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Public Service Announcements for the Week of May 15

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May 15, 2012 by wcobserver

COUNTYWIDE SPECIAL ELECTION MAY 22. TO SEE BALLOT CLICK HERE

EARLY VOTING  County Clerk’s office, 3rd Floor, Washington County Courthouse, Fayetteville, AR, beginning May 7, 2012 until May 21, 2012. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. M – F, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays (May 12 and May 19) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 21, before the election.

WATERSHED CLEANUP Volunteers needed May 19 at Riverside Park, West Fork for 7th annual River Cleanup. Pre-register by calling 479-422-1014 or show up and register on-site. Participants will be supplied with trash bags, maps to locations, gloves and water. A flyer about the event may be downloaded from the beaver Water Districts website at www.bwdh2o.org.

TRAINED SITTERS NEEDED Parents want trained babysitters. Babysitting can be a lucrative job for teenagers. The American Red Cross will sponsor “Babysitters Boot Camp” at the Jones Center in Springdale on June 12 &13 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price is $140. Call 479-306-4688 x204 or email: Jeff.Patrick@redcross.org.

FIND WATER WITH A STICK Learning to dowse for water. June 16, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Ozark Folkways, 22733 N Hwy 71, Winslow, AR72746. Cost is $20. Space is limited so sign up early. Dowsing for water has been around since …well since there was water. Now you can learn how to find it anywhere. Gladys McCoy, local master dowsing instructor, has taught children from 4 to 80 and she can teach you as well.

RAIN BARREL BUILDING The University of Arkansas and Winslow Community Development Council will be holding a Rain Barrel Workshop on June 16 in front of City Hall in Winslow. Participants will make a rain barrel to take home. The $25 fee includes all supplies necessary to build an affordable rain harvesting system and instruction. Class size will be limited to 20 participants. For more information contact john@winslowrun.com.

Voter Information from the League of Women Voters in Washington County. Click Here

FISHING ON BEAVER LAKE  As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,119.3 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said Beaver Lake striper fishing is fair with the fish finding their way back down out of the river. Some stripes are being taken upriver and the fish are scattered. Try live shad fished on free lines 150 feet back and lightly weighted balloon lines trolled 50-100 feet back and 8-25 feet deep. Stripers are being caught near the dam and walleye have been taken along the rip-rap. At Point 4, check near the cedar thicket and in Fish Trap Hollow. Check Doc’s Cabin and the island between points 5 and 6. Hot spots include Copper Mine, Ventris, Beaver Shores, Couse Hollow, Escapalia Hollow and Falls Hollow. Walleye are heading for big water. Fish the clear water for best results. Most walleye are about 6-8 feet deep; fish are being taken off flats near the channel. Try trolling the flats with a slow death rig. Move less than 1 mph. Areas around the islands at Prairie Creek and near points 12, 9, 8 and 7 have produced walleye. Flat-line troll with Hot-N-Tots, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripsticks in natural blue or black back combos, or chartreuse/orange and clown colors. Jigging spoons around brush and rock piles also is producing.

ONGOING AREA EVENTS

BINGO  Prairie Grove American Legion Post 146. Every Thursday. Every game has a winner. 4:30 earlies, regular games, 6:30. Hot Balls. 2 games worth up to a $1000. Free gift for new players. Find us on Facebook. 124 S. Neal. 479-409-5131. Easy Parking.

ELKINS COMMUNITY CENTER DANCE  Come Dance to Shadow Creek Band at the Elkins Community Center on Friday nights, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Located on Doolin Drive off Hwy. 16 in downtown Elkins

BRING US YOUR METAL The West Fork Renewable Resource Center has a trailer for metal.  If you have metal items that you are getting rid of please bring them to us.  Selling metal is one of the few ways that we can make money to take care of the recycling center.  Please recycle your cardboard and other recyclables also.  Let’s keep as much out of the land-fills as possible.  Consider helping your neighbors haul off some of their “stuff” too if they are elderly or don’t have access to a pick-up truck or a trailer.  The city pays a bunch of money for these cleanups please take advantage of them.

BEYOND RECYCLE As you get ready for Spring Cleanup you may come upon items that are too good to throw away.  Why don’t you join Freecycle?!  See the description below.  I have freecycled a Christmas tree, a nonworking lawnmower and a box of art supplies.  The recipients were as happy to get the stuff as I was happy to have it gone.  Remember there is really no “away” when you throw something away.  It always has to go somewhere!  Join here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NWAFreecycle/

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