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  1. Hummer Migrations

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    July 30, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Joseph C. Neal Karl Friar lives down in the southern part of Washington County a few miles north of Devil’s Den. He’s always had hummingbirds around his place, but this year he has none. If you live in that area (say Winslow & anywhere from West Fork south) and did have hummers or didn’t have hummers this year, he’d like to hear from you. His phone number is 530-3818, or you can contact him through email: karl@karlfriar.com. I talked with him on the phone but didn’t have any answers for him. There certainly are Ruby-throated Hummingbirds around this year. Wonder of wonders, I’ve even been buzzed by one in my yard, where I have no feeders. Maybe they are attracted to the big, reddish flowers on the trumpet vines that are taking over my yard? Hummingbirds are ALWAYS a lively source of entertainment on the Birds of Arkansas online discussion list. Posts to the list come from throughout Arkansas and even from other states. Some folks, like Karl, have no hummers while others, unlike Karl, can’t make the batches of sugar water fast enough to keep up with the hungry hordes. Sometimes hummer affectionadios are jilted by hummers that …

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  2. Bluegrass at Brentwood, Arkansas

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    July 30, 2010 by wcobserver

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  3. Roller Derby

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    July 30, 2010 by wcobserver

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  4. Accessibility Matters

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    July 28, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Terry Ropp This is part two of Larry’s post accident adventures. He is still using a walker for longer distances but no longer has a handicap sticker for parking. I am pretty much done playing “Nancy Nurse” but still enjoy my role as the tyrant physical therapist, biting sarcasm and all. While Kashmir was here, she took over most of the physical therapy responsibilities including the sarcasm. She loves Larry dearly but at one point, in true Grandmom fashion, harped, “Straighten up. We have no hunchbacks in this family!” Larry just shook his head in dismay while trying to hide a grin. I don’t think he wants another accident if just to avoid our brand of encouragement. Through this experience we have learned a great deal about what handicapped people face, though our experience is in no way equal to what most face. Nonetheless, you or someone you know may profit from what we have learned. Just after the accident I had two rounds of Praxis assessments in Jonesboro. Larry could drive because his right foot was fine, and it made him feel less useless. I really didn’t want him home by himself so off we went. The biggest …

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  5. Beware of Bed Bugs

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    July 28, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy susan@wcobserver.com I’ve never been much of a trend-setter.  Marketers refer to people who are the first to buy or change their behavior  as early adopters.  They’re the first to “go organic”.  They own the first electric cars or the latest I-Pad.  But this week, my family and I find ourselves in a newspaper headline with the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hollister’s at the top of a new trend.  We had bud bugs. Sure we had warning signs, but they were easily explained away.  Itchy little bites on my youngest son; we took him to the doctor twice.  Impetigo, apparently a common skin infection in young kids who scratch a lot, was cleared up with antibiotics, but after a few weeks, more bites.  We blamed them on chiggers.  We live in the country.  There were little tiny dots of blood on the bed sheets.  Bleeding from scratching his “chigger” bites, right?  Apparently, that is one of the tell-tale signs; the rascals poop blood on your sheets.  We even explained away some bugs that were on my older son’s bed at least a full month ago.  They’d hung on the line overnight.  We re-washed them …

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  6. Everybody Invited

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    July 28, 2010 by wcobserver

    Mayor Throgmorton may be right. All the brouhaha she stirred up when she eliminated the Public Forum from the Council Meeting got us thinking.  Maybe she’s on to something here. After all, a citizen only has a couple of minutes to say something in the public forum. There is usually no comment from council members; no dialogue; no questions and answers. The room is terrible for meetings; there are no good seats and the PA system isn’t adequate, if it even works.  The public forum comment goes in the public record, but who reads the minutes?  Maybe there is a better way for citizens to participate in the democratic process.  After all, as people are quick to point out – West Fork is a small town. Let’s have town meetings! (This idea was actually inspired by a conversation with an unnamed council member). The Town Meeting  is unique to small towns and has been used as a method of participatory democracy in America since the 1600s. For those unfamiliar with the concept, participatory democracy it is a process that originated as an ancient Greek ideal of government by the people. It combines elements from both “direct democracy,” where all citizens …

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  7. Greenland Baseball Pics

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    July 28, 2010 by wcobserver

    Pirates  6 & Under Photo by Tish Durham, photosbytish.com Coach: Al Benard, Standing L-R: Joshua, Brady, Christian, Dylan, Kaden, Maddox, Ty Greenland Pirates  5 & Under Photo by Tish Durham, photosbytish.com Standing: Coach Selvey, Standing L-R: Jakob, Daniel, Jonathan, Jordan, Kade, Creed, Kneeling L-R: Parker, Jadyn, Jackson, J.R., Zach

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