Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Eureka Distorter Poll Question This Week

Rob Arkley's own Eureka Distorter posed the question "Do you support physician-assisted suicide?" in thier poll this week. While I am a not a big fan of people killing themselves, in your case Rob, I am all for it. I hear Kevorkian is available for you.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Arkley To Destroy Another Landmark

Kimberly Wear The Times Standard
EUREKA -- Some day in the near future, the Blue Ox Millworks will be picking up shop and moving away from the bayside location where the Eureka landmark has spent the last 31 years.
Where and when is still being worked out. The working museum's owners, Eric and Viviana Hollenbeck, are looking for a new place to call home. They want to find 5 to 12 acres zoned for agricultural or commercial uses close to Eureka.
A couple of times they thought they were close. But one problem or another has come up. They're hoping someone might know of some land. It's out there, Eric Hollenbeck said. It's just a matter of finding the right fit.
"Viviana and I have been driving around and looking for a sign that says, 'Hollenbecks, look here,' but we haven't seen that sign yet," he joked.
The classic woodshop and hands-on school of traditional arts will be leaving the water's edge to make room for a project by developer Rob Arkley, who bought land on either side of the Blue Ox before pursuing the Hollenbecks' property two months ago.
"Something just right will come along. I have to go with that premise. We've been helped, guided and protected for the 31 years we've been down here," Eric Hollenbeck said. "I can't imagine that's going to change now."
"Everywhere I look, I think, 'How am I going to do this?'" Eric Hollenbeck said. "The thing I have to remember is I don't have to do it all. I mean, I brought all of it here. But that took 31 years."
Nothing will be left behind. Not the 1904 building that serves as the main woodshop and was Eureka's first electric power plant. Or the aviary with colorful parakeets built by former students. Then, there's the log statue of Paul Bunyan and the domestic menagerie including the oxen, Babe and Blue, a gaggle of geese, some chickens, a rabbit, dogs and feral cats.
Not to mention the 102 different rose bushes. The historic and rare machine collections. The tons of lead type settings from the print shop. The 19th century sawmill. The old-style skid camp. Even the creaky floor of the woodshop has to go.
Hollenbeck with his ready laugh and a fast smile has a story about every room in his buildings and an encyclopedia of knowledge about almost every tool inside his head. He can explain the science behind mixing bug spray or how wood can be used to power a car.
The couple's millworks is one of eight Victorian woodworking shops in the country. They've built a table for President Bill Clinton and their custom historic reproductions are in houses across the nation.
"We've had a good run," Eric Hollenbeck said. "Think about it. For a Broadway play, 31 years is a pretty good run. It's time for us to pick up the tent and take the play to the next place."
Thousands of people have walked through the doors of the red, white and blue trimmed main building where a friendly parade of dogs and a crackling fire on the wood stove greets visitors. Inside another world opens up, here is a place where people make their own paint and varnish and where tools are operated by man-power not an outlet.
Walking around the bucolic parcel of land where Eric Hollenbeck has spent the last three decades making things with the skill and patience of another time, he talks about the changes that are coming.
Rubbing his hand along the walls of the sawmill, he sees room for improvements. This time, he can plan the layout. Not just adjust when something new is brought in. He wants to grow indigo to make dye and double the number of students at his school. Instead of Craftsman Days once a year, he wants to make it a monthly event.
"I think the minute I know the place and I can start dreaming and planning what the place will look like, then it will be fun," he said. "It's the not knowing that's tough."
But that doesn't mean the move will be easy.
The Hollenbecks lost two houses to keep the Blue Ox afloat. They practically raised their children there. There are simply a lot of memories.
"I honestly thought I was going to grow old and die here," Eric Hollenbeck said. "I didn't think I was just going to grow old here."
"It will be a change for sure and unlike the oxen, I don't like change," he added. "But it's going to be a good thing."

Arkley Destroys Baton Rouge Landmark

By Emerson Darbonne, Contributing Writer January 22, 2004
Those familiar with the area around the LSU lakes may remember a large pink mansion with white columns and an old New Orleans-style slate roof that once dominated a large peninsula on the North lake.
Lake joggers and commuters could easily distinguish the home through the giant oaks that border the property, and even drivers on I-10 East passing over the lakes could see it.
Until its recent destruction, the "Pink House" at 2644 East Lakeshore Dr. had been said to be a popular landmark for quite some time.
According to former owner Ned Dolese, in 1930, the area from the Baton Rouge Recreational golf course off Dalrymple Drive to the neighborhood off Morning Glory Drive used to be part of what was once Richland Plantation.
A company called Caz Perk Realty bought this area for the purpose of developing a subdivision.
It was at this time that the LSU lakes were dug out and the dirt was used to help elevate the LSU campus.
On the North lake, developers preserved a 2.9 acre piece of land to be sold as three separate lots.
In 1931, a man named King Harding Knox, who was the son of a wealthy banker who chartered Baton Rouge's first bank, bought the entire lot and built a 10,000 square-foot mansion and a 1,200 square-foot guest home.
Jolie Berry, a university and Chi Omega sorority alumni, said that after the home was constructed, Knox's wife and Pauline Nichols founded the LSU chapter of Chi Omega sorority.
Mrs. Knox opened her doors to the sorority and all Chi Omega business was handled at the home.
"Since there were no sorority homes at LSU at that time, Mrs. Knox decided to use her home," said Berry. "It wasn't until 1964 that sorority houses were built at LSU."
Over the course of the pink home's 72-year history, it passed through the hands of many different owners and survived many renovations.
Former owners include banker Theo Cangelosi, attorney Bob Jackson, local legislator William Daniel, and Arlin Deese, who has owned the Myrtles and Nottaway plantations.
Among those who had renovated the home was A. Hayes Towne, a renowned Louisiana architect who was responsible for giving the home its big white columns.
In May 2003, Dolese, who bought the home at a sheriff's auction, sold the house to Rob Arkley, a wealthy businessman from Eureka, Calif.
Arkley and his wife, Sheri, were displeased with the home and decided to have it torn down.
University student Zach Martin, a construction management sophomore, lived in the home's guest apartment last year before its destruction.
He was not pleased with the Arkleys' decision to tear down the home.
"It was such a beautiful place to live," Martin said. "It's a shame that some outsider from California can come in and bulldoze a piece of Baton Rouge's history."
Dolese said the Arkleys plan to build another home on the property, but no other details were available.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Rob Arkley's Eureka Distorter

This site is dedicated to showing the truth about Rob Arkley and his Republican mouthpiece the Eureka Distorter and the people he has destroyed in the name of money and his oversized ego. For those of you who are not aware, After Rob Arkley of Eureka, California had Tom Daschle outsted from the Senate, he has decided to unleash his vile wrath in his own hometown of Eureka. This site is dedicated to all those who are tired of the Repulican thugs destroying everyone and everything around them that do not agree with them, to simply line their own pockets.