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Flannel John’s Cookbooks for Guys

(Although Applicable to All Sexes)

What started as a bit of a lark for fishing and hunting friends, has blossomed into a cottage industry and an eight-book series for author Tim Murphy. One year after the release of his first book, “Flannel John’s Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook,” Murphy now has eight titles in his “Cookbooks for Guys” series. The latest book is called “Flannel John’s Hearty Bowl Cookbook — Soup, Stew, Chili & Chowder.” This book features over 100 pages of warm bowls of comfort food.

“I wrote the first ‘cookbook for guys’ for friends. They would show up at deer camp or the fishing cabin with beef jerky, a block of cheese and a case of beer. Aside from the olfactory assault and possible heart-stopping properties, the camp needed food with more substance. They needed dishes that were easy and quick to make from breakfast and lunch, to dinner, snacks and sides,” Murphy said.

And who is Flannel John?

“Flannel John is based on a few old hunters I knew from Michigan’s upper peninsula. I wanted to honor their spirit and what they taught me. He is essentially part Babe Winkelman, Ted Nugent, Red Green, Grizzly Adams and crusty mountain man. They were the inspiration for these books. I’ve written seven Flannel John books with another dozen planned. The next book, “Flannel John’s Wild Game Cookbook” will be out for Christmas.

The first book, Flannel John’s Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook, cracked’s “Top 1 percent Sales” category within a month of release.

Community Center Basic Needs Drive

The Yvonne Richardson Community Center (YRCC) will be hosting a food and basic needs drive to benefit local families within the Southeast Fayetteville area on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. All donations will assist YRCC in starting a pantry that will serve community members in need.

YRCC will be accepting items that have an extended shelf life such as: canned food, bottle water, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, detergent, towels, socks, etc. For more information on the event or how you can help more, please call 444-3461 or visit the center at 240 E. Rock Street in Fayetteville.

Free Hotel Rooms For Separated Families

Free hotel rooms are being offered to those who have friends or family members hospitalized, in a nursing home, or in a treatment center on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve as part of TMI Hospitality’s holiday giving program, Room in the Inn. The following hotels in the Fayetteville, Ark., area are participating in the program: Fayetteville Fairfield In and Fayetteville Sleep Inn.

TMI Hospitality, one of the country’s largest privately owned hospitality ownership and development companies, has offered free hotel rooms nationwide for nearly 30 years and during last year’s holiday season, approximately 3,000 people had a free night’s stay. The Room in the Inn program was created to help meet the needs of friends and families of hospitalized individuals who are separated from them because of health issues. All TMI Hospitality hotels are participating in this program; rooms will be available as each hotel’s occupancy allows. Those wishing to take part in this program are encouraged to consult the company’s website at for a list of hotels and information on how to participate in the program. More information is available at

“Scholarships” for Southern SAWG

The 2014 Southern Sustainable Agriculture Workers Group (SAWG) Conference will be Jan. 15-18, at the Mobile, Ala. Convention Center. The conference focuses on practical tools and solutions for sustaining family farms and attracts more than 1,200 farmers and advocates each year.

Southern SAWG is offering a limited number of conference fee waivers to make it possible for limited resource farmers and soon-to-be farmers to attend, Stephan Walker, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff multicounty Extension agent and president of the SAWG Board of Directors said. To qualify, candidates must be farming commercially in the South or planning to do so next year, have a sincere interest in sustainable or organic agriculture and cannot otherwise afford to attend the conference.

Preference will be given to those who have never attended a Southern SAWG Conference, says Walker. To apply for a conference fee waiver, producers should print and complete the one-page fee waiver application form available at, and submit it by Dec. 1, to Tamara NcNaughton, 28344 Robindale Road, Meadowview, VA 24361. Recipients will be notified by Dec. 10. Recipients are responsible for paying for their own travel, lodging and meals.

The conference provides sustainable, organic and direct marketing education for commercial horticultural and livestock producers. For more information on the Southern SAWG Conference or help with the application process, contact Walker at (870) 575-7237 or

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