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Teachers: The start of the new school year brings with it growing pressure on local teachers. After years of failure by the state legislature to increase their base salaries, educators are facing hard choices in order to keep teaching.

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From the Editor The return of school days is an invigorating one for those who work in our school system as well as the students. But this year it seems as though the “back to school” excitement is somewhat dampened by the continuing inability of state legislators to address teacher funding. In this issue of the Moore Monthly, we talk with those who educate our children

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Oklahoma's education system faces significant challenges competing with other states for top talent and programs. In this month's cover story, we examine how those challenges are impacting actual teachers and conversely, students in our state. We begin with the story of Melanie Willis. Like most teachers, when Melanie decided on a career in education, she did it to help children. Fifteen years later, with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from OU, Willis must work a second job just to make ends meet. Willis teaches fourth grade at Winding Creek Elementary in Moore and is a single mom with three active daughters. “I have three daughters, and I can’t raise them on a teacher’s salary. I work two jobs, and now I’m having to look for a third job.” Willis, who works a second job at Fan Outfitters in Moore, says she loves teaching, but she wishes the state would value education and educators more. “I have twenty more years to pay off my student loans, but they are not really a huge part of my budget,” explained Willis. “It’s the living expenses. And I don’t have credit card debt or a lot of loans. My teacher’s salary pays the majority of my bills. Nothing more. I have a credit card I pay off every month. Everything else goes to pay the car, our home and

utilities. Teaching pays for most of that, but I have to have a second job to pay for the rest.”

they’re doing. Fifteen years ago, when I started, testing wasn’t the same. Now it’s progressively getting more emphasized.”

After Willis’s dad passed away, she moved in with her mom so they could help each other out.

With the budget cuts, teachers have increasingly more out-of-pocket expenses as well.

“When I majored in education,” says Willis, “I knew I wasn’t going to be a millionaire, but I didn’t think after 15 years in that I would have to get side job after side job just to make ends meet.”

“I make barely anything,” said Willis, “and I would say almost one-quarter of my monthly budget goes to purchase things for my students, for my classroom, and it shouldn’t be that way. When I taught at Crooked Oak, for example, I spent money daily on food for my students.”

When asked why she stays in teaching, Willis didn’t hesitate, “I love my job. I got into teaching because I love to teach kids. But it’s hard. And it’s getting progressively worse. It’s more frustrating now because it’s harder to deal with the regular stresses that they keep compounding on teachers with all of the demands from the state. And there are times I ask myself if this is worth it.” And the testing demands of the state are also taking a lot of education time away from the classroom. “I progress monitor to see if kids are progressing at least every other week. I have to find a time to pull the kids aside to see how

So, what would Willis like to see changed? “I would like educators to be valued more,” said Willis. “It’s sad to see, but I would say at least half of the teachers at my school have a side job. And we see in the news how millions of dollars were put in the budget to build a dome for the state capitol or a new flower setting at the state park. Why? It’s pretty. But that money can be used for education.” And Willis has advice for law makers making decisions, “Before you start making judgments or decisions on education, spend time in a classroom. Talk to teachers. If you honestly think my job is not difficult, spend a day with me in my classroom. It’s just one of those downward spirals where you have people who have never taught before trying to tell us what to do. So, they put demands on us, and then it doesn’t work,


so their idea is to put more demands on us. And then they keep wondering why it’s not working.” And what does she have to say to those people who think teachers work to get the summers off? “Everyone thinks I just have summers off. I work until three and don’t do much after that. But during the school year, I work through my lunch grading or doing paperwork. I stay late to make sure I have things done. Then I either take my girls to practice or go to my side job. Then when I get home, I stay up at least until midnight grading or doing lesson plans because I can’t do that when the kids are in my classroom. The tons of paperwork that’s expected of me can’t be done while I’m doing my job. It has to be done at home or before or after school. In the summer, I’m working on my room, going to workshops, planning with my team, working my second job.”

As far as getting a raise, Willis said that just doesn’t happen. “I think I’ve gotten an actual raise twice in 15 years. And by raise, I mean 50 dollars a month. And the way the budget cuts keep going, it’s hit or miss on whether we get our step increase. And I am fortunate that I work in Moore because they do try their hardest to take care of the teachers.” But for those people who don’t understand the struggles, it can be hard to explain.

“Education is not something where you can clock out at five and go home and do your own thing. You have to be completely dedicated to it.”

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Special education teacher Suzie Sells-Bean fully expected to teach at Moore High School until she retired. That didn’t happen, but not because Sells-Bean didn’t want it to. Because of circumstances facing so many teachers currently in Oklahoma, after twelve years of teaching at Moore, Sells-Bean was forced to look elsewhere, and she found a home at EPIC Charter Schools. “Of course, I didn’t want to leave,” explained Sells-Bean. “I love teaching at Moore High School. What I don’t love is being overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated by the state legislators, the administration, and the general public.”

Sells-Bean also weighed in on an issue other teachers are frustrated with as well. “I don’t get the salary I signed on for,” said Sells-Bean. “That salary, which by the way is the lowest in the nation, includes your benefits package. On paper that might look good, but they include the benefits in your salary, which comes off the top of your salary. Last year, for example, I got $13,000 less than what I was told my salary would be.” When asked why she’s leaving the traditional brick and mortar school, SellsBean said there are more opportunities at a charter school. “The main thing is that you make more money and have an opportunity for bonuses, and the bonuses are not just based on how students perform on a test,” said Sells-Bean. “In special education, there are bonuses that show growth and not just mastery. And I have an opportunity to create a partnership with people who are coming to EPIC.”

And one thing that the general public often doesn’t realize is that most teachers provide all of their own schools supplies for their students. At EPIC, Sells-Bean won’t have to do that. “I have always had to provide supplies for my students,” explained Sells-Bean. “Unless I’ve had any donations, I pay for it out of pocket.” Sells-Bean admits that the budget has always been tight in education, but she says things are getting progressively worse. “I’ve quit doing the extra jobs, like teaching night school, because I realized I was never at home with my own kids,” said Sells-Bean. “I was working 60-70 hours a week. And, so, I quit night school, and now I make less than I did when I started. You don’t go into teaching thinking you’re going to make money, and if you did you’re in the wrong profession. I know that.


And I can handle not getting paid well, but what I can’t handle is not getting paid well yet being asked to do more and more. Having to provide supplies for my classroom. At least give me the text books I need. Help me make sure my kids have pencils and paper.” What would Sells-Bean say to the state legislators if she had the opportunity? “I would ask them to stop thinking about themselves,” said Sells-Bean. “To look to the future. To listen to experts. To stop just doing what they want. And I don’t know that talking to them will do anything. So many of the people we have in the legislature now are so out of touch with how to fix the problem. They are not listening to experts about anything. I don’t know if they’re capable of understanding the severity or capable of fixing it.”

And the ironic thing, explains Sells-Bean, is that the same people who are demanding that teachers be qualified are not following the same standards. “We are so invested in teachers being experts in their field,” said Sells-Bean, “in teachers being highly qualified, in making sure teachers do their job. But what makes a politician qualified to do their job? The fact that you had a pretty face or great advertising? That you got the word out? Or that you had a key phrase? How do we know that they are experts in what they’re doing? The thing is that the people we have in government are not necessarily qualified to be doing the job they’re doing, yet they’re getting paid way more than I am.” And Sells-Bean reminds us that we all just need to do more critical thinking. “We can make a difference, but people need to educate themselves too. They can’t rely on a politician to tell them the truth. Seek out information. That’s one thing I always teach my students. I don’t want to see if they can memorize. I want to see if they can look up information. How to decide if it’s credible or not. How to problem solve. I want them to critically think.”

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James Hayes came to Oklahoma with high hopes to start a new life here. His daughter had aspirations of attending the University of Oklahoma, so James and his family decided to start a new journey. As a higher-level math teacher with 20 years of experience and a master’s degree, Hayes knew he had the background to successfully teach a math course. He fully expected to start his new career here. What he learned was that things are a lot more complicated for educators in Oklahoma than he ever anticipated. The first problem was finding a math job to teach. So, he took a temporary position with a Norman school, being told that he would eventually be moved to a math position. He was given eight special education students, even though he had no background or certification in special education. And then he was told to get an emergency certification in language arts, even though he had no background in that field either. And that was just the beginning of his frustration. The pay difference was substantial. “I was actually told I would make exactly the same salary as I did in Kansas, $48,000,” explained Hayes. “The problem is that my take home pay is $900 less a month. In Kansas, when they say they

pay for your insurance, they do. On top of your salary. Here, when they say they pay for your insurance, it’s coming out of your check whether you want it to or not. And that reduces your salary for that amount or more. And the $900 is for an individual.” Hayes views this as a huge problem for teachers who are considering making a move to Oklahoma. “Without question, when you tell me I’m making $48,000 a year, that’s what I should be paid,” said Hayes. “And it’s not. The insurance is automatically taken off the top. That’s a misnomer. My salary will never be what they said it would be.” So, Hayes was forced to do something many teachers must do. Take a second job. “I had to take a second job at Hobby Lobby,” said Hayes. “And I’m not the only one. Several teachers I know are forced to have a second job.” And teachers are also leaving Oklahoma for better paying teaching positions. “Other people I taught with are thinking about moving closer to the Oklahoma state line so that they can teach in Texas,” said Hayes. “They can still live in Oklahoma, but their salaries will be higher.”

And maybe even worse, Hayes says teachers are leaving the field of education altogether. “Some teachers I taught with have left education,” said Hayes. “One is leaving to work for a beer distribution company in sales because it’s much better pay. The director of music where I taught has a doctorate in music education and is leaving to do something else. One science teacher is leaving public school to teach in a private school.” Hayes thought he was making the right decision by moving to Oklahoma to teach, but after being forced to take a second job and not having anything secured for the fall, he’s having second thoughts. “My frustration with Oklahoma has lasted a while now,” said Hayes.


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The past few years haven’t been good for education in Oklahoma in general, but for teachers, it has been especially rough. Oklahoma is currently ranked 49 in teacher pay. While many believe that little is being done to fix the problem since there hasn’t been a change, State Representative Mark McBride, R-District 5, says it’s not due to a lack of effort.

“The gross production tax (GPT) was doubled in 2002,” said McBride. “And this year 6,000 wells went from a 1% GPT to a 4% GPT. So taxes have been raised.”

“As far as legislature, we passed three bills out of the house,” said McBride. “The senate killed two of them and didn’t hear the third.”

“The idea is to go back and rest the tax and you can’t put the industry in that type of bind,” said Kannady. “It would be on the verge of doing some real damage to an industry that is so vital to our state.”

State Representative Chris Kannady- R-District 91 insists that no matter how things appear to those outside the state house, education is one the top priorities on the legislative agenda. It even has the largest allocation of money in the budget. “I voted for three different measures for teacher pay raise, and we also sent two different budgets to the Senate,” said Kannady. “We continue to make education the number one priority.” A look at the budget numbers show that in the 2015 fiscal year, 39.9% of Oklahoma’s total expenditures were for education, 16.1% for K-12 and 23.8% for higher education. That was more than any other category. In fact, cumulatively, education has accounted for the majority of expenditures for the Oklahoma budget: 38.9% in 2014 and 2013, 39.6% in 2012, 20.8% in 2011, and 33% in 2010. (source Ballotpedia) The numbers do validate Kannady’s assertion about the percentage of the education budget. But McBride and Kannady both agree that more needs to be done to help compensate teachers and keep them in Oklahoma. The Republican legislators recognize the public’s cries to raise taxes on the oil and gas industry to help fund teacher pay raises, but insist that the media isn’t telling the full story about what’s being done in that specific area.

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Kannady pointed out another attempt by some to enact a “retroactive” tax on oil and gas production.

The legislators both point to another, often overlooked danger that comes with drawing more budget money from the oil and gas industry. “The state is 25% dependent on the oil and gas industry revenue,” said McBride. “we’ve all seen the ups and downs in the industry so we have to ask, ‘Do we really want to increase that percentage and risk catastrophic problems in the event of another downturn.’” “They (the oil and gas industry) has put a lot of skin in the game,” said Kannady. “But the numbers you hear are really misleading. With a $7 billion budget, the GPT increase being discussed would only generate $6 million to $10 million, so it doesn’t resolve the problem.” “Teachers do need a pay raise,” said McBride at a local town hall meeting. “But in a period of time where revenue is hard to come by we need to be responsible making sure we find the money for those raises in places where it won’t create more problems in other areas of our state’s budget and economy. One of the most common complaints heard from the public is that the oil and gas industry isn’t pulling a fair share of the burden in Oklahoma. Kannaday understands those complaints but says the industry is participating in a fair way.

McBride says there’s another area that could generate significant tax revenue and he plans to address that in the coming legislative session. “Wind energy pays no GPT,” said McBride. “Wind turbines pay no sales tax to the state and the state pays about $45 million a year in an ad valorem reimbursement for the first five years after wind turbines are built. It’s basically a big giveaway.” For that reason McBride plans to introduce legislation in 2018 to address that area, proposing a $5 per megawatt hour fee or tax on wind energy production. “Today’s rate produces 20 million megawatt hours a year, so this would bring in $100 million dollars,” said McBride, “And since Oklahoma is the third windiest state in the nation wind turbines will continue to be built. That means the opportunity for revenue is going to rise.” McBride expects stiff opposition from an army of lobbyists for the wind industry, but he intends to make this a showdown issue. “I’m gonna dare people to vote against this bill,” said McBride. Kannady believes the state could seriously begin to consider funding from sources like taxation on marijuana, especially medical marijuana. But he says that’s an issue that is going to have to go to voters. “We can’t shy away from dealing with this, but if the state of Oklahoma wants to pass a marijuana initiative we’re going to have to justify ways to make sure it’s taxed and managed effectively,” said Kannady, “I spent two weeks on military duty in Colorado after their law passed and I can tell you that there were a lot of issues that came up, especially in terms of state and federal jurisdiction. We can learn lessons from that.”


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Moore High School Celebrates 50 Years on Eastern Avenue By Beverly Ferree Logo design by Greg Gilpin, Graphic Art Center, Inc.

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Moore High School is celebrating its 50th Anniversary during the 2017-18 school year with fun events throughout the fall. The first graduating class from MHS on Eastern was in 1968, so the Moore High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) is reaching out to all former graduates to join in the fall festivities. In addition to encouraging former students to attend Moore War and homecoming events this year, the MHSAA also wants to see more former students get involved with the association and through donations. “We are fundraising to bring attention to the high school,” explained Moore Alumni Reporter Traci Nix. “We’re hoping to add more spirit to the campus. We want to enhance the landscaping at the school. We’ve slowly been working to update the courtyard. We’ve been adding tables and benches around the campus. We want to change out the spirit flags along Eastern. And we hope to buy spirit flags with the 50th logo for the football games. We’ve already provided logo stickers for the football helmets and jerseys. And, of course, we would always want to raise money for our general fund as well to help with scholarships.” The Moore High School Alumni Association is raising money through various

fundraisers. You can check out all fundraising options at their website (moorealumni. com), but they also have fundraisers happening at various events throughout the city. For their 50th anniversary, the MHSAA is asking for donations of 50 dollars for 50 years! This money will go to the general fund, so when clubs or organizations need money or when the school needs improvements, there will be funds available. The MHSAA kicked off its 50th anniversary with a Dandy~LION Daze Carnival back in April. MHSAA President Judy Scott started the carnival with hopes of raising money for organizations on campus. And the annual Dandy~LION Daze Open Car Show, originally scheduled to take place during the carnival, was rescheduled due to weather. It will now take place on Saturday, August 19, at Moore High School, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds go towards providing scholarships and other services to deserving students. To get more information and to find out how to enter the show, visit the MHSAA website (moorealumni.com). August 11 is Lion Kickoff at the Moore football field. The football team will have an inner-squad scrimmage, cheer and pom will perform, and there will be 50th anni-

versary t-shirts for sale. This year the Moore Alumni will have a chill-zone booth with features to help you cool down during the hot weather. Lion Kickoff takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Moore War Run is also coming up quickly. This is the 9th annual race, a sanctioned 5K race through Moore. Kelli Kinnamon, Westmoore Alumni Association president, and Judy Scott are co-race directors. The 2017 Moore War Run will take place on Saturday, August 26, at 7:30 a.m. The starting line is at Moore High School. Online registration is available at moorewarrun.com. The Moore War football game takes place this year on Friday, September 1, at Moore High School. But the big event, one that Nix hopes will bring in a lot of former students, is the Moore homecoming festivities. Homecoming takes place this year on Thursday, September 14, starting with the pep assembly and the parade. The Moore Alumni will have an entry in the parade, and as of now, they are planning on driving a car or two from each decade, starting with the 1960's. Nix encourages all former students to attend homecoming festivities.

“After all,” said Nix, “that is what homecoming is for!” The MHSAA is also planning on doing a carnival again in the spring; they are hoping to make it an annual tradition. Moore Alumni t-shirts will be sold at the events scheduled, but you can always buy one on their website (moorealumni.com). The t-shirts sell for $15 for small, medium, large and extra-large. Double and triple XL are one dollar more, and shipping is three dollars. The Alumni Association hopes to see all former students at the events, but if you can’t make it, at least visit their website to order a t-shirt and donate to one of their fundraisers. After all, once a Lion, always a Lion!

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Ultimate Smart Home Features Local Company By Rob Morris

The house feels like something out of a not-to-distant science fiction movie. Room after room filled with high-tech devices that respond to anyone who enters, providing entertainment, education, medical care, meal preparation, and much more. But it’s not the future. It’s happening right now, part of the “Cox Smart Home,” a demonstration of more than 60 connected smart devices that utilize the company’s cutting edge internet service to turn any home into a responsive environment. Trifecta Communications of Moore was one of a list of high-profile companies invited to participate in the Smart Home experience. Trifecta has proven itself to be one of the region’s top developers of a new wave of interactive technology known as “mixed reality.” Mixed reality covers such categories as

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augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 360º video. For the Cox Smart Home Trifecta’s chief technologist Patrick Glueck said the company chose to display a cutting edge children’s book that is enhanced with augmented reality. “It’s a unique product that’s attached to a book entitled, ‘Calm in Your Palm,’” said Glueck. “The Calm in Your Palm book helps families bond through valuable experiences and traditions, and we created a Calm In Your Palm augmented reality app that brings the book to life.” There are two books in the series so far, both authored by Renée Adams, the founder of Calm In Your Palm. When you walk into the children’s bedroom of the Cox Smart Home the book looks like any other book,

lying on the bed. But when you scan the pages of the book using Trifecta’s Calm In Your Palm app, the book comes to life in unique and winsome ways.

“We think it’s a fantastic blend of the old and the new for children,” said Glueck. “Renée has created this amazing tool that helps bond families in powerful ways through images and the written word. What Trifecta has done has found a way to use augmented reality to help children engage with traditional story-telling tools in a completely new way.” Glueck said the Calm In Your Palm app uses a technique that scans a target image, in this case, pictures in the book, and


connects it to a 3D, video, audio, or still images that appear above the page as if by magic. The technology is entrancing for anyone, but especially for children, helping draw them deeper into the experience and hopefully increasing the child’s desire to read more. “Augmented reality is still a very new technology that we believe is going to change the way everyone interacts with the world,” said Glueck. “We’ve been working with AR since October of 2014 and have had the chance to do some exciting projects with the University of Oklahoma, the Cowboy Western Heritage Museum, and other organizations and businesses.” Glueck says that Trifecta is currently working with Adams on a new AR experience for her second book. The company also has a slew of

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Senior Living - by Kathleen Wilson

Medical Terms Everyone Should Know And Understand Sometimes during a doctor’s visit, the doctor will use terms that can be confusing if you do not know their meaning. This confusion can happen to anyone, no matter their age. Nearly nine out of every ten adults in the USA have difficulty with health terms and other medical information. You don’t have to get a medical degree to understand but it is worthwhile to study up so you can speak up. Be prepared to ask the questions that matter to you. Below is a list of key terms with easy to understand definitions.

GENERAL TERMS Acute: sudden start, intense, sharp or sever Analgesic: pain reliever such as aspirin, Advil or Tylenol Chronic: lasting a long time or without end Contusions: bruises Edema: swelling Embolism: blood clot Noninvasive: doesn’t require penetration with a needle or a scalpel NSAIDS: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to reduce pain and swelling Palliative: easing symptoms like pain without curing Polyp: a growth on a mucous membrane (usually not cancerous) Subcutaneous: located just beneath the skin DIABETES TERMS Blood Glucose: type of sugar in your blood that is a source of fuel Hyperglycemia: evaluated blood sugar levels that occur when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or use it effectively Hypoglycemia: low blood sugar (or blood glucose) Insulin: blood sugar; essential for processing glucose and using it as energy Islets: insulin-producing cells in the pancreas Ketones: substances produced when fat cells break down in the blood Neuropathy: tingling or numbness in the extremities: diabetes side effect HEART HEALTH TERMS Arteriosclerosis: hardening of the arties Arrhythmia: problem with rhythm or speed of the heart Atrial fibrillation: common arrhythmia caused by a electrical problem in the heart Cardiac arrest: when an arrhythmia causes the heart to suddenly stop beating Cardiovascular: related to the heart and blood vessels Echocardiogram: test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart Heart failure: when the heart can’t pump enough blood to the rest of the body Hypertension: high blood pressure Hypotension: low blood pressure Ischemia: when the heart muscle is starved for oxygen and nutrients, can lead to a heart attack Lipids: fats in the blood Myocardial infarction: when blood flow to part of the heart is cut off long enough to cause damage (aka heart attack) Palpitations: sensation that the heart is racing or pounding Vasodilator: medication that opens blood vessels

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JOINT HEALTH TERMS Arthroplasty: rebuilding of joints, or total joint replacement Arthroscopy: minimally invasive knee surgery using a lighted scope and narrow instruments inserted through small incisions in the skin Bursitis: pain from swollen fluid filled sacs around bones, muscles and tendons Cartilage: smooth covering on the ends of bones Corticosteroid: drug that suppresses inflammation Glucosamine: substance produced by the body to grow, repair and maintain cartilage Gout: painful swelling in a joint caused by a building up of uric acid Ligament: strong band of tissue that holds joints together Meniscus: shock-absorbing, stabilizing tissue between the bones of the knee Nodule: solid or raised bump Osteoarthritis: joint disease that causes the breakdown of cartilage over time Rheumatologist: doctor with specialized training in treating joints, bones and the immune system Synovial fluid: substance in the membrane lining of a joint that lubricates the joint Tendinitis: inflammation of the cord like structure that connects muscle to bone RESPIRATORY HEALTH TERMS Asthma: chronic inflammation or swelling of the airways in the lungs Alveoli: air sacs in the lungs Bronchial tubes: tubes for air inside your lungs Bronchioles: small, thin tubes that branch off the ends of the bronchial tubes COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that causes difficulty breathing Emphysema: chronic condition caused by damage to the alveoli Pulmonologist: doctor who specializes in treating lung problems Spirometry test: method of measuring how much air you can blow out and how fast Steroid: medication used to reduce swelling in lungs Trachea: windpipe


Sketches of Moore - by L.T. Hadley

Moore’s Railroad History One of the successes of a municipality is its available access; being accessible to other towns, businesses, schools—a way to get from there to here. For most of Moore’s life, its claim to fame was, “between Oklahoma City and Norman.” Between the turn of the century and the late ’40s, there were four major north-south corridors of transportation through Moore: the railroad, Highway 77, the Interurban and Telephone Road. In 1887, before the Land Run, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe laid lines across Oklahoma lands and Indian Territory, anticipating the opening of land to settlement. Designated places were equipped for taking on water, switching cars, and providing camping for workers. On the days of the runs, many people rode trains and dropped off at places throughout the territory, many of them in this area. Eventually a depot was built in Moore and Louis Arback appointed as the station master. During all the years the depot operated, there were only three station

masters. When Arback left, P.R. Simms took the job after going to Arkansas City, Kansas, to learn Morse Code. This made it possible to send and receive telegrams. The trains were valuable for mail, transportation, shipping, and the newspapers. The last and longest-term station master was Mr. Phillips. Far more people remember his wife than him. She was a “perfect lady” who walked the three blocks to the depot every day for a mid-afternoon visit with Mr. Phillips, dressed beautifully, complete with hat and gloves. During the 1950s, with the advent of an automobile in every garage, the railroad lost its importance and the depot closed. Ultimately, it sold and was moved to be used as a business building. Another corridor was Highway 77. At first, it was a dirt road that followed closely by the tracks. An early resident said it was moved to the present Broadway location and paved with a bond issue in 1922. A farmer who leased the land between South

Fourth and 19th next to the tracks, said he found remnants of the old road. In 1913, Oklahoma Railway Company began a major project to connect towns surrounding Oklahoma City, and laid Interurban lines. The motors were connected to an overhead line that furnished electricity generated at the Belle Isle Power Plant, which was built in 1908. Auto transportation was still in its early stages, so both the railroad and Interurban were vital to Moore. But great changes were happening in transportation, and the Interurban lost its customers to personal autos, and finally ceased operation in 1947. Interstate 35 was built in almost the same right-of-way that still belonged to the state. The fourth corridor was along the western edge of Moore. When electricity was brought through Moore in 1918, one of the main roads used for the great poles was a section-line road named High Street, which went from Norman straight north into Oklahoma City. However,

after the bridge fell in north of 12th St., that portion of the road was abandoned to traffic. When telephone lines later came to Moore, they used the electric poles. No one knows for sure when or how the road got the name “Telephone Road,” other than telephone linemen began referring to it by that name. Now that is its official name. The Interurban is gone, replaced by I-35; Telephone Road was swallowed up by development; Highway 77 has been fragmented until it is hardly recognizable. The only one left of the four is the railroad; but it has lost its identity as a service to Moore and has become more of a nuisance, especially to school traffic, residents, and fire and police services—but…it was here first. Note: This edition of Sketches of Moore was first published in a previous issue of Moore Monthly.

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Moore Students Celebrated as Academic All-Staters

By Rob Morris

Four students from the Moore Public School district were recently honored as Academic All-Staters by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. The students, two from Southmoore and two from Westmoore, were among 100 outstanding Oklahoma seniors who were rewarded for their academic achievements at an awards banquet held in Tulsa. The Academic Awards Banquet is presented annually by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Each student invites a teacher guest who was significant in his or her academic career. Here are the All-State honorees from Moore:

Southmoore: Anhthu Ngoc Trinh, who is joined by H.W. Brands (left), best-selling author, and Robert Henry (right), Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence trustee.

Westmoore: Charlotte Woods, who is joined by Michelle Ellis (left), a calculus teacher, and Westmoore alumnus David Postic.

Southmoore: Sarah Tai, who is joined by Michelle Hurt (right), a calculus teacher.

Westmoore: Kevin Ngo, who is joined by Ben Straka (right), a computer science teacher, and Judy Kishner, a trustee of the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation.

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Senior Living

When the Time Comes to Stop Driving by Kathleen Wilson

Family and friends of older drivers will always report that trying to have a conversation with an older driver about giving up driving is the hardest topic to approach, even harder than talking about funeral preferences. If you’re concerned about your ability to drive, consider the warning signs below. If you can identify with several of these signs in your driving behavior, it is time to think about limiting or stopping driving. • Frequent traffic tickets or warnings by law enforcement officers in the last two years. • Difficulty turning your neck to check over your shoulder while backing up or changing lanes. • Feeling uncomfortable, nervous, unsure or fearful while driving. • Dents and scrapes on your car or on fences, mailboxes, garage doors, curbs, etc. • Being easily distracted or having a hard time concentrating while driving. • Friends & relatives don't want to ride with you. • Trouble paying attention to signals, road signs and pavement markings. • Slower responses to unexpected situations. • Other drivers honking at you or instances when other drivers seem angry with you. • Medical conditions or medications that may be affecting your ability to handle the car safely.

The challenge is to preserve your sense of independence for as long as possible, while simultaneously protecting your safety and the safety of other drivers. Each person is unique, and so is the process of driving cessation. Some key points to consider when thinking about and deciding whether or not to continue driving are: • There is not an easy answer to this question. • There is not a single right or wrong way. • Base your decisions on driving behavior over time, not just the latest trip to the store. • Ask those who regularly ride with you to get a better more complete understanding of your daily driving habits and abilities. • Seek support from family members and friends. • Make a plan for an alternative source of transportation. Try to remember that for your family and loved ones, your driving can be a source of anxiety. Families are wrought with uncertainty about how and when to encourage their loved ones to quit driving. Know that if your family and friends are encouraging you to stop driving, they have your welfare and the welfare of other drivers in mind. They would not worry about you if they did not love you and want the best for you. For those seniors who live in the Moore area, the Moore Council on Aging operates a Senior Transportation Program five days a week. Their bus can carry eleven passengers and is equipped with a wheel chair lift. The bus can pick you up and take you to the Brand Senior Center, to grocery shopping, to run errands and to doctor appointments in the Moore area. Call 799-3130 for more information on this service.

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However, older drivers who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other dementias, macular degeneration, arthritis, or other physical limitations may find driving difficult. If you have been diagnosed with an illness that impedes your ability to drive or could impede that ability in the future, it is best to consult with your doctor and discuss the risks associated with driving.

• Frequent close calls or incidents of almost crashing. • Trouble judging gaps in traffic at intersections and on highway entrance /exit ramps. • Confusing the gas and the brake pedal. • Stopping in traffic for no apparent reason. • Getting lost in familiar areas.

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Molly the PARO-Robotic Seal Helps Alzheimer’s Patients By Beverly Ferree

Service animals have become increasingly popular, and research indicates that petting an animal can actually reduce stress and blood pressure. At Legend Memory Care at Rivendell in south Oklahoma City, their “service animal” is a PARO high-tech robotic seal named Molly.

“We resort to this first before we medicate,” explained Mwangi. “At other places, residents are often docile because they are medicated. Molly helps us treat the residents’ social anxiety. The resident will often respond to Molly in a good way, which allows us to not medicate.”

Molly reacts to touch, light and sound, just like a live animal. Residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias can pet, scratch, stroke, hold and even talk to Molly.

Molly is a seal for a reason. If a resident had a bad incident with a dog in the past, for example, seeing a PARO dog may increase that anxiety instead of helping.

“Molly is six pounds, is antibacterial, and she has cameras in her eyes,” explained Connie Daniels, sales director at Legend. “After three or four interactions with residents, she starts recognizing them. She works similar to a lie-detector, so when I’m petting her, for example, she can sense the stress in my touch and she reacts accordingly.” Molly recently won a national award. The senior living industry’s largest national professional organization recently honored Legend with the Argentum Best of the Best Award. Molly’s cost is about six thousand dollars, but well worth the investment according to Daniels. Life Enrichment Director Alex Mwangi sees Molly as an important social tool at Legend. “Molly has sensors, so it can remember the person who is holding it by the way they’re holding it. And she will relate to that resident,” said Mwangi. “She can feel the anxiety or the calmness in residents. If they are anxious, she will wiggle so that she encourages them to pet her, and she makes noises. Once they calm down, she will stop making the noises and will calm down.” Molly is a great therapeutic tool that leads to less medication.

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“Molly also helps us interact with residents and helps residents interact among themselves,” said Mwangi. “So, if I put her on a table and I start petting her, this elicits others to interact as well. And we have found that it also allows residents to see other residents differently. We’ve noticed that if a resident is holding Molly and another resident walks by, they are more likely to stop and interact socially.” Legend owner Tim Buchanan, who has been in the assisted living business since the early 70s, introduced Molly and Dr. Sandra Petersen to Legend. “Dr. Petersen has a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin,” said Daniels. “Molly was developed in Japan, but Dr. Petersen came to train the employees on how to use Molly. She taught us the benefits and gave us the guidelines.” Legend Memory Care is a facility that promotes person-centered dementia care and treats the resident with respect to their individual needs. To find out more information, contact Connie Daniels at Legend 405-703-2300 or go to their website www.LegendSeniorLiving.com.


Brand Senior Center August 2017 Activities 10:00 a.m.

BP Checks provided by Walgreens

10:30 a.m.

August 3

Brook Scroggins to Dance

10:00 a.m.

August 4

MCOA Monthly Meeting

10:00 a.m.

August 8 Wii Bowling 10:00 a.m. Library 10:00 a.m.

BP & Sugar checks provided by Loving Care

10:30 a.m.

August 10

BINGO with Pattie

12:15 p.m.

August 15

Country Music House Singers

10:00 a.m.

August 16

Fresh Cobbler provided by Village on the Park

11:45 a.m.

August 17

John Vincent “Medicare Changes”

10:30 a.m.

BP checks provided by Arbor House

10:30 a.m.

August 22 Library 10:00 a.m.

AARP Monthly Meeting & Potluck Dinner

6:00 p.m.

August 24

ComFor Care “Joyful Music”

10:30 a.m.

BP checks provided by Nurses on the Go

10:30 a.m.

August 25

Ann to play the Piano

11:45 a.m.

BINGO with Scott 12:15 p.m. August 28

MCOA Board Meeting

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August 29

BINGO wuth Allegiance Credit Union

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August 31

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• Exercise: Mon, Wed, & Fri 10:15 • Line Dancing Lessons: Wed 12:15 • Wood Carving: Thurs 9:00-11:00, • Dominos, Card games, Jig-Saw puzzles, Pool, Quilting, & Volunteer work to assist the homebound or work is available at the Brand Center • Moore Council On Aging Bus Service: 799-3130 Seniors may have transportation anywhere in the city of Moore for errands or appointments 8am to 3pm, Monday through Friday • Moore Senior Citizen Nutrition Site Brand Center: 501 E. Main Reservations for meals: 793-9069 Donation for a meal for seniors 60& above: $2.25 Required cost for guests Under 60: $5.00

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Calendar of Events & Performances ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Joe Andoe: Horizons, on display through September 10, 2017. “Our journey has now become your journey. As you travel through this exhibition, you also travel through our minds.” Contemporary artist Joe Andoe (b. 1955) was born and came of age in Tulsa, surrounded by churches, trees, highways, and horses, motifs that recur in his paintings and prints. At the University of Oklahoma, where he completed an MFA in 1981, he eschewed the colorful, vertical abstractions popular in the art department at the time. Instead, he painted a 45-foot-long black landscape for his thesis project. For Andoe, the canvas, lit by fluctuating light filtered through the Lightwell Gallery’s skylights, was not a representation so much as “the thing itself.” Following graduation, Andoe moved to New York, where he earned his first solo exhibition in 1986. His work is held in private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Finland, Italy, and throughout the United States. Andoe considers himself a painter of landscapes and of things that inhabit the land. The distant horizon—perhaps a reference to the artist’s east Tulsa roots, or to his treks through Texas and Wyoming as a young man—is ever present in his work. It appears in roadside photographs of Oklahoma City made in 1977. In later paintings, horses graze against it, illuminated as if by penumbral light. Oak leaves alternately fall beneath or rise above it. Birds, trumpets, and letterforms float over it. On one hand, the quiet drama of these images reflects the artist’s interest in “the stillness at twilight when animals come out into the open.” And yet, the horizon’s subtle omnipresence behind the objects and creatures that populate Andoe’s often stark, monochromatic images fosters contemplation and a sobering awe at the transience of life. On display in the Ellen and Richard Sandor Gallery. Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma, on June 13 – September 10. On May 10, 2008, a tornado in the northeastern Oklahoma town of Picher struck the final blow to a onetime boomtown. The lead and zinc mining that had given birth to the town had also proven its undoing, earning Picher the distinction of being the nation’s most toxic Superfund site in 2006. Todd Stewart’s photoessay Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma explores the otherworldly ghost town and reveals how memory can be dislocated and reframed through both chronic and acute instances of environmental trauma. Prompted: A Writing Workshop 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 Nancy Johnston Records Gallery and Sandy Bell Gallery Jumpstart your creativity during this drop-in writing workshop guided by creative writer and OU graduate student Matt Jacobson. Writing prompts will be drawn from images and artifacts in the Picher, Oklahomaexhibition, and photographer Todd Stewart will provide an overview as well as his inspiration for the show. After the event, share your stories, poetry, and ideas over complimentary coffee and bagels. Public Closing Reception: Thursday, Sept. 77 p.m.: Public Closing Lecture, Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium Displaced Memories in Picher, Oklahoma. Join Alison Fields, the Mary Lou Milner Carver Professor of Art of the American West and Assistant Professor of Art History, as she leads a talk about Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma. Members at the Supporter level and higher may reserve seating in the auditorium for this public lecture by calling (405) 325-2297.

8 p.m.: Public Closing Reception Sandy Bell Gallery Following the lecture, stay for the public reception featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres from El Toro Chino, a cash bar, and live music. Body, June 23 – December 30. The human body has been the subject of diverse forms of art since time immemorial. Works from the museum’s permanent collection have been curated to examine how the body has been used to address the themes of movement, fragmentation and mechanization, geometry, and identity, with a brief survey of historical images of the body. Co-curated by Sherri Irvin, Presidential Research Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, and heather ahtone, James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art.

CITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS City Council Meetings, Monday, August 7 and 21 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore Parks Board Meeting, Tuesday, August 1, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Board of Adjustment Meeting, Tuesday, August 7, 5:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Planning Commission Meeting, Tuesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Moore Economic Development Authority Meeting, Monday, August 21, 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway.

Gallery Talk Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1-2 p.m. Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery Join Sherri Irvin, Presidential Research Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies and co-curator, as she leads a gallery talk about the Body exhibition.

Food Truck Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come join us on Fridays beginning in May and running through September 29th for lunch at Central Park: BBQ, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, music, and more. Food Truck Fridays. The food trucks will be set up at the Multi-Purpose Pavilion. For more information visit cityofmoore.com/centralpark or call (405) 793-5090.

Mario the Maker Magician, Tuesday August 1, 2017 at 7p.m. As seen on Sesame Street, Mario "the Maker Magician" is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEM initiatives and his clever integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. Despite his use of cutting edge technology, he never sacrifices the old-school slapstick vibe that audiences so love. It’s vintage meets the future. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age, with a mad inventor twist. Ideal for ages 3-10 and their families. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: http://tickets.occc.edu/upcoming-events or call 682-7576.

Movie in the Park, Friday, August 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Central Park Multi-purpose Pavilion and Amphitheater. Bring your entire family out for a night under the stars. The movie is “The Secret Life of Pets.” For more information visit www.cityofmoore.com/centralpark or call (405) 793-5090.

US Navy Band Cruisers, Monday August 14, 2017 at 7:30p.m. As the Navy's premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers play genres of music ranging from jazz & standards, rhythm & blues, classic rock, and original material. This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages throughout the U.S. and abroad with world-class musicianship and high-energy, fun-filled performances. Although this is a FREE event, each patron must have a ticket for the performance. No reserved seating. For groups of 5 or more, please contact the Box Office at (405) 682-7579 to reserve your tickets. The Capitol Steps - Orange is the New Barack, Saturday August 19, 2017 at 8:00p.m. The Capitol Steps return to OCCC with their unique blend of musical and political comedy and satire, guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. There's never a shortage of good material in politics! Yellow Rose Theater is proud to present “Elvis: The Vegas Years”, Shows begin on August 4 and run through August 26. Tickets include dinner and show. Call 793-7779 for tickets. CHURCH & SPIRITUAL CONNECTION Fresh Start Community Church Food Pantry, open the third Thursday of each month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., 309 N Eastern Avenue, West Campus-Family Life Center. Canned and dry goods available. Must be a resident of Moore (bring an ID). Soul Food Community Dinner, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Food, fun, fellowship and friends. Menu: moorechurch.com.

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National Night Out, Tuesday, August 1 from 7:00p.m.9:00p.m. at the Target Parking Lot. Moore War Run, Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Main and Eastern (Moore High School parking lot). Registration is at 6:30 a.m. COMMUNITY CONNECTION Adopt-A-Pet, Moore Animal Shelter, S-I35 Service Road. Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on holidays. For additional information call (405) 793-5190. Big Trash Pick Up, Moore residents will be allowed two FREE big trash pick-ups a year and one free voucher to the city landfill for each physical address in Moore. Call (405) 7935070 to schedule your trash pick-up. Neighborhood Watch Program, Moore Police Dept. is starting a Neighborhood Watch Program. If you’re interested in helping your neighborhood reduce crime, contact Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, (405) 793-4448. Moore Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, Tuesday, August 3 at 8:00 a.m. at VIllage on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge Drive, Oklahoma City. This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. No cost to attend. Visit http://www.moorechamber.com/ for more information. Moore Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch, Tuesday, August 8 at 11:45 a.m. at the Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main. Cost is $10. Visit http://www.moorechamber. com/ to register.

South OKC Chamber of Commerce Healthy Heart Walkers Club at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Wednesday, August 16 from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Office Building, 4200 South Douglas, Suite B-10. Reap the benefits of adding walking to your exercise routine. Then join us each month to hear a presentation on a health-related topic and enjoy a healthy breakfast provided by INTEGRIS. Registration is required but the event is free. For more info contact INTEGRIS HealthLine at 951-2277. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Caregiver Support Group at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, Thursday, August 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Jones Education Room, INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, 4219 South Western, 73109. This support group is offered only for caregivers of patients with a chronic medical condition. Caregivers will be able to connect with others, express their feelings, and gain insights from those going through similar challenges. Contact respite care, private duty caregivers or a trusted friend/ family member to provide care for your loved one so that you may join us. Admission is free. For more information contact INTEGRIS HealthLine at (405) 951-2277. Moore Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Thursday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m. at NOSH by Catering Creations, 200 SE 19th Street. This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. Visit http://www.moorechamber.com/ for more information. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Tasting by Nosh at Catering Creations Restaurant, Friday, August 25, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The end of the month will never be the same. Introducing 4th Fridays Tastings, hosted by Nosh. For just $8 ($6 in advance), you get samplings of appetizers and take and bakes, live music and an electric atmosphere. Preorder your tickets with the cashier. Contact Cathy Hanselman for more information. FITNESS AND DANCE CLASSES Bootcamps: • Morning Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. • Evening Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call 793-2600 for more info. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo, classes held Monday – Sunday at 117 Skylane Drive in Norman for ages 7 and up. A non-profit organization, all classes are offered in a family friendly environment. Fees are $20 per month for an individual or $40 per month for a family. Discount uniforms are available. For more information, call (405) 465-1925 or send an email to fiftyonefiftybjj@yahoo.com. Adult Salsa Classes, every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Adelante Dance Studio (Inside Moore Old School) 201 N. Broadway, Suite 201. $10 per class or $35 a month. Call (405) 5860201 for more information. First Moore Baptist Church of Moore Community Life/Recreation Center, The Link is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Two basketball courts and racquetball courts, fitness center and walking/running track. For more info, call 735-2527.


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Karate, First Moore Baptist Church, every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The classes are free for anyone ages 8 and up. Uniforms available at a discounted rate. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Morning Fitness, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday at 9:00 a.m. Ages 40 and up preferred. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Christian Life Center Zumba, Mondays at 7:15 p.m. at the Christian Life Center at 201 W. Main St. $3 fee per class. KIDS’ CORNER Agape: First United Methodist Church Moore, Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 201 W. Main. Homework and Hangout for Youth (7th–12th grade). Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m. (cost is $1 for dinner), Family Activities & Church School at 6:00 p.m. Menu can be found at www.moorechurch.com. Afterschool Matters, First Moore Baptist Church, Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This program helps students work towards academic success. Available to 1st – 6th grade. Contact director Carissa Taylor at carissa.taylor@fbcmoore. org to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer. Boy Scouts Meetings, Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Children’s Chimes, Moore First United Methodist Church, Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., 201 W. Main St., children 4th – 6th grade will learn to read music. Cub Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Girl Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St.

Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group, Village on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge, Oklahoma City. Contact Karen Proctor at (405) 692-8700 for meeting times and details. Divorce Care, First Moore Baptist Church, Wednesday nights, 6:15 p.m., 301 NE 27th Street. Support group for those going through a divorce. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday night at 6:30 p.m., 301 N.E. 27th Street. Support group for individuals and family members struggling with life events such as death, divorce, and disappointments and learning healthy ways to cope with life. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, Fresh Start Community Church, every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 309 N. Eastern, Moore, Fresh Start Community Church Fireside Room. We offer help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Please contact the office at (405) 794-7313, Lyn Jacquemot at (405) 326-5554, or ladylyn1941@gmail.com to register or participate. HOPE Addictions Recovery, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Beth Haven Baptist Church, 12400 S. Call Pastor Rick Carter at (405) 691-6990 for information. SENIOR CONNECTION AARP, the fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:00 p.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 East Main Street, Moore. Programs are on subjects of interest to persons 50 years and over. Potluck dinner follows the program each month. For more information, contact Mary at (405) 826-2315. Moore Senior Citizen Nutrition Site, Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 E. Main, (405) 793-9069. Call by 1:00 p.m. the day before to request a meal. Donation for a meal for seniors 60 and above is $2.25. Required cost for meal for guests under 60 is $5.00.

SERVICE AND COMMUNITY CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS American Legion Meetings, every Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m., 207 SW 1st St., Moore. Open for all veterans. Call (405) 794-5446 for more information. Malcolm Hunter Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, the second Wednesday of each month, Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, 6600 S. Penn, at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Towns at (405) 376-5653. Moore Horseshoe Pitching Club, every Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Fairmoore Park. For more info, contact (405) 237-1171. Moore Old Town Association, the fourth Tuesday of every month, First United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Janie Milum at cjmilum@sbcglobal.net. Moore Rotary Club, Wednesdays at Moore Chamber of Commerce. Moore Rotary Club is a civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. Moore Toastmasters, every Thursday, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St., Moore. Become the speaker and leader that you want to be. Join our group as we practice Toastmasters’ proven learn-by-doing program. The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization, the third Saturday during the months of February, April, June, August, October and December, 11:00 a.m., Sunnylane Family Reception Center, 3900 SE 29th St., Del City. If you need directions, call (405) 445-7040. South Oklahoma City Rotary Club, every Friday, 12:00 p.m., Southwest Integris Cancer Center, SW 44th St. and S. Western, Oklahoma City. A civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. Women: Moms Club of Moore, the second Thursday of the month, Westmoore Community Church. Go to www.momsclubsofmoore.com for more information.

LEAP (Learning Enrichment Arts Program), Moore First United Methodist Church, Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., 201 W. Main St. Open to kindergarten – 6th grade. Choir, life skills games, snacks and help with homework.

P.A.L.S. Program for Seniors, Seniors are assigned to a buddy who will call every day to check on you. Sign up with Sgt. Lewis, Moore Police Dept., (405) 793-4448.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

YMCA Before and After School Care, Moore Community Center. Call (405) 378-0420 for participating schools and more information.

Project Return Home for Alzheimer’s Patients in Moore, For information about enrolling a loved one, contact Virginia Guild at 793-4478 or Sgt. Jeremy Lewis at 793-4448.

American Cancer Society seeks volunteers who would like to help drive patients to their cancer treatment and/or volunteer with our local Relay for Life event. For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/mooreok or contact Mel Rogers at (405) 841-5817 or mel.rogers@cancer.org.

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Transportation:

Southern Hills School of Fine Arts, 8601 S. Penn, Oklahoma City. Enrolling children and adults for private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, strings, brass and woodwinds. Call Sarah Gee at (405) 735-6387.

• Metro Transit will provide van service for age 60 and older on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the Moore area to Oklahoma City for medical appointments. Call Jackie at (405) 297-2583.

RECOVERY AND SUPPORT GROUPS

• Moore Council on Aging. Seniors may have transportation anywhere in the city of Moore for errands or appointments. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Call (405) 799-3130 at least one day in advance.

Celebrate Recovery: • Faith Crossing Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Mondays, 13701 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City. • First Moore Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Thursday nights, 6:30 p.m., First Moore Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Support and help for those struggling with addiction. • Fresh Start Community Church Celebrate Recovery 12 Step Program, Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m., 309 N Eastern. Call (405) 794-7313 for more information.

Moore Food Resource Center, a part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, allows volunteers to help fight hunger in Moore. Volunteers at the Moore Food Resource Center will assist with a variety of tasks, including serving as client shopper helpers, assisting with loading and unloading vehicles, sorting and shelving food items and cleaning. The Moore Food Resource Center is located at 2635 N. Shields. For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Alex Strout at astrout@regionalfoodbank.org or 600-3186. Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited. Volunteering for Ducks Unlimited is a great way to have fun, meet new people and support Ducks Unlimited’s critical waterfowl habitat conservation mission. Whether you want to sell event tickets, gather donations, secure sponsorships or help put on a successful party and fundraising event, there are many opportunities that will fit your needs to support your local community. For more information about volunteering, please contact Mr. Nathan Johnson, Regional Director for Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited at (405) 315-0093 or Mr. Randall Cole at (479) 220-9735. Serve Moore. Are you looking for a way to help others? Serve Moore is looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief and renewal projects. If you would like to volunteer or need volunteer help, visit www.servemoore.com/help to submit a request. You can also visit the Serve Moore headquarters located inside the Community Renewal Center at 224 S. Chestnut Avenue in Moore. For more information, visit www. servemoore.com or call (405) 735-3060.

To keep up with the events and opportunities that are being added throughout the month, log on to mooremonthly.com and click on the Calendar link at the top of the home page. You’ll find an updated calendar for this month and the rest of the year.

Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see www.bsmok6.org or go to City Hall. Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, (405) 793-9069, Brand Center. The Hugs Project, a non-profit organization, puts together care packages for our troops in the Middle East. For more information, call 651-8359 or TheHugsProject@cox.net.

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Get Moving: A Look at How Physical Therapy Central Helps People Manage Pain By Beverly Ferree 620 S. Santa Fe Ave. Suire A in Moore • (405) 809-8655 Many people think that physical therapy is for those who have been in a car accident or maybe were hurt on the football field. But physical therapist Jake Shockley is trying to change that perception with the treatment he does at his office at Physical Therapy Central at 620 S. Santa Fe Ave in Moore. “When it comes to physical therapy,” said Shockley, “we are about managing pain. A lot of patients come in for pain, but it’s so much more than that. A lot of times, that pain or stiffness or limited motion plays a huge part in limiting their ability to be a mom, to thrive at work, or to par on the back nine at the golf course. We’re pain management, but we’re really trying to enhance movement, and we’re tying that into how that plays a role in people’s lives.”

"Early intervention is huge" -Shockley After Shockley graduated 10 years ago from the University of Oklahoma, he worked in Dallas for four years, where he met his wife. But as soon as an opportunity opened in Oklahoma, he was ready to move back home. Shockley runs and manages this Moore clinic and is the chairman of the continuing education committee for Physical Therapy Central. “I teach a lot on dry needling,” explained Shockley. “Dry needling uses a filament needle. We use that to reset muscle function to allow more flexible and more enhanced movement, just like you would reset your iPhone or computer.” Dry needling is not a new treatment. “I first started getting experience in 2008 in Dallas, and I’ve trained in it since 2011,” said Shockley. “It’s been a nice addition to the other treatments we offer. Research tells us that it speeds up recovery.”

Many people also believe that a doctor has to recommend physical therapy, but Shockley says that’s no longer the case. “Two and a half years ago, we finally got our direct access,” said Shockley. “The direct access bill was passed and signed by the governor, and now we can see patients right off the street for 30 days without a medical referral.” So how does that bill benefit those of us who don’t think we need a physical therapist? “Say someone strains their back or sprains their ankle,” said Shockley. “They can email or call me right away, and we can see them as soon as possible. That is huge in terms of their recovery. Early intervention is huge. A lot of times the patient spends time setting up appointments with a doctor, and then they’re weeks out, and we could have been starting immediately to optimize that healing. So, the prognosis and enhancing the healing rate is huge with direct access because we can see people right off the streets.” Shockley says this also allows them the opportunity to contribute to the coordination of care with other physicians. “Also great for us is that we can contribute to coordination of care,” explained Shockley. “We do a lot of screening when it comes to physical therapy exams. We do our systems review, which is looking at cardio-pulmonary function. We do special tests that ask questions about GI functions. We check and make sure all those systems are good and that physical therapy is warranted. And if we catch things, we can coordinate their care with other doctors.” Experiencing chronic pain is also a reason to visit a physical therapist, especially with one in four people experiencing some form of persistent pain from an injury. “Being in private practice, we see patients who have been dealing with pain for quite a while, and we get some pretty challenging cases. But any time

you have pain or if you want to be able to move better or enhance your performance in a certain sport, these are all reasons to try physical therapy.” Ultimately, their goal is to empower the patient to make healthier decisions. “You have to look at the patient as a person, their whole life story,” said Shockley. “There are ways we can impact their healing when it’s in context with their daily lives.” And having a positive attitude can make a huge difference in recovery. “When our patients come in, I will ask them, ‘Have you ever thought about what your life would be like without this pain or this physical limitation?’” says Shockley. “We will challenge them and have them look at where they want to be and where they need to be, and we have them remind themselves often and visualize it. Being stuck in that day to day pain can cause people to give up and that can lead to even depression. So, we need them to focus on their wins. Even if it’s just getting out of your car and you didn’t have the pain that day. You’re telling the nervous system that you’re okay. And that lessons the pain.” With the changes in the law, everyone now has the opportunity to get physical therapy. And if you have a choice, you might try a practice that puts the patient’s needs first like Jake Shockley and his crew at Physical Therapy Central.


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Movie Guide - August 2017

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The Dark Tower The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old Westlike landscape where "the world has moved on" in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City's mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

All Saints ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesmanturned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

Detroit Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.

The Glass Castle A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

Editor’s Note: Each month our Movie Guide provides a listing of top films expected at the Moore Warren. Dates are subject to change

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Patti Cake$ PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

Gook Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11 year old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It's just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.


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Activities at The Station YOUTH SPORT CLASSES FIT KIDS This 55 minute class is packed with entertaining music, foundational fitness moves, and fun games. Fit Kids will get your child moving and learning the importance of making healthy choices all while having fun! For ages 7 to 12 years. Parents are welcome to stay. WHEN: July 26th- September 13th DAY/TIME: Wednesday at 4:30pm (8 weeks) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGE: 7-12 years old COST: $25 for passholders; $50 for non-passholders REGISTRATION: Early Registration ends July 21st Late registration $5 extra July 22nd- July 4th FEE: $25 for passholders; $50 for non-passholders

YOUTH DANCE CLASSES COMBO DANCE CLASS This is a class where we combine Ballet, Tap, and Jazz throughout the class so the student can get an even mix of the 3 styles of dance. High energy and fun. All Classes will have a Recital. Recitals to be Determined. WHEN: July 5th - July 26th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) August 2nd - August 23rd Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M - 7:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 4-8 year olds REGISTRATION: May 1st - July 4th For July Classes, June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman HIP HOP/JAZZ DANCE CLASS This uses popular and current music the kids will know and recognize to learn dances and choreography with different elements. Age appropriate music that is clean and not derogatory All Classes will have a Recital. Recitals are to be determined. WHEN: July 6th - July 27th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) August 3rd - August 24th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M - 7:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 4-8 year olds REGISTRATION: May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session BABY BALLET Without mom and dad, the child gets to learn the basics of Ballet through music, movement, and balance. Fun, positive, and appropriate for the little ones. All Classes will have a Recital. Recitals are to be determined. WHEN: July 6th - July 27th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) August 3rd - August 24th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 5:30 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 18 months - 3 year olds REGISTRATION: May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session TODDLER DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTION: Toddler will learn the basics of Dance all while having fun and making new friends in the process. All Classes will have a Recital. Recitals are to be determined. WHEN: July 5th - July 26th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) August 2nd - August 23rd Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 5:30 P.M - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 year olds REGISTRATION: May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman

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YOUTH ART CLASSES BEADS & STRINGS In this class you will create, make, mold and build different art using beads and string. WHEN: Sept. 5th - 26th Monday & Tuesday Nights (7 Classes) TIME: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION: TBA FEE: $55 INSTRUCTOR: Tara Kerby YOUTH CLAY WORKS & CRAFTS In this class you will create, make & mold different art using clay. WHEN: Oct 2nd-Oct 24th Monday & Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION: Jul 1st - Oct 1st FEE: $55 INSTRUCTOR: Tara Kerby YOUTH ARTS & CRAFTS A class where kids get to use their imagination in a different way, making a variety of projects they get to take home. WHEN: Aug 7th - Aug 29th Mon. and Tues. Nights (8 Classes) TIME:3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: May 1st - Aug. 6th For Aug. Classes FEE: $55 per Session INSTRUCTOR: Tara Kerby ALL ABOARD KIDS CLUB: ARTS-CRAFTS-BOARD GAMES Designed especially for kids 7-12 years of age. Kids play various sports and games in the gym ranging from basketball, soccer, dodgeball and much more. There will also be days and times where the youngsters can expand their minds mind participating in arts and crafts as well as having fun playing board games. This Club is open to Pass holders and Non-Pass holders. We hope to see your kiddos come out and enjoy the fun as The Station really is a place for everyone. WHEN: January 1st - December 31st Time: Varies by day Mondays 4:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Board Game Fun Tuesdays 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Youth Gym Activities Thursday 4:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Arts and Crafts Saturdays 11:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. - Youth Gym Activities WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-12 yr olds Cost: Free for Pass Holders and Day Pass Holders INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff SUMMER BREAK Dates: May 26th - August 18th (M-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. FALL BREAK Dates: October 19th - 20th (TH-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. THANKSGIVING BREAK Dates: November 20th - 24th (M-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. WINTER BREAK Dates: December 21st - January 2nd (M-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

SPECIAL INTEREST CLASSES GRILL MASTER 101 Summer time brings sun, fun, and BBQ. In this class you will learn how to prepare and grill your favorite meats. All foods and supplies are included in the price. All you will need is to bring an open mind and an appetite. Don’t miss out on this fun Summer Class and join today.

WHEN: July 11th - August 1st, Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) August 8th - August 29th, Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M. - 7:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Catering Kitchen AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION: March 1st - July 10th for July Classes March 1st - August 7th for August Classes FEE: $65 per session PERSONAL TRAINING The goal of our personal trainers is to help you identify your goals and achieve them by creating a personalized fitness plan. When you join The Station, you will receive a free fitness orientation with one of our certified staff members. During the fitness orientation you will learn how to use the fitness equipment for your needs, set personal goals to achieve a healthy lifestyle and most importantly learn how fitness is fun. SMALL GROUP SESSIONS: Work out with a partner (2 or more participants required at registration) $40 per 1 hour session $50 per 1 hour session $250 for 5 sessions $450 for 10 sessions For more information visit the front desk to schedule your Personal Training session today! PARENTS NIGHT OUT Once a month on Fridays, parents can enjoy a night out on the town alone while their children are having fun and being watched by our trained staff. Depending on the age, the child will either be in the child watch room or the activity room. Check in is at 6 pm and you must pick them up by 10 pm. Pizza is provided for dinner. If your child has a food allergy this will be accommodated as well. You will check your child in the Child Watch Room for ages 3-6 and the Activity Room for ages 7-11. WHEN: July 7th, Aug 4th, Sept 1st TIME: 6:00 P.M - 10 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room & Child Watch Room AGES: 3 Years-11 Years Old REGISTRATION: August 1st through the first day before Parent’s Night Out. FEE: $15 per child CLASS INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff CLASS MAXIMUM: 10 children (3 years-6 Years) 20 children (7 years-11 Years) Schedule of Events Ages 3-6 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Child Watch Room 7:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Activity Room-Dinner 8:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. - Child Watch Room/Movie Ages 7-11 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Activity Room- Board Games/Art 7:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Activity Room-Dinner 8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. - Gym- Sports Games 9 P.M.-10 P.M. - Activity Room- Educational Activity/Movie Schedule Subject to Change

FAMILY FUN EVENTS PING PONG MANIA Whether you want to play just for fun or have a more competitive game, this is for you. Our team will also have a tutorial on how to play. WHEN: September 21st, October 26th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: Anyone - Kids 6 & Under accompanied by an adult. REGISTRATION PERIOD: No Registration free to come COST: Free FAMILY GAME NIGHT Open for families of all ages with a variety of different games from Monopoly to card games like Go Fish and Ping Pong. WHEN: July 27th, August 24th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: Children 6 & under must be accompanied by an Adult. COST: Free REGISTRATION: No Registration free to come


EDUCATION CLASSES SPANISH 4 ADULTS Learn Spanish for beginners. Adult classes will teach the basics of understanding & be able to use basic Spanish in the real world. WHEN: Sept. 6th - October 25th Every Wednesday (8 Classes) TIME: 6:15 P.M. - 7:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 6-13 year olds REGISTRATION: July 1st - September 5th COST: $65 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom SPANISH 4 KIDS Children will learn basic Spanish speaking skills. WHEN: Sept 6th - Oct 26th Every Wed. & Thur. (16 Classes) TIME: 5:15 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 6-13 year olds REGISTRATION: July 1st - September 5th COST: $85 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom CONTINUATION SPANISH 4 ADULTS For anyone who has completed Spanish 4 Adults at the Station or is interested in refreshing their Spanish. This class is not for beginners but is for those who are past the beginner step but are not quite at the intermediate level. This class will continue to teach the basics of understanding and being able to use basic Spanish in the real world. This class will also use more conversation and further enhance your Spanish vocabulary. WHEN: September 7th - October 26th Thursdays (8 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ year olds REGISTRATION: May 1st – September 6th COST: $55 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom

DOG TRAINING CLASSES PUPPY CLASS Build a strong relationship with your puppy based on trust and cooperation. All training is gentle and fun, and you will learn how to help your puppy blend into your family. Please bring something that you know your dog already likes as this will help in the class. There should be one dog per handler, but the whole family can come train. Every dog in the same family paying for class needs to have their own handler. WHEN: July 15th - August 19th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) September 9th - October 14th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) TIME: 10 A.M. - 11 A.M. WHERE: Buck Thomas Dog Park AGES: Dogs up to 4 months old. Puppies must have had 2nd round of puppy vaccination shots (Distemper/Parvo, DHLPP). Copy of shot records must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. REGISTRATION: March 1st - July 14th for July & Aug. Classes April 1st - September 8th for September & October Classes FEE: $95 per session BASIC MANNERS CLASS Please bring something that you know your dog already likes as this will help in the class. There should be one dog per handler, but the whole family can come train. Every dog in the same family paying for class needs to have their own handler. WHEN: July 15th - August 19th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) September 9th - October 14th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) TIME: 11 A.M. - 12 P.M. WHERE: Buck Thomas Dog Park AGES: Dogs 4 months old and older. Vaccinations: We do require that your dog is current on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella. Copy of shot records must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. REGISTRATION: March 1st - July 14th for July & Aug. Classes April 1st - September 8th for September & October Classes FEE: $95 per session

MASTER’S SWIM CLASS Whether you are training for a triathlon, swimming for health, or trying to improve form and endurance, this master’s swim class is for you! Each clinic is based on individual stroke analysis and technique instruction according to the needs of the participant. While we are welcoming to all individuals, basic swim ability is encouraged. Class includes a warm-up and cool-down swim. When: Monday and Wednesday mornings Session 2: July 3rd–July 26th (8 classes) Session 3: July 31st–Aug.t 23rd (8 classes) Time: 6 am–7 am Where: The Station Aquatic Facility-Lap Pool Ages: 18+ Registration period: May 10th–June 30th for Session 2 May 10th–July 28th for Session 3 Fee: Passholder: $15/session Non-passholder: $30/session Non-passholder all access lap swim: $45/session

DANCE CLASSES ADULT SWING DANCING Learn how to Swing Dance and its many variations. Before you know it you will be able to scoot across the dance floor like a pro. WHEN: Sept. 6th - October 25th Wednesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 7:30 P.M - 9:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: Adults 15+ REGISTRATION: July 1st - September 5th For September & October Classes FEE: $55 per session or $8 per class INSTRUCTOR: Bob Gates

ART CLASSES ADULT PAINTING CLASS Use several drawing media and watercolor. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor. WHEN: September 11th - September 25th (3 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 8:15 P.M. For September Classes WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: June 1st - September 11th For September Classes FEE: $55 per Session For Mar. and June Classes $45 per Session For September Classes INSTRUCTOR: Will Wilson CARTOON ART 4 ADULTS Ever thought it would be fun to draw your favorite cartoon characters? Now you have the chance to draw your favorite comic book character. Learn new and exciting techniques in this specialized class. WHEN: August 7th - August 28th Monday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 8:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION: May 1st - August 6th FEE: $55 per session INSTRUCTOR: Tara Thompson

ADULT CO-ED FALL INDOOR VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE SIGN-UPS: June 26th–August 2nd COACHES MEETING: August 8th, 7 P.M. GAMES: Tuesday nights starting August 23rd League runs 7 weeks + Tournament COST: $260 per team FOR: Men & Women 16 years and older WHERE: The Station Recreation Center REGISTRATION TYPE: Online-coach registers team TEAM MAXIMUM: 16 (must have 2 women playing at all times) ADULT WOMEN’S FALL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SIGN-UPS: June 26th–August 2nd COACHES MEETING: August 8th, 8 P.M. GAMES: Thursday nights starting August 17th League runs 7 weeks + Tournament COST: $425 a team FOR: Men & Women 18 years and older WHERE: The Station Recreation Center REGISTRATION TYPE: Online-coach registers team TEAM MAXIMUM: 16 ADULT CO-ED DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT SIGN-UPS: July 31st–September 7th COACHES MEETING: September 12th, 6 P.M. TOURNAMENT: September 16th COST: $40 per team FOR: Men & Women 16 years and older WHERE: The Station Recreation Center REGISTRATION TYPE: Online-coach registers team TEAM MAXIMUM: 24 (must have 2 women playing on court to start game) FORMAT: 5 on 5

Schedules may change and more camps or classes may be available. Please check out The Station's website for details.

ADULT SPORTS ADULT MEN’S FALL BASKETBALL LEAGUE Fall Adult Leagues SIGN-UPS: June 26th–August 2nd League runs 7 weeks + Tournament COACHES MEETING: August 8th, 6 P.M. GAMES: Monday night starting August 14th League runs 7 weeks + Tournament COST: $425 a team FOR: Men 18 years and older WHERE: The Station Recreation Center REGISTRATION TYPE: Online-coach registers team TEAM MAXIMUM MEN: 16

Website: cityofmoore.com/centralpark Registration website: cityofmoore.com/fun Phone Number: (405) 793-5090


Moore War Event Wages War on Hunger By Brent Wheelbarger

Just before the biggest high school football rivalry of the year, when Moore and Westmoore High Schools prepare for gridiron battle, a different sort of battle will take place. Inside the Douglas H. Fredrick Sports Complex, immediately west of Moore Stadium, hundreds of folks will eat. That’s it. That’s the battle. They eat.

Unfortunately, there are no magic wands to eliminate hunger. Generous organizations such as the Moore Homebuilder’s Association provide large annual contributions, but the bulk of funds come from individuals in the Moore community making small donations through events like Taste of Moore.

It’s actually an annual event called Taste of Moore, where football fans spend $10 a person to sample food provided by restaurants from across Moore’s culinary spectrum. The fact they eat at Taste of Moore before the big game means hundreds of Moore kids will get to eat throughout the school year. In fact, every $10 ticket provides approximately 50 meals through the Regional Food Bank’s Backpack for Kids program.

Which brings us back to that epic Moore War battle every fall, where approximately twenty thousand people are expected to be in attendance.

According to the Regional Food Bank, the backpack program provides chronically hungry children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly, shelf-stable food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. The total cost is $200 per child per school year; approximately $100,000 to cover all the Moore kids in need of the program. “The Education Services Committee, under the Moore Rotary Club, provides the funds for that program,” said Janie Milum, Chairperson of the Moore Education Services Committee. “In addition to the backpack program, we also have two food pantries, one at Southmoore High School and one at Moore High School so older students can pick out food they need for the weekend. Elementary students aren’t old enough to do that, so they receive backpacks full of food.” And according to Alexis Robertson, a counselor at Fairview Elementary in Moore, the need has never been greater. “We have between 650 to 700 kids at Fairview, and 60-70% of them are on free and reduced lunch,” said Alexis. “I give all the teachers a form provided by the Food Bank that shows the signs to look for in children who might not be eating and signs of hunger. For the kids we know really need it, it’s complete relief, because now they’re eating over the weekends.” To fully fund the program, the Education Services Committee and the Moore Rotary Club work to rally contributions with fundraisers throughout the year. “It’s really incredible to see what the Moore Rotary Club has done,” said Dave Wattenbarger, Manager of Regional Giving at Regional Food Bank. “I wish I could wave a wand and create more Rotary clubs like this. It’s just outstanding to see everything that they’re doing.”

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If just five percent ate dinner at Taste of Moore, the entire backpack program would be completely funded for the year. While football players are battling for the Moore War trophy, you can wage a far greater battle against hunger right in our own backyard, simply by enjoying Moore’s best restaurants before the big game. Taste of Moore takes place Friday, September 1st from 5pm–7pm, right before the Moore vs. Westmoore football game at the Douglas Fredrick Sports Complex. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information about the Backpack Program and to make online contributions, visit RegionalFoodBank.org/FFKMoore.


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Podcast Connects Moore to the World By Luke Schumacher

When you talk about board games, you probably think of games such as Monopoly or Risk. Many of us have fond memories of long nights spent playing these games with friends and family. Board games connected Scott Delsigne and Steve Campbell locally but also connected them with others internationally. “We met in the early 2000s,” said Delsigne. “We built a nice HeroClix community. We cared more about playing the game and eating out with our friends than we did about winning.”

“I found some Blood Bowl podcasts and that’s how we learned about tournaments like the Chaos Cup,” said Campbell. “When Scott and I came back, we started our own podcast.” That is how “Both Down” was born.

“My favorite part is the community,” said Delsigne. “A lot of the times, tournaments are an excuse to meet up with people.” Along with the podcast, Campbell and Delsigne host Blood Bowl tournaments in Oklahoma.

Delsigne and Campbell were still new to the game and did not feel comfortable discussing tactics and strategy. So instead, they chose to focus on the “fluff.”

“We’ve been hosting tournaments for over six years,” said Campbell. “We recently broke the one-day tournament record in America. We had 56 players show up for the ‘Orc-lahoma’ tournament.”

“‘Fluff’ is the backstory and other details,” said Campbell. “We haven’t been to many

Local tournaments bring in people from around the U.S., but these are not the only

tournaments and didn’t take the game too seriously. That’s why we focus on the ‘fluff.’”

“excuse” to meet up with people. Campbell and Delsigne continue to travel to Chicago for the Chaos Cup each year.

“It’s a sports roleplaying game" -Delsigne

Marvel HeroClix was a board game favorite for both Delsigne and Campbell. However, changes to HeroClix led the duo to abandon the game. Plus, many of their friends were getting married and having children, which made it difficult to get the group together. “Scott had mentioned Blood Bowl,” said Campbell. “We wanted to keep in contact with people, so we started playing out of our kitchen.” Blood Bowl is a fantasy football board game – fantasy like orcs, elves, half-lings (aka Hobbits), etc., that play football instead of fighting battles. Sounds strange, but even stranger is how their new game choice would lead them on an even greater adventure. “It’s a sports role-playing game,” said Delsigne. “I love sports and storytelling and it combines the two.” As the guys began to play the game, they learned more about Blood Bowl by listening to podcasts. They went to the Chaos Cup in Chicago – one of the largest Blood Bowl tournaments in the nation.

“Fluff” ranges from the origin story of Blood Bowl to the fictional stories Campbell and Delsigne create for their team’s players. “I have a Halfling team, and instead of giving them a boring, basic name, I gave them a backstory,” said Delsigne. It’s that focus on the fluff that makes “Both Down” unique from other Blood Bowl podcasts. While the duo loves talking about the game, it’s the community and friendships they have made through Blood Bowl that drives them.

“Every year I want to make the trip because of friends from all over the US, as well as Sweden and Germany,” said Delsigne. “It’s never awkward. Hanging out is the best and it’s always relaxing and amazing.” Campbell shared his favorite memory with those friends. “We went to a Cubs game and it was awesome,” said Campbell. “We missed the first pitch and the game was a blowout, but that isn’t what it was about. It was about hanging out at Wrigley Field with our friends, wearing Cubs’ jerseys and eating Giordano’s pizza.” “Both Down” has given both Campbell and Delsigne a way to connect with others all over the world through the commonality of Blood Bowl.

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Entrepreneur'n Moore

Why are online reviews so important to businesses? A positive reputation is one of the most powerful marketing assets for a business. The social proof contained within reviews and star ratings helps consumers shortcut their research and make decisions faster and with greater confidence. Consider the following statistics from BrightLocal: • 91% of consumers read online reviews for local businesses • 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, even though most online reviews are posted by total strangers • Star rating is the number one factor used by consumers to judge a business • 90% of consumers read 10 reviews or less before they feel that they can trust a business • 72% of consumers will take action only after reading a positive review • Reliability (27%), expertise (21%) and professionalism (18%) are the most important reputation traits for a local business • 86% of people will hesitate to purchase from a business that has negative online reviews Proactive online reputation management is critical. Encouraging customers to leave reviews on popular online review sites can not only improve your reputation online, but it can also help buffer your business from the occasional negative review. Reviews also provide businesses an opportunity to engage with their customers and get honest feedback. Research Findings of the Annual BrightLocal Consumer Review Survey 2016 indicates that seven out of 10 consumers will leave a review for a business if they are asked to. Many business owners ignore online reviews or think they don’t matter. They are often afraid of receiving negative reviews. The reality is this: People are going to leave online reviews about your business – whether you want them to or not. It is best to be proactive and not reactive. So, ask your customers to leave a positive review!

If you do receive a negative review, respond promptly. Write like a person, not a corporation. Admit your mistakes and correct inaccuracies. If a reviewer is particularly challenging, continue your communication offline. Give them a call or ask them to call you. Remember, the public is also reading your response. A sincere response tells the online community that you truly care about your customers and want their experience with your business to be a positive one. Let’s look at three of the most popular online review sites impacting local small businesses:

in the 25-34 age category. A significant percentage of Yelp users are college educated (71.8%), and over half (54.5%) have a household income of $75,000 or more. Businesses targeting a middle-upper class demographic should have a strong presence on the platform. • While some review sites encourage businesses to ask their customers to leave reviews, Yelp discourages this practice. Yelp does, however, encourage business owners to let their customers know they can be found on the site. Put a Yelp badge on your web site and display positive Yelp reviews in your business.

Google+Local • Google is the biggest search engine in the world. When potential customers search Google for local businesses, reviews and star ratings show up. • Google+ Local users can post reviews and photos of local businesses, and the results of these reviews impact the search results of those to whom they are connected. • Local businesses, particularly brick and mortar, should have a Google+ Local listing. Listings are free and tend to rank very highly in search results. • You may also want to include a “Review us on Google+” button on your site. Facebook Reviews • Facebook currently has over 2 billion users. Consumers can search for local businesses on Facebook Professional Services now, where the business’ star rating will appear in search results. • Star ratings matter, and according to survey results, the ideal rating for purchase probability is 4.0 stars out of 5, followed by 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although a recent survey found that only 36 percent of small businesses invest in review marketing, consider this conclusion: The continued growth of online reviews has led to a shift in consumers’ purchase behavior, from the way they search for local businesses to the way to make purchasing decisions. The impact of reviews on local search performance, online reputation, and, ultimately, revenue is undeniable. By embracing and leveraging reviews, your business can drive customers to your door and build your reputation and search visibility in ways that will make a positive impact on your bottom line.

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Yelp Reviews • With 135 million unique monthly visitors and more than 71 million reviews, Yelp is the largest review site for local businesses. • Every local, service-based business should use Yelp, particularly those targeting consumers AUGUST 2017 | MOORE MONTHLY | 49


NBA Finals MVP Has a Winning Diet: Success with Seafood Before Games Former OKC All-Star’s Personal Chef Shares Secrets to Fueling Performance

“We all eat, but we all don’t have time to cook!”

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Love him or not, the man is a one impressive basketball machine. Take one looks at his stats and you know he’s doing something right. There’s something unstoppable about Kevin Durant on the floor. His personal chef Ryan Lopez divulges that Durant’s pre-and-post meal preferences are a key factor to his full regimen of success.

To decrease inflammation and to aid in muscle recovery for his athletes, Lopez encourages them to get a significant amount of omega-3s a day, with a goal of an omega-3 blood level of 10% to 15%. He acknowledges this can sometimes mean they need to supplement with fish oil. For Durant, Lopez prepares balanced meals that rely on

Durant eats seafood at least six times a week – 8-ounce servings of some of his favorites, including salmon, sea bass, scallops and shrimp, says the man who cooks these all-star dishes for him.

served with a big side salad and a protein smoothie. • A snack is often guacamole with quinoa chips or carrots, or fresh fruit. Lopez also makes power performance balls from oats, peanut butter, dried berries and flax or chia seeds. • Dinner is 7 to 8 ounces of a lean protein, either chicken, turkey burgers, steak (only once a week) or seafood again, which he keeps low carb if he doesn’t have a game the next day; if he does have a game, he includes whole grains such as wild rice, chickpea pasta or couscous. One of Durant’s favorites is the misoglazed sea bass. “I fell in love with sea bass when [Lopez] started cooking for me,” he says. “That’s like the one thing I have to have all the time.”

“In order for me to perform the way I want to perform,” the two-time Olympian says, “I need some good energy in my body and [Lopez] provides that for me.”

Lopez tries to cook seasonally, so currently halibut and soft shell crab are favorites right now.

Lopez says, “I need to make sure he’s fueled for the game,” and seafood is light, easy to digest, offers energy and helps with muscle recovery. Adding, “as a trained chef, it needs to be healthy but I make sure it tastes good, too.” He takes classic comfort food dishes and puts a healthy spin on them. Lopez has cooked for Durant for nearly six years, moving to Oklahoma City and then to the Bay Area when he transferred from the Thunder to the Warriors this past season. And, this season while Durant was out with a knee injury, he needed to focus even more on nutrition to get him toward his goals of recovery. Lopez works with six other athletes, as well, including professional boxers and Oakland Raiders players, and personalizes meal plans for each of them based on blood work to get to peak performance through measures of inflammation, cholesterol, glucose, omega-3s, and gluten.

Find Lopez on Facebook or Instagram to follow along with his kitchen creations.

Pro Cooking Tip: lean protein, minimally processed carbs (plus he’s been gluten free for three months) and a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. A typical day includes: • Breakfast is gluten-free oats, a three-egg omelet with spinach and tomato, sometimes a sausage link and always lots of fresh fruit. • After a workout, lunch is almost always seafood: salmon a couple times a week as well as other favorites including miso-glazed sea bass, blackened catfish, or scallops. That is

When cooking a fish filet without the skin, Chef Ryan Lopez prefers pan searing in a little avocado oil. On high heat, sear for 3 to 4 minutes until it starts to release off the pan and has a brown crust, then pop into the oven for a few minutes to cook to medium. Then let it rest for a couple minutes before serving for a nice crust. If the filet has skin, start with skin side down in the pan and, while searing, push it down for 30 seconds so it doesn’t curl. Then the last step is to flip it over, flesh side down, for the last step of cooling. You’ll get crispy skin.

Photo via Twitter

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Class Acts

By Beverly Ferree

Moore High School’s Essence Nicholson Wins H.W. Alman Scholarship hen Moore High School’s

and I had the best experience seeing everything. It felt

Essence

like home.”

Nicholson

first

Her stepfather came into the picture when she was eight years old, “At first, I wanted my mom and dad to get back

moved to Moore her seventh

Nicholson graduated from Moore with a 4.17 weighted

together. But my stepfather said, ‘I’m going to be here for

grade year, she was not looking

GPA and was in the National Honor Society. She was

you,’ and he was always at everything I did. So, I decided ‘I

forward to starting a new school and making new friends.

also a manager for the girl’s track and basketball teams.

kind of like you. You can stay!’”

But after getting accustomed to her new location, Nichol-

When asked about her favorite teacher at Moore,

son flourished, and the most recent accolade added to her

Nicholson didn’t hesitate.

Nicholson is also blessed to have a supportive father and stepmother who live in Edmond.

“Ms. Butcher,” said Nicholson. “Ms. Butcher was

She won’t move far, but says her mom is still nervous for

definitely the best teacher I had. She never gave up on me.

her, “But she gets to decorate my dorm room with me, and

“I had to write an essay over what rotary means in my

I was never the best at government, I didn’t really like it,

I’ll only be about an hour away, so that makes it better.”

community,” explained Nicholson. “I went to a rotary

I didn’t really care to listen to it, but she made me want

Nicholson hopes to become a manager for the women’s

meeting and learned that there are different businesses that

to learn. She made me enjoy the class and enjoy being

basketball or track teams at Langston, wants to join an

come together to work on things in their community. And I

around her.”

organization to help plan campus events and activities, and

list of accomplishments is the $4,000 H.W. Alman Scholarship from the Northwest Oklahoma City Rotary Club.

like that they were coming together when they were already doing well on their own. They still wanted to go out and do more for their community.”

Nicholson also liked Dean Hodge, “Coach Hodge was also a good teacher. He really made me enjoy anatomy!" She also gives credit to counselors Nakia McCarrell

Nicholson plans to attend Langston University in the

and Sherre Brauer for helping her win her scholarships. In

fall to study nursing. She visited OU, but it didn’t quite

addition to the H.W. Alman Scholarship, Nicholson also

feel right.

won a $2,000 Oklahoma City Foundation Scholarship and

“I decided I wanted to go to an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) school,” said Nicholson. “And I liked Langston. When I visited, it was during homecoming,

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a $4,000 Langston Alumni Scholarship. Nicholson also has a soft spot for her parents, “It was just my mom and me for a long time. We have a strong bond.”

must maintain a 3.5 GPA for her Langston scholarships, but if her high school career is any indication of what she can accomplish, Nicholson definitely has a bright future ahead of her.


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by Richie Splitt, CEO & President of Norman Regional Health System There is one important item that you won’t find on back-to-school supply lists, but it is essential - good health!

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There are several benefits of well-child visits including prevention of illnesses with immunizations and tracking growth and development. These visits also give parents the opportunity to ask questions and share concerns with a medical professional. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends bringing three to five questions with you to ask your physician at well visits. “Parents should make a list of questions and concerns to discuss with their pediatrician at their child’s annual well visits,” said Dr. Betty Harmon, a pediatrician at Moore Pediatrics. “Annual check-ups are crucial to help children maintain a happy, healthy life.”

When school supply shopping, look for a backpack with: • • • • •

Thick padded straps Thick back padding Waist belt Reflective Material Compression Straps

Do doesn’t recommend messenger bags because the weight of the bad is unevenly displaced over a single shoulder, or rolling bags because of how your arm is extended behind the body, which causes the body to turn and also doesn’t allow for both hands to be free. Signs of a backpack that is too heavy include pain, tingling and numbness in the arms, and red marks on the shoulders. Norman Regional is here for all of your back-to-school health needs. You can find a healthcare provider for you or your children by calling our Community Call Center at (405) 307-3177.

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Norman Regional Health System offers a network of primary care physicians through our Norman Regional Clinics. These clinics offer wellness exams, physicals, and immunizations. Well-child checks are an important part to maintaining good health. Don’t wait until your child is sick to visit a doctor.

I think everyone can relate to lugging around a pack full of heavy books. So make sure you’ve got your child’s back! John Do, a physical therapist at Norman Regional Moore, gave some quick tips for shopping for the perfect backpack. He said a backpack shouldn’t weigh more than 15 percent of a person’s body weight. Do recommends wearing both straps of your backpack to evenly distribute its weight.

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The beginning of the school year is an important time to make sure you and your family are healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that healthy students are better learners at all levels of academic achievement.

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Healthy Lunches

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Goodbye summer Here are a few ideas that your kids will love! - Sandwich tortilla wraps or lettuce - Chicken salad & hello school! - Soups - Veggie Pizza With school just around the corner, one can expect to become busy and find the need to develop a routine. Between making breakfast, packing lunch, going to after school activities, working, doing homework, making dinner, etc., it may seem time-consuming to pack a healthy lunch during the week. With lunch providing us with one-third of our daily calories, it is beneficial for us to consume a nutrient-packed healthy lunch each day. These healthy options should include high fiber foods, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and low-fat dairy products that will help your child feel full longer. By offering your child with these lunch items, you will provide them with the energy that they need to concentrate and do well in class.

- Breakfast for Lunch - Chicken sandwiches - Hummus w/veggies - Chips and salsa - Fruit and yogurt

- Salad - Fill a pita (favorite protein w/veggies) - Hummus w/pita - Fruit w/nuts - Puppy chow/trail mix

There are plenty of websites out there that offer a variety of delicious and healthy lunch recipes. Pinterest is easy to access and navigate, but if you are not a fan of the website, have no fear. You can always Google healthy lunch recipes to find your favorite websites that provide delicious and healthy lunch recipes your children will love! Check out the website choosemyplate.gov for some great tools to help with healthy eating tips.

For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician. For further information feel free to contact 405.307.5730.

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Dunkirk: Nolan’s War is a Different Kind of Hell By Rob Morris

As modern war movies go Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is the perfect complement to Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.” In some ways, Dunkirk serves as an unsettling prequel to the relentless violence of Saving Private Ryan’s account of D-Day. Spielberg’s film excelled at placing a movie audience into the middle of the sensory overload of the “War is Hell” environment. Nolan, who wrote and directed Dunkirk, succeeds in equal measure with his film, albeit with a particular twist. The emotions experienced by the viewer are every bit as intense as Saving Private Ryan, but it’s a different kind of intensity. “Ryan” exploded in the middle of an audience like an artillery shell, catapulting viewers into chaos. “Dunkirk” is a masterpiece of slowly-rising dread, riding Nolan’s brilliant script, Hans Zimmer’s score and a non-linear storyline to blend a feeling of inescapable doom. It’s a sense captured perfectly by a line from Commander Bolton (Kenneth Branagh) as he stares across the English Channel towards the British Isles: “You can almost see it (home) from here.” The story of the Battle of Dunkirk is relatively straightforward. The German Army had trapped nearly 400,00 British and French troops along the French beach at Dunkirk, just south of the Belgium border and north of Calais. The English Channel is narrowest at that point, familiarly known as “The Strait of Dover,” just 47 miles wide. But German U-boats and aircraft were sinking practically every large vessel that tried to evacuate the soldiers. Military historians agree that the situation was bleak and if the Germans had managed to crush those troops the road to London would have been a cakewalk for the Nazis.

What Nolan accomplishes with his cinematic retelling of the near-miraculous evacuation of those forces, which set the stage for the rest of World War II, is remarkable and somewhat unusual by modern moving-going standards. Viewers will want to play close attention to the titles given to each of the first three scenes of the movie. They give clear indication that the story will be told in a nonlinear fashion, something that is easy to overlook. There are minimal prolog and exposition to start the film, just a few basic facts and then viewers are immediately dropped onto the streets of Dunkirk. That’s where we find Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) and a group of soldiers desperately foraging for food and water. An attack from a squad of German soldiers sends them scrambling for safety and spins the slowburn story into action. Nolan introduces us to the other major players and storylines in quick succession. There’s Mr. Dawson (Marky Rylance) along with his son and a young family friend, aboard a small luxury boat that is called into service to help rescue the stranded soldiers. We also mee Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden), a pair of gutsy RAF pilots who send their Spitfires into perilous battle with the Luftwaffe to protect the British ships and soldiers. Nolan masterfully moves between each of the three storylines in a nonlinear fashion, ramping up the tension with the aid of Hans Zimmer’s score. Zimmer is a regular collaborator with Nolan and is in perfect form here. He uses a collection of omnipresent musical notes and audio cues throughout the film to augment Nolan’s slow-burn story-telling technique.

The combination of cuts between the nonlinear story and Zimmer’s score draw the viewer into the feeling of slowly-building dread. And it is that sense of dread that is the emotional core of Dunkirk. The German army is this massive and faceless presence. We see their weapons of war, the planes, torpedoes, bombs, and bullets. We see the impact of those weapons. But we never see a German face. They are there, ominously out of sight and prone to appear at unexpected moments. The feeling of uncertainty is completely unnerving. Whether you’re on the beach, on the dock trying to board a boat, or aboard one of those ships headed for home… there’s never a moment of safety. The runtime for Dunkirk is set at 1 hour and 46 minutes, but by the end of the movie, you feel as if you’ve spent three days on the beach with the desperate troops. It’s just one more sign that Christopher Nolan is at the top of his game as a storyteller. Dunkirk is a movie worth multiple viewings. Written by: Christopher Nolan Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

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Westmoore’s Palmer Looking to Finish Comeback By Rob Morris James Palmer remembers the moment well. It happened in a game against Edmond North, as he stretched out to catch a fade pass in the end zone. “I landed on my heel and I heard something pop,” said Palmer. “The trainers walked over and started rubbing it out and as soon as they did I knew something was wrong because it was the most excruciating pain.” Although the injury was painful the Jaguar senior says that at the time he had no idea about the rough road that lay ahead. “Obviously, I knew something was wrong and I was preparing myself for whatever was going to happen,” said Palmer, “so it was real positive at first.”

“I knew during those early days and weeks that there was nothing physical I could do while I was in the bed,” said Palmer, “So, I started thinking, what can I do to improve myself right now.” That focus led the talented tight end down a spiritual path. “I worked on my walk with Christ,” said Palmer. “And my relationship with my family grew tremendously.” Palmer’s family rallied to his side immediately. His older siblings, brother Beau and sister Callie, stepped in to help take care of their injured little brother. Beau was attending school at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee but made the decision to commute from home in Moore so that he could help take care of James.

Then he got the news from the doctor: the injury was a ruptured Achilles tendon. Palmer’s season was over and he was now a six-to-seven month rehabilitation period. Jaguar head coach Lorenzo Williams, who played defensive tackle for Missouri and spent time in the NFL, says he’s only seen that kind of injury a couple of times.

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“It's not just that he got back, it’s also how he got back,” Williams said, “He's bigger, stronger and faster than last year.”

For Palmer, humility is not a problem at this stage of the game. He has endured the lowest of lows, but with the help of his family, he has managed to overcome. “I would never choose to be injured,” said Palmer, “But there are so many good things that have come out of this. My walk with Christ, the closeness to my family, the support of my Jaguar family, my work ethic has gone up. I’ve learned so much about myself and the game that it’s made me a better leader, I think.”

“I’ve never seen a high school kid get an injury like that,” said Williams. “As soon as he got hurt I told him, ‘This is going to be emotionally tough on you.’”

Palmer felt the full impact of the change in recruiting attitudes. He admits it was painful at first, but even though he couldn’t even get out of bed without help, he decided to focus on what he could control.

Coach Williams says Palmer’s motivation to come back stronger than ever has paid off.

“I told him the hardest thing you're gonna have to deal with in this thing is how good you're going to be when you come back,” said Williams. “You're going to have to keep yourself humble.”

Williams watched Brown rehab from the injury, which gave him a point of reference of the path Palmer would face.

“All of these colleges are calling you, liking you,” said Williams, “Now suddenly they don’t like you anymore. Everything that you’ve worked for up until this point is gone.”

“He would work me out in the morning and he didn't have to do that,” said Palmer. “Then after a while, my teammates saw the coach and I were up here working out and some of those guys would come up and tagalong to make sure I wasn't alone.”

So much bigger, stronger, and faster that Williams believes Palmer now faces another challenge.

“One of those was a good buddy of mine named Cornelius Brown,” said Williams. “He played with me at Mizzou and played safety. He was backpedaling on defense against Iowa State and dropped like somebody shot him from the 50-yard line seats.”

The injury itself was challenging enough, but one of the things Williams was alluding to was the level of interest Palmer had been receiving from college recruiters.

Finally, the day came when Palmer could begin light jogging. With his “get back to work” engine revved up, he couldn’t wait to put in some time on the track. When he got there, Palmer found his head coach waiting, ready to help him tackle the next stage of his recovery.

That hard work and support has paid off. College recruiters are once again taking notice of James Palmer. He has a handful of Division I offers and is likely to receive more once the 2017 season kicks off.

“I was propped up in my bed all day and he would come in and check on me and asked me if I needed anything,” said Palmer. “He would get me my breakfast, he would get my medicine and stuff. Every day he reminded me, ‘You're gonna be all right, bro.’”

“I’m just trying to study these different colleges and understand the systems they run,” said Palmer. “I’m just researching schools to see what they do and how I might best fit in.”


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Crankee Doodle Author: Tom Angleberger Publisher: Clarion Books, 2013 Reviewed by: Pat Younts, Children’s Services Assistant, Moore Public Library This book is a funny spin on the old song, “Yankee Doodle.” Remember how Yankee Doodle road into town on his pony? According to the author of this book, Yankee wasn’t really too interested in going to town, but his pony suggested that they make the trip and has plenty of ideas of what they can do in town. Crankee, however, has a whiny excuse in answer to each of the pony’s suggestions. Eventually, the pony resorts to tears and Yankee Doodle agrees to go to town. Interesting historical facts about the traditional song emerge in this delightful picture book. For instance, when the pony suggests that Yankee can call the feather in his hat “macaroni,” Yankee Doodle replies that he doesn’t even like pasta.

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But the pony teaches us that “macaroni” in the days of the American Revolution is simply a word for “fancy,” giving the reader an “a-ha” moment for all the years of wondering what macaroni had to do with anything else in this song. Enjoy this funny tale by checking it out from the Moore Public Library. For more book recommendations stop by the children’s desk at your local library or call 405-979-2200. For other library events and information: pioneerlibrarysystem.org.

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Preschool Story Time: Tuesday, Aug. 1, 15, 22, 29 – 10 a.m Barks, Books & Buddies: Tuesday, Aug. 1, 15 – 6:30 p.m. Lapsit Story Time: Wed., Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 10 & 10:45 a.m. Viva GLART! Grow a Learner Through Art: Saturday, Aug. 5 – 11 a.m. Mo Willems Story Time: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 – 10 a.m. Pre-K Play: Thursday, Aug. 10, 24 – 10 a.m. Movie in the Park, at Moore Central Park: Friday, Aug. 11 – 7 p.m. Kid’s Club: Monday, Aug. 14 – 4:30 p.m. Sensory Story Time: Wednesday, Aug. 16 – 4 p.m. Family Story Time: Saturday, Aug. 19 – 11 a.m. Science of the Solar Eclipse: Monday, Aug. 21 – 12:30 p.m. Tween Scene: Maker Monday: Monday, Aug. 28 – 4:30 p.m.

Baby Lapsit: Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 10 a.m. Lego Quest: Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 4:30 p.m. Family Music Time: Wednesday, Aug. 2 – 10 a.m. Toddler Story Time & Play: Thur., Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 , 31– 10 &11 a.m. After School Kids: Dinosaurs: Thursday, Aug. 3 – 4:30 p.m. Minecraft Survival: Friday, Aug. 4, 18, 25 – 5 p.m. Family Story Time and Craft: Monday, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 – 10 and 11 a.m. TweenScene: Paint Party: Tuesday, Aug. 8 – 4:30 p.m. Minecraft Creative: Friday, Aug. 11 – 5 p.m. TLC (Touch, Learn and Create): Ocean Animals: Wed., Aug. 16 – 10 a.m. Sensory Family Time: Wednesday, Aug. 16 – 4:30 p.m. After School Kids: Fractured Fairy Tales: Thursday, Aug. 17 – 4:30 p.m. TweenScene: Storytelling for Tweens: Tuesday, Aug. 22 – 4:30 p.m.

Teen/Adult Zumba: Thursday, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – 6 p.m. Argentine Tango: Friday, Aug. 4 – 6 p.m. Beginner’s Tai Chi: Saturday, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 – 9 a.m. Intermediate Tai Chi: Saturday, Aug. 5,12, 19, 26 – 10 a.m. Beginner’s Yoga: Monday, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 – 6 p.m. First Aid and CPR Demonstration: Wednesday, Aug. 9 – 5:30 p.m. Open for Discussion Book Club: Wednesday, Aug. 23 – 6 p.m.

Teen/Adult Pilates: Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 6 p.m. Tai Chi for All Ages: Monday, Aug. 7, 14, 19, 21, 28 – 6 p.m. Penn Avenue Literary Society: Thursday, Aug. 10 – 6:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese Tasting Series: Mediterranean Night: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 – 6 p.m. TRTL: Teens Reading Terrific Literature: Saturday, Aug. 19 – 10 a.m. Library Night at SOKC’s Pub W: Monday, Aug. 28 – 5 p.m.

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