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Lights, Camera, Christmas!
NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Beaver Lake group ready for Eureka parade, themed ‘A Silver Screen Christmas’ Page 3 n Council vs. cops
n Burglar targets
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Lame-duck aldermen raise manpower issue
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was okay. It’s nice to know who your friends are. November 22 9:29 a.m. – Police were unable to locate a speeding motorcycle passing on the double yellow heading into town on Hwy 23 North. 11:06 a.m. – A caller from Benton Street advised she had been threatened by her boyfriend and was over at her neighbor’s house. The responding officer spoke to the boyfriend, who agreed to leave. No report was taken. 11:48 a.m. – EMS toned out for a vehicle that had fallen off a parking area on Paxos Street. The vehicle was occupied but there were no injuries. The officer took the report. Paxos is a tricky little street. 2:57 p.m. – The female caller from earlier on Benton Street asked an officer to stand by while she retrieved her property from the home. The caller was advised that a court order is needed for a civil stand by. The officer from the previous call went by anyway, See Dispatch, page 18
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Lights, Camera, Christmas! Parade float is scene within scene
By Jennifer Jackson Jody Bascou and Susie Paul of Beaver Lake started working on a float for the Christmas Parade of Lights in September. For the base, Jody bought a 20-foot trailer, erected a stable entrance across the front, and installed a manger, a donkey and three rows of seats. Her sister, Susie, made costumes for Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, three Wise Men and four angels, plus beards for the Wise Men. She is now working on costumes for the shepherds who will circle the float in a golf cart. “They’re our extras,” she said. Jody and Susie, with help from members of Beaver Lake Baptist Church, are producing “The Nativity Story” to enter in the Nov. 30 Christmas Parade of Lights. Following the parade’s theme, “A Silver Screen Christmas,” the float is not just a nativity scene, but a scene of “The Nativity Story” being filmed by a crew, complete with director, camera operators and clappers. “The camera crew will be filming out of the back doors of the tow vehicle,” Jody said. Jody, who retired from Intel, is an experienced hand at float-building – she worked for 25 years with the team that builds floats for Sacramento’s Christmas parades and the city’s Rose Parade entry. Susie is an artist who handles the costumes and artwork. For the angel Gabriel, who will be played by Jack Baker, Susie created a costume with wings of gold feathers. Baker and Wylie Nolan helped Jody build the float, and other church members ironed costumes. “We work as a team,” Jody said. “And we have a lot of fun,” Susie said. Mike Mercer, the church pastor, will play the director, using a megaphone to direct the scene. Extras will circle the float in a golf cart, waiting for their call, while other shepherds walk the route, passing out paint-it-yourself ornaments to children. The Wise Men and angels will provide the sound track, playing “Si-
The Wise Men and angels provide the sound track for “The Nativity Story,” playing handbells as the float rolls down the route. Having a non-dress rehearsal are Pat Scharff, left, Jody Bascou, Susie Paul, Richard White, Edith Teague, Leslie and Deborah Mercer, back right. Photos by Jennifer Jackson
We’ve already got an idea for next year. We just need to know what the theme is.” – Susie Paul lent Night” and “Away in a Manger” on handbells as they roll along. “They’ll be strings of star lights hanging on the back,” Jody said. The sisters, who are paying all costs of the float, moved to Beaver Lake in 2010 after traveling the country for two years in a fifth wheeler. They’ve now downsized to a C-class recreational vehicle, and plan to continue to travel from their base at Beaver Lake. But next September, another Christmas float will begin to take shape in the metal outbuilding on their property. “We’ve already got an idea for next year,” Susie said. “We just need to know what the theme is.” The Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights is Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Sisters Susie Paul, left, and Jody Bascou are the creative force behind “The Nativity Story” float that Jody built in an outbuilding on their Beaver Lake property. Susie made the costumes hanging in background.
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City Council takes Clark, residential lodging issues off table; heads for showdown with police over manpower By Don Lee In one of its final meetings, the lame duck Eureka Springs City Council continued to struggle with some issues at its Tuesday night meeting â€“ moved from its usual Monday time slot because of a scheduling conflict â€“ and took other issues off the table altogether. One topic no longer in the crosshairs is the business licenses issued months ago to 10 individuals that allowed them to operate lodging facilities in R-1 neighborhoods, which are strictly residential and only allowed to rent rooms to tourists with a Conditional Use Permit. None of the 10 qualified for a CUP, but they were allowed business licenses ahead of a moratorium that was put in place to prevent further business licenses being issued in that category until council could figure out how to deal with the issue of residential rentals.
According to City Attorney Tim Weaver, the whole problem arose as a misunderstanding of city code. â€œThe code does permit seven-day rentals in residential areas, but not for tourists,â€? Weaver said. â€œâ€˜Seven day rentalâ€™ is a term used throughout the state for rentals to people who want to reside in a city to work or for other reasons, but not tourists. Thereâ€™s a loophole in our code in that we say if you rent rooms out for shorter than 30 days, then you have to pay CAPC tax. But that doesnâ€™t mean you can turn around and start renting to tourists. The business license does not give anyone a right do run an improper business. It doesnâ€™t give you the right to do anything except not be taken to court for running a business without a license.â€? Planning Commission Chairwoman Beverly Blankenship and others argued that city code was actually just fine the way it was, but that it only needed proper ďż˝
enforcement. Alderman Ken Pownall argued that if a person rents a house out for any length of time, that is a business transaction, therefore by that interpretation no one should be to rent out anything in an R-1 zoned area. â€œSounds good to me,â€? added Alderman Parker Raphael. In the end, the council voted to refund the license fees to the 10 license holders in question, and the issue was taken off the table. Nellie Clark lawsuit On the issue of the Nellie Clark lawsuit, Weaver explained the Arkansas Municipal League, representing the city, has filed paperwork to have the case sent on to the state Supreme Court. He said there had been a time period when the city could have negotiated a settlement with Clark, but that that time frame had passed. The problem goes back a year, when Public Works inadvertently forced sewage back into Clarkâ€™s house while attempting to flush her lines with city equipment. Although a city employee did help clean up the mess, Clark has subsequently sued the city. â€œUnless you direct our attorney to enter into further negotiations with Ms. Clarkâ€™s attorney, the case is now filed to be presented to the Court of Appeals, most likely the state Supreme Court,â€? he said. Given that the issue was in court, the council voted to remove the item from the councilâ€™s agenda. Police jobs on line? In another contentious issue that has bounced around for weeks, Aldermen Karen Lindblad and Lany Ballance again brought forward the issue of a state requirement that City Council shall decide the number of police officers working for the city by general ordinance. The mayorâ€™s office and several other aldermen had argued previously that the number of officers is set during the budget process, therefore it is inappropriate to tackle the issue in this way.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing this council can do in [its remaining] 35 days thatâ€™s appropriate, since we havenâ€™t been able to meet with the police chief, and state statue is currently being violated,â€? said Pownall. â€œThe number of officers needed drives the budget, the budget doesnâ€™t drive the number.â€? Previously, the council had ordered the mayor to bring the police chief in front of them for questioning as to his departmental needs. Mayor Morris Pate had vetoed the the demand at the time. On Tuesday night, he said his veto had been a response to the fact he had been ordered to do so. â€œYou donâ€™t have that authority,â€? he told council. Hiring and firing city employees is typically an administrative action, outside the bailiwick of City Council. Ballance asked, perhaps rhetorically, why the mayorâ€™s office and the police department were â€œso resistant to follow the law when they are in charge of law enforcement?â€? Alderman James DeVito pointed out that any alderman at any time could have gone to the police chief on their own time and then come to the table to write up their own ordinance. â€œWe didnâ€™t choose that route,â€? he said, meaning instead theyâ€™d ordered the mayor to bring the police chief forward, and the mayor had declined the order. â€œThatâ€™s bullsh**,â€? Pownall said. Ballance added, â€œThe state statute says we shall have a general ordinance. Weâ€™ve met resistance every step of the way, you all saying we donâ€™t have to do that, the mayor saying gee whiz, Iâ€™m going to be secretive and let him do what he wants and do what I want, and to heck with you people.â€? Alderman Butch Berry pointed out that historically the city budget had been passed as an ordinance, therefore meeting the state requirement that the city have an ordinance in place addressing the number of police officers on staff. See Council, page 21
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Tit for tat: Council to pay for school road but sends district bill for impact fees By Don Lee Although it has agreed reluctantly to fund widening and repairing the road leading into the new high school, Eureka Springs City Council made a step toward recouping its financial outlay on Monday night. Alderman Butch Berry outlined his proposal. “What it amounts to is that the waiver of fees for the sewer capacity fee for the new school was never granted. When this came up in November, 2010, we did not make a decision at that time to agree. [Then] Superintendent Wayne Carr asked about waiving various fees and was told we wouldn’t be able to waive them.” Berry said the school argued those fees should be waived since they were moving from the old facility to the new one and therefore wouldn’t be adding any strain on the sewage system, only moving it from one location to another. Berry pointed out the school district had paid impact fees when constructing the elementary school and should do so in this case. Berry said no fees were ever waived for the school district. “The City Council in November 2010 took no action,” he said. “They deferred it to the new council, and we never took action. It’s one of those things that has slipped through the cracks, not the fault of anybody in particular, but I would like to make a motion to
have the city building inspector go ahead and determine what the sewer capacity fee would be, and submit it to the school for payment.” Alderman Ken Pownall asked what if the school by action ceased to have a water/sewer account at the old location, and if that would mean the next owner of the old high school would be responsible for the normal fees on the site. City Attorney Tim Weaver responded such impact fees were not normally imposed on prior construction. The old high school was built in 1950. Berry said the original rough estimate for the sewer impact fees for the new high school were around $20,000. The cost of widening Lake Lucerne Road has been estimated about roughly $30,000. Alderman Karen Lindblad was strongly in support of the idea. “A good part of the reason for widening the road is so they can have sports tournaments out there. And even though the school district as a whole voted for the new school to be where it is, I don’t see Holiday Island or anybody else offering to help pay for widening this road. The citizen of this city are being hit twice by the school district to pay for this. I don’t think it’s fair.” “I don’t have anything against the school district,” Berry added. “It’s just a matter of looking at past precedents.” The council voted 5-1 in favor of the motion, with Pownall voting against.
Schneider wins run-off election The results of the run-off election for Eureka Springs City Council were released Tuesday night, with Mickey Schneider beating opponent Jack Gentry 126 votes to 55. Schneider had received the most votes in the three-way race for the Ward 1, Position 1 seat with 39.53 percent of votes
in the general election against Gentry and incumbent Karen Lindblad. However, lacking 50 percent of the vote, she was required to run again against Gentry. “I am just glad it’s over, and I thank all those who voted for me...twice,” Schneider said.
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By Tina Parker Eureka Springs Police are investigating a string of burglaries at businesses over the Thanksgiving holiday. Police said a suspect attempted to break in to three businesses in the downtown area but was only successful in one attempt. The suspect tried to remove doors from the hinges at two locations but was unsuccessful because of hydraulic arms on the inside, made to prevent the door from being opened from the outside. The businesses targeted were Crazy Bone and J.A. Nelson Gallery, Twice Born and Wild Blue Yonder. “It’s been a long time since we have had multiple burglaries in one night,” said Eureka Springs Assistant Police Chief Thomas Achord. On Friday, Nov. 23, at approximately
6:57 a.m., meter officers found a gray lock box containing cash and receipts belonging to Twice Born, and messages were left for the owners. Officers checked the business but found it secure, according to Eureka Springs Police Department call logs. At 8:46 a.m., a caller at Crazy Bone reported that pins from the door hinges were missing from the front door of the business. Upon inspection, she found that nothing was missing from inside. “This is really a shock and I’m happy that no one got in,” said Crazy Bone general manager Mary Webb. “It’s Eureka, and I’ve never had anything like this happen and it wasn’t a good feeling.” At 9:18 a.m., a caller reported a
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HOME still open for homeless
By Jennifer Jackson Plans to buy the Victorian Inn to use in part for a homeless shelter have fallen through, but people who don’t have a roof over their heads this winter still have HOME. HOME stands for Hands Open for Ministry and Empowerment, a group of individuals and church pastors who organized under the umbrella of ECHO, Eureka Christian Health Outreach, earlier this year. HOME fields calls and processes requests for shelter, then pays for rooms in area motels, using donations from the community. “We’ve got some money, but it goes pretty quick if you’ve got a family to put up,” said Suzie Bell, a board member. HOME has been processing one or two requests for shelter a week, Bell said. Some are from people just passing through who need a warm place for the night. But the main emphasis
“It breaks my heart when people are without hope, are without a roof over their head.” –Suzie Bell is helping people in the community who, for one reason or another, have no place to live. “It’s a real eye-opener,” Bell said. Sometimes the person is homeless because of a lost job or a divorce situation. Sometimes it’s a woman who had to get out of abusive situation, or a pregnant teenager who was thrown out of the house. Many are single women. Some are families with children. “It breaks my heart when people are without hope, are without a roof over their head,” Bell said.
Applicants must fill out a form and be screened by the police. HOME also tries to assist people who are homeless with other needs: food, job counseling or social services. “It grew out of the fact that so many of our patients (at ECHO) have a housing need,” Bell said. “Healing is not just medical.” HOME provides a centralized place to refer requests for shelter, which often come in to churches, Bell said. This way, it doesn’t ‘bleed the goodness of one congregation,’ she said, and prevents someone going from church to church looking for help. HOME also works with the county probation officer to help people who have been released from jail. “We believe that everyone deserves mercy,” Bell said. Donations marked “HOME” can be sent to ECHO, 4004 E. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632.
ES school board appoints McClung to Templeton’s vacant seat At its meeting Tuesday, the Eureka Springs School Board chose Christopher McClung to replace former board member Charles Templeton, who was also president. Al Larson was elected as the new school board president by the board at its last meeting. McClung served previously on the school board from 1990 – 2002 and is an independent insurance agent. He has owned and operated the Bare & Swett Agency for 34 years. “I was asked recently if I would consider filling this opening on the board,” McClung said. “I enjoyed my time on the board before, and after some thought I felt if I could contribute with my presence, I would do it. I have no personal agenda items or axes to grind. I just want to cooperate with the rest of the board and try to make the school district the best it can possibly be.” McClung will serve in this appointed position until new board members are elected next September.
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HGTV to rerun local castle feature By Jennifer Jackson If you missed it the first time around, HGTV is rerunning the segment featuring Castle Rogue’s Manor in its “Home Strange Home” show this Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 27 at noon. The segment originally ran last Friday, and is the last of several on the show. But it’s the most significant national exposure that Castle Rogue’s Manor has ever received, according to builder/ owner Smith Treuer. “We’ve seen a spike in the number of hits Smith Treuer stands in front of the baronial fireplace in the on our website,” he Great Hall of Castle Rogue’s Manor. Treuer’s partner, Debsaid. orah Sederstrom, made the “scale-mail” for the four bronze Treuer and partner dragons that writhe across the mantelpiece. Deborah Sederstrom also own the Rogue’s Manor restaurant on Hall, which has a musician’s gallery and seSpring Street, which is in a converted Victo- cret tunnels running underneath it. rian house. But Treuer started from scratch “I think they did a very good job of capbuilding the castle 17 years ago on 20 acres. turing the spirit of the castle and its feaThe site, on a bluff overlooking the White tures,” Treuer said of the HGTV crew. River at Beaver, inspired the castle, a colTreuer also cited early exposure to chillection of buildings, that look like an illus- dren’s books illustrated by Maxfield Parrish tration out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. They for his love of castles, and blames his parconsist of a gatehouse, a guest cottage and ents for raising him in Montessori schools. great hall, which is available for business The most enthusiastic response he received meetings, fundraisers and catered parties from the show was from his mother, who for 4 to 400 – birthdays, weddings and an- lives in Duluth, Minn., Treuer said. niversaries. “She got to see her son’s castle on TV,” “Our motto is ‘Marry well, marry often, he said. including renewals, and marry here at the Treuer said he was also inspired by Ken castle,’” Treuer said. Follet’s book, “Pillars of the Earth,” but if For the television show, the HGTV crew he lived in the middle ages, he wouldn’t be focused on the use of local natural materi- a master stone mason or knight of the round als – wood and stone – and local artisans, table. artists and craftsmen in the construction of “I’d be the problematic subject of the the castle, Treuer said. Of particular interest feudal lord,” he said. “I’m the rogue.” were the four bronze dragons by Mel ShipFor more information, go to www.casley over the baronial fireplace in the Great tleroguesmanor.com.
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By Jennifer Jackson While other people slept in or were putting the turkey in the oven, 130 people gathered at Lake Leatherwood Park pavilion at 8 a.m. Thursday morning for the third annual Don Gammie Turkey Trot. Bill Carmichael, a plush-animal turkey in a pilgrim hat straddling his head, counted down to the start, and the runners took off on the 5K route. First over the finish line was Elliott Young
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Editorial A meditation on conspiracy theories “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ The White Queen, “Through the Looking Glass,” by Lewis Carroll People believe in all kinds of crazy things. We are reminded of this by a remark made over the weekend about water fluoridation, a popular subject locally. Despite overwhelming evidence that fluoride properly used is a tremendous good, and despite lack of real evidence to the contrary (other than crap studies poorly done), people continue to believe that fluoride is not only bad for you, but that it is part of a conspiracy to harm us or keep us docile. Like cattle. “Chemtrails” are the subject of a similar belief-based conspiratorial movement. Jets create water vapor trails in the sky, just as, in the summer when it’s hot and you run the A/C in your car, water drips from the tailpipe. It is condensation, or “contrails,” when it happens up above. Believers in chemtrails say that our skies are being laced with harmful chemicals as part of a conspiracy to control or harm us, in the vapor trails of jets. Actress Jenny McCarthy’s ongoing battle against vaccinations in children, because she believes it causes autism, is another example of a situation where repeated scientific studies can find NO evidence linking the two things, and yet people who are on the “no vaccination” bus will remain on it, because that’s how people are. (Not vaccinating your kids, by the way, only works as long as the vast majority of people ignore your theories and go ahead and do get their children their shots.) To people of a certain age, the JFK assassination conspiracy holds endless fascination. Ask a young person nowadays to identify Lee Harvey Oswald and they’ll say, “Who?” And yet dozens if not hundreds of books, and surely thousands
of hours of television, have been devoted to who shot JFK and why. On one level, believing in conspiracies is a harmless way to spend some braintime. The internet is a blessing to anyone who’s interested in UFOs or even whether President Obama, despite a mountain of evidence saying he was born in Hawaii, was actually Kenyan by birth and therefore not qualified to run the country. On another level, however, believing in conspiracies can lead to immense tragedy. For centuries critics have accused the Jewish people of being secretly in control of big business, the banks, etc., as well as being the villains of the Christian story of Jesus’ death. As a result of this unreasonable hatred, millions of Jewish people have perished. Believing that the government is out to get us in one way or another has led to any number of paranoid pathologies. In addition to the ones mentioned above, there are dozens of websites devoted to supposed FEMA concentration camps for American political dissidents, as well as a growing survivalist “movement” involving real people with real guns playing a game in which the feds are coming to get us soon, and by golly these good ol’ boys are gonna be READY when that stuff hits the fan! (Hint: The stuff is called horses**t. Honest.) A false belief is not considered to be knowledge, even if it is sincere. A sincere believer in the flat earth theory does not know that the Earth is flat, although he might defend that notion to the death. Unfortunately, defending a notion to the death still doesn’t make it true. Apophenia means “the experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.” It’s a part of how the human brain is put together. Even if the data does have some meaning on some other level, people attribute false meaning to it. Like seeing See Editorial, page 18
Citizen of the Week Someone out in the anonymous world sent us this candidate for this week’s CoW: “We would like to nominate prominent local artist Barbara Kennedy as Citizen of the Week,” they say. “Knowing that local pastel artist and Prospect Gallery owner Rebecca J. Becker had a serious medical problem and no insurance, Barbara single handedly set in motion a benefit at Caribe that eventually involved nearly a hundred volunteers and donors. The proceeds from the benefit on November 18th have covered the costs of two trips to a specialist at Duke University in North Carolina, the second of which Rebecca will undertake on Dec 4th. Her prospects for a complete return to complete health are excellent. There can be no greater gift from one human being to another. Thank you, Barbara.”
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Editor: We would like to thank everyone who came to our 24th Annual Fall Antique Show and Sale and those who advertised it on their marquee and those who told visitors about this special weekend held at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Our attendees came from 14 different states, and our dealers from 15. They stayed in various lodgings, ate at numerous restaurants, shopped around town, bought gas, and groceries and used the ATMs. It still amazes us after all these years and all the advertising we do, that some people are not aware of this activity every third weekend in November and March. This is the oldest continually running Antique Show and Sale in Northwest Arkansas. Eureka Springs benefits from tax dollars spent here over the weekend, not just this weekend but for the past 23 years. Each event, antique show, car show, art show or some other happening brings people here to our community, and we all need to support them. We think that a Community Bulletin Board on the week’s activity would be beneficial – perhaps in the Basin Park or the Auditorium? Dave and Jane Baker, Antique Show managers
Grateful, Not Proud Editor: As I was enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner in the beautiful Crystal Dining Room, I thought about all
Citizen Survey “How do you handle Christmas shopping?” m I start earlier in the year and do it gradually. m I wait until the last possible minute then run around like crazy. m I defer to my spouse. m I do not participate; it’s all a big racket anyway. m I make all my gifts. Go to www.lovelycitizen.com and weigh in. Vote by Wednesday 9 a.m.
the folks who are not having a Thanksgiving dinner anywhere. Not discounting our wonderful Flint St. Food Bank and other local establishments providing free meals, I mulled over this notion of being grateful but not proud. How could I be proud of a society in which 5 percent or less of the citizens control 95 percent of the material wealth? How can I be anything other than deeply ashamed of a country still conducting imperialistic wars in other countries, posing as a democracy as we continue to wantonly destroy the land we stole from the Native Americans (who, by the way, do not believe that anyone owns land, it belongs to the creator)? The First People are still holed up on reservations and are usually the last to receive any money from the government for social programs, etc. Why would I be proud of a nation that condones shooting people trying to enter our “land of the free, home of the brave”? Does anyone remember that line “Give me your poor, your homeless, etc.”? Who, having a heart that still beats, would support presidential candidates who favor ignoring the “47%” who don’t pay taxes, and ask for non-citizens to voluntarily deport themselves? As I patted my full stomach today, I wondered about the law that makes it illegal for restaurants to donate the tons of leftover food to those who need it.. Anyone out there done any dumpster diving AFTER the food is placed in the trash? Yes, I’m grateful to be an American because I
LAST WEEK’S QUESTION “What are your plans for Thanksgiving?”
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36 votes cast
m I am going to eat and sleep in shifts through the weekend.: 11.1% (4 votes) m I am going to watch football and drink beer.: 5.6% (2 votes) m I am going hunting.: 5.6% (2 votes) m Spending time with the people I love and/or must see on holidays.: 72.2% (26 votes) m Feeding the homeless.: 0.0% (0 votes) m Order pizza. I made friends with the turkey. Oops.: 5.6% (2 votes)
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Arts & Amusements Christmas Tour of Homes For three decades homeowners in this Victorian village have invited visitors inside their historic residences to share the joys of the holiday season. The tradition continues Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 3-8 p.m., when the Eureka Springs Preservation Society hosts the 30th Annual Eureka Springs Christmas Tour of Homes. Tickets are available at: www.eurekaspringspreservatonsociety.org or call 479-2538737 or 479-253-9417. Swedish Twined Knitting workshop Beth Brown-Reinsel will be giving a workshop on Swedish Twined Knitting at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. Brown-Reinsel is a writer and knitwear designer and is the Fab Fiber Fellowship recipient for 2012. Workshop participants should be intermediate knitters and must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars. Knitters should bring a skein of worsted weight yarn, preferably light-colored, and size 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles. The Writers’ Colony workshop will begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 4 and a potluck lunch will follow. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend, but please bring a dish to share. The Writers’ Colony is located at 515 Spring Street in Eureka Springs. For more information, call 479-253-7444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Berryville High School choir to do “Annie Jr.” The Berryville High School choir will premiere its production of “Annie Jr.” 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, at 1898 C.R. 211. For details, call 479-2535401.
Bed & Breakfast Association Announces Annual Sweet Treats Tour The Bed and Breakfast capital of America will offer an inexpensive and unique getaway to a limited number of visitors the weekend of Dec. 7-8, during the 6th Annual Sweet Treats Tour. Only 250 tickets will be sold to the tour, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and is sponsored by the Bed & Breakfast Inns of Eureka Springs. The tour will be self-guided, with maps of all the participating properties provided at each location. Lodgings included on the this 6th Annual Sweet Treats Tour are Heartstone Inn and Cottages, Arsenic and Old Lace, Redbud Manor, Main Street Inn, 1884 Bridgeford House, 5 Ojo Inn, 1908 Ridgeway House, 1881 Crescent Cottage, and Rock Cottage Gardens. Contest rules and ticket package deals offered by the participating lodgings are available online at http://allianceofbetterbandbs.com/packages/sweet-treats-cookie-tour/. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased by calling any of the participating B&Bs in advance of the tour day. For details, call 479-253-7853 or email email@example.com. 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.
The 2012 EurekaSprings.com Christmas Festival Events 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. This year the sponsor is Arvest Bank. The parade winds down Spring Street through downtown 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. 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. 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, Dec.16 at 3 p.m. in the Holiday Island Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets for this concert are $8 for adults (students are free) and may be purchased from any Holiday Island Singer or by calling 479363-9818. Call for Professional Mourners Ladies, if you would like to have fun and participate in Dan Ellis’ upcoming Jazz Funeral scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, Mary Popovac and Cné Breaux would like to talk to you. Festivities begin at
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. 10 Boxes boast codes, bring those back to Basin Spring Park and be eligible to win gift certificates for area retailers. All activities are 2–4 p.m. 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 p.m. at the start, you can easily meet us at the Pied Piper at 5 p.m.) For details, go to www.JazzFuneral.DanEllis.Net or email MaryPop2009@ yahoo.com, or email@example.com, or call 479-981-9551.
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Hangin’ out at Hart’s
Katie Pruitt finished her shopping at Hart’s and stopped for a picture of her and her groceries. She has lived in Eureka Springs for three-and-a-half years.
Virginia Hineline has lived in Eureka Springs for a year and a half. She was at Hart’s with her home assistant, who was helping her with her shopping.
Carol and Neal Watts, at left, owners of Beaver Lake Cottages, chat with their friend Barbara Asmussen. Barbara is the princess of the Pecan Tassie. “She’s the best cook in Eureka Springs,” said Carol.
Beth Rankin moved to Eureka Springs for cleaner air than is found around a big city. “We moved from Kansas City, Mo., back in September. And we found our house in the Lovely County Citizen.”
Tim Lenser lives in Cassville. His mother lives in Eureka Springs and he shops a lot at Hart’s. He owns T-Bones in Eagle Rock. “You can pick out your steak and we’ll cook it for you [just like you want it].”
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Becky Heath is a checker at Hart’s and has been since moving to Eureka Springs six-and-a-half years ago.
Jerry Rhodeback picks up some necessities at Hart’s early Wednesday morning.
“I live about 10 feet outside the city limits,” says Josh Moorhouse. He’s a gamer and right now he’s into Fallout New Vegas — and this six-pack “should get me through a couple of levels,” he says.
Glen Couvillion is a Eureka Spring Van Tours guide and a Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour guide. Oh, he is also a minister and performs weddings around town. He was in Hart’s looking for oysters.
Hart’s butcher Ronnie Henderson has worked at Hart’s for 12 years. “When I started working there they were just moving from buying quarters [of beef] to using boxed beef.”
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Neighbors vie for best holiday bling Redbud Manor
Judge Roy Bean’s
Bridgeford House B&B
By Jennifer Jackson Who has the best holiday lighting display in Eureka Springs? Ask neighbors who live on East Mountain and they’ll tell you: we do. One reason: Nancy and Greg Bartlett, who live on Oakridge Street off Harvey, the first right off East Mountain Road from E. Van Buren. The Barletts’ extensive holiday decorations inspired their neighbors to start putting out displays, resulting in a first place award for best street the past two years, Nancy said. This year, the categories are best business and best residence, which the Bartletts are shooting for. They start early: Greg starts putting decorations at the end of September, Nancy said. By mid-October, he is wrapping trees with lights, which are tested after it rains. Then he puts inflatable figures on the roof. “Now we’re getting the ground stuff done,” she said. Two doors down, Maureen and Richard Gorman have a herd of white deer roaming their yard. On East Mountain itself, Rusty Windle has set up “Windle Wonderland,” which includes a 12-foot-tall wooden reindeer, scores of holiday figures and 25,000 to 30,000 lights.
“Over the years I’ve won first place three times,” Windle said. “I add to it each time. It’s a sickness – I inherited it from my mother and my grandmother, who were both both big lighting people.” The Bartletts are working under a handicap: in the past, their white Miata would be decorated and parked out front, with Santa waving at passers-by. But Greg hit a deer in his other vehicle, so is using the Miata for transportation. Santa in his sports car will be out in time for the judging. “My husband loves Christmas,” Nancy said. “Sometimes he puts on a Santa suit and hands out candy canes.” Entries in the ‘Bling in the Springs’ holiday lighting contest are due by Dec. 9, with each entrant receiving a sign for their yard. Judges will check out the displays until Dec. 14, when the winners will be announced. And in the end, it’s not about winning. “It gives you a kind of joy when you look at Christmas lights,” Nancy said. “It makes you feel good.” The Bling in the Springs Holiday Lighting Contest is sponsored by the City Advertising and Promotion Commission. Entry forms are available at the CAPC office, 121 E. Van Buren, Ste. B (behind The Quarter).
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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 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 sit-com “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. The parade 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 Citizens Climate Action Committee – The Citizens Climate Action Progress Committee meets at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Library Annex. The program this month is on free services and financial incentives that are available for energy assessments, efficiency upgrades, and even renewable energy projects, both commercial and residential. Call 479-244-0377 for more information. 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 479-2538610. 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 Eureka 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. n Fall Environmental Organizations Volunteer Fair – You are invited to the Fall 2012 Environmental Organizations Volunteer Fair for and by the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists and interested public. Come found out what habitat restoration and educational projects different organizations are working on in NWA and ways you can get involved. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Hobbs State Park Visitor’s Center. For details, call 479-789-5000. n Berryville Public Library Announces Special Holiday Initiatives – The Berryville Public Library has some special plans in store for the month of December. The final month of 2012 will see the return of “Food for Fines.” Under the program, patrons who owe library fees may pay off their debt with unopened, unexpired, non-perishable food items. Each item will be good for $1 off the patron’s fees. All food collected will be taken to Loaves and Fishes food bank. Also, just in time for Christmas, the library will be hosting a bake sale on Friday, December 21, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Donations of baked goods are gladly accepted and can be dropped off at the library Wednesday, Dec. 19, or Thursday, Dec. 20. Finally, the library will hold a book sale in December. The cost will be $4 per grocery bag. Areas of interest include chil-
dren’s books, adult books, and audio visual materials. All monies raised from the book and bake sales will be used to fund future library programming. For details, call 870423-2323 or email email@example.com. 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 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 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 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 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 479-253-8987or 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: 479-3639495.
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just to be safe; the woman had already retrieved her property by the time he arrived and packed her car and left without further incident. 7:24 p.m. – A caller from Wall Street reported three dogs running wild – a “wolf dog,” a beagle and a brindle bulldog. The responding officer found no such dogs but alerted Animal Control to follow up. 9:42 p.m. – A caller reported a black Dodge Charger using blue and red lights to make cars pull over in the area of Pine Mountain Village. Police could find no sign of such a vehicle but alerted Carroll County just in case. November 23 6:57 a.m. – While checking parking meters at the Auditorium, an officer found a gray lockbox containing cash and receipts from a Spring Street business. The officer left messages for the owners and will hold onto box till they miss it and come looking. 8:46 a.m. – The owner of a local gallery called to say the hinge pins from the store’s door were missing. Nothing was missing
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from the store. 9:18 a.m. – A caller reported a break-in at the Spring Street business that had the missing money box. Reported things scattered and missing. The responding officer and detective wrote up a report. At press time, the case is still under investigation. 10:56 p.m. – The owner of a business up on Spring Street called to say a lost dog had been found and left with here there at the store. Animal Control picked up the dog and brought it to the police department, where its owner came and retrieved it shortly thereafter. 3:40 p.m. – A caller from the most haunted hotel in town called Animal Control to report a goat – not a ghost, a goat – from its garden area. Animal Control captured the goat and found someone to babysit it until someone claims it. Anybody missing a goat? 6:23 p.m. – Officers made contact with a truck driver and semi who’d wandered onto the Historic Loop and gotten as far as Ermilio’s. They got him turned around and headed back the right way. It was that sharp right there past Ermilio’s that got him, I’m sure. 9:27 p.m. – A caller from a local hotel re-
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ported a car had smacked into another car in the parking lot and had stopped by the water tower in the parking lot. The responding officers had a mess to deal with. One driver was stumbling around the roadway. They ended up arresting the driver for suspicion of DWI, driving on a suspended license and no insurance. His female companion was arrested for obstruction of government operations. 10:27 p.m. – A caller from Norris Street reported she had found a chocolate lab puppy wandering around there and she would care for it until someone claimed it. 11:58 p.m. – On a routine traffic stop on Kingshighway, a male was arrested for driving left of center, DWI #2, possession of a controlled substance, implied consent and possession of drug paraphernalia. November 24 1:11 a.m. – Responding to a call from a distraught father who said his 19-year-old son was threatening to kill himself, police went to Rock House Road and waited with the son until county authorities could arrive, since the address was outside city limits. 9:53 a.m. – A shop downtown called to advise someone had been tampering with the front door. A report was taken. 12:31 p.m. – A caller wanted to report a lost or possibly stolen camera in a black bag. November 25 2:07 a.m. – A burglar alarm at a popular
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the face of the Virgin Mary in your toast. It’s still toast – it still goes great with ham and eggs – but it doesn’t “mean” anything beyond that, not even if that lump of butter does look like her nose. Why people are wired this way is a great source of wonder. Maybe finding patterns and connections in the world is what led us from living in caves to our current status. But it comes with a downside – i.e., we see things even when they aren’t really there. Some psychologists have argued that even though the fill-in-the-blank mysterious evil group behind any given conspiracy is almost always perceived as hostile, there is often still an element of reassurance in it for conspiracy theorists. This is due, in part, because it is more consoling to think that complica-
local convenience store proved to be a false one. 4:43 a.m. – Carroll County called to advise of a death on Dickey Street. EMS on scene. The officer responded and took the report. 10:32 a.m. – A caller reported a white male attempting to push a white convertible up the hill behind the Inn Convenience Store. The individual was arrested on an outstanding warrant and charged with possession of a controlled substance during booking. November 26 12:06 a.m. – A caller asked police to help him remove an intoxicated female from his house on North Main Street, then changed his mind and called back. The officer checked into it anyway and found out everything was okay and the “just got into an argument.” I think I know that guy... 12:35 a.m. – The girlfriend from above called back to report an altercation with her boyfriend – the same one, presumably – but said she was okay and did not need an officer to respond. He did anyway. Why was she still there? Why didn’t she just leave? Why keep calling the cops? 1:28 a.m. – That big black dog from the corner of Kansas and Prospect Streets finally got his owner a citation by barking all night long. Finally. tions and upheavals in human affairs are created by human beings rather than factors beyond human control. The late lamented Robert Anton Wilson, who wrote often and well about people’s eagerness to “believe” in things like 9/11 conspiracy has pointed out most people can’t conspire well enough to organize a company picnic, much less take over the government. He also said the following, apropos of those who insist on believing in conspiracies: “You should view the world as a conspiracy run by a very closely-knit group of nearly omnipotent people, and you should think of those people as yourself and your friends.” ~ Robert Anton Wilson You’ll be a whole lot happier if you do. (P.S. The world isn’t ending in 21 days. Sorry.)
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Community Writing Program Spotlight Regret
“How far is Oklahoma City?” Ivey asks. At the combination pharmacy/ice cream parlor downtown, Ivey looks small sitting in the massive red booth seemingly swallowing her, dressed in her favorite denim skirt, tan arms propped on the table. She sips her root beer float, wiping the cream from her lips. My usual banana split beginning to drip, I spoon a mouthful, think. “Don’t know. Three hundred miles, maybe?” Her forehead furrows in concentration. “That’s too far.” “You’re not locked down here, you know,” I say. “The college has a great arts program, and you could get all kinds of student loans and grants.” “Where would I live?” I smile. “They have dorms there, too, you dork.” Ivey twirls the straw around her drink, gingerly sips. Eyes cast away. “Look,” I say. “I know you were talking about junior college here in town. But it would mean another two years of living with your mother.” Still won’t look at me. “Don’t you want to get out of here?” “It’s not that simple, Calvin,” she says suddenly. “I don’t know if she’d do well without me. I’m like her mom. Get her out of bed. Make sure the laundry is done. Weird?” “Yeah. But I know that’s how it is. Can’t go on forever, though. When does it end?” She shifts in her booth. “I don’t know. When she gets her act together. If.” “Ivey,” I say. “You can’t…” The bell hung by the front door of the parlor jingles. In walk Derek, Matt, Michael.
The guys I got drunk with at the lake. “Oh great,” Ivey says under her breath. Matt is the first to see me, a sly smile appearing. He walks toward us, the rest following. He’s still dressed in his pizza delivery uniform, which he does part-time in the evenings. “Seven o’clock,” I say to him. “Aren’t you supposed to be working?” “What’s up, Cal? They let us go early. Who’s this?” Ivey peers at him. “I go to school with you, moron,” she says. We all chuckle. “So,” Matt says. “Your name is?” Ivey looks exasperated. “Seriously?” She shoots me an angry look. “You didn’t tell them about me, Calvin?” I didn’t. But not for the reasons I knew she was going to assume. Just didn’t want to share her with anybody. She always seemed…above them. I look around at the guys for help, but they just give me a collective bewildered expression, shrug their shoulders. “You didn’t,” she says. “You really didn’t.” “Whoops,” Matt says. “Why?” she asks. I quickly calculate how much grief I would get from the guys if I told her the truth in front of them. Forget them. Just tell her the truth. No. Too embarrassing. “Don’t know,” I say. “Just never came up.” She lets out a little cry, like a puppy trapped in a hole it can’t crawl out of. I quietly curse myself. Suddenly, she shoves her half-full root beer float at me, the cold cream spilling down my shirt, pooling up in my lap.
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.
The cold seeping in through my jeans and shirt. The guys are cackling with laughter, curious stares from the people at the counter. Ivey’s head is lowered, lips quivering, arms folded. “On that note, fellas,” Matt says, as the laughs die off. And they walk out the door. “Ivey,” I say. “I didn’t mean…” She picks up a wadded napkin, hurls it at me, gets up from her seat, glaring, turns and quickly leaves. I watch her through the parlor’s windows, the wind lifting her blonde hair, she looking around, pale, running away. “Calvin.” My mother’s voice comes at me from far off, through the rhythm of the electric fan in the darkness making its rotation. Not completely dark, though. Through the curtains in my front window, a vague redness flashes, amber, then red. Rolling my head over the cool pillow, I make out my mother’s head peeking in. “Yeah?” “There’s something going on at Ivey’s house.” I sigh. “So what? It’s Friday. Always something going on over there.” “Think it’s worse this time.” Fear in her voice. “Okay. Let’s go outside and see.” Dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, the wind bites my skin. At the end of the block, a para-
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medic runs around an ambulance, jumps in the driver’s seat, races past us, lights, siren blaring. Momma and I walk slowly up the sidewalk, closer to the small crowd of police officers, neighbors. Amidst the shouting and frightened faces, Ivey’s mother, Eileen, is gesturing wildly to an officer, he scribbling notes as she talks. Sitting on a curb next to a patrol car is Eileen’s boyfriend, Steve, handcuffed, his body unsteady, staring nervously across the lawn at her. Inhaling the night air, a shiver runs down my back. Glance at my watch. 4:21 a.m. Walk across the street, momma following, tentative. A handful of neighbors stand in silence, in bathrobes and t-shirts, lined faces, arms folded, tense. I hear the words “under arrest” and he is in the back of the patrol car, speeding away. Eileen is escorted to another squad car, gets in, leaves. My mother is behind me, her eyes red from the wind. She turns to Eileen’s next door neighbor, an elderly Hispanic man in a flannel shirt, his black hair disheveled, head down, shaking. “Jorge, what happened?” my mother asks. Jorge gives her a timid glance. “Eileen told the officer she woke in the middle of the night to crying. She found Ivey badly beaten, barely alive.”
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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By Kristal Kuykendall
One-of-a-kind band comes to Eureka Eureka Springs is in for a one-of-a-kind musical experience this weekend as Fayetteville-based, internationally acclaimed group Randall Shreve & the Sideshow brings its wine-soaked flavor of indie rock to Squid and Whale Pub on Saturday night. The band’s music, which has been described as “Vaudeville Rock,” derives its unmistakable sound from influences such as Queen, Muse, The Beatles and Jeff Buckley, but it plays them against the dark and sultry backdrop of cabaret sounds. While the rock is thoroughly modern, it exudes the ambition, grit and glamour of Old Hollywood and manages to transport the listener back in time to an earlier era. Fans have come to expect not only exceptional musicianship from their live shows, but they also get a unique entertainment experience. Audiences never leave disappointed. Randall Shreve and the Sideshow last year was nominated for two Independent Music Awards: Eclectic Album of the Year and Song of the Year. IMA judges last year in-
cluded Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Michael Franti, Ozzy Osbourne and Tori Amos. Shreve and his brother, Benjamin del Shreve, originally became widely known in the music industry during their time playing and singing in the Christian Rock band GS Megaphone, which was nominated for multiple Dove Awards and American Music Awards before it disbanded and the Shreves struck out on their own. Since then, they’ve continued to make their mark on their respective music scenes. About a year ago, I visited with Randall Shreve when his newest album debuted. Following is the transcript of my interview with him, followed by additional interview excerpts from IndependentMusicAwards.com, which also features an lengthy visit with the talented musician on its website. Me: How long have you been working on this new album? Shreve: All in all about 3 years, but I’ve been working really hard on it for the last
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year. It has 13 tracks on the album; it was cut down from 22 — I always seem to start with a lot of songs and end up cutting it down from there. Me: What has been your source of inspiration — your muse, if you will? Shreve: There have been several, but musically they are Jeff Buckley, Queen, and Muse, and with this album, Tom Waits was also an influence in some areas. (His favorite Queen song? “My Melancholy Blues,” he says.) Me: Compare the sound and style of your new album with the last album? Shreve: The best way is to say, I guess, that they’re similar stylistically, but where the last album was brandy and wine, this one’s whiskey and gin — a little more trouble (he laughs). Me: What’s your favorite song on the new record? Why? Shreve: It keeps changing, but right now it’s a song called “Change”; I like the instrumentation in it, and the honesty — it’s a more obvious part of the album’s story (it’s a concept album, with a theme or story throughout), where the character is becoming aware that he’s not alive anymore. Me: When did you first know you wanted to be in a band? Shreve: I always did, there are photos of
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me from when I was barely able to stand at the microphone — I was born loving to perform and sing. Me: Describe the dynamic in your songwriting and recording process — how does it work for you, and what’s it like? Shreve: I generally start with the melody — very rarely do I start with lyrics — and work on it in the car and on my patio, then I’ll add acoustic guitar, then additional parts. I’ll then take it from there to the studio and do at least a first draft of it, but we will go through three or four recordings of a song before we get to the final version. Sometimes getting to the finished song that’s in my head takes a while. For this album, I started working on the lyrics on the patio and ended up finishing them on the very last night in the studio. (It was recorded at Insomniac Studios in Fayetteville, which he owns with Adam Putman.) From IndependentMusicAwards.com: IMA: Who are your influences? Shreve: Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits, Charlie Chaplin and Freddy Mercury. IMA: Describe your nominated work. Shreve: “The Jester” is a full-length concept album with a melting pot of rock, 1930s jazz and pop. IMA: Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? Shreve: Accordions (unusual for rock music). IMA: Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? Shreve: Many happy accidents. But I was planning on having happy accidents so everything went as planned. IMA: What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? Shreve: Dwight Yoakam, Mika, Scissor Sisters. I don’t know that my fans are ever
November 29, 2012 – Lovely County Citizen – Page surprised. IMA: How do you discover new music? Shreve: From friends I know who enjoy the same things as I do. IMA: How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free? Shreve: By creating unique live experiences. The creative process isn’t meant to stop when you have your audio creation in your hand. IMA: What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today? Shreve: They don’t understand that they are often being force-fed trends and fads. Fans should tell the industry what is popular. The industry should have no say in what’s popular. Randall Shreve & The Sideshow’s performance at Squid and Whale Pub begins about 9 p.m. on Saturday. Following is the schedule of live entertainment for Eureka Springs venues for the coming weekend: THURSDAY, NOV. 29 • Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: Gina Gallina and Her Little Big Band, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-2532525: Skillet Lickers, 6 p.m. • Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479253-7147: Open Mic Musical Smackdown featuring Bloody Buddy and Friends, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 30 • Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Live music, 7 p.m. • Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Chooch, 8 p.m. • Chaser’s, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-2535522: Karaoke contest, 8 p.m. • Chelsea’s: Homewreckers, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-2537020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live, 37
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Spring St., 479-253-2219: Karaoke and DJ Goose, 8 p.m. till midnight • The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: DJ & Karaoke, 8 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-2532525: Live music after the Christmas parade • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479363-6444: Eclectones, 7 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Rockin’ with DJ Mark, 7 p.m. • Squid & Whale: The Darrell Gleason Band, 8 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63A Spring St., 479-363-6595: Bella Donna, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 1 • Cathouse / Pied Piper: Chooch, 8 p.m. • Chaser’s: Bad Jack Wicked, 9 p.m. • Chelsea’s: Loves It, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live: Thundercrow, 9 p.m. • The Lumberyard: DJ, Karaoke and Dance, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe: Skinny Gypsies, 6:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: Eclectones, 7 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: The Dead Armadillos, 7 p.m. • Squid and Whale: Randall Shreve & The Sideshow, 8 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge: Bella Donna, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, DEC. 2 • Chelsea’s: Chucky Waggs, 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. MONDAY, DEC. 3 • Chelsea’s: Springbilly, 9 p.m.
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Pownall argued the law called for a general ordinance, not an ordinance relating to the budget. Pownall, Lindblad and Ballance made and amended and re-amended a motion to ask the city attorney to draft an ordinance in time for the next meeting, with blanks for how many officers the city employs, and include a clause for attrition, so that the officers wouldn’t immediately be fired but rather phased out through retirement or otherwise not replacing officers as they leave, until the right target number is met. “You know I’ll veto it,” the mayor said, bringing cries of outrage from two aldermen at the table. The city attorney opined “it is the budget that determines this, in that that’s where you set the number of salaries. At this moment I don’t know whether you’re in or out of compliance with the law. I understand some of you
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Notes from the Colony
Alison By Sandra Taylor Synar Brown
How to write dialogue that rocks Dialogue is an important element in Memoir, Fiction, and some Creative Nonfiction. I promised a few weeks ago that I would discuss it. What was I thinking? There are so many elements of writing craft to be considered like point of view, narrative voice, setting the scene, introducing the characters. But for some odd reason, I promised a lesson on dialogue. Perhaps a little bird told me to do it. He was a pompous, erudite little bird in a bow tie. He looked over his reading glasses as he said, “You must expound, with brevity and wit, upon the subject of dialogue.” Or perhaps, he strolled in slowly, pushed back a cowboy hat, and said, “Pilgrim, I reckon dialogue ort to be the next thing.” Or perhaps he was really a she. She minced in on tiny bird stilettos, throwing a little feather boa about her neck, as she said, “Dahling, do tell me about dialogue.” Or perhaps she stood in the middle of the room, an apron around her matronly bird waist, looking around in despair and saying, “Poor child. You’ve got to clean this house and write about dialogue.” And so we see that the first question to be considered in writing dialogue is not what is said, but who says it. I’m not a fan of writing exercises, but there are several things which I advise writers to do. One of these is eavesdropping. In a conversation, we are so focused on the content of the speaker’s message, we often miss the subtle characteristics which distinguish his speech. We only notice these if they are exaggerated, like those belonging to my little birds. So it’s an interesting exercise to really listen to how people talk. Open your ears and keep a notepad handy. You’ll discover all sorts of speaking signatures, turns of phrase, slight mispronunciations, odd sentence structures. Keep these in your writer’s paint box. Mix them together on your writer’s palette. Because dialogue is an important element in painting the scene. Dialogue is not conversation. Repeat this five thousand times: Dialogue is not Conversation. Good dialogue is a distillation of language appropriate to the speaker and his
circumstances. You absolutely cannot listen to two people talking, reproduce that verbatim on the page, and have anything that anyone would have the patience to read. We are too verbose, too repetitious, too unimaginative in everyday speech. Dialogue must keep the reader engaged every second. So, realizing that books have been written on the construction of good dialogue, lets lay out a few rules. Dialogue has several purposes: It can reveal the character, his emotions, attitudes, and his relationship to another character. It can advance plot, and it can reveal the theme. Every sentence of good dialogue will accomplish at least two of these. The character is not the author. The character should not sound like you. Every character should have a distinctive voice. Even if they come from the same part of the country, or use the same slang because they are the same age, they must be different enough that we can hear each one’s voice. (This is where you use the speech signatures you heard when eavesdropping.) Never have a character give information that the hearing character already knows. (As you know, Muggledorf, a comet is heading toward earth and will impact North America in 7 hours and fifteen minutes.) Use beats, not tags. A tag is a verb like “he snarled,” or “she lectured.” Modern style advises strongly against these, and they are now considered amateurish. They draw attention to the writer and take the reader out of the scene. Always use “said,” even for a question. “Said” is invisible to the reader. Do not use an adverb such as “Muggledorf said harshly.” This is telling the reader, rather than showing him. A beat is a piece of action occurring just before the dialogue. A beat will take the reader further into the scene. A beat can be a line of description or an action by the character, and you can dispense with “said.” Muggledorf jerked the curtain open. “What comet?” Dialogue is not conversation, but writing good dialogue is a skill that can be learned.
The Natural Way Cold temperatures have come upon us. Wearing ear muffs and gloves as well as warming the nose by blowing into the hands is expected behavior. When does the normal things we do cross over the line and become a symptom of a medical condition? Some people have more trouble than others with very painful and cold fingertips and noses. The medical condition is called Reynaud’s disease or sometimes Reynaud’s Syndrome. An easy way to remember is that this is pronounced like one of the body parts effected, “ray-nose.” Medicine isn’t sure what the underlying cause is that makes some people much more uncomfortable than others. We do know the immediate cause is the blood vessels spasm and get smaller reducing arterial blood flow to finger tips, the nose or toes. This can happen all year long with those sensitive being unable to hold cold beverages in the summer and misery in the winter. Body parts affected can turn white or even blue and when blood flow improves back to red with swelling and throbbing pain. While certain diseases can be associated with Reynaud’s and should be ruled out by your MD, most people have the simple type. Some medicines can make the symptoms worse such as amphetamines for drying up runny noses, certain beta blockers for lowering blood pressure, some cancer
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break-in at Twice Born and reported several things scattered or missing. Management for Twice Born declined to comment when asked by the Lovely County Citizen about the situation. On Saturday, Nov. 24, a caller with Wild Blue Yonder reported that someone had tampered with the front door of the business. It is unknown whether Wild Blue Yonder was open for business on Friday, as no one could be reached for comment. Twice Born was not as fortunate. The suspect was able to enter the business and several things were tak-
drugs and certain medications for treating migraines. Cigarette smoking is a known way of making the situation worse. People who smoke may be anxious and this can kick off an event, too. There is a handful of natural supplements that have science backing use. I like a combination of supplements to attend to differing levels of care. Pycnogenol attends to the rheumatic contribution while fish oils thin blood safely (improving flow) and reduce inflammation. The type of niacin that causes a flushing sensation of the face and arms does indeed open up the little blood vessels warming everything. Evening Primrose oil not only is the traditional supplement but additionally has science supporting its use... Granny knew what helped. Finally, NOS (nitric oxide synthesis) l-arginine fills the bill as well by dilating vessels to the painfully cold tips. If the person with Reynaud’s is anxious or depressed certain supplements can help with their wellbeing, excellently. Being a southerner, I’ve not experienced the pain of frostbite and I don’t want to. I can only imagine the ache/pain Reynaud’s can cause but we can help. en and scattered around, police said. “We believe that they are all related and we are hoping it will lead to a suspect,” Achord said. Police gathered forensic evidence from all three businesses through blood at the scene, and they are now waiting on the crime lab report to come back. The police also have digital media through surveillance videos and they are combing through the video in hopes to make a positive ID. “We believe the person was on foot and the last known locale is Main Street and Spring Street,” Achord said. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning in connection with the burglaries.
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Wisecrack Zodiac ARIES: Your cup runneth over, yet all you can think about is the wet carpet. Relax and enjoy your blessings; maybe you’ll get a ShamWow for Christmas. TAURUS: Nothing says ‘love’ like diamonds. But if your wallet has gone mute, settle for a cola and a burger. Cheap dates are more fun and those diamond necklaces talk too much anyway. GEMINI: You finally become fed up with a sticky situation on Friday, and you take matters into your own hands. Patience is a virtue, but chasing someone around with a sharpened candy cane just feels good. CANCER: If the answer is blowin’ in the wind, imagine what it would do for a Klondike bar. Ask a few skanky questions until you find out, and your week will perk up considerably. LEO: You thought you were following the Yellow Brick Road; turns out you’ve been tracking a pack of sled dogs and drunk football fans through the snow. Get back on track while Oz is still in sight. VIRGO: It’s fine to be organized, but you’ve even labeled your labelmakers and filed them according to size. Get out of the house before you start alphabetizing the shows on your DVR. Go have a drink; alcohol usually fixes any nasty problems with orderliness. LIBRA: If you’re going to sit on Santa’s lap in that outfit, at least make it quick so he doesn’t have anything embarrassing to explain to the reindeer. On the bright side, you could get a load of goodies in your stocking this year. SCORPIO: You know there are more fish in the sea, you’re just afraid they’re all hammerhead sharks. Be brave and dangle your tackle in the water anyway; you could score a sleek, sexy eel. If the moon hits your eye, it could be a-moray. SAGITTARIUS: Good news, your boss says you can come back
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to work once the hallucinations have stopped. If you want a paycheck, you should really quit painting mustaches on yourself with White-out. CAPRICORN: Some people wait for their prince or princess, but not you. If you’re going to build your booty call in true Weird Science-style, remember to buy lots of batteries. AQUARIUS: Beauty isn’t always in the eye of the beholder; sometimes it’s just in the touch. Grab
your sweetie and set aside a weekend for the laying on of hands so you both can feel beautiful. Sweaty, but beautiful. PISCES: You’re not used to smooth sailing, which may be why you’re flapping around in the water like an agitated seal. Relax. There’s no need to make waves, the universe has plenty in stock. By Cindy Worley
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Foxfire is the bluish, green glow that emits from fungus present in decaying wood.
Sealed for Resurrection
My great-grandfather donated the land for the one room schoolhouse and each fall took a mule up the creek beds past the makings of stills and turpentine to enroll the children in school. The men drank sap beer and ate sour pickles to cut the sugar so they could drink more. They stole lead from a vein the Fox Indians hid in the mountains to cast it into bullets and firing pins. The women used the ashes of ferns for salt, cast soap root on the water to raise fish, and eat Queen Anne’s lace to sleep while the foxfire glowed. In the spring, grandfather watched the maple moon take the frost from the ground and run it up the trees in sapsickles. Once he’d burnt the tree through with a hot iron it would weep until it budded. This sweetened his tobacco, and when burnt the color of molasses , flavored his coffee. My great-uncle made furniture and dovetailed the smallest drawer for what could be hidden beyond a false bottom. He buried his mother in a walnut grove and thanked her for the meals of corn bread and creek water and for teaching him about the seal of the Holy Spirit. He made coffins during flu epidemics and helped bury of the children of the men who had the stills. He came to believe their soul rested inside the wood until a foxfire signaled a resurrection. •••
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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can write this letter and not be arrested. I am grateful to live in the United States of America even though I am deeply ashamed of the shallow and self-serving values of those among us who turn a deaf ear to the www.facebook.com/lovelycountycitizen underprivileged, the “have-nots,” the disenfranchised millions who are still treated as second-class citizens. My feelings are best expressed on a bumper sticker I see now and then: “Until we all are free, no one is free.” Amen to that! Barbara Rose Citizen of Eureka Springs
New hospital? Editor, Many of you know that I took a fall at home last week. My husband drove me to ESH for X-rays and I was admitted for observation. This has been at least my twelfth visit/stay at ESH since I moved to our town
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in 1997. Folks, we must build a new hospital… not only for our devoted medical staff, but for our community, too. We must keep our city vital. That means we must stay current with the times. We wisely decided we needed a new high school to continue to attract young educators, new students and families to our town. We supplied our law enforcers with a new police station and detention center for the safety of our community. We built a new water treatment plant to insure our community’s water supply. Our town’s doctors are approaching retirement age. We need to attract future medical professionals with a new and competitive facility. We must commit to building a new hospital. The land is available. There is money to begin building. The hospital commission has a nest egg squirreled away. The last I heard, the commission has approximately a quarter of a million. Let’s get those bucks working for us, now. I’m going to open a Eureka Springs Hospital Building Fund (ESHBF) at the Community First Bank. I am going to tithe (10% of my income) each month, because I am not a member of any religious organization. Here’s my challenge…I ask each of you to budget monthly for this cause and give what you can to this fund. Let’s get this project done without any new taxes. The account is now open and ready for donations. Just ask for the Eureka Springs Hospital Building Fund at the Community First Bank. Enid B. Swartz
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Since my French family has been in town, we’ve had quite a busy schedule. We’ve gone around to Eureka’s famous spots, seen the semi-finished Christmas decorations, to the Crystal Bridges Museum, shopped at the downtown shops, and eaten at about every good restaurant in town. On top of that, our family made a fantastic Thanksgiving feast, worthy of the holiday. We had copious amounts of turkey, stuffing, greens, gravy, biscuits and butter, and mashed potatoes. But the most fabulous part of the meal was the desserts. The beginning of the end was my mother’s take on the original pumpkin pie. She never replicates a recipe and tries to make it her own. In this case, the twist was an added spice called cardamom along with cinnamon and cloves. It was deliciously moist and just the right amount of sweet. The added spice also didn’t make it bitter at all, which is sometimes the result. The crust was homemade and a perfect complement to the pie filling. The next was a cherry Linzer, tradition-
ally a Christmas tort. A tort has both a top crust and a bottom crust, and in this case, both were homemade, with a rich cherry jam filling in between. My mother had cut out small circles in the top of the tort and dusted it with powdered sugar, giving it charming originality. It had the consistency of a very good jam-filled cookie but slightly more moist. Finally, we have my family’s collective favorite dessert: Castel Naudary. It has a humble beginning: blanched and dried hazelnuts, finely chopped. They are then folded into meringue and spread onto cookie sheets in the same sized amounts. When they come out of the oven several hours later, they are stacked with generous amounts of the creamiest, sweetest, most melt-in-your-mouth buttercream ever between each layer. I have never ever settled for icing when homemade buttercream is available. It’s safe to say that I am very thankful for such a talented dessert chef and mother.
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November 29, 2012 – Lovely County Citizen – Page
ESSA’s Fall Art Show winners named
Pictured is the Best-in-Show winner, “Daily Egg Project” by Karen Foster, in which the local potter created one egg per day starting in 1995, signing and dating each egg. Photos contributed
Eureka Springs School of the Arts hosted the Fall Art Show at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks on Nov. 24-25. Participating artists received awards for Best in Show and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in both two- and three-dimensional art. Local artist/potter Karen Foster received Best-in-Show for her “Daily Egg Project.” Starting in 1995, she created one egg per day and signed and dated each egg. When asked to comment, Karen said, “I’m always at a loss for words. Getting an award for something you’ve worked on for years is so rewarding.” She started working in clay during the early 1970s and continues to create magic with her hands. Artists in two-dimensional art receiving awards include: 1st Place—Jamie Froelich for “The Push;” 2nd Place—Zeek Taylor for “Lulu Luckinbill;” and 3rd Place— Robert Norman for “Bass Transport” ink on paper. Three-dimensional awards include: 1st Place—David Zimmerman for “Blue People Gather;” 2nd Place—Frank Egan for “Frog Lamp;” and 3rd Place—Lorna Trigg
Karen Foster is named the Fall Art Show Best-in-Show wimmer by ESSA’s Peggy Kjelgaard.
for her leaf pitcher. Dylan Castleman, an artist and art educator at Crystal Bridges, served as judge for the event. ESSA thanks all of the artists who participated in the Fall Art Show and the public who came and shopped. For more information about ESSA, call 479-253-5384 or visit www.essa-art.org.
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Cocoa Thurman 2000 – 2012
“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” ~ Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
From the day we adopted you from the Good Shepard Humane Society til the day you took your last breath you never ceased to amaze us with your unconditional love and aﬀection. You will forever be in out hearts. A special thank you to Dr. Kameron Worley at Berryville Vet Clinic along with the entire staﬀ. (YOU ARE THE BEST) From taking her to Little Rock for surgery to the warm bubbly baths and pedicures – we will always be grateful. Thank you to Grandpa Paul and Aunt Christy for bringing her back from Little Rock after surgery. To Bobby Rea from Nelson Funeral Service, thanks for all your help and kind considerate words. A big thank you to Jeﬀ Gay and Darrell Trammel for helping with the burial. Thanks Grandpa for all those back massages – you made my day!
John & Brenda Thurman