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Bird’s Eye View: The Great Backyard Bird Count takes flight this month

They say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. But organizers of the international Great Backyard Bird Count, held each February, would disagree. To them, all bird sightings represent valuable information. The Great Backyard Bird Count, taking place Feb. 17-20 this year, invites people all over the world to keep their

Let the good times roll! It’s Mardi Gras in Arkansas

If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras this year but don’t want to brave the crowds of revelers in New Orleans, you have several festive choices here in Arkansas. In recent years, especially with the influx of new residents who left New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Arkansas’ Mardi Gras celebrations

Wake up and smell the Coffee Trail: Caffeine fiends have a ‘latte’ options in Arkansas

A cup of coffee can be a work of art when a barista sketches a delicate pattern of steamed milk on the surface of a latte. This aromatic image is created for caffeine-craving customers at the 42 stops on the Arkansas Main Street Coffee Trail. Branching across much of the state, the trail was devised

Nobody does breakfast ‘butter’ than The Buttered Biscuit

Anna and Sam Russell love breakfast, but they couldn’t find a restaurant that they liked. So, the couple opened their own place, The Buttered Biscuit in Northwest Arkansas. Sam, who was in consumer packaged goods for a national company, credits Anna as the visionary behind the venture. “Anna felt led to open a restaurant and

Chock-full of chocolate

  Melt hearts this Valentine’s Day with pie, cheesecake and cookies! Evenly divide cookie crumbs, adding to bottom of 4 half-pint canning jars. In a saucepan, cook heavy cream over medium-low heat. When it warms, add chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Set aside for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth

Web Exclusive Recipe: Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles

Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles Makes 8 truffles. 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream 1 (4-ounce) dark chocolate bar (70-75% cocoa is best), finely chopped 1 tablespoon semisweet mini chocolate chips 1 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, divided 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder In a small nonstick pan, heat whipping cream over medium-low heat. Add both types of

Reader Recipes: Comfort casseroles

Sandra’s Mexican Casserole Makes 8-10 servings. 1 pound ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1/2 bell pepper, chopped 8 ounces processed cheese (I use Velveeta) 1  (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (I use Rotel) 1 (15.25-ounce) can corn, drained 1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup 1  (10.5-ounce) can cream of celery soup 1

Don’t murder your crape myrtles

Travel anywhere in the South and you will find butchered crape myrtle trees. Crape murder is a trend that continues despite the best efforts of horticulturists. Standard crape myrtles have the potential to be wonderful small trees, being as pretty in the winter with their beautiful structure and form, coupled with peeling, colorful bark, if

Editor’s Welcome: Life’s a party for Bentonville business

While finding that perfect Valentine for your sweetie this month, you might see some Arkansas-based products in the mix, like mugs featuring signature plush gnomes. “We call them Gnomies because they’re our homies,” says J’Aaron “Jae” Merchant with a laugh. Merchant, Jasmine Hudson and Madia Willis are the owners of Bentonville-based Black Paper Party. Since

ERMCO, Inc. acquires Spire Power Solutions L.P.

  Electric Research and Manufacturing Cooperative, Inc. (ERMCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), recently acquired Georgia-based Spire Power Solutions L.P. This purchase solidifies ERMCO’s position as a leading manufacturer of distribution transformers in North America. Spire, serving the electrical utility, commercial and industrial sectors for 100 years, manufactures a full

Black History Month: Remembering Lewis Howard Latimer

  February is Black History Month and a great time to shine a spotlight on an electrical pioneer who improved light. The self-taught Lewis Howard Latimer, according to the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum in Flushing, New York, “worked with three of the most celebrated scientific inventors in American history, Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram S.

Today’s Power, Inc. and local cooperatives partner to award scholarships

To assist in the development of strong, educated communities, Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), created an annual scholarship fund to promote sustainable development via educational opportunities. TPI is awarding $1,000 scholarships annually to each of the 17 distribution cooperatives in Arkansas. These funds can be used