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  1. Party Planning Gets ‘Loco’

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    March 15, 2012 by Terry Ropp

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    About a year ago, I wrote a column about a dinner at my house with the planners of the National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress, which took place in early February this year. About 200 farmers at- tended, but the interesting part is what took place behind the scenes. Larry was the “on-site” man and solved many of the last minute issues. One issue was getting people to help serve as ambassadors on Thursday night at the welcome party. He asked around and got West Fork residents Calvin Tackett and Dr. Lloyd Keck as well as Prairie Grove residents Tony Cunningham and Serea Clark along with her three children Madison, Garrett, and Ethan to help. The three men walked around and greeted people while Serea and her children helped pass out a table full of welcome gifts donated by local merchants and organizations. The biggest issue had to do with music for the Friday night Mexican fiesta. Larry thought he had the live Mexican music arranged about two months before the event. As the night approached and he couldn’t reconfirm, he got the feeling that the no one would show up or tell us ahead of time – which was …

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  2. The Pied Piper of Sheep and Goats

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    February 13, 2012 by Terry Ropp

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    Bug Scuffle Road recently had a unique moment in its history — a parade down the road led by the “Pied Piper.” On this day, my husband Larry, Linda and Marvin Jones, Carolyn Jones-Kelley, and Marc Adamczyk, led a mixed herd of sheep and goats from David Stills’ property south of us to the Jones’ property north of us. The purpose of the move was to change the pasture in which the herd was grazing. The parade was led by Carolyn, who enticed the animals to follow her by shaking a bucket of corn. To keep them interested, she occasionally drizzled kernels of corn much like Hansel and Gretel in the Black Forest. The animals were entranced and followed. All was not like in the fairy tales, however. Marvin was in the back with a long rope that he would sling out in case any stragglers thought they wanted to turn aside. The snaking rope, which caused no harm, merely startled them back into the correct path. The others were involved in the parade, too. Linda was the advance guard in her pickup truck. Occasionally, she got excited and jumped out of her truck to take pictures. She was far …

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  3. Recipes for the Cabin Fever Soul

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    January 20, 2012 by Terry Ropp

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    Snow days are a joy to kids and some- times an annoyance to parents, especially if the containment lasts more than a day. One solution to bored, restless kids is cooking together. In today’s world, where both parents or the single parent works long hours with home responsibilities being squeezed in wherever possible, the joy of cooking and sharing home-cooked foods often becomes lost in the bustle to survive. Snow days can provide a refuge from the bustle and a chance to reconnect as a family. Cooking projects need not be detailed and compli- cated. Many children know only heat-and- eat dishes from the microwave, so some- thing as simple as making a hot chocolate mix can be fun and rewarding, especially if some homemade cookies accompany the steamy beverage. The trick to a successful cooking ven- ture with children is to plan ahead so you know what to pick up at the store before the much-awaited winter storm occurs. Obviously, kid-favorite foods make sense. The kids, and perhaps, you will be amazed at how simple and fast some homemade foods can be. Here are three starters. Hot chocolate mix: Simply blend togeth- er 4 cups Nestle Quick, 5 1/3 …

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  4. The Southern Sunday Tradition

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    December 19, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    The South has a wonderful tradition non-existent in the North: Sunday night church. Oh, we have Wednesday nights like you do, but Sunday nights are for family, fun, or simple relaxation. From my point of view, Sunday night church is ending the day the way we started-with God. The last Sunday in November, Larry and I went to Zinnamon Church in West Fork out on 170 on the way to Devil’s Den. On this particular Sunday, the service was a musical celebration presented by a quintet known as One Way Flight.

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  5. Meet West Fork’s Renaissance Man ​​

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    November 3, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    You don’t actually have to live on Bug Scuffle to be a Bug Scuffler. Brad Hardin has been building a large house across the road from us since summer and is still going strong. Just a couple of weekends ago, Larry and I went to Cedarville to my first stock car races to watch Brad race. These were the last races of the season so not many cars were there. Nonetheless, I had a totally new experience and met a bunch of great people. Brad’s father, Terry, had been active in stock car racing too, but sold out when Brad was 15.

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  6. How to Perfect the After-School Quiz

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    October 20, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    Fall is here with football games, Frito pies and hoodies. School is in full swing with parents and kids going through the “how was your day” routine. For the most part, that routine is a meaningless ritual plagued with generic responses such as “fine” or “okay.” Parents feel they are showing an interest in their childrens’ educations and students feel they have dodged a bullet. Better questioning can heap huge rewards without taking excessive time many families simply don’t have.

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  7. Snippets: The Bee decline, fresh Trout Fishing and hopeful thoughts

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    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.

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