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months ago. The other dog was captured. This one has dodged everybody so far. 11:45 a.m. – A caller from the high school reported trouble with a female student and requested assistance. The student had gone by the time the officers arrived, so information was taken on the incident. 12:24 p.m. – A caller from the high school said the female student had returned to the school property and was having a shouting match with the principal that was escalating into a physical altercation. The girl had taken off again by the time officers arrived but was later located walking down the highway. Statements were taken. 1:25 p.m. – A caller from the high school reported contraband had been found. One juvenile male was arrested for possession of marijuana. The juvie was picked up by his mom. 2:36 p.m. – A caller from a big hotel downtown wanted to speak to an officer about harassment. See Dispatch, page 18

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Born on the Bayou

New Orleans native ‘goes out’ in style

By Jennifer Jackson He was born on the bayou and grew up in Bucktown, a little fishing village on Lake Pontchartrain. His family made a living catching crabs, boiling them and selling them at a seafood stand on the west end of New Orleans. When he was 13, he could walk into a bar in the French Quarter, sit down and have a drink. As an adult, he belonged to 10 different Mardi Gras krewes and walked with Pete Fountain’s “Half Fast” club along the parade route. On Dec. 21, Dan Ellis will be put to rest New Orleans-style in a jazz “fauxneral” ­– faux because he’ll live to tell about it – but if you ask him what it means to miss New Orleans, he’ll tell you he doesn’t. “I have nostalgia for the way it was,” he said, “but I don’t miss the way it is.” The way it was when he was growing up in the ‘40s: He could walk through the French Quarter without any concern that someone would knock him down or put a blade through him, Ellis said. Instead of strip clubs and coeds in wet T-shirts, it was the age of exotic dancers. New Orleans was fun, friendly and most of all safe, he said, the way things still are in Eureka Springs. “Downtown is exactly like the way the French Quarter was when I was younger,” Ellis said of Eureka Springs. “That’s my French Quarter now.” So after moving here in 2005 from Pass Christian, Ellis set about re-creating the good old days of his youth. Six years ago, he and Al Hooks started ‘Eureka Gras,’ a Mardi Gras celebration that has expanded to more than a dozen events, including four balls, two parades, an art show called Artigras and a jazz brunch. Starting a New Orleans-style jazz band in town is on Ellis’ to-do list, one he’s hoping the jazz funeral will jump-start. Hooks, who was Ellis’ co-chair of the Pass Christian Jazz Festival, is the reason Ellis moved to Eureka Springs in the first place. “He moved up here after Katrina and was urging me to come and visit,” Ellis said. “He said, ‘It’s a bohemian city that reminds you of New Orleans.’” Along with jazz, Ellis also misses Cajun

cooking, but not being a chef, has to settle for trips back home to visit family. There, he eats well three meals a day, in contrast to his early years, when the family lived on red beans and rice morning, noon and night, with the occasional piece of meat. Other childhood memories: swimming in the canal and going with the older boys to shanghai watermelons being brought to market on barges through Lake Pontchartrain. “As kids we’d jump on the barges and the older boys would throw the watermelon down and the younger ones would push them to shore,” Ellis said. “They’d shoot at us with pellet guns.” Two of his five brothers and his two sisters are coming for the fauxneral, with a brother providing the blessing for the wake. His eulogy will be delivered by Hooks. What might be covered: Ellis graduated from Rugby Military Academy at age 15, and by 19, had graduated from college, married and joined the Army. Returning from Korea, he taught in New Orleans-area schools, and was president of the Young Democrats of Louisiana, attending two nominating conventions and providing support for Jack Kennedy, who invited him to the White House. Getting involved in computers, Ellis moved to Pass Christian, where he owned computer schools in three states and started the St. Patrick’s Day parade. His participation in the New Orleans Mardi Gras Kids Parade dates back to his kindergarten days, he said, recalling that when he was 7, he and his classmates portrayed a nursery rhyme character. “We dressed in pajamas and carried candlesticks, and stopped and jumped over them,” Ellis said. “We did that for 8 miles.” Also in Ellis’ eulogy: He’s the author of 25 books, including one about his mother, Lili Rodriguez, whose family came to New Orleans from Costa Rica by way of Cuba. Ellis’ father came down the river from Indiana on a boat and stayed, because, his father said, “there were no roads out of town.” Ellis found one and hasn’t looked back – even while planning his own funeral.

Left: Dan Ellis made his own effigy, in background, which will be burned during the funeral at the New Delhi and the ashes sent off Viking style in a boat. Draped over the chair in lower part of the photo is one of the red satin capes Ellis made for the Jazz Band. Right: Dan Ellis and his home-made coffin, which he is keeping in the living room until his funeral on Dec. 21. Photos by Jennifer Jackson

“I’ve lived the best part of my life,” he said. “I have no remorse. I’d do it all over again the same way.” The Dan Ellis New Orleans Jazz Funeral starts at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 with the wake at the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant, 417 W. Van Buren. It proceeds by trolley to the Pied Piper Pub for a ceremony and wailing contest, fol-

lowed by a procession, led by a jazz band, down Main Street to the New Delhi, where Ellis’ effigy will be burned and the ashes sent off in a Viking funeral. The funeral ends with a return to the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant for the reception. There is no charge to attend any of the funeral events. For more information, go to www.EndTimes.DanEllis.Net.

Dan Aykroyd’s funeral 2012 From the Desk of Dan Ellis: Dan Aykroyd was invited to be grand marshal of the Dan Ellis Jazz Funeral because of his love of New Orleans, jazz and blues, and his interest in metaphysical issues. What primed Ellis to make the contact resulted from purchasing a small bottle of Crystalhead Vodka, which the internet informed him was made by Aykroyd’s own company. After a few emails, Aykroyd – having pondered the Jazz Funeral idea – found he had already committed to a European trip. In lieu of his presence here, Aykroyd sent a large 1.75 liter of Crystalhead, which comes in an actual crystal skull bottle and retails for $110. The box had remained unopened until Ellis’s funeral kick-off orientation party

for his pallbearers, greeters and other funeral celebrants. Faced with the necessity of making a toast, Ellis finally opened the special package, only to find that Aykroyd had personally signed the bottle with a printed note – “This is My Funeral, 2012.” The New Orleans style Jazz Funeral will begin with a Wake at the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 and proceed to the Pied Piper at 5:15 p.m. to have memorials and then the New Delhi for an interesting Viking Funeral at 6:30 p.m. and a Reception and Reincarnation at the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant at 8 p.m. Further details: www.JazzFuneral. DanEllis.Net – – 479981-9551.

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City council struggles over idea to micro-manage police department in final meeting of year

By Don Lee The last meeting for the year of the ES City Council was largely about wrapping things up, or at least deferring them to the new year and new council. Of 10 items on the agenda, almost half were removed or deferred. However, despite the fact they were leaving the table for good as of this meeting, Aldermen Lany Ballance and Karen Lindblad pressed ahead with an issue that’s been on the table in one form or another for weeks: an ordinance that would allow council to limit the number of police officers on the city force. Having corrected some typos in the proposed ordinance prepared after last meeting by City Attorney Tim Weaver, Ballance moved to have the ordinance given a number and put on its first reading. “This is superfluous,” said Alderman Butch Berry. “We have an Attorney General’s opinion that says the council is not required to set the number of officers in this way. This is a superfluous ordinance. I think

if there’s a problem with the number of officers, we need to deal with this during our budget meeting. The Attorney General says what we have is fine.” Ballance countered she nonetheless felt the new ordinance was necessary and suggested the council choose a number, either the nine subordinate officers working for the ESPD, or a higher number, in case they wanted to add officers later. Berry said if they were going to pass the ordinance, they should do so without assigning a number to see if it would pass. “I’m not convinced we need this ordinance, however,” he added, “and I’m not going to vote for it.” Alderman James DeVito fell in on Berry’s side. “Passing this is clumsy,” he said. “The simple solution is to make our budget an ordinance process, so that we do have an ordinance in place that covers the police budget. It would just be a lot more streamlined to pass our budgets that way.” Ballance was adamant in wanting to pass

the ordinance, as was Lindblad. “With all due respect,” DeVito countered, “we are not in the capacity of knowing how many police officers we will need down the road. Choosing a number arbitrarily is not good. When the budget is presented we’ll know how many officers we’ll need. This is an exercise in futility, cumbersome and inefficient.” Lindblad pointed out in the upcoming budget, the budget line for the police department is increased by $109,278. “I’ve never known a time when we’ve decreased the police budget,” she said. “We’re $66,000 away from having a million dollar budget, so I think we should pass the ordinance. I don’t think this issue is obviously not being dealt with by the budgeting process.” At that point, Berry motioned to have the whole issue taken off the table for the next council to address, but Ballance disagreed, saying the reason the current police force was so large was that the chief of police and

former mayor were mother-in-law and sonin-law. This remark evoked vigorous calls for “point of order,” meaning in this case the remarks were inappropriate. The mayor concurred. Clark has the numbers Ballance also had several pointed questions for the city’s Finance Director Lonnie Clark. Clark explained that the patrol fleet was aging – council had denied them a new police car last year – so maintenance was an issue. Lindblad, who had been adding items on her calculator, asked about other specific items. Clark explained that a cost of living adjustment was part of the increase. “With a city of only 2,000 people, I just don’t understand why we need this big a budget,” Lindblad said. Clark explained, as had been brought up in the past, that with 800,000-900,000 visiSee Council, page 25

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American Pickers coming to Arkansas; show has fans and detractors By Kathryn Lucarielo The highly popular History Channel antiques show “American Pickers” is going into its third season, and show stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz will be coming to Arkansas in a couple months. It will be their first trip to this state. They may well come to Carroll County. The show sent a press release last month looking for leads for “interesting characters with unique items and lots of ‘em!”. The show focuses on Wolfe and Fritz traveling around the country looking for people with old barns, storage units or yards stuffed with antique and vintage items that they can purchase from “collectors, hoarders, amateur historians and other individuals who all have unique stories to tell.” They do not go to stores, antique malls or flea markets. The show’s website explains “pickers” as “modern archeologists.” “Pickers like Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner’s land” and “Each and every treasure they uncover is a new history lesson, providing a glimpse at American life in the recent and distant past.” They usually travel through rural towns and sparsely populated areas, following leads, but also will stop at farms and homes that look potentially interesting. “Sometimes they literally end up going from door to door, hoping to explore an abandoned barn or a basement packed to the gills with junk and gems,” says their website. Explore or exploit? Despite its more than 6.5 million viewers, the show has its detractors, who say that Wolfe and Fritz take advantage of people, often senior citizens, who don’t know the value of what they have and are cheated when the men pay as much as five times less than they can resell them for. In fact, at the end of each bargaining session, the show reveals what items are valued at, what the men paid, what they sold them for and their profit. They have

antique stores, called Antique Archeology, in Iowa and Tennessee, and a website where they sell items. The ethics of what they are doing is a hot topic in several online antiques and collectibles chat rooms. “I can not believe that the History Channel would show such a disgrace to our older generation,” wrote one person in 2010, when the show started. “To think for one minute this would somehow be cleared to air is appalling. To brag or somehow boast about an unsolicited visit to Leland’s farm and the price paid versus the actual value should be illegal. If this would have been my granddad I would have felt robbed of my family heirloom and treasures. The History Channel should immediately cancel this show!” Others, some of whom are antique dealers themselves, defend the Pickers. “A lot of elderly people leave old stuff rotting away in their garages and don’t really care about it and would prefer to get rid of it for quick cash,” wrote one. “They have overheads ... three staff, premises, insurance, fuel, permits, utilities, etc.,” wrote another. “Profit needs to be made to cover those first.... So even if grandpa’s old rusty Harley Davidson bike crank might be worth $500 and they get it for $150 ... they have expenses to pay out of that $350 profit ‘IF’ they can sell it.” And, according to the show’s producers, even if the duo makes a huge profit on an item, they will sometimes go back and pay the original owner more money for it. “That has happened on several occasions,” said Mary, the supervising producer (who did not want to reveal her last name), in a phone interview, “especially if there is a cause they can help with, like in upstate New York. There was a music park there a guy trying to restore, and there was a flood. I believe they gave him $5,000 back. In a different situation, they came across a bone in Tennessee, but because of the history, they donated it to a museum in Michigan where the bone was See Pickers, page 27


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Eureka’s ‘green’ outlook earns it a City of Distinction Award for conservation initiatives By (Reprinted with permission) Eureka Springs is all about being green. From its parks to recycling efforts, the city of about 2,200 prides itself on its green and conservation initiatives. Its efforts have earned Eureka Springs a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction Award for Green/Conservation Initiatives. “Eureka Springs is a community dedicated to preserving the built and natural features which make it such a special place,” said Glenna Booth, the city’s economic development coordinator and preservation officer. The Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation Commission oversees about 1,800 acres of parks, “making Eureka Springs’ park system one of the largest in the U.S.,” Booth said. Trees are also a treasured asset for the city. Since 1997, individuals have to obtain a city permit before removing a tree more than 4 inches in diameter. But the city has been protecting trees for decades. It is the oldest continuous city in Arkansas that has participated in the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program, which assists cities with their tree programs. Eureka Springs touts walking as the best way to see the sights of the city. Construction of sidewalks along U.S. Highway 62 is underway. If residents and visitors aren’t walking, the city promotes public transportation. “Motorized trolleys and trams transport visitors and residents throughout the entire city limits year-round,” Booth said. The Eureka Springs Farmers Market’s green efforts are successful on several levels. The food sold is locally produced, Booth said. The market also has a solar powered generator that supplies electricity to the market. The generator makes it a per-

fect tool for teaching people about solar energy. Recycling efforts are supported as well. Around the downtown area, recycling containers for cans and bottles are available. “Eureka Springs was the first town in Arkansas to have curbside recycling,” Booth said. Since 2010, Eureka Springs has received nearly $260,000 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, which was part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, to pay for several projects. Those projects include the construction of a solar hot water system at the city’s Trolley Barn. Eight solar panels were installed to heat the water used in the steam washer for the trolleys, Booth said. “This was the first solar panel installation within the Eureka Springs Historic District,” she said. The city also installed 58 custom-made interior storm windows in The Auditorium, an approximately 1,000 seat-theater built in 1929, which is used for musical performances, plays and events. Also, LED street lights were placed in Basin Park and in the city’s downtown. “Both traditional park street lights and mercury vapor pole lights were replaced with LED lighting fixtures,” Booth said. The city commissioned a greenhouse gas emissions inventory report by the Climate Energy Environment Group LLC of Tempe, Ariz. “Eureka Springs is the first city in the state to have completed a community greenhouse gas emissions inventory,” said Nick Brown, president of Climate Energy. “It’s always been a forward thinking town, and the greenhouse gas inventory is just one more example of that.” The greenhouse gas inventory will See Award, page 8

Bakery reunites high school friends

Terry Garrett, left, and Cathy Ross keep the fresh cinnamon rolls, biscuits and pastries coming at TLC Country Bakery, which opened next to Hart’s Family Center in November. Photo by Jennifer Jackson

By Jennifer Jackson and went their separate ways. Now they Several years ago, Terry Garrett won a are back together at TLC Country Bakjackpot at a casino and put all her winnings ery, next to Hart’s Family Center grocery into opening a bakery in Joplin, Missouri store, a business that Ross foresaw for her At the same time, Cathy Ross, a news- friend. paper photographer, “When she was in was working at The high school, she was “When she was in high Madison County Realways baking cincord in Huntsville, namon rolls for my school, she was always Ark. family,” Ross said. “I baking cinnamon rolls for told her, ‘One of these “I was at the paper my family. I told her, ‘One days you need to start doing research when her name just popped selling this stuff beof these days you need to into my head,” Ross cause you’re good.’” start selling this stuff said. “I looked her Garrett moved to because you’re good.’” up on the Internet, Eureka Springs two and saw in the Joplin years ago and started – Cathy Ross Globe that she had a wholesale specialty won a jackpot in a cacake business called sino, and put it all into TLC, and had been her bakery. I thought, ‘That’s my friend.’” selling cakes to Hart’s. Ross, who comRoss and Garrett met their junior year mutes from Hunstville, moved there sevat Jasper High School in Jasper, Mo., and en years ago after working at The Lamar also attended Missouri Southern State See Bakery, page 19 University together, then both married


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Another View An open letter to Eureka Springs residents from Chamber President Mike Bishop I’m sure that by now most everyone has learned of the decision made by the Elna M. Smith Foundation to close the Great Passion Play after 45 consecutive seasons. This is a sad time for many of us who love the Great Passion Play, respect its purpose and appreciate all it has done for the development of tourism in Eureka Springs. There is no doubt that the closing of such a long-standing attraction will impact our community greatly. My heart goes out to the dedicated employees, many of whom have spent the better part of a lifetime working to fulfill a mission. It is my understanding that the property and assets are being turned over to Cornerstone Bank and they plan to move as quickly as possible in finding a buyer for the property.  It is their hope that someone will step forward to redevelop and reopen a great attraction for Eureka Springs.  However, no one knows if that will happen or how long that process may take. With that said, I urge everyone to focus on the positives working for us right now in Eureka Springs. Losing an attraction such as the Great Passion Play is painful.  We all can and should hope for a positive end to this unfortunate situation.  We should all remember that Eureka Springs remains a wonderful vacation destination and, if packaged properly can and will rise above this challenge and grow stronger.  I truly believe there is nowhere else in the country where you can find the combined offerings for relaxation, recreation and vacationing found in Eureka Springs.  Let’s take a quick inventory of our assets starting with the history, architecture and natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains. History has been preserved throughout the entire city and our museums tell the story.  We are surrounded by an array of great architectural works from our entire downtown district to Thorncrown Chapel. With the lakes, rivers, parks, and outdoor activities we have a tremendous future in Ecotourism. 

Being one of the most vibrant arts communities in the U.S, and the fact that we are positioned less than an hour away from America’s newest art destination, more and more art enthusiasts will discover our city. Contrary to what some may say we have many fun family attractions for families on vacation.  There are two fantastic animal parks in our area, three commercially operated caves, two nightly music theaters, the railway, go karts, mini-golf, ghost tours, mystical illusion show, carriage rides and more; not to mention downtown entertainment, special events, festivals and parades throughout the year. We have many “one of a kind” attractions plus castles and mansions.  Our shopping and dining is truly unique and we have fantastic spas to pamper and promote better health.  Our appeal reaches singles, couples, families, reunions, professional tour operators and groups, meeting and convention planners, motorcycle enthusiasts and more.  Recognized as the “Wedding Capital of the South” we are a premier destination for weddings, honeymooners and anniversary couples. The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with the City Advertising and Promotion Commission to make sure that Eureka Springs is not left behind by the news of the Great Passion Play closing and we need your help.  We are asking that you take every opportunity to promote the good things we have going for us.  It is our hope that somehow, someway this great attraction will be rescued, improved and see many more glorious days.  If so, it will certainly be welcomed and promoted as part of the many wonderful reasons there are to visit Eureka Springs.  If that is not the case, we must move forward and use the assets we do have to continue to grow as the Extraordinary Escape! Mike Bishop, President/ CEO Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce

New Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce directors named The Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce has announced four new directors who will begin Jan. 1 for the chamber. They replace outgoing directors Terry McClung, Zeek Taylor, Jim Nelson and George Purvis. “We are glad to have these people on board and look forward to working with them the next three years, at least,” said Chamber CEO/President Mike Bishop. • Marsha Havens, a Carroll County native, represents more than 100 local artists and fine craftspeople in her gallery, Eureka Thyme at 19 Spring St. • Glenn Crenshaw has spent the majority of his working life in marketing and has extensive marketing experience in the grocery business, retail sales, print production and in consulting non-profits. Crenshaw has served on the People Helping People Board and on the Kings River Watershed Partnership Board. He is a partner in All Seasons Real Estate, with locations in Eureka Springs and Holiday Island. His wife, Loretta, serves as director of the Carnegie Public Library. • Rod McGuire retired not long ago from a 38-year-long career in teaching, 36 of which were spent in Eureka Springs schools. He has been selected an honorary alumnus of Eureka Springs High School and was recognized as a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. McGuire


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come in handy because Eureka Springs was one of a handful of cities in Arkansas that committed to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Under the agreement, cities agree to lower greenhouse gas emissions to a level 7 percent below 1990 emissions, to encourage other cities to do the same, and to lobby Congress to adopt comprehensive climate legislation. “Having a clear understanding of our

has served as a board member of the Eureka Springs Child Development Center, the Planning Commission, and as Chairman of the Parks Commission. He is on the advisory committee for the Historical Museum and is very active in St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. He also produces “Voices from Eureka’s Silent City”. • Dan Mumaugh is a former United States Air Force Colonel and pilot who retired to Eureka Springs in 2000 after nearly 27 years of military service. He has worked non-stop since arriving in our community, serving on the board of directors of Cornerstone Bank, Mercy Hospital (Berryville) Foundation, Mercy Home Healthcare and Hospice Advisory Board. He is a Carroll County Justice of the Peace and serves on the Quorum Court’s Budget Committee. Mumaugh has served as executive director and chairman of the board for Arkansas Community Foundation’s Carroll County Affiliate. He is also a past board member and secretary of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, where he was instrumental in establishing the relationship enjoyed between the chamber and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The directors serve three-year terms. They are nominated by committee and voted on by the entire membership. impact on climate change is the first step to meeting our responsibilities under the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement,” Booth said. A citizens group called the Climate Action Progress Committees has been meeting to implement the city’s plan to reduce carbon emission by 2020. “Eureka Springs has always had environment as a core community value and always relied on public and private partnership to uphold this value,” Booth said.

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Students take on campus landscape plan By Jennifer Jackson Students in Eureka Springs School District’s Environmental and Spacial Technologies program (EAST) are taking on their largest project to date: landscaping the 45-acre campus surrounding the new high school. And they are asking local residents to help by purchasing trees to be planted in memory of a person or special occasion. “What makes it unique is that we are going to put a QR code on a waterproof ribbon,� said Warren Utsler, EAST coordinator. “It will take you to a Web site that will have a photo and the person’s story.� The first tree was purchased in memory of Gary Hayhurst, pastor of Faith Christian Family Church, who died in September. Money is now being collected to buy a tree in memory of Mike Bonds, the teacher who died in August, and Elizabeth Parker, a student who passed away last year. A small tree costs $45. A large one is $85. The tree-planting is part of the GreenWay Project of Eureka Springs, a EAST effort dedicated to improving the environment of West Carroll County. “We’re starting with the high school campus because the greatest need so far,� Utsler said. Through EAST, high school students receive instruction at the University of Arkansas in the use of GIS (Geographic Information System), thermal imagery and CAD (computer-aided design), then use their skills to conduct public service projects. The Eureka Springs School District facilities committee requested that EAST students take on the landscaping project at the start of the school year, Utsler said. “We are going to look at the whole campus plan and how it’s going to come together,� he said. There is no budget, so students are looking for funding from grants and the community. They received approval Monday to start selling bricks for $35 a piece that will be engraved with person’s name and graduation year, Utsler said. The bricks will be used to pave pathways, with the money helping support the whole campus development project, he said.

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Autumn Breeze Restaurant EAST student Nathan Wilkerson works on a computer rendering of an outdoor amphitheater, one of the ideas proposed for the new high school campus.

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Through the GreenWay Project, people can also help fund a park bench, garden or outdoor classroom for the campus. Utsler has applied for a grant to build an amphitheater with a rain garden. Another proposed project is an outdoor environmental education classroom for the middle school with two ponds connected by a stream. One grant, of $1,800 from the Arkansas Dept. of Fish and Game fines fund, has already come through, Utsler said. CAST, the Center for Advanced Spacial Technologies at UA, has also accepted their application, Utsler said, and is sending Robyn Dennis, a landscape architect, to help students complete a survey of the campus, identify erosion and other problems and map the grounds using GPS (Global Positioning System). The Carroll County University of Arkansas extension agent and Chris Fischer of the Arts in Education program of the Arkansas Arts Council will also be consulted, Utsler said. In the past, EAST students have mapped the fire hydrants and the springs in Eureka Springs, Utsler said. Students run the program, coming up with ideas, recruiting clients and working with them to solve problems. EAST student Marcello Gros, 14, is currently running a project

that recycles ink cartridges, cell phones and small electronics through the Office Depot Recycling Program. Collection boxes are set up at schools, Gros said, with Office Depot paying the shipping cost and crediting a student account that can be used to buy products. “It’s self-directed learning,� Utsler said. To help students with the campus landscaping project by buying a tree or brick, send a check made out to the Eureka Springs School District to 2 Lake Lucerne Rd., Eureka Springs, AR 72632. Include information to go on the brick or about the person or occasion the tree commemorates.


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Editorial On monkeywrenching city politics and why it’s so dumb One of the most persistent as well as most frustrating aspects of covering City Council for the newspaper is watching in silence from the sidelines. (Perhaps silence is not the best word; one alderman complained that the keyboard of the laptop being used to type up the meetings by the reporter made too much noise and TV watchers at home were complaining. Now the typing is done in another corner of the room. That’s the sounds of news being made, incidentally.) No, the frustration comes from what James DeVito referred to the other night as Eureka’s “bare knuckle politics,” the kind that scare people off from wanting to have anything to do with being on council. You take the time to run for office, you win, you get paid diddly squat, and then when others on the council disagree with you, they SUE you? Another source of frustration is the person who comes to meetings having read just enough of city or state code to kink things up. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Issues are broached based on half-knowledge, but when the city attorney (or a member of the Municipal League, which advises us on legal matters, or the guy from Game & Fish who came to explain how the deer hunt worked) explains what it means, or what can or can’t be done, it doesn’t matter. The monkeywrench-throwers just grab another wrench and keep on tossing them into the gears. It’s as if these people get an idea lodged in their heads and … well, they are comparable in many ways to the current GOP in Washington. The will of the people doesn’t seem to matter. Ideology trumps practicality. Nothing changes. It’s their way or the highway, and they NEVER back down. The final Eureka Springs City Council meeting of the year was far briefer than most – about 90 minutes, which is about the length of practically every other city hall meeting ever, except for council, where three or four hours has been more typical. But even in what was a weirdly short meeting, and the last meeting of this particular council ever, one issue did raise its tired head one final time, and it took up a good chunk of the meeting before amounting

to nothing. This was a proposed ordinance by Aldermen Karen Lindblad and Lany Ballance to limit the number of police officers allowed on the force. Though they tried and tried, for weeks, even months, to take direct control of the local police department by controlling the number of officers on the payroll (rather than simply dealing with the issue during the budget process, which is how things like that usually are done), they failed. Wiser heads prevailed, and the issue was pushed on to the incoming council, where it will die the death of other foolish projects, or be dealt with more professionally. (By the way, the way you deal with the number of police officers, or firemen, or anybody else on the city payroll, is to decide what their departmental budgets are, which automatically limits how many people they can hire, and then you pass the budget by ordinance, and then the city is in compliance with state code.) Lack of “professionalism,” for lack of a better word, has been a huge problem. The same people who come up with these issues and dog them to death despite all rational feedback, also come to meetings far too often without their paperwork in a row, then claim not to know what’s going on. Of course they don’t. They aren’t prepared. Everybody has a life outside the council chambers, but if you aren’t prepared to take the time to know what’s up, stay out of politics. Finally, when you attack a person in public on TV and clearly show your rancor through your harshness, lack of manners, sulkiness, and muttering under your breath, you demean yourself and the office you hold and the entire process you are participating in. If you have personal agendas coming into the council and you haven’t the character to rise above them, at least try to hide them better. Anyway, it’s over with for now. The good guys won, as far as we can tell, and the bad guys lost. Hopefully the next council will bring a little more decorum and a lot more common sense to the table when they meet in January. Cross your fingers.

Citizens of the Week In keeping with not only the holiday season but also the eternal season of being hungry when you don’t have any money, the Citizen is glad this week to salute the volunteers of the Flint Street Food Bank. Enough good cannot be said of this team of hardworking volunteers who come week after week, Mondays and Wednesdays for groceries, Tuesdays and Thursdays for hot meals, and practice Christ’s work in the most basic of ways, feeding the hungry. “When I first moved here I was flat broke,” said this week’s nominator. “I didn’t even know this place existed, but I walked by accidentally and stopped to check it out. It took me a couple weeks to get my first paycheck when I did get a job, and Flint Street kept me from starving out.” Thank you Flint Street.

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What do

think Citizen Opinion by Don Lee

What do you think was the big story of the year?

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Thanks from HI Fire Dept. Auxiliary

Margie McGehee


“The economy, for sure.”

Phillip Asmus Earth Bum

“It had to be the election.”

Mary Tait

Her Daughter’s Music Secretary “I would think the Presidential election.”

Editor: A Great Big Thank You to everyone who helped to make our Holiday Island Fire Department Auxiliary White Elephant and Bake Sale a success. All of you the ladies auxiliary who sorted, priced, baked goodies, set up the sale and worked the sale - the fire department who hauled and lifted, hauled and lifted - and all the wonderful people who came and supported us by buying our treasures - made the day a great success. Thanks again and have a Very Merry Christmas. Mary Amundsen White Elephant Sale Coordinator

Passion Play re-run?

Jeramy Shaw To Exist

“Hurricane Sandy. It sure tore things up.”

Philip Field

Todd Peden

“The election.”

“I think the argument over the fiscal cliff is the big one.”




Editor: I think many people are viewing the demise of the Great Passion Play thru very rose colored glasses. While it is true that the GGP did initially put Eureka Springs on the tourist map, the secular Eureka Springs “scene” has eclipsed it in the last 10 years or so. The “crowds” many people speak of as still flocking here for the GGP are, in reality, the ghosts of the good times of the more distant past. One seldom sees a tour or church bus in town these days, when 20 years ago they were ubiquitous. As a tourist attraction, the GGP ceased to be relevant to Eureka Springs as much as 10 years ago. The problem with the GGP was that, once you’ve

seen it, you’ve seen it and don’t really need to see it again. Everybody within a 500 mile radius of E. S. who was interested in seeing it has seen it, many more than once. How many times are you going to drive 500 miles to see it again? The folks at the GGP tried to overcome this by retooling the script. But the ploy was obviously a failure. They were still selling the same old product. And it is obvious that not very many people wanted to buy more of the same. So in that sense, the GGP died a natural death as a business. But the really interesting question regarding the failure of the GGP has to do with the religious nature of the “product” they were selling. They were selling the “Christian Story”. So in that sense, it could be said that they were “working” for God & Jesus. So the question is: Where were God & Jesus when their story/play started bombing with the public? Why was it necessary for the folks at the GGP to beg for money in order to try and keep it going? If God was interested in the GGP, why did this situation arise in the first place? Of course, being an atheist, for me this is merely a rhetorical question. But for professed Christians this should, I think, be a serious question indeed. Llee Heflin

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Citizen Survey


What do you think was the big story of the year?

Do you think the closing of the Passion Play will have a dramatic impact on the local economy?

m The closing of the Passion Play m Obama winning a 2nd term m The economic recovery m Hurricane Sandy m The deer hunt m The new Batman movie Go to and weigh in. Vote by Wednesday 9 a.m.

87 votes cast

m Yes. Even at the end they have been drawing thousands of people here a year.: 23.0% (20 votes) m No. It peaked years ago. The impact will be minimal.: 28.7% (25 votes) m Yes. A lot of locals worked up there. Losing the job will impact everybody involved.: 42.5% (37 votes) m No. I’m pretty sure they will find a buyer and reopen it as soon as possible.: 5.7% (5 votes)

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‘Pine Nuts’ add sparkle to Crescent Christmas By Jennifer Jackson There are people who go nuts decorating every room of their house for the holidays. There are people who go nuts trying to outdo their neighbors in draping every outside surface with blinking lights. And then there are the Pine Nuts. The Pine Nuts are a group of neighbors who live on Pine Street and cooperate, instead of compete, at Christmas. This year, they are sponsoring a tree in the Crescent Hotel’s Christmas Forest to raise money for the residents’ fund at Brighton Ridge, a nursing home where relatives of their neighbor, Billie Sullivan, live. “Both her mother and her sister live at Brighton Ridge,” said Bill Ott. “We bought all the decorations. She was able to get her sister to come out and decorate the tree with her.” Ott is a Pine Nut and also marketing director for the Crescent Hotel, which started the Christmas Forest seven years ago as part of “Christmas at the Crescent” fes-

tivities. The goal: to raise money for local the trees were lighted on Dec. 1 at a party non-profits. This year, 25 Carroll County with cocoa and carols. charities and organizations decorated trees “We had 125 people here,” Ott said. for the forest, which raises several thouLast year, OARS (Ozark AIDS Resand dollars through source Services) won donations from people the prize for best tree. “People can vote voting for their favorThe Crescent awards ite, plus cash prizes $200, $100 and $50 through New Year’s Eve. from the Crescent. for first, second and We count the votes on New “People can vote third place, and gives Year’s Day.” through New Year’s $25 to each remainEve,” Ott said. “We ing entree, Ott said. – Bill Ott, count the votes on Among those vying Crescent Hotel Director of New Year’s Day.” for the 2012 prizes: Marketing & Communications Previously set up on the “I Love Roanna” the hotel’s east lawn, tree created by Cresthe Christmas Forest has been relocated cent employees for former catering manthis year to the garden off the back porch, ager Roanna McDaniel. McDaniel, who where sidewalks provide better footing for was also chairman of the local Chamber viewers. The Crescent provides the trees, of Commerce and the Eureka Springs sets them up, stakes them down tightly – Historical Museum board, is undergoing the wind is blustery up on the mountain – surgery this week. and puts the lights on, Ott said. Then the “Some of her friends here decided group comes in and decorates. This year, to sponsor a tree to help her,” Ott said.

“This is our way of reaching out to her.” The best time to see the trees is during the day or just before dusk, when the lights show up as well as the decorations. Carie Lynn and Jared Wenger, visiting Eureka Springs from Oklahoma last week, said they just happened to stumble across the Christmas Forest, and were preparing to check it out, then vote for their favorite. “It’s an interesting concept,” Carie Lynn Wenger said. “I like it.” When Billie Sullivan and sister Cherry Sullivan were decorating the Brighton Ridge tree, they were out there giggling like school girls, Ott said. And Cherry said she couldn’t remember ever decorating a tree with her sister before. “They put glitter on the pine cones in honor of the Pine Nuts,” he said. The Christmas Forest is located at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, 75 Prospect Ave. For more information, go to www.



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Ozarks AIDS Resources & Services’ tree

The trees make a beautiful scene in the Crescent Hotel’s back yard.

Our House’s tree

The lighted back porch and pathway

The Born This Way tree, left, is decked with smiley faces and multi-colored mesh ribbon. The “I Love Roanna” tree is at right.

Ozarks Chorale’s tree

The Brighton Ridge Residents’ Fund tree, left, is decorated with stars and pine cones, in honor of the Pine Nuts neighborhood group who sponsored it. At right is the Warrior Foundation Tree.

Berryville Elementary School’s tree

Brighton Ridge’s tree


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Silver Tea raises funds for local charities

The Beaver Lake Red Hat Ladies strut their stuff at the 46th annual Silver Tea.

Tracey Lovett and Ché Breaux smile impishly. But what’s that thing on her head?

Erin Hayes, left, Lauren Baker, Jennifer Hayes, and Eileen Hayes.

Greg and Nancy Kimre

Who are these two beautiful creatures?

Lucilla Garrett fills all the cups with her magic teapot.

Grace Champmont and Edie Bird toast good times.

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Robert Beauford shows off a stylish seasonal chapeau.

Michelle McDonald, dressed to the nines as always!

June Owens pauses for the shutterbug amid the fun.

Who knew John Wiley could tickle the ivories so well?

Jane Acord tops off Dave Mattson’s cup.

Frances Padilla and Tina Wilk check out the cornucopia of snacks.

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Bed and Breakfast Association’s Sweet Treats Cookie Tour

Beverly Blankenship of Eureka Springs admires the tree at 5 Ojo Inn.

Rock Cottages owner Kathy Pickowitz, left, baker Christina McKnight and Donna Smith

Visitors to Crescent Cottages enjoyed the unique arch between the dining room and the living room.

Red Bud Manor manager Michelle Dabbah shares sweet treats with Jay and Becke Muckenthaler from Shawnee, Lawana Kelly from Lenexa, Kan., enjoys the festive taKan. ble at Red Bud Manor.

The living room was the upstairs focal point for the many visitors at 1884 Bridgeford House.

Kerrie and Randy Rodriguez of Tulsa bask in the glow of the traditionally decorated tree at Crescent Cottages.

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Announcements & Meetings 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 479253-8610. n Winter Solstice celebration – The Center for Soulful Living will hold a Winter Solstice celebration on Friday, Dec, 21 from 6-9 p.m. at 268 CR 3027, Eureka Springs. Enjoy four original stories told by local storytellers, share your dreams and goals for the New Year, then take a silent torchlight walk through the OM Sanctuary. Bring a vegan snack to share. If you plan to take the torchlight walk, dress appropriately and bring a flashlight. For more information contact Heidi at 479-363-7024 or visit 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. For details, call 870-423-2323

or email ONGOING SERVICES/MEETINGS n Wildflowers Food Bank – Wildflowers Food Bank is open every Friday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. If you are in need of food, bring your ID and come to the Food Bank. If you are out of food anytime ,you can call us Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and we will try to help you with enough food to get you to our Friday food bank time. Wildflowers low-cost Thrift Store is open every Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with our low cost Furniture Store. Note: We may be closed on Monday and Tuesday until after the first of the year. Call first at 479-363-6408. Or call Wildflowers Ministry at 479-253-5108. n Elementary needs mentors – Eureka Springs 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 479253-8704 if interested. 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,


The Eureka Springs Rotary Club has named Joseph Allen “Jake” McClung III, as student of the month for November 2012. Jake is the son of Joe and Chrys McClung of Eureka Springs. He is a junior at Eureka Springs High School and is currently carrying a 3.74 GPA. Jake has received academic honors in Biology, English, Spanish I and Algebra II. He has been president and vice president of his class and is a Student Council representative. Jake is co-president of the Future Business Leaders of America Club. His hobbies are reading, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, snow skiing and slack lining. He has received the following athletic awards: Junior High Highlander Award; in Cross Country: Most Dedicated, Top Performer, three All-District Awards, three All-Regional Awards, one All-State Award; in track: two Top Distance Awards, a Top Middle Distance Award, three All-District 800 Awards, and two 1600 Awards. He has received the Hustle Award in both baseball and basketball. Jake won first place in The Eurekan Race in 2011 and second place in 2012. He loves going to the lake and the beach and enjoys wakeboarding, hiking, hunting and fishing. He spends summers working as a lifeguard at Holiday Island Recreation Center. Jake is an Altar Server at St. Elizabeth’s Church and volunteers at Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul. He also referees for children’s basketball games. After graduation next year, Jake plans to go to college and major in athletic training and then go into physical therapy . Photo Submitted

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 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 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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Arts & Amusements Calling all Carrollers! Those interested meet up on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library for a few hours of Christmas carrolling. Enthusiasm a must! RSVP Rima Meadows at 314-954-2538. Eureka Thyme to host Robinson Eureka Thyme will host a book signing event on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1-6 p.m. for Kat Robinson, who has written, “Arkansas Pie, A Delicious Slice of the Natural State.� Join us to meet Kat Robinson and view her delightful book at Eureka Thyme Gallery, 19 Spring Street, in downtown Eureka Springs. For details, please call 479363-9600. Hi Rotary Club Christmas Tour of Homes The Holiday Island Rotary Club will host a Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon to 4

p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Flint Street Food Bank and the Salvation Army. For further information, please call 479-253-6788 Carnegie Library holiday book sale Friends of the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the library annex, 194 Spring Street. There are many good books priced at one dollar. All proceeds will benefit the library’s acquisitions and special projects fund. For further information, call 479-253-8754. Second Week of Winter Market The Second Week of Winter Market is on again, from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, according to spokesman Stuart Drizner. “We saw quite a bit of produce last week. Jon Toombs still had tomatoes, and there were radishes, scallions, chinese cabbage, Japanese turnips, fresh carrots, spinach, lettuce,


from a fine dining establishment on the Historic Loop. 11:35 a.m. – An accident report was filed after a truck that had lost part of its load somewhere on US Hwy 62 and damaged another vehicle when it fell. 3:00 p.m. – The property owner of a bar that just closed down on South Main Street requested an officer so as to report damage and missing equipment after the renters of the property moved out. 6:31 p.m. – The reckless driver of a silver/blue Mitsubishi was reported east bound on US Hwy 62 from the county line crossing the center line on numerous occasions. Nobody ever does that! Anyway, officers could make no contact with this alleged madman in the city limits. 10:44 p.m. – Security was called to check a back door office alarm at local beaver-themed eatery. December 5 12:37 a.m. – Carroll County Sheriff’s office called to advise they were sending EMS to Springs Street, where an individual had shot himself in the leg. Officers responded and a report was taken. I know that guy!

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2:45 p.m. – A caller from near Dairy Hollow and Pivot Rock Road reported a blue-green car that been parked in the pulloff area for the past two days. An officer checked the vehicle. December 4 12:19 a.m. – A caller from a local trailer park lodged a complaint against neighbors who were playing loud music, talking loud, and drinking loud. The officer told them to take it all down a notch, which they did. 3:16 a.m. – A false alarm was reported

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cabbage, beets, arugula, asian greens, herbs and much much more. We’re seeing a few specials for winter market from other farms in the area such as pecans and mushrooms. Lots of jams and jellies and Ivan brought some very nice homemade sourdough bread. Come on down!� For details, email 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 479-363-9818. Haircuts for Flint Street Haircuts benefiting the Flint Street Food Pantry will be at the Grand Central Hotel on Tuesday, December 18th, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (479)253-6756 and walk -ins are more than welcome. 1:21 p.m. – A caller reported a red SUV “all over the road� headed from US Hwy 62 down Mill Hollow Road. The responding officer found the vehicle parked at a house on Mill Hollow, unoccupied. 2:04 p.m. – A female caller advised that she had heard second-hand that a friend of hers was getting “beat up� by her boyfriend at their house across from the church on Elk Street and that she would be there to meet the officer in the yard. The male subject was gone on arrival. The victim then advised police it was just a verbal argument. December 6 12:00 p.m. – A caller asked an officer to come check out her place. Someone had knocked on her back door then disappeared. There was a strange van in the yard. No report required. 1:04 a.m. – A caller from the hospital advised that two patients kept on smoking in the bathroom and would like them removed from the hospital. The officers responding told them to do so. 9:28 a.m. – Animal Control received a call that a stray labrador in the Historic Loop had been coaxed into a home. The

Monetary donations, pet food, hygiene products or canned goods would be much appreciated! Hot beverages and goodies! 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 CnĂŠ 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 lineâ€? 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 jcbreaux@project-strategies. com, or call 479-981-9551. dog was picked up and transported to the Humane Society. 10:25 a.m. – A caller complained about a dog barking on Mill Hollow Road. Animal Control responded and advised he would be contacting the owner to issue citations and make recommendations due to multiple complaints. Thank you Animal Control! 2:09 p.m. – A routine traffic stop resulted in the arrest of an individual for an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support out of Pulaski Co. He was transported to Carroll County jail for holding. Have fun with that! 6:46 p.m. – A false alarm was reported going off at a local bank. Employees were on site however so all was well. December 7 1:27 a.m. – The watchman for a local hotel called to say there was a man walking around in his underwear and going into empty rooms. He advised they had had problems with him in the past. The responding officer contacted the hotel owner and found the individual was allowed to stay there. The officer spoke to him and he went back to his room for the night.

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Democrat in Lamar, Mo. She and Garrett had been praying a long time about opening a bakery in Eureka Springs when Jay Galyen of Hart’s asked if they were interested in taking over the space. “He and his family helped us fix this up to be a full-line bakery,� Garrett said. “It’s been overwhelming, the support they have given us.� As the baker, Garrett goes to work early to start the cinnamon rolls and get the biscuits and gravy ready by the time the doors open at 6 a.m. Customers start arriving by 6:30 a.m., Ross said, and a serving window in the wall of Hart’s also opens for people who want to pick up breakfast. Toni Deeg, a hostess at the Pancake Family Restaurant during the season, is one of the locals who have discovered the bakery. “This is the place to be,� Deeg said as she sat at a table last week. “Start off your morning off with a fresh apple turnover and coffee.� The coffee is free, something Garrett hopes to continue to offer the community. The turnovers – apple, peach, strawberry or cherry cheese – are 99 cents, as are the giant cinnamon rolls, muffins, creme horns and creme puffs. Biscuits and gravy are available to go for $1.99. When the bakery opened on Nov. 10, the response from the community was awesome, Garrett said. “They totally swept out our cases,� she said, “and we had lots of pie and dinner roll orders.� Thirty years ago, the space was a bakery, Galyen told them – he remembers the big ovens and display cases. It’s also been Bill’s Pharmacy – the sign was still over the door – and Smith’s. When Garrett moved to Eureka Springs, she turned her first bakery over to her daughter, Laura. “That bakery was opened on jackpot money,� Ross said. “This one we opened on faith. And it’s been a ride.� TLC Bakery is located at 137 E. Van Buren, next to Hart’s. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 479-253-2000.


Community Writing Program Spotlight The Studio Five short steps led me down the stairs to the best place in the house, a well-lit room of knotty pine. About half way up the walls, a built-in ledge made its way around the room. It held a row of glass jars and cans filled with tools, drawing pencils and paint brushes with their heads held high, like good soldiers standing at attention, waiting to be of service. Pencils, ink, erasers, chalks, paints, dry markers, and crayons—treasure of blues, greens, reds, and yellows—could be found in the little studio room where my father worked. In the corner, surrounded by windows, stood the drawing table. It had to be carefully leveled each time my father began. A black oilcloth was stapled to it, to be wiped clean after the paints splattered off the paper. On the floor was the heavy brown fluorescent light stand with the arm that could swing across the table like a crane at a construction site. Clicking on the little red button produced a “hmmm� that lasted as long as the light was on, a rather soothing little hum, like the whirring of a train as it rambles down the tracks. And then there was the beloved cabinet. He called it his “tabernacle.� It would become for me the Holy of Holies, a place that housed a piece of the divine. I would seek it out every chance I got, this waist-high cabinet, made of the blondest wood, filled with a heavenly multitude of supplies.

This Week’s Author: Linda Maiella

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

“Alright now, honey. Here’s your paper. And some pencils and crayons. Oh, that’s right, you need an eraser too, just like mine. That’s right, sweetie, it’s a ‘needed’ eraser...yes, I need one too.� Then, we would get to work on our “art�. He, in his white shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows; me, in my blue overalls with the red plaid flannel lining and the pants rolled up. “It’s a girl, Paul,� had announced my arrival into the world. He was so excited to have a daughter, after waiting six long years after my brother Donald was born. Daddy ran all the way from Miseracordia Hospital to his job at Handley Studios in the Graybar Building to hand out cigars to anyone who would take one, saying, “It’s a girl! It’s a girl!� “And her name is Linda, just like the song!� When I go to sleep, I never count sheep, I count all the charms about Linda. And lately, it seems, in all of my dreams, I see Linda. He was Atticus to my Scout, dark and handsome, with his stylish little mustache and bow tie. He was a commercial artist on New York’s Madison Avenue, a pretty big deal for an immigrant family from the Ukraine. The middle

Linda Maiella earned a BA at SUNY Cortland and an MALS at SUNY Stonybrook in New York. She is certified to teach grades N-6 in New York State. After moving to Eureka Springs, she homeschooled three of her four children. She has been on a spiritual path throughout her life and has come to believe in the sacredness of story and its ability to bless and connect us all...�that we may be one.� She is writing a memoir, which examines the three great losses of her life: her father, mother, and daughter, and the evolution of the spirit that such losses can engender. She is active in a critiquing group of the Community Writing Program, where she is learning to go into the difficult places and return with something exquisite that honors life, as in today’s excerpt.

brother, he was the only one of the three to have a white-collar job. His older brother, John, drove a bread truck in Manhattan. His younger brother, Emil, worked at Grumman, building airplane parts. But Paul, he knew he was going to be an artist from the time he went to elementary school. Winning medals for his sketches and designs, even as a young boy, he was determined to go to art school. How I loved to feel the smooth whiteness of the drawing paper, as I penciled my way along, ever aware of his presence beside me, his light upon me. Creative juice seeped into my soul, the way that ink bleeds its way onto a page. It came in through every pore and made its home amidst the chalks and paints, crayons and brushes. The smell of linseed oil and turpentine hung in the air. And rubber cement, the kind that comes in a little metal can with the brush hidden under the lid, would be, for me, a treat of sorts. It was all so intoxicating to belong in my daddy’s world, to be loved, not only by him, but by the very things that made him the artist that he was.

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Unique, stellar bands this weekend This weekend, Chelsea’s offers two unique but stellar musical groups on Friday and Saturday nights: the Trashcan Bandits and the Matt Smith Group, respectively. Trashcan Bandits is an indie folk band with heavy gypsy and jazz influences and features four members on seven or more different instruments, including clarinet, mandolin and even the spoons! The lead singer’s deep, vibrato-filled voice is unusual for a bar band, but it transcends the environment. His voice reminds me of a cross between Louis Prima (from Disney’s “The Jungle Book” soundtrack) and Tom Waits if they sang as one voice in a Las Vegas lounge with a gypsy-Irish theme. Some of their tracks sound like The Pogues meet the Stray Cats. Trashcan Bandits, I’m told, put on a great, energy-packed live performance, and they’ll do it all again this Friday night

starting around 9:30 at Chelsea’s. Admission is $5 and ages 21 and up are admitted. On Saturday night, the outstanding and highly acclaimed, award-winning Matt Smith Group will take the Chelsea’s stage for an evening of rock, blues, funk and jam covers and originals. Smith, originally from Harrison, has 24 years of guitar-playing under his belt, having starting learning at age 11 under the tutelage of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Phillip Smith (yes they are related) as well as, later, from jazz/country guitar virtuoso Clint Strong, known for his work with Merle Haggard. More recently, Smith has spearheaded several projects and musical groups in Northwest Arkansas over the past decade, including the innovative rock/funk/reggae inspired band The Flip Off Pirates. They recorded several albums under Smith’s leadership.

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With his father, jazz guitarist Gus Smith, Matt recorded “Full Circle” featuring jazz standards, and the two perform regularly as a father/son jazz duo.  In 2008, Smith launched his first solo project, M.S.G. (the Matt Smith Group), featuring original compositions. In 2010, Smith fulfilled a lifelong dream, recording M.S.G.’s “Now or Never” with world-renowned drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon, Jimmy Herring Band) and innovative bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green). Smith currently performs over 100 shows annually from solo and duo performances to band ensembles with a wide range in genres – from jazz, reggae, blues, rock, to world music and beyond. He has toured nationally and has shared the stage with Michael Franti, Rob Wasserman, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Clint Strong, Jeff Sipe, Reed Mathis, Joseph Israel, Bob and Ziggy Marley alumni and many of Northwest Arkansas’s finest musicians. With his keen sense of improvisation, his ability to transcend genres, his incredible guitar virtuosity, and his refined compositional skills, Smith creates a signature sound that has captivated audiences for nearly two decades and has resulted in 10 Northwest Arkansas Music Awards and a place in the Northwest Arkansas Hall Of Fame. The best part about Matt Smith Group’s show Saturday night at Chelsea’s? He’s bringing some well-known, highly respected, OUTSTANDING musicians with him. On vocals and electric guitar will be Isayah Warford, of Isayah’s Allstars; on bass will be Dave Gesualdo of Mountain of Venus and Sarah Hughes Band; and Wes Bowlin on drums.

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Expect to hear some riveting takes on popular hits by well-known musicians ranging from George Harrison to Michael Jackson to the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix, as well as some originals. Matt Smith Group’s show at Chelsea’s begins at 9:30 p.m. Saturday; admission is $5 and ages 21 and up are admitted. Chelsea’s is located at 10 Mountain Street, at its intersection with Center Street, in Eureka Springs. 479-253-6723. Following is the live music schedule for Eureka Springs venues this weekend: THURSDAY, DEC. 13 • Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: Jazz Night, 9 p.m. • Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479253-7147: Open Mic Musical Smackdown featuring Bloody Buddy and Friends, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, DEC. 14 • Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Live music, 7 p.m. • Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: AJ Gaither’s One Man Band, 8 p.m. • Chaser’s, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-2535522: Karaoke contest finals, 9 p.m. •  Chelsea’s: The Trashcan Bandits, 9 p.m. •  Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479253-7020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Karaoke and DJ Goose, 8 p.m. till midnight • The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: The Dirty Roots, 8 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479253-2525: Jazz Tech Ruins, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Big Bad Gina, 6:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479-363-6444: Skillet Lickers, 7 p.m.

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The Natural Way Detox and get younger? Wish it was that simple, but there is a supplement that is a powerful detox and antioxidant (antioxidants help us to handle age better). It is glutathione. Glutathione is composed of three amino acids, namely glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine. It is extremely important and naturally occurs in our bodies. Glutathione levels decrease as we age. There is a corresponding decline in our health and longevity as levels drop. Low glutathione levels have been linked to cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as aging in general. In our animal friends, researchers at Louisiana State University showed a clear and definite linkage to the levels of glutathione and the drop in inflammation which goes hand in hand with the healing of inflammatory bowel disease. Adding an herbal cleanse to the daily use of glutathione can be very smart. This supplement is partly beneficial due to its ability to detox your body from harmful chemicals such as paint, vapors, exhaust etc. Even though we try very hard not to,

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Alison By Sandra Taylor Synar Brown

Do you need professional help? Can an art form be learned? How much of artistry is innate talent, and how much is a mastery of craft techniques? Raw talent exists. I have been given stories by seemingly ordinary, untrained people, who possessed a naturally lovely style, or an interesting voice, or a sixth sense about story structure. They had the eyes and ears of a writer, able to reflect upon, to portray and to penetrate the soul. But even these people committed the mistakes common to novice writers. Their talent was raw, unpolished, and poorly controlled. What can be learned? First, you can learn not to make beginner’s mistakes. Such as: • Not knowing where the story starts. Novices feel that they must have introductory material. They tell us history, geography, psychology, or other material they think is necessary for our understanding. So the first thing I usually do as a writing coach is to decapitate the baby. Cut that introductory stuff and find the true beginning, which will be a real scene, with characters and dialogue and conflict. • Fear of scenes. Beginners lean far too heavily on narrative exposition. Hence the adage: Show, don’t tell. Never write more than ½ page of explanation or description before the characters say or do something. The story is about PEOPLE. We want to see them and hear them, not hear you talk about them. • Lectures in dialogue. While attempting not to give lectures in narrative, beginners load their dialogue with information. So each character gives little mini lessons on history, plot developments, etc. They all talk like professors. I just finished reading a wonderful self-published memoir that did just this. It was the only flaw in the book, and something a writing coach could have corrected easily, giving the book a much better chance in a wider market. Instead, the reader got history lessons, botany lessons, geography lessons, and discussions of politics. And all the char-

acters sounded alike. • No narrative arc. A story has a beginning, a middle, an end. While real life is just a series of scenes, a story must build to a climax. Even a memoir must examine life in such a way that the character develops. • The rules of the Business. Another thing that the new writer can learn, whether from recent books on writing craft or in a workshop setting, is what is marketable. All my life, I loved literature. I was totally into the 18th and 19th centuries. Imagine my shock to discover that this passion was actually a serious handicap to my own writing. My graduate instructors tried to retrain me, but I was incalcitrant. The rhythms I heard in my head were sentences of forty words. I ignored the rule about long descriptions. At last, my advisor said in exasperation, “War and Peace wouldn’t be published today!” I was stunned. And at that moment, I realized the harsh truth. If you want to be read by anyone but your mother, you have to abide by the rules. Yes, the rules may be fads. You may not agree with them. But there are conventions that must be followed if you ever want agents or publishers to consider your work. These conventions vary by genre. There are rules for fiction, and then additional rules for thrillers or other genres. But these rules are easily learnable. Here’s where to get help: The goal of the Community Writing Program at the Writers’ Colony is to “help local writers take the next step.” Maybe, for you, that next step is the first step. Or maybe you’re already writing but need to learn to avoid beginner’s mistakes. Perhaps you need to review the current rules of the market. All this information is included in the workshops of the Community Writing Program, which are informal and affordable. For more information, contact me at or 479 292-3665.

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Wisecrack Zodiac ARIES: You get your point across on Thursday without saying a word. Could be that big stick you’re carrying, or the fact that you forgot to wear pants again. In any case, the office will be a very quiet place except for the giggling. TAURUS: It’s the holiday season, so creak open that wallet and spend five bucks on tinsel instead of spray-painting some old barbed wire fencing you found at the dump. Your loved ones and the ER staff will thank you. GEMINI: Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but fabulousness is all in the mind. You got the swag and the sizzle, so go be fabulous, baby! CANCER: There are days when you just feel like the punchline to a bad knock-knock joke. You don’t have to worry about who’s there if you never answer the door. Bonus: that flaming bag of dog poop looks rather festive on your porch. LEO: If wishes were horses, you’re going to be riding high atop that stallion on Wednesday. If you feed it enough dreams, it will crap out rainbows, which are so much easier to clean up. VIRGO: Diamonds may say “I love you,” but the gift of a new mop under the tree says “Set fire to my car while I sleep.” Re-think that gift unless you cherish the smell of flaming dashboard plastic. LIBRA: You look worse than Keith Richards half-buried in a litter box. Take some time for yourself this weekend and get some rest. Also, lay off snorting the fake snow spray. SCORPIO: Is romance fizzling out before you ever see fireworks? Maybe you just need somebody with a longer fuse. Keep your eyes open on Friday; you could see something that sparks you right up. SAGITTARIUS: You will do something this week that will make Santa love you more than all the special cookies in Washington and Col-

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orado. When he brings you that giftwrapped reward, have plenty of Cheetos on hand. CAPRICORN: Work gets a little weird when someone finds your thong inside the vending machine. On the positive side, all the Baby Ruth bars on E-8 are now officially yours. AQUARIUS: While everyone’s looking out for the bluebird of happiness, keep your eyes peeled for the pterodactyl of big-screen TVs. That’s the flying creature you should make

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Healing Process There is a cure for cuts and bruises in the 1874 Circle of Useful Knowledge. “Apply the moist surface of the skin from a raw egg shell to the sore. It will adhere. It will heal without pain. It will leave no scar.” The unconscience will try to heal the mind with dreams, mending tears with something familiar but unreal.

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Dreams grow between the subconscious and the the conscious without shells, bones or bark. Awakening too soon interrupts the healing process, like an axe falling across a tendril that reached for whatever was there. Then the mind cries “More night” and I can’t sleep until I make up an ending. These endings are the scars of my dreams like the scar on a tree that grew bark around the false start of a limb, that instead of reaching out curled around itself. •••

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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tors to town each year, it’s impossible to equate just what the police force would need without the visitors. “And keep in mind the budget is based on projected revenues,” he added. “The money is there.” In the end, council decided to pass the issue along to the upcoming council, and so it was done, 5-0. Moratorium ends on 199; DeVito urges the impossible In other business, council unanimously passed on its third reading Ordinance 2169, which specifies the rules for repair or replacement of non-conforming signage. It now becomes law. They also passed a motion to have the city attorney draw up an ordinance saying that “city permitted” rather than the narrower “city sponsored” events, such as concerts put on by outside venues, should be allowed to sell their event-related products at those events. They also renewed the lease on the courthouse parking lots and ended the moratorium on selling business licenses in category 199, which is the catch-all category that caused problems when 10 homeowners in R-1 residential areas of town acquired licenses in that category so they could offer lodgings by the week for tourists, which is in no way allowed by city code otherwise. The licenses were later rendered null and void by council. With the moratorium ended, people wanting to open other businesses in this category, “whatever doesn’t fit in the other categories,” will be able to now do so. At meeting’s end, DeVito closed out his

current term in office – he will take his seat with the new council on Jan. 1 – by saying that while he had served on council a few times, this was the first time he’d served where “half the sitting council is suing me.” He discouraged lawsuits as an appropriate method for dealing with council business matters. “When you sue the City council, you send a chilling message to any citizens out there who might think of running for a seat, but are afraid if they do so there’s a chance they will end up in court. “I could never sue anybody sitting at this table,” DeVito said. “It doesn’t do justice to the democratic process. Taking a sledgehammer to government sends a chilling message. I’d certainly like to see some of the political hostility diminish. I’m more than willing to compromise. I just feel that lawsuits unfortunately have become an epidemic. I’d like to see a better day for Eureka Springs. Unfortunately, the bare-knuckled politics of this community cast a pall.” DeVito referred to a 2009 lawsuit brought by Pat Matsukis, Karen Lindblad, Rae Hahn, Lany Ballance and Charley Wurmnest. It was brought about because of a special meeting during which competitive bidding was waived on new coin-operated parking meters and included an emergency clause allowing their purchase. Co-litigant Ballance responded in her closing comments by saying, “It’s been interesting. I’ve learned a lot. I continue to anticipate watching city politics, and if I feel another lawsuit appropriate, I’ll bring it.”

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Why the potato is never wrong “What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” – A. A. Milne Potatoes are the universal comfort food. They can be fried, baked, mashed, scalloped, boiled, steamed, and roasted. There are a variety of dishes that use this root in different ways, ranging from crispy French fries to golden-brown rotisserie potatoes to buttery, fluffy mashed potatoes and gravy. Recently, with the cold weather, I’ve had a craving for warm, comforting, calorie-laden recipes, and potatoes happen to star in every one of them. With my French auntie visiting, I was given an opportunity to make and eat one of the most famous potato dishes in France: Gratin Dauphinois. The ingredient list would scare anyone on a diet far, far away. You begin with sour cream, about two and a half cups, a half of gallon of milk, and gracious amount of cheese. And fortunately (or not, depending on your waistline) the dish is super simple to make. To start, you thinly slice about two potatoes per person you are serving, and rub the bottom of the your baking dish with two cloves of garlic. You then cover the bottom of the dish with a layer of potatoes, then cover that with fragrant rosemary, thyme, ground black pepper, and salt, along with a generous layer of mild cheese.

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All that’s left is to repeat the process until you fill the dish, then to top it off by pouring the milk over it and putting plunking three tablespoons of butter on top. Once you’ve baked it for a few hours, the top becomes golden brown. When you dig into it, the aroma is so delicious, it’s practically a dinner bell for the rest of the family. The creaminess of the milk, sour cream, and cheese blends with the potatoes and transforms into a mess of scrumptiousness. Then, for brunch on Sunday, I chopped myself up one potato, fried it in a cast iron pan, fried an egg in a small pan the other flame, and then combined the two with a bit of ham that I warmed. I then sprinkled a good pinch and a half of parsley on top of everything. And like any good American, I put a healthy side of ketchup on my crispy house-made fries, along with a good bit of mustard, because they both marry so nicely with the simplicity of the potato. Frying just might be my second favorite style of making potatoes, because the crunchiness is so pleasing, and it is just too easy to make them. My brother, who had been reading the Sunday comics instead of cooking his breakfast, suddenly became very interested in what I had made when the smell reached him. Since I’m not a big sharer, he was forced to make his own. Making seemingly ordinary potatoes turned out to be culinary experience for both of us!

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December 13, 2012 – Lovely County Citizen – Page

Clear Spring cleans up Clear Spring School teacher Juanita Crider weaves Service Learning and Life Skills  into her   fourththrough sixth-graders’ curriculum.  One of their projects this year is Harding Spring.  The class found cleaning up the spring very satisfying and plans to work with the Springs Committee to test the water and keep the spring healthy, Crider says. Posing for a group shot after their work are, from left, Tarrah Youngblood, Hawk Slane, Oakley Griffin, Steven Rivers, Ozric Maese, Hannah Youngblood, Kylie Fife; Bree Johnson is in back.

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tracked from. They took a loss on that so it could be appreciated by others, instead of just turning around and making a profit.” Anyone who appears on the show, Mary added, is there because they want to be. “By no means do we roll up with cameras without permission. Every person who has participated in the show has had a fantastic experience. People have asked them to come back two, three and four times, and Mike and Frank have a great time with them.” A large part of the show is meeting interesting people and hearing their stories about the items they have saved over the years. Some of the shows include accounts of people who have chased the Pickers off with guns or who refused to sell at any price. “We might stop at 25 farms in one day, and we might get 14 rejections, but all it takes is one really good item,” said Wolfe in a video clip. So, will they come to Carroll County?

It depends on whether they can find good leads. The Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is acting as a liaison to hook the show up with potential collectors. Producers say the Pickers will probably hit Arkansas in early February. They are still researching potential locations. The list of what they are not looking for is much shorter than what they are. They are not looking for farming and agricultural items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives. What they are looking for are vintage and early motor scooters, motorcycles, bicycles, radios, toys, vending, pinball, casino and gaming machines, movie memorabilia and advertising items, taxidermy, Boy Scout items, police, firefighter and airline collectibles, musical instruments, Civil War antiques, gas pumps, old neon signs and other items. The list and how to get in touch with the show can be found at their website, www., or those interested can also contact Jake Bandman at 646873-6258 or


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Living Windows displays liven up downtown holiday spirit

Kerry Sparks of Holiday Island being photographed by Steve Eagle of Denton, Texas, at the T-Shirt Emporium.

Samantha Miller makes a stunning elf in the front window of Barefoot Originals.

Patrick Kinnamont and Jessica House of Fayetteville try to make model Melissa Wollen blink in the window of Crazy Bone.

ES High School students Tyler Gentry and Leah Erskine act out scenes from “Gift of the Magi” in the window of the New Orleans Hotel.

Lucky Santa and the Three Wise Girls at the Fine Art of Romance

Cher Hermann, a lovely unintentional model in the window of Peace Love and Cheesecake Coffee Shop

Lovely County Citizen  

small town Arkansas liberal newspaper in Eureka Springs

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