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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Yesterday was an active earthquake day in Faulker County

2.0 Md - ARKANSAS
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.0 Md
Date-Time 28 Oct 2011 12:48:33 UTC
28 Oct 2011 07:48:33 near epicenter
28 Oct 2011 06:48:33 standard time in your timezone

Location 35.364N 92.284W
Depth 4 km
Distances 6 km (4 miles) NE (47 degrees) of Guy, AR
6 km (4 miles) WSW (252 degrees) of Quitman, AR
11 km (7 miles) E (92 degrees) of Damascus, AR
70 km (44 miles) N (4 degrees) of Little Rock, AR
406 km (252 miles) SSW (207 degrees) of St. Louis, MO

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 1.2 km; Vertical 2.9 km
Parameters Nph = 19; Dmin = 8.0 km; Rmss = 0.18 seconds; Gp = 61°
M-type = Md; Version = A
Event ID NM 102811a

2.5 Md - ARKANSAS
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.5 Md
Date-Time 28 Oct 2011 15:43:33 UTC
28 Oct 2011 10:43:33 near epicenter
28 Oct 2011 09:43:33 standard time in your timezone

Location 35.357N 92.270W
Depth 6 km
Distances 5 km (3 miles) WSW (241 degrees) of Quitman, AR
7 km (4 miles) ENE (58 degrees) of Guy, AR
13 km (8 miles) E (95 degrees) of Damascus, AR
69 km (43 miles) N (5 degrees) of Little Rock, AR
406 km (252 miles) SSW (207 degrees) of St. Louis, MO

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.6 km; Vertical 0.6 km
Parameters Nph = 16; Dmin = 5.0 km; Rmss = 0.08 seconds; Gp = 61°
M-type = Md; Version = A
Event ID NM 102811c

2.4 Md - ARKANSAS
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.4 Md
Date-Time 28 Oct 2011 16:49:23 UTC
28 Oct 2011 11:49:23 near epicenter
28 Oct 2011 10:49:23 standard time in your timezone

Location 35.359N 92.272W
Depth 6 km
Distances 5 km (3 miles) WSW (243 degrees) of Quitman, AR
7 km (4 miles) NE (56 degrees) of Guy, AR
13 km (8 miles) E (94 degrees) of Damascus, AR
69 km (43 miles) N (4 degrees) of Little Rock, AR
406 km (252 miles) SSW (207 degrees) of St. Louis, MO

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.8 km; Vertical 0.9 km
Parameters Nph = 18; Dmin = 4.0 km; Rmss = 0.10 seconds; Gp = 61°
M-type = Md; Version = A
Event ID NM 102811e

2.3 Md - ARKANSAS
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.3 Md
Date-Time 28 Oct 2011 16:57:40 UTC
28 Oct 2011 11:57:40 near epicenter
28 Oct 2011 10:57:40 standard time in your timezone

Location 35.354N 92.279W
Depth 6 km
Distances 6 km (4 miles) ENE (57 degrees) of Guy, AR
6 km (4 miles) WSW (242 degrees) of Quitman, AR
12 km (7 miles) E (97 degrees) of Damascus, AR
69 km (43 miles) N (4 degrees) of Little Rock, AR
406 km (252 miles) SSW (207 degrees) of St. Louis, MO

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.8 km; Vertical 0.8 km
Parameters Nph = 17; Dmin = 4.0 km; Rmss = 0.06 seconds; Gp = 61°
M-type = Md; Version = A
Event ID NM 102811f

Fall photography contest in Hot Springs

Each year as fall approaches, photographers try to capture nature’s fiery foliage at its colorful peak. The City of Hot Springs will receive photo entries from city residents until Thursday, December 1 for a fall photo contest, sponsored by the Urban Forestry Advisory Committee and Lauray’s The Diamond Center.

The contest is limited to city residents only, one entry per person, and must depict seasonal fall color from one or more of the city’s trees. One color 8” x 10” print and an accompanying electronic version of the same photo must be submitted. The photo must be taken by the contestant, and the tree(s) must be within city limits. The contestant must also provide the location or street name where photo was taken. Digital pictures should be taken at the camera’s highest setting.

Lauray’s is offering a Pandora bracelet as the prize for best photo. Judging will be done by members of the Urban Forestry Advisory Committee.

Entry forms are available from the Public Works Engineering Department at 111 Opera Street, or on the city’s home page at www.cityhs.net. Completed entry forms and color prints may be brought to the Public Works Engineering Department. Electronic photos may be sent to tphillips@cityhs.net. Submitted photos may be used for promotional purposes by the city. For more information, contact Terri Phillips, 321-6778.

At the Village Animal Shelter this week

Puppies, puppies and more puppies. Four adorable two month old Beagle mix pups. Linus, Lucy, Sally and Patti are now available for adoption.

Chaz and Carlo are ten week old domestic short/medium hair cats. Along with brother Ceasar and sister Crytal, all are home raised, friendly, dog-loving kitties.

Something new in the sky

America’s newest polar-orbiting satellite roared into orbit yesterday morning, setting the stage for enhanced weather data National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, scientists will use to develop life-saving severe weather forecasts days in advance.

The NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force, Calif., at 2:48 a.m. PDT aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. At approximately 3:45 a.m. PDT, the spacecraft separated from the Delta II to the delight of NOAA and NASA officials.

NPP is a NASA Earth-observing satellite and features five new instruments that will collect more detailed information about Earth’s atmosphere, land and oceans. NASA will use NPP as a research mission, while NOAA will use the data for short and long-term weather forecasting and environmental monitoring.

“This year has been one for the record books for severe weather,” said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “The need for improved data from NPP and the next generation satellite system under development by NASA and NOAA has never been greater. They will enhance our ability to alert the public with as much lead time as possible.”

In 2011, data from polar-orbiting satellites like NPP allowed emergency managers and communities to prepare for severe weather events . Five days before a destructive and deadly tornado outbreak in Alabama and parts of the Southeast in April, NOAA forecasters were able to see the early atmospheric signs of the storm system developing and issue timely warnings.

NPP will orbit Earth every 102 minutes, flying 512 miles above the surface, monitoring atomospheric conditions below. The first of the NPP data will become available in about 90 days and begin replacing data from the NOAA-19 satellite in the afternoon orbit, passing over the United States during full daylight hours.

NPP is also the bridge that links NOAA’s current polar-orbiting satellites to the next generation of advanced spacecraft called the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), which is currently set to launch in late 2016, pending funding. NPP will test how the new instruments perform before they are formally added to the JPSS satellites. NOAA’s Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md., will process and distribute the data from NPP.

The originally planned launch of JPSS has been setback due to delays in funding over the past couple of years. This means there will be a data gap between the time NPP begins to degrade from the harsh space environment and the time JPSS is succsessfully placed into operation. The length of that gap depends on future years funding and the agency remains optimistic that current year Congressional support will carry over into a final appropriation and outyear funding.

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and NOAA deputy administrator, hailed the successful launch of NPP as a credit to the long-standing partnership between NOAA and NASA.

“This partnership works,” Sullivan said. “For more than 40 years, we have worked together fielding observation satellites to provide the nation with critical environmental intelligence to protect lives and livelihoods.”

Sharefest discussed at Rotary Club of Oaklawn


Lamar Trieschmann, left, visits with Oaklawn Rotarian Benny Baker after making a presentation to club members about Sharefest, an annual event where local churches partner together to meet the needs of the community through various service projects. For more information, visit www.sharefesths.com.

Garland County hospitals not a part of state stroke registry

Forty-one (41) hospitals serving Arkansans have joined a collaborative effort to reduce the devastating impact of stroke in the state.

In 2007, Arkansas ranked first in the nation for stroke mortality. Each year, more than 700,000 Americans suffer from a stroke; about 25% of them die at the time of the event or soon after, and 15%–30% of survivors remain permanently disabled.

The Arkansas Department of Health, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, is developing a stroke registry to help reduce the burden of this disease on Arkansans. The 2005 Arkansas General Assembly created the Acute Stroke Care Task Force (ASCTF) and in 2010 they received $180,000 in state funding to establish the Arkansas Stroke Registry. “This registry is a tool that will save lives and improve outcomes for survivors of stroke in Arkansas,” said Dr. Namvar Zohoori, Chair of the ASCTF. “It will allow us to better understand what we can do to reduce the stroke death rate.”

The Arkansas Stroke Registry is a database built on information from participating hospitals such as patient emergency transport, diagnosis and treatment data. The Registry uses the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program to analyze and identify opportunities to assist hospitals in improving patient care while reducing stroke deaths and disability. In addition, data received from the Arkansas Stroke Registry will increase public awareness of stroke warning sign and symptoms as well as the importance of calling 9-1-1.

Senator Bobby L. Glover of Carlisle, AR, recalls his experience with stroke: “I’ll never forget what happened to me three years ago, when I experienced excruciating pain across my shoulder and got very sick. After being examined by a doctor I was diagnosed as having had a brain stem stroke. This experience has had a significant impact on my life; it has caused me to rethink my priorities. The stroke had affected my ability to walk, use my right hand and speak. Through physical therapy, things have greatly improved. I understand first-hand the importance of receiving quality hospital care, and the stroke registry will help optimize the quality of care Arkansans receive across the state.”

Without hospital participation, building the Arkansas Stroke Registry (ASR) would be impossible. With the assistance of the American Heart Association, the Arkansas Hospital Association and UAMS’ Center for Distance Health, SAVES Tele-Stroke Program, forty-one Arkansas hospitals have joined the Arkansas Stroke Registry since April 2011. Carol Winick, Vice President of Quality Initiatives with the American Heart Association stated: “This is one of the fastest mobilization efforts for hospitals in a state joining our Get With The Guidelines® program as part of a stroke registry. All participating hospitals should be proud of this accomplishment, and we appreciate their commitment to optimizing the quality of patient care.”

According to Dr. Paul K. Halverson, Arkansas State Health Officer: “The development of a stroke registry for Arkansas is imperative as part of a comprehensive strategy to minimize the mortality and disability of this disease in the state. We appreciate the level of commitment from hospitals serving Arkansans and for the future of this initiative.”

The hospitals participating in the Arkansas Stroke Registry include the following (counties identified in parenthesis):
Arkansas Heart Hospital (Pulaski)
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (Greene)
Ashley County Medical Center (Ashley)
Baptist Health Medical Center – Arkadelphia (Clark)
Baptist Health Medical Center - Heber Springs (Cleburne)
Baptist Health Medical Center - Little Rock (Pulaski)
Baptist Health Medical Center - North Little Rock (Pulaski)
Baptist Health Medical Center - Stuttgart (Arkansas)
Baxter Regional Medical Center (Baxter)
Chicot Memorial Medical Center (Chicot)
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System (Bowie - TX)
Conway Regional Medical Center (Faulkner)
Crittenden Regional Hospital (Crittenden)
Delta Memorial Hospital (Desha)
DeWitt Hospital (Arkansas)
Drew Memorial Hospital (Drew)
Great River Medical Center (Mississippi)
Jefferson Regional Medical Center (Jefferson)
Johnson Regional Medical Center (Johnson)
Lawrence Memorial Hospital (Lawrence)
Magnolia Regional Medical Center (Columbia)
McGehee Hospital (Desha)
Medical Center of South Arkansas (Union)
Mercy Hospital Scott County (Scott)
Mercy Ozark (Franklin)
North Logan Mercy Hospital (Logan)
Northwest Medical Center - Bentonville (Benton)
Northwest Medical Center – Springdale (Washington)
Ozark Health Medical Center (Van Buren)
Piggott Community Hospital (Clay)
Saline Memorial Hospital (Saline)
SMC Regional Medical Center (Mississippi)
Sparks Health System (Sebastian)
St. Bernards Medical Center (Craighead)
St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center (Pulaski)
St. Vincent Medical Center / North (Pulaski)
St. Vincent Morrilton (Conway)
Summit Medical Center (Crawford)
UAMS Medical Center (Pulaski)
White County Medical Center (White)
White River Medical Center (Independence)

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer-related death. It is responsible for more deaths than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. This year, nearly 160,000 American men and women will die from lung cancer.

As with any form of cancer, early detection is key to survival. Screening methods, such as CT scans, are being used in clinical trials.

Coughing, wheezing, hoarseness and fatigue are just some of the symptoms that are often confused with less serious conditions. Smoking is the major risk, but you can develop lung cancer even if you don’t smoke.

Lung cancer treatments may include surgery, radiation treatments, chemotherapy or one of several interventional radiology procedures. Discuss lung cancer risks, symptoms and treatment options with your doctor.

Find easy-to-understand information about lung cancer at RadiologyInfo.org. That’s Radiology Info dot O – R – G.

This health reminder is from the Radiological Society of North America.

Vets brush up on driving skills for free

To recognize and thank military veterans for their service, the AARP Driver Safety Program is offering a free classroom course to all military personnel — active duty, retired, guard or reserve — regardless of age, from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2011.

This offer, which waives the normal course registration fee, is available to individuals who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard. Spouses (including widows and widowers) are also eligible to take the classroom course, free of charge.

The Arkansas Driver Safety Program is looking for individuals, groups or businesses to host locations where Driver Safety Program courses can be taught as part of this special promotion. For more information about hosting a Driver Safety Program course, contact Arkansas Driver Safety Program Coordinator Joe Petruk at jopetru@sbcglobal.net
To locate and register for an AARP Driver Safety course near you, visit www.aarp.org/findacourse or call 1-888-AARP-NOW (888-227-7669). Pre-registration is required and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to mention the "Veterans Promotion." When you show up for the course, you will need to present a form of military identification. Examples include but are not limited to a military ID, discharge papers (DD Form 214), American Legion card, dependent ID card (DD Form 1173), or a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) card.

Even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. The AARP Driver Safety Program teaches valuable defensive driving techniques and provides a refresher about the rules of the road. Plus, by completing the classroom course you could qualify for an automobile insurance discount from your insurance company. For full details, visit http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/transportation/info-09-2011/driver-safety-course-veterans-promotion.html

Beethohen and Blue Jeans coming back to Robinson Hall in Little Rock


Back by popular demand, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven & Blue Jeans on Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 at 3 p.m. at the Robinson Center Music Hall. This concert features Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Leonore Overture No. 3, and the Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1 by composer and guest artist Daniel Bernard Roumain, DBR. This concert is the third Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Concert and is sponsored by Deltic Timber.

“DBR is a unique artist that defies labels and crosses genres. He is known for his distinctive sound and captivating performances. You don’t want to miss him ‘plug in’ for this electric violin concerto,” said Philip Mann, ASO Music Director.

Concert attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of blue jeans – Maestro Philip Mann and the orchestra will be wearing theirs, too. Special Edition Beethoven & Blue Jeans t-shirts will be for sale in the lobby before, during intermission and after the concert.

“We are extremely excited we received a NEA grant to bring DBR to Arkansas,” said Christina Littlejohn, ASO Executive Director. During his residency, DBR will present “Hip-Hop Studies and Etudes” to students at Central High School, Parkview High School, and the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. “Rarely do students get the opportunity to work with an artist that has performed with Lady Gaga and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. His Bach to hip-hop series is a hit all over the country for young people.”

In addition to the Masterworks performance, the ASO will host a street party on Markham in front of the Robinson Center beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. This is a free party for ticket holders that includes free brats (courtesy of Ben E. Keith) and $2 Diamond Bear Beer. All ticket holders can meet musicians, board members, Philip Mann, and DBR while entertainment is provided by The Episcopal Collegiate School Steel Drum Band.

At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform a free concert on the Robinson stage. Following this ASYO performance, there will be a super-sized Concert Conversation, an interactive informance about the Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert, with Philip Mann, the ASYO, and guests. Admission to this event is free.

Children kindergarten through 12th grade can attend our Sunday matinee performances for free (with the purchase of an adult ticket) using the Entergy Kids Ticket – available for download at www.ArkansasSymphony.org. Adult single tickets range from $14-$52 and can be purchased online at www.ArkansasSymphony.org or over the phone at (501) 666-1761. Student and military tickets are $10.

Concert Program Details

BEETHOVEN & BLUE JEANS
Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 13 at 3 p.m.
Robinson Center Music Hall
Beer & Brats Street Party: Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Beer, brats, Beethoven & Blue Jeans, what could be more fun? FREE party for ticket holders, FREE brats, $2 Diamond Bear Beer, and entertainment by The Episcopal Collegiate School Steel Drum Band on Markham in front of Robinson before the concert. Mingle with Musicians, board members, Philip Mann, and DBR to gear up for this one-of-a-kind concert!
ASYO Free Concert: Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Super-Sized Concert Conversation: Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Hear a special Youth Orchestra mini concert followed by a super-sized Concert Conversation in the Music Hall. Includes an interactive informance by Philip Mann, the ASYO, and guests.

Featuring
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), violin
Philip Mann, conductor
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Program:
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
DBR Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1
INTERMISSION
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
Education Residency Details

HIP-HOP STUDIES AND ETUDES
Inspired by Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier and Philip Glass’ Music in 12 Parts, these twenty-four musical vignettes (one in each key) explain, examine and express aspects of hip-hop music—from rhythm to timbre to form. Hip-Hop Studies and Etudes represent DBR’s compositional view, his “take,” on hip-hop music. DBR discusses his inspiration and performs excerpts of the work on the piano and violin.
Thursday, November 10 at 12:30 p.m.-2:08 p.m. – Central High School
This workshop will take place in the Band Room and will include approximately 90 students.
Friday, November 11 at 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Parkview High School
This workshop will take place in the Choir Room and will include approximately 75 students.

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), violin/composer

Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination.

As a composer, his works range from orchestral scores and chamber pieces to music for film, the theater, modern dance, and electronica. In 2007, DBR premiered One Loss Plus, the first of three works commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for their Next Wave Festival. Showcasing his wide-ranging eclecticism, One Loss Plus is DBR’s evening-length, multimedia work for electric/acoustic violin, prepared/amplified piano, electronics, and video. His latest orchestral work and second BAM commission Darwin’s Meditation for The People of Lincoln is a musical setting of a pocket play by Daniel Beaty that explores an imagined conversation between Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln, and the political relationship between England, North America, and Haiti. Following its New York premiere in October 2008, Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln moves to the University of Connecticut as a special celebratory concert February 12, 2009 - the icons’ shared bicentennial anniversary of their birth.

DBR has collaborated with an array of orchestras and chamber ensembles. He was recently selected by the Sphinx Commissioning Consortium, an alliance between Sphinx and nine other American orchestras (Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, New Jersey, New World, Philadelphia, Richmond, Rochester and Virginia) to compose a new work for full orchestra that premiered in 2010. Recent performances and commissions include: Five Chairs and One Table, a commissioned work for Imani Winds that premiered at Carnegie Hall; WE MARCH!, a guitar concerto featuring Eliot Fisk and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra; The Tuscaloosa Meditations, one of the first commissions of a Haitian-American composer by the University of Alabama composed in honor of Vivian Malone Jones; Voodoo Violin Concerto, a virtuosic handling of DBR’s Haitian heritage premiered by the Vermont Youth Orchestra; Double Quartet: The Kompa Variations, an exploration of Haitian kompa music for the Providence String Quartet and a student quartet which premiered at the First Works Providence festival; and newly commissioned works for the Florida Youth Orchestra, Ahn Trio and Claremont Trio. Other projects include original scores for theater and film. DBR has composed music for Daniel Beaty’s play Resurrection directed by Oz Scott, the feature ESPN television segment E:60 Homeless Basketball in which DBR was bestowed with a Sports EMMY nomination for musical composition, and documentary films - Strange Things by Alexandria Hammond and Off and Running by Nicole Opper (premiered at Tribeca Film Festival) which aired nationally on PBS in 2010.

From Australia’s Sydney Opera House to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, DBR continues to premiere and perform solo and chamber works off of his debut international solo album etudes4violin&electronix (Thirsty Ear Recordings) in a worldwide tour with Elan Vytal aka DJ Scientific. Described as a “demonstration of unquestionable virtuosity and commitment to the violin’s expressivity” (All About Jazz), the album showcases a unified dialogue between DBR and artists from today's contemporary musical landscape including Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto, DJ Spooky, and DJ Scientific. As bandleader of DBR & THE MISSION, a young, multi-cultural ensemble, he presents an electrifying show described as “an evening of chamber music with the accessible feel of a rock concert” (Albany Times-Union). Touring nationwide since 2004, DBR & THE MISSION made its international debut at Australia’s 2008 Adelaide Festival.

DBR serves as Visiting Associate Professor of Composition at his alma mater, The Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. He’s also the Artist-in-Residence of the Starbucks-sponsored Seattle Theater Group and the Music Director of Seattle’s More Music @ The Moore program for the third consecutive year. Additional positions have included: Chair of Composition/Theory at the Harlem School of the Arts; The Van Lier Composer-in-Residence with the American Composers Orchestra; Artist-in-Residence at Arizona State University (2003-2006); Assistant Composer-in-Residence at the Orchestra of St. Luke's and founder of the OSL’s Young Composers Development Program; Music Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; and Rankin Scholar-in-Residence at Drexel University.

Proving that he’s “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR recently collaborated and performed with Lady Gaga on FOX’s American Idol. His accolades range from being voted as “America’s Assignment” on the CBS Evening News, to receiving praise as one of the “Top 100 New Yorkers” (New York Resident), “Top 40 Under 40” business people (Crain’s New York Business), one of the entertainment industry’s “Top 5 Tomorrow’s Newsmakers” (1010 WINS Radio), and spotlighted as a “New Face of Classical Music” in Esquire Magazine.

A native of Margate, Florida, DBR’s career blossomed when he studied music as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, completing his masters and doctoral work at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom.

For more on DBR, visit http://www.dbrmusic.com.

Philip Mann, Music Director

Hailed by the BBC as a "talent to watch out for, who conveys a mature command of his forces," American conductor Philip Mann is quickly gaining a reputation as an "expressively graceful yet passionate" artist on three continents. Newly appointed as music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, he also serves as the San Diego Symphony's Associate Conductor and formerly an American Conducting Fellow/assistant conductor, where he has conducted over 200 performances of Jacobs Subscription Masterworks, Symphony Exposed, family, young people's concerts, Kinder Konzert, pops, and other special programs.

His most recent subscription appearance was described by the San Diego Union Tribune, "Mann was masterful. a skilled musical architect, designing and executing a beautifully paced interpretation, which seemed to spring from somewhere deep within the music rather than superimposed upon it." The winner of the Vienna Philharmonic's Karajan Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival, he has served as cover conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra and as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mann has worked with leading artists such as Joshua Bell, Sharon Isbin, Marvin Hamlisch and given world premiers of major composers including John Corigliano. He maintains a lively schedule as a guest conductor having conducted at New York's Avery Fischer Hall and London's Barbican Center. Active in symphonic, operatic, and new music repertories, he has served as music director of the Oxford City Opera and Oxford Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.

Elected a Rhodes Scholar, Mann studied and taught at Oxford, and won the annual competition to become principal conductor of the Oxford University Philharmonia. Under his leadership, the Philharmonia's performances and tours received international press and acclaim. Mann studied with Alan Hazeldine of London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Colin Metters at the Royal Academy of Music, and Marios Papadopolous of the Oxford Philomusica. He worked with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.s National Conducting Institute and Michael Tilson Thomas at the New World Symphony. Mentorship with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jorma Panula followed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Conducting Masterclasses. He has also worked under Imre Pallo, David Effron, John Poole, and Thomas Baldner at Indiana University where he was appointed visiting lecturer in orchestral conducting, and worked as assistant conductor at the IU Opera Theater. Additional studies came under the Bolshoi Theater's music director, Alexander Vedernikov at the Moscow State Conservatory, Gustav Meir, Kenneth Keisler, and with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward.

Trained as a violinist, Mann has appeared as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber player in the USA and abroad. He is the recipient of numerous awards including commendations from several cities, and the state of California.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 46th season in 2011-2012 under the leadership of Music Director Philip Mann. ASO is the resident orchestra of Robinson Center Music Hall, and performs more than thirty concerts each year through its Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series, ACXIOM Pops LIVE! Series and River Rhapsodies Chamber Series, in addition to serving central Arkansas through numerous community outreach programs and bringing live symphonic music education to over 20,000 school children and over 200 schools.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Monday road closures in Hot Springs

The northbound lane of Malvern Avenue at the Jefferson Street intersection will be closed on Monday, October 31 after completion of a gas line project in the southbound lane.

Broadway Street between Olive Street and Orange will be closed to through traffic from Monday, October 31 through Wednesday, November 2 for a gas line project. Signs will be posted, and motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in these areas.

Drug take back today

Come drop off your expired and unused medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the north parking lot of the Garland County Sheriff's Department in Hot Springs.

In the first three events, we collected nearly 800 pounds of medications (720,000 to 850,000 pills). Help us add to that total and reach that 1 million pill mark this weekend!

Pills and liquid prescriptions and over-the-counter medications will be destroyed by fire.

Street closure today in Hot Springs

The southbound lane of Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs between Garden Street and Jefferson, and Broadway between Olive Street and Orange will be closed to through traffic all day on Friday, October 28 for a gas line project. Signs will be posted, and motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in these areas.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Veteran's Day event at Fountain Lake

Fountain Lake School District will honor our country's veterans on Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include a "Vets Coffee Meet & Greet" for veterans to interact with staff, students and one another. Classes of various grade levels will "post colors" throughout the day. Additionally, Ft. Lake music classes will perform and join in the celebration. In the week leading up to the event, Fountain Lake students will compete in essay and art contests. The winners will be announced during the event, and will be presented with U.S. Savings Bonds. Come join the fun as students wave their flags and passers-by honk their horns.

Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney talks Halloween

Regarding the local community’s observance of Halloween next Monday, October 31, Mayor Ruth Carney stated, "Residents are encouraged to check the local news outlets for information to area events. We advise motorists and pedestrians to be especially careful as they share the road, and to have a safe and happy Halloween."

Oversize post cards on sale

LBG Lighting and Gifts, next to the Shell station on Calella Road, announces limited edition Season’s Greetings jumbo postcards. These unique postcards have beautiful images of Hot Springs Village, including the front gate, Balboa Clubhouse in the snow, and a Christmas lizard on holly. The cards are a full 57% larger than regular-sized postcards and can be mailed using an ordinary, first class stamp.

Consider sending an attractive, attention-getting jumbo postcard this year as your holiday card. The cards can be previewed at www.hotspringsvillagecards.com.

Other jumbo specialty cards are available at the lighting store and post office (L.B.G. Enterprises, Incorporated) at 105 Calella Road in Hot Springs Village (915-8552).

Villagers can now pay for services with a credit card

Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association has an online credit card payment option to pay your assessment and or POA utility bill. Go to the POA website at www.hsvpoa.org and click on Pay Assessment/Utilities button on the right side. The POA accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover. To pay by credit card, you will need your Lot/Block/Addition number as well as the individual account number associated with your assessment and or POA utility bill.

The actual processing of your credit card is made through a third party secure site. The POA does not retain any credit card information. If you enter your email address, you will receive an electronic receipt.

Please contact the POA at (501) 922-5519 or (501) 922-5556 with questions.

Bring in the new year at Coronado Center

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 2 for the New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance being held at the Coronado Community Center by the Village Merry Mixers Dance Club.

Ticket prices are $40 per person for a catered sit down dinner by Home Plate with music by the Mullen Band and a champagne toast at midnight. A cash bar will also be available.

Friday, December 2, tickets will be available for purchase at the Coronado Community Center then only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. through the week of Christmas or until tickets are sold out.

Open house cancelled

The DeSoto Club Events Center Open House originally scheduled for November 1, has been cancelled due to a delay in the completion of a roofing project.

The open house will be rescheduled in the near future. The Events Center is still taking reservations for November and December and beyond for weddings, conferences, dinner parties, luncheons, proms, seminars and more. Email Stacy Hoover, Facility and Event Operations Coordinator at shoover@hsvpoa.org or call 922.5050.

Results of deer management

The 2011 Hot Springs Village Urban Deer Management hunt is now complete. The no-bag limit, archery only hunt was managed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The two week hunt, which ran from September 24 - October 8, harvested 118 deer in the Village which yielded 3,600 pounds of meat or 14,400 meals. Ninety (90) of the deer were donated to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry.

The hunt would not have been successful without the help of community volunteers who helped check the deer. A special thanks is extended to John Ross, Dan Webb, Guy Yates, Jim Owens, Drew Kahle, Cathy Ament, Ted Schram, Cathy and James Williams, Amy Ball, Bill Wood, Craig William, John Harper, Ruth Kosoglow, Rick and Carolyn Barnes, Joe Burleigh, Louallen Thomasen, Bev Thompson, Wilbur Smither, Frank Ames, Bruce Caverly, Sam Justice, Jim Scott and Frank Pederson.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission manages the Hot Springs Village no-bag limit archery only urban hunts. Permits for the hunt were awarded in August 2011 by the Game and Fish Commission after applicants successfully demonstrated their accuracy with a bow and arrow.

Usually an additional January hunt is held, but there is not one scheduled in 2012.

Coronado Fitness Center workshops

Coronado Fitness Center in Hot Springs Villagenand NETA, a non-profit fitness professional association, are co-sponsoring the following nationally recognized workshops:

Kettlebell Specialty Certification – Saturday, December 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kettlebells are the latest and most popular strength training tool that can be used in a group setting or with personal training clients. This introductory course teaches the basics of Kettlebell training, the history of this fascinating work out, safety techniques, body positioning, alignment and appropriate starting weights. You will experience the most popular exercises including swing, clean and press, the snatch and many more.

Kick It Up! – Sunday, December 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Form meets function. Cover the 1-2-3 basics of traditional cardio kickboxing to expand intensities and complexities. You will be provided with tons of ideas from interval and circuit to strength and endurance training all kickboxing based with elements of functional, balance and core training.

The workshops will be held at the Coronado Fitness Center, 160 Ponderosa Lane. For more information, contact Gary Vogt at 501.922.1230. To register call 1.800.237.6242 or register online at www.netafit.org. Workshop fees apply.

FEMA mishap three years ago resolved

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today said he was pleased an agreement has been reached between the Department of the Treasury and an Arkansas couple who erroneously received disaster assistance from FEMA three years ago. The details of the settlement are private, but satisfactory to the family. In response to the Treasury’s action, Pryor has lifted his holds on Treasury Department nominees allowing them to advance through the Senate confirmation process.

“The Guglielmana family has dealt with a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy and frustration over the past year. I’m pleased we were able to bring this case to a favorable resolution.” Pryor said. “This family showed tremendous courage and I hope their actions will help scores of other flood victims who may be tangled in the same web. I also want to recognize the hard work and professionalism of the Treasury Department, especially the career public servants at the Financial Management Service for helping the Guglielmanas.”

Following major flooding in 2008, the Guglielmana family of Mountain View, Arkansas completed an extensive application process and home inspection by FEMA. The agency approved $27,000 in disaster assistance for their home repairs. In March 2011, FEMA informed them that they were never eligible for assistance because they live in a county that does not participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. In a Notice of Debt letter, FEMA said that they must repay the funds within 30 days or face high interest charges or other collection actions. After failing to pay, FEMA sent the debt to the Department of the Treasury for collections in September 2011. An additional $10,000 was added for penalties, fees and interest.

*Please respect the Guglielmana family’s privacy. They do not wish to take calls from reporters.

Pryor said he will continue to advance his legislation to help individuals who are facing similar situations. His measure would enable FEMA to waive debt owed to the U.S. in which funds were distributed in FEMA error in situations where recoupment would be against “equity and good conscience.” The provision is part of the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Separate legislation, the Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness Act, passed favorably out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this year.

FEMA has been sending out Notice of Debt letters to 160,000 individuals who received federal disaster assistance improperly in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane season. Improper payments are identified as those resulting from human error, such as numerous members of one household applying for identical benefits, accounting problems or inadequate internal controls.

Pilot Program to Ease Communities’ Financial Burden Caused by Deployed First Responders

U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to support communities that employ National Guard members or Reservists as first responders. The Strengthening Community Safety Act, H.R. 3260, would help communities recover the cost associated with the temporary absence of a law enforcement officer, firefighter or first responder who is deployed as a member of the National Guard or Reserves.

“We should never hesitate to hire National Guard members or Reservists because their deployment might cost our community more money,” said Ross. “National Guard members and Reservists who double as first responders honorably serve both their community and country and we should support communities who want to hire these brave men and women. My bill sets up a temporary grant program to help eligible communities recover the costs of increased overtime, new hires and new training when its first responders are deployed so that communities don’t have to pull resources from other services. Public safety and supporting our men and women in uniform should be among our nation’s top priorities and that’s why I’m proud to introduce this commonsense bill in Congress.”

Many times, communities incur additional expenses when a first responder is deployed, especially in rural communities with smaller budgets. These expenses include, but are not limited to, paying other employees’ overtime, dedicating additional funds to training temporary replacements and hiring new employees. Ross’s bill, the Strengthening Community Safety Act, would create a pilot grant program for three years under the Department of Homeland Security to directly compensate state and local first responder agencies that exhibit a five percent increase in expenses directly due to the deployment of an employee as a member of the National Guard or Reserves. Eligible reimbursable expenses range from salary to the cost of equipment, maintenance or other activities a first responder agency was unable to acquire or perform because the deployment created a tighter budget.

Earlier this year, Ross also helped introduce the Veterans Employment Transition Act, H.R. 865, or VETs Act, to provide tax credits for private businesses who hire veterans coming home from active duty service.

“Our veterans and servicemembers should be thanked and rewarded for their service to our nation, yet more than one million veterans across this country are unemployed today,” said Ross. “Along with the VETs Act I helped introduce earlier this year, these bills are only part of the work I’m doing to help create jobs and take care of our men and women in uniform. We need more jobs in this state and across this country and taking care of our servicemembers and unemployed veterans is a good place to start.”

The Strengthening Community Safety Act, H.R. 3260, has already been endorsed by the Association of the United States Navy, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, the National Guard Association of the United States and the Retired Enlisted Association. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

Scam warning

Community: Be aware of a Lottery Scam going around that says you have won money, but first need to send in a commission.

In the this scam, the caller will say you have won a large amount of money, but in order to collect, you must send them a percentage through Western Union.

This scam could be sent to you through the mail, email or by phone.

Be very mindful of anyone asking you to send money, in order to collect a winning!

Message from Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders

Parents, trick-or-treating is a great adventure for children. Keep it fun by preparing yourself and your children for a safe night out, beginning with these basic safety tips.....

*Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility.

*Check our website; http://www.garlandcountysheriff.com for registered offenders residing in your area.

*Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit.

*Remind children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.

*Let your children know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.

*Teach children to bring treats home before eating them. Eat only factory-wrapped treats unless you know the giver well.

*Teach your children to say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting. TRUST THEIR FEELINGS, and be sure to TELL a trusted adult.

*Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, schools, or community organized events as a safe alternative to Trick-of-Treating.

Proud To Serve,

Sheriff Larry Sanders

Today's little earthquake

2.1 Md - ARKANSAS
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.1 Md
Date-Time 27 Oct 2011 20:20:58 UTC
27 Oct 2011 15:20:58 near epicenter
27 Oct 2011 14:20:58 standard time in your timezone

Location 35.352N 92.291W
Depth 3 km
Distances 5 km (3 miles) NE (52 degrees) of Guy, AR
7 km (5 miles) WSW (244 degrees) of Quitman, AR
11 km (7 miles) E (99 degrees) of Damascus, AR
69 km (43 miles) N (3 degrees) of Little Rock, AR
407 km (253 miles) SSW (207 degrees) of St. Louis, MO

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.8 km; Vertical 1.0 km
Parameters Nph = 15; Dmin = 4.0 km; Rmss = 0.35 seconds; Gp = 111°
M-type = Md; Version = A
Event ID NM 102711b

Village artists' work on display at Garvan Woodland Gardens

November 1 through 30 three artists, Sheliah Halderman, Marlene Gremillion and Linda Shearer, from Hot Springs Village will display a collection of works created with a "mix" of styles in the Magnolia Room at Garvan Woodland Gardens. The "mix" of paintings. pastel, Chinese brush, and water media, are available for purchase with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Gardens.

Townhouse association cancellation

The Hot Springs Village townhouse association standards and control meetings for November and December have been cancelled. Contact Bob Peterson with questions or concerns.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Medicare open enrollment

An official message from Medicare and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

If you or someone you care about has Medicare, make sure you mark your calendars. Medicare Open Enrollment is earlier this year. It starts on October 15th and ends on December 7.

Use this opportunity to review your Medicare choices and make sure you have the plan that is right for you. You may be able to save money, get better coverage or both.

And make sure you take advantage of the new benefits for all people with Medicare – like wellness visits, preventive care and lower prescription drug costs.

It’s worth it to take the time to review and compare. Medicare has resources to help.

Call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit medicare.gov to find out more. Make sure you check your mail for the Medicare & You handbook. And remember – it’s earlier this year. Open Enrollment ends on December 7.

SMITTY at Wildwood

Photo by David Knight, Cast of That 80s Show, We Built This SMITTY on Rock & Roll

Don’t miss all your favorite 80s songs together on one stage in this year’s Young Artist Production! This always popular production is an annual performance by The Rep’s SMTI (Summer Musical Theatre Intensive) program, or as The Rep likes to call it “Smitty.”

The Rep’s Young Artists have established themselves as a defining characteristic of the theatre, with enthusiasm and spirit combining with amazing talent to create unforgettable experiences. This year’s show is all about the 80s and is titled That 80s Show: We Built this “SMITTY” on Rock and Roll! Join us as performers who weren’t even born yet relive the 80s.

TICKETS AND SEATING
A Seating $25| B Seating $15 |Student Tickets $10

PERFORMANCE RUN
October 26-November 5
Wednesday – Sunday. All evening shows 7 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2 p.m. matinee only & Saturday, November 5, 2 p.m . & 7p.m.

All performances at Wildwood Park for the Arts.

Call The Rep's Box Office for more information. (501) 378-0405.

Senator Pryor noted Buddy Coleman's passing

I am saddened to learn about the passing of Buddy Coleman. He was a prominent figure throughout Arkansas, known for his business success as well as his community involvement. Philanthropy always had a place in Buddy’s life, and he touched hundreds of youth through his participation in local organizations and sports teams. Buddy leaves behind quite a legacy, and he will be sorely missed.

Arkansas stroke registry

Senator Bobby L. Glover, joined by representatives from the Heart Association, the Arkansas Hospital Association, UAMS’ Center for Distance Health, SAVES Tele-Stroke Program, ADH officials and some of the forty-one Arkansas hospitals who have joined the Arkansas Stroke Registry since April 2011.

The Arkansas Stroke Registry is a database built on information from participating hospitals such as patient emergency transport, diagnosis and treatment data. The Registry uses the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program to analyze and identify opportunities to assist hospitals in improving patient care while reducing stroke deaths and disability. In addition, data received from the Arkansas Stroke Registry will increase public awareness of stroke warning signs and symptoms as well as the importance of calling 9-1-1.

Multiple streets closed in Hot Springs

Carlton Alley, between Carlton Terrace and Majestic Alley, is closed to through traffic until Thursday, November 3, weather permitting, related to painting for a building remodeling project. Signs will be posted, and motorists are advised to seek alternate route during alley closure.

Broadway Street, between Olive and Orange Street, will be closed Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27 for a gas line reconstruction project. Jefferson Street, between Malvern Avenue and Fordyce Street, and the southbound lane of Malvern Avenue, between Grove and East Grand, will be closed all day Wednesday for the same project.

Signs will be posted for all projects, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes during construction.

Little earthquate last night in Faulkner County

2.7 Md - ARKANSAS
Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 2.7 Md
Date-Time 25 Oct 2011 23:24:52 UTC
25 Oct 2011 18:24:52 near epicenter
25 Oct 2011 17:24:52 standard time in your timezone

Location 35.360N 92.265W
Depth 6 km
Distances 5 km (3 miles) WSW (241 degrees) of Quitman, AR
7 km (5 miles) ENE (58 degrees) of Guy, AR
13 km (8 miles) E (93 degrees) of Damascus, AR
70 km (43 miles) N (5 degrees) of Little Rock, AR
405 km (252 miles) SSW (207 degrees) of St. Louis, MO

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.7 km; Vertical 0.8 km
Parameters Nph = 18; Dmin = 5.0 km; Rmss = 0.10 seconds; Gp = 64°
M-type = Md; Version = A
Event ID NM 102511d

Outgoing Congressman Mike Ross picking up Golden Mouse Award as his time in office almost over

U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott was presented a Gold Mouse Award on Monday for having one of the best websites in Congress, according to a report released by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). Ross was one of only 19 lawmakers on Capitol Hill to receive the Gold Mouse Award for the 112th session of Congress and was recognized for demonstrating a strong commitment to connecting with citizens and exemplifying transparency and accountability in government. Ross’s website (http://ross.house.gov) also won the Gold Mouse Award in 2010.

“I’m proud to once again receive this tremendous honor by such a respected organization,” said Ross. “My duty as Congressman is to be a resource to my constituents, helping them cut through the red tape and find the answers they need as quickly and as easily as possible. People often don’t have the time or resources to visit one of my district offices in El Dorado, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff or Prescott. So, my website is designed to be a ‘one stop shop’ for constituents needing help or answers. We’ve worked hard on this website and I’m glad there are groups like the Congressional Management Foundation recognizing and pushing for accountability and transparency in government.”

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to improve communications between citizens and Congress and to enhance operations on Capitol Hill. After an extensive evaluation process, CMF presents a Gold, Silver or Bronze Mouse Award each session of Congress to those sites earning an A-plus, A or A-minus grade. Among the Gold Mouse Award winners, the top winner in each category is presented with the Platinum Mouse Award.

“Rep. Ross is to be commended for educating citizens and achieving the highest degree of transparency and accountability in online communications,” said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of CMF. “In the 21st Century, a website is much more than a broadcasting tool for a political message - it's a virtual office and a window into our democratic institutions. These winners of the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Mouse Awards understand the value of using the Internet to enlighten and serve constituents, and are examples for all congressional offices to follow.”

Of the 618 congressional websites graded, a total of 98 personal office, committee and leadership websites earned A’s, and will therefore receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze Mouse Award. CMF conducted its analysis from June to September 2011 and on Monday announced the winners as part of its latest report, “112th Congress Gold Mouse Report: Best Practices in Online Communications on Capitol Hill.” The full report is available at www.congressfoundation.org.

“Whether you’re looking up my position on an issue, trying to get help with Social Security benefits or planning a trip to our nation’s capital, I want my website to be an easy online resource for you and your family,” said Ross. “But, my website is only part of the resources available. You can stop by and visit any of my offices in person or you can call, e-mail fax, write a letter or post messages on Facebook and Twitter. My job is to listen to you, the people I represent, and to be your voice in our nation’s capital. That’s exactly what I’ve tried to do while serving my home state in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Constituents may visit Ross’s website at ross.house.gov or call his office toll free at 1-800-223-2220. Ross is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RepMikeRoss, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RepMikeRoss and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/RepMikeRoss. Constituents may also sign up for Ross’s weekly e-newsletter at ross.house.gov by clicking on the e-news signup icon and can subscribe to his weekly podcasts through iTunes at ross.house.gov/podcasts.

Hot Springs road closure

Jefferson Street, in Hot Springs, between Malvern Avenue and Fordyce Street, and Broadway Street, between Olive and Orange streets, will be closed all day on Tuesday, October 25 for gas line construction. Signs will be posted, and motorists are advised to seek an alternate route during construction.

Hot Springs Chili Cook Off postponed

Due to the forecast of inclement weather, the Hot Springs Board of Realtors’ ninth annual “Cans for Kids Chili Cook Off,” originally scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 at Hot Springs Memorial Field’s terminal building parking lot, is rescheduled for Monday, November 7. The event is co-hosted by the airport. Families are encouraged to attend.

“It’s our biggest project of the year,” event chair Serethia Crawford said. “All of the money raised goes to purchase food for our food pantry. The food is distributed through the Board of Realtors’ office to school counselors who give it to children and families in Garland County that need assistance. The board also provides food for students during school breaks when reduced-cost school meals are not available.”

Each of the 20 different booths registered for the cook off will offer a children’s game or activity, including face painting, bean bag toss, miniature golf, bowling and more. Candy will be given away, and children are invited to wear costumes if they wish. A “bounce house” will also be on hand, along with a silent and live auction. Live music will be provided by Salt & Pepper, Larry Womack, Rachel Mundy, Don Gooch and Diamonds in the Rough.

For the first time, this year’s event will feature seven antique airplanes on display, one coming all the way from Fayetteville.

Tickets, $2 each, may be purchased at the event. For chili entry information, call Crawford, 622-0922.

Red Cross blood drive in the Village

There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive in the Village on Tuesday, November 8 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Village United Methodist Church, 200 Carmona Road near the intersection of DeSoto Blvd. Appointment times are available, walk-ins are always welcome. Contact John Bodensteiner at 915-0339 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Please consider giving the “Gift of Life.” Your time commitment may be an hour, or less, but your donation can help to save up to three lives.

State preparing for flu season

Flu is a serious illness and it’s time for Arkansans to get their flu vaccinations. Beginning this week and continuing through the first week of November, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is providing seasonal flu vaccine at mass flu clinics in every county. A mass flu clinic is a day-long event during which the community comes together to immunize as many people as possible. ADH staff, health professionals and volunteers work as a team to provide vaccine. Some clinics offer “drive-throughs” – you don’t even leave your car.

Dr. Paul Halverson, state health officer and ADH director, said, “Flu can be a serious illness, and we lose roughly 23,600 Americans to complications from flu each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging everyone six months and older to get the vaccine. Last year, the ADH and private providers vaccinated more than 700,000 Arkansans for seasonal flu and H1N1 influenza A. Even with this incredible effort, we lost 53 Arkansans to complications from flu. Preventing the flu is up to you. Please get your vaccine and encourage your family members to do so, too.”

If you have insurance, the ADH will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine. If you have insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or ARKids First, bring your cards with you so that we can file with your insurance company. If you do not have insurance or your insurance company does not pay, the vaccine will be no charge to you.

Flu is a sickness that infects the nose, throat and lungs and is caused by the influenza virus. If you’re young and healthy, the flu vaccine may be 70 to 90 percent effective in preventing illness.

Children eight years and younger who have never received seasonal flu vaccine before will need a second dose of vaccine for full protection. Parents will need to contact a local ADH health unit or health care provider, see if vaccine is available and take their children in for a second dose four weeks after the first vaccination.

Over the last 50 years, flu vaccines have been shown to be safe. All flu vaccines are made the same way. An average of 100 million doses of influenza vaccine is used in the United States each year, and flu vaccines have an excellent safety record.

Reactions to flu vaccines might include a mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and perhaps a little fever or slight headache. The nasal spray vaccine’s side effects may include runny nose, headache and wheezing, but the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu.

There are very few medical reasons to avoid the flu vaccine. They include life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or to eggs, or a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome. Persons with a non-life threatening egg allergy may be vaccinated but need to see a doctor specializing in allergies.

Influenza symptoms include fever over 100 degrees, headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, and occasionally stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

The influenza virus is spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching a hard surface with the virus on it and then touching the nose or mouth. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

See complete list of sites at http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/infectiousDisease/Immunizations/SeasonalFlu/Pages/MassFluClinics.aspx.

Garland County Health Unit - Hot Springs
Address 1425 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Phone 1 501-624-3394
Fax 1 501-624-2706
Administrator Linda Grinnis
Hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saline County Health Unit - Benton
Address 1612 Edison Avenue
Benton, AR 72015
Phone 1 501-303-5650
Fax 1 501-303-5602
Administrator Karen Mays
Hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For more information, go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov or www.flu.gov.

Curious about the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts?

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will host an open house for prospective students and their families from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 12 at the campus in downtown Hot Springs. Tours of the school will be available every half hour beginning at 9 a.m. Students will have the opportunity to talk to current students and teachers.

ASMSA is one of 13 public residential high schools specializing in the education of juniors and seniors with an advanced aptitude for science and math. Enrollment is open to all Arkansas students who meet the academic criteria. Room, board and tuition are free. Interested students should apply during their sophomore year.

Students entering school in the fall of 2012 will get to live in the new residence halls currently under construction.

For more information, call the ASMSA admissions office at (501) 622-5146 or visit our website at www.asmsa.org. To pre-register for the Open House, log onto http://novemberopenhouse.eventbrite.com.

About ASMSA: The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is one of 13 public residential high schools in the country specializing in the education of academically gifted juniors and seniors. Located in historic downtown Hot Springs, the school is a campus of the University of Arkansas system. ASMSA also provides an award-winning K-12 distance education program that serves nearly 3,500 students. The ASMSA Office of Distance Education offers real time, interactive video courses in virtually all disciplines to schools nationwide. For more information about Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, visit www.asmsa.org or call 1-800-345-2767.

Task force meeting in Hot Springs

Hot Springs's newly-formed major projects task force, comprised of nine local residents, will hold an organizational meeting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at the Central Fire Station, 310 Broadway Street. The meeting agenda includes review of purpose, materials orientation, financial overview, election of task force chair and other organizational matters.

Senator Pryor meeting with constituents in Arkansas

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today said he is looking forward to meeting with business and community leaders to discuss his plan to jumpstart the economy and create jobs.

On Tuesday, October 25 at 9 a.m., Pryor will join members of the Harrison Chamber of Commerce to discuss his job creation initiatives. The meeting will take place at the Durand Conference Center, 303 North Main in Harrison.

At 1:00 p.m., Pryor will hold a press conference to lay out his Six Point Solution to create jobs in Arkansas. The event will take place at the Arkansas World Trade Center, 3300 Market Street #400 in Rogers.

At 3:30 p.m., Pryor will meet with Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter to discuss local initiatives. The meeting will take place at Mulberry City Hall, 207 North Main Street in Mulberry.

On Wednesday, October 26 at 10:15 a.m., Pryor will tour Saline Memorial Hospital. The tour will take place at 1 Medical Park Drive in Benton.

At 12:00 p.m., Pryor will meet with members of the Malvern Rotary to discuss current events, job creation, and other issues affecting Arkansas. The meeting will take place at the Western Sizzlin, 621 Martin Luther King in Malvern.

At 1:15 p.m., Pryor will tour Acme Brick, located at 1615 Grigsby Ford Road in Malvern.

At 2:30 p.m., Pryor will tour Martin Marietta Materials, the nation’s second largest producer of construction aggregates such as crushed stone, sand and gravel. The tour will take place at 4202 Highway 270 in Malvern.

On Thursday, October 27 at 9 a.m., Pryor will present Lester Floyd with the Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Good Condut Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Service Star and three Bronze Service Stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medals. The medal presentation will take place at the Conway VFW Post 2259, 1855 Old Morrilton Highway in Conway.

At 10 a.m., Pryor will tour Southwestern Energy’s new facility in Hendrix Village. The tour will begin at 1000 Southwestern Energy Drive in Conway.

At 11:30 a.m., Pryor will lay out his Six Point Solution to create jobs in Arkansas at the Maumelle Chamber Business Lunch. The lunch will take place at the Maumelle Country Club, 100 Club Manor Drive in Maumelle.

At 1:15 p.m., Pryor will tour Kimberly-Clark and discuss ways to help the company continue growing its operations. The company is located at 500 Murphy Drive in Maumelle.

On Friday, October 28 at 10 a.m., Pryor will commemorate the 140th Anniversary of Mountain Valley Water. The ceremony will take place at Mountain Valley Spring Company, 283 Mountain Valley Water Place in Hot Springs.

At 2 p.m., Pryor will speak at the investiture ceremony of Judge P.K. Holmes. The investiture will take place at the Fort Smith Convention Center Exhibit Hall A, 800 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith.

At 4 p.m., Pryor will present Jean Pavlosky with a Bronze Star with Valor Device on behalf of her son, Larry William Lewis. The medal presentation will take place at the Veterans’ Memorial Park at the intersection of Center and Main Street in Greenwood.

Habitat for Humanity homeowner application meeting

Be a part of the Humanity's Homeownership program of Habitat for Humanity by attending the homeowner application meeting, Thursday, October 27, 6 p.m., Saline County Public Library in Benton, 1800 Smithers Drive.

All applicants must attend an application meeting in order for their application to be considered.

Please visit the website, www.habitatsalinecountyar.org, or contact the Habitat office at (501) 315-5434 for more information about the event and the criteria for qualifying for a Habitat home in Saline County.

Davidsonville Historic State Park fall events

November

Chili and Cornbread: A Dutch Oven Workshop
November 5, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As the days get colder, it becomes more and more apparent that it’s time for a good hearty chili. So that’s what this Dutch oven workshop is all about. Join us in making this amazing cold weather dish and learn how to cook in and maintain your Dutch oven. Don’t have one? You’re in luck! By attended this workshop, you’ll receive your very own Dutch oven. Now remember, come hungry because you’re defiantly going to leave full. Reservations must be made 2 days before the workshop. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Workshop Fee: $40 (Dutch oven included)
$9 per person (Dutch oven not included)

Beginners Gourd Workshop

November 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come out to Davidsonville Historic State Park as we show you how to turn that gourd in your garden into a fun craft project. Gourds have been used by Native Americans and pioneers for hundreds of years. This beginners workshop will give you a gourd history and the tools needed to turn that garden gourd into a original piece of art. All you need to do is bring your imagination! Reservations are required and space is limited. Reservations must be made 2 days before the workshop. Call the park for more details.

Workshop Fee: $15.00
Gourds available for purchase. Price depends on gourd size.

December

Holiday Crafts
December 10, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Looking for that special holiday gift? Why not make your own. Join us at Davidsonville Historic State Park as we talk about pioneer holiday traditions and make some of our favorite crafts! Call the park for more details.

Fee: $1.00 per craft.

To reserve your spot at one of our programs, please contact the park office at (870)892-4708.

If you would like to schedule a specialized program for your next group function, please give us a call. Remember, we’re here to help you make memories!

To get to Davidsonville Historic State Park; from Pocahontas travel 2 miles west on U.S Highway 62, then south on State Highway 166 and travel 9 miles to the park.

From U.S. Highway 63 at Black Rock, take state Highway 361. Travel 5 miles to the park.

Davidsonville Historic State Park
7953 Hwy 166 South
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Phone: (870) 892-4708
Fax: (870) 972-0480
E-mail: davidsonvillehistoric@arkansas.com

Wizard of Oz stopping in Conway

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to Conway on Saturday, November 19 as a national touring production of “The Wizard of Oz,” makes a stop. This classic once again confirms the belief that there is truly no place like home as it twists its way across the country. Join Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow in their adventures through this lavish production, feature breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and unforgettable songs. Admission prices range from $10 to $40. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA Campus, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, 501-450-3406.

ABI blood drive in Hot Springs

Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) and First United Methodist Church Hot Springs are partnering with Sharefest in a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, November 5. All healthy adults, 16 and older*, are encouraged to donate blood at 128 Exchange Street-Parking Plaza, to save the lives of patients in our community hospitals.

Each blood donor will also receive a blood donor T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points, redeemable at ABI’s online store.

Donors at this drive can also support the Global Blood Fund by forgoing the donor T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving blood. In turn, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary donation of similar value to support the Global Blood Fund. It’s a chance to “doubly give” by providing a blood donation and supporting research and treatment initiatives in developing countries around the world.

“Although all blood types are needed to maintain ABI’s typical 3-day supply, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate,” states John Armitage, M. D., Arkansas Blood Institute President and CEO. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, regardless of type.

Whole blood donations can be made every 56 days. Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 16 hospitals in the River Valley thanks to its volunteer donors. Arkansas Blood Institute is affiliated with Oklahoma Blood Institute, the ninth largest, independent nonprofit blood center in the nation. Arkansas Blood Institute was formed at this time to reflect the local commitment to providing for people in the region.

For more information about ABI or to make an appointment, contact Arkansas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visit us at www.arkbi.org.

Congressman Mike Ross speaks out on China's unfair trade practices

Comments of Congressman Mike Ross:

I have said before that we absolutely need trade, but we need fair trade. That means in order to ship “Made in America” goods all over the world, we need a level playing field and we need to hold foreign countries accountable to ensure they play by the same rules as everyone else. Unfortunately, one of our largest trading partners, China, refuses to play by the rules and it is hurting our economy and punishing American workers.

Every country’s currency is traded on the world market, from the dollar here in the U.S. to the rupee in India. However, China has engaged in massive government intervention in the currency markets. They have conspired to keep the value of their currency artificially low compared to the U.S. dollar, a practice that is both wrong and unfair.

By keeping their currency artificially low, China is able to sell its goods cheaper in the U.S., while also making American-made goods more expensive in China. It’s so bad that since China’s 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), the U.S. has lost nearly three million manufacturing jobs and our overall trade deficit with China has grown from $87 billion in 2001 to $273 billion in 2010.

We import more goods and services from China than from any other country in the world. In fact, our trade deficit with China accounts for nearly 40 percent of our nation’s entire trade deficit. To ignore China’s currency manipulation will continue to punish American workers and America’s economy and it sets a bad example for other countries that might quickly follow suit.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics estimates a 20 percent appreciation of China’s currency would reduce the U.S. trade deficit by up to $120 billion and create a half-million U.S. jobs. This blatant practice of unfair trading practices must be stopped. We cannot stop all trade with China, but we can make it fair.

In an effort to level the playing field with Chinese goods, I have helped introduce legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives called the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, H.R. 639. This bipartisan bill would help create more manufacturing jobs by treating undervalued currencies, like the Chinese, as an illegal subsidy. This designation would allow the U.S. to impose tariffs aimed at offsetting the undervalued currency, particularly where imports have caused material injury to a U.S. industry.

A year ago, this same legislation passed the House of Representative by an overwhelmingly bipartisan margin of 348-71. In this Congress, it has 225 cosponsors basically ensuring its passage and a similar bill has also already passed the Senate. That’s why I’m calling on Speaker Boehner and the House Republican leadership to allow an up-or-down vote on this bill as soon as possible. American jobs are on the line.

It’s past time to stop letting China get away with this type of manipulation and hold them accountable to their actions. We need to level the playing field and do all we can to help the “Made in America” label. We must also be smarter and more aggressive about this nation’s trade policy so that we can boost American exports, create more jobs and get this economy going again.

Heifer meeting tomorrow

The Village Heifer Club meeting is tomorrow, October 26, at 2 p.m. This is the last meeting before the Living Gift Market in November. Membership is encouraged to attend. The meeting is at Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pumpkin Hill hayrides

Wildwood Park's Pumpkin Hill hayrides start this Sunday.

Don't delay, hayrides to Pumpkin Hill end Sunday, October 30. Hayrides are offered 1 to 4 p.m. on 10/23 and 10/30. Wildwood has great autumn photo opportunities, too!

Emergency service advisory council meeting

WHO: Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, ADH Staff, other interested parties, open to the public/

WHAT: Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, regularly scheduled meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Room 801, Freeway Medical Center, 5800 West 10th Street, Freeway Medical Building, 5800 W. 10th St., Little Rock.

WHY: The focus of the meeting will be general business of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council in Arkansas.

Note: For more information on the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, go to http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov.

Bridge closure over Lake Hamilton

The outside northbound lanes of both Highway 7 bridges over Lake Hamilton will be closed from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily beginning Monday, October 24 through Monday, October 31 to upgrade electrical conduits. Signs will be posted, and motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in this area.

Haunted house in Benton

Haunted House began today at 1216 River Street in Benton. Visit the remaining inhabitants of Zombieville.

It will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22, and Friday through Monday, October 28-31.

Comments by Congressman Mike Ross on President Obama's declaration bringing troops home by end of year

“I support the President’s decision to bring our troops home from Iraq by the end of year.

“It’s been almost five years since Saddam Hussein was captured, tried and executed for his crimes against humanity. It’s past time for the Iraqi people to step up and take responsibility for their own country and its future. America cannot afford to stay in Iraq any longer. It is time to turn our focus and resources back to our own towns and communities, creating jobs and getting this nation’s economy back on track.

“I have personally visited our troops in Iraq and have seen firsthand how they have served this country honorably. We can never forget our troops and all that they did to liberate the Iraqi people, the brave soldiers who died in service to our country and those who have suffered battle injuries that will forever change their lives. They have served us well and now it is our turn to serve them. Our government must keep its promises to this new generation of war veterans as they come home.

Street closure in Hot Springs

Jefferson Street in Hot Springs between Malvern Avenue and Fordyce Street, and Spring Street between Central and Malvern Avenue will be closed to through traffic all day on Monday, October 24 for a gas line construction project. Signs will be posted, and motorists will need to seek and alternate route.

Senator Pryor update

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today said he was pleased with actions taken by Secretary Tim Geithner and his team at the Department of the Treasury and for their good-faith efforts to resolve a problem an Arkansas couple is having with FEMA and the Treasury regarding disaster assistance that FEMA erroneously distributed to them three years ago.

The Treasury has agreed to immediately stop all collection efforts until a final resolution has been reached and has worked with Pryor to expedite a review of their information with the goal of compromising their debt in addition to all penalties, interest and fees. In addition, the Secretary has personally committed to finding a swift and satisfactory resolution. Because of these actions, Pryor agreed to lift holds on two of the seven pending Treasury nominees. He will continue to hold the remaining five until the matter is concluded.

“Secretary Geithner and I talked early Thursday morning, and his team worked on the problem all day with FEMA and the Guglielmanas. He has taken action and made a good-faith effort to resolve this situation quickly and fairly. In fact, more progress was made during the day than in the past eight months I’ve spent dealing with FEMA. In the same spirit of cooperation, I allowed two Treasury Department nominations to move forward so they could be confirmed by the Senate this week. I will continue to hold the remaining five nominees until this process is complete,” Pryor said. “I appreciate Treasury’s can-do approach, and I look forward to a resolution shortly.”

The Guglielmana family of Mountain View, Arkansas are victims of a FEMA error. In 2008, after completing an extensive application process and home inspection, FEMA approved $27,000 in disaster assistance for their home repairs. In March 2011, FEMA informed them that they were never eligible for assistance because they live in a county that does not participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA warned that they must repay the funds within 30 days or face high interest charges or other collection actions. After failing to pay, FEMA sent the debt to the Department of the Treasury for collections. An additional $10,000 was added for penalties, fees and interest.

At the Village Animal Shelter this week.


BARON is a five year old neutered male GERMAN SHEPPARD. Baron is as regal as his name. Baron loves people, tennis balls, other dogs, tennis balls, tolerates cats, and did we mention tennis balls!!! Baron is housebroken and came from a loving home but was surrendered when his owner fell on hard times. Baron is mannerly and calm.

Puppies and small dogs are available as well as the best lookin' cats in Arkansas!!

Call 915-9337 for more information.

Pryor holding FEMA to task

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor took to the Senate floor earlier this week to put the U.S. Department of the Treasury on notice that he will become a thorn in their side if immediate action is not taken to help an Arkansas couple caught up in government bureaucracy.

Pryor is working to help the Guglielmanas family of Mountain View, Arkansas who are victims of a FEMA error. In 2008, after completing an extensive application process and home inspection, FEMA approved $27,000 in disaster assistance for their home repairs. In March 2011, FEMA informed them that they were never eligible for assistance and that they must repay the funds within 30 days or face high interest charges or other collection actions. After failing to pay, FEMA has now sent the debt to the Department of the Treasury for collections. An additional $10,000 has been added for penalties and interest.

Below is Pryor’s Senate floor speech putting the Treasury Department on notice that he will stop all of their nominees from moving through the Senate confirmation process until the department addresses the situation:

In some ways, I hate to come to the floor today and talk about this because I very seldom do this, but I am announcing to all my colleagues and to the Administration that I’m putting a hold on all Treasury Department nominations until I get something resolved.

Let me back up and tell the story. Some of my colleagues are familiar with this story because this has come up a few times before, and I have already spoken on the floor a couple of times about this and certainly in the Homeland Security Committee I’ve spoken about this. A few years ago, in Arkansas, we had some floods. In this one particular area around Mountain View, Arkansas, some houses were flooded. FEMA came in. In one particular case, in the Guglielmanas case, they talked to this couple – they are on Social Security. They talked to this couple about how they are entitled to FEMA recovery money to repair their home. FEMA was actually in the home, took pictures, helped them fill out the paperwork, walked them through the entire process. They ended up getting $27,000 in FEMA money for disaster recovery. The Guglielmanas did absolutely everything by the book. They followed all of FEMA’s direction, they did it exactly picture-perfect, and exactly the way you will think all citizens should conduct their business.

Then three years later, they get a notice in the mail and FEMA says they messed up. We shouldn’t have given you that money because of some technical reason, and because of that, we now want all that money back. Well, they worked a great hardship on this family. This is supposed to be government of the people, by the people and for the people. That’s not what has happened in this case. This has worked a great hardship on this family. There were lots of community efforts around these floods. Local civic clubs, churches, just the community at large rolled out to help people. The Guglielmanas said they didn’t need that because they had FEMA’s help. They have foregone a lot of local assistance, a lot of charity assistance, just a lot of general help from their friends and neighbors because of FEMA. Now, FEMA has come back and said you us the entire $27,000. This could ruin them financially.

I have met with FEMA Director Fugate. He and I had what I would think of as productive conversations. We’re trying to get an amendment on the existing statute. We’re working on that. We’re working a bill through the system right now in the Senate. I worked with colleagues on the Homeland Security Committee and the Appropriations Committee. I’m not saying we would have unanimous agreement on my approach on that, but certainly I’m trying to work with anybody here in the Senate to make this bill better.

Unfortunately, what has happened in the last few days is FEMA has now taken the additional step of turning this matter over to the Department of the Treasury for debt collection. To add insult to injury and to rub salt in the wounds, this $27,000 debt now with fines and interest has gone to $37,000 in debt. $37,000 in debt that these folks were assured by the government that they were completely entitled to because this was flood recovery, and the only reason they are not entitled to it is because of some technical issues that FEMA should have recognized from day one. They should never have offered to help these people, but what they have done is they have now caused them great injury.

So, Madam President, this is really a matter of equity and fairness. I think at this point what I would say is enough is enough. We need to get this resolved for this family and maybe a few others. It’s not just localized in Arkansas. You’re going to see this happen over and over around the country because FEMA has a backlog of these cases. It’s a long story that got tied up in litigation for a few years, but nonetheless there is a backlog of these cases. I can almost guarantee you that virtually every Senator in this chamber at some point is going to have to deal with this. So I would hope that you all would listen to what I’m saying and hopefully help me get this resolved, but that’s why, Madam President, I am putting a hold on all the Treasury nominees. We need to get this resolved. We’re going to do whatever it takes to get it resolved. We want to resolve this situation fairly for this family in Arkansas. And again, they are just the first of many that you’re going to see that have this same type of problem.

FEMA has done them harm. Our government has done them harm, put them at a disadvantage. These people clearly relied on the government, relied on FEMA to their detriment, and they’re paying the price—paying the penalty for that now. And like I said when the I.R.S. and the Treasury gets involved, there are penalties and interest. American citizens should not be treated this way, especially those that are playing by the rules and really don’t have any other recourse. So, Madam President, that’s all I wanted to say in my morning business. I see that we have several here to talk on other matters, so before I close, I just want to say I am putting Treasury on notice that I’m going to hold all of their nominees until we sit down and work through this and hopefully get a good, fair result for this one family in Arkansas. Madam President, with that, I yield the floor.

Happenings at the Hot Springs Airport

Hot Springs Memorial Field will co-host the Hot Springs Board of Realtors’ ninth annual “Cans for Kids Chili Cook Off” from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 at the airport’s terminal building parking lot. Families are encouraged to attend.

“It’s our biggest project of the year,” event chair Serethia Crawford said. “All of the money raised goes to purchase food for our food pantry. The food is distributed through the Board of Realtors’ office to school counselors who give it to children and families in Garland County that need assistance. The board also provides food for students during school breaks when reduced-cost school meals are not available.”

Each of the 20 different booths registered for the cook off will offer a children’s game or activity, including face painting, bean bag toss, miniature golf, bowling and more. Candy will be given away, and children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes. A “bounce house” will also be on hand, along with a silent and live auction. Live music will be provided by Salt & Pepper, Larry Womack, Rachel Mundy, Don Gooch and Diamonds in the Rough.

For the first time, this year’s event will feature seven antique airplanes on display, one coming all the way from Fayetteville.

Tickets, $2 each, may be purchased at the event. For chili entry information, call Crawford, 622-0922.

Halloween in the Village

The Village POA recreation department is sponsoring a Halloween Carnival at the Coronado Community Center on Saturday, October 29, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Hot Springs Village property owners and their guests, ages 12 and under are invited to attend. Costumes are encouraged and there will be goodie bags for each child, prizes, a moon bounce, haunted house and carnival games. Painted pumpkins from the Ouachita Decorative Artists will be given away by drawing at the end of the event.

There will be hot dogs, nachos and soft drinks available for purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Mark your calendars and join the fun.

For more information call 922-5050.

Consider monthly membership

The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association will offer a new Coronado Fitness Center membership opportunity beginning January.

A perpetual monthly membership will be offered that will not expire in December of each year, but will continue until notification of your intent to discontinue the program. A monthly fee is drafted from your checking or savings account each month instead of paying for an annual membership each year. The program is a 12 month commitment but designed to offer the affordability of paying monthly.

The monthly fee is based on the approved annual fee divided by 12. A $15.00 fee will be due at sign-up. If for any reason you choose to discontinue or suspend the membership, the $15.00 will again be assessed, if you resume at a later date.

Forms are available at the Hot Springs Village administration office and the Coronado Fitness Center.

Contact Amy Holloway or Fern Hancock at 922-0322 for information.

Pay fees starting first week in November

The Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association will begin selling 2012 Annual Fees on Monday, November 7. This also includes vehicle decals for 2012.

Renewals made at the POA administration building require a completed annual renewal form and the vehicle registration cards that were provided, as well as your POA issued identification card.

Due to the high volume of customers at this time of the year, the POA encourages property owners to return their annual renewal forms by mail for processing.

The POA would also like to remind property owners that MEMBER identification cards do not expire and do not need to be renewed as long as you own your property. Dependent cards require renewal and Family cards require a fee for renewal. Dependent and Family cards expire on December 31 of this year.

If you have any questions, please contact property owner services at 922-5556.

Hot Springs Village looking for someone to serve on recreation committee

The Hot Springs Village POA is currently accepting applications from interested property owners willing to serve on the POA’s recreation committee.

Applications may be picked up from Suzette Tadlock in the general manager’s office, on the second floor of the administration building or online at www.hsvpoa.org about us / Committees.

If you have any questions, please contact Suzette Tadlock at 922-5530.

A Child is Missing works in Garland County

The Garland County Sheriff’s Office became a member of an awesome program approximately 6 years ago. This program is called A Child Is Missing. The program utilizes satellite technology to make phone calls to specific geographical areas with the description of the person missing. The department has used the alert program 31 times and over 36,000 phones calls have been made to residents in the areas where the missing persons were reported.

The most recent case was October 6 and was another success. A nine year old boy was reported missing from his home in Garland County. More than 600 phone calls went out to residents within a two mile radius of the child’s home. These calls gave the boys description and asked the residents to check their property for the child and to call the Sheriff’s Office if located. Approximately 30 minutes after the phone calls were made, the child was found in a storage shed by a person that received one of calls. The child was about a mile away from his residence.

This is a great program and Sheriff Sanders would like to thank everyone that assisted in looking for this child.

United Way supported by Hot Springs city employees

Hot Springs City employees will host a cookout benefiting the local United Way Campaign from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at the Transportation Plaza, outside the Transportation Depot, 100 Broadway Terrace. For a minimum $5 donation, a barbecue pork sandwich or hot dog, chips or beans, cookie and a drink will be provided. The event also features outdoor picnic-style seating, live music and drive-by pickup for takeout orders.

Event co-sponsors are Bob’s Food City, Merritt Wholesale and Randall Meat Company. Group orders can be made in advance by contacting Joy Black or Dorethea Yates at 617-1593 or jblack@cityhs.net.

November events in the Ouachitas

Learn fascinating Arkansas bat facts and build a bat house during Bat House Building Nov. 5 at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. A $15 workshop fee is payable upon arrival at the visitor center. All ages are welcome to attend though younger participants should bring an adult to assist with building the bat house (no charge for helpers). The workshop takes place at the park's Diamond Discovery Center classroom. For more details visit www. craterofdiamondsstatepark.com or call 870-285-3113.

A Walking in History Tour of the Couchwood Historic District is set for Nov. 12. Located southeast of Hot Springs on Lake Catherine, Couchwood was established in 1927 to serve as Harvey Couch’s country retreat. Couch, a multi-talented entrepreneur, is best known for his role as founder and president of Arkansas Light & Power Company (later Arkansas Power & Light). Among the historic resources at Couchwood are four Rustic-style cabins—The Big House, Calhoun, Little Pine Bluff, and Remmelwood. Couch entertained his friends, business associates, and political acquaintances at Couchwood. Some of his most notable guests were Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Will Rogers. For more details on this free event visit www.arkansaspreservation.org or call 501-324-9880.

Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Ouachita, located just outside Hot Springs, while being regaled with tales of the history of the area and taking in the natural wildlife and flora during an Overnight Kayking Trip Nov. 12-13. Sit on an island beach enjoying a fresh lunch while experienced guides set up camp, complete with tents, sleeping bags, and a kitchen. Explore the island, take a swim in the lake, or play bocce ball while the guides, turned chefs, cook a dutch oven dinner, complete with dessert. After dinner, enjoy a moonlit star-gazing paddle or lounge around a campfire. The cost is $250 per person. For more details visit www.ouachitaoutdoors.com or call 501-767-1373.

The 30th annual Spa City 10K is Nov. 19 in Hot Springs. The winding route of the race takes runners up West Mountain and through the neighborhood of the Quapaw-Prospect Historic District. The event also includes a 5K race, a 1K race for kids, and live music along the course. For more information visit the Arkansas Spa Pacers website at www.arspapacers.com or call 501-318-1003.

Garvan Woodland Gardens Lights on the Landscape is Nov. 19- Dec. 31 in Hot Springs. During this event more than 1.7 million holiday lights illuminate Garvan Woodland Gardens from 5-9 p.m. each evening. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children 6-12 years old, and free for kid's 5 and under. For more information visit www.garvangardens.com or call 501-262-9300.

Owl prowls, guided hikes, nature games, and lake tours to search for wintering bald eagles are part of the agenda of Thanksgiving-Get-Away Nov. 23-27 in Bismarck at DeGray Lake Resort State Park. During the event visitors can walk a trail, ride a bike, and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal at Lodge Shoreline Restaurant. For more information visit www.degray.com or call 501-865-5850.

The 24th annual Winter Wonderland Craft & Gift Show is Nov. 25-26 in Hot Springs at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Over 250 vendors display a variety of hand-crafted items of arts, crafts, and other items. For more information visit www.hotsprings.org or call 501-262-3651.