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Not all war wounds can be seen. Many military men and women return from tours of duty with injuries that are difficult to diagnose and easily overlooked. An effort is being made in Arkansas, as well as in other states, to treat all aspects of soldiers’ well being as they return from defending our country.

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Parents of a nine-year-old child just left the doctor’s office with shocking news -their child has high cholesterol. This is not something most parents would think they would be hearing after a regular check up. This scenario happens more than one might think.




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ABOUTour Cover The war-weary boots, the dog tags, the flag of the United States of America -- icons of our freedom, but at what cost? Of the more than 1.3 million solidiers who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, an estimated 250,000 of those will need help upon their return for serious mental issues including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. On Nov. 9, an event is being held to bring together the V.A. and area clergy to provide a community-wide network of faces as a resource for all veterans. You owe it to yourself to read (and support) “A Healing Welcome,” beginning on page 8. And while you are at it, please thank those who have given so much for so many.

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is considered by many sports fans to be the best sporting event of the year. This year’s tournament featured one of Russellville’s own. Don Daily Jr. officiated three tournament games, including a Sweet 16 game.


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Burnis Shay, Linda Mullinax, Beverly Sullins, Joreen Bane, Jannet Robertson, Gail Davenport, Ethel Jackson, Wilda Chase, Meme Pitney, Bert Taylor, and Imogene Taylor, all members of the “Cut-ups” quilt project.

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be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1820 at the new Faulkner County Fairgrounds. Dazzle Daze has traditionally been held at the Don Owen Sports Complex in Conway. In 2010, the show will move to the new special events center being built at the new Faulkner County fairgrounds off of Hwy 64 in east Conway. Event hours are Friday, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for general shopping. A Girls’ Nite Out will be held Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m. More than 80 merchants from around the country will offer gourmet food, holiday items, jewelry, children’s items, accessories, collectibles and much more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with kids of all ages and professional portrait packages will be available. More than 83 merchants participated in 2009 with an attendance of more than 5,000. Since 2001, the Women’s Council has raised more than $190,000 benefiting the community and countless patients at Conway Regional. Dazzle Daze 2010 will go toward the expansion of the Conway Regional Women’s Center and Surgery Department, as well as fund a medical scholarship and the financial assistance program for Health & Fitness Center services. For more information visit, call (501) 513-5771 or email

The women of the Westside Church of Christ in Russellville quilted five twin-size and eleven baby-size quilts for the American Red Cross recently. These beautiful quilts will be given to families that experience a disaster, like a house fire in the Arkansas River Valley. The Red Cross would like to thank these talented and generous ladies for their donation! Participating in the Church of Christ “cut-ups” project were: Burnis Shay, Linda Mullinax, Beverly Sullins, Joreen Bane, Jannet Robertson, Gail Davenport, and Ethel Jackson. Front row: Wilda Chase, Meme Pitney, Bert Taylor, and Imogene Taylor. For additional information on the local chapter of the American Red Cross and similar volunteer projects, please call Audrey Cottingham at (479) 968-3498. JA Outfits Students

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The Junior Auxiliary of Russellville recently Dazzle Daze, a fundraiser of the Conway completed “Project School Supplies.” The Regional Women’s Council, is a three-day annual project provides local students with shopping extravaganza featuring specialty backpacks full of much needed supplies to shopping in one location. This year’s event will have a successful year.

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“Project School Supplies” provides school supplies to more than 370 children in the Russellville School District. The project benefits students in kindergarten through fifth grade who do not have funds for basic supplies. The supply kits were assembled by the JA members and delivered to the schools in August. Additional funds are provided to the Russellville Middle School, Junior High and High School to provide supplies for students as requested by school counselors. Junior Auxiliary is a national non-profit organization that encourages members to render charitable services which are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children.


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ABOUT the River Valley

A Publication of Silver Platter Productions, Inc Vol. V, Issue 9 – November 2010

OWNERS/EDITOR Nolan and Dianne Edwards

Advertising Sales Melanie Conley

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The Editor’s Notebook

Having attended the Tennessee wedding of the daughter of a close friend, my husband and I decided to include a fall foliage jaunt to the neighboring Smoky Mountains before returning home. We had pleasant memories from an earlier visit taken to North Carolina shortly after our marriage in 1980 and wished to retrace our paths. We traveled that time with my parents, who combined an anniversary trip with a genealogy search to reveal our family’s footsteps through the Cumberland Gap. During that first visit, we visited points of interest where our ancestors crossed the Carolinas, established a township (Siler City, N.C.) and buried their loved ones. My mother has spent thousands of hours retracing both sides of our family tree. She made extensive trips to county courthouses from Texas to the East Coast hoping to fill the holes in missing records. She has amassed volumes of notes, collected hundreds of copies of family records and copied birth, marriage and death records from the worn pages of family Bibles of those who have gone before. Our original trip was both fact-filled and fun. When our daughters were in grade school, completing those family trees were both easy and fun with the information provided from both sides of our family. A cousin recently contacted me for a copy of ‘his side’ of the family tree. I had recently acknowledged that the name of his new baby girl, Addison, was an old family name – something he did not realize. His own children were now asking those same ‘where did we come from’ questions and there were gaps in his memory. Fortunately my mom has those answers – we just need to uncover them and send them south. Time has a way of fooling us. The quaint highways that joined the towns of Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg, Tenn., had changed dramatically since our last visit. The tree-lined canopies that once covered the streets of the artisan-filled town were replaced with a carnival-like atmosphere. There were people and retail shops on every inch of real estate. Did you know there’s an aquarium smack-dab in the middle of Gatlinburg? Ripley’s has a least one shop on each block of the parkway, and, oddly enough, there’s a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company on one corner of the once sleepy little burg? It took us two passes to locate the familiar Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, and the placement of retail establishments along the six-lane highway kept the oft-photographed historic site from plain view. What price progress? Lots of retail shops, numerous outlet malls and famous-name restaurants replaced most of the ‘mom-and-pop’ shops that we once found friendly and familiar. In the area’s push for progress, they lost touch with their roots. Traveling through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the curves felt familiar, except for one aspect... the crowds. We quickly realized that we had arrived at the area during the peak foliage viewing season – along with thousands of our ‘closest’ friends. My husband and I walked the steep half-mile path to Clingmans Dome, which, at 6,643 feet, is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The last time I tackled the path to the Dome was with my dad 30 years earlier. Together we had stood and looked toward the northeast, to a point called ‘Siler’s Bald’ where his direct ancestors had crossed the Appalachian Mountains. That day we stood without him but felt his presence. The leisurely drive through the 11-mile Cades Cove tour, where pioneer families survived amidst the Civil War era, had quickly transitioned to become a moving parking lot. We had lots of time to become up close and personal with the wildlife (deer and turkey were abundant with photos to prove it!) The next time I get an urge for a memorial visit to a place from my past, immersed in family history or not, I’ll think twice. It was a memorable trip but the fall foliage of Arkansas and the Ozark Mountains rivals that of The Smoky Mountains any day... and I don’t have to spend 12 hours in a car.

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Out and ABOUT Fellow Americans. It has come to my notice that there are among you those who are less than thrilled with my efforts as the leader of this greatest of all nations. In an effort to rectify this particular and unique situation, please allow me to say to you today...

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Talk ABOUT...politics Nothing gets folks riled up more quickly than discussing politics. Everyone has an opinion – or at least they should – when it comes to backing a candidate. Some voice their opinions; others remain silent. Non-regular TV viewers might have missed the Old Spice commercial launched during the Winter Olympics. The new “Old Spice Guy” -- 36-yearold actor Isaiah Mustafa -- has been recognized as one of the most impressive social media campaigns of all time. Its appeal sets the stage for a natural spinoff for both print and broadcast media. Talented illustrator Cliff Thomas did not miss an opportunity in creating the cartoon above. His talented parody reminds us to look clearly to determine whether what we see is really what we are getting. I can still remember the anticipation of getting to vote in my first presidential election. Having a December birthday, it was quite some time before I was allowed to cast that special first vote. Even back then, my mantra was ‘if you don’t vote, don’t gripe.’


I still feel that way. If you don’t care enough to learn the backgrounds and direction that your favorite political candidates are following, then do NOT complain about the actions that occur while they are in office. It’s that simple. If you are too unconcerned to cast your ballot, then don’t sit back and complain when things turn sour. I’ve never been a political cheerleader and being raised near greatgrandparents that were died-in-the wool Democrats, my party-line crossings weren’t always appreciated. To this day, I still vote for the candidate rather than ‘a party’ and while I’m not vocally active, I do support candidates that plan to move our community and our country in a forward direction. If you are uncertain as to which political candidates to support in the local November 2 election, we’d encourage you to visit the Russellville city’s website at Select the ‘Election 2010’ tab and view a list of political candidates for both the city and county elections. Contact information and a statement from each candidate are included.

Nov. 1,8,15, 22 and 29: West Side Singles, 6 p.m.; guest speakers, game nights, trips, activities; 205 N. Waco, 968-6565 or 970-4447. Nov. 2: Election Day Nov. 5-6: 40th Annual Arkansas Valley Arts & Crafts Fair held at the Pope County Fair Grounds. 641-1828. Nov. 6: Garage Sale benefitting the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 7-2; Wildflower, 240 S. Inglewood. Info: 890-6709. Nov. 7: Local Artist Invitational Exhibit Opening, River Valley Arts Center, 1-3 p.m. Info: 968-2452. Nov. 9: Transitions Bereavement Support Group, 10 a.m., Arkansas Hospice, 2405 E. Parkway; second Tuesday of each month. Info: 498-2050. Nov. 9: Russellville VA/Clergy Partnership Training on Returning Veterans and the Invisible Wounds of War, East Dining Room; Chambers Cafeteria, 5-8:30 p.m. free event with a light meal; info: Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day Parade, 4 p.m. in Downtown Russellville.; info: 968-4411. Nov. 12-13: Russellville First Assembly Flea Market, 201 East G St.,10-6; admission $2; proceeds benefit RENOV8 Student Ministries. Nov. 12-13: RHS Drama Production, “High School Musical,” Gardner Auditorium, 7 p.m.; $6, adults, $4, students. Nov. 18: 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. Nov. 24-26: Area Schools closed for Thanksgiving Holiday. Nov. 25: Happy Thanksgiving! Nov. 27-28: Winter Wonderland Drive-Through Christmas Lights Display Grand Opening; Pleasant View Park; $5 per car; Info: 967-1762. (Dec. 3-4, 10-12, 17-26.) Nov. 29: Deadline for float entry in the Russellville Christmas Parade; info: 968-1272. Dec. 2: Russellville Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade; Dec. 3: Dardanelle Christmas Parade,”Light Up Christmas,” 6:30 p.m. Info: 229-3328. *Unless otherwise indicated, all area codes are 479. Visit for a list of activities updated as they are received. To have your event included in the ABOUT Calendar of Events, email: editor@aboutrvmag. com or fax to (866) 757-3282. Deadline is the 15th of the month preceding publication.

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A H e a l i n g We l c o m e Story by Johnna Walker | Cover photo by Steve Newby

Not all war wounds can be seen. Many

military men and women return from tours of duty with injuries

that are difficult to diagnose and easily overlooked. Two of the most common are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). An effort is being made in Arkansas, as well as in other states, to treat all aspects of soldiers’ well being as they return from defending our country. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, the V.A.-Clergy Partnership for Returning Veterans in Rural Areas will present “Russellville Area – Mental Health Partnership Training for Clergy”. The event will be held at Arkansas Tech University in the Chambers Cafeteria East Dining Room. The evening will begin with a light meal at 5 p.m. and sessions will be held from 5:45 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Arkansas Tech University and South Central V.A. Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Care (MIRECC). CEU credits are available for health care professionals. The event is being held in cooperation with Counseling Associates, Inc. in Russellville. Chaplain Steve Sullivan is the Clergy Coordinator for the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Sullivan holds a bachelor of arts degree from Baylor University, a M. Div. degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Th. M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. During a recent visit to Russellville, Chaplain Sullivan stated, “The purpose of this event is to reach members of the clergy as well as mental health professionals. The goal is for these groups to be able to cross-network. Research shows that approximately one fifth of the veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from severe mental health problems and when facing difficulties, they are more likely to seek help from their pastor instead of a mental health professional.” “Approximately 1.3 million soldiers have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The estimated one fifth of that number needing help for serious mental health issues equals 250,000.” Sullivan said that the irony is the more mental health professionals are learning about the unseen mental health problems of returning vets, the less resources there are. Sullivan stated, “The economy has been diving while the need has been rising.” The V.A.-Clergy Partnership for Returning Veterans in Rural Area also presented training in Russellville in March at the First United Methodist Church that focused on Combat Stress and Suicide Prevention. Chaplain Sullivan said, “In a crisis, the clergy and faith community are the first responders. When a need surfaces in that context, they need to be informed on how to serve these people or how and when to refer them to a specialist that might be needed.” “There is a stigma about mental illness in some rural areas and

in some churches. Someone who needs help is more likely to seek it from a minister instead of a mental health professional.” Sullivan has been working locally with the Russellville Ministerial Alliance. He said, “I am very impressed with the Ministerial Alliance here in Russellville. They are very organized and have a strong sense of community involvement.” Chaplain Sullivan extended a personal invitation to the upcoming event to all mental health professionals, members of the clergy, veterans’ service groups and community service groups. “Our goal is to provide a community-wide network of faces as a resource for veterans.” Sullivan also said, “We are learning to be pro-active and now provide some programs for pre-deployment.” “We send these people to war, we are responsible for them when they return.” Sullivan said a book entitled Welcome Them Home, Help Them Heal (Pastoral Care and Ministry with Service Members Returning from War) is often used in training the clergy and interested individuals in the faith community. Information on how to obtain copies of the book can be found at Russellville native Major General William Wofford, Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard, supports the upcoming event and plans to be in attendance. General Wofford said, “After months of significant stress, in extreme weather conditions, and living with the constant fear of the unknown of possibly facing death or injury, it takes time to decompress and revert back to a peacetime environment.” “What we have been trying to convey to our soldiers and airmen, their families, employers, co-workers, and clergy is that it takes strength and courage to step forward and admit that you have a problem that you can’t resolve yourself… admit that you need help. That is the first step, but it is the hardest.” Chaplain Sullivan also discussed the soon to be opened V.A. Community-Based Out-Patient Clinic in Russellville. Veterans will be able to be seen for medical needs without traveling to other parts of the state. A mental health social worker will also be on staff at the clinic. To RSVP to the November 9th event, or for more information, contact, or contact Chaplain Sullivan at or at (501) 944-9297. n

Parade Honors ALL Veterans Story by Johnna Walker

This year’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade, organized by the Pope County Salute to Freedom Task Force, will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, in Downtown Russellville. Staging will be 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The parade begins at 4 p.m. The parade route will begin with staging at Harmon Park (east of the Kroger parking lot. The route begins at Jonesboro, turning right onto West Main Street and continuing to Commerce Street. The route turns left on C Street (in front of the Russellville Historic Depot) proceeding on C and crossing El Paso. The parade will disburse after crossing El Paso.) Forms are available for parade entry by contacting Humphrey Funeral Home.

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Information required includes contact name, phone, organization or company name, address, email, and type of entry. Entries may include floats, commercial or personal entries, marching bands, associations, walkers, etc. Parade forms must be completed and submitted by Monday, Nov. 8, to: Humphrey Funeral Service, 2801 West Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801. For information, call (479) 968-4411. Major Phillip Cain Baker from Fayetteville, GA, will be speaking at the Veteran’s Day Program at the depot following the Veteran’s Parade. Major Baker is a Distinguished Honor Graduate from Auburn University. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch in August 1996. He is a graduate of Army Aviation Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, Honor Graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Honor Graduate of the Aviation Captain Career Course, the Combined Arms Service Staff School (CAS3), and Command General Staff College. Major Baker’s assignments have included stations in Korea, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Kosovo; Fort Hood, Texas; support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Fort Irwin, Calif.; and in Afghanistan in support of Operation

Major Phillip Cain Baker

Enduring Freedom. Major Baker currently serves on the Army G3 Staff at the Pentagon. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Air Medal with “4” device, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, Senior Army Aviation Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He has accumulated over 800 hours of combat flight time. Major Baker is married to the former Courtney Sherman of Ocala, Fla. They have two daughters: Hannah, 4, and Caitlin, 2. n

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hard work

the old

hardware store Story by Connie Las Schneider Photos courtesy of Terri Cecil

Crowded to the rafters with merchandise and local folk who sat around talking politics, the old fashioned hardware store is just a memory in most urban areas where big box stores have forced out their smaller competitors. Fortunately, Clarksville still has Cecil Hardware. While big chain stores like 84 lumber and Ace/True Value stores have come and gone in Clarksville, Cecil’s mom-an- pop operation has been serving customers for 50 years with hard to find parts and good advice.“If you can take 5 minutes out of your day and help a customer fix a part and save them money, they’ll be a customer for life,” said Kent Cecil, a second generation hardware man. Kent started learning the hardware business as a three year old when his

parents, Jack and Katie Cecil, bought an existing hardware business on Main Street back in 1960 after Jack graduated from Arkansas Tech University. Since then, the family has relocated the business one block away to 515 Sevier Street and now has three generations working at the store. Although Jack Cecil died in 2006, Katie still works at the store along with Kent, his wife Terri, their daughter Amber and son Chase and his wife Derenda. While Kent doesn’t remember the early days in the family business as he didn’t

start full-time until he graduated from the University of the Ozarks in 1980, his sharpas-a tack mother has vivid memories. A great-grandmother herself, Katie is still actively involved in the family business and can usually be found helping customers and giving good advice. “A lot of water had gone under that bridge in 50 years! I remember when all the stores in Clarksville used to close every Wednesday afternoon,” said Katie with a smile. “In earlier days, we used an old punchkey cash register. I think it’s still around here somewhere,” said Katie, looking over the store packed literally to the ceiling with merchandise and treasures. Every square inch seems to be filled with some sort of product or tool. The back wall of the store is lined with antique tools, many donated by loyal customers.


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“We used to buy bulk seeds and sold about everything for the house from the ground up except wood, which we never carried. We also sold a lot of black iron gas pipe and galvanized pipe for water. Today most everything is PVC plastic pipe. In the building industry, screws have taken over nails and airtools over hammers,” she explained. Katie also remembers how her husband’s buddies used to gather at the back of the store, sitting around on nail bins or sturdy old wooden chairs. When all the seats were taken, the men would often sit right on the counter. “Oh, they could talk for hours, shooting the bull and talking politics,” Katie laughed. The men also played a game using those little Coke glass bottles you used to get. Each bottle was marked with the city it

Today, more women are doing their own repairs and home improvements. Although it has been a bit of a challenge adjusting to the way women think, women seem to do a better job, said Kent. “You only have to tell them once and they don’t come in with preconceived ideas about how something should be done.” Giving sound advice is another reason Cecil’s Hardware has stayed in business when others have failed. “Sometimes a customer comes in and tells you what he or she wants, but I say was made in, and the man who had a Customer demographics are different, ‘you don’t need that’ and show them bottle stamped with the farthest city from too. In earlier days, “not as many women another way to do the job and save money came in to shop at the hardware store and at the same time. And, if we don’t have the Clarksville won the game. While friends and customers still come in those who did might be running an errand part they need, we can get it. Customers appreciate that,” said Kent. >> for the latest news and gossip, Adirondack for someone else,” said Katie. chairs have replaced nail bins as seats and three computerized cash registers sit on the counter. Business practices have also changed as credit cards and credit lines have replaced the simple handshake as a way of doing business, said Kent.

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complete with a DJ who played ‘Taking Care of Business’ among other favorites while 400 party goers ate free burgers and cake. Twelve Cecil employees and family members wore matching t-shirts with a big “50” on the back, including Katie’s fiveyear-old great-grandson, Lance, who was seen playing with some flexible plastic pipe carefully duct-taped into a giant Hoola Hoop. Meanwhile, business was brisk as ever inside the store. The Mayor of Clarksville, Billy Helms, was there along with Cecils’ primary hardware supplier, Earl Nolen of Orgill Hardware Distributors, to present Katie Jack Cecil tends shop with the coveted Estwing Co. ‘Golden Hammer,’ an industry-standard award As more Hispanics have moved to given only to individuals with 50 years in Clarksville to work in the trades, some Cecil the hardware business. employees have learned a bit of Spanish to “The Cecils are salt of the earth people. How many people like Katie have worked help communicate with these customers. “We have customer’s today who for 50 years in one business? You have were children when they first came in to qualify to get this award; you have to to translate for their grandfathers. One serve your time. Katie and before that, Jack Hispanic man told me he appreciated that and Katie, did that,” said Nolen, who has I took the time to try to understand and worked with the Cecil family for more than help solve his hardware problems. That 30 years as the store’s primary hardware distributor for over 70,000 parts. means a lot,” said Kent. As a way to thank its many customers “Technology has changed the way over the past 50 years, Cecil’s Hardware we all do business,” said Nolen. “Many had a 50th Anniversary celebration on Oct 8, small independent businesses are getting

Katie Cecil hard at work

squeezed out by big corporate business. These little stores need to outsmart them by offering something the big box stores don’t; good old fashioned customer service. Cecil’s is doing that by their exceptional customer service,” said Nolen. Mayor Helms said he had been coming to Cecil’s Hardware for 30 years. “Anything you wanted or anytime you had a hardware problem, you just had to describe what the problem was and it was like they could read your mind. They are still doing that today. If they don’t have it, you probably don’t need it,” said Helms. n

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Faith, Food Fair P arents of a nine-year-old child just left the doctor’s office with shocking news -- their child has high cholesterol. This is not something most parents would think they would be hearing after a regular check up. This scenario happens more than one might think. Today’s society leans towards feeding our children, as well as ourselves, foods such as cheeseburgers, fries, various other fried foods, and the infamous chicken nuggets. A McDonald’s chicken nugget Happy Meal exceeds 475 calories when paired with a soda and French fries. This is more than one-third of the 1,300- calorie recommended daily intake for children four to eight years old. All Saints’ Episcopal Church of Russellville held a Faith and Food event in September to help bring awareness of hunger issues in Arkansas as well as globally. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. that day attendees were able to attend indoor workshops, engage in conversation, and watch films on how personal food choices affect worldwide hunger, the environment, and personal health. Outside tents were hoisted where children could grind corn, get seeds from various plants, and enjoy story time. Adults were able to purchase plants from local growers and visit Heifer International’s booth for more information on how to prevent hunger around the world. Volunteers greeted members of the community as they strolled up the walkway. They informed the guests of activities, where and when they were, and offered a program so that guests could easily navigate their way to different events. When first walking through the door, the hall was filled with live piano music played by Warren Harper. This was the spot where guests could make donations and place bids on a silent auction.

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Located to the right of the entrance was a room full of books donated by Vintage Book Store of Russellville. Vintage Books donated 200 books all based around the theme of food. There were books and literature focusing on food, cooking, gardening and health recipe books, books of faith and food and how they were related, and how to eat healthy even when on the go. These books were available for a small donation of $3 to $5. Even young children were looking through the pages and asking their parents if they could try some of the recipes out of books. Apparently even he children were getting in the spirit of eating healthier. The room featured a smoothie bar where children and adults were encouraged to try a smoothie consisting of locally grown fruits. Fruits of all sorts where lined up where guests could make fruit kabobs and a snack ball made with all healthy ingredients. This seemed to be a big hit with the children. With minds and bellies full, guests could drop their children off in the movie room to watch “Store Wars,” a movie made to mirror Star Wars, except in this movie, all the characters were vegetables. This was created to be a theater for children where they could snack on natural popcorn and sip on apple cider or water. As the children were entertained, the adults could move into the dining hall where activities were set up geared more towards their tastes. Participant Pat Applebaum was in the main dining hall sharing ideas on healthy vegetarian options. Pat began researching and learning about healthy eating more than 20 years ago because of multiple food allergies. When her husband began coping with COPD, the Applebaum’s started attending classes about whole grains, nuts and soy of almond milk. To go along with the theme of health and sharing during the food fair, Pat made her meatless meatballs.

We need to help others understand that there is enough food in the world; it just needs to be properly distributed. That’s ‘teaching’ sustainability.

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In the classrooms guests could listen to instruction and watch videos on the importance of buying locally-grown foods. They learned that when communities chose local foods, they help strengthen not only their community but their region as well, all while connecting the people of the community with each other. By buying locally, individuals invest more local money into farms while reducing the distance that groceries travel from the farm to the home. Although buying local will not provide a complete solution, organizers believe it certainly is a start to creating more responsible consumers. All Saints’ Episcopal Church is doing their part to encourage bringing local foods to the community. The children of the church have planted gardens that grow a variety of vegetables. Part of the day’s events for children included the planting of a pear tree. The tree should start producing pears in a couple of years. All the foods planted in the garden will be provided to the community. That evening guest speaker Jo Luck, the recipient of the 2010 World Food Prize, spoke of her personal experiences while working for Heifer International. First, she started off with greetings from around the world, even adding, “hi ya’ll” to the mix.

These greetings represented some of the cultures with whom we share the same environment and same food, no matter what part of the word we live in. Mrs. Luck said that there is enough food for everyone, we just don’t get it distributed properly. “We need to work on that. When we teach and help others then we are talking about sustainability,” she shared. The volunteers of the faith and food fair were a prime example by the way they shared their knowledge with everyone. In her work with “passing on the gift,” Mrs. Luck worked with the women of India who banged rocks together to make gravel as their job in which they were lucky to earn a dollar a day. She helped these women learn how to make housing and care for the animals. The women went through one to three years of training before the animal was given to them. Later, they would give the offspring to another family who also went through the same training. Mrs. Luck went back after several years to visit. The women whom she had helped had devised a plan to go even further in their efforts to become part of the solution and not just part of the problem. Every day for six months, the women set aside a handful of

rice from the food for the family for that day. They sold that rice at the market, giving them enough money to buy ducks, chickens and rabbits for poor women to feed their children. Mrs. Luck shared that in her time with Heifer International she has traveled more than 60 countries, slept on dirt floors, and gone without bathing for several days at a time. She has been shot at in a sniper alley, slept in a village next to an active volcano and survived the worst earthquake the world has ever seen. Mrs. Luck told those in the crowd that she has eaten snake, yak, beetle, sheep and guinea pig with a smile and a thank you to the host because they were sharing their very finest. She then reminded attendees to keep in mind that while all these foods might seem odd, they were all local. After Mrs. Luck’s speech guests were served a dinner made from all local foods by Russellville Chef Wade Turnipseed. A special thank you was also bestowed upon the organizers of the day’s events, which included Suzanne Hodges and Carolyn McLellan. Note: For additional information on the event, contact All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 501 South Phoenix Avenue, Russellville, or call (479) 968-3622. n

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ever eat grapes right after brushing your teeth, unless you need to make some kind of unbelievable facial contortion. I am sharing this with you because that is exactly what I did before sitting down to write this column. Now that my face and taste buds have recovered I can get on with the real topic of this month’s story: thankfulness. I have reached that age were waking up in the middle of the night for no good reason at all is a fairly common event. I have come also to realize that most women are destined to spend more than half their adult life never getting a full night’s sleep. “Why,” you ask? Oh, let me tell you. First, in most cases, there are children. When they are babies you are up in the middle of the night because they demand that you feed and change them. I think we can all agree that that is not an unrealistic expectation on their part, but results in very little sleep for you, nonetheless. Then they turn in to preschoolers who can, for the most part, feed and change themselves. This advancement in skills requires you to wake to every sound you hear just to make sure they are not helping themselves to the fridge in the middle of the night. Or better yet, that they are not using their newly found, “I can do it by myself” attitude to flush an entire roll of toilet paper down the toilet in the middle of the night. And, let’s not forget to mention that any sneeze or cough has our eyes instantly pop open; next, we will lay there listening to see if there are anymore to follow. We move along into the elementary years of our children and we are still plagued by the coughs, the sneezes and the bumps in the night. We must next add a whole other category of, “oh shoot.” (Sometimes I will admit, that “oh shoot” was an “oh ****.” So thankful I serve a God of grace and mercy.) There are those moments when, in the middle of the night, you shoot straight out of bed because you have just remembered you are supposed to bring homemade cupcakes to your child’s class first thing in the morning. Or, after forgetting to get poster board for the third day in a row for your child’s group project, you promise it will be on the kitchen table when they wake up. Of course all the other parents already have sent their supplies. The only problem is you forgot -- once again -- to go buy it. This is when you grab those house slippers and make a run to Wal-Mart. Now for those notorious teenage years, we think we are exhausted because we are getting older. Not true. We are exhausted because we get very little sleep when they are teenagers. We stay up until they get home – or at least we attempt to stay up. Even if we do fall asleep on the couch, we wake up when they finally walk through the door. Then, there is this sixth sense we mothers have that wakes us up in the night

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just to check on them. We hope to see our darling babies sound asleep in their beds we enter their rooms -- only to find them on their cell phone, playing video games, or missing from their room, gone because they have snuck out. Oh, what fun years! Then come the college years. Yes, now we will get some sleep because they are out of the house. Not! You see, by this time we really are older and we have meet a whole new enemy of our sleep -- hormones. This is the phase I am in now. There is not one single child in my house to keep me awake or awaken me and yet, 3:30 a.m. and I are becoming best friends. On the nights I remember to take melatonin before I lie down, I can usually make it to about 6:30 or maybe 7 a.m., otherwise, I am up. My sister just shared with me today that she woke up at 3 a.m. last night and got up and did some housework. I refuse to give in to this sleep stealer with such grace and industriousness. No, I will lay in my bed and toss and turn and fuss and fume! A lot of good that does me, right? Some of you may remember that I said this column was going to be about thankfulness. Where is it? I am getting there. Just a couple of nights ago I had fussed and fumed for quite a bit and I reached down at the bottom of the bed and pulled up my favorite blanket. As soon as I snuggled it against my face I felt peaceful. It is an extremely soft blanket. I quickly sent a prayer heavenward thanking God for such a soft blanket. Within a millisecond God reminded me not everyone has such a soft blanket to sleep with; some have no blanket at all. I then began to think of what a great bed I have to sleep in every night and of how much I really like (love) my pillow. I know there are millions in the world who do not have luxuries such as pillows and beds. I began to thank God for my bed, my blankets, my sheets, my pillow and even for my bathroom, just a few feet away with running water. (This is the same bathroom that I am using more frequently in the middle of the night these days.) How amazingly blessed I am with so much that I take for granted. So mommas (and daddies,) whatever stage of sleep deprivation in which you find yourselves – infant through hormones – I encourage you to look around and find the blessings. They are right at your finger tips -- even in the middle of the night. n

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Destination Downtown On Sept. 23, merchants associated with Downtown Russellville celebrated the long-awaited “Destination Downtown” event targeted to welcome back Arkansas Tech University students, faculty and staff. More than 32 business supported the event which played host to nearly 150 attendees. Food and drinks, provided by Big Star Marketplace and Stoby’s Restaurant, were served from 5 until 6:30 on the edges of Depot Park. Vendor booths skirted the edge of the park while onstage musical entertainment performed by Affectus & Some Guy Named Robb and the Irresponsibles. A scavenger hunt was conducted among the downtown businesses (27 stops total) with those who completed the hunt earning a chance to win door prizes and Downtown Dollars (valued at $200.) IIIs Company hosted a fashion show to a capacity crowd beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the community room of The Historic Russellville Depot. A street dance, conducted by Mr. DJ began at 8 p.m. on the Depot plaza. Free bus transportation was provided November 2010

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from Doc Bryan by Central Presbyterian Church and River Valley Martial Arts. Students received goodie bags with items from many of the downtown area businesses. Destination Downtown was presented by the Russellville Downtown Association, a committee of Main Street Russellville. Due to the success of the first-year event, Destination Downtown is planned again for 2011. Betsy McGuire, executive director of Main Street Russellville, said the event was “our way of introducing to Tech students what local businesses have to offer. We are in such close proximity to Arkansas Tech, and we want students to see for themselves the shopping and dining opportunities available in Russellville.” Photos of the event may be viewed at MainStreetRussellville. To stay abreast of upcoming Main Street Russellville activities, become a friend of Main Street Russellville on FaceBook. n ABOUT...the River Valley | 17

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Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center recently hosted a Fearless and Fabulous 'girls night out' event, centered on a community commitment to stopping breast cancer. Women from around the River Valley took advantage of after-hours digital mammogram appointments, and enjoyed refreshments, giveaways and special offerings from area retailers.

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Christmas Parades Planned Long-touted to be the largest Christmas parade in Arkansas, plans for the annual 2010 Russellville Christmas Parade are in progress. Those interested in participating are reminded that the deadline is noon Monday, Nov. 29, to enter a float in the parade. The theme of this year’s Russellville parade is “Holiday of Lights.” The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, starting on South Arkansas in downtown Russellville. Cost is $25 for floats and $100 for commercial entries other than floats. All parade participants must submit an entry form. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (479) 968-1272. Parade entry forms are available at the Russellville Parks and Recreation Department, 100 East Parkway, Russellville, or are available in downloadable format at www.eteamz. com/rsvlparksdepartment. The Dardanelle parade, sponsored by the Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce and River Town Bank, will be held on Friday, Dec. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade assembles at Dana Merritt Park beginning at 5 p.m. and will travel East on Hwy. 22. Foot traffic will join the parade at the former Nebo Chevrolet location. The parade route continues north on Union Street, turning south onto Front Street and continuing until the end of Front Street where the parade disassembles on the Riverfront. Mail entry forms to: Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce, Post Office Box 208, Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834, or fax to (479) 229-5086. They may be delivered to the Chamber office located in the Dardanelle Community Center on State Highway 22. For more information, contact Andrea Pitts at (479) 229-3328. n November 2010

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“I really enjoyed working with Keri and her parents. I knew she had a budget that she wanted to stay within. My goal was to give her an updated and more functional kitchen that she and her family could enjoy for many years.” says Christy. If you are interested in refreshing or updating the look of your home, then come by Ridout Lumber and we can help. Our flooring department offers many options for updating your floors. Carpet, ceramic, porcelain tile, hardwoods, and laminate flooring are a few good choices. Spruce up the kitchen or bathrooms with new cabinets or update colors with new counter tops. Our cabinet lines offer several options for paints, stains and those great storage options. Counter top options include, laminate and solid surface counter tops, quartz and granite with many colors. We have custom paint mixing with Farrell Calhoun paints; you can bring a dull room back to life with a fresh coat of paint. Updating your light fixtures is easy with our new selection of TransGlobe Lighting. We also offer Hunter Ceiling fans. Stop by and check out our showrooms. Working within a budget can be a challenge, but our professionals at Ridout can assist you in this process.

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Tastes Of Thanksgiving Day And The Days After by Dianna Qualls About the River Valley Food Editor


any people look forward to this particular holiday simply because the majority, if not all, of their family members will be together for the first time this year. It is a time of happiness and catching up on the lives of the others and enjoying Thanksgiving dishes we have enjoyed forever. So if you’re like me, when you think about Thanksgiving dinner, you may anticipate the leftovers as much as the meal itself. Take advantage of the seasonal sales and buy a turkey even if you have Thanksgiving dinner elsewhere, or buy an extra if you have the freezer space. Turkey can replace chicken in many recipes, and it’s a wonderful addition to soups and casseroles. Freeze cooked and deboned turkey, then thaw and chop what you need for a recipe. Use the bones to make stock. Browning the turkey bones is one of the secrets to an extra-tasty stock and worth the extra steps. Make your broth right away then freeze in 1-cup portions for up to 6 months. Use it for cooking rice, in casseroles, in sauces and as a base for soups. Try one of these turkey recipes and Thanksgiving recipes. They are just as tasty in January as they are in November. Enjoy!

MINI TURKEY FOCACCIA SANDWICHES Focaccia: 1 can (13.8 oz) refrigerated pizza crust 1 T. olive or vegetable oil ½ tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. Italian seasoning ¼ c. shredded Parmesan cheese Filling: ½ c. Roasted Red Pepper Dip 2 medium plum (Roma) tomatoes, thinly sliced 2 c. lightly packed baby spinach leaves ½ lb. thinly sliced or shredded cooked turkey Heat oven to 400°F. Grease large cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray. Unroll pizza crust; press into 12x8-inch rectangle on cookie sheet. With end of handle of wooden spoon, press indentations in top of dough, about one inch apart. Brush dough with oil; sprinkle with garlic powder, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 30 minutes. Cut focaccia in half lengthwise to make two (12x4-inch) pieces. Spread bottom of each focaccia piece with 1/4 cup dip. Top one piece with a single layer of tomatoes and the spinach. Layer turkey evenly over spinach. Place remaining focaccia piece dip side down over turkey; press lightly. With long serrated knife, cut into 6 rows crosswise by 2 rows lengthwise to make 12 square sandwiches. Secure each sandwich through all layers with toothpick. Q’s-Tip: Fresh basil leaves may be substituted for the fresh spinach, and to speed things up a bit use store bought focaccia bread. Recipe from

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(Potatoes can be covered and refrigerated at this point up to eight hours.) Sprinkle pecan mixture over tops of potatoes. Bake uncovered 30 to 35 minutes or until topping is brown and potatoes are hot. If filled potatoes were refrigerated, remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving; top and bake as directed. Recipe from

TURKEY STRATA TWICE BAKED SWEET POTATO 6 small sweet potatoes (5 to 6 oz each) 2 T. all-purpose flour 2 T. brown sugar, packed 2 T. butter, softened ¼ c. pecans, chopped 2 T. butter, softened 2 T. half and half 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice ¼ tsp. salt Pierce each potato twice with point of sharp knife to vent steam. Place in single layer in microwave oven. Microwave on High for five minutes. If potatoes are not cooked through, turn potatoes over and continue microwaving one minute at a time until softened. Remove any fully cooked potatoes from microwave while cooking remaining potatoes. Cool potatoes 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, two tablespoons butter and the pecans; set aside. Heat oven to 350°F. Cut off top 1/3 of each potato. Using a spoon, scoop flesh into large bowl being careful not to tear potato skins; discard potato tops. Add two tablespoons butter, half-and-half, pumpkin pie spice and salt to potatoes. Mash potato mixture with potato masher or beat with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Spoon potato mixture back in to skins. Place filled potatoes in 13x9-inch pan.

1 T. butter or margarine 1 c. sliced leeks 8 slices (½ inch thick) French bread, cut into 1-inch squ ares 1 c. chopped cooked turkey or chicken 1 T. chopped fresh or 1 tsp dried dill weed 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese 4 eggs, beaten 2 c. milk ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook leeks in butter about three minutes, stirring frequently, until softened; remove from heat. Mix bread cubes, leeks, turkey and dill weed. Spread bread mixture in ungreased square baking dish, 8x8x2 inches. Sprinkle with cheese. Mix remaining ingredients; pour over cheese. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours. Heat oven to 325ºF. Uncover and bake 50 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Q’s-Tips: The flavor of leeks is similar to garlic and onion but is much milder. If leeks aren’t available, you can use regular onions or green onions instead. If you love ham, substitute one cup chopped fully cooked ham for the turkey. You can also try Cheddar or Swiss cheese instead of the mozzarella. >>

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In medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients except Cheddar cheese until smooth; pour over turkey mixture. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Bake 3 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Q’s-Tip: Jump-start brunch by making this dish ahead. Prepare to the point of baking, then cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Bake as directed.


ginger, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool and strain. Mix syrup with 4 cups pomegranate juice, 4 cups pineapple juice and 6 cups ginger ale. Serve over ice. Serves 8.

Fattoush is an eastern Mediterranean salad traditionally made with coarsely chopped garden vegetables, a tart lemon dressing, and large croutons made of toasted or fried pita bread. With the addition of cooked turkey, this fresh salad becomes a vibrant main dish.


4 whole-wheat pita bread rounds 5 T. extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp. paprika Salt, to taste, plus ¼ tsp. ¼ c. lemon juice 1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper ½ head red leaf lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces 1 lb. cooked turkey, shredded or cut into pieces 1 c. seeded, chopped cucumbers 1 c. seeded, chopped ripe tomatoes 3 T. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 ½ c. cooked turkey, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped ¼ c. chopped bell pepper 1 box (9oz) frozen cut broccoli, partially thawed 8 eggs 2 c. milk 1 c. all-purpose flour ¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese ¾ tsp. salt ¾ tsp. dried basil leaves ½ tsp. pepper 1 c shredded cheddar cheese Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle turkey, onion, bell pepper and broccoli in baking dish.

with the paprika and salt. Arrange in a single layer on two large baking sheets and bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. When cool enough to handle, break each round into 4 or 5 pieces. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, pepper, the remaining 4 T. olive oil and the 1/4 tsp. salt. Add the lettuce, turkey, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley and pita pieces to the bowl and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Serves 4. Recipe from

PUMPKIN PIE WITH ORANGE MARMALADE 1 c. all-purpose flour ¼ tsp. plus 1 c. sugar 1 tsp. salt 8 T. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 2 to 3 T. ice water 1 2/3 c. pumpkin puree (see below) 2 T. orange marmalade 3 T. molasses ½ tsp. ground cloves ¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg ½ tsp. ground cinnamon 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 C heavy cream Whipped cream for serving

The key to making a flaky, all-butter crust is to handle the ingredients as little as possible. Cut the butter into the flour just until it forms pea-size crumbs; this means that small bits of butter will still be visible. A common misconception when making pie dough is that the butter holds the flour together. The ice water actually performs this function, so Preheat an oven to 375°F. Using your avoid over-blending the butter. fingers, separate each pita into two rounds. In a food processor, combine the flour, Brush one side of each pita round lightly with the 1/4 tsp. sugar and 1/2 tsp. of the salt oil (using about 1 T. total) and sprinkle lightly and pulse once to blend. Add the butter



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and process in short pulses until pea-size crumbs form, 20 to 25 seconds. While pulsing, gradually add the water until large, moist crumbs form, about 10 seconds more. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press together to form a 5-inch disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat an oven to 425°F. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into a 12inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie dish and fit the dough into the dish. Trim the edges, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold under the excess dough and, using your thumb, decoratively flute the edges. Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes. Line the pie shell with aluminum foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Transfer the pie shell to a wire rack and let cool. In a large bowl, stir together the pumpkin, marmalade, molasses, the 1 cup sugar, the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Add the eggs and cream and stir until smooth. Pour the filling into the pie shell and smooth the top. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F and bake until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer the pie to a wire rack and let cool. Top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream. Recipe from

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PUMPKIN PUREE Place a small whole pumpkin on a baking sheet and roast it in a preheated 350°F oven until it can be easily pierced with a knife, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. For a shorter roasting time, slice the pumpkin in half and roast it, cut side down, in 1 inch of water in a baking dish until tender, about 45 minutes. Let cool, then cut the pumpkin in half crosswise (if not already done) and scoop out and discard the seeds. Scoop out the flesh with a large spoon and puree the flesh in a blender or food processor or with a food mill. n

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he NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is considered by many sports fans (including yours truly) to be the best sporting event of the year. This year’s tournament featured one of Russellville’s own. Don Daily Jr. officiated three tournament games, including a Sweet 16 game. I watched with pride as I saw Don on national television mixing it up with the likes of Tennessee’s Bruce Pearl and Butler’s young Brad Stevens, knowing the 42-year-old River Valley resident was in a position to influence the outcome of the tournament. While Don was focused on assessing every player’s move during the games, my biggest concern was whether I was going to have corn chips or Doritos with my cheese dip and whether Butler was going to mess up my bracket. They did. Don was selected to officiate the tournament by the NCAA Officiating Committee based on his performance during the regular season. There are approximately 2,000 Division I officials. He was one of 96 selected to officiate the first round games. Based on his performance in the first round, he was one of 48 awarded a second round game. He was one of 24 selected for a Sweet 16 game. That’s a big deal (to steal a partial quote from Vice President Biden!) “I’ve been very blessed. I get to do something I love and be fortunate enough to get paid for doing it,” Don said.

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So how does a guy from Russellville become one of the top-tier officials in college basketball and make it to the Big Dance? And why would he want to? Basketball officials endure cursing, verbal abuse and glaring stare-downs from unhappy coaches. And that’s on a good day. On a bad day, they can end up as a SportsCenter highlight. Don has a passion for officiating and has been doing it for 11 years. He hadn’t always dreamed of becoming a referee, however. That stage in his life started unexpectedly. He attended a Russellville High School basketball game when his dad, Don Daily Sr., was coaching the Cyclones. One of the officials failed to show up for the junior varsity game and Don Sr. asked his son to fill in. The lead official liked what he saw and asked Don Jr. if he would be interested in becoming a referee. Not long afterward, Don passed his rules test and obtained his credentials to officiate high school basketball. He spent one season officiating high school ball, one season officiating Division II ball and was fast-tracked to Division I the following year based on his performance at a couple of officiating camps. Don attributes his officiating success to his family’s involvement in sports while growing up. It also didn’t hurt that Don was a gym rat. He was practically raised in a gym. His dad, a 36-year coaching veteran, helped Corliss Williamson hone

his skills. His brothers, Robert and Scott, were good athletes. Don himself was an AllConference and All-State basketball player for the Cyclones and played on the 1985 state championship team. He earned a basketball scholarship to Wesleyan College, a Division II school in Oklahoma, where he played two years. He returned home to Arkansas Tech University to redshirt his junior year and played his senior year until a leg injury hampered his playing time the rest of the year. Don graduated from Tech with a degree in business administration and

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The first basketball game had nine players on each team. The baskets (peach baskets) were set at 10 feet because that was the highest the ceiling would allow at the YMCA gym.

In 1946, 6’7” Chuck Connors of the Boston Celtics, who later starred in the TV series “The Rifleman,’’ dunked so hard in pregame warmups that the wooden backboard splintered and toppled forward on him. Three-point shots were established in 1986. Shaq wears a size 21 EEE shoe.

Until 1937, the referee tossed a jump ball after each made basket.

a minor in marketing. Never did he dream he’d be a Division I ref, nearly 10 years after college graduation. Don’s 8 to 5 job is operating an independent Shelter Insurance agency in Atkins. Owning his own business gives him the flexibility to meet the travel demands of a Division I referee. Last season Don officiated 36 games in the Missouri Valley, Southland, Sun Belt, Big 12, Conference USA and Southeastern Conferences. He typically officiates three games per week during the season. With so much time away from the office, Don relies on his BlackBerry and laptop computer to keep up with his insurance business. He books the first flight out of Little Rock, requiring him to wake up at 3:30 a.m., which gets him to his destination in time to conduct some insurance business prior to that night’s game. Another necessity to balancing his home life with his two jobs is an understanding and supportive family. His wife, Staci, and their children, Alley, 18; Jay, 17; Rachel, 13; Stefan, 12; and Jordan, 11 sacrifice some family time during the basketball season, but make up for it in the off-season.

The silhouette on the NBA logo is Jerry West.

“Without their support, I couldn’t do this,” Don said. Although Don was unable to discuss compensation due to the NCAA’s nondisclosure policy, Internet searches indicate that Division I referees are paid an average of $2,000 per game depending on the conference. Referees are independent contractors; therefore, they receive no benefits such as health insurance or retirement funds and must pay for those expenses out of their own pocket. Except for the Big Dance, they make their own travel arrangements. Division I refs certainly have some interesting experiences. The first Division I game Don officiated was a memorable one. The game was played in Miami between Florida International and Western Kentucky. With four minutes left in the game, Western Kentucky Coach Dennis Felton disagreed with a possession call made by one of the other officials. Instead of complaining to the correct official, Coach Felton complained to Don. Unfortunately for him, Coach Felton made the mistake of leaving the bench and heading all the

The most points scored by one team in college basketball is 258 scored by Troy University during a 258-141 thrashing of Devry on Jan. 12, 1992. The most points scored by one player is 100. On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks. The diameter of a regulation rim is large enough to allow two basketballs placed side by side to pass through it.

way across the court to complain directly to Don, screaming and cursing the entire time. Don had little choice but to give him a technical foul for leaving the coaching box. “It was like pouring gasoline on a fire,” Don said. “Coach Felton came unhinged. He was so angry that when he returned to his bench, he kicked the advertising screen on front of the scorer’s table and broke the plexiglas. In fact, he kicked it so hard that his foot became lodged inside,” Don recalled. >>

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Hopping on one foot and screaming at his assistant coach to help free him, Coach Felton was still out of control so Don gave him another technical and trotted to the opposite end of the court hoping to avoid any more confrontation. He thought it best to let the head official handle things from this point. A second technical foul results in an automatic ejection for a coach or a player so Coach Felton was finished for the night. Keep in mind he was the visiting coach so the fans were riding him hard for damaging their scorer’s table. They were able to free his foot; however, his shoe didn’t make it out. As he left the arena wearing only one shoe, he headed right for Don. “I didn’t realize he would have to walk right past me to get to his locker room. I’m trying to compose myself and thinking, ‘This is bad. I’ll probably get fired and never officiate Division I basketball again,’” Don said. “Coach Felton was glaring at me as he approached. He bumped me as he walked past. I blew my whistle and gave him a third technical. I couldn’t let him get away with bumping me.” Western Kentucky lost the game by six or eight points. “All of that drama over a call that I was not even involved in,” Don lamented. Having called three technical fouls and tossing a coach in his first assignment, Don figured that he was “one and done” in Division I officiating.


NCAA Tournament Games Officiated: Washington (80) vs. Marquette (78)

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Murray State (52) vs. Butler (54)

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Tennessee (76) vs. Ohio State (73)

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The next morning (Sunday) while waiting to board a plane he received the dreaded phone call from the supervisor of officials about the previous night’s game. To his relief, his supervisor said that after reviewing the game, Don’s actions had been correct. His supervisor advised him to put it all behind him and advised him “to have a short memory.” That advice made more sense a bit later after Don checked his schedule and discovered that on Thursday he was slated to officiate at, you guessed it, Western Kentucky of all places! About two hours before game time on Thursday, Coach Felton locates Don in the referee’s locker room, approaches him, and to his surprise, shakes Don’s hand. Don recalled Coach Felton’s words: “Don, I want to apologize. I was wrong. I don’t know why I lost it, but I did. I’m surprised you didn’t punch me. I apologize. I will never act that way again.” Don replied, “Coach, short memory. That was last week. We’re at this week.” Western Kentucky lost by one point in overtime. Don said Coach Felton behaved like a gentleman during the game and the two have gotten along great ever since. That is some initiation into Division I basketball. Don is an engaging young man. He is passionate but humble about officiating. He is confident but unassuming and a great storyteller. The River Valley is fortunate to have such a young man representing us on a national stage. Here are a few more interesting tidbits: • Because of the gambling industry, referees

cannot disclose where they will be officiating until one hour before game time. • The technical foul Don called against Butler’s Coach Brad Stevens in the second round tournament game was the first technical he had called all year. • When he officiated the Sweet 16 game, he was suffering from a cracked rib sustained in an automobile accident earlier in the week. He credits God with getting him through the game. • He places a wad of gum between the front of his tongue and his whistle to help prevent a quick or inadvertent whistle. He consciously moves the gum aside with his tongue before blowing his whistle to stop play. • His biggest surprise is the extent of trash talking and foul language that goes on during games. • He typically doesn’t hear fans yelling at him. However, once during a timeout when the noise lessened, he heard a woman yell, “Hey ref, you need to bend over and open your other eye!” It was a silver haired elderly lady. He said he made eye contact and winked at her. Her husband grabbed her and pulled her back into her seat. • He gave Texas Tech Coach Bobby Knight a technical foul in a game at Oklahoma State. Coach Knight was reprimanded and suspended for one game for complaining to the media about the call. The official post-game review and evaluation determined Don’s call to be correct. • He has no aspirations to officiate in the NBA. • Officiating helps keep his 6’5” frame in shape. He still looks like he could hold his own in a pick-up game. n

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The Other Foot and More has Toms Shoes! In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need, One-for-One. As of September 2010, Toms has given away over 1,000,000 pairs of shoes.

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Brands such as Hartstrings, kc parker, Kissy Kissy, Peaches N Cream, and Funtasia Too can be found in sizes newborn thru youth size 16. Simply Sam’s features unique items such as Kicky Pants, which is made of bamboo, and Young Colors, which are made of hand dyed fabrics. We also carry a large selection of pajamas, gowns, and robes in both heirloom cottons and satin/knit combinations. Whether you need a hair bow in just the right shade or want to register for your new little one, Simply Sam is the place to come shopping for your children. They are located at #5 Colonial Square in Clarksville (Exit 58) Phone: (479) 754-7010. Fall is the perfect time to add landscaping beds and plant trees. Just come by Taylor Nursery and let the employees help you make your selections. Remember that with pansies you can have color all winter long. For the Christmas season, they will have several different sizes of poinsettias all dressed up for gifts and decorating. Taylor Nursery also has beautiful pottery, many bonsais, pots of mixed plants, ivies, hollies and beautiful junipers for the winter decorating that you may want to do. Do not forget they deliver; just call 968-2778 or stop by 130 South Cumberland, Russellville.

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If you want to make one stop and shop for everyone, it has to be Wilkins Bros. Outdoors in Russellville. Aside from being a full line Browning dealer, offering the largest selection of sporting goods, clothing, footwear and firearms, we now offer Silver Jeans, Merrell/Teva/Simple shoes, Arcteryx, Mountain Hardwear, Under Armour, Lucky Bums and many more name brands. From $2 stocking stuffers to the ultimate gifts, we are your one stop shop. Wilkins Brothers Outdoors is located at 815 N Arkansas Avenue, Russellville; 479-968-4322. MondayFriday, 9-6 and Saturday, 9-4. Woody’s Boot and Repair specializes in boots and more for the whole family (infant to adult). Don’t forget to check us out for all your Christmas shopping needs. We carry a huge selection of bling purses, wallets and belts. There are many styles of hats and boots from which to choose now in stock. We’ll also be happy to assist you with all your leather repair needs. Woody’s Boot and Repair 511 East 4th Street, Russellville. (479) 968-8980.

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Downtown Holiday Art Walk, Christmas Open House - Dec. 3rd

You are invited... to join the Downtown Merchants for a magical evening featuring carriage rides, strolling carolers, refreshments & visits with Santa...a Christmas tradition & enchanting time to shop for original art & in-store specials for your holiday gifting!

Friday, Dec. 3rd ~ 5 to 8 p.m.

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Begin the magical holiday season with a visit to the Downtown Holiday Art Walk and Christmas Open House, planned for Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Russellville’s Downtown Historic District. During this traditional holiday event, participating downtown businesses will feature talented area artists and their unique one-of-a-kind works just in time for holiday gift giving. Santa will be on hand for pictures at the Depot. Stroll the Downtown sidewalks or catch a carriage ride. Many of the host businesses will feature in-store specials, refreshments and live music in their shops. Start 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. Don’t miss Sportscene’s Downtown Holiday

Light Show featuring over 10,000 lights beginning in the evening, every half hour thru Christmas. 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 Downtown Art Walks are held quarterly during the months of March, June, September and December. For additional information contact Main Street Russellville at (479) 967-1437.

Experience the Magic! Remember loading up the family into the car on Christmas Eve and then spending what seemed like HOURS driving through the neighborhood to view the area’s surrounding Christmas lights? At many houses, this was the prelude to returning home to enjoy hot chocolate, open Christmas gifts and hurry to bed in anticipation of Christmas morning. Now you can “Experience the Magic” this holiday season with your family in

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Russellville’s newest holiday venue. “Winter Wonderland Russellville 2010” is a project of the Russellville Advertising and Promotion Commission lead by Christie Graham, executive director of the Russellville Tourism and Visitor’s Center. Funded by a grant from the A&P Commission and financially backed by a number of area businesses with support from the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department, the drive-through light display will begin with a Grand Opening on Sunday, Nov. 27, at Pleasant View Park, Hwy. 7 North, Russellville. Major sponsors (to date) include Wilkins Bros., Liberty Bank, McDonalds and KMTC. The display will be open from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. Admission will be $5 per car.

Other dates of viewing will be Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-12, and Dec. 17-26. “Let me personally invite you to spend your holiday enjoying heaven’s backyard in the area surrounding Russellville, Arkansas,” encourages Christie Graham. It pays to be reminded that Russellville is located at the crossroads of Interstate 40 and scenic Byway 7 and situated at the halfway point between Little Rock and Fort Smith. “Russellville can provide you with a great day of outdoor recreation at one of our award-winning state parks or many other outdoor adventures such as hiking, camping, canoeing, hunting, swimming, rock climbing, hang gliding, four-wheeling

and some of the best Arkansas fishing.” Graham adds: “Come and experience the great community spirit of our little town. Shop owners will greet you warmly, restaurants will provide you with delicious delicacies and our local hotels will provide you with warm, comfortable rooms. “Enjoy annual community events such as Valley Fest, Downtown Fall Festival, Bass Fishing tournaments, one of Arkansas’ largest Christmas Parades, in addition to our newest ‘tradition,’ Winter Wonderland.” For additional information and to discover how you can be a part of the holiday magic, call the Advertising and Promotion Commission at (479) 967-1762. n

November 18, 19 & 20 New LocatioN: 2505 e oak St. (Hwy 64e) conway expo center & Fairgrounds Spend the weekend in conway at the holiday shopping extravaganza of the year Shopping for everyone Visits with Santa and fun for all Benefiting

Win a 2011 Ford Mustang Limited to 500 Raffle tickets, $100 each other great prizes available • (501) 513-5778

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Danielle’s Bridal Wedding, Bridesmaid, & Social Occasion Dresses Tuxes 2382 West Clark Road Clarksville, AR 72830

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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.)

–November 13–

– January 8–

Kati Mason and Sean Kern

Melissa Delgado and Justin Singleton

– November 20 –

–February 5–

Hannah Steffy and Robert Pruitt

Jennifer Elliott and Matt McCoy

– December 3–

–March 12–

Dakota Dorney and Matthew Cates

Sarah Fink and Donald Johnson

–December 11–

–April 23–

Elizabeth Kimbrough and Donny Gill Kelsey Whitlock and Zach Watson Tanner Harris and Joshua Lantz

–December 18– Audrey Anna Harrell and Jack Mortenson

Katy Scott and Jared Winston

– May 7– Jilliann Jacimore and Matt Johnston

–June 4– Doriane Woolley and Scott Wray

–January 1– Brigid Godbold and John Thames Stacey Lee Owens and John Patrick “Bo” Whitaker

50% of Americans are afraid of the dentist. We cater to cowards at Dalton Family Dentistry. We accept all major dental insurances and are in-network with BCBS of AR and Delta Dental. We also offer affordable payment options. Dr. Dalton now offers implant services that are very affordable, including the latest advancements in implant-supported dentures. Implant dentures will make you feel like you have your natural teeth again! Check our website for more information or call our office and schedule a consultation.


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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. *Digital files are accepted and will be published upon receipt of payment.

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