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Slow Smoked Success

September 1, 2019 | By More
Slow Smoked Success

The trees lining State Highway 64 in Russellville fairly vibrate with the summer buzzing of cicadas. Their song is slow, purposeful, timeless. Not far off the highway, Grant Hall and Robert Couser, owners of Ridgewood Brothers Barbecue, tend the fire in a smoker longer than a pickup truck. Inside the smoker, slabs of top-choice meat […]

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The Biography of a House – Part 3

September 1, 2019 | By More
The Biography of a House – Part 3

Living and Dying As one of the few houses of any substance in Russellville, I was a regular hub of activity during the decade before the Civil War. Family and neighbors came by to talk about local goings-on and to introduce new arrivals; in particular if they were from the Carolinas or belonging to the […]

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10 Things About: Danielle Housenick

September 1, 2019 | By More
10 Things About: Danielle Housenick

Age: 41 Occupation: Executive director of Main Street Russellville Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’ve lived in Russellville for more than a decade Family: Husband Christopher (yes, Dr. Housenick at Tech), daughters Paige and Molly 1) What is your favorite book and why? I have many favorites, but one that stands out to me is The Snow […]

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A delicious building block of community

September 1, 2019 | By More
A delicious building block of community

    Nobody really knows how and when we started cooking. But somewhere back in our murky past, meat found its way to fire after the kill. And it was good. Taste was the reason back then, and a good reason at that. The sense of taste tells an animal what to eat. If something […]

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Wolf Therapeutic Massage

September 1, 2019 | By More
Wolf Therapeutic Massage

Rhonda Wolf started out in mental health counseling until she realized that she could make a difference as a masseuse. “Right from my very first massage, I realized the power of that and helping someone heal emotionally just as much as physically,” she says. Rhonda also wanted a career that required physical activity, so she […]

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Russellville Community Market

September 1, 2019 | By More
Russellville Community Market

Once upon a time, people knew where every bite of their food came from. If they didn’t grow it themselves, they knew who did. The benefits of knowing your farmer and eating local food — support for local agriculture; healthier, more nutrient-dense food picked and bought at the peak of freshness; and a feeling that’s […]

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Have squirrel, will travel

September 1, 2019 | By More
Have squirrel, will travel

Those who know me well, know that I love to travel. Anywhere. Everywhere. I love exploring small towns in Arkansas, big cities all around the world, and everywhere in between. But often, my travel adventures include dealing with flights and airports and all of the inconveniences that can arise from them. I have experienced longer […]

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The best-kept secret garden

September 1, 2019 | By More
The best-kept secret garden

  Seed packets adorn my countertop. The grow light clicks on at 6 a.m. and off at 10 p.m. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it’s typical February day in my house. But no, it’s September. In my first garden, seven years ago, I couldn’t wait to put the garden to bed. The research, […]

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Rebuilding the soil

September 1, 2019 | By More
Rebuilding the soil

Back when it was still cold, we decided to try our hand at a no till garden — a mixture of hügelkultur and lasagna gardening. What in the world are these things? And why would we choose not to till our garden? I’ll start with the first question. Hügelkultur is a German word for a […]

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It’s all about perspective

August 1, 2019 | By More
It’s all about perspective

I almost didn’t share it. But before I could talk myself out of it, I posted a photo of a brand new crop I planted this year. I had seen other gardeners from around the world grow this unique, prolific bean and I couldn’t wait to test it in my garden for fun. Also known […]

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