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Thanks for the Retirement Party!

BY KIM HUGHES –

Last Friday, March 11 was my retirement party.  I won’t officially retire until March 31, but this was the only date everyone from the Extension office could make it.  I want to thank everyone that came out – I was really surprised and pleased to see so many people.  We had cake, punch, and all kinds of goodies supplied by the Extension Homemakers, Master Gardeners, and 4-H Leaders.  Thank you again for all the goodies!

When I walked in the door, I was surprised by all the presents!  I didn’t know I would be getting anything – maybe a few cards.  I don’t want to mention everyone here for fear of leaving someone out, but you know who you are – thanks!

I have worked for the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service (wow, that’s a mouthful!) as a County Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences, for 11 years and 4 months.  It has been lots of fun, meeting new people, but also very busy.  I’m ready to slow down and enjoy my personal life more.

Several people have asked me about my plans, so I thought I would share them here.  My son and his family live in Mena, which includes my 3 wonderful young grandsons!  So, I definitely plan on staying in Mena.  Most of you know I sold my farm and moved closer to town last summer.  I still have boxes to go through and I want to make some new curtains for the windows.  This will take a lot of time!

The first Master Gardener class in Polk County was in 2000, and I am glad to say I was a part of that class.  Now I will have more time to work on the landscaping projects that we have around town.  I might even write some news articles about horticulture.

Sewing is my favorite hobby and I want to do a lot more of that.  I mentioned the curtains, but I also like to make dish towels, totes, and other things for around the house.  Maybe I’ll even make some pajamas for those sweet grandsons.

Thanks again, and I hope to see you soon!

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