Piecemakers quilt club meeting was held on Wednesday, July 18. Many of the regular members are on vacation and were greatly missed. Victoria Banks welcomed members and guests and Linda Korinek conducted the business meeting. Jan Savu and Victoria Banks provided information about the retreat scheduled for the first week in October at Mount Eagle. Sign up is officially open.

There is much excitement about the upcoming bus trip to the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show in Springfield, Mo., on Thursday Sept. 20. Plans are being made to also take a bus to the Belle Point Quilters Quilt Show in Fort Smith on Oct. 12. Susan Moore brought our challenge to "Rescue this Ugly Little Star Quilt" to a conclusion. Victoria Banks and Brenda Dunlap received the participant prizes. Then, Maralou Spears presented the next five Civil War blocks: Sanitary Commission, Little Blue Basket, Catch Me If You can, Grapes of Wrath, and Frietche Star. We will be doing 5 blocks per month for the next three months. So many amazing quilts and projects were shown in the Sew and Tell part of the program—makeup bags, purses, totes, aprons, baby quilts, heart quilts, butterfly quilts, quilts with flowers and vases, quilts with houses, half square triangle quilts, pieced quilts, appliquéd quilts, over-dyed quilts. The grand finale was a Yo-yo quilt with over four thousand yo-yos brought by a guest, Mary Meyers.

The Sit and Sew project was an Iron Caddy and Pad presented by Linda Forry. It was easier than it looked and most of those who stayed were very close to having their project complete before they left.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 15, at the Methodist Church in Clinton at 10:00 am. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend.


The ACRDC meeting in Alread was brought to order by President Terri Watson on June 12 , 2012 at 6:34pm. Both treasurer and secretary reports were read aloud and accepted. ACRDC board members are in the process of filling out the Rural Community Development Grant Packet and discussed forming a grant committee. A motion was passed to reimburse Susan Heaney for moneys spent during the FUN Park clean-up. A motion was past for ACRDC to buy a minimum of eight new 6-foot folding tables and a CS6 program for designing ACRDC news letter, flyers, and more. ACRDC FUN Park water projects are still ongoing.


The Idle Hour Bridge Club met last week at the home of Jo Nell Warren. Winners for the evening were: high, Jo Nell Warren; second, Carolyn Lefler; traveling, Merl Eoff; bingo, Mildren Thompson.


The Bee Branch Area Garden Club is hosting its second annual Sunflower Contest at the Van Buren County Fair. Three prizes will be awarded this year. For more information visit vanburencountyfair.org. Entries will be accepted from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. Awards will be announced during the gospel show on Friday, Sept. 14.