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EDITOR’S NOTE While the world is changing all around us at a dizzying speed, it is still love that makes the world go ‘round and ‘round and ‘round for just about everybody. Ever wonder if the changes in technology are having an impact on romance? February seems like the perfect time to dip our toes in the warm waters of online matchmaking and see if it all works well. We’ll take you inside the area’s brand new entertainment jewel: the OCCC Visual Performing Arts Center, soon to feature scintillating performances from a wide variety of sources. You’ll also meet a young basketball player who has gone from a “155-pound rag doll” to a history-making scoring machine at Westmoore High School. Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Moore Monthly!

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The pursuit of love via online dating sites goes mainstream in a big way. We talked with some Moore residents about their experiences pursuing love in the digital age.

RED CROSS SHELTER PROGRAM | 33 A new program is offering a $2500 rebate for storm shelter construction in Moore, but you have to apply by February 28th and meet certain standards.

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Ed Kelley, the former editor of the Oklahoman and the Washington Times will be on hand to help celebrate this year’s winners of the Best of Moore and South OKC awards. Plus, News 9’s Gary England will be the guest speaker at the Moore Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon in February.

Your taste buds will be on fire…in the best way possible…by the selection of sandwiches at the new Firehouse Subs restaurant, now open in Moore. And a Moore native brings her own special touch to the city’s fashion options with “To the Nine’s.”

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A look into the reasons why Moore is one of the most inexpensive places for senior citizens to live.

It’s all about choices these days and our Answer Crew experts weigh in on some of the most SAM’S CLUB | 29 important choices you’ll be making in 2014: how The 19th Street corridor gets another huge retail to choose the best type of exercise for you, what’s upgrade as Sam’s Club returns to Moore. the best way to handle bingo or contest winnings, how does Medicare mesh with Obamacare, and HEYDAY EXPANSION | 30 where can you find inspiration for growing After the AMC Lanes were destroyed by the May your business? 20 tornado, bowling fans wondered if they’d ever have a local spot to enjoy their sport again. CINEMANIACS | 61 The question has been answered by a major The gender and age gap definitely come into play upgrade at HeyDay Entertainment. as our movie critics celebrate St. Valentine’s Day by offering their opinions on each other’s favorite OCCC VPAC OPENS | 8 romantic comedies. The opening of the Oklahoma City Community College Visual Performing Arts Center adds a CITIZEN SPOTLIGHT | 67 state-of-the-art auditorium to the South OKC As a branch manager for the Pioneer Library area’s list of attractions. System Aiden Street has deep roots in the community. That passion has only been deepened as she and her family rebuild after the May 20 tornado destroyed their home.


HEALTHY MOORE | 53 February is all about the heart…and while we’re not just talking romance you’ll still love these four easy tips to create heart-healthy entree’s and desserts.

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OCCC Proud to Open New Visual Performing Arts Center by Christiaan Patterson


t began with a dream. An idea, which sparked fire and passion of many to pave the road and create something that would be enjoyed by future generations. Nearly seven years later, Oklahoma City Community College is proud to open the doors of its brand new Visual Performing Arts Center (VPAC). January 16, 2014, marked the end of a long journey by welcoming citizens, city officials, and college representatives to take the first steps inside. “For us, it has been a dream for a very long time. I think our students will truly benefit from having a facility like this and attract even more students who are interested in the arts,” said Dr. Paul Sechrist, president of Oklahoma City Community College. When the project idea was first submitted, students agreed to a fee increase in order to pay for half of the total cost. By agreeing, the college took it upon itself to find sponsors and donors for the rest of the cost. Many sponsors contributed to the building, including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who for the past three years of performing in OKC, has donated $1 for every ticket 8 | MOORE MONTHLY | FEBRUARY 2014

sold. The complete bill for the new VPAC is around $20 million. Being able to construct a VPAC of this magnitude not only benefits students attending OCCC, but the community as a whole. “Arts are important to an economy,” Sechrist said. “Certainly we look at science, technology, engineering, and math, but really the arts are important, too. Art is what drives innovation. So we feel this will make a significant difference in raising the quality of life in OKC.” At the dedication ceremony, people were able to walk the halls, marvel at the architecture and even take a stroll across the stage. The windowed front provides a 180-degree field of view, pointing to the northwest. A sculpture, which graces the courtyard outside, was donated by the Women of the South organization. This VPAC is nothing short of superb with its stateof-the-art design and layout that will embrace not only the performers, but the audience as well. Sechrist said, “Students will really have a venue to

perform in and be able to showcase their talent, which they really haven’t been able to doin this nice of a venue before. They need to have that experience of performing on a major stage and they will have that here.” Part of the VPAC has been in service for a few years as students attended classes in music, theater, film, video, and performing arts. The newer addition will offer more labs for art, drama, and theater courses. The grand performance opening will be on February 14, with the first performance from Oklahoma City Philharmonic with pianist Valery Kuleshov.

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s much as Hollywood would like us to believe otherwise…love is never, ever simple. The boy-meets-girl equation is a complex problem to solve in the real world. But no one would argue that love, as the old saying goes, “makes the world go round.” And the digital age of Internet, computers, tablets and smart phones has introduced a whole other level of complexity to the process of finding love. Online dating in particular has moved from the realm of a questionable way to meet suitable dating partners to a completely normal part of the elaborate dance between the sexes.

“We hit it off as friends,” said James. “I was gone on a work trip and when I came back, she had met somebody on eHarmony and told me that I needed to try it.” James said he sort of dragged his feet for a while, but then realized he was tired of the typical dating scene. So he plunged in to eHarmony’s complicated set of questions designed to help pair him up with suitable matches. “I remember being kind of skeptical about it all at first, but I figured since I was paying for it I should take it seriously,” said James. James went on a few dates before he met Heather. He remembers some of those quite vividly, but not for pleasant reasons. “There were a couple of dates where I left thinking, ‘I am NOT calling that girl back!’ he said. “There were some girls that were expecting something right away and there were some that acted like they didn’t want to meet anybody, which is weird because here they are meeting people on a dating site.” Heather says she didn’t have to wade through any bad first dates because James was one of the first two people she met through eHarmony. “There are some real strange people out there,” said Heather, “The weird profiles were the hardest part of the process, but then I connected with James within the first month.” Heather says James’s sense of humor caught her attention early on. For James it was Heather’s sassiness that elevated her from just another profile to someone he wanted to get to know. Unfortunately, they got started with an awkward first date. “It was a good date, but we went to the movies so we didn’t really get to talk very much,” said Heather. “I knew I liked him but I didn’t know if he liked me because we never got to talk.” James said, “I remember thinking we should’ve gone somewhere else so we could talk, but there were still these little moments and gestures she made during the movie that made me think I’d like to have a second chance.” “It was just…walk in. See the movie. Walk out. Bye,” Heather said.

WHEN JAMES MET HEATHER James and Heather Bradbury of Moore are one of the many success stories to be found with roots in dating websites like eHarmony,, Plenty of, and Zoosk. They met via eHarmony four years ago and have now been married for one year and three months. Heather and James both say their interest in eHarmony was sparked by friends who had found success via the website. Interestingly enough for James, his friend was a woman he had dated briefly. 10 | MOORE MONTHLY | FEBRUARY 2014

The most popular online dating websites (some sites offer a basic level of free service, but most require paid subscription for full use): - targets younger users, most of whom are under 35. The site integrates with social networks like Facebook and Twitter - one of the oldest online sites, it went live in early 1995. Has a large database of potential matches and uses “Stir” a service that brings members together for local events each month. - designed specifically to match single men and women for long-term relationships. Uses an extensive questionnaire to help determine member’s characteristics, beliefs, values, emotional health and skills. - similar to, but with a focus on singles 50 years of age and older. - a unique dating site that lets users propose unique date activities, making the dating experience more about meeting up and doing cool things than scrolling through photos and profiles.

When Heather later told James she had another eHarmony date, James assumed the worst. “I remember thinking, ‘So much for that one. She’s already moved on,’” he said. But when Heather’s second eHarmony date fizzled, she continued to communicate with James and they decided on a second date with ample opportunity for conversation. “I thought, ‘Okay, I’m still in the game!’ “James said. “So we met up at the Cheesecake Factory where we could talk, eat and have a drink with people around, and it was a lot less awkward.” The sparks began to fly. The couple continued to date and it didn’t take long for both to realize the relationship could go the distance. Still, Heather wanted to make sure James had a plan.

“She gave me a timeline,” said James, “She said, ‘You’ve got five years.’” It didn’t take them that long to decide they were right for each other. They married in October of 2012 after dating for two-and-a-half years. They both say that while you do run across some strange people on dating websites, it’s a very healthy way to meet great people. Heather and James also agree on one critical standard that everyone should stick to: Be honest. “Don’t fill out your profile like you’re trying to be somebody else,” said Heather. “If you don’t want to go out and be active, then don’t look for someone who is active and don’t pretend to be that person, because that will mess you up.” James said, “Be honest about who you are and who you’re looking for because the truth is going to come out when you start meeting these people face to face.”


Finding Love in the Digital Age How Online Dating Sites and Social Media Are Changing Relationships

Meet Jennifer. That’s not her real name. She is a professional businesswoman from Moore who is very active on a couple of online dating sites and wanted to keep her name private in order to speak candidly about those sites and her experiences. “The first thing you discover about these sites is that a lot of same people are on all of them,” said Jennifer. “A LOT!” Jennifer is in her 30s and decided to give the online dating sites a try because she felt her options were limited in her social circles since most of her friends were married. And then she was discovering a barrier to meeting potential dating partners in various social situations. “You just can’t approach people the way you traditionally used to because you’re worried they might be offended or even get fired because of you hitting on them,” she said. But since people go to a dating site to meet others, “hitting on each other” becomes socially acceptable. For the most part. “It all depends on how they hit on you,” Jennifer said. “But you are less inhibited and less worried, because you’re all there to meet people.” Jennifer began with and Plenty of last August. She had never tried online dating before and was surprised by the rush of initial attention her profile drew. “I quickly noticed that a lot of the attention was desperate attention,” she said. “It was obvious they hadn’t read your profile and they were just responding to the picture.” It took her a little while to decide that she didn’t have to respond to every single message. “I became very picky about who I responded to,” said Jennifer. “It’s amazing how many men just put things like, ‘I like to work out and be outside” on their profiles— and that’s just boring.” Jennifer’s been on nine dates since she started the online process. Like James and Heather, she has run across some strange people on the websites, including one person who got angry with her for meeting people online. Yes, you heard that right: someone she met online yelled at her for meeting people online. For this reason, and a lot of others, Jennifer says she does her homework about the people she meets. “You can use the Oklahoma State Court Network website to see if they have a criminal record,” she said. “If they have professional careers, you can check on their professional licensing.” She has also checked county assessor websites to see if homes potential suitors claim to own are in their own names, and to verify that divorces have actually happened. Jennifer said, “I’m not trying to invade somebody’s privacy, but that’s all public information and I have to look out for my own safety and find out who people are before I meet them.” That’s good advice for anyone using online dating services, Jennifer insists. And she has one other bit of advice that is going to sound very familiar: be honest, especially when it comes to admitting looks are important.


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“Don’t lie about who you are and what you expect, because [otherwise] you’re setting yourself up for disappointment,” she said. “When people say they don’t care about looks? Yeah, you do care. You care what a person looks like, and it’s not superficial because not everyone likes people who look one particular way. Just be honest about your expectations and don’t take it personally.” Another important piece of advice from Jennifer: use a recent picture. “Just accept that you don’t look the way you did 10 years ago,” said Jennifer. “If I used photos from when I was 30, I’d get a lot more attention, but I’d end up with people who were interested in me 10 years ago.” Jennifer adds one last thought: it’s best to treat online dating sites as simply “online introductions” and not wait too long before meeting face-to-face. “You can tell fairly quickly if you have a connection with someone, and from that point I don’t see much point in waiting too long to meet,” said Jennifer. “I think it’s better to meet before you get attached in case there’s no attraction, and that just increases the disappointment.” 1. Use a recent & good photo - well-lit, in-focus and something that shows who you are. If possible, use a full-body shot. Photos of you doing something you enjoy can be effective. 2. Make sure your profile is complete - take your time and avoid cliches. Be honest and don’t oversell yourself or you’ll look like you’re trying to hard. 3. Be safe - never, ever put yourself in a dangerous situation. Do your homework about your potential dates and always conduct first meetings in a very public location. 4. Don’t take it too seriously - dating should be fun. Online dating even more so. Relax and enjoy getting to know people. 5. Be patient - very few people connect with the very first person they meet online. Take your time and get to know a few people before you decide what to do next. © Photos courtesy of Warner Brothers Ent.


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by Christiaan Patterson “It’s hard for me to understand how people justify stealing from a rebuilding neighborhood.” Like most houses in the recovery area, Rebecca Kasbaum’s house is wide open and easily accessible to anyone. On two separate occasions in December, a water heater and light fixtures were stolen from the property. There are no outside windows or doors on the house, making it an ideal target for prowling thieves. “At the time when my water heater was stolen, I thought about putting up surveillance but I figured it was too expensive. Besides what are the chances of someone stealing something else? So I didn’t worry about surveillance too much until my light fixtures were stolen a few weeks later,” Kasbaum said. Theft is not on the rise; however, it’s a problem for residents rebuilding homes. For one homeowner, theft has

become a recurring problem while her house slowly comes together. In the same neighborhood, Tod Thornton has experienced theft from his house as well. “The only theft we have had at our place was about 120 dollars worth of shingles that were the leftovers from doing my roof. I didn’t get over there soon enough and pick them up, so they were lifted,” he said. Both residents have since taken precautions to prevent theft from occurring again. For Thornton, this means making sure supplies are not delivered to the house until the same day they will be needed by construction workers. “We’ve been really cautious as far as making sure unused material isn’t left on the job site very long,” said Thornton. “We have also just gotten all the openings closed up with either lockable doors and windows or boards. You can’t leave high-


value items in your home without it being closed up.” The city of Moore has continued working to restore streetlights in the damage area. Police are still patrolling the areas, at least once per shift, but reality is, police can’t be in every neighborhood 24 hours per day. The Moore Police Department is urging residents with rebuilds to take precautions. “Try to provide as much lighting as possible, especially in the nighttime hours. The better-lit an area is, the easier it is for us to see. Keep in mind the more lighting you can provide the better it is to deter crime from happening,” said Jeremy Lewis, Moore Police Department. Here are a few other tips for lowering your chances of theft when rebuilding your house:

• Lighting. This cannot be stressed enough. • Do not leave appliances or any other fixtures unsecured on site. • Use a storage unit to temporarily hold items that cannot be left inside the rebuild. • Have materials such as copper delivered the same day as installation. • Pay attention to the neighborhood. Make notes of those who come in and out. • Give the appearance of being home. This could mean parking your car closer to the house or even blocking an entrance. • Personal surveillance. • Report any suspicious activity to the police department at 793-4357 or call 911.

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ANGIE O’KEEFE Valentine’s Day is one of my favorites and this is a perfect time to check out all the Valentine’s Day ideas on Pinterest. I’ll show you how to make terrific centerpieces on the show this month. They’re eye catching and make for a great conversation piece and, best of all, they’re easy! I recently read an interesting article about Valentine’s Day. Back in the 1700’s, people would hand write their own cards. Nowadays, people just buy a card rather than do it themselves. Well, with today’s technology, it can be a lot less expensive and a whole lot more fun to print them right from your own home. A hand made card carries a much more powerful message than Hallmark ever could. I’m really excited about the upcoming An Affair of the Heart Show on February 7-9. Make sure and come by and check out our Pin Pals booth. We’ll be taping live and who knows? You might be picked to be part of the show.

ASHLEY MILLER It’s February and love is in the air! I’ve been searching Pinterest looking for the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day, since this will be our first in the new house. We decided to celebrate at home this year—Marshall is in charge of dinner, and I am whipping up drinks and dessert. In my searching I came across a great blog called Stone Gable, which is full of recipes, home projects, and DIY crafts. They featured a super tasty Valentine pastry heart, complete with strawberries and ice cream, which I think will be the perfect end to our Valentine’s Day dinner. What you need: • Heart-shaped cookie cutter • 1 sheet puff pastry • flour • 1 pint strawberries • 2 TBS sugar • chocolate sauce • ice cream • confectioner’s sugar.


Courtesy of What to do the night before (You don’t have to, but it’s a great way to save time the day of ): • Cut heart shapes in the puff pastry using a cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. • If you’d like to sweeten your pastry, you can sprinkle a little sugar on it before baking. • Place sheet in the fridge to firm up the puff pastry, about 15 minutes. • Place in a 400-degree oven and cook for 15 minutes. Allow to cool, then save them in an airtight container. • While the pastry is cooking, slice the strawberries and place them in a bowl. Mix in the sugar and put the bowl into the fridge (with a lid over it). What to do on V-Day: • Put a tasty amount of chocolate sauce on a small plate (this is not the day to be calorie conscious). • Take out your puff pastry and slice it in half, putting the bottom half on the plate with all the chocolatey goodness • Layer ice cream and strawberries on the puff pastry. • Place the top piece of the puff pastry on and dust with confectioner’s sugar. • Embellish with whipped cream and extra strawberries if desired (you know you want to). ENJOY!! As a parting note, I just want to encourage all the single ladies out there to celebrate Valentine’s Day! The way I see it, the day is about love, and that includes loving yourself, your friends, your family, and everything else that makes this world great. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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n late August of 2013, the city of Moore was appropriated $26.3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which aids in long-term disaster recovery. This funding is designed to help a city, county, or state with an unmet need, after a disaster. Before plans can be put into action, the city is asking for public input to determine how and where these funds should be spent. “We had our first meeting with residents for the community development block grant,” said Elizabeth Jones, director of community development for the City of Moore. “This is where we collected comments from the citizens as to what their unmet needs are as well as their desires and wishes for the expenditures of the funds we received. Different suggestions have arisen within city hall, but in the end, city officials are working to receive as much citizen input as possible before making any final decisions.” “Well, we all daydream. $26.3 million is a lot of money, even to the city. We are more interested, though, in what the citizens have to say because this is a citizen process. So officially there hasn’t been any decisions made,” Jones said. The meeting held at city hall in January invited residents to come in and speak about how the funding should be spent. One resident suggested road improvements to neighborhood streets, which were completely torn up by trucks and other heavy machinery. New sidewalks were another suggestion, especially inside the disaster area where construction has destroyed chunks of the walking paths. Other ideas presented were landscaping, safer homes and fishing ponds.


In attendance during the first meeting was state representative for District 53, Mark McBride. After citizen input, McBride proposed the idea of buying out the trailer park and building new, affordable housing as well as commercial buildings. “I think that if we would purchase the trailer park and property to the west and use it for affordable housing and commercial development, we could do some good for the community,” said McBride. “[The trailer park] just doesn’t fit the profile of our community anymore.” In addition to road repairs, sidewalks, and other suggestions, the majority of residents would like to see the funds go toward storm shelters. Using the HUD funds for the construction of shelters was addressed by Jones; however, the federal guidelines are geared more toward the city as a whole and not for individual use. Though HUD may not be the way for shelter funding, about $3.6 million is becoming available to the American Red Cross specifically designated for the construction of individual storm shelters. Exact details of how the program works are expected to become available by the beginning of February. The city of Moore has until March 23, 2014, to create concrete plans as to how the funding from HUD will be spent in the city. Public meetings requesting input will be held periodically until the deadline. If you have input as to how the money could be used within the city, contact the community development department at 793-5053 or drop by city hall at 301 N. Broadway.

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I don’t have to report my bingo winnings unless they give me a W-2G, right? My friend was saying her accountant said something different. Besides, for the year I lost more than I won, so I don’t have to report anything, right? Speaking of which, someone else said you have to pay state sales tax on Internet purchases? Why doesn’t the government stay out of my wallet? Why am I asking a guy in a monthly magazine how to handle my taxes?

Can I purchase a private plan if I choose even though I am still working?

I get it. I finally get it. I get why taxpayers and clients don’t want to be

fully forthcoming with their tax preparer and/or the IRS. I understand why

people buy things on the Internet, but don’t report it to the Oklahoma Tax Commission and pay the sales tax due. What? Sales tax (or Use Tax, as it is called) is due all on applicable purchases whether you buy them in a brick

and mortar store or online. There is even a specific line on the Oklahoma income tax return to report this amount due. It is Line 20: “Use tax due on Internet, mail order, or other out-of-state purchases.”

Yes, but the working aged will need to consider the best strategy on an

individual basis. Costs vary on private insurance depending on the plan you select.

For Americans over age 65, health insurance poses challenges unique

to those in their golden years but they will be relieved to know that the Affordable Care Act does not apply to them. One of the challenges for those on Medicare is…Who pays my medical bills?

If you are one of the Working Aged over 65, and your employer has 20 or

more full-time equivalent employees—and you enrolled in your employer

group health plan—then your employer plan is the primary or “first-payer” and Medicare Part A will be the secondary payer. This is the way the law is

set up. This means you still have your annual deductible and co-insurance to

I had lunch with a friend the other day who told me that her son was

living with her and paying rent. I said, “Did you know you have to report that rent on your income tax return?” She let me know I would not be preparing her return!

meet from the group health plan. Medicare Part A would come in second and pay on the difference. You can say it would cost less to have a private Medicare supplement plan, and that may be true. But on the employer’s group plan, you do not have to sign up for Part B until you quit. If you

buy a private Medicare supplement plan, you will need to have Part B and

But to get back to your original question, like many things involving

the Internal Revenue Code and the umpteen regulations, etc., the Internal

Revenue Service has come to administer the law. It’s somewhat complicated to carry out the requirements. Gambling winnings (or gains, as they are called by the IRS) go on the front page of your return; losses go on your Schedule A, or Itemized Deductions. If you don’t itemize, you don’t get to

take your losses. A net loss for the year does not “help”; the IRS requires you

to account for your gains or losses on what they call a “per session” system. For example, you win $500 in one session (a day at the slots). You lose $600 on day two. You do not have a net loss of $100. You report $500 on the front page of your 1040, and, only if you itemize your deductions can you

take the $600 loss from day two. There are requirements for record keeping that would take more time and space than this column allows. As usual, talk

pay that premium plus pay for a private Medicare supplement plan. The employer pays a portion of the group premium.

You over 65 who work for a small employer who has fewer than 20 full-

time equivalent employees—and sponsors a group health plan—will need to have both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, as Medicare pays first and the small employer’s group health plan pays second. And you will need to co-ordinate with Medicare.

Christopher L. Crow, PLCS Doyle-Crow & Associates 108 SE 3rd St Moore, OK 73160

with your tax preparer for details specific to your situation. Or don’t!

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ANSWERCREW Question about Finance What are the best choices to make with my money? Making better money choices is a common New Year’s resolution, but

often, we don’t know where to start. Here are four realistic strategies that can help you build prosperity this year! Write It Down!

Before you can create a budget, lower debt, or save an emergency fund,

you need to know how much you spend. To enable this, for one month, have everyone in the home write down how much they spent and what they bought. Then, categorize the expenses between discretionary (like

restaurants) and nondiscretionary (like groceries). This provides the

framework for a budget, where you would also include large, infrequent costs, like vacations.

Although savings flexibility lies mostly in

discretionary purchases, this is a lifestyle change. Build spending money into any budget to keep you on track. Save It!

Television financial personalities tell us we need six to nine months

of expenses saved for an emergency fund. However, that amount of money is so large that most of us don’t bother to try. Instead, take your

nondiscretionary monthly expenses and divide them by two. This is the

amount you need to save, even if it takes six months to accomplish it. Once you meet that goal, then try to do it again. And again. Any emergency fund makes you safer. Pay It Off !

Pay off any nondeductible consumer debt (like credit cards) first.

Although paying off the highest interest rates saves money, some people prefer to eliminate small balances. As you pay off one bill, apply that

payment to the next bill and make double payments. Afterwards, keep the cards but don’t use them to maintain a higher credit score. Remember What Matters!

Prosperity is more than money. It is also family, friends, and doing

what we love. Have a prosperous 2014!

(This information is educational, not investment advice.)

Peggy Doviak, Ph.D., CFP® D.M. Wealth Management, Inc. 201 E Main St. Norman, OK 73069 405-329-8884 20 | MOORE MONTHLY | FEBRUARY 2014


Sketches of Moore

Tracking Moore’s History by L.T. Hadley


rom 1882, when Moore was incorporated, until 1912, there were no official recorded “minutes” of the actions of the trustees or growth and development of the town. Information handed down from parents to children and on to grandchildren provided the basic record of town progress, along with letters, county records, newspaper articles and several bits of “personal remembrances.” Three years ago, almost the last of the earlier sources of “Old Moore” information died at 93. Carl Jantz lived in and around Moore from that time, as a boy of eight, he and his brother, Dave, drove their father’s small herd of cattle, on foot, from Enid to begin a dairy in Moore. Shortly after the family arrived, the father died of typhoid from a polluted water well. Albert Smith spent nearly all his 87 years in Moore. He served several times as town trustee, was chairman, was City Clerk and kept the cemetery records for nearly 50 years. He knew virtually everyone for he and his wife, Ida, carried on the operation of his father’s grocery store. He knew at least one story about any name mentioned and loved to tell and retell those stories.Ethel Curless moved to Moore as a young teenager in 1899. In a town 22 | MOORE MONTHLY | FEBRUARY 2014

production of a play, she played the part of a girl named Nell and a young man named Ben Leverich played her romantic interest. Their romance lasted scores of years after the play and the name Nell stuck. Uncle Ben and Aunt Nell Leverich operated their café at several locations in Moore. She had a unique sense of humor and many stories to tell of earlier years. Mel Dyer built his young bride, Sally, the first brick house in town, which still stands at the corner and Main and Chestnut. At 99, Sally still went to most days to the Senior Center to quilt. Mel’s father, Sam, homesteaded two miles south of Moore and raised his family of 10. One son, Lester, was in the first graduating class of OU School of Pharmacy in 1906. He and his father bought the pharmacy, renamed it Era Drug, and he operated it for over 40 years. It was the place to buy schoolbooks, ice cream, horse reins, medicine, gloves and fountain drinks. Mildred Moore was the unofficial town historian. Her father, P.R. Simms, was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of them all. He was a watch repairman, jeweler, inventor, barber, builder and Fire Chief for 31 years. He took care of the chemical fire cart until he remodeled a pickup into the first fire truck. Every

boy in town hoped to be there when a fire happened to see it in use. When asked to build Dyer’s new drug store, P.R. first invented a machine to make concrete blocks. In 1912, Leon Platt was City Clerk and was the first to begin recording proceedings of the town and board meetings. He and his father began the Platt Lumber Company at South First and Broadway in 1906 where it operated for many years. A few days after the 1889 run, W. G. Jury bought a homestead from a dissatisfied settler. After World War 1, his daughter, Vera, and a young farmer named Allen January from an adjoining homestead married and raised their nine children near the original homestead. Vera and her brother, Joe, told many colorful stores of growing up in Moore. Applegates, Marvels, Dreessens, Wheelers and hundreds more wrote some of their book of life in Moore; but have all left this scene of action and much of their knowledge and experience left with them. A common failure for succeeding generations is to overlook the importance of historical information until too late. Perhaps all are too busy living it to take time to record it. What have you told your children and grandchildren of family or community history?

Senior Moment Senior Living in Moore is Priced Less by Joyce Clark, CEO of Achievis Senior Living The low cost of living in Oklahoma makes it one of the best places to find affordable, high quality senior living and long-term care. Achievis Senior Living Associates recently completed an analysis of 36 independent, assisted living, and memory support residences in Oklahoma City. Stand alone and continuum of care campuses were included in the study. The average rents and occupancy are outlined below.

Joyce Clark, CEO of Achievis Senior Living, says that at first glance rents may seem high until it is realized how much is included. Utilities, meals, and services that a person previously paid out separately becomes bundled into one payment at most senior living communities. Dependening on the property, amenities may include:

• • • • • • • • • • •

Housekeeping and laundry services Lawn care and home maintenance Grocery shopping, cooking, and clean-up Home insurance and taxes Electric, gas, water, trash, and basic cable television 24 hour staff Helping hand with bathing, dressing, etc… Liason with physicians, pharmacy and other professionals Medication administration Life enrichment socials, activities, and outings Transportation to appointments and shopping

Senior living rents in the Moore area tend to be more affordable than those in Oklahoma City and Norman. Heartland Plaza of Moore is a licensed residential care center and provides supportive services similar to assisted living. Heartland Plaza’s menu of services includes all of the above items but at significant savings compared to similar communities on the north side of I-40. A one-bedroom apartment with paid utilities, meals, medication administration, housekeeping, laundry service, life enrichment activities, scheduled transportation, and 24-hour staffing is $2,695 a month. For a limited time, Heartland Plaza is offering a move-in special that reduces the rent even further. Two additional levels of service are available for people who need more supportive assistance.

Heartland Plaza of Moore recently changed ownership and is making a number of improvements to better serve residents. The home is in the process of changing to an assisted living community, which will broaden its available service packages even more. Assisted living is a long-term care option preferred by individuals and their families because of its emphasis on resident choice, dignity, and privacy. There are 37 licensed assisted living communities in Oklahoma County and 8 in Cleveland County. They provide apartment style housing with services, including assistance with bathing, dressing, and medication administration. Some provide specialized care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. After 18 years of working in senior living, Clark is still refreshed by the positive impact long-term care has on the lives of so many people. “It is amazing to see how a person’s outlook and health improves after a few months of eating balanced meals, accurately taking medications, and participating in stretching and toning exercises with new found friends”. From employees who genuinely enjoy the people they serve to families that can now focus on quality time with mom, Clark says senior living is a benefit to many. When shopping for senior living, she suggests people visit with residents and ask about their overall satisfaction. Do they appear well-kept and happy? Is the staff friendly? Are there a variety of food choices and flexibility in dining times? What types of activities are offered? What is the staff to resident ratio? Is the building clean, easy to get around, locked, and at a comfortable temperature? Is there a low rate of staff turnover? What may trigger the need to move out? Are the fees and service levels clearly explained? Call Joyce Clark at 799-9919 for more information about Heartland Plaza of Moore or to learn more about senior living options. Heartland Plaza • 301 N Eastern • Moore, OK 73160 • 405-799-9919 FEBRUARY 2014 | MOORE MONTHLY | 23





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ANSWERCREW Question for a Gardener How can I become better educated about backyard gardening? You are on track just by recognizing that you need further knowl-

you up to 10 small packets of seeds of your choosing with about 10

your fingertips.

about 100 seeds. For backyard gardeners, this number of seeds would

edge about gardening. Many options are open to you, some right at

Assuming that you have a computer, searches on Yahoo or Google or

seeds per packet. If they were all tomato seeds, that means a total of be substantial.

other search engines connect you to a vast array of information. Select

If you discover that additional seeds need to be purchased, several local

Before you can blink, the screen comes alive with many possibilities. If

contain about 25 seeds or a quantity shown on the cover. Check the

an area of high interest to you and type in the specific name or title. you don’t have a computer, check your public library, where they can be accessed easily.

What I call enrolling in Horticulture 101 are the FREE seed and plant catalogs that arrive in your mailbox. Here are a few examples: • Territorial Seed Co., Oregon

• Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa

• Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Missouri, Connecticut, & California

• Johnny’s Seed Co., Maine

• Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

• Gardener’s Supply Co. for tools and equipment. These catalogs are replete with valuable information to make your gar-

retail outlets provide racks of fresh, current seeds. The packets generally germination rate and you will find that it is usually 85 percent.

Here is an example provided by Botanical Interests. Each of that company’s packets contains the following information: • Captivating botanical illustrations • Days to maturity

• Depth to sow seeds; how and when to plant • A plant tag

• Drawing of a seedling. To keep gardeners further updated, workshops are offered through edu-

cational institutions, the Cooperative Extension Office, or at your local public library.

dening experiences more enjoyable. You’ll see photos of plants as they

The semi-annual Seed and Plant Exchange is scheduled for Tuesday,

nate to have a variety of choices in catalogs and fresh seeds every season.

10 a.m. Free seed packets will be distributed at this event.

will look at harvest time. In the United States, we are extremely fortu-

February 11, 2014, at the Norman public library starting at

Most catalogs now feature both heirloom and hybrid seeds so that you

Get out there and get dirty.

of the country. Oklahoma is in USDA zone 7. I have grown both types


cially tomatoes, since the taste is marvelous, but a case can be made for

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can experiment with plants that you determine will do well in this part of plants and find positive features in each one. I favor heirlooms, espehybrids, too. They are more productive. Consequently, why not try some of both types to come to your own conclusion?

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After investigating many seed sources, I came upon a wonderful

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ANSWERCREW Question for a

Business Owner

I am just looking for inspiration as we enter the new year to make my business and my community better. Any suggestions? Some may view it as having “made it through” the year, but I prefer to reflect on the passing of another annual cycle as added experience and more contacts; first focusing on the things that are really important (family, friends and health), and giving thanks to our creator, no matter what our religious affiliation. Having said that, there are a few things that have worked well for my clients and me starting the new year: a. Reaffirm the values that underlie your business. I post values on the board in my office—Honesty, Generosity, Commitment, Decisiveness, Accountability, and Persistence. All your business actions should align with those values. Find inspiration and focus from a business author whose ideas and ideals you find particularly captivating: I have recently rediscovered Jason Jennings (Think Big, Act Small and Less Is More: How Great Companies Use Productivity). b. You might post several of Jennings’s more meaningful phrases such as these in conspicuous spots around your office: • “Have a cause—the REAL reason for your business” • “Let go of Traditions and Approaches that no longer work”

• Defining the business and market: “What business are we “REALLY in?” • Identifying the threats that may loom • Comparing your strengths and weaknesses with those of your competitors. d. Take the time to be active in activities that are meaningful not only directly and tangibly to you, your business, and your family, but also those that may be more indirect and less tangible, such as • Being vocal about the priorities and focus of your governmental officials at municipal, school district, county, state, and federal levels • Supporting







small-business folks • Volunteering to help local non-profits succeed in their mission to make your communities better places to live e. Taking a step toward developing new allies and strategies for sales and sales lead development. Ask yourself • Am I effectively utilizing social media? • Could I benefit from joining a group like TIPS or BNI? • Do I really know the demographics of my customer base—where they are and how to reach them? Regarding your possible customer base, groups such as your local City of Moore Economic Development office and the Pioneer Library system have software tools to assist you to find those answers.

• “Satisfy the “RIGHT” customer” • “Everyone in the Company thinks and acts like an owner” • “Stewardship instead of leadership.” In the midst of the usual day-to-day chaos, just an occasional reflection on such reminders can provide needed perspective. c. Take the time to do a strategic assessment. No, this does not have to be a lengthy, formal affair; and yes, much of this, we as business people do informally as a part of our daily routine, but there is no substitute for periodic reviews: • Listing your organization’s strengths and weaknesses • Finding the market opportunities that you may be missing


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City Residents Get Excited about Sam’s Club Return

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fter more than two decades in the area, Convergys announced it would be closing its doors on March 10, making way for Sam’s Club. This closing will affect 375 workers. Convergys is leased inside the old Walmart off the I-35 on the S.E. corner of 19th St. Following the closure, Sam’s Club plans to demolish the old building and rebuild a brand new 110,000 sq-ft center, complete with a resurfaced parking lot. Islands are planned to be put in to help direct traffic and beautify the corner. “It’s always tough to lose an employer, especially one as large as Convergys. I actually worked with them when they came to Oklahoma in the mid 90s. I’m hopeful that those folks will find places of employment,” said Deidre Ebrey, director of economic development for the city of Moore. The closing of Convergys is due to not having the option of the lease not being renewed by the property owner. Sam’s Club plans to begin demolition in late spring with an unknown timeline of completion. This is not the first time the company has opened in Moore. Doors closed in 2006 on the original Sam’s to make way for a larger shopping center. The return of Sam’s is just one more example of Moore’s booming economy continuing to flourish despite a natural disaster. “I was very much concerned with the perception people would have about the community. Would they feel safe? Would they continue to want to be a part of this community? But May has not dissuaded anyone; in fact it has possibly encouraged development. It seems as though people just can’t get here quick enough.” When choosing where to build, the company decided on the location as it’s next to the interstate mainly due to the easy accessibility. The City of Moore had very little to do with the final decision by Sam’s Club. “The city has a very small role when it comes to the actual development. It’s up to the individual business to decide where the best place to go is. There is criteria for every business and they know what kind of traffic counts they need. Sam’s Club loved that area off I-35 with 100,000 cars per day, easy access and the community.” As for traffic numbers, the city doesn’t believe the amount of cars will increase by much and if problems arise, are prepared to take necessary steps to ease traffic flow.

“We are really encouraged with the area, especially with the improvements to the parking lot and access roads. If there are things the city can do to ease traffic through that section to make it safer, we will absolutely take it into consideration.” For those that don’t know, Sam’s Club is a membership-only, retail wholesale store founded in 1984 by Walmart. Merchandise is sold in bulk, directly off the pallets and styled as a warehouse. This is an ideal store for merchandisers and individuals who want added savings.


HabitatReady for Humanity HeyDay to Roll withHouse Bowling Center

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two-story bowling alley will soon be a destination choice in the metro as HeyDay Entertainment announces an expansion and remodeling. “It’s exciting to bring this unique kind entertainment option to our community, something you would have to travel to Dallas, or the east or west coast to find” said Brad Little, owner of HeyDay Entertainment. “We also love the fact, that being on I-35, we are only 15 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City and the greater, southern Oklahoma City area,” Plans for the new bowling alley were already in the works before May 20, 2013. That day AMF Lanes was completely destroyed by the tornado and the cost of rebuilding was not feasible with the company. HeyDay’s final decision came soon after the announcement from AMF Lanes. The expansion will include a new 28,000-square-foot, two-level facility containing 24 lanes of bowling called “The Lanes at HeyDay.” However, this will not be a standard bowling alley. The lower-level lanes, totaling


sixteen, will be geared more for the younger crowd, while the upstairs eight boutique style lanes will strictly be for those patrons over the age of 21. In addition to the bowling lanes, the downstairs area will have four party rooms for those wanting to host events as well as three upstairs. For the upscale, upstairs entertainment, patrons will have access to • fireplace •

fully stocked island bar

pool table

balcony and outside seating.

• televisions

• shuffleboard

Once complete, the new HeyDay will be unlike anything elsein the state of Oklahoma. “Typically, with the out-of-state, franchised entertainment chains, once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all,” Little said. “HeyDay is not like that. There will truly be no place like HeyDay.”

HeyDay is not neglecting work on the already existing building. During the fall, the center will close its doors for approximately two weeks in order to revamp the restaurant and make the necessary inside changes. Work going on inside will expand the restaurant as well as adding the new entryway. A larger parking area will also be constructed during this time. Once completed, the new HeyDay will have increased the patron capacity from 135 to 450. Currently, HeyDay is a 7,500-square-foot building featuring arcade gaming, laser tag, Double Dave’s pizza, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. The construction will expand the kitchen, bringing a new menu and catering option to the restaurant renamed “Revolutions.” With the growth, HeyDay plans to increase the number of employees from 45 to 125, which means job opportunities for the area. The architectural design is being handled by Cornerstone Architecture in Moore, and after completion in the fall of 2014, the building will be valued around $9 million.


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Shelter Moore: Storm Shelter Rebate Program

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eginning on January 20 through February 28, 2014 the City of Moore will accept applicants for a storm shelter installation rebate program. For those selected and approved, the program will provide a one-time rebate of up to $2,500 after the applicant contracts for, installs, and has city inspector approval of a storm shelter. In order for approval, shelter must meet or exceed the requirements established by FEMA. Having the program will help residents of the area and give near absolute protection. “I’m excited. We probably have one of the highest per capita of homes with safe rooms and this will just make it better. On storm days when people call, asking where to go, this will help cut down on the calls and give people peace of mind,” said Gayland Kitch, director of emergency management for the City of Moore. To be eligible, a person must be the homeowner and resident of a single-family residence located within the city limits of the City of Moore. The residence where the storm shelter is installed must be the primary residence of the homeowner. Here is how priority will be determined: • Priority one are homeowners whose house was destroyed or severely damaged by the tornadoes on May 20 or May 31, 2013. Severe damage is classified as a person who had to obtain a build permit from the city to either rebuild or remodel. • Priority two are all other residents within the city limits of Moore. If there are more registrants than available funds, the remaining names will be assigned a number and randomly selected by a computer. Only 1,500 applicants will be selected for approval based on the $3.75 million from the American Red Cross. Registration is open now until February 28, 2014. To apply for the rebate program, persons should register online at, the State of Oklahoma’s existing SoonerSafe program. OEM will provide applicant information to the City of Moore for selection and processing. If you are approved for the rebate program by the city, the homeowner will be expected to do the following: • Contract with vendor of choice for provision and installation of storm shelter, within 45 days of approval notification; • Apply for and receive a shelter building permit from City (may be done by vendor); • Install their storm shelter, within 1 year of approval/go-ahead letter; • Once the storm shelter is installed, request an inspection from the City of Moore; • Complete and return the Storm Shelter Completion and Rebate Request form and other requested documentation to the City’s Storm Shelter Project manager. All storm shelters must meet or exceed standards as established by FEMA-361, ICC-500, City Code, and/or IBC-2009. To find out more about the guidelines, visit How you receive your rebate is based upon completion of installed storm shelter and city inspection. Here is what you need to have done before a rebate can occur: • A signed and notarized statement from the storm shelter contractor that the installed storm shelter meets or exceeds standards as established by FEMA-361 and/ or ICC-500; • Signature of a City of Moore building official validating that the final installation has passed inspection; • A picture of the storm shelter installation; • Latitude/longitude information (GPS coordinates) for the door of shelter; • A copy of the paid invoice for the storm shelter. Those who are NOT eligible for the program include: • Apartment complexes, duplexes, and other multi-family residences are not eligible for this program;

• Rental properties are not eligible for this program; • Secondary residences of a homeowner are not eligible for this program; • Persons whose homes within the City of Moore were destroyed by the May 20th tornado, but who wish to install a storm shelter at a residence outside of Moore are not eligible for this program. • Persons who have already installed a storm shelter are not eligible to have this storm shelter covered by this rebate program. Please note an exception for homeowners whose primary residence was destroyed in the May 20th, 2013 tornado. • Previously installed storm shelters are not eligible for rebate under this program. For more information on this rebate program, visit sheltermoore.




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New Types of Transportation:

YMCA Before and After School Care. Moore Community Center; call 378-0420 for participating schools and more information.

The Hugs Project. non-profit organization puts together care packages for our troops in Middle East. For more info call 651-8359 or

*Metro Transit will provide van service for age 60 and older on Tue. and Thu. from the Moore area to OKC medical appointments. Call Jackie at 297-2583.

Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see or go to City Hall.

*”Share-A-Fare” Age 60 and over or disabled to purchase taxi fare at a 40% off.

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 793-5070 to schedule your trash pick-up. Neighborhood Watch Program. Moore Police Dept. is starting a Neighborhood Watch Program. If interested in helping your neighborhood reduce crime, contact Jeremy Lewis, 793-4448. Adopt A Pet. Call Moore Animal Shelter, 7935190; 3900 S. I-35 Service Rd. Open M–F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 12 noon. First Church Moore, 201 W. Main. Every Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. SONderful Wednesdays for Youth (7–12 grades). Free Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Family Activities & Church School at 6 p.m. Afterschool Matters, an after-school program from FBC Moore that helps students who need academic success. Available for 1st through 6th graders every Tuesday from 3:00-6:00 pm. Contact Director Carissa Taylor at carissa.taylor@ to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer. Fresh Start Community Church Food Pantry 309 Eastern Avenue, West Campus-Family Life Center. Open the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Canned and dry goods available. Must be a resident of Moore. (Please bring an ID). Oklahoma Home and Community EducationRobinson Group 11 a.m. 201 W. Indian Hills Rd, Moore. Contact Phyllis Embrey 895-6630. Dementia/Alzheimers Support Group Village on the Park 1515 Kingsgate OKC 3:00 p.m. Contact Karen Proctor at 692-8700. American Legion. Every Wednesday of the month. 12-4 p.m. Second and fourth Wednesday. 207 SW 1st Street. For information, call Preston Simms at 550-8516.


Help Deliver Meals. to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, 793-9069, Brand Ctr. Living Faith Church. 825 NW 24th, feeding program called the “Father’s Business.” About 100 families are provided food every Tues. Call Pastor Jimmy Milligan, 794-3161; or email to Serve Moore. Need help cleaning up or repairing your property after the tornado? Serve Moore is here to help get you back on your feet. Located at 200 S. Howard Ave. in Moore. Call for services or to volunteer. 735-3060. Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

SENIORS Moore Senior Citizen nutrition site. Brand Senior Center, 501 E. Main, 793-9069. Open 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Meal offered at 11:30. Call by 1 p.m. day before to request a meal. Donation for a meal for seniors 60& above: $2.25. Required cost for meal for guests under 60: $5.00

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

Moore Council on Aging. Seniors may have transportation anywhere in city of Moore for errands or appointments. 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Mon.– Fri. Call 799-3130 at least one day in advance.

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.

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ONGOING CLUBS & CLASSES CLUBS AARP meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. at the Brand Senior Center, 501 East Main St., Moore. Programs are on subjects of interest to persons 50 years and over. Potluck dinner follows the program each month.

Moore Old Town Association meets 4th Tue. every month at First United Methodist Church. For further information contact Janie Milum at: cjmilum@

Malcolm Hunter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Moore, OK meets 2nd Wed. of each month at Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, 6600 S. Penn, at 1 p.m. Contact Pat Towns, 376-5653.

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The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization meets at 11am the 3rd Saturday during the months of: February, April, June, August, October, and December. Meeting location is the Sunny Lane Family Reception Center, 3900 SE 29th St, Del City. If you need directions call 405-445-7040 .

South OKC Rotary Club. Fridays, 12 to 1 p.m. at Southwest Integris Cancer Center, SW 44th & Southwestern. Civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community.

Tai Chi is avalible at First Baptist Church Moore every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $2 per class. Call 405-793-2600 for more information. Karate is available at First Baptist Church Moore every Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday 9:0012:00. The classes are free for anyone ages 8 years old and up with uniforms availble at a discounted rate. Call 405-793-2600 for more information. Zumba with Crystal. 7:15 pm. Tuesday & Thursday Zumba classes at First Christian Church, 629 NW 12th. Cost is $4 for 1 class or $15 for a 5-class punch card. For more information contact Crystal Forinash at 405-626-8711, by email at zumba_with_crystal@ or at the website Brand Senior Center. Senior Exercise at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Moore Horseshoe Club. Every Thursday 6 p.m. at Fairmoore Park. Contact Johnny Vanderburg 237-1171

WOMEN Zumba avalible just for women at First Baptist Church Moore. Come experience a high energy workout that’s a lot of fun! Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Call 405-793-2600 for more information. South OKC Women’s Connection. This club meets every 3rd Wednesday at noon at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S. Penn, OKC. Call Joyce, 692-8792, for more information. Nursery provided! Moms Club of Moore meets 2nd Thursday of month at Westmoore Community Church. www.

Moore Community Center Step Aerobics Onehour class will be available every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15. Cost is $20. Instructor: Angie Ceyler. For more information contact Whitney at 793-5090 or email at wWathen@ Moore Community Center Zumba Classes. Fee is $15 dollars a month per person, Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Ritchel Schultz. For more information call 405-793-5090. Body Fit Strength Training. Tues. & Thurs. from 9 to 9:50 a.m. at Fresh Start Community Church, 309 N Eastern, 794-7313. Zumba. $3 fee per class. Monday and Thursday nights, 7:15 p.m. at the Christian Life Center located at 201 W. Main St.

Sooner Sensation Show Chorus, Sweet Adelines. Mon. 7 p.m. at Fresh Start Church. 309 N Eastern. Call 436-5828 for more information. Also FREE voice lessons on Mondays.

RECOVERY/SUPPORT Fresh Start Community Church Celebrate Recovery, 12-Step Program will meet on Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m. at 309 N Eastern, 794-7313.

Beth Haven Baptist Church. 12400 S. Western is having an Addiction Recovery meeting every Wednesdayat 7 p.m. Call Pastor Rick, 691-6990 for information.

First Baptist Church Grief Share. Support group for individuals and family members struggling with life events such as death, divorce, disappointments; and learning healthy ways to cope with life. Meets weekly on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street.

First Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery. Support and help for those struggling with addiction. Meets weekly on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street.

MUSIC/ARTS FITNESS First Baptist Church of Moore. FBC Moore Community Life/Recreation Ctr. Two basketball courts & racquetball courts, fitness center, walking/ running track. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 735-2527.

Southern Hills School of Fine Arts, 8601 S. Penn, OKC 73159. Enrolling children and adults for private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, strings, brass and woodwinds. Call David Allen at 405-589-3618





Moore Rotary Club. Wed, at Belmar Golf Club, 1025 E. Indian Hills Road. Civic orga nization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community.



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FEBRUARY 3 • MONDAY City Council Meeting at Moore City Hall at 6:30 p.m., 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000 FEBRUARY 4 • TUESDAY Parks Board Meeting 6:30 N. Broadway.



FEBRUARY 5 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 124pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446. Moore Rotary Club. Noon. Belmar Golf Club 1025 E. Indian Hills Rd. Community Dinner. 5:30 p.m. Free meal for residents at First Church of Moore. 301 W. Main St. Call 794-6671 for more information. FEBRUARY 7 • FRIDAY S. OKC Rotary Club. Meeting is at noon. Southwest Integris Cancer Center. SW 44th and S. Western. Yellow Rose Theater. “Dean Martin’s Amore.” Dinner and a lovely show that will have you swooning all night long with this new special February show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. FEBRUARY 8 • SATURDAY Moore Youth Spring Baseball Sign-Ups. 12:002:00 pm. Ages 3 to prep. Register at Moore Community Center. Yellow Rose Theater. “Dean Martin’s Amore.” Dinner and a lovely show that will have you swooning all night long with this new special February show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. FEBRUARY 10 • MONDAY School Board Meeting. 6 p.m. Check www. for location. FEBRUARY 12 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 124pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446. Moore Rotary Club. Noon. Belmar Golf Club 1025 E. Indian Hills Rd.

Community Dinner. 5:30 p.m. Free meal for residents at First Church of Moore. 301 W. Main St. Call 794-6671 for more information. FEBRUARY 14 • FRIDAY Valentine’s Day. S. OKC Rotary Club. Meeting is at noon. Southwest Integris Cancer Center. SW 44th and S. Western. Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Performance debuts at OCCC’s VPAC for grand opening performance. Call 682-1611 for information on tickets. Yellow Rose Theater. “Elvis.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all night long with this new Las Vegas style show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. FEBRUARY 15 • SATURDAY Yellow Rose Theater. “Dean Martin’s Amore.” Dinner and a lovely show that will have you swooning all night long with this new special February show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. FEBRUARY 16 • SUNDAY Yellow Rose Theater. “Dean Martin’s Amore.” Dinner and a lovely show that will have you swooning all night long with this new special February show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. FEBRUARY 17 • MONDAY President’s Day. City Hall Closed. FEBRUARY 18 • TUESDAY City Council Meeting at Moore City Hall at 6:30 p.m., 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000 FEBRUARY 19 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 124pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446. Moore Rotary Club. Noon. Belmar Golf Club 1025 E. Indian Hills Rd. Community Dinner. 5:30 p.m. Free meal for residents at First Church of Moore. 301 W. Main St. Call 794-6671 for more information.

FEBRUARY 21 • FRIDAY S. OKC Rotary Club. Meeting is at noon. Southwest Integris Cancer Center. SW 44th and S. Western. Sensory Story Time. 10 am. Designed for children ages 2-6 with sensory processing disorders. Call 793-5100 to reserve a seat. Yellow Rose Theater. “Dean Martin’s Amore.” Dinner and a lovely show that will have you swooning all night long with this new special February show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. Join the Singles of FBC Moore for “Friday Night Live for HIM” Friday, September 20th. There’s a dinner for a small charge at 6:30 p.m. in our Atrium, followed by a wonderful time of Praise & Worship with Jami Smith and a message from our special guest speaker, David Edwards. Recreation and table games to follow until 10:00 p.m. Please call 793-2624 for more information and reservations, or e-mail First Baptist is located at 301 NE 27th Street, just off I-35 South in Moore. FEBRUARY 22 • SATURDAY Yellow Rose Theater. “Dean Martin’s Amore.” Dinner and a lovely show that will have you swooning all night long with this new special February show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. FEBRUARY 26 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 124pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446. Moore Rotary Club. Noon. Belmar Golf Club 1025 E. Indian Hills Rd. Community Dinner. 5:30 p.m. Free meal for residents at First Church of Moore. 301 W. Main St. Call 794-6671 for more information. FEBRUARY 28 • FRIDAY S. OKC Rotary Club. Meeting is at noon. Southwest Integris Cancer Center. SW 44th and S. Western. Yellow Rose Theater. “Dean Martin’s Amore.” Dinner and a lovely show that will have you swooning all night long with this new special February show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779.



FEBRUARY 1 • SATURDAY Moore Youth Spring Baseball Sign-Ups. 12:002:00 pm. Ages 3 to prep. Register at Moore Community Center.



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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.

Read, Create and Play

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.

Story Time

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.

Books, Barks and Buddies

Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Baby Story Time

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.

Story Time

Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.,

CHILDREN’S DEPT. Monday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m.

Children’s Story Time

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m.

Dental Health Month Celebration

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4:30 p.m.

Lego Quest

Thursday, Feb. 6, 10 & 10:30 a.m. Baby Story Time

10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Baby Story Time

Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.

Children’s Story Time

Thursday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.

Make and Take

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.

Read, Create and Play

Thursday, Feb. 13, 10 & 10:30 a.m. Baby Story Time

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.

Story Time

Friday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Story Time

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m.

Super Hero Party

Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.

Children’s Story Time

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m.

Books, Barks and Buddies

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create)

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Lego Quest

Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Baby Story Time

Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.

Sensory Story Time

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.

Story Time

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Baby Story Time

Thursday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.

Make and Take


Thursday, Feb. 20, 10 & 10:30 a.m. Baby Story Time Monday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.

Children’s Story Time

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m.

TweenScene BAM (Book and Movie)

Thursday, Feb. 27, 10 & 10:30 a.m. Baby Story Time TEENS AND ADULTS Monday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.


Monday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m.

Computer Basics

Monday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m.

Internet Basics Part 1

Monday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m.

Email Basics

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m.

Cooking for Two

Friday, Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m.

Advanced Email

Thursday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Penn Ave. Literary Society

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m.

Elemental Hip Hop with Gregory Jerome

Monday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.


Monday, Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.

On the Same Page Book

Discussion Group

Monday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m.

Basic Microsoft Excel 2010 Part 1

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.

Computer Basics for Seniors

Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Basic Microsoft Excel 2010 Part 2

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Lego Quest

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m.

Introduction to Twitter

Monday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Moore Reads Book Discussion Group

Monday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 26

Business Connections Book Discussion


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Zumba Fitness at Moore Community Center $15 a month per person. Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m., Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Ritchel Schultz For more information call 405-793-5090. Step Aerobics A one-hour fitness class that will include 30 minutes of aerobic conditioning and Reebok step, etc., and 25 minutes of strength training and toning, and a 5-minute cool down. The class will also include an introduction to a free online website that will provide tracking and tips on weight loss and improving fitness levels. Monday & Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.- - 6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., $20 a month.

BRAND SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITIES For more information on other activities and times, call 793-9069. Feb 4 Feb 6 Feb 7 Feb 11 Feb 13 Feb 14 Feb 17 Feb 18 Feb 19 Feb 20 Feb 24 Feb 25

10:00 Country Music House Singers 10:30 BP checks 10:00 Wii Bowling 10:00 MCOA Monthly Meeting 10:00 Last Chance Band 10:00 Library 10:30 BP & Sugar checks provided by Loving Care 10:00-11:00 Gary Parks will sing 10: 00-11:00 Rudy & Mary will sing Closed for President’s Day 10:00 Country Music House Singers // 12:15 AARP Board Meeting 11:45 Fresh Cobbler provided by Village on the Park 10:30-11:00 Medicare Benefits provided by Generations Health Care 10:00 MCOA Board Meeting 10:00 BINGO provided by Allegiance Credit Union 11:00-11:20 OG&E Cold Stress and Hypothermia 5:00pm AARP Monthly Meeting & Potluck Dinner

Feb 27 10:30-11:00 Okla. Strong “ Road to Recovering” Exercise: Mon, Wed, & Fri 10:15 Line Dancing Lessons Wed 12:15 Wood Carving Thurs Thurs 9:00-11:00 Oil Painting Thurs 1:00 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 meal for guests under 60: $5.00







estmoore senior Tripp Fuller remembers his first varsity basketball game all too well. “I just got thrown around like a rag doll, like the itty-bitty freshman I was,” Fuller said. And he’s not kidding when he describes himself as itty bitty. Fuller said he weighed about 155 pounds when he stepped on the floor against Del City that day. But his head coach said Fuller carried within that slender frame a tremendous desire to improve. It was a quality Scott Hodges spotted when he first watched Fuller play as an eighth-grader at Brink Junior High. Hodges said, “He had a skill to him, he was a great teammate and he always worked hard, so we knew he had the intangibles to become a great player.” Four years later, Fuller’s playing weight is now 168 pounds. It’s not a massive increase, especially when you factor in his height at 6’ 4”. But as Hodges had expected, Fuller’s intense dedication to hard work has made him one of Westmoore’s all-time greats. That hard work was rewarded during the Jags’ recent game with Moore as Fuller broke the school’s all-time scoring record when he scored on a layup in the first quarter. The old record of 947 points was held by 2008 graduate, Matthew Mobley. Fuller says breaking the record has been a goal, but not one of his main targets. “My personal scoring isn’t that big of a deal to me,” Fuller said. “I’d rather win than score, but it’s still definitely something I had in the back of my mind.” Hodges said that’s just the way the highly competitive senior is wired—with a primary focus on team-goals, but a determination to always improve his game.


“He’s a great player, but he’s also humble and the hardest worker that we have. I think he’ll always have that, and I’m lucky to have coached him,” he said. The Jaguars’ head coach also believes having a player like Fuller around has a big impact on the younger players as a great role model. Hodges said, “Tripp’s a 4.7 GPA student, he’s a great leader, he’s very involved, and he’s also just a great person—and these guys see that.” Those younger guys also see the dedication Fuller brings to the gym, continuing to polish aspects of his game before and after the regular practice sessions. “Somebody like me—60 or 70 percent of the points I get are offensive rebound put-backs, and just working harder than the guy guarding me,” said Fuller “Technique definitely has something to do with it, and there’s a lot to be said for that, but my goal is just to outwork the guy guarding me.” Fuller plans to continue his basketball career at the next level and is getting attention from a number of Division III programs. If he goes to one of those smaller schools, he feels certain he’ll be able to continue to play an inside game. But he’s also looking at larger schools. Fuller said, “If I go to a school like Oklahoma Christian, I’ll have to work on my perimeter game and ball handling so I can play a 2 or a 3.” No matter where Fuller ends up, his current coach believes he’ll continue to find great success. “Tripp’s the kind of hard-working kid every coach wants on his team, the kind of player who’s never satisfied with where he is and continues to push himself and his teammates to be a better player and a better person,” Hodges said.


Long Live the Queen! DQ Returns to Long Lines in Moore Habitat for Humanity House

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As a celebration of the closing of the year 2013, Moore residents have welcomed back Dairy Queen, an icon of the city that has been gone for far too long. “We are absolutely fired up! I cannot tell you or express to you how excited we are. It’s been 15 years since Dairy Queen was here, and for our little family—the Jones family—to bring back Dairy Queen to Moore, where I grew up, is beyond excitement!” David Jones said. The decision to come back was announced in August of 2013 and was met with overwhelming support from the area and a few raised eyebrows as to the timeline. Four months didn’t seem possible, yet despite the time crunch, DQ was resurrected exactly on schedule and with even more excitement than expected. “When he came to us to talk about the project, we thought Dairy Queen would be a great brand,” Jason Fritts said. “I didn’t expect it to be as big as it really is. Everybody wants to talk about DQ and when it was going to open, so it’s really exciting to have them open.” “At first I was a little bit nervous but then I got excited to see how everyone else is excited—and to be able to give the community what it wants will make my day,” said Sarah Jones, co-owner of DQ.


The brand new DQ is a 1.9 million-dollar project with the chill-and-grill style concept and an Orange Julius. It’s now the first DQ in the OKC metro since 1999. Construction crews worked quickly to assure the new building would be up and running before the end of the year. On December 31, 2013, more than 100 people waited in line to get a tasty treat. The line of cars on Telephone Road gave traffic a bit of run for its money as customers inched closer to the window. For one DQ fan, a Blizzard was all he needed. “I went with the Butterfinger Blizzard. Classic, simple and beautiful,” said Matt Cobb, youth pastor. The Jones family, who also brought back Schlotzsky’s to the area in the summer of 2011, is excited to open its doors for residents and customers in the surrounding areas. At the DQ in Moore, those walking through the door to order a signature ice cream can expect to be treated like family. “Friendship, family—we think of everyone that comes through those doors as family. We want everyone to be our friends, and without them, there is no business and we are not successful. So the success is for our customers,” said Deborah Jones, DQ co-owner. This returned Dairy Queen is located at 2301 S. Telephone Rd. and is open for satisfying your sweet tooth.





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ANSWERCREW Question for a Fitness Expert What’s the best type of exercise? There’s no one answer to that question. It all depends on who you

be better off finding a gym and lifting some weights instead.

are and what your goals are. Every person and every trainer has favorite

Lastly, there are the somewhat more meditative arts of yoga or

exercise methods, and almost all of them can be beneficial if used

Pilates. Though similar in that they primarily use bodyweight exercises

correctly. Let’s run through some different options, and you decide

and techniques, they tend to have slightly different focuses. Yoga is some-

which work best for your goals.

what more meditative, and focuses more on stretching and breathing

Cardio is what many people think of when they think of exercise. This

techniques. The workload is more spread over your entire body, whereas

is for good reason. Cardio has numerous benefits, including lowering the

Pilates tends to focus more on core strength. If you have back problems

risk of heart disease and a number of other chronic conditions, such as

and need to strengthen your core, Pilates is an excellent way to go. Yoga,

diabetes. It’s also a great way to burn calories, for those who want to shed

on the other hand, is a lot like cardio in that virtually everyone can ben-

some weight. Pretty much everyone, regardless of current fitness levels,

efit from it to some extent. Most of us, even the most fitness-conscious,

will benefit from adding cardio exercise into their daily lives. It doesn’t

have all kinds of muscular tightness and movement distortions due just

matter as much what type of cardio it is, be it a treadmill, a stair climber,

to everyday life. Sitting at a desk at work, hunched over a computer all

or a bike. For many people, just going for a long walk once or twice a day

day, for instance, can severely impact your posture. Even wearing shoes

is plenty. Regardless of your fitness goals, don’t forget the cardio.

with an elevated heel can affect your posture from head to toe. Yoga,

If cardio isn’t your first thought when thinking of exercise, weight

or just plain stretching, can do wonders for opening your body up and

lifting probably is. While in some ways more difficult than cardio, weight

correcting your posture, which is the foundation of any functional body.

training also has considerable benefits to your health, including increased

Even advanced lifters or athletes can benefit from this kind of postur-

muscle mass, increased metabolism, and, if performed with little rest,

al rehab. If you’re interested, do some research on local classes and see

substantial cardio benefits as well. For people worried about bone den-

which seems right for you.

sity, weight lifting is ideal, as research has shown a measurable increase

If you’re thinking of beginning to exercise, or changing up your rou-

in bone density due to weighted exercise, reducing one’s risk for osteo-

tine, just consider a few of the avenues available to you. Don’t let anyone

porosis. Anyone who wants to tone up, get stronger, or put on a smaller

force you into one particular exercise method. Find what works for you,

size should definitely add weight lifting to their lives.

because that is what you will stick with, and that is what you will get

Another very popular way to exercise is in the form of home workouts

results from. Any exercise modality will work if you just do it right and

such as P90X, Insanity, and countless others. These can be very effective

stick with it. And it doesn’t have to be fancy. Play sports with friends, go

programs, provided you’re able to push yourself the way they require you

dancing, play with your dog (and do some of the fetching yourself !)—

to. Some people need the added incentive of a trainer or a gym partner

anything can help you become a fitter version of yourself. Your body can’t

to hold them accountable, and a DVD just isn’t enough. If, however, you

tell the difference between a gym and a playground. All activity adds up,

find you’re able to self-motivate or just don’t want to bother with a gym,

so don’t get hung up on how you’re exercising, just keep moving!

one of these programs could be ideal. If you’re new to fitness and want to dip your toe in, there are worse places to start. Bear in mind that most of these sorts of programs are very cardio-heavy, even those that incorporate weights, so they will be good for losing weight, though not so

Alex Warren NASM-Certified Personal Trainer

good for putting on muscle mass. Something like P90X will put a bit of muscle on you, especially if you’re new to working out, but there is a hard limit to how much muscle. If you find you want more muscle mass, you’d FEBRUARY 2014 | MOORE MONTHLY | 47

Moore Medical Center Reaches a Milestone by Richie Splitt

Rendering of the new Moore Medical Center.


oore Medical Center Emergency Services recently celebrated a milestone. We cared for our 1,000th patient on Monday, January 6, 2014! That’s impressive for a facility that has been open since December 2, 2013. The patient was given a health and wellness gift bag with certificates for a free heart scan, complimentary visits to The Health Club, and gift cards to local Moore businesses. The staff at Moore Medical Center also celebrated with cupcakes. We are proud to care for each and every patient that comes through our doors, whether they are the first or the 1,000th. Our team is very happy to be back in Moore, providing residents with quality emergency care. Down the road from Moore Medical Center Emergency Services, the HealthPlex also had reason to celebrate. Our physicians and staff achieved the prestigious Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost, and patient satisfaction. The Norman Regional HealthPlex is the only hospital in the Oklahoma City metro area to have achieved this level of national cardiovascular care recognition. To become the metro’s only Accredited Chest Pain Center, the HealthPlex engaged in rigorous evaluation for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the communities served by Norman Regional, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at

• • •

reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.


I’m very proud of our doctors, nurses, and staff for pursuing and achieving this recognition! Since February is National Heart Month, I’d also like to remind everyone of the importance of early recognition and detection of a heart attack. During a heart attack, minutes matter. Heart attacks are not always sudden and intense. In fact, many start slowly. Warning signs of a heart attack and acute coronary syndrome include: • chest pain (discomfort, pressure, tightness, squeezing, burning or fullness) • pain radiating to arms, neck or jaw • anxiety/fear • profuse sweating. The following symptoms are more common in women: • upper body pain in neck, shoulder, back or stomach • shortness of air • dizziness • nausea/vomiting • indigestion • palpitations • atypical fatigue. If you experience these signs, do NOT wait and do NOT drive. Call 911 immediately. Whether opening new and convenient emergency services in Moore, or achieving Chest Pain Accreditation, Norman Regional is committed to providing safe and highquality care to our communities. Our physicians and staff are proud to care for you when the next few minutes can make a critical difference in your immediate and longterm health results. Weather related coverage is sponsored by

Emergency Services MOORE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY SERVICES NOW OPEN Moore Medical Center Emergency Services, a freestanding emergency room, located at the former Moore Medical Center site is now open. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all your emergency healthcare needs. Services at the new building include: • A trauma area

• Treatment rooms

• CT

• Fast Track rooms for minor illnesses and injuries

• Triage area

• Ultrasound

• Isolation room

• X-ray

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In additional to emergency services, the building also has outpatient laboratory and imaging available. This offers community members a quick, convenient and close place to get lab work such as blood draws done or diagnostic testing such as an x-ray performed. This freestanding ER will serve the emergency needs of the area, until a permanent facility can be built. Norman Regional plans to break ground on a permanent structure in Spring 2014 and open its new building to patients in Fall 2016. 700 S. Telephone Road, Moore, OK Phone: 405-793-9355 NORMAN REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM Norman Regional Hospital Moore Medical Center Norman Regional HealthPlex


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WRESTLING Moore High School Feb. 4 Edmond Memorial Feb. 15 Dual State Tournament Feb. 22 Regional Tournament Feb. 28-Mar. 1 State Wrestling Tournament Westmoore High School Feb. 4 Norman (Sr. Night) Feb. 15 Dual State Tournament Feb. 22 Regional Tournament Feb. 28-Mar. 1 State Wrestling Tournament Southmoore High School Feb. 6 Tri-Meet: Tuttle, Midwest City (Sr. Night) Feb. 15 Dual State Tournament Feb. 22 Regional Tournament Feb. 28-Mar. 1 State Wrestling Tournament

SWIMMING Moore High School Feb. 2-7 Regionals Feb. 14-15 State Westmoore High School Feb. 2-7 Regionals Feb. 14-15 State Southmoore High School Feb. 2-7 Regionals Feb. 14-15 State

BASKETBALL Moore High School Feb. 4 at Southmoore Feb. 7 at Del City Feb. 11 Edmond Memorial Feb. 14 at Norman North Feb. 18 Westmoore Feb. 21 Norman Feb. 27-Mar. 1 Regional Tournament 50 | MOORE MONTHLY | FEBRUARY 2014

Westmoore High School - Boys Feb. 4 at Norman Feb. 7 Midwest City Feb. 11 at Southmoore Feb. 14 Del City Feb. 18 at Moore Feb. 21 Edmond Memorial (Sr. Night) Feb. 27-Mar. 1 Regional Tournament Southmoore High School - Boys Feb. 4 Moore Feb. 7 at Norman North Feb. 11 Westmoore Feb. 14 at Edmond Memorial Feb. 21 at Midwest City Feb. 27-Mar. 1 Regional Tournament

WARREN MOVIE GUIDE FEBRUARY 2014 Be the first to see the latest films coming to the Warren.

FEBRUARY 7 THE LEGO MOVIE An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Master-Builder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. THE MONUMENTS MEN An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

ROBOCOP In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, partrobot police officer. ABOUT LAST NIGHT New love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

FEBRUARY 14 WINTER’S TALE A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her. Editor’s Note: Each month our Warren Movie Guide provides a listing of top films expected at the Warren. Dates are subject to change.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.

ENDLESS LOVE The story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.

FEBRUARY 21 POMPEII A slave turned gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him. 3 DAYS TO KILL A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

FEBRUARY 28 NON-STOP An air marshall must spring into action aboard an international flight. SON OF GOD The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. WELCOME TO YESTERDAY A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation By Michael Pollan • Pages: 468 • Publisher: Penguin Reviewer: Brenda Johnson, Information Services Manager, Moore Public Library


Demolition Author: Sally Sutton Illustrator: Brian Lovelock Publisher: Candlewick Press Reviewer: Cassie Spindle, Children’s Services Manager, Moore Public Library Children in Moore might see many construction vehicles and workers around town without fully understanding their purpose. Demolition by Sally Sutton can help explain to kids what these machines and workers are doing, and the illustration of the entire demolition and rebuilding process might be able to help children visualize the purpose of all this work. A pictorial glossary of construction machines at the end of the book provides further explanation of just what each machine does. Each two-page scene of Demolition features energetic, bright illustrations of the demolition of an old building, the recycling of materials from the building, and the construction of a playground in its place. The rhyming text, rhythmic cadence, and descriptive actions and sounds (“Whish! Splish! Squirt!”) will keep children engaged as the demolition and rebuilding progresses. The machines in the story are not depicted as the big, scary monsters that children might think they sound like, but they are instead shown to be simply machines that make a lot of noise as they do their job to create something new. The construction of the playground and the planting of trees and grass can help children better understand the renewal process. Demolition is a great read-aloud for children ages 2–5, or for children ages 6–8 who want to read it on their own. Children who enjoy this book might also enjoy Sutton and Lovelock’s Roadwork, and other “noisy” books such as Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker. All of these books are easy reads that make for an enjoyable emergent literacy experience together, limited only by how loud and silly you can make the actions and sounds.


Food activist Michael Pollan takes on the history of cooking in his new book. After his previous bestseller, Omnivore’s Dilemma, launched the campaign to eat locally grown foods, it seems only natural that his next major work would be how to cook your food. Pollan contends that the best way to make sure you are eating local food with no unpronounceable ingredients is to cook your food yourself. The bonus is that you will eat less because you will not go to the trouble of cooking something like fried chicken every day. Pollan divides Cooked into four food preparation techniques: smoking, braising, baking, and fermenting. All four methods began soon after man first began to cook his food; they allowed him to get more caloric bang for his hunting and gathering by transforming the food to a more digestible and chewable form. The result of cooking food allowed humans to get more calories, grow bigger brains, and learn how to do more. The four forms of cooking are fundamental in all cultures and also reflect the ancient four natural elements, fire, water, air, and earth. To explore each method, Pollan chooses an expert to guide him in his training. A North Carolina pit master teaches him how to barbecue a whole hog; a Chez Panisse-trained chef teaches him to braise several kinds of meat in several kinds of liquid; a California artisanal baker teaches him how to create a sourdough starter and a recipe for a perfect loaf of bread; fermenting experts for vegetables, cheese, and beer teach him how to use fungi and bacteria to preserve food and feed the human biome without making it sick. Of course during the process, Pollan meets many interesting characters. North Carolina barbecue is a tradition passed down through families and argued about with barbecue experts from other states. Pollan is inspired to build a pit in his front yard and discovers why smoking meat brings people together. The braising recipes he learns are delicious and are the cooking method he is sure he’ll continue. Bread baking turns out to be more difficult than expected. Pollan bakes many loaves and consults with many people while perfecting his technique. He decides it is something he will do more often but not all the time. In the fermenting section, he experiments with the preservation method used by many cultures for thousands of years to allow vegetables to be stored through the winter. Most of all, Pollan’s book traces the history of cooking through the ages with all its quirks, traditions, and mystery. He emphasizes that up until the present day, humans have been a part of the amazing process of growing food and then transforming it into something delicious that supports life. Only recently have we turned food production and preparation over to corporations, and in the process we’ve lost confidence in our own ability to survive. By going back to cooking, humans could become happier, healthier, and more self-reliant. Cooking on an individual level would also make food production greener and more sustainable. Pollan’s delight in the magic of cooking is contagious, and reading this book inspires the reader to try it himself. Cooked by Michael Pollan is available from Moore Public Library in regular print, large print and audio CD.






estmoore head football coach, Billy Langford, has always been a family man, even to the point where everyone associated with the Jaguar football program was pulled into the family circle. But it was a growing realization of the need to spend more time at home that led him to resign over the holidays. “The only real way to sell out to my family is to give football up. I can’t do both,” said Langford. “This job is too time-consuming and too important. It means too much to too many people not to give it your full attention.” During a typical week of life during the football season, Langford said he finally gets home at the earliest around 7:30 p.m. But that’s on the one or two light days. More often than not, it’s around 10 p.m. or later when he walks in the door during the week. Coaches also put extended time in on Saturdays and Sundays taking care of injuries, watching film, and working on game plans for their next opponent. It’s a commitment a coach has to be prepared to make. Langford said, “I wanted to be fair to my family and fair to the program all at the same time, and the only way I felt I could do that was to resign and move on to the next thing in my life.” While he’s not exactly sure about all the details of the next move, he does have a clearer picture of how the change will impact his wife, daughter (a freshman at Westmoore), and two sons (fourth- and sixth-graders). “I thought my boys might be upset that I’m not the head coach of the Jags anymore,” Langford said. “They love the Jags, but they took it pretty well and when I started talking to them about doing some hunting and fishing a little bit, they perked right up.”


Langford said his daughter looked at him like he was a little bit crazy and that his wife is a little bit torn about the decision. “She’s glad to have me around, but we’re a little curious to see if she can stand me once I’m around more,” he said. The longtime coach said he cherishes the success the Jaguars have had during his tenure as the leader of the program. But he’s quick to point out that the real reason he got into coaching and teaching is to build relationships with the kids with whom he works. “Trying to build relationships and have a positive effect on as many kids—whether they’re football players or regular students in your classroom—that should be your goal,” he said. “The winning and losing stuff takes care of itself.” His message to the team as he leaves is the same message he’s been preaching since day one: Nothing worth having ever comes easy. Langford said, “If you want to be successful in life, you’ve gotta work at it. Nothing’s gonna just be handed to you. You need to work for what you get and you need to be good people.” While he’s intensely competitive and proud of the Westmoore’s on-field accomplishments, especially the Moore War wins and the victories over Southmoore, Langford hopes that when it’s all said and done, it’s his character that leaves the deepest impression. “I hope people remember me as a man of God,” said Langford. “I hope I’ve shared that with everyone I’ve coached and worked with. I’m not a perfect man; nobody is. But to be remembered that way will last longer than memories of the wins and losses.”

Oklahoma City Community College Presents

Flipside: The Patti Page Story

March 12, 2014 7:00 PM Tickets $10–$45 Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater Purchase tickets online at; Box Office: 405-682-7579 Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May Avenue


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Critics Rob Morris SURPRISES AND SNUBS and Emily HIGHLIGHT Matthews 2014review ACADEMY eachAWARDS other’s NOMINATIONS favorite rom-coms. Tom Hanks—the man who began his Hollywood career with the likes of “Bosom Buddies” and “Bachelor Party” is a perennial Oscar favorite (and winner). Hanks was expected to be in the mix with another strong performance in “Captain Phillips.” Nope. August: Osage County—shot in Oklahoma, this look at a deeply dysfunctional family was getting notice for Meryl Streep’s performance, the sharply written screenplay and as a Best Picture candidate. In the end only Streep got a nod from the Academy.

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Robert Redford—he didn’t say much during “All is Lost,” but the Hollywood legend’s performance as an old man battling to stay alive after an accident at sea did pick up an award from the New York Film Critics Circle. Think about this: it’s been 40 years since Redford was last nominated for an acting award (“The Sting”).

It’s the one day of the year everyone in Hollywood is up before 6 a.m. Oscar nominations were announced at 5:38 a.m. in Los Angeles and, as always, there is much celebration mixed with disappointment. David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” lead the way with 10 nominations each in one of the closer Oscar races in recent memory. “American Hustle” nailed a clean sweep in what are considered to be the six “big categories”: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress as well as nominations for Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Film Editing, and Production Design. “Gravity” picked up nominations for Director, Actress, Picture, Original Score, Cinematography, Film Editing, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. Other movies also receiving a significant number of multiple nominations: “12 Years a Slave”—8 “Captain Phillips”—6 “Dallas Buyers Club”—6 “Wolf of Wall Street”—5.

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Naturally everyone has their opinion about who got in and who got left out of this year’s nominations. And naturally Hollywood is already abuzz over what some believe are snubs by the Academy. Here’s a look at what early reaction is classifying as the biggest omissions: Oprah Winfrey—the talk show maven and world media heavyweight was back on the big screen for the first time in 15 years as Forrest Whitaker’s wife in “The Butler.” She picked up a Screen Actors Guild nomination, but no Oscar hopes for Oprah. © Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Entertainment


Lee Daniels’s “The Butler”— epic, emotional, and anchored by a strong performance by Forrest Whitaker in the title role of the White House butler during the Civil Rights era, this movie was expected to be in the mix for major awards. The lack of nominations may be more about how tired voters are of Harvey Weinstein than whether the movie was deserving or not. James Gandolfini—the actor best known for “The Sopranos” died before his last movie, “Enough Said,” was released. Gandolfini’s performance picked up nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and the Independent Spirit Awards, but the Academy wasn’t interested. Scarlett Johansson—to be honest, it’s hard to view this as a snub since she was heard, but never seen in Spike Jonze’s “Her”…but many in the Hollywood community are expressing the opinion that Johansson deserved a Supporting Actress nod for her voice work. Blackfish—a controversial, but very popular documentary about deaths related to the keeping of killer whales in captivity has SeaWorld in big-time damage control mode. It was completely overlooked in the Best Documentary category. The Academy Awards will air on live on ABC (KOCO in the OKC area) on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 6 p.m.

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by Rob Morris

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Critics Rob Morris and Emily Matthews review each other’s favorite rom-coms.

Also a classic on my list, “Serendipity” is a cute, romantic movie that may not make you believe in destiny, but sure will show you it could have a sense of humor. You might be a little skeptical about calling this film cute at first—Cate Beckinsale forcing the man she just met to rely on chance to bring them to meet again—but by the end of this story, you just might be convinced. Some, however, might be annoyed by the fact that both of the main characters ditch current relationships for someone they hardly know, something that, if you have ever been in a long relationship, you would see as a little naïve. Either way, this movie might make you rethink your opinions of “love at first sight” and destiny.

Groundhog Day

A romantic comedy? At first view, this seemed more like a wacky comedy about a rude weatherman that inexplicably got cursed into never leaving one certain day/ place. There definitely is a romance in the story, but I never felt like it developed into anything really believable. Bill Murray plays this extremely selfish and egotistical misogynist who reads the weather and doesn’t seem to get any enjoyment out of life, yet somehow we still seem to slightly like this character. He gets stuck reliving the same day over and over again until he finally realizes there are more important things and people than himself. By the end you feel like a good lesson was learned, but definitely not the sweetest romantic comedy around.

Say Anything

Iconic. This film has that iconic shot of John Cusack holding that big boom box above his head. So yeah, what else needs to be said, right? A cute “unexpected” pairing of an underachiever and an over-achiever who fall for each other has the makings of a true summer love. Written and directed by Cameron Crow, this film was and still is pretty high up on everyone’s favorite romantic comedies lists.

10 Things I Hate About You

Also one of my favorites, I always remember “10 Things I Hate About You” as one of my favorite Heath Leger movies. It’s funny and not over-the-top romantic. It’s a believable romance that tells a funny story instead of trying to make you feel all gushy. It is fun to watch the two sisters’ stories unfold in this telling of an unexpected love story. © Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

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ROB’S TAKE ON EMILY’S FAVES (500) Days of Summer

It’s nearly impossible to go wrong with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel as the romantic leads in this quirky, nonlinear love story. Gordon-Levitt does the heavy lifting as a a guy toiling in a job he hates. His doomed relationship with Summer may not seem to make this an “uplifting” comic tale, but it proves worth the wait as we see how a failed relationship can provide motivation to seek redemption and true love. BIG-TIME win of a movie.

Something’s Gotta Give

There’s a whole lot to love about Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as a mismatched pair in this tale of romance among the older set. Nicholson’s Harry Sanborn’s longing for girlfriends under the age of 30 is throttled when he crosses paths with Keaton’s Erica Barry. Mix in a heart attack, Keanu Reeves as a younger rival for Barry’s affections, and a hilarious play written by Barry to roast Sanborn’s fanny (quite literally) and you’ve got a great recipe for all ages to enjoy.

Roman Holiday

Wow, Emily! Sure didn’t expect this to turn up on your list. A very young and delightful Audrey Hepburn steals the hearts of Gregory Peck and the audience with her Academy-award winning portrayal of a princess determined to escape the pressures of palace life and get a first-hand look at Rome. It’s a wonderful movie with a bittersweet ending.

Uptown Girls

Honestly, it’s really difficult for me to thing of anything I really remember about this movie…much less like or dislike. I guess I have vague recollections about moments of cuteness, but that’s to be expected with Brittany Murphy and a young Dakota Fanning in the starring roles. But I’m gonna have to drop this in the bland and unremarkable category.

About Time

“Guess what, son? You have the ability to travel through time.” In the hands of writer, director Richard Curtis this is an excuse for an awkward young man to set right the romantic wrongs in his past in order to build a “happily-ever-after” future. The performances by newcomer Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams are all spot-on and fun to watch, you just have to set aside logic and some major plot-holes in order to fully enjoy the journey. FEBRUARY 2014 | MOORE MONTHLY | 61



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Annual Best of Moore & South OKC Awards to Be Celebrated in Style by Lauren Casonhua


usinesses in over 40 categories will come together on Tuesday, February 25, for the Second Annual Best of Moore & South OKC Awards Ceremony. The star-studded event will feature a live D.J., special giveaways, and food provided by Venue 104 for an unforgettable evening full of fellowship and fun. Special guest Ed Kelley, former editor of The Oklahoman and The Washington Times, will kick off the event with opening remarks, which will be followed by the announcement of the winners. The event follows the successful initiation of the contest last year, when businesses competed in 20 categories for the awards. “The rapid growth of Moore and South OKC in the last ten years has created a lot of new opportunities for our community to have access to food and services,” said Brian Wall, vice president of Creative Services for Trifecta Communications. According to Wall, new people are constantly moving into the community and Best of Moore helps them know the best places to eat and get services. “That’s the real value of Best of Moore & South OKC. It highlights the great businesses here,” he said. “The community event is entirely consumer-driven and stands out from the rest in that businesses are provided with free promotional materials to encourage their patrons to vote for them”, Wall said. Best of Moore & South OKC not only provides awareness for businesses, but also reveals gaps in the economy by showing which types of businesses are lacking…or not lacking. In one instance, when looking at food establishments, the team made a surprising discovery. “Turns out there’s nine different burger places,” said Wall. After the event, Wall said they continue to encourage businesses to include their newfound award status in marketing materials to increase their stature for customers. He said the awards are “a badge for business owners we hope they proudly wear,” adding that “It’s been fun to see how pockets of businesses have realized greater attention because of this.” This year’s Best of Moore will be sponsored by First American Bank, Norman Regional Health System, McBride Construction & Roofing, and John M. Ireland Funeral Home. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Westminster Events Center with a cocktail reception, and awards will start at 6. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Trifecta Communications main office in the Old School Building, 201 N. Broadway, or by visiting 62 | MOORE MONTHLY | FEBRUARY 2014

Moore Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon Among such high-profile figures as Kevin Durant and Toby Keith stands

another Oklahoma legend in a very different line of work: award-winning

meteorologist Gary England. The recently retired chief meteorologist of

Channel 9 will be the guest speaker at the Moore Chamber of Commerce’s general membership luncheon on Tuesday, February 4.

Membership luncheons are held every quarter and provide the opportunity

for “chamber members to fellowship and network and be provided with great

information,” said director of membership Jan S. Astani. According to Astani, this is the best-attended event other than the annual lunch in November, and a large crowd is expected for the luncheon because of England’s appearance.

The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Yellow Rose Theater in Moore.

Tickets are $20 or $25, invoiced to members. Members can call the chamber at (405) 794-3400 to RSVP.


TO THE NINES 111 W Main St • Moore, OK 73160 • 703-4699

SHOP&TASTE By Luke Small


mily Midgett is a born and bred lion––a Moore Lion, that is. So it is no surprise that she has stuck around in Moore, in Old Town in particular, to open up a clothing store called To The Nines. “We’re a fashion-forward clothing boutique for women,” Midgett said. Playing off the saying we use when we go out “dressed to the nines,” Midgett’s store has filled a muchneeded niche in the Old Town and Moore community as a whole. No boutique in Moore caters to women quite like To The Nines. “I do all the ordering. So I wouldn’t order anything I wouldn’t wear myself,” Midgett said. That attitude of always looking for the latest fashions has kept customers coming in, looking for the latest clothing and accessories. “Most of the [merchandise] moves pretty quickly. Nothing stays very long,” she said. To The Nines has embraced the quaint look and feel


that makes Old Town shops so intriguing. But Midgett has added her own touches like a bokeh-style curtain in the front window. When the sun is at just the right spot, the bokeh plays with the light, giving the store some great color. You can see sayings painted on the walls in a bright, silver color, reminding patrons of the store’s focus on glamour. The sayings also embrace a glamorous frame of mind, proclaiming that, “Style endures,” and encouraging customers to “Be faithful in their own tastes.” The sayings were painted by a friend of Midgett’s from her alma mater, Oklahoma State. “She is super artistic. She asked me what I wanted. I didn’t know, so she just painted them. I think they’re great!” said Midgett. Of course, no building comes prepared just for you, so Midgett had to enlist some family help to get the store ready for customers. “It took us about two weeks to get the inside ready. We had to rip the flooring out,” she said.

Midgett’s connections to Moore run deep and have influenced her to give back to her community. “I’m from Moore. I graduated from Moore High School. My husband also graduated from Moore High School. We love Moore,” she said. At To The Nines, women have embraced fashionforward merchandise, but the store is more than just the merchandise. What Midgett has created has given women a chance to be themselves, enjoying a local business that believes that if you like it, it never goes out of style.

FIREHOUSE SUBS 1301 S. I35 Service Rd., Ste 104 • Moore, OK 73160 • 703-2805

SHOP&TASTE By Luke Small


he latest eatery to open in Moore can boast an incredible 700 locations across the country. But thanks to the story of its founders, and the franchisee that literally helped build the store from the ground up, the Firehouse Subs along I-35 may as well be the only location on the planet. At least that is the way Alicia Hughes has made customers feel. The new franchisee of the latest sub shop in Moore was born in Oklahoma City, but soon found herself outside the sooner state as an engineer on the east coast. In 2011, Hughes said it was time to change careers. But what would be a natural transition from engineering? Well, opening a restaurant, of course! She decided to drive with a friend from New York, where she was living, to Pittsburgh for a trade show on franchising. “And one of the first franchises that I interacted with when I went through the door was Firehouse Subs,” she said. Could it have been fate that put these two disparate worlds together—the engineer from New York with

a restaurant started by two firefighters in Florida? It turns out this was a match made in heaven––and heaven has come to Moore. By 2012, Hughes was fully invested with Firehouse Subs, taking franchise training in Austin where her family lives. Then, with experience in her back pocket, she took the drive up I-35 to begin the process of opening the restaurant. “It was like, ‘Whew! I did it,’” she said about her feelings after opening the sub shop in Moore. “Kind of like when you graduate from college. You have that off your shoulders and now we can get on to the good stuff.” The reason Hughes can say Whew! is because she put some sweat equity into her restaurant. She teamed up with the brother of a fellow Firehouse franchisee to build the store and put in the special touches that make Firehouse Subs special. “The theme comes from the family’s long history of being a firefighting family,” Hughes said. Dalmatian tables, firefighter gear, and helmets

are just a few of the items displayed around the restaurant. As an added touch, the Moore Fire Department donated the items to the restaurant. But the most touching display in the restaurant is a mural honoring the Moore Fire Department and the Moore community. Painted as the driver of the fire truck is Hughes’s father, who has since passed away, as he would have looked in his younger days. The menu, as expected, speaks to the firefighting theme with sandwiches such as the Hook-and-Ladder and the Firehouse Hero. “There is not a bad sandwich on the menu,” she said, pointing out that Firehouse uses fresh meats, cheeses, and veggies. But the overall draw for Firehouse Subs is its story, a story of commitment to the brave men and women who serve their communities well. And to top it off— almost like topping off a great sandwich—is the story of Alicia Hughes and how a change in career led her to making the newest eatery in Moore even more special.



Nurture Your Heart This Valentine’s Day! by Courtney Berry, Dietetic Intern February is American Heart Month. Although it is tempting to overindulge in a rich meal and snack on sweet treats on Valentine’s Day, consider cooking from the heart that is good for your heart. Create some quick, easy, delicious heart-healthy entrées and light, whimsical desserts that you and your sweetheart will enjoy. Here are the key principles to keep in mind when preparing a hearthealthy meal or dessert: 1) Minimize Saturated Fats and Trans-fats: These fats are solid at room temperature (i.e., lard or butter) and can clog your arteries when consumed on a daily basis, which can lead to a heart attack. This is why it is important to choose heart-healthy oils that include mono- and polyunsaturated oils, which are liquid at room temperature and help to preserve the flexibility of our arteries and cell membranes. Consider using canola, soybean, or olive oil when cooking. Also substitute regular butter with light or whipped butter since they have lower total fat content (less than 3 grams per serving on a food label).Also choose 1% or non-fat milk in place of whole or 2% milk. 2) Choose Leaner Meats and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Lean cuts of beef, chicken, pork and fish serve as high-quality proteins and provide essential nutrients including zinc, B-vitamins and iron. Look for 95% lean ground beef or top sirloin steak, because these meet government guidelines for lean. Trim off visible fat, remove skin, and consider healthier cooking methods: baking, grilling, sautéing, poaching, steaming, and broiling instead of deep-fat frying or pan-frying with butter or lard. Lean meat sources are wonderful to pair with vegetables, whole-grains and low-fat dairy for a meal. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna are great sources to obtain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are a heart-healthy fat that help raise HDL—“good” cholesterol—and lower LDL—“bad” cholesterol. Walnuts, almonds, canola and soybean oil are also good Omega-3 sources. 3) Limit Sodium and Added Sugars: Too much sodium in foods can cause your body to retain fluid, which can cause your heart to work harder and can lead to heart failure. Instead of using the salt shaker, consider incorporating fresh herbs, spices, hot peppers, lemon juice, or Mrs. Dash® to season your favorite meals. You’ll find these ingredients will flavor foods nicely and without adding salt. Sugar adds calories and has little nutritional value. Choose Stevia® or Truvia® to replace sugar since they are natural and have little or no calories per serving. You can also try adding applesauce or agave nectar to lower the fat content in quick breads or cakes.


4) Add Fruits, Veggies, and Whole-grains to Your Meal Plan: These are great sources to obtain fiber and help to lower your cholesterol and keep you full and satisfied. Fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help reduce oxidative damage to body cells and can easily be added to desserts, salads, and favorite main dishes. Leave skins on fruits and vegetables for additional fiber. Choose whole-grain products such as whole-grain pasta/tortillas, brown rice, whole-grain bread/cereals and oatmeal. Whole-grains contain iron, folic acid, B-vitamins, and minerals to help your body function. Here are a few simple, delicious, “heart-healthy” desserts that you can make this Valentine’s Day: Lover’s Parfait: Prepare chocolate pudding mix (made with skim or 1% milk) and add to a champagne glass. Next, crumble some vanilla wafers or graham crackers and then sprinkle a handful of your favorite berries. You could also replace the chocolate pudding with Greek non-fat yogurt and add some walnuts or slivered almonds to obtain some Omega-3. Chocolate Fondue: Choose dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, since milk chocolate contains high amounts of saturated fats and added sugars. Darker chocolates contain antioxidants. Melt bars of dark chocolate in the top of a double-broiler pan until smooth and velvety. Use heart cookie cutters to shape fruits (e.g., melons, pineapple, and kiwi). You can also dip berries (e.g., raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) into the fondue. Also try angel food cake, graham crackers, or vanilla wafers since they have a low fat content. Red and blue berries contain anthocyanins, which are good for your heart and can help lower blood pressure if consumed on a regular basis. 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.

CITIZEN SPOTLIGHT by Emily Jane Matthews

Aiden Street “The relationships we have built here are the family we have chosen and I can’t imagine raising my family in any other community,” says Aiden. Originally from Florida, Aiden Street relocated to Moore in 2001 with her husband, Rick. She quickly came to call Moore her home, and love her home, she has. Ever since Aiden arrived in Moore, she has been spending her time out in the community, either working in the Library system, or volunteering in various programs including High School Band, and other education programs. “I am a volunteer at heart with a passion for helping provide educational opportunities,” says Aiden. She certainly has a passion for what she does, something that was recognized when she received a Volunteer Award from the Moore Chamber of Commerce for Excellence in Education. An award that she is very honored to have received. Aiden is currently the Branch Manager for the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library (part of the Pioneer Library System), and her job entails supervising the operations for circulation, children’s, teens, and adult services as well as security. “My focus is on community relations, customer service and training and mentoring newer employees,” says Aiden. When Aiden first arrived here in Moore she knew no one. So to make some friends she began volunteering with the local band program, as well as working part time at the Moore Public Library. She also began studying for her Masters in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. “It wasn’t long before I was asked to pilot a dedicated Business Services position for the library system. It brought me into closer contact with the Chambers of Commerce in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties and I enjoyed helping small business owners find library resources to grow their businesses. I enjoyed graduating from Leadership Moore and Team South, the South OKC Chamber of

Commerce leadership program as well as Leadership Oklahoma City,” says Aiden. She may not have been born and raised in Moore, but Aiden, her husband Rick, and their five-year-old son Nathan have planted some deep roots within the growing community. Those roots were temporarily, physically torn up on May 20th when Aiden’s home was destroyed by the tornado. Thanks to a neighbor’s tornado shelter, and the fact that her husband worked at Southmoore High School (meaning he remained there during the tornado), Aiden and her family remained unharmed by the natural disaster. “I kept really calm the whole time and my son did as well. Once we got in the shelter I unpacked flashlights, water and some snacks then we started reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Count on the librarian to pack some books in the emergency backpack!” she says. Aiden relives the day as she describes her experience, but not with sadness or gloom. Rather, she describes herself as being at peace when she held her son in her arms in the tornado shelter, and showing much gratitude to those who came to her aid (Earlywine YMCA, First American Bank volunteers, Leadership Oklahoma City, Women of the South, Red Cross, Pioneer Library System, Southmoore Band, MPSF and Journey Church, to name a few). “They were so patient and everyone was so stressed but I was incredibly proud of my staff and still am to this day for all their help given to me and to the community. I know my Florida family thinks we are crazy to rebuild in Moore but I tell them until you have lived here and understand the giving spirit of the people here there isn’t really a way to explain it,” she says. An undeniable passion for her community, and an optimism that is nothing but inspiring are only a few of the reasons why Aiden Street was chosen to be our Citizen Spotlight this month. For more information on the Public Library system and its constant contributions to the community visit http:// FEBRUARY 2014 | MOORE MONTHLY | 67

PARTING SHOTS ON TOP OF THE WORLD FOR MOORE Mountaineer Ryan Kushner holds a photo supporting Moore tornado victims on the peak of Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes. At 22,841 feet above sea level, Aconcagua is the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere.

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Moore Monthly - Feb 2014  
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