Thursday, March 29, 2012

Witch Hazel Advent: documentary film on Northwest Arkansas poet John Rule and his late wife

John Rule of Winfrey Valley featured in documentary film at Batesville on Saturday


witch hazel advent

WITCH HAZEL ADVENT

Category: Documentary Feature
Year: 2012
Run Time: 30 min
Credits: Director: Sarah K. Moore

ARKANSAS PREMIERE!
Synopsis: WITCH HAZEL ADVENT tells the story of John Rule, an eccentric poet and peace activist living off the grid in the Ozark Mountains. The film paints a visual picture of his unique way of life, living in a remote place without electricity or running water. John's poetry is woven throughout the film.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Visiting the Senior Center several times every week, I meet a lot of wonderful people older than I am. Jack White of Sebastian County joined my list of favorite 82-year-olds tonight

Mary and Jack White at Fayetteville Public Library after his presentation
John Rule, Jim Bemis and Bill Moeller have been at the top of my list of favorite people for a few years. Why? Because they are impatient and angry and frustrated but determined to do the right thing and try to influence others to do the right thing.

Tonight at Fayetteville Public Library



Sierra Club’s March Member Event will be on March 28, 6:00-7:45 pm, at the Fayetteville Public Library, in the Walker Room.  Our speaker will be Jack White who will talk about fracking and his personal experiences with fracking, involving his wife’s health and the homestead where he planned to spend his golden years.

The Free Weekly blog account of the Mary and Jack White's horror story of life near a tracking site.

For a preview of White's likely comments at FPL see this YOU TUBE video from October 24, 2011.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Everyone invited to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012, meeting of Fayetteville Council of Neighborhoods

Council of Neighborhoods - March 29 Meeting Agenda

AGENDA FOR THE FAYETTEVILLE COUNCIL OF NEIGHBORHOODS 
Thursday, March 29, 2012 6:00 p.m. in Room 326, City Administration Building

Call to Order

1. Introduction of neighborhood representatives

2. Upcoming FCON Sponsored Event Planning
   FCON has two upcoming events in 2012 to plan.
     a) April 26 is a Fayetteville Neighborhood EcoFocus Tour as part of the Earth Day Festival, EcoPassport. Walker Park neighborhood has been chosen for this tour.
     b) FCON traditionally sponsors a Mayor Candidate Forum. Mayoral election will be held November 2012. 

3. Beauty Mark Award Re-activation

4. Neighborhood Updates

5. Agenda Items for May meeting
6. Announcements
Adjourn
For more information contact Julie McQuade, Community Outreach Coordinator, atjmcquade@ci.fayetteville.ar.us or (479) 575-8302 .

More on Highway Department strange behavior on public notice on Arkansas 16 work at Lake Sequoyah

The pictures you took were on city property...
Stephanie Dzur2:46pm Feb 2
The pictures you took were on city property and the part of my land where they will be building. you pretty much covered the right area.
I got a synopsis of the comments made on the...
Stephanie Dzur10:18am Mar 27
I got a synopsis of the comments made on the middle fork bridge project which included what they did to inform the public of the meeting . . . THEY ADVERTISED IN THE MADISON COUNTY RECORD!!! I remember asking you if you saw the public meeting advertised and you said you didn't, now we know why. What kind of public notice is this where the project is entirely in Washington County and affects a Fayetteville City Park and yet there is no notice in the LOCAL paper of the area affected? I can't believe it!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Ward 4 meeting draws big, mostly angry, crowd of Fayetteville, Arkansas, residents to city hall on March 26, 2012

WARD 4 meeting November 26, 2012, draws overflow crowd to comment on student-apartment complex proposed for Cleveland Street and Hall Avenue. See sample photos at this link. Video available in coming days online and on Government channel.

redoakpark.blogspot.com/2012/03/please-click-on-individual-images-to.html

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mayor of Fayetteville AR announces intention to run for re-election at 2 p.m. on the Fayetteville Square near the entrance to the Old Post Office: Everyone invited!

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Flickr set contains 190 photos from Jordan-for-second-term event.
Diana Tice Jordan and Lioneld Jordan on March 24, 2012

David Whitaker speaks with Mayor Lioneld Jordan after Jordan's inspiring speech announcing his  candidacy for a second term. Whitaker is a former assistant city attorney and is running for Arkansas state representative

Mayor of Fayetteville AR announces intention to run for re-election at 2 p.m. on the Fayetteville Square near the entrance to the Old Post Office: Everyone invited!

The Mayor is announcing to run for re-election TODAY, and if you want a short fun event to see friends, catch some sun, and enjoy the downtown square, I hope you will come out - today 2 pm, on the square just outside the Old Post Office! I think Lioneld has done a great job, I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Last of a series of trash classes orchestrated by Louise Mann at Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Free to all who want to learn more about recycling and the history of waste-managment in Northwest Arkansas

Sample video from first Trash Class two weeks ago. Scroll down to watch numerous other video clips from the same event.

Third trash-class videos starting to appear on You Tube.













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Last Trash Class
 $16,000,000   Silver Bullet  History Lesson
Thursday, March 22, from 6:00-7:00 PM
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
123 West Mountain Street
Free and open to the public.
Free parking after 6:00 in the public parking lot


Louise G. Mann
Waste Reduction Resources, LLC
www.WasteReductionResources.com

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nature can empower a person!!!! 6:30 p.m. March 15 at Fayetteville Public LIbrary



HOW NATURE CAN EMPOWER YOU

Presentation
by
Donald Wleklinski, MS, BSN, RN
University of Arkansas School of Nursing Faculty

6:30 PM March 15, 2012

Fayetteville Public Library
Walker Community Room,
401 West Mountain Street

Free and Open to the Public

                Exposure to nature is vital to our physical and emotional health, explains Donald Wleklinski, of the University of Arkansas School of Nursing faculty.  He tells how “nature engages your attention in a relaxed fashion with such things as leaves rustling, patterns of clouds, sunsets, a bird, and the shape of an old tree. Nature captures our attention in subtle, bottom-up ways and allows our top-down attention abilities a chance to regenerate.”  Natural environments “restore” our attention.  Wleklinski’s presentation is well backed up with thorough research and references.  He indicates that some of us may suffer from “nature-deficit” and shows how exposure to nature can provide preventative health care and empower everyone, children and adults, both physically and mentally.  The presentation will include a period for questions and answers.

For more information email dwleklin@uark.edu  or call/text 479-220-2772

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Truthout shares the facts that rash limburger tries to hide


Click here to view this and past newsletters online. Please add "messenger@truthout.org" to your email contacts to ensure delivery.

So let me get this straight.
 
Rick Santorum, who we are somehow supposed to believe is a serious candidate for the highest office in the land, thinks people should not go to college because education is somehow a code word for socialist indoctrination. Mitt Romney, another walking joke, was for birth control before he was against it before he was for it before he was against it before he was for it. Rush Limbaugh, the godhead of hate radio and the leader of the modern GOP, wants private citizens who use birth control to film themselves having sex for his personal edification.
Meanwhile, the latest polls tell us that fully half of the Republicans in Alabama and Mississippi believe President Obama is a secret Muslim … oh, and they're not quite sold on the legality of mixed-race marriage, either.
 
And that's just for openers, here in the brave new world that is 21st-century America. Call it stupid, call it silly, dismiss it with a disgusted wave of your hand if you wish, but this stuff is being blasted out there in an endless barrage, and after awhile, it sticks. 

Cretins like Rush Limbaugh not only spew anti-Muslim hatred on domestic airwaves - Limbaugh is a featured program on Armed Forces Radio, reaching the ears and minds of American soldiers fighting a grinding, ceaseless and pointless war in Afghanistan.

There has never been a more important time for Truthout to continue the hard work of getting the facts straight, and getting those facts out there past the firewall of nonsense, hatred and flat insanity that passes for news and comment these days.

In the midst of continuous, aggressive attacks on Truthout’s website, the outpouring of support from our community this week has been deeply strengthening. We are here because you all keep us here. We’re aiming to reach 1,000 donations by the end of the week, and we’re already almost halfway there - please support our work with a tax-deductible contribution tonight! 

Sarah Marsh, a candidate to replace retiring Brenda Boudreaux as a Ward 1 Fayetteville AR alderman, attended Mayor Lioneld Jordan's Town Hall meeting Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Fayetteville Senior Activity Center

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bluets: Houstonia caerulea a native wildflower that colors open mowed land in late winter

Please click on individual image to ENLARGE. Sorry I didn't have time to turn around and try to follow the tiger swallowtail butterfly I saw fly across South College Avenue on Saturday, March 10, 2012, in order to photograph it. But it was a pleasant surprise so early in the year.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Shortakes to run starting March 11, 2012, on Fayetteville Public Television, channel 218 on Cox Cable, channel 99 on AT&T U-verse, and public-access internet site

Louise Mann invites all to Trash Classes coming March 15 and 22, 2012


TRA$H CLA$$
6:00-7:00pm, March 8, 15 & 22
Fayetteville, Chamber of Commerce
123 W. Mountain St.


FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC


March 8 - Clean Recycling for Cash and the Community    
Presenters: Bella Vista AARP
Come learn about a clean, citizen-run recycling program that costs the community $0, saved the community a $100,000 in tip fees, and gave back to the community $256,000 in grants, to over 50 local organizations.

March 15 -  Metrics that Matter -
when talking trash and recycling   
Presenter: Don Marr, Chief of Staff, City of Fayetteville
In this economy, you bet numbers matter. How can you determine the cost effectiveness of your recycling program? Learn about the expenses, the revenues, and the savings associated with reducing waste streams.



March 22 - Silver Bullets in Solid Waste 
Presenters: Fran Alexander, Ron Giles, & Louise Mann
Most recycling programs in Arkansas were started by volunteers. These citizens got firsthand understanding of markets, contamination, and worker safety. Unfortunately most programs did not create infrastructure for continued citizen involvement. Reviewing the lessons of our recycling past could save the community time, money and missteps in the future.


Trash Class sponsors
Treadwell Institute &
Waste Reduction Resources

Free Public Parking - across the street after 6:00pm







Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Trash Class at Chamber of Commerce Building as important as conflicting Environmental Action Committee meeting in city hall and Quorum Court meeting in Washington County Courthouse at same time Thursday, March 8, 2012: I'll try to attend all if I can, but please pick at least one and just do it!

TRA$H CLA$$
6:00-7:00pm, March 8, 15 & 22
Fayetteville, Chamber of Commerce
123 W. Mountain St.


FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC


March 8 - Clean Recycling for Cash and the Community     
Presenters: Bella Vista AARP
Come learn about a clean, citizen-run recycling program that costs the community $0, saved the community a $100,000 in tip fees, and gave back to the community $256,000 in grants, to over 50 local organizations.

March 15 -  Metrics that Matter -
when talking trash and recycling    
Presenter:  Don Marr, Chief of Staff, City of Fayetteville
In this economy, you bet numbers matter.  How can you determine the cost effectiveness of your recycling program? Learn about the expenses, the revenues, and the savings associated with reducing waste streams.

March 22 - Silver Bullets in Solid Waste  
Presenters: Fran Alexander, Ron Giles, & Louise Mann
Most recycling programs in Arkansas were started by volunteers. These citizens got firsthand understanding of markets, contamination, and worker safety.  Unfortunately most programs did not create infrastructure for continued citizen involvement. Reviewing the lessons of our recycling past could save the community time, money and missteps in the future.


Trash Class sponsors 
 Treadwell Institute & 
Waste Reduction Resources

Free Public Parking - across the street after 6:00pm

Polar bears, other wildlife and habitat for native species and human beings get little respect from the greedy

Big corporations show NO respect for protecting human beings or other living things.

Link to live broadcast now of city council meeting

http://accessfayetteville.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish%20id=23

city council meeting now

Tonight's Fayetteville City Council agenda includes controversial issues such as condemnation of property to widen Garland Avenue north of the University of Arkansas and creating a category to allow up to five unrelated people to live in a single family in specified subdivisions not yet built: Not a good night to skip the meeting, because you will never know what was said if you don't tune in Government Channel Cox 216 at 6 p.m. or on the internet or AT&T 99

fayettevillecitygovernment.blogspot.com/
March 6, 2012, agenda for Fayetteville City Council.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

If you are considering expressing your opinion on the tiny-tax proposal to support and expand public transportation in Washington County on Thursday, March 8, 2012, please watch the video linked below to hear what you or others said last month. The third and final reading is coming up this Thursday

February meeting of the Washington County AR quorum court includes important public comment on plan to increase public-transportation budget. See this link to view full meeting.
Extremely diverse opinion at this meeting exemplifies all the best in a Democratic society.

REGULAR MEETING OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY QUORUM COURT

Thursday, March 8, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Washington County Quorum Court Room

A G E N D A

1. CALL TO ORDER. JUDGE EDWARDS

2. PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

3. ROLL CALL.

4. ADOPTION OF AGENDA. At the beginning of each
meeting, the agenda shall be approved. Any JP may
request an item be added to the agenda subject to
approval of the Quorum Court.

5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. Approval of the minutes of the
February 9 regular meeting of the Quorum Court. (5.1)

6. PUBLIC HEARING. At this time the Quorum Court will conduct
the second required Public Hearing concerning the Arkansas
Community and Economic Development Program (ACEDP)
Community Development Project in Washington County. The
purpose of this hearing is to inform citizens of the current scope
and progress of the ACEDP project; discuss any changes or
impacts involving financing sources, user fees or beneficiaries
that have occurred since the first public hearing, accept oral and
written comments regarding the project; and, discuss any potential
impacts upon citizens that may have resulted during the course of
the project.

7. FINANCE REPORT. CANDY CLARK

8. COUNTY JUDGE’S REPORT. (8.1, 8.2) JUDGE EDWARDS

9. COMMITTEE REPORTS.

10. AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A ONE FOURTH OF ONE
PERCENT (0.25%) SALES AND USE TAX FOR THE
SUPPORT OF A PUBLIC MASS TRANSPORTATION
SYSTEM AND FACILITY, AND RESOLVING TO REFER
SUCH TO THE ELECTORATE. This ordinance is on
third and final reading. (10.1) JOHN FIRMIN

11. AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE AMENDING WASHINGTON
COUNTY CODE 11-202.1 PERTAINING TO CONDITIONAL
USE PERMITS AND PHASED DEVELOPMENT. This
ordinance is being recommended by the County Services
Committee. It contains an emergency clause making it in
effect immediately upon passage. (11.1, 11.2) JOHN FIRMIN

12. AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE REGULATION
AND ABATEMENT OF UNSIGHTLY AND UNSANITARY
CONDITIONS. This ordinance is being sponsored by JP Joe
Patterson. It is on first reading and is being recommended
By the County Services Committee. (12.1-12.3) JOHN FIRMIN

13. OTHER BUSINESS.

14. CITIZEN’S COMMENTS. Fifteen-minute comment period
with a three-minute limit for each individual to comment on
items on the agenda or other items.

15. ADJOURNMENT

OMNI Center and Sierra Club among sponsors of events during 40-day Earth Day celebration in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nymphalis antiopa, the Mourning cloak butterfly, made my day during the Dig In! Festival on March 3, 2012

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Mourning Cloak butterfly on southwest corner of the Global Campus building Saturday afternoon, March 3, 2012, showed itself as temperature starting falling in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Mourning cloaks are known to appear early in the spring, but spring has sprung early in 2012. The species' caterpillars' thrive on the foliage of various trees common in Fayetteville, including the hackberry.

Tom McKinney talks with Aubrey Shepherd about US Forest Service's massive burn plan for Ozark National Forest area

Dig In today at the Global Campus at northeast corner of the Fayetteville downtown square!

 Photos from Dig In! Festival from Saturday, March 3, 2012, on Flickr.

Y'all come out to the Dig In! Festival this Saturday!! You'll find it in the UA Global Campus building on the Square (northeast corner of East and Center Streets). They'll have classes on organic gardening, cooking from the garden or Famers Market, edible landscaping, food preservation, seed saving, and more; documentary films; FCGC Fayetteville Community SEED SWAP; panel discussions, tastings and more! If you make it out, come by Lean Green Cuisine's table and say hello!

PLEASE CLICK on Web page below to view the site in full:



Dig In! Food & Farming Festival • March 2-3 • Fayetteville
Real Food. Real Farms. Real Local.

Dig In! Returns in 2012 Better Than Ever

March 2 & 3, 2012, UA Global Campus Center

Faytteville, Arkansas
Dig In 2012 will feature classes on cooking, organic gardening, food preservation, beekeeping, seed saving, and backyard farming as well as a special selection of documentary films to get you excited about local food and how it supports our community. Plus, the **FREE** FCGC Fayetteville Community Seed Swap will happen at the festival! Also, panel discussions, an info-fair, tastings and more.

Festival space made possible by:

Why Local Food?

Many folks are waking up to how dysfunctional the industrial food system is. What is less-known is how many communities, farms, cities and individuals have developed brilliant and hopeful ways to grow local food systems…sometimes in unexpected directions. That’s what we want to show you with films, classes and conversations. Because once inspired by creative and sustainable solutions—ones that support real farms, real food and local economies—who knows what wonderful things we can accomplish.