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VOL. 13 • NO. 3 • MARCH 2018

8 The Bommies: Neither rain, sleet, snow or even “thunder” snow could keep folks away from this years Best of Moore awards gala. It was a great celebration honoring businesses in the area.

34 Del Rancho: Everyone’s favorite Steak Sandwich Supreme is back!!! Yum. Learn more about the history of Moore’s iconic dining spot and their new location in this month’s issue.

32 Autistic and Loved: A Brother's Hero Check out the story of a local brother who wants the world to know about his real-life hero – his baby brother Tripp. He shares his love for his sibling in the book he wrote, “Autistic and Loved: A Brother’s Hero.”

42 NRHS Robots: Don’t you just wish you could zap away all the germs and rid the community of the terrible flu epidemic we’ve been experiencing? Thanks to Norman Regional Health System, some schools did just that with an outof-this-world germ-killing robot.

From the Editor February was supposed to be the “month of love”, but I can’t help but say that this month’s issue is all about the love once again!!! From businesses sharing the love in their acceptance speeches at this year’s Best of Moore awards, to young Oaklee Wren, who shared his love for his brother with his words through the book he wrote with his mom. And, this year’s Night To Shine Prom was surely all about the love, as is evidenced in the wonderful smiles you’ll see in the many photos shared within these pages. So once again, enjoy this month’s issue – and let’s continue sharing the love.


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How Can I Improve Capacity in my Company & My Leadership Ability? Capacity building is working on your company’s ability to do more internally; to run more efficiently by speeding up production, improving systems and processes. It also refers to your and your team’s ability to be productive as leaders. Although it is tempting to jump to company efficiencies, it is important to look at your leadership team first. After all, you and your leadership team set the tone and the pace for the company. • Improve your skills – We all learn by experience, but you can accelerate your learning by tapping into the expertise of others. Don’t be afraid to find a coach, mentor or experienced businessperson for guidance in the areas where you need assistance. The best leaders are never done learning from others. • Input and Feedback – In order to grow as a leader, you have to learn to take feedback yourself. Leadership expert John Maxwell has said, “Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn.” It doesn’t always feel good to hear someone else tell you where you need to improve, but accepting honest input and feedback is actually a sign of courage. Uncomfortable feedback can help you pinpoint areas where you need to improve and help you shift course effectively. • Growth Mindset - According to Dr. Carol Dweck, people tend to embrace one of two mindsets: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. If we are not intentional, we drift into a fixed mindset that observes past experiences and says, “I’m just not good at math” or “I just can’t dance.” A growth mindset drops those restrictions, and adds the word, “yet”—“I’m not good at math, yet.” Growth mindsets believe development is possible whatever our age. • Expanding & Demanding Experiences - Generally speaking, we do not reach our capacity unless we are placed in demanding situations. “If you aren’t over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” wrote T. S. Elliot. The truth is people are like rubber bands: we are most useful when we are stretched. Demanding experiences build our mental muscle, our grit. They make us stronger. • Taking Risks in New Territory – You are either growing or weakening. You can’t stay in one place, so push yourself to move forward. This is not about a geographic move. It is about trying new things, considering new ideas, doing the things you thought you would never do. Now that you have a basic idea of how to build leadership capacity, consider these ideas for building the capacity of your business. • Smooth out inefficiencies and systems • Document your systems - Small business owners complete a variety of daily tasks and can be notorious for being unsystematic. The perception is that it takes too much time off work that needs to be done. The truth is, documenting your business processes will actually save you time in the long run. If each important or daily process in your business has been documented, then any new, employee can be productive for you on their very first day.


• Documenting processes also helps you identify and eliminate unnecessary, time-consuming jobs. • Delegate work to those that are best qualified for, or capable of, the task. • Develop templates for everyday documents. • Encourage staff to evaluate their work quality and make improvements. • Confirm that progress matches your business goals. Sort out staff requirements • If you are ready to enter a growth phase, make sure the employees around you are prepared to support that effort. • Audit your needs. Identify which vital skills are missing and use this as the basis for new job descriptions. • Here are some quick questions to consider: • Do you currently have the right mix of employees in your business? • Which employees are directly contributing to output, and which are overheads? • Are there any unnecessary roles that you can change so that the employee in that position contributes to output? • Can you train existing employees to broaden their skills and avoid redundancy in two or more positions? • Are there new skills that you need to have to in-house? Consider utilizing Contractors. • If you are not ready to add headcount, identify third party contractors or other companies that could take up extra slack to increase your capacity at any time. • Outsourcing can provide temporary relief of capacity issues, before you decide to create a full-time position. Review your equipment • If some of your equipment is outdated or obsolete, consider an upgrade to improve your overall capacity. • Consider leasing key equipment or investigate new technology that removes redundant processes or replaces manual tasks. • Talk to a similar business in your industry and find out what kind of equipment they use. Taking a growth mindset personally and companywide will position you well to accommodate growth while maintaining a high level of quality and customer service.

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Sketches of Moore - by L.T. Hadley

Pioneer Woman of the 20th Century Pioneers were not limited to just the 1700s; not all hacked out a living in the untouched forests and

can of milk to leave at the Interurban stop for the conductor to take on into the city to the creamery.

Whenever she made herself a new Sunday dress, she always made a little ruffled bonnet to go with it.

mountains. Pioneering was as much a woman’s work

A widower, Burt Howard had a farm north of

She was a short little woman, not really beautiful, but

as man’s. This is the story of a pioneer woman in the

Birdie’s. He had five children also. Eventually, the two

character and strength were plainly engraved on the

20th century.

farmers married, sold the farming equipment and

lady many people called “Grandma Matthesen.”

Birdie Montgomery was born in 1882 into a large

bought two small houses side by side in town on NE

Mr. Matthesen died in 1949, and Birdie was a

family that eventually settled in the Moore area after

2nd Street. Howard’s two older sons married and left

widow again. She kept making rag rugs and lye soap

the Run. She married Frank T. Jackson when she was

home, but there were still seven girls and one frail boy.

and quilts. Then, in 1980, after a short stay in a nursing

16, and they homesteaded at Erick, Oklahoma. They

The bigger house became a girls’ dormitory.

home, the little pioneer woman, Birdie Montgomery

were not satisfied with the farm, and she was lonesome

In 1934, Burt Howard died, and Birdie was a widow

Jackson Howard Matthesen, lay down to rest, lacking

for her big family, so they deeded the homestead

for the second time. The pre-Depression age was

a year and a half of 100 years of age. She is buried

to Frank’s brother and took up tenant farming in

hard. The girls began getting jobs and marrying. Her

beside Frank Jackson in a quiet a little cemetery, Fall

Cleveland County.

son, who never gained his health, died. Birdie began

Cemetery, south and east of Norman.

In 1912, Frank died of typhoid fever, leaving his

collecting scraps of cloth to make rag rugs and crazy-

young widow with four daughters, a two-year-old boy

quilts. She also collected bacon fat to make lye soap.

Note: This edition of Sketches of

and the crops to tend. She and her young children

When most of the girls were gone, she used one of

Moore was first published in a

worked hard to bring in the crops. All the girls who

the houses to open a “cold-water washeteria,” complete

previous issue of Moore Monthly.

could picked cotton with their mother, who pulled the

with lye soap.

baby boy along on her cotton sack.

Birdie was clever at harvesting plants and herbs to

At that time, farmers who did not live on their

cook with. She could take a cutting of anything—a

farm let a widow with children share-crop, but for

rose, a tree, a tomato vine—and make it grow and

only year under the premise that “a woman is not as

produce, and she always had a prolific garden.

good a farmer as a man.” Consequently, Birdie and her

It was a difficult time for her, but

five children moved yearly, each time trying to get a

Birdie was made of strong material.

farm closer to her family. During one year when the

She refused to let the children

crops were especially productive, Birdie bought some

take her as a burden. OG&E

stock in OG&E, who was extending service through

began making her small investment

the area.

worthwhile. Then, in 1942, she

In 1919, Birdie was able to get a farm south and

married her pastor, Ewold Matthesen,

west of Moore on Telephone Road. She and her girls

who also had been widowed twice.

had gotten a small herd of cows and some farming

Except for a short stay on his farm,

equipment. Two of the girls walked the three or four

they lived in her tiny house.

miles to Moore to high school, carrying a five-gallon

Birdie Montgomery (on the left)


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Caring for Your Skin as You Age Kathleen Wilson, Director of Aging Services Inc.

Dry Skin and Itching

Health problems such as diabetes or kidney disease can cause dry skin. Using too much soap, soap that is too harsh and taking hot baths or showers will make dry skin worse. Older skin is thinner. Scratches can cause bleeding that can become infected. Some medicines make skin itchier. Moisturizers like lotions, creams and ointments can smooth dry skin. These products should be used every day. Try taking fewer baths and using milder soap. Warm water is less drying than hot. Don’t use bath oil, it can create a fall hazard in the tub or shower!!! If you must use it, spray it on after you are out of the shower or bath tub.

Bruises Older skin will bruise more easily. It will also take longer for bruises to heal. Some medicines or illnesses increase your likelihood of bruising.

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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the USA. Anyone can get skin cancer but people with fair skin that freckles easily are at the greatest risk. Skin cancer can be cured if it is found before it spreads to other organs. There are three types of skin cancer. Two types, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, grow slowly and rarely spread to other parts of the body. These cancers are mostly found on parts of the skin exposed to the sun, like the head, face, neck, hands and arms, but they can occur anywhere on your body. The third and most dangerous type of skin cancer is melanoma. It is rarer than the other types but can spread to other organs and can be deadly if left untreated. Check your skin once a month for things that may be cancer. Skin cancer is rarely painful. Look for changes such as a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a bleeding mole. Also check moles, birthmarks, or other parts of the skin for the “ABCDE’s.” ABCDE stands for: A – Asymmetry (one half of the growth looks different from the other half ) B - Borders that are irregular C - Color changes or more than one color D – Diameter greater than the size of a pencil eraser E – Evolving: this means the growth changes in size, shape, symptoms (itching, tenderness, surface (especially bleeding) or shades of color. See your doctor right away if you have any of these signs.

Keep Your Skin Healthy Some sun can be good for you but to keep your skin healthy, be careful by: • Limiting time in the sun • Using sunscreen • Wearing protective clothing • Avoiding tanning Your skin may change with age. But remember there are things you can do to help. Check your skin often. If you find any changes that worry you, see your doctor.

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Older people suffer from dry skin often on legs, elbows and arms. Dry skin can feel and look scaly and rough. There are many reasons for dry skin: • Not drinking adequate amounts of liquids/water • Spending too much time in the sun or out of doors • Being in dry air • Smoking • Being under stress

Skin Cancer

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Your skin is the largest organ on your body and it will change as you age. Older skin becomes thinner and no longer looks as smooth as it once did. Scratches, cuts and bumps take longer to heal. Lifelong habits such as sun tanning or spending long periods of time in the sun can lead to skin problems in life. There are things you can do to protect your skin and to make it look and feel better.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting: The Art of Tonita Peña and Joe Herrera, January 26 – April 8. Nancy Johnston Records Gallery. The first of its kind: a large-scale, high-quality, scholarly exhibition of three generations of modern Pueblo painting. The exhibition is curated by W. Jackson Rushing III, the Eugene B. Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art, OU School of Visual Arts. Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting spans 1915 to the late 1980s. In addition to Tonita Peña (San Ildefonso/ Cochiti) and her son, Joe Herrera (Cochiti), other artists featured include Julian Martinez and his grandson Tony Da (San Ildefonso); Pablita Velarde and her daughter Helen Hardin (Santa Clara); in addition to teachers and mentors, such as Romando Vigil (San Ildefonso) and Geronimo Montoya (San Juan); as well as younger artists inspired by Herrera, such as Michael Kabotie (Hopi); Martinez’s nephew, Gilbert Atencio (San Ildefonso); and Charles Lovato (Kewa Pueblo). This exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council Grant Program. Space Burial, January 26 – April 8. Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery. “Ancient Egyptians occasionally buried their dead in boats. These were not caskets or sarcophagi in the form of boats, but real, functional wooden boats. Though buried deep underground, the understanding was that these boats would carry the departed on an afterlife journey. This use of a functional form exclusively for storytelling has inspired my own quest to imagine a modern-day burial ceremony. For this installation, slivers modeled from 86-foot diameter satellite dishes of the Very Large Array in New Mexico intersect the gallery space, forming pattern-infused canopies. Derived from the famous cosmic microwave background image, shadows of the pattern broadcast throughout the space, alluding to the dish as an agent of travel through time and space. This installation evokes the use of satellite dishes as a burial object for a space-faring culture. Placed within a satellite dish and buried, the dead's afterlife journey to the stars is facilitated. Furthermore, this ceremony can be utilized on distant planets in order to facilitate the dead's afterlife journey back home, to Earth. Further thoughts about how ancient ceremonies inform our modern life are encouraged by the experience.” Fine Print! Posters from the Permanent Co, January 26 – April 8. Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery. British actor, theatre manager, and wit Herbert Beerbohm Tree famously acknowledged, “It is difficult to live up to one’s posters.” Fine Print! Posters from the Permanent Collection explores just how posters worked to sell audiences on products, people, and ideas. It offers visitors an opportunity to see rarely exhibited European and American posters in the museum’s permanent collection that were produced between the fin-de-siècle French poster movement of the 1890s and the 1972 Olympics. Not only will this be the first time many of these posters have been displayed, but the exhibit also marks the museum’s first large-scale poster show in nearly 50 years. Whether bedecked with the sinuous curves of Art Nouveau, the bold patterns of Art Deco, or the minimalist text and imagery of the International Style, these posters demonstrate how style creates and communicates meaning. The posters are arranged chronologically and thematically into five key topics areas: artists, entertainers, patriotism, products, and ideas. Following an introduction to art posters and advertising graphics created by the influential late nineteenth-century French poster designer Jules Chéret, a section on propaganda places World War I posters by prominent American illustrators in dialogue with images by foreign propaganda artists. A third section features promotional images that helped sell commodities, whether art, films, or Olivetti typewriters. Internationalism and utopian idealism is evident in a selection of posters that promoted two major international events: the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition and the 1972 Olympics. A selection of posters and graphics produced under the auspices of the Container Corporation of America and General Dynamics

Corporation demonstrates how American corporations at midcentury used posters (perhaps dubiously) to pass themselves off as progressive proponents of international harmony. On the surface, these posters promote entertainers, the arts, products, international events, patriotism, and utopian ideals of cross-cultural harmony. Beneath the surface, they reflect the twentieth century’s conflicting values: militarization, world peace, consumerism, religion, individuality, and mass culture. This exhibition not only represents an opportunity for visitors to see rarely exhibited objects and gain a broader understanding of twentieth-century art and design, but also provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue about aesthetics, promotion, and the shifting boundaries between fine and commercial art.

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The Cashore Marionettes: Life in Motion Mar 8, 2018, This presentation is part of the new series Close Encounters of the Cultural Kind, an intimate arts experience in the 285-seat Bruce Owen Theater. A performance by The Cashore Marionettes is a celebration of life. The program consists of a collection of engaging pieces encompassing a broad range of themes, each delivered with a simplicity that expresses the essence of the moment. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults & young adults. NOT APPROPRIATE FOR AGES 16 & UNDER

Parks Board Meeting, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 7:00pm., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore.

Judy Collins Mar 9, 2018, Presented by CityRep Theatre. Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. National Theatre Live - Hamlet Mar 11, 2018, Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. This encore presentation is pre-recorded at London's West End and rebroadcast in High Definition (HD). National Theatre Live is co-presented by OCCC and CityRep Theatre. Lonesome Traveler: The Concert with Special Guest Peter Yarrow Mar 29, 2018, With their show entitled “Roots of American Folk Music,” Lonesome Traveler celebrates the likes of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, James Taylor and others, depicting the story of folk music from the 1920s to the '60s and beyond within the context of an ever-changing America.

CHURCH & SPIRITUAL CONNECTION Fresh Start Community Church Food Pantry, open the third Thursday of each month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., 309 N Eastern Avenue, West Campus-Family Life Center. Canned and dry goods available. Must be a resident of Moore (please bring an ID).


Join the Singles of First Moore for "Friday Night Live for HIM" Friday, March 16th.There's a dinner for a small charge at 6:30 p.m. in Leadership Center, followed by a wonderful time of praise & worship and a message from David Edwards.Fellowship and table games to follow until 10:00 p.m. Please call 793-2624 for more information or e-mail at marji.robison@ First Moore Baptist is located at 301 NE 27th Street, just off I-35 South in Moore.


Board of Adjustment Meeting, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:30pm at 5:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Planning Commission Meeting, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:00pm at 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Moore Economic Development Authority Meeting, Monday, March 19, 2018 - 6:30pm., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway. Job Fair at The Station at Central Park Friday, March 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm,

COMMUNITY CONNECTION Adopt-A-Pet, Moore Animal Shelter, S-I35 Service Road. Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on holidays. For additional information call (405) 793-5190. Big Trash Pick Up, Moore residents will be allowed two FREE big trash pick-ups a year and one free voucher to the city landfill for each physical address in Moore. Call (405) 793-5070 to schedule your trash pick-up. Neighborhood Watch Program, Moore Police Dept. is starting a Neighborhood Watch Program. If you’re interested in helping your neighborhood reduce crime, contact Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, (405) 793-4448. Moore Chamber of Commerce Morning Buzz, - Platt College March 2, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST The Morning Buzz is a breakfast series which aims to connect businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success through connections. Moore Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, Chick-fil-A on March 8, 2018 from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. Check out the Chamber Calendar for the location of the next one! Moore Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: Republic Bank & Trust 11671 S. Western, OKC. March 15, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. Check out the Chamber Calendar for the location of the next one!Email Kim Brown at or call 794-3400 for details. Moore Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch, March 6, 2018, Time: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM CST Join us on the second Tuesday of the month for great food and

an opportunity to grow your business knowledge, share new ideas and connect with our business community. South OKC Chamber "Marketing Like A Millenial" Business Briefing Lunch March 13, 2018 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm When it comes to using social media, no one knows it better than the Millennial Generation. In past luncheons, we have talked about what platforms to use. On March 13, we will be digging into the "how-to's" of social media. Come learn practical ways to use Facebook and Instagram to market your business and reach your target audience. Presenting Sponsor: Moore Norman Technology Center Silver Sponsor: First United Bank & Trust Event Location South OKC Chamber OG&E Reception Room: 701 Southwest 74 Street, 73139 Contact 634-1436. Cost: $10 members ($20 non-members) RSVP required by noon, March 9. Since lunch is provided, a reservation is mandatory to attend. You will be charged the fee if you do not attend or do not cancel your reservation by noon, March 9. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Caregiver Support Group at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, March 15 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Jones Education Room, INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, 4219 South Western, 73109. This support group is offered only for caregivers of patients with a chronic medical condition. Caregivers will be able to connect with others, express their feelings, and gain insights from those going through similar challenges. Contact respite care, private duty caregivers or a trusted friend/ family member to provide care for your loved one so that you may join us. Admission is free. For more information contact INTEGRIS HealthLine at (405) 951-2277. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Healthy Heart Walkers Club at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, March 21 from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Office Building, 4200 South Douglas, Suite B-10. Reap the benefits of adding walking to your exercise routine. Then join us each month to hear a presentation on a health-related topic and enjoy a healthy breakfast provided by INTEGRIS. Registration is required but the event is free. For more information contact INTEGRIS HealthLine at (405) 951-2277. South Okc Chamber Seriously Fun Networking March 15, 2018 from 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm This is one of the Chamber's monthly networking groups! We always mix a bit of fun in with our work! The Seriously Fun group meets twice a month in the late afternoon on the first and third Thursdays. Each session features a member spotlight. Everyone participates in the round of self-introductions! The guidelines explain that there are limitations based on industry category. Any chamber member may attend twice. So, please join us to learn more. All of our special events are open to any Chamber member. NonChamber members are welcome to attend once, prior to joining the South OKC Chamber. Event Location: Johnny Carino's Separate Room Near Hostess Stand, 7900 S Walker Avenue Date/Time Information 3:15 to 3:30 p.m.: Informal Networking 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Formal Networking For more information: Co-Chair: Linda Richardson with HMIpromos at eMail: OR phone: 405-473-8008 or Co-Chair: Karen Proctor with The Village on the Park at eMail: kproctor@ OR phone 405-692-8700 South OKC Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Tasting by Nosh at Catering Creations Restaurant, March 23, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The end of the month will never be the same. Introducing 4th Fridays Tastings, hosted by Nosh. For just $8 ($6 in advance), you get samplings of appetizers and take and bakes, live music and an electric atmosphere. Pre-order your tickets with the cashier. Moore Chamber of Commerce Lunch n’ Learn, March 15, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main. The Chamber ”Lunch n’ Learn” Series is an innovative and creative program as noted. Chamber members who are experts in their fields are invited to share their expertise. Each lunch will focus on topics related to professional and personal development.Cost is $10. RSVP Required:

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Bootcamps: • Morning Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. • Evening Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information.

Adult Art Classes at The Station TO REGISTER: For more information call Moore Parks & Recreation at (405) 793-5090

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo, classes held Monday – Sunday at 117 Skylane Drive in Norman for ages 7 and up. A non-profit organization, all classes are offered in a family friendly environment. Fees are $20 per month for an individual or $40 per month for a family. Discount uniforms are available. For more information, call (405) 465-1925 or send an email to Adult Salsa Classes, every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Adelante Dance Studio (Inside Moore Old School) 201 N. Broadway, Suite 201. $10 per class or $35 a month. Call (405) 586-0201 for more information. First Moore Baptist Church of Moore Community Life/Recreation Center, The Link is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Two basketball courts and racquetball courts, fitness center and walking/running track. For more information, call (405) 735-2527. Karate, First Moore Baptist Church, every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The classes are free for anyone ages 8 and up. Uniforms available at a discounted rate. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Morning Fitness, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday at 9:00 a.m. Ages 40 and up preferred. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Christian Life Center Zumba, Mondays at 7:15 p.m. at the Christian Life Center located at 201 W. Main St. $3 fee per class.

KIDS’ CORNER Agape: First United Methodist Church Moore, Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 201 W. Main. Homework and Hangout for Youth (7th– 12th grade). Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m. (cost is $1 for dinner), Family Activities & Church School at 6:00 p.m. Menu can be found at Afterschool Matters, First Moore Baptist Church, Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This program helps students work towards academic success. Available to 1st – 6th grade. Contact director Carissa Taylor at to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer. Boy Scouts Meetings, Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Children’s Chimes, Moore First United Methodist Church, Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., 201 W. Main St., children 4th – 6th grade will learn to read music. Cub Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Girl Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. LEAP (Learning Enrichment Arts Program), Moore First United Methodist Church, Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., 201 W. Main St. Open to kindergarten – 6th grade. Choir, life skills games, snacks and help with homework. YMCA Before and After School Care, Moore Community Center. Call 378-0420 for participating schools and more information.

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

RECOVERY AND SUPPORT GROUPS Celebrate Recovery: • Faith Crossing Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Mondays, 13701 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City. • First Moore Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Thursday nights, 6:30 p.m., First Moore Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Support and help for those struggling with addiction. • Fresh Start Community Church Celebrate Recovery 12 Step Program, Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m., 309 N Eastern. Call (405) 794-7313 for more information. Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group, Village on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge, Oklahoma City. Contact Karen Proctor at (405) 692-8700 for meeting times and details. Divorce Care, First Moore Baptist Church, Wednesday nights, 6:15 p.m., 301 NE 27th Street. Support group for those going through a divorce. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday night at 6:30 p.m., 301 N.E. 27th Street. Support group for individuals and family members struggling with life events such as death, divorce, and disappointments and learning healthy ways to cope with life. Call 793-2600 for more info. Grief Share Support Group, Fresh Start Community Church, every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 309 N. Eastern, Moore, Fresh Start Community Church Fireside Room. We offer help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Please contact the office at (405) 794-7313, Lyn Jacquemot at (405) 326-5554, or to register or participate. HOPE Addictions Recovery, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Beth Haven Baptist Church, 12400 S. Call Pastor Rick Carter at (405) 691-6990 for information.

SENIOR CONNECTION AARP, the fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:00 p.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 East Main Street, Moore. Programs are on subjects of interest to persons 50 years and over. Potluck dinner follows the program each month. For more information, contact Mary at (405) 826-2315. Moore Senior Citizen Nutrition Site, Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 E. Main, (405) 793-9069. Call by 1:00 p.m. the day before to request a meal. Donation for a meal for seniors 60 and above is $2.25. Required cost for a meal for guests under 60 is $5.00.

• Moore Council on Aging. Seniors may have transportation anywhere in the city of Moore for errands or appointments. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Call (405) 799-3130 at least one day in advance. • “Share-A-Fare” for age 60+ or disabled. Taxi fare at 40% off.

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

Serve Moore. Are you looking for a way to help others? Serve Moore is looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief and renewal projects. If you would like to volunteer or need volunteer help, visit to submit a request. You can also visit the Serve Moore headquarters located inside the Community Renewal Center at 224 S. Chestnut Avenue in Moore. For more information, visit or call (405) 735-3060.

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South Oklahoma City Rotary Club, every Friday, 12:00 p.m., Southwest Integris Cancer Center, SW 44th St. and S. Western, Oklahoma City. A civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. VFW Bruce January Post 8706, the second Thursday of every month, 7:00 p.m., Lynlee Mae Event Center, 501 W. Main St., Moore. All veterans welcome. Call Mike Eaton at (405) 8314405 or go to for more information.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES American Cancer Society seeks volunteers who would like to help drive patients to their cancer treatment and/or volunteer with our local Relay for Life event. For more information visit or contact Mel Rogers at (405) 841-5817 or 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. Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, 793-9069, Brand Center.

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

The Hugs Project, a non-profit organization, puts together care packages for our troops in the Middle East. For more information, call (405) 651-8359 or

Project Return Home for Alzheimer’s Patients in Moore, For information about enrolling a loved one, contact Virginia Guild at (405) 793-4478 or Sgt. Jeremy Lewis at (405) 793-4448.

Moore Food Resource Center, a part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, allows volunteers to help fight hunger in Moore. Volunteers at the Moore Food Resource Center will assist with a variety of tasks, including serving as client shopper helpers, assisting with loading and unloading vehicles, sorting and shelving food items and cleaning. The Moore Food Resource Center is located at 2635 N. Shields. For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Alex Strout at or (405) 600-3186.

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

Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited. Volunteering for Ducks Unlimited is a great way to have fun, meet new people and support Ducks Unlimited’s critical waterfowl habitat conservation mission. Whether you want to sell event tickets, gather donations, secure sponsorships or help put on a successful party and fundraising event, there are many opportunities that will fit your needs to support your local community. For more information about volunteering, please contact Mr. Nathan Johnson, Regional Director for Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited at (405) 3150093 or Mr. Randall Cole at (479) 220-9735.



A Brother's Hero

Oaklee Wren was five years old when in his words, “the missing puzzle piece in his life” came to be. It was on January 29, 2013 that Oaklee’s world became complete and his hero was born. Tripp, Oaklee’s younger brother, may have joined the Wren family with relatively short notice, but his arrival was met with great fanfare, excitement and joy. Chris and Lindsey Wren were elated to welcome their new son Tripp into their family. Adoption was nothing new to them. After all, they adopted Oaklee and, shortly before Tripp’s arrival, the family endured a heartwrenching failed adoption.

Yes, Tripp’s birth was a bright ray of hope for the Wren family. The new family of four bonded within Tripp’s first 24 hours at the hospital. And even as doctors shared the news that Tripp was born drug dependent due to prenatal exposure to opiates, cocaine and alcohol, the Wrens remained steadfast and determined in their resolve to be Tripp’s forever family. “Oaklee was five when we had to relinquish rights and experienced a failed adoption. He was crushed. It was like living an emotional death in the family,” mother Lindsey recalled. “So when Tripp was born, Oaklee was


over-the-moon happy! He got really attached to his brother. He called his brother ‘Trippy his real life hero’.”

Gross/Fine Motor Delays, Behavioral Delay, and Expressive and Receptive Speech Delays.

Around 12 months, Lindsey noticed that Tripp was experiencing some developmental challenges.

The Wrens immediately began researching ways they could help their child succeed. They enrolled him in various early intervention therapies including occupational and speech therapy. Lindsey quit her job to focus on parenting her two young sons, and on helping Tripp.

“Tripp wasn’t talking. He was screaming and melting down so often that I personally felt like a failure. He wasn’t potty trained, he wouldn’t allow anyone to touch him, and he would have frequent meltdowns when out in public.” When Tripp was 15 months old, he was diagnosed with Autism with Sensory Processing Disorder, along with Developmental Delays,

Nearly two years after Tripp’s diagnosis, with lots of hard work and daily therapy, the meltdowns became less frequent and Tripp began talking. His personality began to blossom as he

began offering his family kisses and telling them he loved them. Today he is a happy 5-year-old who will soon be enrolling in mainstream kindergarten in the Moore Public School system. But that’s just the beginning of the story. From the day Oaklee first laid eyes on Tripp, his devotion to his younger sibling was undeniable and their bond was and continues to be unbreakable. A sensitive, loving boy, it broke Oaklee’s heart to see the way people reacted to his baby brother’s behavior. He disliked how some kids would avoid playing with Tripp and he grieved over his sibling’s challenges. “With any special needs kids there are all these different things they struggle with. Tripp has a lot of sensory issues as well. We would walk into Target or Walmart, and I don’t know if it was the lights or the big space, but he heard things we could tune out, and he would freak out. People would just stare at us,” Lindsey explained. “It really made Oaklee sad.” After lengthy heart-to-heart conversations, Oaklee asked his mom to help him write a book to share Tripp’s story. With his mom’s guidance, he hoped to help kids his age better understand his brother and others like him. And on June 22, 2016, on Lindsey’s birthday, the book “Autistic and Loved: A Brother’s Hero” was published. The charming 24-page children’s book is one of acceptance and the unconditional love between two siblings, including one with special needs. Lindsey and Oaklee are passionate about helping others gain an understanding

of the possibilities of special needs individuals rather than focusing on their limitations or differences. They hope to show kids that while Tripp and others like him may not speak as clearly at times, they like to play outside and have fun just like other kids. Lindsey said the book has been an incredible tool to share with Oaklee’s classmates and peers to help them understand that it’s okay that everyone doesn’t talk or act the same. She said Oaklee’s friends think it’s pretty cool that he’s an author. They love Tripp and Tripp loves them. In fact, he thinks they are his friends, not just Oaklee’s. “I was really excited and honored to do the book with Oaklee. Oaklee loves recklessly and has a huge heart. I just thought how awesome it was that he wanted to do this for his brother.” Lindsey didn’t have huge expectations that the book would be a big seller; she simply relished in the moment and celebrated her eldest son’s love and compassion. “I was just so excited to publish with my son. I thought it was just a really unique and fun journey together. It is my passion, as well as Oaklee's, to help others see how worthy life can be when you help others in need.” While his book may not top the best seller’s list, Oaklee has garnered some local attention. Friends, families of special needs children and teachers have enjoyed the reading, and many folks have ordered it on Amazon. And at Oaklee’s school, a new tradition was started a couple of years ago. Every April in recognition of

Autism Awareness Month, Oaklee brings the book to school to share Tripp’s story and recite the words to his classmates. Oaklee’s works have brought awareness to Autism in their own special way. The most important critic of all considers the book to be Pulitzer Prizeworthy. Tripp gives it thumbs up. In fact, he loves the book so much he’s often found toting it around with him, and he loves to have Oaklee read it to him. He was especially excited when he recognized himself in the illustrator’s renderings before the book went to print. Lindsey has benefitted since coauthoring the book as well. She has met many families with special needs. She’s had opportunities to share her thoughts and educate neighbors on how to interact with special needs kids. She has made some great, new friends along the way.

give and the understanding and compassion he gives daily.” In a world where we often hear stories of brother versus brother, and daily headlines that are full of less-thanpositive news, how refreshing it is to be reminded of the simplicity and hope found in the love among siblings. How wonderful our world would be, if we lived a life as if through Oaklee’s eyes. As he shares in the final pages of his book, “I find Tripp to be fascinating and I am so excited to help others see the world from his perspective. I think if Tripp did not have autism, our world would be so boring. I bet if you ever have the chance to meet Tripp one day you will fall in love with him, too!” – Oaklee Wren. You can find “Autistic and Loved: A Brother’s Hero” on Amazon.

The biggest benefit is the lessons she learned from a compassionate little boy who wanted the world to love his brother as much as he does, and a little brother who loves without bounds. “Sometimes we go through things we don’t understand. I feel like it gives me a different perspective on things in life. These experiences have taught me to love unconditionally, to be forgiving and to give grace more freely,” Lindsey said. “Tripp has a brother that has locked arms with him and joined him in the battle of life. Together those two boys have a bond that cannot be shaken and I am forever thankful for the heart Oaklee has and the love he is willing to



Del Rancho The little cowboy with the blue hat is back in Moore. Michael Burchett has opened his Del Rancho at 1409 N. Moore Ave. Burchett, 56, is the grandson of Del Rancho founder J.R. Holt, and has been involved with the company's restaurant business since he was a 10-year-old carhop at the former 3300 S. Western location. "That was my first job, and I was 10 years old. That was 1971." He said sometimes he could barely see over the tray when approaching a vehicle. "For trucks, I had to go like this," he said while raising his arms. Did he get paid? "Oh yeah, 50 cents an hour. That was $3 a night. Worked six hours, and usually I made about $3 in tips." He said he saved his money and bought a go-kart. "That was the reason I wanted to go to work. It took me all winter long, and I finally got it in May. Bought it for $125, I remember that. Gas was 25 cents a gallon. I had to walk a mile to get gas. Mom wouldn't let me drive the go-kart to get gas. But I didn't care; I wanted to ride that go-kart." The company had a presence in Moore from 1972 until early 2017. That restaurant, which was Del Rancho No. 5, was operated by Holt's daughter and her husband until the early 2000's when another family member operated the location. Burchett sold his Mustang Del Rancho earlier this year to Cindy Reed, who had been the Mustang store's manager. With the new Moore location, there currently are nine Del Rancho restaurants. Others are in Oklahoma City, Warr Acres, Midwest City, Norman, Mustang, Tahlequah and Stillwater. "This is my only one now. I've had six of them before here and there," he said. The first location opened by J.R. Holt was the one at 3300 S. Western in 1959. At the time, it was called Ranch House. In a 2005 article, Rosamond Holt, who was 85, said

getting into the restaurant business was her husband's idea. J.R. Holt put her in charge of the location, and he went back to real estate. "Yeah, he bought her a job," Burchett laughed. That site is no longer a Del Rancho. "I sold that about five or six years ago." The first store to have the Del Rancho name was J.R. Holt's second restaurant, which was in Del City. Burchett said his grandfather named it after a nearby housing addition. "Back in those days, everything was a neighborhood diner. Franchises were unheard of. Very few people were doing that and not many in Oklahoma. So, he named it the Del Rancho Restaurant." Burchett's brother, James, expanded the Del Rancho brand in 2005 to Allen, Texas, with a store that had seating for 110. The store has since been closed, Burchett said. All Del Rancho stores are now only in Oklahoma. Stories over the years have reported J.R. Holt had the idea for the popular Steak Sandwich Supreme during a dream in 1961. Burchett grinned and said that was the story his grandfather told. "He said he worked on it and finally perfected it a few years later. We didn't have that when we first opened." Two other big selling items in previous years were the Chuck Burger and the Texas Burger. "People's taste change over the years," he said. What do people like now? "More chicken," Burchett said. "Chicken Sandwich Supreme, we have those. And our newest product is what we call our Li'l Supreme. We have those in sandwiches and dinners. They're a smaller version of our famous original." He said the smaller portion is geared toward older customers and children. "And they are good for lunch. In Mustang, we get those big construction guys. ... And they really like the new size." No matter what is on the menu, all restaurants face competition for the customers'


dollar and return business. Sonic, McDonald's, Braum's, Wendy's, Burger King and many other chains have stores in Moore. Burchett said he's not worried about those brands. "We welcome competition. We have a niche in Oklahoma and a good, fine reputation. People want and like our product. And what I like is we are Oklahoma based. We spend our money here; our money doesn't go to New York, or New Jersey or California. I live in south Oklahoma City; and all the franchisees live in their hometowns." Burchett was asked if there are problems with quality control with nine stores in the state. "We are trying to tighten up the franchise a little with new wording in our franchise agreements." He said change is hard for some longtime franchisees. "That's why each Del Rancho you go into is a little different. We don't have tons of money like McDonald's to build brand new stores." He said things will be "a little tighter" for the new franchisees. "We have to today. No, things are different today than 15 years ago. The food business is a lot different." The new Moore location will seat 82 and have a drive-thru lane. The Mustang store has seating for 84. One familiar Del Rancho feature is a telephone so customers can call in their order from each table. Plus, there will be an antique telephone mounted on a wall near a door. "It will be for people who come in and want to place an order to go. We call it 'walk in carry out.' Or if they come in to pick up a call-in order." he said. "Actually, my contractor, Brad Trice, from Trice Construction, bought that for us. ... He said, 'I think people will love to use this.' " All the Del Rancho locations are different in exterior appearance. "We take existing buildings and convert them. That used to be more economical," he said. "But today it might be about the same to build a brand new building." He smiled and said the Moore location was almost gutted. Previous businesses in the building includ-

ed Las Fajitas and most recently Falcone's Pizzeria. Have Moore-area residents contacted him about the new location? "Yeah, we are very excited about the buzz. Real positive feedback here. ... We get that everywhere we go." The Moore location will have 30 to 35 employees, Burchett said. Many of those workers will be teenagers. "We try to give them a good, positive work experience to get a work ethic. That's my goal. I've always wanted to be positive with young people. I always felt like the Lord steered me to this thinking. 'Mike, you can have an impact on young people for rest of their lives.' " The store will have curbside pickup and an employee will act like a carhop with a coin changer and will take orders outside to customers when they arrive. Burchett said he went straight to work from high school. "I always knew what I wanted to do. No one in college could show me how to make a steak sandwich," he said with a grin. "Course, I was already making them. I was cooking at 14." Like his former location and many of the others, the Moore store will have a little gift for customers. "Once every year, we have halfpriced steak day on tax day. Uncle Sam taketh and Del Rancho giveth back," Burchett said. "Most of the time we try to do it on April 15. Half-priced steak and chicken, sandwiches that is. It's been a great success for us." The store's hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. It will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day, Easter, "and sometimes New Year's Day," he said. Restaurant managers are Cindy Roof and Shauna Travens, both of Oklahoma City. Roof said the restaurant's phone number is 794-4131.



Ace Party Supplies Graduation is fast approaching and with it grad party planning and the one year anniversary of Moore’s only

them we wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be able to have this opportunity to have this business.”

party supply store, Ace Party Supplies. The spontaneity of not knowing what they’ll be tackling Ace Party Supplies and Showtime Concessions was originally Showtime Concessions only, supplying popcorn,

until they come in to work that day makes work fun for Clark.

snow cone, cotton candy and nacho cheese machines until expanding from a warehouse to a storefront party supply store.

“My day is up in the air for what’s going to happen and what I’m going to do, it just depends, but I like not knowing. I like just showing up and getting things done,

The store officially opened April 8, 2017 and began

that makes it fun for me. I don’t have the attention span

offering tableware and themed parties after customers

to sit at a desk all day long,” said Clark, who previously

who rented Showtime’s equipment started inquiring

managed Bobby Flay’s restaurant in New York.

about additional party supplies. The job is essentially a party in and of itself. “How can From there the store grew to the party provider it is today, boasting the largest balloon selection in Moore. Arguably the best thing about the store? It’s one hundred percent locally owned—and it shows.

you not have fun throwing parties for people?” English said. “We get to help people have fun.” Ace’s commitment to community is not only apparent in their locally customized products but also in their competitive prices, something their customers agree on

Ace offers all three Moore high school logos custom

said Clark.

printed on plates, napkins, balloons and yard signs and has permission from Moore Public Schools to print logos of all other schools.

“There’s a lot of places that charge a lot more for what we offer but at the end of it, if we can allow you to have your parties more, you’re going to throw more parties,

“We’re not owned by any party chain store or anything

you’re going to have more fun,” English said.

like that, we care about the people in our community, if someone’s needing something we try to bring it in,” said Mike English one of the store managers.

“Why not try to offer it to people at prices they can afford and the best selection they can find if we can do it?”

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staff makes sure to take care of it, special ordering items

store mascot, Mara’s lab Hudson, who often resides in the

and making notes of what’s in demand", said manager

store waiting for a pat on the head.

Mara Clark. Ace is located at 200 SE 19th in Moore and is open “We are new too, so we’re still trying to figure out who wants what and what people are looking for.”

Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. so stop by, even if it’s only to say hi to Hudson.

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ADULT CO-ED VOLLEYBALL WHEN: Coaches Meeting May 3rd, 6 p.m. GAMES: Thursday nights starting May 10th League runs 6 weeks + Tournament TIME: May 10th-June 28th AGES: Men & Women 15 Years and Older COST: $150 per team WHERE: Buck Thomas Park SIGN-UPS: March 1st– April 27th REGISTRATION TYPE: Online - Coach registers team TEAM MINIMUM: 4 TEAM MAXIMUM: 8 Must Have 2 Women playing at all times

ALL ABOARD KIDS CLUB Designed especially for Kids 7-12 years of age. Depending on the day, kids can play various sports and games in the gym ranging from basketball, soccer, dodgeball and much more. There will also be days and times where the youngsters can expand their mind by participating in arts and crafts as well having fun playing board games. This Club is open to Pass holders and Non-Pass holders. We hope to see your kiddos come out and enjoy the fun as The Station really is a place for everyone. When: January 1st - December 31st Time: Varies by day Mondays 4:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Board Game Fun Tuesdays 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Youth Gym Activities Thursday 4:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Arts and Crafts Saturdays 11:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. - Youth Gym Activities Where: The Station Recreation Center Ages: 7-12 year olds Cost: Free for Pass Holders and Day Pass Holders Instructor: The Station Staff SPRING BREAK Dates: March 13th - 17th (M-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

PING PONG MANIA DESCRIPTION: Free to come. Whether you want to play just for fun or have a more competitive game, this is for you. Our team will also have a tutorial of how to play. WHEN: September 21st, October 26th, and February 15th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center FOR: Anyone- Kids 6 & Under accompanied by an adult REGISTRATION PERIOD: No Registration free to come! COST: FREE CLASS INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff

SPRING BREAK ART CAMP DESCRIPTION: Create colorful paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more. You will use watercolors, paint, crayons, beads, strings, and clay. A lot of fun and the best part is you get to keep and take home what you make. WHEN: March 19th - March 23rd TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 6-12 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th FEE: $95 w/T-shirt INSTRUCTOR: Donna Barnard CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 25

SPRING BREAK GIZMO’S, GADGETS, & THANG’S CAMP PRESENTS: ROBOTS & ROCKETS DESCRIPTION: Science has never been this much fun before. In this camp you will get to build and create your very own robot that will do multiple things. You will also get to build and launch rockets that you will get to take home at the end of camp. WHEN: March 19th - March 23rd TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th REGISTRATION TYPE: Online FEE: $95 w/T-shirt INSTRUCTOR: Julie Robinson CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 25


EXTREME ANIMALS CAMP DESCRIPTION: Get ready for a wildly entertaining experience! Get up close and personal with endangered species, creepy crawlies and more! You will also learn about different habitats and create different types of arts and crafts that relate to those species and their habitats. WHEN: March 19th - March 23rd TIME: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 6-12 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th FEE: $125 w/T-shirt CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 30

BASKETBALL CAMP DESCRIPTION: For any young athlete who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun. Learn offensive and defensive skills and game like scenarios. WHEN: March 19th - March 21st TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th FEE: $65 w/T-shirt INSTRUCTOR: Scott Hodges CLASS MINIMUM: 20 CLASS MAX: 100

VOLLEYBALL CAMP DESCRIPTION: For any young athlete who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun. What better way than by getting to play volleyball for 2 days and learn some new things in the process. WHEN: March 22nd - March 23rd TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th FEE: $50 INSTRUCTOR: Kayla Doiron CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 50

ALL N 1 SPORTS CAMP DESCRIPTION: For any young athlete who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun. In this camp you will learn about a variety of Sports that will include but not limited to Football, Baseball, Soccer, Volleyball & Basketball. WHEN: March 19th - March 23rd TIME: 1:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th FEE: $75 w/T-shirt INSTRUCTOR: Recreation Program Specialist CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 50

YOUTH SOCCER SPRING LEAGUES GAMES START MARCH 31st. Sign-ups: January 1st–February 17th Coaches Meeting: March 5th, 7 p.m. Cost: $50 Resident ($60 Non-Resident) Regular Season: starting on March 31st 6 game season (Saturdays) For: Co-Ed 3/4 & Co-Ed 5/6 Age Determination Date: March 31, 2018 Where: Buck Thomas Park Front South Fields Registration Type: Online Practices Begin: March 12th Practice Bid Sheet Due: March 9th at 8 a.m. Birth Certificates Due: March 23rd by 5 p.m. Uniforms: Jerseys will be given to each team by the first game. Shorts, Tennis Shoes, Cleats, Shin Guards and any other equipment will not be supplied.

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Hospital & Robots Team Up To Fight Germs, Flu At Local Schools Moore, OK - Eleven germ-fighting robots descended upon Moore, OK late last month to fight germs including the flu virus that has been spreading throughout Oklahoma. The XENEX Lightstrike(tm) GermZapping Robot is a UV disinfection robot. The robot uses a pulsed xenon lamp to create intense germicidal ultraviolet light that quickly kills the germs that cause serious infections such as influenza, C. difficile, MRSA and more. For the past two years, Norman Regional Health System has used its four LightStrike robots daily to enhance safety by disinfecting patient rooms and other hospital areas. The hospital teamed up with XENEX to borrow an army of robots that are were used at area schools in February. The robots were deployed to schools in the Norman, Moore and Noble public

school districts to disinfect classrooms, restrooms, and other areas where germs may lurk. The Moore schools that received the robotic disinfecting treatment included Apple Creek, Central, Earlywine, Fairview and Winding Creek elementary schools. Richie Splitt, president and CEO of Norman Regional, said since the hospital had seen great results, it wanted to share the robots' capabilities with the community. "Norman Regional is committed to improving the health of our community, both inside and outside our hospital doors. If we could provide a robot in every classroom we would, but we did the next best thing by sending 11 robots to our partners at local schools to fight the flu," Splitt said. "As a healthcare provider, we've seen how illness can spread quickly and we know that children learn better when they are healthy. Through this partnership with XENEX


and local schools we are helping to keep our kids, educators, and parents healthy." "We appreciate Richie Splitt always thinking about the communities surrounding Norman Regional," said Dr. Robert Romines, Superintendent of Moore Public Schools. "Both Splitt and Norman Regional have been very supportive of Moore Public Schools and that relationship continues to grow. This is one of many examples on how community partners and school systems can work together." "Norman Regional is dedicated to creating the safest environment possible and we are extremely proud to help them protect the communities that they serve. Xenex is the global leader in UV disinfection and our Germ-Zapping Robots are highly effective against the resistant pathogens that challenge our cities and our hospitals the most: C. difficile, MRSA, Norovirus and

Influenza. Through our combined efforts this week, we are proactively making a safer environment for all of these students and teachers. Families in these school districts should be thankful to have a health system so dedicated to their well-being," said Matt Crowe, territory manager for Xenex. After their germ-zapping power made it’s way through the select Moore schools, the extra robots were returned to XENEX, but Norman Regional kept its four permanent robots at their homes in Norman Regional Hospital and the Norman Regional HealthPlex. The robots have been in use in these hospitals since June 2016. The Health System has seen a remarkable reduction in infections since the beginning of the program.


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Sing, Unburied, Sing Author: Jesmyn Ward Genre: Magical Realism/African American Fiction/Literary Fiction Pages: 288 Location in Library: Adult Fiction Reviewer: Molly Dettmann, Information Services, Moore Public Library The 2017 winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward is a haunting, but gorgeous look at a boy from a broken home touched by drug addiction, racism, and a past that continues to literally haunt those in the present. This story is told from the point of view of 13-year-old Jojo, his drug-addicted mother Leonie, and a few spirits that have not quite left the Earth, including Leonie’s murdered brother and a young boy who died in prison many years ago. When Jojo’s father is released from that very prison, Leonie drags Jojo and his younger sister on a dangerous and eye-opening road trip that leads to self-discovery, hard truths, and some moments of tenderness. Ward richly weaves these different perspectives in a moving, but also unsettling way. The story is not easy to read at times, as it examines some hard truths about life and uses magical realism to tell this family’s story in a lyrical and compelling way. For fans of Toni Morrison or Jesmyn Ward’s other award winning book, “Salvage the Bones,” you will be captivated from start to finish by “Sing, Unburied, Sing.” For more book recommendations stop by the information services desk at your local library or call 405-793-4349. For other library events and information visit or download our handy PLS Connect App!

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Emergency and physical therapy services have been provided by Norman Regional in the Moore community since 2007. That was the year our organization purchased the former Moore Medical Center. A tornado destroyed Moore Medical Center in May 2013, but our team rose to the challenge and was named the best even when we were treating patients in temporary buildings. Our healers at Moore explained to me why they think the community has consistently named them the best. “Each member of the team works together seamlessly to meet the needs of their community in which they are embedded in. They are truly taking care of their neighbors, family and friends; what they do matters and the Moore community knows, loves and supports them,” said Stephanie Gehrke, lead charge nurse in the Emergency Department. “Many of the Moore employees were there before, during and after the tornado to assist in recovering their community with similar plans in mind of rebuilding a better Moore.”

“Excellence is an art won by training and knowledge. We strive daily to pass this art along to our patients. This makes for a great community,” said Brandy Beesley, a registered nurse in the Emergency Department. Norman Regional Moore was also named the Best Of… for its outpatient therapies services that include physical, occupational, and speech therapy. John Do is a physical therapist at Norman Regional Moore and he commented on the team’s ability to work well together. “I feel that people vote for (us) because of the environment and care that we provide. The staff here works very well together and has fun together. This sense of family is projected in the care we provide bringing each patient in like they are our own,” Do said. And Norman Regional Moore does more than emergencies and therapies. The facility also offers physician clinics, outpatient senior adult counseling, imaging, and lab services. Our team of healers is ready to earn your vote for next year!

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Perhaps even more impressive is that this is the fifth year in a row these teams have won the Best Of in their category. Norman Regional Moore and its previous name, Moore Medical Center, have been dedicated to quality patient care and our community has recognized that dedication. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for Moore! We appreciate that you not only trusted us to care for you, but also took that extra step to vote for us!

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It’s not easy being the best at something. Being the best takes hard work, dedication, and commitment. That’s why I’m proud that Norman Regional Moore’s emergency and physical therapy services have been named The Best of Moore and South OKC this year.


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Sometimes kids don’t realize healthy foods can taste good. 4. Start eating at the table: If possible have everyone in the family eat at the table. Fewer distractions and also kids will see that everyone is eating the same meal. They aren’t the only ones to get peas, or broccoli on their plate! 5. Be an example: If you won’t eat they won’t eat. Do not make your kid eat something you are not willing to eat. Remember they are observers and follow the examples they see. 6. Repeal the “clean your plate” rule: Many times we serve our children the same portion size we serve our self. Yes, they are growing, but remember their tummies are not quite as big. So making your child clean their plate can lead to bad eating habits later in life. So serve them smaller portions and help them decide when they are full. Serve deserts 20 minutes after meal time. 7. Keep “treats” as treats: Don’t cut out sweets all together. A scoop of ice cream or a few Oreos is ok. Cutting them out altogether could lead to

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National championships are getting to be a pretty familiar accomplishment for the Westmoore pom and cheer squads. The Westmoore pom squad has made the national dance competition in Orlando their own personal showcase, bringing home a national championship in Large Varsity Jazz and second place in Large Varsity Hip Hop. The championship is their 13th overall title. The pom squad chose to interview as a group, sharing their excitement at winning another championship. “It takes dedication,” said the pom squad, “Lots of hard work and determination from both ourselves and our coaches.” That hard work and determination comes from a legacy of excellence that the pom squad takes seriously. “Every single year as a team we have a goal to perform our absolute best, and to make the audience feel something special,” said the squad. Performing at their peak doesn’t come easily. The pom squad spends more than 400 hours working on their two dances. Natalie Zielney and Emily Shock coach the squad, and Shock choreographed the Jaguar’s winning routine. Squad members say they don’t take the national titles for granted. “Each year we go into the next knowing the amount of hard work that will be put in,” said the squad, “This keeps us motivated.” All of that hard work can produce some feelings of nervousness, but the members of the squad say that the amount of work they put into the routines helps alleviate any fears they might have about performing well. “During the buildup to the awards, we are feeling anxious but excited,” said the squad. “Win or lose, we know we gave our all. Winning a national title makes us feel thankful that our hard work finally paid off.” The Jaguar cheerleaders also brought home a National Cheerleading Association national title this year. It’s the team’s second consecutive championship, one that did not come easily. Senior cheerleader Mallory Kish says they worked on their routine for about 3 months.


“When preparing for this routine, we spent roughly two hours a day, four days a week practicing and trying to make everything perfect,” said Kish. The 2018 championship routine was choreographed by Jenny Hawkins, her 30th championship routine. Kish said the routine was a step up in difficulty. But that was a challenge the squad embraced. “The routine she had given us for NCA was definitely the hardest by far,” said Kish. “As a whole, I think everyone believed we had another shot at winning again year, so that gave everyone that extra push to come out on top.” Those three months of practice were difficult, testing the squad’s commitment and determination. “There were times when we struggled with skills and wanted to give up because we just couldn’t hit the skill, but with some patience it would eventually come together,” said Kish. Even as the cheerleaders mastered the skills to pull off the routines, the hard work and constant practice took a toll on their bodies. Kish said, “We did have to overcome some adversity at times with a couple of injuries, but that’s just the price you pay when you do a sport you love.” It’s the second time at the top for seniors like Kish, something that she says the entire squad truly appreciates. “This team dedication and commitment was beyond any other team I have been a part of, and without that we couldn’t have pulled off another national title,” said Kish. Natalie Mayfield, the Jaguar cheer sponsor, said she was extremely proud of the Jaguar cheerleaders for winning the title against some very talented competition. “Though the team faced moments of adversity throughout the season, together they overcame it all,” said Mayfield. “Even though we will be losing some great cheerleaders, I believe that we will be just as successful in years to come with our hard-working mentality.”

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Black Panther Review: Marvel Raises the Bar. Again.

I've said it before, but I don't mind saying it again: even at my advanced stage in life (yep, I'm OLD!) I am still an unashamed comic book geek. I grew up in the 60's and 70's with all of the best Marvel and DC had to offer. While Spiderman was the superhero I related to most I loved all of those glorious color-paneled tales, reading and re-reading stacks of comics even into my college years. So, while there are some who are growing tired of the intense focus on comic book movies and the impact these big-budget titans might be having on the making of "smaller" films, I continue to enjoy nearly everything about these times. "Black Panther" brings a host of things to enjoy. Let's get this out of the way: believe the hype about this movie. It's not perfect, but it's as close to a flawless comic book movie as you'll ever see. The strength of "Black Panther" rests on the overall vision of director Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station," "Creed"). In various interviews, Coogler has talked about his love for comic books as a child growing up in Oakland. He discovered the Black Panther story at an early age and even as an adult he clearly understands the relationship between the myth-making of comic book superheroes and current culture. That respect for myth-making led the 31-yearold Coogler to spend time in Africa trying to answer the question, "What does it mean to be African?"

The answer he came up with permeates "Black Panther," making it more than just an origin story for T'Challa/The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the revelation of the hidden African kingdom of Wakanda. Coogler uses the movie to address essential issues of race and responsibility. Wakanda is Africa as it might have been if it escaped the impact of colonialism. Remember Captain America's vibranium shield? Vibranium is the most valuable mineral on earth, and Wakanda is the only place on earth that has it, a fact that only a handful of people know. Not only do they have it, they have a mountain of it, and they've used it to develop technology that would embarrass even Tony Stark. The rulers of Wakanda have chosen to hide their technology to protect their people from the inevitable invasion of those who would swarm in to mine the precious vibranium. That ongoing decision of protectionism over using their technology to help others in need is what launches the conflict between T'Challa and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). T'Challa is stepping into the role of king after the death of his father (see "Captain America: Civil War") with its history of keeping the nation secret. Killmonger is determined to take control of Wakanda, and it's technology so that he can unleash it on every oppressive regime,


government, and individual who have treated blacks unjustly. In short, Killmonger wants to ignite a global revolution while T'Challa is torn between helping others and protecting his nation. That conflict alone sets "Black Panther" apart from nearly every other superhero movie where the villain wants merely to conquer or destroy earth. It's not simply good-vs-evil. Killmonger has some valid points in this argument. Coogler embraces the complicated issues that T'Challa is forced to wrestle with and in the process scores some perfectly-placed shots on some of the hot-button issues of the day: racism, immigration, protectionism, and terrorism. Then there are the women of "Black Panther." This is the only comic book movie I've ever seen where not a single woman is a "princess in need of rescue." Every single female character has a unique strength that is critical to the story. Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) is more than just T'Challa's love interest; she is also a spy who spends her time outside the safety of Wakanda's borders rescuing oppressed African citizens from their cruel military rulers. Shuri (Letitia Wright) is T'Challa's younger sister, a technical genius who chafes under some of Wakanda's traditions. General Okoye (Danai Gurira) is the leader of Wakanda's all-female royal guard, a fierce fighter, and leader who even

Wonder Woman and the Amazons would think twice about challenging. In truth, while T'Challa is the hero of the movie it is these women who rescue him and enable him to fulfill a greater destiny that he initially imagined. But it is Michael B. Jordan who steals the show as Killmonger. Comic book villains are notoriously one-dimensional. Not so in this case. Jordan is unquestionably cruel and obsessed as the villain, but the story of how he reached this place in his life is filled with tragedy and pain. Jordan manages to evoke understanding for his unrepentant chokehold on a plan to "watch the world burn" but unlike Heath Ledger's Joker from "The Dark Knight," he is not an anarchist nor a lunatic. He is simply a man who has experienced pain at the deepest levels and is determined to deliver the oppressed from a repeat of what he had to live through. Coogler, who also wrote the script along with Joe Robert Cole, understand that the line between hero and villain is often razor-thin. Erik Killmonger could have very easily become a noble Black Panther and not the villain. "Black Panther" is deserving of all the hype you've been seeing and will find a place among the best superhero/comic book movies ever made.

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Hearts of Moore Baseball League for Population with Special Needs Tripp Wren is in a league of his own when it comes to providing inspiration for change. He was the inspiration behind the book Autistic and Loved: A Brother’s Hero, cowritten by his mom Lindsey and brother Oaklee. Now, his inspiration has reached new heights. In fact, he has hit a home run. It’s a home run for Tripp and kids like him, and for the City of Moore as they bring a new special needs athletic program to the community.

needs individuals of all ages to participate in a weekly baseball game.

Currently the only special needs leagues in the metro area are in Edmond and Yukon.

When Linsdey received word that the special needs league would soon be offered in the City of Moore, she literally sat down and cried.

“We are looking forward to being able to serve people in our city with this new league. We are certainly appreciative of Lindsey and her family for bringing this need to our attention and for working with us to make it a reality,” said McCutchan.

“I cried when I got the e-mail. I know it sounds silly, but this is a passion of mine and knowing I am behind a movement such as this blesses my soul. Literally, my dream is becoming a reality! “ She explained that participants will have a buddy to help them every step of the way. Everyone hits. Everyone scores.

Lindsey’s son Tripp has autism and other various disabilities that make it difficult to play group sports. The challenge of overcoming social norms and equipment and facility limitations makes something as simple as playing an organized baseball game just a dream for Tripp and others like him…until now.

”We want to give our special needs population the best special needs field in the state! And, since we are going to have a buddy system in place, this is going to get the typical population out and about with the special needs population, which is going to normalize differences and that's extremely important,” said Lindsey.

“It is a passion of mine to make things like this possible for him, his peers and others with special needs. I’ve been wanting to put together something for him and kids like him. We reached out to other communities with similar programs such as the Miracle League, an organization based out of Atlanta, but it was very expensive.”

Moore Youth Baseball Association Senior Vice President Rob McCutchan said that, although they are in the infancy of putting the league together, it will definitely happen.

That is when Lindsey and her husband Chris went to bat for their son and took their proposal to the Moore Youth Baseball Association Board. The group responded positively to the Wren’s idea and soon the new league, called Hearts of Moore, will hit the field. The group will welcome special

“To begin, we will be playing on a grass and dirt field as we are anxious to get the league started, so we will start there. We will be making some improvements soon to one of the fields at Buck Thomas Park so we can begin league play in the Fall of 2018.” “Eventually, with help from the city of Moore, we will redo that field into an artificial turf field,” McCutchan added. “We are very excited about the possibilities with this league.”


The Moore Youth Baseball Association hopes to provide the league to the special needs community free of charge, purchase a shirt for all participants, and provide an award at the end of the season. Lindsey said she is game to do whatever is necessary to make the new league a success. She believes the city is opening the doors for special needs residents throughout the county and beyond, not just for those in Moore. “Moore is so centralized that I believe people will come from other areas to participate, too. I’m so excited that this will be happening.” Lindsey and those in Moore Youth Baseball hope that indeed, “when we build it, they will come.” If you are interested in learning more about Hearts of Moore, you can text or call Lindsey at 474-2630.

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