Citizen of the Year Save the Ozarks leader Pat Costner named winner for her work fighting SWEPCO Page 3
Visit us online: www.lovelycitizen.com VOLUME 15 NUMBER 2
New Yearâ€™s Eve Revelers visit multiple venues throughout Eureka Springs to ring in 2014 Page 16
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TOPNEWS n More snow days Winter weather strikes again, wreaks havoc on roads, causes closures Page 4
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Fire hits HI condos No one injured in blaze that destroys two apartments n Page 5
Editorial addresses concerns from citizens and business owners Page 10
n On the hunt Ghost hunters come to town for Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend at the Crescent Hotel Page 7
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a reason! 11:41 a.m. – Caller reported two drivers arguing in front of a local convenience store. Officer talked to one of the drivers who said they had pulled out in front of someone. Way to be a decent human being and own up to your mistake, driver number one. 4:01 p.m. – Caller reported sewage leak near Spring and Mountain streets. Well that stinks! 8:59 p.m. – Sheriff’s Office requested officer assistance at a local inn for noise complaint. Officer responded and advised guest to keep the noise down. The question is, domestic dispute or partying too hard? 10:32 p.m. – An employee from the same inn reported that the people from the last call had left and were drinking and driving; officer responded. Question answered. 10:39 p.m. – During a routine traffic stop, an officer made DWI arrest. Gotcha. 11:46 p.m. – The Basin Park desk clerk advised police the alarm on the baby Jesus had been tripped. Officer responded and checked the scene for damage, but found none. Our guess at the Citizen is they were trying to take the sweet baby Jesus as their own personal savior. Reach out and touch faith, guys. Jan. 1 1:13 a.m. – Caller from a local restaurant reported one of the owners was drunk and belligerent, and requested them to be removed. Officer responded, but owner was gone before arrival. It’s getting where a man can’t even get drunk and start a fight in his own restaurant. 11:27 a.m – Caller from a local motor inn reported some former guests making a scene in the parking lot. Officer responded and parties left without incident. 1:46 p.m. – A concerned mother called and requested a welfare check on her son. Officer responded and son was fine. 2:40 p.m. – Caller reported a deer with an arrow in its back that ran away. Officer responded but was unable to locate the injured deer. Caller responded, “Well, great, I will never get that arrow back See Dispatch, page 26
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The science of activism
Citizen of the Year Pat Costner uses expertise to fight SWEPCO plans By Kristal Kuykendall
Pat Costner, the Lovely County Citizen’s 2013 Citizen of the Year, has been a chemist – at least in her heart, at first – since she was 4. That year, her mother gave her and her brother a small blue-and-white boat that was propelled by carbon dioxide, which was formed by dripping vinegar into a reservoir filled with baking soda. “It seemed so mysterious and magical to mix a clear liquid and a white powder to make an odorless, colorless gas. I wanted to know why that happened,” Costner recalled. Years later, attending college at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, Costner’s first big interest was radiochemistry, or using radio isotopes to study the properties and reactions of stable isotopes; she was inspired by her mentor, Dr. Helen Ludeman, and, of course, Marie Curie, who pioneered radiochemistry and was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and discovered two scientific elements, polonium and radium. It would be this young woman who would later have such an impact on Eureka Springs’ efforts to combat a major eyesore, environmental hazard and tourism-killer, SWEPCO’s proposed 345,000 Volt electric transmission line across the western portion of Carroll County, that she handily was chosen by local residents as the winner of the Citizen of the Year award. In 1961, after earning (with honors) her bachelor of science in chemistry and mathematics at age 20, the sharp-minded Costner went on to earn her master’s in organic chemistry and mathematics, also with honors. By this time she had been inducted into the American Chemical Society and was working as a research biochemist for the Pauline Beery Mack Foundation, responsible for finding and modifying analytical procedures used in nutritional research – and she already had completed more than three years’ work as a lab instructor at TWU, teaching basic radiochemical techniques to high school and junior college instructors. In 1964, she left the academic world and took a position as a research chemist for
Shell Oil, where she helped find techniques for refining petroleum. She later worked for Arapahoe Chemicals in Boulder, Colo., as a research chemist specializing in studying and optimizing procedures for making use of organic chemicals in everyday life. But in 1974, she left there and moved to Eureka Springs. She wasn’t exactly satisfied working for Big Business, and she wanted to achieve self-sufficiency, like many who move to Eureka do. “Confronted by the difficulty of realizing that area, I established an analytical laboratory that carried out water and wastewater analyses for cities and industries,” Costner explained. She had quite the resume already, with dozens of published research articles and an outstanding professional reputation under her belt. It wasn’t long before she had plenty of clients at her Owltree Laboratory. But it never truly ignited her heart. It wasn’t until she also began working on community water issues in Eureka Springs that she realized where the biggest portion of her professional and personal passion lied. “My first direct experience of having a sociopolitical impact with my work came here in Eureka Springs,” she said. She was drawn into a community-wide effort to modify and expand a plan by McClelland Consulting Engineers to close the wastewater treatment plant on Highway 23 and build a new, multi-million-dollar facility near the Lake Leatherwood Dam. “A wonderful group of people coalesced – Barbara Harmony, Jacqueline Froelich, Doug Stowe, Glenna Booth, Karen Lindblad and many more – and we succeeded in keeping the wastewater treatment plant at the same site where it was then and is today,” Costner noted. “But perhaps our biggest success was convincing the EPA to fund the exfiltration study with the aim of locating all of Eureka’s major springs, studying the water quality of the springs, identifying the sources of pollution and devising a plan to clean up the springs.” The core of that plan was to carry out a phased transition from the city’s centralized
Photo by David Bell
Pat Costner is the Citizen’s 2013 Citizen of the Year. The lifelong scientist has used her expertise to help lead the local fight against SWEPCO’s proposed power lines.
wastewater collection and treatment system to appropriate on-site systems including composting toilets and grey-water systems. Much the information gathered in devising that plan is in Costner’s book, “We All Live Downstream: A Guide to Waste Treatment That Stops Water Pollution,” published in 1986. That book, along with Costner’s previous work and professional reputation, earned her a job offer from Greenpeace International as first the acting director and then as research director of Greenpeace’s U.S. Toxics Campaign, where she was responsible for gathering, analysis and dissemination of information relating to the assessment of waste disposal technologies, including their impacts on human health and the environment. She also was responsible for the publicity end of that work: training and overseeing campaigners in the preparation of facility-specific assessments. All the while, she continued working to better the environment and its water resources for the Eureka Springs outfit she had co-founded, the National Water Center. “During that period, I was also drawn into other environmental issues in the region,
and it became clear that there was great satisfaction to be found in working with people who are committed to protecting their families, their livelihoods and their environment from degradation,” Costner added. Meanwhile, her work with Greenpeace was getting international attention – in both scientific and political realms – as she worked as a senior scientist there, focusing on the sources, fate and effects of pollutants, particularly those that are persistent and/or bioaccumulative, and on incineration and other methods of waste disposal/destruction. And she was chosen to be a member of Greenpeace’s delegation and a science advisor for the international Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Movement of Hazardous Waste. “I am privileged to have played a role in the realization and implementation of that global treaty,” Costner replied when asked about her biggest accomplishments. “There are words in the text of the treaty that are there because I argued successfully for their inclusion. I also am privileged to have been deeply involved in the preparation of the 2013 Dioxin Toolkit, the protocol used by See Costner, page 17
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More snow days!
Bitter cold, snow spread across the county – again By LCC Staff
CARROLL COUNTY – The year is coming in like a lion, after a storm brought three to five inches of ice and snow to the area over the weekend. That snowfall was followed up by frigid temperatures and dangerous winds late Sunday and all day Monday, causing the wind chills to fall somewhere between 10 and 20 below zero. This weather caused roads and parking lots to be turned into skating rinks yet again. “I think we are doing well for the conditions,” said Steve Lawrence of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. “From what I understand for Madison and Carroll counties, this came with a fair amount of sleet on the front end of it, like the other storm. But we didn’t get as much this time.”
Mike Armstrong of the Eureka Springs Department of Public Works advised people to take the proper precautions if they decide to go out. “Use good judgement,” he said, adding that everything that’s melting during the day will refreeze at night when the temperatures drop and the sun goes down. “The roads are looking much better today than yesterday – just had to get out of the single digit [temperatures],” Armstrong said Tuesday afternoon. He added that there are still some ice and snow patches on the roads in areas where it’s shady most of the day. Holiday Island Roads Superintendent Kenny DeHart said Monday most roads had been plowed and chatted, but all the roads were still covered. “We plowed what we can and have chat on all the hills,” he said. “We’re starting to see some bare spots. The sun does help,
Photo by Chip Ford
An Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department plow moves through the Highway 23 North and Highway 187 intersection as it drudges through the snow and ice towards Holiday Island.
but if you don’t pay attention, you’ll be in trouble.” He said after December’s big storm he had ordered another 400 tons of chat, but they’re also using calcium chloride instead magnesium chloride to break down the ice. “We have to be selective because it’s expensive,” he said. “We’re using it on Holiday Island Drive, Stateline Drive and the three-way stop at Woodsdale.” The snow plow truck that went down during the December storm was still out of commission, he said, but the repaired motor came back, and they should have it up and running within a couple days. County Judge Sam Barr gave the Citizen an update on the Carroll County Road Department, which as of Tuesday afternoon was still spreading chat and plowing to clear the roads. “I am really proud of my team,” Barr said. “They have done a wonderful job.” The weather and road conditions have led to school being called off on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The county offices and courthouses were also closed on Monday and Tuesday. Another round of winter weather – this
time in the form of freezing rain and snow – is expected to hit Carroll County late Wednesday and into Thursday morning. Lawrence said they are making preparations to deal with that inclement weather. “We are just going to have to watch and see what it does,” he said. “I am not anticipating a big weather event, but we will have to wait and see. We’ve got our crews making preparations to deal with whatever happens.” Armstrong said they received four more pallets of salt to mix with their gravel and sand on Tuesday afternoon to treat the roads. “We will deal with the bad weather to come the best we can,” he said. “With a small crew of eight guys, two plows with spreaders and a beet juice truck, we have a lot of miles of road to tend to – plus all our normal duties.” For the latest weather updates, including closings and cancellations, go to our Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/ LovelyCountyCitizen. Staff members Catherine Krummey, Kathryn Lucariello and Landon Reeves contributed to this report.
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Fire destroys two condos in Holiday Island tension truck to spray water on spots on the roof at the front of the building, DeaA fire broke out at a two-story condo- ton said. minium apartment in a four-plex in HolThe department was assisted by Eureiday Island Friday afternoon, destroying ka Springs, Inspiration Point and Grassy two units and causing smoke damage to Knob firefighters, and Eureka Springs a third. also brought an ambulance to the scene as Holiday Island Fire Chief Jack Deaton a precaution. said his department was dispatched to 45 “Eureka Springs also provided interior Bluewater Drive at 2:51 and arrived on attack personnel, when our oxygen bottles scene at 2:56 while the first apartment on ran out,” he said. the left was fully engulfed. Deaton said there were no injuries. It Deaton said the cause of the fire is still was earlier reported that a cat had died, under investigation, but he believes it but Deaton said the cat, which was in Apt. was accidental. He said he will revisit the 3, was fine. scene and confer with the state fire marWhen the fire was almost out, another shal. call came in at 5:19 The apartment of a brush fire at 25 owner, Benjamin Lakeside Drive. “It’s one thing to watch Bond, said by phone “A man was burneverything I own go up, but ing his Christmas tree, Monday that he was outside when the fire I also feel just terrible about and it got away into started. the grass and caught a my neighbor next door “It was a complete tree beside the house,” losing everything.” accident. It was a he said. “We were able shock how fast it went to get it out before it – Benjamin Bond up,” he said. damaged the house. It Dakota Buck, his took us 15 minutes to neighbor who owns knock that down.” Apt. 4, said he had spoken with a friend Crews were on scene at the Bluewater of Bond’s, who said they were outside Drive fire until 5:48, Deaton said. chopping wood, “and he heard the sound Bond said he was in shock Friday of rushing water and turned around, and watching his condo burn. He had just purthe roof was completely on fire.” chased it in early September. Deaton said the fire completely de“It’s one thing to watch everything stroyed Bond’s apartment, and water I own go up, but I also feel just terrible damage pretty much destroyed Apt. 2. about my neighbor next door losing evThe fire was worsened by a gas grill erything,” he said. propane tank that had exploded on the Buck, who bought his condo in 2003, back deck before firefighters arrived, he echoed these sentiments. said. “I can’t tell how helpless it felt to sit “We saved Apt. 3 and 4 with no dam- out in front of the building and watch age, although Apt. 3 has a smoke smell,” my neighbors lose their homes and what he added. mixed feelings you have when you realize Deaton said a firefighter was working [the firefighters] are going to contain it, in the attic to save those two apartments. and it won’t affect your home – the happiHe is not sure when the units were built, ness and joy that your life is safe, but you but there is a fire wall between the apart- feel this horrible sense of compassion for ments. your neighbors who are losing everything. “That’s probably what allowed us to “Benjamin was only there a short time, save Apt. 3,” he said. and he seems like a decent guy. I hate it Holiday Island used the telesquirt ex- for him that he lost everything.” By Kathryn Lucariello
Photo by Chip Ford
Firefighters respond to an apartment fire at 45 Bluewater Drive in Holiday Island. For more pics, see page 13.
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Paranormal bound Ghost hunters fill Crescent Hotel By Jennifer Jackson
The Third Annual ESP – Eureka Springs Paranormal – Weekend drew a record crowd, filling the Crescent Hotel to the rafters with ghost hunters last weekend. According to Larry Flaxman, it was one of the successful ghost hunts to date. “There were a lot of experiences, a lot of results, throughout the night,” he said. Flaxman is the founder of ARPAST, the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, a research group dedicated to gathering measurable data that furthers understanding of unexplained phenomena. He is also the Crescent’s consulting P.I. – paranormal investigator. After a presentation on the science of his profession, he led the ghost hunt, which started at 10 p.m. Saturday and continued through the night. At the evidence review meeting Sunday, several people said they had been touched during the time they spent in the morgue and Theodora’s room, Flaxman said, and others captured EVP, electronic voice phenomena. “This was the best one so far,” he said of the participants’ experience. In all, 72 people signed up for the weekend, with people coming from Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Texas as well as Arkansas and other parts of Missouri. Ghost hunting doesn’t lend itself to crowds, however, so the guests were divided into groups for Saturday night’s hunt, Flaxman said, and assigned different locations. Several places in the Crescent, billed as the world’s most haunted hotel, are known for paranormal activity, including Room 218, said to be haunted by Michael, a stonemason killed during the hotel’s construction. Room 419 is haunted by Theadora, a patient who died when the hotel was a “cancer cure” hospital in the 1930s, as is the room of Dr. Norman Baker, who ran the hospital and performed autopsies in the basement morgue.
Participants had access to all the active spaces, as the haunted rooms and morgue are called. The bad weather was an uninvited guest at the weekend. The guests who stayed over Sunday night got an extra “open roam,” Flaxman said. Flaxman had a phenomenal experience of his own. Sleeping in Room 515, a penthouse room, he was awakened by the sound of the door security chain rattling. At first, he thought someone was trying to break into his room, but realized that the chain was not attached to the door, just hanging on the inside wall, and could not have been disturbed by someone trying to open the door. “Whatever it was, jangled that chain pretty hard,” he said. Being awakened by the noise gave him a fright at first, he said, but he was startled rather than scared, being more afraid of the living variety of intruder than the dead. Flaxman was also asked by hotel management to investigate three paranormal phenomena in the hotel: a drawer that opens on its own in Theadora’s room, the high electromagnetic field readings from the wooden bannisters of the staircase rising from the lobby to the fourth floor and an area on the concrete floor of the morgue that sets off the ghost tour guides’ EF meters. His investigations were recorded on video, Flaxman said, including the drawer opening by itself, but are being kept under wraps for now. The biggie, however, was what he discovered about the stairwell. “It leaves open the possibility of even more activity in the hotel,” Flaxman said. The Crescent Hotel is by far the most haunted hotel in Arkansas, Flaxman said, and is equal in paranormal activity to any place in the state, including an abandoned tuberculosis hospital known for paranormal manifestations. Guests staying at its sister hotel in Eureka Springs, the Basin Park, also report regular ghost sightings. A planned overnight investigation of the Basin Park Hotel, which would have been blacked out
Larry Flaxman investigates at 2 a.m. Tuesday in the Crescent Hotel basement, digging for evidence as to why the e-meter registered electro-magnetic field readings coming from the concrete floor.
and closed to other guests, was scheduled for Sunday night, but had to be postponed due to the weather. “We’re going to redo the Basin Park investigation in February,” Flaxman said. At the Crescent, Flaxman conducted a new experiment, monitoring the brain wave patterns of two psychics, Margo Elliott and Shakeenah Kedem, who give readings at ESP weekends. Flaxman said he expected delta wave patterns like people in a deep dream state. Instead, the psychics went into a gamma state, the same as that of Tibetan monks when meditating, he said. When not investigating paranormal phenomenon, Flaxman is busy writing books and appearing at conferences. His latest books are “The Grid,” which came
out in October, and “Viral Mythology,” just published, a foray into archeo-history that looks at how ancient civilizations were able to communicate with each other across large distances. Flaxman has made several appearances on the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens,” in connection with the subject, and has more television appearances scheduled. He’s also booked to appear at comic-cons and Dragoncom, and has a young adult sci-fi novel and screenplay in process. “2014 is going to be a big year,” Flaxman said. The Crescent Hotel offers nightly ghost tours, theatrical presentations and ghosthunt weekends. For more information, go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com.
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Date set for chocolate fest The 10th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the festival features cake, cookie and candy making contests, cake decorating contests, chocolate dipping fountains, displays of the latest in gourmet chocolate treats and lots and lots of samples. The Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is putting on the festival this year. Admission is $12 for adults and children ages 7 and up; $6 for age 6 and under. Formerly organized by Vacation Rentals, Inc., the Chocolate
Festival continues to be a fundraiser for area school students, youth programs and non-profits. Exhibit space is available. Local businesses are encouraged to rent a booth ($125) and promote their business at the festival, which draws 1,500 to 2,000 people to Eureka Springs on Valentine’s Day weekend. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available, and items needed for the silent auction. For information, contact Suzanne Kline or Toni Rose at the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, 479-253-8737.
A kiss at midnight
Couple keeps New Year’s Eve romance alive
Grant applications available for Youth Advisory Committee Applications for the Carroll County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee grants will be accepted starting Friday, Jan. 10. The deadline is Feb. 15. Organizations whose programs benefit youth and children in Carroll County are eligible to apply. YAC grants typically range from $100 to $1,000. This year’s application can be downloaded at www.arcf.org/carrollcounty. The Carroll County Youth Advisory Council represents all three public high schools in the county, Clear Spring School and homeschoolers. Members meet monthly to learn about the significance of local philanthropy and service to others through community service projects. Participating in the grant-making process is an educational opportunity for YAC members, advisor George Purvis said. “They learn to keep open minds while they have discussions with their peers,” Purvis said, “and most importantly, that it is not age that matters when it comes to helping people, only heart, attitude and drive.” According to Executive Director
Janell Robertson, the Carroll County Community Foundation has provided more than $700,000 in local grants since 2001. YACs around the state help to train the next generation of Arkansas’s philanthropists, Heather Larkin, Arkansas Community Foundation president, said. “By working together to award grants from their own endowment, our YAC students not only learn about the process of smart giving but also have a chance to make a tangible difference for organizations serving children and youth,” Larkin said. Those eligible for YAC grants are IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organizations – public charities, public schools, churches, government or hospitals with programs benefiting youth and children within Carroll County. Other applications may be considered if the project has a clear, charitable purpose for the public benefit. YAC grants are not made to individuals. For more information, contact Robertson at CarrollCounty@arcf.org or call the office in Eureka Springs at 479-253-8203.
Photo by Jennifer Jackson
Ray Vader and Suzanne Miner dance at the Basin Park Hotel ballroom, 30 years to the day they shared a midnight kiss at a New Year’s Eve party in Eureka Springs. The same guitarists, David Burks and Pat Griffith, also played that night.
By Jennifer Jackson
Thirty years ago, Suzanne Miner was a student at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, studying to become a teacher. Also living in Springfield were her sister, Kathleen, and brother-in-law John Griffith, who was a member of a band. On New Year’s Eve, they invited her to a party at Duke’s West Oaks Lounge, now the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant, in Eureka Springs. Playing that night was Steel Blue, a band that John’s brother, Pat Griffith, and David Burks were also in. Attending the New Year’s Eve party was Ray Vader, a friend of Kathleen and John, who they had introduced to Suzanne a few weeks earlier at a dance at the old Holiday Island yacht club. At the New Year’s Eve party, Suzanne and Ray chatted on and off during the evening. Then came the countdown to the new year. “We kissed at midnight, and I thought, this could be very interesting,” Miner said. On Dec. 31, 2013, Miner and Vader, who live in Eagle Rock, attended the Ballroom
Blitz at the Basin Park Hotel, where they danced to music by Burks and Pat Griffith, now guitarists for The Ariels. It was the 30th anniversary of Suzanne and Ray’s first kiss on New Year’s Eve 1983. “It took off from there,” Suzanne said of the romance. They were married in July 1986 at the Old Time Photography Studio in Eureka Springs with Kathleen and John as witnesses. Miner now teaches history at Berryville High School. Vader just retired from nursing in Berryville. “We’ve gone out every New Year’s Eve except when Ray was working,” Suzanne said. They have remained close friends with David Burks and Pat Griffith. John Griffith died of cancer in his 30s. One of the songs the band played at the Basin Park’s New Year’s Eve party reflects the ups and downs that life has brought since that first kiss that brought them together on New Year’s Eve. “It all ties in with a whole group of friends and family sticking together,” Suzanne said.
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Police ID suspect in church robberies B y L andon R eeves
Police have identified a suspect in the recent burglaries at three of the city’s churches, said Police Chief Earl Hyatt. “Some people got into the center, and I don’t know how, but everyone is okay. I don’t think they took much really,” said Father Kevin Atunzu from the St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Parish. The Faith Christian Family Church, the First Christian Church and St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Parish Center were victims of a break in according to police reports. The parish center carries no cash, but the other churches reported missing money. “There was a safe in our business office, and it had been beaten. The door had been beaten and completely pried off,” said Pastor Philip Wilson from First Christian Church. “We lost $26 in cash and a number of checks from the morning offering. It happened Sunday night on Dec. 22; the janitor found out first when she came in to clean on the 23rd.” There were no signs of forced entry on the outside of any churches, but all three had reported office doors and safe doors that had been forced open. “I came in that morning, and I thought there was some money miss-
ing out of my desk and then I went up to get the offerings,” said Debbie Hayhurst, administrator for Faith Christian Family Church. “When I went to get it, the door was off the safe; I mean, they pried the door completely off of the safe and the school secretary had money missing from her desk, too.” The stolen offering was less than $100 in cash, but the secretary’s desk had closer to $1,000 in it, said Hayhurst. She continued to explain that the doors were checked that day and were definitely locked. The janitor from the family church later found bank bags, a part from the safe and a part of the church’s surveillance system in a toilet tank in one of the church’s restrooms. Police have collected that evidence and sent it to the Arkansas Crime Lab for analysis. They have also linked all three incidents to one transient who has fled the state. Officers had questioned their prime suspect before, but did not arrest and charge him at the time due to a lack of evidence, Hyatt said. He was not able to comment any further, because the case is still open for investigation. If you have any information that could contribute to the open investigation please call 479-253-8666. CCN will have more as the story develops.
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ES schools change dates of two quarters By Kathryn Lucariello
In a short meeting, the Eureka Springs School Board changed the school year’s quarter dates, heard reports from the principals and voted on personnel matters. Superintendent David Kellogg requested a motion to change the quarter dates due to Winter Storm Cleon, which ended up in students missing seven days of school, he said. The board approved this motion. In the principals’ reports, high school principal Kathryn Lavender reported students were in the middle of semester exams, and several had been exempted from taking all seven of them. Because of the snow days, teachers have modified their exams, she said. Homecoming has also been rescheduled, with a tentative date of Jan. 17, yet to be confirmed. She said the theater class will again have a Valentine’s Day dinner theater, but this year there will be a change. “Before we’ve always used ‘Check, Please’ and purchased that through a publishing company, but this year the students are writing their own skits, so that’s going to be exciting,” she said. She said the school will start having movie theater night and show classic films from literature, with the English
teachers involved in discussion of them. She said work on the sound in the theater is still going on. She said every student in the district saw “The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet,” put on by the theater class. Middle school principal Cindy Holt said teachers are progressing through the three evaluation models. “This is a pilot year,” she said. “They are learning what makes good teaching in moving students from where they are to where they need to be.” After returning from executive session, the board voted to accept the resignation of bus driver Preston Owens and to hire teacher Rick Mann also as a bus driver and Melody Elliott and Daniel Patterson as kitchen staff.
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Editorial AT&T cell tower plans questionable
ust when so many have given so much of their time, money and efforts to stop SWEPCO from ravaging the land with massive 160-foot transmission line towers, now comes AT&T Mobility wanting to put a 260-foot cell tower near one of the same areas SWEPCO wanted to sweep through: little Busch, located out on U.S. Highway 62 West near the Arkansas Highway 187 entrance to Beaver Dam. Only a few people had commented against it on the FCC website by the Jan. 3 final deadline, although one of those commenters, Dr. Luis Contreras, submitted many posts in an attempt to show the FCC why the application should be denied. Again, as with the SWEPCO project, there arises the question of need. People in that area who have AT&T cell service say it works just fine. Is yet another huge cell tower really needed, especially one that impacts an area whose livelihood is tourism based on scenic beauty? Just as with the SWEPCO project, AT&T has gone about this whole thing in a way that suggests they knew people would protest it, so they hoped to get it approved without the public noticing: • They only put one public notice for one day in the Carroll County News, the newspaper of record, most of whose subscribers are on the east side of the county. Only those people who buy a subscription or a newspaper may have seen the notice. They did not post notice in the weekly newspapers dedicated to covering Eureka Springs and its surrounding community. Could it be AT&T didn’t want people to see it? • They published the notice Nov. 15, just before the holidays. This set a “clock” with the FCC for the comment period to fall within the holidays. Most people are extremely busy or traveling and less likely to see the notice or have energy or time to do anything about it. Could it be AT&T didn’t want people to have a chance to respond? • AT&T did not respond to phone calls or emails in a timely manner, and in some cases, not at all. The contact person list-
ed on the FCC website, Anisa Latif, never returned several phone calls or an email from this newspaper, beginning Nov. 20. When a media representative from AT&T did finally call, on Nov. 26, he could not give any answers and said he would need to get our questions answered and get back to us in a few days. Any media liaison knows very well newspapers need immediate response to meet deadlines. Could it be AT&T doesn’t want to be questioned by the media about their plans? • The full project file for this tower was not included on the FCC website when AT&T applied for permission to erect it. Residents who wanted to call for an environmental review had until Dec. 15 to do so, but had no way of knowing that what AT&T calls an “environmental review” had already been done in September and October. If the public had been able to see it ahead of time, they could have questioned what might have been left out, such as the existence of the historic former Busch post office building and an active airstrip at which two pilots have died, including a flight instructor, or what was inadequately addressed, such as the impacts to tourism. But that complete document was not provided by AT&T until after a few people called for an environmental review. Could it be AT&T didn’t want anyone to question what they had or hadn’t done and call for more information before the FCC made a decision? • When AT&T did file its response with the full project file, it was on Christmas Eve, which then gave the public only five business days within the holidays to comment in the FCC’s “clock.” This practically ensured little time for any meaningful opposition to be mounted. Sadly, the public has come to expect such shenanigans from big corporations such as AT&T and SWEPCO, who are all about making money for their shareholders, at the expense of communities’ livelihood, natural scenic beauty and public See Editorial, page 26
Citizen of the Week A very grateful tourist has nominated Jennifer Clark for the Citizen of the Week, a woman that went above and beyond with her efforts to track the tourist down. The caller, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated that the City of Eureka Springs has character, and she wanted recognize the fact that so do the people. Jennifer is employed at Pizza Hut, and after a group of patrons left, she discovered a lady’s wallet left behind. She was unable to catch up to them and had no way of knowing how to contact them. She wasted no time trying to discover who the owner was to try to return it as soon as possible. Knowing that they were from out of town, she was concerned if they would get very far on their travels, it could prove to put quite a damper on their vacation to be without this valued item. Carefully searching for the identity, she could see the person was from Texas. Jenn used her investigative skills
and somehow was able to make contact by phone with a relative eventually. It would still take some time for that person to make contact with the woman, so Jennifer turned over the wallet to the Eureka Springs Police Department for safekeeping. When the woman received word of the ordeal and the lengths that Jenn went to, keeping her items undisturbed and safe, she couldn’t have been more pleased and grateful. Thank you Jennifer for being a citizen who adds charm to this lovely town.
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Citizen Opinion by Margo Elliott
Have you ever personally seen a ghost, and if so, what happened?
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No cell tower in Busch
Melisa Frick “Wal-flower”
Yes. Years ago as I passed my daughter’s room, I saw a child playing, started to tell her to get back to bed, realized she was asleep in her bed and the “child” was gone.
Yes. As a pre-teen at a sleepover, my cousin was being pulled from the bed by a shadow being. I held onto her. It left marks on her legs.
(Door to Michael’s room pictured) “Pockets”
Yes. Taking pictures during a Ghost Tour at the Crescent, took 1 of a door, next shot, same door, a rope appeared hanging beside the door. One of Michael’s pranks perhaps? Jeremy’s photo removed by Michael too??
Rachelle Blagg Mary Ann “Oil Queen” Podrasky Not with my eyes, but through photography. I got an awesome full length pic of a Victorian woman and what appears to be a pic of Dr. Baker, both at the Crescent Hotel.
Yes. I had a lake property and on a sunny day, from the window I saw 3 people walk along the porch. I went out, no one there. We later found out they were ghosts of previous tenants. Their ashes were buried in the flower garden by a cheap relative of theirs!
Yes. In Savannah, GA on a Ghost Tour at a doctor’s house, I was peeking into the window of the parlor, I was the only one to see it, but the Dr. was in his rocking chair.
Thank you very much for keeping our community informed. AT&T almost got away with no objections; all were filed in the last two days comment period. As all SWEPCO routes, we object to all locations defacing Eureka Springs West, a beautiful area with high tourist growth revenue potential promoted by the Eureka Springs West Tourist Association. Anisa Latif, the AT&T Mobility project manager, and the AT&T consultant from Environmentex, demonstrating a total lack of information on the geography of the Eureka Springs area and no concern for Eureka Springs West’s tourist economy, health or environment, are trying to get FCC approval for a 260-foot monster cell tower with no input from the community. The people whose lives will be negatively impacted by the AT&T cell tower did not have 30 days notice to plead and request an environmental assessment or any other valid concerns. We are outraged by the abuse of power of one of the largest corporations, hiring a consultant to dismiss our pleadings, timing the FCC review during November – December when most resort and property owners are out of town and others are busy with Christmas and other festivities. AT&T and its hired consultant, Environmentex, have shown in a few weeks since the Nov. 15, 2013, FCC application for the cell tower: 1. No respect for our community or our tourist economy. 2. Arrogance, dismissing our many pleadings as irrelevant, inaccurate and repetitive. 3. Incorrect information on the geography of Carroll
County and Eureka Springs. 4. Improper notification of the AT&T project. 5. Total lack of response from the AT&T project manager, Anisa Latif. As of today, she declined to answer my questions. Anisa gave a lame excuse for the delay due to the Christmas holidays, later claiming all information is in the 125-page report (prepared in October) posted on Dec. 24 on the FCC website, after the Dec. 15 deadline to object. I read the full report on Dec. 25. It does not have the full specifications of the antennas and communications equipment or any tests made on-site to evaluate radio frequency and EMF radiation due to the AC to DC power transformers. AT&T is asking FCC approval for a tower with no information on what will be installed at any time on the tower: a blank check! We demand a full environmental assessment done by an expert, on-site, with full input from the Eureka Springs West Tourist Association, and at least 30 days to provide time for additional pleadings. Permanent damage to our health, environment and tourist economy is unacceptable. Our rules: Arkansas is not like New Jersey and other industrial states where cell towers are a welcome addition to the landscape. This is Arkansas, the Natural State! Our community and environment is lovingly maintained for the comfort of our visitors and residents. You are welcome to visit any time. If you don’t like our rules, stay away. For additional updates, please see the Facebook page: “Stop at&t mobility 260-foot cell towers in the Ozarks.” –Dr. Luis Contreras Eureka Springs West
Citizen Survey Have you ever personally seen a ghost? m Never. Ghosts don’t exist. m Once. But it might just have been my cat. m A few times. I’m worried my house is haunted. m Daily. I get life advice from my uncle Albert. Go to www.lovelycitizen.com and weigh in.
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Snodgrass named 2013 Bentonville Firefighter of the Year
Doctor teams with hospital for answers to balance problems By Jennifer Jackson
Fire Chief Brend Boydston and Ben Snodgrass, Eureka Springs alum
At the annual Bentonville Fire Department Christmas dinner, Ben Snodgrass, a graduate of Eureka Springs High School, was named the 2013 Firefighter of the Year. He joined the department part time in 2006 and full time in 2008. He is on the Hazmat team, and was recently accepted into the 2014 National Fire Academy in Maryland this summer. He has the most overtime hours, with over 100. He is always volunteering to work at First Fridays on the square, paramedic at the high school football games, fire education in the schools and much more. He is always trading shifts or working to help out a fellow fireman. The department used a new selection process for the first time this year. Instead of just the firemen voting, they sent the resumes of the nominees to leaders in the community (mayor, city council, police station, etc.) to help choose. The final decision was made by Nov. 1, but Snodgrass found out at the fire station Christmas party on Dec. 14. He is pictured here with his fire chief, Brent Boydston, holding his new plaque. He will receive a ring in addition to his name on the plaque that stays at the fire station. Ben is a 1994 graduate of Eureka Springs High School. He is the son of Jimmy and Paula Evans; brother of Jayme and Lance Wildeman; husband of Tiffany Snodgrass; and father of Brandon, Brooklynn, Brynlee and Brody.
A local internal medicine specialist and Eureka Springs Hospital have teamed up to offer residents a new service: screening for balance issues and a diagnostic tool to pinpoint where the problem is. “It’s something new for Carroll County and our surrounding area,” said Dr. Charles Beard. “We have so many patients with vertigo and balance issues resulting in falls and even fractures.” A collaboration between Dr. Beard and the Eureka Springs Hospital, the Balance Center opened just before Thanksgiving in the hospital’s Physical Therapy Clinic on Passion Play Road. So far, a dozen patients have been screened, using videonystagmyograpy (VNG), a digital vidPhoto by Jennifer Jackson eo computer that uses a camera like that Dr. Charles Beard, right, and the Balance Center team stand in front of the screendeveloped for Skype and other high-tech ing device. From left are Sunday Mininni and VNG technicians Leslie Wardman and Linda Fowles. medical devices. The camera records very fine eye movements, called nystagmus, during vari- back in place,” Dr. Beard said. “VNG is ders can become progressively inactive ous maneuvers of the eyes and head, Dr. very good at helping us localize which and even depressed. Beard said, which the computer uses to side is involved. There are no imaging “The fear of falling is very real and detect where the problem lies and which techniques sensitive enough to give us can lead to muscle atrophy, weakness side it is on. A printout of the waveforms this information.” and further falls,” Beard said. “We want is sent to a neurologist who has specialLinda Fowles and Leslie Wardman to stop this downward spiral and get paized training in interpreting the data. were hired as VNG technicians and tients back into their normal routine as “It is important to determine the exact trained by Innovative Health Systems, soon as possible.” cause of the patients symptoms before the company who makes the equipment, Beard said almost everyone connectany specific therapy can be used to help and Sunday Mininni as assistant. Daniel ed with VNG development, including the problem,” Dr. Beard said. Warren, director of the Physical Therapy the company that makes the equipment, “Dizzy Clinics,” as they are known, Clinic, uses the computer to customize a had elderly relatives whose health deteare popping up all over the country, and therapy plan for the patient to get stron- riorated after a fall. In his case, it was insurance companies including Medicare ger, regain mobility and restore balance, his grandfather, who lived into his 90s are willing to provide coverage for tests Dr. Beard said. but suffered from dizziness that dramatand therapy, he said. Causes of dizziness “Repositioning maneuvers for BPV ically affected his quality of life. Ninety include inner ear disorders, infections, are used when indicated with excellent percent of problems can be treated by a strokes, benign brain tumors and exces- results,” he said. specific therapy, Beard said, which can sive medication. Many patients have a With the population aging, more peo- be set up at the Physical Therapy Clinic. disorder called benign positional vertigo ple are developing balance problems, Dr. The Balance Center was developed (BPV), where tiny, rock-like particles Beard said, which further curtail their by Beard and Chris Bariola, E.S.H. adin the inner ear get dislodged, causing level of activity, leading to falls. But he ministrator. It is open by appointment whirling sensations, nausea and vomit- didn’t know the new screening equip- and requires a referral from a physician. ing. ment existed until he started looking into For more information, call the Eureka “Locating the side of the affliction is solutions for his patients with balance Springs Hospital Physical Therapy Clinimportant in BPV so that specific therapy issues. He felt compelled to investigate ic at 479-253-5122 or Dr. Beard’s officer can be directed at putting these ‘rocks’ further because patients with these disor- at 479-253-6007.
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Holiday Island, Eureka Springs and Inspiration Point firefighters respond to the fire at 45 Bluewater Drive in Holiday Island last Friday.
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St. James Silver Tea ... Finally
As the old saying goes, “third time is a charm,” and that was so with the 2013 Silver Tea in Eureka Springs. The annual event was rescheduled twice before finally coming to fruition the week before Christmas. The wonderful goodies baked by the congregation of St. James Episcopal Church were served to an appreciative crowd at the annual high tea benefit event at the Crescent Hotel.
From left: Janell Robertson, Sally Gorrell, Valerie Hubbard Damon, Debroan Trimble, Loyanne Cope Eric, Tener and Sativa Schabacker
John Wiley provided music for the Silver Tea.
Mary Springer, Bill Sarad and Nozar Kadem
From left: second-grader Elise Culhane and her fifthgrade sister Cassie
Mickey and Altha Finefield
The Crescent Hotel’s Danna Hearn and Christi Wagner
The serving tables were full of goodies made by members of the St. James congregation.
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Pre-schooler Eva Caps
Inge Stefanvic, Brigitte Harris, and Joanna Schick
From left: Jill Hodge, Vera Harris and Virginia Humphreys
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Welcome to 2014!
Photos by Chip Ford
New Year’s Eve events spanned Eureka Springs at various locations. Pictured below are the scenes from the Crescent Hotel and Chelsea’s. The Crescent had Swing and a Miss playing and celebrated with a champagne toast at midnight. Fossils of Ancient Robots spun at Chelsea’s and the stroke of midnight brought with it copious amounts of lip-locking on the dance floor.
Chelsea’s was at max capacity and people were looking for anywhere to sit or stand.
Long exposures mixed with long neck beer bottles resulted in some interesting compositions.
The dance floor at Chelsea’s was packed with sweaty bodies gyrating in unison with the organic beats from FAB.
Jessica and John Cummings share a kiss moments before midnight
Eurekan Katie Hendrickson poses with her bestie Shondale Wallace of Shell Knob during festivities at the Crescent Hotel. The two meet each year in Eureka to celeQynne and Steve Arnold were on scene at Chelsea’s brate New Year’s Eve together.
Daniel Koob keeps the beats fresh and crisp throughout the night and into the morning.
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Teacher’s guide to animation returns By Jennifer Jackson
Martin Greer remembers the first film he ever directed. The budget was less than $50. The scenes were created by students on tracing paper using black Flair pens and tempera. It was shot with a 16 mm camera. Shown at seven schools, the movie, an animated cartoon, raised enough money to buy new equipment and supplies for the school’s art program, even though admission was only a dime per person. “The next year, we were able to buy cels and acrylic paint,” Greer said. Greer, who has a Ph.D. in education, recorded the process that he and art students at Van Buren High School went through to produce that film and 11 others in “Animation in the Schools.” Now released in a second edition, the book shows how to produce an animated cartoon the old-school way – by hand – and why the process can animate any classroom. “I love the challenge of animation,” Greer said, “and if you can dream it, you can animate it.” The book covers the process of making an animated film from A – the anatomy of a cartoon character – to Z, making a zoetrope, a cylindrical machine for showing an animated film strip. Illustrated with student art work, the book also covers story development and script writing, model sheets and story boards, scenery and background, narration, sound effects and voices, editing and credits. Greer, who taught at Arkansas schools, led teams of students in creating 12 films between 1968 and 1975, starting with “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and ending with “Along Came Jones” in 1984. Making an animated film fosters creativity, teamwork and participation in a way that individual drawing and painting doesn’t, Greer writes in the book. It also allows each student to contribute at his or her level of ability. “Students were not competing for a grade and were proud of the end product,” he
Photos by Jennifer Jackson
AT LEFT: Greer, who now owns Martin Greer’s Candies, as he looked when he taught high school art in Arkansas. AT RIGHT: Art created by Greer’s students, including this model sheet, are used as illustrations in the book.
Clothes,” Greer’s students produced more than 5,000 paintings on tracing paper, outlining the figures with black pens and painting them in with tempera. Although the main Cover of the second edition of “Anima- character walks around without any clothes, tion in the Schools.” none of the parents who saw it complained, Greer said. Eight of the student films are at writes. “They took ownership of it, calling it ‘Our film!’.” Published by ERIC in 1979, the first ediCostner tion was a rewrite of Greer’s master’s thesis, Continued from page 3 which he completed in 1974 at Northeastern parties to the Stockholm Convention in University in Talaquah, Okla. It went to all identifying their dioxin sources and estithe major libraries throughout the world, he mating their releases.” said – he even found that the National LiOn a personal level, Costner says her brary of Australia had a copy. Despite the biggest accomplishments are also her changes that have occurred in the 45 years three most constant teachers: her children. since his students made their first film, cel She also feels like she is working for the animation remains the best, he writes in the greater good every step of the way. second edition’s preface. And the process is “I also am firmly convinced that water the same. is too precious to be used as a waste vehi“It still takes creativity, knowledge and cle and that, if there is such a thing as an organization to take an idea and make it into ‘unpardonable sin,’ it is using water as a a film,” he said. receptacle and vehicle for human excreGreer also wrote “A Study of Preparata,” she says. “It is a profound waste of tion of Art Teaching in the State of Arkannot only the water but also the phosphorus sas,” which was his doctoral thesis, and “Art and nitrogen in the excreta.” Taught to Art Expressed.” He was a school Costner, now 73, is nowhere near findistrict superintendent as well as a teacher ished as an environmental activist and and principal before retiring and returning to protector, as her work on the SWEPCO his roots in candy making, which his father project has shown. She founded the bigtaught him, and which he is passing down gest SWEPCO opposition group, Save to his sons. The Ozarks, with hundreds of local supFor that first film, “The Emperor’s New
www.YouTube.com/user/DrMartinGreer, although due to copying onto VHS and DVD, the quality is not as good as the originals. “Animation in the Schools, Second Edition” is available on Amazon.com in Kindle form. For more information, contact Martin Greer at 479-253-7277. porters and members backing her and STO’s efforts to stop the mega-power lines from being built here. (A decision on SWEPCO’s application for approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission is expected within weeks.) But she’s also got a lengthy bucket list still that may take up some of her time, now that she is “officially” retired and working as an environmental consultant and science advisor for several global organizations that work to limit pollution of the planet’s natural resources. “I want to maybe go to Antarctica, the only continent I haven’t visited, see the Grand Canyon and visit Yellowstone, go back to India, build a walking bridge across my creek,” Costner said when asked about her future plans and dreams. What else? Well, don’t be surprised if you see Costner some day playing banjo and singing with some local bluegrass group. After all, the banjo is on her bucket list, too, and we all know by now she doesn’t do anything halfway.
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Alison By Sandra TaylorSynar Brown
Why Silver Writers are Good Writers
he Village Writing School has had students of all ages, from high school up. However, like Eureka’s, our demographic runs to silver. Does that mean we’re just “dabblers” and not serious? Some of us are very serious, and some of us are still dabbling. But one thing is certain: silver writers have a lot to offer. They have stories. She was a lovely young girl, just a child to me, but she must have been at least 22 years old because we were in a graduate writing program together. Over coffee, she bemoaned her dilemma. “I want to be a writer, but I just don’t know what to write about.” Few come to the Village Writing School with that problem. Usually they have umpteen projects bouncing around in their heads, and we have to help them focus on just one. (My young friend above chose to write about her father’s life.) They have rich experiences. A lifetime is a broad canvas and most silver writers have lived in multiple places, traveled, known many people, raised a family, had a successful career, been a part of pivotal moments in history, stood up for their ideals in myriad ways, failed at things, lost loved ones, made bad choices. All those experiences bring depth and authenticity to their stories. They understand life. From their perspective on the top of the hill, silver writers have an understanding of what’s important, of the inevitability of consequences, of the potential in a human being for change and growth. These are all great themes in literature. Silver writers have lived them. They have time. Silver writers don’t
have to fight for every writing minute or get up at 5 a.m. to write an hour before they go to work. Once they settle down and see themselves as writers, they are incredibly dedicated. They have focus. Silver writers understand that goals—even something as big as a book—are achievable if one shows up regularly and takes baby steps. They are filled with excitement and joy at their progress, and they want to move steadily ahead. They have motivation. In my fifties, it occurred to me that I’d better get going on these books I’d been dreaming of for decades. And I hear that comment from new silver writers over and over. “I’d better get it done.” Unlike younger people, to whom time seems endless, silver writers know a window of opportunity when they see it. They are publishable. When asked if there is an age limit to being marketable as a first-time author, New York literary agent Jeff Kleinman, speaking at our PUBLISH!! conference, replied, “When you’re in your coffin, it’s too late.” He went on to name successful first books that were written by 70- and 80-somethings, and explained that to begin at an older age can actually be part of a writer’s platform. With the aging of America, a first-time baby boomer writer has a wide audience who relates to him and his decision to pursue his dream, albeit late, of becoming a writer. So, if you’ve always wanted to write but didn’t know how to begin, the Village Writing School can get you started and keep you encouraged. Our new workshops are beginning. Give me a call and let’s talk about your writing dreams. It’s not too late. It’s just time.
Alison Taylor-Brown has an MFA in Fiction and a lifetime of teaching experience from preschool to university levels. She directs The Village Writing School, whose mission is to foster the development of area writers through workshops, writers’ circles, and coaching. Her column, Village View, appears weekly. To talk to Alison about your writing goals and dreams, contact her at email@example.com or 479 292-3665.
All Creative Writing Workshops at theVillage Writing School will be
to High School Students in 2014 Fantasy Stories Welcome!!
Everything You Need to Write a Beautiful Book 2014 Writing Craft Core Curriculum January 18 – The First Page How to Begin To Outline or Not? Narrative Arc Research Asking the Right Questions Writing Rules to Live By February 15 – Nuts and Bolts The Sentence Diction Phrases Sound Devices Style Narrative Urgency March 15 – People & Place Setting
More than a Place Friend or Foe? Characters 13 Ways to Make them Memorable Dialogue—do it right April 19 – Subtext, High Events, Closing Below the Surface of Story, Plot, Context Implicit Narrative Weaving the Dramatic & the Subtle Two Mistakes with High Events Endings can Culminate or Imply Continuation Ending Literal or From Afar? May or June TBA – Self-Editing
All workshops will be held at the Village Writing School at 177 Huntsville Road. Cost is $45 per all-day workshop or $200 for the complete series of five. For more information or to register, contact Alison Taylor-Brown at alisontaylorbrown@ me.com or 479 292-3665.
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The Village Writing School In this weather, it’s great to let Nancy Harris take us on a summer camping trip.
taring at the seventy fishing lures in my tackle box, each snuggled in its own rectangular compartment, I marveled at their beauty. Painted with meticulous detail, each lure was a work of art. Fins, gills, open or closed mouths, colors ranging from olive green and silver to chartreuse and cobalt blue, they looked back at me with realistic eyes. Sharp hooks attached to their bodies with tiny screws sparkled in the sunlight. Should I try the Rapala, so sleek and aerodynamically shaped, or a less flashy Wiggle Wart, long and silvery gray to mimic shad? Which would attract the large walleye I had come all the way to Perrault Falls, Ontario to catch? I pondered the choices. Gordon turned, his line already in the water. “What are you looking for?” “The right lure.” “You got a hook on your line?” “Yes, but I think I’ll take it off and put on one of these lures.” “Here you go.” He set a Styrofoam container the size of a cereal bowl on the seat. “Put one of these on your hook. It’ll catch a big one.” I closed the tackle box, then carefully picked up the container. “What’s in here?” I eased off the plastic lid. Squirming around in the water were blobs of black, each constricting, then stretching its body. “Eweeee, what are these things? Don’t tell me. They’re leeches?” “Supposed to be the best bait for this lake.” “Gross! How do you get them on the hook?” “It’s not rocket science. Grab one and jab it onto the hook. Works best if you get the hook close to the middle.” “Don’t they have sucker thingies for mouths?” “Yep. If it sticks on you, just pull it off.” Normally I’m not squeamish about bait. I have no problem with grubs, worms, night crawlers, minnows or even a lethargic crawdad. I can plunge my hand right into a can of worms or a bucket loaded with minnows that tickle your hand as they dart by, but thinking
about the possibility of a leech attaching itself to my body left me nauseous. “Honey,” I said in my sweetest voice. “Could you maybe put one of these licorice worms on my hook for me?” “You can to do it yourself.” “Please, pretty please.” “Just grab one and stick it on the hook.” No way was I going to stick my hand in that container. I looked around the boat for something I might use to pick up a leech. There was a minnow net, its green mesh pouch just the right size. But how would I get the leech from the pouch onto the hook? Maybe I could plunge the hook into the container and spear a leech without having to touch it. Yes, that might work. Carefully, I positioned the fingers of my left hand on the edge of the hook’s metal loop where the line was attached. My right hand held the contained a safe distance from my body, just in case. Taking a deep breath, I held the hook above the water and waited for the perfect opportunity to single out a leech and jab the hook into his middle. Opportunity did not come. The leeches continued wiggling and squirming. “Settle down I told them.” They did not listen. Could they sense one would become a sacrificial offering? Were they working together to discourage me? I sat poised to attack until my fingers cramped, and I dropped the hook into the water. The splash sent the leeches into a frenzied dance. Several crawled up the side of the container perilously close to the top. I shook the container, sloshing the water over the escaping leeches. Some water slopped over the side and onto my feet. “Ahhhh,” I yelled. Gordon turned around to see what I was doing. “Haven’t you got one on yet?” he ask, clearly amused at my lack of progress. “I’ve had a couple of strikes. Hurry up, you’re wasting good fishing time.” “I’m working on it. You just fish; don’t worry about me.” “I can’t believe you’re being such a chicken.” Chuckling, he shook his head and
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This Week’s Writer Nancy Harris turned back to his fishing, leaving me staring at the churning black mass in the container. Then I spotted them. There they were, lying on the rod holder compartment. Red handled with long sleek silver extensions joined together, they were beautiful. Longnosed pliers! I fished out the hook and sat the container on the tackle box. The new strategy required both hands. Holding the hook in one hand and the pliers in the other, I opened the pliers wide and slowly lowered the pointed ends into the water. The leeches continued to squirm and wiggle bumping into the pliers. I patiently waited, wondering what I would do if this method did not work. In a few seconds, the leeches calmed down. It was time to make my move. I carefully maneuvered the pliers around the middle of a leech, squeezed just tight enough to take hold, and lifted it out of the water to the hook. Without stopping, for fear I’d drop the leech, I jabbed the hook through its body. The leech wiggled and squirmed but stayed on the hook. I could see the tiny suction cups on each end. I felt faint, but jubilant. The leech quickly sunk out of sight when I threw the line over the side of the boat. Finally, I was fishing. I breathed a sigh of relief. That wasn’t so bad I thought, proud of my cleverness. A few minutes later, Gordon caught a fish. He put the fish in the live well and swung back his line, hook ready for a new leech. “Oh no you don’t,” I told him. “You have to do it yourself.” Without turning around, he stuck his arm back, hand open. I put the container in his hand. He set the container down on the seat beside him, then stuck his arm back again. “Pliers please.”
Nancy Harris is a retired educator and school librarian and an avid reader who loves camping, fishing, and the outdoors. A SW Missouri native, she lives at Holiday Island. In addition to a blog on a woman’s view of camping, Nancy is working on a modern western novel.
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Lively Entertainment By Kristal Kuykendall
By Landon Reeves
Isayah’s Allstars at the Rowdy Beaver Friday
he musings and sound music recommendations from Kristal Kuykendall will not be in this edition of the Citizen. Instead readers will be guest to a few words and details of some of the live music one can see in the various venues of Eureka Springs in the next week. This is the first music story that this reporter has ever covered, so please let us take this journey together. Our first step is the review of Isayah’s Allstars, who will be playing at the Rowdy Beaver Den on Spring Street this Friday, Jan. 10. The show starts at 7 p.m.; there is no cost for tickets and no opening act. These guys are only here to entertain. They have not played at the Beaver before, nor has any of the staff seen them live. So no comments from the house, but the band apparently speaks for itself... through its Facebook page. Whomever is in charge of the upkeep of
their social status describes them as a blend of local and regional musicians from Northwest Arkansas led by front-man virtuoso Isayah Warford. The profile would also suggest that they are a revolving member band, doing an eclectic variety of music depending on the venue and the moment. This is a sneaky way of saying that the band’s composition is subject to change, so its sound is as well. With different instruments and people coming and going this band either has a lot of friends or it can’t seem to keep any. Either way, I still suggest seeing them. Their samples online are akin to a funky jam band, like the ones at summer musical festivals with never-ending guitar solos and broken tempos. But hey, that is what the kids are into nowadays. What is this, the 1970s? However, they also cover Jimi Hendrix, the Allman Brothers and, you guessed it, the Grateful Dead. Once again, 1970s.
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So if you have a penchant for nostalgia in your playlist, then check out the Allstars. Their live videos on YouTube get as lively as they come. If you cannot do something original then do something familiar with some passion and gusto, and this band is chockfull of that stuff. If this band is not your type we can only say wait out the weekend for the next Springbilly show on Monday night at Chelsea’s, but this band of locals can often be found in several watering holes in the city. Their string picking and raspy singing about meth-fueled drunken stupors and overweight beauty queens would give a stark contrast with the Allstars. THURSDAY, JAN. 9 • Chaser’s, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-2535522: Game Challenge night FRIDAY, JAN. 10 • Blarney Stone, 85 S. Main St., 479-3636633: TBD • Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Jesse Dean, 8 p.m. to midnight • Chaser’s: TBD • Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-253-6723: Centerfuze, 9 p.m.
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• Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-2537020: DJ & Dancing, 9 p.m. to close • Eureka Paradise, 75 S. Main St., 479-3636574: DJ & Dance music, 8 p.m. • Henri’s Just One More, 19 1/2 Spring St., 479-253-5795: Juke Box, 9 p.m. • Jack’s Place, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Karaoke with DJ Goose & Maverick, 8 p.m. to midnight • Legends Saloon (Lumberyard), 105 E. Van Buren, 479-253-2500: DJ Karaoke, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479363-6444: Isayah & Allstars, 7 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Karaoke with Jerry, 7 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63 Spring St., 479363-6595: closed until Jan. 17. SATURDAY, JAN. 11 • Blarney Stone: Pro Football Playoffs • Cathouse / Pied Piper: Jesse Dean, 8 p.m. to midnight • Chaser’s: Pro Football Playoffs Day • Chelsea’s: 1 oz. Jig, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Eureka Paradise: DJ & Dance music, 8 p.m. • Henri’s Just One More: Juke Box, 9 p.m. • Jack’s Place: Karaoke with DJ Goose & Maverick, 8 p.m. to midnight • Legends Saloon (Lumberyard): DJ Karaoke, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-2532525: Pete and Dave, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: Ride Shy, 7 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Mardi Gras Kickoff, featuring Ozark Thunder, 6 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge: closed until Jan. 17. SUNDAY, JAN. 12 • Blarney Stone: Pro Football Playoffs • Chaser’s: Pro Football Playoffs • Eureka Paradise: Local night • Jack’s Place: Pro Football with Dylan • Rowdy Beaver Den: Open Mic with Jesse Dean, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Pro Football Playoffs with free pool MONDAY, JAN. 13 • Chaser’s: Pool tournament • Chelsea’s: Springbilly, 9 p.m. TUESDAY, JAN. 14 • Chelsea’s: Open Mic, 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 • Chaser’s: Ladies night • Chelsea’s: Hooten Hallers, 9 p.m.
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Quorum Court approves Transition new board members Court to make it official, said Fire Chief Ed Thompson. They were given three-year The Quorum Court has approved res- terms and ran unopposed. olutions added new members to the Car“The people who were elected three roll County Library Department Board of years ago did not stay for re-election, so Trustees and the Inspiration Point Rural three more individuals ran to be on the Fire Protection District Board of Commis- commission,” Thompson said. sioners. In other business, JP John Reeve sponThe justices of the peace appointed Pam sored a presentation by the Ozark Regional Norton to represent the Green Forest Li- Transit Executive Director Joel Gardner. brary Board on the board of trustees. The “An executive from Ozark Regional court approved a five-year term that expires Transit came over and in December 2018. give a 10-minute pitch “We always have about what they could a seat on the Car“I found out what Carroll do to better the public roll County Library County government was all transportation here Board,” said Johnice in the county,” said Dominick of the about, and I was impressed. Reeve. Working for the commisGreen Forest Library. The purpose of the “One of our member’s sion made me feel good presentation was to term had expired, so because I was giving back inform stake holders we were just filling to the community, but I am of ORT what has been our space.” happening in the last looking forward to being Dominick continyear for the company, able to travel again.” ued to explain that providing options for – Patricia Helwig Norton will replace the company’s future Lisa Anderson and not and to allow Gardner herself, who will be to introduce himself to leaving soon as well. some of the JPs, he said. Dominick said she will be assuming the poThe options for the future were described sition of library administrator and replacing as establishing a scheduled bus route, a van Jean Elderwind at the Carroll and Madison pool for residents to use for the commute to Counties Library System. work or a simple expansion of the demand The three new commissioners on the response services that the county now uses. Inspiration Point Rural Fire Protection Dis“What they are wanting is a percentage trict are Gene Chapman, Robert “Lynn” Mckenzie and David Gaylor. They will re- of the turn-back from the new state road place Chairman James Mautte, Secretary/ tax,” said JP Ron Flake. “That road tax was Treasurer Patricia Helwig and Bob Howle. passed a year or so ago to improve state “I found out what Carroll County gov- highways. The state collects the tax and ernment was all about, and I was im- gives a certain amount back to the county, pressed,” Helwig said while reflecting based on population and money was alupon her past position. “Working for the ready in their road department budget.” After the presentation was made, there commission made me feel good because I was giving back to the community, but I were no decisions on expanding the ORT am looking forward to being able to travel services for the county. There is not enough room to expand services in the 2014 budget again.” The new commissioners were each so any expansions will have to wait until elected on Nov. 6 by the district, but the the next year for the 2015 budget, Flake resolution had to be passed by the Quorum said. By Landon Reeves
March 4, 1982 – January 7, 2014
Rose Gsellmann of Eureka Springs, AR was born on February 3, 1931. She passed away on January 7, 2014 in Eureka Springs, AR at the age of 82 years. She was a daughter of Franz and Maria (Taschner) Fuchs. On March 4, 1982 she was united in marriage with Steve Gsellmann who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her parents, Franz and Maria Fuchs, and one brother, Frank Fuchs. She was a retired long time employee of AT&T, and more recently an owner/operator of a motel, the Edelweiss Inn in Eureka Springs. She was of the Catholic Faith. Rose is survived by her stepdaughter, Cindy & husband Bryan Sumpter of Eureka Springs, AR; four sisters, Mitzi & husband Frank Suppanschitz of Eureka Springs, AR;
Hermi & husband Henry Geisheimer of Sadelia, CO; Emma & husband Philipp Letscher of Ft. Myers Beach, FL; Anni Fuchs of Fehring, Austria, and a host of other family and friends. On March 4, 1982 she was united in marriage with Steve Gsellmann who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her parents, Franz and Maria Fuchs, one brother, Frank Fuchs. Cremation arrangements were made with and under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be sent to the Good Shepard Humane Society, 6486 Hwy 62 E. Eureka Springs, AR 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com. © Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. 2014
Pet of the Week Billy is a beautifully marked 1-year-old tabby who is affectionate, loves to play and gets along well with just about everyone. He is looking for a real home and wouldn’t mind another feline companion either. Billy is neutered, has had all of his shots and can be adopted for just $20 during January, as can any other cat. 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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Calendar of Events Jan. 9: ES Cemetery Commission meeting
The City of Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission will have its first meeting of the new year on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in the library annex room in Eureka Springs, located next door to the Carnegie Public Library. The public is invited to attend. Any questions, please contact Mary Ann Pownall at 479-253-5134.
Jan. 11: Elks Hoop Shoot
The annual Elks Hoop Shoot will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Eureka Springs Middle School gymnasium. The Hoop Shoot is a free-throw shooting contest for boys and girls in the following age groups: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The schools participating will be Berryville, Cassville, Eureka Springs, Green Forest and Huntsville. The winners from each school will compete in Eureka Springs to determine a winner in each age division. Trophies will be awarded to each 1st- and 2nd-place shooter. The winners will advance to the state Hoop Shoot to be held on Feb. 1 in Hot Springs. For more information, call Paul Kiessling at 479-253-2584.
Jan. 11: Mardi Gras Kings Day Kick-off Rally
The spirit of Mardi Gras will resonate at the Krewe of Krazo Kings Day Kick-off Rally at the Rowdy Beaver Tavern in Eureka Springs on Saturday, Jan. 11 beginning at 5 p.m. With each passing year, events have grown, and at the Kick-off Rally, details on five masquerade balls, the night parade, the day parade, and Mardi Gras Day will be announced. Members of the Royal Court and the King and Queen for 2014 will be announced, followed by a gala party. The public is invited to attend and celebrate with us. Entertainment, free munchies and king cakes will be provided along with a cash bar. This year’s Royal Court duchesses are: Anna Marie Lee, Vonda Miller, KellyJo Carroll, and Kimberly Owens; dukes are Steve Roberson, Bud Barter, Landry Weston and Ken Ames. For more information visit www.Krazo.Ureeka.Org or email Dan@Ureeka.Org.
Jan. 12: Randi Romo at EUUF
On Sunday, Jan. 12 at Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 17 Elk St., Randi Romo, co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Artistic Revolution in Little Rock, where she works with LGBT teens, will share her experience working in social justice organizing for over 25 years. The program is at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments. Childcare is provided.
Jan. 12: Music of the Gaither’s at HI Community Church
6:30 p.m. at Flora Roja Community Acupuncture Clinic, 119 Wall St. The group is for bereaved parents, and it uses image-making in an art therapy approach to grieving. Workshops are facilitated by Linda Maiella and board-certified art therapist Budhi Whitebear. For more information call 479253-1229 or 479-790-0400. A donation of $10 to $35 is suggested.
Jan. 17-19: MLK weekend song circles
Please join Holiday Island Community Church worship service at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12. The Holiday Island Community Church Praise Band will feature the music of the Gaither’s. There will be refreshments and fellowship following the worship service. The service will be in the Fellowship Hall, at 188 Stateline Dr. For additional information, contact Debbie Cosens at 479-981-1881.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day weekend with song circles that are free and open to all. Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow, the circle will be led by Nick Rorick, Jim Dudley and Michael Garrett. Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.: Flora Roja Community Center hosted by Kate Smith and Justin Easter. Sunday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.: St. James Episcopal Church community supper with Ivan of the Ozarks and Ratliff Dean Thiebaud.
Jan. 13: Eureka Springs School Board meeting
Jan. 19: Why Class Matters at EUUF
The Eureka Springs School Board regular meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 16 has been rescheduled and will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13 at the Administration Building at 147 Greenwood Hollow Road.
Jan. 14: Ozarks Chorale spring rehearsals begin
The Ozarks Chorale will begin rehearsing for its spring concert season on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Eureka Springs Middle School cafeteria. Registration is at 6:30 p.m., and the first rehearsal will last from 7 to 9. No tryouts are required. If you enjoy singing and can commit to rehearsals on Tuesday nights, director Beth Withey and Paul Gandy, chorale board president, invite you to join the chorus.
Jan. 17: Bereavement Support Group
The Eureka Springs Bereavement Support Group will meet on Friday, Jan. 17 at
On Sunday, Jan. 19 at Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 17 Elk St., Juan José Bustamante, PhD., assistant professor of sociology and Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Arkansas, will give a talk titled “Why Class Matters: Poverty and Social Mobility.” Juan José is the author of a forthcoming book entitled “Transnational Struggles: Policy, Gender, and Family Life on the Texas-Mexico Border.” The program is at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments. Childcare is provided.
Jan. 20: HI Community Church Ladies Fellowship
The Holiday Island Community Church Ladies Fellowship will have their first of the year meeting on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. Fire Chief Jack Deaton will be the speaker. He will inform us on the importance of emergency preparedness and having a plan: What should you do? Do you have an emergency kit ready? Come and listen to our fire chief talk on this
very important subject. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Linda Bartlett at 479-244-5961 or Eula Jean McKee at 479-253-8021.
Jan. 23-25: Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest
The 2014 Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest is scheduled for Jan. 23 through 25, in the historic City Auditorium located at 36 S. Main St. The ESIFF aspires to promote and encourage independent filmmakers of all ages and celebrates the art of filmmaking in the community and beyond. Film categories are drama, comedy, documentary, art film and animation. For more information, please visit our website, eurekaspringswinterfilmfest.com, or call Teresa DeVito at 479-363-8185.
Jan. 26: All Souls Youth Choir performance at EUUF
The Youth Choir from All Souls UU Fellowship in Tulsa will share their music with us during the Sunday morning service at Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 17 Elk St., on Jan. 26. We’ll also share our Soup Sunday meal (one week earlier than usual) with them before they return to Tulsa. Soup Sunday includes soups, bread, sweets, juice, wine and tea, along with great conversation. Bring something to share if you can! It’s a bargain at $4 per adult, $2 per child and $10 max per family.
Feb. 7-9: First Responder Conference
Eureka Springs Fire and EMS is proud to once again host the annual Midwest First Responder Conference. This conference is a special three-day event designed for those who serve in any fire and EMS response capacity. The event runs Feb. 7 through 9 at the Eureka Springs Conference Center at 207 W. Van Buren. Conference registration fee is $25 and T-shirts are $10. For more information, www.eurekaspringsfire.org/2014-midwest-first-responder-conference.html.
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The Natural Way Home remedies for winter colds
hat can be done naturally for a cold with congestion when you’re winter Jim Fain bound and unable to get to your herbal store? Here are 3 different old Granny remedies you can make at home that have much value. First: finely dice or food process a large, strong yellow onion and place in a small narrow bowl or teacup. Sprinkle regular sugar on top and press down firmly. In a few hours press a tablespoon open side up on top of the mash collecting the juice. Use as a decongestant and cough syrup. Some people add fresh garlic and/or fresh horseradish. Second: Honey, lemon and a shot of brandy or whiskey (some add ginger). This like a natural Nyquil (R). Remember in this remedy the alcohol is a medicine. Third: Piping hot home made chicken soup. Beyond the love factor, it really does help. During the last winter storm I asked people online what favorite or family remedy do you make and use? The responses were really interesting, useful and some funny. Piping hot Jewish penicillin aka chicken soup was popular along with other hunger prompting foods. Two that I thought were particularly delectable said home made lentil soup with lots of garlic and then blackened chicken with lots of black and cayenne pepper. We have some spicy people in Eureka, apparently. Drinks mentioned were warming and soothing if not downright top shelf. The one which was alcohol free was ginger tea made with real ginger root, lemon and local honey. This is to be sipped piping hot. Several suggestions included top shelf liquor such as Maker’s Mark bourbon with honey (I guess if you’re sick you may as well go top notch). One of the funny comments was that if you were out of brandy or bourbon just swap over to tequila... at a certain point you won’t care. On a more sensual side the hot bath with epsom salt with a few drops of tea tree oil added sounded great. Of course you must add glycerine for the skin and then soak your ailment away. I liked this suggestion and wondered if one of hot toddies sipped while soaking would be too much... no too much isn’t possible. Finally, to improve breathing a touch of peppermint oil under each nostril (BAM) and Mom’s cure of Vicks (R) rounded out the family remedies. I just love our Eureka family: what a great way to wile away winter bound hours.
Wisecrack Zodiac Aries: You’re walking around with a smile on your lips and a song in your heart. Your cardiologist will be ticked off to learn that you’ve hooked your pacemaker up to iTunes. Taurus: Some people take the high road, others take the low road, but you want to take the transporter. Huddle up with your favorite Star Trek brainiacs and make that happen so we can all quit trying to learn parallel parking. Gemini: You think your mojo is gone, but it’s actually closer than you think. Get a stick and poke under the couch, it’s likely to pop right out of there along with a half-eaten sub sandwich and a remote control from 1992. Cancer: Forget being the sharpest tool in the shed. You hammer your point home with blunt force. If you’re extremely opinionated, it’s better than a Zuumba workout. Leo: Time heals all wounds, but the process goes faster if you’d quit ripping off the Band-Aid every few hours. Patience is the antibiotic of the soul, without the weird smell. Virgo: An answer to your problem will visit you in an odd way. Watch out for unusually shaped potatoes or fortunes that show up without the cookie. Libra: It’s great to live in the moment, but you also need somewhere to put your stuff. Think longterm this week, because moments are notoriously short on closet space. Scorpio: You’ll have a brainstorm this week that will change the way people communicate. All you will need is a bag of carrots, a ferret who knows how to DJ and steady wi-fi. Sagittarius: If you feel that life is either unicorns and rainbows or scary attic clowns, take heart. The law of averages says it’s probably vicious unicorns who think
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you’re magically delicious. Carry a spoon and you’ll always have a defense. Capricorn: No one’s trying to piddle in your corn flakes, but don’t leave your burrito unattended on Friday. Some things shouldn’t ever meet hot sauce. Aquarius: Everyone tells you to look on the bright side. You know better, because you’ll learn much more if you stare at the
dark corners when no one thinks you’re looking. Pisces: Lately you’ve qualified for the Ministry of Silly Walks: two steps forward, three back, one up a tree and one over to the side. A new pair of shoes will get you sorted. Soon you’ll be hitting your stride. Answers on page 26
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Climbing Jacob’s Ladder Stairway links to hidden springs
Photos by Jennifer Jackson
AT LEFT: Jacob’s Ladder is a set of more than 200 steps that lead up East Mountain from Jackson Street behind the Grand Central Hotel. AT CENTER: Soldier Spring AT RIGHT: Birdsong Cottage on Nut Street
By Jennifer Jackson
Eureka Springs is a honeycomb of winding streets, stairways and footpaths that people used in earlier times to walk from boarding houses to the springs. One route: Jacob’s Ladder, a set of 200 steps that lead up the side of East Mountain to a loop of lanes dotted with old cottages and hidden springs. The stairs are part of the Trails Master Plan that will be released by the Parks Department in a few weeks. Climbing Jacob’s Ladder to the springs and back takes about an hour, making it a perfect winter walk. The stairs start behind the Grand Central Hotel, at North Main and Flint, on Jackson, the first side street on the left – look for the handrail leading up through the trees just past the street
sign. An easy climb leads to the first street, where you can turn left and do the springs loop clockwise. Or you can cross the lane, go up the next set of steps to the upper street and walk the loop counterclockwise, making the steep but short section of the walk downhill. The upper street is on the level with the top of the Basin Park Hotel and the backs of the buildings on Spring Street, on what was known as West Mountain. Turning left, the road passes Soldier Spring, where legend has it that two bushwhackers were discovered and shot. Quaint cottages, built as retreats in the 1920s, line the street, which has a different name for each stretch. The first three are named for trees – Copper, Hazel and Nut. Stone retaining walls border the uphill side of the lane.
Bottle trees add a note of color to side yards. At Cold Spring Reservation, the road goes downhill and curves to the left. A path on the right, marked by a sign, leads to a bench next to Cold Spring. Following the road to the lower part of the loop, you’ll see a large landscaped yard with water features, named one of the Eureka Springs Garden Club’s Gardens of the Season. In winter, the lane is alive with cardinals, drawn to the berry bushes. Also look for East Mountain’s albino squirrels. Farther down the road, which starts out as Alexander and changes names three times (Brush, Walnut and Lindsay) is a derelict cottage someone has dubbed “Horder Heaven,” offering cheap nightly lodging as a joke. Also look out for, or up for, Osage orange,
softball-sized fruit that is hazard to pedestrians. Follow the road back to the steps to downtown. Jacob’s Ladder had a third set of steps that go on up East Mountain, and will eventually be part of the trails system that will connect downtown and residential areas of Eureka Springs with U.S. Highway 62, Black Bass Lake and Lake Leatherwood. For more information, see “Parks, Springs and Trails: The Official Parks & Trails Map Guide” at tourist information centers or go to EurekaParks.com. For eight historic walking tours of Eureka Springs, see “Walk Eureka Springs: Exploring Eureka Springs Historic Structures,” published by the Eureka Springs Preservation Society and available at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.
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now.” 8:35 p.m.- Officer conducted welfare check for concerned girlfriend on a possible suicidal boyfriend. Subject was fine, just not answering his phone. 9:21 p.m. – Owner of the Art Colony requested welfare check on the manager. Officer responded and conducted check, all okay. Jan. 2 12:37 p.m. – Caller reported loose dogs on a residential street. Officer responded but was unable to locate dogs. 12:48 p.m. – Motorist called police to inform them she was stuck on Mountain Street. Officer responded and assisted motorist. Jan. 3 12:43 a.m. – Caller from Apple Blossom Inn reported erratic driver that was speeding heading to Berryville and then back into the city. Officer responded and could not locate vehicle. Good thing there were not two similar vehicles with different destinations or it might have been even harder to find them. 9:47 a.m. – Subject came into the police department and turned herself in for warrant, was booked into jail and then bonded out. Visit the Eureka Springs Police Department for all your one stop legal needs. 9:48 a.m. – Caller reported loose dogs on the same residential street as the previous day. Animal Control responded, but was unable to locate dogs or owner. 12:47 p.m. – Caller from Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down reported a driver damaged a foot bridge and some mailboxes. Officer responded and found that the driver left a headlight, and the property owner did not want a report.
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2:34 p.m. – Officer requested vehicle in front of post office to be towed. 8:13 p.m. – The Sheriff’s Office reported an erratic driver heading into the city. Officer responded, but was unable to locate subject. Jan. 4 12:24 a.m. – A routine traffic stop near W. T. Focker’s lead to an arrest for reckless driving. 4:51 a.m. – Caller reported her sister had just called her and said her boyfriend was raping her and videotaping it. Officer responded and spoke to the parties involved, who insisted that was not the case. 3:23 p.m. – Caller from Dollar Store reported teenagers stealing things. It is always worse when it is those darn teenagers. Officer responded, talked to teenagers and was unable to locate any stolen items. Or maybe it is not worse at all, still, those darn kids with their hip hop and non-shoplifting! Jan. 5 9:38 a.m. – Alarm company reported an alarm at Rocking Pig Saloon. Officer responded and building was secure. 9:38 a.m. – Caller from a local inn requested police presence to mediate dispute between himself and the employees of the inn. Officer responded and discovered the caller had overmedicated himself so he had emergency medical services check him out. Don’t you just hate it when you take too many drugs and the hotel clerks won’t do anything about the melting walls that are slowly closing in on you? 11:07 a.m. – Officer assisted motorist that slid off the road near Pizza Hut. 12:43 p.m. – Emergency medical technicians requested police help for male subject they had dealt with earlier. Officer responded and subject was taken to the hospital. duct themselves in an “ethical and honest manner,” to operate “with integrity,” to “communicate honestly” and to provide answers “whether from the news media or others ... that are prompt and honest.” The code also calls for minimizing environmental impact and and being “deeply committed to environmental sustainability.” Really?
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Wintry roads cause travel woes
Photos by Chip Ford
Eureka Springs Public Works applies a fresh beet-juice mix atop the snow-covered Icy roads and wind chills below zero resulted in a ghost town of sorts in Eureka Springs White Street late Sunday afternoon. late Sunday afternoon.
Highway 23 North, just south of the main entrance to South of the Holiday Island main entrance, the highway Holiday Island, is blanketed in packed snow and ice. starts to clear in sections without heavy shade.
Most county road and farm roads were very treacherTwo vehicles apply their brakes as they lumber down A Missourian creeps down Highway 23 North outside ous. Here is County Road 222 after a few vehicles transversed its steep layout. Planner Hill. Holiday Island with care.
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