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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted photo NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP: Members of the Oaklawn Park Neighborhood Association, from left, Ken Freeman, Gail Greenberg, Nolene Richards, Margaret White, Sandy Scott, Tracy Freeman, Pearl Campbell, Lynda Miller and Mark Toth, picked up litter in a portion of the neighborhood on Saturday, April 27. The cleanup area was from Crestwood Street north to West St. Louis, west to Third Street including the Meadowbrook area, and back to Crestwood. Anyone living within the boundaries of the association, from Central Avenue to Seventh Street and from West St. Louis to Vineyard Street, are welcome to join. An annual meeting is held in January to plan events for the coming year. Events this year include the annual litter pickup, a neighborhood barbecue in June or July, and an annual yard sale fundraiser in October. The annual meeting will also include a speaker of interest to the area, election of officers, and annual dues collection, which are $10 per person annually. The next meeting is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Jan. 12, 2020.

Stevens named Master Gardener Rookie of 2019

Pam Stevens, Garland County Master Gardener of Year for 2018, recently received the State Rookie of the Year Award from Berni Kurz, the new Extension consumer horticulture specialist at the Master Gardener State Convention in Hope.

Stevens is a "nonstop worker (350 hours in 2018) who is a joy to be around. It would be impossible to find a more dependable person when it comes to working on gardening projects and spreading information about good horticulture practices," a news release said.

Stevens chose the following projects as hers: Habitat for Humanity, courthouses and police memorial, Xeriscape, city greenhouse, farmers market "Ask the Master Gardener" booth, and the plant sale. At Garvan Woodland Gardens, she works at Southern Inspiration Garden and GEM, plus in the gift shop and she drove carts for visitors. "Not only did she serve on these projects, but she is also co-chair for GEM. At the 'Ask the Master Gardener' booth her goal was to encourage visitors to become more knowledgeable about resources in the Hot Springs area, i.e., city compost facility, Garland County Extension office and plant nurseries," the release said.

She also worked at a non-sanctioned project at the Arkansas Career Training Institute. "Even with this work schedule, she continued to focus on educating herself. She completed 70.5 hours of continuing education. Garvan Woodland Gardens also thinks she is special and recognized her as their 2018 Volunteer of the Year for the Garden Shop," the release said.

Submitted photo SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Hot Springs Emblem Club No. 194 recently presented four nursing students from National Park Community College with scholarships. From left are Mary Stone, Maddison Goodin, Sarah Duran, Ashley Allison, Sherry Miller, scholarship chair, and Beverly Goodridge, president of Hot Springs Emblem Club. "With the shortage of nurses, it is such an honor to be able to award these students a scholarship," a news release said.
Submitted photo SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Hot Springs Emblem Club No. 194 recently presented four nursing students from National Park Community College with scholarships. From left are Mary Stone, Maddison Goodin, Sarah Duran, Ashley Allison, Sherry Miller, scholarship chair, and Beverly Goodridge, president of Hot Springs Emblem Club. "With the shortage of nurses, it is such an honor to be able to award these students a scholarship," a news release said.

Society on 05/14/2019

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