Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bits & Pieces: Just A Few Notes

This column previously ran
in May 3, 2013 issue
of The Grove Sun.
Last week, I used this space to introduce myself. Today, I want to introduce how I’m going to use this column.

Each week, unless writer’s block hits, I’ll fill this space with musings and random observations about life. Some weeks I’m sure I’ll have lots to say about a single subject. Others, like today, well, will be “bits and pieces,” or snippets of life of a small-town gal.

Warm Welome
Thanks to everyone who has smiled, said hi, or, in general, welcomed me to Grove. As you read this, I’m officially celebrating the end of the second week.

I’m hoping to get some time in the very near future to do some serious exploring—but I can tell you this: I can already tell this is a great community.

Thanks especially to the Masons and the Pritchard family for filling my second Saturday in town with joy. Those Masons, you never know what those guys will say or do—good thing most of the pancake breakfast was “off the record.”

Y’all started my day with laughter, and for that I’m thankful. Mr. Frank—who has connections to a former stomping ground, and probably mutual friends if we dig deeper—even treated me to breakfast.

A sweet treat.
Thanks also to the Pritchard family who were gracious enough to let me “crash” Olive’s 95th birthday, to get a fun feature for last Tuesday’s paper. If you missed the story about the surprise party, check it out at www.grandlakes.com.

So Does This Mean You’ll Cover….
OK. We (the “royal we” of the newspaper) can’t cover every event or run every photo suggestion. One of the best things about being a community newspaper is that we CAN cover things that the “big guys” might skip. That’s the blessings of being your community newspaper.

So here’s the deal. Please do not assume we know about an event or potential photo opportunity—and do not assume we’re not interested.. (Remember what your English teacher told you about assuming….)

We can only be at things, if we know about them. We’ll be honest and tell you if we can get somewhere, and if we can’t make an event, we’ll encourage you to submit a photo with the who, what, when, where, why and how, along with your best contact info.

Using Social Media
Next time you are on Facebook, swing by and “like” our page: www.facebook.com/grovesun. We’re having all kinds of fun, asking Questions of the Day (#QofD), posting reader submitted photos and more. Sometimes we even ask for news or feature story ideas. How we use Facebook is evolving, so feel free to check back often. Not on Facebook? You can follow us on Twitter at @grovesun

A Story Update
Kenton Jackson let me know about another benefit for Melissa, Quintin and Kallen Blevins. The next one will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Honey Creek Resort. It will include Indian Tacos, live music and more. Team Kallen T-shirts will also be available for $10.

Uncle Kenton says Kallen has had some “ups and downs” but has gained 3 ounces, and, as of now, doctors say he’s doing well. “Kallen gives them a hard time with wiggling around and pulling on his intubation tubes. [A] very active little guy.”

One Last Thing
We’re looking for either a “newbie” or “seasoned veteran” mom to possibly feature in an upcoming issue. (Psst... Mother’s Day is next weekend. Have you bought your momma a present yet?). If you have a suggestion, or an idea let me know—you can contact me through email, by phone or with a Facebook private message.

On Personal Note
A 9-year-old “kidlet” in my life, Avery, is becoming the face of Autism/Asperger’s Awareness in northwest Arkansas and beyond. He’s spoken in front of government officials and been interviewed by the news media. His mom is a dear friend, and I’m quite proud to say I’m one of Avery’s fans. Feel free to check out his efforts at www.facebook.com/AverysProject

So that’s the bits and pieces for this week. I hear there’s an event Saturday involving the “burning of socks” that I shouldn’t miss. Hopefully I’ll be back (from a funeral) in time to catch the fun. I have a feeling it’s going to provide lots of photos and much amusement for my pals following my adventures with the hashtag #lifeofaneditor.

Kaylea M. Hutson is the managing editor of The Grove Sun. She can be reached at kaylea.hutson@grovesun.com or 918-786-2228. This column originally appeared in the May 3, 2013 issue of The Grove Sun

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