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Environmental Conferences, musings on Fayetteville sidewalks, and good news about Eureka Springs

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Early Bird Discount Registration Deadline February 1

Environmental Conference

Register now for the Caring for Creation Conference March 7-9, 2008 at Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This conference is not only to make people aware of environmental issues and offer creative solutions, but it is also to help them recognize and fulfill their responsibility for stewardship as individuals in their communities and churches. Come to Mount
Sequoyah in March and make plans to involve your congregation, district or conference in stewardship of the planet. Early discounted registration deadline February 1.


For more information call 800-760-8126,email:

 :rograms@mountsequoyah.org.

or go to

<http://www.mountsequoyah.org>www.mountsequoyah.org.

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Fayetteville doesn't care about working-class residents

A friend of mine, DeLani Bartlette, has written an interesting piece on class issues and sidewalks, which is especially timely given the huge fanfare the news about fixing the sidewalks around the Fayetteville Square (!?) got this week.

Former Assistant Editor of the Ozark Gazette, DeLani has also written for the Fayetteville Free Weekly.

At the risk of attracting cyber-stalkers, I'm going to give away my location: I live on Arroyo, which runs off of Drake Street. Some of you  who have been around Fayetteville long enough may remember that Drake was supposed to have been an east-west transportation corridor. The city
built about a half-mile of it here and then just stopped. The road just ends, with a pile of bulldozed deadfall at the end, and a small corridor of woods with heavy undergrowth (and a fair amount of illegally-dumped garbage).

I, and my neighbors, live within spitting distance to Gordon Long Park, along with the Scull Creek Trail. If we want to access this park, we have to get in our cars and drive all the way around to Gregg Street and fight through the construction.

But if we want to walk to the park - a distance of less than a quarter mile - we have to first climb around piles of deadfall, hack through the brambles and shrubs, then either go through a swamp of ankle-deep mud *or* climb up a hill and trespass on Lindsey property. For a normalfamily who wants to take their kid for a Sunday walk, this is not accessible; forget about anyone with even a mild disability.

To read more:

http://scryberwitch.multiply.com/journal/item/80/Fayetteville_doesnt_care_about_working-class_residents

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And from one of our friends in Eureka Springs

And finally, Michael Walsh of Eureka Springs has written an excellent piece for www.gaynewsbureau.com.  Here is a brief excerpt. As many know. Michael was one of those who helped push through the Domestic Partnerships registry in ES - much to the dismay of those who’d prefer that the town only cater to those with minds like steel traps:

closed and rusty.

Eureka Spring Perfectly Poised to Cater to Diverse Tourist Market

Every day Eureka Springs neglects to market its off-beat charms to gay travelers--as well as its traditional demographic--it falls farther behind in its quest for a thriving tourist economy.

Why? Because competition for the rainbow dollar is becoming downright intense. Now, Pittsburgh, of all places, has launched a campaign to get a piece of the $65 BILLION gay and lesbian travel pie.

““Statistics tell us there is a lot of money to be had . . . ,”” Beverly Morrow-Jones of Visit Pittsburgh told WTAE TV news yesterday. ““ . . . Just like everybody else, the gay and lesbian community wants to be welcomed,”” she said.


rsdrake@nwark.com

 

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