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December 2010 Vol. 1 Issue 6

Still Rockin’after all these Years

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December 2010

Publisher Advertising Director

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Guest Writers

Roy Deering Jomain McKenzie Brock Parsons Sunnie Dawn Smith Luke Cypert

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8 Shop Ada

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17 Still Rockin’ after all these Years

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So many of us are fortunate during this Holiday season. Even though we might struggle through worries about affording the Christmas presents we want to buy or how we’re going to manage our time and money while visiting relatives (or having them visit us)—we are still fortunate beyond anything we might conceive. While we might worry about presents, for most of us Christmas dinner will be on the table; while no family is perfect, at least we have relatives that we can visit. For some, these are not givens. But, thankfully, they are not left completely alone. They do have Davo’s Diner—a free community Christmas dinner that feeds both the body and the soul. Davo’s Diner was conceived the only place such an idea could be—in the heart of a child. David Anderson was six years old when he started asking his father, John, “When are we going to feed that family?” They had helped out a family in need the year before, and John just assumed that this was what his son was talking about. But then David, or Davo as he is also known, said, “No. A Bunch of families!” But still, six-year-old children can be easy to dismiss. As adults, we might ask, “Do they really know what they’re saying?” Children spend so much time engaged in a world of fantasy and make-believe that it is sometimes difficult to understand them. After going to his grandparents’

one weekend, David mysteriously came home with $30 and said, “Dad, I want to use this money on the family.” Three sleepless nights later, John realized what his son had been trying to tell him. He says, “I always told God if he was going to say something to me, he better hit me with a ton of bricks.” And David has to be one of the cutest tons of bricks you can imagine. Sitting in the adult sized chair, trying to control his urge to spin around, he thrusts his fist into the air like a superhero and exclaims, “I’m on the cooking team!” In order for an enterprise such as this to succeed, there must be multiple teams, every person an integral piece. Last year, when this began, John started by going to the pastor at the Methodist church, then several other churches in town, and finally those who he knew he could count on—family and friends. Once the word got out, people just wanted to help. And even though they started preparing shortly after Thanksgiving, they were able to accomplish their goal and served 500 free meals in the midst of an ice storm. One family walked two miles to have a traditional Christmas dinner; another man had no place to sleep, so a hotel was provided. This year, thanks to the support of local churches and businesses, they are planning on preparing 1500 meals,

handing out 400 sacks of groceries to families in need, and taking family photographs for those interested. They also deliver meals to the elderly, the sick, and those in the county jail. As John explains to David, “They’re just trying to figure out life right now.” Davo’s Diner is about more than a hot meal; it is about community and sharing what you can, even if that is merely a kind word or a smile. Christmas, though a joyous season, can be sad for some. This dinner allows people to gather together and celebrate; food is provided, but also family. That is why it is so appropriate that this year they are also offering communion an hour before the dinner begins. This will allow those who are interested to have Christmas communion both as an act of community, but also to celebrate the sacred. Because, truly, what can be more sacred than people of different denominations, different backgrounds, coming together to help others. As John says, “This is the greatest blessing.” So on December 25th, come to Davo’s Diner at the First United Methodist Church at 3:00 for dinner, or 2:00 for communion. Come if you need a meal, come if you need the warmth of family. If you’re interested in helping, call Tiffany Anderson at 580-3102424 or email her at tiffany@h2ochurch.cc or visit their website for more information: www.davosdiner.com. ■ www.adahub.com • 7


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On the first floor of Doctor’s Park off Alrington Street, lies the office of Dr. Jose Alvarez. He is an ear, nose and throat specialist and easily one of the best around. By far, one of the most dedicated. The day I met Dr. Alvarez, I spent the first few minutes of our interview waiting in his office while he finished caring for a patient. His assistants were expecting me, and were quick to be friendly. I was taken a bit by surprise at how ready his secretary was to welcome me in, but even more surprised at how easy going Alvarez and his staff were as a whole. As I sat in his office, I couldn’t help but read over the many awards and achievements hanging on the wall. Donations, medical awards, and tons of various degrees decorated the room. Dr. Alvarez is originally from Puerto Rico, obtaining his Bachelors in St. Louis, spent 6 months in Iowa for a residency, obtained his medical license from the University of Puerto Rico, and of course, a license to practice in Oklahoma. Outside in the hall, he was speaking to his secretaries and his patient. His patient was worried that her insurance

would end before the next necessary checkup. Concerned, he asked her to make the appointment anyway. Instead of turning her down, he asked his secretary to specifically take a note, that when the patient came in he wouldn’t be charging her for the checkup. I only waited for a few minutes, and once his patient left he came into the office to meet me. His personality came off as very equal and friendly. He wasn’t condescending in any way. Even though he was in quite a hurry to get to his next patient, and I wasn’t ready to keep him from it, he managed to give a speed run through his history while keeping the conversation pleasant. Dr. Alvarez has been living in Ada for 22 years now. Ada is his new home, but it doesn’t keep him from visiting Puerto Rico once a year. He and his wife both have children from previous marriages, now giving them 3 children and 5 grandchildren. His son is also attending University of Puerto Rico as a law student. Aside from his private practice he also works at both the Chickasaw Nation clinic and Valley View participating regularly

in clinic hours. When he’s not helping patients he loves to play tennis and chess, yet still upgrades and checks his degree every few months. Despite his busy career he has also helped pioneer a new ENT technique. Most sinus surgery requires the destruction of bones and uncomfortable nasal packing. Using Balloon Sinuplasty you can avoid having to pack or harm any bones in the nasal cavity. This treatment is much less evasive and a great alternative to traditional surgeries. He smiled and repeated all the major points, making sure I hadn’t missed anything. Afterward he introduced me to his wife, who is a part of the staff, and the rest of his office workers. As a final note, he wanted patients to know that he loves treating children, but they are open to any age group. As a doctor he wants to see his them do well in life, and is willing to “do everything in reach for my patients. I’m not afraid to refer someone to a better specialist if I can’t figure out the problem myself.� I left feeling like I just met a very trustworthy doctor. If you want to make an appointment, you can contact his Doctor’s Park office at (580)-332-1610. ■

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Sandy Mason spends hours and hours designing, building and decorating houses, theatres, gas stations and offices. Miniature buildings and furniture is her specialty and she’s loved it for over 35 years. The Ada native and member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) is probably the only miniature craftsperson, this side of Oklahoma. She has made a much appreciated hobby of this exquisite and unpopular art. When Sandy first started she had a typeset tray about an inch and a half deep with many different sections that she wished to fill and put on her wall. Her need for knick knacks to fill the tray was an expensive one, so her creative mind led her to do it herself. Building little things grew into building big little things. “The first thing I made was a general store that I saw in a craft magazine. I got to working on that and then I saw this catalogue for patterns for miniature furniture,” Mason said. “I chose a pattern for a roll top desk. It looked like the hardest thing in that magazine and if I could do that, I could do anything. And I did it.” Sandy recalls her starting days with child-like glee. Mason’s passion for building miniature pieces grew when she realized that her first piece, her roll top desk,

actually opened and closed and the drawers actually worked. Soon, building miniature furniture with balsa wood and a hack saw grew into a vast collection which now includes a general store, an antique store, a greenhouse, a gas station, a hat shop and even an office inside a computer monitor. “And all that stuff in one inch scale. I’ve now started ¼ inch scale as well as 1/144th of an inch scale,” she said. Mason has replicated a few of Ada’s historic buildings and sites in her work. Most notable is a miniature-size building of the McSwain Theatre. “I travelled to Dallas and took a class in miniatures and art deco and neon. It was real fascinating to me so I made the Mcswain sign… then I found some old tiny movie posters and just did the whole thing.” Mason shared. According to the miniature builder, the technology age has positively impacted her work. Most of her work is done from scratch. And the internet makes sourcing material much easier. “I have certainly improved greatly, but a lot of it is because of the tools and wood available now. My work is much more precise because of it,” said Mason. Mason’s work has received raving reviews, with many positive compliments and some viewers being awe struck with speechless astonishment. “Some people think I have too much

time on my hands,” she said laughing. One key point Mason makes is that her miniatures are not doll furniture. This response to her work causes Mason to knit her brows a bit. “They call it ‘doll furniture,’ I cringe when I hear that, because they’re miniatures. Some people think the pieces and buildings are for kids, but they are not!” Mason said with a laugh. “They are miniatures of real life things… When I see dolls I don’t think real life.” Mason hopes to get others involved in this fun pastime. She had advice to those who might already be interested. “Start with something simple like a table or a couch and then work it out,” she said. “Glue some pieces of wood together and sit back and see how good or bad it looks then improve.” One trick of the trade is taking a picture of the piece and then enlarging it to accurately inspect it. Mason emphasizes, making the work clean to keep the look professional. “You have to practice. If you can imagine something, then just start making it. You will be surprised with what you can do. You have to think little, and then think big!” Mason said. To get involved with miniature building and decorating or to learn more about the craft visit NAME at www. miniatures.org or contact Sandy Mason at (580) 332-9068. ■

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His name was Randy, and he was four years old. He lived next door to my wife and I during the Christmas of 1992 while I was working for radio station KTLS as the news director. Our Christmas encounter that year would be one I would never forget. I’m not sure who was responsible, but someone at the radio station had constructed a giant boom box on wheels that could be pulled around on a trailer to be used at various remote broadcasts. A couple of weeks before Christmas , our boss came up with the great idea of hauling the boom box up and down the residential streets playing Christmas music as a way to promote the station. It sounded like a great idea, until I learned I was the one nominated to dress up like Santa Claus and ride around town on the boom box three hours a night for about a week and a half. Thankfully, the weather the first night was perfect, with clear skies and temperatures in the lower 50s. Just after 5 p.m., I had arrived at the station and changed into the Santa costume – the WHOLE thing: red suit, black boots, white beard and the little red hat. It was then I realized that I had left something at home that I really needed – the CDs with the music we were supposed to play for our little “parade” around town. I jumped into my 1979 Pontiac Bonneville – Santa suit and all – and drove across town to grab the CDs, laughing at the reaction I got from other drivers along the way. When I pulled up in front of our house on West 24th Street, I jumped out of the car and loped toward the house. I grabbed the CDs off the table by the door 14 • www.adahub.com

and headed back toward the car, but was frozen when I heard Randy’s voice from somewhere behind me. “SANTA!!” I stood motionless, wondering what to do next. “SANTA! SANTA! SANTA!” Randy, out of his 4-year-old mind with excitement, was a bit overwhelmed. I turned slowly, trying to remain calm until I figured out how to respond. When I turned all the way around, I saw Randy, standing next to his smiling mother. They had apparently walked out their front door at exactly the same moment I’d made my run for the car. Randy let go of his mother’s hand and shot like a missile straight for me, screaming across the lawn. “SANTA! SANTA! SANTA!” He hit me like a linebacker, wrapping his little arms around my legs like he was never going to let go. “SANTA! I love you so much!” he said as I struggled to fight back laughter. I kneeled down as he hugged me. Not knowing exactly what I was supposed to do, I hugged him back. Tears streamed down his face. I had no idea children could be this completely happy. “I love you, too, Randy. Have you been a good boy?” I asked. He nodded his head furiously, then turned to his mother. “Mom, get the camera. I wanna take my picture with Santa Claus!” Obediently, his mother raced into the house and returned a moment later with her camera. Randy never loosened his wrestler’s grip on me, running down the list of things he wanted for Christmas that year.

Randy was still crying. By now, I was crying, too, and his mother was bawling her eyes out. But we were all smiling at the same time. Randy and I took our picture together. Several pictures, as a matter of fact. He still clung to me like there was no tomorrow. As hard as it was to break up our little gathering, I told Randy ‘Santa is busy and has to get back to work.’ Reluctantly, Randy loosened his death grip on my legs. He was still shaking with excitement. “Don’t forget to come to my house, Santa,” he said. “I won’t Randy,” I said. “I’ll remember.” I slipped back into the Bonneville and looked up as I started the engine. Randy was standing with his mother on the edge of the driveway, waving furiously. I waved back and drove down the street to head back the station. When I glanced in the rearview mirror, I saw Randy, still bouncing, headed back to his house hand in hand with his mother. A few days later when I arrived home after a long day at the station, I pulled into the driveway and saw Randy come running off his porch headed my direction. He was screaming again. “Mr. Roy!” “Hey, Randy,” I said, climbing out of the car. “Mr. Roy! You’ll never guess who I saw the other day right here in your yard,” he said a thousand miles an hour. “You’ll ever guess!” “Who?” I asked innocently. “Santa! I saw Santa, right here in your driveway, and he drives a car JUST like yours!” Kids. You gotta love ‘em. ■


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For more than half a century, the Osmond family has been music industry royalty, selling more than 70 million records, earning 30 gold albums and performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Jay Osmond, one of the Osmond Brothers of record industry legend, said there may not be many more years left for music fans to get a chance to see the group in person. One of those chances locally comes Saturday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m. at the McSwain Theatre in Ada. “It’s been a lot of fun, a long exciting ride, and we’ve kept doing it because we love making music and we love to entertain people,” Jay said in a telephone interview from the family’s Branson, Missouri theatre. “We decided this year when we wrap up in Branson to take the Christmas show on the road to a few select locations, and Ada just happens to be one of those places. The traveling Christmas show will feature Jay, along with two of his brothers, Wayne and Merrill. Other members of the Osmond Brothers Branson show will also be on hand, as will the family’s band. “We are looking forward to playing there and we know we have a lot of fans in and around that area, so it should be a lot of fun,” he said. Tickets for the Ada show range in price from $10-$40 and can be purchased on line or at the theatre on West Main Street in downtown Ada. Judy McLellan, general manager for the McSwain, said theatre officials were thrilled to have

landed a group like the Osmonds. “We’re very excited and honored to have a group with the talent and the name recognition of the Osmonds coming to the theatre,” she said. “We look forward to having a great crowd and having the Osmonds put on a great show for the community.” Looking back over the more than 50 years his family has been making music, Jay Osmond credit’s a number of factors for the longevity of their popularity. “I’d have to say it goes back to our family and our faith, along with our desire to have fun with one another and to enjoy every blessing we’ve been given in this life,” he said. “Our mom and dad, of course, were the foundations to our lives, and they taught us the important things in life. One of the very most important is our faith, which has kept us all grounded and helped us never get caught up in the celebrity lifestyle too much.” Another key to their long-standing success and their popularity among so many age groups through the years has been their musical diversity. Playing nearly every instrument imaginable, the Osmonds feature a wide variety of musical styles in their shows -- from the rock and pop that made them enormous stars in the 1960s and 1970s, to barbershop, country and gospel. “Our shows have a little bit of everything, and we’re really been pleased with this year’s Christmas show,

in particular,” Osmond said. “It’s fun, its family entertainment, and we’ve had really good response from the audiences, so we’re sure the people in Ada are going to love it.” Along with a host of Christmas songs, Osmond said the Ada concert will also feature some of the “old hits” that made the Osmond Brothers worldwide stars. “We love new music, and we love to keep trying new things,” he said. “But we keep some of the old hits in the show all the time because people still love those songs, and it’s our way of thanking them for supporting our family and our careers for all these years.” Although it seems the Osmond family has been making music “forever,” Jay said the brothers have begun discussing the possibility of brining their careers to an end. “We think maybe seven or so more years, and that may be about it,” he said. “That would make it an even 60 years since the group first got its start, and we think that might be a good time to move on to something else in life. “It does get tiring at times, although we love making music,” he said. “But I do know that when we finally do give our last show, we’ll all miss making music and entertaining people. That’s all we’ve done for over 50 years, and it’s been a blessing for us to have had those opportunities.” ■ Continued on page 21 www.adahub.com • 17


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It’s a Christmas Carol, but Dickens had nothing to do with it. A story of survival and hope will grace the stage of the Dorothy I. Summers Theatre when Ada Community Theatre (Act II Inc.) resurrects the Barbara Lebow’s classic tale “Tiny Tim is Dead.” This is Act II’s last production of the year and will run [DEC. 3-5] on the East Central University campus. The play is directed by Vickie Reifsnider, president of Act II, with Heath Holt of Ada, assistant director. Amidst cardboard shelters and trash-can hearths, Otis Pope, a sardonic army veteran (played by Christopher Scoles of Los Angeles, CA and Ada), decides who is allowed to stay in the enclave, and who must go. Currently part of this “family” are Verna (Lynette Christy, Ada), a disoriented frequently pregnant, sometimes gritty, other times childlike woman; her mute eight-year-old son Boy (Jackson Link, Ada); Charlie, a down-on-his-luck unemployed blue collar worker (Jomain McKenzie of Clarendon Jamaica and Ada); Azalee Hodge (Lacee Elliott of Davis), an outspoken woman trying to climb back

up and Filomeno ‘Filo’ Cordero (Roberto Gallegos, Ada), a recent illegal immigrant who’s country of origin is comically debated throughout the play. Filo finds the group on Christmas Eve. Discovering a worn-out copy of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the group responds to Verna’s pleas to re-enact the old story as she tries to provide the best Christmas for her son. Charlie tries to keep the peace, but antagonisms, opinions, addictions and moments of violence overtake them. In the end the symbol of hope shines through the two most unexpected characters. The play leaves the audience to determine what Christmas truly means. Director Reifsnider was excited to do this show. “I had a wonder cast to work with and they were up for the challenge. This is a very deep and heavy topic, but Ada is ready for it. Come see the show and support Ada community Theatre,” she said. “It is really heart wrenching and funny at the same time, but it makes you really appreciate the people in your life,” Christy said. Christy who is a seasoned actor in Ada

has been seen in “A Little Night Music,” “Godspell” among many others. This role was very different however. “I’ve never played anything like this. It took me to a level that I had to fight and stretch myself to reach. The process was challenging but amazingly worth it,” she said. Jackson Link has been in six Act II productions and though he plays the young mute son of Verna, he enjoyed the production even more. “I learned a lot about the homeless and how much we should remember them at Christmas time,” Link said. The performances will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A Sunday matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students with ID and $4 for children 5-years-old and under. Tickets will be sold at the box office on the evening of the performance. Behind the scenes, Michael Crowley, Robby Bradley and Melodie Lawson, all of Ada, serve as sound director, stage manager and lighting director respectively. “Tiny Tim is Dead” is performed with special arrangements by the Dramatists Play Service Inc. ■ www.adahub.com • 21


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