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  1. For the Love of Birds

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    Adam Leslie Park Interpreter Devil’s Den State Park When you visit the park in the winter you can’t help but notice all of the birds in the park. Winter is a great time to bird watch. The leaves are gone and the birds are left exposed.  On a hike along the Lake Trail you can expect to see Tufted Titmouse, Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-breasted Nuthatches, Eastern Bluebirds, and many other birds. If you drive through the park on any day you are almost guaranteed to see a group of vultures circling above, also known as a venue of vultures. If you are really lucky and know where to look, you can find a Red-shouldered Hawk perched and looking for a meal. If you are interested in birding in the park but don’t know where or how to start then join us on February 13th for a special event entitled “For the Love of Birds.” Devil’s Den State Park will be offering several bird programs for the public starting with a hike at 9:00 a.m. led by Sandy Berger a former Arkansas Audubon Society President who has been birding in Arkansas for 19 years. At 1:00 p.m. there will be program aimed …

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  2. Editor Gets Stuck in the Car Wash

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    “I’m stuck in the car wash and can’t get out”, I yelled out a small crack in my window, hoping someone would hear me.  It was 8:00 a.m. and it was the first day in what seemed like forever that temperatures were going to be in the 40’s. My “usual” car wash on MLK Boulevard in Fayetteville had some kind of thermal-looking curtains blocking the automatic wash bays. That should have been my first clue that maybe it wasn’t warm enough to wash my car yet. As I headed to 71 South, I pulled into a small car wash with only one automatic bay on the corner of 15th Street and south School Street.  A wash was only $2.00; the place was a little old, but I noticed that the bay was quite narrow when I pulled in.  My little Prius often doesn’t get a decent wash in the bays built for SUVs, and as the first soapy spray passed over my car, I remember thinking my car might really get clean here…and for only $2.00. But my car would only receive soap.  The sprayer passed over only once and then it got stuck behind my car spewing soapy water.  I …

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  3. West Of West Fork

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    Rosileemugley@aol.com 839:2534 Hello Everyone:   My sympathies to the families and friends of Bob Combs and Dean Samples of Winslow who both passed away recently. I understand that Bob was still sitting in his truck in his front yard after going to recycle newspapers.  We don’t know when our time to leave this earth is scheduled so make each day count and let your family and friends know you love them. One of our elders, Jennifer Stiles, drove to Batesville for a Presbytery meeting last Friday.  She said the four and half-hour trip took seven hours because of the big truck wreck on I-40. My friend, Vonnie Hill and I drove to Tulsa on Friday.  My son, Michael, had written down explicit directions to the motel and to the Mardel Christian Bookstore where I was to do a Vacation Bible School Presentation the next day.  I drove right to the motel using Michael’s directions.  After checking in, I drove to Mardel’s to make sure I knew how to get there.  On the bottom of Michael’s directions, he had put ‘to get back to motel…….reverse steps.’  I got lost!  I was in the wrong lane and missed my exit and ended …

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  4. Let’s All Get Outside!

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    There you are:  lazing in the recliner, gnawing on a buffalo wing, slurping a Bud, taking in the afternoon game and you hear the dogs go crazy: a car is coming up the drive.  As you drag yourself out of your recliner to go to the door, you peer through the window to see two well-dressed men clutching tracts in their hand.  Man, oh man, it’s the Jehovah’s Witnesses. For an instant, you are tempted to turn off the TV and pretend that no one’s at home, but then you remind yourself, “The JW’s have margin.” You toss the wing back in the bucket, walk over to the door and ask them to come on in as you struggle to recall where you put your King James.  The JW’s have margin. Social scientists call it having a “social margin” when one is allowed a few less-pleasant habits (like interrupting a game) because they are well-known for having many more positive traits.  Like loveable old Grandaddy Bill when he talks about WWII.  Or, nice little old Grandma Gracie when she recalls the Depression. Those people went through something and a little patience with them is in order.  So, you just sigh …

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  5. Magical Evening In-Store at Brentwood Bluegrass

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    March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    40 Years and Still Picking There is a well-kept secret that lies between West Fork and Winslow.  Some people have lived around here their whole lives and never been and others like Jana Eylands, a newcomer to Winslow, have already discovered it.  You can’ find it in your GPS.  Forget about doing a MapQuest. It’s called Brentwood Bluegrass and its location isn’t the only thing that is a little mysterious.  Nobody really knows who is coming to play until they show up on the first and third Saturdays of every month.  But one thing is for certain: Brentwood Bluegrass is a slice of genuine Americana and you’d be hard-pressed to find more toe-tapping bluegrass music on a Saturday night for $3.00. If you go, you’ll soon realize the building is filled with rich history, the bands have wonderful stories and the audience is warm and loyal. Just 1.1 miles past the rest stop on Hwy 71 South between West Fork and Winslow, lies the Brentwood Community Building.  Built in 1927, the building originally served as a 2-room school house until the 1950’s.  Since then, the building has fallen into disrepair, been rescued by a dedicated group of community volunteers and …

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