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  1. Winslow Council Knocks Out Packed Agenda

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    March 30, 2010 by wcobserver

    The Winslow City Council met at 7 p.m. Monday night for their regular monthly meeting at City Hall. Present were: Randy Jarnagan, Mayor; Mary Bromley, Recorder; Council members Barbara Ashbaugh, Velma Duncan, Marsha Cooley and Leta McGuire. Council members Dan Clark and Diane Rickman were absent. The council covered numerous old and new agenda items smoothly. Mayor Jarnagan updated the council on the progress of several ongoing city projects. Improvements to Peek Park rock flower beds is moving forward and should be ready by planting time. The project is part of improvements being made by the Winslow Community Development Commission (WCDC) which include a concrete or brick walk, planters, an electric outlet and a small multi-purpose stage. Information about the two state parks would be available at the site. The Old School Building plumbing and electrical repairs have been made as well as the renovation of space in city hall. The Old School Bell is being mounted on a cherry wood frame and should be finished soon. The bell was used at the school from the mid 30’ to mid 60’s. Council members took turns ringing it a hundred times at the Centennial Celebration. It has been stolen a couple …

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  2. Some Thoughts About Cedar Birds

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    Please give me a quick answer to the following: What small bird goes around in tight flocks of say 25 or 50 individuals? Makes a pleasant, high-pitched call in flight

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  3. Bad Things Can Happen to Your Computer Part 3

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Wes Eckles, Jr. In Part 2 of this series I discussed what to look for when selecting an anti-virus or malware detection-and-destroy software. Emphasized was the importance of keeping programs or apps up to date. Let’s look at the types of malware protection software. Stand-alone antivirus apps focus on blocking malicious software, without loading up on the extras that come with a suite. You typically won’t find–or have to pay for–parental controls, system tuners, firewalls, or other options. That frees you to mix and match your own suite of apps, or even just stick with an on-its-own antivirus program and the built-in Windows firewall. For example, Norton AntiVirus protects against the various forms of malware, but has no firewall, pushing protection, or parental controls. Suites or All-in-One Security usually include an anti-malware program and a firewall, plus other features such as protection against pushing and scams, spam filtering, parental controls, and Website filtering. Some suites also bundle system tune-up tools. Prices typically run about $50 to $70 for a one-year, one-PC subscription. Do You Need a Suite? The short answer is no. Many PC users protect their computers with different combinations of security products–but this does take some extra …

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  4. No Off Season For The Band

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    Omar Taweel With the Super Bowl fresh on our minds the premier event in the world of football is complete.  It isn’t hard for diehard football fans to reflect on the season that has just ended.  With the continuing threat of snow and the scourge of black ice all around us, the true football fan longs for summer days and the beginning of football season.  Throughout the the months of September – November it isn’t hard to find a high school football game being played somewhere across our great land.  Look for the lights and follow the mascot tracks to the school, pay your admission and your ready for some football!  Before we go on, let’s reflect on the memories we have made… Who can forget that special feeling whenever the band plays the Fight Song for the first time…the smell of fresh cut grass…the heat and humidity of the day giving way to a gorgeous sunset and moonrise…the cheerleaders…the sounds of helmets and shoulder pads crashing…the girls…the boys…the crowd at the first pep-rally…the games…the trips…the playoffs…the entire environment provides a relief to the true high school football fan that has been building in anticipation since the final gun sounded …

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  5. The Itchy Pet: Fleas or Allergies?

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    Dr. Linda Ford The itchy pet can be a touchy subject.  Over the years dogs and cats have gone from being outdoor ornaments, guard animals, herding dogs and mouse traps to indoor sleeping partners, baby sitters and general companions. Today, many consider them to be family members. Many of you may be, like me, old enough to remember Fido hanging out in the yard, full of ticks and fleas, and noticing only an occasional scratch behind the ear before he rolled back over and continued his nap.  Now days, Fefe is in the house, on the lap, in the bed, maybe one or two fleas and scratching like crazy. There is a theory out there, kind of like the one where kids have more allergies because they stay inside more and aren’t exposed to the natural environment like we were as kids. I’ve heard that if a dog or cat does not come into contact with fleas as a puppy or kitten that they are more likely to develop “flea allergy”. I don’t really see anything that comes close to proving that theory.  Maybe we just didn’t notice those animals scratching as much when they were outside all the time. …

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  6. West Fork City Council Moves on Proposed No-Smoking Ordinance

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    Members Also Vote to Annex Property and Update City Codes (KINCAID) West Fork parks director Stephen Sprick requested a no-smoking ordinance be enacted for city parks during the March 9 city council meeting. “It will take more than signs,”  Sprick said. “There should be a fine to it, in writing.” Council member Jami Coker asked Sprick who would enforce it. “I can call officers after a warning,”  Sprick said. West Fork already has an ordinance that bans smoking in city buildings, which includes park pavilions, restrooms and concession stands. Coker said Sprick should talk to the parks committee to gather ideas and get it started. All council members voted in favor of pursuing a draft of the ordinance. The council then passed three ordinances unanimously, one which addressed outdated fees for building permits. “They definitely need to be updated,” city manager Michael “Butch” Bartholomew said. “We’ve got to cover the city’s cost.” New fees for building permits are $40 for the first $2,000 of the estimated project cost and $1 for each additional thousand. The additional ordinances approved were for the annexation of property on Bullard Road and for updates in standard inspection and building codes. In other business: Bartholomew …

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  7. Summers in Winslow with Grammie

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    The Observer History Project encourages readers to submit original articles of historical interest about the Seventy-one South portion of Washington County.  We print some of them and save them all. As a community newspaper, we understand our role is also as community historian.In issue #1 we published Beverly Stout’s article about the Brentwood Cemetery. In issue #2 we printed a letter from Mary Kobiella, former owner of Kobie’s Cakes & Bakery in West Fork. Issue #3 included an article previously published in the West Fork Zephyr by Susan McCarthy about the house on the corner of Main and McKnight built by Jacob Yoes. The house was razed last year after years of controversy. West Fork resident Milton Jones’ “Vignettes from the Past” gave us a glimpse of growing up in rural Arkansas in the ‘40s. It was included in issue #4. This week we look at some memories of Winslow provided by Linda Rickman Dysart who wrote a charming memoir recounting her time as a young girl visiting “Grammie”, (Hazel and Lilburn Center) in Winslow in the 1950’s. Here is an excerpt: “…Maybe a place to start is recalling a summer Saturday with Grammie. The early morning sounds, as I …

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