It came by word of e-mail yesterday from Brenda ( Bluesbreezy). News that I had kind of expected after not seeing anything posted this late in the year. I finally sent an e-mail yesterday morning just to verify my suspicions. There will be no event in Clarksville this year the first Saturday after tax due day. According to Brenda, some people have moved away, others have retired from geocaching and she is dealing with some other issues which are affecting her ability to step in as she did last to help make this event happen. I was extremely sad yesterday when I received the news because the Clarksville event was definitely the Grand Daddy of events in Arkansas. In fact ,though others may disagree with me ,Clarksville was the geo capital of Arkansas. I donít think that I could let this news pass with out expressing my sincere appreciation to all of those good Clarksville people who helped spearhead geocaching activities in Arkansas. They are all up there at the top of the list of the top 100 cachers in Arkansas (http://www.cacherstats.com/Arkansas1.html) : Nonipoppy, Golfnuts, RKLMBL. Whereas you used to have to travel to Clarksville to attend a big event there are now events in every part of the state, spread out over the entire year, Paris, Searcy, Hot Springs, Fayetteville to list only a few. So today, although I am still sad that there will be no event this year in Clarksville I am extremely happy to see the effects of the groundwork that was laid in Johnson County. The torch has not gone out in Clarksville. It has been passed to the people who have attended and benefited from not only the Clarksville event but the many hundreds of caches placed in the Clarksville area. There are many other pioneers of geo caching in the state but Iím sure most of them will agree the Clarksville bunch deserve our thanks for introducing so many of us to this great sport and the friendship that can be achieved by placing geo names with real names at an event cache. Thanks Clarksville for the many great memories you have given me and my family at the 4 events we have attended and the many unique and special caches we have found the day before and of the event. My daughter was already planning on coming down from Fayetteville for this years event as she has the last 3 years. Event or not I think that April 17th of this year will still find me and my family in Clarksville looking for some great hides.