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Hot Springs’ sum­mer med­ley soon will be­come its Septem­ber song. Re­sort city va­ca­tion­ers will make the most of their leisure-time pur­suits be­fore re­turn­ing to the hec­tic days of work, school and so­cial com­mit­ments.

Lo­cal res­i­dents en­joy their re­main­ing days in the sun – boat­ing and ski­ing on the lake, en­ter­tain­ing out-of-town guests with in­for­mal sup­pers and tours of the town, or­ga­niz­ing neigh­bor­hood get-to­geth­ers, and host­ing wed­ding par­ties.

The eighth month of this year moves on to the mu­si­cal beat of the 16th An­nual Hot Springs Blues Fes­ti­val, which livens up Hill Wheat­ley Plaza and var­i­ous other venues from Aug. 30-31. Be­fore then, the Pocket Community The­atre gets “All Shook Up” on Aug. 16-19 over “Luigi Jan­nuzzi’s “All the King’ Women” – five comedic plays and three mono­logues based on the life of Elvis Pres­ley.

Mid-Amer­ica Sci­ence Mu­seum will put out a spe­cial wel­come mat on Aug. 31 when it dis­plays its cre­ative, fun and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays on “Mem­ber Night.”

And motorcycling en­thu­si­asts are al­ready gear­ing up for the Hot Springs Mo­tor­cy­cle Rally from Sept. 6-8 in our his­toric down­town. On Fri­day, Sept. 8, it will be Bik­ers’ Week­end at The Wit­ness Am­phithe­ater, 1960 Mill Creek Road.

When­ever La­bor Day came up on the cal­en­dar in our youth, my friends and I knew it was time to put on our think­ing caps and get ready for fall classes that be­gan right af­ter the hol­i­day. From el­e­men­tary school on, I liked the whole en­vi­ron­ment and process of learn­ing new things and meet­ing new peo­ple – even though in child­hood, my de­meanor was shy and re­tir­ing.

Get­ting new art sup­plies for sec­ond grade, re­view­ing fourth-grade read­ing lessons with mom and dad, prac­tic­ing a new list of spell­ing words handed out by the sixth-grade home­room teacher – all spe­cial mem­o­ries of the be­gin­nings of a per­sonal ed­u­ca­tion jour­ney.

The teach­ers and fac­ulty mem­bers at Lee School and Hot Springs Ju­nior and Se­nior High were a bless­ing – men and women ded­i­cated to the students’ wel­fare and to pre­par­ing them for the fu­ture. They were truly pa­tient souls who en­dured our silly and gig­gly ways, our end­less ques­tions, our some­times im­per­ti­nent and sassy at­ti­tudes. They sur­vived us and we thrived be­cause of their tute­lage and guid­ance.

Thanks to Coach Nathan McCauley and John Dun­can, I got through bi­ol­ogy and chem­istry. I ac­tu­ally en­joyed al­ge­bra be­cause of Miss Burmer Bryan. And I’ll be for­ever grate­ful to three ladies who in­spired and fos­tered my love of lan­guage – Lura Browne, El­iz­a­beth Hous­ley and El­iz­a­beth Buck.

In Mizzou’s jour­nal­ism pro­gram, Thomas Duffy de­manded cre­ativ­ity and a “less-is-more” ap­proach to fea­ture writ­ing and Don­ald Romero’s mag­a­zine course gave me a to­tally dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on printed com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

What­ever you do – and wher­ever you go from here – think kindly on your muses and men­tors.

Melinda B. Gas­s­away Ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor

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