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April 19, 2018

Vol. 18, No. 47


Belly Dancer, in real life is located in front of On Cue at 33rd and Kelly but is hidden somewhere in our paper this week. Email contest@ with the correct location to be entered in the weekly drawing. For more information see page 4.

OKC Jazz Festival getting underway See Page 11


Main: (left to right) Rachel and Brad McNeill (artist) along with Frank Naifeh and his wife, Saundra, (art collectors) are offering a Hip-Art-Hop Progressive dinner in their homes where the winning bidder will enjoy drinks, food and art.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Scattered T-storms/Wind High 62° Low 52°

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Partly cloudy High 59° Low 42°

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Partly cloudy High 66° Low 47°

Inset: Edmond artist Reian Williams with his piece, Elephant in the Room, which is one of the many exciting items up for auction. After 33 years, the Spring Sampler Evening of Art has a fresh look and new name. EAT. DRINK. ART., the Edmond Fine Arts Institute’s annual live and silent auction benefit, will be held April 28 at Oak Tree Country Club. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with food and wine provided by local restaurants and caterers including: Boulevard Steakhouse, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Eat Me Up Cuisine, Millie’s Table, Othello’s, Pepperoni Grill, Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Kitchen, Brown’s Bakery, Running Wild Catering, Earl’s Rib Palace and more. Enjoy dining while listening to the musical artistry of Jeff Wood, provided by Pelco, live painting by Zonly Looman and shopping through hundreds of auction items.

“Every year we add new and fun elements to our event,” said Shannon Price, executive director. “The name change is just one of the updates. We are excited to have many new auction items plus a “Best of Live” raffle where the winner selects their favorite item from the live auction table before the bidding begins.” A few live and silent auction temptations include the elegant and classic Cinnabar Basket by Dale Chihuly, Elephant in the Room, an original painting by Reian Williams, progressive dinners, multiple vacations, jewelry, concert tickets, advertising opportunities, a “wine pull” and art, art and more ART. This annual fund-raising event for the Edmond Fine Arts Institute is Saturday, April 28 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Oak Tree Coun-

try Club. Tickets are $100 per person and “Best of Live” raffle tickets are $100 each (a limited number will be sold and some exclusions apply). Visit for details and to purchase tickets. Major sponsors include: Oklahoma City Abstract and Title Co., Kirkpatrick Bank, Radvine Marketing, ARL Bio Pharma, Edmond Electric, Innovative Healthcare, AT&T, Citizens Bank, Edmond Life & Leisure, Integris Health Edmond, Cox Business, First Bank & Trust, RCB Bank, Bank SNB, Regent Bank, Cross First Bank, BancFirst and David Dobson/Remax First. “Excitement is high for this annual fund-raising event. We are pleased with the quality of auction items which include truly continued on Page 3

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CHILLY START --- It didn’t seem much like spring last weekend at the Farmer’s Market. The Festival Market Place crowd braved temps in the 30s and 40s to grab fresh produce. Last weekend marked the first time the market opened this season.

Cover beautiful and unique art,” said Price. “All tickets are on a first come-first serve basis and go quickly.” Profits from the event go toward operational expenses and to support the Art in Schools Program, a partnership with Edmond Public Schools. Art work created by Edmond third graders will be included in the Art in Schools Challenge, a new opportunity to support the arts in local elementary schools. Artists donating original works include: Bert Seabourn, Jennifer Hustis, Joan Frimberger, Stephen Grimes, David Padget, Charl Adair, Lynda Savage, Jackie Schultz, Andy Boatman, James Coplin, Thomas Stotts, and others. Additional auction items include golf and sports packages, dinners, household and decorative items, women’s and men’s fashions,

From Page 1 tickets to local events, and children’s packages. Special birthday parties are available for bid as well as gift baskets and gift certificates. Photography, fitness, and advertising packages are also included. Celebrating 33 years of creativity, the Fine Arts Institute is Edmond’s non-profit arts organization offering educational enrichment for adults and children in the visual and performing arts. Classes and camps are taught yearround for all ages at 27 East Edwards in Edmond. Additional community programs provide art in elementary schools and many art therapy opportunities. For more information on FAI classes, programming or the auction, visit or call 340-4481.


There are lots of special items up for sale at the Fine Arts Institute’s annual benefit on April 28. Among those are an autographed football, below, signed by Heisman Trophy winners from the University of Oklahoma including the most recent recipient, Baker Mayfield.

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From the Publisher

Can it get more confusing? “Of course, I know how to roll a joint” -Martha Stewart More than 10 years ago after returning from a trip to California, I wrote a bit of a tongue in cheek column about the use of medical marijuana in that state. Frankly, it was a Ray Hibbard joke because many used it for recreational purposes. I honestly do not believe that any law starting out to be legalizing the use of cannabis for medical reasons is meant to stay that way. It is a first step in making pot legal for recreational purposes. I honestly never thought we would see it on the ballot here in Oklahoma and yet here we are folks. The Oklahoma Attorney General, law enforcement and many of our state legislators believe the wording of Oklahoma State Question 788 is for passing a “recreational light” use of pot and not one geared for medical purposes only as promised by proponents. Because of that, much work is taking place to write the implementation wording to make it a law for only medical marijuana purposes should State Question 788 pass. They believe that the support from the public being given in early polling for this state question is because it is called a medical marijuana proposal versus a recreational use proposal. State Question 788 is on the ballot for the June 26 primary. According to an article in the Tulsa World last week by reporter Barbara Hoberock, a group called Green the Vote believes that our legislators are up to doing just that, turning it into a strictly medical marijuana proposal as it is being told to voters. Apparently, this does not make the folks at Green the Vote happy. The group showed up on the steps in the middle of the teachers walk out last week to solicit volunteers and votes for two additional state questions to go on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot. Their efforts are to make sure we get a medical marijuana constitutional change allowing broad uses of the substance along with a second state question to legalize pot for recreational use. Green the Vote filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office two state questions intending to seek signatures to get the two state questions on the ballot this fall. State

Question 796 for medical marijuana use and State Question 797 for recreational marijuana use. Isaac Caviness of Tulsa is president of the group and his supporters set up a tent on the southeast lawn as thousands of teachers converged on the Capitol last week. Of course, they are proposing that revenue from legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana gets earmarked for education. It sure makes you wonder how our teachers would feel about these two proposals since they are usually frontline folks in dealing with addiction issues with our youth. Caviness said, “The main difference in ours is that it is a constitutional amendment, so the Legislature won’t be able to do all the shenanigans with it that they have been trying to do with State Question 788.” I guess by “shenanigans” he means making sure the legal language is honest to what voters believe they are voting on in June. According to Caviness if all three of the state questions pass, the constitutional changes are the ones that would go into effect. “This is a backup plan,” he said. “If we waited any longer to file, we would be waiting until 2020 to vote. We wanted to make sure we covered all of the bases.” Of course, the group wants to cover all the bases folks. Frankly, I would prefer this group spend its time on something like a solution to fracking and earthquakes in Oklahoma. This is one of those issues that is going to sneak up on voters when they go to the poll. It is such a nonissue in most of our lives, at least here in Edmond, that we may be tempted to think State Question 788

really is just for medical purposes. If you are in favor of recreational and medical uses for marijuana, I can understand supporting the question on the ballot in June. However, if you are in favor of only medical marijuana use, you need to research State Question 788 and think carefully before you vote. In my research, I came across some interesting facts about the old “dragon bush” as my dad used to call it. I honestly don’t know where he got that description. The man did serve in Korea, so it may have come from there. He was a smoker most of his life, but the cigarettes came from a red and white box and he didn’t roll his own. Here is what I found: Marijuana has been Medicine for Ages. The earliest reference to cannabis being used as medicine occurs in 2700 BC in China. It was described as useful in treating malaria, constipation, and rheumatic pain. Research has found that smoking cannabis/pot in your teens can lead to a decline in I.Q., but similar effects were not seen in those who started smoking as adults. Cannabis is the largest cash crop in the U.S., exceeding corn and wheat combined. Gosh, I knew this was true in parts of southeastern Oklahoma but didn’t know it about the entire U.S. It could explain a lot that in North Korea, distribution, possession and consumption of cannabis is very legal, and is recommended as a healthier alternative to tobacco. Visitors tell stories of marijuana plants growing freely by roadsides. Dr. James C. Munch testified in

court, under oath, that he had smoked marijuana, and it turned him into a bat. Dr. Munch was the “official expert” on marijuana for the U.S. government from 1938 to 1962. In Colorado, the poster child among states for legal marijuana, dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations 3 to 1. Carl Sagan wrote a paper under the pseudonym Mr. X advocating for Marijuana use. His identity as Mr. X was not revealed until after his death. In 1971, students at Stanford used Arpanet accounts at the university’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to engage in the world’s first e-commerce transaction by purchasing a bag of pot. Americans have more than 200 words for cannabis including Herb, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, Trees, Weed, Kush, Bud, Chiba, Dank, Dope, Ganja, Grass, Chronic, Nug and Broccoli. The Federal Government Gives People Marijuana. In response to fears of medical marijuana users pushing court cases, the government opened a program that provided certain users with marijuana. One program member is entitled to 8 ounces of weed per month, free, from the US government. That is just a sampling of the variety of confusing information that is out there on marijuana folks. It really is a much more complicated issue than many of us realize. With the flood of pro and con information coming out of states like Colorado since it was legalized for medical use first and then later recreational use, it deserves some study by voters before the June 26 primary arrives. We also must remember that pot is still illegal by the feds. Not only is it complicated with so much information and misinformation out there, it is also a change in our legal system that could have long term consequences. Once the change is made here in Oklahoma, it would be as hard to undo as putting toothpaste back in the tube. Honestly, putting the entire issue off until 2020 is a pretty good idea in my mind. We have much going on in this state that needs fixing and before us will be a state question that isn’t worded to be what it is represented to be and has long term effects on our children and grandchildren. Taking a breath might be in order on this one. (Ray Hibbard may be reached by email at

Check out what’s inside! n Weekend calendar of events ........................................................Page 7. n Tax increases concern columnist ..................................................Page 8. n Dave Farris takes readers back to the 1930 ................................Page 11. n Metro Jazz Fest nears ................................................................Page 11. n George Gust reviews the Rock’s ‘Rampage’ movie ....................Page 15. n Crossword ..................................................................................Page 15. n Senior news ......................................................................Pages 18 & 19. n Business news ............................................................................Page 21. n Worship directory ......................................................................Page 23.

Find the ‘Belly Dancer’ bear’ We are continuing the bear art for our regular weekly contest. Belly Dancer, in real life is located in front of On Cue at 33rd and Kelly but is hidden somewhere in our paper this week. Email with the correct location to be entered in the weekly drawing. Belly Dancer is by artist Joshua Tobey. “We love that Edmond encourages business owners to purchase art. Beyond the aesthetic appeal of the artwork, our bear is friendly and greets our customers with a wave and a smile. Our bear has personality and has been known to dress up from time to time (we think he may be a Thunder fan). We encourage customers to take selfies with our bear and tag @oncueexpress and use the hashtag #MyOnCue.”- Laura Griffith Aufleger, VP Corporate Communications for OnCue

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A move to limit train horns in town By Eriech Tapia Oklahoman Citizens and developers are eager for a possible new quiet zone that would prohibit train horns being sounded in the City of Edmond. But many details remain, including the final cost. “We are blessed with the constant sound of horns,” said Richard Ross, who lives a half-mile from the Coffee Creek Road crossing and is in favor of the quiet zone. Projections for the cost are between $3.4 million and $5.1 million, depending on what type of system the city wants to use and whether it plans to close some crossings. Last week, residents and developers heard a presentation by Tim Oster, a project manager from CTC Inc., a railroad signaling company. “There has been a high profile for this project,” said Mayor Charles Lamb. But he added that the train horns make him feel at home. “It's like I know I am home.” Multiple decisions remain as the city waits for a final cost estimate from BNSF Railway. It could take up to two years to complete the project once BNSF gives the city a final construction cost estimate. “Because these crossings are so close together, by the time they are finished blowing at the first crossing, they have to start blowing for the next crossing,” Oster said. Most of the railroad crossings could be implemented with concrete medians, which is the cheapest option at less than $50,000 each. There are 11 crossings in Edmond. The only person who spoke against the project on Monday was Sylvia Miley, who asked where the money would come from.

“This is an exuberant amount of money,” Miley said. “This seems outrageous to me. How are going you going to raise $5 million dollars for crossings?” Most of the funds to pay for the project would come out of the city's capital improvement sales tax, which has passed multiple times, said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. The railroad crossing at Coffee Creek and Broadway is still under discussion for the city as multiple options could be implemented, including a wayside horn that would be quieter than a normal train horn. However, Councilman Nick Massey asked what it would take to change to a four-crossing gate system. There is not enough room for a concrete median, Oster said. A four-crossing gate system would cost the city about $10,000 per year for maintenance and upward of $700,000 initially for each crossing. “When you have crossings on top of crossings, you can see why you would want to implement a quiet zone,” Oster said. If the city decides to close a railroad crossing, then BNSF could pay the city up to $50,000, Oster said. The Fifth Street crossing is being discussed as a possible closure. Downtown residential developers listened because several future developments might hinge on the new quiet zone. Bert Belanger, a local developer, talked about how important it is for development. Oklahoma City now has a 3-mile quiet zone that cost the city $3.9 million. Some exceptions to allow for sounding the train horn would exist, including emergencies and if a train operator sees individuals near the train tracks.

Edmond’s Dr. Todd Wright named ‘Optometric Physician of the Year’ The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) has named Dr. Todd Wright (photo attached) of Edmond as the 2018 Oklahoma Optometric Physician of the Year. The award is the OAOP’s most prestigious honor, given to a doctor who demonstrates professional excellence in the workplace and leadership in advancing vision health across Oklahoma. Dr. Wright practices at Stonebridge Eye Care in Edmond. He, along with Kathy, his wife and office manager, have been at his Stonebridge location since 1998. Dr. Wright has worked to improve eye care locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Wright has been a member of both the American Optometric Association (AOA) and OAOP for 33 years. He has served in various capacities within the OAOP, including OAOP Board of Directors for District 5, as well as OAOP President in 20042005. Dr. Wright has been a Vision USA participant since its inception and is an Infant See provider. He has also been a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry for over 20 years and was inducted into the Pioneers of Optometry Hall of Fame. Dr. Wright is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and has been a staff doctor at the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany, Oklahoma for over 25 years. Dr. Wright has also traveled on medical mission trips, providing eye care to the underserved in Guatemala. Dr. Wright is active in his community, having volunteered as both a youth baseball and basketball coach and with Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Wright is also a charter member of the Edmond Summit Rotary Club. He has served in various capacities at the Memorial Road Church of Christ, including teacher, deacon, ministry director and elder. “Our association believes in giving back to our patients and giving back to our communities,” said OAOP President Dr. Michelle Welch. “That means not only providing outstanding service on behalf of the profession and the visual welfare of the public, but contributing significantly outside of our clinics.





Dr. Todd Wright Dr. Wright’s unwavering commitment to optometry and his continued service to the public makes him someone we can all look up to. Whether you are a neighbor or a fellow optometric physician. I can think of no one more deserving to win Optometric Physician of the Year.” Dr. Wright received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Christian College, graduating with a degree in Biology/Chemistry. He went on to receive a master’s degree in Microbiology/Immunology from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. Upon completion of his master’s, Dr. Wright attended and graduated from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO) with his Doctor of Optometry. Dr. Wright and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Jacob and Jordan. Jacob is married to Jennifer and they have two sons, Colt and Case. Jordan, their daughter, is engaged to Brock Amaya. Other than spending quality time with his family and his church friends, Dr. Wright enjoys clay shooting, golf and distance running. He has finished the 15 K Tulsa Run 25 times and run several marathons.

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Heard on Hurd party this Saturday Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd returns on Saturday, April 21 at the corner of Broadway and Hurd in downtown Edmond. This month’s theme is “Happy Birthday” in honor of Citizens Bank of Edmond’s 117th year anniversary. Festival attendees can expect to enjoy a wide variety of food trucks, pop-up shops and local music from 610 p.m. “The April 21st Heard on Hurd will certainly be a special event as we are celebrating our bank’s 117th birthday. We are incredibly proud to be serving our community on the same intersection in downtown Edmond as when we were founded in 1901. The Heard on Hurd celebration is for our customers and our community. We are incredibly blessed to host this event and look forward to seeing many new and old friends,” said Jill Castilla president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond. This month’s featured nonprofit is the Red Day Run, which Stands for Renew, Energize and Donate and is Keller Williams Realty's Annual Day of Service. The Red Day Run will be held in downtown Edmond on May 12. Start and finish lines are located at 10 E Campbell Street. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. the race begins at 9 a.m. The run will benefit Caleb’s Cause, Folds of Honor, Project 66 Food & Resource Center, Make A Wish Oklahoma and Wings: A Special Needs Community. The April event will welcome some new businesses to the food truck line-up including: The

Singer Bryce Merritt will headline Heard on Hurd this Saturday.

Mighty Corndog, Sparxx Good Eats, Midway Deli Food Truck and The Meating Place. There will also be many long time event favorites including: Big O’s BBQ, C’est Si Bon, Klemms Smoke Haus, Let's Do Greek, Metro Mini's, Mob Grill and many more! Make sure to visit The Trading Post located on Hurd street for great shopping opportunities with

unique local vendors such as 405 Mobile Boutique, Gypsysol Boutique, Cargo Room, Wooden Lace, J Noelle Boutique and more. Help us celebrate our 117 year anniversary in our community lobby at 1 E. 1st St. in Downtown Edmond by spinning our prize wheel, enjoying birthday cake as well as other special activities and surprises during Heard on Hurd! Taking the main Heard on Hurd stage this month will be: n Part-Time Savants at 6 p.m., a physchedlia and indie group formed in high-school by all cur- rent members. They aim to draw audiences in through the different peaks and valleys of their music. The band's close relationship with each other makes their live shows musically tight and fluid in progression. n The So Help Me’s at 7:20 p.m., a five-piece indie rock band from Oklahoma City fuses elements of math rock, indie pop, and shoe gaze, with a rhythm section heavily influenced by mod- ern jazz-funk grooves. The bands use of odd time signatures, and wall of sound guitars, is complimented by two female lead singers who keep the music grounded with indie pop vocals and harmonies. n Bryce Merritt at 8:40 p.m., a soulful pop singer from Edmond who is inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder & Justin Timberlake. Bryce's music boasts an infectious groove while simultaneously showcasing vulnerable songwriting. You'll often seehim sharing the stage with his wife, Bethany Merritt, also from Edmond. The first two parts of his current project, CHROMA, can be found anywhere you consume music. To find out more about the event, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. -

PHOTO PROVIDED/DENISE BETHKE, Educational Services Secretary.

Amy Asch Kessler, VP Communications, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club of Edmond; Andrea Wheeler, Educational Services Coordinator for Title 1, Edmond Public Schools; Kay Herwig Revell, President, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club of Edmond.

Club’s makes book donation for district’s Title 1 schools Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club of Edmond donated 40 new early elementary-age books to Edmond Public Schools’ (EPS) Title 1 Program. Andrea Wheeler, who is the EPS Educational Services Coordinator for Title 1, said, “The district is thrilled to have these books to use as special prizes in our Title 1 summer school program. Oftentimes, our Title 1 students don’t have their own books at home, so our kids will be thrilled to have something nice that they get to keep.” Edmond currently has seven elementary schools out of 17 that qualify for Title 1 funding. A school qualifies for Title 1 when at least 35 percent of the school’s population is at poverty level. One of the four summer school programs offered by EPS is a month-long session specifically for Pre-K through 2nd-grade Title 1 students. According to the EPS website, over 15 percent of the Edmond student population qualifies for Title 1 instruction and 27 percent of EPS students qualify for free / reduced lunches. “We are honored to be able to fulfill a need in our community and champion Pi Phi’s Read > Lead > Achieve effort. It’s touching that our donations will put books in the hands of children who might not have any,” said Kay Herwig Revell, Alumnae




Club President who added, “There is a need within Edmond and our club is looking forward to continuing to work with Edmond schools to help.” The Edmond-based Alumnae Club has been collecting books since the fall from donations by members. The Edmond Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi was established in 1972 as the suburb’s population was beginning to boom. Edmond currently has over 600 Pi Phi alumnae within its boundaries. The local club is part of Pi Beta Phi, an International Fraternity for Women, whose global philanthropy is literacy. Pi Beta Phi celebrated its 150th Anniversary last year and has award-winning collegiate chapters at both OU and OSU, as well as, 300 alumnae clubs around the world. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading, and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. Reading always has been — and always will be — a powerful step toward a life of enduring impact. For more information, visit or follow Pi Phi on Facebook, Twitter, and Insta- j gram.

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April 19 ---- In the Gallery ---- Home ---- The Acclaimed Musical ---- Dylan Bradway Exhibition ---- Disney’s The Little Mermaid ---- Herbert W. Armstrong College Choral Union ---- ABRAHAM ---- Field of Flags ---- Oklahoma City Farm Show ---- Can’t Touch This: Visualization and Technology

April 20 ---- In the Gallery ---- Home – The Acclaimed Musical ---- Dylan Bradway/Exhibition Opening ---- Disney's The Little Mermaid ---- Oklahoma City Farm Show ---- Family Invertebrate Fossil Field Trip ---- Pinocchio ---- Souled Out ---- Opera: Martha ---- U.S. Team Penning Association Spring Round Up ---- Clint Black ---- Spring Challenge 12U & 14U

April 21 ---- In the Gallery ---- Home – The Acclaimed Musical ---- Dylan Bradway/Exhibition Opening ---- Disney's The Little Mermaid ---- Oklahoma City Farm Show ---- Family Invertebrate Fossil Field Trip ---- Pinocchio ---- Opera: Martha ---- U.S. Team Penning Association Spring Round Up ---- 2018 Family Fun Nights ---- Old Bulldog Band ---- Edmond Historic Preservation Trust Downtown Historic Tours ---- Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd ---- Edmond Farmer’s Market ---- Spring Challenge 12U & 14U ---- Spring Garden Tour ---- Garden Tour and Luncheon ---- Spring Sampler Tour ---- A Train Ride at the Oklahoma Railway Museum ---- MercyMe in Concert

April 22 ---- In the Gallery ---- Home – The Acclaimed Musical ---- Dylan Bradway/Exhibition ---- Disney's The Little Mermaid ---- Pinocchio ---- Opera: Martha ---- U.S. Team Penning Association Spring Round Up ---- Mutts & More 5k-run and 1k-dog walk ---- Spring Challenge 12U & 14U ---- Spring Sampler Tour

tablets to flat panels and projection screens. For more information: Oklahoma City Farm Show Location: Bennett Event Center, Oklahoma State Fair Park Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Home – The Acclaimed Musical Location: Lyric Theatre Extra Info: Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. This musical contains adult content. Dylan Bradway Exhibition Location: Plaza District Extra Info: Featured in the gallery is the work of Oklahoma City artist Dylan Bradway. Disney's The Little Mermaid Location: The Pollard Theater Company Extra Info: In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid with a beautiful voice longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Family Invertebrate Fossil Field Trip Location: Sam Noble Museum Extra Info: Friday evening is a closeup look at some of the museum's finest invertebrate specimens. Saturday morning, depart from the museum at 9 a.m. and travel in university vans to the site, where you will find a variety of marine fossils that you can take home. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, comfortable shoes. Pinocchio Location: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre Extra Info: This inventive version of Pinocchio has all the familiar characters, including Geppetto, Fire Eater, Fox and Cat, and the most wonderful Blue Fairy imaginable—then mix in a nonstop adventure, and you're all set to raise the curtain. Souled Out Location: UCO Jazz Lab Time: Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m., $15; First come first serve seating. More information; 405-974-2100 or

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Opera: Martha Location: Mitchell Hall Theatre, UCO Extra Info: 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online at, or by calling 405974-3375

In the Gallery Featuring works by James Coplin Location: Edmond Fine Arts Institute Extra info:

U.S. Team Penning Association Spring Round Up Location: Lazy E Arena, Guthrie For more information 405-282-RIDE

Herbert W. Armstrong College Choral Union ---- ABRAHAM Location: Armstrong Auditorium Time: 7:30 p.m. Extra Info: This oratorio brings to life the triumphs, complications and miracles that test the faith of Abraham, one of the Old Testament’s most revered figures. More information at 405-285-1010 or

2018 Family Fun Nights Location: Kickingbird Golf Club Extra Info: Tee Times start at 5 PM, $8.00 green fees, $8.00 carts; Play 9Holes with the Family, Special Junior Tees, a FREE putting course, $3.00 range tokens, and Food and Beverage discounts. For more information: 405-341-5350 or

Field of Flags Location: Oklahoma Christian University Time: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Can’t Touch This: Visualization and Technology Location: UCO’s Melton Gallery Info: This unique exhibit, including members from the UCO Design Department, will represent digital visualization methods in the form of Augmented and Virtual Reality. There will be no physical media, only projected or display driven imagery, ranging in scale from phones and

Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Heard on Hurd Location: Downtown Edmond Extra Info: 6 – 10 p.m. Local live music, food trucks and pop up shows will line downtown Edmond’s Broadway between Main & Hurd Street. Edmond Farmer’s Market Location: Festival Market Place & Plaza Extra Info: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Purchase regionally grown produce and Made in Oklahoma food items. More information at Old Bulldog Band Location: UCO Jazz Lab

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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Commentary ... We’re on YOUR Side

Tax increase dangers “Peanuts” cartoon where CharI think it’s great so many lie Brown keeps trying to kick people are seeking political the football and Lucy, holding office this year. the ball, keeps moving it at the I think we started to see a last second. bit of this restless trend in She always promises him she 2016. Business as usual, eswon’t do it again, but she pecially when it comes to does. politics, just isn’t working. The public always believes I also salute the many the next tax increase is going to numbers of educators who Steve Gust fix everything. And it rarely apparently want to enter the does. fray at the State Capitol. ---That’s a real display of democracy. One myth I’d like to abolish is that If their message is higher taxes, to all public school superintendents are fund an array of programs, I’m not overpaid and do very little work. sure how that is going to go over. I know that Edmond’s superintendI really don’t think the problems soent, Bret Towne, does not fall into ciety has today are because we are that category. I shudder to think of taxed too little. the hours that guy puts in. What’s happening is the people in I’ve mentioned this before, but it charge of the funds may not be bears repeating. Towne, and other spending them as wisely as possible. Look at the article The Oklahoman big district superintendents, are in charge of budgets that stretch into did Sunday on the State Health Dethe hundreds of millions of dollars. partment and how it allegedly misThe public needs top level professpent millions of dollars. sionals in those jobs who know what I’d like to think that agency is an they’re doing. isolated incident. Yet the odds are One mistake and it can cost a dispretty good it’s happened at other oftrict millions. fices as well. If they were in charge of budgets Before we raise taxes on people, that big in the private sector they’d why not make sure we’re getting the be making millions. most bang for our buck with the funding we have now? (Steve Gust may be reached at The public is a lot like that one

Job market highlights need for skilled labor By The Oklahoman Editorial Board Oklahoma’s jobless rate in February was 4 percent, down from 4.8 percent in the same month last year and a decrease from the 4.3 percent in January. That's good news, except that employers are having a devil of a time finding people to fill vacant positions. In Oklahoma, as across the country, jobs are staying vacant because not enough qualified workers are applying. The Wall Street Journal used a recent Page 1 story to explore the trend, noting that particularly in many parts of the Midwest, “Employers, especially in more rural areas, are finding that there are just too few workers.” The national unemployment rate in March remained at 4.1 percent for the sixth straight

month. However, only 103,000 jobs were added, which is about half of what many analysts were expecting. The business publication Barron's wrote recently that across the country, “it's becoming increasingly difficult to find good help” in industries ranging from trucking and construction to oil drilling and manufacturing. And that takes a toll. “Oil and gas stay in the ground because there aren't enough workers to extract it,” the article said. “Homes aren't built because builders can't find enough laborers. In Maine this winter, the state couldn't find enough people to drive snowplows.” A Fox Business story from January cited a report from the Associated General Contractors of America showing 75 percent of contractors want

to expand in 2018, but half of them were struggling to fill positions for skilled and salaried workers. Barron's noted that Census Bureau projections show the overall U.S. population growing faster than the workforce through 2030 and perhaps later. In the next 10 years, says the head researcher at New Yorkbased Fundstrat Global Advisors, the nation faces a shortage of 8.2 million workers. Jennifer Monies, executive director of Oklahoma Achieves, an arm of the State Chamber that works to align the state's education system with workforce needs, said chamber members regularly note the dearth of available help. “Whether it's at board meetings or other events, we ask all the time, ‘How many of you have empty jobs to fill right now that you would fill right away if possible?' and every hand goes up,” Monies said. This points up the need for Oklahoma policymakers to continue to push not just for more college graduates from this state — that must always be a priority, particularly in the STEM fields — but also to encourage students to pursue careers that don't require a four-year degree. The Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development has said that by 2025, 70 percent of the jobs in Oklahoma will require some post-secondary education and training. Gov. Mary Fallin's Oklahoma Works initiative, begun in 2015, has a goal of increasing degree and certificate completion via partnerships involving K-12 schools, higher ed, CareerTech and the business community. She also has advocated for more apprenticeships and internships. These and other initiatives must continue apace.

Education needs to put more focus on STEM

By C. Shay Braun The sad truth is the state of Oklahoma is underperforming when it comes to to creating, placing and maintaining competent technical leadership to fulfill a great and immediate demand. Many Oklahoma businesses are starving for talent, especially those with solid science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. It's estimated Oklahoma companies are 9,000 people short on STEM jobs that need to be filled today. By the year 2026, an anticipated 24,000 STEM graduates will be needed to keep pace with demand related to those types of well-paying jobs. This job skills gap exists even while engineering enrollment in Oklahoma is going up in the state's two largest engineering colleges. An obvious con-

clusion is the growth in enrollment and the retention rate of the graduates within the state is not meeting the needs of the marketplace. Another obvious conclusion is the state should invest to address the needs of its education system in order to meet the needs of the industry. Unfortunately, Oklahoma is doing the opposite by reducing funds dedicated to keeping our businesses supplied with capable talent. As a result, engineering programs at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma endured cuts of $1 million in fiscal 2016 and $2.5 million in FY '17. This is an untenable and unsustainable reality. As an executive within the food manufacturing industry who manages 16,000 employees located all over the United States, I can attest that we

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need STEM graduates to fill unmet demands. Moreover, as someone who was educated in Oklahoma public schools and is an engineering graduate from OSU, I can say the education system is capable of producing people to handle those demands. Regrettably, Oklahoma is de-emphasizing the funding it takes to educate and retain great talent within the state. We need to once again emphasize investment in STEM education in order to provide the talent that makes Oklahoma industries thrive.

(Braun is chief supply chain officer for Oak Brook, Ill.-based Treehouse Foods.)


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A deadly collision By David Farris On June 16, 1933, two federal agents from Oklahoma City, Frank Smith and Joesph Lackey, and the McAlester, Okla. chief of police, Otto Farris Reed, got the drop on an old-time Oklahoma gangster, at a 3.2 beer joint in Hot Springs, Ark. Forty-six-year-old Frank “Jelly” Nash had escaped from the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan., three years earlier, and since was a suspect in other crimes which included organizing the recent breakout of 11 inmates from the Kansas State Prison, in Lansing. Although they were lawmen, at that time, federal agents didn't have the authority to make arrests, and Chief Reed was way out of his jurisdiction. Usually, the procedure would be to contact local authorities who would then make the arrest; however, in this case, it was the local authorities who were providing Nash with protection. Regardless of any legalities, and without identifying themselves, the Oklahoma lawmen snatched up the fugitive and hi-tailed it out of town driving towards Joplin, Mo. They were acting as bounty hunters, but to witnesses it appeared as if Nash had been kidnapped. As a result, the Oklahomans were being tracked by police as they drove though Arkansas. Now all that they had to do was get out of the state alive. Arriving safely with their prisoner was a real problem for the Oklahoma lawmen. Nash was a valuable organized crime member, and plans had been made to rescue him when they reached Joplin. The fugitive's underworld friends had taken care of everything, including flying his wife and step-daughter to Joplin in anticipation of their reunion. The lawmen were heading into an ambush; luckily, their fate was, at least temporarily, postponed. The men stopped in Conway, Ark., for a bite to eat, where Lackey called the FBI office in Oklahoma City and informed his boss, Ralph Colvin, that Nash was in custody. Colvin was glad to hear about the arrest, but not that his agents had twice been stopped by police. Rather than continuing to Joplin, he ordered the agents to head back west to Fort Smith, where they could catch a train to Leavenworth leaving at 8:30 p.m. The only problem was that it was scheduled to arrive in Kansas City, Mo., at 7 a.m. for a one hour layover in yet another town where Nash had friends. The lawmen and their prisoner arrived at the Fort Smith station without incident to learn that the train was running about 10 minutes late. As the men waited nervously on the platform, a reporter for the Associated Press noticed the strange quartet and asked who was the man wearing handcuffs. Lackey would later claim that no one responded to the reporter's questions but, without a doubt, someone did. Just 30 minutes after their train departed, the AP reported, “Frank Nash, one of the last surviving members of the Al Spencer Gang of bank and train robbers that operated a decade ago, was recaptured today at Hot Springs, Ark., by three Department of Justice agents – who 'kidnapped' him off the streets of the resort city.” Amazingly, it was also reported that the agents and their prisoner had just boarded an overnight train for Kansas City. This meant that anybody who was looking to rescue Nash would know where he would

Verne Miller be and when. Richard Galatas owned the White Front Cigar Store where Nash was arrested, and had ties to organized crime figures in Kansas City. He had flown to Joplin with a nervous Frances Nash and her daughter, reassuring them all the way not to worry and that everything was being handled. After the plane landed, they drove to the home of another gangster, Deafy Farmer, where they waited. There, the phone rang and Galatas received the disappointing news that Nash was on his way to Kansas City. Frances was heartbroken; she knew that time was running out to rescue her husband. In desperation, she reached out to one of his notorious associates who was currently living in Kansas City with his girlfriend. Vern Miller was not an ordinary gangster. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War I, and was a former South Dakota sheriff, before becoming a bank robber and hit man for syndicates in Chicago and New York. He was an expert marksman with the Thompson sub-machine gun, and it was alleged that he could use one to sign his name. Similar claims were made by many hoodlums, but Miller was the real deal. At 10:17 p.m., a tearful Frances contacted Miller at his home and pleaded, “Can you save my Jelly.” The hardened killer responded with a simple, “Yes I can.” Miller assured her that he would take care of everything. He called back a couple of hours later and told Frances, “I'm down at the station.” He continued to console the distraught woman, “Don't take it so hard. You'll see your Jelly again.” This was something different for Miller. Men in his line of work get paid to pull off such dangerous jobs. However, in this case, Frank and Verne were old friends, and Frances and Miller's girlfriend, Vi Mathis, had grown very close. He was about to stick his neck out as an act of charity. Miller knew that he was going to need some help and speculation continues today as to who came to his aid. The FBI will later conclude that since Charley “Pretty Boy” Floyd and Adam Richetti had arrived in town on that same night, they must have been involved. Of course, there were a number of local hoods who could have been involved, including escapees from the Lansing prison break. Also, Miller may have appealed to the local crime boss, John Lazia, to help recruit “soldiers.” In the meantime, the train from Fort Smith carrying the lawman and their “kidnapped” prisoner was on time and scheduled to arrive at the Union Train Station, in Kansas City, at 7 a.m. They would be met by FBI agents from the Kansas City office, local policemen and, of course, Verne Miller and company. A deadly collision was in the works, as if the eye of a storm was circling Union Station. This is in addition to many ordinary citizens who had never heard of Miller or Nash. They will find themselves present during the bloodiest moment in American criminal history since the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, four years earlier.

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Chamber officials and representatives from Allen Samuels Volkswagen gathered recently for a groundbreaking ceremony.

Breaking ground for new local Volkswagen site Allen Samuels Volkswagen held a groundbreaking with the Edmond Chamber to celebrate their new location on the corner of Santa Fe and Memorial. Allen Samuels has been in the automobile industry for over 50 years. Starting in Fort Worth as a truck salesman, he has worked his way up in the industry and has owned multiple successful dealerships throughout

the state of Texas, as well as Kansas and Mississippi. Allen Samuels and his team are excited to start a new chapter by venturing into Oklahoma. This new dealership comes just in time for a number of Volkswagen’s new release models. For more information, please visit their website at

Top recognition for Integris The Nazih Zuhdi Liver Transplant program at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City ranks first in the country for one-year survival rates. The findings were recently published in a Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients report. April is National Donate Life Month, making it the perfect time to make the announcement. The national study compared performance and patient outcomes from transplant centers across the United States. The liver program at Integris had the highest one-year survival rate in the country, at 98.72 percent. This is significantly higher than the average one-year survival rate of 92.29 percent. In addition, the study found the risk of complications leading to death following liver transplantation at Integris to be 61 percent lower than the

average program. The risk of death while waiting for a liver transplant at Integris was lower than the national average. “The Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at Integris is routinely ranked among those with the nation’s highest success rates. This means we can provide our liver transplant recipients the absolute best outcomes that modern medicine has to offer,” says Vivek Kohli, M.D., director of liver transplant at Integris. “This is great news for Oklahomans currently on the wait list for a liver transplant at the institute.” Patients with liver disease seeking transplant come to the Integris Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute from Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska and Louisiana. To learn more, call 800-991-3349 or visit


Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, during her recent visit to Best of Books in Kickingbird Square.

Pioneer Woman opens new hotel in Pawhuska Oklahoma’s best-known woman entrepreneur is inviting guests to her newest development. Ree Drummond, also known as the Pioneer Woman, announced last week on Facebook that the Pioneer Woman Boarding House, an eightroom hotel, has opened in Pawhuska in a refurbished building adjacent to The Mercantile. The hotel launched briefly last week, overwhelming its reservation system, according to the announcement. “So while lots of slots are already booked up, we’re booking through next March and there’s still plenty of availability,” the post read. The hotel features rustic-themed

suites, including The Ranch Room, The Drugstore Room and The Prairie Room. It is a sister development to the 25,000-square-foot Merc, which opened in October 2016 and has a deli/restaurant, bakery, candy counter and two specialty coffee bars, in addition to the market full of home goods. According to a Tulsa World story published on the year anniversary of the general store, it and its warehouse have added at least 235 jobs and 20 new businesses have sprung up since the Merc’s creation, municipal officials said.


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Lucine Fyelon, a rising star musician and actress, will headline the fifth annual Oklahoma City Jazz Festival.


Lucine Fyelon will headline fifth annual OKC Jazz Fest

The fifth Annual Oklahoma City Jazz Festival will take place April 19 to 22 in various locations including the historic Deep Deuce area. Organizers have announced this year’s headliner will be classical hip-hop and jazz violinist Lucine Fyelon. The 2018 festival supports the YWCA and music education. A new addition to the festival this year is “Fashion, Jazz & Jambalaya.” The special luncheon will include a fashion show and a special performance by Fyelon. The event will take place on Friday, April 20 at the Aloft Hotel. “Fashion, Jazz & Jambalaya” will benefit the YWCA. The festival kickoff takes place on Thursday, April 19 at the Aloft Hotel located in Deep Deuce. Deep Deuce was the heart of Oklahoma City’s African-American neighborhood in the 1920s and 30s, and during that time the district was known for its incredible jazz music. The kickoff event will feature three bands, including Born In November, Tacit Jazz Fusion and Melton Bolton & The Tough Enough Band. Admission for the kickoff is free. The OKC Jazz Festival was created in 2014 to celebrate the rich history, culture and heritage of jazz music in Oklahoma City. The festival includes student workshops, performances by local, regional and national artists and a headliner performance. The festival’s headliner event will take place on Saturday, April 21. “We are excited to have Lucine Fyelon with us as she finishes a yearlong tour with Cirque du Soleil,” chairman of the OKC Jazz Festival Mike McAuliffe said. “She is an accomplished musician and vocalist, as well as a music educator. Lucine’s talents and experiences will enlighten and inspire our local jazz high school students through our student workshops.” Based in Los Angeles, Lucine Fyelon is a jazz, R&B, blues, hip-hop and classical violinist, opera singer, songwriter, producer and actor. She received worldwide acclaim after her video “Pound Cake” went viral with more than 21 million views to date on Facebook. She recently finished a year-long tour with Cirque du Soleil. She has performed and recorded with musical greats Madonna, Quincy

Lucine Fyelon Jones, Miley Cyrus, Lauryn Hill, Foo Fighters, Ricky Martin and Britney Spears just to name a few. Fyelon appeared in the television show “Glee” for five seasons and made appearances on “Entourage” and “House of Lies.” She also had a lead role in the movie “The Black Hole.” She is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky School of Music in Armenia. She received her master’s degree from UCLA as a double major in opera and violin performance. As an opera singer she sings in eight languages. Her parents are also both accomplished musicians. In addition to Fyelon, other regional and local artist performing at this year’s festival includes Eldredge Jackson, Melton Bolton, Jessica Tate, Olivia Kay, Justin Echols, Born In November, Tacit Jazz Fusion and Adam Aguilar. Major sponsors for the OKC Jazz Festival include St. Anthony, Riverwind Casino, The Oklahoman, OG&E, Journal Record, Little Caesar’s, Dick Sias, Aloft Hotel, Anheuser-Busch, Nomad Chic, Magic 104.1, Rodan+Fields by J. Michael, Claims Management Resources and MindsEye Advertising. Sponsorships are available by contacting Mike McAuliffe at 405-630-7668. For information on tickets, performance schedules and additional event information, visit the website at

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The restored Rodkey House, near Fifth and Littler, was part of a grand time in early Edmond and is now available for group rentals.

Richly historic Rodkey House available for rentals By Rose Drebes Add a piece of Edmond history to a gathering by hosting an event at the Rodkey House. The house is owned by the City of Edmond and is maintained by the Edmond Historical Society, Jill Courter, the society’s visitor and support services coordinator, said. The Victorian-style home has three spacious rooms which open into a parlor that’s perfect for gatherings of many kinds, including engagement parties, graduations, reunions, showers, birthdays and community engagement events, she said. The Rodkey House offers a catering kitchen with a sink and dishwasher and can accommodate up to 49 people. It is located at 410 S. Littler. But, the history-rich home hasn’t always been in Stephenson Park. Historical Society Executive Di-

rector Anita Schlaht said the house was built at 30 E. Campbell in 1900 by Isaac Rodkey. Rodkey at the time was a partner in the Eagle Mill & Co. He eventually bought out his partner and the company became the Rodkey Flour Company, which is now the site of Duane’s Automotive, near the corner of Broadway and Second Street. Schlaht said Rodkey eventually sold the home to his son Clark in the 1960s and moved to a much larger house on Jackson and Ayers. It later passed out of the family and 1999, the Saulnier family renovated the house and it became home to an antique business. Pete Reeser then purchased the home. “He was going to tear it down,” Schlaht said. “Instead, he offered it to the City of Edmond.” She said it took a year to move the structure,

but in 2007, it was loaded on a flatbed and made its way east on Campbell to Boulevard and then 4th Street to Littler. The Rodkey House was restored the summer of 2016 and opened that fall as an extension to the Edmond Historical Society and Museum’s educational programming and events center. “I think it’s a great setting for an intimate gathering,” Courter said. Rate range from $150-900 and allow for 4- or 10-hour access. Tables and chairs are included with the space and Courter said there are linens and few other items which can be rented. “It’s a very good price for this space,” Courter said. For more information, call Courter at 340-0078 or email her at

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Comedic opera ‘Martha’ this weekend At UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theatre


From left, University of Central Oklahoma students Sean Steele, as Lionel, and Alexandria Carmon, as Harriet, will perform the hilarious comic opera "Martha" at 7:30 p.m. April 20-21 and 2 p.m. April 22 in Mitchell Hall Theatre on Central’s campus.

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will perform a new translation of the mid-19th century comic opera “Martha” at 7:30 p.m. April 2021 and 2 p.m. April 22 in Mitchell Hall Theatre on Central’s campus. The School of Music’s rendition of “Martha,” an opera famed for its cheery operatic tunes, updates the setting from 18th century England to 1950s Virginia, where two wealthy women, Harriet and Nancy, have accidentally agreed to work as farmhands for two farmers. The opera follows Harriet’s inner turmoil, embellished with comedic twists and turns, as she struggles to find love and discover her true desires. UCO School of Music Assistant Director Rob Glaubitz and Assistant Show Director Megan Guerra translated the show from German and updated the plot to help audiences better understand the story. “The original translation used archaic words and was difficult to understand,” Glaubitz said. “We wrote a new translation and believe the story will be clearer to the audience so they can enjoy the music. ‘Martha’ has some of the most delightful tunes ever written for the operatic stage, and we are excited to introduce these melodies to Oklahoma audiences.” Tickets are $15 for seniors, children under 12, veterans and UCO alumni, faculty and staff, and $20 for all others. To purchase tickets for this event, call 405-974-3375 or visit For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit

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Creativity goes into high drive for artists of all ages at the Edmond business Oops, I Arted.

Where young & old refine their art creativity By Mallery Nagle Risa Wilkins McKinney has raised risk-taking to an art form, literally. After a 34-year teaching career, McKinney decided to strike out on her own to open Oops, I Arted, an Edmond art studio at 15200 Traditions Blvd., in 2016. This, however, was not her first creative risk. Following long-term tenures with the Edmond Public Schools and with Heritage Hall, she and two fellow teachers founded Keystone Adventure School and Farm in 2004. “I love every minute of teaching,” said McKinney, adding that she always incorporated artistic elements into her elementary school lessons. “Art encompasses all facets of learning,” she noted. Other creative outlets for her included offering after school, weekend and summer programs for her students at her home. “This was just a natural evolution.” When she left Keystone in 2014, she leased a small space to continue her art classes and tutoring sessions. That first location could only accommodate an 8-foot table. As her clientele grew, she moved four times before Oops! found its permanent home. She sees an average of 25 students per week.

Oops, I Arted Today, Oops offers classes for children 4 years of age up to adults. McKinney calls art “therapeutic.” “It’s a wonderful way to express yourself. There is right or wrong,” she pointed out. “It’s stress-free. It’s unstructured but structured for success.” “It’s such an enjoyable experience to watch the kids blossom,” she continued. “This is a place of complete creative freedom.” Her goal, she added, is to allow students to have ownership of all parts of the process. She will teach a technique and then allow the student complete creative expression. If someone asks, ‘Can we try this,’ the answer is always yes,” she said. “I love to see what happens when kids are involved in art.” Different classes or series of classes will have a theme. For example, over spring break, one popular course was Pop-Art Your Pet. Students brought photographs of a family pet and then created a painting of that pet in pop-art style. Another series focused on some of McKinney’s favorite children’s books. When the topic was “Frog and Toad,” the students made clay frogs and toads and houses for their new clay friends. On another day, the theme was Picasso. One’s students take on “Blue Guitar”

was “Pink Bass Guitar.” Another session was devoted to making clay reliefs of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” During the summer, she will have a Shark Day during The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. “You get to see the kids just get better and better,” she said. When it comes to adults, that starry sky is the limit. Students have requested classes in everything from abstract art to decorating cowboy boots. She said she likes to have groups of friends come together, rather than offering open seats to a class. “I love to hear people say, ‘I didn’t know I could do that!’” She added that parents and grandparents will often join in a class when dropping off their child. In addition, she has held corporate team building events and parties and children’s birthday parties. One client found so much creative energy in the studio, she used the space to record her podcasts. Her biggest problem – “No one wants to go home,” she said. “This is a happy, cheerful, whimsical place. It’s family-friendly and family oriented.” “I love art,” McKinney said. It’s about taking risks to make something wonderful.” For more information on Oops, I Arted, visit the studio’s Facebook page, Oops I Arted or the website

What to do when getting a windfall This is the month when taxpayers begin dreaming of refunds. According to the Internal Revenue Service, Oklahomans receive the second highest average tax refunds in the nation. Whether it’s a refund, an inheritance or a bonus, there are many windfalls that can change your financial situation. The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) has four smart tips for people who want to get the best benefit from a cash jackpot.   n Don’t act too soon. Getting a nice check in the mail is exciting, and your first impulse may be to treat yourself with a big splurge. Before you do, CPAs recommend depositing the check in the bank and giving yourself a cooling off period. You’ll be better able to make a good decision when you’ve had a chance to get some perspective. You may ultimately decide that splurging just a little is a better decision and one you’ll be less likely to regret later. Consider limiting any splurges by buying a prepaid debit card that you can use for impulse spending.  n Don’t talk about it. If you get a windfall, even a relatively small one, you may be approached by friends and family seeking loans or financial help for a variety of reasons. With that in mind, once again, it’s probably best to hit pause and keep your good news to yourself, at least until you’ve had time to create a plan for what you’re going to do with the money. Having a plan in place will make it easier to stick to your priorities. If you do decide to lend money to friends or family, be sure to set up a clear, realistic repayment plan with deadlines to help avoid misunderstandings or hard feelings in the future.  n The worst comes first. Make sure that solving your most pressing financial concerns remians your prior-

ity. If you’re carrying a lot of debt, behind on some of your payments or haven’t gotten around to starting a savings account, address those issues first. Getting rid of debt can reduce your monthly cash outflow, lower your stress level and leave you better able to create a balanced household budget. And putting at least some of your windfall into a savings account will help you reach your financial goals—such as a new home, college for your kids or a comfortable retirement—more easily. n Make smart purchases. Create a wish list and then spend some time deciding which items are really most important to you. Try to give added weight to the ones that offer longterm benefits. Everyone loves a tropical vacation, but instead consider spending the money on things like making needed car repairs, sprucing up your kitchen or upgrading your aging furnace. You will benefit daily from these types of improvement projects while also increasing the value of your assets. Your CPA can help you understand any tax implications of your good fortune, as well as help you create a plan to make the most of your windfall. Additionally, you may want to discuss the possibilities of changing your withholdings so you receive more of that money throughout the year versus giving the government an interest-free loan.  Whether you win the lottery or simply have questions about your day-to-day finances, your local CPA can help. If you don’t have one, get a free referral and free 30-minute consultation at  For more advice on wise spending and investing, like Know What Counts on Facebook, follow Know What Counts on Twitter or visit

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‘Rampage’ sticks to its fast-paced action formula

By George Gust Years ago when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson decided to hang up the wrestling boots and pursue a career in the movies, there was a better than half chance his acting career would go the way many other professional wrestlers careers went: nowhere. However, in recent years Johnson has been the busiest man in Hollywood starring in two to three movies a year and an HBO series, it seems that America cannot get enough Rock in their media, yes, but could his most recent release “Rampage” break him free of his action movie tough guy role and expand his acting prowess? … Nah, “Rampage” is pretty much what you think it is and allows Johnson the opportunity to flex his charm and action hero muscles yet again. When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist (Johnson) and a geneticist (Naomie Harris) team up to stop them from destroying Chicago. “Rampage” is based off the popular video game that started as a button mashing, destroy everything in sight game, and the theatrical adaptation is no different, featuring tons of larger than life genetically altered animals smashing cities and people to the ground, and not much else. Often times movies like “Rampage” try to take the subject matter ultra seriously and aim for an epic awe-inspiring tone, but “Rampage” knows what kind of movie it is and is all the better for it. The pace is thankfully swift and the one hour 45 minute running time will feel like its over before you’ve finished your extra large popcorn and soda. The performances in “Rampage” match the cheesy and over the top tone of rest of the movie lead by the charismatic Johnson. His playful and heartfelt relationship with the genetically modified gorilla named George was the main attraction of the movie. Unfortunately, Harris is given very little to do in the scenes of utter destruction, but there are enough fun moments between her and Johnson to provide a couple of moments of levity. Also adding to the human cast is Jeffery Dean Morgan, as the super secret government agent who somehow manages to know everything about everything and

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Auditions for upcoming production Carpenter Square Theatre announces auditions for "My Brilliant Divorce," an Olivier Award nominated comedy by Geraldine Aron. Director Linda McDonald seeks a middle-aged woman to play recently divorced Angela and a woman and man of flexible ages to play a dozen different roles with a variety of accents. Both hilarious and moving, the story centers on Angela, who is deserted by her husband for a younger woman, as she sets out to survive and enjoy a life on her own. Readings from the script are at 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and callbacks are at 4:00-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The theater is located at 800 W. Main. Those auditioning should bring a recent photo and résumé. Perusal scripts are available for a $10 refundable deposit. Please call the theater at 405232-6500 or email to make arrangements to check out a script from the theater business office. Rehearsals will begin in late May for performances June 29-July 21. For more information, visit or call the theater at the phone number listed above.

has a fun slick attitude that struck the right chord. Overall, with “Rampage” what you see is what you get, over the top action and above average special effects with a charming cast who are able to embrace the cheesiness of it all. “Rampage” certainly won’t be in the discussion for best picture anytime soon, but for fans of The Rock and audiences looking for big mindless action “Rampage” delivers a crowd-pleasing experiences. “Rampage” is Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief language, and crude gestures.


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Firm of Crowe & Dunlevy

Attorneys promoted

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.

Crowe & Dunlevy recently announced the promotion of four attorneys to director positions in Oklahoma and in Texas. Kari Hoffhines, Allen L. Hutson and Mary P. Snyder will continue to provide legal counsel to the firm’s clients across diverse industries in Oklahoma City, as will Christopher M. Staine from the firm’s Dallas office. Hoffhines, Hutson and Snyder are from Edmond. Hoffhines is a member of the firm’s Banking & Financial Institutions, Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights, Real Estate and Wind & Renewable Energy Practice Groups. Her Hoffhines practice incorporates a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales, secured financing, office, retail and agricultural leasing and land use and development, as well as representation of banks and other financial institutions in loan workouts, debt restructurings and regulatory matters. She graduated with honors from Oklahoma City University School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. She serves on the board of the Oklahoma City Commercial Real Estate Council and is an active member of the Oklahoma City chapter of CREW Network, Inc. Hutson serves as a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups where he advises clients on a wide range of employment matters. He represents employers Hutson in a number of state and federal administrative agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Another distinguished Oklahoma City University School of Law graduate, Hutson received his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Class XIII and received recognition as an Oklahoma Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine.* As a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Snyder has focused her practice on business immigration compliance, human resource policy and practice and representing clients Snyder in court regarding litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act, as well as other state and federal employment-related laws. She received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School cum laude and holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, with high honors, from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. An attorney in the firm’s recently opened Dallas office, Staine is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups. He is also active in the firm’s diversity and recruiting committees. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he was awarded the Joel Jankowsky Award, honoring the overall outstanding student in the 2010 graduating class, and also completed his undergraduate studies from OU. He was selected to join The National Black Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers and has received recognition by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers magazine as an Oklahoma Rising Star.

At Heritage Hall

Chelsea Jones will lead school’s dance program Heritage Hall has announced the expansion of its performing arts curriculum and programs to include dance instruction, beginning this fall. “It's long been a goal of ours to incorporate dance and movement into our arts curriculum formally,” stated Jay Ferguson ’96, Director of Performing Arts at Heritage Hall. “This program is completely aligned with our mission to provide students with culture, wellness, and confidence through creativity and self expression,” Ferguson continued. The independent school has named Chelsea Jones as the dance instructor. Jones received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma. Her professional background includes extensive dance instruction and curriculum development at the university level, as well as studio instruction and competitive choreography. Jones is also a certified Ashtanga yoga instructor. In her role at Heritage Hall, Jones plans to introduce dance and movement through her instruction of ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance for middle and upper school students, as well as dance for musical theatre. “Dance is a great outlet for creativity and exercise,” Jones stated. “It’s a perfect complement to the School’s acclaimed arts curriculum. I’m looking forward to helping Heritage Hall students learn to channel their creativity through dance,” she added. The addition of dance instruction follows the School’s 2016 introduction of the Challenge Artist program, an arts education curriculum for students with a marked passion for a creative discipline, consisting of a

Chelsea Jones three-year concentration of fine arts, extracurricular activities, arts-focused community service, and a capstone project. “The full support for this program by our school community, including our administrators and board of trustees, reaffirms Heritage Hall's unwavering commitment to arts education and all of the enrichment it provides in the lives of our students,” Ferguson said, adding, “We’re very proud to offer daily performing arts instruction from preschool through grade 12. The new dance program further enriches our curriculum of more than 25 visual and performing arts offerings as essential components of a well-rounded education.” For more information about Heritage Hall curricula and programs, visit

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Canterbury Youth Voices is comprised of four choirs of children from around the OKC Metro in grades 2 - 12.

Canterbury Youth Voices schedule April 28 spring concert This month, the Canterbury Youth Voices (CYV) will celebrate their 20th anniversary with their annual spring concert. All four Canterbury Youth Voices choirs will perform at Oklahoma City University in the Petree Recital Hall in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music on Saturday, April 28 at 3 and 5 p.m. An anniversary reception will follow the five p.m. concert. Tickets are available at Reserved seating is $8. Children under 18 and music educators are admitted at no charge but must have a reserved ticket. CYV is comprised of four choirs totaling more than 135 singers. The choirs rehearse in Oklahoma City and Moore. They are conducted by Meredith Ziegler, Susan Pendergraft, Stephen Ziegler and Katie Moore. “Canterbury Youth Voices will be performing a variety of music from around the world including the ‘Gloria’ from Benjamin Britten’s Missa Brevis, Fransico Nuñez’s 'Three Do-

minican Folk Songs,’ ‘Irish Folk Song,’ ‘Seiothín Seó,’ arranged by Rosaleen Molloy and Bach’s ‘Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ’. A highlight of the concerts will be Judy Havens, CYV founder and longtime conductor, conducting the final song. CYV alumni will join with current singers to present a beautiful ending to the concert.” said Joanie Gregory-Pullen, Programs Manager for Canterbury Voices. CYV is an extracurricular youth choir for students in grades two through 12. CYV allows passionate young singers from various schools and towns to make beautiful music together. Singers enjoy a fun and dynamic environment while developing their skills with distinguished music educators and learning appropriately challenging musical repertoire. CYV believes in performance as an important part of a singer’s training, and the students have the opportunity to perform with professional musicians at the Civic Center Music Hall, at na-

RAY HIBBARD CHAMBER GUEST --- Roy Williams, President and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, is welcomed by ATT area manager of external affairs, Jan Moran, at the Edmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week. Williams addressed the efforts being made by the OKC Chamber to help eliminate overcrowding at the Oklahoma County Jail. The luncheon was held at the new Edmond Conference Center at Covell and I-35. ATT is the sponsor for the Edmond Chamber quarterly luncheons.

tionally televised sporting events, at Oklahoma City Thunder games, and in regional musical contests. The program furthers the artistic and personal growth of the students and fosters a lifelong love of music. In 2015, CYV were named Honor Choirs by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and in 2016 for the Southwestern Region of the American Choral Directors Association. For more information about the

Canterbury Youth Voices, visit the website at or call (405) 232-7464. About Canterbury Voices: Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Canterbury Voices encourages the development of the arts through its large-scale choral music performances and multiple music education programs, attracting world-renowned performers to share their talents in Oklahoma City.

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Salvation Army will host Sr. Fair April 27


MEETING WITH LAWMAKERS -- AARP OK State Director Sean Voskuhl, Representative Lewis Moore, Senator A.J. Griffin, and AARP OK State President Joe Ann Vermillion at the AARP OK Legislative Breakfast recently. AARP members urged legislators to support HB 2537 and protect Oklahoma’s most vulnerable by requiring assisted living centers to have back-up power. To voice your support of HB 2537, call your legislator at 1-844-248-8226.

Over 25 organizations will offer resources to seniors and their families The Salvation Army Seventh Annual Senior Living Fair will be Friday, April 27th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Warr Acres Senior Center, 4301 N. Ann Arbor, Warr Acres. This year, the Senior Living Fair’s focus is to provide a variety of resources from across the community ranging from affordable housing to getting finances in order for seniors and their families. “This year’s event promises to offer a wealth of information,” said Lisa Sydnor, senior programs manager at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma. “Many seniors and their families may be facing lifechanging decisions and do not know who or where to turn for help. Our goal is for them to leave with their questions answered and to know there is a network of agencies ready to step in and help.” The Senior Living Fair is free to the public – thanks to sponsors like Oklahoma Senior Journal, Senior News and Living, and United Health Care – and includes exhibits with information about health and wellness, housing, Medicare, insurance, aging-in-place, and end-of-life decisions. Exhibitors for this year include Neighborhood Services Organization & Sunbeam Family Services.

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People living with Parkinson’s disease have an opportunity to explore the benefits of targeted exercise tailored for their needs as well as support groups at Touchmark at Coffee Creek, which is increasing services to those living with the progressive disease. The retirement community is also hosting an informative presentation by the Parkinson’s Foundation this month. There are an estimated 15,000 people with Parkinson’s in Oklahoma, and April is designated as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The Edmond full-service retirement community is now offering PWR! Moves (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) classes, an exercise program developed for those with the disease that targets multiple symptoms and allows for adaptation as the disease advances. Touchmark Exercise Specialist Hannah Eckel is a certified PWR! Instructor and is offering regular classes, which are open to the public. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 - 10:45 a.m. Class fees are $115 for eight weeks, $60 for four weeks or $10 drop-in rate. Call 406-340-1975 to schedule an assessment with Eckel prior to participation. “I’m excited to expand our program,” says Eckel. “Everything in the research confirms exercise is the best medicine for people with Parkinson’s.

While exercise is one of the most important activities for anyone, it’s especially vital for those living with this degenerative disease.” Parkinson’s Foundation presentation Touchmark is also recognizing Parkinson’s Awareness Month with an informative lecture by Bruce McIntire at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 19. McIntire is the executive director for the Parkinson's Foundation of Oklahoma and will speak about resources available to those living with Parkinson’s in the Oklahoma City and Edmond area. Light appetizers will be served. There is no charge, but seating is limited. Call 405-340-1975 to RSVP. Support available Touchmark also recently added a support group for people in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Participants discuss ways to live their best life. The group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Touchmark. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation of Oklahoma, the disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s, affecting more than one million people in the United States. Touchmark is located at 2801 Shortgrass Road in Edmond.

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Assessing your abilities as an aging motorist

By Metro News Service When a person first earns a driver's license, they've earned more than just the right to legally operate an automobile. To many drivers, a driver's license is symbolic of freedom and self-sufficiency. The significance of a driver's license never truly dissipates, which makes it difficult for aging men and women to address their abilities as a driver and whether or not they can still safely share the road with other motorists. Though many drivers can safely stay behind the wheel well into their golden years, others begin to recognize their skills are starting to diminish as they approach senior citizen status. For those who want help gauging their abilities as a driver, some self-examination can help. Assess your eyesight Healthy eyes are essential to being a safe driver, and drivers can assess their eyesight in a number of ways. In addition to visiting an eye doctor for an eye examination, drivers should look for signs that they're having difficulty with driving. If signs and street markings aren't so easy to read anymore, you might need a new prescription for eyeglasses. When the glare of headlights at night makes it difficult to see, your driver's seat might need to be adjusted or you might want to consider antiglare eyeglasses that make it easier to see at night.

Assess your comfort level Safe drivers are also comfortable drivers. To assess your comfort level as a driver, ask yourself the following questions before getting back behind the wheel. n Is it troublesome to look over your shoulder and change lanes? n Has steering become difficult? n Has your reaction time when switching from the gas pedal to the brake pedal decreased? If you can answer "yes" to any of the questions above, then it could be that you're beginning to lose strength, coordination and/or flexibil-

ity, which can make it more difficult to operate a motor vehicle. Answering "yes" doesn't mean you have to give up your driver's license. In fact, your doctor might be able to prescribe therapies or medicines or suggest a fitness regimen that can make it easier for you to comfortably drive a car. In addition, if you're having trouble steering or operating a motor vehicle in any way, you might just want to find a vehicle that's easier to drive, such as one with an automatic transmission that has power steering and brakes. When assessing your comfort level, also examine your mental state while driving. If other drivers make you uncomfortable or traffic signs are confusing, this can make it difficult to safely operate an automobile. Such feelings when driving could also be a side effect of a particular medication, so discuss the issue with your doctor to see if that's the case and if there are any alternatives. Honestly address loved ones' concerns Aging drivers are often the last to notice if their abilities behind the wheel are starting to diminish. Loved ones are often put in the position of talking to aging drivers about their abilities, and this can cause friction. If loved ones have expressed concern about your abilities as a driver, honestly address these concerns, even if it's initially hurtful or embarrassing to do so. Your loved ones are sharing their feelings out of genuine concern for your well-being, so don't look at it as an assault on your self-sufficiency. Some organizations, including the AARP and AAA, offer driving classes for mature drivers to help them more adequately handle the challenges aging drivers might face. Aging drivers face obstacles they may or may not be prepared for. When such challenges arise, that doesn't necessarily mean it's time to stop driving entirely. Instead, honestly weigh a host of factors before deciding if it's still safe for you to be behind the wheel.

Association honors state centers The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has recognized 11 Oklahoma skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities for improvements in quality and service. The Quality Initiative Recognition Program honors facilities for meeting certain goals, including the safe reduction of hospitalization rates, staff retention benchmarks, and increased customer/resident satisfaction (a full list of benchmarks for skilled nursing centers can be found on the group’s web page as can standards for assisted living communities. The facilities recognized in Oklahoma are: •Cedar Creek Nursing Center in Norman        •Grace Living Center in Claremore        •Forrest Manor Nursing Center in Dewey       •Grace Living Center in Edmond •Grace Living Center-SW in Oklahoma City •Emerald Care Center Southwest in Oklahoma City •Medicalodge of Dewey in Dewey •Montevista Rehabilitation and Skilled Care in Lawton •Rainbow Health Care Community in Bristow •Shanoan Springs Residence in Chickasha      •The Village at Southern Hills in

Tulsa “Improving quality care as a profession requires dedication from many organizations,� said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “The program provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the progress that our members have made by achieving the Quality Initiative goals and improving care for individuals living in their communities. I commend their hard work.� In 2012, the Association launched the Quality Initiative as a national effort to build upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care profession. The initiative aims to further improve quality of care in skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities by challenging members with specific, measurable targets. AHCA members have since made progress on a number of goals, notably, by achieving significant reductions in the use of antipsychotics and in hospital readmissions. Today, more than half of AHCA members nationwide have safely reduced the off-label use of antipsychotics by at least 30 percent, and 22 percent of AHCA members have reduced hospital readmissions by 30 percent. Care Providers Oklahoma President and CEO Nico Gomez said the recognition of Oklahoma facilities shows that, despite severe funding limitations, owners and operators are committed to quality.

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Real estate stats released The Edmond Board of Realtors (EBR) home sales statistics for March 2018 are now available online at . The statistics provided are published monthly by EBR based on MLSOK multiple listing service data. The statistics are based on residential properties in the City of Edmond. The total housing inventory at the end of March 2018 rose to 1,358 existing homes available for sale versus last year 1,128 homes. Our market experienced upward momentum with the increase of Median price this month. Prices increased to $233,000 versus the previous year at $230,000. The median days on market was the same at 65 compared to last year. The Edmond Board of Realtors was established in 1947 and currently represents over 850 Realtors members and 120 Affiliate members serving the Edmond area.

Researchers Gavin Pharaoh, seated, Deepa Sathyaseelan, left, and Shylesh Bhaskaran made new findings that could potentially lead to new drugs to help weight loss or combat obesity and associated metabolic disorders. PHOTO PROVIDED

Possible breakthrough in fight against obesity Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have discovered a new protective mechanism against obesity and insulin resistance, which contributes to type 2 diabetes. The findings could potentially lead to new drugs to help weight loss or combat obesity and associated metabolic disorders. In a new study, the OMRF scientists used genetically modified mice that do not produce an enzyme that plays a critical role for maintenance and repair in the mitochondria, a powerhouse of cells responsible for converting food to energy. The mice without the enzyme had supercharged fat metabolism and stopped gaining weight, even when researchers put the rodents on a highfat diet. The mice also didn’t show signs of insulin resistance, which accompanies obesity and typically leads to type 2 diabetes. Scientist Deepa Sathyaseelan, Ph.D., now a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and OMRF affiliate, led the research. “I think it's important to understand what mediates insulin resistance because that’s a root cause of diabetes,” said OMRF scientist Kenneth Humphries, Ph.D., who contributed to the study. “You have to understand what causes insulin resistance to know how to fix it, and we now know this protein has a role that was previously unidentified.” According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, more than

300,000 Oklahomans reported being diagnosed with diabetes. The state ranks fourth in the U.S. in diabetes mortality rate. Gavin Pharaoh, an OMRF researcher and graduate student at OUHSC who also worked on the project, said the new research could pave the way for new drug targets to maintain proper insulin sensitivity to help control obesity and potentially 2 prevent or treat diabetes. s “It’s exciting in the sense that it’s a s novel approach for treating obesity, a which is a problem that is only getting worse,” said Pharaoh. “This is a O f brand new mechanism of affecting the disease and could lead to some promising results down the line.” The next step, said Pharaoh, is to o screen for compounds and test to see if this same effect can be achieved through a drug instead of by altering the genes directly, allowing for development of a therapy. The new findings appeared in the journal EMBO Reports. OMRF researchers Shylesh Bhaskaran, Ph.D., Rojina Ranjit, Ashley Murphy, Satoshi Matsuzaki, Ph.D., Brittany Forbes, Michael Kinter, Ph.D., and Timothy Griffin, Ph.D. also contributed to the findings. The project was funded by grants 13BGIA14670024 from the American Heart Association, A13415 from the American Federation for Aging Research, and National Institute of General Medical Sciences grant P20 GM103636, which is a part of the National Institutes of Health.

North students named to scholar program The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has selected three Edmond North students among its 13member 2018 class of Sir Alexander Fleming Scholars. Edmond North senior Azhia Contreras and North graduates Phillip Douglas and McKayla Muse were named to this year’s class. As a part of OMRF’s 63rd class of scholars, they will spend eight weeks working side by side with OMRF scientists on specific research projects covering subjects such as autoimmune disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease. At the program’s conclusion, the scholars will author scientific papers and deliver presentations to OMRF’s research staff. Contreras will work with OMRF scientist Courtney Montgomery, Ph.D., who studies the roles genes play in cancer and autoimmune diseases, particularly lupus and sarcoidosis. Douglas, a sophomore at Cornell University, will spend the summer with new OMRF scientist Mike Beckstead, Ph.D., who studies specific

neurons in the brain called dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for movement and the positive perception of rewards in the brain, but this system goes wrong in diseases like Parkinson’s and drug addiction. Muse, a junior at the University of Central Oklahoma, will work alongside researcher Roberto Pezza, Ph.D., studying how damage to DNA can contribute to a number of diseases, including cancer. Also how malformed DNA can cause birth defects and lead to Down syndrome or Turner syndrome. The Fleming Scholar Program was founded in 1956 as a way to give Oklahoma’s high school and college students hands-on biomedical research experience. The program is named for Sir Alexander Fleming, the famed British scientist, who discovered penicillin and in 1949 came to Oklahoma City to formally dedicate the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s first building. For more information on the Fleming Scholar Program, visit

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Natural gas production, exports set records By Adam Wilmoth Oklahoman Surging shale drilling has led companies in the United States to top records for both natural gas production and exports. The U.S. Energy Information Administration last week detailed the trends, showing total U.S. natural gas production last year at a record high of 90.9 billion cubic feet per day. December marked the highest recorded monthly rate of 96.7 billion cubic feet per day. Strong production has led to relatively low natural gas prices, but it also has opened up new markets, providing for a jump in natural gas use in electricity generation, chemicals operations and exports. Increased U.S. production, growing global de-

mand and the addition of liquefied natural gas export terminals allowed the country to become a net exporter last year for the first time in almost 60 years. The United States for decades has exported natural gas through pipelines to both Mexico and Canada, but imports from Canada historically have far outpaced all exports. Pipeline exports have increased over the past few years, but the addition of liquefied natural gas export terminals opened U.S. producers to a global market and allowed the country to become a net natural gas exporter. U.S. LNG exports averaged 1.9 billion cubic feet per day in 2017, up from 500 million cubic feet per day one year earlier.

Office Space at 14 W. Edwards

RTS Management of Edmond held a ribbon cutting with the Edmond Chamber to celebrate the grand opening of its 14 West Edwards office space. The business site is a class A office space and smart office building. They have 24 suites and currently six are leased. In addition, the newly constructed single-floor brick building features front and back entrances, parking spaces, a sizeable shared conference room and shared break room with amenities.

Officials say the office is perfect for someone who wants a professional office space because maybe they don’t get as much privacy at home or their productivity suffers while working out of their home.

For more information, visit their website at or email


The EEDA presented Bob March, owner of House of Vacuums, with a commemorative arrow for being a recent featured business in The Arrow newsletter.

House of Vacuums featured in EEDA Arrow newsletter

The Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) recently featured House of Vacuums in a recent issue of EEDA's newsletter, The Arrow. The Arrow is a monthly newsletter emailed to approximately 2,000 subscribers. Featured businesses also receive a commemorative arrow to recognize their participation. "The featured business portion of The Arrow was created as an outlet for the EEDA to further support and promote the Edmond business community," said Janet Yowell, EEDA executive director. "House of Vacuums has been a part of the Edmond business community for more than four decades and we were pleased to share their story." House of Vacuums, located at 1425 S. Santa Fe, offers vacuum sales; serv-

ice/repair and parts; odor control solutions; and cleaning and supplies. "We chose to keep our business in Edmond due in large part to the wonderful support of local business organizations and the community," owner Bob March said. "The Arrow is another example of the support we receive." To read the full House of Vacuums feature in The Arrow, visit To subscribe to The Arrow, visit The EEDA exists to offer resources that stimulate the growth of Edmond's economy by creating and maintaining an optimum environment for both new and existing businesses, offering services that facilitate the growth and expansion of those businesses and generating opportunities to increase the sales tax base of the city of Edmond.

All aboard! Houston-based Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass last year became the country's first operational liquefied natural gas exporting facility, with an initial capacity of about 700 million cubic feet per day. The facility's fourth liquefaction unit, or train, became operational in August, boosting the LNG export capacity of the facility and the country to 2.8 billion cubic feet per day. Cheniere's fifth train is under construction, along with five other LNG projects nationwide. Those projects all are expected online by the end of 2019 in a move that would increase the country's export capacity to 9.6 billion cubic feet per day, or about 12 percent of the country's average daily production of about 78 billion cubic feet in 2016.

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The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) has named Germaine Shock the 2018 Paraoptometric of the Year. The award goes to a paraoptometric who displays outstanding professional leadership as well as service to patients. Paraoptometrics are health professionals who assist optometric physicians in providing high levels of vision care to patients. Germaine currently serves as Head Contact Lens Technician at Precision Vision in Edmond, where she works directly with patients and assists optometric physicians. Germaine says working in the optometric field is “kind of a luck thing,� as this was her first job out of high school. “I have been in the field about 10 years and started with tasks like filing.� She quickly realized her passion for the job and began training to become a tech, obtaining her CPO certificate. “I have a job where I get to improve the quality of life for people and help them to see better�, says Shock. One of Germaine’s focuses at Precision Vision is working closely with patients to fulfill specific lens needs. Dr. Kyle Henderson, who Germaine has worked for the last two years says, “Germaine is always learning, and patients recognize her knowledge and passion.� Getting to offer and fit patients with a special lens, known as scleral lenses, has been very rewarding for Germaine. They are designed to treat a variety of eye conditions, many of which do not respond to other forms of treatment.

Germaine Shock “Finding a Paraoptometric with the passion and knowledge for the job that Germaine has is a huge boost for the entire clinic,� said OAOP President Dr. Michelle Welch. “Paraoptometrics play a critical role in delivering quality vision care and are very important for patient satisfaction.� Shock said the best part of her job is helping to restore patient’s vision. “My work brings something different every day,� said Shock. “I have the pleasure of helping people who have lost hope and are being forced to quit their jobs and give up driving. We fit to fit them with lenses and watch their world come to life again. It is extremely rewarding to be a part of that.� Originally from Arkansas, Germaine moved to Oklahoma with her husband, Chris, and their three-yearold son, Atlas. She has a love for antiques, literature, reading and even dabbles in makeup artistry.

Fairgrounds events said to have brought $26.67 million to economy The Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Oklahoma City sponsored the OKC Auto Show, March 8 thru 11 in the Bennett Event Center. This year’s event attracted more than 19,000 visitors and was bumper to bumper with fantastic 2018 models from Acura, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, MercedesBenz, Nissan, Ram Trucks, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. It also featured a re-creation of the first OKC Auto Show. The event generated more than $1.76 million worth of direct spending into the Oklahoma City economy. The Oklahoma Youth Expo ran March 8 through 16 at State Fair Park. Entries from all 77 Oklahoma counties competed for top honors, with only the “Best of the Best� making it to the Sale of Champions, held on Friday, March 16. Attendance for the nine-day run of the Expo was more than 54,000, generating more

than $9.3 million worth of direct spending into the Oklahoma City economy. State Fair Park hosted 22 events during the month of March. In addition to the above mentioned, other events included: OSSAA State High School Basketball Championships, Backwoods Hunting & Fishing Expo, the Oklahoma County Free Fair Spring Horse Show, an Oklahoma Gun Show, Greater Oklahoma Horse Association Show Clinic, Jack Morton Worldwide, a R.K. Gun Show, OKC Land Run Antique Show, Destination Next, Jurassic Quest, Junior Botball, an OKC Gun Show, the Shrine Circus, the OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show, the Hall of Fame Gun & Knife Show, Spring Fling Vendor Craft Show, the Oklahoma Centennial Horse Show and Seeds of Hope. In all, there were 200,702 people present during the 298 event days held at State Fair Park, generating more than $26.67 million in direct spending into the Oklahoma City economy.

Master Gardener class accepting applications The Oklahoma County Master Gardeners are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Master Gardener training program beginning in September 2018. Application is open to area residents with a high school diploma who are interested in learning the latest OSU researchbased home horticulture information and practices, and who have an interest in community service. Priority will be given to Oklahoma County residents. Classes are held on Tuesdays for 12 weeks in September – November, for a total of approximately 60 hours of classroom training. Upon completion of the classes, participants are required to perform 60 hours of volunteer work as interns. Classes are held at the Oklahoma County Extension office, 2500 NE 63rd. Intern volunteer hours are completed at the Extension call center, hands-on garden work at the Zoo, Myriad Gardens, and Will Rogers Garden, and committee and

group projects. Deadline for application is May 11. There is a mandatory orientation session that must be attended for an application to be considered. The dates and times for the orientation sessions are: May 22, 10 a.m. to noon -orMay 24, 1 to 3 p.m. The registration fee is $150 and is non-refundable. The fee is not due until an application has been accepted. Master Gardeners who have paid the class fee may repeat the course without charge. Certified Master Gardeners enjoy many opportunities for fellowship and learning with other gardeners, numerous horticulture short courses, and gaining skills in teaching and helping others. The full brochure and application may be downloaded from: aster-gardeners2/2018%20mg%20class%202.pdf. For more information, contact or visit the Oklahoma County Extension office.

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State Lutherans will Reminder on Armstrong production grand choral celebration.” Armstrong Auditorium will host the world prehave a weekend The 70-member group and the Herbert W. Armmiere of a new oratorio, based on the life of the strong are both based in Edmond, Oklabiblical patriarch Abraham, presented by the Herconvention in Edmond bert W. Armstrong College Choral Union on Thurs- homa. College The members make up the finest vocal Leaders from all 82 Oklahoma Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations will come together for the Oklahoma District Convention on Friday and April 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn & Edmond Conference Center, 2833 Conference Drive, near the intersection of Covell Road and Interstate 35. Lutherans attending the gathering will join for worship, conduct business, elect officers and share information in order to help further the mission of the Church. These 82 congregations makeup the largest Lutheran denomination in Oklahoma and meet in convention every three years. The convention will host the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, of St. Louis, president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He will preach at the opening service on Friday, and he also will report on synod concerns during the April 21sessions. The Rev. Jeffrey Kloha, of Edmond, will be the featured essayist on April 21, following the theme “Witnesses — Gathered and Going!” The Rev. Barrie E. Henke will serve in the dual role as senior pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmond and as Oklahoma district president. The theme for this year’s convention comes from Luke 24:48, “You are witnesses of these things,” with a focus on the importance of sharing with others the Good News of the Jesus Christ. For more information about the convention, go to From

day, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.    Celebrated by three of the world’s major religions, the illustrious history of one of the Old Testament’s most revered figures, Abraham, is brought to life in this modern, accessible choral-orchestral work. The composition, by Herbert W. Armstrong College Music Director Ryan Malone, explores the tragedies and miracles, the complications and triumphs that test the faith of this devout patriarch and his family.  “This performance brings Abraham’s story to life,” Armstrong Auditorium House Manager Shane Granger said. “Armstrong Auditorium patrons and newcomers alike will be moved by the beautiful melodies and inspiring themes of this

Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi Good Shepherd Anglican Church (Traditional Episcopal) 1000 N. Broadway, Edmond •314-8715 Sundays - Holy Communion 8:00 & 10:00am Animal Friendly Parish “If you have people who exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have those who deal likewise with their fellow human being.” St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) 1928 Book of Common Prayer •


talent of Armstrong College, and will be conducted by the college’s assistant music director Mark Jenkins. Jenkins will also be at the helm of a 31-piece professional orchestra, comprised of the metro area’s finest orchestral players. Professional soloists will also help relate the biblical narrative — from Herbert W. Armstrong College faculty, to a soloist from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Armstrong Auditorium is engineered to create the ultimate listening experience for every audience member. Tickets to see the Herbert W. Armstrong College Choral Union begin at $23. For more information regarding ticket options, subscriptions or group rates please visit or call 405-285-1010.

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