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Think you have a winning recipe? In order to compete, participants are asked to pre-register the name of their entry or entries via the registration form (left.) Copies accepted. Forms are also available from the Historic Downtown Depot or online at Entries must be returned by Tuesday, April 6, 2010, in order to compete. Categories and their respective divisions include:


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Merlin ‘Bucky’ Walters took a job in 1956 with the postal service, accepting an appointment by President Eisenhower as a full-time carrier for the small-town post office in Hartman, Ark.

8 Shoes are Made for Walkin’

“People used to keep their shoes for a long time...,” says Mildred Martin. At 82 years young, this spritely senior has worked 50+ years as a helpful shoe clerk at The Family Shoe Store in Clarksville.

12 Cry Me a Snowflake

16 ‘Choices’ Fundraiser in April 17 Life Without Leaks

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Mildred Martin of Clarksville holds a Size 37 Peters-brand shoe made for the late Robert Pershing Wadlow. At 8’ 11”, Wadlow held the Guinness Books of World Records’ title of tallest man for many years. He visited The Family Shoe Store on a promotional tour before his death in 1940, meeting Martin. At 82-years-young, she has worked as the store’s helpful shoe clerk for 50-plus years. Don’t miss “These Shoes are Made for Walkin’ “ beginning on page 8.

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ABOUT the River Valley

A Publication of Silver Platter Productions, Inc Vol. V, Issue 2 – March 2010

OWNERS/EDITOR Nolan and Dianne Edwards

Advertising Sales Melanie Conley

Vonna Marpel

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Writers Dianna Qualls

Kechia Bentley

Connie Las Schneider

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is locally owned and published for distribution by direct mail and targeted delivery to those interested in the Arkansas River Valley. Subscriptions are available by sending $20 for one-year (10 issues) to: SPPI/ABOUT Magazine P.O. Box 10176 Russellville AR 72812 Material contained in this issue may not be copied or reproduced without written consent. Inquiries may be made by calling (479) 970-6628.

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The Editor’s Notebook

While I’m not a big fan of spam emails, occasionally a piece comes along that deserves to be shared. Those of us born between 1925 and 1970 may gain a sense of appreciation by reading this piece. No author claimed its creation but it certainly was written by someone in the ‘know.’ “To all the kids who survived the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s: No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, we are awesome! Our lives are living proof! “First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes. We were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads. “As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren’t overweight. Why? Because we were always outside playing...that’s why! “We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were okay! We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We did not have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. We had friends and we went outside and found them! “We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents. We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse. We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. “We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! “These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever. The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. If you were one of those born between 1925 and 1970... congratulations! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. “While you are at it, share this with your kids, so they will know how brave and Lucky their parents were. Makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?” In parting, the author shared a quote by entertainer Jay Leno: “With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?” We didn’t think so.

Dianne Edwards, Editor/Publisher

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When curbside recycling became a reality last year, there were a wide range of mixed emotions among city residents. Many, who had already contracted with other curbside haulers for their general trash pickup, were unhappy to lose their current contractors and be forced to utilize city-instituted providers (along with the additional fee added through their City Corp water bill.) We were among those – sad to say farewell to our faithful independent trash hauler of 20-plus years yet welcoming of expanded curbside service. While we sympathize with both sides of the issue, we were grateful to take advantage of the twice-monthly curbside pickup of our ever-increasing collection of recyclables. We welcomed a change to what had become our Saturday morning routine of collecting and dropping off the paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum we had amassed. As our diligent desire to recycle every possible piece of candidate material grew, so did our increasing stack of recyclables! And, as a direct result, our collection of ‘real’ trash dwindled in comparison to our overflowing recycle cart. By diligently sorting all possible recyclables and composting of biodegradable foodstuffs, we’ve reduced the amount to a garbage-bag full or less each week. As I drive the streets of our fair city, I notice that we are not alone. The yellowtopped trash cans provided by Waste Management are often filled to the brim, bits of paper and plastic peeking over the tops of their container. Around the holidays, I panicked. We had pushed our recycle container to the curb and returned home to find it un-emptied. Had something happened in the great trash/ recycle controversy? Had we missed the truck for that week? Recalling the 880-CART Waste Management phone number, I called and talked with representative Sherri Coffman. She quickly calmed my fears, explaining the schedule was not ‘every-other-week’ but rather ‘twice-monthly.’ She referred me to the calendar that was distributed along with our new trash containers, even offering to send me another to replace the one I had possibly misplaced. I breathed a sigh of relief.

March 1-3: Garvan Woodland Gardens’ annual Daffodil Days; 100,000 bulbs representing more than 325 varieties of daffodils and jonquils on a 210-acre botanical garden on Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children 6-12. (800) 366-4664. March 2: Art Waves, Old Train Depot, Clarksville; first Tues of each month; open to all interested artists and patrons; info: Jim Reasoner, president, (479) 754-2399. March 6: Ballroom Dance Party, 7:30-10:30 p.m., $10 admission, dance lesson followed by open dancing; casual/dressy, reservations preferred. (479) 968-1620, 264-7287 or website: March 7: CenturyLink High School Competition & Exhibit, Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, 1-3 p.m.; info: call (479) 968-2452. March 7: River Valley Bridal Fair and Fashion Show - Postphoned for 2010. Plans currently underway for 2011 event. Date and information forthcoming. Visit March 9: Transitions Bereavement Support Group, 10 a.m., Arkansas Hospice, 2405 E. Parkway; second Tuesday of each month. Info: (479) 498-2050. March 13: St. Patty’s Party, Dance with Joy Studio; traditional Irish Dinner, music, dancing and more; tickets are limited; River Valley Arts Center, (479) 968-2452. March 13: 7th Annual Monte Carlo Night, Hughes Center, 6-10 p.m.; info: CASA of the 5th Judicial District, (479) 880-1195. March 17: Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon, noon, Savanah’s Riverfront Café; info: 229-3328. March 19: C&W Dance Workshop, 7:30-10:30 p.m., $10 admission, lessons include line and partnered dances, reservations preferred. (479) 968-1620, 264-7287 or website: March 22-26: Spring Break for area schools. March 25: Community Bingo, seniors 55 and older invited; 2-3 p.m. 4th Thurs. of each month; door prizes, grand prize, refreshments. Wildflower, 240 S. Inglewood, Russellville; 890-6709. March 29: Dwight Elementary School Fun Fair, 1300 W. 2nd Place, Russellville; 5:30-8 p.m. 968-3967. April 3: Sigma Phi Epsilon 2nd annual 5K Run/Walk, benefitting the organization’s national philanthropy YouthAIDS; registration, 9 a.m.; run begins 10 a.m., Bona Dea trails. Cost: $20 adults, $15 Tech students. Info: (479) 426-5289.

Personally, we’d welcome the weekly pickup of our recyclables and the twicemonthly pickup of our ‘regular’ trash. Ponder the situation of our cartoon character above, provided by talented illustrator Cliff Thomas. Anyone else there yet?

Visit for a list of activities updated as they are received. To have your event included in the ABOUT Calendar of Events, email: editor@ or fax to (866) 757-3282. Deadline is the 15th of the month preceding publication.

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These Shoes are Made for Walkin’ Story by Connie Las Schneider | Photos by Max Slaughter

Shoes have been around since civilization began and people have been trying to find the perfect pair ever since. The first footwear was strictly dictated by Mother Nature. Untanned animal hides boots or woven reed sandals probably clad our distant ancestor’s feet to protect them from the elements. In the 12th Century, wooden footwear cut from single piece of wood, called, a “sabot” was developed and shod European peasants for centuries. Today we call them ‘clogs.’ Eventually, tanned leather became the gold standard for shoes, yet, most people were lucky to own a few pair during their lives. During the Civil War, impoverished southern families often went barefoot, while those people who lived in prosperous industrialized areas wore custom-fit leather shoes.

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Still, shoes weren’t made to individually fit right or left feet and real comfort was not an option. Fortunately, shoes fit our anatomy these days and while leather footwear is still popular, rubber and synthetic materials dominate the shoe market. “It’s all about comfort today,” said Doug Bryan, who along with his wife, Sydra, and Bryan’s two sisters, Debby Goodman and Jan Storment, owns and operates The Family Shoe Store in Clarksville. The business is an old-fashioned shoe store started by his deceased relative, Uncle Taft “the cobbler” Mathis, in 1949 along with his wife, Hazel Mathis. Taft retired in 1979 and sold the business and building it occupied to Travis Bryan, father of Doug and his sisters. During the 1950’s to late 1970’s Mathis’ business was to cobble or fix shoes, often by replacing old leather soles for new soles sewn to old shoe tops.

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Fashion, Fit Rule The Sole “Shoes were important to people back then and they took care of them,” said Bryan. “A day didn’t go buy that we didn’t sell a can of shoe polish,” he added. In the old days, all shoes had leather soles. “People used to keep their shoes for a long time, maybe because they fit better,” said Mildred Martin, who has worked 50+ years as the store’s helpful shoe clerk. At 82 years young, this spritely senior knows the ins-andouts of fitting shoes. Each shoe used to come in “combination lasts” or width sizes, one for the instep and one for the heel. “You could have an AAA narrow heel and a wide D in-step. A lot of older customers still come in and ask for that,” said Martin. Shoes come in only one width now, but we still custom fit our customers, she added. “People purchased shoes at local shoe stores back then and probably wore better fitting shoes than they do today with all the self-serve stores and such,” said Martin. American-made shoes also used to be well-made with quality workmanship and materials, said Bryan. Shoes like that are still available today but it’s hard to compete by price points with the less expensive imports offered, he added. “It’s sad. More than 90% of shoes on the market today are foreign made.” The selection of shoes available on the market and differences in sizing make shoe buying even more confusing. “We didn’t have so many different brands when I started here. We carried Weatherbird Shoes, which gave savings stamps, Buster Brown for children, and Peters shoes for men, said Martin. The shoe store has a replica of a size 37 Peters shoe made for giant Robert Wadlow, who until recently held the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest man at 8 ft. 11in. Martin got to see Wadlow when he came to the store as part of a promotional tour. >>

Shoes may protect our feet, but fashion rules our soles. Consider the sayings, “Shoes make the man” or “You can tell a lot about a person by looking at his or her shoes. Historically, a person’s class was judged by his footwear. In ancient Egypt slaves went barefoot, while average citizens wore woven papyrus sandals. Only those in higher society were allowed to wear shoes with pointed toes. In the middle ages, shoe points grew to ridiculous lengths. A French King decreed that depending on his subjects rank, shoe points should be between six to 12 inches long. Think Elf’s shoes here -- cute, yes, but hardly practical. High heels are another fashion torture that has continued since the 16th century. In Venice, “stilt-like” platform shoes for women became so high the wearers needed assistance to walk. And, consider the ancient Chinese foot binding practice, where young girl’s feet were painfully bound for years, to keep their feet from growing properly. While the tiny deformed feet of these unfortunate women were praised in poetry as being delicate as “locust blossoms,” it wasn’t vanity that kept these women in perpetual pain. The underlying thought was that a woman with bound feet could not stray far from home. Talk about being a slave to fashion! Men’s shoe and boot styles have also been heavily influenced by fashion. In Roman times, soldiers could be distinguished by their footwear, with high topper sandals indicating a higher rank. Is that why “high top” gym shoes are popular again today? And, look at the status symbol cowboy boots have become. Some pairs sell for over $1,000 a pair, the equivalent of buying a Corvette for your feet. Fortunately, comfort is fashionable today and a whole industry has built up around shoes and products to soothe our aching feet. There was even a shoe brand some years back named, “Old Ladies Shoes.” Bet they were comfortable, too. At least basic work boot styles haven’t changed much over the last 100 years. Materials have changed, of course, and wooden soles have been replaced by waterproof synthetic materials, but the good old leather work boot will always be in fashion. So take comfort, shoe worshipers. Today’s footwear really is made for walking.


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“Shoes were important to people back then and they took care of them, a day didn’t go buy that we didn’t sell a can of shoe polish,”

“They brought him in sitting on the back of a flat bed trailer,” she remembered. The old brands, including Peters, are all gone now except Converse, said Martin. high heels with purses to match. Now, we “When I started working here, we didn’t hardly sell dress shoes anymore.” sell many tennis shoes. Converse was the “Styles are much more casual today and only brand you could get along with Red although pointed shoes did come back in Ball Jets,” she explained. for a time, they were not nearly as popular Today, with so many styles and brands, as the first time around,” said Martin. athletic shoes are marketed as fashion Another trendy style was dyeing shoes to statements and have become the most match a dress. popular sellers, said Martin. “Taft used to ‘sweat bullets’ to match “Everyone wears athletic shoes now. colors,” Martin said. Back then, people didn’t want to wear And what’s the newest fashion trend in tennis shoes. It meant you were poor women’s foot wear? Not surprisingly, it is because tennis shoes were the cheapest athletic shoes, but these are purported thing you could buy. Now, some sell for to shape up and tighten leg and butt over $100 a pair, and athletic shoes are the muscles while you wear them. In fact, most expensive shoes you can wear.” the slogan on one brand reads “Get in Martin believes that today’s shoe buyer shape without setting foot in the gym”. is most concerned about comfort, but According to Bryan, these styles are comfort isn’t the only consideration. selling like hot cakes. Consider high heels, a style definitely not The trick is these shoes keep you off made for comfort. balance, said Bryan. One brand has a rolling “The old saying was if your feet don’t hurt, bottom to simulate walking in sand, which is you’re not dressed up enough,” laughed a trick. Another brand has air pockets in the Martin. “We sold a lot of dress shoes back soles, so that you are constantly working then with pointed “toothpick” toes and real leg muscles to maintain your balance.

Some people try them and love them, some not, said Bryan. But, whatever the customer’s preference, the store tries to accommodate them. If a customer doesn’t like a pair he or she bought here, whether for fit or fashion, we’ll keep trying to find the right pair until the customer is happy, agreed Bryan and Martin. Even better, they bring the shoes to you while you sit in a comfortable chair and then put the shoes on your feet. Now, that’s real old fashioned service. n Note: Former Chicagoan, Connie Las Schneider, has been a semi-professional student most of her adult life, having attended six different colleges and universities and earning two Associate degrees and a certificate of proficiency in bookkeeping. With a wide range of interests, Las’ majors have included Fine Art, Design, Journalism, Nursing and Accounting and she worked in all these widely divergent fields during her long career. She retired to Hartman, Ark., five years ago with her husband, Robert Schneider. Between them, they have five grown children and four grandchildren, all living in other states.

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community Premiere College Fishing Tourney Returns for Fifth Year

The 5th Annual Arkansas Tech University Invitational will be held March 26-27 on Lake Dardanelle. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Russellville Advertising and Promotions Board and ATU Fishing Club. “The Arkansas Tech University Invitational has become one of the premiere events in collegiate bass fishing” said Mike Hastings, coordinator of the Association of Collegiate Anglers. “Collegiate anglers from across the country look forward to competing in this event each year. Lake Dardanelle is a great fishery with terrific facilities and the City of Russellville is the perfect host.” Weigh-ins will be at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. ‘Kid Fest’ will be Saturday, from noon until 3 p.m. when the final-day weigh-in will begin. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will feature their 1500-gallon mobile aquarium; the U.S. Army National Guard will offer their Rock Climbing Wall, and a Bump-n-Jump will be available. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Pope County OEM Swift Water Rescue and Dive Team will attend to promote boating and water safety. “I can’t believe this is our fifth tournament. Every year the event keeps growing I am so thankful for the sponsors and volunteers that continue to get involved year after year,” says Christy Austin, advisor for the ATU Fishing Club. “This event could not happen if it wasn’t for the volunteers and the support of the community. ATU is very supportive of the fishing team, Dr. Brown has been at the opening banquet to welcome all the out-of-town student anglers to Russellville and the ATU campus”, she added. “We’d like to really send the anglers off in the morning with cheers, so come out to the take offs about 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday morning,” encouraged Austin. “These students are the top college anglers in the country. They represent their schools and their communities with class and style.” The ATU Fishing Team has brought state and National recognition to the university and the community, having been featured on KATV, and KFSM, FOX College Sports, ESPNU and VERSUS.

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ATU Fishing Team (additional team photo on page 26)

“We’ve had eight students from out of town and two from out of state that have contacted us about Arkansas Tech after learning about the fishing club and the academic opportunities that we offer,” says Austin. “Dr. Theresa Herrick and I are so proud that our team has grown, and of how the student anglers represent ATU, our community and state,” brags Austin. “It is phenomenal how the tournament has grown over the past five years,” says Dr. Herrick, advisor. “Thinking back to 2006, it is overwhelming the interest and growth of this sport at the college level. Our first year, we had seven students in the fishing club. We had 25 boats at our first invitational. Now we have almost 20 members in the club and 60 or more boats for this year’s tournament.” “The event hosted and put on by the staff at Arkansas Tech has become one of the nation’s premier collegiate bass fishing events and we’re proud to continue to have it as one of the few events that we televise each year as part of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series sanctioned by the Association of Collegiate Anglers,” comments Wade Middleton, tournament director, BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series. 


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so hope that by the time you read this it is a beautiful, crisp, spring day, because right now it is freezing and the ground is covered in six inches of snow. However, the sun is shining and it looks stunning from inside my warm house. For the last two days I have been torn with mixed emotions -just about every hour or so I am on the verge of tears. Let me stop and explain that tears and I are well acquainted. I cry at everything. When I am happy, I cry. When I am grateful, I cry. When I am angry, I cry. When I laugh, I cry. When I am scared, I cry (and sometimes cuss. I really need to stop doing that.) Anyway, I just keep feeling overwhelmed. “By what?” you might ask. “By absolutely nothing,” I would answer. Yep, I knew if I wrote about this it would happen – I am crying! You see, my “nothing” is two days with a yard full of snow and not one child in my house to play in it. Not one child in my house at all! I sit here all alone. Now some of you moms who have just survived these two days of no school and tons of snow, with a gazillion kids in and out of your house are thinking, “I would kill for some alone time.” I think the real problem is that this is my first snow with no kids. This is the first snow fall ever with no big pot of hot chocolate on the stove; no foyer covered in beach towels to collect snow covered boots; no pantry being emptied of food at the speed of light. (Boys don’t eat food, they inhale it). There is also no dryer running endlessly getting kids ready for the next adventure outside and no excursions outside to take pictures, risking a bombardment of snowballs for just one picture. Ever since my youngest went off to college this past fall, I have had a lot of first with no kids. I also have cried a lot of tears. But it had gotten much better and I was actually enjoying my quite house. It is nice doing weekly loads of laundry instead of daily loads. My sink no longer seems to suffer from spontaneously giving birth to dirty dishes. And probably best of all, if I want to go to bed at 8:30 in the evening I can and I do. Still, every once in a while I long for my babies to be home. I miss them terribly. Snow days are one of those times.

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Cry Me a Snowflake At this point in my story I need to throw in the big “on the other hand” -- which is causing my roller coaster of emotions. Here it is: I know that if in fact my boys were home I would be ready by now for them to leave. I would very quickly get my Bentley boyfix and be ready to send them on their way. Because, not only do I remember all the fun of snow days, but I also remember how exhausted I was by the end of the day. So one minute I want them home and the next I am glad they are not here. What kind of mom does that make me? The answer is: ‘normal.’ I am a mom who has the blessings of joyous memories of snow days past, and I mull over them lovingly and longingly now that they are gone. I am also a mom who has done her “time” during snow days past. I am a mom who has exhausted herself making those awesome memories. So I will sit here all alone reminiscing about a season of my life that is past, knowing that the memories tugging on my heart are evidence that we did those days “up right”. So, for all you moms who have years of snow days ahead of you, I have a little advice -- attempt in the midst of the madness to stop and take a good look around. See the joy in your children’s faces, the beauty of the snow, the fleeting of these moments. I know that sometimes the sink full of hot chocolate mugs, a laundry room pile high with snow clothes, and an empty cupboard that needs restocking can consume all our time. There will come a day when you will be sitting here like me: an empty sink, a clean laundry room floor and plenty of snack foods waiting to be eaten. When that time comes for you I hope your snow day memories put a huge smile on your face and tears of joy and longing in your heart. I think maybe it is time for me to try a cup of ‘hot chocolate for one.’ n

Taylor Nursery

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Commitment to Deliver Story by Connie Las Schneider | Photos by Becky Pearrow


artman, Ark., seems like a typical small town in the River Valley. With less than 600 residents, it has a non-existent business district, a few churches, a city building, and no consumer services except a small post office located in an old bank. But, this post office is different than any other in Arkansas and possibly the entire US, thanks to Postmaster, Merlin “Bucky” Walters. Still active* at 89, Walters has worked full time at the Hartman post office for an astounding 54 years. While working 50-plus years at one job is highly commendable, working 54 years for the US Postal Service (USPS), known for its highly publicized employee morale problems in the 1990’s, is a real measure of Walter’s dedication and service to the public. Walters’ achievements so impressed US Representative, John Boozeman, he publicly congratulated Walters during a July, 2009 House of Representatives session, earning Walters a permanent place in the Federal Congressional record. “He (Walters) has been a familiar face at the Hartman’s Post Office for 53 (now 54) years and at 89 years of age you can still find him there every day hard at work,” said Boozeman. At the State level, Walters has also been recognized for his accomplishments. In September, 2009, State Representative George Overbey Jr. passed a motion to award a Citation to Walters for his “wealth of wisdom that serves to guide and influence our state on the road to continual progress.” Prior to his postal job, Walters served in the military during WW 2, and in 1946 moved with his bride of four years, Maureen Thompson, to Hartman, where Maureen’s family owned the Hartman Bank building (now the post office) and a cotton gin, which processed cotton grown in the Hartman bottoms. “You could say I was a ginner,” said Walters.

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When the cotton gin closed, Walters took a job in 1956 with the postal service, accepting an appointment by President Eisenhower as a full-time carrier for the Hartman post office. He kept that position for 11 years until 1967 when President Johnson appointed Walters to the office of Postmaster of Hartman and he’s been hard at work ever since. With Walter’s long service record, he has seen a lot of changes in the postal service. “I remember when postage stamps used to sell for 3 cents, but then bread also used to cost 9 cents,” said Walters, known locally as “Bucky,” a nickname he picked up as a boy. “Before rural postal routes, people had to come to town to get their mail. Our post office was a gathering place and folks used to sit on the window sills and talk about the latest news or gossip. People don’t do that so much anymore,” said Walters. Delivery of mail to the post office has also changed dramatically. A train used to come by here every day and pick up the day’s mail, said Walters. The mail would be put in a big canvas bag with a strap and taken out to a platform at the rail’s edge. As the moving train came by, postal employees inside the mail car would operate a long rod with a hook at the end that would swing out and snag the bag and bring it back inside the car, often while the train was moving.

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attacked Taylor’s truck and was ripping off The day’s incoming mail would be the sidewalls of his tires when Taylor stopped delivered the same way, he added. The honking and took the package to the door. postmen who worked the train were so The dog was mad at the horn, but never good at catching the mail on the fly, some bothered him, I guess,” said Walters. people went to the station just to watch Hartman route 2 Mail Carrier, Becky them work, he added. Pearrow, said she was once attacked by a Delivery services like Federal Express large Doberman Pincher type dog after she and United Parcel Service (UPS) have also had delivered a package. “The dog grabbed changed mail delivery. onto my arm and wouldn’t let go. The owner “When UPS started to advertise for said the dog was just playing, but the bite business, they would never think of marks in my arm said otherwise,” she said. delivering packages to post office boxes Despite the obstacles, both Walters and or asking the post office for delivery Pearrow agreed that the people make their information because we didn’t have any addresses other than general delivery, anymore, said Walters, who still remembers jobs very rewarding. post office box numbers or Route 1, box the most popular stamps, like the Charlie “There is a great satisfaction in knowing that whatever,” said Walters. “Now UPS delivers McCarthy stamp. Charlie McCarthy was a we play a small part in so many people’s lives, being able to deliver mail they look forward to some packages to the post office, then we Ventriloquist’s dummy. Also popular was the “Legends of receiving every day,” said Pearrow. delivery the package to the customers.” In fact, Hartman addresses have changed Hollywood” series, which included the Fortunately, Walters spends all his time several times over the past seven years. Now Ronald Regan stamp. “I think you pretty inside the post office these days, so he all addresses are set by a 911 Coordinator much have to be dead to have your picture doesn’t have to worry about bad weather or unfriendly dogs and he still stresses who assigns a street number and house on a stamp,” he said. number, so emergency personnel can more Walters said he enjoyed his days as a the importance of good customer service. rural carrier, although a lot has changed “Service is all we have to offer!” easily find an address, said Walters. Zip codes were another big change. “A since then. There was only one rural route And, he still loves his job. When asked lot of people didn’t want to add zip codes at Hartman when he was a carrier and now about his future plans, the 89 year old replied with a jolly winkle in his eye, “I’m still to their address at first, and some still there are two. don’t, but they don’t realize that mail is However, a few things in postal service too young to retire!” n sorted electronically,” said Walters. First, a never change like unpredictable weather machine reads the address and puts a bar and dog problems. Note: Soon after this interview in February, code on the envelope. This bar code is how “Sometimes we have to make big 2010, Mr. Walters was hospitalized following detours because of the weather, but we a fall and has since suffered a heart attack. mail is sorted now, he added. Another change Walters has noticed find a way. There have been only 4 days Before his heart attack, Walters was able is the way he is addressed, particularly when we couldn’t deliver the mail,” Walters to spend several days in a Paris, Ark., by younger kids who come in to pick up said proudly. rehabilitation center with his beloved wife of or deliver mail. “Children always used to Dogs are also an occasional problem. 68 years, Maureen Thompson Walters, who address me as Mr. Walters. Now, everybody Walters related a story about his Route 1 also lives at the center. Mail Carrier, Ira Taylor, who had to stop As of February 19, 2010, Mr. Walters was just calls me Bucky.” Stamp collecting, or philately, is honking his horn to signal the customer to continuing to improve while recovering at also declining. Stamps are getting too come out so he could deliver a package. St. Edwards Mercy Medical Center in Fort expensive, so people don’t do that much “There was a big dog outside who Smith. We wish him a speedy recovery.










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‘Choices’ Fundraiser in April

Choices PRC receives no governmental or United Way funding, but is supported by local churches, individuals and businesses. Choices PRC offers caring and compassionate support for young women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. Along with providing pregnancy testing and confirmation through ultrasounds, the group offers pregnancy option education, abstinence support, post abortion recovery, hoices Pregnancy Resource Clinic’s and adoption and medical referrals. annual fundraising banquet will be “We reach all socio-ethnic groups, with held at the First Baptist Church, 70% of clients falling below the poverty level; Events Center in Russellville on Thursday, 80% of clients range in age 15-24 years old,” April 22. The theme of the semi-formal says Sherry Berger, executive director. event is “The Truth is Black and White.” “Many of these young people do not Featured guest speaker will be Shawn have good role models for becoming good Carney, co-founder of “40 Days for Life,” an parents and successful members of our organization that works to save the lives of the community. Teenage mothers will often face unborn and positively influence the hearts of significant challenges as they strive to raise abortion clinic workers, say CPRC members. their children, complete their education and Carney is a regular media spokesperson create stable lives.” on pro-life issues. His work has been According to Berger, some women lose featured on syndicated television stations, the support of their families and turn to in dozens of newspapers and on Christian mentors to guide them. Organizers feel media including National Catholic Radio, that being a mentor to a teenage mom can The Christian Post, National Catholic be a very rewarding experience for both the Register, Salem Radio, Relevant Radio, mom and the mentor. ETWN Radio and Focus on the Family. The ‘Earn While You Learn’ mentoring Choices Pregnancy Resource Clinic, program is personally structured for each Inc. has been serving the River Valley individual client’s need as a new parent. for 19 years as a faith-based, non-profit The curriculum includes over 65 topics organization providing free and confidential personalized for each client’s unique services to clients. The group works to situation. Offered are DVDs and workbook empower their clients to make healthy studies with tips on parenting, child-care decisions that provide positive outcomes and safety, developing healthy relationships for their lives, both physically and spiritually. and maintaining a household. Clients


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gain knowledge that enable them to make lasting changes in their lives and to equip themselves to be parents. This education aims to decrease risk factors -- such as neglect and abuse -- often associated with teen pregnancies. Parenting classes are offered that equip young parents with parenting skills that nurture the parent-child relationship. Parenting classes are held in a “support group” setting rather than one-on-one. Parenting classes offer interaction with other young parents, encouraging and challenging parenting viewpoints. Both the Earn While You Learn program and Parenting Classes offer “Parenting Bucks” that can be spent in the Choices Thrift Store, which is open to clients only. Rather than just “taking a handout,” clients are given the opportunity to work for much needed baby items. This can enhance selfrespect and reward hard work. The Thrift Store has new items for infants and some gently used items (when new item donations run low and funds do not allow purchasing new items.) New cribs and car seats also are provided through the Thrift Store program. “Our fundraising banquet offers an opportunity for our guests to learn more about the Choices Pregnancy Resource Clinic and the much needed work we provide in our community,” says Berger. More information on the banquet or the ministry itself is available by contacting Choices at 311 E 3rd Street, Russellville, by calling (479) 967-2255, or by email at: n

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r. Vickie Henderson, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with Millard Henry Clinic, recently spoke with an audience of 60 River Valley women at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Russellville. The fun and conversational “When the Plumbing Leaks” seminar was sponsored by Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Fearless and Fabulous women’s health initiative. Special guests and contributors included Kay Daugherty of Lowe’s and physical therapist Rosemary Rolniak of Saint Mary’s Outpatient Therapy Center. Daugherty demonstrated the art of fixing a leaky pipe to half of the seminar audience in Plumbing and Electric, while Dr. Henderson presented on another kind of leak – urinary incontinence – to the other half in the Lowe’s classroom. When Henderson’s first discussion ended, the respective audiences traded locations and the presentations were repeated. Gift bags, door prizes and food and beverages were offered, with delicious cookies compliments of Catherine’s Cakes. “I had some jokes I wanted to share with you,” Henderson said in opening, “but decided I shouldn’t make any of you laugh.” She followed by sharing a few facts on urinary incontinence including: • Millions of American women experience bladder leakage.

• Billions of health care dollars are spent each year managing or treating the condition. • Most women will wait at least four years before mentioning it to a doctor. Many women are too embarrassed to talk about incontinence, are unaware of the treatment options available, or simply believe it is just a fact of life. According to Henderson, bladder leakage is not a natural part of aging. She discussed the two main types of incontinence, overactive bladder and stress urinary incontinence, and treatment options for each. Overactive bladder (OAB) is a problem with bladder function that causes a sudden urge to urinate. Triggers may include things such as running water, immersing the hands in warm dishwater, or even turning the key in the front door after running errands. The urge may be difficult to suppress, and can lead to the involuntary loss of urine (incontinence).

“Women with overactive bladder know where every restroom in town is,” said Henderson. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is an involuntary loss of urine that occurs during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise. It develops when the muscles of the pelvic floor have become weak, and is often seen in women who have had multiple pregnancies and vaginal childbirths. 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. Physical therapist Rosemary Rolniak of Saint Mary’s Outpatient Therapy Center (OTC) was on-hand at the event to offer information on non-surgical and non-medical incontinence treatments, including the pelvic floor exercises known as Kegels.  STORY CONT. ON PAGE 29

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The date July 20, 1968, brought to the world stage an array of unique and skilled athletes from 26 states and Canada. The event once went largely unknown to those without a special interest in this gathering of underestimated individuals.

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In the backyard of the Maryland home she shared with her husband and five young children, Eunice Shriver Kennedy – sister of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy -- began exploring and nourishing the potential of these “winnersin-waiting.” As a result, in 1962, Camp Shriver -- the origin of what is widely and well-known as “The Special Olympics” -- was born. Love for her older sister, Rosemary, who suffered from mild mental retardation, coupled with a request from a mother seeking a summer camp for her child with intellectual disability, fueled Eunice’s determination to make a way. With high school and college recruits to act as counselors, the summer day camp for children and adults with intellectual disabilities aimed to explore their capabilities in a variety of sports and physical activities. It didn’t take long to discover that these special needs campers held untapped potential.

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A passage contained in a Camp Shriver brochure, “The Beginnings of a Movement,” aptly describes the camp’s initial achievement: “To almost everyone’s surprise -- the exception being Eunice -it was an instant success. The children swam, kicked soccer balls, shot baskets, and rode horses under the summer sun. The young counselors, wary at first, began to see, as Eunice already had, that these children were not ‘difficult,’ ‘un-teachable,’ ‘belligerent,’ and all those other stereotypes that had been ascribed to them. They merely wanted to have fun…just like every other kid.” Kyle was 11 years old while, in a different part of Russellville, Darla was 10 years old on that very July 20, 1968, day. Living separate lives much like other children, they were unrestrained by physical or intellectual disability. Running, jumping, playing, swimming, fishing and doing chores, each was unfettered and unaware of what was happening at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., on that day. Little could either imagine that this historical event would eventually touch their lives -- and those of the family they would one day have together. Less than 13 years later, the day after their first child Robert Michael was born, the doctor came into their hospital room delivering the news that Darla and Kyle Jones’ beautiful baby boy had Down Syndrome. Darla, being a young mother under the age of 30, had less than a 1-in-1,000 chance of bearing a child with this

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genetic chromosomal malformation. Although separated now as if by a journey of a million miles, Darla vividly recalls that moment as one of “a small death, a period of mourning.” But, today she exudes enthusiasm, joy and gratitude as she speaks of the many blessing that they have experienced in being given the privilege of loving and nurturing their oldest son. It is abundantly clear that theirs is a mission and a passion for supporting and encouraging others whose children or loved ones suffer from mental or physical disabilities. Involvement as a family with SOAR (Special Olympics Arkansas) before their son was eligible to participate began when R.J. -- as he likes to be known -- was six or seven years old. He is now 28. “I don’t remember a time when we weren’t involved,” Darla says, searching her memory. Family members each found a special kinship with what they now consider their second family. The group includes: Kyle, employed at Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One; Darla, a nurse and health specialist at Pottsville Schools; Robert, the first Pottsville SOAR athlete and multimedal winner in previous Special Olympics Competitions, and Derek, their younger son, serving the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier. Derek is married and the proud father of a daughter, the first in sixty years on the Jones side of the family! >>

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“God, family, Special Olympics...” therein lie the family’s priorities. So dedicated to this second family are Darla and Kyle that they have served as Area 17 Directors for the State of Arkansas for the past eight to ten years. Pope and the surrounding counties of Conway, Faulkner, Van Buren and Perry comprise the Area 17 area. Directing any area of the state involves year-round demands. With the extensive list of sports offered occurring year-round, taking on the role of Area Director could easily be considered an “act of love.” Special Olympics is a strictly volunteer organization (with the exception being paid administrative staff) so the “love factor” is undeniable. Their commitment involves organizing and coordinating training for coaches, athletes and the area games. Their Management Team, which includes athletes, coaches and family members, helps reach yearly goals. Goals include moving many athletes to the next level of their abilities. “With all of life’s other obligations, it’s not always easy to express your gratitude as you would like. But we have an excellent Management Team for which we are very grateful.” A call to the Arkansas state headquarters

for SOAR and a conversation with Terri Weir, program director, revealed some surprising numbers. Arkansas touts approximately 14,376 athletes. Of that number, roughly 600 participants represent Area 17. Approximately 3,000 volunteer coaches throughout the state number assist with the program. Family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, students, pastors and church groups represent a sampling of the volunteer force which gives of their time to make the Special Olympics experience possible. Law Enforcement and Realty Agents represent two of the organization’s most dedicated groups of supporters -- both monetarily and in terms of man power. Law Enforcement’s annual “Torch Run” not only raises much needed funds but provides a visual, inspirational and enthusiastic opening to the State Games. Teams made up of law enforcement officials, as well as Special Olympians, begin their run from the four corners of the state running through Arkansas communities and ultimately coming together to light the Special Olympics Torch, declaring the official opening of the games. Arkansas offers 15 of the 26 nationallyoffered Special Olympics sports. Athletics includes 18 track events, six field events and

the Pentathlon. Other events include: aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, figure skating and speed, floor (hockey), football and golf. Also offered are: gymnastics, power lifting, softball, tennis, and volleyball. An especially-attractive volunteer opportunity for skilled athletes without disabilities comes in the form of Unified Sports. Peer athletes with talent in their respective sport are paired with a Special Olympian to encourage and enhance the skills of their partner. “It’s all about the Special Olympian.” Sports such as basketball, bocce, and softball are sports falling within the “unified” designation. Russellville has been privileged to host the annual State Basketball Tournament for the past 22 years. Out of necessity, the Tournament is held during the local school district’s Spring Break to avoid conflicts with facility availability. Somewhat of a challenging time to elicit volunteers, Darla explained just how essential the volunteer force is to the success of the Tournament. “We started the State Basketball Tournament here in Russellville and we want to keep it! That’s why it is so important to attract our volunteer force so we can provide the support the Tournament requires.”


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So, what about the Olympians themselves, the Stars of the Competition? Eligibility for Special Olympics Athlete specifies that applicants possess “some form of intellectual or closely-related developmental disability.” Coming from every walk of life, ethnically diverse, young and old, and each with unique talents to offer, Special Olympics seeks to allow participants to discover and nurture their abilities. Ineligible until the age of eight years each athlete, upon acceptance, is positioned according to age, gender, and disability. The goal of such grouping is to encourage and nourish personal success within a group of their peers. With dedicated training, patience, and love these athletes gain a deeper sense of their abilities and pride in their accomplishments as they work hard to do their personal best. “These athletes aren’t just numbers on a piece of paper: their I.Q. They bring so much more to the table than that. You just have to look for it.” With much anticipation and excitement, a total of 93 athletes accompanied by 24 coaches from Arkansas will participate in the Summer National Olympics in Lincoln, Neb., from July 17-25, 2010. The University of Nebraska will host the event, welcoming Athletes from the United States. Among these will be six athletes, three Unified Partners, and six coaches from our own Area 17. Is there any way to measure the impact that this experience has on the lives that it touches? Those who volunteer will tell you that “you’ll never see life the same way again after sharing time with these amazing athletes.” It’s easy to imagine as joy radiates from the faces of each participant, whether on the Medal Stand, on the ground, or in the cheering section, the positive influence it leaves with those blessed enough to take part. But R.J. says it best. Each National or World Special Olympics Games adopts a theme of encouragement and commitment on which the athletes focus. The 1995 World Games provided R.J. with one he’s committed to memory and uses -- yes, even 15 years later -- to encourage others. “It’s all about attitude, Mom.” Thanks for the important reminder, R.J. n Note: For additional information on Special Olympics, visit or Arkansas Special Olympics (SOAR) at Volunteers are greatly appreciated and encouraged to get involved by contacting area directors Kyle and Darla Jones at (479) 968-3520 or March 2010

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ell, have you at least dusted off those cookbooks? We all get in a rut making the same old things every week -- Sunday pot roast, Tuesday meatloaf, etc. Tonight after dinner go find your favorite cookbook -- dust it off -- open it to the index, close your eyes, and point your finger to a recipe. Got it? Now commit to cooking that recipe this week. I enjoy reading cookbooks, just as some enjoy reading a good mystery. I guess I perceive a new recipe to be a bit of a mystery until I have made that dish. If you are a ‘techie,’ I encourage you to go to Type in an ingredient and you will find a plethora of recipes containing that ingredient. There are probably thousands of food-related web sites. They are easy find and quick to use, and in our busy lives, isn’t that exactly what we need? Once you find a recipe and try it and you find it to be a “winner,” put it in your own personal cookbook. Mine happens to be a well-loved spiral notebook. The No-Bake Cookie recipe page is covered with vanilla stains, and smudges, a true sign of a great recipe. These are a few of my “winners” from my spiral notebook cookbook. Enjoy!

BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP 6 T. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. salt (or to taste) ¼ tsp. white pepper 1 tsp. thyme (dried) ½ tsp. garlic (minced) Blend and cook 3 to 4 minutes in a large saucepan, over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add one can vegetable broth and one can water. Cook slowly until thickened.

Add 1 quart half and half, (fat-free if preferred) and 1 pint whipping cream. Add 1 lb. cubed Velveeta Cheese (cubed); 2 (10 oz.) boxes frozen chopped Broccoli (cooked according to pkg and drained.) Additional milk may be added to desired consistency.

CHEESE DELIGHT Cream together: ¼ lb. sharp cheddar cheese (finely grated) ¼ lb. (1 stick) butter or margarine (softened) Add: 1 c. all-purpose flour ½ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


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ABOUT... the River Valley Magazine will host our second annual ABOUT... the Best Cooks Recipe Contest on Saturday April 10, 2010. The event is both recipe contest and a non-profit fundraiser. Those who wish to sample the submitted recipes can do so at the end of judging. (See info below.) The contest portion is a “blind taste test” by a panel of judges, judging appetizers, breads and desserts. The judges only know the name and entry number of the dish they are judging. To maintain fairness and anonymity in judging, the name of the individual creating the dish is not supplied to the judges. Only after judging is complete are the names of the winners revealed. Last year we had many wonderful recipes submitted to our judges. To the entrants from 2009 who took the time, energy and expense to share your entries -- thank you so much for your participation! Without you our event would not have been possible. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., sampler plates will be sold to the public with funds being split between the Cyndie Parks Memorial Home for Girls and the ATU Hospitality Society. Tickets are $5 (one-plate) or $10 (all-you-care-to-eat.) Make plans to attend! Start tweaking those recipes, complete and send in the entry form, see page 35. Registration forms will also be available online at www. For additional information, email: Come ‘compete or eat’ Saturday, April 10th.

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“This year we will once again dedicate television coverage to this special event as well as provide assistance and prizes through our national level sponsors to ensure the growth and success long term of this unique gathering of collegiate anglers,” says Wade Middleton. A special word of thanks goes to the event’s many local sponsors, including: Bower Marine, Lefty’s Gun and Pawn, Wilkin’s Brothers Outdoors, Lake Dardanelle State Park, Coltons, Burger King, IHOP, Cracker Barrel, Dixie Café, Hog Wild, Whatta Burger, West Main Kroger, West Main Donuts and McDonald’s. Other sponsors include: PDQ, Blue Chip Ice, Ridout Lumber, Bowden Specialties, Pam’s Shoes, ABOUT... the River Valley Magazine, The Courier, KCJC, River Valley Screenprinters, Industrial Power, Inc., Outdoor Living Center, America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, Shawn Gordon and family, and Liberty Bank.

The Junior Auxiliary of Russellville is beginning to make plans for the 2010-2011 year. As a volunteer service organization, Junior Auxiliary is soliciting projects which require service to the community and/or financial assistance. According to the Junior Auxiliary handbook, a project is “a planned undertaking in the fields of welfare, health, recreation, culture, civic, or education for which the group has some part of financial or administrative responsibility.” Junior Auxiliary’s field of service is within the Russellville School District. A few of the projects undertaken by Junior Auxiliary during the past year include: School Emergency, Clothes Closet, School Hygiene Boxes, Scrubby Steve, Cyclone Achiever, Project School Supplies, Teacher Aid Grants, Aim for Success, Breakfast with Santa, Morgan Nick ID Booth, Reading by Demand, Summer Reading Program at the Library, Achieving Through Reading and numerous scholarships. Those interested in proposing a project are encouraged to request an application from Amy Tarpley at 967-7685. Information that will be needed includes the name of the organization, the number of people to be served, number of hours needed, a budget, purpose for which the funds will be used, etc. The deadline for project proposals is March 17, 2010. The projects committee will then prepare a list of proposed projects, and the requests

will be voted on by the chapter members to determine those projects which will be serviced and/or funded. Applicants will be notified in writing concerning the status of their requests. For more information contact Amy Tarpley, (479) 967-7685.

Sig Ep 5K Run/Walk April 3

On Saturday, April 3, the Arkansas Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon will host their Second Annual 5k Run/Walk to benefit the organization’s national philanthropy, YouthAIDS. The event will be held at Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary in Russellville, Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the race follows at 10 a.m. Entry is $20 per adult, $15 per Tech student. YouthAIDS, an education and prevention program, uses media, pop culture, music, theatre and sports to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and reach 600 million young people in more than 60 countries with life-saving messages, products, services and care. In 2005, Sigma Phi Epsilon, the largest fraternity in the U.S. with over 14,000 members, partnered with YouthAIDS to create an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign on college campuses. In addition to educating peers, SigEp brothers plan and produce signature events to raise funding for YouthAIDS prevention programs around the world. The partnership serves as a platform for American youth to become involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS by promoting education and awareness. “Our donation goal is $2,000 dollars, so we need runners to help!” says member and contact person Josh Anderson. “All proceeds from the event will go directly to YouthAIDS. We are asking you for any donation you may be able to make at this time in order to help us achieve our goal, and make this event a huge success.” For information, call (479) 426-5289, email, or visit http:// n

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Wash potatoes do not peel, cut into 1 to 1½ inch cubes. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and toss until potatoes are well coated. Place into baking pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, stirring at least once. In large skillet, brown beef and drain, and return to skillet. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover tightly. Simmer 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is cooked.

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“Pelvic floor exercises are easy to learn, and can fit into any lifestyle,” she said. Biofeedback is also part of the OTC incontinence program. Biofeedback helps you learn how your body works, and can be used with pelvic floor exercises and electrical stimulation to help control stress incontinence and overactive bladder. For more information on biofeedback and other incontinence therapies, call the Outpatient Therapy Center at (479) 968-3733. A physician referral is required. Medications can reduce some types of leakage, and may be appropriate for treatment of OAB. “Today’s medications are much improved from even five or six years ago, with milder side effects,” explained Dr. Henderson. Surgery may be an option for women who suffer with SUI. Henderson discussed one common procedure, Gynecare TVT, in which a ribbon-like strip of supportive mesh is placed within the pelvic floor. This support restores the body’s ability to control leakage during sudden movements, such as a cough or sneeze. This procedure is minimally invasive and is 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. “This procedure has been performed on over a million women worldwide, and is shown to yield permanent results,” said Henderson. “It has revolutionized the surgical treatment of stress incontinence.” The doctor also offered some practical advice regarding bladder leakage: • Caffeine is a horrible bladder irritant. Cut back on coffee, tea and sodas. • Cut back on liquids in the evening hours. • Weight loss can lessen the symptoms of both OAB and SUI. Burn more calories than you take in. • Coughing less will help with the symptoms of SUI. If you are a smoker, cessation is a huge factor in successful treatment. Asthmatics should work to keep the condition under control. The good news about urinary incontinence is that physicians know how to treat it. Opening up to your doctor is the first step in finding the solution. “Fearless and Fabulous” is Saint Mary’s women’s health initiative designed to arm women with the knowledge and confidence to make informed health and wellness decisions through every stage of life. Seminars are scheduled throughout the year and cover a variety of current health topics. Call (489) 964-9468 for information on upcoming events. n March 2010

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Story by Christina Keaster Photos courtesy of Azzore Veterinary Specialists

ne of a kind Dr. Terry L. Dew is truly one-of-akind. As the only American College of Veterinary Surgeon (ACVS) board-certified, small animal surgical specialist in Arkansas, he achieved his distinct title with hard work. He chose Russellville to establish his clinic, Azzore Veterinary Specialists. The influence of his mom, June, inspired Dew to pursue a career as a veterinarian. “My mom impacted my love for surgery and medicine. She was a teacher to operating room technicians and a Registered Nurse. She taught me to appreciate anatomy and science early on,” said Dew. As a boy growing up in the southeast corner of Wisconsin, Dew and his brothers were always dissecting animals from hunting and fishing trips, learning more about animal anatomy. He and his brothers started a construction company after high school, and Dew also trained hunting dogs and managed a shooting reserve in northern Wisconsin. “A veterinarian would help with the free-ranging wildlife on the reserve and he wasn’t that skilled. And I thought, well I could do a better job than this.” After hurting his back during a construction job, Dew was given two options from an orthopedic surgeon. “He told me, ‘You can keep doing construction and be in a wheel chair in about five years or you can start using your brain instead of your back.” Naively, Dew thought “Well, I’ll just go back to school and be a veterinarian. I never looked at how hard it was and what you had to do.”

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After completing his undergraduate degree, he was accepted into the veterinary school charter class at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. “We got to do as much research as we wanted, which was really nice.” With a Master’s degree in wildlife parasitology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) in hand, Dr. Dew sought after a zoo medicine internship, but wasn’t accepted due it being so competitive. However, he received an internship with a specialty practice in Connecticut. “Throughout completing my D.V.M., I thought I wanted to do zoo medicine, but the internship in Connecticut changed my mind. I found out I could earn a lot more money doing surgical procedures than zoo medicine,” Dr. Dew said laughing. “Because I’ve always worked with my hands in construction using tools, surgery came easy to me. If you can visualize things in 3-D and use your hands you’re gonna be fairly successful as a surgeon.”

Dr. Dew then moved to Virginia to complete his residency. He was the second resident to go through the small animal surgery program. Dr. Dew moved back to Connecticut and established a referral center there for four years. When his son, Parker, was born, he moved to Arkansas. They have been here for 15 years. Why Arkansas? With Dr. Dew’s distinct title of a board certified veterinarian surgeon, he realized there were no veterinary surgeons in the state. “There was a good case load and we got a very good response to a blind postcard mailing that we did. Russellville is centrally located between Fayetteville, Hot Springs, and Little Rock.” At first, Dr. Dew would go into individual practices to work. When that became busy, he tried working at three to four general practices around the state. Then Dr. Dew worked out an emergency clinic in Memphis, using his staff and working there during the day.

“That was the most economically advantageous, but the drawback was that the days were long with a lot of travel.” Finally, Dr. Dew opened his own facility in one location—Russellville.

“He looks like Grizzly Adams, but he’s a brilliant surgeon!” “It’s a lot easier to have good staff communication that way.” Even though Dr. Dew is board certified as a small-animal surgeon, he performed an out-of-the-ordinary surgery when he assisted the Memphis Zoo with a 5-yearold polar bear named Cranbeary. The 600 pound polar bear had a broken femur in her left rear leg after falling 14 ft. into a dry mote in her exhibit. >>

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Casual Day in the Operating Room

With the help of a team of technicians and engineers, Dr. Dew put the bones in Cranbeary’s leg back together. It took three hours, two plates, and 26 screws to mend her well. “The surgery went very, very well. It was like putting together a puzzle,” Dr. Dew recalled. Because of Dr. Dew’s skill, Cranbeary is back in her daily exhibit. Just recently, Dr. Dew visited the Memphis Zoo to amputate a tail on a penguin. “There is no typical day,” Dr. Dew said laughing, “that to me is what makes it interesting. You never know what one day is going to bring.” A total of 60% of the practice is doing knee-ligament surgery in dogs. Dr. Dew has removed a tumor from an aged Golden Retriever, implanted a total hip in a Seeing Eye dog, removed a ruptured disc from a paralyzed dachshund and reconstructed a fracture on a Christmas puppy that jumped from a child’s arms.

“We send our difficult surgery cases to Dr. Dew. He works with vets all over the state. He is an excellent surgeon and provides a great service to pet owners in Arkansas,” said Dr. David Oates of Russellville Animal Clinic.

“There is no typical day, that’s what makes it interesting. You never know what one day is going to bring.” Dr. Dew was voted Arkansas Veterinarian of the Year in 2003 for his service to his community and the veterinary profession. “I’ve known Dr. Dew since 1994. He looks like Grizzly Adams, but he’s a brilliant surgeon. We are fortunate to have him in our area,” said Dr. Lesley Holidy of Arkansas Animal Clinic.


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Dr. Dew describes his staff as fun with the clinic having an upbeat atmosphere. “We’re open with the clients, and we all interact. It’s not overly stressful here like it can be in some hospitals.” Most of the staff has been working for at least two years at Azzore. Dr. Dew’s staff is great at interacting with the clients when they aren’t visiting the clinic. “We use email, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, a blog, and our website to communicate with our clients,” said Dr. Dew. This aspect gives effective communication with clients that live around the state or out-of-state. “Each week we have a vote for the pet of the week on our blog. People get really into it. We put their case history and treatment under each pet’s photo. During the week of January 18, we had 402 votes for Belle, a female yellow lab who had suffered from laryngeal paralysis,” said Janna Ritchie, bookkeeper at Azzore. “I give clients back a really important part of their lives. Because families are so spread apart these days, that animal can be the only consistent thing in a person’s life. Seeing the animals do well and seeing the owners happy is what makes it worthwhile for me.” n

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

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Registry listings courtesy of Gifts on Parkway/Gifts on Rogers and Millyn’s of Dardanelle. To have your engagement or wedding published in a future issue of ABOUT Magazine, send your information, photo and a check for $57.50 to: ABOUT Magazine, PO Box 10176, Russellville AR 72812. Word count is limited to 225 words. Deadline is the 15th of the month preceding publication. For additional information, call (479) 970-6628. City Mall, Russellville | 479-968-3001

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Thank you to our Crown Circle of Friends. Your generous support enables Junior Auxiliary to implement programs that meet the diverse needs of our community. ABOUT the River Valley Magazine Alcan Packaging Thermaplate Entergy Ewing Photography First State Bank – Cynthia and Charlie Blanchard Daniel Freeman Dr. Carmella Montez Knoernschild Lee Ann’s Fine Jewelry Dr. and Mrs. David Murphy Over Auctioneers – Chad and Charles Over Quick Service Cleaners Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center – Millard Henry Clinic Sweeden’s Florist – Todd Sweeden The Courier


As you continue to give to Junior Auxiliary, we can continue to give back to the community. The circle of giving is meeting the many needs of our community. Kristy and Brad Allen Bank of the Ozarks Honda of Russellville Liberty Bank of Arkansas Dr. Gene Sloan Valley Laser/VSPA


The spirit of giving is synonymous with our community. Through your support, Junior Auxiliary is able to make a difference in the lives of many. Arvest Bank Blackstone Construction, LLC – Luke Duffield/Duffield Gravel – David Duffield Burris, Inc CenturyLink EWI Inc. Constructors – Jim Woker Feltner’s Athlete’s Corner – Richard and Cara Payne Joshua’s Fine Jewelry Julie and Jay Peters Regions Bank Shoptaw, Labahn, and Company, P.A. Simmons First Bank Taber Extrusions, LLC Tobacco Town/Home Theater Store Tom Bagby Photography Wilkins Brothers Outdoors – Justin and Mike Wilkins & Jenny Wilkins Teresa and Mike Wilkins


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positive impact within the Russellville community. Without you, our organization would not exist. III’s Company Allstate Insurance – Bryan Fisher Debbie and Dr. Mike Bell Bethany’s Design Center Mr. and Mrs. James Bibler The Cedars – Sunnie and Chris Dodson Davis Wealth Coaching Group, LLC Michelle Fowler Drs. Johnston and Richardson Pediatric Dentistry Jackie Gardner Mr. and Mrs. William Truman Hill Mr. and Mrs. Al Narveson Steve Newby Photography Rhonda and Bill Orsburn Parkway Dental Phil Wright Autoplex Laurie and Cleve Reasoner River Valley Ducks Unlimited River Town Bank Gina and Doug Skelton Southwest Airlines Streett Law Firm – Mr. and Mrs. Alex Streett & Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Streett Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Teeter Terra Renewal Service


Lives of many will be affected because of your contributions. Your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated. Louann and Travis Adams Ferne Shinn Anderson Arkansas VIP Awards Arkansas Orthopedic Institute Arkansas Tech University – Dr. Robert Brown Toni Bachman Back 2 Basics Fitness Center Carol and Harold Barr Rosiland and Dr. Garr Barron Bath Junkie Dr. and Mrs. Robert Brown Dr. Bruce Brown Brown’s Catfish Wanda and Dr. James Carter Cathy’s Flowers – Joe Turner Century 21 – Delores and William Thornsberry Milly and Bill Chevaillier Clark Eye Clinic Kellie and Ken Coker, Jr. Sherrie and John Cotton Glenna and Kent Dollar Susan and Ronnie Duffield Claire and B.J. Dunn Ewing Video Palace & Tropical Tanning Flowers, Etc. Pam and Dan Fouts Frank Griffin Oil Company, Inc./ Blue Chip Ice/ Fat Daddy’s BBQ/ PDQ Super Convenience Golden Boys Golf Carts Dr. and Mrs. Rob Goodman

Laura and Rick Harrison Joann Hays Heart and Soul Carol and Dr. Donald F. Hill Annette and Robert Holeyfield Mr. and Mrs. Harold Humphrey Italian Gardens Jennifer Goodman Photography Lequitta and Wayne Jones Kirby Specialties Corporation Kroger Lefler’s La House of Beaute’ Spa Salon Shirley Leonard Leonard’s Hardware Let’s Celebrate Lieblong Eye Clinic Lowe’s of Russellville Loraine and Dolph Massey McDonald’s Troylynn and Roy McSpadden Microplane Millyn’s Inc. Marilyn and Van Moore Susan Tullos Morgan Mullen Team Sports Annette and Burt Mullens Judy Murphy Rhonda and Jerry Nill Omega Solutions, Inc. – Cindra and Russell Roberson Joanne and Ron Ownbey Jeannie and Johnny Peters Pam’s Shoes & Pedorthics Primerica – Gary Huggins Quizno’s Rendezvous Formal Wear & Party Planning Linda and Dr. Tommy Richardson Riggs CAT Kay and Robert Roberts Rose Drug Salon 121 Amanda Shilling Mary and Dr. Hugh Silkenson Kim and William Sims Beth and James Sorrells Space World Kay Stephens Elizabeth and Chris Stinnett Peggy and Gary Stratton Winston Taylor The Corner Stone The Frame Shop The Mulberry Bush The Other Foot and More Jeanie and Bob Turner VEI General Contractors, Inc Wachovia Securities – Gordon Investment Group Waste Management


Thank you for believing in Junior Auxiliary. Your contribution will help advance the services we can provide. Nelda and Ron Alexander Alliance Title Insurance & Closing Co. – Laura Hughes

APEX Communications Debbie and Dr. Mike Bell Cagle’s Mill Catherine’s Cakes Chamberlyne Country Club CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers Mary Clark Emogene Coffman Arneata and Gearl Cooper Abby Davis Becky and Bob Ellison Fletcher Oil Galla Creek Country Club Mary Lu and David Garrett Gifts on Parkway Donna and Al Harpenau Jane and Rick Harrell IHOP Just Dance, Inc. Susie Kroencke La Huerta Las Palmas Merle Norman Cosmetics of Russellville Newton Tire Co. Inc. Oak Tree Bistro Frances and Bob Parker Parkway Cleaners Pope County Title Company Poppa Wheelies Regina and Chris Prince Razorback Video & Tanning River Valley Furniture Dr. and Mrs. Charles Robertson Sharlott and Lee Roy Robinson Starbuck’s Coffee Company Mrs. William T Sweeden Taco John’s Taco Villa Mexican Food TGIC’s Tena’s Gymnastics & Cheerleading The Beach Shack The Dandy Lion by Julie Meimerstorf The Dixie Café The Jump Place The Nicholson Group Linda and Dr. Thomas Tyler USA Drug Wal-Mart Lori Webb West Main Donuts Leigh and John Whiteside Kristen Wright Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Young


Life & Associate Members helping with Work Day Lunch Karen Akin Mary Anderson Marie Biggers Angela Bonds Nancy Canerday Gaye Croom Janine Fleck Suzanne Gately Suzy Griffin Polly Hardin Tamara Laws Troylynn McSpadden

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2009-2010 Junior Auxiliary Board, Officers and Standing Committee Chairs Cathy Andrasik Arkansas River Valley Boys & Girls Club Arkansas Tech University Cheerleaders Arkansas Tech University Men’s Basketball Team Boys and Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley First United Methodist Church First State Bank Kappa Kappa Psi Lowe’s of Russellville Memphis Travel – Joyce Laws Bobbie Moore Rendezvous Formal Wear & Party Planning River Valley Furniture River Valley Radio Group Stacy Rowlett Russellville School District Tau Beta Sigma Taylor’s Nursery The UPS Store With Much Gratitude, The 2009-2010 Members of Junior Auxiliary of Russellville Tonia Adkins, Jennifer Aquilar, Tonya Bloodworth, Sandy Davis, Robin Duffield, Jennifer Duran, Melanie Ewing, Paige Fisher, Shannon Fulton, Leigh Ann George, Chrystal Hall, Elizabeth Harris, Jessie Hogan, Sandy Huie, Lynne Knight, Kim McDougal, Ashleigh McMillian, Dixie McSpadden, Tammy Morgan, Rhonda Orsburn, Regina Prince, Michele Purtle, Laurie Reasoner, Tammy Rhodes, Kate Riggs, Amanda Shilling, Kathleen Stingley, Christa Stratton, Elizabeth Streett, Sherri Streety, Amy Tarpley, Cindy Waits, Jill Ward, Mel White and Aaron Wojtkowski. Provisional Members: Chrissy Clayton, Brittny Daubenheyer, Sunne Knight-Dodson, Debra Fithen, Jennifer Goodman, Christie Graham, Serena Heilman, Emily McIllwain, Brandi Richardson, Jennifer Samuels, Jennifer Saxton, Donna Smith, Lori Webb and Whitney Wilkins,

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