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  1. Local Electrician Teams Up to take Homeowners Off the Grid

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    May 26, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Nick DeMoss The work of one West Fork electrician could mean big energy savings for Northwest Arkansas residents in the near future, and eventually could have an impact on the nation’s demands for carbon-based fuels. Jack Besser, of Besser Electric in West Fork, has been working alongside Stephan Pollard, Ph.D., of Trem|Wel Energy and Jimis Damet of Rocky Grove Sun Company to develop more clean energy options for Arkansas, where ideas such as wind energy have been slow to catch on. Trying to show people the advantages of wind energy is something Besser said he has been working on since the late 1970s. At that time, however, the technology was too expensive and cumbersome to make it appealing to the general public, he said. But all that has changed. Today, Besser works on do-it-yourself wind generator kits. He is about to install a kit named “Blue Moon” that produces 1,000 watts of electricity. That energy would go partially to powering a hot water heater, one of the most energy-sapping appliances in the home, Besser said. The energy would be completely provided by the wind, with no need to connect to the region’s power grid. Excess energy would be sent …

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  2. Fins and Tales:Fishing Never Better

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    May 26, 2010 by wcobserver

    Fins and Tales By Blake Tedford Spring fishing here in Northwest Arkansas has never been better. Many anglers are reporting catches higher than and bigger than ever before. Since winter was so long it’s nice to see fewer cold fronts and warming temperatures. As the post-spawn season arrives, May is a good time to pattern fish. Mike at Hook Line and Sinker suggests using soft plastics to catch bass at Beaver Lake Texas or Carolina rigged style to get to the bottom. He also said that crappie has slowed down at Beaver but they’re still hitting minnows near timber and brush. Paula King at Prairie Grove Lake said to use crickets and worms for bluegill. Bluegill fishing is excellent at Prairie Grove Lake. Bass are being caught on small plastic worms rigged Texas style. My dad and I went fishing and we were catching them on a Wave Worm Tiki Stick, a sort of sinko-type bait weightless. We also caught a few on watermelon chartreuse lizards. If you’re fishing Beaver or Table Rock, the last of the spawners can be caught on the main lake points and slightly deeper structure-like points, creek channels, or ledges. They will be staging on …

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  3. Winslow Council Member Dies in Crash

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    May 26, 2010 by wcobserver

    Mother of  Two Arrested By Susan McCarthy  Winslow-A City Council Member and long-time business owner in Winslow was killed Sunday night in a motorcycle accident north of Winslow on Hwy 71. Don Clark, 62, was travelling south on Hwy 71 just after 7 pm on May 23 when a 1977 GMC van driven by Grace Doss made a left turn in front of Clark’s motorcycle, causing him to crash into the passenger side of her van.  Clark was airlifted to Washington Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:36 pm.  Clark was wearing a helmet. Doss, 21, and her two daughters, ages 1 and 2, were also transported by ambulance to Washington Regional and were treated and released.  Doss, of 1687 South US 71 in Winslow, was arrested by Arkansas State Police and charged with negligent homicide, failure to yield, no drivers license and no proof of insurance.  She is out of jail on a $1977.50 bond. Negligent homicide is defined as negligently operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing the death of another person.  Both Arkansas State Police and the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said the investigation is ongoing and declined to provide details about the …

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  4. Winslow:The jewel of Washington County

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    May 26, 2010 by wcobserver

     By Jean Collins The Winslow Farmers’ Market is open for business, nine to noon on Saturdays in downtown Winslow at the train pavilion.  I hear that earlier is better than later to get the cream of the crop.  New vendors are welcome.  There is no charge for a space and there are very few regulations.  In fact, I only know of one regulation and that is actually more of a guideline, i.e., the fruit and vegetables should be home-grown.  And we hope folks will understand that it is a farmers’ market and not a yard sale. We pride ourselves on having no rules, no bylaws, no officers, no meetings, no dues, no fees; this lack of organization has worked beautifully for the last six years. There are lots of friendly people to visit with and the Mercantile across the street is open serving regular coffee, some designer brews, and doughnuts—all delicious. On the first Saturday of every month is recycling day and also the monthly bake sale to benefit the Winslow Public Library. So join us for an old-fashioned market and a chance to catch up on what’s happening in our little corner of the world. I remember when we …

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  5. Pennies From Heaven

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    May 26, 2010 by wcobserver

    by Alison Grisham Bill Seymour, a Vietnam veteran and volunteer at The Ozark Military Museum in Greenland, points to an Army helicopter as he recounts a story about his friend, pilot, Kenny Messenger.  In 1967, Messenger packed his military-issued duffel to head home.  It was his last day of a two-year tour in Vietnam and he had logged over 2000 combat hours. Seymour conveys the details with uncanny recall. “Two thousand combat hours is unheard of,” he says shaking his head in admiration.  Friends since flying school in Amityville, NY, Seymour refers to Messenger as a “’slick pilot’… and one of the best you’d ever want to know.”  As he continues talking, it’s hard to believe that Seymour is remembering events that occurred over 40 years ago. The Ozark Military Museum, where Seymour shares his story, opened in 1982 as The NWA WWII Museum.  Started by a handful of veterans, the first project took place in Springdale, with the restoration of a Beach-18 twin-engine aircraft named the Canadian Queen.  The retired gem, emblazoned with a pin-up girl on the nose, can still be found today at the Museum’s current location in Greenland. What won’t be found is the former WWII …

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  6. Committee wants Nepotism Policy

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    May 24, 2010 by wcobserver

    Committee wants Nepotism Policy May 20, 2010 By Steve Winkler Nepotism, technology and city vehicles  were the main topics of concern for the Finance/Personnel Committee.   The mayor pointed out that there is no clause in the personnel handbook regarding family members working in the some department.  The work of the committee, she said is to make recommendations to the city council via the city attorney for changes in the handbook. The personnel handbook is created by city ordinance. Brian Bowerman got more specific, noting that police Sergeant John Nelson reports to his father, Chief Mike Nelson and suggested looking at the definition of “immediate family” in the hand book.  All seemed to agree that nieces and nephews should be in included in the definition of “immediate family.” Bowerman commented that a nepotism clause would “protect the city.”Charlie Rossetti agreed on the need for a clause and asked what other cities are doing.  Kristie Drymon said she is waiting for a response to that question directed earlier to the Arkansas Municipal League.  She added that there is also a need to develop a policy on technology which includes computer use, long distance calling, email, internet and removal of city electronic property.  …

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  7. Alternatives to Statue

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    May 24, 2010 by wcobserver

    Alternatives to Statue May 6, 2010 To the Editor, As a reader of the Observer, I’ve been following with interest the ongoing flap and controversy about the proposed angel sculpture for Riverside Park.  The park boasts a coherent and fitting rustic, balanced design that’s in perfect harmony with its lovely setting, and I fear that a marble angel might introduce a rather jarring element that doesn’t quite belong—a puzzling non sequitur that seems to have washed down from upstream church yard or cemetery. To avoid this conflict and to more represent the unique state of City affairs, I believe a more fitting work of public art might be a sculpture depicting a cop chasing three City Council members down the park’s footpath.  Or perhaps a group of smokers hanging out in the parking lot. But if the Mayor insists on an angel, you might consider an angel in a bathing suit and whistle, with water wings instead of the usual feathers.  Or as an alternative to an angel, how about a statue of that icon of peace and serenity, the Buddha, seated by the water’s edge in lotus position, holding a cane fishing  pole.  Or better still, why not commission …

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