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From the Farm – Caring for Christmas greenery

  Starting out in the retail nursery business, I looked forward to the scent of fresh evergreens in the greenhouses when the cut trees were delivered. The sharp, familiar aroma always filled me with holiday spirit. That spirit predates me by centuries. That’s right! If you’ve never stopped to ponder the history of the Christmas

75 years of relationship-powered energy

Southwest Power Pool celebrates anniversary  Trivia question: Who knows what a lit light bulb today has to do with the United States entering World War II? For about 18 million households in the U.S. using electricity generated by members of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) in Little Rock (including Arkansas’ electric co-ops), each act of

USS Hoga is centerpiece of 75th anniversary commemoration

On Dec. 7, 1941, the crew of the USS Hoga tugboat, moored in Pearl Harbor, watched as Japanese fighter planes relentlessly attacked the U.S. Navy’s battleships, spurring the U.S.’s entry into World War II. Within 10 minutes of the attack, the Hoga, which was equipped with firefighting equipment, was in action, heading toward Battleship Row.

Making a difference

  Simple Gifts ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight. — traditional Shaker melody You may have noticed — we’re

Make a run to the Home Plate Café

Jim and Aundrea Sparks had lunch at the Home Plate Café in Hot Springs Village and ended up buying the restaurant. The couple’s venture has proven successful as they have expanded four times since January of 2008. The Sparks, who both had careers with national chain restaurants, lovingly treat customers like family in the warm

Celebrating 70 years – Holiday lights – Lights on in Bolivia

Arkansas Living celebrates 70 years Arkansas Living celebrated 70 years of publishing last month with a reception at the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives. Inc. (AECI) headquarters in Little Rock. The guest of honor was Ouida Cox, the former editor of the magazine. Cox joined AECI in 1948 and retired in 2013. Arkansas Living was previously known

May your days, and nights, be merry and bright

LEDs light up the holidays and more  With the beginning of winter on Dec. 22, we’ll have but a mere nine hours and 48 minutes of daylight. It wasn’t that long ago, June 22 to be exact, that we had 14 hours and 32 minutes of daylight. Furthermore, as the winter season approaches, the need

Cool season annuals add winter color

If you have not planted winter annuals, be of good cheer — there is still time. The idea of months without flowers is dreary indeed, especially when we can have an outstanding display of color from pansies, violas, Swiss chard and more all winter long. So instead of stopping your flower gardening for the year,

Flagging flu-shot rate

Decline among vulnerable older adults is of particular concern The flu-vaccination rate sagged in the United States last season, causing concern among public health officials that more Americans might wave off a flu shot this year. Influenza vaccination coverage declined 1.5 percent across the entire U.S. population during the 2015-2016 flu season, with only 46