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five years he thought, “I have such connection with this community, how can I leave now?” He said that feeling only increased after ten years. His roles as a minister included recreation, senior adult trips, fishing trips, youth, education, college and missions. Twenty one years later, he is now the University/Missions Minister. His heartbeat for missions has grown over his 21 year span at Trinity and his goal is to be “the light in the community, pushing back the darkness.” Snowden does not view missions as a “once a year trip in the summer”, but as a part of everyday life. “There are people hurting and in need of help right across the street”, Snowden said as he looked out his office window during an interview. Not only is he passionate about missions, he strives to mentor others and has even developed a special L.A.U.N.C.H. program to help people get plugged in with missions. “It’s simple things. We like to go to local parks and grill burgers just so we can talk to people and

build relationships” Snowden said! He has been the Athletic Chaplain at East Central University for 20 years where he has made a lasting impact on college students. Snowden even took three semesters of Spanish at ECU to have the opportunity to interact with students while learning how to better communicate with the people of Belize, where he has been leading mission trips for years. When asked about his most memorable moment involving missions he said, “It was in a gas station at 3:00am with a lady working the register. No one else was in the store and we just started talking. Before I knew it, she was asking Jesus into her heart.” Mission opportunities are not just across the globe, but right before us in everyday situations. Snowden would love to sit down with you, share a French Press at The Perfect Blend Coffeeshop, or maybe even swap fishing stories, but most importantly, Chris Snowden would tell you he’s a fisher of men and LIFE IS A MISSION. ■

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ow many mornings do you wake up, leave the house, then heave a heavy sigh, realizing that you have to fill your car up with gas? Not only does it throw you off schedule, but you grumble all the while, grudgingly paying the ever increasing prices. This, however, is a situation now foreign to John Hargrave, President of ECU. He simply needs to unplug his car and go. President Hargrave had been considering alternative fuels for a while when the New Energy Tax Credit for Electric Vehicles was offered in 2009. After much discussion with Dr. Doug Weirick, a professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences at ECU, Hargrave decided to bridge the gap between thinking and doing, purchasing a ZENN Electric Car. Traveling to an electric car dealership in Oklahoma City, Hargrave was already informed and educated about the benefits of electric cars and had an idea which one he wanted. The dealership had a showroom like any other, yet this one was filled with environmentally friendly vehicles. He decided to get the ZENN in silver, fully loaded with all the options. It has a sunroof, stereo, air conditioner, heater, power windows, wipers, and defoggers—just like any other car. What it doesn’t have is emissions, noise, or trips to the gas pump. ZENN is an acronym for “Zero Emission, No Noise.” Even though I knew the car was electric, it still shocked me when it started moving. The only thing I heard was a series of faint beeps as Hargrave backed up. This is one of the many safety features the car employs because pedestrians rely on sound more than one might think. When we cross the street, we listen just as much as we look. The driver must exercise more caution driving the electric car, and not only for the sake of pedestrians. Since

the car runs on 6 12-volt batteries, it must be lightweight. The ZENN is a low-impact vehicle, made of plastic, and weighs a mere 1300 pounds. It is illegal to drive it on the highway because it is not crashworthy and has a maximum legal speed of 35 MPH. However, it can travel on average 30 miles per overnight charge, which is more than sufficient for driving to work and running errands around Ada. Past the initial investment in the ZENN, there is hardly any other cost. Hargrave doesn’t have to spend money at the pump, the car plugs in to any regular three-pronged electrical outlet, and he has noticed no different in his electric bill. The benefits of the electric car far outweigh the limitations. Even though it is not designed for highway travel, many of us do the majority of our driving in town. Though it only holds two passengers, the back is roomy enough to carry groceries. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to drive, almost like a go-cart, Hargrave observes. It functions as a conversation starter as well, drawing interesting questions and observations from complete strangers. One person asked humorously if it was an “electrically powered skateboard.” The ZENN is more than a conversation piece or a mode of transportation, however. It is a statement. Part of the responsibility inherent in being a part of a university is to be “agents of change.” That is exactly what Hargrave embodies as he drives around town in his electric car. “We as a nation need to address our energy consumption, especially imported oil,” Hargrave remarks. Driving an electric car is a first step in our battle against gas prices, pollution, and economic instability. As Hargrave states, it has, “benefits to the individual owner and benefits to our society.” So the next time you rush to the gas pump, grudgingly open your wallet, and get dizzy from gas fumes, remember, there is a choice. ■


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“It scared me but that experience got me hooked.” Martin and his wife Cecilia moved to the Ada area in 2007 and he was soon scouting new haunts. It was one of his most recent ghost hunts however that turned up another creepy happening. “I was in a cemetery a few miles from the cement plant and it was really dark out that night, but nothing happened. Everyone that had come with me had already gone back to the car but I didn’t want to give up because I felt different here than anyplace I had ever been.” So Martin explored more and found three graves that looked strange and kept his tape recorder recording as he walked around. “When I got home I was listening to my tape and all I heard at first was just conversations with my friends out in the cemetery and leaves crunching under my feet. This was all I heard for at least ten minutes then all of the sudden I hear a voice on my tape say, ‘We don’t need your help.’ I got goose bumps and played it three times to make sure I heard it right. I started yelling for my wife to listen to the tape and then I drove to my daughter’s house. They all heard the voice on the tape too.” Martin is hesitant to go back to that particular cemetery. “I want to go ghost hunting, but I don’t want to find any ghosts!” Many of Martin’s ghost hunting

experiences have not been scary or creepy. Just funny. “My son Kevin and my daughter Melissa and her husband went with me to a refinery north of Ada that was supposed to be haunted. We came to a building that was so jet black on the inside you could only see the first three steps down and then you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face. I started down and after about six more steps whoosh. I was up to my neck in water. “ “I thought something got me.” “I started screaming and I hear my son at the top of the stairs frantically yelling ‘Dad, dad are you alright?’ and then I hear him yelling again ‘Dad are you alright?’ over and over but his voice kept getting fainter and fainter because he was running in the opposite direction.” Martin finally found the edge of the hole and was able to climb out. “Even my hair was wet.” Martin’s other worldly adventures involve encounters with living myths as well. “I was looking for my dog a few months ago on my land and I remembered watching this Searching For Bigfoot show. It gave tips on how to attract Bigfoot like banging on trees and yelling. So just for the fun of it I grabbed a huge tree limb and started beating a tree and screaming. I heard movement and just froze. All of the sudden four or five deer take off running out of the trees in front of me and then I really was yelling.” “I was yelling for mama.” ■


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tober at the Ada Recycling Center. A complete list of items that can be collected is available from the City of Ada. While this event provides an opportunity to collect these items once a year, a variety of businesses and organizations can recycle items throughout the year. Hardware and automotive stores may offer recycling for batteries and light bulbs. Ink and toner cartridges can be recycled at Staples, while plastic shopping bags can be recycled at Walmart. The Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society accepts donations of used blankets and towels and the Ada Public Library accepts donations of books and other media. There are numerous ways you can recycle in Ada. I encourage everyone to take advantage of all the recycling services available and recycle as much as you can. The less trash that we send to the landfill means less trash and pollution that is in our environment. To learn more about recycling, contact the Ada Recycling Coalition at adarecyclingcoalition@gmail.com or the Public Works Department at 436-8100. If you have questions for Charlie, send them to AskCharlie@sbcglobal.net. ■

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When you are starting to use coupons, it can seem overwhelming especially when you have several hundred coupons to sort through on each shopping trip. Experienced couponers know that in order to be successful, you need to organize your coupons. Coupon organization methods vary, and each couponer should customize their organization method to meet their needs. The first step to coupon organization is to decide whether or not you plan to clip your coupons as you need them or to clip coupons every week. If you only plan to clip them when you want to use them, I recommend organizing the inserts by type and date issued. A file box and file folders should be the only supplies you need. Most coupon blogs reference the insert and the date of issuance, so this will allow you to easily locate the coupons you want to use when you want to use them. The only negative to this method is that it requires a lot more

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searching and clipping if you plan to take your coupon inserts to the store to look for unadvertised deals. If you choose to clip your coupons every week, you’ll spend less time in the store searching for deals, but you’ll also spend more time each week clipping coupons. There are two organization methods to choose from with clipped coupons, either the box method or the binder method. The box method utilizes a box and envelopes to categorize and sort coupons. I recommend purchasing a plastic shoebox with a lid that securely latches on the box. Plain envelopes are labeled with desired product categories and the appropriate coupons are placed in the envelopes. This method requires minimal investment and is easy to implement, but you’ll spend time searching through the envelope to find the right coupon and removing expired coupons. The binder method requires the most

money and time to implement, but also requires minimal time to maintain. Coupons are organized by category and displayed in a binder by placing each coupon in an individual clear protective sleeve. Most couponers prefer baseball card holders, as they can hold nine coupons on a single page. This method allow for easy view of the coupons and their expiration dates. Coupons can also be categorized by product type, which allows you to find coupons quickly in the store. Every seasoned couponer knows that having organized coupons reduces the confusion and stress of using coupons to save money. After some trial and error, I learned that the binder works best for me, but I encourage you to find the method that works best for your personality to take control of your coupons. As you get more organized, you will find yourself saving more and more money. ■

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Pontotoc Pumpkin Pursuit by: Roy Deering

If the Oklahoma weather cooperates, organizers expect as many as 200 people (and possibly more) to take part in this year’s second annual Pontotoc Pumpkin Pursuit bike rally, Saturday, October 15. After one of the driest summers on record, sponsors of this year’s Pursuit are hoping for at least a few hours without rain on that particular morning. “We’re excited about this year’s ride, because things went so well last year, and we had so much good feedback from people all over the state,” said Kevin Holland, local rider and member of the Ada Area Cycling Club. “Our sponsors were fabulous and it seemed like the whole community got behind the ride and made it better than we had ever hoped it would be. Of course, that just made us want this year to be even better and bigger. Last year, we had over 100 riders, and this year we’re hoping to see maybe 200 or more,” Holland said. Riders of all ages will have a chance to choose which of four distances they want to ride that morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Although organizers stress the event is NOT a race, riders can choose 22 • www.adahub.com

between routes that are 10, 28, 45, or 62 miles in length. All routes begin at the same location, in the old Kmart parking lot, near the present Citizens Bank location at 1400 S. Cradduck Road. Cost is $25 per rider in advance, or $30 on the day of the ride. Proceeds from the ride this year will go to support the Valley View Foundation. The Pontotoc Pumpkin Pursuit – according to Holland -- is NOT just for “experienced” cyclists. Anyone who wants to ride and shows up with a bicycle can participate, and is encouraged to enjoy the festivities. “We want kids, adults, teenagers, older people – anybody who wants to ride,” Holland said. “We’re encouraging families to ride together, grandparents to ride with grandkids, whatever.” Holland also stressed that there’s no requirement for anyone to finish whatever length of ride they begin in the Pumpkin Pursuit. “Since it’s not a competition or a race, we really want everyone to feel free to go however far they can, as long as they’re safe and they enjoy themselves,” Holland said. “We’ll have lots of rest stops along

each route. And we’ll have what we call SAG vehicles out and about, helping anyone who might have problems. So there’s no pressure whatsoever to finish, or to push yourself too hard if you feel like you can’t make it.” Entries can be submitted online or by hard copy. Entry forms can be picked up at most sponsor locations. In addition to the Ada Area Cycling Club, sponsors of the event include Citizens Bank, APEX Bike Shop, Vision Bank and Pepsi. Holland said organizers were encouraged last year not only that a large number of local riders took part in the event, but that so many riders from across the state also came to Ada to ride. “We had a lot of good comments from people in some of the bike clubs around Oklahoma City and other places,” Holland said. “They were all impressed and talked about how they planned to come back. We really don’t have any idea how many people will be riding, but if the weather is good, we’re expecting a lot.” For online registration, go to www. cycleada.org. For more information, you can also phone (580)235-1844, or (620)779-1741. ■


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