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9/The Morning Line

A Day at the Races

10/Cover Story

Caring Hands of Independence

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Red Hot Ladies Luncheon

18/Your Health

Acetaminophen and you...

20/Faces 23/We’re Still Here Exodus

24/Faces 26/I Do

Roach Wedding

28/Batesville Area Arts Council 30/Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista What to Wear to Work

34/The Myopic Life

When Life Goes to the Dogs

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Meet Your Writers... Autumn Hunter obtained a Wildlife Biology degree from Arkansas Tech University. She worked in a number of zoo organizations training birds of prey for educational performances. Currently, Autumn works for North Arkansas College as an Educational Talent Search (ETS) Counselor hosted at UACCB. The E.T.S. program is a national student assistance TRIO program. Autumn does college preparation workshops each month at Cave City, Midland, and Pangburn highschools.

Tanner Smith is a native of Manila, Arkansas. He has written movie reviews for the T Tauri Galaxy (www.ttauri. org/galaxy) for several years and is a five year veteran of the T Tauri Movie Camp. He has made a number of films, ranging from horror to documentary, and has won awards in filmmaking and screenwriting. THIS PUBLICATION IS PRODUCED BY:

Leigh Keller is now a high school Spanish teacher. She is also a colorguard coordinator for Batesville Public Schools. She received her BA in English, Spanish and ESL from Arkansas Tech University, and an MS in Counseling from John Brown University. She is married to Allen and they have one son, Cole.

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Mark Lamberth is the Voice of the Pioneers on KZLE 93.1 FM Radio and Suddenlink Cable Channel 6 for Pioneer Football. He is President of Atlas Asphalt, Inc., a Member of the Arkansas Racing Commission, and a graduate of University of Arkansas. Photograph by

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Alisa R. Lancaster is an Advanced Practice Nurse for the U of A Medical Sciences Area Health Education Center. She has been in health care since 1983, the last 17 years with the UAMS system. Alisa and husband Scott have four children and a granddaughter. Alisa’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of others through education and practice. She welcomes feedback at AlisaAPN@gmail.com or 870.698.1023.

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Kristi Price spent all her life as a transplant, having grown up military. The Ozarks have always been in her blood though, and she’s proud to call Batesville her home after many years on the move. Kristi holds a BA in English and blogs about family and other mishaps at www.themyopiclife.wordpress.com. She is married to Erin and mother to Ethan, Emily, and Maggie.


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March is upon us with its own observances as we’re settling in to 2012. There is March Madness for you NCAA fans, St. Patrick’s Day for our Irish brethren, and don’t forget daylight savings time begins Sunday March, 11th. Girl Scout Week is the 10th -16th (oooh, the cookies), the first day of Spring is Tuesday the 20th, and just so you know, the Sea Turtle nesting period begins in Florida this month and lasts through October. Please continue to read along and find Mark Lamberth's tips on the perfect day at Oaklawn. Tanner Smith reviews "The Help", while Autumn Hunter gets her head out of the clouds, and Leigh Keller gives her Fashionista tips on what to wear to work. Kristi Price's Myopic Life has gone...well, to a dog and Bob Pest launches a new series on rural communities, "Where Still Here!" Alisa R. Lancaster teaches us about Acetaminophen Toxicity, Eye On's Cover Story is Caring Hands Hospice and we feature Citizens Bank's Red Hot Ladies Luncheon. We hope that Spring finds you doing well as we are hard at work uncovering more of the wonderful things that make Independence so very wonderful. Remember, shop local, save your gas, have fun, and tell 'em Eye On sent you. P.S. Hello Hunter Gage Wolf, welcome to your life; born Feb 23 2012 at White River Medical Center. We’d like to extend a personal thanks to Dr. Taylor, Talisha R.N., Melanie R.N., and the entire outstanding staff for taking such great care of our daughter and grandson in their amazing facility. N

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A Day at the Races Mark Lamberth Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs is now in full swing through mid April and I’ve put together a few rules to ensure that you and your party have an enjoyable time. These are to be strictly adhered to with no deviations and are a direct result of years of painstaking research and experience at race tracks I have visited. 1. Never go alone. Always take your spouse and a group of friends with a designated driver. Besides, you will look weird sitting by yourself. Remember-if you treat your spouse like a thoroughbred, you’ll never end up with a nag. 2. Before you enter the track, separate your “eatin money” from your “bettin money”. This also includes gas money to get you home. 3. Buy a program and a Daily Racing Form and place “the form” gently under your arm. Never look at it again, especially the Oaklawn past performances. With the “form in hand” at least you will look like you know what you’re doing. The “form” is a perfect example of having too much information. 4. Don’t buy a “tout sheet”. That is a dead giveaway that you have no clue of what you are doing or how to wager. If you must have a tout, buy an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and use the public handicapper, Rick Lee. 5. Before you even get settled in, enjoy the track’s outstanding prawns (huge shrimp) and oysters on the half shell. They are flown in daily. 6. Start a show parlay with your friends starting with the 5th race. Bet the post time favorite to show and continue to reinvest all of the winnings. You might lose the first bet or get lucky and win enough for the group’s dinner that night. If you lose the first race, start another, you’re not alone. “When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees”. It keeps everyone in your group involved. 7. Bet a Gray. Yes, just bet a gray horse; any gray horse in any race just because it’s gray. 8. Place a small wager on any horse with odds at 50-1 or more. If it wins proceed immediately to Central Avenue and begin searching for lost billfolds. Also, play the Lottery’s Powerball, good luck is fleeting. 9. Take a stroll through the gaming area and play a game of skill. It helps support the racing purses. Horses have to eat, too. 10. Play your own selections. Pay no attention to all the know-it-alls while standing in the mutuel line. Just shake your head and give them that “You’re an idiot” look. They are flying blind too. If you stand there long enough, every horse in the race will be touted at least twice. 11. Do not try to handicap races with “cheap horses”. These are horses running for a claiming price of $10,000 or less. It’s a waste of time. Just pick a number

such as your kid’s age or birth date. If you have more than one kid, expand your bet to an exacta, trifecta, or even a superfecta. That large family might just pay off. These horses just take turns beating one another. 12. Wander down to the paddock and watch the horses get saddled and then to the finish line for one of the longer races and watch them break from the gate. There’s nothing more exciting in sports as watching the gates spring open and the horses and jockeys fly past. And there’s nothing more disheartening than watching “your horse” lope past the finish line last. 13. Enjoy the world famous corned beef sandwich. Be sure to ask for lots of sauerkraut and add a dollop of horseradish. 14. As you munch on the corned beef and sip your cold drink, take a few minutes to “people watch”. This is good for a few laughs and extremely entertaining – especially on Saturdays. 15. Don’t be afraid of the exotic bets such as the superfecta. Horse racing is animated roulette. 16. Never bet the “chalk” (the favorite) if the odds are 6-5 or less. There are a lot of ways to lose a horse race but only one way to win one. You will eventually go broke betting favorites. 17. Always bet “a hunch” – your kid’s, spouse’s, or pet’s name is somehow integrated in the horse’s name. If you don’t and the horse wins, you will never hear the end of it. 18. If you win, don’t come back and gloat to your friends whether you revealed your pick beforehand or not. Placate them by buying a round from your good fortune. 19. Stop by our box for a visit, and bring me an adult beverage. Completely ignore all my picks and advice – especially if I have a horse running that day! The only people at the track that know less than owners are trainers. Listen to Dianne – she is uncanny with exactas much to my chagrin unless she volunteers to buy dinner. 20. Finally, if you walk out with as much money as you walked in with – you’re a big winner! Follow these rules for “the perfect trip” to Oaklawn. N

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Eye On Cover Story Caring Hands of Independence Kimberlee Thomas

I have to credit my father for raising me with a seemingly logical thought toward death and the role it plays in our lives; it is the final chapter so to speak. That final chapter is different for everyone. Some are taken so suddenly that the chapter never really even starts, while others progress gradually toward the end. It is for the latter that Hospice was created. The concept of Hospice is rooted in the centuries-old idea of offering a place of shelter and rest, or “hospitality” to weary and sick travelers on a long journey. It was in 1967 that Dame Cicely Sanders at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London first applied the term “hospice” to specialized care for dying patients. Steve Bryant, Head Pharmacist and owner of Bryant’s Pharmacy and Approve Home Health Services, and Susie Smart, Administrator of Approve Home Health Services, recognized the need for high quality end of life services in the community. “There were times when our home care patients were struggling with a terminal illness and were sometimes encouraged to seek hospice services. Many times, the patients did not want to lose their caregivers from homecare, therefore they would choose not to change providers, therefore preventing them from benefiting from the additional services that hospice provides,” Smart stated. Bryant and Smart, co-owners of Caring Hands Hospice, thought that it would be great service to the community to be able to provide the option of choosing hospice services for their terminally-ill home care patients as well as to anyone who is struggling with a terminal illness. According to state statistics, Independence and Sharp counties did not have an adequate number of hospice providers to effectively meet the needs of the community. Smart applied for a hospice permit of approval and after meeting all state and federal requirements to operate a hospice program, Caring Hands Hospice became licensed in 2005. Since that time, they have expanded their program into Randolph and Lawrence Counties. Hospice can be provided in patients’ homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Caring Hands Hospice is an affiliate of Approve Home Medical Services, which has been serving Batesville and those within a fifty miles radius of Batesville since 1988. Today, one out of three people in the United States die in the care of hospice. When faced with a life-limiting illness, patients and their families need to understand hospice and the steps necessary to access this quality end-of-life-option, which is where the outstanding staff at Caring Hands Hospice comes

in. “Many people feel that if they accept hospice, they are “giving up hope”. When someone enters into the hospice program, goals of care change from seeking curative measures to treatment of symptoms and maintaining quality of life,” Smart states. Hospice is a special concept and compassionate form of care that is designed to provide treatment, comfort, and support for those who are facing a lifelimiting illness so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. Smart explains, “Patients are generally referred to hospice when life expectancy is approximately six months or less. We offer a support system team of medical, social, psychological, and spiritual experts that promote dignity and affirm quality of life which allows the patient, family and other loved ones to make choices about what is important to them. Many of our patients tell us that they wished that their physician would have referred them to hospice sooner.” In the Hospice program, the family’s physician acts as the primary physician. Caring Hands Hospice has a physician who acts as a Medical Director to review each Hospice patient’s case and confers with the family’s physician. Bryant explained to me that the physician, nurse, and pharmacist are important team members in evaluating pain and treating it pharmacologically, while social workers, clergy, nurses, and professional and lay volunteers work with the psychological and spiritual pain. “As a team, we review the patient’s status daily. At Caring Hands Hospice we treat the person rather than the disease. We focus on quality rather than length of life. We provide family-centered care and involve the patient and family in the decision making process. We provide care for the patient and family at any time needed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week,” Smart pointed out. Hospice can be provided in the patient’s home, independent living center, assisted living center, or a nursing home. The hospice service area is Independence, Sharp, Lawrence and Randolph counties. Approve Home Health Services is a full service health agency. AHHS provides skilled nursing by registered and licensed personnel. They provide service such as: IV Therapy, diabetic care and teaching, wound care, catheter care, ostomy care, and eternal feeding. Home Health Aides are also a service provided by AHHS and are available to assist with patient baths, meal preparation, and some light housekeeping in the patients living area. AHHS offers disease management programs and quality therapy and rehabilitation

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services which include physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Private Duty Nursing is also provided by AHHS for pediatric care, maternal/infant care, etc. Elder Choices is also provided by AHHS and is a Medicaid waiver program that was designed specifically for the elderly. Through the Elder Choices Program, assistance is made available by allowing Medicaid reimbursement for certain in-home and community based services that Medicaid normally does not cover. The Approve Home Health Services mission is to provide quality healthcare to their patients and families while always maintaining that the patient is a person worthy of respect, understanding, and compassion. Caring Hands Hospice and Approve Home Medical Services are located at 2000 Harrison

Street, Suite E. Their friendly and well-informed staff may be reached by phone at 870-698-0505. I also spoke briefly with Bryant concerning Bryant’s Pharmacy and Approve Home Medical Services. Bryant’s Pharmacy & Health Care Center provides medical equipment and healthcare supplies while combining quality and cost effectiveness with continuity. “We’ll have your order ready for you when we say we will,” claims Bryant. The pharmacy offers a full line of medications, home medical equipment, wound dressings and supplies, diabetic testing supplies, bioidentical hormone therapy, and free delivery. “You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” – Dame Cicely Saunders N

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Two FilmFest Guest Filmmakers Have Cannes Film Festival Credentials The Cannes International Film Festival is an annual festival held on the French Riviera since 1947. The invitation-only festival is generally recognized as the most prestigious, publicized, and influential film festival in the world. Ozark Foothills FilmFest is honored to have two young, emerging filmmakers whose work has been selected and honored in special categories. John X. Carey is a fast-rising young director fresh out of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena whose work has already been recognized by the Art Directors Club in New York and the Shots Young Directors Awards in Cannes. Voices from the Field, a wrenching yet hopeful film about the work being done by Project Concern in Africa, screened at the 2011 FilmFest, won both awards. Carey, a Missouri native, began his film career entering both the T Tauri Film Festival and the Ozark Foothills FilmFest. Three short narrative films by Carey (Be Near Me, Shelter from the Storm, and Harlem Elvis) will be screened at the festival on Friday evening, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. before the feature Ozark: A Celebration in Song. Carey writes, directs, edits, and does sound and visual effects on all of his films. He will be in attendance at the screening. Ya’Ke Smith, a film instructor at the University of Texas at Austin, is widely-regarded as one of this generation’s up-and-coming talents. He has established himself as a fearless filmmaker who takes an unflinching look at the challenges facing ordinary people in today’s society. His short drama, Hope’s War, was selected to screen at Cannes as part of Kodak’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. The film follows the struggles of a U.S. soldier returning home from Iraq who is threatened by brutal

visions of the war. Smith’s film, Katrina’s Son, selected for the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, tells the powerful story of a young Katrina evacuee who has been ignored by society. After losing his grandmother during the hurricane, he eventually makes his way to San Antonio to find his mother, who abandoned him years earlier and has communicated only by postcard. Smith’s writing and tight direction capture the perfect tone for this painful reminder that not all families come together. Four of Smith’s short films, including Hope’s War and Katrina’s Son, will be screened at the FilmFest on Saturday afternoon, March 31, at 3:45 p.m. He will be in Just in time for Prom...

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Head in the Clouds Autumn Hunter

On a bright and clear summer day is when I’m at my best. Consecutively cold, overcast days tend to highlight my unfocused and not so positive side. Just when I become too self-centered something usually snaps me back to reality. This time it was an article in the Batesville Guard about the homeless. No matter our circumstances in life, it’s sobering to realize that most of us are

and awaiting the longer daylight hours of spring. A cloud is really just tiny water droplets suspended in air. Water has unique properties that allow it to condense from a gas to a liquid and evaporate in the opposite direction. If it’s cold enough it forms a solid, ice. If the droplets become large enough, they become visible as a cloud or fog. One of the most import functions of clouds is its supply of water in precipitation. Clouds are associated with weather patterns. The climate determines the type of clouds present on a given day, but the clouds have an effect on the climate as well. Scientists are currently studying the role of clouds in global warming. Clouds

A cloud is really just tiny water droplets suspended in air.

just a tragedy or two away from seeking shelter under a bridge. The Hellfighters Ministry of Batesville is one organization feeding the hungry on a daily basis and trying to raise funds for a homeless shelter. I can’t think of a better way to shift my focus than to assist with some fundraising or serve food to those less fortunate. It’s time to get my head out of the clouds. However, I might as well learn something about those clouds while adjusting my attitude, rolling up my shirt sleeves,

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combinations of clouds. Nimbus clouds are rain clouds. Cirrus clouds are thin. Stratus clouds form fog-like layers, and cumulus clouds are rounded masses that can appear puffy. The University of Illinois teaches us, “…cloud names containing the prefix “cirr-”, as in cirrus clouds, are located at high levels while cloud names with the prefix “alto-”, as in altostratus, are found at middle levels. High-level clouds are typically thin and white.” These types of clouds are made of ice crystals while mid and lower clouds are primarily water droplets. According to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, “Cumulonimbus clouds are thunderstorm clouds which continue to grow vertically. Tremendous amounts of energy are released by the condensation of water vapor within a cumulonimbus. Lightning, thunder, and even violent tornadoes are associated with the cumulonimbus.” The cumulus clouds are most familiar to

One of the most import functions of clouds is its supply of water in precipitation.

are important in many ways. They reflect sunlight to cool the earth. They also cool by radiating heat from the earth’s surface toward space. However, clouds can also warm by collecting that heat and sending it back toward earth. The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) tells us “Clouds are created by the motions of the atmosphere that are caused by the warming or cooling of radiation and precipitation.” There are many different types and

The climate determines the type of clouds present on a given day, but the clouds have an effect on the climate as well.

us as low lying, puffy, white clouds. As they set sail on the horizon they promise a calm and clear day. Sometimes being distracted with your head in the clouds is when you discover how to stay grounded and grateful. I’m wishing those in need in our community and those who are giving of themselves, like the Hellfighters, many cumulus clouds in your future. N

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Linda Creighton, Lisa Davis, and Joyce Prickett have been the heart of Go Red the last four years, no pun intended. I say no pun intended, because Go Red has focused on women’s heart health, centered on raising funds for the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association provides wonderful research and educational services across the nation, but the organization has become limited in its reach with one person trying to cover the entire State of Arkansas. This limitation is due to budget cuts made necessary within today’s economy. With that in mind, John Dews, President of Citizens Bank and his staff have decided to pull the focus back to Independence. “This refocus on complete health right here at home allows the fundraising to be used locally and what better place to start than with the Christian Health Center of Batesville,” he said. This newly created health center provides medical services to the uninsured in our community. A group of local doctors, pharmacists, and volunteers started and manage this clinic, providing medical care, medicines, and pastoral counseling. The Christian Health Center operates the first and third Thursdays of every month expanding the access of medical services to our entire community,” explains Prickett. “Also, to expound on this slight change in focus we have renamed GO RED to RED HOT.” Creighton, Senior Vice-President of Marketing, has

overseen Go Red since its inception seven years ago. “Citizens Bank has always been community-minded, whether it’s with our involvement in Ladies Night Out or our Citizens Bank Endowed Scholarship through UACCB, we believe in building up our community,” explains Creighton, “and that is what RED HOT is all about; building up the health of our community.” Christian Health Center Executive Director Kari Jones was treated at a similar clinic in another area before helping to create the Batesville clinic and knows exactly what such health centers can provide. She has been a major player in getting this clinic open. Prickett suggest that this is “Paying It Forward” for Jones, so that others will have the same opportunity for treatment. She also speaks on Jones’ passion and drive that helps to give this clinic the heart it needs. Joyce Prickett and Lisa Davis are co-chairs for RED HOT. Davis says that other than a community focus, the luncheon is focused on women’s health generally. She says that Ruth Ann Hart, a registered nurse and guest speaker, will share fast and easy tips that provide immense and lasting health benefits. There is also plenty of information about the difference in symptoms between men and women regarding heart attack, strokes, and many other issues. Around all of this seriousness is a lot of fun to be had, with a silent auction and a special raffle for a 14K white gold amethyst necklace and matching ring valued at $1,650.00, donated by Jonathan‘s Fine Jewelry. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and can be purchased at Citizens Main Bank. These ladies all express much passion about educating the community on such issues and are obviously concerned with the health of their friends and family who live in Independence County. They are proud to raise awareness and funds for the Christian Health Center of Batesville and talk about the volunteers that make it possible. This clinic needs our support and assures that our community can remain healthy in a reality where medical insurance is unaffordable to so many. To learn more about the clinic log onto www. chcofbatesville.com. Don’t miss the Red Hot Ladies Luncheon Monday, March 26 at Independence Hall at UACCB beginning at 11:00 a.m. Reserved sponsorship tables for eight guests are available at $200.00. All other tickets will be open seating. If you or your organization would like to obtain sponsorship information for the RED HOT luncheon, or would like to purchase tickets or reserve a table, Lisa Davis may be reached by calling 870-698-9664. Everyone will be there and we can’t wait to see you. N

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Your Health Acetaminophen and you... Alisa R. Lancaster Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), is one of the most common medications found in households and is the most widely used medication for a fever or pain. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, it is also one of the most common drugs associated with both intentional and unintentional poisoning and toxicity. It is the second most common cause of liver failure requiring transplantation in the United States. Acetaminophen is available in 325 mg, 500 mg immediate release (IR), and 650 mg extended release (ER) tablets, caplets, or capsules. Many different preparations are available in liquid and suppositories, with various forms available for children. For example, did you know that the following products contain acetammenophen: AlkaSeltzer Plus, Benadryl, Excedrin,

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Robitussin, TheraFlu, Vick’s NyQuil and DayQuil, Tylenol #3 (codeine/ acetaminophen) and Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen)? These are just a few of the 200+ over-the-counter and prescription medications with acetaminophen as the single agent or in combination with other pharmaceutical agents. The label may not spell out the whole word, but use abbreviations such as APAP, AC, Acetaminophn, Acetaminoph, Acetaminop, Acetamin, or Acetam. The FDA currently recommends that anyone consuming more than three alcoholic beverages per day should not take products containing acetaminophen, because excessive alcohol use damages the liver. Acetaminophen is metabolized in the liver, so an already damaged liver is in greater danger of an overdose. The unintentional overdoses are a result of individuals not knowing the

recommended maximum daily dose or taking a combination of products that contain acetaminophen. So, as a consumer and/or a parent, you need to be aware of the correct dosing recommendations for acetaminophen. Currently, adults should limit their DAILY dose to 4000 mg or 4 grams. Check with your child’s healthcare provider to have them clarify the correct dosing guidelines so you’ll be ready when it’s needed, especially if your child is two years of age or less. Read your labels and, as always, check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist as they may have other recommendations. Here’s a number you should have readily available - Arkansas Poison Hotline 1.800.222.1222 – staffed with licensed doctors, pharmacists, and registered nurses who are available 24/7. N

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A.) First Community Bank President, Dale Cole, with president and Co-founder of Ozark Foothills FilmFest and the T Tauri Film Festival, Bob Pest helping with the Lander’s Theater Marquee Fund. B.) Hayden Sowers, Boris Dover, and Sam Cooke at Arkansas Eyecare Specialties Open House on Wednesday January 19th.


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Bob Pest In his ground-breaking book, What’s the Matter with Kansas?, acclaimed author and political commentator Thomas Frank tells it like it is: “The undoing of Middle America is the great secret tragedy of our times.” We all know how it happened: the decline of the small family farm; the rise of Wal-Mart and similar national chains that decimated small town shopping districts; the “Global Economy” and the resulting manufacturing decline as corporations moved their operations to India, China, and anywhere else where wages were low and work hours were long; and the digital age and resultant digital divide. Richard Florida’s best-seller, The Rise of the Creative Class, celebrates the migration of highly productive and creative workers into the largest cities in the best locations, but what about us. Drive around rural communities in almost any state and you’ll see boarded-up businesses of all kinds, rusting cars, and decaying homes. But even though our communities may be neglected and declining, we’re still here. Probably the greatest element in the decline of rural communities, one with serious long-term implications, is the exodus of talented young people. Beginning

in their early teens, rural youth begin to recognize the limitations of their communities. “There’s nothing to do here” is recited daily, both a sign of disaffection and a plea for some corrective action. Most communities do what they can: civic groups and local governments create community centers; high schools and churches hold dance and host picnics; and parents recite a litany of what’s wrong with the big cities. Unfortunately, the constant barrage of media messages touting the excitement and glamour of big city life are hard to resist and eventually drown out any other course of action. In 2001, sociologists Patrick Carr and Maria Kefalas moved to a small Iowa town of 2,000 people for a year to study the “rural brain drain.” Their efforts led to an incredibly informative book, Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America. Their study led them to divide the young people into four groups: the “stayers”, the “seekers,” the “returners” and the “achievers.” Put simply, the stayers remain and pursue whatever jobs are available, often motivated by family loyalty and responsibilities. The “seekers” are the adventurous types who enlist in the military to see what the world offers. The

“returners” are most attached to their families and their home towns and eventually head back home. The “achievers” are most likely to leave and return only for holidays and family events. Achievers are the top students, the best athletes, and the school government leaders. Ironically, as Carr and Kefalas point out, their parents, teachers, coaches, and communities take great pride in “sending them off” to the top colleges, sports careers, and the joys of “big city” life. Two factors ultimately play equal parts in the decline of our rural communities: pushing the achievers to leave home and failing to invest in those who remain. In both cases, the community is the loser. Drive around those rural communities again and you’ll notice, along with aging buildings and vehicles, an aging population. The achievers and seekers are gone and the stayers are occupied with minimum wage, service sector jobs that underestimate their potential and diminish their self-esteem. In the next issue we will begin to discuss strategies for ending the exodus, engaging the stayers and the returners, welcoming the seekers, and revitalizing our rural communities. N

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Juli Jackson, Mandy Maxwell, and Bob Pest at the poster unveil for the 11th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest February 21 at the BAAC Main Street Art Gallery in Batesville. Jackson is one of three 2011 Indie Initiative Grant winners and is currently in production on her film 45RPM. Maxwell‘s photography is the feature of this years Ozark Foothills FilmFest poster and official T- shirt. Pest spoke about what we an expect from this years festival. Photos by Joseph Thomas.

Bob Hager, (seated bottom right) producer of AT THE CROSSROADS was on hand. This film examines the impact of fifty years of seismic cultural change on the landscape of pastoral ministry and can be seen Friday, March 30, 3:15 PM at UACCB. Others fans and friends in attendance included representatives from Lyon College, First Community Bank, the Batesville Chamber, Art Gallery Director, Colleen Jackson, Ozark Gateway Tourist Council Executive Director, Cathy Drew, and others.

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Roach Wedding Kimberlee Thomas Daniel and Julie Roach are a product of the “Cyber Age.” They met through the popular internet match service eHarmony and conversed via the internet. During their initial, getting to know you, chats they learned they had both attended Harding University at the same time. They also learned that while they had somehow managed to never meet they had many mutual friends. Julie says that this knowledge is what made her more comfortable with actually meeting Daniel. Daniel lived in Searcy when he and Julie met via eHarmony but he spent a large amount of time in Nashville, Tennessee working with his brother. It was during one of his trips home that he decided to drive to Batesville and meet Julie face to face. Julie says she was pretty nervous since they had only been talking for about a month. “I wasn’t quite sure what to think when we first met; he just came up and gave me this nice hug as though we had known each other our whole lives. That gesture helped to dissipate my nervousness quite a bit.” For the next eight months the couple dated, spending quality time getting to know each other and watching their relationship grow into a deep and lasting love. November seventeenth was a cool, clear night at Julie’s family farm and the young couple lay together under the star lit sky pondering their future as many young couples do. It was during this conversation that Daniel asked Julie to marry him. “I was unsure if this was an actual proposal or just him asking to see what I thought about the idea. It was real. I was really excited!” says Julie. The couple set their date and began planning for the wedding. Each time they went to pick things out for their big day Julie would be overcome with stress and anxiety. Julie admits, “There were just so many options with every decision, it was so overwhelming.” So they decided to go simple, small, and sooner than originally planned. They knew Daniel’s parents could not make it in from New Hampshire on such short notice and that’s when their wedding plan became even smaller. Daniel and Julie felt the days after their wedding were much more important and so on December sixteenth they eloped. The couple was married by Keith Harris, Minister of North Heights Church of Christ. His wife Lindsey served as their witness and photographer. “Simple, short, and sweet,” Julie stated. Daniel and Julie have decided to wait a bit for the honeymoon trip, agreeing to save up for somewhere special they both really want to go. Julie is currently employed at Eagle Mountain Magnet School and Daniel drives a truck for Stallion Transportation Group. They reside in Searcy and Julie commutes five days a week to her job in Batesville. Julie claims “We don’t know what the future holds. We are both open to many possibilities which includes having children. We look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.” N 26  |  We’ve got our EYE ON you!

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March 30th-31st, Marlene Gremillion will be providing a “Miniature Abstract in Watercolor Workshop” At the BAAC Art Gallery on Main, from 9 – 4 each day (lunch on your own). The two day workshop will be $100 per person. Pre-registration is required along with a $25 deposit. Information about the artist is available on her website at www. marlenegremillioncom. Contact BAAC for more information and to pre-register at (870) 793 -3382 or baac@suddenlinkmail. com

Crossing Over and Strung Together, two works by Marlene Gremillion shown above.

On March 9th, Second Friday at BAAC, the winner of the Ozark Foothills Filmfest Poster Contest will be the guest artist from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. This artist will also have some of her work displayed at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main March 9th – March 31st.

April 13th Second Friday at BAAC – Diane Ziemski will be the guest artist at BAAC Art Gallery on Main. She will provide a gallery demonstration and gallery talk. April 3rd – April 27th Susan Gibson will be exhibiting her work at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main.

Each Tuesday afternoon, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. each week during the school year, the BAAC Art Gallery on Main hosts “ART IN THE AFTERNOON.” Ms. Jennifer Dickey provides art activities for area students ages 8 – 13. Contact BAAC at (870) 793-3382 for more information.

The BAAC has "mini-exhibits" of local artists' work in three other locations in Batesville. Great local art is on display at the Row Johns Library on the campus of UACCB and at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, The Friday Painters maintain an exhibit of members work at the White River Medical Center.

The Arts In Education Residency at Batesville's Eagle Mountain Magnet School during the week of January 30th - February 3rd. Cultural Kaleidoscope's Irish Artists provide a wonderful week of cultural activities of the Irish. Robin Slater and Dearbhail Finnegan, Irish artists from County Meath, Ireland brought Ireland to Batesville. This husband and wife team are professionals in the arts.. Dearhail Finnegan is a harpist who has won many competitions and performed in Germany, England, Scotland, France and the United States. In 1999, she had the honor of playing for President Clinton at the White House for the 50th anniversary of NATO. She has many color albums to her credit and is the featured harpist at Silver dollar City in Branson, MO. Robin slater was trained at the royal Ballet School in London, England and has performed in many London West End theatre productions such as "CATS", "West Side Story", and "42nd Street." Robin's television credits include three "Royal Variety Shows" performing for Her Majesty the Queen and "A Night of a 100 Stars" for HRH Princess Anne. Robin and Dearhail continue to perform worldwide as harp and Silver Flute Duo. Most recently, they appeared in Zurich, Switzerland by appointment of the Irish Embassy. This was provided through a partnership between the Batesville School District and the Batesville Area Arts Council. Classes that participated in the community performance that was held on Friday, February 3rd at Eagle Mountain shown right.

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Chamber Expo and Annual Awards The Annual Chamber Expo and Awards Ceremony will be held on March 1st, at Independence Hall, UACCB. The Keynote Speaker will be Governor Mike Beebe. The expo will open at 10am and the Awards Ceremony will begin at 10:30. The Expo Hall will be open until 2:00 pm. There will be gift card giveaways every 30 minutes. The grand prize will be a LG Cinema 3D LEF LCD 55” TV - sponsored by Walmart. Someone will also win a Years Supply of Pepsi - sponsored by Pepsi. The presenting sponsor for the expo is First Community Bank. For more information call 870.793.2378. Living Green in Arkansas Convocation Nao Ueda covers many diverse topics on her blog, such as local food, energy conservation, environmental law and politics, knitting, film reviews, and cheese making. She focuses on the environment; the blog actually began as a “way to chronicle her journey to reduce her environmental footprint in downtown Little Rock, AR.” Since its conception, the blog has expanded to cover Arkansas’ general environment as well as that of Ueda’s starting place. Join us Tuesday, March 13, 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Lyon College Nucor Auditorium 2300 Highland Rd. Batesville, AR 72501. Humane Society of Independence County Trivia Night The 2nd Annual Trivia Contest Fundraiser will be Friday, March 9, 6pm to 9pm at the Fellowship Bible Church, 276 East Main Street Batesville, AR 72501. Lyon College Concert Band: “Music of the Emerald Isles” In this unusual concert space, the Lyon Band celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Irish folk tunes and

melodies Friday, March 16, 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Lyon College, Lyon Building Rotunda. Lyon College Kresge Gallery Exhibition: Sr. Art Exhibition Opening Reception is March 23rd at 5pm. Candidates for a B.A. in studio art showcase their work Monday, March 19, 12 am Friday to April 27, at 12 am at Lyon College, Kresge Gallery. Lyon College Harlequin Theater Spring Production “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman will be March 22-24 at 8 pm and March 25 at 2 pm. This play depicts the true story of the murder of a gay man, Matthew Shepard, which resulted in the passage of the Hate Crime Law. All Lyon faculty, staff, and students are admitted free. Call 870-307-7510 for reservations. 11th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest Lyon College is one of the founding sponsors of north Arkansas’ premier film festival. Watch for more information at www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org. It runs Sunday, March 25, 12 am to Sunday, April 01, 12 am at Various venues in Batesville, including Lyon College. Bach Birthday Bash In celebration of the composer’s 327th birthday, Lyon faculty and students will perform instrumental and vocal works by J. S. Bach. The program will conclude with a semi-staged performance of the delightful “Coffee Cantata”, featuring baritone Joel Plaag as Schlendrian, mezzo-soprano Diana Turnbo as Schlendrian’s scheming daughter Lieschen, and Joshua Palmer as the narrator. Sunday, March 25, 4 pm to 5 pm at the Christian Science Society, College and 18th streets. N

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Ozark Gateway Visitors Guide Released The 2012 Ozark Gateway Visitors Guide is now available. The annual publication provides information about attractions and activities in the eight-county Ozark Gateway region: Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp, and Stone. It will help you navigate the region; choose the communities, state parks, and attractions to visit; and plan memorable family trips. Free copies of the 54-page publication are available at all fourteen of the Arkansas Welcome Centers and at restaurants, hotels, gas stations, businesses, state parks, and other locations in all eight counties. The guide can also be downloaded at www. ozarkgateway.com and will be mailed upon request. The Ozark Gateway website, www.ozarkgateway. com, is updated constantly to provide the most current information about happenings around the region. The website also features a Restaurant Review section to make your dining selections easier. Our region is defined by its natural beauty, enriched by the creativity and generosity of its residents, and enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. From the spontaneous jam sessions on the courthouse square in Mountain View to the annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest in Batesville, the region is dotted with activities your family will enjoy. Our towns offer an eclectic selection of shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Outdoors enthusiasts have a variety of rivers, lakes, and streams to choose from, along with hiking and mountain biking

trails, caves and caverns, and well-kept campgrounds. A detailed regional map is included in the Visitors Guide which will lead you to historic sites, state parks, museums, and downtown historic districts. Some of the most popular sites include Blanchard Springs Caverns in the Mountain View area, Old Independence Regional Museum and the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery in Batesville, the Ash Flat Veterans Memorial in Sharp County, and the Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge. Six state parks dot the region: Historic Davidsonville in Pocahontas, Jacksonport in Newport, Lake Charles in Powhatan, Mammoth Spring in Mammoth Spring, Historic Powhatan in Powhatan, and the Ozark Folk center in Mountain View. Each county is represented in the guide by a detailed narrative and color photos which outline what to expect when visiting. The county sections also include calendars listing the year’s events; a complete, full page regional calendar of events is also included. Feel free to contact us for additional information about events, lodging, restaurants, and shopping. Our goal is to make your visit affordable, enjoyable, and memorable. The Ozark Gateway region also attracts retirees and others looking to relocate in a relaxed, affordable, easygoing community. Many of the realtors in our region are members of Ozark Gateway and place ads in the guide. Executive Director Cathy Drew can point you in the right direction. Call 1-800-264-0316 or email gateway@ ozarkgateway for a FREE guide. N

The Myopic Life When Life Goes to the Dogs Kristi Price This past Christmas, Santa gave my seven-yearold son Ethan an invitation to visit the shelter and adopt a dog. Since Christmas was on a Sunday and the Independence County Humane Society didn’t open until Tuesday, one excited boy experienced one very long wait. Nonetheless, at three minutes past open on Tuesday, we walked into pet ownership. Lucky, a beagle-basset, joined our family in the space of time it takes to say, “Awww.” So if it’s Ethan’s dog, how come I’m the one stuck walking it? Crack of dawn, late at night, freezing cold, arctic wind, snowstorm, downpour…I’ve met all the elements except tornado weather and hot and steamy, and that’s only because it is winter. Give me a few months. Recently, I got caught in an unexpected rainshower waiting on Lucky to stop sniffing around and just do her thing, and I felt myself get grouchy. I was having one of those rare exceptional-hair-days. Women only get two or three of these a month, and when we do, we need to capitalize on the moment. Not walk the dog.

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As the rain pelted me, and as I felt my hair wilting down from its voluminous heights while Lucky searched out the perfect clump of weeds to sprinkle on, I wondered about these things called pets. Why do we bring animals into our houses, houses which are hard enough to keep clean without the shedding and accidents and damp paw prints. We feed them, pay for veterinarian visits, buy the occasional pork rind or stuffed mouse, and what do they do in return? Nothing. Except create more messes. But oh my goodness, how we love this dog. She’s brought an already close family so much closer in our mutual love for her. I suppose a new baby does the same thing, but you can’t put a baby out in the garage when you need a good night of sleep. And now this: not even two months as Lucky’s sole dog-walker, and I’ve shed four pounds. FOUR POUNDS! That was an unexpected bonus! Smell? Mess?...What were we talking about?... Here pup! Let’s go for a walk! N

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Notes from the Clearing Yellow Cab Joseph Thomas With easily closed eyes she faces the sky as the sun memorizes her face. She is finally free, shaking the shackles of limitation and the chain of low self esteem and she sees the world anew, filled with opportunity where before she only saw ground. This is how she sees in her dreams but awakened as if for the first time she wears a wider smile unadorned with the worry that edged her lips and freckled her brow. She smells deeper and cherishes the cold downtown breath that rushes between the high city-scape. She knows many things for the first time, least of which is that she can choose who and what she will become, but decides that she will ponder that in the taxi on the ride to a certain art studio where a certain friend expounds his colorful feelings upon the canvas therein. As the yellow cab comes to a stop just off the curb, she knows he’s been more than a friend in waiting.


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College Goal Sunday February 19th, 2012 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Monday, March 12 at 7pm at ASUN The Diamond State Chorus is an all-male barbershop chorus consisting of 35 men. Its repertoire covers the classic songs of the early 1900’s as well as many modern compositions. From patriotic numbers to religious songs, from love songs to comedic songs, from up tunes to ballads, the repertoire is sure to please any ear. www.asun.edu

Art Reception opening - RJB Hall Gallery February 21th, 2012 5:00 PM-6:30 PM MBSF - Independence Hall February 22th, 2012 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Senior Walk Program The participants of the Senior Walk Program will meet Mondays at Fitzhugh Pool, Wednesdays at North Complex, and Fridays at Riverside Park (Josie's parking lot). All sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m

Sigma Tau Delta Meetings in the ALPHIN Alphin Board Room Thursday, March 01, March 15, March 22, and March 29 at 11:30 AM 1:00 PM. You can contact Ron Boling at 870-307-7354 . Harlequin Theatre Rehearsal in the HOLLOWAY THEATRE Holloway Theatre Thursday, March 01, at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. You can contact Michael Counts at 870-307-7332.


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Juried Art Show This exhibition at the ALPHIN ALP Kresge Art Gallery begins Thursday, March 01 Through March 16 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. You can contact Carly Dahl at 870-307-7325 Independence County Library It’s Children’s Story Time Wednedays at 10:30 (I read stories, show short videos, and do crafts). Computer Instruction classes for beginners and up. Times and days vary. Book Club meets the 1st Thusday of every month at 2:00. Independence County Library 368 E. Main St. Batesville, AR 72501

Relay For Life Team Captain Meeting Meetings to be held at The Citizens Bank annex building. Future meetings are set for: March 13, Tuesday 12 or 5:15 April 10, Tuesday 12 or 5:15 May 8, Tuesday 12 or 5:15 I look forward to seeing you all there!!

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The Batesville Area Arts Council held it’s Annual “Souper Bowl Saturday” fundraising event of Feb. 4th, 2012 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A variety of soups were made by Batesville’s best cooks. The proceeds benefit the BAAC Art Program, the Arts in Education Program and the Batesville Community Theater . The Batesville Area Arts Council would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their support and contributions. Rhonda Adams, Diane Allgood, Batesville Daily Guard, Batesville Jr. High School, Batesville Printing, Dustyn Bork, Trish Boylan, Bryant’s Pharmacy, Carlee’s Hallmark, China King Restaurant, Citizens Bank, Deanne Coleman, Colton’s Steakhouse, Linda Creighton, Sylvia Crosby, Carly Dahl, Elizabeth’s Restaurant, First Community Bank, Jeanne Fitzgerald, Fred’s Fish House, Stacy Gunderman, Italian Grill, Colleen Jackson, Cliff Jones, Josie’s Restaurant, Margaret LeJeune, Polly Livingston, Pat Mason, Whitney Massey, Tommy McDonald, Kathleen and Alan McNamee, Nancy McSpadden, Katie Milum, Marian Milum, May Milum, Morningside Coffee House, Natalie’s, Sue Rider, Matt Rorie, J.T. and Karan Skinner, Southside Grill, Norma Story, Suddenlink, Tailee’s Restaurant, Scott and Mrya Wood, Mary Katherine Vandiver and WRD Entertainment. BAAC would like to send a special thank you to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for their support and use of their facilities. The success of our fundraising efforts are due to the continued support of not only the above businesses and individuals, but also to the community at large who purchased tickets and soup for “Souper Bowl Saturday.” THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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Smith’s Verdict The Help ***1/2

Reviewed by Tanner Smith Before I review “The Help,” I should probably state that I did not want to see it. I saw the trailer and assumed it was another one of those heavy-handed movies that reminds us “racism and prejudice are bad.” Then I was astonished to see that it was nominated for quite a few Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This was the year I made the vow to watch all of the Best Picture nominees. So, a friend lent me the film’s Blu-Ray disc that she owned and I decided to just sit down, prepare for what’s to come, and hope for surprises. Well, truth be told, there are very little surprises in “The Help,” save for some great performances. But when the story works, I accept the film for what it is. I liked “The Help”—a lot more than I imagined. The wonderful acting, welldeveloped characters, and involving story drew me in. Is it telling me what I haven’t heard before? No. But I was still quite moved. “The Help” is a feel-good tale, based on a best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett (unread by me, however). It presents itself as the story of African-American housemaids in the South, and how they enabled a young white woman to write a book about them. It takes place in the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi, where slavery isn’t far off from house caring. The white women who live there hire black women to raise their children and tend to their houses, while also ruling over

them with arrogant attitudes. One maid—named Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis)—worries that the little girl she cares for is going to turn out to be like her boss, and it seems like the other maids think the same way of the children they care of. The worst of these overpowering women is the constantlycondescending Hilly Hollbrook (played by a scene-stealing Bryce Dallas Howard), who also seems to be the “leader” of this society. Whatever she does, the others want to do…except for one woman. That woman is named Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), and she’s returned home from school. She doesn’t fit in well because she’s not all for the other girls’ snooty attitudes, and sees the maids as individuals, particularly because her mother’s maid Constantine (Cicely Tyson) was more of a mother to her than her actual mother (Allison Janney). Skeeter wants to be a writer and decides to write a book telling the life-stories of the maids. But of course, she needs them from their perspectives. So, she’s able to find two keen participants—Aibileen and her friend Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer)—to sneak behind their employer’s backs and tell their stories, exposing certain, intriguing secrets in the process. All of the other maids are hesitant about this little project, until they see the confidence in Aibileen and Minny and decide to join in. This story is told during the Civil Rights Movement and there

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are notions of violence rising in the backdrop. But mainly, “The Help” tells its story safe and doesn’t veer too far into being uncomfortable. There isn’t a shade of grey to be found here. There is melodrama, along with moments of comedy, tragedy, and triumph—enough to please audiences. It’s easy to see why this film did well with audiences. There’s a nice sense of overcoming for these characters. I love Emma Stone, but her role is a thankless one and she’s constantly upstaged by the other performers. Aside from Sissy Spacek (who has nice moments as Hilly’s mother), Mary Steenburgen (as Skeeter’s publisher), and Allison Janney (who has more dimensions than expected, as Skeeter’s mother), there are three other actresses who really make impressions. The first is Viola Davis as the maid Aibileen. Davis is so forceful and compelling as this sensible woman who takes a chance and tells her story—it’s an excellent performance. The second is Octavia Spencer as Minny, who has a wonderfully expressive face and a comic wit that works. Minny is the kind of woman who strikes back without thinking of consequences— later in the movie, she strikes back at Hilly for firing her and treating her new employer like slime in a scene that. Uh, don’t ask how she strikes back. The third, as Minny’s new employer, is Jessica Chastain. Chastain plays a ditzy, white-trash blonde named Celia Foote, who is

All of the other maids are hesitant about this little project, until they see the confidence in Aibileen and Minny and decide to join in.

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married to a nice businessman but can’t seem to do much to please him. So she hires Minny to care for the house and cook, while Celia’s husband is at work, so that he’ll think that Celia did it all. Minny knows who she’s really doing this for and also develops a friendship with Celia, while giving her good pieces of advice and explaining why the other women don’t want her around. This leads to a comic scene at a charity event, in which Celia strikes back. I’m sorry for saying so much about the character here when

I forgot to mention her in the main story description (her comeuppance doesn’t have much to do with the main story). I should be praising Chastain, as she plays the role. I really love her. Her performance is hilarious, infectious, and sincere. My theory—Jessica Chastain is an angel; she came down to Earth, made up a biography, and decided to act in six or seven movies in the past year to be nominated for an Academy Award. One character that doesn’t work is Hilly, mainly because

she never comes across as a fully realized character. As played by Bryce Dallas Howard, she’s too much of a cartoonish caricature and only knows two emotions— condescension and shrieking anger. “The Help” is engaging and at times, very affecting. And while the running time is 146 minutes, the movie gets better as it goes along. With great acting and a nicely told story, “The Help” is a feel-good movie that works. N


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