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HAHN: Quest for a bottle tree

June 6, 2011

A couple of years back, I wrote a column about bottle trees. I wanted one, but at our age Bill and I have no business tramping around in the woods looking for small dead cedar trees to make one. Well, I recently found a metal bottle tree at a reasonable price in a catalog — one of the many unsolicited ones that I get every week in my mailbox.
Because it is made of metal, you just stick it in the ground. It only holds 15 bottles, but I like it. The rains we have had recently keep the ground so soft that it leans a bit. Hopefully, that will change with the coming heat of summer.

HOLLENBECK: Reunion stirs up memories of another time and place

June 4, 2011

Talk about your deja vu moments.
I was eating the banquet meal at the recent Cotton Plant High School Get-Together that combines classes from way back when till they just don’t want to come anymore. That’s a weird way to describe the event, but that’s the way it is. It’s open to anyone who attended Cotton Plant High School from the beginning days and is open-ended. No one ever shows up from classes after the early 1970s, but they’re welcome all the same.
I digress. Back to the meal and the incident that mentally jarred me back to an earlier day.

HAHN: No one has got it right yet

June 2, 2011

I guess you have all heard by now that the Rapture scheduled for this last week has been rescheduled. Harold Camping, the man who first informed the public of God’s plan, now says he was mistaken. The date he should have given is October 21. Well, after all, anybody can make a mistake.
Throughout the history of civilization, people have been predicting the end of the world. Nostradamus is probably the best known, but there have been others. And they haven’t always been human.

DAVIS: Another generation is launched

June 2, 2011

It’s all over. The 2010-2011 school year is in the books for the senior class students in our county. It is a time of reflection for the fine young adults. All the ball games. All the classes. All the teachers. But most of all, the friends they have made and might possibly never see again. It is a time of transition from teenager to “the real world” so often described to us by our parents. They have been launched into the future and hopefully we have prepared them well. Only time will tell.

HOLLENBECK: Internet a great tool for research, but also can perpetuate inaccurate accounts

June 2, 2011

The Internet is both wonderful and wacky. It’s great to have instant access to information that previously had to be searched out from various sources in a time-consuming — and often frustrating, sometimes unsuccessful — manner.
That’s the wonderful part.
Then there’s the wacky.

HOLLENBECK: Donkey that inspired compassion now tends wounded warriors

May 23, 2011

Sometimes the lowliest of creatures can bring out the best in humans.
Case in point: A donkey from a foreign land.
The one that caught my attention recently started out life in Iraq, but recently has become a resident of this county.
I read the Associated Press account with not just a few tears.
This was a touching story of Smoke, a donkey, who became a friend and mascot to a group of U.S. Marines living in a province in Iraq nearly three years ago.
Unfortunately, because of bureaucratic red tape, the donkey had to be left behind.

HAHN: Conway lake monster: believable or not believable?

May 23, 2011

Almost everyone has heard about the Loch Ness monster, but did you know that Arkansas has a lake monster too? More than one, in fact.
Work was started in the late 1940s and by the time Lake Conway was stocked with fish and boaters were beginning to spend time on its waters, rumors of the “Lake Conway monster” began to circulate through the town.

DAVIS: It’s time to let the patient go

May 23, 2011

It seems like we just got out of an election season. In fact, some campaign signs may still be found along roadways. Last fall was a particularly divisive stretch with accusations and allegations flying around like flies at a picnic. It’s a time of year when some residents begin to feel renewed and rejuvenated. The batteries of the political machine are charged and the only thing left to do is to find a driver. Depending on how you look at it, candidate selection is oftentimes done way before filing periods and campaigns even begin.

DAVIS: Are reputations earned?

May 16, 2011

Reputations are curious things. Everyone has one, even if they don’t want one. So, if you don’t think you have a reputation, how do you go about getting one? Good question. The problem with reputations is that they are earned in more than one way. Some ways are good but some are bad.

HAHN: Felines: smarter than humans think

May 16, 2011

Most of you have probably heard of Oscar the cat, who is a full-time resident in a Providence, R.I. nursing home. Oscar has attracted nation-wide attention because he seems to know when one of the nursing home residents is about to die.
Oscar is just an ordinary black and white, short-haired cat who was rescued and allowed to live on the third floor of Steere House, a nursing facility, since he arrived there in 2005.

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