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Ada Public Library by: Sunnie Dawn Smith
Libraries are a central part of our society. It is important to have a single place where people cannot only check out books, but also meet with others, use computers, find government resources, use a typewriter, copy machine, or fax machine. Though many of us have visited the current library on 12th and Rennie, it might be surprising to learn that this was not the first location of our public library. Before the current incarnation, it was housed in the Ada Arts and Heritage Center; its history goes even further back, to a few bookcases on the second floor of City Hall. When the town was founded in 1912, the charter stated that a library board should be established. This, however, was not done. By 1934, the Ada Jaycees started looking into this matter; local reporter Ferdie Deering followed up their investigations. Though the commissioner at the time had no interest in making the previous promise a reality, soon enough election time rolled around and his priorities changed. By January of 1936, there was a small library in City Hall. The library was a great success. A year and a half later, they had 2,200 cards, 1,800 books, and a circulation of 34,000. They badly needed another building. Of course this was not meant to be a permanent solution anyway, so a bond issue election was called and plans were made. By April 23, 1939, the new library opened at the corner of 14th and Rennie. Designed by Albert Ross, the building cost approximately $65,000 and was funded by the city and the Public Works Administration. On the first day, about 1,500 people visited the new library and by November
they had 4,500 books. However, this was still not enough. The library continued to grow, so much that by the late 70’s, there was no more room and the weigh of the books was causing structural damage to the building. Around the time that the library was built on 14th street, another new building was constructed two blocks away. In 1941, this new three-story building opened as a Montgomery Ward. The caption on a picture in the Ada Evening News from October 14, 1941 declared it, “Modern in every detail and bringing true streamlining into Ada’s department store outlook.” Forty years later, it would have a fate much different than that of a department store. By 1978, the library was in need of many things. The League of Women Voters spearheaded many library related endeavors that year. They worked to get the library placed on the National Register of Historic Places. They were initially denied, however, because officials stated that a building must be at least 50 years old to be placed on the register. The women would not be satisfied by this, though, and lobbied the state legislature. They won, and the building was, indeed, placed on the National Register. The same year, they began holding fundraising drives to restore the old Montgomery Ward building so it could be transformed into the new library. It took three years and a bond election, but finally, on March 8, 1981, the new library was dedicated and the old library became the Ada Arts and Heritage Center. Since then, the library has continued
to grow and develop with further renovations. In 2004, Keywood Deese, Senior Trust Officer for the Ayleene R. McKeel Trust for First National Bank (Now Vision Bank,) donated $150,000 to the public library for completion of the second floor. The renovation provided a much-needed closet, a small meeting room that will hold up to 50 people and a larger room that is perfect for art exhibits, workshops, and special programs. The rooms make up the McKeel Center, which offers outstanding meeting and exhibit areas, as well as a beautiful view of downtown. This past June, the McKoys of Ada Foundation donated money to Ada Library Friends for a new circulation desk made of rift-cut oak with a custom-matched stain and granite counter top. Sooner Millworks built and installed it, and Buck Creek Granite and Flooring provided the granite top. It gives the staff more room to work and takes into account many other practical things as well; part of the counter is lower than the rest, perfect for young children or those in wheelchairs; the overhang of the desk is also large enough that those wearing sandals will not stub their toes. Everything they do at the Ada Public Library is done in order to make it a more inviting and accessible place. They will never finish making improvements because they are always striving to make it better. The library, at 124 S. Rennie, is open Monday-Friday, 8:00-7:00, Saturday 9:00-1:00, and are closed on Sunday. Call (580) 436-8124 for more information, and stop by to check out this crucial piece of Ada’s history. ■ www.adahub.com • 7
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How do you measure the success of a lawyer? Even though our minds might flash to trial scenes in TV shows or movies, most lawyers only actually go to trial once every year or so. Perhaps the best gauge would be client satisfaction, and that would be one thing that local attorney Blake Bostick has plenty of. In fact, of every five new clients he gets, only two come from advertising; the rest are referrals from other clients. This means that at least 60% of his new business is a direct result of customer satisfaction. Bostick has been practicing law since he received his degree from Oklahoma City University in May of 1990. Originally from Tyler, TX, he had acquired a teaching degree for agricultural education. However, after doing some substitute teaching and construction work on the side, Bostick decided that it was time for another path. He wasn’t satisfied and wanted to do more; he needed a larger challenge. And so Bostick went to law school. After he graduated, he stayed around in Oklahoma instead of going back to Texas. He already had a job offer for an insurance defense firm where he worked for three years. After this, he was on his own for 14 and a half years until he went to work
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n a world saturated with shortcuts and every book under the sun for “Dumbies”, it is difficult to find someone specializing in a craft that can’t be done by a computer or learned overnight. This is certainly not the case for Ada resident Chase KahWinHut Earles. Chase set out on a mission to discover his heritage and is now preserving it for generations to come. Chase was born in 1976 and has been many places since then. As a child he remembers going on annual trips to the Southwest, where he was exposed to Native American Culture. Chase describes Santa Fe as the hub for Native American Art. He was able to see art from all over at the largest Native American Arts Festival, called “Indian Market”. Chase was fascinated by what he saw and began drawing and painting at an early age. He won “Best Artist” at his high school and some of his work is even displayed at the State Capitol. Chase graduated from High School and made his way to The College of Art and Design in Savanna, Georgia where he began to study graphic arts. With a degree behind him, Chase still felt a more burning desire to do art that would really make a difference. Chase set his sights on Pueblo Pottery and began to learn how to do it. Something wasn’t right though. He felt hollow. Something just kept eating away at him. “I am not a Pueblo”, Chase thought. “How can I be an artist for my tribe if I am producing art from another”? Chase expressed how he felt like he would be producing “fakes” and couldn’t stand the fact that his work would not be true to himself. He threw in the towel on Pueblo Pottery and began to pursue the lost art of Caddo Pottery. In no time, the hollowness was filled as he looked into his own tribe
for inspiration. Chase discovered that there was really only one other person actively practicing the art of traditional Caddo Pottery. Jeri Redcorn showed him just how vast the range of Caddo Pottery actually is and how it is found in museums all over the world. Chase learned that the pottery was so sought after that it was traded back to the colonialists‘ home countries. “Each clan has a different style and as I learned the history of Caddo Pottery, I felt like I had a voice”, Chase said proudly. Chase studied with archaeologists to learn more about how the pottery was done from start to finish. With much research, he now is able to make his own clay which really goes to show how authentic he desires to be. Chase has dug out clay from the Red River and used it to create pottery of his own. He is determined to be true to his heritage and has a strong desire to pass down the traditions to future generations. The culmination of his efforts have won him the Kathleen Everett Upshaw award over the entire show at Red Earth in Oklahoma City. If you are interested in pottery, Chase recommends a simple beginners kit from a craft store to get started. His biggest advice would be to, “Have a voice and reason behind what you are doing. Research your own particular culture”. You can find Chase’s work displayed at the Red Earth Gallery in downtown Oklahoma City, the Red Road Gallery in Ada and also the Jacobson House in Norman. He also teaches classes at the Museum of the Red River, the Chickasaw Cultural Center as well as the Caddo Headquarters in Binger. On September 15, he will be doing a pit fire demonstration in Binger and will also have a solo show in Anadarko at the Southern Plains Museum in
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Big Brothers Big Sisters by: Sunnie Dawn Smith
One of our greatest resources is our children. They are the ones who will shape the world of tomorrow. Unfortunately, many of them don’t have the opportunities for growth and encouragement that they need in order to realize their dreams; some don’t even know that dreams are possible. The reasons for this are multiple. Perhaps the parent or parents don’t have the time to spend with their child because of long hours at work. Perhaps the child has at least one parent incarcerated. Or perhaps the child just needs someone outside of the family to talk to—a friend more than an authority figure. This is where Big Brothers Big Sisters can make a true impact on the life of a child. The seeds for the program began in 1904 when New York City court clerk Ernest Coulter saw more and more young boys coming through the court system. At the same time, the Ladies of Charity began helping young girls who were in the system. These two independent programs became Big Brothers and Catholic Big Sisters. It wasn’t until 1977 that the two programs joined together to become Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. It has had supporters in the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, and even the FBI, just to name a few. And it is no wonder that so many have supported this program. The good it does for the community is extraordinary. Throughout the United States, we have more than 450 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Eight of these are in Oklahoma, including one that was recently staffed in
Ada. The local agencies take applications from both families and volunteers, matching a child with an adult so that oneon-one mentoring can begin. Safety is their number one priority. The volunteers go through an extensive interview and background check process to ensure that they will be a safe and responsible match for the child. In addition to the safety measures, matches are paired together based on preferences, interests, and gender to ensure positive relationship development. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and children accepted in the program can be as young as 6 years old. Individuals can volunteer, but so can couples. Either can be extremely beneficial to a child who just needs an ear to hear them and a little extra encouragement and guidance. Big Brothers Big Sisters actually consists of two programs. The community program is what most people think of when they hear about the organization. That is where the Big and the Little go out and do activities together. The other program, though, is based at the child’s school. In this case, the volunteer goes to the school to spend time with the child. They can shoot hoops, go to the library, play on the computers, do homework, or just talk. One thing that most people don’t realize is that the time commitment is actually very little. They do ask for a oneyear commitment, though, because the child needs continuity in their life, but according to research, the most positive
impacts happen after a child has been matched for two years or longer with the same volunteer. They only ask that you spend about an hour a week with a child. It’s amazing how such a little investment can provide such great returns on the future. Children who participate in this program feel more confident about schoolwork and their futures; they get along better with their families. The statistics are astounding: 46% are less likely to begin using drugs and 27% less likely to start using alcohol. 52% are less likely to skip school and 33% are less likely to hit someone. Since the Ada office was staffed in January, three matches have been made. One match has continued in Ada for approximately 7 years. However, one of the things that makes this opportunity available are grants. The grant received has established a goal of 30 matches being made by October, emphasizing the need to mentor children throughout the community, even specifically targeting our Native American youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of more than volunteers; they need children to mentor. If you would like to volunteer or know a child who could benefit from this program, contact Leslie Withers at (580) 320-7175 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also enroll or find more information at the Big Brothers Big Sisters webpage www.bbbs. org. Donations are always appreciated, as are corporate sponsors for events and matching activities. Start something today to change the life of a child for the better… forever. ■ www.adahub.com • 17
You are what you eat healthy lifestyle by: Star Edwards and Adam Flanagan
e have all heard the old saying, “You are what you eat”. I suppose that would make me a spoonful of Nutella. If you are not sure what that is, you might need to go to the grocery store sooner than you think. Believe it or not, the foods we consume have a major impact on our overall health. If food can have an adverse impact on our bodies, we must believe that the proper foods can have an overall positive impact on our bodies as well. We asked Star if there were foods to eat that can help with chronic pain or other common problems and this is the dish. I often hear recommendations to consume a special juice or herb, or things like that to help with certain problems. Many times these recommendations are based on poorly designed research studies, “hear- say” or the placebo effect. However, there are certain foods and dietary substances that could help, it just really depends on the condition. Be sure you are getting your information from a qualified health professional. I will say that many times just focusing on getting a well-rounded diet makes a huge difference! If you are missing a specific nutrient in
Star Edwards your diet, your body isn’t going to be able to perform an associated function, which can lead to pain and disease (please don’t count on supplements for reassurance – your nutrition needs to come from real food). Two nutrients I focus on with my clients are Vitamin D and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These nutrients have been underestimated in the past and have a wide variety of effects in the body. For pain and arthritis, be sure you are getting enough Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Just as important as getting enough Omega 3 Fatty Acids, however, is making sure you aren’t getting too much Omega 6 Fatty Acids. This is deceiving because many people recommend walnuts for Omega 3 Fatty Acids, but walnuts are also high in Omega 6 Fatty Acids, so they aren’t going to help you much. I guess another saying would be, “You aren’t what you don’t eat”. If there are foods we should raid the fridge for, then there must be foods we would be better off just passing to the dog under the table. Let’s see what Star has to say about foods we should avoid. Everything is okay in moderation
for most healthy individuals. With that being said, there are some things I avoid as much as possible, knowing that I’m not going to totally eliminate from my diet. 1. Nitrates & nitrites found in luncheon meats and hotdogs. 2. I avoid foods that have greater than 10% Daily Value per serving of cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. While our bodies do need small amounts, most Americans get way too much. I also try to avoid trans fat as much as possible and have sugar in moderation. 3. The less processed the food, the better. 4. I do encourage organic as much as possible, especially when it comes to produce on the “dirty dozen” list. Consuming organic doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get more nutrition, and it doesn’t mean it will have less fat, sodium, or sugar, but it could benefit your body in other important ways. If you believe you are what you eat, then take a moment to do a little food inventory at your house. You might discover that you are something that you really do not want to be! ■
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