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May 17, 2018

Vol. 18, No. 51


Rough Cut Swiss, in real life, is located in front of Othello’s Restaurant at the southwest corner of Main and Broadway, but this week it is hidden somewhere in our paper. Email with the correct location to be entered in the weekly drawing. For more information see page 4.

Family, friends honor WWII vet on birthday See Page 19


DHS Communications Director Sheree Powel, left, gives recognition to the Fostering Sweet Dreams Foundation and its founder Kristy Payne.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 AM Thunderstorms High 93° Low 72°

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Mostly sunny High 95° Low 63°

SUNDAY, MAY 20 AM Thunderstorms High 83° Low 61°

By Steve Gust An Edmond non-profit group, looking to impact the future of children, was honored recently by the state. Fostering Sweet Dreams, and its founder Kristy Payne, were singled out during the Department of Human Services recent “Defining Excellence!” banquet. There were 12 organizations and six individuals honored earlier this spring at the Oklahoma History Center. Accepting the award was Payne, who is making it her life goal to help foster children. Her efforts to make a difference, with her husband Randy, started only a few years ago. Yet what an impact they’ve made in that time. Fostering Sweet Dreams provides material needs such as beds, car seats, high chairs and strollers to foster-care placements. For many, having a child’s bed may not seem like something too difficult to obtain, but it can be. Just trying to put together a few hundred dollars for an extra bed is a challenge. Step-

ping up to the plate, and filling that need, has been Kristy’s Fostering Sweet Dreams Foundation. According to DHS they have helped 500 families with beds in Oklahoma County and 1,000 familes across the state. “DHS workers are driving from all over the state to pick up beds from us for placements,” Payne said. Today Kristy said they are assisting an average of 70 foster children a month, with an average of $10,000 worth of goods going out monthly. DHS official Karen Jacobs praised the work Payne and others are doing in “helping children in foster care by raising awareness about the ongoing need for safe, loving foster families.” “It is humbling to see so many people, get involved in their communities to help meet the ongoing needs of families and children across the state.” Making it all happen for Kristy is a challenge but she’s helped by a handful of volunteers. Fostering Sweet Dreams also signed a lease to

help store some of its products at a facility in 529 W. Edmond. “We hope to be looking towards buying a property in the future,” Kristy said. Getting help to move beds and other items remains a need, although Randy, an Edmond Police officer, does a lot of the heavy lifting. “We have a truck and a van owned by the foundation but to get more volunteers to pick up and even deliver would be amazing and take some of the extra burden off workers,” she said. So the foundation, which spreads love for children, continues to accept all kinds of help and volunteers. Kristy said they are looking into a city grant and are tentatively scheduled to be the recipient of a benefit baseball game in June between the police and fire departments. To make a donation, either cash or an item such as a bed, please call (405) 697-4744 or e-mail A child is waiting for your help.

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Calls current policies ‘A Joke’

14th year for THRIVE gathering

Mom tells school board Arise Ministries to host event for single moms of sons being bullied By Steve Gust The Edmond Board of Education started out the school year hearing about one case of bullying. They ended the year last week listening to yet another incident. Speaking during public participation at the regular board meeting was April Whelan. She is the mother of twin sons at Sunset Elementary. Both sons have been victims of bullying this year, she said. “It started about the second week of school,” she said. Her sons are in the fourth grade. One of the boys has had a particularly difficult time with another boy. Whelan named the offender “John Doe.” She said that youngster has physically assaulted her son and cursed at teachers and staff. The alleged bully has received multiple twoday suspensions. In another incident the same young man had tossed a trash can in class as well as flipped a desk. “This is a matter of safety for the students, teachers and staff,” she said after the meeting. “It’s hard for them to learn with this happening.” Whelan has visited multiple times with Sunset administrators. ‘They keep telling me ‘this is a process, this is a process,’” she said. “After hearing that for the seventh or eighth time, you can get frustrated.” In addition, she claimed her other son experienced bullying after school. One of those times, the incident was caught on video. She called the police on that offender, she named “John Doe No. 2.” In that case, intervention appears to have succeeded as the bully has not shown repeated behavior. The Edmond School Board, and administrators, did not directly address Whelan’s concerns after she spoke. While speaking her voice choked up

several times recalling the trauma faced by her twins. This isn’t the first time the board has been made aware of the issue. In early October Drew O’Daniel, who is wrapping up his sophomore year of high school, told the board of how he was bullied. This took place when he was a member of the Memorial football team. He claimed extortion by another player, who then resorted to cyberbullying when O’Daniel didn’t pay. A fight eventually ensued between the two boys. O’Daniel addressed the board a month after his mother, Cara O’Daniel, also discussed the problem with the board. The younger O’Daniel quit the team and eventually transferred to North High School. Last week, after Whelan’s remarks, superintendent Bret Towne said officials would look into the Sunset incidents immediately. Towne was not aware of this particular case of bullying until Whelan addressed the board. He also would not rule out the district tweaking its policy for bullying in the future. During her presentation, Whelan was blunt in her criticism of current written procedures on bullying. “The policies you have now are a joke,” she told the board. She said later her family had invested in martial arts classes for her son, in case John Doe threatened to assault him again. “It’s really hard for my son,” she said. “He has a good attitude and doesn’t want to hurt the boy, even though he could.” Whelan would like to see repeat bulliers barred from school until they receive counseling and a written approval from a counselor to return to the classroom.

Builder irked by bid process

Lowest bidder rejected for project at North By Steve Gust A $5.15 million storm shelter, doubling as classroom expansion at Edmond North High School, was OK'd by the Edmond School Board. Approval came after objections were voiced by a builder who submitted a lower bid. The project is part of an ongoing commitment by the district to have all schools equipped with shelters built meeting safety specifications as described by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The work at North High School will get under way in June on the east side of campus. In a few years a second shelter is tentatively planned for the west side of North. Being awarded the east side shelter is Wynn Construction of Oklahoma City. They were one of 11 construction companies to submit bids. Prior to approval, the board heard from Mike Hoey, an owner of Hoey Construction, based in Tulsa. During the public participation of the meeting last week, Hoey expressed his displeasure over notice received from the district. The district told Hoey his bid was being rejected for three reasons. District construction supervisor Jason Ferguson wrote in a letter the project was "outside the work Hoey normally performs." Ferguson added the company also had given a false answer when asked about being involved in an arbitration proceeding. Finally, Ferguson said owners and consultants of other Hoey projects reported "dissatisfaction" with the company's work. Hoey said his company was the lowest bidder by $157,000. Ferguson, and later Edmond superintendent Bret Towne, said the figure was $53,000. In district paperwork, the

Hoey Construction bid is listed at $5.101 million. The Wynn Construction bid is $5.154 million. Hoey further said an unnamed Edmond district employee told him, that the employee would "lose his job," if Hoey Construction was awarded the project. The businessman further defended his company's reputation and said they handled many large projects over the decades, including a hospital. He also said a list of references were given Edmond officials and none of them were contacted. Later, when the item was considered on the agenda, Towne said he contacted one of the school districts previously involved with Hoey Construction. Towne was told the project at that school was 203 days late and multiple building errors on the work had to be corrected. While Towne spoke, Hoey shook his head "no" while sitting on the front tow. After the Edmond Board voted 5-0 to reject Hoey's bid and go with Wynn Construction, Hoey got up and left. Justin Coffelt, the district's chief operating officer, said the work at North would probably take 16 months. The board also approved two other major projects. The final plans were OK'd for both an enhanced football stadium at Edmond Memorial High School as well as a new cafeteria and shelter at Will Rogers Elementary Schools. The bidding process will now start for both of those. The project at Memorial will allow the school to host varsity football games for the first time in its history. Coffelt showed a video rendering of what the stadium will look like once it’s completed.

Arise Ministries will host their THRIVE Gathering event June 23, live from Crossings Community Church, located at 14600 Portland Ave. in Oklahoma City. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the one-of-a-kind event will feature a variety of speakers and activities to encourage and empower single mothers. For nearly 14 years, Arise Ministries has led the country in providing resources to help single moms create healthy homes. THRIVE Gathering is Arise Ministries’ signature event specifically for single mothers to flourish as a single parent. The event will feature a full day of panel discussions, engaging worship, interactive activities, door prizes and more. Attendees will gain motherhood and faith tips, renew a fresh perspective and expand courage and perseverance. Throughout the day, many speakers will share inspirational stories and messages with attendees. Candance Payne, better known as “Chewbacca Mom” from her viral video on social media, will be the featured speaker and lead worship. The author and mother of two will share her journey of choosing hope for a joy-filled life. Other speakers for the 2018 THRIVE Gathering include Pam Kanaly, co-founder of Arise Ministries; Shelley Pulliam, executive director of Arise Ministries; Kim Heinecke, director of operations of Arise Ministries; Triana Browne, Miss Oklahoma 2017; Lacretia Mitchell, team development admin assistant of Life.Church; Vince Parker, SWITCH central ministry leader of and podcast host, Emily Thomas. “We are thrilled to host this incredibly impactful event this year,” said Shelley Pulliam, executive director and co-founder of Arise Ministries. “It is a blessing to experience women of all backgrounds coming to-

Candance Payne, better known as ‘Chewbacca Mom’ will be one of the speakers for the event, to be held June 23 at Crossings Community Church.

gether and pursuing provision, friendship and confidence. We could not be more thankful for this opportunity to empower communities in this special way.” Tickets for THRIVE are $30 through June 15. Group rates are available for 10 or more. Admission includes breakfast and lunch. Childcare is available for children under 11 for $5 per family. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Founded in 2002, Arise Ministries is a global nonprofit 501(c)(3) women’s organization seeking to empower single moms to create healthy homes through emotional and spiritual well-being. In addition to hosting one of the largest single mother’s gatherings in America, “Thrive,” Arise Ministries offers outreach through seminars, speaking engagements, books, Bible studies, online resources and monthly devotionals. For more information, please visit or call (405) 812-5137.

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From the Publisher

Another Master of Science in the family With an incredible amount of pride and about as puffed up as any father can be, I am happy to announce that my daughter has just graduated from Vanderbilt School of Medicine Ray Hibbard with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. The family gathered in Nashville for this great occasion. As puffed up as I might want to be, truth be known she and her brother get their smarts from their mother. He is a mechanical engineer who is completing his master’s in engineering from the University of Arkansas. He works full time and started on his master’s a little later than his sister but he was not going to get out degreed as it were by his sister. They can be on the competitive side and that would be what I brought to the table genetically folks. We Hibbard’s like to win! Commencement at the University of Vanderbilt is a little different than it was at Oklahoma State University where neither of my children went to school. They followed their mother’s footsteps and attended the University of Oklahoma, which is where she received one of her two masters degrees. At Vandy as they say, after the School of Medicine ceremony we were served strawberries and champagne. I don’t think I have seen so many strawberries. It was incredible. I told my daughter that she should finally take her “gap” year. A gap year is what we used to call a sabbatical year. It is a year’s break between a student’s secondary education and when they start their higher education work or college. It is supposed to be aimed at promoting a mature outlook with which to absorb the benefits of higher education. It can also indicate a year before entry into graduate school. My daughter took neither hence her answer was, “Isn’t it too late for that, Dad?” In fact, nobody in our family took a gap year mainly because my dad would have considered it a waste. His

Marine training and upbringing during the Great Depression taught him to advance and take more turf as fast as possible. I lean toward his school of thought but after Lisa and I visited about it a bit, no, she did not take a gap year either, I decided there could be some merit in the idea for certain students. After all, it isn’t meant as a year of sitting around the pool. Activities can range across advanced academic courses, extra academic courses and non academic courses such as pre college math courses, language studies, learning a trade, art studies volunteer work, travel, internships, sports, cultural exchanges and much more. I’m told that such students have improved academically compared to students who didn’t take such a gap year. Most gap years end within three to twelve months. While many parents worry their students will get off track from school if their students take a gap year, 90 percent of students do return to college within that year. The history goes back to 1967 when Project Trust sent its first three volunteers to Ethiopia from the United Kingdom. In 1972, Gap Activity Projects was founded in that country and later renamed Lattitude Global Volunteering in 2008. In the United States, the gap year idea was promoted by Cornelius H. Bull to allow students more time to grow as a person in 1980. I have certainly seen my share of students graduate from high school and start college only to party away that first year. Once they are that far in the hole, students can get discouraged and end up dropping out of college completely never to return. This isn’t good at all. It is frustrating for

the student, parents and the faculty at higher education institutions. They see potential in students and then observe as they fall by the way side. It is expensive as well. Nobody wants to end up with student debt and still no degree. Looking back, I don’t think I could have held any of mine back. They were ready to start that part of their life. Each one had a path they were bound and determined to follow. My only goal was to stay out of their way and just provide them the tools needed to be successful. Watching them each achieve those goals and be successful in life has been a delight as well as a blessing. Vanderbilt’s Chancellor, Nicholas S. Zeppos, did a great job charging the graduating students from all the colleges in his remarks. Speaking at such an event reminds me of the story I was told about when it comes to any public speaking. The advice is to pretend you are the deceased at an Irish wake. It is important you are in the room but nobody expects you to say much. Zeppos’ version of that was when George H. Bush turned to his wife Barbara at a commencement ceremony and asked, “What should I speak about?” Barbara’s answer was “About five minutes.” He told the graduates that if they thought they were done, they were mistaken. In fact, they were just beginning. He asked five things from the graduates as they head into the future. The first was to remember to serve their country. He repeated the charge from President Kennedy who apparently spoke at a Vanderbilt graduation ceremony. He charged the fresh graduates to take the time to give back to a country that had given them the opportunity to accomplish what they wanted and to always remember the debt they owed back. He gave many examples including military service. The second was asking them to please find a way to bring back civil discourse in this country. As college students they were allowed and encouraged to challenge each other, get along with fellow students who had different views, learn how to express

their fact based views and most importantly they understood the need to respectfully listen to the views of others. Zeppos is correct in that the idea of civil discourse has been lost. It is time to bring it back and it starts with all of us. Social media has not been a friend of civil discourse. We must bring it back. The third ask from Zeppos was to stand up for slow. Fake news, social media, instant messaging and more have lead to the loss of enjoying so much that is good in life. He encouraged the student to pause as they go to the next phase of their life, listen to music and sit down and read a real book once in a while. I honestly think the good chancellor is spot on with this one. A university is a place that makes time for such things and students should continue it as they move forward in life. The fourth is to advocate for higher education in this country. Not only in Oklahoma but in other states funding for higher education has been slashed. The results are that it leads to a less prepared work force and is an economic drain on communities. He suggested that they should not pull the ladder up now that they have received their degrees. He added that instead, the graduates should extend a hand down offering to help others obtain their goals in higher education. “Share what you are lucky enough to have obtained,” he suggested. The last ask was to choose optimism in life. He said this one could be all about themselves. He suggested that students should be joyous about their lives and share that with others. It was nice of Zeppos to share those suggestions to the graduates but I think he had a bigger audience in mind. I believe he was speaking to all of us in the crowd who are graduates that may have very well forgotten such things. We still have a responsibility back to our communities no matter how long ago we received our degrees. I can’t speak for the rest of the crowd but I certainly did take it to heart. It was a great message for all of us. (Ray Hibbard may be reached by email at

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Weekend calendar of events ........................................................Page 6. Columnist looks at upcoming state primary ................................Page 8. Dave Farris writes about an FBI coverup ......................................Page 9. OC coach retiring ......................................................................Page 11. Two Edmond School administrators honored..............................Page 12. ROTC students celebrating ........................................................Page 13. George Gust reviews a non-superhero film ................................Page 15. Crossword puzzle........................................................................Page 15. Sr. news ............................................................................Pages 18 & 19.


A Science Museum Oklahoma staff member assists guests with soldering during the 2017 Tinkerfest. Applications are now open for makers, artists, scientists and hobbyists who would like to host a table at Science Museum Oklahoma’s 2018 Tinkerfest, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the museum located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City. See story, Page 10.

Find the ‘Rough Cut Swiss’ Rough Cut Swiss, in real life, is located in front of Othello’s Restaurant at the southwest corner of Main and Broadway, but this week it is hidden somewhere in our paper. E-mail with the correct location to be entered in the weekly drawing. Rough Cut Swiss is by artist David Phelps. Phelps is an Oklahoma based sculptor whose work has been featured throughout the state. He is inspired by expansive spaces and hopes his works will inspire meaningful meditation. Said Phelps, “I grew up on a farm in the central valley of California where the fields became an extension of oneself. I continue to live in the wide open spaces of Oklahoma where my sculptural images expand to include their environments as part of the aesthetic experience.”

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Edmond Sailor in Training for U.S. Navy PHOTO PROVIDED/ Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class BRANDON WILLIAMS-CHURCH

Quartermaster 2nd Class Tyler Gilbert, from Edmond, Okla., left, and Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Johnathan Holbrook, a native of Sacramento, Calif., assigned to San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage, stand security watch onboard a contracted cargo ship during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise in the Pacific. Anchorage is underway conducting Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) exercise (ARGMEUEX). ARGMEUEX enhances joint integration, lethality, and collective capabilities of the Navy-Marine Corps team through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios.

Edmond’s Katera Morales a Gold Award Girl Scout Earlier this month, Katera Morales, a senior at Edmond North High School, completed the highest and most prestigious award that can be earned as a Girl Scout – the Gold Award. Morales was awarded her Gold Award for her hard work and dedication to her project. The goal of the Gold Award is to set a foundation for active citizenship throughout a woman’s life and is the culmination of her Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To earn the Gold Award, each girl must identify an issue, investigate it thoroughly, receive help and build a team, create and present a plan, gather feedback, and act, educate and inspire others. The Gold Award dates back to 1916 when Girl Scouts began a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. Girls have an opportunity to receive three awards throughout their Girl Scout career: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Morales partnered with The Children’s Rehabilitation Center to create Kits for Kids. Morales created over 100 activity boxes full of fun goodies for the patients in the hospital receiving various treatments. She worked with her school to run multiple toy drives to collect fun things to go inside the boxes such as stuffed animals, coloring books, cards, bubbles, puzzles, and crayons. Morales had a lasting impact on the hospital by providing a box of joy for each child who walks through their doors. In the fall, Morales will attend the University of Oklahoma and major in business management, with a focus in nonprofit management. She is looking forward to living on campus and enjoying every aspect of college life. Morales says she is grateful that she has the opportunity to attend the university of her dreams. At this year’s Girl Awards Cere-

Katera Morales mony, more than 200 girls were recognized in a ceremony held at First Church OKC in Oklahoma City for their efforts in earning the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. The keynote speakers for the ceremony were Mecca Rayne and Trina Adger, KOCO News Channel 5. These women were selected to represent Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma because of their personal experiences as Girl Scouts and their immense presence in Oklahoma City. Each year a committee of dedicated leaders among the Girl Scout community opens a scholarship application process for girls completing their Gold Awards. During the ceremony, Faith DeSplinter was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship and Katera Morales was awarded a $500 college scholarship.

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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Downtown Edmond drain work scheduled for a May 21 start On Monday, May 21, construction activity will begin to improve stormwater drainage capacity and streetscape parking throughout downtown. This work is expected to last approximately six months with cooperative weather. The project will include installation of new stormwater drainage pipes in multiple areas of downtown, along with new streetscape parking along Edwards and Campbell Streets. This work will impact many areas at various times. Areas that will be impacted at some point during the work include: Broadway, Edwards Street, Campbell Street, Hurd Street, Main Street and First Street.

The first work that will impact drivers will begin around mid-June. As work shifts from one place to another, drivers should expect a variety of lane closures, street closures and parking closures. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes as necessary. To be notified of the latest information regarding the project and any subsequent closures, it is highly recommended that residents follow the City of Edmond on Facebook ( or Twitter ( Crossland Heavy Contractors is the contractor for this project with a total cost of $2,174,000.00.

Brief Jim Roth has been appointed as Oklahoma City University’s next law dean, OCU President Robert Henry announced today. Roth, a former Oklahoma County commissioner and Oklahoma Corporation commissioner, will begin his term as dean July 1. He currently serves as a director of the Oklahoma City-based Phillips Murrah law firm, where he provides leadership to the firm’s natural resources department and chairs the clean energy practice group.

May 17 ---- In the Gallery ---- Third Thursday: My Life/My Movie ---- Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos May 18 ---- In the Gallery ---- Groove Merchants ---- Craft Beer Festival May 19 ---- In the Gallery ---- Big G ---- 2018 Family Fun Nights ---- Edmond Art in Public Places Tour ---- Docent-Guided Signature Tour ---- Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival ---- Garden Festival in the Park ---- The Village Fair ---- Edmond Farmers Market ---- Heard on Hurd ---- White Water Bay Opens for the 2018 Season May 20 ---- In the Gallery ---- Oklahoma Community Orchestra ---- Docent-Guided Signature Tour ---- Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival More Information In the Gallery Location: Edmond Fine Arts Institute Extra Info: Featuring works by Fine Arts Institute Adult Students For more information go to: Third Thursday: My Life/My Movie Location: Oklahoma City Museum of Art Extra Info: 5 to 9 p.m. $5, Third Thursday is a NEW event at OKCMOA presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores. Mingle with friends, interact with local artists, create your own art, have a drink on the roof and listen to some great local musicians. "My Life/My Movie" will feature music by Adam and Kizzie, animation experimentation with artist Nicole EmmonsWillis, a special menu at the Museum Cafe, full bar on the Roof Terrace and access to the Museum's galleries, including special exhibitions "The New Art" and "Apichatpong Weerasethakul." RSVP to to receive free admission and a ticket for a free drink! Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos Location: Tower Theatre, OKC Extra Info: A Finnish and probably the first cello metal band. Perttu Kivilaakso replaced Antero Manninen in 1999. Max Lilja left the band in 2002 and is often substituted by Antero Manninen in live gigs; when live Mikko Sirén usually plays the percussions. For more information go to: Groove Merchants Location: UCO Jazz Lab Extra Info: Doors open at 7 p.m. show starts at 8 p.m. $15, First come first serve seating. For more information: 405-974-2100 or Big G Location: UCO Jazz Lab Extra Info: Doors open 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. $10 First come first serve seating Edmond Art in Public Places Tour Location: MAC in Mitch Park Extra Info: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., $10, Guided tour to learn the story be-

hind the public art statues that make Edmond the beautiful city it is. This tour is both driving and walking. The walking part will cover most of downtown Edmond from Second Street to Hurd and back. There will be stops throughout the tour for restroom and/or drink breaks. Transportation for the tour will be provided by Edmond Parks and Recreation using a 15 passenger van. All funds collected are split between the Edmond Visual Arts Commission and Edmond Parks and Recreation. For further information call 405-974-2100 or go to 2018 Family Fun Nights Location: Kickingbird Golf Club Extra Info: 5 p.m. $8 green fees, $8 carts. Play 9-Holes with the Family, Special Junior Tees, a FREE putting course, $3.00 range tokens, and Food and Beverage discounts. Edmond Farmer’s Market Location: Festival Market Place & Plaza Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday Heard on Hurd Location: Downtown Edmond Time: 6 – 10 p.m. Saturday White Water Bay Opens for the 2018 Season Location: White Water Bay, OKC Time: All Day Oklahoma Community Orchestra Location: Oklahoma Christian University, Garvey Center, Hardeman Auditorium Time: 3 – 4 p.m. Docent-Guided Signature Tour Location: Western Heritage and Cowboy Museum, Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) Extra Info: 1 – 2 p.m., See some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival Location: Cox Convention Center Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival is a beer, cider, and mead tasting event that focuses on producers from Oklahoma, the U.S. and around the world. This is the festival’s seventh year, and promises to be the largest one yet. For more information go to: Garden Festival in the Park Location: Will Rogers Gardens Extra Info: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate all things gardening and get some inspiration with tours of the beautiful park, then plot out your garden with plants and garden merchandise from the large selection of vendors. In addition to a blast of kid's activities, Garden Festival will also feature several food trucks will be on hand as well. For more information go to: The Village Fair Location: Casady Square Shopping Center, OKC Extra Info: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Head to the Casady Square Shopping Center to enjoy a fun-filled day of face painting, balloons, vendors, inflatables, touch the trucks and more. Come hungry and take your pick from delicious food truck offerings while listening to live entertainment on the stage. This free event has something for the whole family.

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NAMI benefit walk June 2 The 15th Annual NAMIWalks is June 2 at Myriad Garden in OKC. It's the group’s largest awareness and fundraising event of the year, providing funding for NAMI's life-changing programs that are offered for free to the public. NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. This is event is family and pet friendly - registration is FREE and donations are encouraged. Register or make a donation at click here to view the event flyer.  If your organization would like to have a vendor / resource table at NAMIWalks please contact 


Oklahoma Christian University's student public relations firm ranked in the top 25 in the nation for the PRSSA Bateman Competition. Pictured left to right are Molly Patterson, Shaylin Stephenson, the Toby Keith Foundation's Lauren Polchinski, Mandolin Skipworth, Elizabeth Killough and Christian Franklin.

Okla. Christian PR team again places in national competition Oklahoma Christian University's student public relations firm placed in the top 25 nationally in the Public Relations Student Society of America Bateman Competition once again. This is the second time in three years that OC's students achieved the honor. Eagle PR is in its third year as an agency. The five-student team competed with its “Help Build Hope” campaign on behalf of the national nonprofit With Purpose, which advocates for better treatments for childhood cancer. “The Bateman Competition is one of the most difficult national challenges that any PR student can participate in,” said assistant professor of communication Josh Watson, the team's academic adviser. "These five students put in an enormous amount of work, which was built on solid re-

search and strategic creativity. I am incredibly proud of them and the outcomes they accomplished for such a worthy nonprofit.” Oklahoma Christian is the only university in Oklahoma to place in the top 25 and earn honorable mention status in the last 10 years, a news release stated. Mandolin Skipworth led Eagle PR this year. Other team members include media relations director Christian Franklin, digital media coordinator Elizabeth Killough, event coordinator Molly Patterson and research director Shaylin Stephenson. Skipworth is from Oswego, Illinois; Franklin and Stephenson are from Edmond; Patterson is from Oklahoma City; and Killough is from Cypress, Texas. Erin Engelke, chief external relations officer at Sunbeam Family Services, served as a professional adviser.

New book chronicles 1923 murders

Genealogical Society speaker a noted author His writing career has The Edmond Genealogical crossed over to the non-medSociety (EGS) is pleased to ical world, and his first novel – announce the program for its “Flatbellies” (published in May meeting is based on a 2001) – was an “overnight true crime story, called success” after only 24 years of “Killing Albert Berch.” rejections of prior works. RePresenting the program is viewed in USA Today and Dr. Alan Hollingsworth, Physician, Writer, Speaker, named “One of the Top Ten and Researcher. The meeting Hollingsworth Golf Books of All Time” by a will be held on Monday, panel of 12 East Coast sportsMay 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Church writers, the novel enjoyed a nice run of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints lo- as mainstream fiction about a group cated at 1315 E. 33rd in Edmond. of high school boys in rural OklaDr. Alan Berch Hollingsworth homa aiming for the state champiserves as Medical Director of the onship in golf. Originally released by Mercy Breast Center in Oklahoma a small sports publisher, “Flatbellies” City, a position he has held for the was picked up by a major New York past 19 years. Prior to that, he was publisher (Norton) and re-released in the Founding Medical Director of the softcover. It remained optioned for University of Oklahoma Institute for film for 15 years straight by three Breast Health where he was the First separate agencies in Beverly Hills beHolder of the G. Rainey Williams fore finally dropping off the radar in Chair in Surgical Breast Oncology. 2016. However, it prompted a seToday, his practice is limited to breast quel, “University Boulevard,” which cancer risk assessment and genetics, was a finalist in the Oklahoma Cenplus the screening of high risk patennial Celebration book contest, tients with multi-modality imaging, called “Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma.” while conducting research into imIn 2011, Dr. Hollingsworth began proved methods of screening. researching the folklore surrounding Having a longstanding interest in the 1923 murder of his maternal writing, he has published widely in grandfather, Albert Berch, by an the medical literature – nearly all arti- angry mob in Marlow, Okla. Marlow cles dealing with breast MRI and/or was all-white by decree at the time, screening – plus many invited comand Albert Berch was a stranger who mentaries and editorials. He serves had come to town, not fully aware of on the Editorial Board of the primary local beliefs when he hired an multidisciplinary journal on breast dis- African-American porter to work in ease, and is the author of the book, the Berch’s hotel. Mammography and Early Breast CanTen days later, both Berch and cer Detection (McFarland Pub 2016). See Writer, Page 9

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Commentary ... We’re on YOUR Side

Primary in 5 weeks There just aren’t all that many shopping days left until the June 26 primary. Hard to believe but that’s just next month. It’s probably one of the reasons the airways have been Steve Gust filled with some many political ads. There will likely be even more as we draw closer to June 26. I’ve wondered sometimes if this is the way the founders of democracy envisioned the system working. You get candidates A & B who work pretty hard at fundraising so they can each air a series of 15-second sound bites, produced by slick marketers. Just how much do we find out about a candidate in those brief glimpses? Not too much if you ask me. The theme I’ve seen all of my life is the office hopeful who wants to appeal to us as the outsider. It’s not always the case, but some try to convince us that they’re just average folks like us, who want to come into office to make a difference. Once they’re elected, they tend to become as much as one of the insid-

ers that they decried all during the campaign. There are a lot of candidates on the ballot in a month or so. Plus we also have to vote on the medical marijuana issue as well. There is a lot of research, which needs to be done and I’m not sure a 15-30 second ad is really enough information to educate us. I’d highly recommend reading the newspaper for more information. ----It also makes you wonder why some of these state offices are so attractive to so many people. Our current Governor has really been opened to a great deal of criticism and fire over the past eight years. That certainly can’t be a fate the average hopeful for office wants to experience first hand. Although I’m a tad skeptical of politicians, I must really thank everyone who is running, whether you win or get crushed. You’re the people who make democracy work. The system may have some flaws but it could always be a lot worse. They’re finding that out in Venezuela -- sadly. (Steve Gust may be reached at

Court got it right on state’s voter ID law By The Oklahoman Editorial Board In challenging Oklahoma's voter identification law approved by the electorate in 2010, attorneys for the plaintiff said it unfairly burdens the poor, minorities, the elderly and some other groups. We were glad to see the state Supreme Court reject that argument and uphold the law. Some states have seen their voter ID laws overturned by courts, and the Obama administration spent considerable time and effort trying to undo as many of these laws as possible. But Oklahoma's law allows for numerous options for those who show up at the ballot box without an ID, taking the air out of the argument that it disenfranchises some voters. In Oklahoma, voters must present an unex-

pired state, federal or tribally issued ID in order to vote. Or, they can show a valid voter identification card available free from county election boards. Voters who show up at the ballot box without any of these IDs are still allowed to vote, by casting a provisional ballot that isn't counted until the county election board verifies the person's eligibility. The court noted that in November 2010, the last gubernatorial election prior to the Voter ID Act taking effect, 700 provisional ballots were cast but only 117 were counted. In the 2012 presidential election, of the 1,334,872 votes cast, 5,172 were provisional ballots and 1,297 of that total resulted from lack of ID. Yet of those 1,297, all but 211 were counted. The gubernatorial election of November 2014

saw 1,607 provisional ballots cast, 668 of those because of no ID being provided, and all but 34 of the 668 were counted. In other words, most of those who have shown up on Election Day without proper ID since Oklahoma's law took effect have seen their vote count. That makes it hard to claim disenfranchisement. Opponents of voter ID laws, in Oklahoma and elsewhere, contend the laws are a solution in search of a problem because examples of voter fraud are rare. But the court noted, “Neither the Legislature, nor the People of the State of Oklahoma, have to wait for a problem to directly arise before they take action to address it.” The court cited the U.S. Supreme Court's 2008 ruling upholding Indiana's voter ID law, which is considered one of the strictest. “Requiring voters to show proof of identity serves to protect the integrity and reliability of the electoral process and prevent in-person voter fraud,” the court said. It noted also that the various provisions result in “no direct cost associated with voting” in Oklahoma. We have always found it interesting that people don't think twice about being asked to prove their identity when they write a check at the grocery store, or board an airplane, or enter some federal buildings. Yet being asked for an ID for the sacred privilege of casting a vote is viewed as a bridge too far. Oklahoma's Supreme Court summed it up well: “The Oklahoma Voter ID Act is a reasonable procedural regulation to ensure that voters meet identity and residency qualifications to vote and does not cause an undue burden.”

Not all Dems standing firmly behind Pelosi By The Oklahoman Editorial Board Nancy Pelosi wants to be House speaker again. Far from certain is whether enough of her fellow Democrats want the same. We could find out later this year. Pelosi, D-Calif., has been in Congress since 1987 and by any measure is a highly skilled politician who's an expert at raising money for the party. These are prized traits in Washington. Yet she is also 78, and has already had a fouryear run as speaker that brought us the Affordable Care Act. Republicans won control of the House in 2011, with Pelosi serving as minority leader since then. Democrats are looking to assume control once again by winning a net of 23 seats during November's midterm elections. The Cook Political Report rates 84 seats now held by Republicans

as competitive — clearly, a changeover is possible. But it's also possible Pelosi's quest to return to the speaker's chair may hurt the party's chances. Only 21 percent of voters had a favorable view of Pelosi in a March poll by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal; 43 percent had a negative view. That same month, Democrat Conor Lamb won a special House election in Pennsylvania after saying he wouldn't support Pelosi as speaker. The Journal noted this week that about a dozen Democrats in Congress have said they wouldn't support her, and many Democratic House candidates aren't saying anything about Pelosi. The spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, Jesse Hunt, said Pelosi is “the most unpopular politician in America” and

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Republicans hope she campaigns in competitive races this year. You'd expect that from the opposing party, although criticism of Pelosi is coming from Democratic-leaning voices as well. In an April 29 column for The Hill, pollster Douglas Schoen said Democrats appear poised to make midterm gains but, “First and foremost, the Democrats must promote fresh faces and elevate new leadership.” (Pelosi's team includes Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who is 78, and Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, who is 77.) While Lamb was running for the House, CNN's Bakari Sellers, a former Democratic legislator in South Carolina, said Democratic leadership was “old and stale” and needed a change. He mentioned Pelosi along with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the youngest of whom is 68. Sellers applauded the work Pelosi has done during her career, but said a succession plan is needed to allow younger members of the Democratic Party the opportunity to assume leadership roles. Schoen echoed those sentiments. Democrats, he wrote, “can either continue to campaign under the banner of ‘resistance,' using similar faces, messages and policies that proved so uninspiring in 2016, or they can present the American people with a new generation of leaders and a new slate of ideas.” Pelosi clearly falls into the former category, not the latter, which could put her on shaky ground if House Democrats emerge victorious in November.


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Hoover & the FBI find two scapegoats

The investigation into the KC Massacre By David Farris On the morning of June 17, 1933, four lawmen and their federal prisoner where killed in a shootout at the Union Train Station in Kansas City, Mo. They were getting into their cars when Farris at least three men with machine guns suddenly appeared out of nowhere and opened fire on the group killing the five men, including an FBI agent, and wounding two additional agents; at least, that was the FBI's version. Crime scene investigators later determined that an FBI agent from Oklahoma City, Joe Lackey, had managed to accidentally kill three of the men with two shotgun blasts. Only the good guys were armed with shotguns, along with their .38 caliber revolvers. The bad guys were brandishing Thompson sub-machine guns that fired a .45 caliber automatic cartridge, one of which fatally struck the McAlester Chief of Police, Otto Reed in his chest. The chief had also suffered a second fatal wound to the back of his head, fired from a .38. This meant that four of the seven lawmen present during the battle received fatal wounds from friendly fire, while the three gunmen were solely responsible for only one death; that of Kansas City detective, Bill Grooms. The detective managed to return fire before he fell, wounding one of the gunmen in his shoulder. In addition to the machine gun round that struck Chief Reed, a Kansas City agent, Reed Vetterli, had his right arm grazed and Lackey was seriously wounded, shot three times in the back. Grooms' partner, Frank Hermanson, Kansas City agent Ray Caffrey, and their prisoner, Frank “Jelly” Nash, were killed by the two shotgun blasts. J. Edgar Hoover's fledgling bureau was already not a funding priority for Congress. Inconvenient facts involving the friendly fire massacre had to be maintained by Hoover's agency. The young director was able to cover up the event and spin it so that his bureau was given far greater authority, and funding, in order to wage America's “War on Crime” against such lawlessness. More than 70 years after the event, Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Unger read through 89 volumes of case files to uncover the truth of what happened for his book, “The Union Station Massacre: The Original Sin of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.” It was imperative that someone other than a Bureau agent take responsibility for the bloody massacre. There still remained three attackers on the loose with machine guns who had yet to be identified. They would have to take the fall for all of the carnage on that morning. It was easy for

the Bureau to maintain complete control of the investigation, due to the fact that the Kansas City Police Chief, Eugene Repert, wanted nothing to do with it. He told the Special Agent in Charge of the investigation, Gus Jones, “This is a government case, and not a police matter.” Chief Repert's response was unusual, considering two of his detectives had been murdered. This may have been because organized crime figures who ran Kansas City at that time didn't want any local heat bringing attention to their operations. Kansas City agents were soon on the scene and interviewed the many stunned eye-witnesses. Samuel Link, a local businessman, immediately recognized who he saw stepping out of a Reo sedan and carrying a machine gun as the fugitive Harvey Bailey. Link knew Bailey on sight from his days as a Kansas City deputy constable. Bailey had been one of the suspected shooters involved in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, four years earlier. Link also recognized photos of mob hit-man Verne Miller, and Wilbur Underhill, a notorious Oklahoma bank robber known as the “TriState Terror.” Both Bailey and Underhill had escaped with nine other inmates from the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, weeks earlier on May 31. The mastermind behind the mass prison break was known to be the slain federal prisoner, Frank Nash – a pattern was beginning to form. J.D. Jameson, who was working as a porter on that morning, also identified Bailey from a photograph as a man he first saw at the station and then later, firing a machine gun into Caffrey's Chevy. Another eye-witness was Margret Turner who had been sitting in a parked car at the station much of the night, waiting on a cousin whose train had been delayed for hours. She reported seeing a car circle through the parking lot and check out the doorways many times throughout the night. Inside the vehicle were a few men and a woman in a white dress. Turner also identified Bailey and Underhill as two of the men. Unfortunately, statements made by Turner and some other witnesses were considered less reliable because, as one report stated, they were minority people. Their statements were not included in subsequent reports. The Bureau agents who survived the massacre never got a good look at the gunmen. Agent Frank Smith, also from the Oklahoma City office, was the only lawman to emerge from the battle without a scratch. He had been sitting between Reed and Lackey, in the back seat of Caffrey's two-door Chevy. When the shooting began, he ducked forward and played dead. His strategy saved his life, but it also meant that he never got a look a the shooters.

Writer Robert Johnigan, the porter, were dead after a melee in the lobby of the hotel that nearly included Mrs. Berch and her 2-year-old daughter in the gunfire. With in-depth research of the case beyond what his grandmother and mother were able to accomplish, Dr. Hollingsworth identified the probable “mastermind” behind the mob actions. And, with further genealogic study two generations prior to Albert Berch, was able to discover a probable motive as to why Berch violated a social taboo so powerful that he put his family at risk, in addition to the loss of his own life. This research culminated in the non-fiction, book, Killing Albert Berch from Pelican Publishing, a Finalist at the 2018 Oklahoma Book Awards The EGS meeting is free and open to the public. Parking and entry to the church is through the rear of the

From Page 7 building. The church is fully handicap accessible. The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists and historians. Membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research.  For more information please see our Facebook page at Upcoming Next month’s presentation, on June 18, 2018, will feature speaker Jan Beattie, who will be speaking on “Leaving a lasting legacy; “How to conduct a Life Story Interview.” The meeting will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Edmond. Free genealogy assistance is available for those who come early to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Meeting starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.


It’s alleged that a young FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, covered up the ‘friendly fire’ aspect of the 1933 KC massacre.

Vetterli stated that he only saw one of the attackers who he later identified as another of the Lansing escapees, Robert Brady. The pattern connecting the massacre to the Lansing prison break, and perhaps organized crime in Kansas City, continued; however, the investigation was thrown into a different direction. A Traveler's Aid Society worker, Lottie West was the only witness present that morning who claimed to have seen Charley “Pretty Boy” Floyd. It was reported in the morning newspapers that Floyd, and his latest partner in crime, Adam Richetti, had

arrived in town on the previous night, and it made for exciting conversation. Since Floyd's picture had appeared in the papers many times before, it seems unlikely that only West would have recognized him. In addition, she claimed that he appeared to weigh about 200 pounds, when he was actually closer to 160. West's statements should have been dismissed, but instead seemed to play into Hoover's narrative. James “Blackie” Audett was a former Kansas City gangster who wrote about the massacre in his book “Rap Sheet” (1954). He explained, “Floyd was no where near the station that day. The FBI had to solve the case fast because one of their own men got killed so they pinned it on two guys who were already wanted and widely known.” Audett claimed that, along with Verne Miller, brothers Homer and Maurice Denning were the shooters, and also implicated William Weissman. Miller's involvement was not in question, and the other men remained as suspects. Despite the many suspects identified by witnesses, Hoover's men would decide to narrow their sights on Floyd and Richetti. Maybe it was out of convenience; perhaps they were viewed as low-hanging fruit. Whatever the Bureau's reason may have been, and despite other crimes committed by the duo, this frame-up will bring their criminal careers to an end.

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The Science Floor at Tinkerfest 2017 drew a large and interested crowd at the Science Museum Oklahoma.

Those with trades & hobbies invited to attend Tinkerfest ‘18 Applications are now open for makers, artists, scientists and hobbyists to host a table at Science Museum Oklahoma’s 2018 Tinkerfest, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the museum located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City. Presented by Oklahoma EPSCoR — the Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research — Tinkerfest is a daylong celebration of curiosity and creativity that encompasses the entire museum and grounds. The inaugural event in 2017 set the museum’s single-day attendance record with more than 7,400 guests receiving free admission to the museum as well as 60 hands-on tinkering activities developed by the museum and more than 30 community organizations and individuals. “Tinkerfest is truly a community event, and it would not be possible without the talent and time of organizations and individuals who demonstrate and teach their skills and trades to museum guests — Oklahoma EPSCoR recognizes this importance and celebrates the inventor, creator, questioner and dreamer in us all,” said Sherry Marshall, president and CEO of SMO. Interested individuals or organizations should have a hands-on hobby, project, skill or trade that can be

shared with attendees. Tinkering activities at the inaugural event spanned from disassembling a car, blacksmithing and candle making to foil sculpting, bookbinding and robotics. “We set the bar high in 2017, however we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better Tinkerfest this year – we hope to showcase even more local makers and spark our guests’ curiosity on an even greater level,” Marshall added. Individuals or organizations, including nonprofit and for-profit businesses, may apply to have a table at the 2018 event online at Applications are due by Aug. 31 and there is no fee to apply or to host a table. Accepted tinkerers provide their own supplies for the event. For information about sponsorship opportunities for Tinkerfest, contact For information about volunteering at Tinkerfest, visit For more information about Oklahoma EPSCoR, visit For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma’s Tinkerfest presented by Oklahoma EPSCoR, visit

Tinkerfest to be held Sept. 29

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Sports Only softball coach in program’s history

Eagle sports legend retiring Because of Tom Heath, Oklahoma Christian University has a pool, a fitness center, a thriving intramural program and a successful softball program with one of the best stadiums in all of NCAA Division II and dozens of successful alumni. That's a lot of accomplishment for one career, and after being a blessing to generations of OC students, the 69-year-old Heath said he now is ready to enjoy the next stage in his life. He announced last week the justcompleted softball season was his last at OC, ending a remarkable run at the university that – including his days as a student – has lasted more than 50 years. "There really is no reason for me to keep coaching and not allow someone else to come in to coach a team that I feel real comfortable with, with a great facility," Heath said about his decision to retire. "I prayed about that and the timing is right. I've got to trust God that I'm making the right decision. My first grandson is being born in July, so I'm ready to spend some time with family, too." During 24 years as the only softball coach OC ever has had, Heath posted a 744-518-1 record, making him one of only five collegiate softball coaches in Oklahoma to win at least 700 games. At season's end, he was the 12th-longest-serving coach in any sport, at any level, at an Oklahoma four-year university. He was inducted into the OC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. When the Lawson Softball Complex was built before the 2014 season, donors Ricky and Kelly Lawson insisted the playing surface be known as "Tom Heath Field." "Coach Tom Heath is a legend at OC," OC Athletic Director David Lynn said. "He had a great vision for the many things he was a part of on the OC campus. He shaped the intramural program and the on-campus fitness center into programs that have had a deep impact on every student that has attended OC for the last 40 years. "But his greatest vision was for a softball program at OC. He has been our only head coach and fittingly the field is named in his honor. Coach Heath has had tremendous success on and off the field and will be greatly missed." Heath's interest in softball began when he coached daughter's youth team. Sensing an opportunity to grow OC's athletic offerings, he sent a memo to OC's then-executive vice president, Stafford North, on Sept. 8, 1993, proposing the creation of a softball program. North liked the idea and university trustees approved it, but with one caveat – they wanted Heath to be the program's head coach. The team made its debut with the 1995 season and won its first game, beating Cameron 10-1. Heath – with longtime assistant coach Steve Gault – quickly built a successful program, one that went 42-24 in its second season of existence. In 2002 and 2003, the Lady Eagles qualified for the NAIA tournament and they remained competitive in the Sooner Athletic Conference through 2012, when OC left the NAIA to begin the NCAA Division II membership process. While transitioning into the NCAA, OC twice reached the National Christian College Athletic Association title game, in 2014 and 2015. The success has continued into OC's NCAA era, with the Lady Eagles reaching another milestone this past weekend, reaching the championship round of the Heartland Conference tournament for the first time. OC finished Heath's final season with a 32-25 record. In 1998, Heath and Gault were selected as the Regional Coaching Staff of the Year for the NAIA Southwest Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In 1999, Heath was named Sooner Athletic Confer-

Tom Heath ence Coach of the Year, and in 2014 and 2015, Heath received NCCAA Central Region coach-of-the-year honors. Along the way, Heath has earned the respect of his peers, one of which is college softball's all-time wins leader, whose team once shared a conference with OC. "For more than 20 years, Tom was the embodiment of the Christian coach at a faith-based university," longtime Oklahoma City University coach Phil McSpadden said. "He was a teacher, mentor and friend to all the young ladies that represented Oklahoma Christian so well during his tenure. He is the best man I've ever met or known in the years I've been in this profession." Heath said he's always tried to focus on helping the young women in his program succeed not just at softball, but in life. Alumni from every generation of OC softball say he's done just that. “Coach Heath … not only taught me how to hit better and play harder, but he taught me my love for Christ should show in all my actions," said OC Athletic Hall of Famer Amy (Vanderpool) Sievert, who played for Heath from 1997 to 2001. "On and off the field, he encouraged us to be the best person we could be. "When we would fall short and make mistakes, he was there to coach us through that lesson – sometimes softball-related or sometimes life-related. Coach Heath taught me to love God and work hard. Everything else would take care of itself." Kendra Pierce, who starred for OC from 2012 to 2015, had a similar experience playing for Heath. "Coach Heath is a welcoming and loving person," Pierce said. "He gave me the opportunity to play softball at a school that didn't feel like a school. It felt and still feels like home. There are no words that will express how grateful I am that I got the chance to play for a great Christian man and coach like coach Heath. He will always be special to me and I will forever have a place in my heart for him and his family. "Being able to say I graduated from Oklahoma Christian is one proud thing, but to say I played on the Oklahoma Christian softball team is my biggest accomplishment. This program and all of the coaches mean the world to me. Thank you, coach Heath, for believing in me and I hope you are as proud of your former players as we are of you!" Earlier generations of OC students knew Heath in different ways. Heath grew up in south Oklahoma City before attending high school in Jacksonville, Fla., but he returned to Oklahoma to attend OC in 1967. As a student, he played baseball and basketball for the Eagles.

After his graduation in 1971, Heath taught for one year at a metroarea school, then became then-OC baseball coach Max Dobson's assistant with the 1973 season. Not too long later, Heath added duties as OC's intramural director to his plate. Heath served as OC's interim baseball coach in 1981 before stepping aside to focus on his work as the intramural director. In his 20 years in that position, he was involved with the design of the pool in the Payne Athletic Center and presented a proposal to then-OC President J. Terry Johnson in 1988 that OC develop a fitness center with a recreational gym, leading to the expansion of the PAC. Before becoming the softball coach, Heath also spent seven years as the director of OC's student center and four years as the director of the fitness center that he championed. About a year after the softball program began, Heath sat down with a local architect and sketched out a two-page drawing of what such a stadium might look like. He kept that drawing for years and worked with local architect Ryan Es-

helman on tweaking it and improving it. But Heath knew that he'd have to raise the money if such a project ever was to come to fruition. Then, one day, Kent Allen – now OC's vice president for advancement – brought Ricky and Kelly Lawson to an OC softball game, and a friendship was born between the Lawsons and OC softball. In 2012, Heath presented his dream to the Lawsons during a trip to Alabama. Not long after, the Lawsons told him they wanted to donate the money to build one of the finest college softball facilities in the U.S. The $3.9 million Lawson Softball Complex opened with the 2014 season, making OC the first Oklahoma university to play its home games on an artificial-turf field. In 2015, Tom Heath Field was the site of the NCAA Division II semifinals and title game when heavy rainfall rendered other Oklahoma City-area fields unplayable. With the foundation of a winning program and an elite facility both in place, Heath believes he is leaving OC softball in good shape for his successor. "I was coming to the age where (retirement) is going to be sooner than later," he said. "There were a couple of things that had to be done before I retire. One is I wanted to leave a really good team for the next coach. I wanted to make sure the program was in good shape. Second, facility-wise, I wanted OC softball to have one of the finest facilities in our conference. The facilities are there. There are still some projects I want to complete, which I plan on doing after I retire." Heath said what he'll miss most are the relationships with his players. "It's all about the players," Heath said. "I've really enjoyed the players. All different kinds of personalities coming in here, all different backgrounds. Watching them develop and become mature young ladies when the graduate with careers ahead of them – that's the joy I've had from softball, watching them have a good life because they came to Oklahoma Christian. "It's not about the facility or wins and losses. It's about those players. That's what gives me the joy that I have."

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Edmond Public Schools’ Superintendent Bret Towne has been selected as the 2018 District #7 Superintendent of the Year and Chief Human Resources Officer Randy Decker has been selected as the 2018 District #7 Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA), a member organization of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA). They will receive their awards during the OASA awards banquet held in conjunction with the CCOSA School Leadership Summer Conference held in June.

Administrators earn top region recognition Two Edmond Public Schools’ leaders are being honored by their peers. Superintendent Bret Towne has been selected as the 2018 District No. 7 Superintendent of the Year and Chief Human Resources Officer Randy Decker has been selected as the 2018 District No. 7 Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA), a member organization of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA). District No. 7 includes Oklahoma and Cleveland Counties. The nominations and selections are made by the members of the 20 OASA districts in the state of Oklahoma. Superintendents are recognized for what they have contributed to the profession through leadership and advocacy for public educa-

tion. Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrators are recognized for the demonstration of successful experience in a top-level administrative position, their ability to inspire and motivate people and the promotion of personal and professional growth. "I am honored to be recognized by my peers in OASA District No. 7,” said Towne. “The Superintendents in this region are among the finest in the state and I am proud to represent them this year with this award.” Towne has been Superintendent of Edmond Public Schools since July 2015. He oversees nearly 25,000 students, 2,800 employees, 27 campuses and a $143 million budget. The district is the third largest in Oklahoma and the fastest growing in the state averaging 500 new students each year.

It has 11 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and eight Great Expectations (GE) Model schools. By receiving the District No. 7 honor, Towne will now be considered for 2018 OASA State Superintendent of the Year. Decker has served as Chief Human Resources Officer for 13 of his 24 years in the district. During that time, he has managed the district’s transition to a paperless process and overseen the recruitment, orientation, compensation, compliance, evaluation, and discipline of all employees. The district has been named to The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces list for the past three years. Towne and Decker will receive their awards during the OASA awards banquet held in conjunction with the CCOSA School Leadership Summer Conference held in June.

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Seven University of Central Oklahoma students, along with four students from partner universities, will receive military commissions this summer upon completion of a bachelor’s degree and the Army ROTC program. From left, 2nd Lts. Jocee Sanchez, Blake Beckrich, Amy Neal, Dakota Doucet, Kimberly Martin, Christopher Fry, Kendyn Webster, Trevor Dougherty, Tomas Meget and Jace Bagwell pose for a photo during the Spring 2018 ROTC Commissioning celebration ceremony on May 4.

Army ROTC students earn commissions Seven University of Central Oklahoma students, along with four students from partner universities, will receive military commissions this summer upon completion of a bachelor’s degree and the Army ROTC program. Army ROTC serves as the largest commissioning source for the Army, producing approximately 70 percent of all the officers for the active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Cadets complete a rigorous curriculum of classroom and leadership lab instruction, physical training and various summer training opportunities, all while attending college as full-time students. The UCO students expected to commission are:

2nd Lt. Trevor Dougherty, from Moore, will receive a bachelor’s degree in industrial safety with a minor in military science. He will serve in the U.S. Army on active duty as a chemical corps officer. 2nd Lt. Christopher Fry, from Del City, will receive a master’s degree in political science-internal relations with a minor in military science. He will serve in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a military intelligence officer. 2nd Lt. Kimberly Martin, from Apple Valley, Calif.,

will receive a bachelor’s degree in chemistry: health sciences with a minor in military science. She will serve in the U.S. Army on active duty as a chemical corps officer. 2nd Lt. Tomas Meget, from Moore, will receive a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in military science. He will serve in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as an infantry officer. 2nd Lt. Amy Neal, from Oklahoma City, will receive a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in military science. She will serve in the Washington Army National Guard as an engineer corps officer. 2nd Lt. Jocee Sanchez, from Midwest City, will receive a bachelor’s degree in forensic science and criminal justice with a minor in military science. She will serve in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a signal corps officer. 2nd Lt. Kendyn Webster, from Edmond, will receive a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a minor in military science. He will the serve in the U.S. Army Reserve as a military police officer.

In addition to serving the UCO community, Central’s Army ROTC program is host to five other affiliated universities: Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City University, Southern Nazarene University, Langston University and Southwestern

Christian University, allowing non-UCO students to commission through the UCO Army ROTC program with the completion of a bachelor’s degree at their home university. The students from affiliated universities expected to commission are: 2nd Lt. Jace Bagwell, from Orange, Texas, will receive a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Southern Nazarene University. He will serve in the U.S. Army on active duty as a quartmaster officer. 2nd Lt. Blake Beckrich, from Burleson, Texas, will receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Nazarene University. He will serve in the U.S. Army on active duty as an infantry officer. 2nd Lt. Rachel Butler, from Oklahoma City, will receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern Nazarene University. She will serve in the U.S. Army on active duty as an Army nurse. 2nd Lt. Dakota Doucet, from Granbury, Texas, will receive a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oklahoma Christian University. He will serve in the Texas Army National Guard as an armor officer.

For more information about the UCO Army ROTC program, visit

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Students win awards in Love’s Entrepreneurship Cup University of Central Oklahoma students recently placed in the top five at this year’s Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup, a statewide collegiate business plan competition that simulates the real-world process of researching a market, writing a business plan and making a presentation to potential investors. Three students from Central’s Department of Design brought home first place in the “Retail” category of the Small Business Interview Division and second place in the Small Business Division. The team, called Bright Eyed and Brave, is composed of Kenzie McFeely, Hayden Magar and Amanda Dely. Amy Johnson, UCO Design professor and chair, coached the team. Bright Eyed and Brave’s mission is to facilitate mindfulness and self-regulation in children ages 3-7. The company’s educational materials provide educators and parents with tools to help young learners more effectively manage adversity and their own emotions. “The team took big risks, faced many challenges and were ultimately architects of their own success,” Johnson said. “This is exactly what I expect from UCO Design students, and I could not be prouder of Kenzie, Hayden and Amanda. Well done!” The group brought home $9,000 total in prize money and was invited to the Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup winners’ reception. In addition to Bright Eyed and Brave’s success, Central’s undergraduate team, Wal-Narrow, a company aimed at producing and distributing a medical walker capable of becoming smaller to pass through narrow doorways, was among the top five winners in the High Growth Interview competition. Cierra Jones, a senior psychology major from Oklahoma City, leads the team. Winning teams were chosen based on the knowledge of their business and competitive advantages, how well they articulated the business model, how the business makes money and the competency across the team. Each team was awarded $1,000. Crystal Alkire, a junior business management major from Guthrie, Oklahoma, a member of Central’s undergraduate team iTheater, was the Undergraduate IBM Pitch Winner. iTheater boasts a patent-pending innovation that offers theater-goers a secure charging kiosk and a means to connect with their phone while it is charging. iTheater’s concept solves the challenge of eliminating cellphone interruptions during feature film presentations. Team members include team leader Alkire; Sara Clark, a senior general studies major from


Students in multiple disciplines at the University of Central Oklahoma recently took home top awards at the Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup. From left, UCO Design students Amanda Dely, Hayden Magar, UCO Design Chair Amy Johnson and UCO Design student Kenzie McFeely accept awards from Love’s Vice President of Communications Jenny Love during the competition’s winners’ reception.

Moore; Katie Davis, a senior business management major from Midwest City; Shane Albertson, a senior business management major from Noble; and David Williams, a senior business management major from Bethany. Maurice Haff, instructor of entrepreneurship and innovation and a U.S. patent agent, along with Robert Epstein, Ph.D., professor of entrepreneurship and innovation, both at Central’s College of Business, serve as faculty advisers for the interdisciplinary teams. Throughout the 14-year history of the competition, formerly known as the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup, $1.7 million in cash, $110,000 in

scholarships and $250,000 in fellowships have been awarded, with more than 1700 college students from 35 statewide campuses having participated. Innovation to Enterprise, the competition’s facilitator, is a nationally recognized, private, not-forprofit organization founded in 1998 and focuses on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma. Its mission is investing in entrepreneurs to build successful high-growth companies in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state’s economy. To learn more about the Love’s Cup, visit

Don’t fall victim to ‘hostage’ movers As approximately 1.6 million Americans look to hire movers this year, A-1 Freeman Moving Group is reminding consumers to be wary of moving scams. Each year, nearly 3,000 consumers are defrauded by internet-based companies that offer low initial estimates, but then hold a victim's possessions hostage until they receive thousands of dollars in additional payments. Half of all moves occur during one-third of the year - between the beginning of May and Labor Day; for consumers planning a move, the number one rule when selecting a mover "do your homework." Simple steps can go a long way toward protecting yourself against potential scams and fraud when changing your residence. “Individuals are apt to pick the cheapest mover instead of a reputable moving company with genuine industry experience,” said Jonathan Johnson, brand manager, A1 Freeman Moving Group. “Although it seems that almost every mover has an online presence, just because they have a Facebook page doesn’t mean they are a legitimate mover. At A-1 Freeman, our focus on excellence in customer experience & service has made us one of the most respected moving companies in the industry.”  A-1 Freeman Moving Group offers these tips to help consumers avoid being a victim of a hostage move: Be wary of movers who: n Charge a fee to provide an esti-

mate. n Provide an estimate that sounds too good to be probably is! n Don't provide written estimates or who say they will determine your charges after loading. n Ask you to sign blank documents. n Have no physical address on their website or paperwork. n Have a poor record with the Better Business Bureau. n Do not have a Department of Transportation (DOT) license or the license is expired. n Do not have an Motor Carrier (MC) license or the license is expired. n Have a DOT or MC number that is less than 3 years old.

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Skilled actress Charlize Theron, plays a mother of three in the big screen drama, ‘Tully.’

Review of motion picture ‘Tully’


A mature movie story for those who tire of the superhero genre

By George Gust If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. “Tully” is the third collaboration between Director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. The first two team-ups between the talented director and writer “Juno” and “Young Adult” yielded emotional and challenging movies about women going through a life changing time in their lives. “Tully” is very much in the same vein as their first two collaborations and successfully utilizes a similar combination of gut-wrenching emotional scenes that ring true to life with a side helping of self-aware humorous moments. “Tully” follows Marlo (Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn who is gifted a night nanny by her weather brother (Mark Duplass) after the birth of her third child. After meeting the night nurse, Tully (Mackenzie Davis), and enjoying the pleasures of newfound sleep, Marlo grows a unique bond to the offbeat young woman. “Tully” is a strikingly honest portrayal of modern parenting headlined by a beautiful performance by Theron, as the beleaguered mother facing the trials of everyday adult life and the stresses three children bring. Theron totally embodies the role and throughout the film she evokes a strong sense of empathy from the audience, as you’ve most likely seen this kind of a stressed out mom once or twice in your life. Theron has such a naturalistic portrayal of her character and is even able to make Cody’s

OSP has summer camps for youth Every summer, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park gives students between the ages of 13 and 18 the chance to dive into the world of the greatest playwright in history: William Shakespeare. Enrollment is now open for this one week all day camp. The morning sessions are taken up with acting, movement, language and stage combat lessons, led by theatre professionals and afternoons are spent in rehearsing a final performance for family and friends. Young Company Shakespeare Camp prides itself in promoting a a non-competitive atmosphere that encourages the imagination and develops performance skills using the rich language of Shakespeare's plays. OSP's camp is lead by Nicholas Bartell, a graduate of the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma, who also serves as Lyric Theatre's Secondary Education Director.  The camp dates are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9-13 The cost is $275 Register online at For more information call 405-235-3700.

sometimes ‘too witty for its own good’ dialogue seem genuine. The supporting cast around Theron is also exceptional, especially Davis as Cody’s take on the manic pixie dream girl trope, giving her enough naiveté and youthful energy to make her the perfect nanny for Marlo during this time of her life. The direction of Reitman in this film is also something that made this movie stand out from other adult dramas of late. There are a number of sequences in the film that depict the monotony of day-to-day life that were set up in an effective and visually appealing way that could have easily come off as boring and old hat. While Reitman generally lets the drama unfold in front of the camera, there were times when the camera was shaking a little too much for my liking, momentarily taking me out of the story. Overall, “Tully” is the kind of movie that isn’t going to be burning up the box office for weeks and weeks to come, but it is a beautifully crafted and wonderfully acted adult drama that appeals to an emotionally mature audience. There’s no real “bad guy” in the film, but “Tully” features genuine and real people that we rarely get to see on the big screen these days. “Tully” is a brilliant answer for when you’re tired of seeing the newest city destructing, superhero, reboot of the week. “Tully” is rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity. 4 out of 5 stars

Crossword Puzzle STATEPOINT CROSSWORD THEME: MOUNTAINS AND RANGES ACROSS 1. Meat jelly dish 6. *Sierra Nevada country 9. Cut the crop 13. Bake an egg 14. Cattle prod 15. Notre-Dame sounds 16. Orange type of tea 17. Hula dancer's necklace 18. Door fasteners 19. *North American Cordillera's highest peak 21. *Himalayan peak 23. *Type of resort 24. Monetary unit of Xi Jinping's country 25. Nothing alternative 28. Big rig 30. Bloody Mary juice 35. Byproduct of combing wool 37. Hermes and Apollo 39. Whitman's famous flower reference 40. Small European freshwater fish 41. "This ____ ____" on a box 43. Country dance formation 44. ____ vs. pathos 46. Swing seat? 47. Long adventure story 48. Japanese warriors' religion 50. Red Cross supplies 52. Duke of Cambridge to Prince of Wales 53. Foot curve 55. Boiling blood 57. *Highest mountain in Cascade Range 61. *Highest peak in Russia 64. "____ ____ a high note" 65. Increase 67. Shrek and Fiona 69. Deals 70. Just one of #61 Down 71. Annie Oakley's show 72. What Simon does

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73. "Swan Lake" steps 74. Lumberjack's leftover DOWN 1. Nile reptile 2. Type of outbuilding 3. Toothy freshwater fish 4. Jordan Spieth's 3-9 5. Floorboard sounds 6. Tangerine-grapefruit hybrid 7. Sigma Alpha Epsilon 8. Farewell in France 9. ____-view mirror 10. Alleviate 11. *Strictly European mountain range 12. "____, over here!" 15. ____ red, in a chemistry lab 20. City in Belgium 22. Giant pot 24. "Fiddler on the Roof" language, originally 25. *World's longest mountain system 26. Averse 27. Chinese fruit 29. *____ Blanc 31. One thousandth of a

liter, pl. 32. Spy's cover 33. Argentine dance 34. *____ Ridge, word's longest underwater range 36. Kings of ____ band 38. "Why not?" 42. Jeopardy 45. "Tide" target 49. Mine deposit 51. Pergolas 54. Move like ivy 56. Cereal killer 57. Cold War enemies 58. Dwarf buffalo 59. Lazily 60. Rejections 61. Unagi, pl. 62. Pakistani language 63. Give an impression 66. *Mauna ___, Hawaii's highest peak 68. Oreo to milk

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Business to offer water safety tips May is recognized as National Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Month. Goldfish Swim School – Edmond is celebrating all month long with enhanced educational programming for families ahead of the summer swim season. “Goldfish’s ultimate goal is to ensure that children are comfortable and confident in the water,” said Natasha Neumann, Goldfish Swim School – Edmond. “At Goldfish, water safety is a year-round priority, and National Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Month is an opportunity for us to further educate children and families about potentially lifesaving procedures.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death among children ages 1 to 4.   Goldfish works to address that statistic with the Goldfish W.A.T.E.R. Safety Program, which features W.A.T.E.R. safety rules for children: n Wear your life jacket! n Act. Throw! Don’t go. n Take swimming lessons. n Educate, learn swim safety skills. n Respect, play it cool and follow the rules. Additionally, Goldfish will hold its inaugural FREE Safety Day Celebration event 6-8 p.m., May 18 at its facility located at 10 NW 146th St. in Edmond. “We are excited to provide a fun and inviting environment for families to learn about not only being safer in and around the water, but during all

their summer activities,” said Kristy Blew, Goldfish Swim School – Edmond events coordinator. During the event, children can interact with rescue personnel while they explore a fire truck, police patrol car, and the Just Kids Pediatrics Ambulance, as well as enjoy a DJ, bounce house, face painting, Unpluggits, and Family Swim. Furthermore, Goldfish has teamed up with several local businesses to offer safety and wellness resources for parents, including: Amy McClendon, RN/Certified Car Seat Technician, Just Kids Pediatrics n Car Seat Safety & Installation Tips Kristy Blew, W.A.T.E.R. Safety Coordinator, Goldfish Swim School – Edmond n Summer Water Safety Tips Robyn Reynolds-Miller, RN, INTEGRIS n Babywearing Tips n Sign Up for Infant, Child and Adult CPR/AED Class Sheridan Marquardt, Owner, Celestial Cycles n Helmet & Bicycle Fittings Dr. Katelyn Johnson, DDS, Smile Studio n Pediatric Dental Care For more information about Goldfish’s Safety Day Celebration or to sign up for swim lessons, follow Goldfish Swim School – Edmond on Facebook, call 405-696-7500 or visit

Donation to Forensic Institute The University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute recently received a $150,000 Kirkpatrick Foundation grant for wildlife research. Through the establishment of a first-of-its-kind wildlife forensics DNA sequencing network, the grant will help revolutionize the protection and conservation of endangered wildlife. The Rapid Online Wildlife Identification Network (ROWIN) will serve as the world’s first globally accessible network to a DNA sequencer for wildlife forensics research. The grant will help purchase the equipment that the UCO Center for Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Studies can use to identify specific genetic information linked to endangered wildlife and plant species. UCO researchers will help national and international partners reduce the amount of illegal animal poaching and plant harvesting by providing a “DNA trail” to the front door of criminal activity. James Creecy, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology with the UCO Forensic Science Institute, looks forward to guiding the UCO students and researchers who will collaborate on this global project.

“We will have people from around the world sending information to us in Oklahoma, which will help expose our students to national and international research,” Creecy said. “Our students will use this new equipment to realize how they can affect change on a global level.” Dwight Adams, Ph.D., director of the UCO Forensic Science Institute, stated the Kirkpatrick Foundation grant will “revolutionize the protection and conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife, abused and neglected domestic animals and illegally harvested plants through innovative DNA sequencing techniques.” Louisa McCune, executive director of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, described the unique opportunity and excitement surrounding the decision to fund the wildlife forensics project at UCO. “Because most of our funding is specific to Oklahoma, we sometimes struggle to find ways in which we can support the global protection of wildlife,” McCune said. “We have found UCO to be a pitch-perfect partner to prevent the endangerment of our planet’s most important biodiversity.”

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Cardio workout advice By Brian Attebery You hear a lot about people doing “cardio” exercises and their great cardio workouts but what does that mean and how do we go about it? Attebery Cardiovascular/aerobic activity is designed to work your heart and lungs. Things like speed-walking, jogging, bicycle, elliptical and stair climber are some great examples. Another question I receive quite frequently is, “what should my heart rate be?” The answer will depend on many factors such as age, level of fitness, health history and purpose of the exercise. In terms of purpose, you must establish if your primary goal is to “strengthen” the heart or more towards burning unwanted body fat or both? In weight lifting, we know that if we are trying to get stronger then we need to increase the intensity and “push” our bodies to get stronger. The heart is a muscle too and in order to strengthen it, we must also “push” the intensity up. In order to establish what that means we must first figure out some parameters. The first is that we need to determine what the maximum heart rate should be when performing cardio exercise. A simple formula is: 220-age = Maximum Heart Rate (MHR). Then we determine heart rate intensity ranges by Beginner (60-70 percent of MHR), Intermediate (70-80 percent of MHR), and Advanced (80-90 percent of MHR). For example, if you are 40 years of age it would break down like this: 220-40 = 180 beats per minute would be your max heart rate. Consequently, to determine Beginner of 60 percent take 180 and multiply by .60 and you will determine your goal should be no less than 108 beats per minute. On the other end of the scale, if you were to determine the top of your Advanced level of 90 percent then

take 180 and multiply by .90 and you will have a 162 beats per minute. So an average 40 year old persons range would be 108-162 beats per minute. You will notice that in the beginning you will reach a certain heart rate at a certain speed on the cardio and later find that you have to raise that speed to get the same heart rate. That is good. That means that you are getting a stronger heart. I indicated previously that for fat loss, intensity does not have to be as high. For strength it does need to be higher. The reason that fat loss leans towards lower intensity is because fat metabolism requires more oxygen and if the intensity is too high and the body can’t meet the oxygen needs quickly enough, carbohydrates must by used to produce energy. Both forms of cardio exercise are important and both will burn fat, it is just important to determine what your primary purpose is. In my professional opinion you should try to meet in the middle with your intensity by aiming for a heart rate of around 75 percent of your MHR. This will give you the best of both worlds. Another option is to alternate between slow steady cardio and interval training. This will allow you to increase your strength and then eventually allow you to stay in the fat burning mode while also being able to go harder since your body is more capable of handling the increased workload. Your heart is stronger and more efficient so your perceived exertion seems less. Cardiovascular training, just like all exercise, needs to be planned out with goals in mind. The biggest mistake people make is to just start an exercise program without any goals or parameters. Use this formula to map out a cardio plan and get with a Professional Trainer who knows these types of guidelines and can help you get your heart and the rest of your body in shape. (Brian Attebery is a Degreed/Certified Trainer. He owns and operates Results Fitness and Nutrition Center, L.L.C. in Edmond.

Carpenter Sq. Theatre has dark comedy ‘Lonesome West’ Carpenter Square Theatre presents the Oklahoma City premiere of “The Lonesome West” by Martin McDonagh May 18-June 2. Set on the west coast of Ireland, the dark comedy displays the hilarious and dark sides of small-town life with a cast of quirky characters. All performances are at the theater, located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City. Two brothers plus one inheritance equals a lot of bad behavior in this dark Irish comedy written by Martin McDonagh, the award-winning writerdirector of the films “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “In Bruges,” and “Seven Psychopaths.” To add to the troubles, rumors are flying through the village of Leenane that their recently buried father may have been murdered by one of the brothers over a haircut related insult. The local parish priest and a schoolgirl from the village, who supplies their bootleg moonshine, both attempt to keep the brothers from quarreling with often hilarious results. When the brothers try to break the pattern, a kind of confession-and-contrition game emerges, and instead of putting the past behind them, their apologies become new weapons to open old wounds. One wonders if they will stay locked in a battle of adolescent squabbling forever. All in all, McDonagh’s modern Cain and Abel tale is funny and grim and often shocking. Michael Relland stars as Coleman Connor, the brother who weaves between jolly and malevolent. He is joined by Rick Lockett as Valene Connor, the petty, greedy, younger brother with a stunning collection of religious figurines. Matthew Moreillon portrays Father Welsh, their young parish priest who drinks too much and is filled with doubts about almost everything he should hold dear. Alexis Perry and Katlyn Skaggs are rotating in the role of Girleen Kelleher, the schoolgirl who peddles her father’s moonshine and is in love with Father

Pictured are Michael Relland, left, and Rick Lockett as two feuding brothers in ‘The Lonesome West.’

Welsh. Rhonda Clark directs the cast of unique, quirky characters and also serves as costume designer with Erica Tschida assisting as stage manager. Ben Hall is in charge of the set design and execution, and Jay C. Schardt is the lighting designer. Playwright McDonagh is now known as much - or more - for his directing and screenplays as his stage plays. His most recent film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” won two Golden Globe Awards this year For “The Lonesome West,” specific performance dates and times over three weeks are: 8 p.m. May 18-19; 7:30 p.m. May 24, 8 p.m. May 25-26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27; and 7:30 p.m. May 31 and 8 p.m. June 1-2. The play is rated PG-13 for strong language and adult subject matter. Regular adult tickets are $25 with $20 tickets available for seniors aged 62 or more, military, and groups of 10 or more. Educator tickets are $10 and students are only $5. Two-for-one tickets may be purchased when presenting the Allied Arts City Card or when attending Thursday evening performances. For tickets, call 405-232-6500 or email Visit for more information.

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‘Adding life to your years’ Aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be miserable. The Aging and Metabolism Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation takes a comprehensive approach to addressing diseases of aging, looking at everything from vision loss to arthritis to age-related muscle loss. Their goal, says program chair Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D., is “not just adding years to your life, but also adding life to your years.” While research and medicine are making strides in improving health as people age, a lot of the burden falls on the shoulders of the individual. So here are a few tips from aging experts for making your golden years truly golden. Move it Exercise is crucial at every age. Unfortunately this is one thing many of us forego in favor of literally anything else. Research shows even 30 minutes of exercise daily not only helps you avoid packing on the PHOTO PROVIDED pounds, it also lowers blood pressure, strengthAging researcher Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D., practices ens bones and improves mood. what she preaches by working the gym into her routine. “From a muscle perspective, which is my pri-

mary area of expertise, this is one that can have a cascade of effects, either positive or negative,” said Van Remmen. “It can make or break your quality of life.” Small amounts of weight training have been shown to benefit older people, she said. It helps maintain muscle mass over time and improves bone health. “All these things center around strength and mobility,” she said. “They also improve balance, and that can help you avoid falls and injuries.” And you don’t need to develop bulging biceps to see benefits from weight training. Van Remmen suggests doing what you can do safely, from using light hand weights to resistance bands. Even just walking to the mailbox, taking the stairs or watering plants can help preserve your mobility and balance over time.

Focus on food It’s no secret that obesity has a severe negative impact on health in a variety of ways. Heart disease alone kills 800,000 Americans annually and is a leading killer in Oklahoma. It can also lead to type 2 diabetes and contribute to osteoarthritis. (See Aging, Page 19)

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Neighborhood children visit with Dick Thomas, chairperson of the Bradford Village Library Committee who is managing the new library. The pantry, and library, are at Boulevard and Hadwiger.

Retirement community offers a new corner library & pantry Bradford Village Retirement Community is the newest home for a Pine Pantry, a free-standing food pantry that allows anyone to take what they need and leave what they can. The pantry officially opened earlier this spring located on the Bradford Village property at the corner of Boulevard and Hadwiger. “The Pine Pantry is an extraordinary resource, and we are excited to offer it to the community,” said Eric Lindsey, CEO for Villagio Senior Living. “Bradford Village has been serving the Edmond community for over 57 years, so there was no question about if we should offer it, just how quickly could we get it open.” PHOTO PROVIDED Residents and staff of Bradford Village will assist in getting the No questions asked when wanting to read pantry up and running, but the a book from the ‘Little Free Library.’ goal of the pantry is for it to be Bradford Village Health Center. a community-wide effort. The Pine Bradford Village also recently Pantry is open 24/7 for anyone to opened a Little Free Library next to drop off donations or take items the Pine Pantry. A similar concept – from the pantry – no questions anyone can take a book or return a asked. The pantry will help fill in the book to the Little Free Library. Bradgaps left by other traditional reford Village will start constructing the sources by minimizing food insecurismall wooden box for books. ties in the area. To learn more about the Bradford Vil“It is vital for us to give back as an lage Retirement Community please visit organization, but it’s also a great or call 405-531portunity for our residents and staff 3444. To learn more about the Bradto experience meaningful and reward- ford Village Health Center please visit ing work,” said Will Griffin, COO for or call Grace Living Centers, operator of 405-341-0810.


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As a retiree, make wise cash choices

By Metro News Service Many people look toward retirement with mixed feelings. There is the anticipation and excitement of no longer having to stick to a set schedule. However, there may be some trepidation about living without a steady income. Bloomberg financial experts found the number of Americans aged 65 and older without a disability that weren't in the labor force rose to 800,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016. This has become a long-standing trend of Baby Boomers leaving the workforce and entering retirement. Yet, a Statistics Canada study of people between the ages 60 and 64 who had left long-term employment found 43 percent of them were working again, most within a year of leaving their job. Although boredom may have compelled many of those people to reenter the workforce, some may have started working again to make ends meet. Researchers found the higher the earnings in one's late 40s, the more likely a retiree is to go back to work. While retirees may need to alter their spending habits, it is possible to live happily on less. Here are some ways to do just that. n Accurately assess home expenses. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling says the cost of home-related expenses accounts for roughly 45 percent of spending for retirees. Individuals can add up exactly how much their homes are costing them and then decide if downsizing is a practical solution. Downsizing has a host of benefits, not the least of which is reducing housing-related expenses. n Invest in health care. Unexpected health care costs can quickly deplete individuals' finances. That's why it is essential to have a solid insurance plan in place. Health care planning also may include thinking ahead to long-term care, such as assisted living and nursing homes. One may have to make concessions elsewhere, but investing in health care can assuage concerns men and women might have about the cost of living in their golden years. n Use alternative transportation. Cars can be expensive. A budget-friendly alternative to driving is to use public transportation or transportation services provided to seniors free or for nominal fees. n Take advantage of senior discounts. Many restaurants, stores and service centers offer discounts to seniors. The starting age for discounts may vary from store to store, so always ask before cashing out. n Shop for food differently. Bulk buys may have been appropriate for men and women when there were kids running around, but empty-nesters can cut back on food expenses. Shopping sales and making more meals at home can help seniors save money. The market research firm NPD Group found that in-home meals cost roughly one-third of what it costs to eat the same food at a restaurant. Save dining out for special occasions. Retirees can make changes to save money without negatively affecting their quality of life.

A study of people between the ages 60 and 64 who had left longterm employment found 43 percent of them were working again, most within a year of leaving their job.

Restaurant celebrates WWII vet’s birthday WWII veteran Pat Paddock has been meeting every morning at McDonalds with fellow veterans for 15 years. They have made an impression on the McDonald’s owner and staff who appreciate seeing them every morning. Mr Paddock served in the Army Air Corp in 1943 and retired as a Major in the AF Reserve, which is what the Army Air Corp became. While serving in WWII Mr. Paddock was a B29 radar operator. The McDonald’s staff provided the refreshments and party for Mr. Paddock who was also a prominent business man in Edmond.

Left to right Jim Paddock (son), Benny Paddock (grandson), Hank Bell, Charles Tobler, Larry Lambrecht, Chris Lyon, David Ruse, Tom Beckman (front) Pat Paddock with daughter-in-law Donna Paddock at McDonald’s on Second Street celebrating Pat Paddock’s 94th birthday.

Photographs by Melinda Infante Sr. fact file Only 3.6% of people over 65 years old are in nursing homes. Elderly men are likely to live with a spouse while elderly women are more likely to live alone. ---4 in 5 older adults will battle at least one chronic condition or illness such as heart disorders, arthritis, or osteoporosis. 50% will battle at least two. ---By age 75, about 1 in 3 men and 1 in 2 women don't get ANY physical activity. ---The ratio of women to men over 65 years old is 100 to 76. The ratio of women to men over 85 years old is 100 to 49.

Aging From Page 18 On the other side of the coin, malnutrition is also an issue in our aging population, said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. As people age, they tend to have relatively poor appetites as some of their senses dim. Prescott stresses the importance of eating adequate protein— 45 grams of protein for women and 55 grams for men—to help your body recover from wear and tear and maintain muscle mass. “Shakes like those made by Ensure or Boost can help seniors maintain a healthy weight, said Prescott. “They aren’t a magic solution and they don’t replace nutrition-rich whole foods, but they can help.� Brain gains While physical exercise is important, exercising your brain is also

valuable. Scientists increasingly believe it is wise to read, work puzzles, play games and socialize to help improve memory and keep the brain healthy and perhaps delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the fifth-leading cause of death in Americans over the age of 65. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 6080 percent of all cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. “Don’t let your brain stagnate,� Van Remmen said. “Studies show that people age more successfully when they engage with others and stay active mentally. Whether that means taking part in bridge club, bingo night or church groups or just picking up a good book, do whatever suits you best.�

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New grads adjust to the workplace By Holly Caplan New college grads will have an advantage this year in the job market. Employers plan to hire 4 percent more new graduates for their U.S. operations from the Class of 2018 than they did from the Class of 2017. So, congratulations to the Class of 2018, not only are you finishing school, but there will be more space for you in the job market. Knowing this gives you an advantage because they want you! Getting the first job is a big accomplishment as it gives financial sustenance and the opportunity to make your mark in the working world. A lot of time and effort is put into getting the job, and the interview advice can be rampant. Advice runs the gamut of how to format your resume, to what suit to wear. This is all very helpful, but what happens when you actually get the job? What’s next? There is no road map for this. The first job is typically full of unchartered territory and can throw curve balls full of unexpected situations. These situations aren’t something your college courses can prepare you for, but real life will. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your first job: n Pick Your Clique. When starting a first job, realize that you are walking into an already established work culture. While you may be in training and learning about the tasks of your job, you will also be learning about the new personalities around you and inner office dynamics. This can be a bit of a shock, especially as the office gossip unfolds and the culture reveals itself. I mean, you didn’t encounter this stuff during the interview, so why are you just seeing it now? Worry not, every workplace has its own dynamic. As you get to know your new 8-5 home, you will find coworkers who are positive and can be asset to you, and you will find those who are negative and bring you down. Don’t get involved with the latter. Don’t get sucked into those who love misery or talk about what the new sales director had on that day. Surround yourself with those who lead by example and bring positivity and support to your new world. And in time, pay it forward by doing the same for other incoming employees. n Engage Yourself Quickly. Even though you may have already gotten the job, you can quickly create name for yourself by proactively setting up meetings with different people in the organization. Schedule some time with 5 different employees and ask them about their history, why they joined the company and some of their goals. This shows that you are trying to integrate yourself and that you have a genuine interest in them and how they contribute to the bigger picture. Plus, these new relationships can be your foundation, and these people could be the same ones to help you in a new project or even just be a resource while you grow in your new role.

n Don’t be afraid to call out bad behavior. This may feel a little intimidating at first, especially being a new employee, but in our #metoo world, we have to be open to calling out bad behavior. If you encounter something that makes you uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to report it. An example I’m compelled to share the story of a 23 year old woman who took on a role as marketing manager for a large food corporation. She was asked to take some top customers to a hockey game to get to know them better and let them know they were appreciated. Upon arriving in the arena, they let her know their plan was to get wasted and that they expected her to be the beer runner. Unsure if this was appropriate, she ran their beer. Twice. One of the male customers became rather handsy with her after the alcohol hit his system. She didn’t have to think about this twice. She just got up and left. She called her boss on the way home to let him know what happened and the discomfort she felt. He commended her for leaving the situation and reporting it. I do too. n What if you don’t get the job? Like everyone says, finding a job is a job. We put a lot of energy, time and emotion into finding the right work place for us. We immerse and invest ourselves into something that hasn’t happened in blind faith that we could be chosen. We are hopeful, excited and become emotionally involved. So you may ask, after all of this, “What if I don’t get it? How do I handle it?” If you don’t get it, don’t beat yourself up. In the interview process, you most likely learned a lot and made of a lot of new connections – which in itself is valuable. You never know what can happen in the future, and your paths could cross again. n Work the totem pole. We all strive for success and we especially want it immediately! Myself included. However, know that it will take a good 10-12 months in your new job to find your groove and feel confident in what you are doing. You will have big wins and major mistakes along the way, but know it is part of the process called, “paying your dues.” We all go through it. Be grateful because no matter how fun or stressful paying your dues can be, you are building new skillsets for yourself that will take you from job to job. In time, working your way up the totem pole will happen and promotions and new roles will appear. Be eager, be patient and enjoy the climb. Your first job, no matter how long you are there, will always be memorable. In the coming months you will be creating the foundation of your career and setting yourself on the path for success.

Holly Caplan is a workplace issues expert, career coach and author of Surviving the Dick Clique: A Girl's Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World. For more information, please visit, and connect

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Tech improvements fueling oil patch growth By Jack Money Oklahoman Oil production from shale is up, costs per barrel are down, and rigs are drilling more horizontal wells and drilling them more quickly than ever. The scientific knowledge acquired the past decade by North America-based oil and natural gas producers (customer operators) and subsequent technology that's emerged and is used by the companies that serve them no doubt helped propel that trend, an energy executive told attendees at Oklahoma State University's Energy Conference last week. "Operators informing service companies of their needs, and service companies responding ... has permitted what previously had been considered inconceivable," said Jerome Loughridge, president of Great

Plains Oilfield Rental, part of Patterson UTI. "Technology has led to staggering impacts." Loughridge, whose firm provides producers with well planning, drilling, recovery and completion services as well as rental equipment, used data in his presentation to show those impacts. While he remarked a relationship continues to exist between the number of active rigs and oil's commodity price, he also noted production of oil from unconventional shale formations has climbed significantly during the past decade, regardless of the number of active rigs. At the same time, the number of horizontaldrilling rigs has climbed, while the number of rigs only capable of drilling vertical or directional wells has declined.

Ways you can learn to start saving money

Americans save a little more than 5 percent of their personal disposable income, according to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. It’s not surprising, then, that many people wonder at the end of each month where their money has gone. But don’t despair! There are many easy ways to pump up your nest egg without trying too hard. The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) offers these practical tips: n Go straight to savings. Instead of putting your weekly paycheck into your checking account, deposit it into your savings account instead. That way you will have to think about each amount that you transfer into checking to spend. You may find yourself reconsidering some purchases and saving money before you even spend it. n Make it automatic. It can be tough to remember to save, but there are a number of ways to make it easier. First, sign up for the automatic savings option at your bank. Even if you only have the bank transfer a few dollars a week from your checking to your savings account, you’ll be

pleasantly surprised at how much you’ve accumulated at the end of the year. Another nice surprise: the amount of money that will build up over time if you sign up for automatic payments to your company’s employee retirement savings plan. Once again, even small regular contributions can grow into a substantial nest egg by the time you’re ready to retire. If your employer matches some or all of your contribution, try to take full advantage of the offer. Otherwise you are turning down a free addition to your future wealth. n Keep records. Impulse spending becomes a lot less appealing if you have to stop and write down each purchase. Taking the time to list your outlays gives you an opportunity to think before acting in haste. It can also help you get a good sense of your financial habits and form the basis of a monthly budget. n Set limits. If you vow to make only one withdrawal from an ATM each week, you’ll be amazed at how well you learn to budget your money and make your dollars stretch. Another smart step: Use your debit card

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Joe White Marks 30th Year


Joe White Shelter Insurance held a ribbon cutting with the Edmond Chamber earlier this month to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. White takes pride in offering personal services and making sure you have the right coverage at the right price. He has represented Shelter since May 1988 and has earned the Champion recognition 13 times. Agent Joe White and his Affiliate Agent and daughter Danielle Hill strive for excellence in knowledge of insurance products and customer service. Family operated, you are sure to feel at home in their office. From life, home, auto and commercial insurance, no matter what your current needs are, they are able to match the right products for your everchanging needs. For more information visit them on Facebook or go to their website at

Gourmet Gallery & personnel moves The Gourmet Gallery, a retail speciality food store specializing in Gift Baskets, has promoted Sharon Young as general manager. She will be located in the Edmond store at 1521 S. Boulevard. Young Sharon has been with Gourmet Gallery for three years and will oversee day to day operations and will be the buyer

for the extensive Made In Oklahoma products section. Debbie Mills has been hired as manager of the Shoppes at Northpark location in Oklahoma City. Debbie comes Mills with several years of retail food management, buying, and personal chef experience.

Improved technology has led to top-drive rigs that can provide the necessary torque to drill long-lateral wells, he observed. Loughridge's data also showed that 80 percent of the wells drilled in 2017 in North America were horizontal. It showed the average number of wells per pad was 4.7, while the average amount of time a rig needed to drill 1,000 feet was down to 3.4 days. "It is getting very, very fast," he said. Additionally, he said the understanding of the science behind the use of fracking to stimulate wells also has continued to exponentially expand. Using a zipper frack, where two wells are alternately stimulated on the same site during one completion evolution, greatly improves efficiencies, Loughridge said.

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By Chad McCoy Edm. Family Counseling Its an odd idea that one would want to upset their children. It’s not in our nature to upset or McCoy cause harm to other living things; let alone our own children. To one extreme, we could imagine a parent a parent who is abusive, unresponsive to their child’s needs, and dismissing of their concerns or worries. This is not the type of upsettedness that I’m endorsing. To another extreme, we could imagine a parent who is just as dismissing by placating their child into one who equally cannot handle their emotive states! This is the child that you can properly upset without too much damage. As a parent you need to identify when it is safe to upset your child. You also need to identify how you can safely upset your child so they can learn the skills needed to appropriately confront those unpleasant feelings. This in turn does a couple of things: Your child learns that you are an authoritative entity in their life that has the ability to set boundaries,

they learn to actively address unpleasant feelings and situations, and you get to take some credit for your well behaving and socialized child. Quite simply the best way to drive home these points is consequences: Both natural and artificially imposed. Your child will need you to allow them to fail and reap the successes or failures that come with their own decisions or behaviors. Don’t be too dismissive, as you could be raising a child who has a twisted idea of empathy; and don’t be too placating, as you could raise a child who has a “Want Monster� too big for society. Give warnings to your child in age appropriate fashions, but allow them to mess up without you swooping in to save them. When they do fail, be there to comfort and reflect their upset feelings. Don’t be too quick to say, “I told you so.� Instead, stay future oriented and help them learn and plan for a more successful next time.

Parenting boundaries: Let them fail By Audrey Woods Edm. Family Counseling Once you’ve established a foundation of responsibility with your kids, it’s time to translate that responsibility to bigger and bigger stuff. You did a great Woods job teaching them that behaviors have consequences! Now rather than being chilly when they don’t want to wear their coat, sad when they break a toy that won’t be replaced, or hungry when they have to go to bed hungry after refusing the dinner you made, they’ll learn that the consequences only get more intense. Here are some healthy and natural consequences you can love your children enough to allow in the later years of childhood: Sixth to eighth grade: Grades! For the most part, middle school grades won’t make or break a child’s future. This is the time to let them sort through their own motivation and habits. Eventually, most children will learn that not doing homework or studying for a test will lead to having summer school or repeating an entire year. Another great lesson for middle schoolers includes self-care. Most kid-

dos live and die by their reputation at school and sadly, middle school is brutal. So let your kid go to school looking like a mess and I assure you, one of their peers will point it out to them and you won’t have to fight about brushing hair. Ninth to 12th graders: High school is a great age to really hit home financial lessons. Buying things (car, clothes, phone, games) should be at least partially or all their responsibility. When they get into trouble for whatever it is your teenager is doing, don’t bail them out. By now, your child should be in charge of most of his/her life. After all, isn’t that the goal? To raise competent adults? I can promise you that your child will not magically know what responsibility is when they turn 18. It’s something you teach them by letting them fail and pick themselves up again. Please do it now while the consequences are still relatively minor. If you’d like to learn more about how to enforce natural consequences, we can’t recommend Parenting with Love and Logic more. Edmond Family Counseling is here to help you with your parenthood journey. Please visit our website, or give us a call 405-341-3554 to get started on “Your Path to Better.� Sliding fee scale available.


From Page 21 instead of a credit card whenever possible. When you know that you are making direct withdrawals from your checking account — instead of tapping into a credit line — you will probably be a little more cautious about how you spend. However, be aware of any charges your bank imposes for the use of your debit card. n Set aside spare change. Many people brag about saving a down payment for a car or other big-ticket item by taking the change from their wallet each night and dropping it into a cookie jar. It may sound silly, but this technique can actually help you amass a considerable amount. To simplify the process, many banks have coin-counting machines that will deposit your spare change directly into your account. If you start now, you may find you have quite a bit saved toward holiday gifts or other expenses by the end of the year.

n Reward yourself for saving. It can be hard to give up small indulgences, such as a morning latte or lunch at a nice restaurant. When you bring your own coffee or lunch from home, take the money you would have spent on takeout and put it immediately into savings. Your growing bank account will be a nice reward for the little treats you’ve given up. Setting up — and maintaining — good savings habits is one of the many financial challenges that families face. Remember that your local CPA can help. If you don’t have a CPA, get a referral and free 30minute consultation at For more advice, like KnowWhat Counts on Facebook, follow Know What Counts on Twitter or visit, where you can sign up for a free e-newsletter, get a free Financial Fitness Kit and more.

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Area seniors receive scholarships from foundation

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has awarded Deer Creek High School senior Emma Buckles with a $2,000 scholarship through the Community Foundation Scholars program. Buckles’ scholarship is part of a program that awarded $410,000 in scholarships to 205 seniors at 54 high school across Central Oklahoma this spring. After graduation, Buckles plans to attend Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where she plans to study religion with a concentration in organizations and leadership. “The scholarship has helped pave my way to higher education and made it possible for me to attend a university out of state,” Buckles said. A full list of this year’s recipients and their the Edmond-area high schools is included below. For two decades, the Community Foundation Scholars program has opened the door to college for thousands of high school seniors from across Central Oklahoma, said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation president. This year, the program expanded to include two additional high schools, Community Christian School in Norman and Crossings Christian School in Oklahoma City. “We’re extremely pleased to add two more Central Oklahoma high schools and increase our scholarship awards through this program by $24,000 this year,” Anthony said. The program includes communities across the metro area, including Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, El Reno, Yukon, Midwest City, Edmond and many others. Many of the Community Foundation Scholars may not have been eligible for the most competitive academic scholarships, but they demonstrated

that they are good students and are active in their community. For many students, the scholarships play a critical role, helping them to close funding gaps, so they can afford the substantial costs of tuition, books, fees and other expenses. “This is just one component of our scholarship program, which continues to grow each year, thanks to the support of many generous donors,” Anthony said. The Community Foundation awards nearly $2 million in college scholarships to students throughout Oklahoma each year, she said. To ensure students are eligible for the awards, each school’s guidance counselor must participate in the Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network, a free program that provides training opportunities on college admissions and financial aid practices. For more information about Oklahoma City

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Community Foundation scholarships, go to: Following are the Community Foundation Scholar recipients for the 2018-19 academic year: Crossings Christian School: Laura Fredrickson Deer Creek High School: Emma Buckles, Aaron Ray and Marissa Riley Edmond Memorial High School: Ryan Glazier, Jacob Loucks and Shelby Sager Edmond North High School: Martha Barnes, Jonathan Desouza, Nicholette Dubose and Charles Reynolds Edmond Santa Fe High School: Kirsten Allbee, Nick Chen, Vaishnavi Dalal, Soliana Habtom, JiaJie Jiang, JiaYing Jiang, Amanda Pham and Giovanna Visalli Oklahoma Christian Academy: Haley Wietelman Oklahoma Christian School: Cathryn McKinnis

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