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March 2018

6 Family Feature FarniaAmirnia & Mahmoud Kiaei by Ellen Withers 14 The Pharmacy at Wellington by Shari Coote 17 Yoga Warriors Annual Event 18 Snapshot Giving Credit where Credit is Due by Shari Coote 20 Spring Breakin’ by Kellie Nichols, Park Interpreter Pinnacle Mountain State Park 22 Cul De Sac Chat Dancing in the Moonlight by Paige Spooner 24 Incognito Revealing Restaurant Review Dugan’s Pub by Brody Dale

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34 Donna Terrell 36 Wags & Whiskers A Home Away from Home for Happy Dogs by Ellen Withers 44 Crockpot Wednesday by Lisa Fischer 46 Neighborly Advice Bothered by Leaves and Construction Debris by Nadine 48 Paddle Bassin’ by Keith Sutton 50 March Madness BBB Offers Tips So Consumers Can Buy Tichets with Confidence

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Farnia Amirnia Mahmoud Kiaei A FAMILY HAPPILY SURPRISED BY ARKANSAS Dr. Mahmoud Kiaei and Dr. Farnia Amirnia met at Christmas in 1995. “He was studying for his Ph.D. in New Zealand and came home to Tehran for the holiday break. He was a friend of my brother-in-law and we met.” Farnia said. It only took four weeks during that holiday break and many phone calls in between to lead to a wedding in September of 1996, after Farnia finished her medical studies. “I went to New Zealand with him to pursue further education in medicine,” Farnia said. “Then we moved to New York in 1997 when Mahmoud was offered a post doctorate fellowship there. He was made offers in New York, San Francisco and Maryland and we chose New York because it reminded me of Tehran, as it is a big, bustling city and that is what I was familiar with in Iran.” Once in the United States, Dr. Kiaei completed his post doctorate fellowship and Farnia completed her residency in Internal Medicine. She was offered a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine in Virginia and worked as Geriatrician in New York. They were busy with their careers and family life in 2010, when Dr. Kiaei received an offer from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Kiaei was in New York at Weill Medical College of Cornell University working on neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Dr. Kiaei trained as a molecular biologist and biochemist as he wanted to utilize the scientific techniques from both to make a contribution in medicine. “Neuroscience was a field with that opportunity,” Dr. Kiaei said. “My paternal grandmother suffered from a subset of ALS. This brought me to help people with the disease. When Mt. Sinai in New York offered a postdoctoral fellowship that continued at Weill Medical College of Cornell was faculty to study ALS, and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) offered me to direct ALS research lab in Arkansas, I took all those opportunities. UAMS also offered a position to my wife that she now provides clinical care to Arkansas’s geriatric patients at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.” “Most ALS patients are diagnosed when they are around 50 years of age,” Dr. Kiaei said. “This is when people are at the peak of their lives as far as family and career. The life they have known is taken away from them. They have been taking care of those dependent upon them and now they must depend upon others.” Dr. Kiaei came to Arkansas as he felt patients needed more services here and he could make a positive impact. “In six years, we’ve developed a tool to study the disease and the model of the disease in much more detail,” Dr. Kiaei said. “Our goal is to mimic

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the disease as much as possible in the lab, then develop effective therapies. We research to understand the mechanics of ALS disease, test drugs that may reduce symptoms in laboratory models first and then enroll ALS patients in Arkansas who are willing and able to try the drugs.” Their daughters, Arianna and Lily, were born while they were in New York. “When Mahmoud moved to Little Rock, I stayed in New York with the girls until they finished the school year,” Farnia said. “We chose Chenal suburb as a place to live because we like the newer houses in Chenal and the easy access to shopping and restaurants, plus it was safe for daughters.” Their oldest daughter, Arianna, is 19 years old and currently a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville majoring in international business at Sam M. Walton College of Business and minoring in Spanish. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority where she is serving as treasurer.

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“Being the treasurer has been a really cool learning experience so far,” Arianna said. "I live in the sorority house, and this semester my room is the 'ten girl attic'. I guess you could say we have a sleepover every night." Arianna is a scholar with the Honors College, where she received a fellowship. Through the Fellowship, she has had the opportunity to study abroad. “Last year I had the opportunity to study in Barcelona, Spain for five weeks and this summer I will travel to Japan for five weeks with an economics professor and nine other students,” Arianna said. “While in Japan, we will be exposed to practical business experiences with executives of successful corporations, such as Toyota. We will also tour manufacturing warehouses to see product development. These trips are an excellent way to be exposed to business practices not necessarily available in the United States.” Currently, she has an internship with a boutique in Fayetteville with an online


presence where Arianna assists with inventory management and marketing. “It is a great experience to work in the headquarters of a retail business. I just want to get as much experience in the business world as I can.” Arianna said. Her future plans are to go to law school with a career goal to be a corporate lawyer. Younger daughter, Lily, is 13 years old and attends Episcopal Collegiate School. Her favorite subjects in school are math, Spanish and Latin. Lily loves sports and has played volleyball, soccer, and basketball. She has previously been i nvolved in cheering and danced with a dance company. A look to her future may be in studying medicine as she has expressed an interest, like her parents. “Lily is a very social person and enjoys being with friends and meeting new people,” Farnia said. “She is always willing to try something new.” Everyone in the family has their own reasons to love living in Chenal. “There are so many nice people who live here and it’s a great neighborhood,” Lily said. Arianna loves that Chenal is near the Promenade at Chenal Shopping Center and excellent restaurants. She has expressed a wish the family had moved here sooner. “It is an awesome place to live,” Arianna said. “We have also really enjoyed the natural beauty of Chenal and the State of Arkansas,” Farnia said. “As we knew nothing about the State, it has been a joy to explore it with the girls.”

The Kiaei family loves to travel. “At least once a year we like to go somewhere,” Farnia said. “Last year we saw Arianna while she was studying in Barcelona. We’ve been to Austria, Denmark, and within the United States to California, Arizona and back to New York to see friends and family. Also, both of our mothers are in Iran, so we travel to see them every two or three years.” Dr. Kiaei is one of the organizers of the Iranians American Association of A rka nsa ns (IAAA) with the primary mission of preser ving, promoting and expanding the Persian culture, arts and to help the community with all its needs. They get together reg u la rly a nd celebrate their Iranian culture. “Almost all of the Iranian people are very kind, welcoming and friendly,” Dr. Kiaei said. “Those of us here like to get together and enjoy being as a member of the community. Our association will be celebrating the Persian New Year (Norooz) on March 17th at the Chenal Country Club. There will be dancing, too, because there is no Iranian party without dancing. We want to celebrate our culture as well as have people understand us and our culture. Our culture is very enriching and it promotes friendship and helping each other. We also have a culture that develops good leaders, who turn into good business leaders. Our people want to lead, develop and discover. We want to elevate the lifestyle of the people around us.” v

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Party at the Pavilion! Bubba Brews Brewing Company and Buffalo Brewing Company will be selling a custom spring draft along with their own varieties. Some fun Food Trucks will be in this area, too. Valid IDs are required to purchase alcohol.


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BY SHARI COOTE

The Pharmacy at Wellington “When we chose this location, 15400 Chenal Parkway, Suite 100, we knew what the competition was, and we knew we could do better,” says Brittany Sanders, co-owner of The Pharmacy at Wellington with partner Nick Dziurkowski. Brittany and Nick, both licensed pharmacists, were working at a 24-hour, chain pharmacy in Little Rock, when they decided they were tired of being cogs in the health care machine. “There’s no flexibility to really help your patients when you work for a big chain pharmacy,” says Nick. “Brittany and I talked about how the corporate regulations restricted our ability to do what was best for the people we were trying to help. I’m not talking about drug safety laws. I’m talking about inflexible corporate policies.” Susan Schee (pronounced “ski”), with 18 years of experience, is the newest pharmacist at The Pharmacy at Wellington. Susan worked at a mental health facility before coming to Wellington. “I love the amount of time we have to spend with our patients. All 15 employees (four pharmacists, five pharmacy students, and six pharmacy technicians) strive to get to know our patients and greet them by name when they

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come through the door. Brittany and Nick are dedicated health care providers, not ‘pill pushers,’ and their staff feeds off their enthusiasm for patient interaction and care.” The pharmacists at Wellington make the time to sit down and consult with their patients, not just about the medications the pharmacy is providing, but the patient’s entire drug regimen. They also take the time to call a patient’s doctors to clarify prescriptions or head off any trouble with drug interactions. “CARE” is the pharmacy’s byword. CARE takes many forms. Pharmacy technician Blair Morton says, “We care about our patients, and we also care about our community. The Pharmacy at Wellington has sponsored numerous events since opening on October 14, 2015. We’ve sponsored B-I-N-G-O at a local retirement center and health-related events at several local churches. Our parking lot has hosted an information distribution event by Arkansas Family Doulas, an organization of midwives and birth coaches, and on May 5, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the Doulas will hold their third annual diaper drive on our lot.”(http:// arkansasfamilydoulas.com/no-child-wet-behind/ for more info)


There are numerous other ways that CARE manifests itself at The Pharmacy at Wellington. “Our patients’ time is important to us,” says Blair, “so we devised a great drivethru system to keep people from languishing in line while waiting for their medications. We are in network for most insurance plans, and as an independent pharmacy, we can price competitively.” The Pharmacy at Wellington is also in a network of locally-owned pharmacies which ensures that they can quickly procure even hard-to-find or scarce medications. If a Pharmacy at Wellington patient “is under the weather or has the sniffles,” Susan says, “Contact us (501-708-4320 or www.thepharmacyatwellington.com) and talk to one of our pharmacists. We’ll have our delivery driver bring you Kleenex and cold medicine or an appropriate medical response. We don’t want you dragging yourself out of bed and driving when you’re not well. We’re happy to come to you. Being accessible to our patients doesn’t just mean here at the store.” In addition to providing outstanding patient CARE, The Pharmacy at Wellington also has a huge selection of vitamins and supplements, a good gift selection (many from local artists), and a large selection of protein bars. Vaccinations are given on demand—for the flu, oversees travelers, and even for new grandparents needing to update their vaccines to safely interact with new grandbabies. “Our consistent staff of pharmacists helps minimize confusion. We know which of our patients had a cold two weeks ago or who can’t tolerate certain medications,” says Brittany. “And our convenient hours (7:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) ensure our patients can always get what they need.” An incredibly convenient service provided by the pharmacy is customized packaging for patient medications. “We have patients who may take up to thirty medications daily,” says Susan. “You’ve seen pill boxes for people to sort their pills by day and time? We’ll do that sorting for you and provide you with an easy open, disposable package that eliminates confusion and mistakes. It’s free of charge and another way we care for our patients.” Perhaps the most striking example of caring was during the latest bout of bad weather. During the January snowfall, Brittany actually slept overnight in The Pharmacy at Wellington to ensure there would be no disruption of service for the business’s patients. CARE is a four-letter word that is practiced in numerous ways every day at The Pharmacy at Wellington. They’d like to share the CARE with you! v LIFE IN CHENAL

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Donna Terrell’s Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer event is gearing up for its fifth year. Philanthropist and yoga instructor Natalie Rockefeller with Big Rock Yoga will lead this year’s class. The community event was started by Fox 16 anchor Donna Terrell in honor of her late daughter Queah, who lost her battle with colon cancer in 2011. Queah was only 27 when she was diagnosed. Two years after her daughter’s death, Terrell began her mission to use her own experience to promote cancer awareness and advocate on behalf of the health benefits yoga provides for oncology patients and their families. “I saw how practicing yoga helped Queah feel better during her treatment and it made me realize how impactful yoga can be while battling a serious illness,” said Terrell. “My hope is to raise awareness about the benefits of yoga during cancer treatment and recovery during this annual event while also supporting those in our community fighting the disease.” Since its inception, Donna Terrell’s Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer named CARTI as the event’s beneficiary with proceeds designated to provide liquid nutritional supplements for its cancer patients and most recently, yoga classes at the treatment facility for patients and caregivers. Admission to the event is free and participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will benefit CARTI. This year’s Yoga Warriors event is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, April 14 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Little Rock. ABOUT YOGA WARRIORS Yoga Warriors is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the benefits of yoga to help relieve stress and some symptoms of cancer and its associated treatments. In its fifth year, Yoga Warriors now helps provide yoga classes for survivors and caregivers in addition to financial assistance for liquid nutritional needs.

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Snapshot BY SHARI COOTE

Giving Credit

WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

Chenal resident Ryan Brown, owner of The Tavern in the Promenade, is quick to admit that any success he enjoys is because he has some “secret weapons.” “When I was a kid, growing up in little Glen Rose, Arkansas (midway between Benton and Malvern),” says Ryan, “we were definitely lowermiddle class, but my parents worked so hard. And my grandfather, Papa, a retired U. S. Marine Master Sergeant, lived next door. We didn’t have cable TV, so I spent a lot of time with him. He was always giving me little bits of wisdom, like ‘Hard work never hurt anyone’ or ‘Nothing comes easy,’ so many simple ideas. I didn’t know how blessed I was until years later, but now I remember those things—all the time. My parents were a great example, too. I hope I can impart to our boys the lessons I learned from my parents and Papa.” Ryan has one particularly vivid memory from the fourth grade. “I always played sports, and I needed a new pair of basketball shoes which cost $35, a lot of money for my folks. I wanted to help them out, so Mom and I started collecting aluminum cans to recycle for cash. We even walked along the side of the road collecting cans. Some people might have felt sad for me having to do that, but really I felt proud that I could help buy those Stacy Adams high tops—all white with SA on the side.”

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Growing up Ryan always knew he’d be going to college. “My parents AND my grandparents were always saying, ‘When you go to college…’ never ‘If you go to college…’” So after high school, he headed to Ouachita Baptist University, transferred to the University of Arkansas, and graduated from U.A.L.R. with a degree in sports medicine in 1999. “I had a bunch of college loans, which I’m proud to say, I just finally paid off!” said Ryan. After college Ryan spent fifteen years in the healthcare industry. He bought and sold a small tanning salon, and he bought an ATM business. Twelve years ago, at the age of 29, he bought his house in Chenal. He also bought into The Tavern which had opened in 2011, but was on “life support.” “I bought into The Tavern on a whim. I was burned out on the travel and competitiveness of medical sales, and this seemed like a good idea. I jumped into the deep end of the pool, and it wasn’t long before I wished that someone had warned me about what I was getting into,” said Ryan. Then he laughingly adds, “Looking back, it probably wouldn’t have done any good! I do believe that working for yourself is one of the hardest, most fulfilling things you’ll ever do. I fail as much as I succeed, but I think I’ve learned a lot from my failures. Then there’s the fact that I’m the most underpaid busboy at The Tavern!” So how about those “secret weapons?” “I get all the credit, but my mom does all the dirty work—accounting, bill paying, payroll, and she babysits for us three to four days a week. My wife Stephanie is so supportive. She does all of our promotion and advertising in addition to being a great mother to our two boys, Aden—2½ and Dalton—7 months, and working fulltime at Eric, Robb, and Isaac Advertising. Finally, I have an exceptional staff. Some of them have been involved at The Tavern as long as I have. Our kitchen staff is second to none, and all 40 of my employees are the hardest-working people I’ve ever been around—and I come from a family of hard workers. “I feel so blessed. I love living and working in Chenal. My mom, Alice Brown, has moved to Chenal, and Stephanie’s parents, Donna and Steve Danforth, live out here, too. We do everything in Chenal, and I’m so appreciative of the community. They saw the changes I was making at The Tavern, and they were so patient with us.” In the little downtime Ryan has, he enjoys working out at Orlando’s Personal Fitness and playing golf, but family is still the most important thing in his life. “I was one of those guys who probably needed to wait to marry and become a father,” he admits with a chuckle, “but I’m really enjoying being a family man now.” v Visit Shari’s blog, Life Without Lesson Plans at www.nolessonplans.com. LIFE IN CHENAL

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By Park Interpreter KELLIE NICHOLS Pinnacle Mountain State Park Photos by Park Interpreter MATTHEW FRIANT

SPRING BREAKIN’ It’s March and that can mean only one thing: SPRING BREAK! History has recorded celebrations of spring dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans whose notorious revelries focused on the god of wine known as Dionysus or Bacchus. Many civilizations have rituals devoted to the renewal and rebirth characterized by this beautiful season. Today, a break around this time of year is almost worldwide. Japan and South Korea use this time as their break between academic years. Greece, Spain, and Mexico commemorate their Holy Week during this time. But the American tradition, which has influenced many other countries looking to entice tourists during this season, can be traced to the creation of a famous swimming pool.

In 1928, the city of Fort Lauderdale was looking to rejuvenate its tourism revenue following a hurricane that had devastated Florida a few years before. The city decided to build the first Olympicsized swimming pool located in the United States. The swimming coach at Colgate University in New York saw it as an opportunity to train his team. So, he loaded them up and spent the duration of their academic recess in the Fort Lauderdale pool. Once the College Coaches’ Swim Forum was created in 1938, nearly 15,000 students were travelling to the area each spring. By the 1950’s, the Fort Lauderdale event caught the attention of Life Magazine. They interviewed a coed in the area about the reason for her visit. Her reply of “this is where the boys are” spawned a comedic

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novel by Glendon Swarthout which was later sold to MGM Studios who produced a movie filmed in Fort Lauderdale. The movie, entitled “Where the Boys Are”, premiered at Fort Lauderdale's Gateway Theatre on Sunrise Boulevard on December 21, 1960. It was a huge success and our modern Spring Break was officially born. Arkansas Spring Break is scheduled for March 19-23 and if you can’t make it to a beach front resort or just don’t enjoy the crowds, you can visit one of our state parks. There are currently 128 events scheduled throughout the state listed on the arkansasstateparks.com website. Just off of Chenal, Pinnacle Mountain State Park has its own week of programs as well. Grab your kite and compete in our Kite Flying Competition. Join a park interpreter for a guided Sunset Canoe Float. Grab a jacket and enjoy a warm fire and some s’mores following our Twilight Hayride. We even have a Mini Day Camp for students aged 7-10. We will also be posting daily program options at our Visitor Center. So stop by or call us at (501)868-5806 for more information and let us help you celebrate spring right here in the Natural State! v

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Cul De Sac Chat PAIGE SPOONER

Driving down the winding road, top open and windows cracked, I felt signs of early spring through sunlight’s warmth. Surrounded by the beauty of old, rustic barns and horses grazing, I sensed God smiling blessings toward me. The rays of light were so vivid, streaking like arrows pointing from the clouds straight to his creation. Feeling that connection, I belted a lyric that suddenly was an ‘Ah Ha’ type of moment – but only after I heard myself sing it out loud. It was an old favorite from onehit-wonder, King Harvest. It plays often on my trusted and true, favorite 70’s station. “You can’t dance and stay uptight. It’s a supernatural delight. Everybody’s dancin’ in the moonlight…” Of course you know it, but have you ever really thought about the lyrics? So simple, right? But focus on the first line for a moment. You can’t dance and stay uptight. There’s just no way to remain grouchy when we let go and start moving! I know He was telling me to lighten up through this simple song. Right when it came on, I was feeling weighed down by the everyday living life stuff…feeling like a ‘less than’ mom, wife and friend. But these words made my cares just sort of fade away in the moment and in the music. Music is delight! It’s such a powerful art form and I am learning to use it for its amazing ability of altering my mood and state of mind. Try it sometime! Start cooking supper in a silent kitchen and then add a favorite song to the mix. Turn it up. Louder! It’s now a totally different experience. Fun entered! You may not be dancing in actual moonlight, but flooding your space with positive energy promotes

a positive vibe. You really CAN’T dance and stay uptight because when you’re smiling, the rest of your body sort of just imitates your face. The next time I find myself in a heated battle with my hubby, I’m gonna throw on a catchy tune and pull him to my kitchen dance floor! I’m curious to see what happens. I can only imagine that whatever we were bickering about will quickly be forgotten because you really can’t do it…you cannot dance while remaining uptight! It’s impossible – almost like a magical transformation. I wonder how many other times I could diffuse a tense situation by simply lightening up…dancing in whatever moonlight surrounds me. I know it can be hard to let anger go because we sometimes want to sulk in it, mull around and stir it up until its so thick we’re stuck in the deep end of quicksand. But honestly, isn’t it beneficial for everyone to relax and take a deep breath letting all the bitterness, frustration, animosity and yuk escape through our exhale? Say good riddance to old feelings and welcome a new, fresh attitude! How do you handle those times when your smile is turned upside down? Do you dance or sulk? Life certainly isn’t always happy giving us lots of experience with handling ugly messes that make us mad. And if we’re honest, more often than not, we let the circumstances get the best of us. We become consumed in the anger instead of embracing a means of finding grace. Hmmmm…at this moment, I find myself getting angry with my sleepy 16-year-old for missing the bus AGAIN this week! So, what’s a mom to do? Harbor the negative or should I dance it out? Should I stay uptight or start moving to that good old beat? Life is short! It’s a supernatural delight. I think I’ll crank it up and see what happens! v

I appreciate you reading! Email me at culdesacchat@gmail.com with comments or suggestions!

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BY BRODY DALE

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Oh… I’m so tired of Winter. Really, really tired. I got a snow day off from work, so I’m good! No more cold weather… please? Sam knows that. We were sitting on the couch and he leaned over and said, “Baby, it’s March. St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner. What can I do for you?” My sweet Sam…so we went to Dugan’s Pub. I have heard about Dugan’s, but never had the opportunity to check it out. It’s in the River Market District of Little Rock. My goodness, I remember when that was the bad part of town. Now, it’s where you go for the River Market Farmers’ Market and all the nice restaurants and bars. And the condos? Really, the older I get the more I think Sam and I will sell our houses and buy a nice condo. So, I went online to see what they were like. Don’t y’all do that too? According to their website, the owner, Don Dugan, has had, “...a longtime love of the Irish culture and the community...,” so he decided to combine it with his love of running a bar. Dugan’s dream was to bring a little slice of Ireland to Little Rock, and to, “...improve the culinary expectations you might have from a pub.” Well, alright then!

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What I really liked about Dugan's was that while they are a bar, they have a no smoking policy. Smoking is allowed on the patio. Because of this, you can bring children, but I consider this more an adult environment and saw no young children during my visit. You, gentle reader, exercise your own discretion with your child. When the server arrived, I immediately ordered a Guinness. Sam loves culinary adventure just as much as any man, but draws the line with his beer and had a domestic. We then ordered our appetizer, the smoked salmon on brown Irish bread, Irish butter, and capers. It was a beautiful blend of flavors. The fish was light, and the brown bread was nutty and sweet, apparently freshly baked from a local bakery. It was so good I may order this as my meal next time. We then ordered our entrees. Since we are about to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we had to eat traditional Irish food. Sam ordered corned beef hash served with an overeasy egg, and I ordered bangers and mash, mashed potatoes and sausage, smothered in a brown, mushroom, Guinness gravy. Sam ordered his second domestic beer, and I ordered a Smithwick, an Irish red ale-style beer that I actually liked better than Guinness.

Don Dugan stated that his dream was to improve the quality of food served in pubs, and he certainly delivered. My bangers and mash was excellent. The potatoes were real instead of the dreary dehydrated type you are sometimes served, and the gravy was delicious, not a traditional Southern milk gravy but one made with Guinness beer and filled with beef broth, mushrooms, and onions. The sausages were fine, more in flavor like a Jimmy Dean type breakfast sausage – but that is traditional Irish cuisine. Of course, I sampled Sam’s corned beef hash. I thought it was quite good, the potatoes were crispy, hash brown fried with caramelized onions, and the beef was quite flavorful. Now, just a word of caution. You don’t go to a bar to have health food. You go for a good beer and something that tastes awesome – and that’s what you will get at Dugan’s. The food is homemade, fried, full of calories, yummy delicious. Dugan’s does offer salads and healthy food options, but why do that? Girl, live a little. Forget the diet for one night and have a great meal.

See ya around town,

Brody Dale

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KEEP IT SIMPLE We live in a world where everyone has such high expectations for every attempted project or task. Before and after TV, and the internet tends to program our minds to expect elaborate results overnight, but only after trying some new and never seen techniques or products. We have been taught not to appreciate the simple things in life and as a result we miss out on some of life’s most important lessons. We are so dependent on our electronic devices that when they are not working we become depressed. Instead, we should enjoy the uninterrupted personal time and the ability to work on our personal communication skills. I’m here to tell you that it’s just not necessary to do all that special stuff. Neither is it necessary to eat all those special foods and supplements that the special programs are telling you to eat. There are so many marketing tricks and key words, there is no way anyone can continue to follow all of those steps. If we just slow down for a second, think simple, and get back to the basics you can create a lifestyle that will lead to lifelong health. Eliminating man made foods and eating more fruits and vegetables will have a tremendous effect on your overall health. Man made foods usually contain more sodium and less potassium when compared to natural, unprocessed foods. This will instantly have an effect on one’s blood pressure and kidneys. Also, it is much harder to overeat and gain weight while eating natural foods due to the tremendous amounts of fiber, and the effort that it takes to eat these foods. Processed foods are usually easier to eat and tend to give way to stuffing yourself before you get the signal to stop eating. When it comes to protein, wild sources are going to be better than farm raised. It not always easy to get wild game and not everyone likes it. In this case, it would be best to just try to avoid the fats that are on the farm raised animals, due to the fact that the fats are developed while those animals are fed genetically modified foods. These foods don’t usually produce healthy fats. Healthy fats tend to come from natural sources, such as shell fish for salmon, wild grasses for cows and deer, bugs and seeds for chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Ultimately all of our nutrients come from the ground and man doesn’t have anything to do with that. The minute we start to add things to the equation that didn’t exist before, we start to mess it up. Living fit and healthy is not that complicated. Go back and adopt the old ways of eating and stay active and your health will increase tremendously. DON’T MAKE IT COMPLICATED!!!

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EXPERTS TALK REAL ESTATE Are you considering updating your home but don’t know where to start?

You’re not alone! If you are updating to sell or just updating to enjoy the improvements, it’s always a good idea to know the market and the desires of buyers. Homeowners want to update their home so it will bring the best return on their investment. With our years of experience working with buyers and sellers, these are the updates that excite most potential homeowners.

KITCHEN

The kitchen is going to be at the top of the list of most popular updates. It’s typically the first room buyers head to when they walk through the door. Buyers love solid surface countertops and stainless appliances. Updating light fixtures is an easy way to modernize. Do you still have one of those box fluorescent light fixtures over your island? Switching this out with recessed or pendant lighting would make a huge difference. If you have painted cabinets, freshen them up with a new coat of paint. Maybe paint the island a darker color and change out the hardware to a bronze, brushed nickel or even black.

BATHROOM

Remember when we had to pay extra for gold faucets? The gold was an upgrade. But, its time for them to go. Replacing your plumbing fixtures can totally change the look of your bathroom. Adding a granite countertop to a bathroom can be much less expensive than you think. Many times a remnant can be used which can make this upgrade very affordable. Upgrading your shower to frameless glass can greatly change the entire bathroom. We recently had a frameless shower enclosure installed in a Chenal home for around $1000. With many of the homes in Chenal being built in the 90’s, gold door knobs were a popular choice. This isn’t an expensive upgrade, but absolutely something that buyers would prefer. Check back next month for more information and tips about updating and enhancing your OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE and CURB APPEAL. David & Susan Sutton

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Donna Terrell

FOX16 KLRT NEWS ANCHOR | CHENAL RESIDENT

I have always wanted to go on a mission trip. A chance to go to another country and work with people who could really use some help. It's a bucket list item that's been waiting for a check mark. This year the opportunity presented itself. An organization in which I am a member called The Links, Incorporated, offered a global mission trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica to work with children and their parents. Here's some background on our organization. The Links, Incorporated is a community service organization and is one of the nation's oldest and largest volunteer organizations consisting of over 15 thousand women of color with 285 chapters in the United States and the Bahamas. I am a member of the Little Rock Chapter where we do a large amount of community service work right here in Little Rock – reaching many children and families in need. The Jamaica trip was part of a global mission and offered to Links members from all over the country who were interested in going. About 200 of us made the trip. We were assigned to work at three different schools. I was placed at Mount Zion Primary School consisting of kindergarten through fifth grade students. Of the three, it was located in the most impoverished community. As I reflect on the work we did there, there were many accomplishments. We provided each student at all three schools Kindle Fire Readers pre-loaded with apps. Our primary goal was to provide them with a source for STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math. We had a workshops teaching the students and their teachers how to utilize them. I was amazed to see that students didn't have proper fitting and wore very old shoes. Before our mission was completed, every student was fitted for and given a brand new pair of shoes to take home. We also had about 9 dentists who attended who were members of our organization. Their job was to provide dental screenings for each student. In addition, the children were given toothpaste, brushes and floss and taught how to properly brush if they didn't already know.

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We created a market place of donated items where parents could find free things for themselves and their families. And while there was never a days work that wasn't meaningful to me – I was especially touched when I was given the opportunity to read the book "Chrysanthemum" to Jamaican children. The book focuses on anti-bullying. Apparently bullying among students is a problem there just like it is here in the States. Each student had a copy of book in front of them and read along with me. Some of them read aloud. Afterwards, the students were given a piece of paper with a heart on it that read "before you speak be kind and smart. It's hard to fix a wrinkled heart." Perhaps that says it all. Across the miles, children's hearts touched in a positive way because of simple acts of kindness from the hearts of grown ups. Bucket list item - check. Mission work - check. Another mission trip in the future? – checkmark coming. v


BY ELLEN E. WITHERS

A Home Away From Home for

Happy Dogs Wags and Whiskers began its journey as Michelle Wilkerson turned her passion for dogs into an in-home pet sitting business in 2008. This journey and her passion for making dogs happy led to Michelle’s realization that there was a need for a social community for dogs. “I am an advocate for animals, specifically dogs, and my passion helped me formulate a concept for this business which now includes the Canine Play Center/Doggie Daycare along with overnight boarding, dog training, and our new wedding concierge services,” Michelle said. “Our business model is unique for Arkansas as it is cage-free doggie daycare. Dogs are only kenneled overnight for their safety. We are not your traditional daycare where dogs are kenneled during the day and let out only to play for a specific time. We are set up to emulate a home-like setting that allows our guests access to the outside play area, potty or napping at any time during the day with a play-care attendant (human). We are transforming the traditional doggie daycare by offering an environment where they are allowed the freedoms of home.” “We cater to the dog lovers who prefer not to kennel their dogs at any time during the day,” Michelle said. “Our happiest owners are those who would rather allow their dogs freedom to play, potty and nap if they choose. Kuranda beds are placed throughout the facility which facilitates napping at our guests’ discretion without being kenneled.

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Wags and Whiskers opened approximately two and a half years ago and almost all marketing associated to the business in the past has been word-of-mouth client referrals. “We are proud that we’ve built clientele this way even though many in the Little Rock area have not heard of us,” Michelle said. “We post pictures and videos on Facebook and Instagram to show how much fun our dogs are having here and people tell their friends about it. We have a Private Parents page where we post videos and pictures of your pups daily. Now we are marketing to expand the community’s knowledge of our goals of overnight boarding, doggie daycare and same day bathing.” “We are building a community of pups who know one another and feel right at home,” Michelle said. “Frequent clients allow the dogs to become acquainted with each other and lessen any stress related to their initial arrival. As a result, the environment is much safer than a continual change of dogs. This is important because they are not in cages but rather are socialized in outdoor and indoor play areas. It’s almost like a preschool, each dog finds his special playmates and all dogs become aware of the others ranking. The more they know one another, the fewer ‘skinned knees’ we will face.” “Our employees are avid animal lovers, who will always go the extra mile,” Michelle said. “Only the best staff is retained. I cannot tell you how proud I am of my employees, because of their patience and loyalty, we have made this an awesome place. I’m also totally involved in every aspect of the business. I’m a passionate, hands-on owner/manager so I can ensure our future success. I’m there to address any issues as soon as they occur.” Video surveillance cameras are placed around the facility for staff viewing and safety of all areas. Report cards with pictures are emailed to clients during the day to inform clients how their pup is doing during the day. If a dog needs medication, the staff at Wags and Whiskers will provide them on the schedule requested. Although rare, should any dog need veterinarian assistance, a staff member will take them to obtain veterinarian services. This includes an emergency veterinarian clinic, if needed. If a client has work hours that prohibit drop-off and pick-up during regular hours, a taxi service is available to pick up your dogs and bring them home at night. “We have many clients who take advantage of our taxi services on a weekly basis for doggie daycare and

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boarding transportation, or vet appointments,” Michelle said. “These individuals have very hectic schedules and we are here to help them with their pets as needed.” Luxury service options for both daycare and boarding include morning and evening walks, peanut butter Kongs at bedtime, nature walks, treadmill sessions and cuddle time. Doggie daycare and boarding clients can receive a bath and nail trim at any time requested. Walk-in requests for bathing and nail trims are allowed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Happy dogs are much more important to me than a profit goal,” Michelle said. “We actually turn away clients who prefer their dogs to be kenneled during the day or for a specific reason would need to be kenneled, because this is not what we are about. We have kennels available for overnight boarding only. The concept is for freedom and our focus is quality not quantity. It will take longer to build such a community but well worth the wait. This is truly about the dogs and making them happy while keeping them safe.” For those of you who are planning on tying the knot, Wags and Whiskers now offers Canine Concierge services for your wedding. Having your beloved dog participate in the wedding ceremony is becoming very popular! Why not include your furry family member on your special wedding day? We have experienced dog handlers who will make sure your pup gets a potty break before walking down the aisle, provide fresh water, and will let your pup mingle with guests (but no jumping on guests or sneaking hors d’oeuvres). They will also coordinate with your wedding planner about where your dog should be before, during, and after the ceremony. v

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Cage free doggie day care Overnight boarding Dog training Luxury add-ons available On-site bathing In-home pet sitting In-home dog walking Taxi services Canine Concierge for your Wedding Day

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Crockpot Wednesday

LISA FISCHER | LISA AND KEVIN IN THE MORNING ON B98.5 ON B98.5 | 5:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Hi, neighbors! I see what you’re doing there. You’re glancing at these recipes because you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. You want to start dining outside, working in your garden, and just take a break from the winter doldrums. That’s where the Crockpot Wednesday segment on B98.5 comes in handy. We feature a crockpot-worthy recipe every Wednesday morning at 8:27am, and we feature a local non-profit on the air. The non-profit gets some free air-time, and you walk away with dinner for that evening. I think it’s a swell combination where everyone walks away a winner. Enjoy the recipes we received recently, and tell Alexa to “enable the B98.5 skill” and when you want to tune in, say, “Alexa, play B98.5 Little Rock.” And join Kevin and me every weekday morning at 5:30am to start your workday.

Crockpot Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired. Serves 8 people who want comfort food.

Crockpot Mac And Cheese With Garlic Chicken

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 8 cups chicken stock • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 1 onion, diced • 3 carrots, peeled and diced • 3 stalks celery, diced • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary • 2 bay leaves • 1/2 cup heavy cream • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour • 8 ounces medium egg noodles • 1/2 cup frozen peas • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

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INSTRUCTIONS Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Place chicken in a 6-qt crockpot. Stir in chicken stock, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, thyme, rosemary and bay leaves; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours; reserve 1 cup and set aside. Remove chicken from the crockpot and shred, using two forks. In a large bowl, whisk together heavy cream, flour and reserved 1 cup chicken stock mixture. Stir chicken, heavy cream mixture and egg noodles into the crockpot. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 30-60 minutes, or until pasta is tender and soup is slightly thickened. Stir in peas.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken • 3 cups chicken broth • 2 cloves minced garlic • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/8 teaspoon pepper • 16 ounces pasta noodles (choose your favorite) • 12 ounces shredded cheese of choice (sharp white and cheddar are both good) • 4 ounces cream cheese


INSTRUCTIONS Place chicken in crock and add broth, garlic, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours or high until chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken from crock and shred with two forks. Add noodles, shredded cheese and cream cheese to slow cooker along with chicken. Stir well to coat and combine noodles. Cover and cook on high for 30-60 minutes, stir once or twice during this time for best results. Pasta is done when liquid is absorbed and pasta is al dente (or softer if you prefer). You can use more liquid if necessary adding 1/2 cup at a time. An extra splash of milk before serving will make it really creamy. Stir and serve immediately (don’t leave finished Mac and Cheese sitting on warm). Serves 8.

Crockpot Beef Bourguignon

• 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1 cup red wine • 1 cup beef broth • 2 cups sliced baby bella mushrooms • 2 large carrots, sliced into rounds • 1 large onion, diced • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 3 sprigs fresh thyme • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and quartered • Chopped fresh parsley, for serving INSTRUCTIONS Heat a large skillet over mediumhigh heat. While it heats, toss beef with oil. Sear beef in batches, 3 minutes per side. Between each batch, deglaze pan with some red wine, scraping up any bits with a wooden spoon. Pour mixture into crockpot along with seared beef as it’s done. To crockpot, add beef broth, mushrooms, carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary and remaining red wine. Cook on high 6 to 7 hours, until beef is easily shreddable. Thirty minutes before serving, remove herbs and add asparagus; cook until just tender. Garnish with parsley. Recipe courtesty of www.delish.com

Crockpot Pork Roast

INGREDIENTS • 3-4 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into chunks

INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 2-3 pounds pork loin • 1 thinly sliced red onion • 1/2 cup water • 1/3 cup brown sugar • 1/4 cup. balsamic vinegar • 2 tablespoons soy sauce • 2 cloves garlic, minced • Freshly ground black pepper INSTRUCTIONS In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. When hot, sear pork loin until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Place red onions in bottom of crockpot. Place seared pork loin on top of onions. Cover and cook on high for 6 to 8 hours, depending on the size of your pork loin. Make glaze: Into a small saucepan combine water, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. Season with pepper and whisk to combine. During the last hour of cooking, brush pork with glaze every 20 minutes. Slice and serve with roasted vegetables. v LIFE IN CHENAL

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NEIGHBORLY

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Bothered by Leaves and Construction Debris Dear Nadine, Spring is coming, and I’ll soon be taking the cover off of our backyard, in-ground pool. Just looking out there in the winter is enough to make my blood boil, but late summer and fall is when I’m ready to commit a felony. Our neighbors NEVER rake their leaves, and I can guarantee all those leaves, now obscuring my pool cover and deck, have come from their yard. They certainly are not our leaves as we have no deciduous trees. They have a boatload. Our landscaping is mostly azaleas and some evergreen shrubs. Our other neighbors have no tall deciduous trees either. We know who the culprit is! When we installed the pool, we installed an 8’ privacy fence. This keeps the leaves which fall into our neighbor’s yard from blowing into our yard, but it doesn’t do a thing about the leaves on his trees which blow our way. I know that can’t really be helped, and that is not the problem. There are three trees in his yard, right along our fence line. All three of these trees have numerous limbs which hang over our yard. Those limbs cause the problem. The first time I talked to our neighbor, he understood the problem. He even said he’d do something about it. Months went by and nothing happened. I talked to him again. He said he’d gotten an estimate for removing the limbs, but he didn’t want to spend his money on trees. He actually said, “I’d rather buy a boat.” While I can understand that sentiment, I don’t want my pool full of leaves all fall. Our pool is

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heated, and we can use it well into autumn—as long as we keep removing the darn leaves! Any suggestions? Signed, Dreading Autumn Dear Dreading, Sneak over to the guy’s yard in the middle of the night and cut down the offending trees. NO, NO, NO! Just kidding! Do not do that!!! Stay off of your neighbors’ property, but do not despair. First, I suggest that you contact Edward J. Garland, the manager of Little Rock’s Code Enforcement Division, (501) 371-4748 or egarland@littlerock.gov. I suspect that you are within your rights to trim any and all branches that are hanging over your fence or property line. Second, if I were you, I’d talk to the neighbor one more time and tell him what you intend to do. Third, cut off the branches you can reach, and then contract with a tree service to remove those which are out of your reach. Of course, leaves from the remaining branches on those tall trees are still going to wind up in your pool and on your deck, but hopefully, the volume will decrease. Good luck. Swim a lap for me! Dear Nadine, What is it with these construction companies? I knew from the amount of empty lots when we


moved into our subdivision that there would be a lot of construction. I knew there would be noise and some disruption. I did not, however, reckon on the filth! Our street looks like a dump! Apparently the workers don’t have access to a trash bin. Oh, wait, they have a dumpster! Apparently they are too lazy to walk their trash to it. Soda cans roll out into the street. Fast food trash blows out into the street. Garbage just sits and rots. It’s ridiculous! Can anything be done? Signed, Disgusted Dear Disgusted, Yes! There is no excuse for slovenly, inconsiderate behavior! If only we had a S.W.A.T. team for Common Decency and Etiquette! Your problem would be solved in no time! You didn’t mention it, so I’m assuming that you have not spoken to the builder. This should be your first move. Ask him to speak to his sub-contractors and their crews. That might do the trick. If it doesn’t, read on. Next, contact your Property Owners Association and ask one of the officers to speak to the builder. They might have a little more clout. Another option is calling 311, Little Rock’s convenient number “to make inquiries regarding services, report problems, check the status of issues or obtain general information.” (https:// www.littlerock.gov/for-residents/citizenservices-helpful-numbers/3-1-1-synopsis/). The good operators at 311 should be able to tell you whom to contact in city government about resolving this problem which crops up in neighborhoods all over the city from time to time. Have a problem or a suggestion that affects the neighborhood? Email me: Nadine@pcipublishing.com LIFE IN CHENAL

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BY KEITH SUTTON

PADDLE BASSIN’

A canoe can provide access to scenic, seldom-visited bass waters where anglers can enjoy superb fishing. Photo by Keith Sutton. I’ll never forget my first “paddle bassing” trip. Dr. Jim Davis of Black Springs invited me to join him for a fourmile float down the Ouachita River, a beautiful smallmouth bass stream coursing through west Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains. “Cast above that rock,” Jim said as we began. “Then let your lure drift past.” I followed his directions, using the jig-and-pig he recommended. The lure touched down near the boulder, and almost immediately I saw a flash of gold and felt a solid hit. When I set the hook, a 3-pound smallmouth went airborne. “There you go,” Jim said, smiling, as I hoisted the fish into the canoe. “Your first Ouachita Mountains smallmouth. And it’s a dandy.” Jim took the next smallmouth from a long pool. Casting beside a treetop, he waltzed his jig-and-pig through the bass refuge.

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A subtle tapping telegraphed the bass’ strike. Jim’s rod bowed when he set the hook. I watched excitedly as four pounds of smallmouth tailwalked across the Ouachita. Slugging it out to the finish, the copper-hued bass finally came to the boat. Jim released it as I had done the first. From many of Jim’s selected targets, a sassy smallmouth raced out to wallop our offerings. By the time we canoed to our takeout point, we had caught 16 bronzebacks ranging from 3 to 5 pounds, and a host of smaller fish. That day was a turning point for me. You see, prior to that time, it never occurred to me that a canoe offered special advantages over other crafts used for bass fishing. I learned, however, that some waters, like that little stretch of the Ouachita, can be properly fished no other way. A canoe provides access impossible in a bass boat or even a small johnboat. A canoe


carries you over boulders and gravel bars larger craft couldn’t navigate. A canoe lets you fish where other anglers rarely go. There’s a little cypress lake on public land in east Arkansas I once only dreamed about fishing. I walked to it often while squirrel hunting, and knew it probably harbored abundant largemouths because of its remoteness. The lake was a mile from the nearest road. Few, if any, people fished there. I took a friend one time after hunting nearby. “Would you look at that!” he exclaimed. “I bet there’s bass in there long as your leg. We gotta come back and fish it.” “Maybe you haven’t noticed,” I said. “There aren’t any roads coming in here, and there’s no way to fish it from the bank.” “Then we’ll bring my canoe,” he said. I didn’t relish the thought of portaging a canoe a mile through the woods, but the prospect of fishing that little lake was too much to resist. The next day we did it, and to my surprise, carrying my buddy’s canoe wasn’t much worse than toting a big tacklebox. We didn’t catch any bass as long as our legs, but the fishing was extraordinary. It wouldn’t have mattered if it wasn’t, though. The experience of fishing a scenic lake that probably hadn’t been visited by another angler in decades was enough to make the effort worthwhile. You can fish from a canoe on almost any type of water, of course. A pleasant experience can be had in a quiet cove on a large reservoir or floating a popular stream in a national park. It’s adventuresome forays into the backcountry, however, that make paddle bassing among the most memorable ways to pursue black bass. The canoe carries you, your buddy and a surprising amount of gear, making it ideal for extended backcountry fishing excursions. You can carry some luxury items such as air mattresses and a roomy tent. Before you venture off, however, be properly prepared. Carry three paddles per canoe—one for you, one for your buddy and a spare. Have a life jacket for each person, and be

When fishing a remote section of a river and lake is the goal, a canoe provides the ideal means of on-the-water transportation. Photo by Keith Sutton.

A smallmouth bass, a canoe and a happy angler: one great combo. Photo by Keith Sutton. sure everyone wears them or keeps them properly secured in the canoe and readily accessible. Pack your clothes, bedding, etc. in waterproof float bags, and secure the bundles with shock cords to prevent shifting. When you stop to camp or fish, carry your canoe well up from the water’s edge. Stow it upside down out of the wind. Pick your fishing gear carefully so you’re not overloaded, but be sure to stow a spare rod and reel and extra lures in a safe place in case of mishaps. Many companies make great multipiece pack rod combos ideal for this kind of fishing. Pick a time to travel when weather conditions are good, and then prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime. Paddle bassing seems like a lot of work at times, but almost invariably, the extra efforts prove worthwhile. No other form of bass fishing can better soothe the soul of a person weary of the modern world. Best of all, paddle bassing makes memories you’ll always cherish. v LIFE IN CHENAL

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Spot On When it gets close to the end of May, I frequently get asked the same two questions. Why am I talking about the end of May when we are just getting into March? Because the answer to both questions depends a lot on timing. The first question is about getting rid of dark spots. As the time at the lake or the beach gets closer, people, especially women, realize that they are going to be in places where they won’t be wearing as much makeup. Can I get rid of these spots for them? Although the answer is usually yes, it is actually more complicated than that. Most spots are areas of hyperpigmentation that result from a combination of sun exposure and age. However, it is very important that a qualified provider evaluate any area of concern on your skin before you let someone try to get rid of it. Most of these are benign, but some can be cancer. In addition, certain treatments should not be used on certain skin types, or the result can be worse than the original blemish. Treating the wrong skin type with the incorrect modality can result in scarring or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Always be sure that the person treating you is thoroughly educated in both skin type identification as well as laser platform types. If the person treating you has never heard of skin types or doesn’t know which frequencies can be used on the various types, don’t say you weren’t warned. Some skin care products can lighten certain areas of hyperpigmentation. Be cautious of what is advertised late at night on TV or by many of the over the counter products. Some of the best ingredients for lightening are only found in physician grade products. The second question is how to get rid of that last bit of flab so that swimsuits and bikinis will look good again. Body contouring is the answer, but again, it is not that simple. There are three main types of systems available, and all work in different ways to destroy fat cells. Only two have been shown to have actual lasting effects. The first, fat freezing, is time consuming, has down time, and is somewhat painful. The second, radio frequency, is painless without down time and is usually about half the cost of fat freezing. Radio frequency systems can treat a wider variety of body parts and has been shown to be more effective in the long run. So why is timing important for both of these questions? Most of the best treatment options for removing dark spots cannot be used if you are going to be out in the sun, even using sunscreen. Although some people will treat you, I don’t recommend getting treatment during the summer months. The end of May does not give enough time for the multiple times it usually takes to effectively get rid of these blemishes, so starting earlier (like now) is far better. Similarly, radio frequency, and all other modalities, require a series of treatments to be most effective. Radio frequency on the abdomen, for example, usually takes four to six 45 minute treatments. Starting late in the spring or early summer does not allow enough time to get into the shape that most people want. Even though now is not the time to get out the beach attire and put away the winter coats, it is the perfect time to do a little planning, and you will be happy you did. Here is to a beautiful you! v LIFE IN CHENAL

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MARCH Madness!

BBB Offers Tips So Consumers Can Buy Tickets with Confidence With “March Madness” upon us, college basketball fans across the country are looking for tickets to see their team in the Big Dance. However, consumers should to be smart when searching for and purchasing tickets to ensure they are buying from a trustworthy source. Here are some tips, whether you are looking for tickets for a playoff game or any other event: •

Purchase from the venue. Whenever possible, use the official ticket sales agent for the venue. Many now offer secondary sales options, as well.

Consider your source. Know the difference between a professional ticket broker (a legitimate and accredited reseller), a ticket scalper (an unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller), and a scammer selling fraudulent tickets.

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Association of Ticket Brokers. NATB members offer a 200% purchase guarantee on tickets. Look up the seller on VerifiedTicketSource.com to confirm you are buying from an NATB-member resale company. •

Buy only from trusted vendors. Buy online only from vendors you know and trust. Look for the lock symbol in the web address to indicate a secure purchasing system. Don’t click through from emails or online ads; a common scam trick is to create a web address that is similar to a well-known company.

Know the refund policy. You should only purchase tickets from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction. Sellers should disclose to the purchaser, prior to purchase, the location of the seats represented by the tickets, either orally or by reference to a seating chart; and, if the tickets are not available for immediate access to the


purchaser, disclose when the tickets will ship or be available for pick up. •

Use payment methods that come with protection. Always use a credit card so you have some recourse if the tickets are not as promised. Debit cards, wire transfer or cash transactions are risky; if the tickets are fraudulent, you won’t be able to get your money back.

Be wary of advertisements. When you search the web for online tickets, advertisements for cheap tickets will often appear. Use good judgment; some of these ads are going to be scams, especially if the prices are low.

If you’re unsure, verify your tickets. Pay a visit to the arena where the event will be held. Present your ticket to “Will Call” (customer service) and they can verify if your ticket is legitimate.

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