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  1. Sky’s the Limit at Sky-Vue Lodge

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    July 12, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy This weekend’s break in the heat and Ozark Folkways “First Friday” reception was inspiration enough for us to head to Mt. Gaylor for a picnic.  I italicized picnic because we headed to Mt. Gaylor with only a tablecloth and some watermelon.  But we left West Fork with a plan; we were intent on sampling the carry-out pizza at Sky-Vue Lodge. I felt the stress of the week melt away as we traveled 12 miles from West Fork along scenic Hwy.  The road winds past the turn-off for Winslow and up the hill that tops-out on Mt. Gaylor and certainly is the reason that so many call this road “scenic”. Glenn and Janice Jorgenson have owned and operated Sky-Vue Lodge, a bed and breakfast since 1994.  Ironically, the couple has connections to the Sky-Vue’s long-time owner Colonel Buttolph; Janice’s brother is married to a Buttolph family member.  But on Friday and Saturday nights, the couple also cranks out pizza for the south part of Washington County. We arrived at about 6 p.m. and quickly realized that all of the seasoned pizza orderers had called their order in ahead of time; a good tip for our next visit! “I …

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  2. School Begins for New Superintendent

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    July 12, 2010 by wcobserver

    Greenland- There hasn’t been a fall since the start of elementary school that Dr. Charles Cudney, now 56, hasn’t gone to school. This fall will be no exception as Cudney begins his new job as Greenland School District’s new superintendent.

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  3. Chester Cafe

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    July 12, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Steve “Fats” Winkler My Friday night dining companion and I felt adventurous so instead of heading north to Fayetteville for our customary pizza and coke (wine for my companion) we headed south, over Mt. Gaylor to the charming village of Chester, home of the Chester Cafe.  Many may know Chester only as an exit off I540 or U.S.71. You have to get off the Big Road for about a mile but the detour is well worth it. Chester is a third the size of Winslow but the three block row of antique buildings that make up the downtown was vibrating with activity. The Chester Café is on Front Street between the Mercantile (with gas pumps at the sidewalk) and a church where a revival was in session. We parked and went in.  It was love at first sight. The sound of clanging dishes and chattering patrons is always a good sign.  Plus, I have a fondness for an eatery with a home grown atmosphere.  One of the aproned ladies hustling around pointed us to a booth. The cook was visible through the large pass-through window; walls are adorned with old photos of local people. One wall is dedicated to …

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  4. “Finding Miss Muxen”

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    July 11, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Rebecca Buchanan director@folkways.arcoxmail.com The envelope was well sealed and the address, written in the shaky handwriting of Fr. Preske of Horseshoe Bend Arkansas, was scrawled across the envelope in what was once, I’m certain, beautiful script. Inside the envelope was another envelope dated June 16, returned to sender.  It was wonderful luck or perhaps destiny, that Fr. Preske had written a legible return address on the first attempt to send Miss Muxen home, otherwise the only known photograph that exists of her might have been lost in the mail before it could ever get her back home to this mountain. Fr. Preske holds one of the keys to our past: a key that fits into the door that leads us back into our “Craft School of the Ozarks” days.  He is the only living person that I know of who knew and had a friendship with our founder, Miss Clara Muxen.  They had an ongoing pastoral relationship for 8 years.  Fr. Preske served as her priest at Our Lady, Virgin of the Smile Shrine from 1959 until Miss Muxen past away in 1966. He is also the only person we have found that has a picture of Miss Muxen. …

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  5. Utilities for Maintaining Your PC

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    July 11, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Wes Eckles Jr. Do you wait months or years before doing maintenance of your car or truck, i.e. change the oil, rotate the tires, check the engine fluids, etc.? You better not if you want dependable transportation. Likewise, your PC requires regular  maintenance to stay in shape. PC System Utilities Software will do the job for you. Here are some reasons you need to use these utilities: 1. You may not maintain your PC if you think it’s too hard or don’t know how to start. 2. The utilities are easy to use for beginners. 3. Utilities can be scheduled to automatically do regular maintenance. 4. Boost speed without adding new hardware. 5. Customizing Windows setting are easier. 6. Lessen the chance of  messing up your PC. How do you select a good PC System Maintenance Utility? 1. Go on the internet and search for reviews of the utilities. How does the best compare to other selections? The one you select should be rated highly for ease of installation, setup and use. There should be adequate built in Help as well as on line internet help.  Like a medical doctor, the utility should do no harm to your computer. …

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  6. From Every Mountain Side, Let Freedom Ring

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    July 11, 2010 by wcobserver

    by Alison Grisham The Fourth of July is a time for sparklers and celebration; for the music of John Phillip Sousa, patriotism and the waving of American Flags.   It is a time to eat watermelon, attend parades and put cold drinks on ice.  Friends and family gather in back yards, on lakes and on rooftops bedecked in red, white and blue.  Children play with pinwheels and families watch fireworks light up the night sky.  In short, we celebrate America by displaying and enjoying the best of her. But on this day of our nation’s birth, the Day of our Independence, it’s worth reflecting on the bravery and determination of those who achieved it. The colonists that paved the way for our independence were not seasoned soldiers.  They were ordinary men and women like us.  They were families who survived by their own wits and whether they lived or died depended on perseverance and sheer will.  In a time when people hunted for survival and sewed for warmth, in a time that demanded stout-hearted resolve just to endure, ordinary people found the courage to rise up together and fight for autonomy and self-governance. They fought for the right to be …

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  7. Wedding Ring “Flings”

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    July 11, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy, Publisher Last week, our photographer, Brooke McNeely got married to a great guy, Larry Galligan.  We’ll have more details on the wedding, soon, but the event started a discussion about wedding bands and how there is an adjustment period for a new husband to get used to wearing one. On Tuesday, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  Our rings are not as shiny as they once were, but we can report that we both still have our original wedding bands.  My husband has “bragging rights” on this subject, because many husbands cannot produce their original wedding band.  Things happen.  My Dad lost his wedding band in Tahiti on a business trip and replaced it without anyone knowing until years later when my brother was getting married and asked my Dad if he could have his ring.  It’s a good thing my brother didn’t take the ring; he ground-up his wedding band in the garbage disposal while washing dishes.  Ask any husband and most have a ring story, my husband included. He’s lost his ring, too, quite a few times.  As I was writing this, he laughed and said, “All I know is it’s on …

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