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misunderstood as the plural for the word dawn, which was translated into Old High German as eostarum, and later became Easter in English. • Another theory, that of Benedictine monk Bede, suggested that the word ‘easter’ comes from the Old English word Eostre, which dates as far back as the 8th century. • Eostre, Eastre, Ostara, Eostur, etc. all refer to the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, who was celebrated at the spring Equinox. The name probably derives from the word and direction East, which suggests that she might have also been the goddess of dawn. • On Western calendars, Easter always falls on a Sunday within a 35-day period between March 22nd and April 25th. • An old wives’ tale says that burying an egg in the garden will protect against lightning, hail and weevils. • Red eggs are used in Eastern Christianity to symbolize the blood of Christ. Tradition says Mary Magdalene visited Tiberius of Rome to tell him Christ had risen – and to symbolize this, she gave him an egg. Tiberius replied that Christ had no more risen than the egg was red – and, according to tradition, the egg immediately turned red in testimony. • One of the earliest references to the celebration of the Christian Easter was in the mid-second century. Even then, it was listed as an already well-established holiday. • In Eastern Christianity, dairy products are prohibited during Lent. Eggs are considered a part of this food group, so another symbol of the use of eggs at Easter is the return of eggs to the daily diet of Easter Christians. • The Spanish dish hornazo is traditionally eaten on or around Easter and contains hard-boiled eggs as a main ingredient. • In ancient times, the cross was a symbol of the four elements or directions. Crosses that run diagonally, like an X, are called a saltire. (continued on page 4) Laura Waltman

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• The Easter Egg Roll (not the food) is an annual White House tradition that dates back to President Rutherford B. Hayes, when he opened the White House Lawn to Easter egg rolling in 1878. • The cracking together of two Easter eggs is said to symbolize the cracking of the tomb in the resurrection of Christ. • The Easter bunny, or Oschter Haws, first came to America on the lips of German immigrants in the 18th century. • The use of a bunny or rabbit as a symbol of Easter is said to have originated in Germany around the 1500s. • Modern egg decorating is said to have originated from ancient Persia and the festival Nowruz, which celebrates the spring equinox. One Nowruz tradition involves the painting of eggs. This holiday also marks the first day of the Iranian New Year. • One fun Easter game is the tapping of eggs. Players take turns tapping their eggs against the egg of another player. The last player with an intact egg wins. • In some cultures, colored eggs are said to represent the return of spring because their bright colors represent the sun or the Northern lights.

• In some parts of the world, it is customary to prepare baked goods in the shape of a lamb at Easter. The lamb is both an ancient pagan and a Christian symbol for spring and Easter. It represents the newness of life and spring, and it also represents the “Lamb of God.” • The century egg is a Chinese delicacy. While they aren’t literally one hundred years old, the eggs are cured and preserved over the course of several weeks. • You can’t think of an egg without Fabergé eggs coming to mind. A true fabergé egg is one of the sixtynine jeweled eggs created by Carl Fabergé and his assistants around the turn of the 20th century. (continued on page 12)

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Can you tell me what the tree is that’s blooming now all along the roadsides? It has white blossoms similar to the pear tree and it blooms around the same time, before dogwoods. I call it the ‘popcorn’ tree because that’s what it reminds me of, but I would really like to know its true name. Is it a variety of wild pear? The white flowering trees that are clustered all over the roadways right now are seedling, escaped Callery pears—the parent of our Bradford and other ornamental pears. They have started taking over in many areas of the state, and while they are pretty in bloom and with fall color, they are becoming quite invasive. All of the ornamental pears are from the Pyrus calleryana plant, but are different selections, such as P. calleryana ‘Bradford’, or ‘Capital’ or ‘Aristocrat’. The seeds from these trees don’t bear true and thus the seedlings that are spreading. The ‘Popcorn’ tree is actually another tree that is invasive in south Arkansas—the Chinese tallow tree that bears seeds that look like popcorn in the fall. I live in Bella Vista. I have a rose bush that I am having trouble with. It is about 3 years old and has beautiful blooms but I never end up with foliage. I start spraying when the foliage starts to show (such as now). At the nursery they sold me Ortho Rose Pride Funginex, I spray once a week. The leaves still turn yellow and then drop off. When I spray I pick off any leaves that have started to turn yellow. No luck, I end up with blooms and stems, nothing else. I think they called it a bush rose, bloom all summer, just what I wanted on my berm. Please help, the leaves has started to show. “Before the leaves turn yellow do they develop black spots? That is the most common disease of roses--black spot. It does start early and can defoliate the plant, however weekly sprays should be preventing it. If the leaves are yellowing and no black spots, I am wondering if you are possibly over-spraying and burning the foliage. There are several products you can also try. Daconil, funginex, immunox are all weekly fungicide sprays, but Bayer Advanced All in one rose care can be used every three weeks. Be sure you mix any product according to the label directions, keep up with watering and fertilization and let me know how things go.


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Israel (cont. from page 6): • Hebrews were called the “tribes of the people of Israel” from 1200 – 1020 B.C. • After King Solomon’s death in 922 B.C., Israel was split into two kingdoms. The south became Judah and the north became Israel. • However, Judah became known as Israel after the northern kingdom was conquered by the King of Assyria in 721 B.C. • Pompey conquered Jerusalem in 63 B.C., making it part of the Roman Empire. In 66 A.D., the Jews broke free of Rome and named their new kingdom, you guessed it, Israel. However, the revolt was defeated and Israel remained under Roman rule. • Musician Gene Simmons and Actress Natalie Portman were both born in Israel, Haifa and Jerusalem respectively. Portman’s real last name is Hershlag and Simmons was born Chaim Witz. • Israel became part of the Ottoman Empire in the 1500s, remaining so until the 1900s, and was part of the province of Syria. The area was named Palestine when the British took control in 1917. • The highest temperature recorded in Asia, 129.0 °F (53.9 °C), was recorded in Tirat Tsiv, Israel in 1942. • In Israel, high school is only three years long and begins at the 10th grade. • Israel, when referring to Jacob, is mentioned in the Christian Bible, the Jewish Torah and the Muslim Qu’ran. Israel is translated as Yisreal in Hebrew and Isra’il in Arabic.

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Mother Earth’s Community Garden, downtown Fort Smith at the corner of North 9th & D Streets is open for gardening. There are few garden plots available if anyone is interested. Your only cost is what you do with you individual bed. We show free movies, have all kinds of cook-outs. We are one big family. If this is something you think you would be interested in, you can preview thegarden at April - October - Greenwood Farmers Market - Friday Mornings 7 to 10 am & Saturday Mornings 7 til Noon. For Inforomation contact Doug Kinslow 479-996-2742 NEED HELP? Arkansas residents can find services such as food & clothing banks, physical & mental health resources. Also info on Medicaid, Medicare, ARKids First, finding a job, transportation assistance, support for elderly & disabled as well as children, youth & family services. Dial 2-1-1 on your phone or visit their website <http://www.arkansas>. This is a joint operation of the Public Service Commission & United Way. 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month. Mother’s of Preschoolers meets from 9:30-11:30 am at Grand Ave. Baptist Church, 3900 Grand Ave. Fort Smith, to enjoy fun, food, and fellowship with women of similar goals and challenges of being a great mom. Childcare is provided. For more information call 479926-0880. 2nd Wednesday, 11:30am - PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORKING group meets at Furr’s Buffet, 5707 Rogers, Ft. Smith, RSVP. For additional information contact Meredith Milam, 479.629.5747 or pwnfortsmith@cox. net Saturdays - “The Way” Recovery Group, 5pm. at Calvary Baptist Church, 2301 Midland Blvd., Ft. Smith. A 12 step meeting for those suffering or recovering from drug/alcohol addiction. This meeting approved by Sebastian County Drug Court. (479) 782-9554 or Tues & Thurs - Adult Education - 2 week session meets Tues & Thurs. Sessions restart every 3rd week - FREE COMPUTER CLASS - Fun! Begins at the beginning, learn only what you need to know to enjoy computer internet, e-mail, documents. Small classes, relaxed, stress free, 1 on 1 help. Crawford County Adult Education Center, 605 Alma Blvd. Circle, Van Buren. For Info. call 479-471-0070 EVERY FRIDAY - Story Time at Mountainburg Public Library - 9:30am 1300 Hwy. 71 North. 479-369-1600. NOW - April 15, 2009 FREE Tax Preparation and Electronic Filing of

Federal, Arkansas and Oklahoma Income Tax Returns. Tax assistance is available at VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites: Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 3900 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith RSVP Center , 401 North 13th Street, Ft. Smith (Corner of Grand Avenue and 13th, red rock building) Monday, Wednesday , Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.- 3 p. m. Monday and Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Lavaca City Library, 104 South Davis Street, Lavaca Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.Please bring the following with you: • Social Security cards for you, your spouse, and any dependents. • Proof of identification for yourself (driver’s license or military ID). • W-2 and/or 1099’s. from each employer. • A copy of last year’s tax return (if available). • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (bring a check). • SSA-1099 form if you were paid Social Security benefits. • All 1099 forms showing interest and/or dividends. • Unemployment compensation statements. • Information for other income (if any). • If itemizing-information (receipts, cancelled checks) for all deductions/ credits (if any). • Dependent care (day care) provider information. Call 782-2525 for additional information or for assistance for home bound. April 1-17, 2009 Celebrate Books and Reading, Windsor Branch of the Fort Smith Public Library, 4701 Windsor Dr. , Fort Smith , AR 72904 all hours the library is open Free. Celebrate books & reading this April. Do you know a teen reader? Be sure to stop by the branch between now & April 16th to nominate a special teen reader. On Teen Literature Day, Thursday April 16th, a student reader will be honored & awarded a prize. All library customers will also have a chance to win a prize with every book they check out; there will be separate drawings for adults/teens & kids on Friday, April 17th. For Info. Contact Pat Wanslow or 785-0405 April 4, 2009 A student organization at UA- Fort Smith is hosting a performance of the Inspirational Singers, an internationally known gospel choir from the UA-Fayetteville at7 p.m. in Breedlove Auditorium at UA Fort Smith. FREE & open to the public. The concert is sponsored by S.T.E.P. (Students Together Effectively Progressing). The choir began in1977 as a way for black students to express themselves through song. Today, the group includes students from various backgrounds & cultures who want to embrace the black sacred music tradition. Dr. Eddie Jones is its current director. For more information, contact Dr. Leroy Cox, at788-7768. April 6,7,& 8 , 2009 - SPRING BOOK SALE on the patio in front of Boreham Library at UA- Fort Smith from 7:30a.m. until 5 p.m. Included in the sale are fiction & non-fiction books, audio-visual materials, periodicals & magazines. The three-day event is open to the public. For more information, contact library technician Dianne Werthmuller at 788-7200.April 18, 2009 - Battle of Fayetteville Re-Enactment, Headquarters House, 1888 E Dickson Street


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Fayetteville. Living history actors in costume re-enact the battle. For information call 501-521-2020 April 7, 2009 - Relay for Life 2009 Team Captain Meeting 5:30 pm at the Cancer Support Home located behind Creekmore Park. Visit the website at April 9, 2009 - Nebraska poet and Pulitzer Prize-winner Ted Kooser, a two-time U.S. Poet Laureate, will speak in Van Buren & Fort Smith on April 9. Kooser’s first appearance will be at 1 p.m. April 9 at the Van Buren School District’s Fine Arts Center, where he will speak & sign books. He will also speak at 5:30 p.m. at Breedlove Auditorium at UA- Fort Smith,with a book signing to follow. A question-and-answer period will conclude each appearance. FREE and open to the public. This has been a joint effort of UA Fort Smith, Friends of the Van Buren Public Library, the Van Buren School District Education Foundation the Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center. Books will be for sale at each local event, however, those attending may bring their own copies for the book signing times. For more information contact Jennifer Jennings-Davis, a member of the Friends of the Van Buren Public Library, at 479-462-4357. April 9, 2009 That Thursday Night Thing featuring the poetry of Carla Ramer & her Poetry Class Fort Smith Public Library - Miller Branch Library, 8701 S. 28 St., Fort Smith , AR 72908 7 P.M.Free The Miller Branch library will host poet Carla Ramer as part of the popular That Thursday Night Thing series. In addition, the program will feature the poetry of Carla’s March poetry class that was held at the Miller Branch Library. Carla’s poetry has been published in numerous poetry journals. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Cedar Song,” a program spotlighting writers living in the American Southwest. She has spoken about poetry in New Mexico public schools, as well as to students at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith . She has been a featured poet of the Ozarks Poets and Writers Collective in Fayetteville , Arkansas . Refreshments will be served at this program celebrating National Poetry Month.For info:Contact #: Anita Paddock – or 646-3945 April 14, 2009 A “Chamber Ensembles Concert” will be held at 6 p.m. April 14 in Breedlove Auditorium at UA - Fort Smith. The concert will feature the UA Fort Smith Percussion Ensemble; the UA Fort Smith Wind Ensemble, & the UA Fort Smith Brass Ensemble. The concert, is FREE & open to the public, will range from classical to modern chamber music. For more information, contact the Music Department at 479-788-7543. April 14, 2009 - “International Festival 2009: A Walk through Our World” will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. at Stubblefield Center at UA-Fort Smith. Twenty-four countries will be represented with booths & snacks. Performers include singers, musicians & dancers. Adult Tickets are $8 & $5 for students Available in advance at the UA Fort Smith Box Office, located in the SmithPendergraft Campus Center. Cash & checks accepted for payment. The first 100 UA Fort Smith students with an ID will also receive a festival T-shirt.

home:479-632-3785 cell:479-883-8961 Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event. For more information, contact Suzuki 788-7166 or email globalstudies@uafortsmith. edu. April 16, 2009 - A forgotten cemetery on the east edge of Van Buren is the focus of a talk at UA - Fort Smith. Clay Garretson will speak on “Haney-Greig-Watts: Three names -- One Journey to Certification.”at 7 p.m. in room 115 of the Echols Building at UA Fort Smith & is for a meeting of the Ark-Homa Chapter of the Arkansas ArcheologicalSociety & the Oklahoma Anthropological Society. The meeting is free & open to the public. Garretson’s talk deals with his work to clean, record & map the cemetery, which is located at Industrial Park Rd. & Mays Branch Rd. in Van Buren. He will also talk about the training program of the Arkansas Archeological Society. The Fort Smith talk is hosted by the Arkansas Archeological Survey research station located at UA Fort Smith. For more information, contact Tim Mulvihill, research station archeologist at UAFort Smith, at 788-7812 or at April 18, 2009 UA Fort Smith’s Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, will collaborate with Music Fort Smith, a local non-profit organization, to host “Spring BEAT” from 1-10 p.m. at Music Fort Smith, a stage & field located at corner of N. 4th & D streets in Fort Smith. It will feature the rock beats of local bands Barefoot Brigade & The Trees. In addition, select guests will read literary selections of Beat poetry, including Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” Speakers will tie in Earth Day by talking about the environment & explaining the greenhouse, gardens & animals in the neighborhood of Music Fort Smith. Individuals who want to display art, speak or play at the open mic should register with Jacqulyn West, chapter secretary, at or 479-357-9369. April 24, 2009 - Relay for Life 2009 - 6pm - 6am UA Fort Smith. For more information contact Meredith Milam at or call 479-4710203 or 479-629-5747 May 8, 2009 - Poker Night hosted by The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterens of Foreign Wars post 8845 Fort Smith AR Friday May 8, 2009. Registration starts at 6:00pm and tournament starts at 7:00pm. Food will start at 5:00pm with cost being $3.00 per person. Buy in for the tournament will be $20.00. May 9, 2009 - Civil War Re-enactment, Mt. Ida Courthouse Square. Costumed Actors portray the muster of the 4th Arkansas Infantry Company F in 1861. For information call 870-867-2723 May 22 - November 22 - South Logan County Farmer’s Market - 7 am -noon Wednesday & Saturday. Veteran’s Park Highway 10 east, Booneville, Ar. For information about joining the South Logan County Farmer’s Market as a vendor, call 479-675-2666.

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