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Nov 15

Spirit Award Q4 Adult Winner: Mike McFarland

Posted to Newsletter on November 15, 2017 at 4:54 PM by Melissa Reeves

Mayor Sprouse, Mike McFarland, and his wife, Kimberly 
Note: This article is part of the Fall 2017 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Spirit Award Q4 Adult Winner: Mike McFarland

For those who are involved with the Springdale community, either through the school system, civic organizations, City government, or local business, then you know Mike McFarland. Mike is currently the co-owner of Modern Fence in Springdale, but he previously worked in banking for 39 and a half years before retiring. During his time in banking, he recognized the importance of community service.

“In banking, [serving the community] was one of my responsibilities because as the community grows and does well, so does the banking business,” said Mike. “Now I’m in the fence business and it’s the same deal. It’s all about building better jobs, better careers, and just better general conditions for all of our people.”

Mike served a term on the Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission, and now serves on the NWA Regional Airport Board of Directors representing Springdale. He is also a member of Springdale Rotary, and he previously served on the Ozark Guidance Board of Directors for six years. 

“I am so proud of what’s been doing on (in Springdale),” said Mike. “I think we are on the precipices of having unbelievable things happen in Springdale.”

Mike moved to Springdale 15 years ago and he has spent his time here working for the community.

“He was the first president of the [Springdale Public Schools]  Education Foundation and was instrumental in promoting and building the Foundation’s core,” wrote his wife, Kimberly. “He has volunteered at Jones Elementary reading to students and participating in the Christmas giveaway.” 

We sincerely thank Mike for his dedication to Springdale, and this award is well deserved.

Submit a Nomination
Each quarter, the mayor selects one adult and one student winner. If you would like to submit a nomination for consideration in quarter one 2018, please click here  for more information and to access the application. The deadline to submit a nomination for quarter one is Dec. 8. If your nominee is not chosen, they will remain in the pool of applicants for up to one year.
Oct 25

Spirit Award Q4 Student Winner: Michael Justis

Posted to Newsletter on October 25, 2017 at 3:50 PM by Melissa Reeves

Michael Justis and Mayor Sprouse
Note: This article is part of the Fall 2017 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Spirit Award Q4 Student Winner: Michael Justis
 
The student Spirit Award winner is a young man who is truly a community servant. Michael Justis was nominated by School Board Member Kathy McFetridge and Library Media Specialist with Springdale High School, Cat Peters. In their nominations, they both spoke of how academically accomplished Michael is, and his school spirit.

“Michael leads the Spirit Group during the games for SHS (Springdale High School),” wrote McFetridge. “He takes this position quite seriously and the crowd loves him.” Michael has been involved in many organizations at SHS, including the National Honor Society, baseball, band, and robotics.

“Michael was recently voted president of Key Club by his peers and is busy planning fall service projects that will benefit the citizens of Springdale,” wrote Peters. “For example, he is organizing a group of students to read to elementary students and is leading a book drive to collect books for the Little Free Libraries in Springdale.”

But Michael’s commitment to Springdale doesn’t stop when he leaves school. He also volunteers in the community. 

“Michael attends church regularly and volunteers at the local food bank for St. Raphael’s Catholic Church,” wrote McFetridge.

In addition to the food bank, Michael also participates in Kiwanis events, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Walk for Kids, and the Springdale Little Olympics.

In the future, Michael wants to be involved with sports analytics, and he has already been accepted into the University of Arkansas’s honor program. Thank you, Michael, for your hard work and service to our community!

Submit a Nomination
Each quarter, the mayor selects one adult and one student winner. If you would like to submit a nomination for consideration in quarter one 2018, please click here for more information and to access the application. The deadline to submit a nomination for quarter one is Dec. 8. If your nominee is not chosen, they will remain in the pool of applicants for up to one year.

Oct 12

Ozarktober Fest - Celebrating the Ozarks

Posted to Newsletter on October 12, 2017 at 9:09 AM by Melissa Reeves

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Note: This article is part of the Fall 2017 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Ozarktober Fest - Celebrating the Ozarks

The Downtown Springdale Alliance invites you to be part of a brand-new celebration—Ozarktober Fest—during one of the best times of year, nestled in one of the most special places in the country.

Staged in the core of Downtown Springdale, Ozarktober Fest is a four-day festival that will feature food, music, and lore as well as the booming microbrewing industry that is just one more growing asset Northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks can claim—plus one night will be all about Halloween family fun. 

The Ozarks region we call home is rich with culture, and Ozarktober Fest is a series of events designed to highlight a sampling of wonderful traditions and emerging amenities that make this area unique. 

Much of the celebration will be free to the public. For more information about schedules and how to purchase tickets to the ticketed events, visit downtownspringdale.org.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 26 – Ozarks Meets Deutschland – Farm to Table Dinner Train Excursion
Board one of three first-class A&M Railroad dining cars from Downtown Springdale to experience a very special Ozarks spin on a gourmet five-course German-style meal prepared by Brightwater Chefs Michael Kuefner and Vince Pianalto. Tickets are extremely limited due to space on the train and are expected to sell out quickly.

Friday, Oct. 27 – Ozark Music Barn Party and Halloween Hay Rides
Bring lawn chairs or blankets to the Shiloh Museum Cooper Barn to enjoy an evening of free, live, and traditional Ozark music. Departing from Shiloh Museum will be two ticketed hayrides that will travel a short distance to join a guided tour of Bluff Cemetery with regional expert Susan Young, where you’ll hear stories of this beautiful place that dates back to before the Civil War.

Saturday, Oct. 28 – Ozarktober Springdale Halloween Fest
Springdale Parks & Recreation and Springdale Police Department are teaming up to provide a huge free downtown Halloween celebration for the whole family. The fun begins early and keeps it up even after dark with an outdoor movie appropriate for all ages.

4 p.m. - Carnival games at Shiloh Square, Touch-a-Truck and pumpkin carving 
5:30 p.m. - Costume Parade line-up starts at Shiloh Square for all kids, adults, and pets who want to participate 
5:45 p.m. - Costume Parade on Emma Avenue with treats from Downtown Springdale businesses
6:45 p.m. - Pumpkin Drop Finale on Emma Avenue 
7 p.m.- The movie “Hotel Transylvania” will be shown at Walter Turnbow Park

Sunday, Oct. 29 – Ozarktober Fest Brews and Tunes
Magnolia Gardens will be the beautiful setting of a full afternoon of free performances of traditional regional music and celebration of the wonderful culture that has evolved over centuries in the Ozarks. Alongside music and dancing will be a beer festival featuring delicious microbrews that found their delicious beginnings in Northwest Arkansas. More information and beer tasting tickets will be found on the Downtown Springdale Alliance website.

Click here to view the Facebook event page for Ozarktober Fest.