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Power Women: Electrifying forces in the cooperative world

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. What better time to shine the spotlight on some of our organization’s outstanding women? Whether they work in a bucket truck or a boardroom — at the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC)/Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) Little Rock headquarters or at one of

Uniquely Arkansas: Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs is long on fun

For the last two years, the luck of the Irish was not with The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of the parade both in 2020 and 2021. A petite pop-up event did take place last year, however it was not the usual big “paddy.” But

Worth the Drive: Getting back to Nature (Centers)

At Ozark Highlands Nature Center in Springdale, an outdoor archery range lets visitors channel their inner Robin Hood by firing arrows at a set of targets designed to look like wildlife. At Crowley's Ridge Nature Center on the outskirts of Jonesboro, a two-story diorama demonstrates rainfall runoff and the strength of constant erosion in reshaping

Pleasing pasta recipes to spice up your dinner rotini

Pass the pasta! Inspired by the Muffuletta sandwich in New Orleans, my delicious Muffuletta Pasta Bake is easy enough to be a weeknight option. Smoked Salmon and Artichoke Angel Hair has a light, creamy dill sauce and tastes like spring. For something different, try Easy Asian Noodles with a salty, slightly sweet sauce. And all

Reader Recipes: A bounty of bread

Our readers have been on a roll lately, sending in some enticing bread recipes. We’re rising to the occasion and sharing them with you! Easy, Fast Buttermilk Biscuits Makes about a dozen. Shortening (I use Crisco) 1 cup whole buttermilk 1/3 cup oil 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour, plus more for surface Melted butter (optional)

Let’s Eat: The Purple Onion offers big-city dining in Cabot

  When the Purple Onion opened in 2014, the growing city of Cabot gained a local restaurant that allowed residents to enjoy a "big-city" dining experience close to their homes. They adored it from the beginning. The spacious Purple Onion has a great team dedicated to making guests feel at home while enjoying a delicious

Editor’s Welcome: Donkey has a ball as social media star

Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative member Debbie Schluterman lives in Washburn, a tiny, rural township in Sebastian County. But she regularly fields social media friend requests from all over the world. “I hear from people in Australia and Sweden, just all over the place. Just crazy. Germany. Poland. He’s just known everywhere.” “He” being her donkey

The Cooperative Difference: ‘Women In My History’ Month

March is designated as Women’s History Month. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California, organized “Women’s History Week,” a weeklong celebration of women’s contribution to our history and culture, and sponsored a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade in Santa Rosa, California. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring

Growing gardens while growing older

Most of us have heard about the benefits of gardening. It is great exercise. It puts us in touch with nature. It can be relaxing and therapeutic, and it can also give us a sense of accomplishment, reduce depression and help prevent osteoporosis. But, continuing to garden as one ages can become a bit of