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Friday, April 11, 2008

Owner says seniors will always be welcome at Body Works

Concerning the article about Body Works, one Silver Sneaker said, "We will continue until they finally force us out." Body Works will continue to accept all seniors -- their health and welfare are our greatest concern. They won't be part of the Silver Sneakers Program, but they are all welcome to come as long as they want.This does not affect the fitness center any other way, except there will not be the Silver Sneakers Program.Our classes will continue as long as needed. No one will force them out.Body Works has grown and will continue to grow strong. We don't look at this as an ending but as a new beginning.Drenda SuttonBody Works

Without the linemen our future wouldn't be too bright at times

This is a beautiful poem in regards to our linemen, who I feel needs a lot of thank yous that go unsaid sometimes. I can be without power but still feel safe, comfortable and luckier than they are in the sleet, ice and bad weather.This was written by a retired lineman, Dennis "Smokey" Weber, in his own words.Helen RandPineville, Ark.

A Thank You to Our Power LinemanHe follows in footsteps over a hundred years trodBut when he closes each day no one will applaudNo glory in the work he chooses to followJust hope that once again he'll wake up tomorrow.

His job spells danger, each hour, every dayHot wire, high places, still knows no other wayUp one pole and down again, just like the restHe knows his job well, some say he's the best.

First he tried school like his siblings had beenBut his hand fit a spud wrench better than a penHe thought a few times about leaving the tradeThen realized dragging up would cut like a blade.

Some men do it for money, others just make a livingBut he knows no sure reason, why his gift he's been given.

By sight you would think he's a much older manGray hair, bowed legs, rough skin, callused handsBut in his trade it's not years that mark the lineman's ageFor hard work and hard miles turns his every page.

Every day in his hooks is another he tempts fateHis name is unsung, but his importance is greatFor when the power is out, to the ground the lines fallNo doctor, no lawyer, or accountant gets the call.

But you can count on this lineman, through sleet, snow or rainHe's tired and he's hungry, yet he'll never complain.

Though you may never meet him, while he works in the long hourIt's to him you owe thanks, for restoring the power.

And if you're to meet him keep one thing in mindIf you think their pay is too high,Walk a day in their shoes, and give it a trySee if you can shimmy up a pole,Or even stay up 24 hours or so.Grab hold of those high voltage lines,Facing the weather elements of that time.Leave your family for all hours of the dayWondering if you will be home in time towatch your children play.

Their families worry daily while they are at work,Knowing the risks are high, and don't want them hurt.I say these things and know they're true,I'm a retired lineman, and know what they go through."God bless each of you, and thanks!Dennis "Smokey" WeberRetired Power Lineman -- Jordan Hills Estate

Seeking information about ancestors buried at Martin Creek Cemetery

The nationally celebrated Memorial Day holiday is fast approaching. A day set aside to honor our dead. Have you given thought to the fact that a lot of volunteers in our community and area celebrate Memorial Day throughout the entire year? These volunteers donate their valuable time, energy and money to maintain small family plots or their local community cemetery. I document the above information as the many announcements in our local newspapers about the workdays and the money donation reports by some cemeteries. In the earlier days of our area, we know folks buried their deceased loved ones close to home, and that is why we have so many small cemeteries in our area that need maintaining.On Feb. 24, 1990, a group of concerned citizens organized a workday at the long abandoned Martin Creek Cemetery (formerly known as the Ratliff Cemetery) on Martin Creek Road. Around 50 people arrived and actually reclaimed this cemetery from a wilderness state. Three-foot tall headstones were not visible until the workers removed many thickets, saplings and vines. These volunteers came equipped with hand tools, chain saws, tractors, food, drink, the willingness to work and the desire for their ancestors to have a recognizable cemetery.The cemetery committee is seeking information that could identify any person possible buried in this cemetery. Please check any old family Bibles, family genealogy or talk with eldest members of your family and see if you have relatives that may be buried here. Plans are being implemented to erect a concrete headstone with name on the identifiable now rock-marked graves. We hope to place markers on all the graves in the future. We would like to have very few that will be labeled "Unknown." If you have information or know of resources where information can be obtained, please call Mrs. Pearly Hirsch at 870-966-4740, Lewis Booth at 870-966-4445, A.D. Booth at 870-966-4789, or Etta Lee DuMond at 870-966-4436.Each year a cemetery homecoming is held on the Saturday preceding the Memorial Day weekend. A potluck lunch is served at noon. Business, reports and planned work or improvements about the cemetery are discussed and decided on this day. Of course, donations are accepted on this day or by mail. This year's date will be May 17. If you are interested, please bring your favorite covered dish and a lawn chair. Everyone is welcome.Please volunteer your time and money to help maintain a cemetery near you. Folks, this is the only way these old community or former family plots are maintained. Let us not forget our ancestors.Etta Lee (Booth) DuMondRavenden