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Springs Family Robison bring show to The Aud By Jennifer Jackson Last spring, photographer Edward C. Robison and artist Jana Robison built an outdoor stage behind their house and gallery on Highway 62 West. There they held a variety show that drew 100 people. One of the performers was their son, Ethan, the fourthplace winner in the International Jugglers’ Association Junior Championship in 2012. This spring, the Robisons have booked The Auditorium in Eureka Springs and on April 6, and are putting on a show, “Ozark Mountain Mystique – A Night of Juggling and Wonderment.” The show features world-champion jugglers and variety acts, presenting a diverse evening of comedy, magic, and gravity-defying acts designed to entertain people of ages 2 to 102. That’s where Connie Leaverton, a comedy juggler from Texas, draws the line. According to Leaverton, who juggles while riding a 6-foot-high unicycle, her act appeals to kids only in that age range. “103-year-old kids are a bit over the age limit,” Leaverton says, jokingly. Leaverton’s is one of the novelty acts in the show, which includes aerialist Lilly Steele and comic magician Kitty Kaos. But the meat of the show are world-champion jugglers who will be in Northwest Arkansas for a regional juggling festival in Fayetteville. Leading the bill is Doug Sayers, four-time world-champion juggler, who can juggle nine balls for three full rounds and “flash” 11. Galen Harp and Ella Winters of The Institute of Jugglology are co-producing the show with the Robisons. Harp and Winters hold a world record for ring juggling and will perform an act that combines “sport” juggling, which is about number of objects and repeats, with performance art. “It’s very conceptual, “ Edward Robison said. “There’s a concept that drives the piece, like performance art.” Also appearing is Peter Irish, six-time world-champion foot sack juggler, who juggles with his feet and his hands. Edward and Ethan took a workshop from Irish last summer at the International Juggling Festival

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in Winston-Salem, N.C., Edward said, and found that learning to juggle with your feet is very hard. “He blows your mind that a human can do what he does,” Edward said. Jared Davis of Kansas City takes a different slant on the skill: he is a bounce juggler who instead of throwing balls into the air, bounces them on the ground. Billed as Eureka Springs’ favorite 11-yearold juggler, Ethan Robison will perform,, juggling balls, clubs and giant nails while riding a unicycle or on a balance board. Ethan, in addition to coming in fourth in the international junior championships last year, opened for a world-electronica band, Beats Antique, at George’s Majestic in Fayetteville last fall. “Ozark Mountain Mystique” is 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at The Auditorium, 36 S. Main St., Eureka Springs. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and are available through Tickets at the door are $13 for adults, $7 for children.


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Memorial weekend street fair moved off Spring Street By Don Lee Plans for a Memorial Day weekend street fair on Springs Street came to a crashing halt Monday night. The event, which had been gathering steam since the Arts Council of Eureka Springs began planning for the 26th annual May Festival of the Arts early this year, was to have included shutting down Spring Street to all but trolley and emergency traffic for the three-day holiday weekend, but a petition brought to the council table signed by 44 of the business owners on Spring Street led to a change of plans. “Please don’t shut the trolley down that weekend,” urged Mel Shipley of Silly Chili at 87 Spring Street, when referring to a rumor he’d heard. “When it shuts down, our sales drop by a third. We need these summer months and long weekends. Shut it down, you hurt everybody on Spring Street. All of Spring Street.” Shipley, who said he’d been involved in art shows for many years, said he’d never known of a festival done on a major street that worked out well. “Do it in the city park or a side street,” he said. “People get too congested, too much going on, it doesn’t work out.” Business owner Darlene Schrum, who brought the petition to the table, said the timing of the event on the three-day Memorial Day weekend was bad. “No one who signed the list was contacted directly to see how they felt about this,” she said. “The traffic bottleneck will be

a disaster. Where will the vendors them- the merchants downtown.” selves park?” Martin said they did not intend to disLocal resident Bob Jasinski stepped pute any of the names on the petition, nor up to agree. “Although I am not a shop- continue to argue for doing it downtown, keeper,” he said, “I oppose this because due to having heard so much passionate they’re bringing in street vendors to set argument on both sides of the question. up booths on the street in front of busi- “Our goal was to do a high-end, classy nesses. They don’t art show only, juried, contribute, they don’t no trinkets. We were pay taxes, and they even struggling with “Although I am not a take away parking. food vendor ideas beshopkeeper, I oppose this This is similar to the cause of complaints because they’re bringing issue years back about it ruined clothing in street vendors to set up the Sunday Market. in shops with the The consensus was to booths on the street in front smell.” get rid of it!” Martin said they of businesses. They don’t According to the didn’t want to create contribute, they don’t pay city, 24 parking spots a problem. “If downtaxes, and they take away would be lost during town merchants, a the event. minority or not, don’t parking ...” Arts Council orgawant it downtown, – Bob Jasinski nizer Sandy Martin fine,” she said. “We and Marsha Havens have already pursued addressed the situaplans to move it to tion as well. the parking lot of the old high school. It “The idea for an event on Memorial is a heck of a lot easier to do it up there Day weekend came to the Arts Council than on Spring Street. Our point was to last year during the ‘post-mortem’ we bring traffic downtown.” did following last year’s festival,” MarAlderman James DeVito suggested tin said. “A lot of people asked why we Center Street as an alternate location cut off with the White Street Walk. The to Spring Street or the old high school idea grabbed a lot of attention and enthu- grounds. “It’s a flat, perfect location,” siasm, so we started doing research. We DeVito said. “We had well over a thouhad no intention of stopping the trolleys sand people there for Taste of Eureka. or delivery vehicles. Our only purpose There’s plenty of space. You could use as the Arts Council was to create fresh the street all the way down to Mounevents and stimulate more activity in tain.” town. That’s all we wanted. To suppor The street fair organizers responded




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Local businesses predict top-notch season ahead By Don Lee the middle of all of it. Also, the Great PasThe approach of the new tourist season sion Play did their first concert in the Aud has created a whirlwind of activity through- last weekend and it went very very well. I out Eureka Springs, with business leaders don’t have the numbers, but they said they positive about the coming year. had 100 people in the balcony and the floor According to Jack Moyer of the 1884 packed. The Christian concert concept is Crescent Hotel, Eureka’s strength is in its outstanding and bodes well. More of that in ability to evolve and reinvent itself over and the future would be a great thing.” over. “With a driving principle of period Grand Central Hotel Manager Dustin appropriate preservation, we have contin- Duling was equally optimistic about the beued to stay relevant by adding both today’s ginning of the season. “We’ve had a great experiences and the spring break,” he said. wants and desires of “We are ready for Dithe modern traveler versity weekend and the “Economic indicators are to a setting that acwarm weather. I know up. We have a really good curately captures the Chef Dave is looking early 1900s,” he said. in-house marketing agency, forward to getting to use Moyer said ucomsome of his homegrown and if last year is any ing events and changherbs and spices in the indicator, this year will es at the Crescent kitchen.” be a good one.” include the new Sky Restaurateur James Bar Gourmet PizDeVito of DeVito’s, – James Devito za restaurant on the who also serves on City fourth floor, expanCouncil and the CAPC, sions of the Crescent is encouraged by the Hotel Ghost Tours, and expanding the Cres- economy’s upturn. “I’d say everything cent Theatre as it moves into the Gavioli for looks real strong,” he said. “Economic ina six-week run in April and May. dicators are up. We have a really good inOthers in town agreed this season should house marketing agency, and if last year is go well. According to CAPC Finance Di- any indicator, this year will be a good one.” rector Rick Bright, Eureka drew approxEureka Springs Mayor Morris Pate imately 750,000 visitors last year, and the was excited about upcoming motorcyCAPC’s tax collection last year yielded $1.2 cle events. “Hope the weather holds up,” million, as compared to $1.1 in 2011. he said. “I just have a gut feeling people “And right now we’re within 1 percent of are going to get out. I know of at least a collections compared to last year,” he said. couple of 300-plus groups scheduled to be “So we’re exactly on track.” here over the summer. There are several CAPC Executive Director Mike Malo- motorcycle events coming up, including ney broke it down. “Three things point to a joint conference June 13-15 of the Blue a good year,” he said. “For one, I think the Knights, retired and active police officers price of gas is actually working in our favor who ride motorcycles. We anticipate 500here because it translates into ‘stay-cations,’ 600 attendees there. We held it in 2000 in other words people spending more holi- and 2005 and it went well. This time we day time a little closer to home. We’re only will have riders here from Missouri, Iowa, 45 minutes from Rogers and Bentonville. Minnesota, Manitoba, Canada, North and Another thing I think we’ve been successful South Dakota, Kansas and Oklahoma. at is promoting all the environs of Eureka Registrants have come in from all four – we have two big lakes and two great riv- corners of the US as well as England and ers, with this dynamic city nestled right in Australia.”


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Writers’ Colony, ‘Tales From the South’ team up to do live broadcast in Eureka Springs The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is partnering with “Tales from the South” to do a live broadcast, distributed nationally on public radio via KUAR, and internationally via satellite, featuring all local Eureka Springs stories and talent. “Tales” creator and producer Paula Morell will conduct a workshop on Sunday, May 5, at The Writers’ Colony. During the workshop, Morell will teach participants how to write their true “Tale” for the show, how to present it on radio, and discuss the story submission process. Cost for the workshop is $25. Once the stories are selected, Morell will work with the local storytellers to prepare them for a live broadcast on Sunday, June 16. The radio show will be open to the public and broadcast from Caribe. Paula Morell created “Tales from the South” in 2005 to showcase “southern-style storytelling.” It has grown to be an internationally broadcast mainstay of the literary scene. “This collaboration meets and advances our mission by being a venue for hosting local works and historical writings from the area, and shining them under a national spotlight,” says Sandy Martin, Board Chair of The Writers’ Colony. Paula Martin Morell received her BA in English from Florida International University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. Paula has been teaching creative writing for more than 20 years, and her short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction have won numerous regional, national, and international awards. Three times she has been featured as an emerging writer at the International Conference on the Short Story

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in English. Her critically acclaimed novel-in-stories was published in 2006, and her writing workshop Invoking the Gifts is being used in recovery centers nationwide. She started “Tales” and Temenos Publishing Company, a small literary press, in 2005. Morell and her husband, Jason, own the Starving Artist Café in Little Rock, where the show’s broadcast hub is located. The “Tales from the South: Eureka Stories” public program is all about stories, music, and ideas connecting people to people through personal experiences, history, traditions, and philosophy. The stories written may stimulate ideas and memories from the audience to explore their own cultural heritage and shared community experiences. The stories may provide insight into the community, our history and our cultural evolution. For more information and to sign up for the workshop, contact Linda Caldwell at The Writers’ Colony: 479-253-7444, email:

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Two from Eureka arrested, charged in meth-lab sting

Two locals and a third man are in jail following their arrest last Friday for manufacturing methamphetamine. While searching Friday for Jason Edmonson and Brittney Collett in regard to questions about illegal drug activity, Detective Brad Handley of the Eureka Springs Police Department discovered the couple – both of whom had been arrested March 12 while in possession of a mobile meth lab – had moved from their residence on Onyx Cave Road to a location just across the Missouri state line near the Promised Land Zoo. Handley arrived at the new residence in time two see two people running from the garage into the house. The garage door was open, and Handley saw chemicals and items that are used to manufacture meth. He immediately contacted the Barry County, Mo. Sheriff’s Department and re-

ported his findings. Barry County deputies went to the residence and found Edmonson and Collett actively manufacturing meth. According to the Barry County press release, authorities found Edmonson, 41, and Collett, 28, on site, and later arrested the owner of the residence, Richard E. Decker, and transported all three to the Barry County Sheriff’s office, where they were charged with conspiracy to manufacture/deliver a controlled substance. During the search, officers located numerous drug items and two methamphetamine acid generators associated with meth production. Numerous syringes and burnt spoons that field tested positive for meth were also found. Richard Decker is being held on a $75,000 cash only bond. Edmonson’s bond is $50,000 and Collett is being held on a $25,000 bond, also cash only.

City Council tackles stinky problem in meeting By Don Lee If your sewage blows up in your house, who has to pay for it? That and other questions were batted around for three hours at Monday night’s Eureka Springs City Council meeting. The sewage disaster in this case took place in early February, when Bryan and Lil Hostick, owners of Sherwood Court Cottages, returned home from holiday to discover sewage had backed up into one of their cottages. “Last month we had a sewer backup while we were gone on holiday,” Bryan Hostick explained. “A four-room motel unit had extensive sewage backup. I have brought a timeline here that includes our expenses to date. We’ve already got everything fixed – at least it didn’t happen during the season – but we are asking for reimbursement for damages. The sewer lines that serve us caused as many as three incidents the first two years the previous owners had Sherwood Court. The third one was fairly catastrophic.” Hostick said they’d taken the city’s advice and installed a backflow preventer and replaced a big chunk of sewer line. “The problem was an unknown line running from the property to the main sewer line,” Hostick said. “Everyone all along has operated under the best knowledge they had, but that line didn’t appear on any maps anywhere.” Alderman Dee Purkeypile asked whether plumbers had determined if “jetting” the sewer lines by Public Works had caused the problem. Periodically, Public Works “jets” or cleans the main sewage lines using a high-pressure water jetting apparatus that scours the lines to remove grease and debris. Hostick said neither he nor Public Works Director Duane Allen felt jetting had caused the problem, but it was still being investigated. Snakes in the drain The problem could also have been

caused by blockage in the sewer line itself. “We tried to clear the line with a 25-foot sewer snake, without luck,” Hostick said. “It wasn’t until we had someone with a power snake run it down to 160 feet we ran into two large root masses. It was well off our property in the city line.” Other issues with the line include elevation, poor gravity flow, a too-narrow main line, and a 90-degree turn where there’s no manhole to access it. The issue had been dealt with in the past with the previous owners, at which point it was determined the city had been at fault and had paid to fix the situation to the tune of approximately $8,000. However, no one at the time knew about the line that caused the new problem, so it wasn’t addressed. In debating who should ultimately pay for the damages, City Attorney Tim Weaver pointed out the city had always taken the position that it had tort immunity in such situations. The idea behind tort immunity is to prevent money judgments (lawsuits) against the government, in this case the city, since such judgments would have to be paid with taxpayers’ dollars. The city can always allow a specific suit to proceed by ordinance, if it wishes. Weaver saying city code has for many years required backflow protectors in areas like Sherwood Court, and property owners who have problems have repeatedly been found liable, especially when they have lines coming from their property that they don’t know existed. “At some point a past property owner must have known about the line and should have put a preventer on it at that time,” Weaver said. Weaver also pointed out that while the city had paid on a previous occasion, it had also refused to pay on other occasions and had therefore set no precedent for problems like Sherwood Court. “But we’ve established the city paid

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the previous owners,” Purkeypile said. “Yes, they were paid some money,” Weaver said, “but that does not require us to pay again.” The Hosticks are asking $5,203 in damages. Other business Ordinance 2178, the outdoor sales ordinance, was read for the second time by title only. This ordinance limits the number of times per year any given address can hold outdoor sales – three times a year, plus the annual “Yards and Yards of Yardsales” event. City Clerk Ann Armstrong, speaking as a long-time resident, argued yard sales were part of her neighborhood’s culture and that of others. “That’s when we take time to sit down with our neighbors, visit, catch up on news,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for kids to have lemonade stands, learn how to make change, learn not to drink all their profits. It’s a neighborhood event that’s very important to us culturally, and I object very strongly to being told I can use my yard only three or four times a year, property on which I pay taxes.” Alderman James DeVito disagreed. “You enter a pact with your community when you become a member of a city,”

he said. “To say that because you are property owner, you should be able to do what you like with your property, is not true. This ordinance is to prevent perpetual yard sales occurring where people are making profit at the expense of their neighborhood. This ordinance addresses that issue. People can always set something up out of town – there are no zoning laws to speak of out in Carroll County – or if people want to have these sales badly enough, maybe they should become professionals and go into commercial property and do it that way.” Other ordinance moved along toward becoming law included Ordinance 2174, regarding buried utility lines, which was put on its third reading; Ordinance 2177, a resolution to amend the city budget; Ordinance 2175, which allows the cemetery commission to pay its water and electric bills by bank draft; and Ordinance 2167, which authorizes the Lake Leatherwood sales tax passed by voters last November. Finally, City Council determined they needed to hold a workshop to deal with writing up an ordinance strictly for limousines, to distinguish those businesses from taxi businesses.

Cast signup for Passion Play set for April 7 Cast registration for the 2013 season of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs will be held on Sunday, April 7 on the grounds of The Great Passion Play. Those interested in being a member of this year’s cast may apply between 2 and 3:30 p.m. The 2013 season is May 3 through October 26. Men, women, and children 5 years of age and older are needed for this year’s cast. There is a particular need for men between the ages of 20 and 45 to play the parts of apostles, priests and soldiers as well as families with children. The Great Passion Play is “America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama” according to the Institute of Outdoor Drama in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The large-scale production vividly portrays the final week and climax of Christ’s earthly life. More than 170 actors are hired annually to bring the story to life in a huge outdoor setting under the beautiful Ozark night skies. Those who have an interest in joining this wonderful cast and who are unable to come to the April 7 cast registration are invited to call the Play before April 7 at 479-253-8559 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to be considered. In conjunction with the cast registration period, applications will be received and interviews conducted for the following positions: ushers, parking attendants, bus drivers, docents, food service and reservations clerks, on the grounds of The Great Passion Play on April 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. that day.

Via Dolorosa: Christ’s final hours remembered in sculpture

Stations of the Cross line the walkway that leads to the sanctuary of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Eureka Springs. Local churches are holding Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services this week, which is Holy Week in the western Christian calendar. The photograph was taken last August. Photo by Jennifer Jackson


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Editorial The trouble with money “To walk in money through the night crowd, protected by money, lulled by money, dulled by money, the crowd itself a money, the breath money, no least single object anywhere that is not money, money, money everywhere and still not enough, and then no money or a little money or less money or more money, but money, always money, and if you have money or you don’t have money it is the money that counts and money makes money, but what makes money make money?” — Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer As an experiment a friend suggested making a list – a bucket list, if you will – of things you would love to do if you had a million dollars. You can make such a list yourself. Feel free, but be realistic in the sense that you’d actually do these items if you had the million dollars. Then go back through your list and decide which items if any you could do without the million bucks, if you would just make them a priority and do them anyway. You will often find a lot of your bucket list items don’t require the million. The million is just an excuse for not getting around to accomplishing these goals a different way, through work or saving or sacrifice. But they are doable. You’d find time to write a novel? Sure, but you can do that without money. You just have to work around the rest of your life. Travel? That’s a harder one, if you want to see Europe or the South Pole before you die. Get married and raise a family? People do that every day of the world without a cent beyond the cost of the marriage license. Still, it’s hard to hold a grudge against Dominican immigrant Pedro Quezada, a New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot last weekend. He’s living the dream. Mainly the urge is to hope he can spend it happily on himself and his wife and not be destroyed by it. As a wise criminal lawyer tells the meth-making chemistry professor hero/ villain of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” it takes some training to learn how to be rich. Anybody can be poor. Dozens of examples exist of those who,

having won the Golden Ticket, either burn through their money quickly and/or find it creates many more problems than it solves. It’s sort of weird how much everything ties back to money, money that drives our efforts, shapes our lives, makes our decisions. Why does it hold such power? Here’s a brilliant thought from the late lamented thinker Robert Anton Wilson: “As civilization has advanced, the packbond (the tribe, the extended family) has been broken. What has happened is that the conditioning of the bio-survival bond to the gene-pool has been replaced by a conditioning of bio-survival drives to hook onto the peculiar tickets which we call “money”. Bio-survival depends on getting the tickets. If the tickets are withdrawn, acute bio-survival anxiety appears at once. Imagine, as vividly as possible, what you would feel, and what you would do, if all your sources to bio-survival tickets (money) were cut off tomorrow. This is precisely what tribal men and women feel if cut off from the tribe; it is why exile, or even ostracism, were sufficient punishments to enforce tribal conformity throughout most of human history. As recently as Shakespeare’s day the threat of exile was an acute terror signal. In traditional society, belonging to the tribe was bio-security; exile was terror, and real threat of death. In modern society, having the tickets (money) is bio-security; having the tickets withdrawn is terror.” So while we envy the monk or hermit who can go off and live in a cave comfortably, greet each sunrise without a cent to his name, and somehow still find happiness, or claim to, most of us are victims enough of our culture to keep on paying the rent and cable bill, going to work to pay the rent and gas for the car so we can go to bed each night and wake up the next day and go to work. If we’re lucky, we find joy in the work somehow and live in the moment and take our happiness where we can get it. And spend $2 on the lottery once in awhile, just in case. Those bio-survival tickets sure come in handy. And once in awhile somebody wins.

Citizen of the Week This week’s CoW is Terry McClung. As his nominator pointed out, anyone who’s been around Eureka long enough to know anybody knows Terry McClung. “Even though he’s one of them McClungs, he’s a great guy,” says his nominator. “That’s a joke. However, what isn’t a joke is that he has served time and again on various commissions and just started back as an alderman on City Council. He understands civic duty and giving back. And a lot of times, watching those meetings on TV, I’ve thought he was the only person there with any sense. Put it like this: if everybody who’s had good dealings with Terry McClung shot off a bottle rocket all at the same time, they’d burn the whole city down.” That’s a pretty good endorsement.

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What do

think Citizen Opinion by Don Lee

In the face of its continued aggressive talk, do you feel North Korea poses a military threat to the U.S.?

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Tolerance is a virtue

James Herrera Reid Neff Manager at Mud Street

“No. They may have the capability to shoot a rocket into space, but they are not a threat to us.”

Dustin Whittemore

Restaurant Manager and Dad “Down the road, maybe. In the future. But now now, no.”

Tulsa Transplant

“I’d guess our involvement would more likely come through their attacking an ally of ours.”

Edwina Roy Stay At Home Mom

“I’d have to say no, not really.”

Tommy Deweese Barista

“I’m more worried about our own government coming after us. Pretty crazy stuff.”

David Blankenship

Local Philosopher “As long as they have Dennis Rodman over there, I guess not!”

Editor: In response to Quiet Walker’s letter I would like to say that I never stated that our bike has “open “ pipes, I said they are loud. I cannot or will not try to dispute your statement about percentage of motorcycle accidents being head on collisions but I will say that there have been numerous times where I feel our noise has helped us avoid an accident while riding in traffic on local streets, not just there but in any town. People will often pull out in front of motorcycles or back in to them. The loud pipes help people know we are near. I don’t know if you are a rider or not, but if you have ever rode for even a little while I would think that you would have a better understanding of what I’m talking about. Low speed accidents are just as deadly and nearly as expensive! I’m not trying to sound foolish or start an argument. I’m just trying to state a rider’s perspective. We love Eureka Springs and really enjoy our time there. We enjoy going to shows and galleries etc while we are there. Just because we ride a loud motorcycle doesn’t mean that we are trying to “trump” anyone’s quiet enjoyment. Easy Rider

Thanks to the paper Editor: I love your paper. We’re not in Eureka often, but I always look forward to getting the issue and bring

Citizen Survey In the face of its continued aggressive talk, do you feel North Korea poses a military threat to the U.S.? m Yes! All it would take is one successful missle getting through. m No! They are bullies living in a dream world, at the sacrifice of their own people. m Yes! The only reason we haven’t taken them out already is they don’t have any oil. m No! They are a gnat buzzing around a water buffalo that could swat them with its tail in two seconds.

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them home with me. It is an excellent guide to the area, too. If I’m needing some laughs or cheering up, I can always go online and read the dispatch pages. I have even heard some of these read on Jay Leno. Always a guaranteed few smiles and laughs on there. Fortunate that you’re in an area without too much to report except things that ARE funny. An excellent publication. Sharmon Loggains Harrisburg

Pipes save lives Editor: Regarding “misconceptions” about loud pipes. For those of you who have never ridden or once rode on a friends Honda 90, 20 years ago and somehow now consider yourselves to be experts on riding and motorcycle statistics, please allow me to tell you the truth once more and fill in your obvious ignorance about motorcycle “head-ons” with some real facts. More bikers are killed by cars, trucks and buses making left turns in front of them than any other cause. Of course, that dovetails perfectly with the misleading statistic quote by Mr. “Walker.” Sure it is a head on – it is a head on into the right side of the vehicle turning in front of the motorcycle. Anytime the front of a motorbike hits an object


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98 votes cast

Do the sound of motorcycle pipes when bikes are in town cause you a problem or not? m I enjoy bikes, and the sound makes the town come alive for me.: 16.3% (16 votes) m They come here but they only shop for certain things. It leaves a lot of people out.: 2.0% (2 votes) m There are a few bad apples in every barrel, but overall I’m glad they’re here.: 24.5% (24 votes) m I hate it. I hate it. I hate it.: 32.7% (32 votes) m Suck it up. This is how we survive here: tourists.: 22.4% (22 votes) m I think they should have to pay an extra tax for bringing their bikes here.: 2.0% (2 votes)

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it is called a ‘head on,’ you silly people. Loud pipes, whistles, flashing lights or a series of clowns running down the street have never stopped stupid drivers from killing bikers, whether they have loud pipes or not. That particular statistic is a big giant misconception about how safe it is to ride with the maroons. Instead of turning the pipe around (oh, how clever) I have a better place for them… can you guess? Loud pipes do save some from being crushed into sidewalks or pushed off the road by inattentive and unthinking drivers who change lanes without warning or logic. Sometimes even the loudest of pipes aren’t enough, but sometimes they are and that is when it saves a biker’s life, and it is also why bikers generally like to ride in groups. You non-riders sit around and complain about a lifestyle you neither understand or like because you fear it. It has nothing really to do with loud pipes; will the 90 dBs include your crappy old lawnmower or your neighbors mufferless old truck? This has nothing to do with loud pipes or tales of scared old ladies, it is about you and your attitude toward someone who is different. It was Blacks for a while, then Gays, now it’s bikers. Soon it will be some other group because there is no making people who whine all the time about something or anything, happy. You all are a bunch of whiners and you sound like Republicans! Easy Rider

A plea against trashing up our town Editor: The snow covers up the trash lying in the ditches along Highway 62, but nothing changes the thin plastic grocery bags waving in the wind from trees and bushes along the sides of our roads. Not only are these sacks an eyesore, but they are a danger to animals that get their necks caught in the handles of discarded bags. Being the concerned anti-litter bug that I am, I talked with Mr. Jay about what could be done to entice customers to bring their reusable bags when they shop at Hart’s. He said he offers a reusable bag for free with a $100 purchase or you can buy them for a dollar each. He also said that he would have a plastic sack recycle station at the store, but Carroll County Recycle (CCR) said they have no one that is willing to take them off their hands. This brings us to Wally World, which has recycle sack stations at the entries to their store in Berryville. When asked what Wal-mart does with their recycled bags, CCR said they had no idea. So here’s my solution. Please, everyone who shops where thin bags are offered to carry your purchases, bring your own bags. If we all got in a habit of using our own sacks, stores wouldn’t have to buy plastic sacks. They would save money, and we might see it in lower prices. Animals wouldn’t suffer. The landscape would look so much better and we would feel good about ourselves. Enid B. Swartz


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Why I eat meat Editor: I read the article by Rachel Brix in this week’s Citizen. I understand that there are as many reasons for being vegetarians as there are vegetarians. But there are also many good reasons people enjoy meat from an animal that has been well raised. Raising animals is rightly called animal husbandry. Whether man or woman, anyone who is engaged in the raising of livestock knows about being outside in subzero weather because something has gone wrong with the animals - one is sick, one is born and it’s minus two degrees outside. In my case, the heater has turned over in the stock tank and spilled kerosene in the water and the animals must have water for them to combat the cold. Drain stock tank, rinse and fill – two hours in two below blizzard conditions? It’s called love. Come ask Richard Potter or Glenn Woelk at the Eureka Springs Farmer’s Market to tell you their stories of love. I know they have them. Another thing vegetarians have missed is the sheer joy of seeing the young animals in the spring. Seeing huge old bulls get down on their knees to play with the calves, and animals young and old leaping for joy in the spring air. If there were no meat eaters in this country, there would be no livestock to see. Livestock are not pets, and are actually less self-reliant that most cats or dogs, who might survive quite well in the wild. These are not wild animals, they would not survive a winter on their own. Without the demand for meat, there would be no farm animals left in this country. In other undeveloped countries, my daughter the veterinarian tells me, people raise goats because goats can turn inedible brush on steep hillsides in to meat and milk and warm clothes for the people that care for them. People would soon starve in these regions without their goats. I think each person needs to decide what food is best for them as nourishment. But there are definitely at least two sides to the debate. Christi Wagner

Thanks to all from GS Humane Society Editor: Dealing with the loss of the Berryville Doggie Thrift Store has made this letter long overdue. A REALLY big thank you to the community for making the 2013 Good Shepherd Humane Society Calendar a great success! Including raffle ticket sales, $4901.25 was raised for the care of the animals. Thank you to all the volunteers, the photographers, the graphic artists, the models, raffle ticket purchasers, those who donated money, those who donated services, those who sold the calendars and, of course, those who bought a calendar! Tracellen Kelly, Head of fund raising and thrift stores for the Good Shepherd Humane Society

Clothes make the man Editor: Rick Burry gave me quite a laugh when he equated annoyance with jealousy. Just what is it one is supposed to be jealous of? Let’s examine this. By his own account he witnessed 50,000 Harleys on one run, not to mention many, many more at Sturgis, Daytona, et. And let’s not forget Bikes, Blues & BBQs. All of this leads me to believe Harleys are mass produced, plentiful, certainly not unique, mundane and not that difficult to obtain. But let’s talk attire. This is where individuality falls short and almost total conformity reigns. If you’ve seen and heard one, that’s pretty much it. Right out of Hollywood Central Casting. Not to be judgmental, so let’s just say some of these clothes look like they haven’t seen a Maytag in awhile. Still no jealousy! However, this could all change if a Harley came into town (noisy or not) and the rider was wearing a clean Armani T-shirt, crisp Hermes headscarf, Hermes leather chaps and Ferragamo boots. Now I’m jealous...damn jealous! Kymm Fleischman

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Shadows in the chapel Crescent Theater plays the Gavioli By Jennifer Jackson When he was 25 years old, Keith Scales lived in a cave on Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. The cave was in a warren of manmade dwellings carved out of a cliff at Matala, at the time an isolated fishing village. “It had 21 residents and five tavernas,” Scales said. “I ended up working at one of them for food and wine.” Scales now earns his bread as producer, director and playwright of the Crescent Theater, based in a Victorian hotel overlooking Eureka Springs. His one-act plays are performed in a converted lounge on the hotel’s fourth floor, but on April 1, the company is taking the shows on the road. Or at least, down it. The new venue: the Gavioli Chapel on Mountain Street, half a mile from the hotel on the upper historic loop. Named for its Gavioli organ, the chapel offers a suitably gothic setting for Scales’ plays, whose characters inhabit the shades of Eureka’s past. “It has stained-glass windows and a vaulted ceiling,” Scales said. Scales, who is director of the Crescent Hotel ghost tours, was commissioned to write the plays last year by Jack Moyer, the hotel’s operations manager. The first production, “Mastermind – Dr. Baker Speaks,” brings to life the notorious figure who turned the hotel into a ‘miracle cure’ cancer hospital in the late 1930s. The hospital’s morgue, in the basement of the hotel, is said to be haunted by the patients who died in Baker’s care. “Everyone was asking so many questions, and there was so much misinformation out there, that I decided to check on the facts,” Scales said. The second, “Not Really a Door,” is a one-act play about a woman who receives a ghostly visitor – not unlike experiences hotel guests have in the rooms purported to be haunted. “Flickering Tales – Ozark Mountain Ghost Stories” is held around a stage campfire. Scales is currently writing a fourth production, “Eureka – Stories of the Springs,” which will debut at the Gavioli, and grew out of a piece he wrote on the

founding of the town. “It will have slides of old pictures of Eureka Springs on a screen behind the readers,” Scales said. Built in 1901, the Gavioli Chapel was originally a Baptist church, then served other congregations and purposes. Elise Roenigk and her late husband, Marty, bought the chapel 15 years ago when they came to town and bought the Crescent and Basin Park hotels. Marty Roenigk collected mechanical musical instruments, including a Gavioli player organ. The chapel was renovated and rented for weddings, and last fall, became the venue for an illusionist show, Intrigue Theater. “When the Intrigue Theater moved in, it still had pews,” Scales said. The pews have been removed, replaced by moveable seats for 80 to 100, twice as many as the hotel theater. Other advantages of the Gavioli: earlier curtain times, something that isn’t possible at the hotel, where the plays start after the last ghost tour. And the audience doesn’t have to climb four flights of steps like they do at the Crescent, due to the ongoing elevator replacement project. While the Gavioli is more convenient for playgoers, staging his plays at the chapel does present challenges, Scales said – the stage is an odd shape, and there’s a distance between the actors and the audience that doesn’t exist in the hotel’s theater, which seats 40. Scales dealt with the problem by building walls and a backdrop to create a window that focuses the audience’s attention. He also employs staging techniques that draw the audience in. “It’s about reducing the distance, and focus,” he said. Mesmerizing the audience is important. Scales portrays Dr. Baker in “Mastermind,” which will play the Gavioli on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. starting April 1. The new production, “Eureka! Stories of the Springs,” opens with previews on Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., with the regular run starting April 10. “Not Really a Door” starts at the Gavioli on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. “Flickering Tales – Ozark Mountain Ghost Stories”

Keith Scales brings his ghostly productions to the Gavioli Chapel for a six-week run starting April 1.

continues at the Crescent Hotel on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday nights. Scales, who is originally from London, came to the United States in 1970 and lived in Portland, Ore., where he was a director and playwright specializing in outdoor productions of classic Greek drama. He discovered the hippie community at Matala in 1968 when he was traveling around Europe. He lived in a cave for three and half months,

swimming in the bay, sitting out under the stars, drinking the wine and savoring life. “I still look at it as a high point in my life,” Scales said. “It was idyllic.” For more information about the Crescent Theater, go to, scroll down to the ‘Crescent Ghosts’ section, and click on “view schedule here.” Or call 877-342-9766. The Gavioli Chapel is located at 80 Mountain St., Eureka Springs.

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Preparing the way Youth, adults pitch in at Passion Play By Jennifer Jackson a basement with facilities for group stays and When the Great Passion Play opens on is located on Passion Play Road. The CarMay 3, the grounds will be swept, the trees thage youth group came Monday and stayed trimmed, the amphitheater seats sparkling, through Thursday. Jason Ortez, 12, said the parking lots pristine and the buildings in boys heard about the project and decided to good repair. participate. Jose Lopez, 15, said that mission And it will be due to the volunteers who projects keep them busy. Ortez described the have poured in to help – as many as 100 a experience as “tiring.” day, according to Danny Hester, director of “The first night, I was too excited to volunteers. sleep,” he said.” The second night, I just Hester, who lives in Bartlesville, Okla., went to bed.” is the overall volunteer Meals were served director for the Passion in the dining hall of Play and a volunteer the Passion Play din“We work for God through ner theater – breakfast himself. Working with him are James Holland at 8 a.m, morning deeverything we do. You are of Eureka Springs, votions, lunch at noon, going to be part of people a.k.a. “Moses” from the and dinner at 5:30 p.m., being saved all summer by Living Bible Tour, and followed by evening being here today.” coordinators who line devotions. Volunteers up groups and coordialso came in to do the – Jan Russell nate the work for a specooking. Church groups cific week. Last week, were asked for a donathey were Mike and tion to cover costs. Jan Russell, directors of the Gospel Station Wesley Frederick, 20, nephew of Randall Network’s World Mission Team, who were Christy, head of the Gospel Station Network, between mission trips to Kenya and Nepal. was among a group of nine volunteers who Greeting a busload of 20 volunteers, Mike came from Christy’s church, Union Valley Russell reminded them that it’s about more Baptist Church, in Ada, Okla. Frederick than raking leaves and picking up branches. said he repaired amphitheater steps, while “We work for God through everything we others worked on the tabernacle in the Holy do,” Russell said. “You are going to be part Land tour. Over at the ticket office, Peggy of people being saved all summer by being Likowksi, her daughter and two grandsons here today.” were clearing debris. The 19 youth and adult leaders, plus a “We’re from Randall Christy’s home baby, arrived by bus from Immanuel Baptist church, Schulter Baptist Church, in Schulter, Church in Rogers to spend the day work- Oklahoma,” she said. ing on the grounds. Earlier in the week, 20 On Tuesday of that week, Pine Mountain members of the Oklahoma Disaster Relief Theater opened its doors to the volunteers for Team from the Southern Baptist Convention a service that featured two praise and worbrought chainsaws and cut branches. Work- ship bands. Likowski’s grandsons, Denver ing with them was a brush crew of nine teen- and Dillon, played their violins during the age boys from Inglesia Christiana Hispano- interim, she said. americano in Carthage, Mo. Groups that came for a day included 22 “They just showed up,” Russell said of adults and youth from Grove, Okla., who the boys. “They have been such a blessing. cleaned up the grounds. Nine adults from They have worked harded than anybody on Holiday Island Baptist Church came and this place.” power-washed and cleaned the amphitheater. Youth groups who spent the week were Campers on a Mission will be on site this housed at First Christian Church, which has week, Hester said. The workers, which have

Youth from Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers rake the last of the leaves from the hillside above the Passion Play stage.

Mike Russell gives volunteers from Rogers a brief overview before they start work on the grounds of the Passion Play. “It’s almost like it died and has been born again,” he said. Photos by Jennifer Jackson

experience in construction, will repair the flat roofs of the buildings on the Passion Play set, which have deteriorated over the years. “We think there will be 30 to 50 RVs coming in,” Hester said. The Russells were between mission trips to Kenya and Nepal, Hester said. His assistant is James Holland of Eureka Springs, a.k.a. “Moses” in the Living Bible Tour. Also on site last week were Randall and Susie Christy and their family. Kent Butler, public relations director for

the Passion Play, said that reservations are going well for opening weekend, May 3 and 4. “We’ve already got reservations for 540 for Saturday,” Butler said. “Last year, we had 430 at that performance. About half of our business is walk-up, so it looks like we’ll have about 1,000 for Saturday.” Carroll County residents get in free for opening weekend performances, Butler said. Proof of residency is required. For more information, go to

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Photos by David Bell

More than 130 volunteers descended on the Passion Play stage area last week to clean out leaves and other debris from the sets and buildings. The workers represented four churches and several volunteer groups, as well as individuals. They primarily concentrated on raking leaves and picking up. The groups, comprised of school kids on spring break and adult sponsors, worked to prepare the Great Passion Play for its May 3 opening date.

Tommy Chaffin, from Union Valley Church, Ada, Okla., and 15-year-old Megan Foster, from Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers, carry a trash can full of leaves across the Passion Play set.

James Cooper, a volunteer from Coalgate, Okla., raked leaves down the hillside from the backstage area adjacent to the tomb.

Peggie Likowski and her grandson Dillon Lee, from Shoulter, Okla., cart off leaves and other debris from behind the concession stand at the Great Passion Play.

Randi Hall, from Ada, Okla., rakes leaves through the interior of the temple set at the Great Passio Play.

Jan Russell, from Union Valley Church in Ada, Okla., cleans out the temple. Leaves from above the set were raked down through the set, out the doors onto the porch, and loaded in a trailer and carted off to the compost pile.

Malia Blevins, 12, from Rogers’ Immanuel Baptist Church, gets into the thick of things at the Great Passion Play cleanup last week.

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Grammy winner Jason Crabb packs The Aud

Susie Christy signs during the Jason Crabb concert last Friday.

A near-capacity crowd packed the lower floor of The Aud for the Jason Crabb concert last Friday. An impromptu offering collected over $5,000 needed by The Great Passion Play to complete the purchase of two shuttle buses. Grammy winner Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb was having as much fun as the audience at his concert last Friday at The Aud in Eureka Springs.

Lorie Sikes on bass and backup vocals

Jason Crabb and Randall Christy

A near-capacity crowd packed the lower floor of The Aud. Estimates for attendance range over 700.

Blaine Johnson on keyboards and backup vocals

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Photos by David Bell

Magic convention a showcase of illusions

The 42nd annual Cavalcade of Magic was held last Friday at Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. The showcase of magic for illusionists and magicians of all levels is sponsored by “Rings” (as magicians’ groups are called) in Tulsa, Fort Smith and Little Rock.

“Nothing up her sleeves...” In fact Lizzie Sharp, a Benton eighth-grader, doesn’t even have sleeves as she demonstrates her magical stuff to those at the Cavalcade of Magic last weekend.

Skip French, a Berryville pastor and amateur magician, practices a trick at the Cavalcade of Magic. His trick? Flipping a rope and tying a knot in it with a flick of the wrist. “Nothing up my sleeve, nothing in the tube,” says up-and-coming magician Max Clements as he performs part of his act at the Cavalcade of Magic. The Jonesboro sixth-grader has been coming for four years.

Magician Larry Bean attempts to read the mind of fellow magician Lori Clements.

“Where did that come from?” is what magician Jo Jones from Beebe, seems to be thinking.

Steve Lancaster from Top Hat Magic and Fun Shop in Tulsa shows an easy-to-do-trick to other magicians.

Bill “100 Dollar Bill” Rogers is a magician and trick vendor at the Cavalcade of Magic. Rogers is from Rudy, between Alma and Mountainburg, and is mayor of the small town.

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Kite Festival a hit despite gloomy weather As is always possible in late March, Turpentine Creek’s annual Kite Festival turned out to be a misty, foggy, windy day. The wind was good for getting the kites aloft. The fog, rain and cold made it a miserable proposition. But in spite of the weather several folks made it out to take advantage of the rain-or-shine event. Turpentine Creek president Tanya Smith said on year it snowed. Fliers warmed themselves around a propane heater, went and flew their kites, then went back and warmed up again before going back out. Regardless, those who braved the weather seemed to be having a good time.

Seven-year-old Anna Forke, of Holiday Island, gives her kite a toss into the sky in the hope of it taking flight.

Jim Patterson of Tulsa works on getting his kite aloft.

Kevin Kline of Eureka Springs manages a single string with 80 kites on it.

Eleven-year-old Carrah Fraker, at left, and her sister, Crystal, and their parents came from Kansas to take part in Turpentine Creek’s annual Kite Festival.

Kite flier Cat Gabrel of Stillwater, Okla., gets out her flying device.

Deb Johnson of Tulsa braces against the wind and mist. “I work for kites,” she said while peeking through her parka hood.

Jessica and Jace Landers of Pea Ridge had a good time.

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The Natural Way

Jim Fain

To supplement or not to supplement, that is the question These days information is stunningly easy to get on any topic. Just as when choosing food and food supplements, it can be difficult to sort out differing claims. Even such simple questions as when to take the supplement, whether with food or not, how to combine multiple supplements and possible interaction with medications – sometimes seem unclear. Reminding yourself that supplements are food and are not prescribed drugs might help sort this out. The optimal time to take supplements is best determined by your own eating schedule. Most supplements are best taken with food, but a very few should be between meals. Most supplements digest the best when taken with meals. When you eat, your digestive system is going into full gear, so you will get the best benefit. Exceptions to this would be individual amino acids (aminos have “L” in front, like L-Tyrosine or L-Theanine), SAMe and some romantic enhancement supplements. Of course, stimulant supplements are best not taken before bedtime and sleep/sedation supplements need to be taken before bedtime. Also, as with anything, allergies happen, though this is very uncommon and


rarely severe. Most of us swallow multiple supplements each day. Unlike prescribed drugs, supplements offer very little to worry about in terms of interactions. Think about it as though you’re eating at a buffet. How you choose to combine food like veggies, bread and protein is based upon what you want to eat and how you feel after eating. Food supplements are simply more potent sources of certain foods. If taking multiples of supplements, separating (dividing) the dose is best, especially if you want to keep a high level of the nutrient going all day long. The general rule for food supplementation for using prescribed drugs is that if they do the same thing, don’t use the supplement because you can overdo. An example of this is using SAMe or 5HTP for depression while taking Paxil or Effexor. This is not a good thing. Of course, with your doctor’s agreement, the supplement may work better for you, so a trial can be made. Additionally, a small handful of supplements need extra care, e.g., naringin, creatine, kava and ephedra, so extra guidance with these is a good thing.

Claudia J. Blankenship

July 21, 1934 - March 23, 2013

Claudia J. Blankenship, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born July 21, 1934 in Hugoton, Kan., a daughter of Earl S. and Ruth Marian (McKenna) Greenwood. She departed this life Saturday, March 23, 2013 in Eureka Springs, at the age of 78 years. Claudia was of the Christian faith. She worked as a hospital transporter. Claudia is survived by four sons: Joe Stephenson Blankenship and wife Suzy of Port Aransas, Tex., Dale Blankenship of Beeville, Tex., Johnny Blankenship and wife JoNell of Tyler, Tex. and David Blankenship and wife Beverly of Eureka Springs; seven grandchildren: Cindy Walker, Christy Fowler, Brian Blankenship, Laura Blankenship, Lacey Blankenship, Amanda Blankenship and Travis Blanken-

ship; two great-grandchildren: Cayden and Conner Walker; and several other relatives and friends. On October 16, 1950, Claudia was united in marriage with Joe Stephenson Blankenship who preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her parents, Earl and Ruth Greenwood. There will be no visitation. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Holly House, 100 Ridgeview Road in Eureka Springs. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the Flint Street Food Bank, P.O. Box 323, Eureka Springs, AR 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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Nature of the Beast

Darlene Simmons

Natural born killers It appears to be true, after all: Fluffy, Princess, Snowball, and their ilk – no more than Godless Killing Machines, all of them. At least that’s what the latest research shows. Recently scientists reviewed all prior studies of 84 million owned cats that were allowed outdoors. What the research found was that cats did mostly just one thing when outside – and not surprisingly, most of what they did was hunt and kill.. They hunted near their homes, and they roamed far and wide. They killed small mammals and reptiles, and birds – lots of birds. The study, done by animal ecologist Pete Mark of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, found that in the United States, cats killed between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds per year. In addition, but perhaps of less concern, are the statistics from the same study that show cats kill up to 20 billion rodents and other small mammals per year. None of the cats in the study were strays – that is, cats who kill to survive. Though we may have compassion for a hungry cat, none of us would wish to have less birds around to please us with their bright colors or to calm us with their lovely songs. How can we remedy this situation to protect the lives of at least some of the birds? Many large cities have initiated programs utilizing Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR), a system wherein stray cats are enticed into a cage, transported to facilities where veterinarians spay or neuter them, and then released back into their

territories. Often other small, health-related services can be provided to the strays at the same time. Although this doesn’t help those birds and small animals a cat may kill in its lifetime, it does prevent them from reproducing. When these cats die, no hungry little mouths are left behind to take their places in the hunting process. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that one female and her offspring will reproduce 420,000 cats within seven years time. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had an editorial recently expounding upon the benefits of TNR for the city of Fayetteville. Interestingly enough, often the most vocal opponents of such programs happen to be bird lovers – as if any system that might allow cats to continue in their role as natural born killers can only be a bad one. Yet as these cats die naturally, fewer and fewer birds will necessarily lose their lives as tasty meals for the felines. It appears to be a win/win situation. Such programs have proven extremely successful in many areas of the country and are widely utilized as humane form of birth control for the feline population. Any such program employed in our area, if carefully developed and well run, can only be beneficial, and most assuredly, deserves our support. Perhaps we could even envision it in Carroll County in the future.

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Arts & Amusements Lost pup A female Beagle with a collar but no tags or chip was found in the area of Pivot Rock Road and Cedar Lane. For more information, call Joe at (479) 244-0502. Eureka House Concert Small Potatoes will make their first appearance at Eureka House Concerts in Eureka Springs on Sunday, April 7. Self described eclecto-maniacs, their music covers everything from Celtic to cowboy. Their motto is “Make ‘em Laugh, make ‘em cry, make ‘en think.” Opening for Small Potatoes will be Brent Pierce from The Eureka Instrument Peddler. He was one of the founders of the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield Kansas. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a Meet and Greet Potluck and the music starts at 6 p.m. For details call (479) 244-0123 or go to ReArt Chair-ity Fundraiser to Benefit ESSA The Eureka Springs School of the Arts will host its annual ReArt Chair-ity Fundraiser on Monday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center at 207 West Van Buren in Eureka Springs. The free admission event will feature a live auction of Chair-ity chairs designed by popular local artists Eleanor Lux, Jim Nelson, Robert R. Norman, Dave McKee and Daniel Coy. In addition, there will be a silent auction of previously owned art work and gift packages, as well as food, and live music by Magic Mule. Call (479)-253-5384 for more information. ES flag team Easter pancake breakfast The Eureka Springs Flag Team will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Easter Sunday, March 30, from 8 till 11 a.m. at the Eureka Springs High School cafeteria. Costs are $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under and $7 for pictures with the Easter Bunny. For details call (479) 363-4128. Frest Harvest fundraiser Fresh Harvest Tasting Room will host a fundraiser for the Good Shepherd Shelter on Monday, April 8 at the Fresh Harvest Tasting Room at Pine Mountain Village shopping center. The benefit will run from 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature music, free samples of recipes made with the olive oils and balsamics, tastings galore, a special game and a kitchen-themed raffle. For details call (479) 253-6247.

Yards & Yards of Yard Sales The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 1st Annual “Springtime Yards & Yards of Yard Sales,” to be held April 26 and 27 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The springtime sale is in addition to the “19th Annual Yards & Yards of Yard Sales” scheduled for August 2 and 3. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at (479) 253-8737. Grace Lutheran Easter services Grace Lutheran Church at 179 Holiday Island Drive will hold Good Friday service Friday at 7 p.m. and an Easter service Sunday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will follow. Blessing of the Seeds April 2 The Blessing of the Seeds, an “all woman’s party,” will take place on Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Basin Park Hotel ballroom. The event will feature music by Rachel Fields and Propolis. This “tribal goddess gala gourmet dance party and drumming” will benefit the Merlin Foundation. For details go to Survivors Getting Stronger: A workshop for cancer survivors Cancer survivors can explore the writing process in a free one-day workshop at The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs on April 13. This Community Writing Program workshop is open to all survivors and/or family members and the only requirement is a desire to strengthen their will to live and to explore healing through writing about their experiences. Survivor participants will have an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings with other survivors in a confidential and supportive environment. Writing instruction and exercises in memoir, for themselves, family members or the community at large will comprise a large part of the day. For more information or to register, contact Linda Caldwell at The Writers’ Colony at (479) 253-7444 or email ES Buddhist study group ES Buddhist Study Group meets at the ES Library Annex every Thursday at 4 p.m. for silent meditation, followed at 4:30 by study and discussion. Our current book is Stages of Meditation by H.H. Dalai Lama.


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Animal Control Officer Jimmy Evans found this elderly black Labrador on the shore of Black Bass Lake early last week and hopes the owner will come forward. “The poor old guy isn’t in very good shape,” Evans said. “I’m thinking he either went down there to die or wandered off. He’s approximately 12 to 14 years old with a large gray patch on his chest and what seem to be tumors on his stomach. I say this because I’m hoping someone out there misses him and wants a chance to get him back. He’s hanging in there, but he’s an old dog.” Evans can be reached at 479-244-5908.

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How Can I Serve You? Jasper, one of two resident cats at the Crescent Hotel, exudes an air of quiet authority while sitting at the concierge desk in the hotel lobby Sunday. Jasper likes to sit in the chair, hotel staff said.

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collected and disposed of by an officer. 1:26 p.m. – A caller reported kids throwing rocks above the band shell in Basin Park. They were gone by the time the officer arrived. 2:07 p.m. – Animal Control could not locate a black Lab mix running around on Passion Play Road. 3:07 p.m. – A couple in a green Honda going door to door selling gold chains were advised of city ordinances against such things, and they moved on. 3:42 p.m. – Animal Control located a very old black Lab mix lying by the water’s edge at Black Bass Lake and took it to his home kennel for observation. If you know this dog, respond quickly. 3:54 p.m. – A trio of young ladies were taken into custody for shoplifting downtown. Property stolen from at least four different stores was confiscated. The juveniles were cited and released to a supervising adult. The weed of crime bears bitter fruit.

March 20 1:25 a.m. – A suspicious white Buick in McDonald’s parking lot turned out to be some people using the WiFi. 3:47 p.m. – A report of a dog running in the parking lot of a local inn dragging its leash led to Animal Control checking it out, but the dog had already been collected by its owner. 7:51 p.m. – A caller reported receiving text messages from someone she has a protection order against. The officer took information for a report. 8:23 p.m. – A caller reported damage to a rock wall at St. Elizabeth’s. A report was taken. 9:16 p.m. – A caller reported a young adult driving a scooter with no lights or signals. The responding officer could not locate the individual. 10:48 p.m. – A caller from Cloud Drive reported a high volume of traffic at a neighbor’s house at all hours. The officer said they would check the area. March 22 12:34 a.m. – A male caller advised he had become separated from his girl-

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friend several hours earlier and couldn’t find her. A BOLO was sent out. At 1:47 a.m., Carroll County advised the girlfriend had been arrested earlier in the evening. The boyfriend was informed. 2:32 a.m. – The clerk at a local 24/7 convenience store called to say an intoxicated male was causing problems. It turned out he had gotten a sandwich he was unable to pay for. He called his mother, who came and paid for it and took him home. 3:22 p.m. – A caller from the Cloud Drive area reported her husband had “walked away from the house.” She advised she was his primary caretaker. Officers checked the area without luck, but the caller called back later to say he had returned. 5:59 p.m. – A caller from the post office reported a fight out front between three males and a mother. The responding officers arrested two of the males for public intox and disorderly conduct. One was additionally charged with resisting arrest. One of the two was released to his parents. The other was transported to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for juvenile detention to pick him up. 6:39 p.m. – A caller reported continuing harassing communications by phone and text messages. The responding officer made contact by phone for report. 10:19 p.m. – Dog on the loose. Put in police kennel. Picked up later by owner. 10:39 p.m. – A caller reported harassing communications with ex-relatives who live in the area. 11:39 p.m. – A caller called back to report continuing harassment via phone. The officer spoke with her and wrote a supplement to his earlier report. March 23 1:26 a.m. – A taxi customer reported the strong smell of gas emanating from a bar that’s being renovated up by the courthouse. The gas company was advised to respond and the fire department staged in the area until the gas company could arrive. 1:53 a.m. – A caller reported a car had run into a pole at the junction of Spring and Mountain Streets. The car was abandoned when police arrived, but it turned out the driver had gone

for help because she didn’t have a cell phone. The driver had run out of gas and rolled back into the pole. Officers helped her get some gas and took the accident report. 9:44 a.m. – A caller reported someone had hit his truck during the night. The responding officer took a report. 10:58 a.m. – A caller advised the parking meters were not working. An officer fixed it. 12:19 p.m. – A caller reported hitting a wall at a local bank and needed to file a report. 3:31 p.m. – A report of a disturbance at Lake Leatherwood Ballfield between subjects attempting to retrieve a disabled vehicle and a park attendant. The responding officer made contact with all parties and the situation was resolved without incident. 4:52 p.m. – A shoplifter and her teenage daughter were detained at a local shop until police arrived. Stolen property was returned to the store. The owner decided not to press charges, but the shoplifter was advised not to return to the store. 8:15 p.m. – A caller advised of some intoxicated customers trying to start an altercation outside a local beaver-themed eatery, but responding officers made no contact on the highway or downtown. March 24 9:27 a.m. – A caller from Leisure Lane reported vandalism at his house. A report was taken. 12:17 p.m. – A male individual was arrested on Hwy 23 North during a routine traffic stop for driving on a suspended license. 2:26 p.m. – A caller reported witnessing an individual keying the shuttle to the Basin Park Hotel. An officer on Spring Street saw this individual at roughly the same time and said he “ducked away from him suspiciously.” He was tracked down on Wall Street and a report was taken. March 25 3:38 a.m. – CCSO called to advise they were in pursuit of a vehicle on a county road registered to an individual with a Eureka Springs address. The vehicle was not seen in town.

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Community Writing Program Spotlight Strangers in the Room Grace’s face was drawn in tight with worry. Her eyebrows were pulled down, forming a crease at the bridge of her nose. There was uneasiness in the room. This room was unchartered territory to Grace. There was a familiar awareness to the people that encircled her, but she still felt as though they were strangers. The emotional kinship toward the outsiders seems to come from a communal thread of uncertainty that connected from one to the other. Grace sensed a heavy burden was laid upon the strangers and it made her nervous. Her fingers fidgeted with a small quilt that lay on her lap. “I need to get home.” She thought. “I need to find Bernie.” Her attention was drawn to the hallway outside of the room. People scrambled in different directions. She wondered if Bernie was out there. Did he bring her here? Had he asked her to sit and wait for him? Bernie took her on many trips.

She remembered small intricate parts of her life, before the murky shadows moved in. Now old memories weighed heavier on her mind and seem to push down any present thoughts. It was earlier that morning when Bernie sat in his office, reading the newspaper. He hollered the headlines out to her, from behind his desk. He was excited to read that they were finally dedicating a memorial wall to the Vietnam Veterans. This was Bernie’s routine every morning since he retired. A tall gentleman stood near the window, staring out. His back was toward Grace as he braced himself against the large pane. He had broad shoulders like her Bernie. His hair was the same thick curls. When Bernie’s hair would get too long, the curl would fall on the top of his ears. He would complain and ask her to trim them for him. The man at the window turned and looked at Grace. Sorrow and guilt appeared on his face. As their eyes met,

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he forced a smile as he tried to hide his feelings. Grace noticed his chin tilted downward. It was the same way Bernie’s chin would slant when her beloved was discouraged. She was curious if this man was a relative. One she had met at another time. Her memories sank into the dark hole in her mind, again, and she struggled to capture even a small piece of recognition. Grace continued to fumble with the stitching along the blanket’s edge. Her hand found a loose thread and she began to twist the fiber around her index finger. She wound it up, let it loose, and spun it off her fingernail. After doing this for a while, she noticed a young girl sitting crosslegged on the bed. She was nervously entwining a lock of hair around her finger. As the young girl flipped the strand, Grace noticed a bright, pink apparatus in her ear. The device had a long cord attached. The cord led to a shiny, silver case. Grace thought the young girl must be deaf; this appliance was used to help the child hear. She did not believe it worked well. She witnessed the others walking up and speaking to the child. The young girl never responded. Time was moving at a slow pace. The tension continued to thicken, like the darkness in Grace’s mind. Grace felt her stomach was turning in on itself. When she took in a deep breath, she was convinced her ribs had turned into vices and were squeezing in around her lungs. Her emotions were pushing up from her gut. She worried she would lose her composure at any moment. There was a movement from the door that led to the busy hallway. Grace looked up in hope of discovering Ber-


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nie. A young woman reluctantly entered the room. She exuded the same bewildered, regretful tone as the others. She pulled her black wool coat up around her neck as if to shield herself against some unknown enemy. The woman walked steadily over to the man near the window. He turned as she handed him an undisclosed packet. His eyes filled with tears until they poured over, dropping onto his cheeks. Grace presumed the papers had contained bad news for him. She grasped at the small quilt, sympathetic and sensitive to the emotions that filled the room. At his moment Grace became weary of waiting. Out of confusion and disheartenment, Grace focused again on the doorway. In the shadows of the hallway she saw Bernie. With relief she yelled out, “Bernie, Oh Bernie!” Everyone in the room turned, startled, toward Grace. The woman in the wool guard came over and knelt down in front of Grace. She placed her hands gently on Grace’s hands. “Oh, Nana.” She said sadly. “Papa died a year ago. Do you remember?”

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Lively Entertainment By Kristal Kuykendall

By Kristal Kuykendall

Several new bands featured this weekend There are several great live music shows in store this weekend in Eureka Springs at numerous venues around town, and here are my recommendations for the best of the best. FRIDAY This Friday night, Squid and Whale Pub hosts a performance by Dayton Waters, a phenomenal 12-string guitarist and singer/ songwriter. He’s also a master at connecting with his audience, which he prefers to be able to see eye-to-eye — shunning larger venues for the intimacy of smaller club stages. His talent, energy and charisma create a performance unlike most anything you’ve ever seen. Peter Read of Nightflying Magazine writes: “If we could harness Dayton Waters’ energy, we wouldn’t need foreign oil.� And Steve Cooper of The Blues Brothers says: “I’ve never seen anyone do what Dayton does on a 12-string. Amazing!� Show will begin around 9 p.m., and there is no charge for admission. Open to ages 21

and up. Squid and Whale Pub is located at 37 Spring St., 479-253-7147. SATURDAY AFTERNOON Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., New Delhi Cafe offers an outstanding alt-country/Americana show featuring a new Eureka band called Greenhorne — or Plumb Green Thumb, as they were calling themselves up till a few days ago. (They’re so new they can’t decide on a name yet! But they are bound to sound fantastic, given the membership.) The trio will be playing Americana-bluegrass-country music and includes fiddler/vocalist Blayne Thiebaud (of Mountain Sprout and Springbilly fame), his brother Ratliff Dean Thiebaud on guitar and vocals, and Daniel Redmond (of Mountain Sprout and Ice Cold Fatty) on bass and vocals. Frontman Ratliff Dean Thiebaud just moved to Eureka Springs a month or so ago from Austin, but he’s already been sitting in with Mountain Sprout and Springbilly regularly and has dived right into the Northwest



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Arkansas music scene, forming two new bands: Plumb Green Thumb/Greenhorne and The Funner Brothers (for more info on them, check out The Visitor that will be on newsstands this weekend). Blayne’s slightly older and much taller brother is an extremely talented singer/ songwriter with some mighty fine guitar-picking skills to boot. Ratliff Dean does a helluva rendition of just about any Waylon, Willie or Johnny Cash song, with a beautiful, classic-country voice that’s deep and soulful and, thankfully, not too twangy — unlike some of the more modern-country vocals we hear on the radio these days. And his originals are very well-written — you won’t even be sure which ones are his and which ones are covers of obscure hits from the past — and they’re fun to listen to. Ratliff Dean — who first began playing guitar as a boy over 25 years ago — has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at The Knitting Factory in New York City and at one of the early Wakarusa Music Festivals, in Kansas at its original location. He has been a member of a number of bands, most notably Randy Crouch and The Flying Horse Opera, The                

Woodbox Gang and The Silver Tongue Devils. He has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Junior Brown, Hank Williams III, David Allen Coe, Robert Earl Keen, Jason Ringenberg, Split Lip Rayfield and many others. I can’t wait to hear this newest installation of his musical abilities, especially since he will be playing alongside his brother, Blayne — a particularly gifted fiddler, singer, songwriter and showman — and Northwest Arkansas’ favorite bassist, “Smilin’ Dan� Redmond. New Delhi Cafe’s patio is open to all ages and there is no charge for admission. New Delhi is located at 2 N. Main St. in downtown Eureka Springs. 479-253-2525. SATURDAY NIGHT Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar on Saturday features my new favorite jam-rock band in all of Northwest Arkansas — no joke: Ice Cold Fatty. The band features four talented and wellknown (locally anyway) musicians: Dan Redmond on electric bass and backup vocals (he plays upright bass for Mountain Sprout); drummer and vocalist Caleb Lindsey of Fossils of Ancient Robots fame; lead guitarist/ vocalist Justin Easter; and frontman Webb Cooper on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Their sound is sort of Southern rockmeets-jamband with some blues and classic rock flavor thrown in. They remind me a little of The New Mastersounds or Tea Leaf Green, only a little more rock and roll. It’s laid-back and energetic all at the same time, which is hard to find. Their songwriting is impressive, with complex progressions that show not only have these tracks been worked on for quite a while by the songwriter (Webb Cooper writes a lot of their songs) but also that the band is practicing a lot, not a little. Their de-

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but show at Chelsea’s was stellar and wholly impressed a very large crowd of music fans, me included; and their St. Patrick’s Day show was even better and filled up the patio at Pied Piper Pub with music fans for several hours. I can’t wait for their show Saturday, particularly knowing how hard these guys have been working behind the scenes and how warmly they’re being received by the community at large: They’re already getting shows all over the place, including at the impossible-to-break-into George’s in Fayetteville this past Sunday night. Ice Cold Fatty’s show at Chelsea’s Saturday will begin around 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Ages 21 and up. Chelsea’s is located at 10 Mountain St. in downtown Eureka Springs. 479-253-6723. ••• Rowdy Beaver Tavern on Saturday will feature Northwest Arkansas’ favorite “biker band,” Lil Hoojin based in Fayetteville. The group regularly packs out the patio at Jose’s on Dickson for bike night throughout the warmer months, and founding member Isayah Warford is reuniting with them for this show in Eureka Springs. Lil Hoojin features frontman Jacob Johnson on vocals, guitar, sax and mandolin, depending on the song. Perry Auxier — a Eureka native — plays lead guitar and contributes vocals. Mike Hanna mans the drums, and this weekend Dave Gesualdo of Mountain of Venus and Isayah’s Allstars will be sitting in on bass guitar, subbing for regular bassist Chris Legg. Isayah tells me the band specializes in classic rock but they cover everything from Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath, Johnny Cash to Pearl Jam, Fleetwood Mac to Ben Harper — and even all-genre “party music” such as Snoop Dogg and Buck Cherry. The show starts at 8 p.m. and is open to ages 21 and up; no charge for admission. Rowdy Beaver Tavern is located at 417 W. Van Buren. 479-253-8544. THURSDAY, MARCH 28 • Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: Jazz Night, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479253-2525: Craig Kinsey and the Sideshow Tramps / Hank Schyma & Southern Backtones, 6:30-10:30 p.m. • Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479253-7147: Gypsy Lumberjacks, 8 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 29 • Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Good Friday service,

7-9 p.m. • Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Chooch, 8 p.m. to midnight • Chaser’s, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-2535522: Bad Jack Wicked, 9 p.m. •  Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: The Homewreckers, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-2537020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Eureka Paradise, 75 S. Main St., 479363-6574: Ladies Night • Jack’s Place, 37 Spring St., 479-2532219: Karaoke with DJ Goose, 9 p.m. • The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren, 479-253-0400: DJ/Karaoke, 8 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe: Magic Mule, 6:3010:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479363-6444: Jon Dooley, 9 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Downday, 8 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Dayton Waters, 9 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63 Spring St., 479-363-6595: Smokin’ Joliet Dave and the Mighty Mudhounds, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 30 • Cathouse / Pied Piper: Chooch, 8 p.m. to midnight • Chaser’s: Kickin’ Kountry, 9 p.m. • Chelsea’s: Ice Cold Fatty, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Eureka Paradise: Live music, 8 p.m. • Jack’s Place: Downtown Strangers, 9 p.m. • The Lumberyard: DJ/Karaoke, 8 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe: Greenhorne/Plumb Green Thumb, 1 to 5 p.m.; Bourbon Highway, 6:30-10:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: Jon Dooley, 1 to 5 p.m.; Pieces of Dreams, 9 p.m. •  Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Lil Hoojin, 8 p.m. • Squid and Whale: Matt Reeves, 9 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge: Smokin’ Joliet Dave and the Mighty Mudhounds, 9 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 31 • Cathouse / Pied Piper: Dirtfoot, 3 to 5 p.m. • Eureka Live!: Customer Appreciation Night specials 5 p.m. to close MONDAY, APRIL 1 • Chelsea’s: Springbilly, 9 p.m. TUESDAY, APRIL 2 • Chelsea’s: Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 • Chelsea’s: Drink & Draw with Chucky Waggs, 8 p.m.


Book it, Anna

Author plots mystery on streets of Eureka

Anna Loan-Wilsey modified a map of Eureka Springs to track her characters’ movements around town in her mystery novel “A Lack of Temperance.”

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By Jennifer Jackson Anna Loan-Wilsey visited Eureka Springs for the first time in 1994 with her finance, Brian Wilsey. They had met in Syracuse, N.Y., where she grew up. He brought her to Arkansas to meet his parents, who lived in Heber Springs. Afterwards, the engaged couple drove to Eureka Springs for their first romantic getaway. Anna and Brian now live in Ames, Iowa, and return once a year to Eureka Springs for romantic weekends. This spring, however, they will be in town for Anna’s appearance at Books in Bloom, a free literary event sponsored by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation. Billed as a garden party for readers and writers, it brings a dozen authors to the Crescent Hotel for readings and presentations. But Loan-Wilsey will be the only author whose main character solves a murder at a fictionalized version of the hotel where the literary event takes place. It’s not meant to be the Crescent, she said, but she had fun using it as a model.

“Room 218, which is supposedly haunted, is where I killed off my character,” Loan-Wilsey said. “A Lack of Temperance,” set in Eureka Springs in 1892, revolves around the murder of temperance leader Mother Trevelyan. The amateur sleuth is a young woman who arrives by train from Kansas City to take a job as Trevelyan’s private secretary. Loan-Wilsey, who has a master’s degree in informational services, said she used local resources to research the era and setting. “I used everything – the Eureka Springs Historical Museum and books and microfilm at the Carnegie Library,” she said, “and I walked around and went inside places.” She also found an original floor plan for the Crescent Hotel, which she used as a guide for scenes set in the “Arcadia Hotel.” And Loan-Wilsey read the autobiography of temperance leader Carrie Nation, who lived in Eureka Springs near the end of her life. The autobiography was only for reference – her main See Mystery, page 31

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Announcements & Meetings Ham Radio club to meet The Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club will meet on Thursday March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mercy Physicians building at 211 Carter Street, behind the Berryville Mercy Hospital. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact WCCMA invites public to Celebrate Jesus parade The Western Carroll County Ministerial Association invites the public to the first annual Celebrate Jesus parade on Saturday, March 30 at 11:30 a.m.. The parade will begin at the Carnegie Library and end at the courthouse. Music in Basin Park will begin at 10 a.m. Folding chairs are encouraged. Easter celebration with Mary Baker Eddy Join us for an Easter celebration which combines the tradition of biblical teachings with the spiritual interpretations of Mary Baker Eddy. This spiritual feast will occur at 68 West Mountain Street, 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday. For more information, contact Marsha at (479) 2538104 American Legion Post #9 to meet The Eureka Springs American Legion Post #9 will meet Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. The Post home is located at the junction of Hwy. 23 and Hwy. 187 north of Eureka Springs. All Veterans are invited to attend. Metafizzies to focus on astrology The theme for the April 1 meeting of the Eureka Springs Metaphysical Society will be astrology and its potent applications. Four local astrologers – Barbara Harmony, Sally Williams Gorrell, Ginger Crump and Robert Blackthorn – will participate in a panel discussion with questions and answers. The evening will begin with a brief introduction to western astrology, its history and mythology as well as an experiential component based on Sufi cosmology. The event will take place downstairs in the Christian Science church at 68 Mountain Street in Eureka Springs from 7 to 9 p.m. Holiday Island Blood Drive The Holiday Island Community Blood

Drive will be held on Monday, April 8, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge #1042 in the Park Shopping Center across the street from the Post Office. Free cholesterol screening for all donors. AARP and IRS offer Tax-Aide program in Carroll County Tax-Aide, a nationwide free tax preparation service that provides free income tax preparation, free electronic filing and answers to tax questions for individuals is scheduled to be held at the Holiday Island Community Church at 188 Stateline Dr. on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 11. This program is intended to assist low and middle income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to taxpayers over age 60. IRS-provided software is used for all tax returns. All counselors are certified. There will be 19 Counselors and 10 Client Facilitators available to help people this year. Help is also available at the Cornerstone Bank of Berryville at 907 West Trimble on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Feb. 4 through April 8. For more information, call 479-2537611 or 479-253-9198. St. James community dinners St. James’ Sunday night community suppers will continue every Sunday 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. St. James’s suppers welcome anyone in the community. There is no charge for the meal. For details, call (479) 253-8610. 4th Annual Carole Hilmer Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer Research set for April 20 The 4th annual Carole Hilmer Run/ Walk for Ovarian Cancer will be held on Saturday, April 20 starting at 9 a.m. at The Barn on the Island in Holiday Island, Arkansas. The event honors the memory of Carole Hilmer, who died in June, 2010, of breast cancer. The event includes a 5K run as well as both twoand three-mile walks, On the Friday evening before the event, Geraldi’s-Holiday Island will again host a silent auction. Geraldi’s-Holiday Island will donate a dollar per plate for every spaghetti din-

ner served. The event has raised over $10,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research. For information call (479) 253-5986 or email Online registration is powered by Active. com and mail in registration forms are available at Wildflowers Christian Ministry women and children’s shelter fund Wildflowers Christian Chapel Women and Children Shelter Fund Goal is $444,000. To date the amount raised is $23,000. Please send donations to Wildflowers Ministry 6789 Hwy. 62 West Eureka Springs AR 72632. Any amount will help us get this much needed Shelter opened. ONGOING SERVICES/MEETINGS Quilters Guild monthly meetings Whether you’re an experienced quilter or interested in learning a new art form, the Holiday Island Quilters’ Guild cordially invites you to its monthly meetings at the Clubhouse in Room A, lower level at 1 Country Club Drive in Holiday Island. Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. For more information, call 363-6442 or visit the website com/site/holidayislandquiltguild/. Ham Wildflowers Food Bank Wildflowers Food Bank is open every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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. Call first at (479) 363-6408. Or call Wildflowers Ministry at (479) 253-5108. Audiobooks and eBooks The Carroll County Library System now has eBooks and audiobooks available for download from your library’s website. For help call the Eureka Springs (479) 253-8754 public library. Alateen meetings Sundays from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. For more information, call or text 479-9819977, or e-mail ALATEEN1ST@gmx. com. Radio Club For anyone interested in ham radio, the Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club meets every second Thursday of

Fund set up for medical expenses for “Louisiana Keith” Hutchison Our friend and neighbor Keith “Louisiana Keith” Hutchison is gravely ill with stage 4 melanoma cancer. He is being cared for by his family, and he needs all our help to defray medical costs. An account has been set up in his name at Community First Bank. Please give generously, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. the month at noon at the Pizza Hut on Highway 62 in Eureka Springs. For more information email 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) 244-0070. Coffeehouse and outreach Berean Coffeehouse of Calvary Chapel of Eureka Springs hosts Youth Nights monthly with live music, activities and prizes. 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. 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) 2446863 for more information. 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. 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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Wisecrack Zodiac ARIES: Your load will be lighter, but that’s because someone stole half your stuff. As long as they didn’t steal your special homemade naughty tape, you’ll be better for it. If they did, hey baby, you could be a star! TAURUS: Tuesday will be like the kid from Kindergarten who always ate paste: weird, and slightly smelly. You don’t have to be rude, but it’s still a good idea to slowly back away from it. GEMINI: When life is too smooth, you’ll always make your own speed bumps. Try to enjoy the ride instead of hopping out and throwing yourself under the bus. CANCER: In every life a little rain must fall, but when you’re wet and don’t see any clouds, it makes you wonder. Look around for a really tall guy with his pants unzipped, grab a rake and smack him until he quits tinkling on you. Sometimes you have to make your own sunshine. LEO: Not every day can be filled with movie explosions and heroic deeds. Sometimes you need to appreciate the quiet successes, like not chasing your co-workers with a shovel. VIRGO: Never underestimate the power of one banana peel to totally turn your day around. If you don’t want to watch them fall, glue a dollar to the office floor. You’ll finally enjoy a day at work. LIBRA: You may not be the sharpest pencil in the drawer, but that’s a good thing on Thursday. If someone throws you at the ceiling, you’ll just come right back down. SCORPIO: Friday may seem like it’s all about suffering, but take heart: there’s a hint of humiliation in there too. Avoid your sweetie until they come off that high horse or you’ll get kicked repeatedly in the head. SAGITTARIUS: Go out tonight and try something new. You really

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don’t want to be where everyone knows your name, especially after that Dr. Phil segment airs. Give everyone time to calm down and hide their chickens. CAPRICORN: Tuesday you’ll receive a special gift bag from the universe. Feel free to open it up and enjoy, as long as it’s not flaming and left on your porch. AQUARIUS: When it comes to flights of fancy, you have a lot of airline miles. Cash those in and do

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something real toward your goal, like printing business cards or hiring a therapist to talk you out of two-toed sloth farming. PISCES: There may not be a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, but there’s usually a pride parade. Jump in and let your freak flag fly, because being your bizarre self is better than leprechaun booty.

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It’s March. We’re out on the porch with Cabernet Sauvignon (For Judy Ruiz)

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You’re older and wiser. I’m old enough To think, while you talk, of a boy I know Named Young—how everyone asks him What his name will be later. Likewise, what will your sweet talk be When you sober up and figure out I’m nothing less than exquisite— And wrong? I am not a poem to write tomorrow, A footnote to your collected works, A face in the audience of a road show The next day long gone. So let’s keep it light, Avoiding all we need and fear, Or I’ll walk out to keep from Saying come here. For I know you don’t mean Half of what you whisper, What I’ll remember after I get home, I who would love beyond words.

Pet of the Week Bali is a 9-monthold medium size black and brown hound mix who came to the shelter in June as one of a litter of pups. She is an alpha female so would do best in a home with no other dogs or only one. Bali is shy at first, but once she knows you she is playful and affectionate. Bali is not house broken, but she walks well on a leash. For more information, call the Good Shepherd Humane Society Animal Shelter at 479-253-9188 or stop by the shelter on Highway 62 East in Eureka Springs. Shelter hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily except Wednesdays.

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Many nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you don’t like breakfast, then you haven’t ventured far enough into the world of options. Breakfast can be sweet, salty, sour, and a bunch of combinations of those. I have a couple of favorites. The first one is fruit salad. Don’t go imagining a boring bowl of flavorless fruit, though. You can put slightly frozen berries such as blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries that change up the textures. You can also add some sunflower seeds or chia seeds depending on if you want to add protein. To get it more sweet, you can pour some maple syrup or honey along with a little lemon juice into your salad. To make the it more savory, you can add some olive oil in small amounts. For the body of the salad, you should pick at least three of your favorite fruits. The salad doesn’t discriminate! You can add basically everything you want, be it ruby red grapefruit, bright green kiwi, juicy sliced apples, tart pineapple, grapes, frozen peaches, sweet oranges, or anything else. Even vegetables like celery and grated carrots and beets can be thrown in! Then again, I don’t always feel like I want to eat an extremely healthy breakfast that’s on the sweet side. Sometimes a savory, more protein and carb-filled breakfast is in order. Living in the South has presented me with a perfect solution: biscuits and gravy with sausage or bacon. Since I’m a butter fan, I can load up my fluffy, lightly browned biscuits with as much as I’d like, and then add copious amounts of creamy, flour-based white gravy. This combination must have been made in heaven because it works so well. For an especially hearty breakfast, little round breakfast sausages can be quickly fried in a pan that add smoky savory-ness to a morning meal. Bacon has a similar result and is delicious with a variety of other breakfast foods, such as pancakes and eggs.

Which brings me to my next favorite breakfast foods: pancakes and waffles. I might be slightly biased towards waffles because they are a great vehicle for generous amounts of butter and syrup. You can also add whipped cream and strawberry for decadence. But pancakes are great for speed and for variety, since it’s easy to add bananas, carrots, or blueberries. You can make even more flavorful pancakes by cooking fruit in your syrup, which emphasizes the fruitiness and makes the fruit sweeter. Last but not least is eggs. Books have been written upon the many ways of egg preparation, and in later articles I may go more in depth because there are just so many options. You can fry eggs in butter or oil, you can scramble them, you can poach them and make eggs Benedict, you can boil them to certain degrees, depending on how soft you like your yolk, and you can make all sorts of omelets. With omelets, even more windows are opened. Cheeses, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and a bunch of other vegetables can be added, along with pre-cooked meats. You can serve eggs with salmon, on top of toast, and even soaked into toast to make French toast. I have yet to mention oatmeal, one of my breakfast staples, but I’ll save that for another week because it is so fabulous. Breakfast is not only important, but also a meal with endless opportunities! THE




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characters, including the temperance leader, are fictional, she said. But she did sprinkle the names of a few real residents throughout the book. “Mrs. Cunningham, the milliner on Spring Street, was a real person,” LoanWilsey said, “and Father Masseret was the Catholic priest.” Businesses, including the grocery store and bakery, were also real, as are all the hotels and boarding houses except the Arcadia. The location of the Catholic station chapel, on the southwest side of town in the woods, is also accurate, Loan-Wilsey said. The Cavern Tavern where the first scene takes place has an entrance on Spring Street and Center. The author modified a map of Eureka Springs to create the world her characters live in. “Some things are different because it’s historical,” she said. “Some things are different because it’s fictionalized.” Loan-Wilsey, like her main character, Hattie Davish, is skilled in organizing information – she worked at the University of Mary Harton Baylor and Texas A & M, and most recently, as a biological information specialist at Iowa State University. Five years ago, her job was cut from fulltime to part-time, and she started writing a novel. “At first I treated it like a hobby – to see if I can do this,” she said. Both the setting and the era were a natural fit for her. Loan-Wilsey lives in a Victorian farmhouse in Ames that was built in 1892. She started subscribing to “Vic-

toriana” magazine when she was 8 years old. Her favorite Halloween costume was an Victorian outfit with a bustle that her mother made her. “I live Victorian every day,” LoanWilsey said. “I write in a library with wall-to-wall books, Bradford and Bradford wallpaper on the ceiling and a bust of Louis Agassiz on the shelf.” When her book was accepted by a publisher, Loan-Wilsey started on a sequel, “Anything But Civil,” set in Galena, Ill.. She turned it out in 18 months, and is now working on a third Hattie Davish mystery, “A Sense of Entitlement.” Readers will be interested to know that Hattie’s love interest in the first book pursues her to the novel’s setting, Newport, R.I. Since “A Lack of Temperance” came out at the end of September, more than a dozen people have told her they visited Eureka Springs after reading it, the author said. Others have expressed interested in visiting. Letting people know about the place she discovered almost 20 years ago with her finance was one reason she chose to set the novel in Eureka Springs. “I wanted to introduce people to this little hidden gem,” she said. The eighth annual Books in Bloom is Sunday, May 19, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Crescent Hotel conservatory and grounds. A free event sponsored by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation, it features a dozen authors, including Catherine Coulter, who is writing a police procedural for British television, and Craig Johnson, whose “Longmire” books have been turned into an A & E series. For more information, go to

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