October 6, 2011 by Terry Ropp
About once a year, I write a column of snippets — short information on a variety of topics. The first topic this year has to do with The Great Sunflower Project. Sadly, my participation this year was non-existent. For those of you who don’t remember, The Great Sunflower Project is a national program designed to monitor the nation’s bee population through a scientifically defined but amateur-collected data base. The data summary indicated that the bees in Northwest Arkansas are declining rapidly. Over 80,000 people submitted data in 2010 and I was one of them.
Between the drought and the moisture starved deer, my poor sunflowers never had a chance. I spoke with Marvin Jones, a Bug Scuffler who raises bees.
“Because of the drought, people simply didn’t have any flowers so my bees, who also suffered through a tough winter, were starving. I had to feed them sugar water,” Marvin said.
He also said he wasn’t expecting to harvest any honey this year. That is sad news for me because Larry and I use it as both as a sweetener and as an allergy treatment.
A second topic is a new release by our own four-time Grammy nominated duo, Trout Fishing in America. The debut took place at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville in mid September. The new CD-book combination is titled Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important, a colorful, catchy and hilarious experience based on an unforgettable set of characters including a cat named Chicken Joe and a dog named Miss Kitty.
One line in the lyrics is about the Rock-n-Roll Roosters crowing at dawn. The line is: “When the sun comes up/that’s when we get down.” Another line is: “That psyco chicken thinks that he’s a dog.” This latest release is the second about this set of characters. The first is called “My Name is Chicken Joe” and would make a great Christmas gift for kids … and some adults like me.
Logan Genz, a former star West Fork football player, who was the only player from Arkansas to be on the US Air Force All-Star team, entered Arkansas Tech University this fall on a football scholarship. The football coach decided to try him out as a punter, and on the first day of practice, Logan was seriously hurt from a tackle by a teammate, sustaining a torn meniscus and torn cartilage. A few days after surgery on Sept. 19, the doctors and physical therapist announced him to be at 90 percent. A decision as to whether or not to red shirt him for the season has not yet been made. Of course, we all wish him a speedy and full recovery in what we hope will be a long, successful career in football.