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Turpentine Creek tackles its biggest big cat rescue ever By Don Lee For 20 years, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has provided sanctuary for dozens of rescued tigers and other big cats. Now they are undertaking their biggest rescue of all. The USDA licensed refuge, located seven miles south of Eureka Springs, has been asked by the sheriff of Crawford County to rescue 34 tigers, leopards, and cougars from a facility near Mountainburg, Ark. The animals’ current owner is in failing health and the caging/containment for the big cats has fallen into disrepair over the past several years. This project is a herculean task – with over 100 big cats already living at Turpentine Creek, the need for additional housing/ cages for the new rescues is vital. According to Turpentine Creek President and Co-Founder Tanya Smith, Betty Young, the owner of Riverglen Tiger Sanctuary, which has housed the cats until now, is 72 years old with failing health. “The youngest tiger is 14-15 years old, and the owner was hoping to be able to care for all 34 of them until they succumb to a natural death,” said Smith. “Most of the cats are healthy and should live to be 18-25 years old. The owner’s health is not going to hold up and be able to see the plan through, and so Turpentine Creek has been asked to help by both the owner and the local sheriff.” Smith said the property was in a severe state of decline, compounding the difficulties of moving the animals. “Dens had been allowed to collapse without repair,” she said. “Grounds maintenance and road upkeep had stopped some time ago, and no truck/trailer can access the animals. Equipment and tools are almost all in nonworking order. There is no running water to the animals so most all of it must be hauled up and down the mountain on horrible paths accessible by foot, four wheeler, and tractor only. The cage construc-
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tion is unsafe. It is amazing that no big cats were running loose. Safety by the gun of a sheriff is calming on one hand, yet unnerving to need such a presence on the other.” The land the animals live on is not secure, Smith said, and if the owner were to die, the animals would be in deep trouble. “I have been in contact with many reputable facilities and has received a definite ‘we have no cage space’ from all but one,” Smith said. “This one facility is actively assessing their ability to help. TCWR does have room for eight big cats at this time.” Riverglen Tiger Sanctuary is located deep in the Boston Mountains, and Smith said the cats there had not received visitors nor experienced much activity or stimulation. “For the most part, the 34 big cats at Riverglen are doing well, considering,” Smith said. “A visual inspection of the animals revealed that a female tiger needed immediate veterinary care. The other 33 appeared fat and healthy. Although the living conditions of the animals have diminished, their health has not.” At this point in the mission, Smith says, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has relocated six tigers to the refuge: Chopper, India,
Duke, Austin, Duckie and Princess. “Two of the six had to be anesthetized to move them, two went really easy, and two were highly aggravated, but loaded without drugs,” said Smith. “These are not bad numbers or percentages. Actually they are about par for moving big cats safely.” Smith said there are 28 cats at Riverglen Tiger Sanctuary needing homes soon – 24 tigers, two cougars and two leopards. There are two plan of actions at work currently, she said – raise the money to keep rescuing animals and moving them to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, while at the same time try to find homes for the cats in other reputable facilities around the country. “Currently at Turpentine Creek we are doing our best to accomplish both objectives,” Smith said. “The final outcome may be a blend of both plans. At this point we have raised enough money to begin dozer work on the site location for new enclosures. This must be done first to make building quicker and more efficient. Simultaneously, we continue to talk to other facilities about animal placement.”
As is so often the case, the main barrier to saving these big cats from death is money. “We calculate it will take over $200,000 to relocate the cats here and/or to other facilities,” Smith said. “Yesterday, while on the mountaintop staring into the eyes of all these great cats, I could not help but fix my mind on the real answer to this epic problem: Donations. Money is literally the only obstacle these cats need to overcome. They cannot raise the money themselves. They need us to do that for them to insure they live out their lives with dignity and comfort.” Turpentine Creek is asking for monetary donations and/or donations of appropriate caging materials to facilitate their efforts in this undertaking. “If you are a person who can afford to make a large donation, now is the time,” Smith said. “If you cannot go large, any amount will help. Time is of the essence, so please donate today.” For information regarding the rescue in question, please contact Tanya Smith at (479) 253-3715 tanya@turpentinecreek. org or Scott Smith at (479) 253-3318 scott@ turpentinecreek.org.
HDC approves door, sidewalk and dog park fencing in brief meeting
In a brief meeting Tuesday night, the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission took care of business before heading into the holidays. The new owners of 21 Linwood Ave. appeared following a site visit to their property to formally request approval for new French doors on the side of the house, as well as a 12-by-12 ft. deck on the same side. Although HDC rules prohibit changing the exterior structure of an historic home if the change will be visible from the street, Linwood Avenue is a dead-end, and since these changes would only be visible from the narrow angle of the end of the dead-end street, the commission approved the changes. James DeVito, owner of DeVito’s Restaurant, also received the thumbs up from the HDC, in this case to add a new
retaining wall and 45 feet of sidewalk at the restaurant. “We are hoping our one neighbor will go ahead and do their sidewalk, which would complete the sidewalk on that side of the street all the way to the train depot,” said DeVito. Finally, Parks & Rec Director Bruce Levine and Parks Commissioner Rachel Brix came up to discuss options for fencing for the dog park to be built at Harmon Park. Although the HDC had previously approved a five foot tall, black, vinyl-coated wire mesh fence as adequate for the site, Brix explained several people, including Parks & Rec Commissioner Daniel Jackson, had expressed safety concerns about the fencing due to the playground next to the proposed dog park site. The alternative proposed by Brix is
black, vinyl-coated chain link. “Yes, it’s chain link fence,” Brix said. “You can’t put lipstick on a pig, but the black vinyl makes it practically invisible from only a few feet away, same as the earlier choice. And although you and I know the other type of fencing is more than adequate, this will make people feel safer.” Commissioner Richard Grinnell agreed, pointing out that not only is the park site not in the middle of a residential area, the closest houses are up the hill, so it isn’t encroaching neighbors; additionally, he pointed out HDC requirements only say the fencing must be green or black, and that ivy or other greenery be used if possible to help conceal it. The commission agreed. The fencing will go up. The next HDC meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.
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Passing the books
Hillspeak a mecca for book lovers By Jennifer Jackson Itâ€™s about a mile south of Eureka Springs to the turn onto County Road 102. Then itâ€™s less than a mile to the signpost. Silhouetted against the sky at the end of the driveway are twin red barns with Dutch eaves. But it is whatâ€™s under the eaves that makes the barns a destination for book lovers. â€œItâ€™s one of the best kept secret in Eureka Springs,â€? the Rev. John Burton said, â€œand itâ€™s been here for 50 years.â€? Burton is talking about Hillspeak, a former dairy farm that is home to The Anglican Digest, a quarterly review that goes to readers in the United States and Canada. The barns also house the Anglican Book Store, where new and bargain books are offered for sale, and a library used by religious scholars. But most of the floor space is taken up with Operation Pass Along â€“ thousands of books free for the taking.
â€œAll we ask is that you come and take books,â€? Burton said. â€œWe have boxes you can tote them out in.â€? OPA recycles books from church and private libraries that need a new home, Burton said, with the only stipulation being that they have a spiritual subject matter. In any given month, a thousand books come in and go out, he said. Incoming titles are entered into a database. If one matches a request, it is shipped out, the recipient only paying postage. The books are sent free to seed new church libraries and to missions in Ghana. The majority go onto the POA shelves, however, which hold 15, 000 to 20,000 volumes, according to Linda Crane, Hillspeak secretary. â€œIt covers about every faith,â€? she said of the collection. â€œWe try to keep a good variety.â€? The shelves are also accessible to visitors
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Abe Strohmeier of Eureka Springs combs the OPA shelves for books.
â€“ all kinds of people come in, Burton said, not just Anglicans. Students from a Bible school in Missouri come through regularly, he said. Week before last, Abe Strohmeier of Eureka Springs, who attends Calvary Chapel, was combing the shelves for books on archeology and biblical prophecy. â€œNot a lot of people know about this place,â€? Strohmeier said. â€œI was trying to start a Christian library when a friend told me about it. I spent four hours here one time.â€? Formerly Silver Cloud Ranch, Hillspeak was founded in 1960 by the Rev. Howard Lane Foland. Foland had started the Anglican Book Club in his garage in Nevada, Mo., in 1953. After moving to the farm, he formed the Society for Promoting and Encouraging Arts and Knowledge (the SPEAK of Hillspeak). The grounds are open to visitors, who are welcome to walk the trails and take in the views across the King River valley to the east and Eureka Springs to the north. Foland envisioned Hillspeak as a campus where people would come and write or paint, Burton said, but it never developed. â€œItâ€™s an interesting place, and unique to the United States,â€? he said. Burton, who was ordained in 2001, lives on the grounds, where the farmhouse and three other buildings provide housing for scholars using the 15,000 volume Howard Lane Foland Library, located in a barn loft. A small chapel, dedicated to St. Mark, is open 24 hours. â€œSome of the tourist buses used to come here,â€? Burton said, â€œbut itâ€™s not a big tourist
attraction.â€? But for people who like books, itâ€™s a goldmine. OPA even has a childrenâ€™s section, where Becky Strohmeier, Abeâ€™s spouse, gets board books for their 2-year-old daughter, Ambria. The couple have also gotten devotional guides for couples, and Abe uses OPA as a resource for a book he is writing. â€œI can donate or find books on any given subject,â€? he said. The Anglican Digest, which has 45,000 readers in the United States and Canada, also covers a wide range of topics â€“ articles in the Autumn 2012 issue included one on Chinese and Egyptian roots of harvest celebrations. Book reviews make up a section, a remnant of The Anglican Book Club, which ended in 2008 when membership dropped below 1,000. The Digestâ€™s news section included the Dalai Lamaâ€™s announcement that he plans to use his Templeton Prize money to promote the collaboration of science and spirituality. As managing editor, Burton, a retired aerospace engineer from Texas, writes the â€œHillspeakingâ€? column, the successor to Walt Swindellâ€™s column, â€œAtop Grindstone Mountain.â€? â€œPeople like to know whatâ€™s going on up here on the mountain,â€? Burton said. People who live within driving distance, however, can come and see for themselves â€“ and pick up some books in the bargain. Operation Pass Along is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and other times by appointment. Hillspeak is located at 805 Country Rd 102, Eureka Springs. For more information, go to www.anglicandigest.org.
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Parks debates dogs, scarecrows, Eagle Scouts and the late Claude Fuller in meeting By Don Lee “If you build it, they will come.” This line from 1989’s “Field of Dreams” could serve as the theme of this week’s meeting of the Parks & Recreation Commission, which covered a broad list of items in a little over two hours. Jeremy McGraw, whose Creative Energy photography project appeared last year in Basin Spring Park, appeared before the commission to get their blessing on his next project, making Halloween an official city festival through the month of October. McGraw said he “wanted to do a thing with scarecrows” before outlining a set of October events which would celebrate the season and tie together several different events with that theme. “I envision different businesses sponsoring scarecrows throughout town,” McGraw said. “ We could hold a workshop up front to show how to make them from twigs and natural fibers, and different businesses in town could each sponsor their own scarecrows. We could provide a map showing the various locations they would appear, all the way from the farmers market at Pine Mountain Village to the main entrance to town atop Planer Hill through the Historic Loop, at the various springs, etc.” The month-long festival would possibly include a jack-o-lantern carving contest in conjunction with the farmers market, with a special night market in Basin Park, as well has having a few local sculptors do more elaborate scarecrows to mark the city’s major points, for example at the entrance on Planer Hill. At the end, all the scarecrows would be burned in a celebratory bonfire. McGraw also asked permission to do another Creative Energy project in Basin Park in May. The commission gave thumbs up to both projects contingent on lack of scheduling conflicts with other events and the approval of the CAPC and whoever else would need to approve the plans.
Re-dedicating the Claude Fuller Trail Planning Commissioner Denys Flaherty approached Parks to request its approval for a plan to re-dedicate a two-mile stretch of trail at Lake Leatherwood Park originally dedicated in 1998 to the late Eureka mayor and U.S. Congressman Claude A. Fuller. Among his many accomplishments, Fuller had five miles of Eureka Springs streets paved in concrete. From 1928-1938 he served in the House of Representatives and was influential in routing US Highway 62 through the rocky Ozark Mountains near Eureka Springs. It was Fuller, through connections made earlier during his time in the Arkansas legislature, who arranged for the prison camp and labor in the early 1920s and helped develop Lake Leatherwood Park, hence the dedication. “I went to [Fuller’s grandson] John Cross, and he was very grateful for his grandfather to be remembered,” Flaherty said. “The Cross family has been a big part of the development of Eureka Springs for generations. Fuller paved Arkansas. We would not have Lake Leatherwood without him. I think that says it all.” The commission agreed as long as Flaherty was willing to arrange sponsorship for the project, a dedicatory plaque could be placed at the trailhead at Leatherwood, with the possibility of a more elaborate marker being placed a the entrance kiosk once it is built. Eagle Scout to dig in at Cardinal Spring Boy Scouts of America’s Nathan Wilkerson next appeared before Parks to get the go-ahead for a trails project he needs to accomplish his Eagle Scout qualifications. Eagle Scout is the highest rank available in the Boy Scouts of America and must be accomplished by the time the scout is 18. Wilkerson’s project would consist of building a 350 ft. trail on the south side of Harmon Park leading down to Cardinal See Parks, page 26
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At Food for Thought, writers play on By Jennifer Jackson What a reading by the Christian Writers Group sounds like: an evening of people sharing their inspirational poetry. What it is: a witty, literate evening of poems and short prose on a variety subjects. “We are trying to broaden the stereotype,” said Jody Stephenson, a CWG member. Christian describes what most of the members are, not what they write about. For four years, they have been putting on literary evenings, called Food for Thought, that resemble a program of NPR. The latest, on Nov. 9, drew more than three dozen people to Caribe Restaurant for real food – salad, smoked chicken, nachos – and entertainment, all courtesy of the writers and Studio 62. “The idea is to give people a night out and provide the writers with an audience for their work,” said Ron Lutz who with Stephenson, owns Studio 62 where the group meets. Rosalie Toler started the group eight years ago as a place for writers to get together and share their work. It morphed in the Christian Writers Group, but remains open to anyone who wants to write on any subject. “We write about life,” Lutz said. “Our faith may be revealed through our writings.” What was revealed at Food for Thought:
humor. After everyone had gone through the buffet and was seated at tables, M.J. Sell read “Saturday at the Museum,” a satirical-toned poem about watching overweight baby-boomers on bikes pass the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. Stephenson read “M-M-M-My Generation,” about watching aging rockers perform at the closing of the 2012 Summer Olympics and wondering where 40 years of her life had gone. Richard Schue read a poem about dealing with the remnants of Kleenex he forgot to take out of his mother’s pockets when he did her laundry. Schue also read “Metaphorological Weather-Tainment,” in the style reminiscent of his weather forecasts on KESA radio: “Staying out late with no if-and-but’s or maybe’s – Tonight’s Low blows in South to eat at Caribe staying warmly at 58 to wait for Saturday to come breezing into these Ozark Hills riding 15 to 20 miles-per-hour currents that fuss and cuss and bust abrupt with gusts to 25 while the afternoon sun squints nearly hot and almost as sunny as it gives off half a sky of shine rising a smiley face High near 72 and looking playfully to do something fun before Saturday night clouderifically stacks the decks against Sunday with a 9 to 1 bet everyone will get wet.” Lutz was emcee and also introduced the
‘half-time’ activity: a poetry writing challenge. First, the audience was asked to create a word pool by calling out 16 words – claustrophobic, halitosis, pantomime and multiplicity were some of their choices. Then Schue and Toler had five minutes to create something intelligible using all 16 words, which could be used in any context. Schue did it in one long sentence while Toler composed a story, using some of words as characters’ last names. Some poems did strike a more serious tone. Ellen Foncannon Stephenson, Jody’s sister, read a poem called “Timing,” a reflection on holding a Civil War rifle. A composer, she also played several seasonal pieces on the keyboard from her new CD, “Winterwood.” “Sometimes I write with black dots,” she said. Another writer, June Westphal, sat in the audience while Schue read two of her Memory Moments, which have just been published in a book. Judy Singleton read “Din-
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ing Out,” consisting of dialogue between two women, one responding with the same two words, and a terse poem written from the perspective of a woman who is pegging out her husband’s clothes on a line before a storm, then watching them blow away. Jody Stephenson did read a poem with a biblical theme, describing the cynical thoughts going through Phillip’s mind when Jesus asked the disciples to feed the five thousand. Deborah Quigley Smith read “Every Opportunity to Believe.” The title of one of Toler’s poem, “The Lord of the Dance and Other Moments,” was a reference to the song. The poem was about experiencing those small, absurd moments in life that suddenly flare up and illuminate existence, like matches struck unexpectedly in the dark. Food for thought. The Eureka Springs Christian Writers Group meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Studio 62, 335 W. Van Buren (just past the Bavarian Inn). Everyone welcome.
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Turkey Day at food bank By Jennifer Jackson A whole turkey or chicken, depending on the size of the family. Sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, pie filling or cake mix, canned milk, pecans and brown sugar. On Friday, volunteers at Wildflowers Christian Outreach Ministry filled the shelves of more than a hundred households at the annual Thanksgiving food bank giveaway. “They get all the makings for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner,” said Levi Mock, who was passing out turkeys and sacks of food to people as they came past his table. The food was donated or purchased with donations from the community and area businesses, according to Tina Lewis, food bank coordinator. Tyson gave 160 whole chickens. Wal-Mart provided a $200 gift certificate to buy turkeys, plus its regular twice weekly donation of fresh produce, bread and pastries. W.T. Focker’s gave canned goods, and Hart’s gave Wildflower a special price on turkey rolls. Frozen turkeys were purchased at the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank with donations from Jordan Maxfield and others, Lewis said. “It is because of people’s generosity and giving hearts that we are able to meet the need,” she said. The meeting room of the church serves as the food bank, which Rocky and Annie Whitely founded as the first Wildflowers ministry 18 years ago. Volunteers, many of whom are not church members, staff the thrift store and a furniture bank on the property, which is on Highway 62 east of Eureka Springs. Wildflowers members are currently working on funding for a battered women’s shelter. “Every penny that comes into this church goes right out into the community,” Lewis said. No one gets paid, Lewis said; everyone is a volunteer. On Friday, they included Corrie Riddler, a 2010
Volunteers Corrie Riddler, left, and Levi Mock bring in more turkeys to be given out at the Wildflowers food bank last Friday.
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Eureka Springs High School graduate, and Mock, who has worked at the food bank twice a week since he was 12. Mock, who was home-schooled, said he has seen the number of people who use the food bank get larger every year. Lewis said it takes her six months to stock the food bank shelves for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food giveaways. “The harder times get, the harder we get hit,” she said. For more information, go to www.wildflowerschristianministry.com or call 479-253-5108.
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Scottish country dance: All of the fun and none of the kilt
By Kathryn Lucariello her off on Saturday mornings to take When most Americans hear the term classes with “The Brigadier Macintyre,” “Scottish dancing,” what comes to mind whom she describes as “well over 70” is someone dressed in a kilt, holding one for as long as she knew him which was hand above their head and leaping high about 18 years in the village of Kent, Eninto the air while bagpipes play. gland. That is one form of “Scottish dancing,” Clare said at first she was “faced with called the Highland Fling, but that’s not a sea of legs and torsos belonging to what Melissa Clare teaches. older kids, and I had no idea where I To be more precise, she teaches Scot- was supposed to go. But after awhile I tish country dancing, and if you didn’t began to get the movements – the footknow any better, you’d think it was the work and then the patterns and designs square and line dances you probably that were being traced out with so much learned in grade school. gusto and encourIn fact, Scottish agement from our country dancing is most teacher.” “I would like to do for likely the ancestor of The Brigadier others what the Brigadier American square and used “enough mildid for me, to share line dancing. itary discipline to Scottish dancing with my No kilts, swords or keep the boys in leaping required, un- new community here – with line, tempering it less you want to go on children as well as adults.” with pure enthusiand become part of a astic joy to keep us – Melissa Clare demonstration dance all moving forward troupe. Otherwise, the by degrees.” only necessary attire is Not having met comfortable clothing and soft shoes or her own grandfathers, Clare “adopted” bare feet. the Brigadier as her own, and what she Scottish country dance is a form of learned from him helped her through social dance involving groups of couples some difficult times as a child. tracing progressive patterns, depending Clare kept on with learning the dances, on the dance. It can occur in squares, eventually attending regional balls and lines, couples or triplets moving around competing for medals from the Royal the room. Scottish Country Dance Society. Clare got started at it very young, at After emigrating to America, she the age of 4, when her mother dropped taught Scottish country dancing in a pri-
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vate school and also became involved with American Contra dancing. She moved to California and studied with Ron Wallace, of international Scottish Country Dancing renown. Having finally moved to Arkansas, Clare said she is now of the age where she wants to “give back to my community,” and for her, one way to do that is to teach Scottish country dancing. “I would like to do for others what the Brigadier did for me,” she said, “to share Scottish dancing with my new community here – with children as well as adults. I’d love to find a few musicians who might be inspired to put together a band to play this music.” Scottish country dances consist of reels, jigs and strathspeys, depending on the music. Dances are done in “sets,” usually of four or more couples (any two people dancing together), and the patterns follow the number of bars in the music so that every couple has a chance to dance the full pattern. In some dances, couples change partners. “Scottish country dancing is the exuberant social dancing that has been performed in the village halls and ballrooms of Scotland for several centuries,” Clare said. “Many people of this area are of Celtic descent. I think it is appropriate to offer Scottish dancing, and for the chil-
dren, particularly, this might be culturally enriching.” She said it takes a little time to catch on to the steps, so she encourages people to try it for a month and see how they like it. It’s an excellent form of aerobic exercise as well, and it connects people in ways that in our hurried society we have forgotten. “We all have so much going on – we have our TVs and computers, and the children are busy texting each other,” said Clare. “Parents, save them from that technological isolation – make sure they learn to relate in a joyful and social way. Dancing helps us to improve coordination, keep fit and stimulate the brain. That should appeal to all of us!” Scottish country dancing meets every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Enthios Studio at 215 Greenwood Hollow Road in Eureka Springs. All ages are welcome, but children under 6 should be supervised. Children under 16 can come for free. The cost for adults is $35 for a set of six classes or $8 per class, with the first session free. Scholarships are also available. For more information, call Melissa at 479-253-8252.
November 22, 2012 – Lovely County Citizen – Page
Jazz Funeral celebration Experience the magic of Eureka is ‘Calling All Mourners’ Springs Christmas Festival
By Tina Parker A New Orleans-style Jazz Funeral will parade through downtown Eureka Springs on Dec. 21. The event is hosted by Louisiana native Dan Ellis of Eureka Springs, who also Dan Ellis organizes many of Eureka’s Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day festivities. A jazz funeral is a New Orleans traditional funeral with music. The jazz funerals typically begin with a march of family, friends and a brass band. Music is normally somber at the beginning of the march, and once the ending is near and friends say their final goodbyes, the music becomes more upbeat. Ellis intends for the jazz funeral to be intended for himself, even though he is, of course, still living. In 2009, Ellis began planning his funeral and set the date in conjunction with the end of the Mayan calendar — Dec. 21. He wanted this to be his jazz funeral date whether “he be dead or he be alive.” Several pubs around town will take part in the Jazz Funeral festivities: an “Irish Wake” will be held at the Rowdy Beaver Den, complete with eulogy and gospel sing-
ing; “Funeral Ceremonies” staging “Roasts and Toasts” types of remembrances will be held at the Pied Piper Tavern; a “Viking Funeral,” complete with ashes and burning ship, will be held at New Delhi Cafe. Twenty of Ellis’ friends will be dressed in tuxedos and will partake as pallbearers and greeters for each of the three venues. Women who want to volunteer and participate are encouraged to wear all black and become “professional mourners.” The ladies will attempt to “out wail” each other at a Wailing Contest at the Pied Piper Tavern, Ellis says in an email. The procession to the “Funeral Reception and Reincarnation,” which will return to the Rowdy Beaver Den, will have a jazz band leading the procession. Jazz band members will be in white and black caps with red sashes, and mourners will carry black umbrellas that are to add a “special allure.” A “second line” procession is encouraged by all that are unfamiliar with the funeral to follow the lead procession and become a part of the funeral. The procession will slow-shuffle its way from pub to pub with Ellis reappearing at the Rowdy Beaver Den as part of his reincarnation. “If you haven’t been to New Orleans to see and participate in a Jazz Funeral, here is your chance,” Ellis said. For more information visit www.JazzFuneral.DanEllis.Net or call 479-981-9551.
City council agenda
At its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Eureka Springs City Council will tackle over a dozen issues, including the following: • Non-conforming Off-Premise Signs – 2 ordinances • Weekly dwelling units Ordinance No. 2167 – 2nd reading • City Attorney’s review of the Auditorium agreement for 2013 • Yellow Bag Committee recommendations • Discussion of Code section 4.48, amending to “City-permitted” or “City-sanctioned” • Voluntary tax for the Cemetery Commis-
sion/Mr. Clark’s .6 mils estimate • Discussion of readjustment of vacation water rates • Lake Lucerne Rd. specification documents, ordinance, contractor, bid waiving, deeds • Nellie Clark’s lawsuit case against the city • Discussion of Outdoor Sales • Pg. 3 Personnel Policy Handbook and A.C.A.14-42-110 • State Statute re: Council to decide number of Police Officers • 2012 Budget Adjustment Resolution • Check signatories
Shopping in Eureka Springs is always fun, but from Nov. 30 to Dec. 8, it will become magical. The annual EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival is fun for the whole family and filled with special moments to make memories that last a lifetime. The 2012 EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival Events include: • Nov. 30 – The Annual Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade featuring Barry Williams (better known as Greg Brady of the Brady Bunch) as Grand Marshal. The parade features bands, lit floats and all the magic that the artists and makers imagine for the theme A Silver Screen Christmas. This year the sponsor is Arvest Bank. Parade winds down Spring Street in Downtown Eureka Springs and starts at 6 p.m. • Nov. 30 – The ESDN Big Giveaway will happen during the Annual Christmas Parade. Enter to win over $500 in shopping vouchers and prizes given out in Basin Spring Park immediately following the parade. Volunteers will be on the parade route and in the park helping guests enter for their chance to win. Shopping vouchers are good at participating Eureka Springs and can be used just like cash. Win and shop in Eureka Springs. • Dec. 1 – Santa in the Park from 2-4 p.m. will delight families and is the perfect photo for your Christmas Cards. On hand will also be Mrs. Claus who will help children write letters to Santa. Those letters will be placed in the Big Red Mailbox sponsored by Tummy Tickler’s Kitchen Store and all letters will be answered by the Big Guy in Red. A S’more Station sponsored by Peace Love and Cheesecake will be on hand as well as a roving choir of carolers made up of Eureka Spring High School choir members. Families will also not want to miss the Eureka Springs Cheerleaders dressed as elves and hidden downtown
with prizes. Search downtown for some Elven fun and win prizes along the way. • Dec. 1 – The 30th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes presented by the Eureka Springs Preservation Society will feature homes downtown and the Penn Memorial Baptist Church, who is celebrating their 100th year. • Dec. 1 – Living Windows will sparkle downtown from 4-6 p.m. Local stores put live models in the windows to the delight of shoppers as they stroll downtown and shop. • Dec. 2-7 – Christmas at the Crescent will include Santa’s Brunch, Holiday Concerts, a Feast with Charles Dickens and Free Holiday Movies at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. • Dec. 6 – The Annual Silver Tea presented by the St. James Episcopal Church and will benefit the Eureka Springs School of the Arts at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. • Dec. 8 – Santa in the Park, Mrs. Claus, the S’more Station, and carolers. Photos with Santa are offered for a small donation to Eureka Springs Downtown Network. Prizes will also be given to those who find the Big Red Presents hidden downtown. Ten Boxes boast codes, so bring those back to Basin Spring Park and be eligible to win gift certificates for area retailers. All activities are 2-4 p.m. • Dec. 8 – Living Windows will sparkle downtown from 4-6 p.m. • Dec. 8 – Sip & Shop Downtown 4-6 p.m. a Holiday Open House at participating retailers. They will serve snacks and sips to shoppers during the two hour party. Shop, sip and save as deals will be offered at each location. In addition to all of the available events, shoppers can take advantage of free parking Dec. 1-31 at meters for 2 hours of free parking. Full event information is available online at http://eurekaspringsdowntown.com.
Page 12 – Lovely County Citizen – November 22, 2012
Editorial Supporting the new high school A recent tour of the virtually completed new high school on Lake Lucerne Road threw welcome light on a question which has arisen over the many months since the project began – namely, whether the whole project was necessary in its final form, or whether it is a boondoggle – too expensive, too audacious, just too much for our little corner of the world. The short answer is No. What price education, you ask? The original budget for the project was $9,932,000, to be paid off over 30 years. Which is a big pile of simoleons. Everyone is entitled to an educated opinion, of course, by which we mean an informed opinion, and the best way to get that information, in this case, is to go see the school. It is located at 2 Lake Lucerne Rd., just down the hill from the elementary and middle schools. That’s 1.68 miles from Basin Park, which means you can walk there if you have to, to take a look. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as the old saying goes, and with the new high school, the city and school district have received a feast on par with the best Thanksgiving spread you ever dug into. Over 80,000 square feet. A completely automated environment, which not only makes sure the air is fresh enough not only for safety, but enough to keep everybody awake on sleepy afternoons, as well as the fact the heating and cooling systems can be reset from the superintendent’s cell phone – if it’s a snow day, nobody has to get out of bed; completely updated, cutting-edge media center, EAST lab (set up for robots and GPS surveying, among other projects); chemistry and biology labs; a full stage in the auditorium that can seat over 350 people; indoor/outdoor cafeteria dining; a beautiful new gym that can seat 1200 people, making Eureka Springs High School capable of hosting district athletic tournaments, to
see which, many of those 1200 people will stay in Eureka hotels and eat in Eureka restaurants, bring in tourism dollars; two green rooms for TV projects; an in-progress Life Skills building next door; totally wireless communication; extensive parking; and atop else, room to expand. Let’s assume you are not in favor of the new school because you are not interested in education, have no kids and no dogs in this fight. Fair enough. But unless you fall into that category, consider the fact the vastly improved facilities will certainly improve test scores, which means a whole ‘nother level of educational opportunities down the road for many of these kids. Or the fact these kids will have enough opportunities right out of high school to follow other vocational paths, should they choose. Or the fact this new school will certainly draw new students (for which it is prepared) and teachers. Or the fact we are living in a constantly changing world on every level, and it is profoundly unfair to ankle our kids with substandard or mediocre educations when it is possible to give them a whole, whole lot more. Those who graduated high school in past decades may well remember, as we do, going to school when there were typewriters and books and a mimeograph machine. Computers were quaint or far away. One colleague put it like this: “I went to school in Palmer. Ala., which at the time had a cutting-edge school. When I moved to Arkansas, I felt like I had moved to Little House on the frickin’ Paririe! I’m glad my kid gets to go to this new school!” There is nothing wrong with making do when you have to, and we have all done our best given our educations. But this is an opportunity for our community’s children to rise above for decades to come, and it should be embraced wholeheartedly.
Citizen of the Week There are Citizens of the Week and then there are CITIZENS OF THE WEEK!!! Tanya Smith falls into the latter category. For two decades, she and her family have operated Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, rescuing and harboring dozens of big cats and other large-scale wildlife – lions and tigers and bears, literally. Most recently, they have taken on what is perhaps the biggest rescue operation in their history, 34 tigers, leopards and cougars from a facility near Mountainburg, Ark. These beautiful animals would almost certainly have died in their former location, and Turpentine Creek has plunged into the rescue wholeheartedly despite or because of the challenge. For their work all these years, and for this current rescue – for which they desperately need contributions, hint hint! – the Citizen salutes Tanya Smith and Turpentine Creek.
November 22, 2012 – Lovely County Citizen – Page
think Citizen Opinion by Don Lee
“What are your plans for Thanksgiving?”
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Thanks from Flint Street
“We are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.”
“We are staying in the treehouse cabins! We stayed in the Crescent last night. This place is awesome!”
“Going to the inlaws. Doing some target practice.”
“I’m going to go to my in-laws too, eat a lot of turkey, and drink a beer or two.”
“I’m headed to my daughter’s house in Saginaw, Tex. It’s her turn to cook!”
Home Church Pastor
Ben Norris Retired from Lockheed
“I’m doing what she does. Following the food.”
Editor: We want to extend a very big “Thank You” from Flint Street Fellowship to the Pied Piper Pub and Inn for another very successful food and fundraiser last Thursday held for our pantry and lunchroom. The amount of food and money collected was very substantial and will keep our shelves full for quite a while. The success of the event is no doubt due to the hard work of the folks at the Pied Piper, but also the delicious food this event has become famous for. The area restaurants that donated the delicious food were Rock Town Distillery, Rogues Manor, Mud Street Cafe, Dena Smith, Geraldi’s, Ermilio’s, Glazers, McBride’s, Road House, Local Flavor, Garden Bistro, Bubba’s, Meili’s Cuisine, Crescent Hotel, Rockin Pig, Anglers, Squid & Whale and Caribe. However, the event would not be complete without the beautiful limo from Eureka Taxi parked outside to put canned goods into, and also the huge box truck from W.T. Fockers which they use to so generously fill up with food from their store to match and more that which was donated by the very generous and caring folks who attended the event. We can hardly believe all that was donated and we are so grateful to everyone who worked and gave to help feed those who need a helping hand in our community. We pray God blesses you all as He has certainly blessed this ministry through you. Pat Kasner
“What are your plans for Thanksgiving?” m I am going to eat and sleep in shifts through the weekend. m I am going to watch football and drink beer. m I am going hunting. m Spending time with the people I love and/or must see on holidays. m Feeding the homeless. m Order pizza. I made friends with the turkey. Oops. Go to www.lovelycitizen.com and weigh in. Vote by Wednesday 9 a.m.
Reader says city should take care of this Dear Editor: I was not at the City Council meeting on Oct. 25th when the subject of Nelli Clarks’ lawsuit was discussed and so picked up a Citizen to read about the discussion. There is, what I think, a very misleading statement at the end of the first paragraph: “Although the city employees did help clean up the mess, Clark subsequently sued the city.” I am a neighbor of Ms. Clark’s and was at her home minutes after the forced sewage incident. Not only was her upstairs bathroom tub, sink and toilet overflowing onto the floor, but her kitchen sink had filled and was beginning to overflow also. It was hours before ONE city employee showed to help clean up the mess. In the meantime, all Ms. Clark received was a “run around” on the phone and conflicting statements from the those in various departments who would even take her calls. By the time the employee showed up, Ms. Clark had cleaned up the kitchen area, the bathroom sink, toilet and was working on the bathroom tub. Because the overflow was so excessive, sewage seeped into the base boards and under the floor boards to drip from the ceiling below the bathroom. The one city employee was helpful in finishing the clean out/ See Forum, page 23
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Page 14 – Lovely County Citizen – November 22, 2012
New high school on track to open Jan. 1 By Don Lee The culmination of years of planning, labor and anticipation will take place on Jan. 1 with the opening of the new Eureka Springs High School. The new facility, located at 2 Lake Lucerne Road downhill from the current elementary and middle schools, is a high-tech modern education center that upgrades nearly every aspect of the students’ education, whether it be in terms of equipment, health, safety or ease of learning. “When we began this project, we initially considered building at the original location as well as building out here, and it just made so much more sense to build out here,” said Charles Morrison, project manager for Morrison Architecture of Eureka Springs, whose wife Laura is principal architect and owner. “The old high school is constructed of glass bricks and cannot be renovated or saved, so it would mean doing construction while students were attending school there. It would take four or five years to replace the old high school at that rate. Some students would spend their entire high school careers in a building under construction.” The new building is three stories and over 80,000 square feet. It’s central corridor, or “Main Street” as it’s called, runs north and south, and all the building’s levels and rooms branch off it. “The concept of the building is based on our experience of Eureka itself,” Morrison said. “It’s up and down, different levels and typographies.” There’s an iPhone app for that “This building incorporates the latest technology available to us,” said Curtis Turner, superintendent of the Eureka Springs School District. “In the event of inclement weather, you can turn this building off and on remotely. If we have a snow day, we can tell the building not to fire up, and save all that money for heating.” The building uses wireless telecommunication, meaning, among other things, that student testing can take
place anywhere in the facility. EAST is a unique high school class “We worked really hard with this that emphasizes using advanced techbuilding to get as much natural light in nology applications to solve commuthe building as we could,” said Morri- nity service projects. In the process of son. “There are only two sets of win- solving community problems, EAST dows on the west side, to cut down students learn to become creative, intuon the heat. Most windows are on the itive, adaptable learners who can solve north, south and east, and the few on unpredictable, real-world problems. the west are situated so the nearby tree Safer than houses line will block the sun almost as soon as In terms of safety, the entrance is it drops low enough to shine inside the constructed so no one can enter without building.” being monitored by the main office. If The new gymnasium can seat up to there is bad weather, the central cor1,200 people, meanridor downstairs is ing Eureka Springs constructed of reincan now host district forced concrete, and “Eureka was critical in our Morrison described basketball tournathinking to all of us. If we ments. a large storage area “Eureka is a touroff the gym as being hold big tournaments, we ist town,” said Mor“essentially a bunker” can bring 1,200-1,500 rison. “It’s our main that can be used as a people to town to stay in industry. So bringshelter as well. our hotels and eat at our ing people into Eu“Not only that,” restaurants.” reka was critical in Turner added, “but our thinking to all due to the automatic – Charles Morrison of us. If we hold big systems, I can monitor tournaments, we can the building’s activibring 1,200-1,500 ty from anywhere. If people to town to stay in our hotels and somebody breaks in here, I can look and eat at our restaurants.” see where they came in specifically.” The building houses 12-14 regular Students will enter and leave the classrooms, including new chemis- building from a big parking lot near the try and biology lab/classrooms, a new south entrance, and scheduling has been media center with two green rooms for arranged for maximum safety in terms students’ TV/media projects, an audi- of buses loading or unloading, as well torium with a full stage that can seat as for those driving their own automoa 346-person audience, a cafeteria that biles — students and faculty alike. can be opened to the outside in nice “At day’s end, everything will flow weather and offers patio seating, a large out to the south,” Morrison said. “We music room with individual sound-pro- had to work to make sure all buses will tected practice rooms, a business lab, be on level ground loading and unloadand an EAST lab that includes hook-ups ing. One of the biggest challenges was for EAST lab projects such as GPS sur- figuring out how to fit everything – the veying and robotics. buildings, the parking areas, etc. – on “Early on, the facilities committee be- level ground, given the up-and-down gan working toward a master landscap- terrain out here. There was originally a ing plan, and we want to incorporate the 30-50 foot drop from one end of the site students into that as well,” said Turner. to the other. It took four months just to “For example, the kids are interested in move the dirt. But we did it.” building an outdoor amphitheater that According to Turner, the transition makes use of the natural topography on into the new school will take place by the school grounds.” Jan. 1.
“It may take into the spring to get every last thing out of the old building,” he said, “but you’re looking at moving out of 60,000 square feet into an 80,000-square-foot building. So it’s an ambitious task; we will start the week after Thanksgiving moving things we don’t need down there (at the old campus). We don’t want to rely on the weather being good the rest of the year. In this part of the world, it could snow or it could be nice through the Christmas break.” Turner said on Jan. 2 the school will hold a teacher in-service day, and that night it will hold an open house for the staff and the students and their families. A public open house will take place later in the month. “A lot of people have really poured their hearts and souls into this,” Turner said. “For people who haven’t seen the new building, it’s really hard for me to convey how remarkable it really is, and I can’t do it justice. They need to come have a look.” Bang for the buck “This school district got so much bang for their buck, in terms of construction costs, with the state of the economy at the time this all began,” Morrison said. “I hate to say that with Kinco Construction standing right here, but it’s true.” On top of all that, according to Morrison, virtually everything in this building can be recycled. “Fifty years from now, if they decide the building is old and we need to do something else, everything here – concrete, metal panels, everything – can be recycled. So we have an exit strategy. There is no toxic anything in this building.” Turner is more than satisfied with the facility. “I haven’t had anything this nice in all my years in public school,” he said. “I want to spend some extra time down here when school starts just watching the expressions on the faces of the kids when they see it for the first time. It’s going to be a zoo the first week, but we’ll figure it out.”
November 22, 2012 – Lovely County Citizen – Page
Charles Morrison of Morrison Architecture, Superintendent Curtis Turner and David Ellingson of Kinco Contractors stand in front of the entrance to the new high school. The cafeteria includes bay doors that can be opened in nice weather to access outdoor seating.
The high school’s new kitchen is ready to go.
The new school has cutting edge science labs.
Looking south from the second floor down the school’s central corridor, or “Main Street.”
This new gymnasium will seat 1,200 and enables ES to host district basketball tournaments. Extending the track area with the excavated dirt will allow the addition of javelin tossing and other field sports that cannot be performed on the track.
Page 16 â€“ Lovely County Citizen â€“ November 22, 2012 Photos by Chip Ford
The entire building has been made as economically Superintendent Curtis Turner takes care of business at These polished stainless steel letters mark the entrance friendly and green as possible, cutting down the need the entrance to the new school. to Eureka Springs High School. for inside lighting.
Students will enter and leave from the south entrance, seen here from the second floor. Ample student parking lies to the rear of the building.
The media center is accessible through the patio on the north side. This area can be secured separate from the rest of the building to allow its use during after-school hours.
November 22, 2012 – Lovely County Citizen – Page
The cafeteria, seen from outside. These doors can be rolled up during nice weather to allow indoor/outdoor seating.
The stairwell leads up to the third floor from the food court.
The school’s new music room offers individual practice rooms, which can be utilized for quiet practice time.
Charles Morrison explains that the school is 100 perThis stairwell ascends to the top floor of the school, which also has elevator access and handicap-accessible parking. cent recyclable to visiting members of the press.
Page 18 – Lovely County Citizen – November 22, 2012 Photos by David Bell
Hangin’ out with the fishing guide-slash-barber
Curtis Turner, school superintendent, joins in the conDavid Brown, barber and fishing guide extraordinaire versation.
Front door of Tall Tales Barbershop
Proprietor David Brown cleans up.
Brown listens to the chatter as he dusts off a client.
Rich Arbuckle, first time customer
There is no side door!
Manuel Gainza, a retired physician from Florida, lives in “Just take a little off the sides.” There’s no telling what The sign says it all. Holiday Island. you’ll see at David’s shop.
November 22, 2012 – Lovely County Citizen – Page
Welcome to the club Tour home returns to private residence
By Jennifer Jackson Built in 1891, the mansion served for decades as a family home, the site of myriad Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas celebrations and birthday parties. Then its walls witnessed weddings as the children – four boys, four girls – grew up and left home. Almost a century later, it too left home, moving 85 miles from Carthage, Mo., to Eureka Springs, where it started a new life as a tour home. Now, the 12,000 square-foot Queen Anne Mansion will be a residence again, but to more than one family. And they won’t have to share a bathroom. “It started out with five bathrooms,” Lata Lovell said. “Now it has 12.” Lovell and spouse Steve Lovell bought the mansion in 2005, spent five years doing an extensive restoration, then ran it as a tour home for a year and a half. After making discreet changes, they are offering shares in a trust that will own the mansion and run it as a private residence club. The details: Membership is limited to 84, with an initial share for $150,000, with the goal of sharing both the joy – and the expense – of maintaining the historic mansion. “What it’s really about is preserving and keeping something for hundreds of years,” Lovell said. In October, the Lovells spoke at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s convention in Spokane on the concept of turning an historic home into a private club. It’s something they were told has never been done before, Lovell said. Members can use the club during the day and book a suite up to 28 nights a year. Residency comes with a full breakfast, a Friday night cocktail party and Sunday dinner. Other meals and services, including the salon/spa in the adjacent Kelley House, are available. Plans call for a salt-water swimming pool to be installed on the two-acre grounds, which contains a walled courtyard garden. “It’s all about the experience,” Lata Lovell said. On the main floor are a ladies’ parlor, a
gentleman’s parlor, a music room and a dining room. A grand staircase rises two floors to an atrium, bordered with a frieze of four seasons in the Ozarks. All the woodwork, the paneled ceilings, the carved oak frontispiece and the stained-glass windows are original to the house. The furniture is by Meeks and other master craftsmen of the era. The maker of the federal dining room set also made one for the White House. Matching curio cabinets in one suite were made in Paris. “People who love art, architecture, history and Eureka Springs will want to be here,” Lovell said. The Lovells, who have never lived in the house, will retain a membership. Others will be offered to people in two dozen contingencies identified by David Harries, who is in charge of marketing. Interested parties will put down $2,000, he said, and when 24 are ready to convert to full membership, the mansion will open. Monthly fees will be less than $700 a month and used for operating costs and ongoing maintenance. A manager will live on site in the Kelley House, and a concierge will be on duty in the house from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. While it will no longer be a tourist attraction, the Lovells see the mansion serving as a economic engine for the community, with members eating, shopping and attending concerts in town. “What we envision is the concierge setting up private showings, concerts and walking tours of the galleries,” she said. “We will also consider public events. The mansion is part of the social fabric of town. It’s living and breathing.” The mansion was built in Carthage, Mo., by Curtis Wright, a distant relative of Orville and Wilbur Wright and cousin of author Harold Bell Wright. Iron ore, zinc and limestone embedded in the upper gable attest to the source of his fortune. At the time it was built, the mansion had only one bathroom for the family of eight. Its transformation from a tour home back into a residence is a return to its original function, Harries said. “You could admire the rooms but the
Members of the club can choose from seven Victorian suites in the mansion, each with a different decor. Unlike a time share, members can stay in a different suite each time, or reserve one or more using their allotted number of nights.
Photo by Jennifer Jackson
house didn’t get to be enjoyed,” he said of its tour home days. “If the house were a person, it would want to serve the purpose it was built for. When you get three or four
couples here, the place is going to sing.” For more information, go to www. thequeenannemansion.com, or call 1-800-MANSION.
Ozarks Chorale to perform at Jones Center in Springdale Talk about a diverse crowd! Every Tuesday night, a group that includes local elected officials, doctors, artists, teachers, a librarian, a train conductor, a construction manager, some retirees and many more get together and sing sweet, harmonious sounds for two hours. Why? Because they love the music, the camaraderie and the chance to perform as The Ozarks Chorale. The group’s next performance has them stepping out of Eureka Springs and into Springdale’s The Jones Center Chapel Auditorium for their “Sounds of the Season” concert on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. This concert kicks off the season with holiday favorites, mellow and up-tempo Jazz-inspired standards and beautiful classical works the whole family will enjoy. “Maybe the theme for this season
should be ‘The Rhythm of the Holidays,’ because many of our pieces are so intensely rhythmic and exciting,” says Artistic Director and Conductor Beth Withey of the upcoming concert. “But we balance it all out with stunning classical pieces like the ‘Ave Maria’ by Rachmaninoff, that great spiritual,‘Mary had a Baby’ and so many of the best loved Holiday Standards and great traditional favorites like ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ and ‘Carol of the Bells.’” “With music like this to perform,” adds Withey, “it really is the most wonderful time of the year!” Tickets for Nov. 30 concert at The Jones Center are $10 at the door, students are free. For more information or to order tickets in advance, please call 479-3664996.
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Arts & Amusements Pine Mountain Theater announces christmas show schedule The Pine Mountain Theater will present its annual Christmas spectacular, “A Season Of Celebration,” now through Dec. 8 at the Pine Mountain Theater in Eureka Springs. 2012 marks the 38th consecutive season of presenting family entertainment at the Pine Mountain Theater. The Christmas shows are being performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 8. There will be no show on Thanksgiving night, November 22. The Gospel pre-show begins at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. For out of town visitors special lodging and show packages are available. For reservations or information call toll free 877-504-2092. Zeek Taylor piece chosen for exhibition A three-dimensional piece, “Circle of Friends,” by Eureka Springs Artist Zeek Taylor, has been selected for exhibition in this year’s 38th Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. Taylor’s work will be among artwork by artists from around the world selected for the exhibition. This juried exhibition challenges artists to take the concept of “toy” and make a personal expression, a piece of art. The Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition will be on display Nov. 21 through Jan. 6. The Arkansas Arts Center is located at 501 E. Ninth St., Little Rock, Arkansas. ESSA fall art show The ESSA Fall Art Show will take place Nov. 24-25 at the Convention Center at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Over 50 artists will be exhibiting and selling their work, including photography, jewelry, scrimshaw, sculpture, clay and fiber. A sneak preview starts on Friday evening, Nov. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and close at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the show runs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call ESSA at 479-253-5384. Santa in the park The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce would like to invite all area children to visit with Santa in Basin Park on Friday, Nov. 23. Santa and his elves will arrive at 5 p.m. and will pass out goodies to the kids as he makes his list for the “Big Day”.
Come out and join us! For details, call 479253-8737 or 1-800-6EUREKA, or email email@example.com. Countdown to the Fall Art Show The Fall Art Show will take place on Nov. 24 – 25 at the Convention Center at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. The sneak preview will be from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday evening, Nov. 23. Cost for the preview is $5 per person. For details, go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eureka-Springs-Schoolof-the-Arts/63920099609 or call 479-2535384. Berryville High School choir to do “Annie” The Berryville High School choir will premiere its production of “Annie” The four performances of Annie, Jr. are slated for Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 and 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 at a 2 p.m. matinee and 8 p.m. closing performance. The admission cost of $10 per person covers the entertainment, dessert, popcorn, and drink. Rock Springs Baptist Church preteens The Preteens group at Rock Springs Baptist Church will present “A Christmas Blast From the Past” at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2012 at 1898 C.R. 211. For details, call 479-2535401. We sincerely hope to see you there on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Central Hotel. Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” “First of all, Marley was dead.” The Crystal Dining Room at the 1886 Crescent Hotel seeks one male actor, 20-35 and one younger female, 12-15, to play multiple parts in a staged reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Approximately six hours of rehearsal will begin in mid-November. A small stipend is involved, and applicants should have some performing experience. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Carroll Co. Community Orchestra holiday concert The Carroll County Community Orchestra will presents its holiday concert “‘Tis the Season for Music” on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3:00 p.m. ($6 for adults and $4 for children) at the Auditorium in Eureka Springs. Tickets will
be available for purchase at the door. The concert will have an intermission with cookies and coffee. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for camps or college for our student musicians. Holiday Island Singers annual holiday show The Holiday Island Singers will hold their annual holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. in the Holiday Island Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets for this concert are $8.00 for adults (students are free) and may be purchased from any Holiday Island Singer or by calling 479-363-9818. Call for Professional Mourners Ladies, if you would like to have fun and participate in Dan Ellis’ upcoming Jazz Fu-
neral scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, Mary Popovac and Cné Breaux would like to talk to you. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. at the Rowdy Beaver, and then a trolley will take us to the Pied Piper for further ceremonies. From there, we will line up behind the pallbearers and follow slowly to the tunes played by the Eureka Springs Jazz Band. Once, at the New Delhi, a Viking Funeral will be performed after which we will “2nd line” back to the Pied Piper where the trolley will return everyone to the Rowdy Beaver. (If you can’t make it at 4:00 p.m. at the start, you can easily meet us at the Pied Piper at 5:00 p.m.) For details, go to www.JazzFuneral.DanEllis.Net or email MaryPop2009@yahoo.com, or email@example.com, or call 479-981-9551.
46th annual Silver Tea planned for Dec. 6 The 46th annual Silver Tea, a longtime Eureka Springs holiday tradition, will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the 1886 Crescent Hotel. Hosted by the women of St. James’ Episcopal Church, this year’s event will benefit the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. The public is cordially invited to share in the fun. Admission is by donation. Chaired by Suzanne Tourtelot, assisted by Lucilla Garrett, the tea transforms the Crystal Dining Room into a Christmas delight. Amid sparkling silver and festive table decorations, guests will enjoy a variety of delicious cookies, tea sandwiches, and beverages. Eureka Springs musician John Wylie will provide seasonal music. Guests will be greeted by a hostess in Victorian dress. The Eureka Springs School of the Arts, the brainchild of local artists Eleanor Lux, Doug Stowe and Mary Springer, has grown from a school without walls to a 16-acre campus near Inspiration Point offering classes each summer to over 200 students of all ages. In addition to local instructors, a number of recognized artists from around the country and representing a broad spectrum of
media have found a teaching home at ESSA. One week of the summer session is Youth Arts Week. For more information, visit www.essa-art.org. For nearly half a century, the women of St. James’ Episcopal Church have hosted the tea as an outreach to benefit community and county non-profit organizations. Through the generous donations of Silver Tea guests, the following worthy organizations have recently been assisted in their missions: People Helping People, the Eureka Springs Food Bank, the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the Good Shepherd Animal Shelter, Eureka Christian Health Outreach, St. John’s HospiceCare, and the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library. The women of St. James’ gratefully acknowledge Elise Roenigk and the Crescent Hotel staff for their assistance in making the Silver Tea a red-letter day for the community. For more information, contact St James’ Silver Tea publicity committee: Laura Shoffner, LShoffner@msn.com, Jane Helmer, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sue McIntyre, email@example.com.
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Announcements & Meetings n Berryville Public Library Announces an Extension of Service Hours – Effective in January, the Berryville Public Library will be open from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sundays. This expansion of service hours will offer library patrons more flexibility and convenience in accessing library services. With the expansion in hours, the library’s weekly operating schedule will be: Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For details, please call 870-423-2323. n Friends of the Barn Turkey Day – Don’t be a cluck! Make your reservations early for the Holiday Island Friends of the Barn Community Thanksgiving day dinner, Thursday Nov. 22, 2012. Social hour begins at 1:00 p.m., with dinner at 2:00 p.m. The menu at the Historic Barn is roast turkey with all the trimmings, coffee, iced tea and water provided. BYOB. Tickets go on sale for the single seating on Nov.1 for $12:00 at the HI Recreation Center. If available, tickets will be sold for $14.00 at the door. For details, call 479-253-6285 or 479-253-5136. n Flint Street Thanksgiving dinner – Thanksgiving Day dinner will be served by Flint Street Fellowship Food Pantry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ECHO Building at 4004 E. Van Buren Ave. in Eureka Springs. Dinner is open to all. Please call 479-253-4945 for transportation. n Community Thanksgiving Potluck – The annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner will be held on Thursday, Nov. 22, at the church at 17 Elk Street. The doors will open at 1 p.m. and dinner will be served at 2 p.m.. Please bring a dish to share and a place setting. For details call Carolyn Oakleaf at 479-253-2582. n Chelsea’s Corner Café Potluck – Chelsea’s will hold its annual Thanksgiving potluck on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 1 p.m - ? Gina Gallina’s Big Band will perform jazz to lucky listeners. For details, call 479-253-6723. n Metafizzies to host Morter – Katy Morter, advanced holistic Chiropractic physician, will be speaking at the Metaphysical Meeting in Eureka Springs on Monday, Nov. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at
68 West Mountain St., downstairs in the Christian Science edifice Katy will speak on balancing physical, emotional and chemical stressors, and the development of healthy daily habits in six essential areas. This leads to the body healing itself as it was designed originally - from the inside out. For more information, go to www.MorterWellness.com. n Greg Brady to be Grand Marshall for Christmas parade – The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that television, screen and stage star Barry Williams will serve as Grand Marshall for the 2012 Christmas Parade slated for Friday Nov. 30. Barry Williams is best known for his teen idol role of Greg Brady in the hit television sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” All area bands, churches, businesses, civic organizations and individuals are urged to join us. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in four categories including Commercial, Non-profit, Bands and other. Deadline to register for the parade is Nov. 23. There is no entry fee for the parade, which will begin promptly at 6 p.m. For more information or registration call 479-253-8737, 1-800 6EUREKA or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are available at the Chamber Visitor Center located in the Village at Pine Mountain. n Annual Crescent Silver Tea – The public is cordially invited to attend the 46th Silver Tea on Thurs., Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. The event, hosted by the women of St. James’ Episcopal Church, will benefit the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, an educational non-profit offering classes in a variety of media and dedicated to support of the visual arts. Admission is by donation. For further information, call St. James’ Episcopal Church at 479-253-8610. n St. James community dinners – St. James’ Sunday night community suppers will begin on Sunday, Dec. 2 and continue every Sunday except Dec. 30 until the end of March, 2013. The suppers are held each Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the church located at 28 Prospect Ave. in Eu-
reka Springs. Area restaurants will again provide the meals beginning with Myrtie Mae’s on Dec. 2. Other sponsoring restaurants include Chelsea’s Pizza, Ermilio’s, Garden Bistro, Grand Taverne, Local Flavor, New Delhi and Squid and Whale. St. James’ s suppers welcome anyone in the community. There is no charge for the meal. For details, call 479-253-8610. ONGOING SERVICES/MEETINGS n Elementary needs mentors – During the last two elementary school years our community volunteer mentor program has helped our kindergarten through fourth grade students improve their reading and math skills. This program has been so successful that community mentoring has proven to be an important element of student academic and personal success. Again, this school year, your elementary school is in need of several more volunteer mentors to assist kindergartners in learning ABC’s and 123’s. We also have small group positions open with 1st and 2nd graders. Whichever you choose, the teacher will have lessons prepared for you and will be close by if you have any questions. Please consider signing up for a couple of hours one day a week to help children become successful learners. Contact Donna Kesner at 479-253-8704 if interested. She and the teachers will be extremely excited to hear from you! n NEW Cardio Circuit Class at the BCC – The Berryville Community Center will offer a new “Cardio Circuit” Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m The class offers low-impact/ high intensity cardio as well as range of motion and toning exercise. Please call 870-423-3139 for more information or contact the Berryville Community Center on Facebook. n Ham radio club! – To all interested in Ham Radio, the Little Switzerland Amateur Radio club meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at noon at the Pizza Hut on Hwy. 62 in Eureka Springs. For more information contact patriciadean@cox. net. n Auction Night at the Hoe-Down – The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down is holding live auctions on Tuesday nights. Anyone who has anything to sell can bring it the
theater, 3140 E. Van Buren, on Tuesday mornings. There is no charge to put an item in the auction; the seller receives the sold price minus the auctioneer’s commission. Doors open at 5 p.m., with Col. Bill Williams taking the stage to start the bidding at 6 p.m. No charge for admittance. Seats can be reserved by calling the Hoe-Down, 479-253-7725 or go to www. ozarkmountainhoedown.com. n Zumba Fitness classes now offered in two area locations – Dawn Anderson, Zumba Fitness Licensed Instructor, is now offering Zumba Fitness classes at the Berryville Community Center on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and at the Green Forest Train Depot on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. Classes are one hour and consist of a combination of high energy Latin, International, and Top 40 inspired music and dance moves. Please contact Anderson at email@example.com or 479-366-3732 for more information. n Audiobooks and eBooks: The Carroll County Library System now has eBooks and audiobooks available for download from your library’s website. Users may browse the library’s Library2Go website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. For help call the Eureka Springs 479-253-8754 public library. n Furniture bank and used book store open: Wildflower Chapel’s low cost Furniture Bank and Used Book Store is located behind Wildflowers Thrift Store and Chapel on Highway 62E across from Hill Country Hardware. For more information, contact Bill Grissom, 479-252-5108. n Alateen meeting: Sundays from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. For more information, call or text (479) 981-9977, or e-mail ALATEEN1ST@gmx.com. n Overeaters Anonymous: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Coffee Pot building behind Land O’ Nod at US 62 and Hwy. 23. More information: Barbara 479-2440070. n Coffeehouse and outreach: Berean Coffeehouse of Calvary Chapel of Eureka Springs hosts Youth Nights monthly with See Announcements, page 22
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vehicles on the double yellow down near Leatherwood and had attempted to run him off the road and tried to get into his vehicle. The caller identified the motel where the van had stopped. The responding officer made contact with the subjects in the van but could find no reason to detain them. November 13 12:41 a.m. – A local bartender called to ask for help kicking out a male subject. He had run off all the patrons but wouldn’t go. The responding officer got the guy out and returned him to his hotel. He got off lucky. 4:00 a.m. – A caller from US Hwy 62 West reported a crate of chickens had fallen off a truck about 1/3 mile past a local beaver-themed eatery. The responding officer cleared the road and notified Animal Control about the rest of the chickens. 11:11 a.m. – An alarm at a local go-kart facility turned out to be false. 4:24 p.m. – A concerned citizen reported an altercation outside a local pharmacy where a middle-aged woman was pulling
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hair, slapping and slamming a one-year-old back into her car seat. The citizen confronted her about the inappropriateness of the situation and called it in. 4:32 p.m. – Two vehicles tried to occupy the same space in the high school parking lot, with predictable results. A report was taken. 4:52 p.m. – A caller advised of a dead baby deer on the sidewalk near the post office. Sad, sad. 4:53 p.m. – A caller reported a beige Hyundai Elantra heading west toward Thorncrown Chapel driving on the wrong side of the road. 6:07 p.m. –A caller reported her 2003 blue Chevy Cavalier was stolen sometime on Saturday from Main Street. A report was taken and a Be On the Lookout was issued for Arkansas and Missouri. 8:37 p.m. – A caller from Oakridge Drive reported being chased by an unleashed white wolf dog. The responding officer made contact with the owner. It turned out the dog was on a long leash the caller did not see. The owner said he would try to keep his canine contained.
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November 14 8:29 a.m. – A caller from a local gas station reported four males “standing around in front of the store, smoking marijuana and giving the clerk a hard time.” They told the responding officer they were just fueling up and leaving town, which they did. 2:05 p.m. – A caller reported the theft of medication from her vehicle yesterday in a local supermarket parking lot. A report was taken. 4:37 p.m. – An anonymous caller from Mill Hollow Road reported a dog had been barking for hours. A report was taken. 5:55 p.m. – A caller reported hitting a deer near the cemetery heading west toward Berryville. The deer stumbled off. Police checked the area without finding it. 11:45 p.m. – A caller from Wall Street reported being hit by her roommate. The responding officer determined it had been a verbal disagreement. November 15 11:17 a.m. – A police officer spotted two loose dogs running around Owen and Mountain Streets. Although he cornered the hounds, he couldn’t find the owner, and then the dogs took off too. 1:15 p.m. – A caller reported two loose dogs down on Main Street. They had hightailed it by the time police arrived. 6:18 p.m. – A caller reported hitting a deer near a local thrift store and wanted to report it. 7:18 p.m. – Police were unable to locate a pair of males supposedly hanging around the guard rail area near Thorncrown Chapel. 9:57 p.m. – A caller reported a deer in the road near a local motorcycle shop. November 16 11:33 a.m. – A caller reported a semi near Spring and Center Streets making a delivery and congesting traffic. Officers responded to help clear up traffic and get the truck moved. Delivery trucks are supposed to be off the streets downtown by 11:00 a.m. 6:18 p.m. – A caller from North Main Street called to report a possible break in. 7:29 p.m. – A caller reported a truck left in the ditch by the roadway at the cemetery. The responding officer found the truck was okay and the driver was able to get it out of the ditch. 7:30 p.m. – EMS requested help with an intoxicated female on North Main Street. She was subsequently arrested for public
intox and resisting arrest. 8:35 p.m. – A caller from Prospect Street reported a big black dog barking for a long time at the corner of Kansas and Prospect Streets. The officer spoke with the dog’s owner and advised him that would be his last warning and from now on he would be cited. 11:34 p.m. – An alarm that went off at a local saloon turned out to be false. November 17 12:46 p.m. – A caller from Deer Lane reported a suspicious vehicle parked in front of his house. The responding officer found a man sleeping in his truck who said his brother lived in the apartments across the street. The man moved his truck and went back inside to sleep. 3:01 a.m. – An officer on patrol found a shop unlocked downtown. He cleared the building and secured the door. 3:07 a.m. – While checking doors downtown, the officer on patrol found an unlocked spa. He cleared the building and secured the door. 3:58 a.m. – A caller from a local gas station reported an older male, possibly intoxicated, driving a white Bronco. The reporting officer contacted the driver on the site, determined that he wasn’t intoxicated, only tired, and sent him on his way. 9:27 a.m. – A caller complained of people with a camp fire in the free parking area on North Main. The responding officer found people having a picnic and advised them to douse the flames. 4:24 p.m. – A local juvenile was taken to Carroll County jail and then bonded out. 5:00 p.m. – Benton County Sheriff’s Department sent a hit request for a female arrested on a warrant. She bonded out later over in Benton County. November 18 12:15 p.m. – A caller reported the theft of her cell phone. A report was taken. 2:46 p.m. – A caller reported an elderly female driving “all over the highway” and said she’d pulled over at a local convenience store famous for “smoking it here.” The responding officer advised she was gone on arrival. 7:15 p.m. – A caller from North Main reported a wood chipper had been running for three hours. Not for the first time. It had been turned off by the time the officer arrived.
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Community Writing Program Spotlight Uncle Calvin “There she is,” Calvin says. “The bottoms run along for miles, thousands of acres. Lots of coon, of course. But there’s whitetails, bobcat, coyote, turkey. You name it, and it lives there. Haven’t messed with that other stuff for years. Like running my dogs too much.” I glance at Ivey, her eyes wide and fascinated. We turn off the pavement and onto a dirt road, the occasional rock shooting up from the tires, banging against the chassis. The open fields of corn gradually give way to the timber. Twisting oak, maple, poplar, the forest floor littered with dying and dead wood, switch grasses, grama grasses, bluestems, penetrating through. Dad rolls the window down, the cool air of the river bottoms whipping in. Through the wooden matrix ahead lies the wide river, running flat and slow, murky red. At the river, the road abruptly ends at a two-track pathway that parallels the water. Calvin turns the truck around and backs up to the water’s edge, parks. We get out, Dad grunting as he swings his legs over. Calvin opens the tailgate, opens the cooler of fried chicken and coke. I lean against the tailgate, Ivey in front of me staring down at the cool water. My arms fold over her chest, she cradling her head against me. “So peaceful,” she says. “Even better than our creek, I think.” Her hair tickles my chin. “Yep. Better. Wanna move?” She looks back, grinning. A playful slap on the leg. Dad and Calvin busy themselves setting up their folding chairs and plating
up chicken, the fizz of their coke bottles hiss as they open them. After we eat, Calvin gestures for Ivey and I to follow him. Dad is leaned back in his chair, arms folded, half-asleep. “C’mon,” Calvin says. “Show you something.” He walks precariously up the narrow two-track road, his cane gingerly negotiating exposed rocks and roots and tall bunch grasses. “Stay behind me so I can watch for tracks,” he says. His head is slightly bent over, eyes moving along the muddy rut. “There,” he says. “See that track picking up and following the road? Buck whitetail. Big one, too, from the looks of it.” Ivey bends down, tracing the outline of the distinct pattern with her finger. “How can you tell it’s a buck?” “Size, mostly,” Calvin says. “That one’s well over four inches. Does are three or less.” He walks further up the road. “Okay, now look here. Hog track.” Ivey bounds up to it. “They all look alike to me,” she says. “Ha, I guess they would, little lady.” He sets his cane down in the grass, slowly gets down on his knees, his stubby, brown finger points. “See the ends? Lot more rounded off. And it’s harder to find clean prints, too. They step in their own tracks a lot more than deer do.” “Oh, I see,” Ivey says, genuinely fascinated. “Out here when I’m hunting or just looking for ‘em, you learn the little
Community Writing Program Schedule n Dec. 8 — Fiction, $45 (this completes the Fiction Program) The fiction program is a 5-part modular program, so a student can take the workshops in any order, though all are needed to complete the full program.
All Saturday workshops will be 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 2 and 1 - 4 p.m. For more information, contact Alison Taylor-Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479 292-3665. Register early, as space is limited.
To support the emerging local writers of the Community Writing Program at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, the Lovely County Citizen is providing space each week to showcase their work. Pieces will be selected by the program manager, and students must have taken at least one workshop in the Community Writing Program, which was launched on July 21. Selections from instructors and student mentors of the program will also be presented. For more information email email@example.com.
things about sign. Little details. Get an eye for ‘em. You notice hair on grasses, broken twigs, little differences in walking patterns. Get to where you see just about everything.” Calvin strains to rise, and I quickly support his arm to help him up, reach down, hand him his cane. “I thank you, sir,” he says. “Getting too old to be messing around out here, I suppose.” We walk back to the truck, Dad in his chair, cap brim pulled down, mouth partially ajar. Calvin chuckles as he walks up behind him. “Hey, old man.” Pushing his brim up, Dad looks around at him. “You get ‘em squared away on finding critters?” he asks. “Good as a Seminole,” Calvin says, sitting down next to him. Ivey and I sit in the grass on the riverbank beside them. They’re silent for a few moments. The sun is making its way down, only half exposed over the looming oaks on the opposite side of the river. The light casts an orange hue on the water’s reddish surface, illuminating the edges of the forest. Way off in the distance, a flock of geese are making their way to the adjacent fields to feed and roost, their honks barely perceptible
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as they appear as one, a darkish triangle in the dying light. Calvin shifts forward in his chair, rests both hands on the cane, watches closely the school of bream rising to the surface, feeding on mayflys and the occasional grasshopper. Dad glances at him. “When do you go back for another round of chemo?” he asks. Calvin picks off a blade of buffalo grass, tosses it in the midst of the feeding bream, watches as they momentarily disappear, then reappear, give it a nibble, then go back to their mayflys. “Quit going,” he says. “Cancer spread to my pancreas.” Dad rubs his lips, eyes back on the river. Ivey’s hand covers mine, squeezes. Dad clears his throat, his face searching. Maybe, I think, looking for answers somewhere along the riverbank. Perhaps he wants life to backpedal. Just for a little while. The echo of a dozen hounds hot on the trail. Calvin’s powerful legs racing after them, yelling with excitement. Later, he and his brother and Sue at the bar in town, cold beer and stories, laughing. When the world was new. “How long?” Dad asks. Calvin lays his cane down in the soft grass, leans back. “Three months. Give or take.”
Mike Hancock holds an B.A. in English Literature and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. He spent seven years as a wilderness guide in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and New Mexico, and was a deckhand for two seasons in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. A Creative Writing teacher and freelance writer, Mike is an instructor in the Community Writing Program at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. His fiction has been published by multiple literary journals and London’s Ether Books.
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Lively Entertainment By Kristal Kuykendall
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Thankful for a treat: The Cate Brothers! My pick for some outstanding live music this weekend is a super-awesome treat: The Cate Brothers holiday family reunion show at Chelsea’s Friday night. This show was originally scheduled to be Earl and Them, but that group’s guitarist/ vocalist Baby Jason Davis had family obligations pop up at the last minute, so lead guitarist Earl Cate called up his brother Ernie Cate, the other half of renowned classic-rock/blues duo The Cate Brothers, and he agreed to come play. Woo hoo! We should be thankful. These twin brothers, in case you don’t know, became nationally known after they began gaining fame around the South in the mid-1960s. Earl, who plays guitar, and Ernie, a pianist, are both great vocalists, and they were critically acclaimed for their recording prowess during the mid- to late ‘70s.
The Cates got their start playing with Ronnie Hawkins and his Hawks in the 1950s in Fayetteville, including drummer Levon Helm. After Helm and Hawkins moved away and started The Band, the Cates — with a little help and a few introductions from their friend Levon — signed a recording contract with Asylum Records back in 1975. Their debut album was produced by guitarist Steve Cropper and featured, among others, Timothy B. Schmidt, who later joined the Eagles. Two more albums followed the next two years, and they appeared on “American Bandstand” and “Midnight Special,” to great reviews from fans and critics alike. In 1979, the Cate Brothers saw their greatest commercial success so far, appearing on PBS’s “Austin City Limits,” and releasing their fourth album, “Fire on
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the Tracks,” which hit No. 24 on the Billboard rock charts, mostly off the success of the hit single, “Union Man.” In the early ‘80s, the brothers joined Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in a revival of The Band, while their recording career went on hiatus for about a decade. In the mid-1990s, they released several independent albums. They also performed at President Bill Clinton’s inaugural ball at the request of the newly elected leader, alongside Bob Dylan, The Band, Steven Stills and many others. Ernie “officially” retired in 2006, but they still play a few shows together each year. And these guys do not mess around when they play their laid-back style of classic blues and rock, and they are very, very good at what they do: Earl Cate was listed in Steve Cropper’s Top Ten Guitar Players of All Time, for example. Eureka’s own David Renko is likely to be sitting in, since he has been playing saxophone with the Cate Brothers for 20 years. The Cate Brothers’ show at Chelsea’s starts about 9:30 p.m.; admission is $5 and ages 21 and up will be admitted. Following is the schedule of live entertainment for Eureka Springs venues for the coming weekend: THURSDAY, NOV. 22 • Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, 1 p.m. • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Free Thanksgiving Dinner, 4 p.m.; Karaoke and DJ Goose, 8 p.m. till midnight • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Thanksgiving Day
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• Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live: Chad Emmert Band, 9 p.m. • The Lumberyard: DJ, Karaoke and Dance, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe: Jason Gordon, 6:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: Jesse Dean, 7 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Karaoke with Tiny, 7 p.m. • Squid and Whale: The Brick Fields Blues Band, 8 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge: The Bawdy Beggars Roadshow! featuring Miss Lola Van Ella, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, NOV 25 • Chelsea’s: Steve & Chuck Swing, 4-8 p.m. • Eureka Live!: Customer Appreciation Night specials 5 p.m. to close • New Delhi Cafe: Skillet Lickers, 11:30 a.m. • Squid and Whale: “Local Kine” Local Musicians Showcase, 6:30 p.m.
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Spring, with a pair of benches at the trailhead and a marker indicating the delicate nature of the ecosystem at the spring. The trail project would precede but dovetail with efforts by local naturalist Christopher Fisher in his efforts toward getting an Arkansas Forestry grant for restoring the spring, which is home to the rare stream-dwelling Orconectes williamsi or Williams’ Crayfish. Parks & Rec Commission Chairman Bill Featherstone suggested Wilkerson contact Trails Committee Chairman David Renko, who, as Featherstone put it, “has built a lot of trails in Eureka Springs and the area and probably knows more about the nuts and bolts of trail building than anybody I’m aware of.” Commissioner Rachel Brix agreed and asked that Wilkerson be invited to the next Trails Committee meeting to continue discussion of the project. The commission ultimately agreed to allow Wilkerson to go forward with his
project under the conditions he confer with Renko, Fischer and Parks & Rec Director Bruce Levine. The deadline for the trail to be completed is May 1. “Past experience has proven scouts do quality work in the parks,” Featherstone told Wilkerson, “so I’m sure this will be of equally quality.” Dog park advisory committee forms, gathers resources Finally, Brix brought the commission up to date on the ongoing development of the new dog park, to be located in Harmon Park. Brix told commissioners the newly formed Eureka Springs Dog Park Advisory committee had had its first fundraiser at the Cornerstone Bank parking lot, which is regularly donated to local causes on weekends to raise money, raising $400. She said the group is putting together a packet to bring potential donors to the project and that she was still waiting for a response to a grant application for $15,000 from a major corporation. “Cross your paws, hope and wait,” she said.
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Is drinking alcohol good for you? Recommendations from the medical community include drinking two glasses of red wine per day for men and one for women. Dry red wine is the drink of choice due to the natural content of resveratrol, other plant nutrients and low sugar. Other choices of alcohol are less clear in their benefit and if you mix with sugary juices the benefit drops away altogether. Is red wine good for the heart? The natural resveratrol is a strong antioxidant and can powerfully benefit the cardiovascular system. You can get resveratrol in supplements with one capsule containing more than you’d find in a bottle (or multiple bottles) of wine. So we know that part is beneficial and true; what about the alcohol itself? Clearly, if there is difficulty moderating your drink then the answer is no; alcohol is not good for you, your family or the community. The question of benefit becomes less clear as you find out more. I’ve had to, surprisingly, modify my lifestyle after having a blood test done called a vertical auto profile (VAP) that looks at the makeup (subtypes) of cholesterol. My regular cholesterol test was very good matching all of the criteria doctors use for
heart health. But the regular cholesterol test isn’t the best measure for those on statin drugs like Lipitor or for those who worry about heart attack. Turns out even with an excellent regular cholesterol test the VAP test showed I was at high risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) that can cause heart attack. Turns out the TYPE of cholesterol (triglycerides) I naturally produce are the culprits. I wouldn’t have known this without having done the VAP blood test which is easy to get done and not expensive. Where does alcohol come into play? Alcohol quickly produces large amounts of triglycerides. My body naturally produces the very bad type as determined by the VAP. So even two glasses of red wine each day is not good for me. I’ve increased my Red Yeast Rice (natural statin), niacin and added stationary bicycle three times per week. Alcohol is only for special occasions now in my life. I get my resveratrol through supplements. I want to be around as long as I can to enjoy this beautiful part of the world, my family and friends. I hope you do, too.
invited to stay for the Casual Worship Service from 6 to 7 p.m. Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds. Hwy. 23S across from Autumn Breeze Restaurant. The public is invited and children are welcome. For more information, call 479253-8987or 479-981-0482. n Drug problem?: The Eureka Springs Coffee Pot Narcotics Anonymous Group meets Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at the Coffee Pot building behind Land O’ Nod Motel. Contact Shawn H. 417-271-1084 or Robin S. 479-244-6863 for more information. n Al-Anon Family Group: meetings Eureka Springs AFG meets at the Coffee Pot behind the Land O’ Nod Motel Sundays at 11:30 a.m., Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. n Coffee Break Women: AFG meets at Faith Christian Family Church, Hwy. 23S, on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. For info: 479-363-9495.
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live music, activities and prizes. Watch this space for dates. Regular services 7 p.m. Wednesday nights and 10 a.m. Sunday in the back of the Coffeehouse on US 62E, next to the old Victoria Inn. Coffeehouse open to the public 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday with extra hours and live music on Fridays 5 – 10 p.m. Worship Circle Fridays at 7 p.m. n Occupy: If you can’t join the occupation, join the Facebook group (type in Occupy Eureka Springs to find the group). More info: 479-253-6963. n Casual Sundays at FUMC: Come as you are and enjoy a free meal every Sunday night from 5:30 – 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. Rachel and Larry Brick will share music during the supper. All are
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Wisecrack Zodiac ARIES: You can’t expect a starring role in every play that comes along, but you should at least have a speaking part in your own life. Go diva on someone’s ass and you’ll get that star on the door. Also possibly a giant make-up puff in the face. TAURUS: You have the attention span of a concussed Kardashian and the work ethic of a serial killer. Sounds like you’re about ready to launch a career in politics. Say all your crazy stuff up front so we know who you are. GEMINI: Music may be the food of life, but revenge makes a delightful dessert. Serve it iced with chocolate, caramel and a straw; someone’s getting a Thwappucino. CANCER: True beauty doesn’t exist in airbrushed model photos. It lives in a sunset, a child’s smile when you turn on the Disney Channel and being able to pee in peace with the door closed. Enjoy your moment of beauty. LEO: The only time it’s not good to have all the lights on you is during a manhunt. Otherwise, ham it up, enjoy the spotlight and watch for helicopters. VIRGO: You have all the right moves, and someone else has the perfect beat. You may not make beautiful music together, but at least you’ll burn a few calories and hours. Your attitude will thank you in the morning. LIBRA: Even the quiet moments in life have something to teach us. Namely, don’t fall asleep after you’ve bought the kids the mega-variety pack of markers. You look like a member of KISS after a three-day bender. SCORPIO: Life isn’t for the timid. You have to grab it, goose it and shake it up a bit to make it dazzling. Fortunately, life rarely fills out a restraining order. It’s kinky like that. SAGITTARIUS: Confucius said it doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop. Sounds like he battled a few Black Friday crowds, too. Be careful if you plan to use some
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kung fu moves to land that cheap TV, because security cams catch everything these days. CAPRICORN: If you play to win you get a trophy; play to lose, a payoff. But if you play to confuse, then you experience to joy of watching everyone’s befuddlement. Have a hearty laugh at their expense, and be prepared when they kick you off the team. AQUARIUS: Forget chocolates: life is more like a basket of lollipops. Some will suck and others will end
up stuck in your hair. Every now and then, you’ll find one that tastes just right. PISCES: Others view you as hapless Charlie Brown, but in reality, you’re the kite in the tree. You may not be flying right now, but you can see your house from up there. Get ready for a gust to take you even higher. By Cindy Worley
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Roads Back My father looks for roads to old homesteads, Deborah swearing they are there in the Quigley trees. He wants to go back and collect the old bottles. The clear ones he sets in the sun, and waits for them to turn purple. When I hold his hand his skin is thin as Bible paper. The veins are darkened and I wonder if this is how he learned to love the change of color. He needs someone to remember with, but walks through abandoned barns, empty but for the cats. There must be hundreds of them. His memories are sifting to dust like hay through the rafters. Rain pools in the basins of our rock path. The cats come and lap up the water, tails twitching at sounds I don’t hear. They shy from my hand, and I sit down to wait for my father, who is looking at the old red tractors and knows the truth where I am unwelcome as a female cat. •••
Deborah Quigley Smith has published poems in Melic Review, Long Pond Review, Sequoya Review, and Poetry Miscellany, as well as other print and online journals. She has an English degree from Harding University and currently lives with her husband in Quigley’s Castle, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In addition to poetry, Debbie writes international thrillers, one of which was recently selected as a semi-finalist for a national prize. She volunteers in the Community Writing Program, mentoring students on plot and character.
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up of the tub, but that was the extent of the city’s help. As for the part of your statement “Clark subsequently sued the city’,” it makes it sound like this a grudge suit against the city on Ms. Clark’s behalf, when all she wants is to be repaid for the damages the accident caused to her home. Some of which she has already had to repair without compensation from the city. This was an unfortunate accident that the City employees caused and the City should take care of it! Susie Allen
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Chew On This
The turkey lands this week
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Ah, Thanksgiving! That paean to overindulgence and football, long-ago pilgrims and yams and best of all, turkey. The Great Bird. Did you know Benjamin Franklin, in addition to inventing bi-focals and the rocking chair and electrocution via kite flying, also suggested the turkey be our national bird, over the superficially flashier Bald Eagle? As Franklin put it, “For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.” Over a half century of gustatory adventuring, I have indulged in as many variations of this (cooked) noble bird as I could discover: baking it, deep frying it, steaming it then baking it, smoking it and even brining it to make it more tender. Tradition aside, of course, Thanksgiving need not be ALL about the turkey. My first
wife came from an Italian family, and their idea of Thanksgiving dinner expanded both my consciousness of what makes a good Turkey Day spread and my waistline. Although it has been twenty years, I remember a smoked salmon the size of my arm, three kinds of spaghetti, home-made lasagna, and a corn/oyster casserole prepared by my grandmother-in-law that I’ve never tasted since. The memory of it remains with me still, as does the “chores” list she kept on the fridge for whenever any of us young lads came around. My own grandmother was both a hunter and an angler (pond perch, fried delectably). One notable Thanksgiving, as she prepared the other dishes for the eventual consumption by her, her husband and three sons, their wives, eight grandchildren and whoever else showed up, she spotted a wild turkey in the pasture out back of the house. She went in the bedroom and got the shotgun, went outside and popped it in midflight, plucked and cleaned and put it in the oven. That’s how grandmas roll up in Onia, Arkansas. For those of us lucky enough to have experienced holidays with large family gatherings like this, Thanksgiving and Christmas bookend our winter memories, and eating forms
the core of both events – that and love. If one of our tasks in life is to create happy memories for ourselves and others, then we are entering one of those times that pop up through the year and offer us the opportunity to do just that: spend time with people we care about, engage in common activities, and take time off from the daily grind of everyday life to pause and enjoy ourselves. In the Middle Ages, dozens more holidays were celebrated (and enforced, being Saints Days) than in our modern custom, which is to our discredit. So make the best of the ones you have. By the way, here is a recipe, if not the exact one, used by my grandmother-in-law for that corn and oyster casserole. Grandmother-in-law’s corn oyster casserole 1/2 cup chopped onions, sauteed 1 cup milk 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 (15 to 16 oz.) can creamed corn 1 (10 oz.) box frozen corn 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese 1/3 to 1/2 sm. can green chilies, chopped or sliced in slivers 1 jar oysters, drained & halved Mix all the ingredients except for the oysters. Fold the oysters in, but take it easy – they’re delicate. Pour it all into a greased casserole dish. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden. Let it set. Bon appetit!
Avoiding the holiday tummy rumbles Caty is a sweet 18-month-old Abyssian who came to the shelter in May as a stray. She loves attention and responds well to being held and pet. Her coat is very fine – much like that of a rabbit. Caty gets along well with other cats and would make a great companion for. She has had all her shots and can be adopted for half the usual adoption fee. For more information, call the Good Shepherd Humane Society Animal Shelter at 479-253-9188 or stop by the shelter on Highway 62 East in Eureka Springs. Shelter hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily except Wednesdays.
By Melita Stubblefield Eureka Springs Hospital One of my earliest childhood memories is Thanksgiving dinner at my maiden aunts’ house. After a big meal, everything was left sitting out on the table and covered with a clean bed sheet until time to munch again. Miraculously, we didn’t develop any ill effects. However, I strongly recommend use of that refrigerator in the corner of your kitchen. Bacteria starts to grow on food left sitting out after 20 minutes. While it is fun to have the turkey and stuffing in easy reach, get off the couch and put the leftovers away. Protect yourself and those around your table from the Turkey Day tummy rumbles. Bacteria are too small to see, but can
have a big effect on your body. Your hands are loaded with bacteria from everything you have touched throughout the day. Wash your hands before you start to prepare your food. Soap ‘em up and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice while you wash your hands. That takes about 20 seconds. Rinse them thoroughly and dry on a clean paper towel. Repeat after handling uncooked eggs, raw meat, poultry and seafood, or their juices. Wash hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; after touching garbage, and, of course, after using the bathroom. Here are some other ‘wing’ tips: Wash utensils and cutting boards after each use. Never cut up meat or poultry on a wooden cutting board. The wood cannot be
sanitized as well as plastic. Rinse produce under running water. Don’t use soap, detergent, bleach, or commercial produce washes. However, washing raw meat and poultry can actually help bacteria spread, because their juices may splash onto (and contaminate!) your sink and countertops. Keep your vegetables and fruit separated from the raw meat or poultry. Consider buying a good meat thermometer if you don’t have one. The cost is not enormous, and it’s a quick way to make sure your food is cooked to the proper temperature. Improperly heated food can lead to a bad outcome. Happy Holidays from Eureka Springs Hospital.
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Upstairs, downstairs Christmas tour goes behind the scenes
Linda McFarlin is preparing her home, located above her shop Cottage Caboodle, for the tour of homes on Dec. 1.
By Jennifer Jackson They work at street level, in restaurants and bars, hotels and gift shops. But where do they go at night? This year’s Christmas Tour of Homes offers a chance to tour homes that give “living above the shop” a whole new meaning. “We’ll be upstairs, downstairs and all around the town,” said Dee Bright, head of the Eureka Springs Preservation Society, which puts on the tour. The tour is self-guided, with stops on Spring Street and North Main. All the homes will be decorated for the holidays, including Linda and Rob McFarlin’s apartment above Cottage Caboodle, their home decor and gift stop on North Main. The couple, who bought the three-story building in 2008, live in a 2,900 square foot, three-bedroom apartment on the top floor, which Linda decorated in European style. “We went through a big remodel this year,” she said. “We redid the kitchen and added a bathroom.” The living room of the home has 12-foot ceilings, with a door and two large, rectangular windows that open to the balcony overlooking North Main, giving the space a traditional Southern feel. Down the street is Deb Starnes and Lynn Whitley live in a
spacious, loft-style apartment that occupies the entire top floor of Eureka Live,where their band plays regularly and Starnes emcees on weekends. Another stop on the tour is James and Teresa DeVito’s home, which they created on the floor below their Italian restaurant on Center Street. Dan and Belinda Harriman’s home, which overlooks Basin Spring Park, is also on the tour, accessible by steps leading up from the park. Also on the tour is the New Orleans Hotel, which was the first tour 30 years ago, and four more stops. First Baptist Penn Memorial Church on Spring Street will be the hospitality center, with church members donning costumes and portraying founding members, a reprise of presentations at the church’s centennial service earlier this month. Downtown businesses will also feature ‘living windows,’ featuring models in period attire, during the tour. The 30th Annual Eureka Springs Christmas Tour of Homes is Saturday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of tour. Children under 12 free. Tickets are available at the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce in Pine Mountain Village, and at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, 95 S. Main.
Teresa and James DeVito live below their Spring Street restaurant and will open their home to visitors during the Eureka Springs Christmas Tour of Homes.
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Local artist, icon given reception for his work Zeek Taylor visits with Eureka Springs Chamber board member and secretary Carla Short at the reception given in his honor at Community First Bank on Tuesday.
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Page 32 – Lovely County Citizen – November 22, 2012 From left are Police Chief Earl Hyatt and Patrol Officer Brian Jones at Eureka Springs Elementary School on Monday morning. The Eureka Springs Police Department raised funds within their department, contributed by employees only, to give a warm Thanksgiving dinner to 10-plus area families. The families would not have enjoyed a meal otherwise. The ESPD raised more than $300 in food during the drive – and for that we say “Thank you.”
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