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• The word nickname evolved from the mispronunciation of the term “ekename.” Dictionaries back to the 14th century define ekename as an “additional” or “little” name. • Many common Anglo-Saxon surnames are actually professions, which is how common people were often identified during the Middle Ages. For example, a cooper was a barrel maker, a fletcher was an arrow maker, a tanner worked with leather, and a miller ground wheat into flour. We’ll let you guess what Mr. Baker, Mr. Carver, Mr. Weaver and Mr. Fisher used to do for a living. • From medieval times onward, one of the most common ways to coin a nickname was to drop the first syllable of a person’s formal first name. Thus, Andrew became Drew, Elizabeth became Beth, Alfred became Fred, and Rebecca became Becca. • Per the 2000 Census, the three most common U.S. surnames were identical to those found in 1990: Smith is #1, followed by Johnson and Williams. The changing face of the American population is readily apparent further down the list, however. In 1990, #8 was Wilson, followed by Moore at #9. Ten years later, those names were knocked out of their slots by Garcia and Rodriguez. • In England as a whole, the three most common last names are Jones, Williams, and Taylor. But limit the search to the Greater London area, and the top three slots are occupied by Brown, Smith, and Patel. The latter name reflects the large number of Indian families who have relocated to the capital. • Until 2008, parents in Sweden had to receive approval from the national government when selecting a legal name for their new baby. Offensive words, culturally inappropriate terms, and some product names were considered taboo. When the law was finally repealed

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last year, two different families celebrated the decision by naming their new bundles of joy Budweiser and Metallica, respectively. (Yes, really.) • The Screen Actors Guild forbids two members to join using the same name. When Michael Keaton first came to Hollywood, he was unable to use his real name. There was already an actor named Michael Douglas, as well as a talk show host who went by Mike Douglas. Annie Hall was a hit film at the time, so he borrowed the last name of lead actress Diane Keaton. Ever since, he’s had to field questions concerning his relation to Diane or silent film star ‘Buster’ Keaton. • Comedian Albert Brooks isn’t the only member of his family who changed his name. His father took a new last name to become radio comedian Harry Parke, and his brother is better known as comic stuntman “Super” Dave Osborne. The last name that appears on each of their birth certificates, however, is Einstein. • What’s the difference between having “Junior” or “II” after your name? Technically speaking, if you are given exactly the same first and middle name as your father, then you are a junior. If you have the same first and middle name as another relative (such as a grandfather or an uncle), and your father has a different name, then

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you would properly add the “II” suffix to the end of your name. And although women tend to refrain from using it in this manner, females having the same first and middle names as their mothers are also classified as “juniors.” • While it’s rarely done today, traditional etiquette dictates that numerical suffixes (III, IV, etc.) evolve as the family grows older. That is, when Aaron Bernard Cook, Jr., passes away, Aaron Bernard Cook III becomes Junior, and any other relatives also named “Aaron Bernard Cook” would move up in rank. This rule does not apply to popes or to members of royal families. • The title before a person’s name is called the “honorific.” Mister, Mistress, Miss, Doctor, Reverend, and Professor are examples of common American honorifics.

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when i was your age...

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pierced his eye with an awl. He immediately lost sight in the eye, and the resultant infection eventually blinded his other eye. Twelve years later, Braille used the same type of tool – an awl – to develop a series of raised dots to represent the alphabet. His work enabled blind people around the world to be able to read. • Four-year-old Ray Kroc visited a phrenologist with his father. The psychic “read” the bumps on young Ray’s head and declared that his future lay in food service. Some 48 years later, he purchased a drive-in hamburger restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. Rumor has it that the McDonald’s chain became something of a success... • Five-year-old Yo-Yo Ma played his first public concert in 1957. The child prodigy had studied the cello for only two years, and his father had restricted his practice sessions to a half hour per day. Yet by the time he stepped on stage in Paris at age five, Ma had memorized three different Bach suites. • Six-year-old Joanne Rowling wrote and illustrated her first tale, Rabbit and His Adventures, in 1970. It told the story of a bunny that was ill with the measles. When Rowling’s mother praised her effort lavishly as good mothers do, young Jo (now known as J.K.) didn’t hesitate for a moment. “Well, are we going to get it published?” she asked. • Seven-year-old George Herman Ruth found himself attending St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a Catholic school for orphans and delinquents. The future Sultan of Swat was no orphan, but his parents worked such long hours that they no longer felt able to take care of him. During the 12 years Ruth spent at St. Mary’s, Brother Matthias took him under his wing and coached him (very well, it turned out) in the sport of baseball. • Eight-year-old Hank Williams was ecstatic to receive his first guitar as a gift from his mother. Hank Sr. had been born with a spinal defect that rendered him unable to participate in the usual outdoor childhood games. His mother hoped that the guitar would keep Hank occupied while she spent most of the day working two jobs to make ends meet. • Nine-year-old Erich Weiss fashioned a trapeze using a rope tied to a tree in his backyard. He formed a circus with some neighborhood kids, billing himself as Erich, the Prince of the Air. Weiss later developed into a professional magician and escape artist and adopted a new stage name: Harry Houdini.


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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. FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY BINGO: 7PM an evening of family fun at VFW Post 8245 in Huntington, AR. Snacks & drinks available at concession stand. Bingo profi ts returned to community in form of student scholarships, aid to local Veterans & families in times of need, donations to local Veterans and community members in need at Christmas, & other miscellaneous community projects. TUESDAYS- Census testing will be on Tuesday’s  at 9, 11, and 1:30 on each day in the Poteau Workforce Office, 106 Rogers Ave.   Supervisor testing will be specified by the Recruiting Assistant.  Any applicant wishing to take the Supervisor test will also have to take the Census Taker (Enumerator) test  & hand carry a copy of their resume &3 references.   Keep in mind that while these jobs are with the US Census Bureau (a Federal Agency), these are temporary assignments (about 5 to 6 months) &  do not have benefits (medical, dental, etc…).  Also, being that they are a Federal Agency, they do hire Veterans preference (bring DD214 and VA Civil Service Preference letter if applicable).  There are several various types of positions available, but the least paying position starts at 10.25 / hour & range up to about 13.75 / hour, with mileage paid at the current federal mileage level (currently .58 ½  cents per mile).  Applicant will need to have valid drivers license, reliable vehicle, &current insurance.  Applicants will have to pass a background check before hiring. If anyone is interested in testing or want

more information (as I’ve told you just about everything I know), please have them call 1-866-861-2010 for additional information or to schedule for a testing date. 1st Thursday each month - Riders For Christ- 7:00 pm at Sugarloaf Christian Fellowship, Monroe, OK. for info call David Archer 479-639-2570 or Marty Davis 918-647-3328. Website: Email: mdavis33@alltell. net Friday night Friday VolleyBall at Christ the King Gym - 1920 S. Greenwood, FortSmith. Fellowship of Christians plays volleyball every Friday night 6:30-10pm. For i nfo call 479420- 7993 or 479-651-2452. 1st Tuesday - Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary of Alma has a regular meeting at 7pm and a potluck dinner at 6pm on Highway 64, between Alma and Van Buren across street from the Kopper Kettle Candy Store.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. 1st Friday each month - Gospel Singing - Crawdad Hole - Mountainburg 6:30pm FREE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 3rd Tuesday -VFW Post 8245, Huntington, Arkansas All veterans of foreign wars are cordially invited to attend. If you are not a member and would be interested in joining, please call Gary Greene @ 479-883-8693, or Lloyd Byrd @ 479-414-1789. 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

Peanut, female, is a small hound mix, approx. 1.5 years & 25 lbs, spayed and ready to play.

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International Adoption …. Children need families through Children’s Hope International, www.ChildrensHope. net. Contact Connie.Bailey@ChildrensHope. net or 479420-6484 for free meeting specifi cs and for adoption information. 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, email, 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. www. 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: m. Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 3900 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith Turn South on to 39th Street 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.ffic light. Enter under West side of overhead walkway) 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.


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JANET MATTHEWS 8511 BELMONT DRIVE ALMA, AR 72921 home:479-632-3785 cell:479-883-8961 • 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. March 5, 2009 - The Department of Music at UA - Fort Smith will present “ECCO! An Eclectic Choral Concert Opportunity!” at 7:30 p.m. at Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 3900 Grand Ave. The free concert will feature the UA Fort Smith Chorale & the Women’s Chorus. Dr. Rager H. Moore II, director, said “ecco” is Italian & can be translated as an expression of “here” or “there” & that the pieces chosen for the concert are “here & there” across the spectrum of choral literature. Included are hymns, spirituals, love songs, children’s songs, philosophical songs & songs of intense sacred devotion. For more information, contact Mooreat 788-7543 or at March 10, 2009 - The fifth annual Battle of the Bands at UA - Fort Smith 7 p.m. in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. Admission FREE to UA Fort Smith students with student I.D. & $2 at door for non-students. Souvenir T-shirts will be sold for $6. Proceeds go to Hannah House, a local residential facility for pregnant & troubled young women. Bands wishing to compete must submit an application to the CAB by 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Battle of the Bands is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board at UA Fort Smith & KISR Radio. A KISR disc jockey will emcee the event. For more information, contact Stephanie London at 788-7697 or theCAB Office at 788-7318. March 21, 2009 - Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny to support a worthy cause. Legacy Health & Rehabilitation’s Photo Fund-raiser starts Sat. March 21st, 10am-2pm. Each child taking photos will receive a Delicious surprise. Spring backgrounds are also available. Photo packages are $20.00 & include 1-8x10, 2-5x7’s & 9 wallets. 40 percent of ALL sales will go to the resident activity fund. L.H.R. is located @ 3310 North 50th Street. For info. contact Telesha McKinney-Activities Director- 479-783-3101.

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