FROM HER

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H appy Novem­ber! The hol­i­day sea­son is just around the cor­ner. Thanks­giv­ing sig­nals the be­gin­ning of the end of the year and is cause for cel­e­bra­tion — un­less you’re a turkey, that is.

Most of us have this hol­i­day all fig­ured out by now. The turkey, stuff­ing, foot­ball games and Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade are all part of my own Thanks­giv­ing Day rou­tine. I have a small fam­ily, con­sist­ing only of my mom, dad, brother and my­self. The four of us gather at my mom and dad’s house and spend the day eat­ing, watch­ing foot­ball and en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany. We talk and laugh about past fam­ily shenani­gans and hol­i­day mem­o­ries and catch up on each other’s lives.

In the spirit of Thanks­giv­ing and giv­ing back, our cover story this month fo­cuses on Janna Pfautz, Jane Luschen and Bet­tye Jo Thrash, three ad­vo­cates with the Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates (CASA) of Gar­land County, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that trains com­mu­nity vol­un­teers to serve as ad­vo­cates for our com­mu­nity’s most se­verely abused, aban­doned and ne­glected chil­dren. CASA serves chil­dren who have been re­moved from their homes and placed in fos­ter care.

Also fea­tured in this is­sue is com­mu­nity advocate Jan­ice Davis. For the past 10 years Jan­ice has or­ga­nized and raised funds for a large Thanks­giv­ing din­ner held an­nu­ally at the His­toric Vis­i­tors Chapel African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church in Hot Springs for those in need of a hot meal. This year she plans to cook 35 turkeys and 25 hams, along with dressing, greens, mashed pota­toes, desserts and other Thanks­giv­ing dishes.

This month’s HER Home story features Kringle’s in the Park, a newly opened re­tail store on Bath­house Row that aims to pro­vide a year-round Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ence for its guests, the only one of its kind in Hot Springs. In ad­di­tion to selling Christ­mas-re­lated items, own­ers Greg and Shawn Mabry said they plan to sell sea­sonal items for hol­i­days such as St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, mak­ing it a one-stop shop for all of your hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing needs.

We also spoke to Dr. John Downes, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of psy­chi­atric ser­vices at Levi Hos­pi­tal. As the hol­i­day sea­son ap­proaches, stress lev­els rise, and while men­tal health is­sues are not nec­es­sar­ily more com­mon dur­ing the hol­i­days, peo­ple tend to no­tice them more, he said. Dr. Downes of­fers ad­vice on han­dling de­pres­sion, anx­ious­ness and hol­i­day stress in this month’s HER Health fea­ture.

Happy Thanks­giv­ing to you and yours.

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