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Children’s Activities & Food Vendors will open at NOON! Live Entertainment, sponsored by MK Distributors will begin at 12:45 PM Hear Blues & Rock throughout the day. Capped off at 9:15 PM by South Arkansas’ Largest Fireworks Display! sponsors: the pine bluff Convention & visitors bureau, siMMons first national banK, relyanCe banK, K-train 104.5 fM anD the pine bluff festival assoCiation faMily. Bring the entire Family and Celebrate a safe and fun Fourth of July at Pine Bluff’s Regional Park!! The Rain Date for Fireworks only will be July 5th!!!

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The Desk of Mayor Debe Hollinsworth

As Mayor of the City of Pine Bluff, I am elated to say that we have a plethora of opportunities for our youth this summer. The City of Pine Bluff Youth Task Force Committee has collected data for youth activities from organizations all around Pine Bluff. One thing that we continually heard was that there was nothing in Pine Bluff for our youth, so we created a Youth Task Force Committee to research what was available around town and what we found was that there were several programs, but our citizens weren’t aware of them. So, our Pine Bluff TV channel and website will be our centralized hub for notifications of all activities around our city, especially the 2013 Youth Activities. The City of Pine Bluff is in collaboration with Dr. Linda Watson from the Pine Bluff School District regarding our Summer Academic & Cultural Enrichment program which started on June 10th. This free program will allow the students to take academics in the morning and after lunch participate in cultural enrichment classes such as self-esteem, dance, arts, music and much more. We want to thank the University Arkansas at Pine Bluff Career Center Director, Mrs. Mary McLemore Jones and the Project Specialist/Career Coach, Ms. Yulanda Riley who were very instrumental during this process. A special thanks goes out to our financial contributors: Simmons

First National Bank, Reylance (Formerly PBNB), JRMC, Calpine and Evergreen who allotted us the opportunity to exceed our $30,200 projected budget for the program. Regardomg our goal to Reform, Revitalize and Restore our city, we have brought back the SAFE Team and initiated a Church Outreach Committee which has assisted us in executing this project. The SAFE Team is sent out in the Targeted Areas Going Green (T.A.G.G.) to do a clean sweep. Then we would have our Church Outreach Committee consisting of local church pastors to walk the Neighborhoods to investigate the needs of citizens instead of us telling them what they need. In our efforts to provide for our youth, our Summer Youth Employment program hired 140 youth out of approximately 588 applications which was the largest submission of applications and hired youths since the program was initiated. If any organization would like to donate to the Summer Youth Employment Program to hire additional youth, please contact Vickie Conaway at 870-730-2040. In a short period of time we have been able to execute many opportunities for our youth and have set the bar to revitalize our neighborhoods to provide the “Quality of Place” and Quality of Life” we expect. Thank you and God bless!

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The Pine Bluff Festival Association and the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department have once again teamed up again to host the annual 4th of July Celebration at the Pine Bluff’s Regional Park Amphitheatre Area. There is no admission fee. The event will start at noon with the a kids area and food vendors. Live music sponsored by M.K. Distributors will start at 12:45. This year again everyone has teamed up with a very special organization called “Blues for a Cause.” This organization raises funds to help cancer patients with their expenses who do not have insurance. They do a great job in helping this need and has done a great job in booking the bands to entertain the public. They will be selling special beverages to make money for their cause so please do not bring in coolers and come to the amphitheatre area for your food and your drinks. Scheduled to perform this year are: The Brian Austin Band 12:45 - 1:45 Saints of Yesterday 2:15 - 3:15 Joe Pitts Band 3:45 - 4:45 Jack Rowell Jr. Band w/special guest Redd Velvet 5:15 - 7:15 Anthony Gomes 7:45 - 9:15 All groups are talented musicians especially Anthony Gomes rated “#1 Blues Artist” by Billboard Magazine. Also this year a Delaney JAGATA guitar worth $2,500 is going to be raffled off. Tickets are $5 each or 5/$20. All proceeds benefit “Blues for a Cause” Then the night really lights up with Southeast Arkansas’ largest display of fireworks which will start at approx 9:15pm. This year again sponsored by Relyance Bank, Simmons First National Bank, K-Train 104.5 FM and the Pine Bluff Festival Association Family. So come join us and have a safe fun 4th of July at Pine Bluff’s Regional Park. Free Admission, but please come and buy food and drink to help the cause. For more information you may call Pine Bluff Parks & Rec. at 870.536.0920 or Pine Bluff Festival Association at 870.536.7600. SEE PAGE 46, “BLUES FOR A CAUSE”


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Mayor Debe Hollingsworth

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We are accepting contestants to represent Jefferson County and surrounding areas for the October 19th Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant! The phases of competition are interview, swimsuit and evening gown. The winner will represent our state next year at The Mrs. America Pageant! 2013 Mrs. Johnson County , Sharla Fultz was selected as Mrs. Arkansas America, this past October to represent Arkansas in the 2013 Mrs. AMERICA Pageant in Tucson, Arizona which will be held August 28th! . As a state title holder, Sharla is promoting her platform of “Inspiring Excellence in America’s Youth”, in addition to promoting the role of marriage and family today! According to spokesperson Lynn DeJarnette, Arkansas’ Executive Director, the winner of Mrs. AMERICA, will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. World. For information about representing your area, please email or you can visit the www. mrsarkansasorg

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Our Hometown Celebrates July 4th & Our Freedom, a Tradition in Pine Bluff – as every American joins hands in this Honored Holiday.

We want to thank YOU, our readers for picking up The Pine Bluff Updater and keeping us on our toes to bring YOU, the “Good News & Happenings” in PINE BLUFF! Thanks to our Advertisers for supporting all this Good News and there is A LOT more Good News than the other, we just have to share it!! The Boys & Girls Club is ‘Sizzling’ with love and fun through the dedicated work of our churches, the leadership of Pastor David Fleming of First United Methodist Church who has worked with Linda Watkins, Superintendent of the Pine Bluff School District and Leslie Peters, Director of the Boys & Girls Club. David Fleming along with his church congregation has set this all in motion. See more in the Church News Section. Neighborhood

Watch, The Town Hall Meetings, Pastors joining hands and doing the neighborhood walks that are making it all happen. Many of our churches and leaders are on the same path along with our Mayor Debe Hollingsworth and our City Leaders, such as Evelyn Horton, Lanette Frazier, Regina Vontunglen, Joy Blankenship and many others! Let’s not forget the many volunteers. Greg Gustek, Sheri Storie, Angela Parker who have again this year brought us another spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration. Blues for a Cause through the dedication of Joe Powell…is happening. Let’s all help make this a huge success! As always, there are wonderful recipes and pictures galore! PLEASE VISIT AND LIKE THE PINE BLUFF UPDATER ON FACEBOOK – which links you to our leaders and institutions that our working to overcome some of the obstacles that many cities face. Thanks to ALL! I also want to appreciate UAPB and their con-


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UAPB to offer nanoscience, robotics training for science teachers PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will offer a professional training institute in Nanoscience and Robotics for Pine Bluff/Jefferson County area 6th -9th grade teachers. The institute proposes to reenergize science teaching at the district level by: 1) updating the relevancy of science and technology applications described in outdated textbooks with nanoscience and nanotechnology; 2) solving the problem of student engagement by offering exciting handson nanoscience and robotics activities; and 3) strengthen students critical thinking skills through

the use of constructivist methodology. Open to 20 teachers, the Institute will be held June 10-14 in the Walker Research Building conference room from 9:00 am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm daily. Each participant will receive a stipend for attending and earn 20 professional development units. The institute is free, however, registration is required. Forms can be obtained at or by calling Dr. Shelton Fitzpatrick at (870)718-1528. Completed forms can be mailed to: UAPB Math and Science Center, 1200 N. University Drive Mail Slot 4978, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.

UAPB making plans to develop new baccalaureate nursing program PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has begun the process of developing a new Baccalaureate Nursing Program and has committed resources within the Office of Academic Affairs to guide the one-year process. “We are committed to offer much needed baccalaureate nursing education here in the Arkansas Delta,” said UAPB Interim Chancellor Dr. Calvin Johnson. Major steps will include a feasibility study, an on-site survey by a representative of the Arkansas

State Board of Nursing followed by review and approval from the organization. Final approval is given by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. For more information or to submit comments regarding the need for the program, please contact the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff at (870)575-8471 or

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Office of Recruitment and STEM Academy Host Appreciation Day

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Office of Recruitment and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy recently held an appreciation day for high school Counselors and Career Coaches on the UAPB campus. The day consisted of a tour of some the campus facilities such as the Childress Hall Museum and Cultural Center, Aquaculture and Fisheries Evans-Allen Research Farm and Facility, 1890 Extension Building, Football Stadium, Baseball Field and Art Gallery. Counselors and Career Coaches also enjoyed a luncheon in the Black and Gold Room where they enjoyed a lunch of catfish with all the trimmings. During the luncheon they heard presentations from students in Aquaculture/Fisheries, STEM and Career Services. “This day was dedicated to our hardworking counselors and career coaches at high schools where we recruit incoming students. We wanted them to know how much we truly appreciate them for all they do for UAPB,” said Lee Hardman, Director of Recruitment. “We wanted them to come to the UAPB campus and get pampered and see firsthand what we have to offer students.” The counselors and career coaches who attended each received a bag of goodies to take back with them. Participating schools included: KIPP Delta, Barton-Lexa, Marvell, Earle, Watson Chapel, Little Rock Central, Little Rock Hall, J.A. Fair, Helena Central High, North Little Rock, Dollarway, Sylvan Hills, Little Rock Parkview and University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Lewis awarded UAPB scholarship PINE BLUFF, AR – Felice Lewis, of Forrest City, was recently awarded an Academic Tuition Scholarship from the Office of Recruitment at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Ms. Lewis is the daughter of Glynis and Fred Lynch. She is a 2013 honor graduate of Forrest City High School and ranked number six in her graduating class. Her main high school activities included being a member of the Beta Club, 21+ ACT Club, AP Scholars Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Teachers of American and Mustangs against Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Guns (MADTAG). Ms. Lewis will major in Biology at UAPB with plans on becoming a primary care physician specializing in OB/GYN care. “I loved the atmosphere of the UAPB campus when I visited. I felt at home because of how “close-knit” everyone seemed to be. UAPB’s Biology and STEM programs were impressive, which assured me that these

programs would prepare me for medical school.” Lewis said. “The academic scholarship will help push me closer to my goals by not only providing financial assistance but also requiring my continued academic excellence.” To be eligible for the Academic Scholarship, a student must have a minimum ACT score of 21 and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Academic Tuition Scholarship pays full tuition.

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New Jersey Student Receives Transfer Scholarship to attend UAPB PINE BLUFF, AR – Kevin Walsh, of Magnolia, New Jersey, was recently awarded a Transfer Scholarship from the Office of Recruitment at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Mr. Walsh is the son of Kevin and Marion Walsh and is transferring from Gloucester County College in Sewell, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Sterling High School.While attending Gloucester he played baseball and was named to the 1st Team All Conference. “UAPB has an excellent baseball program and I want to be a part of that program,” Walsh said. “The scholarship with help me financially and will allow me to save money.” Mr. Walsh will major in Physical Education with an emphasis in Health and Wellness at UAPB with future plans on becoming a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

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Memphis Student Receives Academic Scholarship to attend UAPB PINE BLUFF, AR – Kelvineisha Hope, of Memphis, was recently awarded an Academic Tuition Scholarship from the Office of Recruitment at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Ms. Hope is the daughter of Shelia and Keith Pearson and Kelvin Hope. She is a graduate of Sheffield High School in Memphis, TN. Her main high school activity included being a member of the dance team. Ms. Hope will major in Psychology at UAPB with plans on getting her Master’s degree after graduation. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her class had a 3.4 grade point average. To be eligible for the Academic Scholarship, a student must have a minimum ACT score of 21 and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Academic Tuition Scholarship pays full tuition.

UAPB art professor selected for Bernice Garden outdoor sculpture project WASHINGTON, DC. – Travis Jones, a Spring 2013 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and Roy Blount, a graduate student in the Masters of Science degree in Computer Science & Technology (CS&T) program at UAPB recently attended the 2013 Department of Homeland Security Career Pathways Conference for Future Homeland Security S&T Professionals. Dr. Sederick C. Rice, an assistant professor of biology and recent graduate of the 14th Annual Little Rock Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens’ Academy also attended. Participants received an overview of the structure, culture, and research enterprises of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Undergraduate and graduate students received internship and career path guidance for DHS programs through networking for career success sessions, career fair information exchange events, and on-site interviews. Students also received insight into marketing their transferable skills, developing homeland security experiences while in school, service requirement fulfillment and achieving security clearances, and potential employment opportunities in Research and Development (R&D) workforces in areas of homeland security and domestic preparedness. The trip was sponsored and

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Art Professor Danny Campbell was selected as one of six artists that will have their work selected as part of The Sculpture Project at Bernice Garden. According to Bernice Garden founder Anita Davis, the selections were made from a field of 22 entries. Davis couldn’t be more pleased to have such a great group from which to choose. “We had artists from all over the state, but we only selected six,” said Davis. Danny Campbell’s artwork titled, “The Garden Series” will be one of the six sculptures placed in the sculptural park in downtown Little Rock. “I am very excited and pleased to know my work was selected for such a beautiful green space,” said Campbell. “I look forward to sharing my vision and gift with all Arkansans. The work will be a reflection of nature, history and the spirit of Arkansas.” The other artists selected are David Carpenter, Stephen Driver, Mia Hall/David Clemons, Kerrick and John Van Horn/Erika Drake. Visitors will have a chance to meet Danny and the other artists at the 5th Annual Sculpture Party and Fall Fest Thursday, September 19th.

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Future Builders, Inc. worked with the AmeriCorps program at the Pine Bluff Police Department to interview a group of police officers to determine their understanding and their perspective of Act 811. The Act 811 law was passed in 2007 and prohibits persons from smoking while driving in a car with a child under the age of fourteen years of age. The objective of this law is to keep children from being exposed to second hand smoke while riding in cars. Since 2006, officers have been able to pull over and issue tickets to anyone smoking in the car with a child under the age of six but, the new law rises the age to anyone under the age of 14. The AmeriCorps pro-

County. The organization is a multi-service grass roots initiative, which focuses on using human potential to empower community residents to become self-sufficient through resource mobilization, education and training. The Act 811 Project was designed to educate law enforcement about Act 811 in an effort to foster discussions about this new law. AmeriCorps members surveyed law enforcement officers and conducted interviews to assess how knowledgeable Pine Bluff police officers were of Act 811. The majority of Pine Bluff officers First Row: Regina VonTungeln, Katie Tosca, Larizah Fountain, Colbey Dukes, Drevonte Rose were well versed about Second Row: Byron Bickham, Nivaysha Jacobs, Brandie Coleman, Kennisha vJackson, Sheena Act 811. “I went through William. lot training about Act 811,” said Pine Bluff Po- will incorporate informa- should be put in jail or his desire to insure that exposure of second hand lice Officer Roger Gray. tion about Act 811 in my given a ticket,” said Pine all police officers are smoke to local residents, Bluff Police Officer Roger trained in all area of the especially to youth. The law. “We are planning interviews with officers atGray.   Police officers and training sessions within tempted to get a firsthand AmeriCorps Members the next few months on observation of how the thought that the project all new legislation includ- Pine Bluff Police think was a good way to talk ing Act 811,” he said. about Act 811 and its about enforcing Act 811. The Act 811 Project enforcement. The Act 811 According to Regina Von is part of Future Build- Project is a continuation Tunglen, the AmeriCorps ers’ Tobacco Prevention of Future Builders’ ToCoordinator, “These grant from the Univer- bacco Prevention work, young people were happy sity of Arkansas at Pine which has included rato assist with collecting Bluff-Minority Initiative dio ads, and newspaper data about Act 811 and Sub-Recipient Grant Of- ads. For more informathe police.” The Pine Bluff fice (MISRGO). The grant tion about secondhand Police Department was targets Pulaski and Jef- smoke and Act 811, call very supportive of this ferson Counties. One of 501-897-5566 or visit project. Interim Police the goals of the grant their website at www.fuChief Hubanks expressed was to help eliminate the

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The thoughts about Act 811 varied. For example, Pine Bluff Police Officer Michael Merritt said, “The youth of today are the next generation of law enforcement officers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals. With that in mind people should be more considerate of the law and the safety of our children”. Other officers commented about the opportunity to educate people about second hand smoke. “I

safety presentation,” said Pine Bluff Police Officer Ivory Bickham. According to Sergeant Lyn Wright with the Pine Bluff Police Department, “Education is the most effective method of educating people about Act 811.” The common thread that ran through all of the officers interviewed was the concern that they had for children.  “Anyone who smokes in the car with a child who cannot make decisions for themselves

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Chief Hubanks Announces the Promotion of Two Police Officers Chief Hubanks is pleased to announce the promotion of Sergeant Michael Jenkins to the rank of Lieutenant and Patrolman Samuel Atkinson to the rank of Sergeant. Family, friends, and city officials gathered in the Japanese garden at the Civic Center at 10:00am this morning to witness Judge Kearney performing the swearing in ceremony. Lieutenant Michael Jenkins has been a member of the Pine Bluff Police Department since 1985 Lt. Jenkins has dedicated his entire adult life to serving the people of Pine Bluff. He has worked in patrol, warrant division and administrative services. Lt. Jenkins was pinned by his sister, Nettie Cannon, and stated “After twenty- seven years, I feel honored to have served this community and accept this promotion. “ Lt. Jenkins is a lifetime resident of Pine Bluff and is very active in community events where he represents the Pine Bluff Police Department.



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Never Give Up on Your Dreams YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW… As a child I always dreamed that I would get my college degree. As simple as my dream may seem, I would like to testify that the simplest things in life are sometimes the most difficulty to obtain. However, if you never give up on the dream that God has placed in you, you will achieve it. It may not happen when you want it to, but it is always right on time. Let me go back a little bit, as a teenager I would talk to God before I really knew anything about salvation or Jesus. I knew there was a God and I trusted and depended on him. I had no idea what He was doing with me at the time, but I always felt compelled even at such a young age to build a relationship with God. No one had to make me get up and go to church, I got myself up and went to church with friends and sometimes just walked by myself down the street to the corner church. During this time God would reveal a lot of things to me in dreams and when I would witness them come true, as a youth it literally scared me, because I didn’t know how to handle it. However, now I know it is all a part of His master plan for my life. Now, I say all that to say, that God placed in me this burning desire to learn. I found myself wanting to learn more about him. I even loved going to school and getting homework. I know weird, right? Anyway, so going to college and getting a degree was a major deal to me. Especially since neither my father nor mother received their college degree. One thing that I remembered my father saying to me was “Lanette, I want you to do bigger and better things than me.” So, I knew my degree was the first step towards accomplishing what my father asked of me. My first attempt to get my degree

was right out of high school and because of health issues and financial issues, I found myself just literally walking off the campus and not looking back. I didn’t even withdraw from college the right way. I just left. However, the desire for my education was still there deeply rooted. Now, I could have given up on my dream, but I didn’t. I have lived in many states and everywhere I lived I applied to college in the attempt to finish my degree. However, trying to work full-time and go to school full-time was trying on my health and I had to make a choice to continue with work or schooling. Obviously, I choose to work. But how many of us know that God’s plan is always better and bigger than our own. When I became a member at Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2008, I had no idea that God was going to call me into the preaching ministry. I ran from it for several months for two reasons. The first one was that I liked helping everyone accomplish what they needed to do in the church. I didn’t need a title. I just wanted to work. No job was to menial for me to do, as long as it was for the upliftment of God’s kingdom. The second reason was because I knew I didn’t have my college degree which is needed if you want to preach in the

AME church. Anyway, I ran for as long as I could before God just wouldn’t allow me to run anymore and I told my pastor (Rev. Randolph W. Martin, Sr.) that I had accepted the call to preach. I would never forget that day in his office; he just looked at me and said, “About time. I knew it.” I believe that is why my pastor had me preaching on Sundays at the Women’s Correctional facility. God has a way of preparing you for what He has in store for you. That is when I found my blessing regarding college. One of my mentors, Rev. Eddie Harris told me to just trust in God that He will work out the college situation for me. Today, after the enemy fought me on every turn in my search to find an accredited college online that I could get my degree, I was led by the Holy Spirit to find Oral Roberts University and now you are hearing from an online student who is on her way to completing her degree with a 4.0 GPA in Church Ministry. It is through the grace of God that I didn’t let the dream He placed in me die. I know my father would have been proud if he was still alive, because I have lived up to his request that I do bigger and better things than him. I am the Special Project Coordinator for the Mayor’s office, a licentiate on an Itinerant Elders track in the awesome 12th District of the AME church, a Spiritual Empowerment Speaker/ Coach, a Women’s Workshop Facilitator, and an author who is about to put out her second book, “Linked Up to God or Locked Down to the Devil.” So, I am saying to all of you today, whatever your dreams are don’t give up on it. Remember, the Word of God declares, “We can do all things through Christ Who Strengthens us.” Philippians 4:13

I grew up in an extended African American family where food and eating are hugely important. We always had Sunday dinner at my Grandma house. Laid out buffet style in the dining room would be four or five different kinds of meats, ten or so vegetable dishes, different kinds of cornbread, and all types of desserts. My favorite dessert was my aunt’s homemade banana pudding. My Grandma’s rule of thumb was, if you are fat then you are healthy. I was not terribly overweight in school because I was always involved in sports and just very physically active. My problem with weight became an issue in my mid-twenties after one failed marriage and two children. I remember going for my six week check up after my second daughter was born and the scale read 326 lb and at only 5’1, I felt hideous. I felt embarrassed and the nurse tried to encourage me by saying, ‘It has only been six weeks. You can participate in a more aggressive exercise routine once the doctor clears you.” I guess she did not know I was 290 lb pre-pregnancy. I graduated with my Bachelors in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern University that year. It was very hard to find a job, which lead to stress eating. I was about to take a job at Krystal’s when I got an interview with Georgia Rehabilitation Services in Perry, Georgia. Wow! My first professional job and I looked like a train wreck. It took forever to find clothes that fit (size 24) and looked professional. I soon learned that it did not matter to my co-workers how fat I was. They liked me because I had genuine smile, a natural desire to learn, and cared about the clients. This was great! I was doing what I loved; helping people realize their full potential and helping them get there. My co-workers were great. We had breakfast catered for Monday morning meetings, a birthday party once a month with cake and ice cream, and pot luck twice a month. Life could not be better except I found that after lunch I would began to become tired. That was not good especially since the drive home took an hour. I went to the doctor and he diagnosed me with diabetes and gave me some medicine and stated if I lost weigh it might go away. At that time I could not accept that, diabetes was for 50 and over and I was only 26. I did not take my medicine or eat right and one day I passed out at work. I could hear people talking, ‘…..her blood sugar level 1098…..A1C……lucky she was not driving…….her children…..’ I sat straight up in the bed and asked for my children. It startled the nurses. They told me they contacted my family in Americus and they were bringing my girls to Perry. They also explained to me that my sugar level was so high that I had a slight stroke. She went on to explain that I could have a heart attack, lose my extremities, eye sight, and develop nerve damage. Eight days later when the doctor released me from the hospital he said again that if I lose weight I could improve my condition. I returned to work a week later and learned that many of my co-workers had health problems too. My boss announced that we are going to make a conscious effort to improve our health. Monday morning breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, wheat toast, turkey bacon, scrambled egg whites. The sugar in the break room was replaced by a sugar substitute. Birthday cake and ice cream was replaced by angel food parfait and frozen yogurt. We still had potluck twice a month but I think it was more of a contest of who can make the healthiest, tastiest dish. They were very supportive. By that time I moved to Perry, picked up two side jobs, and joined the gym. Twelve years later I am 138 lb. Sometimes I may not eat right but it is not every day. I take my medicine most of the time. Most importantly I live each day like it is my very last. Those same qualities that landed me my first professional job (genuine smile, a natural desire to learn, and caring about the people I serve) are still my best qualities, just enhanced through life experiences. There are people in this community that may need a support system like the one I had. You never really know what a person is going through or what they have been through. I encourage everyone to be observant. Someone you know may be suffering from depression, heath issues, gender identity issues, loss of a love one, mental issues, obesity, it could be just about anything. Reach out and give them the support they need. This simple act of compassion will greatly improve the quality of life within our community.


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LEAH’S SUMMER LUAU Luau Centerpiece

Watermelon Whale

Ice Water 2 Florist’s Frogs

1 large watermelon Assorted fruit (Ex. Melon balls, berries grapes Dried flowers Sprig of mint (optional)

2 Cucumbers 2 Green Peppers 1 Pineapple Green Leaves (Ex. Boston Fern) Assorted Flowers Purple Grapes (optional) Create the parts of the centerpiece three days before and store them in ice water to give the vegetable time to open. Be sure to have the two florist’s frogs ready so the cucumber trees will be steady. The trunks of the palm trees can be made quickly. Use a sharp paring knife to cut small gashes diagonally into the skin of 2 cucumbers to appear like bark. Make very thin cuts at least ½ inches long. Cut both ends off the cucumber to make the surfaces flat. Place the cucumbers in the ice water for two to three days to allow the cuts to open. To create the leaves for the Palm Trees, remove the bottoms of 2 green peppers. Remove the cores and the seeds by cutting up into the peppers from the bottom. Leave the tops intact. Cut sections to resemble leaves. Leave them connected to the top. Make diagonal cuts along each side of the leaves but do not cut through the center of the leaves. Place the peppers in ice water for two to three days to allow the leaves to open. The pineapple hut has an open door to emulate a welcoming feeling. Cut the top leaves off the pineapple. Leave any of the attractive leaves on the pineapple. Slice a piece off the bottom of the pineapple so that it will sit flat. With a sharp knife, cut as much of the pineapple’s insides as possible, leaving only a thin shell. Cut into the pineapple to make the side and top of a door, leaving one side attached. To create the scene, line the bottom of a large platter with green leaves. Push the cucumber trunks onto the florist’s frogs and then place them on the platter. Cover the roof with flowers or leaves if desire. Use straight pins to secure any roof décor. Hang purple grapes from the palm trees as to resemble coconuts if desired.

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To create the shape of the whale, place the watermelon on a flat surface and have the stem-end facing you. The stem will be the nose. Trace the whale’s tail shape to create a pattern for cutting. Using a wooden skewer, outline the opening for the shell, and then draw around the pattern of the tail. To relieve the pressure inside the watermelon, use a sharp knife and cut an X through the top of the watermelon. To make the shell, cut along the outline of the opening. Cut the unwanted shell in pieces. Scoop out the inside of the watermelon, leaving the shell about 1-inch thick. Reserve the watermelon fruit to add to the other fruit in the whale. To finish the whale, outline the eyes and mouth with a wooden skewer. Cut out the eyes. Cut the mouth only halfway through the shell to prevent juices from the fruits not to run out. At this point, the whale may be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight. Before serving, make several holes in the top of the head with a small skewer. Push the dried flower into the roles to resemble water spouting. Fill the whale with melon pieces, berries, grapes or other fruit. Garnish with mint, if desired. See MORE on The Pine Bluff Updater Facebook.. Leah’s Hawaiian Luau... recipes galore and party ideas plus photos exclusive.



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Homemakers Council elects new officers

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Newly elected officers for Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Council for years 2013 to 2015. Left to Rt: Jo Ann Carr, Vice President, Liz Crosby, Secretary, Marnette Reed , Treasurer, Nance Rosen, Parliamentarian, Judy Cox,Than Vice President, President Elect and Bettye Johnson, Council President. The new officers were installed at the Spring Council Meeting. Kaye Green, President of the Arkansas State Extension Homemakers Clubs was the quest speaker. Special guests were County Judge Dutch King, Mayor Debbie Hollingsworth and Karen Fox of Rison. Spring Council Chair, Bettye Johnson, presented a gift to the out going President Nancy Rosen. She also presented gifts to all the out going officers and committee chairs. Mary Ann Kizer, EHC Advisor, installed the in coming officers. A special Memorial Service was conducted in honor of Sarah James and Jimmie Lee Edwards former members.

Grace Willing Workers EHC members were in charge of decorations, Lunch Bunch registration, White Hall Willing Workers were hostess and clean up was handled by Camden Road. 50 members attended the Council event. Service Awards were presented to: Esta Kealer, 45 years, Sarah Payton, 25 years, Dee Kendrick, 20 years.15 years: Faye Armstrong, Frances Dilbeck,Dixie Fritz and Lucy Meeks 10 years: Kathy Rogers, Patsy Wallace, Bithe Vickers and Alice Morrow 5 years: Jeanette Banks, Scarlett Chism,Wanda Felts,Sabrina Self-Gwin Sarah Gwin,Sophia Gwin, Carol Hastings, Connie Herrin, Debbie James, Betty Lacy, Wanda Strickland and Marjorie Zuber. The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers clubs are open to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, relations, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

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PINE BLUFF MUSICAL COTERIE AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP The Pine Bluff Musical Coterie held its last meeting before fall at Summit Church. A potluck preceded the program. President Carolyn Stover introduced Joey Holland to begin the program. He played “Wild Robot” by Lynn. Joey was awarded his first Gold Cup and a three year consecutive rating at the Junior Festival in Monticello in March. He is the son of Gene and Renee Holland and the grandson of Betty Howsen. Barbara Rhinehart, Scholarship Chairman, introduced Tanner Jones who auditioned for the Coterie’s one time scholarship awarded to seniors who plan to major in Fine Arts Performance in College. He plays two instruments, the saxophone and the tuba, and hopes to become a high school or college band director. He played two pieces: “By Dawn’s Early Light” by

David Shaffer and “Hunter’s Chorus from Carl Maria von Weber’s “Der Freischutz”. Tanner was highly recommended by his Watson Chapel Bank Director as a great asset to any university and possess the qualities for team work and individual performance. Tanner was awarded the Pine Bluff Musical Coterie Scholarship by the members. He is the son of Tommy and Sissy Jones, the grandson of Charles and Sherry Hart and the late Jim and Louise Jones, as well as the nephew of Martha Thomas. The Coterie will meet again starting on On June 27th, at 6:00 p.m., September 17th. Anyone who is interested in music or is involved with music is invited Reverend David Fleming will to join the Pine Bluff Musical Coterie. For lead the conversation that is, information, contact Carolyn Stover, 536-2850. unfortunately, still relevant

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today. “It doesn’t seem possible that in 2013 we haven’t solved issues like gangs and domestic violence” said Dr. Lenore Shoults, executive director at The Center. She went on to say, “The musical Oliver! was selected for its entertainment value but it was also chosen because we want to use the Arts as a catalyst for community dialogue .” The musical Oliver! is set in the early 1800s, a time period that included a high percentage of orphans due to the death rate associated with childbirth as well as the abandonment of babies that resulted from poverty and the stigma of teenage pregnancy. Oliver is an orphan who is taken in by Fagin’s gang of street urchins. Gangs, that we might think of as a modern problem, were common and the group that Oliver takes up with “to pick a pocket or two” provide an example of how children could take to crime-especially under the manipulative guidance of someone like Fagin, the character who trains the youngsters in the criminal arts. Fast forward 175 years and gang violence still exists as renowned gang expert, Steve Nawojczyk, will discuss on June 27th. Nawojczyk’s work was featured in the awardwinning HBO America Undercover documentary, Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock and he was co-producer of the follow up documentary Back in the Hood. He is one of the nation’s most sought after and quoted educators on juvenile violence and gangs and how communities can deal with them.

English teacher Susan Coles will offer the historical context of Charles Dickens’ England. A lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, Mrs. Coles is an English teacher at Sheridan High School, where she has taught since 2005, and an Advanced-Placement Literature consultant for Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science. Prior to teaching in Sheridan, she taught at Pine Bluff High School for thirteen years.  She received her undergraduate degree from Hendrix College and her master’s of education with emphasis in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  She also holds an Advanced Placement certification from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.   Leslie Peters, Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County, will bring his expertise working with, and inspiring, youth. Mr. Peters founded Visions Group and he has traveled to 45 states for speaking engagements about his signature topic--the importance of life choices. He also serves as adjunct faculty at SEARK College and is a member of The Arts & Science Center’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Peters is a 1994 graduate of Jackson State University and obtained his (MBA) Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

CASA (Committee Against Spouse Abuse) Executive Director, Karen Palmer, joins the panel to discuss the issue of domestic violence. She has worked in the field for over twenty years and is a board member of Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is a founding member of the “Brave Woman Campaign.” One of the most famous songs from Oliver! is, “As Long As He Needs Me” and it includes the lyrics, “Who else would love him still, when they’ve been used so ill?” The character is abused and eventually murdered by her boyfriend and this aspect of the production prompted the panel discussion and underscores how the Arts can be a catalyst for community conversation. Reverend David Fleming is pastor at First United Methodist Church in downtown Pine Bluff. He also serves on The Arts & Science Board of Trustees where he is chairman of the Performing Arts Committee. He is an alumnus of Hendrix College and his master’s degree is from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. David is also a veteran actor who has appeared in countless productions including the role of Oliver as a youngster and Fagin in The Arts & Science Center production that opens on July 24th. Make plans to attend this event, the panel discussion is free. The Summer Musical, Oliver!, is sponsored by Simmons First National Bank. Tickets are now on sale and range from $20.00 to $24.00; students tickets are $5.00. For ticket information please call 870-536-3375 or visit



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July 22-26, 2013 Youth Basketball Clinic Pine Bluff Convention Center July 24-28, 2013

Independence Day Celebration Regional Park July 6, 2013

Science Camp Arts & Science Center June 24-28, 2013

Plant Swap (Pine Bluff) Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center July 13, 2013 Old Town Theatres Centre presents Jim Curry, Tribute to John Denver Pine Bluff Country Club June 17-21, 2013

Tinker Jr. (Science Camp) Arts & Science Center June 24-28, 2013

Art II Arts & Science Center July18 - October 31, 2013

Tinker Sr. (Scienc e Camp) Arts & Science Center June 28, 29 &30, 2013 Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Arkansas River June 28, 2013

Celebratory Scenes: Watercolors of Kit McDonald Arts & Science Center/Simmons Gallery July 20-21, 2013

Dreams and Disaster Exhibition Arts & Science Center/Kennedy Gallery June 24-28, 2013

B.R.A.V.E. host

33rd Annual Ben Pearson Memorial 3-D Tournament Pine Bluff Bowhunters, Inc.

Freedom in the Air on July 4 The Pine Bluff Association and the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Dept. are teaming up to host this year’s Independence Day Celebration. Children’s activities and food vendors will open at noon. Live entertainment will begin at 12:45. Hear blues and rock throughout the day, capped off at 9 p.m. by South Arkansas’ largest fireworks display, sponsored by Simmons First National Bank, Relyance Bank, and the Pine Bluff Festival Association. There is no admission fee, so bring the entire family and celebrate the 4th with us at Pine Bluff’s Regional Park. The rain date for fireworks only will be July 5. Proceeds from beverage sales will benefit “Blues for A Cause”, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to help cancer patients who do not have insurance. For more information you may call 870-536-7600.

Bow hunters to compete in Ben Pearson Memorial 3-D Tournament July 20-21 Shooters from the region will meet at the archery range of Pine Bluff Bowhunters Inc. to compete in 13 divisions. Shooting Schedule: Saturday, July 20 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Stagger Start Register from 8a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, July 21 9:30 Shotgun start Pro Divsion Sunday Only, One Arrow Shoot, No Bonus for Pros Reg from 7p.m.-9a.m.

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Oliver!/ ASC 2013 Theatre Season The Arts & Science Center August 2, 2013 Live@5 featuring On Call Band Arts & Science Center August 3, 2013 Michael Dutra/ 2013 Dinner Theatre Season Pine Bluff Country Club August 3, 2013 Plant Swap (Pine Bluff) Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center August 10, 2013 Walks Through History Pine Bluff Commercial Historic District August 10, 2013

Upcoming Events at Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center 15 22 26 28 29 04 06 12 13

June June June June June July

Crappie Fishing Techniques 10-11am Boating Ed Course 8:30-3pm 9-10am BB Gun Range 1-3pm Archery BB Gun Rang 9-11am BB Gun Range 9-11am 1-3pm Archery July Archery 1-3pm July Archery 1-3pm & 14 July Hunter Ed Course 8:30-4:30 (Sat 830-330, Sun 1-5) 9-11am 18 July BB Gun Range Birds of Prey 10-11am 19 July 20 July Cooking Your Catch 10am-12pm 10-11am 23 July All About Alligators (Fish/Eagle/Alligator feedings every Saturday 3-4pm from June 22nd thru Sept. 7th) For inquiries of any of our upcoming events call: 870-5340011 during our normal business hours, Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30am-4:30pm, and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00pm.


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The Michael J. Strachota Senior Center Commends it’s Veterans EVERYDAY!

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Flag dedication to the Bradshaw Center

The Strachota Senior Center shows their support for our troops everyday but especially on Friday by wearing RED to remind everyone that these men and women are fighting for our freedom and we need to stand behind them 100%. The men shown in this picture represent every branch of the military. They are veterans that were honored for their service to our country at the Strachota Senior Center.

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Happy FourtH oF July!

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The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas has kicked off its Annual Beat the Heat Fan Drive, running until August 11, 2013. Donations are being accepted at the AAA offices in the following counties: Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Lincoln and Jefferson. All donations will remain in the county where received. To receive a fan, you must be disabled or 60 years old or older. Process: Applicant’s name will be placed on a waiting list Applicant will be notified by a Case Manager or the Coordinator on the date and time the fan may be picked up. Distribution of the fans will depend on the number of fans received. Applicant will be asked to present ID and Award letter from Social Security office or Department of Human Services. If Agency should receive any air conditioners, an applicant must have a Doctor’s statement with diagnosis indicated, their ID, and Award letter. For more information contact: Carolyn Fergusonn Officer of Community Services 870-543-6300 or 1-800-264-3260 ext. 260

Local Business Donates to Senior Center

Thanks to Marty Reep, a local employee of Armstrong Hardwood Flooring in Warren, the Senior Center received a donation from the Armstrong Foundation to support the services provided by the center. Reep’s father was a long-time participant at the Center and hardly missed a day before his death. Picture at the far left is Marty Reep. Others present are the Center’s Site Council members and Janie Griffen, Senior Center Manager.

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WAY TO GO DUSTIN! ARKANSAS HONOR SCHOLAR FOR THE 1OTH GRADE. WHITE HALL HIGH SCHOOL. Dustin was also selected to earn college credit from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Proud family, Mom & Dad, Stacy & Chad Hall (Pine Bluff Lock & Key); Grandparents, Larry Chapman & Sandra Allred (Owner of PB Lock & Key), & James & Barbara Pennington of Rison.

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Leah Warren Randle is the daughter of Lee and LaTasha Randle. She is the younger sister of James. She is an honor student at Ridgway Christian school. She attends First Assembly Church. She enjoys singing, dancing and acting. She has had the opportunity to sing the Star Spangled Banner for her school, the swearing in of the new mayor, Debbie Hollingsworth and at several political events. She believes that God has blessed her with the talent of singing. Therefore she would love to become a professional singer. Mayor Hollingsworth has been quoted as saying that Leah is Pine Bluffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star and that she has a really bright future.





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“Love Is In The Air”

Brandon & LaShunda were married on April 20,2013. The wedding was held at the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. The reception was held at Pine Bluff Country Club. LaShunda is the Office Manger at the Pine Bluff Country Club, and Brandon is one of the night Kitchen Supervisors and Cook.

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Mark your calendar for this event, the observance of the congressionally legislated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a United States holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15, 1929. On Monday, January 20, 2014, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission (AMLKC) will hold the “Celebratory Component” of “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” at 11:30 AM at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, which is located at One Convention Center Plaza Pine Bluff, AR 71601. This event’s featured guest keynote speaker is TO BE ANNOUNCED. Immediately following, the AMLKC will hold the “Service Component” of “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” to feed the homeless and other worthwhile service activities such as health screenings, job counseling, and hygiene kits. “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” is free and open to the public. “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” is sponsored by the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and it is co-sponsored by the Pine Bluff Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Pine Bluff Mayor’s Office We thank you in advance for joining us in events that will help this and the next generation achieve Dr. King’s dreams of understanding and acceptance of nonviolence and human equality as a way of building common unity among all Arkansans. In closing, please contact the AMLKC office to inform us of your attendance via email to, via phone, via fax, or via mail. Remember this day as Dr. King would want us to remember it as, “A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF”. We thank you once again and look forward to your attendance. If you have any questions, comments, or other feedback, then please feel free to contact our office toll-free at 888-290-KING (5464). Thank you!






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A Nostalgic Pink Bridesmaid’s Luncheon When my daughter got married, I was well aware that the mother of the bride is responsible for the bridesmaid’s luncheon. I asked her if I could replicate the pink theme in the food and the decorations that my mom did for my bridesmaid’s luncheon way back in 1959. She loved the idea since her bridesmaids’ dresses were to be pink anyway. Fancy that, since my bridesmaid’s wore pink also! You could actually do the theme in any color if you think about it. Just use your imagination and have dishes that lend themselves to that particular shade that the dresses will be, like blueberry muffins with blue cheese strewn lettuce wedges, etc., but this time we’re doing pink. I tried to remember exactly what mom had for me, and I think I got it close. We even had the luncheon at my mother’s home at the very same dining room table. I set the table with the same pink willow china that my grandmother had left my mother and used for my luncheon, a white lace tablecloth with pink flowered paper napkins. I used pink roses as the centerpiece surrounded by my pair of silver candelabra. Mom’s crystal goblets were beautiful filled with pink lemonade garnished with mint and maraschino cherries. I printed little menus for each place and a bridesmaids’ gift for each from my daughter. I Pink Cream Cheese Mints 6 oz. cream cheese, softened ½ cup Crisco 1 tsp. peppermint oil 8 cups powdered sugar pink food coloring In a large work bowl with your hand held mixer, mix the cream cheese, Crisco, peppermint oil and food coloring, beating on medium speed until creamy and fluffy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, little by little, until a workable dough forms. Turn off the mixer and use your hands to knead any loose sugar through the entire ball of dough. Line two large baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper, pinch off marble sized balls of dough, pat them into a smooth ball and press down with a fork to make a ridged circle. Continue until all the dough is used up. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Store layered with waxed paper in between layers in a sealed container, tin or Tupperware type of container in the refrigerator. Serve on a lovely glass plate. Makes about 70 mint wafers and will keep for several weeks. Pecan Chicken Salad 1 whole chicken, about 4 lbs. ½ cup celery, chopped 1 cup pecans, toasted 3 green onions, chopped ½ cup mayonnaise 1 Tab. Major Grey’s chutney 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce juice of 1 whole lemon ½ tsp. salt freshly ground pepper Stew a whole chicken, two if having more than five bridesmaids, on top of the stove in enough water to cover. Simmer until falling off the bone, about an hour and a half. Cool and pick clean, discarding the fat and gristle. Tip the diced chicken in a work bowl and add the following including the dressing (double the following ingredients if cooking two chickens). Cut into dice and add ½ cup chopped celery, 1 cup toasted

made some pink cream cheese mints to sit on a pink depression glass sandwich tray on one end of the table and a crystal pink depression glass spooner filled with long cheese straws on the other end. These were passed as soon as the salad and sandwiches were served. I placed little pink nut cups at each place setting filled with pink Jordan almonds. On the menu was: pecan chicken salad sandwiches on angel biscuits, pink cream cheese frosted pimiento cheese finger sandwiches, pink frozen fruit salad, cheese straws, pink meringue kisses covered with macerated strawberries with a tiny dip of strawberry ice cream and pink lemonade with mint. What a hit this luncheon was. The girls were so happy with it all because pink just makes us all feel very fluffy and feminine. It tastes good too!

pecans and 3 green onions, chopped. In a small bowl with a wire whisk, whisk together ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 Tab. Major Grey’s chutney, 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce and the juice of 1 whole lemon. Salt the chicken, pecans, celery and onion mixture with ½ tsp. salt and 1 good grind of the pepper mill. Add the dressing and toss through. Taste and correct the seasonings if necessary. Serve on tiny Cherub biscuits.

In a mixer bowl, whip the cream cheese and the mayonnaise together until fluffy. Use a hand held mixer, as the batch is a little too small for the KitchenAid type. Frost the entire loaf. Put any extra in a pastry bag and pipe some stars around the edges along with the tomato roses, etc.

Tiny Cherub Biscuits

Pink Frozen Fruit Salad

5 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 3 tsps. baking powder ¼ cup sugar 1 pkg. Fleishman’s Rapid Rise yeast 2 Tabs. warm water 2 cups buttermilk 1 cup Crisco

You won’t need any pink food coloring for this salad...the cranberry sauce colors it and makes it so tasty at the same time.

In a very large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and sugar. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let proof for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of the buttermilk to the yeast mixture. Cut the Crisco into the flour mixture until it is the size of peas. Add the yeast and buttermilk mixture and the other 1 cup of buttermilk. Mix well with a fork, ball up and roll out. Cut without turning a small biscuit cutter, cutting straight down and place on a baking pan. Let stand in the refrigerator overnight, covered tightly. Let stand at room temperature the next day, covered in a warm place, for 1 hour before baking. Bake at 450 degrees F. For 12-16 minutes, depending on the size. They should be light brown on top. If making the same day, just let them rise until double in size for 1 hour in a warm place. Pimiento Cheese Finger Sandwiches with Pink Cream Cheese Frosting Bake a loaf of bread in Wilton’s long loaf pan, or order one at your local bakery. I use white bread, but you can use honey wheat if so desired. Cut off all of the crust and slice lengthwise twice. Fill with pimiento cheese spread and frost the whole loaf with the pink cream cheese frosting. Decorate the top with tiny tomato or radish roses and green onions for stems and tendrils. Let stand overnight in the fridge and slice before serving , cutting each slice into thirds....beautifully ribboned and delicious as well. Pink Cream Cheese Frosting 3, 8 oz pkgs. cream cheese, softened ½ cup mayonnaise fresh cherry tomatoes, green onions, etc, for decorating pink food coloring

6 oz. cream cheese, softened 2 Tabs. mayonnaise 2 Tabs. sugar 1 lb. can cranberry sauce (jellied, not whole) ½ cup chopped pecans 2 cups whipped topping 9 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained 1 small can fruit cocktail with extra cherries, drained. pretty leaf lettuce, washed and dried extra mayonnaise for serving Mix all these ingredients together and put in a loaf pan, cover and freeze. Slice and serve on a lovely piece of leaf lettuce with a dollop of mayo on each slice. Food Processor Cheese Straws There is nothing like cheese straws. All women love them. It’s just a southern thing. Make them long enough to stand up in a cut glass spooner or crystal goblet and place on one end of the table, with the pink cream cheese mints at the other end. 8 Tabs. (1 stick) butter, softened 8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese 1 ½ cups all purpose flour ¼ tsp. salt heaping ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce. With the grater attachment, grate the cheese in the food processor and tip into another bowl. Change to the chopping blade and add the softened butter, the grated cheese, the flour,



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salt, cayenne pepper and Worcestershire. Process until the mixture comes together and is smooth (it will ball up). Put into a cookie press with a star attachment. Push the dough out into long strips the length of an ungreased cookie sheet and cut into pieces to fit into your goblet or spooner. Bake about 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F. until just beginning to brown on the bottom. Let cool and store in tins with waxed paper between layers until time to serve. Makes enough for 25 people to have two each.

4 room temperature egg whites pinch of cream of tartar 1 1/3 cups sugar 1 tsp. vinegar 1 qt. fresh strawberries ½ cup more sugar 1 tsp. vanilla strawberry ice cream

Pink Egg Kisses with Macerated Strawberries and Strawberry Ice Cream Egg Kisses are simple baked meringues that are so easy to make and so delicious. Served with fruit and ice cream they become a heavenly sensation in one’s mouth. Just the thing

Heat oven to325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar on low speed until they hold soft peaks. Slowly beat in the sugar on medium speed and beat until the whites hold stiff peaks. Beat in the vinegar. Dollop by heaping Tabs. onto the parchment paper and with the back of a spoon, make an indentation in the center of each circle leaving a thick rim around the edge about ¾ inch higher than the center. Bake

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until lightly colored and crisp on the outside but still soft inside (about 30 minutes). Remove from oven when done and slide the whole sheet of paper off the baking sheet and onto a wire rack with the kisses still attached. Let cool completely and peel off the paper. In the meantime, while the kisses are cooling, Hull and halve the strawberries. Toss with the sugar and vanilla and mash a little. Just before serving, add a large dip of strawberry ice cream to the center of each kiss, and slather with the strawberries. You may make everything a day ahead and store the kisses in tins and the strawberries in the fridge. Pink Lemonade with Mint You can make a batch of Crystal Light if you like, or make the lemonade homemade, but add enough maraschino cherry juice to it to turn it pink, crush some mint into each glass, fill with ice and top with a cherry and another sprig of mint. This looks beautiful in crystal goblets.

Fourth of July Cookout I love the Fourth of July...I have a July birthday and one of my favorite gifts as a child was a Storybook Doll called “Miss Fourth of July”! She came in a light blue, pink polka dot box (traditional for those dolls) and had on a long white tulle dress with red, white and blue streamers around the waist that tied and hung down on the dress, with a big straw hat to match. From that day on I was hooked...loud fireworks and all. I love to grill hot dogs along with burgers since it’s so easy to just throw them on the grille, but a really good piece of grilled meat is such an outstanding offering to the cookout, so let’s make a State Fair inspired pork tenderloin on the grille. Have some homemade yeast rolls ready to stick the tenderloin slices in. I like to serve a really good macaroni salad that has some red wine in it for a real twist of taste. Deviled eggs are a must, and an easy recipe uses just Kraft Sandwich spread mixed in with the yolks that couldn’t be better. A big bowl of picnic bean salad tastes so good with a tangy dressing and the inclusion of shredded beets for a change of pace. I love my root beer baked beans that have fat onion slices pushed down in the middle while baking. I also think some fruit is needed for folks that don’t want a sweet dessert, so I make a melon ball salad that is marinated in ginger ale and Champagne to serve alongside a beautiful strawberry jam cake with strawberry frosting all decked out in blue stars and stripes for the holiday. You also will want to make a cold, refreshing peach ice box pie for those that expect two selections for dessert. Just have to do it. For the beverages, I would fill up a big galvanized drinking trough (Lowes) with ice and add soft drinks and beer in cans. And the best thing about these delicious recipes is that most can be made ahead of the celebration. You can buy some beautiful seasonal plastic ware now to take outside and set on a red checked vinyl tablecloth on the patio with a few blue ball jars full of red zinnias right out of the yard, so get planting, or find them at the market. I would have some vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream on hand to serve with the cake and pie if someone wants it.... so good. Put some little flags in the cake and pie and some big flags around the yard. Have some sparklers handy......... Happy Fourth everyone!

State Fair Pork Tenderloin 2 lbs. pork tenderloins (2 in a pkg NOT marinated) ¼ cup molasses 3 Tabs. melted butter 3 Tabs. prepared horseradish 1 Tab. spicy mustard a few sprigs of fresh rosemary Rinse the tenderloins and remove the silver skin. Place in a resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl with a spout or a measuring cup, mix the molasses, melted butter, horseradish

and mustard. Pour this mixture into the bag with the tenderloins. Marinate them in the fridge overnight, turning once. Remove the tenderloins from the bag, reserving the marinade. Brown the tenderloins on the grille after swabbing the grille with cooking oil. Brown on all sides, and close the top on the grille, basting with the marinade for the first 15 minutes of cooking only and cook a total of 40 minutes until a fast read thermometer registers 160 degrees in the thickest part. Each tenderloin makes eight slices. Serve on homemade yeast rolls. Make your own or purchase at a local bakery.

Homemade Eggy Yeast Rolls Make these a week or so before the cookout and freeze them in bags. Thaw and let rise an hour before baking....bake the day before and save stored in plastic bags. They will be so delicious with the tenderloin. 1 cup milk 1 cup Crisco ½ cup sugar 2 pkgs. yeast 1 cup cool water another 1 tsp. sugar 3 eggs 2 tsps. salt 5 cups all purpose flour 1 cup flour for the board 1 stick melted butter for dipping Heat the milk over medium heat until a skin forms. Remove from the heat and add the Crisco and the 1/2 cup sugar, stirring to mix and let cool. Dissolve the yeast in the cool water with the 1 tsp. sugar and stir. Let proof for five minutes until bubbles appear. Stir into the milk mixture that has been poured into the bowl of the KitchenAid mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat in the eggs and salt. On low speed, mix in 5 cups of the flour, ½ cup at a time. Mix until the batter pulls away from the bowl. Cover and put in the refrigerator to chill overnight. Stir down the dough, cover and let rise on a warm heating pad for two more hours until double in size. Put the extra cup of flour you set aside on a board and pinch off 1/3 of the dough. Place on the board and knead the sticky dough, adding more flour if necessary, until you can roll in out to about 1/3 inch thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter and dip each roll in melted butter, fold over and put in baking pan, sides touching. Use up the other ¾ of the dough in the same way. Cover the pan of rolls and let rise again in a warm place about an hour, or freeze. Let rise until double in size (if frozen, let rise 1 ½ hours or more until

double in size) and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees F. until light brown. Split and grill a few minutes before putting the tenderloin slice on the roll.

Easy and Fabulous Deviled Eggs 10 hard boiled eggs enough Kraft Sandwich Spread to bind salt to taste paprika for garnish Hard boil the eggs the correct way by bringing them to a boil covered with water, covering, removing from the heat to let stand for 20 minutes. Pour off the hot water, replace with cold water, pour off and let stand in the pan while peeling the others under running problem. Scoop out the yolks, mash with a pastry cutter and add enough sandwich spread (yep the pink mayo with the pickle relish in it) and a little salt to taste, mixing through until smooth. With a fork, fill the shells, raking the tines across the top to leave ridges. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.

Macaroni Salad with Red Wine 1 pound box of elbow macaroni ½ bag novelty pasta (I used big round flowers, but wagon wheels would do) 2 tsps. salt 1 tsp. garlic salt ½ cup Parmesan cheese ½ cup red wine ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 3 stalks celery, chopped 5 green onions, chopped, green tops included 5 red radishes, sliced thin (save one for the garnish) 3 hard boiled eggs, save one for garnish 4 dill pickle spears, chopped ½ cup mayonnaise, or more, enough to bind parsley and paprika for garnish Cook macaroni and pasta by package directions, drain and cool. In the meantime, chop the veggies, crumble two of the eggs with your hands, salt each egg separately and salt the veggies as you dice them, along with the 2 tsps.


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of salt that will go over the pasta as you mix in through the chopped veggies and eggs. Add the vinegar and stir through the mix, add the wine and mayo, and again toss everything well, checking the seasonings and corrected where needed. Garnish the top with the sliced egg and radish and sprinkle with parsley and paprika.

Picnic Bean Salad Make this one day ahead. 2, 1 lb. 12 oz. cans French style green beans, drained 3, 8 ½ oz. cans sweet peas, drained 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained 2, 16 oz. cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 15 oz. can shoestring beets, drained 2 small onions, thinly sliced into rings 4 stalks celery, chopped 2 cups sugar 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar 1 cup canola oil 2 Tabs. water 2 tsps. salt 2 tsps. freshly ground pepper chopped fresh parsley

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Strawberry Jam Cake

Make this strawberry cake and cover the top with tiny flags and a few blue stripes. It’s moist and a good keeper, so you can make it three days ahead of the party.

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese softened 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened ¼ cup strawberry jam 1 tsp. strawberry extract 4 cups powdered sugar pinch of salt In the bowl of the electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth at medium high speed for 2 minutes. Beat in the jam and extract, and beat in the sugar and salt. Beat until smooth.

2 cups powdered sugar 1 tsp. light corn syrup enough hot water to make a thin ribbon drop off the end of a spoon. blue food coloring Mix the sugar, corn syrup and hot water with some blue food coloring until thick enough to dribble some stars and stripes on top of the cake. Add small flags when the decorator’s frosting has set up.

Marinated Melon Ball This needs to be made the day before. Serve this salad in a watermelon boat with a flag sail at the top. Just scoop out what is left of the flesh of a watermelon cut lengthwise after making the balls (cook’s treat), fill with the melon ball salad and make a sail out of a small American flag at the top, stick into a

Strawberry Jam Frosting

Decorator’s Frosting

Open cans and rinse the black and red beans. Tip all veggies into a large colander to drain. Meanwhile, bring the vinegar, sugar, oil, water, salt and pepper to a boil. Let cool. Pour over drained veggies and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Let marinate for 24 hours before serving.

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addition. Scrape down sides of bowl and add the vanilla and a little food coloring to make a nice pink. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Tip into the prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes until the cake springs back to the touch. Let cool completely and frost between layers and on top and sides. Decorate with blue stars and a few strips and place tiny flags here and there.

2 ½ cups soft wheat or cake flour 1 ¼ tsps. baking powder scant 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. baking soda ¾ cup butter, softened 1 ½ cups sugar ¾ cups strawberry jam 4 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla ½ cup buttermilk strawberry jam frosting decorating frosting Line the bottoms of two 9 inch cake pans with waxed paper. Grease with butter and set aside. In a large work bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda and set aside. In the bowl of the KichenAid beat the butter and sugar a medium high speed for 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the jam and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each

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Ice Box Peach Pie My favorite pie, hands down as a kid...nothing any better in the heat of the summer than a cold, ice box pie brought out of the house when everything else is done. Oh yeah, honey. 10 oz. pkg. marshmallows (regular size not minis) ½ cup milk 1 cup cream, whipped ½ tsp. vanilla 1 Tab. lemon juice 2 big, juicy, ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and diced 9 inch unbaked graham cracker crust 1 small flag for decoration In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, melt the marshmallows in the milk, bringing just to a boil. Stir

until smooth and melted through. Set aside to cool. Whip the cream and fold into the marshmallow/milk mixture along with the vanilla and lemon juice. Fold in the diced peaches. Mix and put into an uncooked graham cracker crust, saving 1 Tabs. of crumbs our for the top. Sprinkle reserved graham cracker crumbs on top of filling and chill in the fridge overnight. Another do ahead scrumptious recipe. Put one small flag in the middle of this pie.

Graham Cracker Crust 2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs (Honey Maid) ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted ¼ cup sugar I just roll over these on a large wooden cutting board with a rolling pin to crush them, but you can do it in the food processor if you want. Add the sugar and melted butter and buzz in the food processor until the mixture pulls away from the sides, or balls up when mixing in a bowl. Turn out into a Pyrex pie pan and press down with the back of a measuring cup, pushing up the sides a little all the way around. Do not bake this crust since the looser crumb is much tastier for icebox pies than the harder baked ones.

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It’s Really Hoppin at FUMC Just following the joint Vacation Bible School with Lakeside United Methodist Church (June 23-27), ‘Hip Hop Hope’, FUMC’s VBS begins July 29-Aug 1. It is not too late to register now, call 870-535-0935. The theme this is an urban theme! It is all over the news that FUMC through David Fleming’s leadership and the church’s support, the Boy’s & Girl’s Club has become a major project and a very much a successful one. Pastor Fleming praises Leslie Peters, Director of the Boy’s & Girl’s Club and Dr. Linda Watkins, Superintendent of Pine Bluff Public Schools for their huge play in this project. Pine Bluff’s FUMC was featured on the front cover of this month’s Arkansas United Methodist News Publication, News from the Arkansas Conference of the the United Methodist Church, June 7, 2012. Watch for an upcoming story on FUMC Boys & Girls Club Project. Also visit FUMC’s Facebook and their website Visit the Pine Bluff Updater for the date of the upcoming story on Pastor David Fleming and how they have reached their mission field of the Boy’s & Girls Club. Thank you Pastor Fleming and FUMC for taking on this huge youth project and contributing to our children’s and our community’s world today and world tomorrow.

Pastor David Fleming of Pine Bluff’s First United Methodist Church

Come Worship With Us

Weekly Telecast on KVTN Channel 25 (10 Cable) Saturday, 1:30pm • Sunday, 3am & 5pm

First United Methodist Church 6th and Chestnut, Down town Pine Bluff 870-535-0935

First Trinity Church of God in Christ

Pastor Dewitt Hill 800 Catalpa St. • Pine Bluff, AR


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Join Us For Vacation Bible School July 29-August 1 9AM to 12:30 PM Lunch Provided

Weekly Service Schedule

Sunday School • 9:30am-10:45am Church Service 11am •Bible Study 7pm

Worship Services Sundays 8:30am and 10:45 am Sunday School for all ages 9:45 am

Sunday School Classes comprise of Women’s, Men’s, Advanced Classes, Juniors, Intermediate and Seniors - for all Ages!

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Kids having fun in Pine Bluff!

Little Rock, Arkansas Convention Center Wally Allen Ballroom Monday, July 22, 2013 9:00am – 4:00pm

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“A tradition in Southeast Arkansas serving your needs”

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Senior President Derrick Newby and Rev. Jesse Turner along with other sponsors will host an awesome free event coming up in Little Rock area for the Youth called the “2013 Pen or Pencil Youth Mentoring Summit.” The feature speaker for the event is Dr. Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther & Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Our goal is to get over 300 youth out for this fantastic opportunity to meet and greet Dr. Bernice A. King. Thank you in advance for supporting this effort through the media and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rev. Jesse Turner at 870-536-7274.

Happy 4th of July!

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Summer activities for youth kicks off in Pine Bluff Arts Education & Enrichment Theatre Camp From 9 to 11 am: Introductory to the fundamentals of acting. In this camp students will learn how to combine voice, body and imagination to create believable moments on stage. Theatre games and activities, movement on stage, voice projection, how to keep and use focus, how to develop confidence on stage. June 10th to June 14th Arts & Science Center Tim Rhoades (870) 536-3375 $50-Members / $70-Non-Members Art Camp From 9:00 - 11:00 am: Painting workshop that includes experience in watercolor, tempera and acrylic. Students will learn the basics of composition, creating landscapes and working with still life. June 17th to June 21st Arts & Science Center Tim Rhoades (870) 536-3375 $50-Members / $70-Non-Members

Educational Enrichment Youth Summer Reading Program Program will promote literacy via a summer reading program that will be offered at 1:00 p.m. on Mondays during the summer for children grades K-6. June 3rd to July 22nd Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library System Altheimer Branch Melony Darrough, 870-766-8499 Free Y outh Summer Reading Program Program will promote literacy via a summer reading program that will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays during the summer for children grades K-6. June 4th to July 23rd Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library System White Hall Branch 870-247-5064 Free Youth Summer Reading Program A reading program will be offered at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays during the summer for children grades K-6. June 5th to July 24th Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library System Main Branch Danielle McNealy, 870-534-4802 Free Youth Summer Reading Program A reading program will be offered at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays during the summer for children grades K-6. Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library System

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Science Education & Enrichment Tinker Jr. From 9:00 to 11:00 am: Participants will learn science through hands on craft-making and experimenting and will feature shadow puppetry, blinky bugs, jiggle bots, flying machines, and more. Participants will explore the scientific principles involved in LED light circuitry, motors, automation, aerodynamics, video and audio recording and editing, and stop motion imaging. June 24th to June 28th Arts & Science Center Tim Rhoades (870) 536-3375 $50-Members / $70-Non-Members

See link to more Summer Activities on the Updater Facebook Page! In Memory Of Those Who Have Sacrificed For

Summer Programs Seabrook Family Christian Center Seabrook strives to make the summer fun, with a host of field trips and activities. Weekly field trips involve swimming, summer reading program (library), and movies. Other trips include bowling, skating, and children’s museums. Students will participate in arts and crafts, gym activites, and can play more than 150 video games. $90-100 weekly (Membership Required) Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County The club promotes social, educational, vocational and character development. Please call for more information. 870-534-2188 Daycare Centers Various daycare centers offer summer programs as well. Please consult the telephone directory. Youth Orchestra Pine Bluff Youth Orchestra students rehearse once a week after regular school hours under the direction of a symphony funded conductor. Students come from of Jefferson and surrounding county school districts to play in the orchestra. These seventh through twelfth graders enjoy the unique experience of playing together and learning a type of music other than that which they play in either the school orchestra or band. October to April Pine Bluff Symphony Phone: 870-536-7666 Summer Orchestra Workshop Open to music students 7th-12th grade & adults. Clinicians from across the nation are hired to expose the students to new and different techniques and help them develop additional skills. TBD to 4 Days Later Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra Bill Fox, Executive Director; 870-536-7666 Please call for fee.

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Join Us for Holy Week


April 5 Holy Thursday April 6 Good Friday

Freedom Rings Throughout the World! April 8 Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m.



God Bless America! A picture of Lakeside Methodist Church of the past!

Come Worship With Us - Youth • Women’s • Men’s • Mi Casa Ministries

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Lakeside United Methodist Church 1500 Olive St., Pine Bluff 870-534-6241

April 5 Holy Thursday

Pastor, Pam Estes

April 6 Good Friday

A picture of Lakeside Methodist Church of the past!

Come Worship With Us - Youth • Women’s • Men Come Worship With Us - Youth • Women’s • Men’s • Mi Casa Ministries Open Hearts Lakeside United M Open Minds Open Hearts

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Pastor Estes Committed to the People in Pine Bluff Pastor Pam Estes, Senior Pastor of Lakeside United Methodist Church of Pine Bluff not only preaches compassion and love to her congregation but is a spokesperson for Spreading the Word of compassion and kindness to our community, our nation and the world. Her countless devotion is exemplified by her leadership and responsibility in many counsels and missions in the state and nationally. She is also involved in many civic clubs and organizations. (Be watching for more details on her latest accomplishments in all of the offices and organizations in which she is a member and serves, on the Pine Bluff Updater’s Facebook). “I am a member of the West Pine Bluff Rotary, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter AU/BZ, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Gilbert Marshall Chapter of DAR. Professionally, I belong to Sigma Alpha lota, Kappa Delta Pi, Methodist Federation for Social Action, United Methodist Women, League of Women Voters, ACLU, and the Alumni Associations of my Alma Maters: Ouachita, Vanderbilt, and Boston Universities. I serve as the chair for the Southeast District Committee on Ordained Ministry and as a member of the Southeast District Leadership Team; the Arkansas Conference Board of Ordanined Ministry, Vice-Chair; the Arkansas United Methodist Foundation; and the Board of Trustees of Hendrix College. This Summer I am Dean of Mission, the Mission Education School held at Hendrix. Im busy preparing to teach at the Arkansas Conference Course of Study School this Fall. My subject is Contemporary Theology. In my spare time, I enjoy British mysteries and children’s and young adult literature.” She believes with all her heart that being kind and really

showing appreciation for those folks that are doing something for the community. She added, “All ages, from our youth to our retirees are doing their part!” Pastor Pam praised Burks Ann Wyatt & Chevy Alfaro, Counselors in Training at the Methodist Church, Camp Tanako. She continued mentioning, “Although our membership 40 years ago in 1973 had 1200 members, we are 300 STRONG & TALL…small in number but mighty in Faith & Purpose!” And there is a lot of Good News! Pastor Pam is so proud of this years’ confirmation class: Ana Martinez, Jacob Morgan, Dalton Ratliff, Logan Mitchell; Member Glenn Babbs recent induction into the Arkansas Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2013 (he was honored recently at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in NLR on June 8th); Member Kenneth Theis, who was chosen along with other WWII Veterans to be included in the Flight


of Honor to Washington D.C. This Flight of Honor was on the front cover of the June Arkansas Living Publication. Kenneth Theis’ photo was pictured on the front cover of the May, 2013 Arkansas Aging Publication. Watch for stories to come on both Glenn Babbs and Kenneth Theis. Like the Pine Bluff Updater for details coming soon. On a different note… still more Good News, Volleyball is happening at Lakeside! What a neat idea, Pastor Pam has envisioned and Lakeside is creating a Spiritual Garden – I can’t wait! Way to go Pastor Pam! P.S. Vacation Bible School is taking place this week – don’t miss out. First United Methodist has joined Lakeside for this annual youth tradition. Mi Casa is Rockin’ with Fun & Lots of Activities…be looking on the Pine Bluff Updater Face book Page. Pastor Alicia Frye dedication to Mi Casa is to be commended.

“Pictured is USS Manlove DE-36, an Evart class destroyer” On the 24th of March, the enemy submarine was located and sunk by this ship.” Watch for Exclusive Story on The Pine Bluff Updater’s Facebook.



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Blues For A Cause ~ A Helping Hand ~ How it all started The idea of the benefit-festival stemmed from a longstanding friendship between the late Mark Sallings, (a highly respected and talented blues musician) his widow Sandra Sallings, and John “Critter” Killingsworth, the beneficiary of the concert proceeds. John AKA Critter and Sandra share a mutual friend: Joe Powell and this is where the inspiration began. Killingsworth revealed to Sallings that he had contracted lung cancer and had little or no means of paying to treat the disease. Sallings subsequently contacted Powell. She,  Killingworth, and Powell discussed Killingsworth’s situation and came up with the idea of a blues benefit concert to help Killingsworth.  Powell is himself, a cancer survivor and Sallings currently has a very close family member facing his own battle.  Killingsworth, when speaking with Sallings about the event, stated: “If anything positive has come out of this terrible illness, it’s folks joining together to create  an annual event to help others facing devastating  circumstances.   That’s really heavy and it touches my heart deeply to be a part of this ~ seeing everyone working together like this, well,  I’m honored.”  [John Killingsworth - Cancer Patient] Blues For A Cause, A Helping Hand was organized with a stated purpose which  is to: Help folks pay their medical bills, or other health related costs, when times are really tough, with funds raised from Blues Benefits & Music Festivals. As always we are so looking forward to everyone being able to enjoy some good music, food and lend that helping hand to  someone in need.

On this page you are hearing a song that was written and performed by Mark Sallings, for John (Critter) Killingsworth, Titled Critter!  The song can also be heard at Hello Memphis, where it has been available for download since 2006! John unfortunately lost his battle with cancer on November 9th 2011, but thanks to John and his love for the Blues and his sheer determination to make the best of life while he was here, BFAC had the opportunity to evolve and can now continue to help those in similar circumstances! Please do your part & help support Blues For A Cause so we can continue to help others! Joe Powell CEO Blues For A Cause

Pine Bluff, Arkansas 12:00 PM / JULY 4, 2013 Blues For A Cause in conjunction with The Pine Bluff Festival Association & The Parks & Recreation Department bring you an exciting 4th of July Festival!! Start time for the festivities: first band  12:45 The Brian Austin Band 2:15 The Saints of Yesterday 3:45 The Joe Pitts Band 5:15 The Jack Rowell Jr Band w/ special guest Redd Velvet 7:45 Headlining Act Anthony Gomes!! So come join us & have a safe, fun 4th of July @ Pine Bluff’s Regional Park Lakeview Amphitheater. Free admission, but please come buy food & drink to help the Cause, Blues For A Cause!

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Page 46 I volunteer for the Blues Foundation out of Memphis, this is the largest blues foundation of its kind. I am a venue coordinator for the International Blues Competition & also a Artist handler for Blues Music Awards. I volunteer for the Spa City Blues Festival in Hot Springs, Ar, the Eureka springs Blues Weekend in Eureka Springs, Ar & the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLANGE The IBC is sponsored by the good folks at the companies and arts organizations identified on the side banner. The IBC has evolved into the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians ready to take their act to the national stage. The IBC is a judged “Battle of the Bands” in which competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of judges. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria. The IBC represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its

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Affiliated Organizations (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, but just need that extra break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo act to represent the organization at the IBC Semi-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Affiliates are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that competition representing the organization in the Memphis international competition. Usually, these preliminary rounds are held in clubs as part of a fundraiser or simply an excitement-building event. Each organization is free to structure the preliminary round as it sees fit, as long as a single band and/or solo/duo act is identified. However, since The Blues Foundation scoring criteria will determine the ultimate winner, we strongly encourage our Affiliates to use the same system in the preliminary competitions.

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