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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Now is the time to consider a THA board membership

The Hot Springs Village Town house Association holds elections each fall for positions on the Board of Directors. There are three 3-year terms available and run from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013. Applications are available in the Hot Springs Village Townhouse Association office, 1 Perralena Lane in Valencia Courts between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.
Completed applications, with resume and photographs, are due at the Townhouse Association office by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, August 31, 2010.
Ballots will be mailed to all HSVTHA property owners no later than October 15, 2010. Ballots must be returned to the Townhouse Association office by 9:00 a.m. on the date designated on the ballot. Newly elected board members will be seated at the January 2011 regular board meeting.

Cruisefest 2011 shaping up

The Rotary sponsored 4th annual Cruisefest will take place January 29 through February 6, 2011. Interested parties will cruise on Royal Caribbean.
Buses will ferry cruisers to Memphis where the group will fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Once in Puerto Rico the cruisers will bus to the port and set sail on Adventure of the Seas.
Ports of call are Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba, Rosedu, Dominica and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
On return to Puerto Rico, the group will fly back to Memphis and bus back to the Village.
All rates are based on double occupancy. An inside state cabin is $1,925 per person. An ocean view cabin is $2,035 per person. A balcony cabin is $2,145 per person.
A $500 deposit for the cruise is due to Zoe's Travel Service by Oct. 1, 2010. For more information contact Cheryl at Zoe's Travel Service by e-mail at or call 866-373-5767 or 214-674-7693.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chamber director named

Jennifer McCullough has been named the new executive director of the HSV Chamber of Commerce/executive director of advertising and promotions. The two positions will be combined under McCullough.
McCullough will be moving to the Village with a wealth of experience as the executive director of the Branson Chamber of Commerce. She was with the Branson Chamber for 16 years.
McCullough met with POA board members yesterday. She will officially start her new job on August 2.

Heifer invites you to Indonesia

Heifer International Study Tours Programs announced there will be a Study Tour to Indonesia, January 17-26, 2011. Heifer International staff, along with Heifer Indonesia staff, will be able to provide unique insight into Heifer’s work in this South Pacific island country.
To give a better understanding of what the trip will involve, please visit our website,, to download the Indonesia Study Tour Overview, the trip itinerary, travel information document and Indonesia Application Packet. These PDF documents are too large for most email in-boxes.
If you are interested in this trip please complete the Indonesia Application Packet and return these documents along with a deposit to the Study Tour’s office: Attn: Study Tours/Sara Drew, Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202.
Please note the deadline for application/deposit for this trip is November 17, 2010, and the deposit is $1,000. Total cost for this trip is $2,000.
The cost of the Study Tour includes accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, project visits, tour leaders and guides, workshops, cultural sites, a Heifer backpack and journal, name tag and SOS emergency evacuation insurance.
This trip is LAND ONLY to allow you the option of airlines and best fares as well as the opportunity for pre/post trips on an independent basis. U.S. Domestic and International air transportation to and from Indonesia not included. However, all transportation within Indonesia for the duration of the trip is included. For air and travel guidance, please read our Indonesia Travel Information document. All travel arrangements outside of the Study Tour dates will need to be made and paid for directly by the participants.
You can go to our website,, to find all of the necessary documents. The documents are PDF documents that you can print off and scan and email, fax or mail back to Heifer International. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software to open these PDF documents. This is free software you can download at the following address:
The trip will be limited to 12-14 participants and we anticipate this tour will fill up quickly, so please try to get your application and questions back to us as soon as possible if you are interested/

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rotarian gigglefest

Last week Scenic 7 Rotarians had fun with Tana Neathery of Head to Toe Salon.
Neathery discussed summer care for hair. She also displayed popular fingernail polish shades for this year. Shades of orange are in, who knew?
Neathery also suggested several products keep hair beautiful throughout the long, hot summer. She said rinsing your hair in cold water makes it shinier. Two over the counter products suggested to keep hair healthy are pre-natal vitamins and fish oil.
She distributed samples to the Rotarians and awarded several gift certificates and style products.
Neathery discussed the multi-uses of tea tree oil. It not only eases the pain of insect bites but cures nail fungus.
The men Rotarians kept the meeting lively with lots of humorous quips. A fun time was had by all.
This Thursday, at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Scenic 7 at the Boys and Girls Club, Karen Reagler will discuss estate planning. Bring a brown bag lunch at 11:30 to join Rotarians in fellowship before the regular meeting.

Committee positions approved

The POA board approved the appointment of Dan Aylward to the governmental affairs committee and the appointment of Steve Rittenmeyer to the trials committee. Both are filling one year vacancies.

L. B Smith hearing before POA board

L. B. Smith has received several warning letters from the architectural control committee since a complaint was lodged against his illegally build wharf and boat dock early last year. He was asked to remove the wharf. The wharf is a second structure on his lakeside property and was never permitted.
A hearing to determine if the Smith’s should be stripped of their privileges was held at the last POA board meeting. Board attorney Don Schnipper presided.
Smith admitted he did not have a permit for his boat dock or his wharf when he built them. They are two separate structures, not permitted under Village policy. The boat dock and the wharf are located so as not to impede any views from the Smith house.
Smith’s actions were a two-fold infraction, no permits and a structure that is against Village policy. Since the illegal structures were discovered in early 2009, Smith made several appearances before the ACC. He said he was sorry but his actions have always indicated that may not be the case.
The ACC allowed Smith to keep the boat dock and granted him a variance. Originally, Smith had applied to the ACC for a variance to build a boat dock in 2000. After much deliberation, the ACC voted to allow the variance that had been granted nearly ten year before and had expired in 2001. Smith was charged double the permit fee for building without a permit. He was told early on in the process the wharf had to go unless he moved the wharf adjacent to the boat dock and the two were connected.
Smith has repeatedly ignored the request of the ACC to either remove or move the wharf.
The Smith family was stripped of their Village privileges for one month. The matter will have to be brought before the POA board each month to continue to block the Smith’s privileges until the structure is removed. No legal action will be taken at this time but that is still a possibility if Smith refuses to abide by Village policy.
Some of the POA board members would like for the ACC to reconsider its policies. It is unlikely that will happen. The location of the wharf is not out of hardship but out of a desire not to block a view.

GAC to sponsor candidate forums

The governmental affairs committee will sponsor two candidate forums for elections this year, one for Saline County and one for Garland County. More information will be available at a later date.

Proposed dog park back before POA

Debbie Jolliff stunned members of the POA board when she resurrected the idea of a dog park in the Village. Recently Villager Jock MacMorran gave up his dream of a dog park in the Village when the proposed site was lambasted by nearby residents.
Jolliff has volunteered to work with POA board members to identify alternate locations and to obtain money to open a dog park in the Village.
Board member Jim Owens requested Dave Johnston identify new sites for the proposed dog park. Johnston said the quarry site is still a possibility.
Mike Misch suggested the board approach Cooper with a specific site for possible dedication of a dog park. He further added, "it looks like the ball is back in our court."

Golf committee looking for helpers

Jim Arnold of the golf committee made a plea at the last POA board meeting for volunteers to assist the second and fourth Mondays of each month with handicap play. At 5 p.m. the second and fourth Monday the Village courses offer play for slower players with physical handicaps.
Most of the handicapped players are men but there are a few women. Assistance should be minimal. Sometimes the golfers are a little unsteady on their feet on the hillsides. Sometimes retrieval of the ball out of the cup is a help.
Call 915-8496 is you would like to help these golfers continue to enjoy play on Village courses.

Koonse retired, Stone shifted

Larry Koonse retired from his position as director of the recreation department last Friday. He was honored with a cake at the recent POA board meeting.
With a change in administration came a change in department structure. Long time director of the golf department, John Paul, is now the director of the golf/recreation/food services department. His right hand woman, Stephanie Stone will assist him by sitting in as the acting head of the recreation portion of the department. Starting this past Monday, Stone now sits in Koonse's old chair and attends to all of the needs of the recreation department.
The recreation department will benefit from the availability of additional maintenance personnel from the traditional golf department.
Stone attended her first recreation committee meeting last week as she was shadowing Koonse his last week in office. The committee members warmly welcomed the change. John Paul also attended the meeting but said Stone is clearly his ear and voice in the recreation division.

POA honors Hot Springs Village Community Foundation

At a recent meeting of the Hot Springs Village POA board, president Bill Linam presented Tom Arwood with a proclamation thanking the Community Foundation for making it possible to continue the tradition of Independence Day fireworks in the Village. Arwood thanked local media for helping advertise his plea for funds to continue the celebration. It took only 28 days for the funds to be raised to save the fireworks display.

The Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village news

The Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village will not hold its regular meeting tomorrow morning. Instead, the club will host its Change of Gavel Ceremony tomorrow night at the Diamante Country Club. The Rotarians will be back at the Crystal Dining Room at the Good Sam Campus on July 1. The club meets for breakfast at 7 a.m. on Thursday mornings.

Special needs kitty looking for a home

The Animal Welfare League has an adorable kitten that needs a special home because he is deaf. He needs to be placed in a home where he can stay indoors all the time for his safety. He's a white, short hair born April 15, ten weeks old, with two different color eyes. The League has paid for neutering, worming, first kitten shots and Frontline treatment, everything he needs to be adopted.
If you would like to know more about him or see him call his foster Mom, Nancy, at 922-6444.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Vote today

If you live in Saline County today the polls are open for voting. Don't forget to get out and vote.

Opera cookbook

While attending the Opera in the Ozarks performances of Carmen and Tosca I picked up a cookbook published as a fundraiser for the organization. How could I resist with recipes like Hansel and Gretel's Candy Cane Cookies, Manon's Blueberry Crunch Cake, Musetta's Cherry Cobbler in a Crock Pot, Lola's Italian Eggplant and Mimi's Baked Chicken Salad. What a hoot. If you are interested in the opera-themed cookbook benefiting Opera in the Ozarks, the book is $13 plus $2 for shipping. Send checks to Mary Dolce, Opera in the Ozarks Cookbook, 47 Lakeside Drive, Holiday Island, AR 72631. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I will.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Circumstances will create morgue for Garland County

Garland County coroner, Stuart Smedley, presented a request for a morgue facility in Garland County. Currently, the coroner’s office uses local funeral homes for transportation, examination facilities as well as refrigeration facilities. Local funeral homes no longer want to participate in their prior agreements.
The funeral homes were providing these services free of charge to the County but no longer want to participate and would like the program ended as soon as possible. No local funeral home is interested in and exclusive contract for services. The funeral homes site lack of space and the need for County access to their facilities after working hours.
Smedley has found an area in the lower level of the district court building that would serve as a morgue. The area is unfinished and would ideally house areas for exams, refrigeration and office space. Smedley is also looking for a van to transport the deceased. He has found appropriate refrigeration equipment for $10,000.
The public health committee will meet with Smedley to discuss his proposal.

County severs contract with Professional Systems, Inc.

Garland County gave 60 days notice to Professional Solutions, Inc. doing business as Professional Systems, Inc. to sever its contract. The contract is terminated as of July 1.

Harp Security completes first year

In May of 2010, Harp Security Consultants, Inc. completed its first year of service protecting the County courthouse.
This past year 81,462 persons were screened on average of 326.5 per day for the 249 ½ days the court was open.
Items confiscated included 2,620 knives, 96 pairs of scissors, 155 cans of pepper/mace spray, 352 multi tools and 166 other items that could have been used as a weapon.
Harp stopped ten legally carried handguns from coming into the building. An estimated 40 others left their guns in their cars in anticipation of entering the courthouse.
Harp also collected or found in the courthouse one sword cane, bottles of liquor, brass knuckles, drugs left for an inmate of the detention center, a home made shive and a baby copperhead snake in a jar.

Garland County quorum court decisions

The Garland County quorum court adopted several measures last week including the following.
Resolution R-10-7
A resolution confirming the reappointment of Curtis B. Craft, Jr. to the Garland County equalization board. Craft will serve a three year term ending the first Monday of June of 2013.
Resolution R-10-8
A resolution confirming the reappointment of Michelle Strause to the board of directors of the Garland County Library. Strause’s new five year term starts on July 1 and will end on June 30, 2015.
Resolution R-10-9
A resolution authorizing the County Judge to apply for a grant on behalf of the Buckville community. The Buckville community meets all criteria to apply for a GIF Fire Protection Grant in regard to Phase 2 of a construction project. The Buckville Volunteer Fire Department raised $10,000 to apply as a local match. State funds are available for $38,716 for this grant.
Appropriation Ordinance O-10-26
An ordinance amending the 2010 budget to allow the transfer of $1,496.76 from the general fund to the IECGP-08 grant fund, $16,089.52 from the general fund to Homeland Security ODP-07 grant fund and $413.45 from the general/tax collector fund to the Co Gem/tax collector fund. The transfers meet legislative requirements for inter-fund transfers.
Appropriation Ordinance O-10-27
An ordinance amending the 2010 budget to allow the Sheriff’s department to transfer $5,000 from the 911 supervisor position full-time fund to the extra-help fund. The amount transferred neither increases nor decreases the amount appropriated to operate the Sheriff’s department.
Appropriation Ordinance O-10-28
An ordinance amending the 2010 budget to allow the transfer of $2,700 from the County recorder’s cost fund to the same cost fund budget for IT programming.
Appropriation Ordinance O-10-29
An ordinance amending the 2010 budget allowing the transfer of $7,321.88 from the Sheriff’s department budget to Sheriff’s repair and maintenance fund. The money represents and insurance reimbursement from APERMA for damages to a boat motor and a 2009 Dodge Charger.
Appropriation Ordinance O-10-30
An ordinance to amend the 2010 budget allowing the transfer of $15,813.52 from the detention center M & O fund to the same budget for machinery and equipment in the form of time-keeping software for the department.
Appropriation Ordinance O-10-31
An ordinance allowing the transfer of $4,872.28 from the general fund to the National School Lunch Program in the juvenile detention center budget for food.
Appropriation Ordinance O-10-32
An ordinance amending the 2010 budget to allow the transfer of $2,807 from the general fund to the department of emergency management budget for general office supplies, small equipment, telephone, travel, fleet liability and meals and lodging.
Ordinance No. O-10-33
This ordinance is to amend ordinance O-06-53, as amended, to authorize the County by and through the County Judge to enter into a contract with Graphics by Design, for computer services for website services for any Garland County departments as needed, and for other purposes. Previously, Sheriff Sanders used James Martin’s Graphics by Design. Currently, Circuit Clerk Vicki Rima is seeking to use the service as well.

Newcomers coffee coming up on June 24

The bi-monthly newcomers coffee sponsored by the POA recreation committee is scheduled for this Thursday, June 24 at 8:45 a.m. in the Ouachta building at the Ponce de Leon Center. There will be tasty muffins and gourmet coffee provided by Melinda Bickford of Company's Comin'. There are prizes and lots of valuable information available for Village newcomers.

Trust seminar on June 23

Edward Jones is sponsoring a trust seminar on June 23 at 9 a.m. at the Ouachita building, room B.

July 5 POA holiday

The POA is observing Independence Day on Monday, July 5. The office will be closed.

Urban archery deer season reservation form at POA

Applying for the urban archery deer season in the Village will be a little different this year. This year there will not be a drawing for hunter eligibility. The reservation form is available at the POA building on DeSoto Boulevard.
An urban bowhunting permit for the Village will be issued if the reservation form is postmarked by August 1. The hunter must pass the International Bowhunter Education Program course before attending the urban hunt orientation.
The mandatory urban hunt orientation is scheduled for August 28 at 8 a.m. at the Coronado Center in the Village.
The hunter must take and successfully pass the shooting proficiency test at the orientation.
The urban archery dear season in the Village takes place from September 13 - 25. There is also a winter hunt from January 10 - 22.
There is no bag limit for either hunt. Both events are archery hunting only. All hunters must use a longbow, recurve or compound bow with at least a 40-pound pull. String locks may be used. Crossbows must have at least a 125-pound pull and a mechanical safety. Broadheads must be at least 7/8-inch wide, mechanicals broadheads are allowed.
Hunters must keep all bows cased to and from stands.
Hunters must shoot from elevated stands at least ten feet high. The following are prohibited: spikes, screw steps or climbing stands that can damage the tree. No hunting while walking, stalking, or from ground blinds. Special considerations will be made for disabled hunters in wheelchairs.
Deer taken within the Hot Springs Village Urban Deer Zone do not count in the hunter's seasonal bag limit. The three point rule does not apply.
Hunting will be allowed Village wide. No hunting is allowed in the wildlife sanctuary, within 50 yards of houses, trails, golf courses or parks, within 50 yards of paved roads, within 50 yards of POA utility plant properties and on private lots unless the hunter has written permission from the lot owner on their person.

Permits considered by ACC

The architectural control committee met last Thursday to consider several permit applications.
In home business permits considered included the following.
032-06 Saldana / 44 Saldana Way / Phil Michaelson/Retail Nuts, Chocolate, Coffee
All of the members of the committee considered this permit application. The permit was approved providing there is not a commercial vehicle with signage parked in sight at the house. Planning and inspections staff will find out the pertinent information before issuing a permit.
Applications for permits were reviewed by ACC members including the following.
024-04 Alava / 32 Ambito Place / Mike Cutrer/boat dock
Mike Christy reviewed this permit application for a boat dock. The only fly in the ointment, the rendering showed a storage closet which is not permitted under Village policy. Christy told the homeowner he would have to turn the storage closet on its side making it a storage locker to meet policy. The permit was approved with the storage locker not the closet.
026-01 Gerona / 18 Cambre Circle / Kendall Maycumber/fence
Leland Kew reviewed this permit application for a green vinyl fence meeting all Village policy. The permit was approved by consensus.
006-02 Encantado / 29 Encantado Way / Gene Kerr/storage building
Chairman Bill Roe reviewed this permit application for a storage building. He said the lot was deep and surrounded by heavily wooded common ground to the rear. Originally the homeowner requested a metal roof. The roof has to match the house roof and the sides must also match the house in material and paint color. The permit was approved pending the change in roof material.
003-04 Alta Vista / 412 Maderas Drive / Jerry Barnoske/extend concrete pad
Chairman Roe also reviewed the permit application to extend a concrete parking pad for a golf cart. No variance was required for the extension into the easement. The permit was approved by consensus.
011-03 Santa Cruz / 27 Malaga Way / Cynthia Diksas/concrete slab
Leland Kew reviewed the permit application for a concrete slab. Once Kew showed the homeowner how large the requested slab would be the homeowner decided to withdraw her request at this time so she could think things through.
008-09 Navarra / 12 La Caruna Way / Michael Satterfield/storage building
Buddy Dixon reviewed the permit application for a storage building. The storage building will not be visible from the street. The neighbor has no problem with the building. The permit was approved by consensus.
005-10 Diamante / 40 Granada Drive / Curtis Corp./masonry yardwall
All of the committee members reviewed this permit application for masonry yardwall. This permit was the product of the committee working with the contractor and homeowner in a work session. Finally, a design was created that could be approved by the committee. The permit was approved by consensus.
There were no variance requests considered at this meeting of the ACC. The committee is scheduled to meet again on July 1, at 8:30 a.m. at the POA administrative building on DeSoto Boulevard.

HVAC permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor
034-01 Montana / 40 San Clemente Circle / Huchingson Heating & Air
025-06 Valle / 64 Durango Way / Climate Control
015-06 Barcelona / 35 Santona Way / Huchingson Heating & Air
104-01 Malaga / 88 Mano Way / Reliable Air
022-02 Teruel / 5 Alina Lane / Standridge, Inc.
006-04 Sendero / 4 Certero Lane / Standridge, Inc.
044-05 Gerona / 2 Herencia Place / Grisham Air Care
019-02 Castellon Cts. / 35 Calanas Lane / Climate Control
024-03 Marinero / 50 Marinero Way / Eagle Heating & Air
011-01 Cresta / 22 Cresta Way / Eagle Heating & Air
006-03 Salvatierra / 5 Salvatierra Trace / Standridge, Inc.
008-09 Diamante / 7 Granada Lane / Climate Control
023-03 Diamante / 10 Loyola Way / Johnston Heating & Air
999-99 Commercial / 101 Clubhouse Drive / Knox AC and Huchingson Heating & Air

Addition permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor/project
012-06 Barcelona / 30 Santona Way / Best of Builders/room addition
021-02 Alicante / 12 Leno Lane / Steve Hanke, Inc./kitchen remodel
036-02 Alicante / 43 Alicante Way / Allan Clevenger/pergola
024-04 Alava / 32 Ambito Place / Paul Wagner Custom Homes/pagoda over deck
032-01 Zafiro / 68 Arjona Way / Maureen Ganster/remodel bathroom
014-04 Coronado Cts. / 28 Opalo Lane / Webb Construction/replace deck
006-02 Madrid Cts. / 12 Abaron Place / All Clean USA of Hot Springs/repair fire damage
024-02 Escocia / 27 Escocia Way / Harry Naylor/deck extension
004-09 Peral / 87 Castano Drive / Ron Krout/deck addition
019-05 Marinero / 77 Marinero Way / Bob Erke/roof over deck
002-06 Dedalera / 6 Banderola Circle / Good Construction, Inc./room addition
003-02 Jubileo / 6 Jubileo Way / Earl Woods/bath addition, deck addition
021-04 Galeon / 46 Galeon Way / Ark Village Homes/remodel bathroom
026-17 Vereda / 46 Marvilla Way / Gerald Wass/pergola
016-08 Ladera / 4 Alteza Drive / Mac Good/room addition
044-05 Ladera / 94 Alteza Drive / James Wright/deck addition

Sprinkler system permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor/water source
010-03 Valle / 20 Matamoroe Way / Elite Irrigation/Village

Landscape permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor
019-04 Cartagena / 31 Barcelona Lane / Rick Foster Landscaping
051-01 Zafiro / 40 Arjona Way / Down to Earth
015-04 Merced / 47 Derecho Way / Castle Service of Arkansas

New home permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor/sq.ft.
007-05 Jubileo / 15 Borbollon Way / EJ Builders/1,710
006-02-Maria / 9 Algecirus Lane / Liberty Homes/1,981

Symphony Guild 2010 schedule

The Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild is proud to announce the events line-up for fall 2010. Large, active, and altruistic, the Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild is primarily a philanthropic organization and with nearly 1,300 members The HS/HSV Symphony Guild is one of the largest, if not the largest Symphony Guilds in the United States and a significant force in the area devoted to music appreciation and education. Members are entitled to advance ticket sales and preferred seating. Members will receive advance ticket sale coupons in July, prior to public sales for each event at later dates.
Kicking off the season on Tuesday, September 14, will be a dinner/cabaret show with Denise and Stephen Edds and Company. Denise Edds, M.M.E., Ouachita Baptist University, M.M.E., University of North Texas, is choral director and instructor of college music classes, private voice, music appreciation and public school music at National Park Community College, Hot Springs. Denise Edds performs frequently as a soloist throughout the south with symphony orchestras and also in operas, oratorios, and recitals. Most recently, she made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Soundwaves, a vocal jazz ensemble formed by Denise Edds recently sang in the New York Lincoln Center Vocal Jazz Festival. The event is $25 per person, beginning with cocktails at 5:15 p.m., catered dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a varied pop and classical vocal program starting at 7 p.m. at the Coronado Center, Hot Springs Village.
The second event scheduled is the Harmony of Homes Tour, Monday, October 11, in Hot Springs Village. This is the Guild’s 2010 major fundraiser and there will be tours of exceptional HSV homes, along with luncheon at Diamante Country Club. Morning tours begin at 9 a.m. and afternoon tours at 1 p.m. Advanced ticket sales will be announced in July. The home tour benefits music scholarships, band instruments, band camp, the ASO and other philanthropic musical endeavors in Hot Springs and the surrounding area. This is a "save the date" for your calendar with advance tour/luncheon tickets at only $25 per person, advance home-tour only tickets $15 and same day home-only tickets $20. Announcement for ticket sale date forthcoming.
Back by popular demand is The Acousticatz, Friday, October 15 at the Woodlands Auditorium, Hot Springs Village, with curtain time at 7:30 p.m. and $10 ticket price per person. Steeped in bluegrass but tinged by pop, jazz and country, the group can best be summed up in just five words: Everything old is new again. Semifinalists in the Colgate Country Showdown, the biggest country music competition in the world, the group has enjoyed extensive touring throughout Arkansas and the U.S. They have three CDs to their credit and are working on the fourth with some exciting new original material. The Acousticatz have been featured the last four years at the American Music and Craftsmanship festival at Silver Dollar City and are proud members of the International Bluegrass Music Association. This concert is a great value and tickets will go fast when open to the public in late September.
The New Christy Minstrels is an American folk legend ensemble. Formed by Randy Sparks in 1961, their performance is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $25 per person at the Woodlands Auditorium, HSV. This will undoubtedly be a sell-out, so watch for ticket sales announcements and purchase tickets early. When Sparks started the NCM, the name deliberately evoked Christy’s Minstrels, an enormously popular 19th century blackface minstrel group founded by Edwin Pearce Christy. This globally recognized group had several Top 40 folk music hits, including "This Land Is Your Land," "Green, Green," "Today," and "Ramblin." "Green, Green" sold over one million copies in 1963 and was awarded a gold disc. The film score for the 1964 comedy movie, Advance to the Rear, featuring Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens, was the first complete soundtrack ever made in the folk music style. The score is notable for the hit standard "Today" and several others, including "This Old Riverboat" and "Company of Cowards" (the original title). Randy will be presiding over a faithfully restored group offering no less than three Original New Christy Minstrels to reclaim their rightful place on stage and in the hearts and minds of millions. The reunion group has now been in high gear for more than four years.
Rounding out the concert season, The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert returns to the Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village on Monday, December 20; $25 per person tickets and curtain time at 7:30 p.m. What better way to celebrate the Christmas season than listening to the familiar holiday melodies played by the ASO under the direction of Musical Director and Conductor Maestro Philip Mann. "I’m thrilled at the prospect of joining the ASO as it turns the page and embarks on a new chapter in its already celebrated history," said Mann. Mann promises a stellar concert with perhaps a few surprises.
The Guild’s holiday fundraiser is a Branson Christmas Tour Monday, November 29 through Thursday, December 2. It’s a relaxing trip by motor coach and three night’s accommodations at Savannah House. There will be reserved seats for six shows with some lunches and dinners included. Call Sue Smith at 984-6191 for more information on ticket prices and shows.
Majority funding for the Guild’s philanthropic work is derived from memberships and individual donations to the organization. You can be a part of this musical outreach into the communities surrounding Hot Springs by joining nearly thirteen-hundred others by becoming a member. Members enjoy advance ticket sales, seating preferences, and selected complimentary concerts. Call Linda Biagini, Membership Vice President at 501-922-6121 or Email her at

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tosca still the best

Yes, we followed a goat home from Eureka Springs

The HSV Opera Guild members are on their way back from Eureka Springs and a fun time at the Opera in the Ozarks. The student productions are surprising and the venue is unusual.
We saw Tosca on Friday night and Carmen on Saturday night. The Tosca was far better than the Carmen. Carmen had ardent supporters in the group but Tosca was overall a better show, better acting, better staging.
Carmen also suffered the hardship of a severe thunderstorm passing over the performance pavilion. Protective material was rolled down next to the orchestra to try to protect the musicians and their instruments. Audience members closer to the exterior of the pavilion got a little damp. The noise of the storm at times overwhelmed the presentation, but the show must go on.
Advantageously, the storm also cooled down the evening making use of the hand fans unnecessary. Everyone from the Village Opera Guild enjoyed both of the shows and is planning to come back again next year. Unfortunately, Don Giovanni was not playing this weekend and Guild members will miss the third season production of Opera in the Ozarks.
In addition to seeing the two operas the Guild members enjoyed several fine dining experiences, shopping and seeing the sights in Eureka Springs. We decided early on it will be necessary to expand the two-day trip to four days next year.
Villagers have an opportunity to see one or more of the Opera in the Ozarks offerings. The season does not end until July 17. Next summer productions include Verdi’s Falstaff, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.

More trivia night from excited Friends

The Friends of the Coronado Center Library is holding a Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, July 17 in the Coronado Center Auditorium, from 6-9:00 pm. The cost is $10 per person. All proceeds will go fund library projects.
Trivia night is a cool, fun, and inexpensive way to spend a summer Saturday night. You will probably already have sweated on the golf course, the tennis courts, the lakes or trails, so why not come in out of the heat and humidity and test your mental ability rather than your athletic or physical ability? We promise it will be less taxing on your body.
Test your knowledge of useless information stored in your back brain that has been acquired from endless hours of being a couch potato, watching television, attending movies, or following untold hours of sporting events.
Teams for the event will consist of eight members, you may play with fewer but not more. The best makeup of teams? People with varied interests, ages, and backgrounds. Remember, you don’t have to know all the answers, there are other people on the team. If you can’t find enough friends to make up a full team of eight, don’t let that stop you from participating. Come to the event and we will do our best to complete teams. You may also come as an individual and we will do our best to find a team for you. The format of the contest is made up of 10 rounds of 10 questions each. Between rounds you may wish to look at the silent auction offerings. Also there will be a couple of other $1.00 per person activities.
There will be a cash bar and people may bring their own non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Free iced tea, water, and popcorn will be provided. A Silent Auction will be held during the event. A few other voluntary participation events will be held during the evening. Bring a couple of extra dollars for a chance to win special prizes.
Don’t bother to study for trivia night. being a member of MENSA is not necessarily an advantage. You will be amazed at how much you know simply by absorption from all those hours in front of the television, going to silly movies and following sports beyond reason. Yes, most of it is probably useless, but for one brief moment you will shine in the eyes of your team members because you knew that Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell once starred in a dreck of a movie called Tango and Cash.
Another fun part of trivia night, you can have your own competition between neighbors, golf groups, Sunday school classes, etc. Win the braggin’ rights for your team! And have a great time.
For more information, go to the Friends of the Coronado Center Library at or contact Margaret Weeter at 922-3555.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Opera in Ozarks a good time

Beautiful setting for Opera in the Ozarks

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Opera in the Ozarks with several members of the HSV Opera Guild. What a fun experience.
The student soprano singing the role of Tosca was as good if not better than any I have seen. The rest of the cast was just as good including every member of the chorus. What is amazing is that these college singing sensations following the path of opera are poised as well as talented. They are dedicated and working under very interesting circumstances.
The Opera in the Ozarks theater at Inspiration Point outside of Eureka Springs is in an open sided building next to the highway. During the course of the opera I occasionally heard a motorcycle rev by. An ambulance wailed by but thankfully it was during one of the intermissions. I brought a much needed hand fan and bug repellant. Be prepared, it is June and it is hot even in a spacious structure housing over 200 people.
The students rehearse three different operas over a four week period. Multiple students are assigned to each role giving all of the students an opportunity to shine. Last night Sara Michael Jacobinsang Tosca. Jacobi is a soprano from Fredericksburg, Texas. What a talent. Nephi Sanchez played her Cavarodossi with passion and a strong tenor voice shining along side Jacobi.
Chris O’Rear played the man we all love to hate, Scarpia. This baritone was definitely despicable and had a terrific baritone voice. O’Rear also served on staff as the opera scenes coordinator/education show coordinator. He is currently working on his PhD. at the University of Alabama.
I can’t wait to see what is in store for us tonight with the production of Carmen.

Edward Jones Branch Receives Client Service Excellence Award

Deedra Berkemeyer, Kirk Bradshaw, Karen Summers and Carol Lewis of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Hot Springs Village recently received the firm's Client Service Excellence award."We are honored to receive this award," Deedra said. "The Client Service Excellence award is special because it is a direct reflection of the relationships we have with our clients."Jim Weddle, Edward Jones' managing partner, added, "Deedra, Kirk, Karen, Carol and Georgia Riddle, the branch administrator, are outstanding members of the Edward Jones team. While all of our associates understand the value of client service, it's obvious that they have been striving to provide the best service for their clients."Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly seven million clients to understand their personal goals -- from college savings to retirement and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.Edward Jones, which ranked number two on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2010, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at, and its recruiting website is Member SIPC.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Conflict resolution at Rotary

Jason Hudnell of National Park Community College spoke to Scenic 7 Rotarians about conflict resolution last week. Hudnell is the assistant director of technology on the college campus.
He grew up in Hot Springs, went to Lakeside School and Ouachita Baptist University.
Hudnell talked to Rotarians about resolving conflict in the workplace. Gee, if only he had given this talk to my last employer I would still have a job.
Hudnell spoke of the inevitability of conflict, where there are people there is conflict, it is human nature. But, if you remove the conflict, therefore the people, there is no productivity.
Of course, the best way to proceed is to prevent conflict before it happens. Hudnell said paychecks are not the motivator for employees to do a good job, the chief reward is recognition. Recognition for specific acts. He encouraged Rotarians to catch their co-workers doing something good and then praising them for their actions. It also helps to apply the positive action to the big picture in relation to the job. He said specific praise encourages a repeat of the good behavior.
Talk face to face with your employees. E-mail is not the place for praise or criticism. Firing someone by cell phone message without attempting conflict resolution is not professional.
An important positive in the workplace is to encourage freedom of expression. Never assume or finish anyone’s sentences for them. Follow-up on requests. Don’t just say I’ll check into something. Do it and get back with the person.
Thorough evaluations are a must. Don’t just highlight negatives. Stress good as well as negative. Be specific. Look for avenues of growth. Set clear and measurable goals.
There is no room in the workplace for a rumor mill. Check your facts. Quickly counter false rumors. There are two sides to every story. Don’t get involved with rumors.
Once a conflict arises there are simple steps to defuse the situation. Validate everyone’s point of view with statements like "I see your point," "I don’t agree but I see your point," "I see where you are coming from," and "if I were in your shoes I might feel that way."
Only deal with what is being said. Do not bring in unrelated information.
Finally, propose a compromise. It is positive to offer to negotiate and brainstorm together to resolve the conflict.
These few simple steps allow retreat with dignity, focus on common ground and prepare for implementation of a plan.
The Rotary Club of Scenic 7 meets today at noon. The guest speaker today is Tana Neathery of Head to Toe Salon. The club meets at noon at the Boys and Girls Club. Bring a brown bag lunch at 11:30 and enjoy a quick meal with Rotarians before the meeting begins.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Learn about hurricanes and earthquakes

Starting Saturday and running through September 6 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock is Nature Unleashed: Earthquakes and Hurricanes. The program delves into the science behind the natural phenomenas.

Opera in the Ozarks

The 2010 season of Opera in the Ozarks begins this Friday with a performance of Carmen at Inspiration Point, seven miles west of Eureka Springs on Highway 62 atop Candy Rock Mountain.
Opera in the Ozarks is a prominent training program for all student singers interested in pursuing a career in opera. The tuition-based summer music program features four weeks of rehearsals and four weeks of performances. This year the three featured operas are Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s Tosca and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The Inspiration Point venue is an open-sided pavilion similar to the opera in Santa Fe.
This is the 60th anniversary season of Opera in the Ozarks.
The season is as follows for Carmen June 19, 21, 25, 30, July 2, 6 and 14, Tosca June 20, 23, July 1, 5, 8 and 16 and Don Giovanni June 26, 29, July 3, 7, 9, 12, and 15.
All seats are reserved. For more information regarding tickets, call 479-253-8595.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Good Life Expo today

Today is the Good Life Expo at the Coronado Center beginning at 9 a.m.. The event is sponsored by the Democrat Gazette.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

More on trivia night

FOCCL (or Friends of the Coronado Center Library) is having a fund raiser to help them reach their Community Foundation goal. The fund raiser will be a Trivia Night at the Coronado Center on July 17th from 6-9PM. The cost is 10$ to play. There will be a silent auction as well. Prizes will be awarded. Iced Tea, water and pop-corn will be served, but players can bring snacks and soft drinks if they wish. There will be a cash bar. The game will be made up of teams of 8 players, but if you cannot get a team of 8 together, you may play with fewer numbers, or join in the fun and be placed on a team of fewer players.if you do not wish to get a team together. The game will consist of 10 rounds with 10 questions each round. The scores will be posted for each round. It promises to be a fun evening, so please support our library and join the game. Registration forms and more details are available at the library.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Village Pro Realty sign came down in the wind

Village Pro Realty's sign came down in last night's wind. According to a Pro employee the sign is just down for repairs.

Adjacent county suffers disastrous flooding

Montgomery County, Garland's nearest neighbor to the west suffered disastrous flooding earlier this morning. At this time there are 19 confirmed dead and only 1 still missing.
Overnight an estimated 300 people were at the Albert Pike Campground in Montgomery County. At 1:35 a.m. the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the area. In a little over an hour the water was up eight feet and continuing to rise. Rescue efforts are ongoing.
The Caddo River and the Little Missouri River crested far above flood stage and have devastated the area. Roads, bridges, homes and vehicles have been washed away.
In Arkansas, the only morgue is in Little Rock. Refrigerator trucks have been sent to Montgomery area to transport the dead to Little Rock.
Surrounding counties' law enforcement rescue teams are involved in the effort to find the 36 people that are still reported as missing.
Garland County's Mounted Patrol unit has been sent to assist. According to Lt. James Martin, "At this point we have no timeline on how long they will be available."

Lawsuit regarding polling sites in Garland dropped

The resignation of elections commission chairman Charles Tapp has satisfied the three plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed earlier this week to block the certification of the primary run-off election vote. The vote will be certified this morning at 10 a.m.

Dixie Cafe credit card theft

If you dined at the Dixie Cafe on Central Avenue in Hot Springs between February 1 and June 1, used your credit or debit card and you have noticed unauthorized use of your card, contact the Dixie Cafe. Your card information may have been stolen. Dixie Cafe and police are investigating the card number thefts.

Coming up on Monday

Monday is Flag Day. There will be a Flag Day presentation at the Woodlands at 2 p.m. The program is expected to be no more than 45 minutes.
The Hot Springs Concert Band holds a summer outdoor concert at Whittington Park starting at 7 p.m. Bring your blankets or folding chairs and don't forget the bug spray.

Beboppers tomorrow night

The Beboppers Dance Club will be dancing at the Coronado Center tomorrow night starting at 6 p.m.

Brush Strokes meets today

If you can get to the Coronado Center this morning in all the rain, Brush Strokes is meeting at 9:15 a.m. Brush Strokes is for all artists from beginners to professional. Painters from all media are welcome.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

BP oil spill

This summer marks the fifth anniversary of the destruction Hurricane Katrina served up along the Gulf of Mexico. In 2005, half of Plaquemines Parish was destroyed by Katrina. From Ponte-a-la-Hache on down to the Gulf was a total loss.
I was working for Pivach and Pivach Law Firm in Belle Chasse when Hurricane Katrina hit. Belle Chasse is in upper Plaquemines Parish. We handled lots of domestic matters, real estate transfers, will and trusts. We did not handle criminal matters because we represented the Parish's Sheriff's Department.
Billy Nungesser was a client and friend of the Pivachs. I met him and his dad in the office on several occasions. There were only three law firms in Plaquemines Parish. It was not unusual for people to just stop in and say hello. Everybody knew everyone else. Plaquemines is the toe of the boot of Louisiana. One way in and one way out.
Much of what Nungesser had to say before the Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today made a lot of sense. You can see his speech at It is well worth a listen to find out what has been going on down in Louisiana since the oil spill.

Tapp resigns

Charles Tapp, chairman of the Garland County Election Commission resigned from office on Tuesday night after the public voted in the primary run-off election. The certification of the primary votes takes place tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Three Garland County residents, Ted Burhenn, Doug Jones and Blake Robertson, filed suit on Tuesday to block the vote certification. If the vote is blocked it will not change the outcome of the election, Sen. Blanche Lincoln will remain the democratic nominee.
George Hozendorf, chairman of the Garland County Democratic Central Committee will assume the role of election commission chairman tomorrow after the vote is certified.
Tapp sites his decision to rescind Saturday, June 5 early voting. On Friday he decided to open the Garland County Election Commission Building on Saturday for early voting. But, when he discovered he had not implemented the five day public notice per state law, Arkansas Code 7-5-418, he did not open the building for Saturday voting. Voters were turned away.
The pending lawsuit is regarding only two polling locations open on election day instead of all polling locations. Tapp said the turn out was about the same this year as in the last primary run-off. The commission voted to open just two polling locations in March of this year. The 30-day notice had been properly given.

Art of Living program about music tonight

At 6:20 p.m. Toni Spears will present this month’s Art of Living with a focus on the creative power of music. The program is at the First Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs. The session will end at 7:10 p.m. to allow everyone to get over to the Field House for tonight’s Music Festival concert featuring music "Out of this World" by Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Hermann’s The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

NPCC helps students get throught the day

Last Thursday Bunny Everett, the student nurse at National Park Community College, spoke to Scenic 7 Rotarians regarding the Oaklawn Wellness Fund.
The Oaklawn Wellness Fund was set up by the Oaklawn Racetrack owner as an initial $2,000 donation in 2009 to NPCC to provide help as needed for NPCC students to get through today to make it to tomorrow. Funds are donated each semester.
NPCC students qualified for the help include credit students taking a minimum of one hour, non-credit students, concurrent enrollment students and GED students. Division chairs let members of the OWF committee know which of their students may need help.
Serving on the Committee with Everett are the NPCC director of adult education, counselor/disability specialist, director of development and assistant director of admissions and scholarships.
The services provided by the fund include the following.
Food. Working in coordination with Soup’Er Sandwich, the NPCC cafeteria, $5 vouchers are available through Everett to provide students with a sandwich and a drink.
Transportation. Hot Springs daily bus passes are available through Everett. Monthly Hot Springs bus passes will be available only in cases in which the student will continuously need help today to get to tomorrow. Also, $20 gas cards from Wal-Mart for use at Murphy USA are available for students. To retain future eligibility for Foundation funds the students must bring back in their gas receipt.
Medical. $100 vouchers to HealthPark’s Convenient Care Clinic are provided to students without insurance and Medicaid that need immediate assistance. The voucher covers an office visit and a shot. Sample drugs are earmarked for students in need. Students with chronic illnesses are referred to Charitable Christian Clinic.
Other. $100 of hygiene product kits are available for students at any committee member’s office.
If future funding should increase dental services and medical prescriptions will be available to students in need today to get to tomorrow.
Becky Fugate, also with NPCC, spoke a bit about Helping Hands, another avenue of assistance for NPCC students. Helping Hands provides money to pay utility bills for students. The students are asked to pay back their loan in $5 increments.
NPCC is striving to keep its student body sound and available to concentrate on their studies not their challenges.
The Rotary Club of Scenic 7 meets every Thursday at noon at the Boys and Girls Club. Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy with members at 11:30 a.m. Today the speaker is Jason Hudnell. He will be discussing conflict resolution.

Lincoln wins democratic nomination

Sen. Blanche Lincoln won the democratic nomination over Lt. Governor Bill Halter in the primary election run-off yesterday. Lincoln's first cousin Harv Shelton is a Village resident.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Puttin on the Dog and Cat is today

Don’t forget the Animal Welfare League’s Puttin on the Dog and Cat this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Coronado Center auditorium. There will be hundreds of Silent Auction items on display and some fabulous things for the new Live Auction.Live Auction items include Adirondack chairs crafted by the Village Woodworkers, Disney World park hopper tickets, an oil portrait of your pet, Japanese maple tree, Diamonte golf rounds and a 3 day weekend at a rental condo in the Village. One lucky guest will have the winning benefit drawing ticket for all the money on the money tree and there will be lots of door prizes for other ticket holders.A tasty line up of samples from the food vendors will be served from 4:00 to 5:30. The wine fountain, chocolate fountain, cash bar and music by the Note-Ables continue until 6:30 as the auctions proceed.Village vendors include Home Plate Cafe, Ann's Bakery, Debra's, JK's Columbus Grill @ Isabella, Wood and Iron @ Cortez and El Acapulco. There will be lots of sponsored treats as well. Carol Tubb's cheese dip, R.C.'s puppy dog tails, Memphis recipe pasta salad, Caesar salad and BLT bites, pork loin with roll and Deanna Anderson's famous theme cake will all be available for tasting and they'll be delicious!Dizzy's will be back again. They're located in Little Rock now. The Culinary District is a new addition this year. They'll be coming from Hot Springs. Both are excited about raising funds for animals. They're "pet people"!Tickets are available at the door. Tickets are $20 each. Availability is limited.The Village is invited to join the League for a wonderful evening of music, food and wine and bidding for a huge array of fun and practical things to take home. There's something for everyone at the auctions. All proceeds help us do more for homeless pets and animals in need in the Village and surrounding communities.Again, tickets are only $20 each.

Trivia contest to benefit library

The Friends of the Library is presenting a Trivia night to benefit the Coronado Library on July 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Coronado Center auditorium.
Each team will have eight players. According to event chair, librarian Margaret Weeter, "there will be ten rounds of mind boggling excitement."
If you are a Jeopardy of Who Wants to be a Millionaire fan this is right up your alley. Calling all Villagers with a mind like a steel trap for useless trivia knowledge.
The proceeds will benefit the Coronado Center Library.
Teams for the event will top out at eight players. The cost is just $10 per person. The best teams will consist of people with varied backgrounds and interests.
Players may bring their own non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Iced tea, water, and popcorn will be provided.
There will be a Silent Auction during the event. Other voluntary participation events will be held during the evening. Bring a couple of extra dollars for a chance to win special prizes.
Trivia night is a fun and inexpensive way to spend a summer Saturday night. You will probably already have sweated on the golf course, the tennis courts, the lakes or trails, so why not come in out of the heat and humidity and test your mental ability rather than your athletic or physical ability? Friends of the Library promise it will be less taxing on your body.
Contact Margaret Weeter at 915-8898 for additional information and team application forms.

ACC meeting reviewing permit application

Members if the architectural control committee met late last week to consider four permits, a variance request and an application for a sign.
017-04 Colgadura / 37 Pyrenees Drive / Ace Martin Yard Care/deck with variance
Buddy Dixon reviewed this permit application for a deck. He talked with the contractor. There is an existing concrete pad with a rail that does not meet ACC standards, it will be torn out. The pad will be replaced with a wooden deck that will comply with all Village criteria. The permit was approved by consensus.
009-01 Reata / 6 Nudo Lane / Art Sidfrid/boat dock
Mike Christy reviewed this permit application for an uncovered boat dock, more of a platform slip on Lake Coronado. The dock meets all Village criteria. The permit was approved by consensus.
014-02 Ladera / 11 Mujeres Lane / Harper’s Landscaping/fence
Bob Kostelecky reviewed this permit application for a fence. The fence is part of an overall landscape project by Harper’s Landscaping. There is common property behind the fence location. The fence meets all Village criteria. The permit was approved by consensus.
051-01 Zafiro / 40 Arjona Way / Art Sidfrid/boat dock
Mike Christy reviewed this permit application for a boat dock. The proposed dock will be in a non-restricted cove. The dock meets all policy requirements. The permit was approved by consensus.
Planning and inspections director Steve White said he is having a problem with dock re-designs without permits. The permit is only $40 and if Village residents are caught re-doing decks without a permit the cost will be double. If the work is not up to standards it may have to be torn out. It is far cheaper to apply for a permit and have the design approved before risking a monetary investment in something that may have to be destroyed.
White also mentioned he may offer a deck upgrading workshop sometime this November.
004-10 San Pablo / 8 Flamenco Lane / Richard Heimenz/air conditioner pad in sideline
This permit application for a variance for an air conditioner pad was reviewed by Bill Roe. He said it is a simple variance request meeting all Village standards. The permit was approved by consensus.
Vacation Rentals / 110 Cooper Circle/sign
The permit application for a sign for Vacation Rentals finally meets Village criteria. The sign location must include landscaping, requiring an additional permit. The sign permit was approved.
So far this year the ACC has approved 38 new home permits.
The next meeting of the ACC is set for June 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the POA administration building on DeSoto Boulevard.

Kindle a big hit

I love my birthday present from my husband, a Kindle. The Kindle is a hand held electronic device a little bigger than a paperback book that transmits reading material. I picked a few books from the over half a million available on Kindle at I shopped for accessories, a light and a case. I picked the size print for each book. I've already finished one book and have another well under way. I can flip back and forth between books with an easy to use toggle button.
This is more fun than an avid reader can stand. The couple of times I have shopped this week instead of buying books at the store I study them to see if I think I want to down load them or not. Now book shopping is more of an adventure because the Kindle store has more books available than my local shopping nooks and crannies.
I made a trip to the library yesterday to donate several of my books I know I won't read again and don't need for reference. I no longer feel I have to hold on to every book I read. This Kindle has freed me in some way.
I am also still in the throws of spring cleaning and getting rid of some of my books and DVDs has been an ongoing process. It is just getting easier.
I have taken my Kindle on long walks, in the car and around the house. It is lightweight and holds hours of entertainment. I am heading off to Eureka Springs to see a couple of operas next week and I am looking forward to packing light for a change. No need to bring a few books, I will just bring my Kindle along.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Over the River and Through the Woods at Murry's Dinner Playhouse

Now through June 20, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse is featuring Joe Dipietro’s Over the River and Through the Woods.
This amusing, warm comedy about families features a single guy from New Jersey who sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday. This routine is shattered when he announces he is taking a job far from home. The news doesn't sit well with his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around.
Dipietro also wrote the off-Broadway hit I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change.
Murry’s Dinner Playhouse is at 6323 Col. Glenn Road in Little Rock. Tickets range from $20 to $32 with or without dinner. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:45 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday evening dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the curtain is at 6:45. Sunday matinee, lunch at 11 a.m. and curtain at 12:45 p.m. A Wednesday matinee is offered the first and second Wednesday of each new production.
For more information, visit the Murry’s Dinner Playhouse website at

Heifer Village celebrating first anniversary

Heifer International invites the public to a party to help celebrate Heifer Village’s first birthday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 19, at Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock.
Heifer Village, a unique museum-like experience developed by Heifer International, introduces visitors to the possibility of a world without hunger and poverty through hands-on exhibits and engaging educational programming. Exhibits demonstrate Heifer’s innovative work to provide livestock and training to families worldwide to create sustainable, practical and cost-effective solutions to hunger and poverty. Visitors learn about the issues and how they can help make a difference. Just as an art museum might give a visitor a new sense of beauty, visitors to Heifer Village come away inspired to help build a better world.
During the birthday party, visitors can explore the interactive exhibits and meet some special guests from the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Ark., sheep, chickens and rabbits, and get their picture made with them.
Children can enjoy hands-on activities, including creating their own seed starter, designing animal thumb print art, wool spinning and more. The Arkansas Farm Bureau is bringing along its milking cow simulator to give guests the opportunity to try their hands at milking a cow.
Zinse Agginie, an award-winning composer of drum ballet, will provide children interactive drumming activities from noon to 2 p.m. Jeff Matthews and Lisa Fischer from B98.5s Morning Rush will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon providing entertainment and chances to win station prizes including CDs, coupons, tickets and B98.5 promotional items.
Admission to the birthday party and all activities are free. Bring the whole family and friends and a picnic lunch or enjoy the food at Café@Heifer. Help Heifer kick off its summer season and celebrate this enjoyable, important community resource.
Heifer Village opened amid much celebration in June 2009, with speeches by Paul Farmer, founding director of Partners in Health, and Heifer leaders Jo Luck and Charles Stewart. Entertainment included Dan Zanes, Zinse Agginie, John Two-Hawks and the Mexican Folklore Ballet. The three-day opening celebration drew more than 5,000 guests.
Since the opening more than 46,000 men, women and children have visited the exhibits and attended programs, events and conferences. Heifer Village has been a field trip destination for approximately 100 schools, primarily from central Arkansas with a few schools traveling from as far as Wisconsin.
In November, it hosted the state’s first Farm to School Conference with more than 200 government, school, health and agricultural leaders talking about local foodsheds, local farm to market opportunities and children’s health. The conference spurred the creation of the Arkansas Farm to School Committee that meets monthly to continue the work of improving nutrition and increasing the use of locally-grown foods in Arkansas schools.
In early April, Arkansas’s own American Idol winner, Kris Allen, shared his experiences from a trip to Rwanda and performed a mini-concert as part of the "One Day Without Shoes Barefoot Bash for Rwanda." The sold-out event was held at Heifer Village with ticket sales benefitting Heifer International, Toms Shoes and A Bridge to Rwanda.
"Heifer Village is serving as a great resource for young school children to community leaders to come together to think about and discuss the issues and solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems," said Michelle Dusek Izaguirre, Senior Director of Learning Centers. "Our visitors comment on how hopeful our approach is to sharing these issues and how they can leave with an understanding that they can make changes in their own lives that will have a positive influence on overcoming these global challenges."
Heifer Village’s birthday celebration is a free event and reservations are not required. The party takes place at Heifer Village, located on the Heifer International campus, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, Ark. 72202. For more information, visit or call the Registrar at 501-907-COWS (2697). Heifer Village is one of Heifer’s educational centers, which also include Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Ark., Overlook Farm in Rutland, Mass. and planned construction of Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hill, Calif. All of Heifer’s educational centers are designed to teach people about the root causes of hunger and poverty and how people can effect real change that brings possibility and hope to millions around the world. Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 50 countries, including the U.S., to help families and communities become more self-reliant.

Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village

The Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village has a nice write-up in Hot Springs on the Go by the Sentinel Record. The article features the accomplishments of the Rotary Club on its 25th anniversary.

Flag Day at the Woodlands

There will be a Flag Day ceremony in the air-conditioned comfort of the Woodlands Auditorium on June 14 at 2 p.m. The program is free.

Sprinkler system permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor/water source
030-01 Ciclamor / 26 Ciclamor Way / Landscape Depot/Village
001-08 Baltanas / 24 Villacarriedo Drive / Todd Hornaday/Village
007-33 Isabella / 23 Lejos Lane / Eric Tracy/Village
014-09 Alta Vista / 2 Albanza Lane / Topwater Plumbing/Village
001-08 Ladera / 14 Alteza Drive / Eric Tracy/Village
014-21 Ladera / 11 Mujeres Lane / Harpers Landscape/Village
023-04 Maria / 32 Linares Lane / Carriage Custom Homes/Lake

HVAC permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor
010-04 Soria / 1 Berlanga Circle / Beebe Heat & Air
023-Avila / 57 Almeria Way / Climate Control
013-02 Empinado / 15 Sitio de Presa Lane / Beebe Heat & Air
007-01 Reata / 2 Nudo Lane / Reliable Air
020-12 Castellon Cts. / 33 Calanas Lane / Affordable Heating & Air
006-02 Mesero / 129 Mesero Way / Eagle Heating & Air
017-05 Miguel / 47 Greco Way / Huchingson Heating & Air
004-10 San Pablo / 8 Flamenco Lane / Climate Control
024-03 Palisandro / 165 Castano Drive / Middleton Heating & Air
014-03 Hartura / 3 Hartura Lane
020-02 Jabali / 41 Jabali Way / Johnston Heating & Air
005-05 Sanchez / 3 Sanchez Cove / Middleton Heating & Air
005-06 Sergio / 9 Fachado Drive / Spiva Heating & Air
007-06 Sergio / 13 Fachado Drive / Reliable Heating & Air
013-06 Sergio / 25 Fachado Drive / B & A Heating & Air
018-13 Diamante / 5 Princesa Lane / Climate Control
002-27 Isabella / 150 Pizarro Drive / Standridge, Inc.
003-01 Pacifica / 7 Pacifica Way / Reliable Air

Addition permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor/Project
003-04 Castellon / 5 Alcora Lane / B & M Plumbing/plumbing
004-03 Madrid / 11 Jaca Place / Joe Huffman/deck addition
001-05 Gancho / 22 Gancho Way / Webb Construction/replace deck
005-01 Reata / 9 Cuerda Way / Marty Stonebraker/enlarge bath
014-01 Devaca / 7 Nisa Lane / Liberty Solar Solutions/install solar
016-02 Galeon / 4 Galeon Lane / Rolland Williams / deck addition, hot tub
002-05 Cifuentes / 9 Illescas Way / Champion of Little Rock/enclose porch
004-04 Campeon / 7 Campeon Court / William Drayer/deck addition
006-02 Encantado / 29 Encantado Way / Randy Kunkel/plumbing
009-02 Encantado / 1 Encantado Court / David Feldpausch/screen porch
014-08 Promesa / 7 Ribera Lane / MDS Electric/add electric to boat dock
003-32 Isabella / 6 Victoria Lane / M & R Sarver/roof over deck
026-19 Isabella / 27 Forjador Lane / Northside Electric/generator
015-19 Vereda / 21 Amable Lane / George McCoy/add steps and handrails

Landscape permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor
011-03 Palisandro / 139 Castano Drive / Bennett Bros.
015-01 Tiburon / 46 Tiburon Way / Acey Martin Yard Care
030-01 Ciclamor / 26 Ciclamor Way / Landscape Depot
002-07 Resplandor / 57 Resplandor Way / Bennett Bros.
001-08 Ladera / 14 Alteza Drive / Bennett Bros.
014-21 Ladera / 11 Mujeres Lane / Harpers Landscape
005-04 Maria / 20 Linares Lane / John McCown
968-01 Commercial / 1196 DeSoto Boulevard / Natzke Builders

New home permits

Lot-Bk-Addition / Address / Contractor/Sq. Ft.
001-05 Caribe / 36 Tamayo Way / Robert Olson/2,500
011-03 Alta Vista / 326 Maderas Drive / Renaissance Homes, Inc./1,978
020-12 Vereda / 18 Arturo Lane / Carriage Custom Homes/2,004
012-21 Ladera / 15 Mujeres Lane / Carriage Custom Homes/2,237
017-06 Ladera / 4 Ventosa Lane / Carriage Custom Homes/2,211
018-06 Ladera / 6 Ventoso Lane / Carriage Custom Homes/2,004
024-19 Ladera / 18 Mujeres Lane / Carriage Custom Homes/2,004
004-06 Maria / 30 Manzanares Drive / Gerald Ellison Homes/2,335

Friday, June 4, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

This is my first birthday since my mom died. She used to call me at 2:20 a.m. every year because that was the time of my birth. It was annoying most years but I must admit I missed it this morning. I am taking the day off. Tomorrow I will update you on the June calendar, ACC meeting, new permits granted in the Village and the noon Rotary meeting yesterday. Tomorrow night is the Colt and the Old 45's at the Woodlands. Have a great day.
Oh, Lee is giving me a Kindle for my birthday. It arrives today. I will let you know what I think of the reading machine.

Gallery Walk tonight

It is the first Friday night in June so that means the Gallery Walk is this evening in Hot Springs. Stroll down Central Avenue and stop by as many galleries as you can. There will be nibbles and drinks available. Have fun, see some great art and get a little exercise all at the same time.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

And the winner is....

Pat Hightower, player of the year.

Janice VanArsdall awarded 2010 Woodie and Woofie awards to deserving Village Players at the annual Player’s picnic earlier this week.
And the winners are:
First Woodie of the night, for invaluable representation of the Players for the 40th anniversary of the Village, Bobbie Bateman.
Never Too Late Woodie, Larry Wilson for his past and present contributions of countless hours to all aspects of the Players from copying scripts to bringing us Elvis.
Best impersonations of Al Jolson, Marlene Dietrich and Michael Flatley as well as the best scene stealer Woodie, Ron Petti in It Runs in the Family.
Rabid Recorder and DVD Duplicator Woodie, Phil Ellis for his work in preserving our shows for us.
Best sounding off and ringing performance Woodie, Dan Moran and Ken Birkjovff in Baby Snooks.
Taking a fall for the show Woodie, Jo Knight in Egad, What A Cad.
The CYA line for Jo Knights Fall Woodie, Herm Dobscha in Egad, What A Cad.
Best knee crawler and crier Woodie, Jeff Smith in Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch.
Long suffering husband Woodie, Lance Miller for the Young Peoples’s Theater.
The Drum Major who marches to a different beat as the rest of the band through no fault of his own Woodie, Craig Annen in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The I Couldn’t Have Done It Without You Woodie, Bev Bullard for Baby Snooks.
The Jack of All Trades and Master of them All Woodie, Fran Walker for all she’s done for the Players.
The Best Exiting Legs Woodie, Jim Umphrey in It Runs in the Family.
The Best CYA line of the year Woodie, Lucy Joyce in Egad, What A Cad.
The Pompous Twit Woodie, Jack Larsen in It Runs in the Family.
Best Horse Rider Woodies , Bill Fields and Dan Moran in The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch.
The Timeless Timekeeper Woodie, Ken Birkjovff for It Runs in the Family as he kept the wall clock in perfect time.
The best Elmer Gantry Impersonation, Herm Dobscha in Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch.
The best costumes Woodie, Cloe Bayer and Marlene Ramsey for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The Best Saloon Sluts Woodies to those ladies of ill repute in The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch. MaryLou Moran, Bari Searles, Barb Wallisch, Robin Johnson.
For excellence in dance coordinating, JoAnn Dobscha for the Young People’s Theater.
The Sneaky Retriever Woodie, Sherry Phillips for crawling on her hands and knees to retrieve the basin in It Runs in the Family.
That Cross Dressing Fool Woodie, Jack Iafrate in The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch.
Woofie Woodies, to the dog chorus in Baby Snooks: Lee Iafrate, Bill Fields, Jeff Smith, Marie Welsh, Herm Dobscha, Sherry Phillips, Kathy Jervis.

Muses perform today

Today is the first of four musical programs brought to you by the Muses Creative Artistry Program. All the concerts are at 12:30 p.m., part of the Counterpoint Lunchtime Concert Series at the First Presbyterian Church Hot Springs at 213 Whittington.
Today is Opera Treasures with arias, duets, trios and more.
The programs feature Sun Young Chang, soprano, Deleen Davidson, soprano, Julia Mintzer, mezzo, Brad Raymond, tenor, Elizabeth Bonomo, piano, Shana Norton, harp, Wesley Baldwin, cello, Steve Suter, trombone, Shelly Martin, flute, and Louis Menendez, piano.
June 5 is English Song featuring the music of Copeland, Vaughn Williams and Bernstein.
June 8 is All Bach featuring voice, flute, trombone, harp, cello, organ and piano.
June 10 is Celtic Harp and Soprano featuring favorites old and new.
For more information about upcoming Muses events go to

Pat Hightower named Player of the Year

Pat Hightower was honored as Payer of the Year at the Village Players picnic Monday night.
Jackie Gullahorn read a four page list of Hightower’s accomplishments encompassing not just this year but the last 15 years of service to the Players.
Hightower has sung, danced, directed, written and coached. She has guided many of the children in their productions. They affectionately refer to Miss Pat as their leader.
Personally I can speak to Hightower’s welcoming nature. She makes a special effort to make newcomers welcome and helps them to fit into the organization. In addition to Player of the Year, the Players may want to consider Hightower for Ambassador of the Year.
Pat and her husband Tom have been very active in the Players from the minute they arrived in the Village. Tom has slowed down a little but Pat is still blazing away with both barrels.
Pat Hightower is an excellent choice for Player of the Year.

Illegal immigrants discussed at POA board work session

Public Safety director A. Laroy Cornett gave a special presentation to the POA board concerning illegal immigrants working in the Village.
It has been the practice of the Public Safety Department to periodically check work passes at the manned gates. Those entering the Village with electronic gate passes are not monitored. During the manned gate checks the names of the workers without proper identification are run through the NCIC computer data base. If there is an outstanding warrant the police will act accordingly.
People with legal work passes and or work decals on their cars are not stopped for further investigation.
No one is allowed into the Village without a proper work pass. No one is allowed into the Village with someone else’s work pass. 24 cards have been confiscated this year from non-card owners. Of those 14 were worker passes, eight were property owner passes and two were renter passes.
In order to retrieve a confiscated pass the owner must see Chief Cornett personally.
Work passes are issued under three categories, daytime, restaurant and unlimited. The daytime passes are mostly for construction workers. The restaurant passes offered extended hours for service staff at the Village restaurants. The unlimited passes are issued to health care workers that need 24 hour access to their patients.
The current policy is to turn away illegal immigrants discovered attempting to enter the Village through the manned gates as it is to turn away anyone without the proper identification. Officers do not arrest anyone for being an illegal immigrant. If they did the Village would have to pay for their incarceration until there is a hearing by the government’s immigration department. The immigration department does not pick up any of the cost of incarceration.
Both county jails can ill afford to house illegal immigrants indefinitely, especially Garland County. Garland County has been suffering from overcrowding for years.
Cornett assured board members that illegal immigrants are not much of a factor, if any, in crime in the Village. He said 98.6-percent of the crimes committed in the Village are by residents, their dependents and visiting friends.
Chief suggested if the POA board wanted to crack down on illegal immigrants entering the Village they needed to crack down on employers hiring the. The employer should demand two forms of legal identification mandated by the federal government. He believes going after the employer would be a quick and effective way to police the situation.
Board member Mike Misch voiced his opinion that the current system does not profile any particular type of person and should remain the policy of the board.

Independance Day fireworks paid for by contributions

Tom Arwood asked the POA board to accept the over $20,000 raised in 29 days to save the fireworks show on Balboa beach on Independence Day.
Arwood and his committee, Jim Zhand, Jeff Hollansworth, John Tidquist, Keith Brown and Donna Aylward, collected contributions from over 200 people and organizations in the short period of time.
The POA board recently eliminated the fireworks display as a budget cost cutting measure. The private contributions guarantee this year’s July 4 event will continue to be a Village tradition.

POA Board Special Meeting

The POA board approved two items in a special meeting yesterday following the POA board work session. Thomas and Susan Brunette were awarded the Granada food and beverage lease. They will be taking over the Terrace on the Green restaurant.
Board members Jim Owens abstained from voting and Katie Feather voted against awarding the lease. The measure passed four to one.
The other matter considered in special session was an amendment to the LifeNet Ambulance agreement. The proposal calls for LifeNet to take over ambulance dispatch.
The transfer of calls will take place with the push of a button enabling continued fast response to all ambulance calls. The ambulance units currently stationed in the Village will remain in the Village.
Prior to contracting with Howard County all ambulance calls were dispatched in a similar manner. Under Howard County dispatching moved in house at the Public Safety building on Calella Road.
To assure quality service the Village dispatchers will stay on the line to assist. Village police will continue to ride along on ambulance calls when available.
The transfer of the dispatch service to LifeNet will not cost the Village POA. The transfer might bring a savings to the POA when its current dispatch service is modified to reflect the transfer of ambulance calls away from the Village.
LifeNet’s dispatch headquarters is in Hot Springs.
This measure was passed by consensus by the POA board.

National Garden Week June 6 through 12

POA board president Bill Linam made it official at the board work session yesterday, the week of June 6 through 12 is proclaimed National Garden Week in the Village as well as nationwide.
Anne Inloes of the Village Pines Garden Club took part in the proclamation ceremony. The Village Pines Garden Club is one of the oldest clubs in the Village.
Village Pines Garden Club members will have special displays in their yards in honor of National Garden Week.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

News form Hot Springs Concert Band

The annual summer concert series presented by the Hot Springs Concert Band kicks off on June 14th at 7:00 PM in Hot Springs' Whittington Park. The theme for the evening is "The Many Sides of John Philip Sousa." There is no charge for the hour-long program though donations are accepted. Listeners are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and even bring picnic provisions for a relaxing evening. Facilities are provided on site.

40th anniversary DVD's available today

Larry Wilson produced a 48 minute DVD of the 40th anniversary celebration week in Hot Springs Village. He attended most of the evens and shot over seven hours of video and took 400 stills. He also included some vintage photographs courtesy of Clint Sowards.
The DVD goes on sale today at the POA administration building on DeSoto Boulevard. The DVD is just $7.
For those of you wanting a copy mailed to you, the cost is $7 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling. Checks should be made to Larry Wilson and mailed to 4 Antigua Lane, HSV, AR 71909.

Townhouse Association marking progress

Townhouse association general manager, Glenn Zarpaylic said "this year has started off very well," in his progress report to the townhouse association board at the working board meeting on Monday.
He added, "I am pleased with the crews." He said the crews are halfway through with the second application of weed control and will be completed by mid-month.
He reported the representatives of Reserve Advisors toured the THA courts on May 21 and will turn in their report by June 21. Heritage Engineering is currently drawing up plans to address the Guadalajara bridge. The plans should be in the THA office by June 8.
Crews are also pressure washing trash bins throughout the courts.
The newsletter made Valencia and Coronado Courts members aware of the sprinkler issues facing each court. It has been proposed that Valencia Court stop all watering efforts due to the continuing cost of repairing the antiquated system and the ineffectualness of watering dirt. Coronado Court is facing a broken system in half of its court, like Valencia, the system is only watering dirt.
There are two proposals facing Coronado Court, one to just stop the watering fiasco in half the court, the other is to divide the court into two courts, watering and non-watering.
The THA office received two letters from Valencia Court members regarding the watering, one said fix it, the other said stop wasting the money.
No one from Coronado has expressed an opinion other than the two court reps living in the side that is watered. They say split the courts and stop the watering on the other side.
There is no break down of the costs yet to get the DeSoto pool up and running this season. The pool was slated to open over the holiday weekend. Zarpaylic expects Tom Freeman’s bill regarding the pool repairs soon.
The website is up and running. It looks sharp. Webmaster Donna Bigg is still inputting information on the individual courts but forms and THA news are available at the site. To visit the website, go to Nearly 100 people visited the site on its first day of operation.
The next meeting of the THA board is scheduled for June 29 at 8:30 a.m. at the THA building on Perralena Lane.

Hot Springs Concert Band Honors Its Own

In addition to providing beautiful Memorial Day celebration music to the crowd at Whittington Park, the Hot Springs Concert Band took a moment to honor its fallen musicians. Those who have died, but are not forgotten.
The honored included the following musicians and their instrument.
Band charter member, saxophone and clarinet, Paul Abrams.
Conductor and trumpet, Don Allen.
Director and euphonium, Alva Appling.
Band charter member, percussion, Ida Ashford.
Trumpet, John Becton.
Trombone, George Bell.
Band charter member, percussion, George Bridges.
French horn, Jim Butler.
Euphonium, Ed Carroll.
Band charter member, trumpet, Herb Chunn.
Tenor saxophone, Ken Elliott.
Clarinet, Harry Frederick.
Euphonium, Walter Garretson.
Clarinet, Dale Gerster.
Charter band member, past president, tuba, Tommy Goslee.
Tuba, A. C. Hall.
French horn, Wayne Isaacson.
Saxophone and clarinet, Bob Kutscher.
Charter band member, saxophone, Melvin Malley.
Percussion, Dr. Doug McCall.
Tuba, Walter McClelland.
Band charter member, director and piccolo, John Melton.
Clarinet, Lenore Melton.
Band charter member, percussion, Ben Quertermous.
Saxophone, Lew Olmstead.
Baritone, Eugene Schmidt.
Band charter member, manager, Dr. Lamar "Doc" Smith.
Clarinet, Myrna Spring.
Band charter member, clarinet, C. V. Thomas.
Band charter member, cymbals, Joe Trichelle.
Baritone, O. J. Vlasek.
Trombone, Ernest Welter.
Saxophone, Howard Weston.
Trumpet, George Wheaton.
Alto Saxophone, Pat Wood.