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HOLLENBECK: Coming full circle with the show that gave us ‘champagne music’

May 16, 2011

There are people who become part of your life, yet you never meet them.
Such was the case with Norma Zimmer, the “champagne lady” of the Lawrence Welk show, and others who appeared in that musical cavalcade televised every week for many years.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the Welk show in its early days, but my mother was a diehard from Day 1. If you were at her house on Saturday night, whenever the Welk show started, you were seated on the couch to watch all the Welk performers would offer.

DAVIS: What they don’t know won’t hurt them

May 13, 2011

Ignorance is bliss. Plain and simple. Being blissfully ignorant in certain situations is what separates a truly innocent misunderstanding from one of “too much information.” Technology often plays a pivotal role in such scenarios. Allow me to illustrate.

HAHN: Important find brings back pirate adventures

May 10, 2011

When I was a kid, I loved to play pirate. And like all my favorite games, I had to have all the accouterments for it — a costume, props and whatever I could round up for a set.
For our neighborhood pirate game I had a wooden sword my father made for me, a red kerchief to tie around my head, a long polka dot sash to stick it in when I wasn’t involved in hand-to-hand combat, and a pair of old rubber boots (too big of course). My most prized piece was the black eye patch my mother made me from real black leather and an elastic band.

HOLLENBECK: Life lessons from one of God’s gentlest creatures

May 9, 2011

While a lot of attention today will be given to celebrating mothers — and rightfully so since this is, after all, Mother’s Day — another celebration that takes place every year is coming to a close. It, too, deserves special notice.
This is the annual Be Kind to Animals Week, which, in my opinion, should be an ongoing, everyday thing that everyone practices, though I know that’s not reality. Still, it’s nice to set aside a special time to focus on those in our midst that can’t speak for themselves but must depend on human compassion to have any sort of life at all.

Davis: Are you weary, too?

May 9, 2011

It has been said that familiarity breeds contempt. Once we become accustomed to the “new, bright and shiny,” we may come to view that which held our praise before as being “old, dull and uninteresting.” This is true with most things and, being the humans we are, it is at times inevitable. What we must guard against is the need to become bitter as a result.
We can look all around and see the evidence of this unfortunate practice.

Leifeste: Giving a community newspaper back to the community

May 9, 2011

In June of 2010, I had a life-changing decision to make not only for myself and my husband, but also for the future of The Saline Courier. As vice president of Horizon Publications Inc., the Courier had been one of the newspapers whose publisher reported directly to me for approximately two years. During that time I had made numerous visits to Benton to meet with the staff and evaluate the health of the Courier as a business as well as a community media outlet. It was broken on both accounts.

DAVIS: Amazed by our younger generation

April 29, 2011

If you haven’t taken the time over the past week or two to stop and smell the roses, count your many blessings or any other cliché related to being thankful, you might need to check your pulse. For the first time ever in all my years in Saline County, I was actually afraid a tornado might hit us. Believe you me, I had no need to check for a pulse. I could feel it from head to toe.

ALMA HAHN: Religious relics or no, Christ requires faith

April 25, 2011

I trust all of you have had your fill of boiled and candy eggs and have your house somewhat back in order from this Easter weekend.

HOLLENBECK: Traditional cooler weather arrives to welcome Easter holiday

April 25, 2011

Cooler weather moved into Arkansas a few days ago, which isn’t surprising.

BRENT DAVIS/Resident Boomer: In memory of longtime friend Bill Glenn

April 22, 2011

It’s been said that we are six people away from being connected to each other.

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