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SECTION B FAYETTEVILIE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1974 Reflections In An Ozark Soap Bowl I am indebted to Mrs. Ruth Haley for passing along an lion est complaint about this col umn's more or less continuing review of Northwest Arkansas" gustatory scene. Mrs. Haley feels that Haley's Restaurant has been slighted by recent comments regarding area din ing establishments. She also says I never mention about Chill Wills eating a walnut pie in Fayelteville, a column of a week ago, and she thinks I may have, overplayed some other topics having to do with eateries. (I think maybe she's right.) She also says I never metnon ·"the little restaurants" in town, which have been here a long time, which isn't quite true. I have w r i t t e n of Maggie Page's chili on several occasions, and about five years ago did a series of columns on Fayetteville restaurants, including Haley's which were subsequently incorporated -in a Chamber of Commerce guide to local eating. What. I said then still holds -- you won't find a better piece of pie in the area than at Haley's. (Mrs. Haley says she can make Chill Wills a walnut pie if mat's what he wants, a fact that I will be glad to pass along next time Chill'is in town.) Meanwhile, though, let me say that any remarks in this column about a particular place to eat in Northwest Arkansas is not a case of ignoring all the others, but rather a promotion of the general idea of "eating out." If r can make eating out even a tiny bit more popular it is my idea that it will help everyone in the food business in Northwest-Arkansas. I OUGHT TO make something clear, though, about comments regarding eating establishments of the area. Those which ha've been here for a good 1 long spell don't make news by stayiirg open. Like Tia-Wanna in Little Rock, they make it by closing. When a new eating place comes along, it is news, particularly if it seeks to provide services facilities or fare that are out of the ordinary. This however I'do confess, represents a trap in which I occasionally find my self ensnared, One of. the most dangerous and misleading words in the language is gourmet, i e "gourmet cooking" and "din ing." Gourmet cookbooks sug gest that anyone can whip up continental cuisine In a nonce without the least bit of practice Newspaper editors and column istscultivate the myth by refer ring to gourmet chefs and dish es, that all too often aren't even good Ozark "eats." An in-state column a coupli of days ago mentioned a foot ball coach who is an ex "gour met chef" for a dude ranch. Tin terms, I submit, are mutual!} exclusive, though by_ popula usage do convey the image of [ a chap who knows his way a round a campstove. But, as Karen Hess explain in this month's Atlantic (Th Gourmet Plague, pp. 60-62) "One does not become a che at least not in France bcfor spending three long, hard year as an apprentice, followed b four or five' equally hard year as a journeyman...An Amen can who is faced with produc of lamentable quality, who ha little or no experience, whos kitchen equipment has bee chosen for decor rather tha utility, and who has no staf of assitants, can hardly hop to produce haute cuisine." WHAT ONE IS really talking about, then, when one discusses ' local dning out experiences, are (A.) the comfortableness of surroundings (is it clean, attractive, etc.?) (B.) the inoffensiveness of preparation of the food (is it of reasonable quality, properly done and distiguishable for what it Is supposed to be generically?), (C.) and what's the bill? The two most important ingredients of eatitrg out, in this area, it seems to me are: (1) the degree of one's mental expectation, and (2) the price. If one doesn't expect too much and gets a decent meal, and if doesn't cost much, even an ordinary atmosphere can turn a joint into a rendezvous of dining pleasure. On the other hand, if one looks forward with too much enthusiasm for a "gour met" dinner, the place is almost sure to wind up with bad notices. Eating places that eaters "discover," as a result, usually are better than the heavi- + ' / i · ~*t*mmnpTi*ym. MRS. DUMAS AND H . , . -finding that school ca Class Visit Brings Memories Second Crack By RICK PENDERGRASS Of The TIMES Staff Try to remember a long while back, when you were six or seven years old; the first week of class in the second grade. Enter a world where ceilings were so high you don't really remember ever noticing just low high they were, where you lad to bend your knees a lot more to climb stairs. Try to remember drinking rom a water fountain as high as your head. Could you do that now? Or how about falling down -- really hitting the floor -without feeling any pain. And what was it like trying to draw a straight line with a crayon, .ongue clenched like a cigar in your teeth. Maybe it takes a visit to a second-grade c l a s s r o o m to remember all the little things everybody experienced as a child. But one finds on sue! a visit that it hasn't ehangec all that much. The kids still forget where their desks are. And just as they did 10, 20 or 100 years ago, they can easily (and often) jlock out everything and everybody else while they work on a drawing or a puzzle. Do you .remember the little girl who carried on an animated conversation with a dot or puppet? What was her name? Didn't you talk to her puppet, just as if the puppet .vere another friend? THE EASY FIGHTS How easy it was to start or ie drawn into a fight with both fists flying, then completely for get about it in a matter o seconds. "Is, too!" "Is not!" "Is, too!" "Is not!" Whack! Thump! And it's over, the combattants now comparing their version of a baseball diamond. Mrs. Elda Dumas teache such a class at Washington Ele menfary School in Fayetteville Each day she rides herd on this microcosm of humanity taking each unpredictable turn nd startling event in stric catalyst for the perpeti hain reaction of young ima ation and curiosity. As the day begins, a drea ain is falling outside the c irick building. The childr roop into Room 4 and fall vorking at their desks withe. irection. -- of so it may see o the stranger. "There is direction to wr he children are doing,"- s (Irs. Dumas. "The single m mportant thing for the ch o learn Is how to use his in jination initiative. With hese two, the child can't lea Even if be could learn ·emember things he .woulc be able to use them very wel SOME ARE QUICKER From the beginning, f :hihg in the morning, it is e :p see that some children h q u i c k e r imaginations t others. Some copy what , ti neighbors are doing. Some over a blank piece of pat trying to think of something do with it. One little girl uses a h puppet to draw her pictures i even work math problems. "What the child is learn at this age basically is to press himself, either on pa or in speaking," Mrs. Dun said. The child may kn exactly what he would like say or write, but getting idea into a form that can communicated is the catch. For instance, the child know that placing the hand o the heart is part of the pie of allegiance. They even rea that the gesture is a symbo sincerity, of p l e d g e . sometimes they forget wh hand to use. Then seconds la they sing "My Country 'Tis Thee" without missing a sy ble. "I guess the children hav changed much over the ye though they do look older n and the things we're trying teach them haven't change? much," Mrs. Dumas said. "But the way we go al it as teachers has evolved." That is readily apparent f I I 1 · Id ^ I B ri F* " (TIMSEphotos by Rick Fendergrass) Regional Programs Mean Local Power the first moment the children enter the room. No longer do the hushed subjects scurry to their desks and sit paralyzed in silence. They have freedom "The main point to the game is to teach the children how to ask questions. They try to guess what's in the box by asking yes or no questions, such By PEGGY FRIZZELL ments by TIMES Staff Writer Northwest "Regionalism is local power" eads a sticker in the Northwest \rkansas Regional Planning Commission's office at Spring- ale. But many people In Benton nd Washington Counties--the rea served by the commis- ion--are wary of anything lab:led "regional." The director of the NWARPC, Cen Riley, feels this skepticism s due, in part, to citizens fear ng the loss of local power. "The question of regional cooperation in many people's ninds is the same question be- ng raised about the United Naions: a fear of the dilution of hat governmental authority closest to them," Riley explained. 'But that's not it at all," he continued. "We're trying to strengthen local government. 1 Part of the problem in accepting the NWARPC as more than a necessary evil d a t e s back to its establishment in I9GG. Although a 1955 statute allowed the creation of regional planning agencies for two or more adjacent local governments, no steps were taken to create one in Northwest Arkansas until the mid-BO's. Then.Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Benlonville were wanting to join together to create the Beaver Water District and to obtain the municipal water supplies from Beaver Lake. B e f o r e the federal government would participate in the financing part of that project, it said the four cities had to establish a regional planing agency. working with the Criminal Justice Planning Council, the manpower program, and the health and transportation programs. But with most of these regulations met, Riley said, the commission staff now devotes in this region need to work together on matters such as solid waste disposal, even though tha situation increases in complexity with the greater number of units involved. But Rilye does not believe it is the agency's job to promote much time to monitoring and a regional solid waste disposal updating the plans. "But who system. "We can. stimulate knows," he said, "We may get another federal requirement such as the national flood insurance plan that we'll have to meet again." KEY FUNCTION He cited the commission's main purpose as existing to allow local governments to be eligible for whatever federal program they want to participate in. Along these lines, NWARPC serves as a clearing house review board for all grant appli- involving federal c a t i o n s money. of activity. There are stacks o f j a s 'Is it blue? Is it something: blank paper in the room avail-jto eat?' and so on. But they' able for any sudden inspiration have to be complete questions, that may hit. Games, puzzles, not 'Food?" Mrs. Dumas said. to first than hand their disposal. And the children use these .ools in a businesslike way. Svery time a child draws a .ine, a letter or a picture; every Jme the child listens to a story or cuts out a design he tried .o do it better than he did the last time. i excited about the surprise and they all have their own guesses, but to ask, they have to ask correctly." . Seemingly the most difficult part of teaching a second-grade class is to remain calm. To a ^ veteran teacher such as Mrs. i Dumas, composure has deve- e to somebody who| 1 °P ed W1 j h Practice and f TM m . to it, this all seems a na tpal ability to understand "I'm sure very "disorganized"and' helte'r-| t t' elch " dren an ^ to understand skelter," Mrs. Dumas said. t ha ' a " of thelr nervous energy ·-- - - ' short attention spans are "But Those four cities alorrg with Silo am Springs and the Washington and Benton County go- 'ernments appointed represen- atives to serve on the commission at its start. NEW MEMBERS In early 19S7, a few months after the founding of NWARPC, several smaller towns joined as members. To join, an incorporated area must have its local governing body pass a resolution endorsing the city's membership on the commission. NWARPC then formally admits the town to the commission. Those towns, other than the original five, now participating in the commission are: Benton- bille, Cave Springs, Centerton Riley said he hopes the local ·governments think the technical assistance NWARPC offers them is of value. He said the commission will help local governments in such things as grant writing, or planning for revenue sharing. "We are happy to provide staff support, but we have to know about it in order to help,' he said. T h e commission's planning function is often misunderstood, he claimed. The agency does not exist to say what's going to happen in the future. "We're here to present some alternative views to think about, views that have long-range and intermediate implications." Riley emphasized that the commission is not a federal agency. Funding for the I^VARPC activities is derived from the federal government--via grant applications--and local government. Local governments provide 60 to 55 per cent of the agency's funds. Asked why there seems to be an objection on the part of smaller towns to regional projects, Riley said he thought part of the problem is that the public towns to consider, it, but- I don't think we can take the lead. We are not an operating: entity. All we can do is encourage," he said. What are some of the specific projects of the NWARPC now meeting opposition? In acknowledgement of the negative feelings toward the NWARPC water quality management plan that proposed to build two regional wastewater treatment plants on the Illinois River, Riley said the commission staff is still studying the matter. "We are viewing other approaches," he said. Many property owners along the river claim it will be degraded by the effluent (treated wastewater) dumped into it and are researching other ways to dispose or use the effluent, FLEXIBLE COURSE Rily said the agency is "keeping up with the property owners' research, and then, if warranted, the NWARPC will make adjustments in the water quality management plan." The NWARPC also receives some general opposition from citizens who fear regional plans t h r e a t e n their r i g h t s a s does not look on its local government expenditures in the same way families view their ud'gets. COST FACTOR today, then"come"back' at "the harass the teacher v , not _d*ig n ed . specifically to |E|kins Farmington Greenland, , end of the v year and they just , C won't be the same children. It's "If CONSTANT REINHNDF.R [Lincoln, Little Flock, Lowell, Ridge, Prairie Grove, Ton- almost miraculous how much they take in during that o n e year." I you're going to work with.!'" 0 ""- West Fork ' and _ _ i\-ir. .,.»~ ....#. i~ n .,.i *~: a l L ' w " Wl "-. _ _ children this age yoti have to ,be prepared to remind them iwliat they are supposed to be The key is to make the child- i doing all the time. They drift ren want to know. It has to so easily." come from .them, just as in the old axiom, "You can lead a horse to water..." There are ways to do that, but it takes a unique type of person, as an adult, to relate to these children in such a way that they will pick up their = I cues. The teacher must gh'e the (child just enough to spark his children' curiosity, then he takes it from ire. POINT ILLUSTRATED . But 1 On a file cabinet behind her lich desk, Mrs. Dumas placed a cardboard box labeled "Surprise." In the box is something the children can play with while, at the s a m e time, using aid. as a t e a c h i n g t h i s particular day, the s u r p r i s e was a bundle of pipe cleaners. And .as everyone knows, a pipe . j cleaner has almost unlimited 'e go about!uses In the hands of a child. That is quite an understatement. Keeping all 20 pairs of eyes on a math exercise on the board; keeping all 20 voices quiet enough long enough to- hear a short pronouncement, and keeping all 20 pairs of feet still enough long enough to count heads seems an Impossible task, but Mrs. Dumas and thousands of other second grade teachers throughout the country do just those things over and over each day and keep smiling. Mrs. Dumas personifies this image of smiling sage. Never does she raise her voice. She's a pal to the children, someone they can trust. They like to do things for her, even if it means In addition, Beaver . Water District is represented with one person from the water treatment plant on the commission. Representation ,on the commission is not directly proportionate to population in each city or county. While'cities with "Especially in these times o inflation, if you can get th same or better service for better cost, you ought to go tha way," he said, referring to th [act that regional projects ar usually less costly and more efficient than several individual municipal projects. People are worried about their town losing its individuality, he said. Some services, such as fire and police protection, provided by cities are and have to re- property owners. Riley said this group has about 200 members, mostly Benton County farmers. He said that if people feel there is a problem, they should meet with NWARPC staff members and talk about it. Riley said these opponents do not. One of the items in the land esource management plan that rew negative response from, lis group was a section dealing vith open and public land areas mapped on the management Ian. The same color was used .to designate both open space and mblic land area on the map and these propety owners bought the "open space" designation meant private property would be taken over for pub- Riley asked wryly. He feels the towns'gional planning commission." working a math problem, because when she's pleased with them she lets them know it. And you find, sitting in Room 4, that she Is usually quite pleased with them. ly advertised ones. Goupmelwise, there really aren't many good places to eat in this part of the country. The old Washington Hotel is about the best we've had, and it is long 'gone. But newness is "news," and people are more interested than ever in eatinf out. With the proliferation of fast-food places the opportunity for civil, tranquil dining grows ·ver smaller, so the news gatherer must remain on the lookout. To Sign Fair Campaign Pledge By Kenneth B. Dalecki TIMES Washintnn Bureau WASHINGTON-Neither o f he two congressional candidate in Arkansas' 3rd district had signed a voluntary pledge p abide by f a i r campaign prae- ices as of Aug. 29. All congressional candidates n Arkansas were mailed a copy of the voluntary code and asked o sign a pledge to abide by t within two weeks of the May 28 primary. Neither Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, R., nor his Democratic opponent, William Clinton, had responded to the request as of Aug. 29. The code is a set of- seven guidelines developed by the F a i r Campaign Practices Committee. The organization is a non-partisan, non-profit grouj set up to help "clean up" polili cal campaigns. The Committee doesn't intervene in campaigns, but it act as an intermediary when candidates feel they have been wronged by their opponents. The Committee, which was established in 1954, serves as a clearing house for candidate complaints. It keeps a file ol these complaints and eventually makes them available to the media. When the candidates re juest arbitration, the Committee arranges for them to meet with the American Arbi- ration Association. A tatal of 285 complaints have jeen filed with the Committee n the last four election years, and 18 cases have gone to arbi- ration in the two election years vhen arbitration was made ivailable. The code is described by the Committee as a set of "basic principles of decency, honesty, and fair play which every candidate for public office In .he United Stales has a moral obligation to observe and uphold ..." The code contains pledges that the candidate will: Present his record and policies "with sincerity and rankness." "Defend right of American voters to participate fully and equally in the electoral process. "Condemn the use of persona vilification, character defama tion, whispering campaigns libel, slander or scurrilous attacks on any candidate or his personal or family life." Not resort to prejudicia appeals based on race, sex creed or national origin. and uphold" the tteville has three; Benton County, Washington County and Springdale have two), the rest : cities each have one--re- ardless of their size. In this way, the larger towns annot automatically outvote he smaller one, Riley pointed ut. While some of the smaller ommunities in the two-county rea do not participate in the ommlssion or did at one time hd have since dropped mem- ership, Riley said that 96 to 7 per cent of the population n the region served is repre- ented by those towns and ounties that are members. MOST REPRESENTED . Effectively, he said, even lose towns choosing not to par- icipale are somewhat repre- ented by the county govern- nenls. Riley noted that the planning o m m i s s i o n staff probably pends more time workiirg with he smaller towns than it does vith Fayetteville a n d Spring- ale. In replying to a comment that many of the small towns feel he agency gives top priority o Fayetteville and Springdale, liley said, "If anything, in my udgement, the bigger cities have gotten the short end of .he stick. But numberwise, here are more small communities needing help." The planning commission began to meet a federal require- nent. Since then there have ieen several other federal requirements the commission has had to meet, Riley said. He listed the two major ones as the Land Resource Management Plan that was adopted in 1973 and the Water Quality Management Plan that was adopted this year. The commission also meets federal require- MRS. DUMAS IN OTHER ROLE .. fixes a hair ribbon while counseling another pupil lic use. This is not so, Riley said, and. the NWARPC has formally stated this. What kind of approach can be taken to promote a positive feeling about the NWARPC or regional planning? Riley said the NWARPC needs to continue wo irking with the local units of government. "It is not our role to build regionalization, but rather, to strengthen local government." he said. "Local government should be at the forefront in highly individualistic, I regional affairs. The cities said. "But trash?" he should be out front, not the re- University Sponsors Second Union Week September 6-14 has been designated as "Union Week" at the University of.Arkansas and he Arkansas Union will hold ts second annual week of special activities. The 1973 "Union iVeek" celebrated the Union's move into its new building. Donald J. Burke, who recent- y assumed his duties as assis- ant director for programs, said that the schedule would include well-known coffeehouse enter- diners, an art exhibit, a num- 3er of popular films and foreign ilms. Also, public tours, games and outdoor recreation events are planned. Festivites · open Sept. G with two showings of the movie, "Paper Moon," at 6:30 and 9 p.m. On Sept. 7 at 2 p.m., G p.m., and 9:15 p.m., there will be showings of the movies, "The Devil's." At 8 p.m., the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Michael Murphey will entertain at Barnhill Fieldhouse. Advance tickets for the concert are on sale at $4 each. Tickets al the door will be $5 each. A bicycle rally will begin al 3 p.m. Sunday in front of the Arkansas Union. Interested stu dent participants are asked ti register before 5 p.m. Sept. I in Room 511. The winner of the contest will receive a $50 git certificate for bicycle equip ment. Sunday afternoon on th' Arkansas Union Terrace, thi coffeehouse entertainer will bt folk singer, David Newbern, a Marshal Beaten OZARK, Ark. (AP) -- Gerald Rinkey, the Altus city marshal, was in serious condition at a Fort Smith hospital Saturday after authorities said he was beaten with his own handcuffs while trying to arrest three men and a woman. Pros. Atty. Pete Rogers of Van Buren said Franklin and Johnson county authorities apprehended four Johnson County residents in connection with the incident. They are being held at tho Franklin County Jail here. UA law professor. At 6:30 p.m and at 9 p.m.. foreign film, will be shown in the AU Thea ,er. SPECIAL CLASS A special class and discussion on back-packing in and around Arkansas will be held in Room M418 of the Arkansas Union Monday night, Sept. 9. The cot feehouse feature will be Kath Black, who will sing in the AU Servery at 5 p.m. On Tuesday Sept. 10, singer Rhonda Fern ing will be presented at 5 p.m in the Union Servery. Instruc tion in canoeing will be give t 7 p.m. in Room M418 of th» rkansas Union. On Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. a bizar- e movie rendition of "Alice in Vonderland," starring Gary rant, Gary Cooper, and W.C. ields, will be shown at the (reek Theater al 6:30 p.m. and p.m. In case of rain, it will e shown in the Arkansas Union 'heater. It is free. On Sept. 12, a dance with music by Jericho of Fayette- ille will follow a pep rally, A film, Kurt Vonnegut's "Be- ween Time and Timbuktu," vill be shown in the Arkansas Jnion at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. ""he cost is 50 cents a person. L coffeehouse presentation also s planned. FRIDAY PLANS On Sept. 13 a free film, 'Legend of Hell House," will e shown twice in the Arkansas Union Theater at 6:30 and 9 ,m. On Saturday, Sept. 14, as a special project, the Arkansas Jnion will sponsor buses to Litle Rock for the Razorback-University of Southern California ootball game. Information 'on this service may be obtained by calling the Arkansas Union Prcn grams office at 575-5255. In thfc evening, at 6:30 and 9 o'clock, a f i l m , "Save the Tiger," will be shown in the Arkansas Union Theater. The admission cost for all films is $1 with the exception of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Between Time and Timbuktu." Throughout the week, daily tours of the Union will be conducted at specified hours; a photography exhibit by Bruca Jackson of Cummins Prison may be viewed from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; a video tape, "The National Lampoon Show." with the cast from "Lemmings,'.' will he shown Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. noon arid 1:30 p.m. at various locations in the Arkansas Union; and games (Monday through Friday) consisting of pinball tournaments and a pool cue giveaway contest will be conducted. Special rates on pool tables'of a penny a minute will be in effect. -.,

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