May 13, 2009 Edition

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Saunders is speaker for
Clover Bend reunion

Steve Saunders will be the speaker at the annual Clover Bend Reunion on Saturday, May 23, at the Clover Bend School.

"Our speaker is the architect of our Alice French Bell Pavilion, where he will present his remarks at 10 a.m.," Viola Meadows, president of the Clover Bend Historic Preservation Association, said.

The theme of Saunders' speech will be "France to French: A Timeline of 19th Century Clover Bend."

Saunders is a 1968 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, a U.S. Navy and Vietnam veteran and a 1977 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Architecture.

He apprenticed under E. Fay Jones of Fayetteville, Brackett-Krennerich of Jonesboro and Polk-Stanley-Gray of Little Rock and was licensed to practice architecture in 1981. In 1990 he was promoted to partner in Polk-Stanley-Saunders Architects.

A love of Lawrence County and the foothills of the Ozarks brought him home in 1995, and he practiced in Batesville with Lee and Associates until his retirement from active architectural practice in 2006.

Today, Saunders is working for Arkansas State Parks as a museum guide at Powhatan Historic State Park, where he pursues his passion for local history.

He has been the architect of the placement and restoration of the farmstead project that is part of the Clover Bend Historic District.

"His services have been invaluable to our site, and we proudly present him as our honored guest and speaker for the 2009 community and school reunion," Meadows said.

The reunion will also mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Clover Bend High School.

"Clover Bend has had a school since the 1800s, but this year we are celebrating the 70th year of Clover Bend High School," Meadows said.

Following the ceremony at the bell pavilion, there will be a memorial service and community singing in the school's auditorium. The 50-year class will also be recognized, and several individuals will be honored.

Other activities planned include a quilt show Friday night through Saturday and a ham and bean supper at 6:30 on Friday night. The site's buildings and the museum will be open at 4 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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