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Swine Week, a tradition at Edmond Memorial High School since 1986, saw $479,807 raised for the program Make Promises Happen. That effort allows special needs people over age 6 to attend summer camp near Guthrie. Swine Week was the third, and final Edmond high school community benefit of the year. The three benefits raised more than $1 million for nonprofit groups. Texas Tech


ByClemson Steve Gust Kansas The three Edmond high schools’ major annual philanthropic projects ended last Friday with Edmond Memorial High School raising $479,807 for the nonprofit Texas A&M Michigan group Make Promises Happen. Donations were made possible by Edmond Memorial’s student-led effort, named Swine Week. This year’s recipient, a program of Central Oklahoma Camp & Conference Center, annually helps hundreds of special-needs individuals older than 6 have a chance to enjoy a camping experience. It also provides their caregivers a rest and ensures a safe and pleasant environment for campers.

Josh McClennahan, executive director of the group, said the funds would be used to build a new multipurpose center. The new building will allow for more meeting space at the center south of Guthrie and will be a staging area for events such as talent shows. He estimated a construction price at $500,000. “What’s raised here will be more than a dent in funding this,” he said. He was also pleased with the attitude shown by the students. “The kids are so organized and so devoted to this cause,” he said. On Friday, thousands packed into Edmond Memorial’s recently refurbished gymnasium.

“This is great,” principal Tony Rose said. “This week is the first time we’ve been able to meet again here. Swine Week is a time when all of us can come together.” Co-chairing Swine Week were Memorial students Ellie Hankins, a junior, and seniors Anna Hall and Cassidy Mask. Hankins said she has been working on the benefit since last April. “It’s something to have all 2,000 or so students engaged in such a positive goal,” she said. Another volunteer from the Memorial Student Council was Cade Shirley, a junior. “We’re giving back here and this is something which won’t last continued on Page 3

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Co-chair Ellie Hankins addresses the large crowd.

Cover From Page 1 for only a year or two,” he said. “This is something that could be around and helping kids 50 years from now. It’s (Make Promises Happen) an amazing organization. This has been a fun and emotional time.” Students and guests filled every seat and almost every available floor space in the gym. One Swine Week dare done to raise money saw staff member Craig Stobbe shave off his mustache. He showed the large former mustache to the crowd and noted he had been growing it since 1999. “Seniors, this mustache is older than you are,” he said. Students cheered loudly for not only Make Promises Happen, but the Common Thread recipient, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma (DSACO). Mike Khlem, a Memorial graduate himself and parent of a daughter with Down syndrome, thanked the group for the donation, which is 5 percent of $479,807. North and Santa Fe also donated 5 percent of their funds to DSACO. Khlem received thunderous applause when he reminded the students he, too, was a Memorial Bulldog. The assembly also saw a live auction for two parking spaces, a quilt, artwork and two puppies, which drew many “Ahhs” from the group. To encourage higher bids, students occasionally started to chant “For the

kids, for the kids,” inspiring bidders to bump up their totals. After the items were auctioned off, a plea went out to have either parents, alumni or other guests simply pledge larger sums of money, ranging from $100 to $500. That alone raised at least $4,000. Edmond Schools administrators and others say the annual benefits help teach students about the value of community and giving back. In his remarks to the students, McClennahan stressed the importance of helping. “Swine Week doesn’t stop today,” he told the overflow crowd. “What you’re doing is transformative. Please consider volunteering to help us.” Previous benefits were held at Edmond Santa Fe High School as well as Edmond North High School. Edmond North began the benefits almost a month ago with BALTO, or Bring a Light to Others. That effort raised almost $650,000 to benefit three groups that primarily helped foster children. Up next was Edmond Santa Fe with Double Wolf Dare Week on March 5. The students collected $204,206 to help the Cavett Kids Foundation, a group helping ill children attend camps. For Edmond Memorial High School, Swine Week dates back to 1986. The other two Edmond high schools started their respective benefits when their schools were founded in the 1990s.

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From the Publisher

Django Walker debuts new album Django Walker will be making his Oklahoma debut of his new album/CD at the UCO Jazz Lab Saturday, March 31st. His vinyl albums just got delivered and he is looking forRay Hibbard ward to returning to the concert. His performance has a few tickets left by calling (405) 340-8552 you can reserve yours. They are $25 per ticket and it is part of the Tres Amigos production series that raises money for jazz scholarships through the University of Central Oklahoma Foundations. “No one in Oklahoma will have heard any of these songs before our concert,” Walker told Amigos in charge, David Hornbeek. He added “it has been a good day with the vinyl version having just been delivered.” Having this album/CD just out makes the concert more of a release party. Named after Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt, Walker is the son of country music artist Jerry Jeff Walker and Susan Walker. Reinhardt was a Belgian-born Romani French jazz guitarist and composer, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. My favorite Reinhardt piece was featured in the movie Chocolat. It is called Minor Swing and Reinhardt co-wrote it with Stephane Grappelli. Walker began learning to play guitar at age 15. After graduating from Austin High School in 1999, he attended the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts from 1999 to 2001. This is the music school which the UCO Academy of Contemporary music was based. He has said the experience made him "a better musician," but also says he learned much more traveling out on the road. “Texas On My Mind,” one of the standout tracks of Walker’s 2002 debut release, Down the Road, introduced Texas music fans to a young singer-songwriter who is heir to a distinguished Lone Star musical tradition, but whose tastes and tempos evoke a kinship with a younger generation. Walker has stepped out of the shadow of inherited celebrity, and into the sunlight of his own musical identity. Django grew up in a house where music was an integral part of everyday life. Citing Coldplay and Tom Petty, along with Lone Star singersongwriters including his father, Guy Clark, Pat Green and others; Walker

venue at night strikes a special cord for most musicians. They understand what the young students are going through in seeking out a career. It gives them a chance to interact with students and perhaps give them some words of encouragement.

Walker epitomizes the mix of eclectic musical influences that has always characterized the maverick independence of Texas music. When he was 16, Walker wrote his first song, "The Road You Choose," and performed it on stage at his father's shows. His father recorded it on his 1999 CD, Gypsy Song man and Django later released his own recording of it. His band's debut CD, Down the Road, produced by Lloyd Maines, was released in 2002. Walker released the CD on a label he formed himself, Lazy Kid Music. He recorded the CD in five days and wrote all but one of the songs himself. One of those songs, "Texas on my Mind," was later recorded by Pat Green and reached No. 1 on the Texas Music Chart. Walker had written the song while a student in Liverpool. Walker, a star varsity basketball player when he attended Austin High School, played semi-professional basketball while in England as well. We first became acquainted with Walker when he accompanied his father to the UCO Jazz Lab for a performance several years ago. He was just along to help his dad who was recovering from a back surgery. The two had no intention of playing together on stage but about half way through the show, his dad looked up at the audience and asked if we wanted to hear Django play some songs. The audience was excited about his appearance.

After Django played a set, his dad came back out and the two played some of the songs that made Jerry Jeff famous. It was a totally impromptu moment. Even though the two had to feel their way through some of the songs they either hadn’t played together in a long time or not at all, it was all pure magic. The best part for the audience was the interaction between father and son. They were liking the way they sounded as well. One of the audience members turned to me and said, I think we just experienced a special moment. Jerry Jeff and Django must have felt it too because later that year they put a two man show together and took it on the road for a tour. I think they appeared mostly out in California venues. While Django has his own success and style as a performer, it had to be a wonderful thing for both. I have no doubt that Susan Walker enjoyed seeing them perform together as well. Django has been back with his band. He told us the reason he likes playing at the UCO Jazz Lab is that he can sing his songs. When he and his band play in a large hall, he too often must scream the songs out to be heard. The acoustics of the UCO Jazz Lab are so good that Walker and the band can show off their talent without having to scream. Like most of the performers who play at the UCO Jazz Lab, they like the culture they walk into as well. Being a teaching lab by day and a performing

Verlon Thompson up next The next concert in the Tres Amigos series will be Oklahoma’s own Verlon Thompson. His show will be on May 26th at the UCO Jazz Lab. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25. This will be another sell out show, so it is not too early to reserve your tickets. Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as his credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to his home town of Binger. We first met Thompson when he was here performing with Guy Clark. Tres Amigos productions had him return and at least half the town of Binger showed up for the concert including his mom Darwettia Thompson. She plays the mandolin, by the way, and does it well. He, like all good song writers that hope to get to heaven, wrote a song about his mother called Darwettia’s Mandolin. Thompson compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood and many more. Equally important in his songwriting and live performances, Verlon's guitar work is incredible. His guitar can be heard on recordings by Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, and many more, including, and especially Guy Clark. Verlon has co-produced Guy Clark's Grammy nominated CD "Cold Dog Soup" as well as "The Dark," "Workbench Songs" and "Somedays the Song Writes You." As the in-house musician for Genuine Human Productions ( Thompson scores themes and background music for documentaries and special film projects. You won’t want to miss this Oklahoma artist here at home. It is so fun to watch him and his audience react to each other since most of them have known him since he was a boy.

(Ray Hibbard may be reached by email at

Check out what’s inside! n Weekend calendar of events ........................................................Page 6. n How much do the experts really know? ......................................Page 8. n Dave Farris column ......................................................................Page 9. n Update on NCAA tourney ..........................................................Page 11. n Scenes from Swine Week assembly ............................................Page 13. n George Gust reviews an On-Demand movie ..............................Page 15. n Crossword puzzle........................................................................Page 15. n Business News ............................................................................Page 21. n Worship directory ......................................................................Page 23.

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A huge crowd came out for the season’s first edition of Heard on Hurd, sponsored by Citizens Bank.

The evening happened to fall on the same day as St. Patrick’s Day.

Heard on Hurd Mallory Eagle performs at Heard on Hurd.

Elise and Logan Neff share a loaded baked potato at Heard on Hurd and celebrate St Paddy’s Day.

Photos by Melinda Infante

Alexis Pack and Erin Talbott enjoying snowcones.

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April benefit scheduled to help victims of abuse Every 98 seconds someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. An alarming 25 percent of Oklahoma women have experienced rape, and nearly half have experienced other sexual violence during their lifetime. Data also indicates forcible and attempted rapes have increased by

43.6 percent, in Oklahoma, from 2011 to 2016. YWCA Oklahoma City is the only certified provider of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking services in Oklahoma County. To support Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), YWCA OKC is hosting the 10th annual

Fearless K walk/run on April 14 at Oklahoma City’s Stars and Stripes Park. The Fearless K is a family friendly event showing support for survivors of this terrible crime. Individuals can pick how far they want to walk, jog, or run with a 1K (Kiddie K), 3K, 5K, and 5K with an obstacle course option. There is also a no K option to skip the workout and sleep in with Snooze for SAAM. The event will have food trucks, DJ and photo booth. “The YWCA Fearless K is important to me because it's my opportunity to be surrounded by other people who want to encourage survivors of sexual assault. It's a place to gather with others who want the best for those of us that have been through a horrific event,” said Jessica, a sexual assault survivor.

March 23 ---- In the Gallery ---- Junie B. Jones, The Musical ---- Shrine Circus ---- Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede ---- OC vs. SEU DH ---- Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat ---- Lazy E Mounted Shooting Classic Shootout ---- The Museum Store Sidewalk Sale ---- Spring Challenge 16U & 18U ---- The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show March 24 ---- In the Gallery ---- Junie B. Jones, The Musical ---- Shrine Circus ---- Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede ---- Lazy E Mounted Shooting Classic Shootout ---- OC vs. SEU ---- The Museum Store Sidewalk Sale ---- Spring Sampler Tour ---- Spring Challenge 16U & 18U ---- Animal Expo ---- Cowboy Round Up ---- KOMA All Class Reunion ---- Tyler Lee Band ---- The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show ---- Milk Crate Jam March 25 ---- In the Gallery ---- Junie B. Jones, The Musical ---- Shrine Circus ---- Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede ---- Lazy E Mounted Shooting Classic Shootout ---- Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers ---- Spring Sampler Tour ---- Spring Challenge 16U & 18U ---- The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show More information In the Gallery Location: Edmond Fine Arts Institute Extra Info Featuring works by David Padgett, Junie B. Jones, The Musical Location: Lyric Theatre Extra Info: First Grade has never been more exciting! Fresh off of the adventure of James and the Giant Peach, Lyric Theatre brings you our next spectacular family production featuring the outspoken, curious and lovable Junie B. This delightful adaptation of Barbara Park's best-selling books brings to life a tremendously lovable individual in a genuinely comical musical. With lively characters, fun story and upbeat music, first grade has never been more exciting. Great family fun! Shrine Circus Location: Jim Norick Arena, Oklahoma State Fair Park Time: Friday: 7:30 pm; Saturday: 10am, 2pm, & 7:30pm; Sunday: 2pm & 7pm Extra Info: 75th Annual India Shrine Circus, Big 3-ring circus. Tickets can be purchased by asking any Shriner, calling 405 947-3311 or visiting Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede Location: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre Extra Info: Recommended for ages 5+ Let’s get larger than life! When the biggest herd of cattle west of the Mississippi disappears during the worst drought in history, it’s weird. But when that herd transforms into ghosts, leveling everything in its path...well, now we’re into Pecos Bill tall-tell country. Young Missy Cougar-Wildcat has always wished she could live an adventure as big as her home state, and when the roughest, rowdiest cowboy of all enter her world, she quickly finds herself up to her braids in a brand new hoot-nholler legend packed with action, laughs . . and the worlds largest

prairie dog. OC vs. SEU DH Location: Lawson Softball Complex, Tom Heath Softball Field at Lawson Plaza, Oklahoma Christian University Time: 3pm-8pm Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena Time: 7pm Lazy E Mounted Shooting Classic Shootout Location: Lazy E Arena, Guthrie Extra Info: Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association is the Fastest Growing Equestrian Sport in the Nation. Mounted contestants compete in this fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association "C.M.S.A." has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels to the seasoned professional. 405-282-RIDE OC vs. SEU Location: Lawson Softball Complex, Tom Heath Softball Field at Lawson Plaza Oklahoma Christian University Time: 10am ---- 3pm Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena Time: 6pm The Museum Store Sidewalk Sale Location: The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Extra Info: Monday – Saturday; 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday; Noon – 5:00pm Bargains await shoppers at The Museum Store. Come browse the specials! Members enjoy extra savings. For more information, visit Spring Sampler Tour Location: The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) Extra Info: 1:00 – 1:45pm. Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Be sure to leave plenty of time to check out The Museum Store! Saturdays and Sundays from now through March 31. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Spring Challenge 16U & 18U Location: USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, Oklahoma City Time: All Day Animal Expo Location: Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, Norman Time: 8am Cowboy Round Up Location: Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City Time: All Day KOMA All Class Reunion Location: Riverwind Casino, Showplace Theatre Extra Info: Show begins at 7pm, Doors open at 6:30pm, Mezz $25, Available now by calling the Showplace Theatre Box Office at 405 3226464. Tyler Lee Band Location: Riverwind, River Lounge Time: 9pm – 1am The OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show Location: State Fair Park

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UCO’s Pope a finalist for OCU presidency Oklahoma City University named three finalists today in its presidential search. The university’s search committee, led by Board Chair Ronald Norick, is recomPope mending the finalists for consideration by the executive committee of the OCU Board of Trustees. The candidates are Martha Burger, Myron Pope and Thom Chesney. Burger is a former executive in the energy industry. Most recently she served as senior vice president of human and corporate resources at Chesapeake Energy Corporation. She is very active in civic and professional organizations as well as statewide initiatives. She has a long history with Oklahoma City University, receiving her MBA from OCU in 1992 and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university in 2012. She currently serves as a trustee and chair of the audit and finance committee. Burger is co-founder of Amethyst Investments LLC and a member of the board of directors of Tapstone Energy. Pope has spent more than 25 years working as a higher education administrator, supervisor and educator. He has served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma for the past five years. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Salt and Light Leadership Training Inc. He serves on the boards of the Urban League, the Edmond YMCA, the Oklahoma Blood Institute, the Institute for Evidence Based Change, It’s My Community Inc. and the advisory board for the Foundation for Oklahoma

City Public Schools. He holds a B.A. in history, an M.A. in higher education administration and an Ed.D. in higher education administration, all from the University of Alabama. Chesney has led Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas, since 2011. His experience in leadership at higher education institutions includes positions as associate provost for student success and assessment for the University of Texas at Dallas, vice president of academic affairs and provost of Collin College and additional administrative and faculty roles at the University of Texas at Dallas, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Texas Wesleyan University and Whitman College. He serves on the board of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce and Metrocrest Services advisory committee, on the American Council on Education Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program and on the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Economic and Workforce Development. He holds a B.A. in Spanish from Washington University, an M.A. in creative writing from Minnesota State University and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Florida State University. “Each of these candidates has demonstrated exceptional leadership and experience that would serve Oklahoma City University well,” Norick said. “I am proud of the work of the President Search Committee and the process we have followed.” Oklahoma City University’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee plans to recommend a finalist candidate for confirmation by the board at its next meeting, scheduled for April 25.

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Commentary ... We’re on YOUR Side

TV ‘experts’ guessing Adoption measure would help most needy children

It’s really painful to watch the national Sunday political talk shows -especially the panel discussions. Generally they consist of four progressives and one Republican, who is Steve Gust usually a progressive at heart. This past Sunday on “This Week” on ABC, George Stephanopoulos, asked about the results of a special Congressional Pennsylvania election where a Democrat has seemingly won in a district Trump carried by a wide margin. I say seemingly because the Associated Press hasn’t called the race and the results haven’t been certified. This ABC panel made the same mistake Republicans usually make after an election win. They think, “well our guy got 113,600 votes and your guy got 113,200 votes so obviously our side is right and yours is headed for the ash heap of history.” In reality very few political defeats are absolute. What happens is a defeat has a way of energizing the vanquished side. They post a victory or victories, until the other side gets mad enough to do something about it.

This Pennsylvania election was interesting because the Democrat was marginally pro-gun and distanced himself a bit from the uber San Francisco Congressional liberal, Nancy Pelosi. Still the ABC political panel all but confirmed a huge defeat for the GOP this November. Don’t forget these are the same “experts” who predicted an easy Hillary Clinton victory in 2016 and told us all about Russia-Trump collusion. ---Speaking of Hillary, her statements last week from India were odd. In essence she told crowds there she lost because caucasian women were told to vote for Trump by their husbands, sons or bosses. Wow! Can you imagine Mitt Romney saying something like that in 2013. He would have been branded a complete sexist. I’m sure the aforementioned ABC panel would have come unglued. In addition to Hillary’s statement being wrong, it just doesn’t make sense. How many guys can even tell their wives what television channel to watch, much less which side of the ballot to mark? Hillary’s statement, drawing fire from even a lot of Democrats, shows a lack of good judgment. (Steve Gust may be reached at

By Hance Dilbeck and the Most. Rev. Paul S. Coakley As leaders of our faith traditions in Oklahoma, we come together in support of Senate Bill 1140, which will help our state's most vulnerable children find loving homes. The bill, by Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, will encourage the establishment of more adoption services in Oklahoma by providing essential protections for faith-based adoption agencies. We want to be clear: While we seek these protections, the legislation in no way restricts the establishment of agencies who are not faith-based. We want to avoid in Oklahoma the tragic results of laws passed in places like Massachusetts, Illinois and Califor-

nia. These states have passed laws in recent years that require faithbased providers to place children in family structures that are in conflict with the principles of their faith, ultimately forcing the closure of the adoption agencies and leaving children in limbo. The threat of such religious discrimination and legal challenges has closed or impeded the opening of adoption agencies, and potential adoptive parents have remained on the sidelines for fear of regulations like those signed into law. Further, many women facing unintended pregnancies seek communities of faith for advice and support. These organizations are able to connect the women who choose life with couples who are ready to adopt. Without their support,

these women often are left with one option. To pre-empt these dire consequences, leaders in Virginia, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas have moved to proactively reaffirm the right of faith-based providers to serve children in ways that honor their conscience. Instead of adopting a one-size-fits-all policy and imposing it with every private adoption agency, these states have passed laws promoting a comeone, come-all approach. Any organization is welcome to help children, if it can pass the state's licensing requirements and place children in good homes. Similarly, SB 1140 does not change existing policy for adoption services. It merely gives guarantees that agencies can continue to operate in the same manner they have for decades. Opponents to this bill are pushing for a sort of one-directional freedom only applicable to a select agenda. In truth, we advocate for equal access. Children need good homes, and that reality shouldn't be subject to any political agenda. Across the state, children are waiting for a home, and good families are needed to welcome them. While not all of us may be able to adopt a child, together we can make it easier for these children and adults to find each other. More adoption services in operation means more kids placed in loving homes. That's what SB 1140 aims to accomplish, and we support the effort.

Coakley is archbishop of Oklahoma City. Dilbeck is executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

State needs more agencies to help kids By The Oklahoman Editorial Board Oklahoma has long struggled to place abused and neglected children in foster homes and facilitate adoptions, so it makes no sense to reduce the number of entities providing those services. Yet some activists appear willing to sacrifice the future of many needy children rather than allow them to be placed in homes by religious organizations holding to traditional Christian teachings on the issue of same-sex marriage. Legislation filed this year would ensure such private organizations are not prohibited by state law from aiding in foster care and adoptive placements. Senate Bill 1140, by Sen. Greg Treat, R-Edmond, states, “To the extent allowed by federal law, no private child-placing agency shall be required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency's writ-

ten religious or moral convictions or policies.” Some activists deride this as discrimination against LGBTQ couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples. But those couples could still adopt or foster children in Oklahoma. They would simply need to use another provider, and such providers are available. That's not much of a hardship. On the other hand, true hardship will be created if a measure like SB 1140 is not approved — and needy children, not adults, will be the ones to endure it. Oklahoma's Catholic bishops and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma have voiced support for SB 1140. They note that in some states where legal protections are not provided to faithbased private providers, such as Massachusetts, Illinois and California, faith-based agencies have been forced to close after regulations mandated changes to their adoption criteria in violation of the groups' religious principles.

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Fewer providers means fewer children being placed in safe foster homes and fewer children being adopted. That's a high price to pay to allow some parties to engage in empty virtue-signaling. Several states have enacted laws similar to SB 1140, including Michigan, Texas and Virginia. The website of the Human Rights Campaign maintains a list of agencies that are "Leaders in Supporting and Serving LGBTQ Youth and Families.” That list still includes providers in Michigan, Texas and Virginia. This issue is comparable to “controversies” over the occasional baker who declines to make a specialized wedding cake for a same-sex marriage due to the baker's religious beliefs. Same-sex couples can easily get a wedding cake elsewhere, so why all the fuss? Do same-sex couples really want to facilitate adoptions through providers who consider the couples' union to be a sin? One would think those couples would prefer to go elsewhere. In the meantime, the more providers focused on addressing Oklahoma's foster care and adoption needs, the better. In the vast majority of cases, the same-sex issue will not even come up. So why unnecessarily reduce the number of adoption service providers? People like to tout the importance of diversity and tolerance. Well, in a diverse society, people are going to hold diametrically opposite views about same-sex marriages. And in a tolerant society, those differences won't be used as an excuse to punish children to stifle disagreement among adults.

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An ill-fated trip to Kansas City By David Farris It was mid-June 1933, when Charley Floyd and his new partner, Adam Richetti, began their ill-fated trip to Kansas City, Mo., in a stolen Pontiac. Farris For high-rollin' gangsters like Pretty Boy, “KC” was a fun getaway where he enjoyed speakeasies, casinos, and other assorted, illegal vices. It was also a town where Floyd had many organized crime connections. The rowdy destination had become his second home, after Akins, Okla., since he was released from the Missouri State Prison at Jefferson City in 1929. It was also home to his girlfriend, Beulah Baird, who had a pretty sister named Ruth for Richetti. Unfortunately, it was bad timing for the two Oklahoma outlaws who had no way of knowing they were wanted for a bank robbery in Mexico, Mo., and subsequent murder of two police officers on June 14. In addition, state and federal authorities were on alert after a recent, major prison break. On May 30, Memorial Day, 11 convicts escaped from the Kansas State Prison, in Lansing, less than 40 miles west of Kansas City. The escapees included bank robbers and murderers; all were career criminals. On June 16, the stolen car broke down just a few miles north of Springfield. The outlaws found an old gent who agreed to tow their car behind his truck 20 miles further north to the town of Bolivar where Adam's brother, Joe Richetti, lived and worked as a mechanic. A little after 7 a.m., the men arrived at the Bitzer Chevrolet Company. As Joe went to work on the stolen Pontiac, Ernest Bitzer, who owned the car lot, and a couple of his salesmen made small talk with the two strangers about the car built by their competition. Bitzer recognized Floyd from the newspapers, who replied that he liked the car just fine and that it would do 85 mph. About then, Jack Killingsworth, a former salesman walked into the garage and joined the conversation. Killingsworth had quit his job at the car lot about six months earlier, when he was elected sheriff of Polk County. Adam had already started into his moonshine that morning, but was sharp enough to recognize the man. “That's the law!,” he shouted as he grabbed a Thompson sub-machine gun from under a blanket in the car. The drunken hood herded the employees against the wall, then pointed his gun at Killingsworth, who was unarmed. Joe realized his brother was fuzzyheaded and stepped in front of the lawman, telling Adam, “If you're going to shoot the sheriff, you'll have to shoot me first.” Floyd pulled his .45 caliber automatic Colt pistol from under his coat and took control of the situation. He knew they couldn't leave the sheriff behinh. Also, the lawmen knew the local back roads and could safely guide them to their destination. The outlaws loaded their guns and hostage into Joe's new Chevy and continued on their journey. Word that Pretty Boy Floyd was in town and had kidnapped the sheriff soon reached Deputy Sheriff Roe Newsum. He rallied lawmen in surrounding towns who were already doing doubleduty in their pursuit of Floyd and the escapees from Kansas. Sheriff Killingsworth, on the other hand, knew that if the outlaws were cornered they were ready to engage in a desperate gun battle. The lawman assured the outlaws, “I don't want them (officers) to catch up with you while I'm in the car.” He felt obligated to get them to their destination before anyone could get hurt. Near the town of Brownington, Floyd finally pulled over after he couldn't shake a lone state patrolman. As the outlaws readied their weapons, he ordered the sheriff to, “Wave them

back.” Killingsworth realized the seriousness of the situation, “I stuck my Panama hat out the window and waved as hard as I could. Pretty soon the patrolman began to get the idea and dropped back. I'm sure I saved his life.” The men stopped twice for gasoline and candy bars. Floyd asked an attendant if she had heard about the sheriff who was kidnapped. He learned that some lawmen who stopped by earlier said they thought the outlaws were headed to Oklahoma. The news made Charley grin, but he knew he wasn't home free. He decided that they would head west, to Kansas, just to be safe. A little latter, the trio was again pursued by lawmen, but the new Chevy was able to outdistance the older cars. Still, the sheriff suggested to Floyd that he find a faster car. His recommendation resulted in him being forced to take part in a carjacking. The men waited along the roadside, near Deepwater, Mo., for a suitable car when, after only a few minutes, 51-year-old Walter Griffith drove up in his new Pontiac. At gun point, the sheriff waved him down. Floyd opened the driver's door and ordered him to “Move over!” The outlaws transferred their guns, ammo and hostage into their latest vehicle and drove off, leaving Joe's Chevy in the dust. Floyd was in control, but remained calm and cool as he reassured his captives, “You seem like pretty good fellas. I believe I'll let you get out of this.” Griffith cringed as Floyd crossed fields and creeks in his shiny, new car, and sped down rough country roads that were better suited for farm trucks. The men crossed into Kansas, where they pulled off the road, near Ottawa, and waited for sunset. In the meantime, Killingworth and Floyd developed an affable relationship of mutual respect. “We got to be plumb good friends,” the lawman later told reporters. Floyd confided to the sheriff his bleak outlook for the future, “They'll get me. Sooner or later, I'll go down full of lead. That's the way it will end.” When Killingsworth mentioned his son, Floyd fired up thinking about his own, “How would you like to be hunted night and day, day and night? How would you like to sleep every night with this thing (his sub-machine gun) across your knees? I have a son, too.” When the summer sun finally set, the men drove north for a short while, then turned east, back towards Missouri. It had been a long day and was getting late when the travelers caught sight of the side lights surrounding Kansas City. Floyd circled the area looking for lawmen until he was satisfied. Then, just a little after 10 p.m., he drove the poor, rode-hard, Pontiac into town and parked on a dark street. He stepped from the car and made a phone call. The men continued a little further to a prearranged location, where they waited until a mysterious stranger drove up in a black Chevy. The outlaws once again transferred their belongings to the latest vehicle, then Floyd told his captives to get out – their ordeal was over. He instructed the men to wait five minutes before reclaiming Griffith's Pontiac. As a parting gesture of endearment, Floyd offered the golf clubs in the trunk of the first stolen Pontiac he left in Bolivar to the sheriff “to remember him by.” Sheriff Killingsworth assured the fugitive that “he didn't need anything to remember him by.” Finally, the Oklahoma outlaws could get to their long-awaited dates with the Baird sisters. Unfortunately, they had no way of knowing that their visit to KC would seal their fate. About a year-and-a-half later, the actual bandits responsible for robbing the bank at Mexico, Mo., and killing the two policemen were captured and confessed; but, by then, it didn't matter to Floyd. He would already be dead.

Engagement, Wedding notices Do you have a wedding or engagement notice? If so, please contact us at Edmond Life & Leisure, either by phone, 340-3311 or e-mail, We will then send or fax you an engagement or wedding form.The cost is $35, which includes a photograph. Payment is due upon submission by noon Thursday.

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UCO Jazz student Evan Drumm, from Edmond, was one of only four soloists to receive recognition recently at the 48th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival. Drumm and the UCO Jazz Ensemble I group earned a performance spot at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

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Engagement, Wedding notices Do you have a wedding or engagement notice? If so, please contact us at Edmond Life & Leisure, either by phone, 340-3311 or e-mail, We will then send or fax you an engagement or wedding form.The cost is $35, which includes a photograph. Payment is due upon submitted by noon Thursday.

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music’s Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Brian Gorrell, captured the attention of both judges and attendees at the 48th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, in Monterey, California, earning first place with their performance. The ensemble tied with the University of Denver Lamont Jazz Orchestra and beat out the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Studio Jazz Band, in second place, and the Sacramento State Jazz University Ensemble, in third place. This year was UCO’s first visit to the festival. Central student and trombone soloist Evan Drumm, recently named Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Musician by the Oklahoma Jazz Educators, was recognized as one of only four “Outstanding Soloist” award recipients, for his improvised solo, earning a chance to perform at the Monterey competition. The ensemble, including Drumm, will showcase their award-winning talent in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, with guest artist John Daversa, at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. 5th St. in Edmond. The Next Generation Jazz Festival, presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival, is a weekend-long event that includes big bands, combos, vocal ensembles and individual musicians, vying for a spot on the stages of the 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September. According to organizers, the Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world. “Just to be invited to this festival is a validation of what we are doing here at UCO,” said Gorrell, director of the UCO Jazz Program. “Only six

bands are selected out of a field of typically more than 100 entries from top programs from all over the country. So, we already had won in terms of national recognition.” The UCO College of Fine Arts and Design dean agrees. “Brian Gorrell and the students of Jazz Ensemble I put Edmond, Oklahoma, and UCO, emphatically on the map as a prime destination for a premier education in music,” said Dean Steven Hansen, MFA. “It is one thing to know in your heart that the music you help create is world-class. It is truly vindicating for a jury of esteemed peers, privy to the best jazz musicians in the country, to announce to the world that you are among the very best.” According to Gorrell, UCO Jazz has evolved from humble beginnings, starting as an extracurricular activity in the 1960s and has grown and matured into a nationally-respected jazz studies program. Since 1975, UCO jazz ensembles, combos and individual students have received numerous awards and honors for outstanding performances at events throughout the United States and Europe. With the addition of the UCO Jazz Lab, in 2002, the program began to experience real academic growth. A minor in jazz was added in 2004, as well as a Master of Music in jazz studies in 2006, under the direction of Gorrell as the new division head. For more information about Jazz Ensemble I in concert or to purchase tickets, visit or call the UCO Jazz Lab at (405) 9742100. For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit


Pictured left to right: Annette Ford, Newcomer’s Educational Director, Bev Hanna-Fedde, Newcomer member, and Shirley Ellis, Senior Master Gardener with the Oklahoma County Master Gardening Association.

Master Gardener addresses newcomers Shirley Ellis accomplished more than 700 volunteer hours with the Oklahoma County Master Gardening Association. She also works part time for the Oklahoma State Tourism Department as a visitor representative. Her tips on growing plants in the Oklahoma summer heat, informing the members of which trees grow best in Oklahoma soil, and encouraging everyone to get a soil sample to better understand your yard and gardens were great ideas to grow beautiful shrubs and flowers.

Edmond Newcomers Club is a special organization that provides an opportunity for socializing and meeting other women in Edmond through a variety of events and interest groups. Interest groups are book club, bridge, bunco, card games, out-tolunch bunch, and Discover Oklahoma, a special excursion each month. A monthly coffee takes place the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. (October through April) at First Christian Church on the northeast corner of Second and Broadway. Visitors are cordially invited to come.

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New administrative chief named for hospital group

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Rep. Randy McDaniel welcomed Kayelee Brendle as the high school page for House District 83 recently. ‘Kayelee did a great job,’ said McDaniel, R-Edmond. ‘Watching students like Kayelee engage in the political process is very encouraging, and I know she’ll go on to do important things.’ House pages run messages to legislators while they are in the chamber debating policy and voting on measures. Pages also participate in a mock session, in which they learn legislative procedure and how to write legislation. Kayelee is a senior at Edmond Santa Fe High School and is the daughter of Steven and Joanie Brendle.

Lions Club will have benefit chili feast Give the gift of sight … and enjoy a great “All you can eat” Chili Feast at the Edmond Evening Lions Club annual Chili Supper, Tuesday, March 27, 5 to 7 pm. Proceeds benefit the Oklahoma Eye Bank, provide vision screenings, service dogs, eyeglasses, training and medicine to improve vision. Lions have impacted hundreds of millions of lives through vision-related work and wellness programs. You are your friends are invited to join this effort and enjoy home-made chili, corn bread, salad, fixin’ and desserts. Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for kids … available at the door (in the Fireside Room) … the west door of the Nazarene Church on South Boulevard in Edmond.

Gourmet Gallery spring tasting The Gourmet Gallery, located in Edmond at 1532 S. Boulevard and in the Shoppes at Northpark at 122nd & May in Oklahoma City will have a Spring tasting event on Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come sample items for your Spring & Easter meal planning, complete with recipes. There will be 20 percent off storewide will be offered at both locations. For more information please contact The Gourmet Gallery at 715-3663.

Kevin Elledge of Edmond, has been named chief administrative officer for OU Physicians, the physician practice of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. In his new role, Elledge will work closely with OU Physician leadership to advance the mission of patient care across the OU Health Sciences Center enterprise. He will be responsible for the collective business and operational performance of the OU Physicians clinical practice, including the provision of core practice management services, revenue cycle functions, financial management, clinical operations, strategy development, information technology and analytics. Elledge will support the delivery of high-quality patient care across OU Physicians practice divisions and clinical units and will ensure coordination with the University’s missions of education and research. Elledge has more than 14 years of experience with OU Physicians, most recently serving as the executive director of operations. “As interim chief administrative officer, Kevin has worked tirelessly and very effectively to advance a number of important initiatives for our group,” said OU Physicians President Jesus Medina, M.D. “He has earned my respect as a trustworthy administrator, manager and leader. I am excited to continue working with him for the benefit of our organization.” Elledge holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to joining OU Physicians, he resided in

Kevin Elledge Atlanta where he founded and operated a successful healthcare technology company. With more than 1,000 doctors and advanced practice providers, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City, Lawton and other cities around Oklahoma.

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New MS treatments?

Remembering ill children

ABOVE --- OC students Shaylin Stephenson (left), Molly Patterson (middle), and Christian Franklin (right) help Oklahoma Christian Academy elementary students write encouragement cards to children with cancer. 

RIGHT --- Last week at Oklahoma Christian University a representative from the Toby Keith Foundation spoke. TKF Development Associate Lauren Polchinski, right, encouraged the local community to support children fighting cancer. She spoke at OC's daily chapel.

OC students invited Polchinski to OC as part of there Help Build Hope With Purpose campaign. With Purpose is a national nonprofit fighting for more support for children fighting cancer. PHOTOS PROVIDED

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists have made a discovery that could open doors to new treatments for multiple sclerosis. OMRF researcher Bob Axtell, Ph.D., and graduate student James Quinn found that, in laboratory mice, a particular white blood cell (known as TFH cells) seems to play a key role in MS. “Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease, where several different types of white blood cells drive relapses and disability in MS. Two subtypes of blood cells known to drive diseases are B cells and T cells. But, it’s not entirely clear how these cells communicate to drive this devastating disease,” said Axtell, an assistant member in OMRF’s Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Program. “What James figured out was that the TFH cells are actually communicating with the B cells in this disease.” In multiple sclerosis, or MS, the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissues. In particular, it attacks myelin, which is the protective later that covers nerves and fibers throughout the body. These attacks cause a variety of symptoms, including issues with vision, muscle spasms, tremors and paralysis. The cause of MS remains unknown, making research into the disease crucial for improved treatment options for the estimated 2.3 million people living with the disease globally. To better understand what triggers MS disease in mice, Axtell and Quinn looked at the newly discovered TFH cells. “It has been known that white blood cells groups called T cells and B cells cooperate in MS, but how they cooperate has been a mystery.” said Quinn. “Our study shows that TFH cells communicate with B cells to drive severe disease.” Using mice engineered to develop an MS-like condition, the OMRF scientists found that TFH T cells communicated with B cells to drive severe disease. When they blocked the function of TFH in the mice, their disease lessened. “Knowing that TFH cells promote this cross communication with other cell types supports the idea that targeting these cells could be an effective therapeutic strategy for MS in humans,” said Axtell. The next steps will be further research to explore how TFH influences the development of MS and whether blocking it could lead to effective therapies for patients.

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Swine Week 2018 ABOVE -- The Edmond Memorial High School gym was packed last Friday as the total was announced for Swine Week 2018. Swine Week is the school’s annual community benefit. This year’s cause was Make Promises Happen, an effort that helps special needs individuals enjoy summer camp. Its executive director Josh McClennahan, left, thanked the large crowd. The day was also a lot of fun for the students with entertainment, right.


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New fire station planned at 15th & Kelly.

Officials break ground on new fire station

Ground has been broken on Edmond's newest fire station at 15th and Kelly, as fire officials look forward to the $4.2 million facility. “We are excited to embark on this project,” Fire Chief Chris Goodwin said. Land for the building was bought in 2007 with the vision of someday becoming a fire station. Now a 14,638 square-foot build-

ing will be completed in spring 2019. “Today the future is here,” Deputy Fire Chief Chris Denton said to a crowd of about 75 on Wednesday afternoon. The new station will start out with four firefighters and one fire truck. In the future, it can accom-

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Gamma Zeta members of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Bonnie Daye and Billye Peterson attend Open House at Oklahoma School for the Blind, which was established in 1897. Oklahoma School for the Blind, also known as Parkview School, is a day and residential school for blind students pre-K through grade 12 and is located in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  The school provides vital specialized services and its dedicated teachers enable these students to succeed.


Pictured from left are, AJ, Sergio, Ricardo, Shane and ESA Gamma Zeta member Jacci Gantz and Liz King. Epsilon Sigma Alpha, an international service organization, and its  Gamma Zeta chapter loaded fun-filled Easter baskets with goodies for the young men at Boys’ Ranch Town. Boys Ranch Town is a 145 acre working ranch located in a rural setting within the city limits of Edmond. The campus contains modern cottages, each with a capacity for eight residents and a married couple serving as houseparents. The family arrangement in the cottage models how a Christian household should operate. Boys’ Ranch Town creates an active ranch Christian environment. 

Edmond Life & Leisure • March 22, 2018 • Page 15

‘Battle of the Sexes’ not bad but not very memorable either

By George Gust Years ago, in the days of the overstocked aisles of your local Blockbuster or Hollywood Video, I felt like I had a pretty good bead on what movies were coming out and especially the ones starring my favorite actors and actresses. Fast forward to now with the consistent barrage of Netflix movies dropping in out of nowhere and smaller films with big stars it can be difficult to tell the passion projects from the quick cash grabs. "Battle of the Sexes" is an example of this new age of independent smaller films that feel bigger than self-proclaimed chauvinist. Carrel steals most every practically straight to video. scene he's in and delivers plenty of comedic mo“Battle of the Sexes” tells the true story of the ments that stand out from the rest of the film. famous 1973 tennis match between women’s Overall, "Battle of the Sexes" give an entertainWorld No. 1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex- ing and fleshed out retelling of a famous sporting men’s-champ and serial hustler, 55 year old, Bobby event that holds a significant meaning for a signifiRiggs (Steve Carell). “Battle of the Sexes” chronicant amount of people. However, the more overcles the personal struggles of each Billie and Bobby dramatized and on the nose technique employed leading up to the famed match. to tackle the social message the filmmakers were "Battle of the Sexes" provides a healthy amount aiming for hold this film back from being truly of context surrounding the titular tennis match in memorable. There is a lot to like about "Battle of terms of the social climate of the time with the the Sexes"; the performances of Stone and Carrel, women's liberation movement and the general atti- groovy 70's soundtrack and the interesting and tude towards women and women's sports. A major compelling way they filmed the actual tennis flaw of this film is the over emphasizing the film's scenes, but you'll ultimately forget about this altruistic message of gender equality and acceptmovie shortly after watching. It's worth a 24 hour ance instead of focusing on a compelling story first rental if you've enjoyed the work of the two leads letting the message speak for itself. The film feels in the past. too on the nose with its core ideas, featuring ham"Battle of the Sexes" is rated PG-13 for some fisted dialogue that falls flat and doesn't do service sexual content and partial nudity and available to the fantastic performances from the immensely now On Demand. talented leads. The saving grace of this film is the performances 2.7 out of 5 stars of Stone and Carrel as the competitors at the center of the momentous media circus tennis exhibition. In many ways it feels like this is Stone's film featuring occasional appearances by Carrel's Riggs character. Stone is quite good as the divisive sports figure, King, she was able to add nuance to a character who at this point in her life had been a rather private superstar. With Stone's portrayal of King providing the emotional core of the Steve Carrell, right, is among the stars in ‘Battle of the Sexes.’ movie, this allows Carrel to have a ton of fun portraying the over the top



From Page 14 modate up to 10 firefighters, two officers and eight non-officers. The new station is west of the railroad tracks and is expected to reduce call times, Denton said. Landmark Construction Group is overseeing the $4,224,403 project, which was approved by the Edmond City Council on Monday. An emergency medical service triage room will be included in the new building. This is the first time a room will be designated to evaluate people's medical conditions if they coe to the station. The station will replace the current station on S Broadway, which was built in 1974. The new address is 1025 W 15. ERIECH TAPIA


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Couple’s life truly peachy

By Betty Thompson PORTER — On a hot summer day at the corner of Highway 69 and Highway 51B, you will find a red barn with fresh Porter peaches, fried peach pie and cobbler, peach ice cream and Dawna Livesay hard at work. When Livesay and her husband, Kent, purchased an orchard and farm stand 1997, they had no idea what it would become 20 years later. “I thought it was a great marketing opportunity for the family orchard,” Livesay said. “I remember standing there thinking ‘how am I going to fill this space?’ Within a few years, we needed more room. It’s a blessing.” When Blackledge-Fisher Orchards announced they were selling a portion of their orchard along with their highway farm market, Livesay instantly thought it would be a perfect to have another market for the family to sell their produce from Livesay Orchards, which is owned and farmed by brothers Kent and Steve Livesay. But before they could buy it, the orchard and highway stand went under contract to someone else. “I thought we had missed our opportunity,” Livesay said. As fate would have it, the original contract fell through, and the property was back on the market within a year. Livesay said they consulted with their pastor before making any final decisions. One priority they were not willing to give up was their family. At the time, they had their oldest son Kyle, but knew they wanted to grow their family. In 1997, they purchased the orchard and farm market and re-named it The Peach Barn. Since then, Livesay has played a primary role in the business and dedicated much of her time to the store, spending nearly every day it is open at The Peach Barn, from early June until Christmas Eve. Livesay is passionate about making The Peach Barn a success. She has worked closely with the Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) at Oklahoma State University to develop products and utilize as much of their produce as possible. She found that instead of throwing out the remaining peach juice after making a pie filling, they could take it to a packer to make jellies. Their “number two” peaches, those not sold as fresh produce, are used to make pie filling, jams, salsa, BBQ sauce and more. Those products can then be sold on the shelf at the Peach Barn and some even make their way to local grocery stores. She also works closely with Oklahoma Agritourism for workshops, printed materials and online marketing. Though she has played a key role in the growth of their business, and spends a significant amount of time at The Peach Barn serving as manager, she is quick to credit the success to the loyal employees and customers in their community that have helped make it what it is. Livesay says their dedicated employees are the reason she was able to continue with The Peach Barn while raising and homeschooling their two sons, Kyle and Nathan. Aside from using her education degree to homeschool their children, Livesay found another unique way to incorporate it with her role in the family business. She began leading school tours for Livesay Orchards, driving the tractor for the hay wagon and giving presentations. It has grown so much that they need 10 people to assist with tours today. Livesay divides her day between the Peach Barn and Livesay Orchards beginning in September, when their main peach season has begun to slow down. She schedules and manages the apple and pumpkin school tours, which she says can be a fulltime job by itself. School tours begin around the third week of September and continue through mid-November. As soon as school tours conclude,

Dawna and her husband Kent Livesay purchased an orchard and farm stand in 1997 where they established the Peach Barn. Dawna is being recognized as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.

Livesay said she switches her focus back to the The Peach Barn fulfilling orders of pies, homemade cornbread dressing, sides, gift baskets, jar products and cracked pecans for Thanksgiving and Christmas. “We even have pecan crackers as well,” Livesay said, “So we crack and sell locally grown pecans starting in October through Christmas Eve.” Though she is very knowledgeable about their industry and business today, Livesay was not always engaged in agriculture. She grew up in Lawton, Okla., and obtained her music degree with a teaching certification from Cameron University. One summer during college she took a part-time job at the Livesay Orchards, where she met her husband Kent. The two married in 1992. “We had been married for about two months when we went to a week-long fruit school through Michigan State University, it all went way over my head,” Livesay laughed. In addition to managing The Peach Barn, she handles the HR and marketing, and serves as head bookkeeper for their business as well as Livesay Orchards. The Peach Barn has changed significantly from the small highway market it was when they first purchased it. “I ordered quilts to hang on the

walls when we first bought it so it wouldn’t look empty,” Livesay recalled. “We just expanded; I never would have thought we would run out of room.” Shortly after the Livesay’s took ownership, they added a gift area and started offering peach sundaes. Later, they added a bakery which offers their homemade fried pies, whole pies, cobblers and peach muffins. In 2007, they added a seating area and began offering fresh, made-to-order sandwiches. Of everything they sell, Livesay said the fresh peaches from the family orchard are still the customer favorite, followed by their fried peach pie and homemade peach ice cream. Livesay cannot keep up with the baking by herself, so any given summer they have an average of 30 employees from the community working in The Peach Barn in retail, making pie filling, pie crusts, cobblers, ice cream and more. Giving back to their community is important to Livesay. In addition to providing jobs for many in the Porter area, she has been a member of the Porter Lions Club for over 20 years. In 2014, Livesay said she had the opportunity to select an organization to receive $2,500 from the America’s Farmers GROW Communities Monsanto Fund. Livesay chose to direct

the funding to install a fence around the Lions Club’s new playground and park that sat near the road. She has also been a church pianist since she was in the ninth grade, served as a fourth grade choir teacher at the First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow for over six years, and now co-teaches middle school girls’ small groups. Livesay and her husband are thrilled that their oldest son Kyle, who just finished a Horticulture degree at the University of Arkansas, will return to Porter to help with the family business. Their youngest son Nathan is a junior in high school and studying pre-engineering at Tulsa Tech. “I feel blessed and proud that the business has grown over the years,” Livesay said. “Kent and I love working together, we feel blessed to work where we can see and talk to each other and our boys throughout each day.” ---Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of stories on Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture. The project is a program of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry to recognize and honor the impact of countless women across all 77 counties of the state, from all aspects and areas of the agricultural industry.

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Addy Clift’s stellar play nets a postseason honor Oklahoma Christian guard Addy Clift received NCAA Division II AllSouth Central Region first-team women's basketball honors last week on the lists produced by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. Clift, a 5-foot-7 junior from Kiowa, led the South Central Region in scoring this season at 21.7 points per game, a total that puts her among the top 10 scorers in Division II. The D2CCA All-Region teams are voted upon by sports information directors from universities and conferences in the three leagues that make up the region – the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences. As a first-team all-region selection, Clift will move onto a ballot for All-America consideration. "We are so proud of Addy making this list," OC coach Stephanie Findley said. "There's no one who has worked harder to make herself a better player. I'm so glad those who voted recognized the effort it took for her to lead our conference in scoring while shooting good percentages as well. She was always the focus of our opponents' defensive game plans and she still excelled. "She is a joy to coach and every honor she receives is well-deserved." Clift's 608 points this season put her eighth on OC's single-season scoring chart and with 1,365 career points, she already ranks 17th on that list. She is the only Division II player so far this season to record multiple 40point games, pouring in 42 at Emporia State (Kan.) on Nov. 29 to set the Heartland's single-game scoring mark, then scoring 40 at league runner-up Arkansas-Fort Smith on Feb. 22. She also had 35 points against No. 2-ranked Lubbock Christian (Texas) on Feb. 17 and 31 at South Central Region power Angelo State (Texas) on Nov. 25. She led the Heartland in made 3pointers with 87, the third-highest total in league history, and was second in free-throw percentage (82.2). She went 17 of 18 from the line in

Addy Clift the game at Arkansas-Fort Smith, tying OC's record for made free throws in a game. Clift was a five-time Heartland player-of-the-week selection and made the league's first-team honor list. She also received first-team recognition on the All-Oklahoma Division II teams selected by the website She is the second OC player ever to receive All-Region honors, joining former teammate McKenzie Stanford, who was named to the second-team list last season. Stanford also earned honorable mention on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's AllAmerica list following the 2015-16 season. Tess Bruffey of Lubbock Christian was named as the region's player of the year. She joined Clift, Marquita Daniels of Angelo State, Molly Rohrer of Colorado State-Pueblo and Brianna Wise of Texas A&M-Commerce on the D2CCA All-Region firstteam list. Making the second-team list were Vivian Gray of Fort Lewis (Colo.), Jamie Bonnarens of Cameron, Lexy Hightower of West Texas A&M, Tayla Taylor of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Katie Cunningham of Colorado StatePueblo, De'Anira Moore of Angelo State and Mackenzie Halley of Tarleton State (Texas).

A ‘Sidekick’ soccer partner St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic school second grader, Luke Maschmeier, signed with Energy FC as a sidekick for the 2018 professional soccer season. The program is a partnership between Energy players and ‘Sidekick’ athletes that are chosen each season to be part of the Energy FC journey. Sidekick athletes are from Special Olympics Oklahoma, TopSoccer, Down Syndrome Association of Oklahoma and Autism Oklahoma. ‘Luke has played in the TopSoccer program which is associated with Edmond Soccer Club for 7-8 seasons and we are also members of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma,’ said his mom, Carrie Maschmeier. ‘The kids do four to five events with the Energy players over the course of the season and get admission for the whole family to all of the Energy home soccer games.’ PHOTO PROVIDED

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APRIL BURGESS There was an Irish theme during the season’s first Heard on Hurd celebration last weekend. Citizens Bank, Heard on Hurd sponsor, opened their doors so students from the All About Irish School of Dance in Meeker could entertain.

A little closer look at domestic violence By John Goetz Edmond Family Counseling As the survivors of the Florida school shooting head back to school and the nation focuses its attention on the why and how of this tragic event, I would like Goetz to suggest we pull ourselves away from the headlines and place some of our focus on a type of violence that literally strikes people in their homes. Let’s start with a definition. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional or psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically. In the United States an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. Domestic Violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. “Over all one in three female murder victims and one in 20 male murder victims are killed by intimate partners,” Criminal Justice Policy Review, 19(1), 117-130. These are very sobering statistics. The main objective of abusers is to dominate and control the other person in an intimate relationship. They are manipulative and clever, using a wide variety of tactics to gain and maintain control over their partners. Every relationship is different, and all abusers do not follow the exact same pattern of abuse, but they do follow a similar pattern using an overarching strategy

known as coercive control. Coercive control refers to a combination of tactics such as isolation, degradation, micromanagement, manipulation, stalking, physical abuse, sexual coercion, threats and punishments. An abuser often operate within cycles including periods of good times and peace turning into periods of abuse. Over time this allows the abuser to instill fear in their partner and maintain control over their lives. Abusers often present themselves publicly as loving and attentive. They may be charming, successful, well-liked and even romantic. However over time these behaviors change. The attention they give at first seems supportive and well intentioned, then it feels isolating and controlling. A key indicator comes when the victimized person tries to assert themselves causing the abuser to become even more controlling and abusive. The victimized person becomes fearful and believes they are unable to escape or leave. Sometimes, the abuser may not let them leave. This article just begins to try to describe the dynamics of domestic violence, undoubtedly there are other dynamics that are involved. Education is the first step to avoiding these relationships and recognizing the signs if this is affecting you currently. There are resources and people to help you. If you feel you are a victim of domestic violence contact the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-safe (7233), the YWCA (405) 948-1770, or Edmond Family Counseling accepts all “walk in” clients who are in crisis free of charge. You can reach us anytime by phone at 405-341-3554.

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Sailors aboard USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) stand topside as the Los Angeles-class attack submarine returns home to Guam. Oklahoma City, one of four forward-deployed submarines homeported in Apra Harbor, returned to Guam after an eight-month maintenance period known as Docking Selected Restricted Availability.

Navy’s has attack class sub named USS Oklahoma City SINGAPORE - The Los Angelesclass attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) arrived in Singapore March 16 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Pacific. With a crew of approximately 150, Oklahoma City will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. "Oklahoma City is a highly capable warship that has reliably answered the call of duty to defend the United States and her allies and partners around the world," said Cmdr. Thomas O'Donnell, Oklahoma City's commanding officer. "We stand by our motto 'The Sonner, The Better,' and will always execute the mission promptly and professionally when called upon." "The crew has been working extremely hard to carry out our mission the best they can," said Master Chief Fire Control Technician Brandon Edmiston, Oklahoma City's chief of the boat. "I am sure they are all looking forward to resting, relaxing, and enjoying everything that Singapore has

to offer." For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Singapore. "Part of the reason I joined the Navy was so that I could see the world and I am really excited to get to experience something new," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Jacob McCurnin. "Singapore has been at the top of my list for a while now." Oklahoma City is one of the most capable and reliable submarines in the world. This submarine is able to support a multitude of missions, including antisubmarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, strike and intelligence, and surveillance and reconnaissance. Oklahoma City was commissioned in 1988 and has been a cornerstone of the U.S. Navy submarine fleet for 30 years. Oklahoma City is homeported in Guam.

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New fitness center Research looks into to open at Touchmark vital body chemical A new Health & Fitness Studio for both residents and guests at Touchmark at Coffee Creek opens March 26. The 4,500-square-foot center features state-of-the-art equipment, flatscreen TVs mounted on the wall, lounge space and welcome area and will offer group classes designed for those 50 years and older. Classes to be offered include FUNctional Fitness, chair yoga and PWR! Moves for those living with Parkinson’s disease. The Studio will host an open house from 3 to 4 p.m. on March 26 at Touchmark at Coffee Creek, 2801 Shortgrass Road in Edmond. “We’re so excited to offer a variety of ways members can pursue an active, healthy life,” Exercise Specialist Hannah Eckel said. “Some people can get intimidated at a large gym full of people who are already in peak physical shape. We offer a place people can feel comfortable coming to and enjoy being with others and growing stronger.” Eckel, who is certified in exercise physiology, functional aging and Parkinson’s disease wellness and recovery, oversees the Studio and teaches the group fitness classes as well as provides personal training. Studio memberships are available to the general public to anyone age 50 or above or people can pay per class.

The Studio’s state-of-the-art equipment includes an Expresso HD bike, which give users a more interactive experience. A monitor depicts a real riding environment. Handlebars turn so riders can follow the course and magnetic resistance matches the course conditions. A unique password allows riders to log in and track their accomplishments and ride data, even allowing one to race against previous record times. Bill Hines, a resident at Touchmark’s Parkview neighborhood of single-family homes, discovered the bike as a good exercise alternative when he doesn’t take his bike out on trails around Edmond. “I don’t want to sit somewhere and stare at the wall,” he says. “This gives me a way to feel like I’m really there. It’s neat. I can shift gears. I can steer. I can watch people pass me on the road and try to peddle faster to pass them up.” Touchmark is part of the Coffee Creek 638-acre planned residential development, which includes recreational centers and walking and biking trails for Coffee Creek homeowners. A full-service retirement community, Touchmark at Coffee Creek offers a wide range of homes and lifestyle options. For more information, contact Touchmark at 405-3401975 or visit

These cells are neurons that release dopamine, a chemical responsible for voluntary movement and the perception of rewards in the brain. The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s Beckstead newest scientist, Michael Beckstead, Ph.D., is focusing his research on what happens when things go wrong with dopamine neurons, resulting in problems ranging from Parkinson’s disease (too little dopamine) to addiction (too much). Beckstead joined the Oklahoma City nonprofit from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he first opened a lab to study the production and control of dopamine. Neurons in the brain release the chemical to initiate movement and also as a reward to reinforce certain helpful behaviors. “It’s vital in learning behaviors that keep us alive. It’s why the things you need for survival feel good,” said Beckstead. “Eating when you’re hungry, drinking when thirsty, sex, a good night’s sleep.” So, when the body slows or stops its dopamine production, the results can be devastating. “If you lose dopamine, you can’t move because that signal can no longer be sent from your brain to initiate movement,” said Beckstead. “We know one of the main pathologies of Parkinson’s disease is the death of these dopamine neurons.” Parkinson’s is a condition that leads to shaking, stiffness and difficulty with walking, balance and coordination. There is no known cure for the disease, which typically strikes after the age of 60 and worsens as sufferers grow older. In his lab at OMRF, Beckstead is studying how neurons in the brain age. This work could lead to poten-

tial treatment options in the earliest disease stages of Parkinson’s, before symptoms become debilitating. Meanwhile, he is also researching the role that dopamine plays in the addiction to drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine. “One thing we know about pretty much every drug of abuse is it causes a spike of dopamine in the brain,” Beckstead said. “When you eat a meal, you get an appropriate release of the chemical for satisfaction. But if you take methamphetamine for the first time, that spike is going to be much higher.” With repetition, the brain comes to expect that unnatural release of dopamine. But when a person attempts to stop using, the body reacts negatively, thinking it needs the dopamine-triggering drug. “This is why people who take meth spend all their money on the drug, steal from loved ones and commit violent acts; their brains are telling them they need that dopamine rush more than anything,” said Beckstead. “Now the addiction has taken the place of natural ‘feelgood rewards’ that come from having a good home, stable job or loving family.” By better understanding the precise role that dopamine plays in drug addiction, his ultimate goal is to find methods to treat these disorders. “In Oklahoma and across the country, drug addiction is a problem that’s reaching epic proportions,” said Beckstead. “If we can develop new strategies for intervention, that would be an important step forward.” Support for Beckstead’s work comes from grants from the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research, the Presbyterian Health Foundation, National Institute on Aging grant No. R01 AG052606 and National Institute of Drug Abuse grant No. R01 DA032701.

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What to do when disaster hits Spring time in Oklahoma can be beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. Oklahoma’s unpredictable weather reminds us disasters can strike at any time. While your family’s health and security are the most important considerations, regaining order in your finances is essential for returning to a normal life. The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) advises proper planning and preparation before a disaster strikes is crucial. The OSCPA offers five basic predisaster preparation tips. n Keep records in order. In the wake of a disaster, documentation may be necessary. This includes personal identification, insurance papers and banking and investment information. CPAs advise keeping all of these important materials in a bank safe deposit box or a secure,

New Edmond Location Sunbelt Rentals held a ribbon cutting with the Edmond Chamber to celebrate the grand opening of its newest location: 3801 S. Broadway Ave. Edmond. Sunbelt Rentals services a number of customers, from commercial, industrial, residential and municipal to do-it-yourselfers. Sunbelt Rentals’ has a network of more than 700 locations and an extensive equipment fleet exceeding $6 billion and includes general construction equipment, industrial tools, pumps and power generation, climate control & HVAC, trench shoring, scaffolding, remediation & restoration equipment and much more. Their vision is to be the preferred rental equipment provider and strives to show their customers the benefits of renting vs. buying. To find out more, visit PHOTO PROVIDED

State Fair Park events worth millions to metro State Fair Park is proud to have once again been the location of the nationally renowned arts & crafts show known as An Affair of the Heart. The winter show was held Feb. 9 to Feb. 11. The event occupied three exhibit buildings, including the Bennett Event Center, at State Fair Park showcasing some of the finest crafts, antiques, collectibles and art. The show featured exhibitors and artisans from Oklahoma and many from across the nation. An Affair of the Heart drew more than 21,100 devoted fans and placed more than $2.5 million of direct spending into the Oklahoma City economy. The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale ran for three days – Feb. 23, 24 and 25. Thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers giving thousands of volunteer hours, the event was a huge success. The show drew approximately

13,000 participants and resulted in direct spending to Oklahoma City of more than $1.18 million. State Fair Park played host to 16 events during the month of February. In addition to the above mentioned, other events included: the State Jr. High Wrestling Championship; the Pool & Spa Show; an OKC Gun Show; the Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; the Oklahoma Kids Wrestling; the Oklahoma NASP State Shoot; the Annual RV Super Show; the Oklahoma State Drill Team Championship; a Hall of Fame Gun & Knife Show; the State High School Wrestling Championship; and the Leake Classic Car Show & Auction; the Annual Motorcycle Show; and an Oklahoma Gun Show. In all, there were 90,591 people present during the 180 event days held at State Fair Park, generating more than $12.3 million in direct spending into the Oklahoma City economy.

Appointed to state position official documents without auGov. Mary Fallin has apthorization from the commispointed Nicole Willard, dision. rector of archives, special Other members of the comcollections and library develmission include Vice Chair and opment for the University Secretary Susan McVey, direcof Central Oklahoma, as the tor for the Oklahoma Departnew chair of the Archives ment of Libraries; Lt. Gov. and Records Commission Todd Lamb; Oklahoma State for the state of Oklahoma. Treasurer Ken Miller; and Gary The Archives and Record Willard Jones, state auditor and inCommission, part of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, is spector. Willard earned her bachelor’s and a five-member statutory board cremaster’s degrees from Central and ated in 1947. currently oversees the operations of The commission has the exclusive the university’s archives and special authority, with few exceptions, for collections, as well as government inthe arrangement and placing of all formation and the development of public records and archives of state UCO’s Max Chambers Library. officers, departments, boards, comFor more information about the missions, agencies and institutions. Max Chambers Library, visit Additionally, by law and in most cases, state agencies cannot destroy

fireproof home safe. Documents to store include birth, death and marriage certificates; divorce and custody agreements; passports; military records; copies of drivers’ licenses; deeds and contracts to property; as well as stock and bond certificates. You may also consider storing copies of some documents with a trusted relative or friend who lives in another location. That’s added protection in case you are unable to gain access to a home safe or even your local bank after a disaster. n Take pictures. Among the records, remember to store photos of your home and what’s inside it, including the contents of closets, garages, attics and basements. Photograph cars and any other

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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, and according to the American Cancer Society, it’s expected to cause about 50,630 deaths in 2018. Oklahoma has one of the lowest rates of colorectal cancer screenings in the United States – ranking among the bottom 13 states. “Few Americans know that colorectal cancer can be prevented, not just detected, through colonoscopy testing,” said Tauseef Ali, M.D., with St. Anthony Physicians Group Gastroenterology and Governor for Oklahoma American College of Gastroenterology. “About 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 75 years of age, which is about 23 million people, are not getting tested as recommended,” he added. Colorectal cancer arises from precancerous growths or polyps that grow in the colon. When detected early, polyps can be removed, halting their progression to colorectal cancer. “Prevention is powerful, talk to your doctor about the screening test that is right for you. There are several recommended screening test options, including; colonoscopy, stool tests and X-ray exams in some cases. The best test is the one that gets done,” said Dr. Ali.














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Colorectal cancer arises from pre-cancerous growths or polyps that grow in the colon. When detected early, polyps can be removed, halting their progression to colorectal cancer. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 64 percent of people received colorectal cancer screenings in 2013, and the number increased to almost 68 percent by 2016. This year, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), has set a new goal of 80 percent colorectal screenings for the United States by 2018. “We join the more than 1,000 organizations working toward the shared goal of screening 80 percent by 2018. It is our priority to make colorectal cancer prevention a reality,” commented Dr. Ali. Men and women 50 years old or older should be screened for colorectal cancer. If you are under the age of 50 and think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about when to begin screening.

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may be able to accelerate your deduction by amending your return for the prior tax year. Determine the extent to which the disaster has resulted in the loss of valuable personal and financial records, such as your Social Security card, driver's license, bank statements, stock certificates and recent bills. Remember to make a complete list of these documents and obtain copies. Inevitably, disasters compel you to reconsider the role of insurance. Evaluate whether you have the right type and amount for property, health, disability and life insurance. Once you recover from a disaster, take steps to establish a financial cushion. Keep these funds in a safe, easily accessible account and use them only during an emergency. For many people, disasters demonstrate the importance of having a will. A will names your heirs and appoints a guardian if you have young children. If you die without a will, the state decides who gets your possessions, regardless of your personal wishes. The OSCPA, along with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Red Cross and the National Endowment for Financial Education, offer a booklet to help people prepare for and recover from disaster. “Disasters and Financial Planning: A Guide for Preparedness and Recover” is available at To get personalized advice on family finances, visit your CPA. If you don’t have one, get a free referral and free 30-minute consultation at

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belongings that could be damaged in a disaster. It’s also a good idea to make an inventory of all possessions, along with your best estimate of what each would cost to replace. The photos and inventory will come in handy when you make an insurance claim. n Have some cash on hand. How will you pay for food, a hotel or other needs if you are forced to leave your home? If the power goes out in your area, banks or ATMs may be unavailable. That’s why it’s a good idea to always have enough cash on hand to cover your family’s expenses for at least five days. Keep this money in a safe location where it can be easily accessed. Additionally, try to establish three to six months’ worth of living expenses for you to later access during disaster recovery. n Recover after a disaster. The weeks and months following a disaster can be confusing and difficult. In the wake of a disaster, take time to absorb what happened, seek advice and refrain from making immediate financial decisions. Additionally, if you've been injured and cannot work, you may be eligible for monthly disability insurance benefits. Apply as soon as possible to protect your income flow. n Consider tax implications. If your property has been damaged or destroyed and your loss meets IRS deductibility guidelines, you may be eligible for a tax refund based on your losses. Usually, this means claiming the loss on your next income tax return. However, if the property is declared a federal disaster area, you

On Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. the Oklahoma History Center Education Department will host a Dutch oven cooking class. Registration is required and space is limited, so participants are encouraged to sign up early. The cost is $20 and will include all materials. The class will begin inside the museum with historical information on this method of cooking, instructions on how to care for and clean Dutch ovens and recipes for Dutch oven cooking. The majority of the class will be spent outdoors preparing a group meal. All food items and ovens are provided by the History Center. Please remember to dress for the weather, and please do not wear open-toed shoes or sandals. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. For more information and to sign

up, contact the Education Department of the Oklahoma History Center at or call Kathryn Grossman at 405-522-0793. You can also register online at sregistration. The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. in the State Capitol Complex in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit

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Dell donates computers to Food Bank Recently, Dell EMC OKC donated more than 40 pieces of computer equipment to assist the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma with fighting hunger more efficiently. “Dell’s generous contribution helps our staff be more efficient at their jobs, which means we are able to help more Oklahomans living with hunger,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “The company also supports our mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope’ through volunteerism, workplace giving, and food donations. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership.” Since 2005, Dell EMC OKC, and its employees, have provide 1,613,025 meals for chronically hungry children, seniors on fixed incomes and hardworking families. Each week, an average of 30 Dell

EMC employees volunteer their time sorting and packing donations at the Regional Food Bank. Dell EMC also supports the Regional Food Bank’s efforts through special events like Chefs’ Feast, which is on April 10. This year alone, Dell EMC purchased two patron tables to attend the event and are providing laptops for the fundraising raffle. “Dell EMC is grateful for the work the Regional Food Bank does and we are honored to partner with them to help fight hunger in Oklahoma,” said Ben Stephenson, Dell EMC OKC. “Our longstanding partnership with the Regional Food Bank gives us the opportunity to put our technology and resources to work to make a difference in the community, which is one of our greatest passions.” Oklahoma is the sixth hungriest state in the United States, where one in six adults experience

hunger. The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 Oklahomans every week, yet the need for food assistance continues to rise. Together, we can end hunger. Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors on fixed incomes.  Through March 15, donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight senior hunger will be matched – up to $100,000. Together, we can make sure every senior has access to nutritious, healthy food.  Make a donation today at or call 405-600-3136. After the match is met, every $1 donated will provide four meals for seniors living with hunger. For more information on Chefs’ Feast visit

NARFE meeting will be held on March 27 National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) chapter 947 will meet Tuesday, March 27, at 11:30 in the Gaylord Center, Oklahoma Christian University. Buffet lunch is $10. The group will have a presentation by the Edmond Fire Department, on how to avoid injuries caused by falls. E-mail for directions or more information. Guests welcome.

Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi Good Shepherd Anglican Church (Traditional Episcopal) 1000 N. Broadway, Edmond •314-8715 Holy Week and Easter Schedule March 29 Maundy Thursday Communion 7:00 PM March 30 3pm "Stations of the Cross" March 30 Good Friday Haydn's "Last Words of Christ from the Cross" UCO Stringed Quartet 7:00 PM April 1 Easter Communion 8:00 and 10:00 AM Animal Friendly Parish 1928 Book of Common Prayer •


“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

“Like a bird that wanders from its nest is a man who wanders from his place.”

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