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  1. Planting By Signs

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    April 3, 2011 by wcobserver

    by Jon H. Allen On Mt. Gaylor our long time neighbor planted by the signs.  Glen tried to teach me all about the moon’s waxing and waning, but I never got the hang of it.  Up here, it seemed, potatoes had their own extra set of rules that went beyond the zodiac.  He shared his secrets for superior home grown spuds, “Taters should go in the ground on St. Patrick’s Day,”   He showed me how his daddy had taught him to plant, hill up, and harvest.  Here in far south Washington county, Arkansas, his family, the Pense family, had planted potatoes every St. Patrick’s Day for a century.  He never doubted that if he followed God’s laws of sowing and reaping, there would be a harvest. He had lived up here since Highway 71 was a narrow twisting dirt road little improved since the days of the Butterfield Stage.  “Back then,” he’d recall, “Model T’s couldn’t drive straight up the mountain because the hill was too steep.  They backed up because reverse had a lower gear ration.” He was well into his 80’s before he departed this world.  His wife cooked his meals, including his home grown potatoes, on their …

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  2. EAST Projects Awarded at National Conference

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    April 1, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy GREENLAND- Eight high school students took a break from solving real life problems in the classroom to rake in a few awards in Hot Springs at the annual Environmental and Spatial Technologies (EAST) Conference which was held March 1-3. After spending about three and a half hours setting up a booth they designed themselves, the students presented their EAST projects to judges, students and visitors at the conference which was attended by approximately 2,000 students from 194 schools throughout the nation. “I liked the experience of having to be professional…only 8 of us were there and having to represent the whole school.  If we screw up, the whole school looks bad,” said sophomore Lori Starr who attended the conference for the second time. Ryan Duchanois and Dustin Oakes took first place in the ESRI competition for their bus mapping project.  The duo examined Greenland’s bus routes and using a mapping process, identified the most efficient routes, reducing carbon monoxide and gas consumption while getting the kids to and from school faster.  Duchanois said the duo received about $25,000 worth of software and a map book as prizes. Bret Arnold and Dustin Barton won first place in the …

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