of backgrounds and talents.  We all have one thing in common...the love of lifting up our voices in song for the sheer pleasure of it,” says current director and conductor Shirley Faulkner. “We have the good fortune of being able to do this with support receive from the community, and we like to return the favor with concerts offered free to the public,” she adds. The concert season follows the local school semester cycle. The members meet once a week on Monday evenings from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Russellville for rehearsals and to prepare for seasonal concerts, as well as occasional special performances. According to Chorale members, Shirley Faulkner selects both exciting and exquisite musical pieces that are the Chorale says is a pleasure to sing and to listen to. The group’s Board of Directors works to increase their community base, support the membership, and find funding to support the ambitious and beautiful concerts Mrs. Faulkner feels the River Valley deserves. Interested singers in the River Valley are invited to join the group.

“The only requirement for membership is to have a little music inside you wanting to be released. Why waste it in the shower? Inexperienced singers who have difficulty in reading music will find plenty of warm friendly ‘coaches’ around them,” say members. During the summer, the Community Festival Chorale performs a Summer Pop’s Concert Series. Selections include Broadway hits, old time rock and roll, standards, patriotic and even TV theme songs.  The rehearsal for the Pop’s concerts take place in June, July and August. In 2006, the Community Festival Chorale was able to begin issuing 2.0 continuing education units (CEU’s) through Arkansas Tech University for educators who require training. For specifics on this availability, contact Faulkner. For more information about the choir or the program, contact director Shirley Faulkner at 264-9107 or their website, located at www. ABOUT the Director Chorale director Shirley Faulkner holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arkansas Tech University with an emphasis in voice. During her years there, she has studied privately with Maestro Louis Welcher. She also assisted Arkansas Tech University Chorale Director, Gary Morris, in conducting the Arkansas Tech University Choir. She is a member of American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America!, Music Educators National Conference, National Federation of Music Clubs, Technology Institute for Music Education, and the River Valley Arts Center. Shirley teaches home school and private school music, and private voice through her organization, ACME, the Arkansas Center for Music Education. She is co-owner of Makin’ Music, Inc. with her husband, Brian Faulkner. She also performs with and co-directs Common Ground, another local community band, which she and Brian have worked with for the past 12 years. n

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FBC ‘Living Nativity’ Story by Angela McGuigan Photos Courtesy of FBC

FBC Holiday Events Dec. 6, 6:15 p.m.: “The Wonder of Chrstimas” presented by the Festival Choir and Orchestra, with Sound Foundation and Bells of Joy. Dec. 13, 6:15 p.m.: “Christmas: Made for Praise” Preschool and Children’s Choirs Dec. 20, 6:15 p.m.: Celebration Singers (Midddle School Choir) Musical Dec. 21 – 23, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.: Bank of America- “Living Nativity” Dec. 24, 6 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

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First Baptist Church of Russellville will host its annual “Living Nativity” Dec. 21 through 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bank of America on West Main Street. This is a live reenactment of the First Christmas that uses a cast and crew, living animals, and a real baby to play baby Jesus. Visitors are able to enjoy a 30 minute production of the Story of Christmas, while they view the manger, angels, and animals that are available for petting. While the production has been hosted by FBC for the past 20 years, Dr. Bruce Brown and his wife Debbie have been in charge of the nativity for the past 15 years. Dr. Brown said, “this is FBC’s gift to the community. This allows us to share the way we believe the First Christmas happened, while providing a great experience for families to share.” However, this is no small task that the Browns have inherited. According to Mrs. Brown the production requires 300 people total each year with 72 people each night in character. “While one production is going on, we have vans rotating people back and forth and costume changes happening back at the church,” said Dr. Brown. “Also at the church we serve lots of refreshments and do things like cook chili for the volunteers. It is a really neat thing when people sign up, because we have whole families get involved,” he added.

Taking on the nativity scene is not the only responsibility the Browns have added to their life; they now have a small farm of animals as well. “It was really hard finding animals each year to borrow for the three days, and an even bigger hassle to return them,” said Mrs. Brown. Now, the Browns own their own sheep, goats, and even a mule that they use every year. “It’s really great because we bring a couple of bales of hay, and it turns into a petting zoo for the kids. We do have to keep harnesses on them though to keep them from running down Main Street,” said Dr. Brown. The Browns are not the only ones who have been working with the nativity scene for many years. John Lonon of Russellville has been helping with the production since the beginning. “I began by building copper angel wings needed for the nativity, and would use a cutting torch and welder to make them,” said Lonon. He also said that they church tries to keep the nativity scene consistent, but they have expanded the manger scene over the years. “I believe it is a great time of fellowship and such a plus for the community. It gets families and neighbors together to enjoy such a moving experience,” said Lonon. “We are going to keep coming back every year because the public opinion and feedback we get. People enjoy it so much and the community receives it so well,” Lonon added. Amy Casey began playing an important role in the nativity scene five years ago when her son, Jacob, played baby Jesus. “It was such a moving experience for me because I realized that Mary was a real mother like me. I wondered if she counted his fingers and toes just like I did,” said Casey. Today, Casey is the coordinator for all the babies who play Jesus in the live nativity. “It means so much more when the baby is live, because it lets children see Jesus as he was as a baby,” she added. Although she has lots of help finding babies within the church and from Dr. Vickie Henderson, she invites people from outside the church to participate as well. To sign up please call Amy Casey at (479) 967-1653. The Browns encourage people to come visit the FBC “Living Nativity” at the Bank of America and celebrate the birth of Christ. “We want to invite the people in our community to experience the true meaning of Christmas.” n December 2009



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paint-by-number passion fuels Artistry Story and Photos by Rita Chisum

She remembers specifically the “paint by numbers” art kits. These were, for Gayle Williams McIntyre at nine years of age, her most favored gifts. Her childhood was spent in a modest home in south Houston, Texas with her father, mother, two brothers, and a sister. Through the years, she continued to enjoy spending time on art work while witnessing her mother’s enjoyment and skill at tackling any new craft project which came along. Little could she imagine what her passion for these little art kits and the crafting example set by her mother would fuel. Jerry McIntyre moved to Deer Park, Texas from the small town of Jackson, Ala., in search of a good job which his hometown could not offer at the time. Not only did Deer Park offer Jerry a beginning to a successful career as an electrician, but Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in near-by Pasadena introduced him to his wife of now 37 years. Married in 1972, Gayle and Jerry were blessed with two daughters, Tammy and Jeri Lynn. While working outside of their Pasadena home to supplement the family

to return to work outside of the family home. She was hired by a local bank in the role of Mrs. Santa Claus (which she loved) and soon after offered a full-time position which she gratefully accepted. Still working but desiring to spend more time at home with her daughters, 1988 brought lay-offs at the bank; a lay-off for which she volunteered. It was this opportunity that gave her the courage to begin her own business which she christened “Santa’s Wonderland Creature’s.” She found that once people knew of her new venture business boomed. Gayle was open to attempting anything her customers might request. If it looked like a good painting surface it was fair game: wood, walls, metal, glass, fabric, canvas floor mats, linoleum, fence boards, gourds, jewelry, and more. “I paint on everything!” she said, laughing. Custom, made-to-order pieces were always a big part of her business; she was especially busy in August and September. There were many local neighborhoods that, yearly, chose a specific decorating theme.

income, Gayle used her artistic talents to make a warm and inviting abode for her family. Crafting was in her blood and was a unique (and money saving) tool with which she could personalize her home: sewing, flower arranging, crafting wreaths, printed and counted cross-stitch, embroidery, cake decorating -- she enjoyed it all. Upon seeing the beautiful arts and crafts that filled the McIntyre home, a neighbor invited Gayle to her first “official” painting class. She assured Gayle that, with her artistic talents, painting lessons would serve to help enhance her already apparent gift. So, in 1973, with paint brushes in hand, she accompanied her neighbor to begin learning the skill and techniques offered to serious painters. She pursued this new learning experience with a passion and attended classes and workshops often. Her talent grew, along with special friendships with artist friends, and she soon found that she had a market for selling her wood pieces. A financial need in 1982 required Gayle


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Pride in their home and yard decorations with which to bless their family, friends, and holiday spectators pressed Gayle into their service. With her growing reputation and a long list of satisfied customers, she was soon being called on by two customers who would place her biggest orders yet. Pasadena, with a population of slightly more than 150,000 residents, easily supported merchants in the local Pasadena Town Square Mall. With the Christmas Season fast approaching Gayle was asked to enhance the shopping experience for mall shoppers. She began the demanding, yet exciting challenge, of creating a winter wonderland, complete with a place of honor for Santa along with his mailbox where young shoppers could deposit their Christmas letters as they awaited an “in person” visit with the jolly man himself. Upon seeing the trans-formation that Gayle performed on Pasadena’s mall, it wasn’t long before Town and Country Mall in Houston, even after already having hired a different decorator, came requesting her artistic services. Although it meant a belated Thanksgiving feast with her family and double duty to prepare the mall for “Black Friday”, Gayle accepted this second monumental challenge. Hiring help -- including her two daughters and two future sons-in-law -- to set her hard work and the big transformation in place, shoppers to the three floors of Town and Country Mall were greeted the day after Thanksgiving by Christmas in all its winter glory; a decorative feast for the eyes, enlivening the Christmas Spirit. Gayle’s art resume includes owning her own business and teaching others how to find or hone their own artistic talents. In 1994 she became a member of Decorative Artist of Texas and the national Society of Decorative Artists. From teaching classes at the local Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store, offering art classes in near-by communities, conducting classes for the Decorative Artists of Texas and an invitation by official monthly publication of the Society of Decorative Painters (The Decorative Painter) to teach one of their classes, to teaching at the South Texas Women’s Retreat, Gayle’s art has afforded her travels and new friendships that she may have otherwise never experienced. She feels blessed to call Georgia Feazle, Pasadena girl “done good,” one of her closest friends and mentors. With several craft publications to her credit, Georgia is one to whom Gayle said encouraged her December 2009

to use her talents to her fullest potential. Beginning with her next door neighbor, to the host of wonderful teachers, friends and customers who have recognized and cheered her on, Gayle considers all of these the “wind beneath her wings”. She speaks with genuine gratitude. Ultimate glory she gives to Jesus Christ, for the talents he has given her along with the encouragement to walk this path to fulfilling her love of art. The McIntyres made their move to Dardanelle after 35 years of living in Pasadena, indirectly following Tom McElmurry, pastor of Dardanelle Missionary Baptist Church. McElmurry had made frequent visits to their home church in Texas over the years and had accompanied the McIntyres and other Texas friends on a trip to the Holy Land. The friends later retired and moved to Arkansas, becoming members of Pastor McElmurry’s church. Jerry and Gayle made occasional trips to Arkansas to visit the pastor and their Texas friends when their daughters were younger. They loved the beauty and wide-opened spaces, eventually falling in love with The Natural State. With the family firmly planted in Pasadena and no plans for Jerry to take early retirement, visits were all they could imagine. As they continued to pray, trusting God for His guidance, they began by putting a “For Sale by Owner” sign in front of their home. Their first indication of God’s intentions came when the very first “lookers” became “buyers”. Stepping out in faith, they surrendered to what they believed was God’s call to make the move to Arkansas. In the space of six months they sold their home, Jerry took early retirement from his career as an I & E Technician at the Chemical Plant in Bay Port, Texas, and they began packing. Their transplanted Texas friends found land for the McIntyres and oversaw the building of their new home. A year and a half into making the anticipated adjustments and learning to love their new community, Gayle and Jerry are feeling more and more at home. The couple’s daughter Jeri Lynn and husband Jason, with their children, Caden, 4, and McKenzly 11-months, and their oldest daughter Tammy, her husband Jon and son Hayden, 4, have recently become residents of the State of Arkansas. As Gayle tells it, “People have been so good to us here in Arkansas. Everyone is so willing to help us out with whatever we need. We feel like we already have a big family here.” n

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Lake Dardanelle State Park: ‘Outstanding’ Lake Dardanelle State Park at Russellville was named winner of the 2008-2009 Outstanding Interpretive Program Award by Arkansas State Parks, according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. The State Parks Division presents awards annually for park excellence within Arkansas’s state parks system. The awards were announced at the annual business meeting of the park superintendents. This year’s meeting was held in September at Ozark Folk Center State Park near Mountain View. The 2008-2009 awards honor the Park of the Year, Region I-IV winners, and awards for outstanding park maintenance, hospitality, volunteer program, resource management, interpretive program, and special event. In presenting the award to Lake Dardanelle State Park, Director Butts noted that 2009 was a challenging and very successful year for the park. Park staff provided 1,078 engaging and creative interpretive programs in 2009. Putting an exact number to interpretive visitor contacts is almost impossible at this park since it hosts three large special events each year. The 2009 interpretive visitor contacts reflect over 30,000 visitors and this is very significant from a revenue standpoint. The year 2009 exhibited an increase of 56 additional programs contributing to nearly 6,000 more program contacts from 2008. The staff strives to rejuvenate existing programs and create new events. At least one new program a month is added to the park program book. A few of the successful programs offered at the park included four day camps, a free concert, 10 girl scout workshops, a teacher workshop, a fly fishing workshop, and two fish feeding programs. The second annual “Resource Rendezvous” was a great success. Over 200 school kids visited the park to learn about several conservation topics including pollution, recycling, prescribed fires, why you should never release pets into the wild, and Arkansas fish and native mammals. The Halloween Trail was another great success with stories focused on animals that come out at night. The stories included “Bear Snores On”, “Screech Owl in Midnight Hallow”, “Armadillo Rodeo”, “Sam and the Firefly”, and “Possum’s Harvest Moon.”

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Park interpreters worked closely with the Ouachita Girl Scout Council to offer 10 badge workshops for scouts of all ages. The workshops gave a wide variety of nature programs to the scouts and provided Lake Dardanelle State Park an opportunity to share its resources with visitors that might not otherwise make it to the park. Butts noted “Interpretative programming is about making an emotional and intellectual connection between visitor and state park natural, cultural and historical resources. The interpretative staff at Lake Dardanelle State Park provides diverse, creative, mission driven and engaging programs that make memories for visitors that last a lifetime. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the programming opportunities that the talented park staff provides.” Arkansas State Parks Park of the Year Award winners for 20082009 were: Overall Park of the Year and Region IV Park of the Year -- Lake Catherine State Park near Hot Springs; Region I Park of the Year --Hobbs State Park -- Conservation Area near Rogers; Region II Park of the Year -- Bull Shoals-White River State Park at Bull Shoals; and Region III Park of the Year -- Crowley’s Ridge State Park near Paragould. Other award winners were: Outstanding Hospitality -- Lake Ouachita State Park near Mountain Pine; Volunteer Program of the Year -- Cane Creek State Park near Star City; Resource Management -- Logoly State Park at McNeil; Park Maintenance -Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro; and Outstanding Special Event -- Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park’s “Battle of Prairie Grove” Civil War Re-enactment at Prairie Grove. For further information, contact Greg Butts, Director, Arkansas State Parks, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, call (501) 682-7743 or via email: n

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Activities abound at Lake Dardanelle State Park during the holiday season. From camping and night exploration to an Eagle Tour and Stargazer event, families of all ages will find something enjoyable throughout the month. Each Tuesday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m, guests can see 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join Program Specialist Jeremiah, as he feeds the fish live food. Beginning on Saturday, Dec. 5, Lake Dardanelle State Park will offer winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing the national symbol - the American Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will probably be in the area for viewing - including white pelicans, snow geese and osprey. The cruise will last one hour, so guests are encouraged to dress warmly as temperatures and winds are much more severe on the lake. Also, in case of inclement weather, call one hour before tour time for possible cancellations. There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited. Boarding will begin 15

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Community minutes before the tour at the boat dock near the south boat ramp. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Weather permitting.) Call for additional dates. Other activities include: Nature Tales, Star Gazers Challenge, Native American Games, Slithery Symbols, Beautiful Birds, Focus on Fish, Going Batty, Creatures of the Night, Birding Basics, Corn Husk Dolls, Hidden Creatures and more. Guest may also get all the tools one needs for adventure and creativity neatly packaged in a backpack along with an adventure guide full of ideas on what to do with all the items. The LDSP P.A.C.K.’s can be checked out at the visitor center for a $10 fee.  Guests may keep the pack for 24 hours and get to keep many of the items for future adventures. Remember that all the LDSP programs count toward earning Jr. Naturalist Certificates. For more information on this program ask one of the park interpreters. For additional information, contact Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR 72845; (479) 9675516 or via:

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The parking lot of Wal-Mart, Hwy. 64 East in Russellville, will be the drop-off site for this year’s Toys-for-Tots campaign scheduled for Dec. 5-6. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The objective is to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign, and to contribute to better communities in the future. For questions about the local Toys for Tots collection, contact Larry Mars via email at n

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“While getting to know Arlene Walker, I knew she wanted something different - something unique. Her taste in art and accessories allowed me the tools and freedom necessary to create this modern and sophisticated living space. We most definitely achieved the “WOW” factor. I love this room! Thank you Arlene!”

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Karen Ray and the staff at River Valley Furniture exceeded all my expectations. When I first met with Karen, I did not know what I wanted. All I knew was that I had an empty room that needed help. From looking at the other rooms in my house, Karen was able to correctly assess the style that would best suit me.

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Mompreneurs ...a family tale

Story by Connie Las Schneider Photos by Dianne S. Edwards

There is an old business adage that says “men take charge while women take care.” But the business climate is changing. With women entrepreneurs running more companies than ever before, the new mantra is “women in charge take care.” Moreover, ‘Mompreneurs,’ female entrepreneurs with children under the age of 18, are leading the charge. New research funded by the National Women’s Business Council and WalMart and conducted by the Center for Woman’s Business Research, reported in October 2009 that women owned firms is the US contribute nearly $3 trillion to the US Economy and create

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or maintain 23 million jobs, or 16% of the jobs in our nation. For many of these businesses, familyfriendly programs are strategic business practices. One successful River Valley company that takes this business philosophy to heart is Dail Specialties of Knoxville.

“Running a business is just like taking care of a family,” said Sherri Bullock, originator and former owner of Dail Specialties, a successful marine upholstery business. Bullock now runs the office for her daughters, Dayle Plummer and Lenell Beeman, who purchased the business five years ago. Since then, Bullock’s daughters have expanded the family business, which employs 90% women. As ‘Mompreneurs’, all three women understand the struggles of juggling work and home. Plummer is mother to a 4th grader. Beeman also has a 4th grader, born on the same day at the same hospital in Russellville. Plummer, who took over as President, credits her mother with the company’s family friendly business philosophy.

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Bullock started the company in 1987 when her husband, Royce Dail, owner of a nearby boat manufacturing company, bankrolled the start-up as a Christmas present for Bullock. “I guess he figured it would give me something to do, said Bullock who moved here from Texas with her husband in 1986. At the time, Bullock had two daughters to take care of, so she brought them into the business. At first my girls were “latch key kids and I couldn’t get involved with them as much as I wanted to, ” said Bullock. So, Bullock devised a plan where her youngest daughter, Lenell, could be with her before and after school, Plummer being away at college by this time. Instead of having Lenell picked up and dropped off at school, the bus brought her to and from the business, said Bullock. These days, Plummer and Beeman also take their children to work with them. Their family-first policy extends to every employee, and not just for children but for grandchildren and other family members in need. The family policy even extends to pets, a pot bellied pig being their most exotic family visitor. The pig, which was owned by Beeman, actually knew when it was break time and would grunt and bark like a dog when it was time for coffee and donuts, laughed Bullock.

Seth Plummer, Peerless Beeman, Christian Beeman, Robert, Faye Tildon, Jim Teeter, Lenell Beeman, Lori Jones, Dayle Plummer, Sherri Bullock, Gail Petersen, Mary Wesley.

The company also has a flexible work schedule so that an employee can take time off to care for a sick family member when necessary. “If you work to help them, they work for you. Bend over for your employees, and they’ll reciprocate,” said Plummer. Another sound business principle carried on from Bullock to her daughters is “making lemonade from lemons”. In 1991, a few years after the business started in the “red barn” across the road from the current building, the “red barn” burned down under mysterious circumstances. “The next day I had a meeting with vendors, and we set up to do business the following Monday at a shop in Clarksville,” said Bullock. “I never thought about doing anything else. Quitting was never a consideration.” When business got slow in the marine industry, Bullock starting making various styles of water proof fabric bags and ninepack coolers using fabric similar to that used on boat upholstery. In fact, Bullock’s business became so brisk, she became known in the area as the “bag lady”. At other times, the company has made synthetic “chicken parts” out of vinyl to be used to demonstrate and test chicken processing machines and even made canopy pet beds. About the only thing the company doesn’t do is car and furniture upholstery, as the material used in making these is completely different (not waterproof), said Plummer. Today, the company makes marine upholstery for Tracker Marine and other big-name boat makers, restaurant seating, exercise equipment upholstery and school bags. To accommodate their ever expanding business, the family also built a new 11,000 sq. ft. building last year. “I’ve always been up for a good challenge,” said Bullock, regarding her decision to sell the business to her daughters. “I didn’t know how it was going to be, having my daughters

From Our Home to Yours From Our Heart to Yours

As last month was National Women in Small Business month, it seemed fitting to pay tribute to a local female-run, family-friendly business that is going strong. Dail Specialties is in good company, too. In an article by Tiffany Forte for Working Mother magazine, a 2008 list of the 100 best national companies for women to work for because of their family-friendly policies include Abbott, Baptist Health South Florida,  Bristol-Myers Squibb,  Ernst & Young,  IBM,  KPMG,  The McGrawHill Companies , Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman,   Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and S.C. Johnson & Son. Forte believes the progressive thinkers at the helm of the ten topranking firms of our 100 Best are accustomed to sailing against the wind. After all, they implemented family-friendly programs long before it was the thing to do. Today, tough economic times aren’t enough to put them off course.

be the boss, but it was always my dream to have my girls get into the business,” said Bullock. The new arrangement has worked out well, by all accounts. As Plummer was describing the various products the company manufactured over the years, Bullock was busy rummaging around the office looking for some old brochures which Plummer designed while still in college. Eventually Bullock found the material and handed it to Plummer who exclaimed, “Mom, I can’t believe you still have that!” Bullock simply replied, “Of course I could never throw this away. You made it. I still have your old report cards, too.” Sounds like something a ‘Mompreneur’ would say. n

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In celebration of Arkansas Tech University’s Centennial, this year’s ornament features Caraway Hall. 16th in a series commissioned by Main Street Russellville. Ornaments are available for sale at The Historic Missouri-Pacific Depot in Russellville for $8.


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December 2009

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SWEETNESS by Dianna Qualls About the River Valley Food Editor

Fall Fest brings out the best – in this case, the best in pies for the annual Main Street event and fundraiser. Fall Fest and the Chili Cookoff, held the last Saturday in October in Downtown Russellville, draws hundreds of festival-goers each year. The day includes activities for all ages, along with plenty of food from local vendors. For many of years, an annual pie contest has been part of the day’s event. Organized for a second year by Becki Bryson and a band of generous volunteers, the event recognizes some of the best cooks around. Winners received decorated aprons. The Grand Prize “Aunt Bea” award recognized the overall winner, Judy Freeman, as her Candy Apple Pie was selected best overall by a panel of judges. Courtesy of the Fall Best Old Fashioned Pie Contest committee, a collection of the winning recipes follow. We hope you’ll include some of these award-winning selections in planning your holiday fare. Enjoy! Recipes and Photos compliments of the Fall Fest Pie Contest Committee.


First Place/Cream Pies 1/3 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 2 1/2 T. cocoa 2 c. milk 4 eggs, separated (reserve whites for meringue) 2 T. butter or margarine 3 tsp. vanilla Mix flour, sugar, cocoa and salt together. Warm milk over moderate heat. Stir in dry ingredients. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Slightly beat egg yolks and stir in a small amount of the mixture, then pour into the hot mixture. Cook one minute. Add the butter and vanilla. Stir well. Let cool five minutes and pour into baked pie shell. Top with meringue made with egg whites and 1/2 c. powdered sugar. Brown in oven at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.


First Place/Other 8 oz. whipped cream cheese 3/4 c. peanut butter 1 c. powdered sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 c. heavy cream 1/3 c. cashews 2/3 c. Hershey’s Hot Fudge Topping 2 c. whipped cream 1 – 9” graham cracker pie crust

Combine cream cheese and peanut butter, using 1/2 of the heavy cream to loosen mixture. Mix in powdered sugar, the remaining cream and vanilla. Gently fold in one cup of whipped cream. Spread hot fudge topping evenly over pie crust to create a layer of chocolate. Top with remaining cream and cashews.

GRAHAM CRACKER PIE CRUST 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c. melted butter 1/4 c. sugar

Mix crumbs and sugar until evenly mixed, then cut in melted butter until mixture is consistent.


For two cups whipped cream, combine two cups heavy whipping cream with one cup powdered sugar and two teaspoons vanilla and mix on high until stiff peaks form in the cream.

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First Place Fruit Pie 6 c. thinly-sliced Granny Smith Applies 2 T. lime juice 3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt Pastry for double pie crust Topping: 1/4 c. butter 1/2 c. brown sugar 2 tsp. whipping cream 1/2 c. chopped pecans In a bowl, toss applies with lime juice. Combine dry ingredients. Add to apples and toss. Line a 9” pie plate with bottom pastry. Trim to 1” beyond ie plate. Add filling. Dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim and seal. Flute edges high. Cut slit in top. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until golden brown and apples are tender. Melt butter, sugar and whipping cream, bring to a boil, stirring often. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans. Pour over crust. Bake 3-4 minutes more or until bubbly. Serve warm.


First Place/Holiday Pies 1 c. chopped pecans 1/2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar 1/3 c. butter, melted 1 (15-oz) package refrigerated pie crusts, divided 4 medium Granny Smith apples, Peeled and cut into 1” chunks 1 lg. Jonagold apples, peeled and cut into 1” chunks 1/4 c. granulated sugar 2 T. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together first three ingredients and spread

onto bottom of a 9” pie plate. Fit 1 piecrust over pecan mixture in pie plate, allowing excess crust to hang over sides. Stir together Granny Smith applies and next 5 ingredients. Spoon mixture into crust, packing tightly and mounding in center. Place remaining pie crust over filling, press both crusts together, fold edges under and crimp. Place pie on an aluminum foil-lined jelly roll pan. Cut 4-5 slits in top of pie for steam to escape. Bake at 375 degrees on lower oven rack one hour to one hour and five minutes or until juices are thick and bubbly, crust is golden brown and applies are tender. Shield pie with aluminum foil after 50 minutes if necessary to prevent excessive browning. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Place a serving plate over top of pie; invert pie onto serving plate. Remove pie plate, and replace any remaining pecans in pie plate on top of pie. Let cool completely, about one hour.


First Place/Youth 1-9” graham cracker crust 1/4 c. evaporated milk 1/2 c. milk 20 large marshmallows 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 3 T. butter or margarine, cubed 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 carton (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed In a heavy saucepan, combine the milk, marshmallows, chocolate chips and butter; cook and stir over low heat until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature, stirring several times. Fold in whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Garnish with additional whipped topping and chocolate curls if desired. >>

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Pour pudding mix on top of mixture. Use rest of cool whip and put on top. Sprinkle pecans on top of Cool Whip.



First Place/Sugar Free 1 c. boiled, mashed sweet potatoes 2 c. Splenda sweetener 2 T. flour 1 stick margarine, room temp 2 eggs, well beaten 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 lg. can evaporated milk Beat well. Pour into two unbaked pie shells. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.


Second Place/Youth 1 lg. box chocolate pudding 1 sm. Box chocolate pudding 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese 1 tub Cool Whip 4 c. milk 1/4 c. chopped pecans 1 pie crust Mix together puddings with milk and let stand. In a mixing bowl, cream 1/4 cup whipped cream until smooth. Drop into pie crust carefully spreading into crust. Be careful not to push too hard, crust may crumble.

Second Place/Holiday 3 eggs 1 c. canned pumpkin 1 c. prepared apple butter 3/4 c. packed brown sugar 1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk 1/3 c. heavy whipping cream 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp. ground ginger 1/8 tsp. nutmeg 1- 9” unbaked pastry shell

eggs, maple syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, milk, butter and vanilla. Stir in coconut, rolled oats, and walnuts. Pour filling into unbaked pastry shell. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center of pie comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate witin 2 hours. Refrigerate for up to 2 days (do not freeze.) If desired, serve with Cinnamon Whipped Cream. Makes 8 servings.


In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add the salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Whisk until well-blended. Pour into pastry shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Garnish with whipped topping if desired.

Third Place/Youth 1/4 c. plus 2 T. caramel topping, divided 1 c. canned pumpkin 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 c. plus 2 T. pecan pieces, divided 1 c. cold milk 2 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-O vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filling 1-8-oz tub Cool Whip, thawed, divided 1-6-oz. Honey Maid graham pie crust Pour 1/4 c. caramel topping into crust. Sprinkle with 1/2 c. pecans. Beat milk, dry pudding mixes, pumpkin and spices with whisk until blended. Stir in 1 1/2 cups whipped topping. Spread into crust. Top with remaining pecans and drizzle remaining caramel with fork. Store leftovers in refrigerator.


Second Place/Other 2 eggs, slightly beaten 33/4 c. pure maple syrup 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. butter, melted 1 tsp. vanilla 1 c. flaked coconut 3/4 c. rolled oats 1/2 c. chopped walnuts Cinnamon Whipped Cream


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare pastry for single-crust pie. Set aside. For filling: In a large bowl, combine

In a chilled medium bowl, combine 1 c. whipping cream, 2 T. powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon and dash of ground nutmeg. Beat with chilled beaters of an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form and tips curl.  Continued on page 41


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December 2009

OLD FASHIONED PIE CONTEST WINNERS Theresa McPherson, First Place Holiday Pies and Sugar Free, Second Place Fruit and Other

James Whitlock, First and Second Place Cream Pies

Judy M. Freeman, First Place Fruit Pie (and Aunt Bea Winner), Second Place Holiday, Second Place Sugar Free, Third Place Other

Landyn Jamell, First Place Youth

Jesi Neligh, First Place Other

Carol Taylor, Third Place Cream,

Jason Long, Third Place Fruit

Adrianna Boyer, Third Place Youth

Jonathan Bradley, Second Place Youth



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‘Home for Girls’ Addresses Diabetic Emphasis, May Be First in Nation In 2001, Erin Aylor had a strong desire to adopt a foster child in need.  After talking with her husband, the couple decided to wait to consider the option until after they had children.  The desire never waned over the years, and after two precious boys, Erin still had a strong desire to help foster children. However, Aylor – who describes herself as a wife, mother, educator, dietitian and friend -- believes the Lord saw fit to bring a change into her life.  In June of 2008, Erin was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the late age of 32.  Knowing that the Lord put Type 1 Diabetes in her life for a reason, this registered dietitian and educator began praying for understanding.  Aylor soon had a feeling that the Lord spoke to her about opening a home for girls in need with Type 1 Diabetes. Through the unfortunate death of Kate Goodson, 6, Erin and the parents of Cyndie Faith Parks (for whom the Dardanelle facility is named) were introduced via the bereaved Bennita Goodson. Erin and Max and Peggy Stewart spoke after Kate’s funeral, and from then on the mission to open the Cyndie Parks Memorial Home for Girls in Dardanelle was set in motion. “I’m proud that our beautiful River Valley will be home to the first home in the nation exclusively for children with type 1 diabetes.  We will serve teen girls ages 14-18.  We want to provide a safe and permanent place to call “home” while still being open to adoption opportunities for these teens should that arrive,” said Erin Aylor, founder and administrator of the Diabetes Home for Girls. “Phase 2 of our plan will involve the purchase of a nearby home to serve as a transition home once the girls graduate from high school.  They would be able to live there with continued supervision and more opportunities for independence while completing secondary studies.” The need for this home is so great because of a merging of two risk factors for healthy outcomes-diabetes and being a foster child, explained Aylor. “Foster children are already at a greater risk for homelessness, suicide, and lower rates of graduation both in high school and in college.  They also face a transition time with less support people in their lives. If a person adds to this the daily struggle of caring for a life-threatening illness, it’s easy to see how outcomes for these young folks are so poor.” Aylor has a passionate desire to see this turn around and says that the Dardanelle community has already shown to be supportive. “The home we are purchasing from Charles and Norma Ellis is in itself a gift as the closing was easily delayed to meet both of our needs, and has the perfect layout for our needs.  She says even 36 ABOUT...the River Valley

the school district has been supportive, from Superintendent John Thompson and his wife Mona on down. “Mona Thompson, who is a type 1 diabetic herself, was actually one of the first few people to receive an insulin pump when they were first created. It’s just amazing all the connections and support I have seen thus far,” added Aylor. In August 2009, an organizational board decided that the home would focus on helping girls ages 14-18 who are currently in the foster care system and are legally free for adoption.  (The home will also consider care for girls ages 14-18 who are not yet in the public care system but who are in dire situations.) Board members include Aylor, Jennifer Modersohn, Melinda Taylor, and Kim Speer of Conway. Members of the home’s advisory board include: Ken Mullner, executive director of The National Adoption Center and former executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Timothy M. Boehm, M.D. Endocrinologist (Diabetes Specialist) at the Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic; Naomi Kingery, “The Diabetic Diva,” a diabetes Advocate and author of Sugar Free Me and Sugar Free Teens; and Kevin Moore, C.P.A., Moore and Aikman Certified Public Accountants.

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• Myrtle Wood....................... $1 to $79 • Bronze.............................. $80 to $499 • Silver..............................$500 to $1,999 • Gold.............................. $2,000 to $4,999 • Platinum...................... $5,000 and above

Each Silver, Gold, and Platinum donor will be honored by a nameplate on the Wall of Dedication. Platinum sponsors will also have a personalized square in the memorial quilt which will hang in the home as a symbol of love and support. Those in the Circle of Honor will be campaign donors who have also committed to monthly support. Both campaign sponsorship and dedicated monthly support are vital to the home’s success, stresses Aylor. December 2009

Referrals will be accepted and considered from school administrators, churches, family members, and court officials.  While thhe home will support adoption efforts of husband and wife couples for all girls within their care that are legally free for adoption, the home is not an adoption agency. As these young ladies will be nearing independence, extra attention will be given to  ensure there is plenty of education regarding self-care and self-advocacy once  each has reached adulthood.  Each young lady will be encouraged to take ownership of her diabetes while receiving love and nurturing care.  The home will provide care for all aspects of living including needs that are medical, spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional. Fulltime, dedicated house parents will provide proper role-modeling. The future plans of the Home are to have a transitional house nearby for diabetic young women ages 18-22 who are in college, technical school, or receiving onthe-job training.  The majority of these residents will be past family members of the Cyndie Parks Memorial Home for Girls.  Until there is a cure for diabetes, Aylor says the home will care for young  diabetic  girls in need.  To the best of current knowledge, this home is the very first in the nation specifically for diabetics in foster care.  Our goal is to help them be  Christ-loving, successful,  selfsufficient, healthy young women who develop their own sense of self about how they can serve as a positive ray of hope for others, says Aylor.  “The Lord can use any  situation to his glory, and we believe this is true for both diabetes and foster care.  May God’s glory be shown through this home’s ministry,” said Aylor. The home is named after Cynthia Faith Parks, born on Aug. 2, 1962, in Ellijay, Ga., to Peggy Jean (Buchanan) and the late Henry Herman Parks.  Cyndie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 12. She graduated from Gilmer High School in 1980, attended the Pickens Tech nursing program where she graduated and received her credentials for as a licensed practical nurse. Cyndie loved working with all types of patients but especially the geriatric population.   Cyndie was what is termed a “brittle” diabetic. “Even with the best of medical care and concern for her own health, her diabetes was always a battle and struggle,” said Aylor.  “Diabetes did take her eyesight and its complications her life at the early age of 45.  Through this home, her caring legacy lives on.”  Continued on page 43 December 2009

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SHOP, DINE, DISCOVER DOWNTOWN RUSSELLVILLE 2009 Community Ornament Depicts Caraway Hall In recognition of Arkansas Tech University’s Centennial, this year’s Community Christmas ornament features Caraway Hall. The campus landmark was built in 1934 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Caraway Hall is located prominently on campus and easily viewed by passersby on Highway 7. “Most people don’t realize that the back of the building is what is seen from Highway 7. The front entry with its elegant columns faces west. It is the image of the building as viewed from the campus grounds that is featured on this year’s ornament,” according to Betsy McGuire, Main Street Russellville Executive Director. “We are fortunate to have had well-known local artist Gloria Garrison provide the artwork for this year’s ornament. Gloria has worked with us on many of the previous ornaments and we like to think that her contribution makes each ornament that much more collectible” added McGuire. Since 1994 Main Street Russellville has featured many of the

community’s historic buildings on the limited edition collectable Christmas ornaments. While many of the previous year’s ornaments have sold out and are out of circulation many of the early issues are still available. Previous year’s ornaments have included the Pearson Hotel in 2008, Henry R. Koen (Forrestry) Bldg. in 2007, Masonic Temple(City Hall) in 2006, Boulder Avenue Christian Church in 2005, Missouri Pacific Depot & Challenger Steam Engine in 2004, First Christian Church in 2003, First Baptist Church in 2002, First Methodist Church in 2001, Central Presbyterian Church in 2000, Riggs Hamilton American Legion Post in 1999, Russellville Public Library in 1998, Old Post Office/Federal Building in 1997, Missouri Pacific Depot in 1996, Historic J.L. Shinn Building in 1995, and the Pope County Courthouse in 1994. The ornaments are available at the Russellville Depot at 320 W. “C” Street. For additional information contact Main Street Russellville at (479) 967-1437. n

Downtown Holiday Art Walk and Christmas Open House The Downtown Holiday Art Walk and Christmas Open House will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Russellville’s Downtown Historic District. During this magical holiday event participating downtown businesses will feature talented area artists and their unique oneof-a-kind works just in time for holiday gift giving. The evening’s activities will also include nostalgic Carriage Rides through the Old Town Neighborhood residential district. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for pictures at the Depot. Carolers will stroll the Downtown sidewalks with additional performances scheduled on the stage in front of the Caboose at Depot Park. Many of the host businesses will also feature live music in their shops. The Pope County Farmers Holiday Market will be on hand with hot roasted peanuts, winter vegetables, gourmet treats and handmade items suitable for gift giving. Begin your walk at the Depot or with any participating merchant and pick up a program that will help guide your walk to the many participating businesses.

The Art Walk is a joint project of the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center and the Russellville Downtown Association (RDA), a committee of Main Street Russellville. The Art Walks are generally held during the months of March, June, September and December. The Festival of Trees is set to begin the first week of December. An evening of Christmas story readings are planned but the date is to be determined (as of press time.) Call Main Street Russellville for additional information on these two activities. While downtown this holiday season, don’t miss Sportscene’s Downtown Holiday Light Show featuring more than 10,000 lights. Shows begin every half hour from 4:30 to 10:30 thru Christmas. Children will begin decorating Christmas Trees in Depot Park on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The event is being organized by Main Street Russellville volunteer Mary Cohoon. The Reindeer Run 5K/1K is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Depot. The 5K Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m. The Kids Fun Run starts at 9:45. For additional information on these and other holiday activities, contact Main Street Russellville at (479) 967-1437. n


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Working Together to Change Lives Junior Auxiliary is a national organization that represents a serious endeavor on the part of women to be active and constructive community participants and to assume leadership roles in meeting community needs. Junior Auxiliary is a non-profit organization that encourages members to render charitable services which are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children. The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries has been serving their respective member communities since 1941. There are 102 active chapters in the National Association. From its inception in the late 1930s and early 1940s, the Russellville chapter of Junior Auxiliary has worked to better the lives of children in Pope County. The 2009-10 chapter is comprised of 35 active members and 14 provisional members. Members must be 21 years of age and have resided within the Russellville School District for at least one year. The current chapter members continue to build on the strong tradition of service established by former members.

Story by Paige Fisher, JA Public Relations Chairperson

This year’s slate of officers include: Robin Duffield, president; Laurie Reasoner, first vice president; Amy Tarpley, second vice president; Jennifer Aquilar, corresponding secretary; Elizabeth Harris, recording secretary; Tammy Rhodes, treasurer; Tonya Bloodworth, assistant treasurer; Mel White, parliamentarian; Ashleigh McMillian, historian; Paige Fisher, public relations chairman; Lynne Knight and Kathleen Stingley, finance chairmen, and Ragena Moore, associate to the board. Johnna Walker of Russellville serves as the director of Region 1, of which Russellville is a part, and is a member of the 2009-2010 National Association of Junior Auxiliary Board of Directors. She previously served the board as national public relations coordinator. Chapter members are required to complete 72 hours of service related to Junior Auxiliary areas in order to maintain membership. In 2009, the Russellville Junior Auxiliary members provided more than 1400 service hours to the Russellville community.

Members participate in annual projects like “Project School Supplies,” which provides school supplies to more than 550 children in the Russellville School District. The project benefits students in kindergarten through fifth grade who do not have funds for basic supplies. Additional funds are provided to the Russellville Middle School, Junior High and High School to provide supplies for students as requested by school counselors. JA supports literacy through projects like “Reading by Demand.” This program promotes literacy among preschoolers by providing costumed book characters and volunteer readers to area preschools. Another literacy program is “Achieving Through Reading” in which each JA member is required to provide reading mentoring to students at Sequoyah Elementary. The program runs for 40 weeks and services more than 60 students each year. In addition to annual projects, Junior Auxiliary members also address new needs

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as they arise in the community each year. This fall, JA is lending a helping hand to the Department of Human Services. Members are redecorating the visitation room at the local DHS office. Upon completion of the project, families will be able to reconnect in a room that is inviting and outfitted with new games and books. JA of Russellville also provides scholarship assistance to college students. This fall, JA provided more than $4,600 in scholarships to Arkansas Tech University students. The scholarships are designed to provide assistance to upper level students who maintain a high level of scholarship in a variety of academic areas including nursing and education. The majority of the projects and scholarships provided by the Russellville Junior Auxiliary are funded by the chapter’s annual Charity Ball. This year’s ball, Jazz it Up with JA (A New Orleans Jazz Festival), will bring a little Louisiana spice to the River Valley. The 45th annual Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball will be held from 6 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2010. It will be held at the L.V. Williamson Boys and Girls Club of the Arkansas River Valley located at 600 E. 16th St. in Russellville. Tickets for the black tie-optional event are $65 per person. The evening will include a catered meal, a live and silent auction, complimentary photograph and dancing to the music of local band Mister Lucky. For reserved tickets and additional information, call (479) 886-1433 or (479) 886-1509. n

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2 c. plus 2 T. all-purpose flour 3 tsp. confectioner’s sugar 1 tsp. salt. 1/4 c. cold unsalted butter, diced 1/4 c. cold butter-flavored shortening, diced 1/2 c. cold water 1 large egg 1 T. heavy whipping cream 1 tsp. sugar In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, confectioner’s sugar and salt. Pulse until combined. Add butter and shortening, pulsing until mixture resembles coarse meal. With food processor running, slowly add water. Continue to process until mixture comes together. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4” thickness. Cut a 12” round from dough. Press dough in bottom and up sides of a 9” deep-dish pie plate. Set aside. Using the remaining dough, cut 1” snowflakes for border. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine egg and cream, whisking to blend. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat edge of piecrust with egg mixture. Gently press to adhere snowflakes to edge. Brush snowflakes with remaining mixture. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place a square piece of parchment paper in crust, letting corners hang over edge. Fill piecrust with pie weights. Bake until light golden brown, approximately 20 minutes. Remove pie weights and parchment paper from piecrust. Let cool for 20 minutes.

Third Place/Cream 3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. cornstarch mixed with 1 tsp. flour 2 c. Pet evaporated milk 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten 1/2 c. coconut 1 T. butter or margarine 1 tsp. vanilla 1 baked and cooled 9” pie crust In medium saucepan, blend egg yolks with Pet milk. In another bowl, mix the cornstarch, sugar and flour over medium heat. Heat the milk and egg mixture to just before boiling. Add the cornstarch mixture slowly to the hot milk, stirring constantly. Continue cooking until the filling thickens. Remove from heat, stir in coconut butter and vanilla. Let the mixture cool a little before pouring into baked pie shell. Spread with meringue and sprinkle coconut on top. Bake at 350 degrees until brown.


Second Place/Cream 3/4 c. sugar 1 small lemon Jell-O Cook and Serve Pie Filling 3 eggs, separated 2 1/4 c. Sprite Egg whites for meringue 1/2 c. powdered sugar Stir pie filling, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup Sprite and 3 egg yolks in medium saucepan. Stir in 2 cups Sprite. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cool 10 minutes. Pour into cooled, baked pie crust. Top with egg whites and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Bake in 400 degree oven for 8 minutes or until golden brown.  Continued on page 48

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...cont. from page 37 “There are so many ways that you can help girls in person at a time,” says Aylor. She hopes that those who are interested in her mission will “lift up the home in prayer and help get the word out that the new home is under development. “Our history is just beginning in Fall 2009, please share our story,” she urges. “This can be done by word of mouth, Facebook, or even a short note in your church bulletin. We need support from folks of all ages. Different folks will learn about our home in different ways.” The organizers offer to share about the home with church congregations, civic organizations, or clubs. “We are currently in our ‘Home for A1CDone in 3!’ campaign through the months of November 2009 through January 2010 where we are raising $260,000 for the home’s purchase and remodeling.” Gifts are tax-deductible. The home is currently obtaining federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status wherein all prior donations are retroactively deductible. The home is a non-profit entity which is incorporated by the state of Arkansas. “Other ways to help financially care for these special teens is donating items such as gift cards, household supplies, or even a used car in good condition,” added Aylor. “We will have many opportunities for volunteer service in the near future,” stressed Aylor. “Can you paint, sew, or write? Are you a graphic designer or landscaper? These are just a sampling of talents that can be used in a mighty way.” Needed immediately are electrical, plumbing, painting, and remodeling assistance. “Your service, if even for a few hours or a few days, is so important to our success. We pray that you will assist us in preparing this home for occupation.” “I’m supporting efforts to cure diabetes. Until there’s a cure, I’ll also work to provide a home for girls in need with Type 1 diabetes,”  promises Aylor. n  -- Story compiled by Dianne Edwards For more information about The Cyndie Parks Memorial Home for Girls, call (479) 264-3288 or visit www.diabeteshomeforgirls. com. Donations may be mailed to: P.O. Box 417, Dardanelle AR 72834. The group will conduct ‘Caroling for a Cause’ in Russellville and Dardanelle neighborhoods on Saturday, Dec. 12th. Volunteers will contact local neighbors to let them know we will be caroling to raise awareness of the home, said Aylor. This will allow those that wish to donate an opportunity to do so, she added. December 2009

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Feeding the Hungry is No Game Story and Photos by Jeannie Stone

Mike Wilson of Ferguson Packing Company and Gordon Miller of Arkansas Quality Processing are helping to stamp out hunger by participating in the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry campaign which, to date, has fed one million meals to residents in need since the organization began in 2000. Local hunters donate deer and other wild game to the meat processors who, in turn, provide the cuts of meat for local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Atkins business owner Wilson has participated in the program for the last five years. He estimates there have been 100 donors who have provided out of their excess or who have shared a portion of their bounty. “I used to hunt, but I don’t have time anymore,” he said. “I’m too busy fixing what other people bring in.” Wilson is proud to participate in the program: “It makes sense to do this. So much of what hunters bag is more than they need.” Manna From Heaven in Morrilton and Main Street Mission in Russellville are two food relief agencies approved to retrieve the processed meat. “In fact, Main Street Mission cooks up deer chili for the folks over there,” he said. Wilson estimates he’s processed a couple thousand deer and elk in his 14 years in the business, so there’s definitely a great supply. “It’s not just about deer,” he said, admitting he preferred deer, quail, rabbit and squirrel. “Any game hunters bring down can be donated.” There are things to consider, however. “The sooner you can get the innards out, and a bag of ice into the chest cavity after you gut it, the better,” he said. “And, please, don’t pick up roadkill unless you’re the one doing the hitting.” Miller of Arkansas Quality Processing in Centerville, his wife Dianna and son James are in their 10th year in business. They pride themselves on the laborious methods they undertake in their processing. “We muscle deer out,” Miller said. “The (deer) meat is never cut by saw; it’s all done by hand and run through the tenderizer. It’s the Cadillac cut.” Admittedly, it’s more time consuming but Miller is convinced the extra attention to detail eliminates much of the wild taste of the venison. “We rotate our deer when they come in, and there’s a lot of mornings we have to move 200 deer to keep them fresh before we ever start cutting,” he said. “It’s a hard business because you do it all at once.” During the hunting season the shop processes four deer in the morning and ten at night. “That’s seven days a week for three and a half months,” Miller said. “When the last deer is processed we take off for two weeks.” “A lot of good that did us last year, we spent the two weeks sick in bed,” Dianna said. The sport of hunting has changed a lot in recent years, she said. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of younger hunters and especially girls hunting with their dads. The youth hunt weekends are very big for us.” One girl killed her first deer with a bow. “She was so proud,” Miller said. “I couldn’t get the work order because she was calling so many people on her cell phone.”

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Bow hunting is all the rage now. “Dr. Bruce Brown usually kills a bear each year,” Miller said. “Last year he got a 500-plus pound bear. It was really big, and he does that all with a bow.” The store processes “in the neighborhood of 25 to 30 bear a year,” he said. “A lot of the guys will keep the fat to waterproof their boots like the old-timers did.” Planning the “big hunt,” stalking the prey and bagging the game are giddy experiences for the hunters. They are providing lean and nutritious meals for those who are hungry -- bearing witness to the providence of our forefathers who roamed these same woods so that there would be food in the bellies of their children n during the long winter months. For more information log on:


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Saint Mary’s, Lowes Pair to ‘Fix Leaky Pipes’

“I laughed so hard I…” you know the rest. Laughter is said to be the best medicine, but for women who suffer with urinary incontinence, the thought of laughing, sneezing or coughing in public can be terrifying. Urinary incontinence - the loss of bladder control - is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you laugh, cough or sneeze to having an urge to go that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time.

Millions of American women have bladder control problems, but many are too embarrassed to talk about it, are unaware of the treatment options available, or simply believe it is just a fact of life. Women may suffer in silence and avoid activities that they enjoy. The anxiety caused by potentially embarrassing problems can lead to a lesser quality of life. The wonderful news is that physicians know how to treat urinary incontinence. Opening up to your doctor about your symptoms is the first step in finding the best solution. >>

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This holiday season, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Saint Mary’s Home Health to help bring cheer to the seniors of the River Valley. The “Be a Santa to a Senior” program provides presents to older adults who otherwise might not be remembered during this festive time. The community is encouraged to support these efforts as a way of giving back to those in the area who have given so much of themselves. For many seniors, knowing that someone cares is the greatest gift of all! The tree displaying this year’s “Be a Santa to a Senior” ornaments is located at the hospital Outpatient Services entrance, next to the Saint Mary’s Emergency Department on West C Street. Each paper ornament lists the first name and gift request of a senior in need. Shoppers can select ornaments until Wednesday, December 9, and return them with their unwrapped purchases to Shelly Jones or Richard Short at the Outpatient Services reception desk. For directions or more information contact Shelly at 967-0760.>>

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Treatments for bladder control problems vary from learning special exercises to taking medications to having surgery, and can be matched to each woman to ensure the best chance for a successful outcome. “Today’s surgical procedures are far different than they were even ten years ago,” explained Dr. Vickie Henderson, Ob/Gyn with Millard Henry Clinic. “A woman may have a mother or aunt who underwent more invasive treatment in the past, and decide to put off seeking help.” According to Henderson, common surgical procedures today are minimally invasive and are performed under local anesthesia. Most patients are able to go home within a few hours. Recovery is generally two to three weeks. During this time, there should be little interference with daily activities. The patient may be advised to avoid heavy lifting and intercourse for four to six weeks. “Nearly all women with bladder control problems can be helped,” she said, “and treatment can change a woman’s life.” Dr. Henderson will offer further information on incontinence and treatment options at a fun and conversational seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Bring a girlfriend and a light heart to “When the Plumbing Leaks,” sponsored by Saint Mary’s Fearless and Fabulous women’s health initiative. In partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement, the event will take place in the local store classroom at 3011 E. Parkway, Russellville, from 6-7:30 p.m. Following Dr. Henderson’s presentation, a Lowe’s associate will demonstrate how to fix leaky pipe – no handyman needed! Fun giveaways, door prizes and coupons will be offered, with delicious treats provided by Catherine’s Cakes. Be Fearless and Fabulous in the New Year, and learn how you can laugh, sneeze, cough and jump again! Seating is limited, so call (479) 964-5333 early for reservations. n

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SIMPLY CRUMMY BLUEBERRY PIE Third Place/Fruit 4 c. wild blue berries 7 T. corn starch 3 T. Welch’s Grape Juice 2 fresh squeezed lemons 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. Allspice 2/3 c. sugar 1 Pillsbury Pie Shell Crumb Topping: 1/4 c. sugar 1/2 c. flour 1/4 c. Country Crock butter

Lay pie shell in a 9” foil pan. Pour in blueberries. In a bowl, mix 2/3 c. sugar and 7 T. cornstarch well. Add lemon juice and grape juice to starch and sugar. Mix well. Pour mixture over blueberries. In small bowl, mix spices, 1/4 c. sugar and 1/2 c. flour. With a fork, add margarine beating with fork to make crumb topping. Sprinkle crumbs over top of pie and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.


Third Place/Other 1/2 c. chopped pecans, toasted 1 9” graham cracker crust 7 oz. caramels (about 25) 1/4 c. evaporated milk 1/2 c. milk 20 large marshmallows 1 c. (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips 3 T. butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tub frozen whipped topping Additional tub whipped topping, toasted pecan halves and chocolate curl (optional) for topping

Place pecans in crust. In a heavy sauce pan over medium heat, cook and stir caramels and evaporated milk until melted and smooth. Cool 10 minutes, stirring several times. Pour over pecans and refrigerate. In a heavy saucepan, combine the milk, marshmallows, chocolate chips and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Let cool, stirring as it cools. Fold in whipped topping. Pour over caramel layers and refrigerate overnight. Garnish with cool whip, pecans and chocolate curls if desired.

WARM CREAM CHEESE APPLE PIE Second Place/Fruit 2 8-oz. pkg. honey nut flavored cream cheese, softened 1 c. butter, softened 1/2 c. sugar 4 large eggs 2 tsp. apple pie spice 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 recipe Flaky Piecrust Recipe 1 (21-oz.) cans apple-pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a food processor, combine cream cheese, butter and sugar. Pulse until light and fluffy. Add eggs, apple-pie spice and vanilla, pulsing until smooth. Spread filling evenly into piecrust. Bake until center is set and edges are light golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool for 20 minutes. Spread apple pie filling over cream cheese layer, arranging apples in a rosette patter, if desired. Cream cheese will warm apple-pie filling layer. Serve warm. Store covered in refrigerator for up to three days.


Second Place/Sugar Free 1 9” pie crust 1 c. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener 3 T. cornstarch 3/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 7 Granny Smith Apples, about 7 c. 1/2 c. Splenda 1 1/2 c. almonds 1/4 c. butter Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine Splenda, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Add apples, tossing gently spoon into crust. Put crumb topping atop pie and bake n at 50 minutes, or until golden brown. Special thanks to Pie Contest judges Craig Noble, Rita Chandler, Judge Jim Ed Gibson, Dr. Brandi Hodge, Jeff Phillips and Carney Carnaham. Plan now to participate in ABOUT’s Community-Wide Best Cooks Recipe contest scheduled for April 10, 2010. Funds generated from the event will be donated to local charities.

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...cont. from page 9 Originally, the building was heated by a coal burning, pot-bellied stove which sat in the rear of the sanctuary, and windows were raised in the heat of the summer. The only way to keep cool was to use the complimentary hand fans furnished by the funeral homes in town. That all changed in the 1950s when the church converted to gas for heating and window units were installed for cooling. Lighting came to the community in 1919 when a Delco light plant, which provided light to the parsonage and church, was installed for $505. By 1920 the furnished church was valued at $2,000. The parsonage was valued at $1,200, and the furniture within a total of $164. The pastor’s salary was $1,008 per quarter. The church boasts a growing collection of commemorative plates from Methodist churches far and near. “A lot of folks come back to their roots for retirement,” Bailey said, “and they bring a plate from the home church, and we display them. To commemorate the centennial we commissioned our own plate. They are available for $15.”

Current members of the congregation are willing to tell a few of their own stories. Bailey remembers an incident that was so shocking it literally rendered her speechless. “Right before the service one Sunday a skunk slithered down a floor vent,” she said. “I was so shocked I couldn’t even get the word ‘skunk’ out of my throat.” There are now vent covers to protect from unwanted varmints in the building as they tend to wander under the foundation, particularly during the cold months. “Oh, the stories this old church can tell,” she said. Some of those stories were told at the celebration. “It was so good to see the variety of people who came out of that church. So many people gave testimonies, from doctors to lawyers and everything in between, about how important it was to them to receive the basics in those pews,” Bailey said. The church’s work is not over. Adults and children continue to be nourished by the Biblical truths and fellowship at Plainview Methodist Church, and the public is invited to the annual Community Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. n

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