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Candidates forum City Council candidates headline event at The Aud Page 4
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TOPNEWS n Child molester
to serve no time Randy Wells pleads no contest, gets suspended sentence Pages 7
n Hope despite
a bleak outlook Passion Play folks discuss the bad news Page 7
Christie Braswell launches a dream, starts paddling, biking, hiking biz dedicated to female clients Page 3
n Shenell gets
out of hospital Accident victim meets boxing champ, comes home from Springfield Page 9
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Launching a dream: Outdoorpreneur takes hobby to a 10 By Jennifer Jackson She wears Keens, even to work. She favors pants with zip-off legs. Only the tops of her legs are tan. Her car is so full of gear, there’s no room for passengers. The tip-off: her ring-tone is banjo music. These are five of the top ten signs that a woman is into kayaking. And Christie Braswell fits every one of them. Braswell is the owner of Parts Unknown, a clothing store on North Main and avid outdoors person who likes to hike, bike and kayak. Last week, she gave a preview of the new venture she is launching for women, an outdoor retreat program called Boots, Bikes and Paddles. Designed to help free the creative spirit through outdoor sports, art and nature, it fills a gap for women whose lives are at a crossroads. “Women who lose a spouse or whose children are grown up ask ‘What do I do now?’” Braswell said. “I think what’s missing is that transition.” Braswell gave the preview of the ‘paddles portion of her program to the Women’s Empowerment Group last week. Meeting at the shelter at Lake Leatherwood, Braswell first went over the basics of kayaking. She also talked about how she got involved in outdoor sports at the age of 43, when her children were finishing high school and she was facing empty-nest syndrome. “A friend suggested we “beef up” for an adventure race: 20 miles biking, 20 miles orienteering through the woods and 20 miles kayaking,” Braswell said. “I said, ‘Sure.’” Braswell bought a bicycle and started training, but a bad crash knocked her out of the race and into eight months of rehabilitation. Needing to strengthen her arms and shoulders, she tried kayaking. “I loved it and brought home one,” she said. She also got her husband, Chuck, and a friend, Dorothy Guertin, hooked. Guertin bought a red kayak for her 50th birthday, and after she got up to speed, the two women went on a three-day trip down the Kings River. They had such a good time, Braswell said, that she knew sharing the outdoors with women was what she wanted to do. Since then, she and Guertin, who will help Braswell run the retreats, have been taking
courses and weekend workshops in outdoor survival, primitive camping, orienteering, hiking, backpacking and small arms. “We’re packing, girls, we’re packing,” she said. The retreats are not just about sports – Braswell plans to incorporate art and spiritual renewal into the retreats, including painting, photography, journal writing, yoga, contemplation and prayer. She likes to float in her kayak on a lake and do water colors, journal or knit. “Serenity, tranquility and peace are hard to find these days,” she said. Before taking the local women down to the water, Braswell covered the top ten pieces of gear a prepared paddler will have. The list includes a dry bag, bilge pump, rope bag (easy to throw from boat to boat), pocket knife, a whistle and a sprayskirt, either half or full, to keep out rain. On her Braswell, standing, shows members of the Women’s Empowerment Group camping first trip down a river, Braswell went over gear she recommends, including an essential device for avoiding poison ivy, a pStyle. a waterfall, flipped her kayak and lacking a dry bag, survival kit or quick-dry clothing, made the rest of the trip damp. “It was a long day,” she said. Braswell said there are no careless moments, the kind that led to her to crashing her bicycle – on the road or on the river, you have to pay attention to what you are doing. She plans to complete an wilderness firstaid course this fall, and also take a course on knot-tying, then do her first outdoor retreat in the spring. She also plans to offer day hikes, backpacking and a variety of birdwatching and themed retreats. Her longterm vision: to take women kayaking on the Boundary Waters on the U.S./Canadian border – she just got back from a twoweek trip there – and to Wyoming to climb to Grand Teton, which she has done. But everything the West has is right here in our Braswell, left, helps Tracey Lovett get ready to go out in a kayak at Lake Leatherwood. Photos by Jennifer Jackson area, she said. “There are so many places where you can combine biking, hiking and kayaking,” she her own. group to kayaking and talk about her new said. Braswell never did have empty-nest venture was a natural. The ultimate sign you’re into kayaking: syndrome, she said – she was too busy “This is something Eureka has needed for you buy your granddaughter her own kayak, getting out of the house. a long time,” Purdy said. “I’m very excited even though she’s not yet three years old Braswell is a member of the Women’s to see what the future brings.” nor had swimming lessons. Braswell said Empowerment Group, which Melody For more information about Boots, Bikes she is planning to teach her granddaughter Purdy started two years ago. Members take and Paddles, call Braswell at 479-381-6107 to swim, then take her out in a two-person turns setting up a meeting place and speaker or email email@example.com. kayak before setting her free to paddle on or activity. Having Braswell introduce the BBP is also on facebook.
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Chamber of Commerce hosts candidates’ forum By Don Lee The Eureka Springs Auditorium was the scene Tuesday night of a candidates’ forum organized by the Chamber of Commerce, which gave some their first good look at candidates running for state, county and city positions in next month’s election. The biggest portion of the gathering was devoted to a Q & A session with the candidates for the Eureka Springs City Council. Incumbent aldermen present were Lany Ballance from Ward 3, Position 2; Karen Lindblad from Ward 1, Position 1; and James DeVito from Ward 2, Position 1. Facing them were the contenders: For the seat held by Karen Lindblad, Jack Gentry and Mickey Schneider; running against Lany Ballance, former alderman Joyce Zeller; Dee Purkeypile, running for Ward 2, Position 2; and contending for James DeVito’s seat, Vice-President of the Historic District Commission and the Eureka Springs Preservation Society Greg Moon. Running unopposed for Ward 1, Position 2 is David Mitchell, who was attendance as well. Absent were Ward 3, Position 1 Alderman Parker Raphael and Ward 3, Position 1 candidate Terry McClung, both of whom cited previous engagements. The forum was moderated by Larry Hestand of KESA radio. It was arranged with each candidate being given three minutes to introduce him or herself, followed by three rounds of pre-arranged questions drawn randomly and directed at the candidates. Some questions more apt than others Although the questions were drawn up ahead of time and selected randomly, some seemed especially appropriate for the candidates who were asked them. For example, Ballance was asked whether, when voting on council and excepting situations where her vote would create a direct conflict of interest, she would vote “present” or “abstain” rather than “yes” or “no.” Ballance has chosen to vote “present” or to abstain from voting on several occasions. Ballance replied there was no way she could answer the question in general without
ES City Council candidates met to exchange views Tuesday night at The Aud. See the video at http://youtu.be/Sf7QGX2BW2s.
knowing the details of a specific situation. council’s record. When asked to name the Asked whether a commission or a single best accomplishment of the current committee would be a better arrangement council, she replied, “I can’t think of a thing. for running The Auditorium, Lindblad said, Absolutely nothing. They’ve screwed up so “I don’t know I’d support either one of those. many times, put their feet in their mouths I do believe that the CAPC needs to be more over and over. Except for managing to responsible in helping run the the Aud. The alienate the entire town, which they’ve done duties of the CAPC include maintaining very well.” or even building a convention center. The Zeller’s remarks were met with an Auditorium is the enthusiastic burst of jewel in the crown of applause. “They’ve screwed up so this town and should Subjects range from be treated as such.” abstract to very many times, put their feet One question concrete in their mouths over and was the result of a Asked about initiating over. Except for managing further work on the city’s recent skirmish on City Council on the master plan, Ballance to alienate the entire autonomy of the city’s stressed the need for town, which they’ve various commissions. everyone to compromise. done very well.” Mickey Schneider, “There was a comment who served on in the newspaper from a – Joyce Zeller council previously, member of the Planning argued in favor of commission stressing more autonomy rather than less. how an entire community needs to be able “The various commissions, whether it’s to come together to accomplish a master Planning or Parks or whoever, need to be plan. This person said they did not feel this given autonomy because they all specialize was possible in Eureka Springs. I’m not sure in their own areas,” she said. “We have if it was because that person didn’t want to department heads for a reason. They know compromise or if [it was] her associates, but their business. City Council has enough compromise takes two people. If someone to do without trying to micromanage wants you to come to them, that’s not everybody else’s work. Let them do their compromise. Compromise is a place in own hiring and firing. City Council needs to the middle where all come together, work keep their hands off.” together. We all need to be willing. We all Joyce Zeller, who has served on council think our ideas are best, but what works for previously, took a dim view of the current all best is when we all compromise.”
DeVito addressed the master plan as well. “I was involved in the initial forming of the city’s vision plan, so I do have some background,” he said. “Presently the Planning commission is going through the vision plan trying to condense it. I applaud their efforts. It is appropriate those things start out in Planning. I certainly appreciate their authority. The master plan is a living document – it can change as evolving events dictate – so it’s not something set in stone. It’s a guideline for the future.” Televising meetings promotes showboating? Candidate Purkeypile fielded a question about the live telecasts of council meetings causing members to showboat for the camera. “A little common sense goes a long way,” he said. “My wife and I watch the televised meetings because we want to be informed, but also entertained! It’s quite entertaining sometimes. From watching, you do learn quite a bit about the city and how it functions, and I think every citizen can benefit from that. Seriously, though, I don’t think we aren’t going to stop showboating. This is Eureka Springs. But we can also have some adult supervision at the table.” More applause followed this remark. Candidate Mitchell also spoke in favor of the meetings being televised in whole or part. “The participation of the citizenry is vital to success of our community,” he said. “This town has come together well and survived much adversity and has a golden
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“You better believe I follow the rules!” – Candidate Mickey Schneider enthusiastically explains her position during Tuesday night’s candidates’ forum at the Aud.
future ahead of it as long as the people here come together for the benefit of Eureka. I am all in favor of public input during televised meetings.” More money is good Several candidates fielded questions regarding how to raise city revenues. “I am lucky enough to be general manager of five shops in town,” said Schneider. “I talk and listen to customers, and I try to figure out what keeps them coming back I recognize my regular customers year after year. Honestly, I think one main thing we could to do to increase revenue, something that has fallen by the wayside, is a source of locally handcrafted items. It would be a huge to the tourist economy.” Zeller addressed the choice of cutting spending versus increasing revenues. “Increase in revenue, of course,” she said. “We’ve been short of money in this town a long time. To fix that problem you either raise taxes or increase your product. Cutting expenses works too, but I have been involved in the city budget process over the years, and our budget is slim. We haven’t had a cost of living raise for four years. So cutting spending is not really an option. We are really desperate for growth. We must create a climate for investment here, and for that we need a city government that’s business friendly, not the anti-business one we have now.” One of the more practical suggestions came from Ballance, who encouraged investigation into online services. “For example, I do medical transcription online,” she said. “Work like that is very much done
on a satellite basis these days. Your location is unimportant. There are many other low impact businesses that could produce good benefits and revenue for the city.” Jack Gentry also took a practical tack when asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 10 the importance of dealing with the city’s sewer and water infrastructure. “It’s definitely a 10,” he said without hesitation. “We have many problems, numerous ones, but when toilets back up in one person’s house because someone’s taking a shower down the street, you have a problem. We can’t have the growth we want here if we don’t have the infrastructure to support it. So that’s a 10.” On a related note, DeVito was asked about the viability of cleaning up the city’s springs, a long-cherished project that has met little success over the years. “It’s an important topic because it’s indicative of the general environment here and the problem of subsurface pollution,” he said. “We made an effort to bring potable water to Basin Spring at one point but we couldn’t due to proximity with a sewer line. Magnetic Spring is probably the best place to bring in potable water. But it’s all a monumental project. As much as I’d like to clean up all the springs, I don’t think there’s enough money in a city a hundred times the size of Eureka Springs to clean them up. We have a lot of other things on our plate that are going to take a lot of money to fix.” The forum ended with a word from Chamber CEO and President Mike Bishop, urging unregistered voters to go register by the deadline, which is Friday, Oct. 5.
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Child molester to serve no time Eureka Springs man pleads no contest, gets suspended sentence By T.S. Strickland A Eureka Springs man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl will serve no time after reaching a plea agreement with Carroll County prosecutors. Randy Ray Wells of Wall Street in Eureka Springs was arrested in June 2011 on charges of second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony, and rape, a Class Y felony. He was accused of committing the crimes over a period of two years, beginning when the victim was 11 years old. The victim knew her assailant, police said. Wells pleaded no contest to the assault charge on Aug. 2, in exchange for the state’s dropping the more serious charge of rape. He received a 20-year suspended sentence for the crime. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Devon Closser said the suspended sentence meant Wells will remain free as long as he does not violate certain conditions, which include that he have no contact with the victim or her family. Closser said Wells would face jail time if he ever violated those conditions. Regardless, he will now have to register as a sex offender, she said. Prosecutors agreed to the plea bargain after Wells’ legal counsel made known their intention to cast doubt at the trial on the victim’s sexual innocence and discredit her testimony, Closser said.
Prosecutors said they would have sought to keep the evidence from being admitted at trial, for fear that it might further traumatize the victim. However, Closser noted that prosecutors were not guaranteed to win such a dispute. If they failed and the evidence were brought to trial, she said, it could have prejudiced the jury against the victim. “Even under the best of circumstances, this was going to be a tough case,” she said. She noted that the only solid evidence in the case was the victim’s own testimony. According to court records, Wells failed a polygraph test on June 10, shortly before his arrest. However, Closser said this evidence was of no use at trial. “Unfortunately,” she said, “polygraph exams are not admissible in court.” Investigators had also found medical evidence that seemed to corroborate the victim’s testimony. However, Closser said it was not foolproof. Given the limited scope of substantial evidence, Closser said the trial would have amounted to a contest of “he-said-she-said,” and the prosecution didn’t want to risk seeing Wells walk free altogether. Given the circumstances, she called the plea bargain a “huge win for the state.” Still, Closser said the decision had not been easy. “Those are the calls that keep you up at night,” she said.
Passion Play employees discuss the bad news, have hope for bailout
“Give us Barabbas!” – The cast of the New Great Passion Play has performed the show for over 40 years. The play is on the verge of closing due to falling attendance and revenue.
By Don Lee What if there was a crucifixion and nobody was there to see it? For Huey Logsdon, that is something to think about. Logsdon, like many other local residents, is a member of the cast of the Eureka Springs Great Passion Play, which last week said it is in danger of closing forever. Logsdon has worked there for about a decade, playing the role of Barabbas, the outlaw who is freed instead of Christ during the trial with Pontius Pilate.
In the face of declining numbers and difficult times, The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs now faces the very real possibility of closing its doors to the public, for good. Last week, Sam Ray, executive director of The Great Passion Play, explained the situation in a press release. “The needs are great,” he said, “but we serve a God who is greater. God works through people, and we are asking people for help.” The Great Passion Play offers a See Passion Play, page 31
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New meaning for ‘family outing’ Wilson family takes musical act on the road – and lives there now By Jennifer Jackson Andrew and Deanna Wilson and their family once lived in a six-bedroom, three-bath house in Spokane, Wash. In the basement of the three-story house was a recording studio and a laundry room. Outside was a large yard with four large trees. Last May, they sold the 3,500-square-foot house, and in June, they set off across the county in a 35-foot RV: two adults, four children, six fiddles, four guitars, two mandolins, an 88-key electric piano and an upright bass — to say nothing of the dog. The good news: They don’t have to rake leaves any more. Since June, the Wilson Family, a.ka. the Wilson Family String Band, has been on the road, playing at music festivals and teaching at workshops from Idaho to Vermont. This month, they are parked at the Kettle Campground in Eureka Springs while playing the new theater in Holiday Island two nights a week through October. The biggest adjustment: living together in a smaller space, but it also cut down on the chores. “Now we focus on what we want to do,” Deanna said. What they do is music. Andrew is two-time Washington State Fiddle Champion and was in the top ten at the 2011 National Fiddle Contest. Deanna, who formerly traveled with her family’s band, plays guitar, piano and mandolin. Jake, 13, was named the 2011 Junior Picking Champion in Hood River, Ore., for his mandolin playing. He and Zack, 12, each play three instruments. Brandon, 9, is a championship fiddler and a singer — he is known for “songs about the girls he has loved and lost,” according to the family’s website. Cara, 5, is learning to play the fiddle.
The Wilson Family — Zack, left, Andrew, Brandon, Deanna, Cara and Jake — sit and play in front of their RV at the Kettle Campground in Eureka Springs. They are playing at Holiday Island’s Mark Wayne Theater through October. Photo by Jennifer Jackson
Brandon was the child who was most excited about going on the road, his mother said. “Now, he says, “I’m not sure it’s something I’d do with my kids,’” Deanna relays. Deanna knows how he feels — as the oldest and a girl, she had mixed feelings when her family, the Palmer Family Band, went on the road when she was 13. For the next seven years, they lived and traveled in a converted bus. In contrast, the Wilsons are living in a one-bedroom, one-bath RV, with bunks for the kids and a tent the boys set up outside if it’s warm enough. “We home-schooled the children, so we’re used to being together,” Deanna said. “This is being together in a different way.” The Wilsons also played Branson and Fayetteville, and in Eureka Springs, they gave a street performance during the Jazz Festival and played at New Delhi Cafe. After their month here, they plan
to continue their road trip for another five months, which they started with the idea of relocating when they find a place where Andrew and Deanna can both teach music and perform regularly. Northwest Arkansas is at the top of their list, Deanna said. The boys and Cara seem to be enjoying the ride so far, she said, although being on the road is a whole new way of life. “My brothers thought it was great,” Deanna said, “so I’m hoping my boys will look back and think so, too.” The Wilson Family String Band plays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through October at the Mark Wayne Theater, No. 4B Forest Park Drive, Holiday Island, next to the ice cream shop. Admission is $5. For more information, go online to www.wilsonfamilystringband.com, call the theater at 479-244-7770 or the Wilson Family Band at 509-3896827.
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Crash survivor leaves hospital, meets boxing champ By Don Lee On Friday night, Oct. 6, boxer B.J. Flores will go head to head in Springfield against Egyptian fighter Ahmed Samir at “Fight Night at the Shrine” – but when he does, he’ll go into the ring with more than his gloves and a determination to win. Flores is going in to win for a friend. Shenell Maisonneuve of Eureka Springs just spent almost four months in the hospital recovering from a tragic motorcycle wreck on June 11 which left her in a coma and her boyfriend dead. But Maisonneuve, who was a popular figure where she worked at Chaser’s before the accident, is a survivor – though she lost her right arm and endured 24 surgeries in the process. “I’ve been out of the hospital just a few days,” Maisonneuve said from home early this week. “I am definitely a lot happier since getting home. Being in the hospital for so long, it’s hard to recognize that it’s going to get better. But it does. I felt better the moment I stepped out the door.”
A major highlight of Maisonneuve’s hospital stay was a visit on Sept. 26 from Flores. The 33-year-old fighter, a Springfield native who has lost only one fight in his professional career, took time out of his schedule to visit Maisonneuve in the hospital and to encourage her in her own battles. “I have ringside seats for the bout,” Maisonneuve said. “And I am planning on getting up and walking over to him during the event. Until recently I had not walked in three months, but I was determined not to take that wheelchair home with me.” Maisonneuve said Flores told her he would never face an opponent as tough as the one she’d already beaten. An even brighter note, Maisonneuve is newly engaged. “His name is Travis,” she said. “We’ve known each other for a long time and he has always been a wonderful guy, but I always had a boyfriend. But when he heard what had happened to me, he couldn’t stand it. He
came straight to the hospital.” Maisonneuve says she misses all her friends and looks forward to getting back out in the community. “I’m getting better every day,” she said. “Right now I’m still getting used to being home.”
The upcoming fight will take place at the Shriner’s Mosque in Springfield, Mo., on Saturday. Doors open at the Shrine at 5:30, and the first undercard fight is at 6. Flores’ fight is at 8 p.m. and will be aired live on KOZL, Z-97 FM.
Pet of the Week Dakota is a sweet, friendly 7-month-old beagle mix who came to the shelter in May as a stray. She is affectionate yet fiesty but gets along well with other dogs. Dakota is not housebroken but is spayed, has had all her shots and is ready for that forever home. 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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By Jennifer Jackson Troy Johnson was living in the San Francisco Bay area when he came across a shop in Berkeley that sold olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Loving to cook, he went in and was surprised to find it had a tasting room. “I thought, “Who would want to taste oil and vinegar?” he said. “Then I did, and I was totally hooked.” What he’d stumbled upon: a family store whose owners deal directly with farmers in Spain, Greece, Italy, Argentina and Australia. This weekend, Johnson and Steven Ketchersid are opening their own tasting room in Eureka Springs: Fresh Harvest, featuring olive oil straight from the source. “Olive oil is the juice of the olive, a fruit,” Johnson said. “You want fresh juice.” On tap: 30 varieties of olive oil, including oil fused with orange, lemon and lime, and 20 kinds of balsamic vinegar. Called condimento in Italy, balsamics are made from grape pressings that are boiled down to a thick syrup and aged in casks like wine. Fresh Harvest carries traditional-style balsamic with natural flavors – no thickeners, no artificial flavoring – ranging from dark chocolate and espresso to cinnamon-pear. Olive oil comes in three categories: fused with citrus, meaning the orange, lemon or lime is crushed with the olives; infused with herbs, and regional varieties: Hojiblanca from Australia, Coratina Frantoio from Chile, Cerasuloa from Sicily. Nothing is prepackaged. “We bottle it fresh when you come in the store,” Johnson said. Stainless-steel testers allow customers to try different varieties. A pairings bar runs along one wall allows you to sit and sample blends. Oil and balsamics are not just for salad dressing. Johnson likes to glaze barbecued chicken or pork with Persian-lime olive oil and blackberry-ginger balsamic. Blood-orange infused olive oil and espresso balsamic complement fruit. Wild mushroom/sage olive oil and lemon balsamic are perfection on fish. They also make a sauce for pasta and a dip for bread.
Johnson likes to use a variety of olive oil called butter, although there is no butter in it, to cook corn on the cob, and blends it with maple balsamic to make a breakfast spread. “It’s amazing on cornbread,” he said. Johnson, who grew up in Willard, near Springfield, Mo., and in Tulsa, said his family came to Eureka Springs, a middle ground between the two, for years. He and Ketchersid, who were both formerly in banking, bought a house off East Van Buren six years ago. When they moved here permanently in June, Johnson brought a case of olive oil with him. Knowing they would have to commute to Rogers for work or start their own business, they looked around for an idea and thought of the Berkeley store. After discovering the family distributes their products, Johnson and Ketchersid found a location for their new enterprise in Pine Mountain Village and started transforming it into the tasting room. “It all happened that fast,” Johnson said. Balsamics are low in calories – 10 to 15 per tablespoon – and low in sugar. The olive oils, which are kosher, are high in anti-oxidants. Each container is labeled with the country of origin, the date of the crush and the levels of polyphenols and oleic acids – the fresher the oil, the higher the anti-oxidants. Standard olive oil has a polyphenol level of around 80, Ketchersid said. One type of oil they carry, Coratina Frantoio, has 562 – when you taste it, you feel every cell in your body sit up, he says. “That’s health in a glass,” Johnson said. “It has anti-oxidants through the roof.” The walls of the tasting room will serve as a gallery with local artists’ work rotating through. The first artist is Wendi LaFay, who has been their muse, Johnson said. Fresh Harvest will also sell speciality oils: black truffle, walnut, almond and sesame. The owners see the tasting room, which opens Friday, Oct. 5, as adding a new dimension to the town’s attractions, culinary and cultural. “Eureka Springs is all about unique things to do,” Johnson said. The store, at 512 Village Circle in Pine Mountain Village, will be open Tuesday through Sunday.
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Announcements & Meetings n Operation Christmas Child – The Operation Christmas Child Kick Off Party will take place at the Berean Coffee House at 4032 E. Van Buren Avenue near Passion Play Road on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. The event is hosted by Calvary Chapel of Eureka Springs and the coffee house. Come find out what those shoe boxes are all about and how you can be involved. Drinks, desserts and supplies will be provided. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 479244-7496, n Eureka UU welcomes Kyle Kellams of KUAF – The Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes Kyle Kellams, KUAF News Director and producer of the popular “Ozarks At Large” radio program, on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. His presentation is “The Importance of Local Broadcasting in the Digital Age.” With Bluetooth, satellite, cable, web and smart phone apps providing tens of thousands of programming options, what role does local content play in the 21st century? Does radio still have a voice? Kellams says “YES” and will explain why. The Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 17 Elk St. All are welcome n AARP driver’s safety class – Drivers aged 50 and over are invited to an AARP Driver’s Safety Class to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (including a short lunch break) at First United Methodist Church of Eureka Springs, at 195 Huntsville Road. The fee to participate is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, which includes all course materials. Plan to bring a sack lunch, and enjoy interaction with your classmates. The class size is limited, so register early! Call Sara Knight at 479-363-9800 to register and/or for more information. n Bonds family benefit – A benefit for the Bonds family will take place on Oct. 15 at the Faith Christian Family church. There will be a frito pie dinner at 5:30 and a live auction at 7 p.m. The dinner will be $8. Mike Bonds, as most people know, was a teacher in every possible way. He would never miss a chance to do something with his shop students. Next to his wife and children, his shop students were a very important part of his life. Mike was always very proud of anything his kids did, inside or outside of the classroom – it didn’t matter. He loved teaching them the rules of life. If you have items to donate or would like to volunteer for this event, please call 479-981-0456, 870-6547049, 479-981-0531 or 479-981-0388. n Ladies Fellowship to host Smith – The Ladies Fellowship of Holiday Island Community Church will feature Roberta Smith as their speaker on Monday
Oct. 15, at 10:00 a.m. The Ladies Fellowship meeting will take place at Holiday Island Community Church Fellowship Hall, at 188 Stateline Drive, in Holiday Island. Mrs. Smith has recently visited missionaries Paul & Mary Wilson in the Philippines and will give an update on the happenings there. She will bring with her a display of jewelry made by the women of the Philippines for perusal and/or purchase. For additional information please contact Mary Lou Martin 479-253-9398 n Chili Supper – The Grace Lutheran Church at 179 Holiday Island Dr. in Holiday Island will hold a chili supper on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost for adults is $8 and for children under 10 is $3. Handicap parking is available in back of the church and take out is available. Proceeds will go to the Merlin Foundation’s “Grandma’s House” to help neglected and abused children. “Our made pies are to die for.” For further information, please call 479-253-6218. ONGOING SERVICES/MEETINGS n Zumba Fitness classes now offered in two area locations – Dawn Anderson, Zumba Fitness Licensed Instructor, is now offering Zumba Fitness classes at the Berryville Community Center on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and at the Green Forest Train Depot on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. Classes are one hour and consist of a combination of high energy Latin, International, and Top 40 inspired music and dance moves. Please contact Anderson at email@example.com or 479-366-3732 for more information. n Ham radio club – To all interested in Ham Radio, the Little Switzerland Amateur Radio club meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at noon at the Pizza Hut on Hwy. 62 in Eureka Springs. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. n Audiobooks and eBooks: The Carroll County Library System now has eBooks and audiobooks available for download from your library’s website. Users may browse the library’s Library2Go website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. For help call the Eureka Springs 479-253-8754 public library. n Furniture bank and used book store open: Wildflower Chapel’s low cost Furniture Bank and Used Book Store is located behind Wildflowers Thrift Store and Chapel on US 62E across from Hill Country Hardware. For more information, contact Bill Grissom, 479-252-5108. n Alateen meeting: Sundays from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. For more information, call or text (479) 981-9977, or See Announcements, page 21
Motorcycle crash victim in critical condition A Holiday Island man injured in a motorcycle wreck late last week remains in critical condition this week. Ernesto Negrette, 24, was at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Sonya Kullmann said. Police reports showed he was critically injured in the accident that occurred on Wednesday evening, after he was thrown from his motorcycle on Highway 23 about 1.5 miles north of Eureka Springs. According to police reports, Negrette lost control of his motorcycle at about 4:45 p.m. while making a left-hand turn. He laid his motorcycle down on its right side and struck a curve warning sign before being thrown from the bike and down the highway embankment. The Arkansas State Police said charges were pending against Negrette. However, no details of the charges were available by press time.
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Editorial The wickedest man in Eureka Springs: Gerald L.K. Smith of the Great Passion Play Gerald L.K. Smith was, by all accounts, a wicked man. When he retired to Eureka Springs and in 1964 began construction of a planned religious theme park on his own property, to be called “Sacred Projects,” he did so from the perspective of a long and checkered career – and that’s putting it mildly. In 1929, Smith was national organizer for U.S. Sen. Huey P. Long of Louisiana, an FDR rival whose “Share Our Wealth” society advocated curing the woes of the Great Depression by proposing minimum and maximum limits on household wealth and income. Smith resigned his ministry to work full-time recruiting members to the society. (FDR eventually recognized the threat and adopted enough of the planks of the “Share Our Wealth” platform to diffuse its rival popularity.) Following Long’s assassination in 1935, Smith took over the organization for a while. It was at this point that he began his public slide into ugliness. He became an ally of Father Charles Coughlin, the infamous Catholic priest and anti-Semitic radio broadcaster who was eventually shut down for hate-mongering. Think Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck if they were openly anti-Semites. Unlike Huey Long, who had been relatively tolerant on racial issues, Smith took the “Share Our Wealth” movement in the direction of white supremacy. As European tensions rose with the ascendancy of the Nazi party in Germany, Smith tried to form an alliance with the non-interventionist America First Committee, but its leaders spurned him because of his anti-Semitism and racism. In 1944, he became a member of William Dudley Pelley’s pro-Nazi Silver Shirts organization, which was patterned after Hitler’s brown shirts. After World War II, he lobbied for decades for the release of all Nazi war criminals convicted at the Nuremberg trials. That list included all the Big Bad Guys except Hitler, who of course committed suicide to avoid capture: Martin Borrmann, Hermann Göring,
Rudolf Hess, Albert Speer and many others. He was too far to the right even for the late Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, which is an amazing statement all on its own. He was called a “professional antiSemite and lunatic nationalist” by the AntiDefamation League. One of his last political activities, in the mid-1950s, was a campaign against the Alaska Mental Health Enabling Act, which he denounced as being part of a Communist plot “to hospitalize and brainwash Americans.” In fact, it was a bipartisan federal effort to improve mental health care to residents of Alaska, which was still a territory at the time. The bill passed despite Smith and other opponents. The reason for this 400-word plunge into Wikipedian history is to explain the ambivalence some people may feel on hearing the news the news that the Great Passion Play is on the verge of shutting its doors after 40plus years of entertaining the masses in its 4,000-plus-seat amphitheater. For all the good this event may have done since 1968 – there’s no way to know how many have found God through the experience of this show – it was in fact started by a man who was, to quote the subtitle of a biography of his, a “minister of hate.” Perhaps good can come from evil. After all, Saul of Tarsus found a change of career after an experience on the road to Damascus, the results of which are still prolific today. Maybe the Passion Play was Smith’s way to make up for his politics. Maybe he found wisdom in his retirement. But his was a life lived on paper, and records still exist. We cannot define evil without discussing what is good, and the long-running play has been a good thing for our town and its economy and people. It is important not to forget, however – not to gloss over the warts and scabs and lumps of our history. We leave the whitewashing for the spin doctors whose job it is to sell the sizzle. And Eureka certainly has plenty of that, with or without a man like Gerald L.K. Smith.
Citizen of the Week Our Citizen of the Week is Karen Kinsel, Century 21 Agent and allaround good gal. “Karen personally arranged with the Corps of Engineers, Community First Bank, C.J. Sports, Wal-Mart and Century 21 to have a big party for all the trash-picker-uppers after the annual Beaver Lake clean-up at the dam site,” says her nominator. “There is always a fish fry at Prairie Creek as a thank-you for everybody, but the north side never quite makes it there in time after spending the morning scouring the shore lines. She got gifts donated to give away to reward those participating and paid for and put up 50 posters to advertise the event as well. Karen also walks Hwy. 187 toward the dam several times a week with trash bag in hand. What an inspiration to keep our beautiful lake area clean!”
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think Citizen Opinion by Don Lee
If you found yourself on City Council, what is one thing about Eureka Springs you would fix?
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For Jackson Destry
“I think kids should have off campus lunch privileges.”
“There’s nothing to do around here. Fixing that would be my first priority.”
“I love everything about Eureka Springs and I wish my city (Hot Springs) ran like this!”
“From the construction p.o.v., having to renovate buildings from the inside out due to historicity is costly, a real hassle, and a waste.”
“I would fix the pavement on the Historic Loop. All tourists drive on it, and it’s the worst in town.”
Editor: Jackson was more than a person. He was more than a positive spirit, but most of all he was the most unique free soul anyone has ever met and there will never be another kind like Jackson. I could never forget how lucky I was to be able to call him my best friend, and I still am. I’m so grateful for all the things Jackson had taught me throught the years. He taught me how to be strong, he taught me how to love and how to apprecicate the things I have and to remember how much I do have, such as friends like him. His one-of-a-kind jokes and puns, and smart-ass remarks to go along with his everlasting smile and ocean-blue eyes made Jackson who he is. Not to mention the fact that he kept every single one of our chins up when we were in doubt or distress. Jackson Destry was the only person in the world I could tell absolutely anything to and it would be ok – he would never ever judge. However, all of these qualities that made Jackson who he was, will always be who he is. He will always be there for us, he will always be watching us and smiling and laughing and singing along to the songs that remind us of him. It’s hard to say he’s in a better place, when we feel he should be here, with us. But he is happier now. He is holding one down for us and saving us room for the party he’s at now. Jackson always told me, “Love you, miss you, forever with you.”
And I know it’s true, and he will be forever with me on every adventure that I have ahead of me. This is the hardest thing I’ve had to go through, as for many others as well, we will stay strong for Jackson, for he is forever with us. Amanda Aziza Mazili
Support the Passion Play Editor: Where do you go to interview those ‘citizens’ that care so little about “The Great Passion Play’” that brings so much revenue to this community? This is not only important to our community in general, but to our nation. Why don’t we all pull together and support this great gift that the Smiths have given to this community, and what it stands for and make sure that it does not fail, because if it did, so many more businesses will also fail. We need to ask ourselves what are our priorities — dog parks, jazz festivals or reaching out to the souls of everyone throughout this entire country. God only asks that we try to save “one soul at a time.” The Great Passion Play is indeed doing that; quit condeming and go and see for yourself. Your life can be changed. People come to Eureka Springs with groups from all over the country to experience “those last days of Christ on this earth.” S. Rhodes Eagle Rock, Mo.
LAST WEEK’S QUESTION
If you found yourself on City Council, what is one thing about Eureka Springs you would fix?
If the Passion Play closes, what would would be the best use for the facility?
m The streets. m The water pipe system. m Get more people involved in city government. m Abolish council – like the fall of the USSR.
m Outdoor music: 61.5% (32 votes) m Hold City Council meetings there: 19.2% (10 votes) m Outdoor sales/rummage: 0.0% (0 votes) m Drive-in movie theater: 19.2% (10 votes)
Go to www.lovelycitizen.com and weigh in. Vote by Wednesday 9 a.m.
52 votes cast
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Arts & Amusements Haunted hay rides Bear Mountain Cabins and Riding Stables will offer haunted hay rides every night during the month of October. The wagons will leave the stables at dark and will make trips every hours and 15 minutes. Reservations are required. For information, call 479-253-6185 or 800-805-8005. Fayetteville Underground special exhibit The visiting artist gallery of the Fayetteville Underground is hosting a show of over 50 original paintings by Eureka Springs artist Jody Stephenson during the month of October. First Thursday (Oct. 4) is the place to be on the Fayetteville square from 5 - 9 p.m. It’s a new exhibit every month in all the underground galleries by featured artists such as William Mayes Flanagan, Jan Gosnell, Mike, Don House, Hank Kaminsky, M.M. Kent, Ed Pennebaker, Doug Randall, Sheila Richards, Sabine Schmidt, John Sewell, and many other regional favorites. Jody Stephenson and her husband Ron Lutz are artists-in-residence at Studio 62 in Eureka Springs. (www.studio62.biz) ( w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / NewFayettevilleUnderground) Pete the Cat visits Eureka Springs Iris at the Basin Park will again welcome artist James Dean, creator of Pete the Cat, on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. or on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 12-4 p.m. Introduced eleven years ago, Pete the Cat has evolved from a cat with an attitude to a cat with a purpose – to help children learn how to read. This week marks the publication of Pete’s fourth children’s book, “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas”. James will be in the gallery to read to children, sign books and prints, and as usual, paint a few originals of Pete loving Eureka Springs. Etching & Enameling with Genevieve Flynn at ESSA Oct. 8-11 Flynn’s jewelry making class teaches you the basic techniques of etching copper in preparation for enameling. Have you ever wanted to add color to your work or just want to enamel? Here is your chance to do both at ESSA. Check out Genevieve Flynn at www.genevieveflynn. com. For more info or to register for this workshop call 479-253-5384 or visit www. ESSA-art.org
Friends of Eureka Springs Carnegie Library fall book sale Friends of the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library will host their fall book sale at the library annex at 194 Spring St. in Eureka Springs on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The sale will continue on Friday, Oct. 12, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. There will be no bag sale. All proceeds go to the library’s acquisitions and special projects fund. For further information, call 479-253-8754. ESSA Welcomes Hot Springs artists Richard Stephens and Gary Simmons Noted Hot Springs artists Gary Simmons and Richard Stephens come to Eureka Oct. 11-13 to teach “Life Drawing” and “Painting in Watercolor” workshops , respectively, at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA). Register for these workshop online at www.essa-art.org or by calling 479-253-5384. Check out these instructors’ websites at www.simmonsart.com and www. raswatercolors.com. Hot Springs comes to Eureka Springs Noted Hot Springs artists Gary Simmons and Richard Stephens will come to Eureka Oct. 11-13 to teach “Life Drawing” and “Painting in Watercolor” workshops, respectively, at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA). Simmons’ workshop will totally immerse you in drawing the figure with a live model. Charcoal and/or pastels will be used to further explore the figure’s construction and gesture. Stephens, featured in Splash in 2012, will give students a fresh perspective on watercolor painting in this exciting class. Loosening up will be emphasized as Stephens provides technical information interspersed with colorful antidotes. Hurry – space is limited. Register for these workshop online at www.essaart.org or by calling 479-253-5384. Check out these instructor’s web sites at www. simmonsart.com and www.raswatercolors. com. Eureka Springs high school to present “The Uninvited” The ESHS League of Extraordinary Actors will be presenting “The Uninvited.” Famous first as a novel, and then as a classic motion picture, this thrilling tale of ghosts and dark secrets is now a tightly constructed stage
version. The three-act play by Tim Kelly was adapted from the original modern ghost story from the book by Dorothy Macardle. Three performances will be held in the Eureka Springs AUD on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens, and may be reserved by calling ESHS at 479-253-8875. Ozark Creative Writers Conference Are you ready to take your next big step and become a published author? The Ozark Creative Writers conference will be held at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center Oct. 11-13. Headlining this year’s conference will be noted literary agent Cherry Weiner and senior acquisitions editor for St. Martin’s Press, Daniela Rapp. Both speakers will also take pitches from registered attendees during the conference. Also featured during the conference will be sessions by author Johnny Boggs; Arkansas Poet Laureate Peggy Vining and marketing consultant Dianna Graveman, who specializes in assisting authors with book trailers, web marketing, blogging and more. The Ozarks Creative Writers conference is one of the friendliest author gatherings in the country whether you’re a seasoned writer or someone just starting out on the path to success. Registration is $125 for a weekend of sessions and networking; admission to the Friday and Saturday night banquets is extra. For more information or to register, visit www.ozarkcreativewriters.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Voices from Eureka’s Silent City The Eureka Springs Historical Museum announces dates for their fourth annual “Voices from Eureka’s Silent City” living history cemetery tours. This year’s performances will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at the city cemetery on Oct. 19 and 20, and on the following weekend, Oct. 26 and 27. One hour walking tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m., until 8:30 p.m. This year, actors in period costumes will tell their stories of the American Civil War and what the healing springs meant to their lives in establishing the encampment that became the city of Eureka Springs. For further information please contact the museum at 479-253-9417 Ozark folk festival queen The Ozark Original Folk Festival would
like to announce that the date for the Ozark Folk Festival Queen has been changed to Oct. 29 to fit in with school schedules. This competition is open to all Carroll County Girls between the ages of 15 and 18. Robin Milam Weinmann, 1994 Folk Festival Queen, has helped to start a scholarship fund for this year’s Queen. $500 has been collected so far. There will be prizes and awards for the Queen contestants and their escorts, as well as the wonderful experience of participating in the Ozark Folk Festival. For more information or an application for the Queen Contest, contact Robin at rubyt2@ hotmail.com or call 479-244-0123. Mad Hatter Ball The Eureka Springs School of the Arts will hold its major annual fundraiser, the 10th Annual Mad Hatter Ball on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. Ticket sales and silent auction raise operating funds for ESSA, a non-profit school providing art education opportunities for adults and youth in Northwest Arkansas. Come dance to music by Red Ambition, enjoy a pasta buffet and bid on unique art work by national and regional artists, many of whom are ESSA instructors. This year’s silent auction also includes exciting gift packages from the merchants of the Eureka Springs area. The Mad Hatter Ball would not be complete without a hat contest. So, wear a hat—required for admission—and take your chances on winning a week-long workshop at ESSA. Ticket prices are only $50 per person and may be purchased online at ESSA’s website www.essa-art.org or by calling 479253-5384. Three-day zombie fest (feast?) Are you prepared for the Zombie Invasion of 2012? Kicking off three days of undead activity is the aptly named “Dance of the Dead” on Halloween Night (Oct 31) in the haunted underground level of the City Auditorium. Doors open at 8 p.m. for this all ages electronic shake-your-bones-to-the-beat extravanganza. Admission is only $5 plus a can of food. Dance ends at 11 pm. Then on Nov. 1st, the Sacred Earth Gallery is proud to present a special Zombie Variety Show and a public screening of the classic 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead”. Performances start at dusk and admission is free. The Invasion comes to an apocalyptic end on Nov. 2 with the First Annnual Eureka Springs See Amusements, page 21
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Eureka’s need for med responders critical Rural areas, Grassy Knob need EMRs most By Kathryn Lucariello Western Carroll County’s Emergency Medical Responders, or EMRs, are critically important in many 911 medical calls and can make a life-or-death difference. That’s why a shortage of them in any of the rural areas is a serious matter — and right now, each of the four Western District rural fire departments has a serious shortage in several areas, with those most in need of help being Grassy Knob and rural Eureka Springs. EMRs, who mostly respond from home, are usually the first on scene to a medical call, often reaching patients within 2 to 4 minutes. By contrast, sometimes — depending on the location of the original call for help — it can take an ambulance anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes or longer to reach the patient. In July, the EMR Alliance released a map showing the residence locations of EMRs throughout the Western District. As can be seen on the accompanying map, the Eureka Springs rural area, colored pink, outside the city limits (marked by orange bars), is the largest of the four rural fire districts. Its boundaries extend on Highway 23 North to the CR 266 bridge, Highway 62 West uphill from the Leatherwood Bridge and all of Lake Leatherwood, Highway 23 South to the county line past Turpentine Creek, Highway 62 East to Kings River Bridge, Rockhouse Road to the Kings River Bridge and Onyx Cave Road to CR 216. There are nine listed active EMR volunteers covering the entire Eureka rural area. Of those, only six actually live in that fire district. Two live in Holiday Island and one lives in Madison County. The concentration of EMRs is in the southern half of Eureka rural. The northern portion is virtually uncovered. “Some live just outside the area or are in the area or the city and respond,” said Randy Ates, Alliance representative for Eureka Rural. “We need people who live in the more remote areas of Buck Mountain (Hogscald), Rockhouse Road,
Onyx Cave Road and 62 East.” The other three rural districts are Holiday Island (green), Grassy Knob (yellow), and Inspiration Point (orange). Grassy Knob shows eight EMRs, but there are actually only seven, and of those, only four or five respond regularly, said Lynn Palmer, Alliance chairman, who is also an EMT from Grassy Knob. “The others sometimes do, and there is one who hasn’t responded in about a year and a half, but has equipment just in case.” As can be seen from the map, most of Grassy Knob’s responders live in the southern portion, along Beaver Lake, leaving the central and northern portions of the district uncovered. “We need more help around the dam, Highway 187,” Palmer said. “The population is pretty low, but we do have calls during the summer with the tourists, and some water-related emergencies. Grassy Knob does not have a rescue boat, but most emergencies are in the campgrounds. We’ve had a couple calls off Starkey’s Marina, but just borrowed a pontoon, with permission.” Although EMRs do respond to calls in the uncovered areas of their respective fire districts, it takes them longer to get there. Often, mutual aid is needed from an adjacent department, and they are usually glad to help, as every department’s first priority is treating patients quickly. But they are not always available. An EMR is a volunteer trained in basic first aid, CPR and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). EMRs take a 40-hour class, which meets four hours a night, twice a week, for five weeks. The EMR class is taught every other year. The next one will be in 2014. An EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) takes an 80 to 90-hour class, which meets twice a week, said Eureka Springs Fire Chief Rhys Williams. EMTs, on the other hand, learn everything EMRs learn and are trained additionally to splint fractures and to hook up leads for heart monitors.
A map released in July of the Western District rural fire and medical response areas shows where the current roster of medical responders live, represented by numbered white dots. The largest area (pink) is rural Eureka Springs, which has the greatest need. The other areas are Grassy Knob (yellow), Inspiration Point (orange) and Holiday Island (green).
They are also licensed to accompany a Paramedic on an ambulance. “They spend more time with handson skills, using the equipment on the ambulance,” Williams said. The next EMT class will be taught in January 2013. Williams said the teachers test skills both in class and on ambulance calls. But not just anyone can become an EMR or an EMT. It takes a certain temperament, Williams said. “I strongly recommend people take a class to see if they can handle situations like loss of blood, major trauma or death,” he said. “They can get halfway through the class and see if it works for them.” Holiday Island Fire Chief Jack Deaton has people who are interested ride out on calls with responders to see how they
do and whether they can handle trauma situations. Williams said there have been several people in past years who “hung it up.” “It was no fault of theirs – some people are just not cut out for it.” Classes and training materials for rural EMRs and EMTs are provided free of charge as long as they commit to join their fire department as responders and meet the requirements for response and continuing education. An EMR must respond to a percentage of the calls in the area they are assigned to and complete 18 hours of continuing education units (ceu’s) each year, which is not hard to do, as both the Eureka Springs and rural departments offer several kinds of classes See EMRs, page 20
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Bikes, Blues & BBQ settles into Eureka
The restaurants and watering holes were filled to overflowing during last weekend’s BB&BBQ spillover into Eureka Springs. These diners are enjoying the Balcony at the Basin Park Hotel.
Beautiful bikes and bright lights were the order of the day at night during Bikes, Blues, and BBQ.
The historic loop through downtown Eureka Springs was one line of motorcycles after another during Bikes, Blues, and BBQ last weekend. This weekend it will be Corvettes.
Joe and Linda Chandler from Benton, hammed it up for the Citizen It wasn’t just the bars and restaurants that fared well during BB&BBQ. The motels and hotels were photographer. “We may just spend our time in Eureka Springs,” Joe said when asked if they were going over to Fayetteville. filled to capacity. Here the Alpine Lodge is a beneficiary of the busy week.
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In a sea of beautiful stock and custom motorcycles it’s often the “rat bike” that grabs attention. Traditionally it’s a bike that is just barely kept going but is often kept Freddie “Front Row” Talavera of Milwaukee, Wis., has in good running order while maintained to look “ratty.” not missed a Sturgis rally since 1997, as evidenced by Kylan Hensley of Dallas. looks over a Honda 750 built down to a rat-bike level. his patches. This year he made Sturgis and BB&BBQ.
Honey, I found it over here. Finding your bike wasn’t easy at ground zero of BB&BBQ at Eureka Springs. But getting it out could sometimes be difficult as bikes were often parked two and three deep at the Rockin’ Pig, unofficial headquarters for the event in Eureka Springs
It’s not just about eating and drinking and having a great time Eureka Springs and Fayetteville... it’s also about having fun on the wonderful roads in the Ozarks. Here Not proper motorcycle riding attire. But Jenny Rush, from Denver, Colo., at left, and riders are coming to Eureka Springs on US 62. Denia Russell, from Lebanon, Mo., do sport proper party attire at the Pied Piper.
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Valerie Smith, of Little Rock, takes a picture of her riding buddies in the beer garden at the Rockin’ Pig last Saturday. From left are: Jon and Shyril Savary and Brenda and A great place to sit and watch bikes ride by is bench on Spring Street. That is just what Greg Engel, all of North Little Rock. these friends are doing during BB&BBQ in Eureka Springs. From left: Julie and Rick Reames from Choctaw, Okla. and Heather and Chad Williams from Hesston, Kan.
The Rockin’ Pig lived up to its name during BB&BBQ as riders from across the country gathered to ride Ozarks highways and enjoy the company of like-minded folks.
ABOVE: Motorcycle riders came solo and as part of groups for BB&BBQ. Kawasaki Drifter Riders held their annual rally at the Mountain Country Inn and posed proudly with their rides.
At the end of a long day these Texas riders enjoyed the fire pit provided by the Country Mountain Inn. One lone Texan was brave enough to wear his Razorback ballcap.
AT LEFT: Neon lighting is getting to be as common on motorcycles as in the front windows of cafes these days.
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headed downhill from the East Mountain Lookout. The responding officer quickly located the truck and discovered it was a delivery truck and would be returning the way it came. I still don’t see how it got back out. 4:24 p.m. – A caller reported her iPhone stolen from a local gas station. 7:58 p.m. – Carroll County Sheriff’s Office advised of a one vehicle accident on upper Hillside Avenue involving a female who hit her head. EMS responded. She refused their services and a report was taken. 11:59 p.m. – A caller advised she saw a man passed out on the side of the road between Rapid Robert’s and Land o’ Nod. She advised the male’s head was almost on the white line of the road. The responding officer responded found male subject and requested EMS for the subject. They took him to the hospital. September 28 12:16 p.m. – An officer assisted with a funeral procession from Hwy 23 South. 12:49 p.m. – A caller advised the the change-maker in a downtown parking lot wasn’t working. The responding officer fixed it. 1:26 p.m. – A caller reported multiple motorcycles disregarding traffic signage at the intersection of Spring and Main Streets. An officer responded to monitor traffic in the area. 1:45 p.m. – A caller from East Mountain Street asked for a welfare check for an elderly female neighbor after not seeing her in the last two days. Her mail had not been checked either. The responding officers located a phone number for the lady’s sister, who advised she had been in the Eureka Springs Hospital since Monday. 1:55 p.m. – A clerk from a downtown leather shop reported a male subject “walking up and down Spring Street in front of the store screaming at the crowds.” The responding officer could not find anyone screaming or otherwise causing a problem. 3:02 p.m. – A caller advised police that two local fine dining establishments had vendors in their parking lots without permits for outdoor sales. Also they were blocking Armstrong Street. Police responded the T-shirt sale was on private property therefore
permitted, Armstrong Street was in fact open to traffic, and the other eatery had no vendors in its parking lot. 4:53 p.m. – The owner of a fine downtown eatery and bar asked for police assistance dealing with a pie-eyed customer who refused to leave despite multiple requests. 5:07 p.m. – A female caller explained her mom was supposed to have come two hours earlier but never showed up. She had left from downtown Eureka headed toward Holiday Island. The daughter was advised to call area hospitals and make a missing person’s report if she could not be found. Finally, the daughter called back to say she’d made it home. Phone dead, Mom alive. 5:11 p.m. – A caller from Benton Street called to say he thought there ought to be an officer controlling motorcycle noise and traffic. He was advised of extra patrol efforts being made on Planer Hill and at bars this weekend. 6:14 p.m. – Carroll County Sheriff’s Office advised of a traffic accident involving a motorcycle and a Toyota Prius in front of a local candle-themed inn. No injuries were reported and the busted car was towed away. 6:54 p.m. – A caller from Hillside Drive called to report spotters in the area shooting deer on private property and that she has had deer shot in her yard. A report was taken. 7:34 p.m. – A caller from a shop on Main Street called to report the public restrooms by the Auditorium were locked. The caller was advised “They are locked because we just locked them.” Bathrooms to be locked at 6 p.m. nightly per chief. 8:07 p.m. – A caller from a shop up on the highway reported a verbal conflagration with his son which included fighting and verbal threatening of life, but no weapons. Dad ended up going to the bar to watch for the officer. Ultimately he was told it was a civil matter. The officer offered to talk to the son if he was still around. Don’t you always wonder how these things come out later? 8:35 p.m. – A caller reported an erratic driver headed toward Eureka from the Berryville direction. It was a flatbed truck “with lots of lights” passing on the double yellow and speeding. Officers followed the vehicle from Planer Hill north to the sewer plant but found no reason to pull it over. 11:09 p.m. – A local gas station reported a passing car threw eggs at a motorcycle in their parking lot. Everybody’s a critic.
11:38 p.m. – A caller from Howell Street reported receiving a text from a friend who was suicidal, drinking wine and taking pills. Said she was no longer answering the phone. Police did a welfare check and found the individual okay. 11:42 p.m. – A caller reported a brawl between a male and female going on in the parking lot below a local bar. Police responded and arrested the male for 3rd degree domestic battery. He was checked out by EMS for a broken hand. He hung out with local police until they transported him to jail in Berryville. Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. September 29 1:04 a.m. – A caller from Nova Street filed a complaint against a local bar where she said a patron had spat alcohol on her. She said when she complained to management they threatened to call police on her. When the dispatcher recommended she call back during business hours and speak to a supervisor, she hung up on her. Nothing good happens after midnight. 1:16 a.m. – The hanger-upper from Nova Street called back to insist on filing a complaint against the bar where she’d had a bad night earlier; when the responding officer arrived to take her report, she slammed the door in his face. It appeared she had been drinking. 2:11 a.m. – Okay, keep reading. There’s no way to make this stuff up. The angry caller from the last two reports drove to the police station on Passion Play Road to follow up her earlier complaint. I quote the report: “[name deleted] came into the police department extremely intoxicated to file a complaint about [the bar] where she had alcohol spewed on her. An officer started to take the report, but when she found nothing was going to be done tonight, she walked out of the PD and advised she would speak to the chief on Monday. She then sped out of the police department parking lot in a white Mustang. The officer then stopped her at Exxon, where she was arrested for DWI, refusal to submit, and careless and imprudent driving.” 8:39 a.m. – A complainant complained of a banner flying on a Spring Street store that violated code and wanted it removed. Police had it removed. 3:56 p.m. – The fire chief advised vehicles needed to be removed from Armstrong
Street so that emergency vehicles have access if needed. Officers were able to get the vehicles moved without incident. 3:57 p.m. – Police were unable to locate an orange Honda Element driving recklessly eastbound into town before reaching Kings Highway. 4:50 p.m. – A caller from a downtown café reported a female in a red shirt making a scene and refusing to leave. She was already gone by the time help arrived, heading north in a maroon pickup. Police kept an eye out for her after that. 9:09 p.m. – A juvenile female called in to report her boyfriend had been physically abusive to her. A report was taken. 10:55 p.m. – A good samaritan dropped by the police department to bring in a yellow and gray duffel bag he had found on the side of the road near a local hoe-down. The bag contained clothing, shoes, books, vitamins and eyeglasses. The non-emergency number for the police is 479-253-8666 if this sounds familiar. 10:57 p.m. – A caller complained of a group of drunk people on the porch of a local roadhouse cussing and yelling at passersby. The responding officer found the individuals in question “very friendly and not yelling at cars.” 11:07 p.m. – Police received a call about a possible drunk driver headed into town on Hwy 23 South. The responding officer made a traffic stop and found the driver under the legal limit for intoxication. The subject found a ride home and had a sober friend take over the car. September 30 1:07 a.m. – An employee at a local inn called to advise there were 15-20 noisy people outside the rooms whooping it up. He asked them to calm down to no avail. When officers arrived, however, they were all sweetness and light. And back in their rooms. 4:59 a.m. – A caller from South Main Street called for help due to loud noises, either an animal or a person screaming, coming from the woods across the street. The noises had stopped by the time the officer arrived. Traditionally, the Sasquatch or “Skunk Ape” as it is known Down South makes similar noises. As do panthers. Just sayin’. 9:35 a.m. – A caller reported a suspicious See Dispatch, page 21
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Notes from the Colony Do you have an STD?
Many of us have a shameful secret that we hide from the world. We have a Spelling Training Deficit. And if we can’t spell, how can we write? Doesn’t writing require spelling? Yet, some of us can’t spell well enough to find a word in the dictionary. In the Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron’s best-selling guide to discovering creativity, she lists fear of spelling as a “remarkably common block.” Cameron explains that, because you know it’s silly to worry about spelling, you don’t tell anyone your problem. And since you can’t admit this handicap, it continues to prevent you from writing. I am amazed that spelling is a frequent writer’s block, but not because I have no difficulties with spelling myself. As a matter of fact, I am often stymied by the spelling of a word; more so, it seems, as I get older. Just yesterday, I typed six different versions of the word scheme. There was sceeme, sceame, shceam, schem. SCREAM!! Of course, I blame my spelling woes on the educational system. Unlike previous generations, who sensibility memorized words to win spelling bees, my class was the first to learn through Phonics. I just never got it. I must not have been the only one, because it wasn’t long before we had New Phonics. Fifty years later, when I get spelling stumped, I call my 84-year-old, spelling-champ mom, and she reels it off. Actually, the whole spelling problem is a fairly recent development. Like many things, it can be traced to politics. Noah Webster was born in Connecticut in 1758. He was a zealous Patriot, who passionately wanted to see the United States free from Britain. Once the Revolutionary War ended, it was Webster’s goal to create an American language as independent of British English as the Colonies were of the British Empire. Before Webster, proper spelling was the purview of scholarly men who attended Yale. We ordinary folk
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spelled as we could, and nobody was embarrassed. People in the same family spelled their names differently, as many old family Bible genealogies testify. Then came Webster’s Blue-Backed Speller, so called because of its blue cover. It was the most popular American book of its time. By 1837, it had sold 15 million copies, and by 1890, 60 million. For the first century of our country’s history, this book defined the American language to students throughout the nation. Only after 1840 were Webster’s books replaced in popularity by McGuffey Eclectic Readers. As each edition of the Blue-Backed Speller was published, Webster changed the spelling of words, making them “Americanized,” for he continued to labor to distinguish American English from British English. He chose s over c in words like defense. He changed the re to er in words like center. He dropped one of the l’s in traveler. At first, he kept the u in words like colour or favour but dropped it in later editions. He substituted wagon for waggon. He also changed tongue to tung, but that one just didn’t catch on. So, if Mr. Webster wasn’t always sure of the “right” way to spell a word, maybe we can cut ourselves a little slack. If you’re going to paint a sign for the front of your business, please check the spelling. (Otherwise, you might hear from my friend, Eureka native, Mary Randazzo.) But I don’t think that we need to feel too embarrassed if we don’t happen to know Mr. Webster’s final choice on every word as it flows onto the page in the first draft of our story. Beginning writers often fail to understand the difference between a first draft and a second. Or a third. Spelling correction comes in later drafts, and when you get to that point, you have options. If you write on a computer, there are programs to suggest spellings for you. These are
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each year. EMRs are also covered by workers’ compensation if injured while on a call. Once an EMR is trained, he or she receives a medical bag with supplies, safety equipment, vest, AED and radio. EMRs can, if they want, purchase a red strobe light for their vehicle and can run it while responding to calls as long as they are affiliated with a fire department. Although many volunteers are both firefighters and EMRs, it is not required. Many EMRs don’t want to be firefighters or can’t meet the physical requirements for the job. EMRs do work under the direction of the rural fire chiefs and are part of the EMR Alliance. Many EMRs also respond to fire calls to be on standby and as support for the firefighters, who may need monitoring, rehydration or other treatment. In two of the four departments, Grassy Knob and Inspiration Point, even those who don’t want to become EMRs can help out by being traffic directors. Sometimes it is next to impossible for an ambulance to find a rural address, especially in situations where mailboxes are at the entrance to a dirt road and house numbers are not clearly marked. Sometimes local road names don’t match what Dispatch has or road signs are missing. The help of traffic directors might mean the difference between life and death. Most volunteers join their fire departments through contact or invitation from neighbors, coworkers helpful to find where to start in the dictionary. You can hire someone to correct your manuscript, or, if you’re still too embarrassed, you can read it into a recorder and have someone transcribe it. A Spelling Training Deficit should never hold a writer back. If you get completely stumped, you can call my mom. Or Mary. •••
or friends who are involved, but newcomers to a community might like to get involved if they learn through other sources, such as the local media, that there is a need, said Eureka rural Alliance representative Randy Ates. “Anything that will help bring more people in is a good thing.” Williams said getting the numbers of EMRs up is important. “We do live in an area that is relatively safe, but one of these days we might have a disaster and will need everyone on deck to get through it,” he said. “The more people we have trained, the more it would be a great asset to the department and the community.” And the reward? It’s not financial, although some departments are able to compensate small amounts for gas cost. “The biggest reward is knowing you’ve helped saved someone’s life,” said Williams. “Since I started doing this work, I’ve seen several people I know wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the medical responders. “It takes someone who has a big heart and is willing to get out and help their friends and neighbors and their community.” To sign up for the EMT class in January or to find out more about getting involved, contact the fire chief or Alliance representative in your area. Eureka Springs: Rhys Williams, 2539616 or Randy Ates, 244-0604; Grassy Knob: Bob McVey, 253-9528 or Karen Finkeldei, 363-9661; Holiday Island: Jack Deaton, 253-8397; Inspiration Point: Tom Kavanagh, 253-4098 or Ed Thompson, 918-691-6093. Alison Taylor-Brown directs the Community Writing Program at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, which provides creative residencies for writers of all genres, composers, and artists. More than 850 writers from 44 countries have created at the Colony since its founding in 1999. Her column, Notes From The Colony, appears every first and third Tuesday of each month beginning in early June 2012. She can be reached at alisontaylorbrown.com.
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male parked in front of a local herbacy without paying and then “went into the woods.” A report was taken. 10:29 a.m. – A caller from Bentonville reported she could not locate her son. He was up visiting from Texas and was alone in Eureka Springs. His cell phone was dead. All units were on the look out for him. 11:02 a.m. – A caller reported illegal roofing going on on Sundays. Yes, illegal roofing. In our town. Responding officers found a building permit on the door of the house in question. No permits are required for simple repairs. The caller was advised to follow up with the city building inspector on Monday if the entire roof was being replaced. Having said that, no power tools can be used on Sundays between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. 11:18 a.m. – A caller reported a “small black mutt” wandering alone in Basin Spring Park. 11:26 a.m. – A caller from near H & R Block up on Hwy 62 reported a year-old
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e-mail ALATEEN1ST@gmx.com. n Overeaters Anonymous: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Coffee Pot building behind Land O’ Nod at US 62 and Hwy. 23. More information: Barbara 479-244-0070. n Coffeehouse and outreach: Berean Coffeehouse of Calvary Chapel of Eureka Springs hosts Youth Nights monthly with live music, activities and prizes. Watch this space for dates. Regular services 7 p.m. Wednesday nights and 10 a.m. Sunday in the back of the Coffeehouse on US 62E, next to the old Victoria Inn. Coffeehouse open to the public 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday with extra hours and live music on Fridays 5 – 10 p.m. Worship Circle Fridays at 7 p.m. n Occupy: If you can’t join the occupation, join the Facebook group (type in Occupy Eureka Springs to find the group). More info: 479-253-6963. n Casual Sundays at FUMC: Come as you are and enjoy a free meal every Sun-
baby on the highway chasing a puppy. Said the baby had the pup in his arms at the moment. Fortunately for all, his older brother came and claimed him. He’d looked away for a moment when the little boy had chosen to make a break for it. 1:42 p.m. – A caller from near the Little Chapel reported two dogs running loose. 2:56 p.m. – A complainant reported a laptop wasn’t returned when they had picked up their property after being kicked out of their trailer by the renters they were staying with. The caller was advised to bring in information on the computer so it can be reported and not to go to the residence and confront the other party. 6:55 p.m. – A caller from a local inn reported a female who had been drinking and would be leaving in about 20 minutes. She was driving a white Nissan Altima with a Kansas vehicle tag. Officers checked the are without success. 8:43 p.m. – A caller from Pivot Rock Road reported his dog has been attacked by neighbor dogs, which were not on a leash. Police could not locate the owner of the dogs but info was left with Animal Control to follow up. day night from 5:30 – 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. Rachel and Larry Brick will share music during the supper. All are invited to stay for the Casual Worship Service from 6 to 7 p.m. Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds. Hwy. 23S across from Autumn Breeze Restaurant. The public is invited and children are welcome. For more information, call 479-253-8987or 479-981-0482. n Drug problem?: The Eureka Springs Coffee Pot Narcotics Anonymous Group meets Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at the Coffee Pot building behind Land O’ Nod Motel. Contact Shawn H. (417) 271-1084 or Robin S. 479-244-6863 for more information. n Al-Anon Family Group: meetings Eureka Springs AFG meets at the Coffee Pot behind the Land O’ Nod Motel Sundays at 11:30 a.m., Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. n Coffee Break Women: AFG meets at Faith Christian Family Church, Hwy. 23S, on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. For info: 479-363-9495.
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Day of the Dead Parade and Zombie Crawl. Doomsday vehicles, themed floats, street performers, and a horde of hungry zombies will “crawl” from the Public Library to Basin Park. Break out your zombie makeup and fake blood, give your car a “Mad Max” end-of-days facelift, or build a float and join the spectacle! Parade starts at dusk and all participants are asked to bring two cans of food for the Flint Street Food Bank. Visit EurekaZombies. com to sign-up and get more information. Ozark Folk Festival Fall is right around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about The 65th Original Ozark Folk Festival, Oct. 28 – Nov. 3. We have a great music line up this year with Ronny Cox, Trout Fishing in America, Jack William, Still on the Hill and more! So start thinking about the Folk Festival Parade. Get out your banjos and overalls, drag out the goats. We want to have a old fashion Eureka style parade this year. Awards this year are Best Float $300 first prize, second prize $200,Best Costume $ 100, Best walking Group (4 or more people) $150, Best youth entry $250, Best Musical entry $200. All entries will be judged on originality, Folkiness and style. For applications or more information email@example.com. Be a part of History join in the Ozark Folk Festival Parade Come join in the most fun parade Eureka hosts The Ozark Folk Festival Parade Saturday Nov.r 3rd. This years theme is Folk Revival saluting the 70’s when folk music made its way back into the hearts and charts of America. There will be over $1,000 in prizes for Best Float, Best Walking group, Best Musical entry and Best Youth Entry. Celebrate Eureka’s historic folk festival and get folky. For applications email nlpaddock@gmail, call 244-0123 or go to ozarkfolkfestival.com Hamburger cook off The American Legion Post 9 will hold a hamburger cook off on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Pine Mountain Village. The restaurant with the best burgers will be awarded top prizes. The $30 entry fee can be sent to American Legion Post 9, 2546 Mundell Rd., Eureka Springs, AR 72631.
For more information, call 479-253-6601, 479-253-2519 or 580-399-5887. The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow will host the grand opening of “505 Spring at Dairy Hollow” The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow at 515 Spring St. will host tours of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Usonian home and a Fabulous Fifties party and The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow on Nov. 10. For details, call 479-253-7444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ESSA marketing workshop On Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Eureka Springs School of the Arts will host a one-day workshop on marketing for the professional artist. This exciting workshop will feature a lively panel discussion with noted Eureka artists Zeek Taylor, John Rankine, Carol Dickie, and Wendi LaFey in the morning. After a catered lunch, Kate Wicker of Geographics will speak on designing your brochures and rack cards. Edward Robison of the Sacred Earth Gallery will close the informative event with information on building and designing your own web site. Tuition is only $40! and you may Register online at www.essa-art.org or by calling (479)-2535384. Eureka Springs celebrates Food & Wine in November Eureka Springs, Arkansas is known for its unique dining experiences, but this fall, aside from their award-winning usual dishes, area restaurants will showcase special menus and wine pairings for the annual Eureka Springs Food & Wine Festival that takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 12. Events kick off on Wednesday, November 7, with the “First Sip” Raimondo Wine Release Party at DeVito’s of Eureka Springs at 5 Center Street from 5 to 7 p.m. Raimondo Winery is a familyowned winery located on Lake Norfork that specializes in hand-crafted Italian and Iberian wines. Guests can try vintner Margie Roeland’s new Red Blend and appetizers will be served. The fee is $7 per person. For a full schedule of events, visit www.eurekaspringsfoodandwine. com or www.facebook.com/ eurekaspringsfoodwinefestival. See Amusements, page 25
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Discovering Eureka Gingerbread House carved from fairy tale It’s only one room wide and two stories high, with gingerbread carving under the eaves of the gable roof. More ornamental carving frames the tiny balcony and its gable. A dome tops the bay window like a sultan’s turban. Inside, a spiral staircase climbs up through the middle. That’s about all Greg and Kathy Hughes know about the gingerbread house they own on North Main. “We didn’t build it,” said Greg Hughes. “We don’t know much about it.” The Hughes buy houses that need rehabilitating, and like a princess who kisses frogs, turn them back into princely abodes. The first was a pink house on First Jennifer Jackson
Street, where they lived while effecting the transformation. Located in back of the Grand Central Hotel, it was further transformed by the next owners, who painted it yellow, and is now a guest house, Sunflower Cottage The Hughes have transformed four other houses in town, including one next to the Presbyterian Church on Spring Street and two across from the Palace Hotel, the ones built on top of limestone outcroppings as large as giant’s feet. The Hughes were restoring the two houses when the gingerbread house and adjacent property came up for sale seven years ago. They bought it from the owner and builder, Phillip Krebbs. But before the Hughes could do anything with it, an
artist, Barbara Kennedy, asked to buy the house on the adjacent property. So they sold it to her and kept the small one. Now the gingerbread house awaits occupants – perhaps a princess, a family of bears or someone who has always wanted to live in a fairy tale. “The little house was going to be a future project,” Greg Hughes said. “We still might do something with it.” The origin of the gingerbread house came to light with a call from Phillip Krebbs of Village Construction. Krebbs, who sold the North Main property to the Hughes, said he built the gingerbread house as an office for a Victorian trimwork business he had in the larger house. The little house was appropriate for the historic district and the business, he said. ••• Jennifer Jackson is features writer for the Lovely County Citizen. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Like something out of fairy tale, the little gingerbread house awaits visitors – Goldilocks? Rapunzel? – on North Main.
Transitions Robert “Robbie” Edwin Freiburger May 27, 1966 - Sept. 27, 2012 Robbie Freiburger, Eureka Springs UPS Driver, age 46, of Harrison passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012, at his home after a 5 year battle with cancer. He was born May 27, 1966, in Fort Lauderdale, FL the son of Janice Stier Potts. Robbie loved serving God as an active member of First Baptist Church of Bull Shoals where he enjoyed teaching the Mighty Men’s Sunday school class. Robbie enjoyed working for UPS and meeting the people on his routes over his 27 years as a driver. Robbie was also active in martial arts and weight lifting. On the weekends you could find Robbie in the deer woods or in his shop working as a mechanic. Robbie was also a devoted and loving husband, father, brother and friend. Robert Edwin Freiburger is survived by
his loving wife of 23 years, Rhonda Joy Freiburger of the home, his children, Kayte, Kristan, Kinsey, Kaleb and Karsen all of the home, his brothers Todd Moss of Ohio, Scott Moss and Doug Potts of Harrison, grandparents Ivan and Eileen Atkinson, mother and father-inlaw Rodney and Ruth Stromlund, brothers and sister-in-laws Todd and Roxie Carlton of Jefferson City, Mo, Heath and Renae Kirkpatrick of Harrison, Rodney Stromlund Jr of Dallas, TX and Michael and Karisha Munise of Siloam Springs, AR and a host of other family and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his mother. Services were at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the Eagle Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Backus and Rev. Rodney Stromlund speaking. Private burial was
Tuesday in Maple Leaf cemetery. Pallbearers were Bobby Hopper, Troy Holton, Gary Edwards, Will Daniels, Doug Potts, Scott Moss, Todd Moss and Mike Fountain. Honorary Pallbearers were Doug Wintle and Mighty Men’s Sunday school class, UPS and his Eureka Springs family, Scott Barron, James Patterson, Joe and Joanne Dzubay, Dr. Ron Reese, Dr. Scott Ferguson, his nieces and nephews and Rhuel Luttrell Black Belt Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Freiburger children’s education fund may be made at Community First Bank or contributions to the Gideon’s Society. Robbie lived to glorify God and shared his faith with those he met! “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. “II Timothy 4:7-8. Real Men love Jesus as Robbie liked to say! Thank you to all that cared for him and a special thank you to Dr. Reese, the home health nurses, and his niece Kara Carlton who helped provide the care for him that kept him home with his family.
Nov. 12, 1946 – Sept. 9, 2012 A celebration of life for David Massey will take place on October 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Eureka Springs Middle School cafeteria. “We want to celebrate his life, what he shared with us, taught us, and how he influenced our lives. At work or school, with animals or music, come celebrate how he lived: Happily.” A potluck dinner with pictures and memories from many of his students will be shared. Any donations made will be donated under his name to the Eureka Springs Band Boosters, in hopes of buying more instruments so kids can enjoy one of his passions.
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Community Writing Program Spotlight Mystique of the Burqa The anonymous, invisible women of Kabul meander in the teaming markets, their pleated ankle-length burqas swinging softly. Like pale blue ghosts, they float by. Phantoms. Without personality. Indistinguishable, one from another. “How does a child find his mother?” I am arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan for the first time. My driver is Jamal, who becomes my educator on the ways of the streets. He is about 30 years old, with a short, uneven beard – a leftover of the Taliban rule when all men were required to wear beards. The smells of greasy fried foods, strong with onions and garlic, and odor of smoking tobacco are soaked into his clothes of rough cotton in need of a good toss in a western washing machine. I think he is surprised that I sit in the front seat with him. The thought strikes me: I am as foreign to him as he is to me, in this ancient land where men and boys live under one set of rules and little girls and hidden women another. I have much to learn. “It is the shoes,” Jamal says. “Children know their mothers by their shoes.” “The shoes?” Jamal weaves in and out of the chaotic traffic as he educates me. I hold my breath in anticipation on both accounts. “All men know when a young woman walks by. The shoes will tell us, and then we know to stand tall and be tough.”
Flirting Taliban style! I begin to get a hint of how men, Jamal included, ascribe attributes to women beneath the veils. They build illusions of who stands beneath, illusions based on posture, stride, and the shoes – the only visible distinguishing feature of an otherwise concealed person. “A man knows if a woman is young or old by her shoes. I know if it is worth it to walk past this woman or not. I know if she is from a rich family or poor family. I know if she is healthy or not.” And so he goes on, confident in his fantasies about each female. In this land of veiled women, the young and old alike find ways to compensate for their loss of uniqueness. The young mother wears distinctive shoes, so her child can find her in the market place. The young girl finds a way to ‘look pretty’ when going out by wearing high heels. The randy teenager, for even the Taliban cannot control the hormones of 16-year-old boys, finds a bit of titillation in seeing toes—covered by socks—peeking out of shiny-tipped sandals. And the father, looking for a potential wife for his son, spots a worthy candidate in expensive shoes. I am looking at the feet of women now with the intensity of someone with a foot fetish. Can one live a whole lifetime knowing your neighbors only by their shoes? In a society
Community Writing Program Schedule n Oct. 6 — Setting, Characterization, Dialogue, $45 How do you create characters that are fully-formed, three dimensional, believable, sympathetic PEOPLE that the reader cares about? How do you write dialogue that sounds like real speech, but isn’t? (Because real speech is boring.) How can dialogue further plot? How can you avoid the common dialogue mistakes that scream “amateur?” How can you take the same few details about a room, and manipulate them to make the reader feel fear, joy, sorrow-anything you want? This all-day workshop begins at 9:00 at
the Writers’ Colony, and you do not have to have taken previous workshops to learn these three important techniques. n Oct. 14 — Poetry with Don Lee, $25 n Oct. 20 — Memoir with Laura Parker Castoro (www.lauracastoro.com), $45 n Oct. 27 — Fiction, $45 n Dec. 8 — Fiction. $45 (this completes the Fiction Program) The fiction program is a 5-part modular program, so a student can take the workshops in any order, though all are needed to complete the full program. For more information, contact Alison Taylor-Brown at alisontaylorbrown@ me.com or 479 292-3665. Register early, as space is limited.
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where no social greetings exist between men and unrelated women, there is no need to worry about making small talk, but, if one did, I imagine it going this way: “My, my you are looking good today. Your shoes are quite nice and so clean. They look very comfortable. Have a good day!” “Business must be good for your husband; you have on new shoes today.” “You must be feeling better now. I notice that you are not wearing your special orthopedic shoes.” No where else in nature are males and females of a species separated so totally as in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Jamal arrives one morning with a lovely, wide smile, exposing neglected teeth covered in nicotine stains. He has a tooth missing on the upper right side of his mouth but seems unconcerned for these small faults. “What are you smiling about today?” I ask. “Today is a windy day.” How can I help but ask, “Why does the wind make you so happy?” “Madam, the wind moves the burqas against the women’s bodies, and I can see their form.” With a bit of shyness, Jamal fairly swoons as he continues, “Allah makes the wind to blow. I must look where I am going. The two occurrences bring about an unexpected pleasure.” I’m caught up in his explanation. Is
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this innocence in life to be seized on and celebrated, or is it a travesty of the modesty being demanded of the women? There is a simple joy Jamal receives from looking at a woman’s form against the windblown burqas, with no need of further graphic disclosure. The wind is the provider of his entertainment today, and it feeds his imagination. But then, I think of the enforced wearing of the burqa that so strips a woman of her individuality and her freedom of expression. Merely by the wind pushing or lifting her burqa against her body, she excites the men looking at her. It is a small violation without her knowledge, permission or control. A free woman can choose to dress for effect, but the poor Afghan woman has no choice, and furthermore will be blamed for being provocative if the wind lifts her covering and exposes even her ankles. I can’t imagine what the sight of an ankle will do to poor Jamal. Surely he will have to pull to the side of the road to regain his composure! “If a woman is out and passes her husband, will she ignore him or greet him?” “Never, never madam will the woman not greet her husband and offer him respect. It would be as she wants.” Jamal is sure. But I wonder, would she take that moment of passing to claim the one freedom given by cover of the burqa – her anonymity?
Sue McIntyre worked extensively throughout Africa, Central Asia and South Asia as a Disaster Response specialist for non-government organizations and for the US Government. Her most recent work was in Sudan and South Sudan as a Senior Humanitarian Advisor for the US Government. She writes about her experiences as a humanitarian in war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. She brings a unique, woman’s point of view to many experiences where there were few women working. Her present article focuses on her experiences in Afghanistan in 2002. She is a graduate from Boston University and holds an M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina.
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Lively Entertainment By Kristal Kuykendall
By Kristal Kuykendall
It’s a rockabilly rock-n-roll weekend! This weekend will be packed full of some awesome, dynamic, fun, danceable rockabilly, classic rock and classic country tunes from two bands playing Friday at Squid and Whale and Saturday at Chelsea’s. Friday at Squid and Whale Pub features The Eskimo Brothers, a high-energy altcountry outfit from Nashville, Tenn. The group says it covers everything from Lady Gaga to Buck Owns, with everything from Carl Perkins, Elvis, all three Hanks, Reckless Kelly, AC/DC, Neil Diamond and Sublime filling in the songs between. Sounds fun to me! The Eskimo Brothers are regular performers at Nashville’s well-known Whiskey Bent Saloon, where their highspeed, rockabilly style and on-stage antics (they do tricks, and they’re pretty good lookin’ to boot!) are big crowd-pleasers. Their show at Squid and Whale Friday begins at 9 p.m. and there is no cover.
SATURDAY This Saturday’s band at Chelsea’s looks to be one of the most well-traveled bands to visit Eureka Springs in some time. Three Bad Jacks, a modern rockabilly group based in the Los Angeles area, is one of Los Angeles’ hardest working bands – and biggest club draws, pounding it out, non-stop, for well over a decade. Averaging more than 250 shows a year and selling out clubs from Hollywood to New York City and having headlined numerous European festivals, the groups’ dedication and rebel spirit have long since been honed to perfection. This rings true in every note that singerguitarist Elvis Suissa, bassist Ruben Ibarra and drummer Adam Jones strike, each of whom display a mastery and understanding of the underground American big-beat heritage. While use of the word “mature” may
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seem to contradict Three Bad Jacks’ international reputation as rock ‘n’ roll wild men, their mix of the sensitive and savage is impressive, and their ability to navigate such a broad musical spectrum is even more so. But the music business is all about experience, and with records sales topping 150,000 to date, with numerous songs placed on television and video game soundtracks and having long since graduated from selling out hometown venues like the Troubadour, House of Blues and Galaxy Theater, the group also has sharing bills and touring with the likes of Joe Strummer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dwight Yoakam, Social Distortion and Bouncing Souls – Three Bad Jacks is, indeed, nothing less than a force of nature, according to critics and their own resume. An Examiner.com reviewer recently wrote after seeing them perform: “Full of energy and attitude, Three Bad Jacks put on a great show. They’ll play anything the audience requests and they make sure to spend plenty of time with their fans before and after the show. If you haven’t seen Three Bad Jacks, make sure to catch their next show when they come back to the stage after working on their next
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• The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: Bike Night, 4 to 9 p.m. or later, food and drink specials, DJ on demand and prizes; DJ & Karaoke, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe: Live music, 6 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479363-6444: Mike Garrett, 7 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Blew Reed and the Flatheads, 6 p.m. • Squid & Whale: The Eskimo Brothers, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 • Cathouse / Pied Piper: Sarah Hughes, 8 p.m. • Chaser’s: Eddie Valen Band, 8 p.m. • Chelsea’s: Three Bad Jacks, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live: Act a Fool, 9 p.m.
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Veterans Art Show Veterans and Artists that want to participate in the Art Show should contact Lezley Foley at 479-253-5423 or email email@example.com. We invite those Veterans and Artists to come display their art and memorabilia that is either created by or honors Veterans. For more information about the entire Veterans Day Weekend events planned, please visit Eureka Springs Veterans Day Parade on Facebook or call Sue Glave at 479-2536601 or cell 580-399-5887. Holiday Island line dancing Line dancing at Holiday Island generally meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Barn on the island. The first Tuesday includes instruction at the beginning, and the third Tuesday is dancing. This ongoing event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Vicky Lemme at 479-253-9039. Hootenanny on the Berryville Square There is a hootenanny every Friday
from 7 to 9 p.m. at the 302 in the Grand View Hotel on the Berryville Square. Ozarts seeks musicians Ozarts is looking for musicians to perform in the Grand View Ballroom on Thursday nights, Saturdays and Sundays. This is a chance to play. No pay, but musicians may put up a tip jar and Ozarts will help you promote your event. Musicians are welcome to videotape their music and Ozarts will add original music videos to our website and YouTube to help you promote your band or act. Check it out at 870-654-3952 or www.Ozarts.org. Download audiobooks, eBooks The Carroll County Library System now has eBooks and audiobooks available to download from your library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting berryvillelibrary.org or eurekalibrary.org. Click on Library2Go! to get started. For help call the Eureka Springs public library at 479-253-8754. This service is free for patrons with library card.
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Nature of the Beast
Lucky in more way than one Imagine you are a lioness, sleek, proud, and fearsome. Imagine you are the queen of the African veldt, grand dame of the savannah. This is who you were meant to be… but the bleak reality is this: You exist in a warehouse, blind, starving, suffering from severe physical ailments as a result of inbreeding, every step an effort to remain upright…wondering what had happened, wondering what was to come… This was the reality for a lioness found lodged in a storage shed near Branson, Mo. She was brought to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) by an animal control officer who was kind enough to rescue her from the deplorable conditions under which she survived. She was only eight months old then, and the officer named her “Lucky,” as in “Lucky to be alive.” Lucky lived at Turpentine Creek from July 2001 until her recent death. She was a poster child for the dangers of inbreeding, and for the cruelties of the exotic pet industry. This poor lioness struggled to live with valor despite her numerous disabilities. Her life was a relatively short one: eleven years instead of the twenty-plus that many of the big cats at TCWR celebrate. Her very existence was a stark lesson to all who would visit her at the refuge: big cats are not meant to be adopted as pets, and when they are, terrible cruelties often come to pass. The abnormal fears that Lucky exhibited when she first arrived were
indicative of an animal that had been abused. Initially, she would only interact with Hilda Jackson, one of the originators of the refuge. After several months, she was able to be moved from a cage into a compound. Her blindness became evident, although it was thought that she could see shadows. She had significant neurological problems that impacted her ability to walk. She could, and did, respond to the voices of her “favorite humans.” Eventually, Lucky would enjoy her own habitat; she came to love the feel of grass under her paws – so much so that she often refused to come into her compound at night to eat. Just this past August, Lucky’s condition declined dramatically, and she had to be humanely euthanized. The staff and interns at TCWR lost one of their “special ones,” one of those truly lucky enough to find a permanent, loving home at the refuge. Rest in peace, Lucky. •••
Darlene Simmons is a transplant from California, landing in Eureka Springs in 2008. She comes to journalism after a long career as a R.N., public health nurse, and nursing professor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing and has been published twice in professional journals. She regularly contributes to Currents Magazine. A life-long animal lover, she is an active supporter of both Turpentine Creek and The Good Shepherd Humane Society. Please send comments and/or ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Natural Way Here we are in October, and while flu season is typically months away, already there are fears being generated. Scary words are being televised and flu vaccine booths are popping up in grocery stores like weeds. No one knows what flu strain will be strongest this year, so being vaccinated may be helpful for some and not others. For sure, right now is the time to begin adjusting your supplements and herbals. It’s time to ramp up the amount of vitamin D you take daily in anticipation of winter. I personally take 2,000 iu/day. This is good to do to keep respiratory diseases at bay. When colds start to show up, flu won’t be far away, so here is a primer on natural care for these predictable nasties. Did you know tropical red Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) tea, though traditionally used to ease indigestion, also relieves colds and respiratory trouble? Hibiscus is also a natural source of Vitamin C. This can be added to my favorite remedies for both ailments. Elder tea straight (for colds) or blended with peppermint (for flu) is very effective at stopping or preventing either. Cheap, too! I like brewing the tea in large amounts; drinking more is the way to go. Here’s how I brew leaves, flowers and herbs
(Rooibos, Green, Chamomile, Lavender, Hibiscus, Elder, Peppermint etc.) Make as an infusion: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. of the tea. Steep 1012 minutes. Strain or use a very clean or dedicated Mr. Coffee-type maker. Place 1 oz of herb in the basket to 1 full carafe of water. Try a second batch with the same herb. Aromatic herbs or essential oils can ease stuffy noses and chest congestion. A fully natural approach would start with a good strong immune booster like Astragalus or mushroom extracts. I’d go high value if the going gets rough. I’d then take large amounts of Monolaurin and maybe combine it with grapefruit seed extract. I’d also drink large amounts of Elder tea (mixed with peppermint if I have a fever) every day. I’d stay away from crowds, wash my hands a great deal, keep tissue paper around to catch sneezes and use herbal disinfectant on door handles, keyboards and telephones. Soap and water is one of the best germ killers/disinfectants. A good night’s sleep, healthy diet, extra vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) and a good multiple vitamin goes a long way as well.
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Eureka Springs Garden Club officers for this year are, from left, Secretary Caroline Martindale; Vice President Martha Tancre; Treasurer Ginni Miller; Corresponding Secretary Beverly Dowland; and President Iris Wheat. The group had its first meeting at the home of Annie Stricherz on Sept. 28. The Garden Club is pleased to report that it has entered the digital age and can be contacted at email@example.com as well as found on Facebook.
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Wisecrack Zodiac ARIES: Forget rubber and glue: you’re an unraveled roll of duct tape, so everything will stick to you this week. Try to avoid pointy things like screwdrivers, scissors and your sweetie’s finger poking you in the chest. TAURUS: The chances of you being normal are about the same as Charlie Sheen rooming with Tim Tebow. Stop aiming for the impossible and just be your freaky self. GEMINI: You’re so tough on Wednesday, you could exorcise a haunted house just by cocking your eyebrow at it. Try your new Chuck Norris superpowers on your boss and you could end up with a raise or a new stapler. CANCER: Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snort milk out your nose while dancing Gangnamstyle, and you’re the newest hit on YouTube. This time, try to keep your pants on. Think of the children. LEO: Your mojo is beyond hot on Friday; you’re stepping up to Freddie Mercury levels of awesomeness. Not everyone gets that kind of magic, so enjoy your stint as a prince of the universe. VIRGO: Your meticulousness saves the day at work when a receipt you’ve kept since 1991 proves to be important. No, not really, but isn’t it a bit spooky how the universe knows your fantasies? Maybe you should draw the blinds before indulging in that paper filing fetish. LIBRA: Find the joy in your day, whether it’s watching children play innocently in the park or seeing them trip an asshat who’s texting while walking in the street. Ah, it’s the little things that make life so great. SCORPIO: Romance is in the air, but no one can detect it because of that thick cloud of Axe body spray orbiting you. Step into a breeze on Thursday and you could get lucky. SAGITTARIUS: You’ve been trying to apologize to someone close
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for days, but they’re not listening. Maybe you should try a couple of “I’m sorry” gift melons, preferably your own decorated in a skimpy negligee. If you’re a guy thinking of strapping on some cantaloupes, though, that could get weird. CAPRICORN: Good news! You see a light at the end of the tunnel. Bad news: You also see your frenemy sneaking up to the breaker box. If a train leaves Chicago at 5 p.m., will you still have time to apply a wedgie and get out before it roars through? See, you thought you’d never use those word problem
skills in real life. AQUARIUS: A b s e n c e makes the heart grow fonder, but handing over your credit card and getting out of the way makes it vibrate with happiness. You’ll need that goodwill when you vacation in Vegas this year. PISCES: Lately your life has been like Muppets in Karo syrup. It’s hilarious to watch, but you’re still stuck. Don’t worry, the fire hose of good karma is on its way. Answers on page 27
Of birth marks, omens and signs
Deborah Quigley My daughter’s hair grows long over the birthmark at the back of her neck. She’s been through what we’ve all been through and emerged from crying. I wonder what preexistence she began to forget when her bones formed in my womb. She wants to be reminded again and again of giants and castles.
She learns the different positions of her grandmothers’ hands when they pray. One grandmother says she mourns at the birth and will rejoice at the death. Turning tears into bead work, she counts prayers, her eyes fixed on a place beyond this world. Her Cherokee grandmother sewed a beaded bag amulet to hold the umbilical cord, and saved the white shell charm from the cradle board. There are omens she remembers the smell of, they come that close. How do I teach my daughter to find her way back, apart from my womb next time? The afterbirth buried in placenta hills presented squash, the sign of womanhood. My daughter was born smelling like the earth. She will be reborn in water warmed in my own mouth. I will tell her that brothers and sisters in garden tombs gave us cellars full of olives, grain that dies in the ground, and sweet grapes. The oil, bread and wine we make are the signs this life can give. •••
Deborah Quigley Smith has published poems in Melic Review, Long Pond Review, Sequoya Review, and Poetry Miscellany, as well as other print and online journals. She has an English degree from Harding University and currently lives with her husband in Quigley’s Castle, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In addition to poetry, Debbie writes international thrillers, one of which was recently selected as a semi-finalist for a national prize. She volunteers in the Community Writing Program, mentoring students on plot and character.
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Announcements EUREKA SPRINGS FARMERS' MARKET IS GROWING. NEED MORE VENDORS! 300-500 attendance/day. Come join the excitement. Arkansas' first solar powered market. For info call Frank 479-253-4950 or Stuart 479-244-5667
FLORA ROJA COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE- providing affordable healthcare for the whole community. Sliding scale fee. $15-$35 per treatment with an additional $15 paperwork fee on the first visit only. You decide what you can afford to pay! Francesca Garcia Giri, L.Ac, 479-253-4968. 119 Wall Street. LAST OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND MASSAGE SCHOOL in Eureka Springs. Classes begin January 2013. Full catalog & applications available at nwarmassageschool.com. No more than 12 students accepted to our 100% board pass rate program. Apply Now. 479-363-6673 REWARD FOR SMALL METAL TOOL BOX AND TOOLS. Lost by Train Station on Grand Ave. Oct. 2. Call 981-3430 or 981-1175 STU"DA"BAKER HOMEMADE PIES At the Farmers' Market Now Taking Orders for Holiday Pies Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoe, Pecan and Others 479-244-5667 THE EUREKA SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET FALL PIE CONTEST will be held October 18th at 9am. Enter sweet or savory pies. Cook up your best pie and you can win market dollars and prizes (1st,2nd and 3rd place). Feel the buzz and taste the difference. Pine Mountain Village Parking Lot. See ya there! THE EUREKA SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET Welcome to Autumn. There are quite a few wonderful sweet potatoes, and you will still find your summer fruits like eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, and squash nestled in with some fall crops like turnips,radishes,arugula,lettuce,bok choi,and swiss chard. Get your green beans while they last. There are also yellow and purple "green" beans. Pretty. There is also some nice winter squash too. Chicken,Eggs,Beef,Home Made Baked Goods, Potatoes,Garlic,Beautiful Flowers, lots of beautiful fresh veggies, Hand Crafted Bags,Fresh Honey, lotsa peppers (Hot and Not). Knife and Scissor Sharpening. Remember to enter your best Pie or Pies on Oct. 18 in the Markets annual fall Pie Contest, Sweet or Savory, all are welcome. There is no entry fee and you could win one of three good prizes. On Oct. 23, The Market proudly welcomes journalist and chef Kim O'Donnel who will demo a food delight from her new book "The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations". For more than a decade, journalist and chef kim O'Donnel has dispensed cooking advice at numerous publications, including The
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October 4, 2012 – Lovely County Citizen – Page
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Jailhouse food, or, a crash diet
Jailhouse food: Most people never get the chance to discover the depths of what they give you to eat when you get locked up in county jail. In that hell-mirror version on the culinary delights of our local favorites, among them places like the Garden Bistro and Mud Street, jail – or so I am told – offers the opposite of that and more. (Caveat: none of these details, supplied by a source who does not wish to be named, are in doubt, but none apply to the local incarceratory lodgings. My source spent his involuntary vacation over in Northwest Arkansas.) Breakfast? A boiled egg, a handful of dry corn flakes, a couple mandarin oranges. Those are the little ones. They feed you ungodly early, when you’re too groggy to argue from sleeping all night with a towel wrapped around your head because they never turn out the lights. Plus a water glass of instant milk. The inmates refer to it as “calf formula” for obvious reasons. Lunch? A bologna sandwich, or a peanut butter and corn syrup sandwich, a couple cookies, mini-carrot sticks or celery. More calf formula. Dinner? Same as above. Rise and repeat. There are two driving forces behind jailhouse food, and neither of them has anything to do with enjoying what you eat. One is the legal expedient requiring inmates to receive a certain number of calories per day. The jail gets $X a day to house and feed its customers, and according to my friend, they don’t waste any of that on frills like mayonnaise or catsup or anything hot like soup or biscuits or … well, anything. He lost
25 pounds in a month. The other driving force is, of course, the punitive nature of incarceration in general. You are there because you screwed up somehow or other. Everything about that place will remind you at every moment, except when you are asleep, of this fact. The bunk beds are hard, everybody snores or throws their shoes at those who do, and when they let you out for exercise, it’s a concrete area with concrete walls and a screened over open sky that lets you see the clouds through the grill. Plus a little keyhole in a locked door where you can peek through and see the front lawn of the facility. It sounds dreadful. But that’s the point. There are many other dimensions to jailhouse food – for example, trading food. You agree to trade your breakfast later for a peanut butter sandwich today, you’d better be ready to hand it over or you get a beating, which means solitary confinement, which means no more playing dominoes with crackheads or walking in endless circles around the pod because that’s what there is to do. There is a bright lining to these experiences, especially when viewed long after the fact. Consider fat farms; people pay thousands of dollars to go Out West and go through exactly the same regimen inmates do – carefully measured calories, plenty of camaraderie, exercise. Should the steadily growing forprofit privatization of prisons fall through, the same facilities can thrive by removing the barbed wire from the surrounding walls and charging about ten times as much per person for use of the place. According to my source, after about the third week, your system is completely detoxed of whatever vices you have, leaving you pure. Your energy levels, aided but not overwhelmed by the food, rise to giddy heights. By the time you get out of the pokey, and go back to smoking cigarettes and eating cheeseburgers and drinking beer etc., you are physically if not mentally sound, ready to jump back into the game of life. Except you’ve probably lost your job going to jail and have no place to live. The weed of crime bears bitter fruit.
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in the black. We stopped the bleeding a year and a half ago, and all our bills are paid – we are still large enough to unique and affordable opportunity for cover our costs – but unless something visitors to experience live the events changes, at the end of this season there that unfolded during the last week of will be no money left, and we will have Christ’s life, performed by over 150 to close the doors.” actors, with live animals on a real-life There are 22 performances remaining set of buildings and props. However, for the 2012 season on Mondays, the opportunity for people to witness Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and the Scriptures come alive first-hand is Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Friday, under threat. Sept. 28 through Saturday, Oct. 27. The GPP has been losing money Because time is running out, GPP annually, Ray confirmed, but not as officials have decided to publicly ask for much as has been reported elsewhere, donations and assistance. he told the Lovely County Citizen late “Under the strain of rising costs and last week after other media outlets a tight budget, The Great Passion Play reported erroneous figures, he said. needs help,” said Chairman of the Board According to the Arkansas Times Keith Butler. “The Great Passion Play blog, in tax year is at risk of being 2010, the foundation unable to support its that operates the GPP ministerial efforts “In order to have a “reported revenue to spread the ‘Good 2013 season, we need of $1.7 million and News of Jesus Christ.’ people to either ‘Give expenses of $2.2 “Cornerstone Bank or Come’ now.” million, a loss of of Eureka Springs has more than $500,000, partnered with us for – Keith Butler compared with a loss decades, providing of about $100,000 much needed the year before. financial support to Assets were valued at $3.1 million and facilitate the continued operation of the liabilities at $2 million in mortgages and Great Passion Play and its projects,” notes. But virtually all the assets were Butler continued. “Cornerstone Bank in land and buildings, with only about has never wavered in its support of the $59,000 in cash and investments.” Play’s leadership as the Play seeks out Ray acknowledges some truth to prospective investors, new ownership, or the reports that losses have been long-term sustainability through potential accumulating for some time. partnerships.” “Although a decline was evident for The GPP has encouraged millions of years, it began in a major way in the people in their faith, he added, but many 2008-2009 season. From then to now we more people need to be touched by “The have averaged a loss of roughly 30,000 Greatest Story Ever Told.” visitors a year. That’s only for the play, “In order to have a 2013 season, we not affiliated features. The decline in need people to either ‘Give or Come’ tourism has been pervasive everywhere, now,” Butler said. “The Great Passion and we are one group that got hit Play is a significant part of Christian hard. But we have had lots of positive Culture,” said Butler. “Now we are feedback from articles on radio, on TV, making a heartfelt plea to businesses, in the newspaper. People are rooting for organizations, partners and the general us,” he said. public to help us keep this long-standing On the other hand, Ray says, the half- tradition running so it may continue to be million-dollar figure is erroneous. a blessing for generations to come.” “We did not lose half a million dollars The Eureka Springs site hosts not only last year, as was reported elsewhere,” he the Great Passion Play but also the Christ said. “We were only down 1 percent last of the Ozarks statue. Built in 1966, the year and came within a hair of being local icon, which is 67 feet tall, was
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primarily the work of Emmet Sullivan, who also worked on nearby Dinosaur World. He also had assisted in the work at Mount Rushmore under Gutzon Borglum as one of the sculptors. Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Chairman and CEO Mike Bishop expressed regret at the news on Thursday. “The Great Passion Play is an anchor for us in terms of family-oriented business,” he said, “and we don’t want to see it go away. From what I have been told, they are trying to raise capital to continue their efforts, and we wish them luck. We certainly don’t want to lose them. They have been a mainstay of the local economy for 45 years.” According to Butler, CEO of the Elna Smith Foundation that manages the Passion Play, the site is for sale, in hopes a buyer with funds to re-invigorate the business will take the reins. In the meantime, Ray has said that while the GPP would benefit from donations — including functional used vehicles, up-to-date computers, LCD monitors, software, office supplies, lumber, gravel, and other material goods — its greatest need is funds to keep the attraction running. “We are a 501(c)3 non-profit,” Ray said, “and this is the first time in 46 years we have had to do a fundraiser, so I feel our record is pretty good. I am hopeful.” Barabbas, a.k.a. Huey Logsdon, agrees. “I am confident the Passion Play will be open again next year,” he said. “I believe they will be able to get the money together. It’s good, clean fun. It’s a good thing to be involved in.” Donations can be made to The Great Passion Play online at www. greatpassionplay.org/donations.asp. Also, donations may be made via telephone by credit card by calling the toll-free number 1-800-882-7529. Donors should mail checks or money orders to: The Great Passion Play, ATTN: Accounting, P.O. Box 471, Eureka Springs, AR 72632. Donations of goods are also accepted by calling the same toll-free number and making arrangements for delivery.
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Multimedia book author writes soundtrack for her novel Hallie Pritts’ project description of a multimedia book caught the attention of the judges when she applied for the Composing Your Life Fellowship at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. Writing and performing a sound track to accompany her own novel was such an unusual and original idea that the judges wanted to give her an uninterrupted week to devote to furthering her project. Pritts has been a songwriter and musician for more than 10 years, and while she says her book isn’t a memoir, the life of the book’s main character does mirror her own experience of living as an independent musician in Pittsburgh, Penn. “Writing music and writing fiction have always fulfilled very different but equally satisfying urges in me,” she says. “To be able to combine these two aspects is wildly exciting to me and allows me to create a finished project with the emotional depth and breadth I’ve been seeking.” Pritts has had a number of songs released, including a French language single, and four full-length albums. Her album “Get Out of Sin City” reached #17 on the EuroAmericana charts, #38 on the Americana charts and #1 on the Pennsylvania Roots Radio charts in 2011. Her song “Lake Erie” was featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” blog, and she has also had songs released by both Norwegian and Irish record companies. She visited high school students at Clear Spring School during her fellowship in September and shared some of her experiences as a musician. “The students loved her songs, and asked many questions about the origin of each one, wanting the “liner notes” on how each song developed. Pritts shared stories about her travels and recording projects that led her to where she is now and about the jobs she has held to pay the bills so she could continue playing music,” said Karen FitzPatrick, Director or Communications at Clear Spring School. Pritts also told the students that a fellowship is very similar to getting
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