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Letters: Chamber says thank you

To the Editor:

It may be true that it takes a “village to raise a child,” it also takes a community to stage a successful event, like the Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival.

From the sponsors who give generous donations that help provide everything from live butterflies to radio and newspaper advertisements to the prizes for contests and scholarships, to the volunteers, individuals and groups like the FBLA and 4-H clubs, Master Gardeners, Cass Job Corp students and faculty, local law enforcement and emergency personnel, rural fire departments, the Army National Guard, city and county street and road crews, local and area entertainers, our school district and dedicated personnel, the Fair Board (especially the president of that organization) our mayor and county judge, the Chamber Board of Directors, craft and food service vendors, pageant participants, Art Show and Photo Contest coordinators and contest judges…

It seems the list just goes on and on. I try hard to send certificates of appreciation to everyone but there is always the fear that someone is missed, so, to all of those who helped - thank you, publicly from me personally and on behalf of the membership and Board of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, and.

Thanks also to perhaps the most important people involved - those who attended, 23 shy of 3,000 of them — who came from not only Logan County but all over the state, the southwest and even some “foreign locations” (like New York and Pennsylvania), as well as Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Ireland and Australia. Without them there would be no reason to have a festival. We especially enjoyed the bus load of Conway seniors who had a wonderful time in spite of the warm temperatures and made our day with their compliments.

I’m also most thankful that there were no heat related injuries this year, and it was another really hot butterfly festival week. How wonderful it was to have everything at one location with plenty of parking, more vendors than we have ever had at any of our festivals in the past six years, great food and drinks, a super fun Kidz Zone, 10 dozen butterflies in the Observatory Tent and some excellent and unusual musical entertainment spanning from vocalists and guitarists to Irish Harp, Indian Flute and dulcimers.

If you didn’t make it out this year, stay tuned for next year. We’re working on 2014 now with ideas for starting and ending later on Friday June 20, 2014 — maybe 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 on Saturday. Maybe some full bands to play outside in the evening on Friday night? Maybe you have some ideas? Let us know at 963-2244 or on our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/ParisArkansasChamber

We need you to help us ensure the festival continues to improve and grow for many more years to come.

At the present, please place Oct. 5 on your calendar and join us at the fairgrounds for the 34th Annual Frontier Day Festival and the Logan County Civil War Sesquicentennial Observance event. Sponsors and volunteers are needed. It’s gonna be a good one too. You won’t want to miss it.

Linda Hixson

Executive Director

Paris Area Chamber of Commerce

To the editor:

I am a dedicated patron of our local library and have been for the past 40 years.

Attending the Quorum Court meeting Monday, July 8, I listened as the five people who had permission to speak stated in no uncertain terms the many valuable attributes of our local library. I couldn’t agree more.

I listened as they stated in glowing terms the many ways the library offers these services and technologies to our community and the surrounding area.

It was stressed that library patrons begin arriving as early as 7:15 a.m. to access these services and multitudes of people continue to come and go during the library’s business hours. It was stressed that the many services and technologies offered by our library are vital to our economic development and that these services are of the utmost value in the continuing education of our children. I couldn’t agree more.

Yet, one person noted that many of these services were developed and expounded on by our ex-librarian, Rita Eckart. Why would our library get rid of the very motivating factor in growing and developing these many, many services that are vital to the continuing growth and education of our community?

A quorum court member stated that the library board owes Rita and the community an explanation of their actions and further added that the Quorum Court would take action if it was within their realm of authority. Hopefully this matter will be resolved without destroying our library.

Pat Willems

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