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Lineage society chartered in Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- With the encouragement of their wives, who are members of the United States Daughters of 1812, Hot Springs Village residents John Speer, Bill Hartnett and Ron Krout are among the 20 charter members of the newly chartered state society of the General Society War of 1812.

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Spring preparations

Garland County Master Gardeners worked at Garvan Woodland Gardens doing spring cleaning at the azalea beds in the parking lot. Soon it will be time for spring bulb blooms -- daffodils, tulips, hyacinth and more. Check with the garden for peak bloom times.

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Peanut butter for Jackson House

National Junior Honor Society students from Lakeside School recently donated 700 jars of peanut butter to Jackson House. This helpful donation is in addition to the students monthly service of making a noon lunch for Jackson House.

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Saturday's Datebook

Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program for people for whom drugs have become a major problem. The Help Line number is 321-8700. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 411 Sellers St. Call 623-6328 for information. Narcotics Anonymous, SOS Group, meets at 6 p.m. today at 315 W. Grand Ave. All meetings are open. Call 866-754-2579 for information.

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Pregnant teen needs support and guidance, not rejection

DEAR ABBY: My best friend from school is pregnant. Her baby's father is practically nonexistent, and she has no other friends besides me and one other person. I am the only one so far who knows about her pregnancy. She hasn't told her dad and her grandparents because she's scared they'll kick her out. She has nowhere to go. My parents have told me to cut her off. What should I do? -- UNSURE IN TEXAS

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Saturday Items of interest

Vegetarian club sees DVD on excitotoxins The 6:30 p.m. Monday meeting of Vegetarian Supper Club will feature a DVD presentation by nationally recognized neurosurgeon, author and lecturer, Dr. Russell Blaylock. The presentation will focus on excitotoxins and their negative effects on the brain. Excitotoxins can be found in MSG, artificial sweeteners and chemicals used to color foods or enhance their flavor.

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Friday's Datebook

Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program for people for whom drugs have become a major problem. The Help Line number is 321-8700. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon, 6 p.m. (two meetings -- one man, one woman) and 8 p.m. today at 411 Sellers St. Call 623-6328 for information. Narcotics Anonymous, SOS Group, meets at 6 p.m. today at 315 W. Grand Ave. All meetings are open. Call 866-754-2579 for information.

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Thursday's Datebook

Civic clubs Oaklawn Lions Club breakfast meetings are held at 6:45 a.m. Fridays at Higdon Square Cafe. Visiting Lions and guests are welcome. Contact Tom O'Malley, president, 525-8282; Billy Joe Willis, secretary; or Wanda Thorp, treasurer, for information. Malvern Area Kiwanis Club will meet at noon today at Western Sizzlin', Malvern. For information, call Susan Lafond, 501-337-6422. Walnut Ridge Masonic Lodge 390, F&AM, will have a stated meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Lodge Hall, Royal, for regular order of business. All Masons are welcome.

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Face-to-face friend refuses to like online interaction

DEAR ABBY: Help! Facebook is killing my social life. I am wondering if anyone else is having this experience. I am a woman whose job requires me to be on the computer eight hours a day. The last thing I want after work is to go online. Before Facebook took over my social circle, this wasn't a problem. But now all my friends and family are on the site and pressuring me to do likewise.

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45-year DAR member turns 104

Hot Springs of Arkansas DAR Chapter Treasurer Nena Butler, left standing, and Chapter Regent Linda Jester presented a framed certificate and pin to Maxine Severns, seated, for her 45 years of continuous membership in the chapter. Severn's birthday is today and she is now 104 years old. What stories about her life she can tell.

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Thursday Items of interest

Pulaski agri agent addresses hosta society Ouachita Hosta and Shade Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave. Refreshments and socializing starts at 9:30 a.m. Speaker Randy Forst, who is the agricultural extension agent for Pulaski County, will speak on shade plants. Guests are welcome. Contact Lin Johnson, 318-0288, for information.

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Overpacking for business trip prompts questions of trust

DEAR ABBY: I'm in my 40s and my boyfriend of three years is 12 years older. We are in love and our relationship is great. He travels for work and lives in another state, so he flies in to see my daughter and me every other week. Because he is older, he uses Viagra, and it's kept at my place in a drawer. I assumed that's where it was always kept.

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Volunteers make the GC Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener Program, as it is known now, was initially started in 1972 when the Extension agent/farm adviser in Snohomish County, Washington, could no longer handle the calls from the growing number of "urban" farmers in his area. The concept of a group of trained volunteers with the specific goal of assisting the farm adviser was contemplated. A core group of interested gardeners was recruited and trained by the local land grant university cooperative extension office to meet the need. This was the beginning of the Master Gardner Program.

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