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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. A True Holiday Miracle: New family enjoys its second Christmas together

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    January 8, 2012 by Terry Ropp

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    This holiday season is a milestone in the lives of the Brasuell family. Tracy and Laurie and their adopted son, Ty, spent their second Christmas together. It was one of a happy and complete family done without the many adjustments adoptions bring, especially if the child originates from a foreign country like China. The home was filled with Christmas decorations and joy and thankfulness. “We were 20 years without children, and I thought I might miss some things,” Laurie said. “The truth is those things just don’t matter anymore; Ty does.” Then Tracy added, “Everyone says Ty is the lucky one, but we are the lucky ones. What did we ever do to deserve this much luck?”

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  5. 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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  6. A Life Built Brick by Brick

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    December 10, 2011 by Terry Ropp

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    WEST FORK — Ronnie Coker of West Fork labels himself a brick mason. When he was very young, Ronnie talked to an old stone mason who said, “I like to lay rock because you got to pick out the right one to make it fit.” The idea captured Ronnie’s mind, and he had a career.

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  7. Life Ministries provides relief for local families in need

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    November 3, 2011 by Terry Ropp

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    By Terry Ropp PRAIRIE GROVE – The charitable, non-profit organization, Life Ministries, is a premier example of what an idea, a few people and belief can do. The word “life” stands for linking individuals for essentials. According to former director Joyce Cooksey, the organization officially began in 1993 though the concept was created previously by two women, Marge MeKlveen and Lila Dunham.

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