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City Considers Implementation of Business Permits

BY MELANIE WADE • Two Mena City Council committees met on Tuesday, June 27, at City Hall to discuss the issue of mobile food services in the city, as well as business permits and licensing. The Health and Sanitation Committee met to discuss proposing regulations on mobile food services in the city. One food truck owner, Jason Goodner of Chicollos, was in attendance at the meeting and stated that his food truck has all


Town of Hatfield Continues Improvements to Area

BY MELANIE WADE • The Town of Hatfield has had a busy couple of weeks improving roads, adding playground equipment, and hosting their 16th Jubilee in June Celebration. Hatfield Mayor Linda Denton said the festival went over well with many enjoying the activities offered. Just in time for the festival, the overlay and surfacing of Mershon Drive that runs from Highway 246 to Bowling Lane and continues by Hatfield Lumber Co., Smith Pallet Co., and Rich Mountain Lumber Co. The project was funded by State Aid City Street program funds in the amount of $250,000. The project was CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Local Artist Sells Boxes at Crystal Bridges Museum Store

After serving the county’s readers for over three decades, Polk County Librarian Shirley Philpot was honored Friday, June 30, in a very well-attended reception that was full of a few surprises for a lady who is set to begin a new chapter! READ THE FULL STORY ON PAGE 3.

BY MELANIE WADE • A local wood artist has been honored with the reception of his artistic boxes being sold at the Crystal Bridges Museum Store, a coveted fete not known by too many artists. Crystal Bridges is hailed as one of the best collections of artistic talents in the state, so being able to sell your merchandise among artists of this caliber is quite an accomplishment. Lucas Turner grew up in Mena, being born on “Hospital Hill,” he said with a smile. He, and his brother, Eric, developed a love of working with wood at CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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Grannis Woman Wins BIG! A Q uar ter of a M il l ion! Valerie Wise of Grannis in Polk County won $250,000 on a $10 (100X) instant ticket she bought at E-Z Mart 761, Hwy. 71 S., in Wickes, Ark.

Sociable Seniors Enjoy Lunch & Fellowship BY MELANIE WADE •


he Polk County Sociable Seniors held their June luncheon at local restaurant, LaVilla. “It was very nice,” said organizer Diane Mathis. She extends an invitation to all area seniors to their next luncheon on July 11, 2017, which will be held at the Rock Café, 355 S. Main St., in Waldron, at 12 noon. Mathis reports they have a “good home cooking buffet” and those in attendance won’t be disappointed with the food or the great fellowship they will receive. Carpooling is available by meeting at Mena Walmart at 11 a.m. with rides leaving at 11:15. For more information, contact Mathis at 479-243-0191.

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Children’s Library Named in Honor of Long-Time Librarian, Shirley Philpot BY MELANIE WADE •


fter three decades of stacking and stamping books, helping avid readers from toddler age to the elderly, and making sure the Polk County Library is filled with the best selection, Miss Shirley Philpot has officially retired and was greatly honored at arm B ureau claims adjuster Shane Frost ( center) of Mena was a reception on Friday, named the 2017 District Two Adjuster of the Year during the 6 4th June 30, 2017. annual Farm B ureau Claims Conference June 8-10 in Rogers. K evin One of her coworkMcK enzie ( left) , Vice President of Claims, and Josh Webb, District Claims ers stated that the Manager of District Two, presented the award. The award is given annually most important part to the adjuster in each of the nine claims districts who shows the most proof Philpot’s job as a ficient job skills, outstanding leadership, professionalism, and dedication librarian were the children. B ecause of her kind heart and love for children, surrounded by during the previous year. her sons, grandchildren, coworkers, and dozens of friends and library members, Philpot was honored and emotional when the door to the children’s room of the library was unveiled with a new nameplate - Shirley Philpot Children’s Library. Also on hand to honor Philpot and her years of service was County Judge B randon Ellison, who presented her with a special gift – coworkers and 23 friends gathered and contributed to a January 6, bowl 2016of crisp currency to help her nice ................................................ enjoy her retirement. B eginning her library career in 1984, Philpot served as the assistant librarian until 1996 when she was named the county librarian. Since moving into her current position, she has been responsible for record keeping, ordering books and supplies, and most of all, interacting with the readers of Polk County. “I’ve really enjoyed the people I have visited with over the years. The customer service side of things has been fun for me and I have greatly enjoyed all the interaction. Not to mention I love books so being around them constantly has been a lot of fun,” said Philpot.



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an early age. “We were always around my grandpa during the summers and he got tired of us being under his feet so he showed us how to use the band saw and lathe, the first two tools we used.” H e said as a child, he “probably had the average dreams of a kid, but I was always interested in the mechanical aspect of things… how things work, typical boy stuff.” Coming from an era of “you didn t buy something new, you fixed it,” taught him an appreciation for things. “ still do that today,” he said. hen Turner was around 11 years old, he created his first keepsake box. “They had the arts and crafts show at Boyd Stadium, and there was a guy there that had all these boxes and wanted to make one. ran straight to my grandparents house and made my first one. He had made his from logs, but all had was a block of wood so made a box,” Turner said with pride. H e began making various projects including shelves, signage, gun racks, and making wooden ducks with his grandmother that she would then paint. Turner admits that when he began his own family, he was unable to devote as much time as he would like to his passion and began working other jobs. “When I had children, I got more into building off-road trucks and then around five or six years ago, started picking back up on it [ woodworking] .” Since then, he has turned his love of wood into an artistic presentation, following years of practice and experimentation. n fact, his boxes just really can t be labeled as boxes, even if you say jewelry box or trinket box. Turner s wooden boxes are truly works of art. orking with the grain of the log he has picked, Turner turns, draws, and cuts both small and large pieces and adds special elements like curves and hidden drawers. H owever, possibly the most special feature of his works are his design element that he came up with – an electric process that creates a lightening image on the wood, which he then fills with color, like blue or red. “ had

Shown above A display of Lucas Turner’s uni ue wooden trinket bo es sits in the Crystal ridges useu Store a ongst so e of the area’s nest artistic works.


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the state req uirements necessary for operations and has been inspected twice since November by the state’s health inspector, meeting those regulations as well. One committee member, Terri Neugent, asked G oodner, “H ow do we know other food trucks are clean and safe? ” To which G oodner replied, “H ow do we know other restaurants are clean and safe? ” G oodner says that food trucks and mobile food services are held to the same standards that any other food service facility is held to. Other than health and safety concerns of mobile food services, the Committee also discussed how to ensure that food and lodging businesses within the City are filing and paying the Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission’s tax, also known as the A&P tax, which is 3% on hotels and motels, and 1% on restaurants. Committee members Andy B rown and James Earl Turner both expressed that sometimes a business can come into town, be open for a few days or weeks, and are gone before the city has time to reach out to them, and often times, no tax is collected. Or other times, the issue has been a business collected the tax, but never paid it and were closed down and gone with no further contact information available to collect what is owed. To combat the issue, the Committee decided to research having new food service and lodging businesses within the city file a no-cost business permit. The Committee believes this practice would alert them when a new business comes into town and will give an opportunity to gain contact information for owners and give them information on what taxes are req uired to be remitted for that particular business, including the A&P tax, which supports Tapley Park, as well as marketing the city for tourism. Turner said the permits would “make it fair to those that are paying the tax.” B rown said that they “have always relied on the honor system,” but due to those who don’t willfully pay their tax, regulations must be put in place. Citing regulations other cities have incorporated over similar issues in their own areas, City Attorney Patrick McDaniel will further research the topic and present a draft of a business permit application, as well as consequences for those who do not properly file their business. Following the H ealth & Sanitation Committee meeting, the Finance Committee was set to discuss the req uirement of business licenses in Mena. H owever, after the discussion of a no-cost permit in the previous meeting, the issue was tabled until the issue of business permits is finali ed. Another meeting will be held at a later date to discuss McDaniel’s draft before a recommendation is sent to the full City Council.

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completed by Crow Paving, Inc. of Morrilton. “We are really proud to get the street paved. It’s been so rough for so long,” said Mayor Denton. They have also added some new playground eq uipment to the City Park as well. Mayor Denton reports that a merry-go-round, swings, big playset, and a half-court basketball court has been installed and has already been in use by area youngsters. “We had it all installed before the Jubilee, except the merry-go-round, and there wasn’t enough time for the concrete to set so it was installed this week.” The new eq uipment was made possible through a $ 45,000 grant from Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for fundamentally underprivileged neighborhoods. “The kids are really enjoying it. We worked hard getting it ready.” In the last year, the Town of Hatfield has received enough grants and state aid to have added four handicap parking spots at the park, as well as playground eq uipment, a basketball court, outdoor exercise eq uipment, and new sidewalks, and are now working on restrooms. “That will be the next big project,” stated Mayor Denton. They are currently in the process of accepting bids for the restroom , will begin within the month.

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Ed Banks Bridge Closed for Construction

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Effective July rd, the Ed Banks Access Area at the Cossatot River State Park atural Area in ickes will be closed to the public for 60 days while the Ed Banks Bridge undergoes construction for repairs. o vehicle traffic, camping, swimming, hiking, or other activities will be permitted in this area. Also due to the construction of the Ed Banks Bridge the north section of the River Corridor Trail from the trail head at Hwy. 246 east of andervoort, AR to the Cossatot alls Parking Lot will also be closed. The south section of the River Corridor Trail from Cossatot alls to the C off of Hwy. 27 east of ickes will remain open for visitor use. Please contact the Park Superintendent at 70- 5-2201 with any questions.

West. Ark. Bass Anglers Host Final Season Tournament


estern Arkansas Bass Anglers held its last regular season tournament of 2017 recently on De ueen Lake. Coming in 4th place in the tournament was erry Barnett, with .01 lbs. n rd place was Terry Davis, with .40 lbs. Arla Toon took 2nd place with .67 lbs. and Darrin Toon claimed 1st place with . lbs. Bobby Brooks had the big bass of the tournament with one weighing . 2 lbs. Brent Toon won the Angler of the year title for the 2017 season.


seen the electrified look on the internet and didn t think much of it and then one day it clicked.” After that, his experiments began and his boxes gained a very unique look. He has recently begun implementing glow in the dark paints in his lightning effect. He said he, “started combining a bunch of mediums to create what have. use not only things in the woodworking world, use things they would use in concrete, automotive paint, and electricity. take a whole bunch of past experiences and put it into my enjoyment of woodworking and creating something new.” And what he has is quite special special enough to be accepted to sell at Crystal Bridges Museum Store. “ t was a big thing didn t know about them until dad told me. Me and my wife went and saw it, but they had some really neat things up there like old pictures of George ashington. t was really exciting because people from all over the world visit Crystal Bridges it s quite honoring, really.” Turner builds his line of boxes under the name notty oods, which is certainly appropriate for the ama ing pieces he turns out in his shop. Turner said he has the ability to also make custom pieces. “ t s specific to how they want it boxes, tables, stepstools, shelves, bookshelves, picture frames,” Turner said. And, all of that is on his spare time as he works full time at Hampton Aviation in sheet metal and maintenance. He said his wife helps with his designs. “She helps me see how other people will see it.” He also still works with his brother on projects on occasion. His works were most recently displayed at the local Lum and Abner estival. Turner said it feels great to be able to display and sell his art in his hometown. f you would like to see more on Turner and his projects, check out his acebook page, notty oods.


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Karen Larson, age 49, of Mena, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at her home. She was born December 7, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late Quinton Larson and Katherine Jordahl Larson. She was united in marriage to Michael Thompson, her husband of 21 years. Karen comes from a long line of educators and she valued education intensely. She loved her students and felt only through education could they rise above, no matter their individual circumstances and she tried to instill that in each student. Karen was a true free spirit, always ready for an adventure but remained grounded. She was a classically trained pianist and an accomplished vocalist. She loved sewing, crafts, and she was a great homemaker. Above all, her children were the love of her life.

Survivors are husband, Michael Thompson of Mena, Arkansas; son, Christopher Thompson of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Annika Thompson of Mena, Arkansas; mother, Katherine Jordahl Larson; sister, Dr. Anne Larson-Quinn and husband Michael of Erie, Pennsylvania; many nieces, nephews and other family members. She was preceded in death by her father, Quinton Larson and her Aunt, Audrey Larson. Karen will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will be Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Grace Bible Church with Dr. Lamar Austin officiating.Online obituary at www.

MARLIN CHATHAM Mr. Marlin Chatham, age 82, of Mena, Arkansas

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passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 in Mena. Mr. Chatham was born on December 20, 1934 in Zafra, Oklahoma to Theodore Chatham and Grace Sitten Parnell. Mr. Chatham was married to his wife Nola Chatham in 2006, who he dearly loved. He was a drywall installation specialist by trade. He greatly enjoyed, as a hobby, gold panning. He loved to spend hours at stream looking for gold and enjoying the outdoors. He was a loving and kind husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. He is survived by wife, Nola Chatham

of Mena, Arkansas; brother, Glen Parnell of Mena, Arkansas; sister, Betty Gentry; and many nephews, nieces, and friends. Mr. Chathum was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Earl Chatham, Dale Chatham, Joe Myers, Clarance Myers; and sister, Mary Jo Paige. Mr. Chatham was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Memorial services will be set at a later date. Online obituary at

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rea 4H members recently competed in Malvern Arkansas for the 2017 District O’RAMA. The district competition consisted of members from 25 counties in Southwest Arkansas, predominantly members south of Scott County and east of Pulaski County. The Mena 4-H had the second largest delegation at the competition with almost twenty. Listed below are members of 4-H that

competed and their awards: Jordan Wagner from Cove All Around 4-H ; Entomology Talk 2nd, Lulu Q uebedeaux from Clover Cats 4-H ; H ealth Talk 2nd, Drey Ozanich from Mountain Valley 4-H ; Crop Science Activity 2nd, Cassidy Ashcraft from Mountain Valley 4-H ; H uman Development Talk 3rd, Justin B ell Cove All Around 4-H ; B icycle 1st, Carmindy Ashcraft from Mountain Valley 4-H ; Food Fair Talk 2nd, Colt Q uebedeaux from Clover Cats 4-H Innovative; Tech Talk 2nd, Dave Lehmann from Mtn Fork G rowing Clovers Senior; Vet Science Talk 3rd, Lily Oglesby from Mountain Valley 4-H ; Fashion Revenue 4th, H annah B ell from Cove All Around 4-H Junior; Vet Science Talk 3rd, Cooper H ayes from Cove All Around 4-H ; B B AND G un Safety Participation, Shayna B owen Cove All Around 4H ; Safety Talk 2nd, Sarah G renier Mountain Valley 4-H ; Instrumental 3rd, K eilah B arney from K ountry K ids 4-H Senior; Ornamental H orticulture 1st, Eden B arney from K ountry K ids 4-H ; Instrumental 2nd, and K ohlea Carmack from Mighty Oaks 4-H ; Animal Science Talk Participation. Sarah G renier from Mountain Valley 4-H was recognized as a district recordbook winner in Arts and H umanities.

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Jubilee in June 3-on-3 Tournament Results The Town of Hatfield recently hosted their 16th Annual Jubilee in June Celebration. As in years past, a 3-on-3 B asketball Tournament was played at the old Hatfield Gymnasium. There were several age divisions for the tournament, allowing for a wide range of players from around the county. Listed below are the top finishers in each age division: 7-9 B oys & G irls Combined: 1st Place-H ooper, 2nd Place- Eagles. 10-12 G irls & Women: 11st Place- Proverbs 31 G als, 2nd Place- White T’s. 10-12 B oys: 1st PlaceAvenger, 2nd PlaceTrump Train. Adult-Men: 1st Place- B obcats, 2nd Place- Those G uys.




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All-Star Baseball Team Reaches Final Four Bearcat Football Looks Forward to Upcoming Season BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY •


fter coming off another successful season that led the B earcats to the 4A Playoffs in 2016 , Tim H arper and the B earcats are looking towards another playoff run in 2017. The team will be returning several starters from both sides of the ball, including players at key positions offensively and defensively. “We have lost some good players, but we are also bringing back several of our guys. We have several that will be three year starters along with some young guys we will plug in. e are going to be just fine,” says Coach Tim H arper. Since arriving on the scene in 2013, Coach H arper has led the B earcats to be a regular contender in conference play and the team has made several appearances in the playoffs. The B earcats are primed for another run this year, “We have the potential to be really special. I mean it, I really think if we stay healthy and guys keep the right attitude we are going to have a real opportunity,” remarks Harper. n order to compete at a high level, the Bearcats will have to navigate another tough conference schedule that is as hard as any in the state. Mena will face off against their rival DeQ ueen in the regular season and home opener, September 1, 2017. The Bearcats are currently on break as they finish out the Arkansas Athletic Associations state wide dead period that ends July 10. After returning from the dead period, the team will continue in their summer conditioning program and gear up for fall practice that will begin August 2 at 7 a.m. For further B earcat football news, look to a future edition of the Pulse.


ocal All-Star B aseball Team Reaches Final Four in AR U SSSA State Tournament. The Mena All-Star baseball team, sponsored by Non-Stop Fitness, participated in the 8U Coach Pitch U SSSA All-Star State Tournament in Conway, AR June 24th and 25th. Each of the 19 All-Star teams played two games on Saturday to determine Sunday’s bracket rankings. Mena went into Sunday s tournament ranked 16th and their first game started at am. Mena defeated Montgomery County 14-6 , which set Mena up for a contest versus the # 1 ranked H eber Springs All-Stars at noon. Mena’s bats stayed hot and they crushed H eber Springs by a score of 15-3, progressing to their third game of the day. At 3 p.m., Mena was set for a showdown against the Sheridan All-Star team. Mena continued to roll against Sheridan, winning handily 19-10. At this point in the tournament, the 7 and 8 year old Mena team was hot, tired, and injured. The young team had players with nose bleeds, sprained ankles, jammed fingers, shin splints, and nausea. Despite the injuries and exhaustion, the boys showed Are you ready? According to our L ord, the v ast maj ority of people are not ready for the J udg ment and tremendous heart and every player was determined to push through and give it everything will b e lost forev er in eternity, b ut only a few are ready to g o to Heav en ( Matthew 7:13-14) . We are told he had. in Amos 4:12 to " Prepare to meet your God" . We hav e two appointments that hav e already b een Their fourth of about the dayProstate against Maumelle, 5 keygame facts Cancer:took place immediately following the made for each of us and which we will definitely keep. Heb rews 9:27 says, " It is appointed unto man Sheridan victory with only a ten minute break. Mena had reached the final four and only once to die, b ut after this the J udg ment." These appointments cannot b e canceled. 1. Affects 1 in every 6 men needed one more victory Deadlier than breast cancerto play in the State Championship game. Mena took a We don’ t know when that day will come, so we must always b e ready. 2 Peter 3:10-11 says, " The day two run lead into the bottom the last inning with zero time left on the clock. Despite their 3. Detectable in earlyof stages of the L ord will come as a thief in the nig ht in which the heav ens will pass away with a g reat noise, NOTteam an old best efforts4. the fellman’s just disease short as Maumelle scored three runs to win 18-17. and the elements will melt with ferv ent heat; b oth the earth and the works that are in it will b e b urned 5. Does NOT go away if youteam avoidwas composed of Brayden Renick, Bayden GarThis exceptional Mena All-Star up… Since all these thing s will b e dissolv ed what manner of persons oug ht you to b e in holy conduct testing. Gentlemen: We encourage you to get rett, Ty Thomas, Lucas Johnson, Bryer Landrum, and Braxton Cummings from Mena Eli and g odliness." a PSA blood test. McCullough and Jackson hite of Mt. da Jaron and Jaxon Hadley of Acorn and Sawyer The J udg ment will happen when the L ord comes ag ain. No one is ex empt. " For we shall all stand Galloway and Ashton Baker of Caddo. Assistant coaches were Sarah Renick, Thad Thomb efore the j udg ment seat of Christ" ( Romans 14:10) . If we are not ready, it will b e too late to try and as, and Seth Garrett while head coach, Brad Renick, also assumed pitching responsibilig et ready when we are standing b efore the L ord in J udg ment. Our fate is sealed either when we draw ties. our last b reath or if the L ord comes b efore we die, and we will not know when this is g oing to happen. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, " ...This will happen when the L ord J esus is rev ealed from heav en in b laz ing fire with his powerful ang els. He will punish those who do not know God and do not ob ey the g ospel of our L ord J esus. They will b e punished with ev erlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the L ord and the g lory of his mig ht." Strong and to the point. MENA REAL ESTATE Sadly, the maj ority of people will b e horrified when they hear " Depart from Me, you cursed, into ev erlasting fire prepared for the Dev il and his ang els" ( Matthew 25:41) . Those who are lost in Hell will only hav e themselv es to b lame. Is your name in God’ s B ook of L ife? If it is not ... " Anyone not found written in the B ook of L ife was cast into the lake of fire" ( Rev elation 20:15) . How do we make sure our name is in the B ook of L ife? J esus says " Not ev eryone who says to me ' L ord, L ord,' will enter the king dom of heav en, b ut only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heav en." ( Matthew 816 S. Mena St. 7:21) . 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Hudsons Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage

James & Becky Hudson, of Mena, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Connections Café. Music will be provided by one of their special friend, Layne Sutton. Reception with a light luncheon will be hosted by the Prayer Warriors Sunday School Class.

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dventure. t can be defined as participating in exciting and potentially ha ardous undertakings. Life is an adventure, there are the moments that are most certainly exciting and some moments that take your breath away because they are so thrilling. or many, they would rather look back on their life and say, “ can t believe did that,” rather than, “ wish would have done that.” Chris Masters has lived a life of adventure, full of travel and great thrills along the way. Chris grew up in Polk County and attended Mena Public Schools. After graduation, he attended Hendrix College, earning his Bachelor s in Physics. Afterwards, Chris pursued his masters at ALR. “ had a friend after graduation that moved to Boulder, CO and knew that was where wanted to go so defended my thesis and two weeks later took everything owned and moved to Colorado,” says Chris with a smile. After moving to Boulder, he began work for the ational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration OAA . n the beginning, he worked on a laser project that was measuring the o one in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. “ was a research assistant and couldn t go any further so started looking for opportunities and then got on with the nited States Antarctic Program so spent about four years working on the Antarctic research vessels. was having such a blast, spent a lot of time down around the Antarctic. After the contract with the Antarctic Program was up, Chris looked to head back to Boulder. Soon afterwards he went back to work at another OAA laboratory called Earth Systems Research Laboratory, where he would spend the next 14 years. “ worked half the time remotely from Mena, visiting Boulder -4 times a year. After things going on in my life and then my mother s health declining, decided to move back to Mena in 2014. started work as the etwork Engineer here ARM and did that for two years before becoming Computer nformation Officer C O in January of this year,” explains Chris. Anybody that knows Chris would say that he loves adventure, a love that developed through his time traveling and working in Colorado. hile working off, he developed a love for amateur photography and mountain biking, “ picked up both of those hobbies while living in Boulder. Obviously, living there provided great opportunities for pictures and then mountain biking was great there as well.” Recently, Chris competed in the Ouachita Challenge, a 60-mile rigorous mountain bike tour and race. Along with these hobbies, Chris may be most excited about his work with the Ouachita Amateur Radio Association. He is an amateur radio operator, or “Ham” as they are called in the Amateur Radio world. “ love being a part of the group and the national amateur radio association as a whole. t has been a lot of fun learning about the technology and the potential, but also connecting with people through our work. have talked with somebody in ew ealand before so it s cool to be a part of something that connects people from all over the world,” states Chris. Despite traveling the world, Mena is home for Chris, not just because he grew up here, but because it is roots. “This really is my roots. My great great grandfather homesteaded land out south of town and that s where live now. There is just a lot of history here for me,” explains Chris. Like many others that call Mena home, Chris loves the atmosphere of the community and the people in it. “ t s really a safe place, people are kind, and it s a great place to live.” Often, you can t appreciate what s right in front of you and what blessings have been received until you are able to see other places. Chris feels that Mena is a real gem and it is a great place not only to live, but to play. “There is so much here. e have beautiful trails that you can go hike or mountain bike at any point. The trails here are rated epic and thousands of people ock here each year to ride. n Boulder, if you wanted to get out on a trail like we have here, there would be hundreds of people. nfortunately, people don t reali e what we have right • Willie was b orn in Monroe, L ouisiana in 1949, raised in San Dieg o, CA here.” • Univ ersity of Oklahoma footb all & g raduated in 1972 with a deg ree in Everyone wants to live an adventurous life, experience the excitement and thrills Education that come with those great experiences. or many, traveling the world is not an option, • Walk-on with the B altimore Colts but Chris reminds us, adventure is right out our front door in the beautiful Ouachita • Willie sig ned with the L os Ang eles Rams 1974 Mountains. • He decided to g iv e up pro-footb all to attend Harding Univ ersity for a


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exting, phone calls, Facetime, emails, and conference calls…e ach of these are forms of communication that are thought of as necessary, but could more accurately be thought of as a blessing and luxury. In the 21st century, there isn’t a shortage of means of communications, allowing for people all around the world to be more connected than they ever have been. The Ouachita Amateur Radio Association of Mena is using their hobby to continually grow in knowledge and service. Amateur radio first started in 1 14 with Hiram Percy Maxim organi ing the American Radio Relay League ARRL , a non-commercial organi ation of radio amateurs. Today, there are more than 161,000 members, making ARRL the largest organi ation of radio amateurs in the nited States. Each individual radio enthusiast is called a Amateur Radio Operator or, in the radio world, they are called “Hams.” This is no reference to the meal at Christmas, no, the term started with the frustration of those in commercial radio in the G enesis of radio. n those early days of radio, there were many, both commercial and amateur fighting for time and signal. Two amateurs, working together across town, could effectively jam all the other operations in the area. Frustrated commercial operators would refer to the ham radio interference by calling them “hams.” The ARRL operates from five pillars Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership. Locally, the Ouachita Repeater Association is a club or entity of the ARRL. Members in the local club, Chris Masters and Samantha Shores, explain the aspect of community service behind their club, “Our primary component is community service. We have run the communication services for the Athens-B ig Fork marathon, the Ouachita Challenge, a 60-mile epic mountain bike race, and the Talimena Half Marathon.” Like the national organi ation, the Ouachita Repeaters group is committed to educating their members and advancing their technology through radio experimentation. or “hams,” the joy is manifold in their service to the community, “ e are always looking for opportunities about how we might share our knowledge to serve the community, but even in doing so, it is just a lot of fun for us to learn new things each time,” says Chris smiling. Recently, amateur radio operators joined together all over orth America for the purpose of education, demonstration, and practice. Each year in June, more than 40,000 “hams” gather to set up temporary transmitting stations in public places. “More than anything, the day is for preparing for emergency communications. It is a good natured contest to prepare us for any future or potential emergency. During the ield Day, we operate in abnormal situations as if it were a real emergency. So, several people ran their transmitters off of solar panels or generators,” states Chris. As ham radio operators from around the world use the 24 hour period from 12 noon on a Saturday to 12 noon on a Sunday to broadcast their call signs 5H M for the local group , they wait for someone to send one back and see how far they come. “The field days allows for us not only to have an emergency communication exercise, but to have the potential opportunity to connect with somebody thousands of miles away,” explains Samantha with a smile. So what makes a good “ham” Anyone. There is a wide range of amateur radio operators, nearly all of the operators working a job outside of their favorite hobby. “That s one of the things we love about amateur radio and our group specifically. e have people from all walks of life that are a part of our group, each bringing a different level of experience,” states Chris. Although there certainly is a lot of technological knowledge that is needed at times, that doesn’t exclude anybody from being a member of the group, after all, one of the pillars of AARL is promoting education through radio experience and experiment. One of the ways that the Ouachita Amateur Radio Association most serves the community is also one of the biggest draws for the various members in the group. “A lot of what we do at each of the races, the mountain bike race and marathons, is safety and rescue. We are spread along the course making sure nobody gets lost or seriously injured. We have several members who are retired military and the safety and rescue 23 speaks to them. They start out just interested in that part of what we do, but over time, their interest grows. That s what happened January to 6, me,” 2016states Samantha. ............................................... The Ouachita Amateur Radio Association is open to anyone to join that may be interested in exploring the world of communications and radio. “We do learn a lot as we go. We all teach other new things, but honestly what we enjoy the most is the friendship and fellowship we get to enjoy. We would encourage anyone to come check it out, even if they don t have any experience.” Although for many, amateur radio is just a hobby, but as the 200 tornado in Mena reminded us, in which the Ouachita Amateur Radio Association was an instrumental tool of communication for the community, their hobby may just save lives. For more information about the local Amateur Radio Association, join them at their next monthly meeting at Limetree. They meet on the second Saturday at 12 noon.

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Thursday, July 6 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Far er’s arket is open next to the Mena Depot. • 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk 50. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior


a. . Caregiver eeting at the Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk ounty meets at a a s e ican af . ontact Lisa Martin at 216-3383 or Charles Pitman at 216-4882 for more information. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. 00 p. . - th Street inistries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. 30 p. . Ouachita Regional Hospice’s “Growing Through Grief” support group meets at the os ice office, 110 outh ena treet. For more information, call 394-1134. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women s meeting at the A lub across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles meets at New China Restaurant • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary meeting and potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American egion at eteran s Park at Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – The Ink RVFD Business Meeting

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& Training will be at the community building. 30 p. . Dallas asonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old ost Office by anssen ark. Friday, July 7 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Picture Perfect hike on the River Corridor Trail at Cossatot River State Park – meet at Cossatot Falls Parking Lot. • 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk 50. • 3:00 p.m. – Snorkeling Exploration at the Cossatot River State Park, meet at Sandbar Parking Lot. 00 p. . The Lions eetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fiber Arts Group meets at ena Art allery. All ty es of fiber welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Gator and Friends will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. 50/50 drawing, potluck, and door prizes. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 9:30 p.m. – Karaoke Contest at Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 3091 Hwy. 71 North. $5 Entry fee. Must be 21 years old. Saturday, July 8 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Far er’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 – Skins and Skulls, discover more about the furry animals at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center s egacy oom. • 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Ouachita Amateur Radio Association will have their monthly meeting at the Limetree Inn. Testing will be available. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Fibers Arts Group meets at Mena Art Gallery. 00 p. . There will be an .S.A.A. Support Group meeting in Room 156 at RMCC. • 1:00 p.m. – Picnic in the Park at Cossatot River State Park. Make 5-minute ice cream, participate in a watermelon eating contest, and enjoy other programming. Meet at Sandbar Picnic Area. • 6:00 p.m. – Gospel Singing at the Little Hope Baptist Church near Pine Ridge with dinner following. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, July 9 • 10 a.m. – Snorkeling Exploration at the

Cossatot River State Park, meet at Sandbar Parking Lot. • 2:00 p.m. – Feed the Critters at Cossatot River State Park, meet at Visitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulphur Springs Church worship at Sulphur Springs. • 3:15 p.m. - Snorkeling Exploration at the Cossatot River State Park, meet at Sandbar Parking Lot. 00 p. . United ethodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. onday, July 0 • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. 3 30 30 p. . ena Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry at 149 Polk Road 43, across from Fairgrounds. Non-perishable food, personal care items, and nutritional help. Everyone will be served. • 6:00 p.m. – Polk County Fair & Rodeo meets at the Fairgrounds. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 p.m. – Shady Grove RVFD business and training meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Potter RVFD meeting at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn RVFD meeting will be at the Fire House. 00 p. . ena E ble Club meets at the Elks Lodge. Tuesday, July 11 • 7:00 a.m. until sold out – The Polk County Far er’s Market is open next to the Mena Depot. • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community en s reakfast at the irst nited Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family ission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. 00 p. . 00 p. . The Hat eld Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. - T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at the Limetree Restaurant for their

monthly meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Octavia Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics will meet at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – Dallas Valley RVFD meets for training at the Fire House. • 7:00 p.m. – Acorn Fire & Rescue meets at the Fire Department. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, July 12 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in atfield, ickes, rannis, andervoort, Cove, and Mena at noon. • 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 366 Polk 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Charm Quilters will meet at the Free Will Baptist Church on the corner of Petros and Cherry St. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library is open. p. . The ena First United ethodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Regeneration Youth inistries meets at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church offers Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at 203 8th St. No cost or obligation. Everyone is invited. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more info.

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merican culture and history have been shaped by many factors - among them politics, religion, art, science, and music. Music in America has been as uniq ue and diverse as her people, with genres ranging from classical to rock and roll, rythm and blues, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, disco, and even more. Three of the most in uential talents of the early rock and roll era were Bill Haley 1 25-1 1 , Elvis Presley 1 5-1 77 , and Dick Clark 1 2 -2012 . hile Bill Haley s name may not “ring a bell” for many of us, his music probably has. won t insult anybody s intelligence by explaining much about Elvis, the “ ing of Rock Roll.” And Dick Clark ot much of a singer, but he sure made a positive difference in many music careers. This week I want to highlight the anniversaries of three milestone events in American music history. The date was July 7, 1 54. Disc jockey Dewey “Daddy-O” Phillips of HB Radio in Memphis played a recording of the song “That s All Right” on his Red, Hot, and Blue broadcast. The singer was a 1 -year old Elvis Presley who had recorded it just two days earlier. Thinking it might be played on the radio, he was so afraid that “people would laugh at me” after hearing the song, he went to the movies to avoid the possible embarassment. ell, quite the opposite happened. Listeners called in by the droves asking that the song be played over and over again. n Phillips words, “ played that record of his, and them bird-brained phones haven t stopped ringing since.” The rest, as they say, is history. Today, nearly 40 years after his untimely death, Presley s music continues to in uence America s music culture. The date was July , 1 55. A song, “Rock Around the Clock,” reached 1 on the Billboard music charts. Recorded by Bill Haley and the Comets in April 1 54, with only a moderate reception afterward, the song was chosen the following year to be the opening theme song to the movie “Blackboard Jungle.” This not only made the song more famous, but it is credited with propelling the rock and roll genre into mainstream American music culture. Since then, it has been recorded by a number of other artists and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity through both film and television in the 1 70s. Remember “American Graffiti” and “Happy Days” “Rock Around the Clock” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of ame in 1 2. The date was July , 1 56. A young disc jockey named Dick Clark made his debut as host of a music show called“Bandstand” on television station, L-T Channel 6 in Philadelphia. The name of the show was changed to “American Bandstand” when it went to ABC-T in August 1 57. Clark hosted the show for years until its final episode in October 1 . t became one of the most culturally significant forces in the rock and roll era. Through providing exposure to talent on local and national television, the show played a crucial role in introducing Americans to many famous artists, launching the careers of up and coming artists, and giving some a boost into more fame and fortune. hen hear the artists and songs of this era, they rekindle memories which take me back to my childhood. My parents bought these records, and grew up enjoying them on the radio and turntable and on American Bandstand. They were very in uential in growing my love and appreciation for music, as well as igniting my interest in learning to play music of various genres. This music, in all it s artistry and diversity, helped shape the America remember, and it continues to avor the America we live in.

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ashington, D.C. . S. Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Al ranken of Minnesota today applauded the ood and Drug Administration s announcement that it will expedite the review of generic drug applications where competition is limited, a plan that mirrors one that the Senators have proposed in their bipartisan Making Pharmaceutical Markets More Competitive Act. “The steady rise in prescription drug costs over the last several years has left many Arkansans wondering just how much more they can take. And as health-care premiums rise under Obamacare, there s now even less room in family budgets to spend more on prescription drugs, said Senator Cotton. Regrettably, the current DA backlog of new generic-drug applications awaiting approval is only making this problem worse. Expediting the approval process for both the first and the second generic and requiring the DA to make a decision in a timely fashion will increase competition in the prescription-drug market and help lower costs for Arkansas families.” “ e know that increasing generic drug competition is key to lowering prescription drug prices and improving access for patients,” said Senator Collins. “ am delighted that the DA s new policy implements provisions from our bipartisan legislation to increase generic competition, which is great news for American families, particularly our seniors, and follows our longtime advocacy on this issue.” “Bringing down the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs is an all hands on deck effort,” McCaskill said. “These are bipartisan, commonsense reforms to make lifesaving drugs more affordable and accessible to Missourians and folks across the country, and it s great news the ood and Drug Administration plans to implement them.” “ amilies and seniors shouldn t have to break the bank to afford their prescriptions, but sadly, that s exactly what s happening right now.” said Senator ranken. “There s no q uestion that we have to bring down prescription drug prices and make them more affordable for people, and one of the best ways to do that is by increasing access to generic drugs, which are often sold at a fraction of the price of their brand-name competitors and are just as effective. m glad to see that the DA has adopted our bipartisan plan to bring these products to market faster and to improve competition. This is great news for Minnesotans.” The Senators bipartisan legislation takes a number of steps to enhance regulatory certainty for generic drug companies by setting forth a priority review timeline for generic applications, providing enhanced communications with eligible sponsors, improving transparency, and setting clear expectations about facility inspections. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions recently approved the Senators Making Pharmaceutical Markets More Competitive Act as part of the ood and Drug Reauthori ation Act. This legislation builds on the only bipartisan investigation into the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to the egregious price spikes for certain drugs, which was led by the Aging Committee last Congress. rom the beginning, the investigation strived to understand why companies can make these large price increases and to identify which policies should be considered to counter these disturbing practices. Earlier this month, McCaskill and Collins wrote to ood and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to express their encouragement by his recent remarks in support of solutions to help keep prescription drugs affordable and improve patients access to medication, echoing the Senators bipartisan efforts.

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t s been quite an eventful first month serving as your County Extension Agent. One thing that noticed is the abundance of calls and walk in questions get when it comes to tomato problems. One thing that has been awful this year in tomato is septoria leaf spot. This fungal disease is very common this time of year in the State of Arkansas. The fungus survives in infected tomato debris or a host such as a weed like horse nettle. t also may be introduced on seed. t s good practice to water your tomato plants at the base of the plant or furrow irrigate. t is not good to overhead irrigate or splash water on your tomato plants. Also, if you get a good mulch that will also help with the splashing from the

rain. There are many more diseases such as early blight, late blight, verticullium wilt, and fusarium wilt. hen it comes to tomatoes and some can be pretty tricky to diagnose on your own. Be sure to rotate your plants every year and also plant more disease resistant varieties. e have an excellent publication that you may pick up for free at our office that goes into detail on proven varieties that are best. f you have any problems, or questions, please give me a call at 47 - 4-601 or come by the office to visit with me about your agriculture horticulture questions.

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ardeners often focus on the science of their hobby how much water and sunlight their plants need and how to improve soil quality and keep pests at bay. But there can be a lot of artistry behind the craft as well -- from how you harvest and enjoy owers to how you convert unused spaces of your home into a viable indoor edible garden. Put your creativity to good use by gardening with style. ndoor Gardening or those who don t have an outdoor garden or yard, the dream of enjoying your own freshly picked fruits and vegetables may seem out of reach. However, the nooks and crannies of your home can be creatively rendered into productive growing ones. And experts say that nearly all homes can support indoor gardening. “ hatever the si e of your home, there will be a selection of edible plants you can grow indoors, as long as you have some natural daylight filtering in,” says ia Allaway, author of “ ndoor Edible Garden Creative ays to Grow Herbs, ruit and egetables in our Home.” “The areas where plants will grow can be windowsills, beneath a skylight or even in a dark, unlit area if you install grow lights.” n “ ndoor Edible Garden,” a highly visual guide full of practical tips and stylish ideas, Allaway offers step-by-step directions for everything from creating suspended shelves and hanging jars for growing herbs to mounting edible orchids onto bark and displaying them on walls. She points out that those embarking on indoor gardening should first evaluate the level of time they can commit. “Just remember that unlike other projects in the home, such as decorating and cooking, all gardening projects require some aftercare. So, if you have a busy schedule, choose crops that will tolerate less watering and feeding.” lower Arranging hile your ower garden is likely a beautiful work of art in and of itself, you can spread the joy by harvesting your ora and bringing the beauty indoors. loral arrangements add vitality to any interior space. “ or me, every arrangement starts with the container. Think about what mood or style you want to evoke, and remember, anything can be a container as long as it can be made watertight,” says Rachel Siegfried,” author of “The lower Book atural lower Arrangements for our Home,” which explores 60 owers, bloom-by-bloom in portraiture, including quick-reference profiles and tips. Siegfried recommends that when selecting owers for your arrangement, pay attention to shapes, textures and colors to achieve good balance. Start with a primary focal ower and build out with a couple of secondary focals, a final ourish, and foliage. or her part, she relies on instinct. “ get a bu when find a good combination,” she says. rom owering bouquets to spicy pepper plants, apply creativity to your gardening.

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