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Dunbar Cave to host “Trees to Trails” Christmas tree recycling


christmas-treeFor the past nine years people have been bringing leftover Christmas trees to Dunbar Cave after the holidays. Typically about a 1000 trees are donated each year, although many more can be used. Trees can be brought to the visitors’ center parking lot from December 26th until January 11th from 8:00 am until sunset. The park is open seven days a week. They should be free of tinsel and other decorations.

The trees will be ground into mulch, thanks to CDE volunteers. Christmas tree lots are invited to bring any leftover trees as well. No other types of plants or vegetation are allowed. Why only Christmas trees? Typically grown on farms for this purpose or harvested from the wild, these trees make mulch ideal for protecting soil and tend to be free of any invasive species which could spread in the park. «Read the rest of this article»

Scrapper’s Delight: Making memories


Manager Carol Miller flips through an "idea" book of scrapbook pages

Imagination. That’s the only limit to what you can create at Scrapper’s Delight Etc., a year-old locally owned Clarksville business that just reopened in a new Fort Campbell Boulevard location in time for the holidays.

When owner Connie Parkerson wanted an investment, she turned to the booming business of memories and to store manager, Carol Miller, whose passion for the craft of making memory books was the perfect match.  Miller’s son, Jonathan, also works at the store, handling a myriad of tasks including an increasingly popular online scrap-booking network.

sdelogo“Scrappers” are the millions of men, women and children captivated by this craft.

“People scrapbook for all kinds of reasons and use all kinds of forms,” Miller explains. “Hobbies. Memories. Making gifts.  Some people don’t use pictures. instead, they use recipes, or work on tins or boxes.”

armyScrap-booking is about history, about documenting lives or events, something that has particular significance given the store’s location just down the road from Fort Campbell.

“For some members of the military who are overseas, scrap-booking is how they see their children grow up, she explained. “The birthdays, the first steps, a summer swim, a Christmas party … the photos in the scrapbook tell the story.” «Read the rest of this article»

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