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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Opera Guild back for the season on Monday

The Village Opera Guild will meet Monday, October 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the smaller room at Ouachita at Ponce de Leon Center.
The season opener of the Metropolitan Opera's HD simulcast is October 9 at noon at Tinseltown in Benton. The season opens with Wagner's Das Rheingold.
Members of the guild meet the week before each simulcast performance to acquaint themselves with the opera libretto. The meetings are informal and cater to beginners and experts in opera.
Those viewing a simulcast opera at Tinseltown for the first time might want to bring a sweater of a little blanket to snuggle during the performance. The shows usually run about three hours and the temperatures tend to be on the cool side.

Saline County candidate forum today at Ponce de Leon Center

The POA's governmental advisory committee and the Village chamber of commerce are co-sponsoring a candidates forum for Saline County this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Ouachita room.
Candidates will introduce themselves and then answer questions from the audience.
The Garland County and Saline County candidate forums provide information to the electorate regarding candidates on the November 2 ballot. The Garland County candidates forum was held earlier this month.

Rotary Clubs meet today

The Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village is meeting this morning at 7 a.m. on Good Sam's campus for a breakfast meeting. Soon the club will change its meeting place to the Balboa Club. Today's topic is Symphony House by Jack Larsen and Elaine Weeter.
The Rotary Club of Scenic 7 meets at noon at Molly O'Brien's on Highway 7. The club wraps up its month celebrating educational facilities in the area. Today National Park Community College will be featured.
Visitors are welcome at both of the clubs.

Last day of September and what a weekend follows

Nick Charles

Today is the last day of September. Tomorrow seems to kick off the fall entertainment calendar.

On October 1 there is an ArtsFest block party featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and UCA Marching Band in Simon Park in downtown Conway. The concert is from 7 to 9 p.m.

Also, on October 1 the Little Rock Folk Club presents Australian guitar maestro Nick Charles from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The concert is on the UCC-LR campus at Thomson Hall at 1818 Reservoir Road. For ticket information call 501-663-0634.

The monthly Gallery Walk is the first Friday night in October in downtown Hot Springs.

Saturday, October 2 brings the season opener for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock. Tickets are available at the ASO website, .

The Arkansas Arts Center is presenting A Century of Revolution: Mexican Art since 1910. The exhibit examines the political and social changes since the Mexican Revolution as reflected in the art of the times. The Arkansas Arts Center is at 9th and Commerce Streets in downtown Little Rock. The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the exhibit runs through November 21.

The Historic Arkansas Museum is presenting Natural Wonders, an exhibit of works by Laura Terry, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Featured are paintings and drawings that borrow images from the natural world. The museum is at 200 East Third Street in downtown Little Rock. Admission is free. Tours of the historic grounds are available. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Kiwanis meeting this morning at Coronado Center

There is a Kiwanis meeting this morning at 8 a.m. at the Coronado Center.

Sorry Wrong Chimney at Pocket

This is the last weekend to see Sorry Wrong Chimney! at the Pocket Theater in Hot Springs. This comedy by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears is a knee-slapper.
David Tuttle is moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas. He tells here he's working late at the office, but she finds out he isn't at the office. A suspected other woman, hypnotism, the notorious Santa burglar Kris Kreigle and his gun toting fiancee, and a confused policeman add up to a rollicking tale that is hilarious Christmas or anytime entertainment.
The shows final weekend starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. The show runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are only $10. Students through grade 12 are just $5. Tickets are available on the Pocket Theater website at .
The theater is at 170 Ravine Street.

40th anniversary merchandise sale

2010 is the Village's 40th anniversary and to celebrate many items have been created to recognize the special anniversary.
The Hot Springs Village POA has reduced the prices on all 40th anniversary commemorative merchandise. Go to for the lowest prices of the year.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mature and Secure workshop

Mature and secure smart women know:
Depending on others to take care of them is risky
That other people might depend on them
Being in control does not mean doing it all yourself
The right questions to ask
How to make decisions
How to hold on to what they’ve got
That there is no such thing as a free lunch. Or dinner. Or theatre tickets
They always need to have a "Plan B"
What if. . .
You could have peace of mind?
You could have a secure income?
You knew you could handle whatever life sends your way?
You can. Come learn how at our free workshop:
Date: October 13, 2010
Place: Hot Springs Village Chamber of Commerce
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Education and Empowerment
Don’t gamble with your future!
Invest some time with us and we’ll give you the best return you’ll ever get. We’ll teach you how
to do what you can with what you’ve got wherever you are.
This workshop is free but space is limited, so registration is required. Call 501-538-4596 to make your reservation today.
There are three kinds of people:
Those who make it happen
Those who watch it happen and
Those who wonder what the heck happened
Which one do you want to be?
About the Presenters:
Janet Holt specializes in the joys and challenges of life in the "second half." She is a, licensed professional counselor, personal historian and the author of Investing Starting From Scratch.
Judy Pickering has worked in the financial services industry since 1987 and has earned the designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist. She is currently a Financial Advisor with a firm here in the Village.

Coping during the holiday season

Not looking forward to the holidays? You’re not alone. If thinking about the holidays makes you feel blue, come to our workshop and learn:
Why many people get depressed during the holidays.
Things to do when "I’ll be home for Christmas" is not welcome news.
How to know when it’s more than a case of the blues and what to do about it.
How cultural pressures contribute to overload.
How to stay sane, healthy—and maybe have a little fun during the holiday season.
When: October 8, 2010
Where: Village United Methodist Church
200 Carmona Road
What Time: 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
This workshop is free but space is limited, so registration is required. Call 501-538-4596 to make your reservation today. What have you got to lose besides the blues?
Virginia Miller, MA is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is a counselor at Jessieville Middle School and has a private practice with offices in Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village.
Janet Holt, MS is a licensed professional counselor, gerontologist and personal historian who specializes in the joys and challenges of life in the second half. Her office is in Hot Springs Village.

Heifer Club meeting

General Heifer Club meeting at 2:00 pm Wednesday, 29th at the Kirk Hoffius Hall. That's tomorrow!

Auditions at Pocket

Auditions for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown will be Sunday, October 3rd and Monday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. on the Pocket Theater stage in Hot Springs. The cast includes four males and two females. Auditions will require singing with accompaniment and reading from the script. Please bring sheet music or instrumental CD and be prepared to sing a one-minute Broadway-style song. More details will be available later on the Pocket Community Theatre web site at

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall urban deer bowhunt ended Saturday

The fall urban deer bow hunt in the Village ended Saturday, September 25. This year 162 deer were shot with a bow and arrow, last year there were two more killed in the hunt for 164 total.
This year the hunters were more generous, they donated 147 of the deer to charity. Last year only 110 were donated.
A winter urban deer bow hunt in the Village will run this January. For more information go to the POA website at

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Writers Club meets Monday

The Village Writers' Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Monday, September 27 at Ramona's Kitchen.
The club members meet for lunch at noon and have a business meeting following at 1 p.m. For reservations or information visit the website,
Several charter members of the club will be at Monday's meeting. A selection of readings from current members will be featured in the program.

New dual executive director of Chamber starts Monday

Lacey Ekberg begins her new position as the Executive Director of the HSV Chamber of Commerce/Executive Director of Advertising and Promotions.
The Village POA is contributing $250,000 to the Chamber this year to have Ekberg promote the Village. The money came from the recent assessment increase from $32 a month to $36 a month.

AAUW Book Sale October 8 and 9

The annual AAUW Book Sale to raise money for scholarships is October 8 and 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Village Church of Christ at 403 Barcelona Road.
There will be over 30,000 used books for sale.
Should you have any questions, please call 922-4106 or 922-1680.

ASO video on Youtube

Kevin Cole

The star-studded video welcoming new Arkansas Symphony Orchestra musical director/conductor Philip Mann to Arkansas is becoming a hit on Youtube.
View the video yourself on the ASO website .

Philip Mann will make his debut this Saturday night at 8 p.m. at Robinson Music Hall in the first of the Masterworks series. The program includes Leonard Bernstein's Overture to Candide, George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9. The Gershwin piece features pianist Kevin Cole. The concert will be repeated Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available on the website.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

TIckets for Acousticatz available Oct. 4

Tickets for Acousticatz go on sale on October 4. Tickets are $10. The Acousticatz will perform at the Woodlands Auditorium on October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Arkansas State winners and national semifinalists of the Colgate Country Showdown, the Acousticatz performs a blend of original and traditional favorites, covering bluegrass, pop, jazz and country. The group is featured with the Mid-America Arts Alliance in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The band has also been featured the last four years at the American Music and Craftsmanship festival at Silver Dollar City.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Harmony of Homes almost here

The HS/V Symphony Guild's 15th annual fundraiser for youth scholarships, Harmony of Homes, is Monday, October 11.
There will be two tour times offered, from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. Lunch at Diamante Country Club is optional.
The tour will feature four lovely Village homes. On a clear day you can see forevever from the first home on the tour, a European-style home. The second home fetures a brick, stone and stucco in a traditional home paying tribute to The Natural State. The third home has large scale accessories providing much WOW factor in an Old World/Craftsman home. Last but not least, the fourth home is Mediterranean style overlooking pine forests and mountains with a distant view of the Granada Golf Course.
Tickets are available at a lower rate until September 30. Tickets are $15 for the tour only and $25 for the tour and lunch at Diamante Country Club. After September 30 tickets are $20 for the tour only and $30 for the tour and lunch. Lunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or from 12:20 to 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at several locations including the Woodlands, The Dogwood Tree at 25255 Highway 5, L.B.G. Enterprises at 105 Calella Road, RE/MAX Offices at both 1400 DeSoto Boulevard and 3901 Highway 7 and House to Home in Hot Springs at 4328 Central Avenue, Suite K. Or you can call Sally Crawford for tickets at 922-2567 or go to .
Participants will meet at the Balboa Baptist Church at 415 Ponce de Leon Drive. Transportation is provided from the church to the tour homes.

Cancer research walk tomorrow

The Village walk for cancer research is tomorrow, September 25 at 7:30 a.m.Walkers will meet at the Cortez pavilion and walk the Hernando trail. Participants can walk one, two or five miles. Registration is $30.Call Linda Logan at 915-8070 or Ginna Watson at 915-0195 for more information.

The Acousticatz are coming next month

The HS/V Symphony Guild is sponsoring The Acousticatz at the Woodlands Auditorium on October 15 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets contact Sally Crawford at 922-2567 or
The Acousticatz is back by popular demand. The Acousticatz, Arkansas State winner and national semifinalist of the Colgate Country Showdown will perform a blend of original and traditional favorites covering bluegrass, pop, jazz and country. The group is featured with the Mid-America Arts Alliance in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The group has been featured the last four years at the American Music and Craftsmanship festival at Silver Dollar City.

American Tenors

Tonight, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. is the last opportunity to see The American Tenors at the Woodlands Auditorium. There are still a few Concerts Association memberships available. Tickets are also available at

Sacred Heart treasure sale today and tomorrow

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church conducts its Treasure Sale every two years in the Lower Hall. This year’s sale is 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 24 and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 25. The Treasure Sale has earned the reputation as being one of the Village’s best events for bargain hunting aficionados. The church is located at 295 Balearic at the intersection of Fresno Road.

Beauty and the Brush

At Garvan Woodland Gardens starting this Sunday, the autumn Beauty and the Brush program. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September 26 through 28, patrons can observe more than 20 professional artists at work as they capture the Garden's magnificent fall scenery on canvas. The artists welcome interaction, so feel free to ask questions. Watching the artists create is included in the regular Garden admission.

Hot Springs Flute Ensemble at Garvan Gardens this Sunday

Enjoy the melodic sounds of the woodwinds while basking in the beauty of Garvan Woodland Gardens. The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. at the Garvan Pavilion on Sunday, September 26. The concert is included in regular admission.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Take Back Day this Saturday

This Saturday Village Police are participating in Take Back Day. The Village Police are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency to hold a one-day take back program to remove potentially dangerous, outdated, prescriptions from Village homes.
It is not safe to flush unused prescriptions down the toilet. The Village Police along with the DEA will collect the pharmaceuticals to be destroyed in a safe manner.
Bring drugs for disposal to the dispatch office at 113 Calella Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 25.
For more information, contact the Department of Public Safety at 922-0011.

Rotaries meet today

This morning the Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village meets at 7 a.m. in the Crystal Dining room at the Cedar Lodge of Good Sam's. It is bring your spouse to Rotary day featuring a presentation by Garvan Woodland Gardens' Susan Harper as Vera Garvan.
At noon the Rotary Club of Scenic 7 meets at Molly O'Brien's on Highway 7. Club members are continuing this month's education theme.

Heifer meeting next week

The Heifer Club will meet September 29 at 2 p.m. at Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian. Special guest Domingo Barrios, President and CEO of Heifer Foundation will speak.
Everyone is invited to the meeting and encouraged to bring a guest.
Barrios will explain what the foundation does to support the international efforts of Heifer. He will lecture for about 20 minutes and then take questions.
There will be a short business meeting prior to Barrios’ talk. The meeting will follow the progress of the upcoming Living Gift Market. The Living Gift Market will take place on November 13 at the Coronado Center. The Living Gift Market offers Villagers the opportunity to buy an animal for Heifer to give to the needy around the world. It has become a tradition for some Village households to give their children and grandchildren the gift of giving an animal to Heifer as part of their Christmas holiday.

Welcome to Autumn

Autumn officially begins today even though it still feels like July. The heat can't last forever.

Brown bag lunch at Heifer headquarters

There will be a brown bag lunch meeting at Heifer International headquarters on October 1 at noon to talk about Heifer’s program in India. The Asia/South Pacific Program and Prabaharan, Program Manager of Heifer India will lead the discussion.
The meeting will be in 3 West conference rooms A and B at the Heifer headquarters. Interested parties welcome.

Art exhibit at Heifer Village

Starting yesterday through this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day the Teacher’s Discovery traveling exhibit, Art Beyond Borders is at the Heifer Village on display.
The exhibition is sponsored by Little Rock’s Mayor Mark Stodola. The exhibit is a partnership between Teacher’s Discovery and the International Museum of Twenty-first Century Arts. It originated from a series of international exhibits that premiered at the United Nations Headquarters.
The Goal of the museum is to collect one piece of art from an artist in every country in the world to serve as a catalyst for peace and cultural understanding through the universal language of art. To date, 63countries are participating.
The exhibit at the Heifer Village will feature 24 of the museum’s works of art in a vibrant, educational, eye-opening display.
The Heifer Village is on Heifer’s campus in Little Rock adjacent to Clinton’s Presidential Library.

Community Fair photos

Annie Get Your Gun musical booth at Community Fair.

Gone With the Wind quartet at Civil War roundtable discussion booth.

Bridge anyone?

Chamber of Commerce booth at Community Fair, Talk Derby to Me.

Cool jazz

A jazz trio played for Concerts Association audiences before The American Tenors concert and during intermission in the Woodlands Auditorium lobby.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Burn ban

Garland County is under a countywide burn ban.

Jessieville School District millage increase passes

It was a squeaker but the millage increase designated to improve the Jessieville School District passed with 505 votes for and 448 against.

Community Fair today

The Community Fair will open at 9 a.m. at the Coronado Community Center and run to 2 p.m. today.

Photos of last night's concert

Photographs of last night's The American Tenors are available on the Woodlands Auditorium website,

The American Tenors wowed the Woodland’s season opening audience last night

I don’t usually compare very talented men to dogs but I love dogs and I loved the performance by The American Tenors last night.
Pianist, producer, arranger Frank McNamara is like a pug, lots of power in a compact and adorable form.
The newest and youngest tenor, Ben Gulley is much like my golden retriever, big, youthful, exuberant, easily put through his paces and always surprising himself that he can do the task. All the while a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes.
Nathan Granner is much like an Australian shepherd, an extreme amount of energy, a dependable working dog that will occasionally do a back flip just to make sure you are watching.
Marcus McConico is a regal afghan, a beauty to watch as he goes through his paces, attractive, sure-footed and exudes confidence.
My doggie comparisons aside these men were musically entertaining, a joy to listen to and to watch. The woman in the seat next to me was so taken by the performance that she said she was going to see if she could procure a seat for tonight’s show, too. It was that kind of show, one you can see over and over again and still find something fresh and entertaining.
What a wonderful way for the Concerts Association to open its 19th season. Before the concert began, a jazz trio of Village musicians entertained the waiting audience in the lobby while. Rich Lytle, president of the Concerts Association, welcomed the audience from the stage, made a few jokes and quickly led us to the main event.
The American Tenors is the brainchild of producer Frank McNamara. His list of credits is nearly endless. The Irish musician, entrepreneur and gifted pianist conducted a nationwide search in 2002 to find his American tenors. He had already created a successful formula when he formed The Irish Tenors in his homeland in 1998. Each group performs a wide range of music from successful modern Broadway shows to classical opera.
McNamara’s true gift is his ability to disappear on stage. His playing is flawless and allows the audience to focus on the vocalists. There were a few times when he was featured and they were a treasure. McNamara joked that he liked to mix things up a bit. He then launched into and Irish jig playing back and forth with classical Mozart. It was fun to watch his capable fingers dancing across the keyboard. The piece was humorous drawing some wahoos from the audience at its conclusion.
The evening’s entertainment included several selections when the tenors sang together and many opportunities for the vocalists to strut their stuff as soloists. The opening number, There’s a Song in My Heart, had the auditorium vibrating with so much tenor sound. The men came out on stage in their tails and wowed the audience. Granner started the tenor introductions. He is from Kansas City, Missouri. He has a successful solo career and has toured with classical guitarist Beau Bledsoe. The duo performs classical, folk, flamenco and gospel music with the aid of soprano Lisa Williamson.
Gulley also hails from Kansas City. He is pursuing a career focusing on opera. He is currently studying with Professor Dale Morehouse. Both Granner and Gulley are alumni of Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs.
McConico hails from Duluth, Minnesota. He travels the world pursuing his opera career. His repertoire is extensive and ever growing.
All three men are powerful tenors with an underpinning of baritone. Their lower registers are lush and beautiful. Their upper notes are pristine and accurate with good use of dynamics. Granner impressed the audience by stepping away from his microphone and singing all out on his first operatic treat, Puccini’s Che Gelida Manina from La Boheme. The audience rewarded him with prolonged applause.
There were several opportunities for the audience to reward each of the singers with their applause. The medley of tunes performed by all three tenors of West Side Story was a big hit. All three tenors paid tribute to Mario Lanza and his paving the way for tenors as popular performers. All three performed their share of popular and traditional music but classical opera was the way to the hearts of the Woodlands audience.
The audience loved Gulley’s performance of Verdi’s La Donna Mobile from the opera Rigoletto. It was showy and he played it to the hilt.
McConico’s interpretation of My Wild Irish Rose, an 1899 hit, was a big audience pleaser. He stood in the crook of the piano and crooned his way through the selection. He also demonstrated his breath control and showed off his high notes on the wedding favorite Because.
There was a lot of light patter between the numbers giving each tenor the opportunity to share more of his personality. Tonight Granner’s mother and aunt will be joining the audience. I’m sure that will bring some memorable moments.
The tenors offered a few audience participation selections including Luigi Denza’s Finiculi, Finicula, what fun. There were also many tender moments, if I were a crier, Shenandoah would have brought me to tears closely followed by Amazing Grace.
The highlight of the show was the trio singing Puccini’s Nessun Dorma from Turandot. It was breathtaking and all three tenors rose to the occasion. This following an energy packed show made it even more impressive. The high passages, the echo effect, perfection.
The opening night audience was lucky enough to get a second encore of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America. Wow.
Usually opening nights are like dress rehearsals working all the kinks out. There were no kinks here which means the following nights should be even more phenomenal than the opening last night.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

First concert in Concerts Association series tonight

The American Tenors are ready to serenade Villagers tonight at Woodlands Auditorium. The tenors will be singing tonight through Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available through

Millage vote today

Poll workers at Barcelona Baptist Church were surprised with the high number of voters turning out today to vote regarding a millage increase for the Jessieville School District. A little before noon almost all the paper ballots had been used. Electronic voting is still available.
If you haven't voted, get out and cast your ballot. Garland County voters go to Barcelona Baptist Church, Saline County voters go to Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian. Polls close at 7:30 p.m.

THA candidates' resumes

Resumes for the candidates for the townhouse association board include the following.
John Burnett
* Quality Control Engineer/Supervisor in a manufacturing environment for over 40 years.
* Administrative Assistant to the Dallas Park and Recreation Department for over eight years. Developed and tracked the operating and capital improvement budgets, which amounted to over $50,000,000 a year.
* Served two terms on the Sachse Park Board, Dallas County Texas, one of which as President.
* Served one term on the Hot Springs Village Townhouse Association Board. There served as treasurer, and board liaison to the Finance, plus Standards & Control Committees. Presently serving on the Finance Committee, the Standards and Control Committee and the Nominating and Elections Committee. I would like to serve on the Board of Directors again to insure our Association continues to move in a forward direction. I also think my experience will benefit the Association with the challenges ahead.
* Owned property in HSV since July 1992. August 1999 closed on our townhouse in Arista Courts. Leased it out for about five years. Moved into it October 2003.
* Married to Elizabeth Ann for thirty four years this September.
* Education: BSME and MSQS
Carolyn Cox
My husband and I purchased our home in Valencia Courts in 2006, coming to visit as often as possible. After retiring we moved from Sacramento, California in March, 2009, making Hot Springs Village our permanent residence.
I graduated from high school in Sacramento, California and attended Armstrong Business College in Berkeley, California. Most of my career was spent working for government contractors in support of Regan Test Site, Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands. I worked in the Engineering Department on Kwajalein, later transferring to the Northern California Procurement Department. During my 40 years career responsibilities included buying, shipping, contract administration and managing a staff of 25 including commodity buyers, inspectors and traffic specialists. Responsibilities required adherence to Federal Procurement Regulations and negotiations with suppliers for all items in use at the site.
Since moving to Hot Springs Village my husband and I have enjoyed all the available recreation and our home and neighbors in Valencia Courts. I have been involved in planning court-wide pot lucks at the townhouse community center as well as working with the committee to study and clarify the bylaws.
I would like to serve on the Board because it is important to be involved in the community. We have a wonderful place to live here in the Village. Since moving here we have seen the efforts by others to maintain our lifestyle and I would like to contribute my expertise and energy to that as well.
Carl Foreman
My wife and I visited Hot Springs Village in May, 1981. We purchased a lot from Cooper and made it our home since September, 1992 after retiring at age 55. We have been resident owners in Madrid Courts since 2001. We have made home improvements and encouraged other owners to do the same. My interest in serving on the THA board is so I can more easily communicate with other like-minded THA owners to consistently maintain our properties’ curb appeal and values in the most cost effective manner. I have experience serving on other boards, including the Beaver Dam Village THA in Crown Point, Indiana where I served as Vice President. I feel my past experience will benefit the THA.
* Inland Steel Co, East Chicago, IN.(1954 – 1991); Retired, Section Manager, Fleet Management Services, 37-1/2yrs service to1991
* Adult Education Instructor, East Chicago Public Schools, 16yrs service
* Guest Lecturer, Purdue University, Calumet for two years
* Interim President and CEO of Lions World Services for Blind in 2009
* Graduated Whiting High School, Whiting, IN in 1954
* Graduated 4-year Boilermaker Apprentice (1954-1958)
* Graduated; 1-yr (Certificate-Management) -St. Joseph College, IN (1959)
* Graduated, Mechanical & Electrical Technology -Purdue University (1961,1963)
* Graduated Purdue University Calumet Campus, BS, IED (1977)
* HSV Breakfast Lions (1993 to present), President - 2001/02
* Board of Directors of AR Eye Bank and Lab. (2004/07), President 2006/07
* Board of Directors of Lions World Services for the Blind (2000-present), Secretary 2004, Treasurer 2005, Board Chairman 2009/10
* Board of Directors WSB Foundation in 2009/10
* HSV United Methodist Church – 1994 to present
Dale Milford
* Resident owner, Guadalajara Courts since 1992.
* High school graduate; various business colleges; graduate, Southern Calif. School of Court Reporting.
* Hilton Hotels Corporation, Executive Offices, Beverly Hills, Calif., Secretary.
* LAPD, West LA Division, Records Supervisor.
* Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty, Secretary.
* California Workmen’s Compensation Com., Staff Reporter.
* Licensed Certified Shorthand Reporter: California, Louisiana, Mississippi.
* Licensed Real Estate Sales Person: California, Louisiana, Arkansas.
* Owner-partner, Certified Shorthand Reporters, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana.
* Owner, CertiComp Court Reporters, Inc., Jackson, Mississippi.
* Thirty years experience as independent contractor, serving the following: US District Court, US Bankruptcy Court, Federal Grand Juries; Federal Strike Force; Corps of Engineers; Coastal Engineering Research Board; US Supreme Court, Special Master; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Dept. of Treasury, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Drug Enforcement Agency; Internal Revenue Service; US Postal Service.
* Currently serve on THA standards, controls and capital improvement committee and on
nominations and elections committee.
I wish to serve on the THA Board because I believe my background, experience and 19-years residency in HSV will benefit our Association. It is imperative that we make long- range plans for future maintenance, repair, and replacement of THA courts’ infrastructure in order to bring the westside courts up to standards and to prevent the eastside courts from falling into disrepair as they continue to age. I sincerely believe that the knowledge and experience acquired working with the Association over the past four years will assist in achieving these necessary goals. I would appreciate your vote.
Robert Peterson
I’ve been a townhouse owner since 2002 and have followed the progress of our Association over the years. Upon my retirement in July 2010, my wife and I moved into our townhouse in Valencia Courts. I would like to serve on the board of directors to help develop community interest in improving and maintaining the property values, along with owner participation. I would like to see the association continue to move in a forward direction in the future for the good of all townhouse courts and members. I feel my past experience and leadership will benefit the members of our Association as we face the challenges of the future.
* Graduated from La Porte High School in 1962
* Graduated from Purdue Insurance Course
* Certified Insurance Counselor designation
* I spent 42 years in the insurance industry. I had the position of starting up offices from the ground up, which included budgeting, locating office space, hiring and training employees.
* Vice President of Independent Insurance Agents, 1988 to 1990
* President of Independent Insurance Agents, 1990 to 1991
* Vice President of Osceola Little League, 1978 to 1980
* President of Osceola Little League, 1980 to 1982
* Led Group to Feed Under Privileged Children at Granger Community Church, 2004 to 2007
* Led Small Group at Granger Church, 1998 to 2010

THA board ballots

Townhouse election ballots will be mailed to townhouse Association members this Thursday, September 23. The deadline to return the completed ballots is October 29 at 9:00 a.m.
Ballots received after October 29 at 9 a.m. will not be counted.
The THA board of directors and the nominating and election committee will hold a special meeting to count the ballots October 29 at 9:00 a.m. in the townhouse community center 1 Perralena Lane in Valencia Courts.
The public is welcome to view the vote counting.
Candidates for the board include John Burnett, Carolyn Cox, Carl Foreman, Dale Milford and Robert Peterson.
Volunteers to assist in the counting should contact Dot Ashley or the townhouse association office.

Guadalahara bridge ballot

Ballots were mailed earlier this month to the owners of Guadalajara Courts for their vote for a special assessment to replace the Guadalajara bridge, retaining wall and parking pads at 15 and 17 Reddina Lane. The deadline for returning ballots is 9:00 a.m. on October 8. Ballots must be received at the townhouse association office no later than October 8 at 9 a.m. to be counted.

Danville Road closed tomorrow

The Saline County Road Department will be replacing culverts on Danville Road tomorrow, September 22. The road will be closed all day. No through traffic will be permitted. Please use alternate routes.

Banana Leaf open

The Balboa Club has reopened as the Banana Leaf Mexican Lounge yesterday. It is open Sunday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. It has a full service menu and bar.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New home permits

Lot-Block-Addition / Address / Contractor/Sq. Ft.
005-07 Andorra / 7 Ballobar Trace / Paul Wagner Custom Homes/2,577
003-05 Sanchez / 27 Sanchez Way / Gerald Ellison Construction/2,080
004-18 Vereda / 7 Maravilla Way / Liberty Homes/2,610

Sprinkler system permits

Lot Bk Addition / Address / Contractor/water source
006-04 Brilliante / 3 Brilliante Way / Malt Construction/Village

Propane tank permits

Lot Bk Addition / Address / Contractor
034-04 Magellan / 55 Magellan Place / Ferrellgas

Landscape permits

Lot-Block-Addition / Address / Contractor
006-04 Brilliante / 3 Brilliante Way / Malt Construction
035-03 Promesa / 12 Bosque Place / Mike Dannels
032-02 Diamante / 10 Loyola Lane / Todd Graves
011-03 Alta Vista / 326 Maderas Drive / Renaissance Homes, Inc.

Addition permits

Lot Bk Addition / Address / Contractor/Project
029-03 Santiago / 46 Segovia Drive / M & R Sarver/remodel bathroom
010-05 Soria / 45 Almazon Way / B & M Plumbing/replace water service
004-20 Meseta / 19 Meseta Lane / B & M Plumbing/replace water service
008-10 Sierra / 58 Gerona Way / Ron Krout/enclose carport
027-01 Sendero / 54 Acceso Circle / B & M Plumbing/plumbing
007-03 Valencia Courts / 8 Perralena Lane / Kenneth Foster/deck addition
015-05 Caribe / 14 Tamayo Way / M & R Sarver/remodel kitchen
047-01 Escocia / 6 Polido Lane / Reliable Air/replace water service
006-08 Fastota / 31 Fastota Lane / Charles Mayall/deck addition
006-03 Telon / 1 Telon Way / Hal White/deck addition
007-01 Narvaez / 1 Narvaez Lane / Ernest Cox/install generator
008-01 Alarcon / 8 Alarcon Lane / Brian Brusenhan/deck addition
028-01 Encantado / 4 Encantado Place / Geer, Inc./remodel kitchen
008-02 Isabella / 194 Pizarro Drive / Walter Shepherd/brick around wooden posts
011-04 Vereda / 56 Elcano Drive / Mark Swain/deck and stairs addition
025-10 Vereda / 124 Elcano Drive / Gary Morrison/porch addition

HVAC permits

Lot Bk Addition / Address / Contractor
010-01 Almeria / 36 Almeria Way / Johnston Heating & Air
005-05 Valle / 9 Durango Way / Climate Control
007-03 Navarra / 14 Laguna Way / Tempco, Inc.
009-01 Palencia / 18 Palencia Lane / Reliable Air
010-02 Catalonia / 80 Medina Way / Reliable Air
024-04 Teruel / 12 Magda Lane / Reliable Air
047-01 Escocia / 6 Polido Lane / Reliable Air
028-01 Encantado / 4 Encantado Place / Tempco, Inc.
023-06 Promesa / 77 Promesa Drive / Huchingson
027-03 Promesa / 5 Bosque Way / Affordable Heating & Air

Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 21 millage increase vote

George Foshee, Jessieville School Superintendent.

Jessieville School Superintendent George Foshee has been making the rounds to as many service organization meetings as he can. This is his final year before retiring and he is determined to leave a brighter future for the students in his care.

Recently Foshee spoke to the Rotary Club of Scenic 7 and the Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village. He told the Rotarians about the badly needed influx of money to update and expand the Jessieville schools.

The funds will be used to build a fine arts center, a safe room, to renovate the gym and to expand and relocate the sewer plant.

Foshee eloquently spoke of the need for more classrooms which the above building and renovation would supply.

Foshee said now was the time for the millage increase because of unusual opportunities made available at this time, a no interest bond and FEMA funds to pay for 75-percent of the safe room.

The safe room will be a building providing additional classrooms and providing a place for students, staff and the surrounding community to wait out bad weather or safely stay in during an actual tornado, hurricane or other catastrophe. According to FEMA to be truly safe such rooms must be constructed following FEMA's specifications and standards and must be easily accessible at all times.

The fine arts center will also expand the number of classrooms and provide a much needed performance stage for the schools. A fine arts center is a multipurpose building providing classrooms and an auditorium for the rapidly growing drama, choral and band programs at Jessieville. It will also be used to hold school wide assemblies and various programs as well as provide more parking on the school campus.

The sewer plant was built in 1974 for 300 students, there are now over 900 students. The system is often stressed and is also now too close to the student population. The plant has outgrown its capacity. It requires frequent maintenance to keep it functioning properly. The plant needs to be relocated, it is currently located in the middle of campus near the elementary playground area. The schools have grown up around it and now it needs to be moved.

Glazener gym is overcrowded and needs renovation. There are also paving projects included in the upgrade. The field house will be expanded and renovated.

The 950 children currently attending the schools are overtaxing the dated facilities. There is a real need for expansion of the computer facilities.

Foshee wants the students in the Jessieville School District to receive the best possible education under the best possible circumstances.

Jessieville has been unable to give its teachers a raise the last several years and the funds will help the school district compete with other school districts in the area. the funds will help the district provide the best quality education available for students at Jessieville schools.

Cutter Morning Star and Lakeside are also asking for millage increases on September 21. A 4.7 mill increase is requested making the millage rate 38.7.

The mills would be used to purchase $5 million interest free bonds for 17 years. These bonds are only available to January 1, 2011.

The interest free bond will save at least $5 million in interest. FEMA will provide an additional $800,000 for the construction of a safe room.

The preliminary budget is as follows: fine arts center $2,250,000, safe room $1,100,000, senior and junior high football renovated and expanded $650,000, relocate and expand sewer plant $390,000, Glazener Gym ADA compliance and renovation $250,000, band building with computer technology lab and classrooms $175,000, asphalt paving $110,000 and campus renovations $100,000.

The increase of 4.7 mills will reflect as an increase of 13-percent in taxes. For every $100 paid tax payers would pay an additional $13.

Garland County voters in the Village will vote at Barcelona Baptist Church, impacted Saline County Village residents will vote at Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian. The Jessieville School District is over 200 miles serving Garland County and some of Saline County.

Community Tennis Association calls for more young tennis players

The Hot Springs Village Tennis Association recently dropped out of the Community Tennis Association. The Village does not have enough youth tennis players at this time for the HSVTA to meet the rigorous qualifications to remain high ranking in the CTA.
However, the HSVTA will continue the youth programs instituted under the CTA guidelines and if the number of youth playing tennis in the Village dramatically increase the decision to join the CTA will be re-visited.

Open house planned for fitness center

The recreation committee is planning an open house at the fitness center for November. The date has not been finalized. The open house will last an entire day giving visitors guided tours and the opportunity to see what classes are like at the facility.
There will also be drawings for give-aways including t-shirts and passes to the fitness center. The tentative date is November 11.

Joy Sanders named emergency coordiantor of the year

Joy Sanders, Garland County emergency management coordinator, received the southeast area emergency management coordinator of the year at the Arkansas emergency management conference.
Sanders has worked in emergency management since 1997 and served as the director of Garland County's emergency management office for the past ten years. Some of her many roles include: certified emergency manager, floodplain administrator, technician-level HazMat responder, fire service coordinator, safety officer and 911 administrator.
Sanders has been instrumental in development of Garland County's local emergency planning committee and the Environmental Protection Agency has recognized her with four awards for that work. She has also coordinated the southwest area homeland security exercise and evaluation program's regional exercise for the last three years, offering much needed assistance to her fellow county coordinators.

Garland County courthouse traffic report

It is my favorite time of the month when I get to see what kind of crazy things people tried to bring into the courthouse.
In August 7,056 people passed through the monitoring stations. There were 2,381 at the east door and 4,675 at the west door.
A total of 215 people tried to bring knives into the courthouse, 80 at the east door and 135 at the west door.
A total of 16 people tried to bring scissors into the courthouse, five at the east door and 11 at the west door.
21 people tried to bring pepper spray into the courthouse, six at the east door and 15 at the west door.
18 people had multi-tools, nine at each door.
A total of 20 people tried to bring in other items concerning the guard, six at the east door and 14 at the west door. The items included four six inch safety pin key chains, three kubotans, one can of dog repellent, several bullets, one handgun clip and two handcuff keys.

Garland County equalization board resignation

Curtis B. Craft, Jr. tendered his resignation for service on the Garland County board of equalization. He has taken a position as a Senior Army Instructor at a high school outside of Garland County.
He had nothing but praise for members of the board, Assessor Brenda Short and County Clerk Tammy Lambert.

Garland County quorum court decisions

There was one resolution and three appropriation ordinances before the Garland County quorum court last week, all were approved.
R-10-10 - A resolution to appoint C. E. "Bud" Foshee to the Westwood Village sewer facilities board. Stacy Lowe submitted his resignation. Foshee will serve the balance of his term expiring on March 1, 2012.
O-10-46 - This ordinance amends the 2010 budget ordinance O-09-60 authorizing inter-fund transfers. There was an increase in the amount of 2010 Court Costs and Fines budget by $91,698.37. The money was transferred to the County General Fund.
O-10-47 - This ordinance amends the 2010 budget ordinance O-09-60 authorizing a fund transfer to the Juvenile Detention Budget. The county received funds from two grants, one from the State of Arkansas, the other from the Arkansas Community Foundation. Both grants do not require a match. The grants total $40,574. The $40,574 was moved to the Juvenile Detention Center Budget to be used as follows: extra help $4,800, social security $368, retirement $599, worker's comp $108, unemployment $125, service contracts $6,000, other professional services $13,000, operating supplies $3,574 and other professional services $12,000.
O-10-48 - This ordinance amends the 2010 budget ordinance O-09-60 authorizing fund transfers to various grant budgets in the department of emergency management. The department of emergency management received two grants totaling $98,940.13. The grants do not require a match. The funds will be used for homeland security programs and for law enforcement terrorism prevention programs. The funds will be used as follows, small equipment $12,200, communication, $34,600, other/shipping $1,227.46, special projects/training $7,600, other miscellaneous $18,000, communication $19,800, other shipping $2,012.67 and special projects $3,500.
The Garland County quorum court is scheduled to meet again on October 11 at 7 p.m. at the county courthouse.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Crystal Chimes concert tonight

The Crystal Chimes concert is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Woodlands Auditorium, Ponce de Leon Center on DeSoto Boulevard. Tickets are $8.

Saline County lot auction

The below lots will be offered at auction in Saline County on September 28 at 11 a.m. at the Saline County courthouse in Benton.
Each lot has a one year right of redemption on each sale. Subdivision plats are available on the POA website at, go to property owner services then subdivision maps.
Call Penny at 922-5564 or 922-5552 with questions.
The minimum bid for all of the below lots is $1,000 bid by the POA.
Lot/Block/Address/Subdivision / Street Address
022-07-173 Cabida / 6 Cabida Lane
014-14-137 Calderon / 27 Calderon Way
016-04-159 Collado / 6 Palta Lane
008-04-231 Coronado / 6 Coronado Circle
003-05-190 Dedalera / 8 Dedalera Way/91 Dedalera Way
006-04-236 Fonsagrada / 15 Fonsagrada Circle
027-07-140 Gabriela / 29 Gabriela Way
016-06-187 Ginesta / 3 Helada Lane
013-02-138 Gitano / 24 Gitano Place
003-06-245 Hendaye / 26 Illescas Way
015-04-178 La Viejo / 7 La Viejo Way
008-07-144 Merced / 110 Viajero Drive
015-09-144 Merced / 134 Viajero Drive
024-06-106 Murillo / 29 Ola Way
002-05-227 Oliete / 10 Caparroso Lane
006-02-156 Ponce De Leon / 25 Ferdinand Way
011-06-234 Talavan / 41 Estepa Way
001-02-225 Vimioso / 140 Cifuentes Way/2 Estepa Way

Fall Schedule for Fitness Center has begun

Land Classes
All land classes are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted.
Balance: Fridays at 8 a.m., A 30-minute class designed to improve balance, mobility and core strength.
Basic Yoga: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m., class is for beginners working to intermediate level Yoga. Slow and easy stretching is suitable for any level participant.
Cardio Combo: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m., class blends a variety of cardio formats, step kick and hi-lo, with body sculpting for a dynamic calorie burning workout.
Core and More: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m., a 45-minute class designed for total body strength with focus on your core as a foundation for stability, flexibility, balance and functional movements.
Group Indoor Cycling: Wednesdays at 8 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon and Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., class is done on specialized stationary bike, simulating rides on varying terrain using cadence and resistance. Space is limited. First come first served.
Pilates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m., improve your balance and work on stabilization using your core muscles. This class uses a mat and small apparatus.
Power Yoga: Wednesdays at 5 p.m., challenging sequences of postures to help strengthen, tone and increase muscle flexibility. Not for beginners.
Step Interval: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., an aerobic step class, with strength training intervals, for a total body workout.
Strengthen and Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m., challenging class emphasizing muscle strength and flexibility.
Stretch: Thursdays at 11 a.m., 30-minute class including a warm up and cool down using various stretches to increase flexibility and range of motion.
Stretch and Tone: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 a.m., flexibility and toning class geared to increase range of motion and strengthen muscles using resistance equipment such as dumbbells and tubing.
Tai Chi: Tuesdays at 2 p.m., improves stress relief, balance, heart health, mental focus and boosts your immune system.
Total Core: Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., 30-minute class to improve strength and endurance of your core muscles, abdominals, lover back and hip complex.
Yoga: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m., 60-minute class of intermediate level Yoga. Improves muscle strength, balance, endurance and flexibility by practicing yoga postures, stretches and relaxation.
Zumba Gold: Mondays at 8 a.m., Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., the class is fun and easy to follow aerobic routine combining Latin rhythms and cardiovascular exercise.
Water Classes
All water classes are 45 minutes unless otherwise noted.
Aqua Challenge: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., an intense, high energy water class for the serious fitness enthusiast.
Arthritis Aquatics: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m., class is designed to improve flexibility, joint mobility and range of motion for anyone with arthritis or recovering from illness or surgery.
Deep Water Aerobics: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., participants wear a buoyancy belt in eight feet of water which integrates cardiovascular, strength training, toning and endurance conditioning.
Shallow Water Aerobics: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m., class for beginners and advanced participants offering cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and toning.
Yoga Fusion: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., 30-minute class integrating physical properties of water to create and enhance fluid movement, balance, structural alignment and muscle release.
Adult Swim Lessons: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. for new swimmers, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:45 p.m. for stroke development, four week 30-minute class. Space is limited. Check with front desk for class dates, fees and sign-up.
Children's Swim Lessons: Saturdays at 10 a.m. for beginners and Saturdays at 11 a.m. for intermediate, classes are 45-minutes. Check with front desk for class dates, fees and sign-up.
Turtles: Mondays through Saturdays at 9 a.m., social interaction water class an hour long using range of motion and flexibility. Turtles have their own leader or use taped routines.
Lap Swim: Mondays through Fridays from 6 to 7:50 a.m. in five lanes, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:45 p.m. in one lane, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from noon to 6:45 p.m. in one lane, Saturdays from 8 to 8:50 a.m. and from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in one lane and Sundays from 1 to 4:45 p.m. in one lane.
Water Walking: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. , 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:45 p.m. in one lane, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from noon to 6:45 p.m. in one lane, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in one lane and Sundays from 1 to 4:45 p.m. in one lane.
Open Pool Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6:45 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4:45 p.m. Baby pool is open at the same times.
The fitness room is open Mondays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Garland County candidates' forum a success

The HSV Chamber of Commerce and the POA governmental affairs committee co-sponsored a successful Garland County candidates' forum last Thursday afternoon.
All of the candidates expected to attend showed up with the exception of incumbent U.S. Congressman Mike Ross for District 4. The Republican candidate for the same position, Beth Anne Renkin attended briefly and did not take any questions.
Neither candidate for County Sheriff was able to attend the forum. The candidate for Sheriff are Democratic incumbent Sheriff Larry Sanders and Independent Lamar Wilson.
Candidates were allowed four minutes to introduce themselves and then took questions from the audience.
The following candidates attended the forum.
State Representative Bill Sample, Republican, and State Representative Gene Shelby, Democrat, both running for State Senate District 19.
Incumbent Democratic County Clerk Tammy Lambert and her opponent Republican Sarah Smith.
Incumbent Democratic Circuit Clerk Vicki Rima and her opponent Republican Jeannie Pike.
Incumbent Democratic Assessor Brenda Short and her opponent Republican Tommy Thompson.
State Senator Terry Smith, Democrat, and Republican Tim Stockdale, both running for County Treasurer.
Incumbent Republican Justice of the Peace Larry Griffin, District 11, and his opponent Democrat Jim Scarbrough.
Democrat Sylvia Chudy and Republican Donald Layman, both running for Justice of the Peace, District 12.
Well over 100 Villagers attended the forum. The Saline County candidates' forum is scheduled for September 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ouachita room in the Ponce de Leon Center.

Candidates introduced themselves at Garland County candidates' forum

Villager Jack Larsen waits for candidates to respond to his questions.

Donald Layman is the Republican candidate for Justice of the Peace, District 12.

Sylvia Chudy is the Democratic candidate for Justice of the Peace, District 12.

Jim Scarbrough is the Democratic candidate for Justice of the Peace, District 11.

Incumbent Justice of the Peace, District 11, Larry Griffin is the Republican candidate for Justice of the Peace.

Over 100 attend Garland County candidates' forum

Tim Stockdale is the Republican candidate for Treasurer.

State Senator Terry Smith is the Democratic candidate for Treasurer.

Tommy Thompson is the Republican candidate for Assessor.

Incumbent Assessor Brenda Short is the Democratic candidate for Assessor.

Incumbent Circuit Clerk Vicki Rima is the Democratic candidate for Circuit Clerk.

Jeannie Pike is the Republican candidate fro Circuit Clerk.

Garland County candidates' forum pictures

Sarah Smith is the Republican candidate for County Clerk.
Incumbent County Clerk Tammy Lambert is the Democratic candidate for County Clerk.

State Representative R.D. "Rick" Saunders is the Democratic candidate for County Judge.

Rick Davis is the Republican candidate for County Judge.

State Representative Gene Shelby is the Democratic candidate for State Senate District 19.

State Representative Bill Sample is the Republican candidate for State Senate District 19.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Scottie Pippen inducted to Basketball Hall of Fame

Basketball Hall of Fame.
Scottie Pippen.

Robbie Davis

Who would have thought that Robbie Davis, a former Jessieville High School and University of Central Arkansas basketball player would end up at the August 13, 2010 enshrinement at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. No, he was not there as an inductee. He was there to support fellow UCA team manager and ultimate player Scottie Pippen as he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Davis is about as local as you can get. He grew up mowing yards for Cooper in the Village. Thanks to his talent and his stepfather, Coach Sutton at Jessieville, Davis was an all star in high school playing in the infamous game pitting Jessieville against Bismark. At halftime the game was 2-1.Davis received a scholarship to play at UCA.
Another Arkansas player from the little town of Hamburg also needed a scholarship but all of them had been given out. This young man was the youngest of 12 children. He was a very scrawny 6-foot 1-inch, 140 pounds, Scottie Pippen. Pippen was given a scholarship to serve as team manager. As it turns out, Pippen was still growing. In the next two years he grew to 6-foot, 7-inches, 180 pounds with an arm span of an unheard of 7-foot, 3-inches. Pippen was pulled off the bench and the rest is history.
Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago Bulls had his eye on the tall UCA student and in 1987 Pippen was the NBA fifth draft pick of the Seattle Super Sonics and traded to the Bulls for the eighth round pick. Pippen became a Chicago Bull alongside Michael Jordan. Jordan and Pippen never won a championship without each other on the team. They won six NBA championships together.
Pippen never forgot his teammates back at UCA and invited them to visit fairly often Pippen was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight times in a row and the All-NBA First Team three times. He was a seven time NBA All Star. In 1994 he was named NBA All Star most valuable player. Pippen became one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1997. He is one of four players to have his jersey retired by the Chicago Bulls. The other three players were Jerry Sloan, Bob Love and Michael Jordan. Pippen was number 33.
During his NBA career Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls for 12 seasons, one season with the Houston Rockets and four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. One of his fellow teammates in Houston was Charles Barkley. He made the postseason sixteen straight times out of his 17 year career. He ranks third on the list of most postseason games played behind Robert Horry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Pippen is the only person to have twice won both an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
This year’s Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement was Dream Theme. Other inductees included Bob Hurley, Sr., Cynthia Cooper, Dr. Jerry Buss, Karl Malone, the 1960 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team, the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team, Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson and Maciel "Ubiratan" Pereira.
The month before the induction Pippen returned to the Chicago Bulls as an ambassador to the team.
Davis was thrilled by his invitation to the events in Springfield and came home with more than 200 pictures. He shared many of them with fellow Rotarians at the Rotary Club of Scenic 7. The club meets on Thursdays at noon at Molly O’Brien’s on Highway 7. Lunch is optional.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Davis Tillman letter

Dear friends,
Hot Springs is so fortunate to have had the winds of Katrina blow Deleen and The Muses Creative Artistry Project our way, enriching the lives of those in our community and beyond.
Over the past several years, this multi-arts non-profit organization has grown and flourished through the smart, visionary management of Deleen Davidson, bringing four seasons full of imaginative, inspiring music, dance, poetry, art and more.
For this creative work to continue, your support is vital. There's still time to reserve your tickets for the annual Opera Gala, the Muses' primary source of income for the coming year. Please join me in supporting The Muses.
By attending Arkansas' premier annual arts event next Tuesday night at the Peabody, you will experience artistic brilliance. Reservations accepted until noon on Friday, September 17.
For the arts,
Davis Tillman
More information on this event is available at

Garland County candidates' forum today

The Garland County candidates' forum sponsored by the POA's government affairs committee and the HSV Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Coronado Center.
Candidates from both parties have been invited to take questions from Villagers.
Saline County candidates will have a forum on September 30 at Woodlands auditorium from 4 to 6 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public.

Scenic 7 Rotary meets today at noon

Darin Beckwith

Darin Beckwith, the school superintendent for Fountain Lake Schools was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Scenic 7 last Thursday.

Beckwith received his bachelors form Arkansas State University and his masters from Henderson State University.

He joked that he had made the round of schools in the area. He attended Cutter Morning Star, he coached at Jessieville, he was principal at Lakeside and now he is superintendent at Fountain Lake.

Since he became superintendent, Fountain Lake has been building, building, building. There is a new addition on the gym, a 48,000 square foot building for the middle school students, grades five through eight, a remodel of the two story high school building and the track remodel.

The laying of the asphalt for the track was scheduled for last Friday. The new track is supposed to be maintenance free. Beckwith added, corporate sponsors assisted with the refurbishing of the stadium.

FEMA has allocated money for two safe rooms at the school. The project cost is $1.4 million. FEMA pays 75-percent and the school district pays 25-percent. The safe rooms will benefit the community as well as the students.

Academics are climbing but according to Beckwith they are not where they need to be, yet. Fountain Lake has 112 certified teachers and 65 non-certified teachers with 1220 students.

Since joining Fountain Lake there have been some changes in administration, some new people have been added. There is a new elementary school principal, a special education coordinator and a new vice principal of the high school.

Much of Beckwith's philosophy in life comes from his father Leonard T. Beckwith. When he told his dad he was considering the position of superintendent of Fountain Lake Schools, his dad's advice was, "Just don't screw it up." Leonard is a graduate of Fountain Lake.

Beckwith's life lessons are often what he calls Leonardisms, such as "be the bigger person," and "it's never too late to do the right thing," or "focus on the things you can control."

Other quotes have guided his philosophy as well such as Paul Newman's "take your job serious...but never take yourself too serious." And this quote from Rachel Scott, the first girl to die at Columbine, "tomorrow is a gift...not a promise." An anonymous quote, "do we remain controlled by the past and make excuses or do we rise above it and make a difference?"

Besides building there have been other changes to Fountain Lake since Beckwith arrived. He is trying incentive pay with administration and both certified and non-certified core teachers including elementary teachers. This year Beckwith has designated an area for cell phone conversations. Only high school students are allowed to talk on their cells in the designated area before school and at lunch. He said so far only two cell phones have been confiscated for infractions.

Beckwith is appreciative of the volunteer support by so many Villagers and invites them to come see some of the sports and performing arts events at the schools.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15 POA press release

Jerry Kosoglow the interim general manager of the POA read the following statement at the September 15 POA board meeting.
"In light of the very recent announcements regarding the Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association (POA) staff, including Dave Johnston’s resignation, and Wayne Copeland’s retirement, it is important to avoid speculation and let everyone know the facts about some further changes occurring within the POA Staff. The POA is actively pursuing Dave’s and Wayne’s replacements using national and statewide recruiting agencies like the International City Manager’s Association, the Community Managers’ Association International, the Association for Financial Professionals, CPA Job Finder, and others.
David Whitlow, Public Works Director has announced his retirement, effective February 4, 2011, which is his 28th anniversary with the POA. He states in his retirement letter to me: "I look back on the growth and evolution of HSV with pride and great respect for those who have shared the journey. I include in this group the many hardworking employees of the Public Works Department as well as the administration and other divisions, volunteer committee members, Cooper Communities, contractors, and of course all the board members through the years who have made the community what it is today."The search for David’s replacement will commence immediately in order to provide a maximum amount of time for the successful candidate to overlap with David, and draw on his significant experience with all the people and systems that are the employees and infrastructure of the Village. His knowledge and experience will be missed greatly, but his major legacy will be the excellent people he has developed and managed over his 28 years. I know I speak for all, that we admire and respect his dedicated service to all the Property Owners.
Additionally, many know that Sharon Anderson, Human Resources Manager for the last 19 years has previously announced her retirement effective January 7, 2011. She has worked steadfastly behind the scenes recruiting, training, and caring for the pay, benefits, and other needs of hundreds of POA employees during her tenure. I have only worked with Sharon for a short period, but her professionalism, knowledge, and frankness have aided me greatly in my understanding of the POA staff and in the search for replacements for key personnel mentioned earlier. She has a small staff, but has lead them in a manner which will ensure continuity through these changing times.We will address replacing Sharon in a timely manner, again allowing for enough overlap to ensure a smooth, seamless transition.
While these many changes at the top of the organization might seem daunting, the successful transitions will be a result of the many other employees who really keep the POA running effectively. I count on their support for me, and for the other new staff members who will be selected over the next several months."

Symphony Guild Cabaret a success

Last night the Symphony Guild held its annual cabaret. This year's featured entertainment was Denise and Stephen Edds joined by Nation Park Community College's jazz ensemble Soundwaves.
It was a great performance. A review of the concert will be posted on .

Pictures from today's board meeting

Interim general manager Jerry Kosoglow will continue to serve on the POA board of directors. He will not vote on matters considered in conflict with the dual position.

Linda Logan and Ginna Watson accepted a proclamation celebrating the Village Walk for Cancer Research Day.

Ginna Watson thanked Villagers for their support of the upcoming Village Walk for Cancer Research Day.

Dee Vincent accepted a proclamation from POA board president Bill Linam celebrating the Arkansas Pickleball Senior Olympics.

Villager Terry Masot verbalized his displeasure with former POA general manager Dave Johnston's, "forced resignation."

Villager Bill Adams said the Village has quite a few problems but it is still the best place he has ever lived and he has confidence we have the people in place to fix the problems.

Villager Larry Frazier praised Jerry Kosoglow for stepping in as interim general manager of the POA.

Election season sign policy

Although it is not time yet, it won't be long before political signs will be springing up around the Village. October 9 is the first day signs can go up for the mid-term election on November 2.
Signs cannot exceed 300 square inches, 15" by 20".
Only one sign per candidate is allowed in each yard. One or two-sided signs are allowed.
A maximum of three signs are allowed in each yard.
The signs can be displayed no more than 25 days before an election.
The signs must be taken down within five days after the election, by November 6.
Only display the signs on occupied private property. No signs on vacant lots are public areas are allowed.
May your candidate do well.

Save your pennies for treasure sale a week from Saturday

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church conducts its Treasure Sale every two years in the Lower Hall. This year’s sale is 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 24 and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 25. The Treasure Sale has earned the reputation as being one of the Village’s best events for bargain hunting aficionados. The church is located at 295 Balearic at the intersection of Fresno Road.

Blood drive next week

A Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, at Fellowship Hall, Village United Methodist Church, 200 Carmona Road. Blood donation takes about one hour. Appointments can be made by contacting John Bodensteiner, Donor Coordinator, at 915-0339 or However, walk ins are encouraged as well. There is a Blood Drive at the church every two months with the next one scheduled for November 16. For comprehensive information about giving the gift of life, go to

POA board meeting this morning

Today is the first open meeting of the POA board with interim general manager/board member Jerry Kosaglow in place.
Following the working board meeting on September 1 former POA general manager Dave Johnston tendered his resignation.
Kosoglow is filling in as general manager free of charge until a search is completed replacing Johnston.
POA CFO, Wayne Copeland will be retiring in January. A search is underway for his replacement as well.
There are several POA employee posts that will come open next year including the position as head of HR.
Board member Katie Feather commented, "changes are coming, sometimes that is a good thing, I think this change is good."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Garland County Fair

The Garland County Fair began yesterday and will run through September 18. The fair is at 4831 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs.

Fall hunt began yesterday

The urban archery deer hunt is underway in the Village. It started yesterday and will run through September 25. Hunters can hunt on common property and private property with permission.
Hunters must stay well away from homes and must hunt only form atop a deer stand. Report all infractions to the Village police.

Symphony Guild Cabaret tonight

Thy Symphony Guild Cabaret is tonight at the Coronado Center, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. The concert features Stephen and Denise Edds with a special appearance by Soundwaves. Ramona's is catering the dinner. For last minute reservations contact Sally Crawford at 922-2567.

Opera gala September 21

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Patriot Day

Today is Patriot Day, not to be confused with Patriots’ Day in April.
Today is a day of remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people that perished when four domestic airliners were hijacked and intentionally crashed nine years ago this morning.
Today flags are flown at half-mast at all government buildings, the White House and at private homes across America.
This morning there was a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). That was the moment the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.
Today is a day we are particularly thankful in our household. Lee's brother Larry was working in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. His office was located right where the plane hit. As luck would have it, most of the offices in that area were being renovated. Larry and others were temporarily re-located at the time. Many lives were saved because of the remodel and our Larry Beach was one of them.

Earthquakes in Arkansas

Earthquakes are measured on the Richter scale by the amount of seismic energy released in a quake. The Richter scale is a base ten logarithmic scale. Each number up the scale is shaking ten times more than the previous number.
Earthquakes of magnitude two or less are generally not felt by the public. There are about 10,000 of these micro-earthquakes happening around the world every day.
There were four micro-earthquakes today in Guy, Arkansas. The first at 1:06 a.m. at magnitude 0.8, the second at 4:45 a.m. at magnitude 0.7, the third at 11:02 a.m. at magnitude 0.7 and a fourth at 11:40 a.m. at magnitude 0.6.
After hearing about the Guy earthquakes I looked into earthquake activity in Arkansas over the last six month. Surprisingly, there have been over 100 earthquakes in the state over that time period. Alarmingly, most of them took place between ten to 25 miles north of Conway. Conway is not that far from the Village.
So far this year none of the earthquakes have reached 3.0 on the Richter scale. I was interested in seeing just how much shaking was going on not too far from our homes.

Jerry Van Dyke to star in The Sunshine Boys in Hot Springs

Jerry Van Dyke is starring in and directing Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys at the Ray Lynn Theater in Hot Springs in early October. For more information go to .

Crystal Chimes concert at Woodlands

The Crystal Chimes are in concert on September 18 at the Woodlands Auditorium. For more information go to .

Friday, September 10, 2010

THA board cadidates

There are five qualified candidates in good standing set to run for the townhouse association board of directors.
Carolyn Cox of Valencia Courts, John Burnett of Arista Courts, Carl Foreman of Madrid Courts, Dale Milford of Guadalajara Courts and Robert Peterson of Valencia Courts have thrown their hats into the ring.
Chair of the nominations committee, Dot Ashley, has pledged a fair election that provides a level playing field for the candidates.
There is not enough time for a candidates forum this year. Information on each candidate will be sent out with the ballots on September 23. It will also appear on the website at .
Ballots will be counted on October 29 for the board of directors election.
Ballots will be counted on October 8 for the Guadalajara Courts capital improvements special assessment.
The nominations committee counts the votes with the assistance of volunteers. The vote counting will be held in the meeting room at the THA building on Perralena Lane. The public is invited to observe the counting.
Envelope stuffing for the election ballots will take place on September 21, 22 and 23. Volunteers will be much appreciated.
The THA board will have three vacancies.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hot Springs Jazz Fest next week

Hot Springs Jazz Fest is September 14 through 19. For more information go to .

Rotary Club of Scenic 7 meets at noon today

This has been unofficially declared education month at the Rotary Club of Scenic 7. All of the speakers this month are bringing a message from the local schools.
The club meets at noon on Thursdays at Molly O'Brien's on Highway 7. Lunch is optional.

Candidate forums set

The Garland County candidate forum is scheduled for September 16 at the Coronado Center from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Saline County candidate forum is scheduled for September 30 in the Ouachita room at the Ponce de Leon Center from 4 to 6 p.m.
There is a millage increase vote in Garland County set for September 21. The general election is on November 2.

THA meets tomorrow

The townhouse association board of directors meets tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. at the administration building on Perralena Lane.

Garland County lot auction

The following lots will be offered at auction on September 22, at 11 a.m., at the Garland County courthouse in Hot Springs.
There is one year right of redemption on each sale. Subdivision plats are available on the POA website at, go to property owner services then subdivision maps.
The minimum bid for each lot is $1,000 bid by the POA.
Contact Penny at 922-5564 or 922-5552 with any questions.
Lot/Block/Address/Subdivision / Street Address
018-08-004 Puertollano / 77 Sierra Drive
026-03-005 San Cristobal / 7 Denia Lane
011-04-009 Soria / 38 Almazan Way
014-03-019 Avila / 22 Penaranda Lane
009-02-037 Lago / 76 Toledo Drive
021-03-041 La Mancha / 28 Arbol Lane
059-02-055 Malaga / 5 Mano Way
005-04-059 Alava / 22 Alava Place
005-01-061 Majorca / 54 Doblez Circle
052-05-062 Durango / 6 Durango Lane
012-07-063 Viscara / 16 Hidalgo Drive
029-04-068 Canaria / 4 Tagus Lane
020-02-069 Cantabrian / 18 Macedo Lane
002-04-071 Valladolid / 3 Valladolid Place
037-06-082 Jalisco / 36 Jalisco Way
020-03-083 Gibraltar / 16 Lomerio Lane
027-07-084 Ciento / 5 Ciento Lane
017-05-088 Costa / 15 Judio Lane
050-04-089 Gancho / 16 Gancho Circle
011-03-092 Felicidad / 2 Fegocijo Lane/39 Felicidad Way
016-04-093 Zarcillo / 13 Enredadera Circle
020-03-097 Mariposa / 35 Mariposa Way
001-05-166 Olmo / 1 Olmo Way
003-04-170 Ceriza / 45 Palmita Way
002-02-198 Balboa / 33 Justa Via Way
008-04-218 Cardenal / 54 Cardenal Way

Muses dancing

In preparation for the Muses 3rd Annual Opera Gala on September 21st, featuring "Die Fledermaus", a Viennese style ball, this month’s Art Of Living, Creative Community Outreach, September 9, at 6:30 p.m., will include informal ballroom dance instruction in ¾ time.
Bring your dance shoes and have fun learning the waltz in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 213 Whittington Avenue. 1,2,3 ...1,2,3.
The Art of Living, offered free of charge, is for participants of high school age and older. Sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month by psychologist and life coach Toni Spears and visual artist and professional vocalist Deleen Davidson of The Muses Creative Artistry Project.
Spears, also a licensed counselor and seminar speaker, has helped artists, writers, musicians, actors and others who simply have a desire to become more creative. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, her private practice has no geographical boundaries as she works with clients face-to-face or by telephone. Her holistic, solution-focused approach fosters the process of personal growth and change.
"Come reawaken dormant dreams, discover hidden talents, and embrace the power of imagination and play," said Davidson, founder and artistic director of The Muses. "After all, Hot Springs is an art town; so let’s start living artistic, creative and inspired lives."
The Muses is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving classical art and music through performance and education. For more information on The Muses, contact Davidson, 463-4514,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Library well used

According to Coronado Center Librarian Margaret Weeter the library continues to experience an increase in activity.
In August, 2010, usage was up by 9.2-percent over August of 2009. The increase for the first eight months of this year over the same time last year is up 7.4-percent.
There was one day in August when check outs were over 400 items, not counting the paperbacks. A normal day has about 250 items checked out on the computer. Paperbacks are not checked out on the computer system.
Weeter said the library is continuing to sell library membership even though the 2010 fees expire at the end of the year.

ACC met last Thursday

Architectural control committee chairman Bill Roe said a landscaping violation in the Village came to the attention of the Arkansas State Plant Board regarding unlicensed landscaping companies planting shrubs and using chemicals.
The committee is educating the public as to the license requirement. The State Plant Board will be monitoring compliance in the Village.
Regular assignments were as follows.
006-04 Madrid Courts / 12 Lequita Place / Kim Hundle/boat dock
Chairman Roe reviewed this permit application for a covered boat dock. There is a seawall in place. The space should be enough for a boat dock with a boat slip. Planning and inspections director Steve White will verify the exact location of the dock behind a 20-foot wide townhouse lot. The application meets all Village criteria. The permit was approved by consensus.
015-02 Resplandor / 1 Resplandor Lane / Al Lewis/storage and work shop
Chairman Roe reviewed this permit application for storage and work shop on a heavily treed corner lot. The building matches the house with stone on the corners, matching siding and roof. The building will have electricity and house a golf cart. The building dimensions are 20-feet by 24-feet with an eight-foot ceiling. The storage building will have a door and windows. The permit was approved by consensus.
025-17 Vereda / 44 Maravilla Way / Bennett Bros/seawall
Mike Christy reviewed this permit application for a basic seawall. The lot owner is extending his seawall onto the adjacent lot he owns. The same materials will be used in the new section of seawall. The permit was approved by consensus.
018-08 Promesa / 36 Excelso Way / Carriage Homes/boat dock
Mike Christy reviewed this permit application for a boat dock. The natural terrain in this cove is conducive to the proposed boat dock. The property line extends into the water making a variance a possibility. The permit was approved by consensus.
White mentioned there had been a rash of garage sales with illegal signs on boxes and buckets. These items will be removed by planning and inspections personnel. A copy of the sign policy is available in the planning and inspections office.
The following variance requests were considered by the ACC.
012-05 Maria / 14 Utrera Lane / Mike Cutrer/revised deck addition encroaching into the 20-foot building setback from the lake
Mike Christy was familiar with this property and reviewed the permit application for the committee. The property line is seven-feet from the seawall but still more than 20-feet from the shoreline. Christy requested additional drawings showing elevation levels. The permit was approved pending site inspection.
016-09 Vereda / 29 Sobresalir Lane / Ken Armstrong/variance for sidewalk encroaching into seven and a half foot sideline easement
Mike Christy was also familiar with this property and reviewed the permit application for the committee. He said the flatwork should be no problem. He said a retaining wall and proper drainage will be required. The permit was approved by consensus.
The following permit requests for commercial, churches and non-residential were reviewed as follows.
Fuel Stop / 301 Balearic Road / Coulson Oil/sign
Coulson Oil has purchased the Fuel Stop and has requested their Shell sign be installed. The sign size is smaller than what has been there. There was a concern that the lighting be LED. This change is considered a lens replacement the same as was at Regions Bank previously. No decision was made. The committee requested additional information about the lighting.
HSV Republicans / 198 Carmona Center / banner
The Village Republicans have requested a banner in front of the Republican headquarters for 60 days. The permit was approved by consensus.
C & O Properties / 104 Deposito Paseo /remodel building
DoGone Fun / 104 Deposito Paseo /sign
DoGone Fun / 104 Deposito Paseo /fence
All three of the permit requests meet Village criteria. The permits were approved by consensus.
The ACC will meet next on September 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the POA administrative building.