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record Castle, The Mentalist, and some others in case we miss them or want to watch them later.” She also has a DVR on the TV in her bedroom in case there are two things they want to record on at the same time. The conversation turned from TV and DVR to digital cameras. She’s proud of her newest one, a Kodak Slice. “We got it for a great price, too.” She also uses the camera feature on her iPhone so she can post it directly to Facebook where she tags friends and relatives to let them know the picture is there. “What’s funny is I’ve shown some of my grandkids how to use their digital cameras so they can put pictures on Facebook or even just on their computer.” She gives an example of Trisha Taylor Smith showing her pictures on her digital camera. “I asked her if she had any on the computer. She said she didn’t know how to do that, so I showed her.” She doesn’t wait on anyone to show her how to use her latest technological gadget. It started with that first computer.

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Mother and daughter partners, Charlotte Stephens and Callie Christian are living a long time dream of owning a clothing and gift boutique. The team took a leap of faith about a year ago when they opened their doors at 923 Arlington Street in Ada. Their goal was to have a fun place where they could help women of any age see their own beauty and worth when they step in front of the mirror. Last year they were in a boutique while shopping in Lawton and when the store owner overheard their dreaming discussion she said, “why don’t you just do it?” Charlotte said it was the encouragement they needed. “She offered to help us and took us to market, introduced us to vendors and mentored us.” They were amazed at the uncommon gesture and two months later they were open for business. The duo make a great team whose tastes in apparel and accessories appeal to a wide age range. “My husband is a youth pastor,” said Callie “so I see what teens and young women like and my mother has an eye for what older women enjoy. Grandmothers come in with their granddaughters and both find things

they have to take home.” Their selection of jewelry, handbags and purses, home decor and wall art, clothing and shoes reflect their eye for fashion and fun. “We buy things that are cute, quirky, fashionable and varied. We don’t stick to a specific brand very much. We want good quality and we’re constantly getting new things all the time,” said Callie. “Customers tell us often they feel like they’re shopping in Oklahoma City where there are a lot of little gift and clothing stores.” The shop has become a place where friends gather. “We want people to come have fun. This isn’t a stuffy boutique. We laugh and giggle a lot and some even come just to talk,” said Charlotte. “It’s a kind of retail therapy,” she laughed. As women of Christian faith they also strive for generosity and exhibit their belief that every woman is special. “We want to help women feel beautiful no matter what their age, their size, their shape. Our faith is important to us,” said Charlotte. “My youngest daughter Chesney helped us

come up with the name Tattered Lace because even though it’s not perfect, tattered lace is still beautiful. That was perfect for our motto ‘the beauty of imperfection.’” They often donate merchandise to the less fortunate and out of compassion have even given some unsuspecting customers unexpected discounts. They’re planning their next step of faith, a spa and salon. “Phase one was the boutique and in phase two we plan to open a spa salon where women can come in and shop and get their hair done if they like,” said Charlotte. The ladies of Tattered Lace invite customers to come have fun Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. For more information, reach them by phone at 580-235-0365 or stop by their Facebook page. ■

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hile the artwork of Bill Roach is the vision of one man, it represents so much more. The inspiration of nature is, of course, indispensable, but, then again, so is the community that surrounds the artist. As Roach states, “It’s very difficult to be a productive artist in isolation.” One could almost say that his work belongs not just to him, but to his wife, his friends, the Ada Artists Association, as well as the world around. And, just as his work could not exist without the surrounding environment, it also functions as a reflection of the changes around him. As Roach has evolved, so too has the art community in Ada. Bill Roach was originally from the Ada area, graduating from ECU with an art degree in the 60s. At that point in time, the Ada Artists Association had been going strong under the support of Ken Campbell, the then direction of the ECU Art Department. Both he and his future wife, Glenda, benefitted from the scholarships provided by the association, and moved to Colorado to teach art. When they retired in the late 90s, and returned home to help take care of ailing and aging parents, they were excited about returning to the artistic community that had done so much for them when they were young, only to find it practically nonexistent. After conferring with Storm Thompson, phone calls were made and the Ada Artists Association began to grow once more. At that point in time, the artistic exhibitions in Ada were limited to what was presented at the college and five artists who would show their work at the county fair. Now, the scholarships have been revived and two annual shows are presented; they have been held at the library, but will soon be at the Pogue Gallery in the Hallie Brown Ford

Fine Arts Center at ECU. The idea of an artistic community is of utmost importance to Roach. It gives him the opportunity to share ideas, grow as an artist, and watch others as they evolve. “It’s a real joy to see others growing,” he says while talking about the influx of young artists into the association. It is no wonder that the idea of an artistic community and camaraderie hold such importance for Roach. It is probably the reason he became an artist in the first place. When he was in junior high, he learned to love art, not just because it was fun, but because of the environment an art class provided. When he went on to teach, he tried to copy this atmosphere as he taught classes in drawing and painting. But, once again, the continual conversation about art led to something different as he became more interested in 3-dimensional forms, specifically jewelry. Soon he was exclusively teaching jewelry and photography and did so for the next twenty years. Roach’s jewelry, though, occupies a space beyond trinkets and decoration; it is functional sculpture made of metal, stone, and glass. And this, too, comes from the world around. “Nature never fails to excite me when I see the sunlight coming from between the trees.” This is his greatest inspiration. His jewelry is filled with the

forms of trees, sculpted out of metal, with dueling positive and negative spaces. They are reminiscent of trees at twilight, where the stark outlines contrast against the darkening sky. He, too, is evolving, moving beyond trees to the human form (which are still reminiscent of nature with our trunks and limbs), and the inclusion of natural stones, with all of their original colors and textures. Art is not merely a hobby or a past time for Roach. “It is a daily part of our life. Everyday we’re involved in some creative activity.” These creative activities could be sculpting in metal, sketching, learning from other artists, but they could also include hiking, biking, kayaking, or playing with grandchildren. Every part of the world around is integral to artistic formation and evolution—nature, family, friendship, and the spirit of an artistic community through the Ada Artists Association. If you wish to see Roach’s work, or the works of other local artists, please visit the Old Bank Fine Art Gallery, at 201 W. Main St., a non-profit establishment for the advancement of the arts in Ada, or you can visit the Pogue Gallery at ECU for the Ada Artists Association Spring Show, May 2328. You can experience art and, perhaps, even be inspired yourself. www.adahub.com • 13


search project search by: Jen Nipps

Joni Moore started working with Project SEARCH at Valley View Regional Hospital two years ago when it was started by the University of Oklahoma/National Center for Disability and Education Training, which is now one of the project’s partners. It is described as a high school transition program. “Students are selected from participating school districts,” Moore says. “The school districts currently are Allen, Byng, Latta, Roff, Stonewall, and Vanoss. We currently have eight students.” To qualify for the program, students have to be eligible for services through the Department of Rehabilitation Services. They must be entering their senior year of high school and lack only English IV. “They must also have some sort of disability, whether physical or mental. The students need either an IEP or 504 at their school.” Students have to fill out a Project SEARCH application and be interviewed by a panel of team partners. The panel includes representatives from Byng Public Schools, Human Resources at Valley View, OU/National Center for Disability and Education Training. DRS, and the job coaching company. After the interviews, ten candidates and two alternates are chosen. Once they are in the program, their day starts in the classroom from 8:45 to 9:30 where they work on English IV. “We work

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on job-related life skills such as reading grocery ads and planning a menu, learning how to write a check, and how to keep and balance a checkbook,” Moore says. They also work on job applications, resumes, counting money, and figuring gross pay. From 9:30 until 2:00, the students work in their department or rotation. Twelve departments within the hospital, from the cafeteria to oncology to X-ray and more, work with Project SEARCH. Moore emphasizes, “This is not a volunteer position; they are interns. They perform tasks a volunteer cannot do. They are considered real employees in the department.” She adds, “This process is full inclusion, including taking breaks and eating lunch with the department.” At the beginning of the rotation, a job coach accompanies the students to their rotations and fades away. They are not left fully on their own. The job coach checks on the student and the department a couple of times per day. Each rotation lasts ten weeks. At 2:00, they go back to the classroom until 2:45. During that time, they finish assignments from earlier in the day and journal their experiences on the job. Project SEARCH has received some feedback from parents. “At times, parents think I am expecting too much of their child. However, on most occasions, the student rises to the challenge,” Moore says. “I treat

these students like adults and expect them to act accordingly. I do have parents that are thrilled with the program.” In August, at the start of the school year, students begin the Project SEARCH program. They go through an orientation and begin the first of their four ten-week rotations. After graduation from high school, they begin working at either the job site or at another organization in the community. In summarizing the program, she says, “The number one outcome is employment.” During the ten-week rotations, the students receive career exploration and assessment. They are interviewed and receive evaluations. The hospital participates in supervision of the students while they are working. In this way, students learn marketable skills that they can continue using if they are hired for after the program ends for the year or carry over to a new job. In October 2010, Valley View won the Business/Organization of the Year Award given by the Oklahoma Association for Persons in Supported Employment Executive Council (OK-APSE). Additionally, also in October, Moore was awarded the Transition Educator of the Year award, also given by OK-APSE. They have already started the application process for the 2011-2012 school year. ■


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from University of Kansas, where he ran track, with a finance degree. He earned his law degree at the University of Oklahoma Law School. He has lived in the Ada, Oklahoma area since 1967. Interestingly, although Mike was never a student at East Central University, “East Central is the University closest to me heart. This school is so important to the community, and to the town of Ada.” Mike worked out at the East Central Wellness Center for years while he was practicing law, and through the Wellness Center, he connected with a number of East Central athletes and students. He has led a bible study for East Central athletes for the past twelve years, and has counseled many of those athletes on how to reach their full potential. When he retired from his law practice Mike attended the Cooper Institute in Dallas and became a certified personal trainer at the ECU Wellness Center. He donates all his training fees to ECU - this is his way of helping the university while doing

something he loves. He sees training as, “A ministry where I involve myself with the personal lives of the people I train.” Mike also acts as an observer for the football team while they workout in the new strength and conditioning facility. This is a way of keeping in contact with the athletes in a setting other than the bible study. All these activities make for a busy day. Add to that serving on the board of directors of a local bank, and overseeing his cattle ranching enterprise, and there is little danger of Mike becoming bored in his retirement years. I asked Mike if this is how he visualized retirement. “It’s exactly how I visualized it. I have always loved young people and through the training and the bible study my wife and I have a gathered a host of surrogate kids. The most rewarding part of this is the relationships we have built while helping kids find their own solutions to their problems.” Sounds like a great way to spend your retirement years. ■ www.adahub.com • 17


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