Page 8A - - THE SPECTATOR, Ozark, Ark.

, Wednesday, October 8, 2014
INFORMATION for
OVER AGE 64
Call Rex Anderson
Ozark ~ 209-0888
Many of you are receiving letters
and phone calls about your op-
tions.
If you have been told your plan will
no longer be available after De-
cember 31st, I can give you valu-
able information and help you find
a Medicare Supplement or Advan-
tage plan or just a drug plan.
The Main Street Design
committee has installed a
new fountain at the court-
house to replace the old in-
operable one which could
not be fixed. MSO Design
Gardeners, Carol Evans and
Joanne Perea spent many
hours doing research to
come up with a design ap-
propriate for the style and
color of the courthouse.
MSO Design Committee
member Charlie Meadors
and volunteer Nathan
Atkinson donated their time
and expertise to get the foun-
tain up and running and it
looks beautiful. The guys
even took a day off from their
paying jobs to complete the
installation and we so appre-
ciate them for their devotion
to keeping downtown beau-
tiful.
We have also purchased
new benches to match the
fountain and they will be in-
stalled next week. The plan
is to create a peaceful little
oasis to sit and enjoy a visit
to downtown.
The fountain area will be
landscaped by our MSO gar-
deners. You saw two of
them, Carol Evans and
Nancy Hainley, working on
the island beds last week
and will be seeing even more
in the next week.
These Design Committee
volunteers are making a
huge difference in our down-
town and we could not ap-
preciate them more. Be sure
to thank them when you see
them out working and re-
VOLUNTEER Nathan Atkison and committee member Charlie Meadors
by Sandy Key
member, they are not being
paid for the work they do.
They do for love of commu-
nity and the desire to be
proud of the place they call
home.
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The community of Ozark
is very proud of its military
and showed their apprecia-
tion in a big way Saturday
Sept. 27, at the Ozark Ar-
mory. The celebration held
in honor of Charlie Battery
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veterans and their fami-
lies was a deserving tribute
to all who are serving and
have served with the unit.
Senator John Boozman
first introduced the idea of
the reunion and was gra-
cious enough to be there to
say thank you in person
and share his Saturday with
us.
There is no way to repay
Charlie Battery for all they
have sacrificed but we were
grateful for the opportunity
to participate in saying thank
you.
As a proud sponsor of
the entertainment and kiddie
activities for the reunion,
we’d like to recognize the
people who worked with
Main Street to see there was
plenty to do outside the ar-
mory.
The community is very
blessed to be the home of
some wonderful people who
at their own expense took
time out from their very busy
schedules to provide enter-
tainment for our military
families. Lance Carpenter,
The George Brothers Band
and Jeff Coley donated their
time, talent and energy to
show their appreciation of
our military.
Because the event was
not advertised for the gen-
eral public the audience was
much smaller than their usual
crowds, but that didn’t stop
them from performing like
the superstars they are.
These guys so love and ap-
preciate our military and their
families you get the feeling
they would have performed
for an audience of only one.
We are very proud to say
these talented and very gen-
erous musicians are all
hometown boys!
Daisy Outdoor Products
allowed Main Street the use
of their mobile shooting gal-
lery. They did It free of
charge and it was a huge hit
with both children and
adults. In addition, Charlie
Meadors of Meadors Lum-
ber donated a bounce house
for the kids and Ricky Bow-
man donated the Bowman
Express train ride.
Needless to say there
were a bunch of happy chil-
dren at the armory as their
parents, grandparents and
some great grandparents
enjoyed a wonderful re-
union. It was a pleasure to
work with all the sponsors
and dedicated people who
actually put together the
event.
For the full story go to
Facebook and search Charlie
Battery Reunion. You will
find pictures and details of
the other sponsors and so
many volunteers and orga-
nizations that made the
event such a great success.
*****
We’re still accepting let-
ters of support for the ma-
rina project application. Send
your letters to Main Street
Ozark at 300 West Commer-
cial or you may email us at
mainstreetozark@centurytel.net.
We need to hear from you
as soon as possible if you’d
like to be added to the grow-
ing waiting list for a boat
slip.
For more information
you may contact the Main
Street office at (479) 667-
5337 or at the email address
listed above.
*****
Booth space is filling up
fast for the annual Old Fash-
ioned Square Gathering on
Oct. 18.
Applications and infor-
mation are available at
www.mainstreetozark.com
or at the Main Street and
Chamber of Commerce of-
fices.
AVEC TEACHES SAFETY – Pictured (L-R): Dakota
Fields, Scott Davis and Charity Rogers.
AVEC visits Marvin Primary School
My How Time Flies
by Clydene Overbey
Is summer really over?
Yes, it’s true. Fall is here!
Time does fly, especially at
my age when one wants to
put on the brakes.
But I have always looked
forward to fall as a kid.
Things begin to slow down
from all the work summer
brings, gardens plowed un-
der, and those many jars of
fruit and vegetable pre-
serves lined the shelves.
Daddy always covered
the outside of our windows
with a green plastic that re-
sembled what bubble wrap
looks like to keep the cold
out, he called it “isen” glass.
We knew exactly what
each season would bring,
and went through the mo-
tions as though programmed
in preparation to survive. No
matter how small or young
you were, you could con-
tribute to the family’s good.
Any two hands were con-
sidered “helping hands,”
and were always welcomed.
I remember helping
Mama fold clothes, cook,
and harvest from the gar-
den, when I was not even tall
enough to reach the cabinet.
Norman helped in the gar-
den, helped mow the lawn
with the old push mower, and
anything else needed when
he was small.
Thing is, we wanted to
do it. Oh, we rebelled some-
times, but not often. Chores
had to be done. No time to
tarry like the grasshopper.
Neighbors helped neigh-
bors too. If you needed help
most usually they showed up
without being asked.
I was missing my friends
and school by September, so
once the clothes and shoes
were bought, our hair was
sheared, and Mama had
scrubbed the dirt that was
ground into our bare feet to
put socks and shoes back
on us, I was ready to see that
yellow bus come chugging
down the road.
We never looked so prim
and combed as that first day
back to school each year.
We had run and played all
summer through open fields,
climbing tall trees, wading
the ditch, and swimming at
the culvert and we were
ready to settle for a spell.
The classroom would be
hot by midday, no AC then,
at home or at school. At the
end of eight hours, with our
book satchels full of books,
pencils, and blue horse pa-
per, we’d return home to start
the old homework routine
every night for nine long
months.
I enjoyed school, and
didn’t struggle, except when
I reached algebra in ninth
grade, so I welcomed all that
came with the September
start. I can still smell the
heavily-oiled oak floors in
the school buildings, and
hear the busy feet in be-
tween classes as kids
rushed to lockers, which was
just a cubby hole, to ex-
change books for their next
class.
I can see the highly pol-
ished wood on the gym floor
too, where in high top ten-
nis shoes, we would take
gym class, have sock-hops
in winter months, and dance
in our bobby-sock-feet.
This year will be 53 years
since I graduated high
school. Good grief, can that
really be?
Romans 12:1-21 - I be-
seech you therefore, breth-
ren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies
a living sacrifice, holy, ac-
ceptable unto God, [which
is] your reasonable service.
Southern Grill
311 West Commercial
667-0704
Back to School
Breakfast Specials
Plus
Saturday Night is Family Night
Free drinks with meals
& 1/2 price desserts
“Worth a few extra steps”
Scott Davis from Arkan-
sas Valley Electric Coopera-
tive visited students at
Marvin Primary School to
treat them to a little magic
and a few safety tips.
Students were highly
engaged during the entire
program. Some got to help,
but all participated.
When asked what they
learned, second grader
Elexis Moran said, “ I learned
that electricity is really dan-
gerous and it is also a tool.”
Students learned three
magic words: Stop, Look
and Think. These magic
words will help keep them
safe - stop, look and think
before climbing trees or fly-
ing kites around power
lines.