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January in Northwest Arkansas
January is good for pulling a chair up to the glowing embers of a warm
fire on a cold night and settling in with a good book. That is, after you've
taken a brisk walk in the winter air, which is as refreshing and crisp
in January as no other month. The leafless forest offers grand views of
the Ozarks that are obscured by foliage during summer.
One of January's main events is the annual Beaver Lake Eagle Watch Weekend,
scheduled this year for Jan. 24-26. Eagles winter at Beaver Lake in good
numbers, and several are usually spotted during eagle watch cruises aboard
The Belle of the Ozarks excursion boat. Cruises depart each day from Rocky
Branch Marina at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. and head into areas of the lake
frequented by eagles. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Senior
citizens get a $1 discount on Jan. 24. Part of each admission is donated
to the Morning Star wildlife rehabilitation center in Bentonville. Guides
will be on hand during each cruise to help passengers spot eagles and to
answer questions. Reservations are required and can be made by phoning
1-800-552-3803 or 253-6200.
Bentonville-Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce will toast the past year
at their 70th annual membership dinner Jan. 30 at Riordan Hall in Bella
Vista. The event starts at 6 p.m. with the buffet dinner beginning at 6:30
p.m. An awards ceremony will follow.
For fishermen, striped bass fishing heats up in January, with many anglers
frequenting the Prairie Creek arm of Beaver Lake. Shad or large minnows
are the best bait. Hunters have a variety of seasons open, including archery
deer and turkey, squirrel, rabbit and other seasons. Duck season is open
through Jan. 19.
New Year's Day
Bentonville incorporated as a town for the second time,
First Rose Bowl played, 1909
Betsy Ross Day
Birthday: John Hugh, Arkansas author, 1869
Alaska became 49th state, 1959
Arkansas re-admitted to the Union, 1865
Birthday: Sir Isaac Newton, scientist, 1642
Current National Guard Armory opened in Rogers, 1981.
Nellie Taylor Ross of Wyoming became first woman governor
in U.S., 1925.
Sebastian County created, 1851.
Birthday: Orval Faubus, six-term Arkansas governor, 1910.
First U.S. presidential election held, 1789.
Russian composer Igor Stravinsky makes first U.S. appearance,
First legislative session at new State Capitol, 1911.
First successful balloon flight in U.S., 1793.
Town of Centerton plotted, 1900.
Eagle Awareness weekend, Bull Shoals Lake State Park, through
Thomas Paine's pamphlet, "Common Sense" published,
First milk in glass bottles delivered, 1878, Brooklyn ,
Temperature of 18 below recorded in Bentonville, 1918.
Hattie Caraway of Arkansas became first woman elected to
U.S. Senate, 1932.
Rogers Chamber of Commerce seminar on Quicken software,
through Jan. 15, NWACC business and industry dept., 2600 W. Hudson Road.
Northwest Medical Center basic Spanish classes begin, through
Last legal hanging in Benton County, 1876.
First hootenanny held at the White House, 1964, under Lyndon
Pentagon building completed, 1943.
Massive ice storm cripples Northwest Arkansas, 1952.
Birthday: Dizzy Dean, baseball great, 1911, Lucas, Ark.
Temperature of 20 below zero recorded in Rogers, 1930.
U.S. purchased Virgin Islands from Denmark, 1917.
Linebarger brothers purchased land for Bella Vista resort,
Slice bread sales halted for duration of World War II,
Rogers post office established, 1881.
Birthday: Robert E. Lee, Confederate general, 1807.
Rogers Chamber of Commerce seminar on Introduction to Windows
'95, 6 to 8 p.m., through Jan. 22, NWACC business and industry department,
2600 W. Hudson Road.
First official basketball game played, Springfield, Mass.,
1892, by YMCA players.
Rogers Chamber of Commerce seminar on using the Internet,
also Jan. 23, 6 to 8 p.m., NWACC business and industry department, 2600
W. Hudson Road.
Birthday: Stonewall Jackson, confederate general, 1824.
University of Arkansas opened, 1872.
First American novel published, 1789.
Poll tax eliminated, 1964.
Beaver Lake Eagle Watch Weekend, through Jan. 26, cruises
at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. each day out of Rocky Branch Marina.
First Boy Scout troop organized, 1908.
Canada goose season opens in west hunting zone, through
"Wedding March" played for first time, 1858.
Superbowl, New Orleans.
Benjamin Franklin proposed wild turkey be named National
Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer, 1756.
First commercial telephone switchboard opened, 1878; people
said "Ahoy" instead of "Hello."
Work on Highway 68 from Springdale to Siloam Springs is
Baseball's American League formed, 1900.
Bentonville-Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce 70th annual
membership dinner and awards, Riordan Hall, Bella Vista, 6 p.m.
Music Guild of Rogers travelogue, "Ireland,"
Rogers High School auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Healing Springs post office established, 1907.
U.S. put monkey into space, 1961.