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In the days immediately following the May 20 tornado volunteers rushed to the aid of Moore’s residents who had been hit so hard by the storm. Among those walking the streets of our city during that aftermath were some of the most recognizable athletes in the world. As we hit the 6-month mark in Moore’s recovery from the storm we focus attention on the unique bond that has formed between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the people of Moore.

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You’ll also meet four young ladies, all graduates of Moore schools, who are living the dream of dancing with the Thunder Girls at each of the NBA team’s home games. And there’s also this small miracle: two houses built in just 19 days. Even more amazing, the homes were given as gifts to victims of the May tornado. We think you’ll agree that it’s easy to find reasons to be thankful this November.

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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the OKC Thunder organization have rallied to the aid of those impacted by the deadly May storms in a way that has cemented the bond between the community and the NBA team.


A Moore veteran says he’s humbled and honored to be chosen to represent other soldiers as the model for a wooden statue to be displayed in Veterans Park. AS SPECIAL AS SPORTS GETS | 60 If you’re looking for images of pure joy you look no further than the Special Olympics “Field of Dreams” where this year’s fall softball game was played.


The Thunder Girls Dance Team dazzles NBA crowds with their energetic routines at each home game...and not surprisingly, all three Moore high schools are represented with graduates dancing on the squad.


The Moore Medical Center is on the road to a comeback and the first step is a modular approach to restoring medical services to the local community.


Cantor Fitzgerald lost more than 600 employees in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but rather than succumbing to the tragedy the organization

has responded with generosity to the victims of other disasters, including thousands of Moore residents impacted by the May tornadoes.


A Moore man takes his battle to lose weight before a national TV audience as he participates in ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.”


Our team of experts once again tackles your toughest questions this month, including: the top 7 things you need to know about signing up for ObamaCare, understanding and using supplements as part of your workout routine, taking advantage of low mortgage interest rates and how new IRS regulations impact your 2013 tax returns in regards to repairs to your home.


Transportation is one of the most important factors in a city’s growth and L.T. Hadley takes us for a ride on the rails for a look at the development of the Interurban and highways that helped make Moore the city it is today.


The holiday movie season is here and there are some fantastic features heading to the Warren Theatre over the next two months. Caleb Masters and Emily Matthews give you thumbnail previews for 10 of the most anticipated movies that will be premiering this holiday season.



He prefers working in the background to make sure every coach is supported and every athletic event takes place with smooth perfection, but those who’ve been impacted by Westmoore athletic director John Burruss say the long-time Moore educator and coach deserves a moment in the spotlight.

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The holidays are a very special time for the senior citizens of Moore and South Oklahoma City and this month’s Senior Moment features a look at some of the public events that help spread to joy of the season to the treasured members of our silver-haired residents.

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Veterans Memorial Park Named “America’s Favorite Park” by Christiaan Patterson “People come here to reflect on things of the past, and sometimes it brings great memories, and sometimes it’s just a release of emotional pain that still lingers around,” said Aaron Sloan. Sloan, who has served 30 years with the Army and is a lifelong Moore resident, calls the park a much-needed place for those who have served and for younger generations to understand where freedom came from. Veterans Memorial Park was almost completely destroyed by the May 20 tornado, but leaving behind wooden statues and a wall of honor. To veterans, winning the Coca-Cola grant is more than just money; it is the rebuilding of a place that means everything to this community. “I’m so proud of this memorial. Words can’t even begin to describe the feeling of when you come to look at those soldiers, the bricks, and the monuments that are set before us with the different branches. Then, when you think of what they went through in the different wars, it’s just—wow—incredible,” said Sloan. USAF veteran Jason Kretschmer, who retired as a master sergeant after 23.5 years of service, moved to Moore for a job opportunity with the FAA. Since moving here, Veterans Memorial Park has been one of the highlights of the area that he feels is extremely important to the city and those living in it. “We have many veterans who live in Moore, and the park is a symbol of what we have endured in the past, present, and [will in the] future. Moore has proven it is a community that rallies together in both good times and bad, and Veterans Memorial Park embodies those principles,” Kretschmer said. “The park is one of the many ways to pay tribute to those who have fought for our freedom and continue to do so today.”


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Veterans Memorial Park was nominated shortly after the tornado and entered into the Coca-Cola contest for America’s Favorite Park. It didn’t take long, thanks to word of mouth and social media, for things to start moving. Starting with the community, residents began voting and tracking their fitness to gain even more points. Soon, the voting took off nationwide, and eventually, the world. People in almost every state and several countries raced to get the park to the #1 spot, including Guam, Japan and Australia. On July 15, 2013, the contest ended, and the people of Moore were left waiting for the announcement. Months crawled by, however, before the announcement from Coca-Cola finally made its way to Moore. With more than a 60,000-vote lead, Veterans Memorial Park has indeed won the contest and will be given a $100,000 grant to help rebuild. “Thank you is not enough, but sometimes it’s the only words that you have. So thanks to all the people who voted and supported, and volunteered, and put things up on Twitter and Facebook. Not only in our community, but in Oklahoma, the country, and the world as a whole--thank you for the support and prayers, love, and everything they did to make this happen,” said Todd Jensen, director of Moore Parks and Recreation. Coke will host a ceremony for presentation of the grant in early November. With more than $600,000 in damage, this grant will go toward replacing the playground. Soon, the park will be better than it was before, and continue to honor the legacy of service that ties this community together.



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“I love the state of Oklahoma so much and this just hits so close to home.” Those words spilled from Kevin Durant’s lips as he walked along the streets of a tornadotorn neighborhood in Moore just a day after the deadly May 20 tornado. One of the world’s most recognizable NBA stars, overcome with emotion as he offered encouragement to tornado victims and posed for pictures. “I just want to do all I can to help,” said Durant. “Even just showing up and taking pictures and saying ‘Hi,” to people. If that helps, that’s what I want to do.” BEING THERE It’s called “the act of just being there” by those familiar with relief and ministry efforts around the world. A simple choice to be present, to be nearby when there’s pain and suffering. It’s a philosophy that’s familiar to most Oklahomans. And it’s also a deeply-engrained part of the Oklahoma City Thunder organizational culture that is felt by people like Dan Mahoney, the Vice President of Communications and Community Relations. A LITTLE QUALITY FAMILY TIME When you’re one of the NBA’s best teams, what better way to have a little family bonding time than to play your annual Blue-White Scrimmage before about 3,000 of your closest friends in the local high school gymnasium? That’s exactly what the Thunder did on Sunday, October 13 at Westmoore High School. Fans packed the Jaguar gym to get a close look at their athletic heroes and it was easy to see the delight on the faces of everyone in attendance. As a part of the event there were appearances by Rumble the Bison, the OKC Thunder Drummers, the Thunder Girls dance squad and prior to the game fans had a chance to play games in Thunder Alley. The event is something the organization does each year as a way to give back to their enthusiastic fans who’ve supported the team since they arrived six years ago.

Mahoney said, “You go back to the first season when at one point we were, during the first month of so of the season we were 3-and29. And we had fans standing up and cheering our players when they came off the floor. Our players respect that and they appreciate that. It’s a very important part of their existence in Oklahoma City.” For residents of Moore who are still recovering from the disastrous events of May 20, the intimate scrimmage at Westmoore was something remarkable and special. For those who lost so much it was just one more signal that they weren’t alone as they work to rebuild all they’ve lost. Perhaps even more encouraging to the storm victims is the realization that these athletes who compete at such a high level of skill, look back with admiration at the people who’ve weathered the very worst nature can throw at them and respond with a determination to overcome. “It’s inspiring to be around that kind of resiliency and faith,” said Thunder GM Sam Presti. “Our heart goes out to those people, but we’re also humbled to be in their presence because the first thing they’re thinking about is the people that weren’t as fortunate as them.” Brooks said, “It’s overwhelming. All the people who are out there supporting one another. It just makes you so proud to be a part of this community.” It’s a relationship that was summed up in a brief, but emotional exchange between the Thunder’s biggest star and one tornado victim as they shook hands amidst the rubble of that victim’s home. “It’s gonna take a lot to rebuild, but we can do it,” said the woman. “Ya’ll stay strong,” said Durant.




All Three City High Schools Represented on Thunder Girls Dance Team by Rob Morris


hen the Oklahoma City Thunder season tipped off in late October the eyes of the sports world were focused primarily on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and their teammates as they began their 82-game battle toward the playoffs. But there are another group of hard-working individuals who take the floor at each home game who are gathering their own intenselypassionate following. The Thunder Girls Dance Team fills the spaces between the NBA game action with energetic routines performed to flawless perfection. Four young women on the 20-member squad are from the Moore and represent all three high schools. LaTeshia and Bailee are graduates of Westmoore High School, Sarah is a graduate of Southmoore and Katie just finished her senior year at Moore High School this past May. All three say being a member of the Thunder Dance team is a dream-come-true. LaTeshia has been with the Thunder since the first year the NBA team moved to Oklahoma City. The six-year veteran is one of the most familiar faces on the squad and is a team captain. “I just really love dancing and I love the Thunder,” said LaTeshia. “It’s just become a part of who I am. They love the community. They love giving back to the people that need help, so I love being part of all that.” Bailee is next in line when it comes to seniority. This season will mark her third year dancing with the squad. “You learn so many things,” said Bailee. “You learn how to present yourself in the community. Being out in the community and helping people, it’s such a great feeling. You make so many friends, life-long friendships. You learn more about yourself and gain confidence from it.” Sarah and Katie are both rookies who made the squad during tryouts over the past summer. They are both adapting to the their new roles with great enthusiasm. Katie said, “Making the Thunder team was a dream I had since the Thunder came along six years ago. I have one of my friends who made the squad three years ago and we had danced together at the same studio, so watching her grow into Thunder and love it so much made me want it even more.” “Honestly, dance is an escape from reality to me and a place where I can express my feelings and my thoughts and emotions without affecting anyone or myself. It’s a way to release everything,” said Sarah. While there are those who might think being a member of the Thunder Girls isn’t exactly a tough gig, coach and choreographer Paige Carter says the public would be surprised at how much work the team puts in each week. “Our practices run three hours long, usually 3-to-4 nights a week,” said Paige. “ That’s on top of games and on top of appearances. And these girls also have full-time jobs or they are full-time students.” You heard that right. Being a Thunder Girls Dancer is a part-time job with what seems like full-time commitments that each of the 20 dancers has to balance with their life away from the Chesapeake Arena. And it’s not just the time commitment that’s tough to deal with. In addition to the practices, the girls are also required to participate in a minimum of two bootcamp workouts each week. “It’s physically demanding,” LaTeshia said. “There are lots of physical demands and I’m realizing that more the older I get. It’s very demanding and we try to make sure we take care of our bodies the best we can.” Sarah said, “Not only do we work hard in dance, we work out and have to have a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t have a healthy lifestyle you just can’t do this.” But it’s a price all of them say they’re happily willing to pay. Bailee said, “Growing up in OK and being a part of the organization has helped me so much I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” 16 | MOORE MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2013

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19 Days + God’s Pit Crew=2 Miracles for Tornado Victims by Christiaan Patterson


iracles happen everyday, or so the saying goes. In Moore, that phrase has true and deep meaning, especially in the weeks and months following May 20. Now, emerging from the disaster is another example of love spreading into people’s lives. Wanting nothing more than getting two families back on their feet after the tornado wiped out their houses, a group from Virginia returned to rebuild lives. But this is no ordinary build or situation. The 200 plus volunteers, who arrived on October 1, were on an unheard of mission: build TWO houses in 19 days. “We are building two houses that will be given away to two families, that have already been selected, who lost their houses. When we are finished, the keys will be given to the families,” said Kenneth Adams, retired preacher and volunteer. Some volunteers from Operation Compassion and God’s Pit Crew were on the site before the kick off to lay the foundation and prep everything so work could begin on time. Volunteers met up on October 1st and construction began right after sunrise the next morning. This wasn’t God’s Pit Crew’s first visit to Moore or sunrise build. Ironically, the group got started after the May 3, 1999 tornado and has since rapidly grew in size. Upon returning to its origins 14 years later to assist with the disaster, the idea for this project rose from the rubble on May 20. It was an emotional yet inspiring return for those witnessing the progress of recovery. “Its really surreal, it’s changed a lot since we were out here right after the storm delivering supplies and cutting the trees. It’s amazing to see all the debris gone and everything cleaned up, but very eerie to stand here with all these driveways that go to nothing,” said Randy Johnson, director of God’s Pit Crew. Over the course of the days leading up to the reveal of these houses, crews worked endlessly assembling walls, plastering, painting and making sure every square inch was splashed with love. If building these two houses wasn’t enough, volunteers also fully furnished the homes with everything needed to start a new life. For those who put in love, sweat and happy tears, this experience was beyond words and truly melted the heart. “The project itself has surprised me because quite frankly I didn’t believe we could build two houses in just over two weeks,” said Jay Setliff, volunteer. “As I work, I can’t help but think that a kid will be able to take a bubble bath in that tub or a family is going to be sitting at this table eating Thanksgiving dinner because of what God’s Pit Crew was able to do here,” said Dennis Byrd, volunteer. Finally, after all the hard work and dedication, the day for the unveiling of both homes came, as planned on October 19th. Families, who promised to stay away from the sites and not sneak a peak, were blind folded and taken to the houses. With a loud, heartfelt cheer, volunteers, family and friends all yelled, “Move that truck” and revealed the brand new homes. For the families, this was overwhelming. “I’m overwhelmed. It’s beautiful. It’s perfect, just perfect,” said Michelle Linger, new homeowner. Michelle and her three children were welcomed home to a spacious three-bedroom house. Randy’s wife Terri, designed the house to fit the style and likes of Michelle and the kids. Modern was the theme, with gray and blue paint, accents and furniture to match. The second home was more contemporary. Custom decorated, each bedroom reflected each son’s interests with baseball and OSU memorabilia. On the living room walls of each house, a biblical quote was written as a reminder of the love that went into building both homes. As the Rogers family walked inside, no amount of words could describe the look of pure happiness exploding on each other’s faces. “It’s so overwhelming and amazing. I still can’t believe it. It’s just amazing!” said Jamie Rogers. “It’s amazing to see my wife that happy, that she finally gets to get a home, it’s not a house, it’s a home now, is just incredible,” said George Rogers.




ANSWERCREW Question for an Real Estate Professional How can I take advantage of today’s low interest rate if I’m not moving to the local area for years? Purchase now, then lease the property out until you are ready to move in years from now. By now most people are aware of the historically low interest rates home buyers have been enjoying for the past several years. But like all good things this too shall pass. No one knows exactly when interest rate will increase, but historic cycles have proven that they will. So how can you take advantage of today’s low interest rates if you don’t plan on living here for a few years or maybe even several years? The answer is to purchase a home now and lease it out through a Property Manager who will oversee your house until you occupy it. Who could benefit from this scenario? Military members who plan on moving to the area in the future. Many military members who are initially from the local area choose to relocate back here when it comes time to retire. And also military members who are stationed here for any length of time will also retire here. The reasons are: great schools, opportunities for post retirement employment and the low cost of living. And in some cases the military member has already established themselves in the community and so they choose to stay.

Reason #3 – local residents enjoy the low cost of living in the Moore and Oklahoma City area. They know that the differences in the price of goods and services compared to most other metropolitan areas in America keeps more money in their pockets allowing the flexibility of investing and saving for retirement. From gasoline prices, to groceries, to entertainment to cost of housing in Moore and Southwest Metro area of Oklahoma City there is a standard of living that benefits all who live here. When people have a choice to live anywhere in the country - or sometimes the world - and they choose to live in the Moore and SW Oklahoma City area, it’s a strong testament to the city leaders who’ve helped make our community such a desirable place to live.

Kathy Griffith, Broker BNI, ePRO, GRI, SRS Prime Realty, Inc. 1530 SW 89th, A1 OKC, OK 73159 405-759-3570

Reason #1 – Through the years the Moore school system has enjoyed a reputation of quality education. The Moore school system encompasses 159 square miles and includes 3 high schools, 5 junior high schools and 23 elementary schools and an alternative school. The school system is the 3rd largest school system in the state of Oklahoma. Continuing the educational experience are nearby higher education facilities including two MooreNorman Technology Center campuses, the University of Oklahoma in Norman and Oklahoma City Community College. Reason #2 – The average age of military retirees is 39 so there is ample time for a 2nd career. Due to the proximity of Tinker Air Force base, retirees can utilize all the services on the base including the Base Exchange, the Commissary, veterinarian clinic, daycare, temporary housing and many other products and services the base has to offer. Additionally there is continual career training and with business like Boeing, FAA, the University of Oklahoma, and large employers like Devon and Chesapeake and the public school system, there are many post retirement opportunities.


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Like most business owners, I spend most of my time in the day-to-day operational aspects of the business and don’t spend as much time as I would like planning and focusing on further developing the potential of the business. Any suggestions on aspects that should be my primary focus as I look to the future? Yes, I will list a few items below, but first, never lose sight of the basics

– you are providing a product or service to your customers and they continue to consume your product or service because they, like you, like

the product, like your location ( to include your e commerce site), your

innovation and your pricing. Even without all the glitz and advertising, it’s still about value propositions and customer service !!!!!

A) Identify your organization’s unique capabilities - Each successful

organization has specific characteristics that have created competitive advantage . Emphasize these and “play to your strengths “.

B) Assess all the relevant factors affecting your business

all the time to include -

- Competitive factors vs Direct competitors - Market trends in your industry

- Promotional and marketing strategies

E) Develop Ideas and concepts for future business opportunities -

1. Take advantage of opportunities to grow your business by adding

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(a) Value can be perceived or real / or some combination • Re – pricing / change of price point

• combining / re-packaging products or services • change of image – packaging

• New Advertising theme / focus

• Combination of re-pricing with new sizing of product / service To change price - value relationship

• Introduce other ways to use the product ( multi-use)

(b) Serving New Markets

• Finding new applications

• Doing more than the customer expects

• Assisting your customer in reaching their customers

2. Find ways to foster and develop business concepts that go beyond

- Micro economic factors impacting demand such as local

traditional areas of service and products

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human behavior patterns

- Knowing your financial costs & position at all times

customer needs

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D) Better define your business challenges -

React with information not emotion…………….. determine which

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don’t be satisfied with identifying the apparent cause of problems, make certain that you have found the “root cause” and fix it .


(a) Innovation --- understand human behavior patterns / changing 3. Develop your business by identifying improved ways of addressing (a) Anticipating customer needs (b) Ongoing market research

( c) Determining “other” customer needs that you can meet beyond the Framework of your current relationship

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REMEMBERING CHRISTOPHER LEGG: Adventurous Nine-Year-Old Loved Sports by Christiaan Patterson

“You’re always missing somebody,” Danni Legg said. “You look back into the backseat of your car and you’re doing a head count as a mother and you’re like, ‘I have two. I’m missing one.’ Then you do a quick think and tell yourself: He isn’t at a friend’s house. He’s with God.” May 20 claimed the lives of 25 residents of Moore, including seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary. When Danni Legg made her way from Southmoore High School to the site, she stood in disbelief at what remained of her son’s elementary school. “If the homes weren’t standing, and people were dying, I had no idea what was going to be at the school. It went from major damage to total devastation as I got closer. Houses were flat, just sticks. I yelled out at a teacher I thought was standing on a hill. Come to find it was what was left of the first-grade classrooms,” Legg said. When she turned and saw her husband standing with their daughter, she thought everything would be okay. As time passed, one son was found and reunited with the family. But as time continued to slowly tick by, there was no word on their other son. In the upcoming hours, it would be discovered that Mrs. Daniels’s student Christopher Legg had passed away.

young man, Christopher excelled in sports. He couldn’t get enough of basketball and baseball—but mostly football. As part of a little league since the age of four, he was nicknamed “Monkey” for his ability to reach out with his long limbs and take opposing players out. He was given the center position after his sportsmanship went beyond the level of exemplary. “When he was four or five in little league, he never came back to the huddles,” she said, “because he was always picking up his friends off the ground that he just knocked down. He would say, ‘They are all my friends, Mom.’” During the school year, the family worked with him on his schoolwork. Library trips were part of the everyday routine to make sure homework was complete and understood. This past spring, Christopher made sure to accomplish a goal of reading, despite the challenge it presented. “It was a struggle, but he gained all his AR points and received a trophy for it. He didn’t like to read so much as do other things,” said Ross Legg, Christopher’s father.

Nine days later, the funeral was held at First Baptist Church in Moore where over 1500 people gathered to pay their respects.

From the moment he opened his eyes until he closed them, Christopher always showed kindness and generosity to those around him. To him, there were no strangers, but friends, and he hugged everyone with loving arms. Even in the last moments of life, Christopher showed courageous strength by comforting a scared friend in the hallway as their world was turned upside down.

“The neatest thing I can remember about the service were all the football teams showing up in their gear, wearing their team jerseys in support of him,” said Legg.

“He did such a remarkable thing, walking down the hall and sitting next to a friend that day,” Legg said. “It cost him his life, but he was everything we taught

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him to be: loving, caring, and being a best friend to everyone.”


THE PINOKIES: Shaking Up Those Great Thanksgiving Traditions by Rob Morris

STEPHANIE COURTNEY I have officially pulled out my coat and boots, I have turned on the heater and pulled out the home décor, I have started making chili, tortilla soup and other warm meals… oh the fall fun continues! I am made a few pumpkin and apple creations, but now it is time to up the ante and get ready for family gatherings. When looking for recipes on Pinterest, I am not just looking for a great dish, but one that will catch everyone’s eye and become a talking piece at the party – check out my ‘Gobble Gobble… Turkey Time’ and ‘Fall is in the air, pumpkin, apple and all’ Pinterest boards. How about a veggie tray that looks like a turkey, or pumpkin dip in a big pumpkin, scarecrow treats and a make-your-own caramel apple bar! There can be no fear when it comes to party-food…. Either way, they will be talking and gobbling!

ANGIE O’KEEFE Thanksgiving! For me, one word describes this special day better than any other and that word is TRADITION. The fascinating thing about that is we all have our own and while turkey and cranberries usually play a big role in the menu, each family group has created their own way of celebrating. My grandmother always made sure everyone had their favorite dish. My dad liked turnips, my aunt had to have northern bean salad and my cousin wouldn’t consider the day a success without spaghetti. This may sound strange to some but it was what we came to expect and gave us all immense comfort. That’s what tradition is all about. Today, my family dinner job is the turkey and gravy and, because my clan would riot if it wasn’t there, green bean casserole. My tip for a juicy turkey is simple; I put a stick of butter up under the skin on top of the breast and this makes for a perfect outcome. We have so many things available to us today that make life easier and Pinterest is always at the top of my list. Just type in a topic and you have more useful information than you can imagine. If you’re looking for tips and creative ideas for the holiday, hit Pinterest and get ready to wow your guests. Thanksgiving is a good time for reflection because it’s about gratitude. While my family is at the top of the list, my heart swells when I think of the extended family of friends that contribute so much to my life. That certainly includes my sisters at Women of the South who always amaze me with their warmth, wit and willingness to do so much for the community. Every Thanksgiving gathering is not always a Norman Rockwell picture. If that’s the case with you, make this year the one where you start your own traditions and they don’t have to be big or expensive. That’s where Pinterest comes to the rescue. Remember, the first and most important one is doing something for somebody else. Happy Thanksgiving! 26 | MOORE MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2013

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ASHLEY MILLER With Thanksgiving just around the corner, things at my house are in full gear. This year I am especially excited because we are hosting both of our families in our new house! We are still in the middle of a do-it-yourself (DYI) mini-renovation, so we are working around the clock to make sure that everything is set for turkey day. I honestly do not know what we did before Pinterest, but it has been a lifesaver this past month. From tips on how to paint kitchen cabinetry to finding the best warm gray paint for our walls, Pinterest has been my go-to place for inspiration and advice. One of the best tips I came across was to always prime before painting. Many people told us we could buy the paint and primer in one; however we were disappointed to see that the blue wall color really showed through and completely changed the feel of the color we chose. After priming the walls and then painting we were very happy with the results. The other project I tacked this week was a 15 minute window shade. It was so incredibly easy and looks great! Once I had my supplies gathered, it only took me 20 minutes to put it all together (I know, not quite the 15 minutes as promised but you might be faster than me). The key for this project was to make an accurate template for the size of the window shade. I would also suggest using a piece of white cotton fabric as a lining to the shade if you’re looking for more sun protection. To see how to make this sew-simple shade and other great diy projects, check out my Pinterest Board “DIY Home”. Happy pinning!

ANSWERCREW Question for an Gardener Is it possible to have a fall garden in Oklahoma? Purchase now, then lease the property out until you are ready to move in years from now. Not only is it possible, but desirable as well. Oklahoma has a very long growing season, which started this year in March and will continue up to Thanksgiving. You should be enjoying part of the spring harvest now with more to come. Using the Fourth of July as a starting point, you can sow and plant a second crop now. For example, tomatoes normally take about three months to mature, which means another harvest in late October. Because of the fine, albeit a bit warm weather, you have the option of germinating seeds in flats or sowing direct to the soil. Remember to keep all of the seeds and plants well watered.

Ordinarily, when I plant a tomato, a metal cage plus a stake or two surround it. While young, this is satisfactory, but when tall and loaded with fruit, it may not be sufficient. Recently two of my six-foot plants fell over and had to be reinforced. A friend recommended that I use rebar to create a stronger cage. Even when the plants are at odd angles, the vines continue to produce at a rapid rate. These are heirloom tomatoes, which can weigh in at over a pound each. They cannot be purchased in a store. You must grow them and prepare to eat some of the most delicious fruit you have ever tasted.

As the current plants complete their cycles, remove them, put in some compost, and replace them with new seedlings or seeds.

This is also the season for bad bugs, including grasshoppers, to devour your leaves and even some of the fruit. I recommend that you use an organic pesticide like Neem’s oil mixed with water and sprayed often during peak times. This is helpful, but always keep in mind the 80/20 Rule: only 80 percent of the garden is mine. The other 20 percent belongs to the environment.

For the first time, I grew amaranth, which I had researched and learned that it would grow to some height. But eight-feet tall plants weren’t in my thinking. The seedlings were purposely planted near a fence, which gave them reinforcement. If you planted onions, they will be ready to harvest after the stems fall over. Some of my onion bulbs simply rose to the surface, making them very easy to gather. Most of mine are tied in bunches and placed in the garage. Their shelf life is not long, so a method of storing and saving must be employed. To have strong, healthy onion plants, I sow the onion sets in the fall to overwinter. Several raised beds are used to help them establish a fine root system. Keep them well watered. I buy the sets locally in late September or early October, when there is a good and very inexpensive assortment. As the weather begins to cool, root crops like carrots, beets, and turnips can be sown. Also set out lettuce, spinach, and more beans. Most of them will even do well during the winter and make a resurgence in the spring. Periodically refer to your written plan and past seed catalogs to make further decisions about what and when to plant. Changes can be made to suit your purposes. For example, making good use of crop rotation helps the soil and provides for stronger plants.

In future articles, I will expand on extended harvest and cover crops. The 2013 seed and plant FREE catalogs will be in the mail around the end of December. Be sure to put Tuesday, September 18, on your calendar for the semi-annual Seed and Plant Exchange at the Norman public library. It will begin at 10 a.m. Resources: Southern exposure Seed Exchange (catalog) Your public library for a wealth of reading material Noble Foundation’s Experimental Farm Kerry Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Norm Park, Ed.D., Expert Gardener

Mulching heavily with grass clippings helps me maintain soil moisture during the days of triple-digit heat. Other organic material can be used, too. By employing a drip-irrigation system along with the mulching is a good combination.



The Interurban and Early Transportation in Moore by L.T. Hadley


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

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


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

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


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Paying It Forward: NYC Firm Devastated by 9/11 Comes to Aid of Tornado Victims by Christiaan Patterson

On September 11, 2001, Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial firm in the

we helped out 10,000 families with children in public schools. So

World Trade Center, lost 658 workers. Since then, the company

when we were watching the news and saw what was happening

has turned that horrific day into a chance to pay it forward in the

here, we said we’ve got to do the same.”

world. Every year, money is raised and employees commit each

Those who received a MasterCard talked with the company about

anniversary to donating all profits and paychecks for the relief

their stories and how it was truly a blessing to have a company

fund. This year, the company flew into Moore with a gift unlike

who suffered such a heavy loss, to continue giving back. One

anything that could have been imagined.

family who had children in the schools was overwhelmed with the

“Our company really understands what pain is like. We lost 658 people on 9/11 at the top of the World Trade Center. Since then,

generosity and were thankful for the help after their home was lost on May 20 and what was left, destroyed on May 31.

we have decided that after learning about how we can help the

“I feel overwhelmed. It’s just a blessing in disguise. All the help

families of all those we lost, that we can help others,” said Robert

that we have gotten to help rebuild and just pick up our lives and

Hubbell, director of global communications and marketing for

move on, has been tremendous. I know God’s a big part of that and

Cantor Fitzgerald.

it’s a major blessing in my life, honestly,” said Laura Whitthorn.

Earlier last month, 2,000 families who had a child in the schools

This wasn’t the first trip to Moore for the company. Immediately

and whose house was destroyed or damaged by the tornado,

following the May 20 tornado, volunteers came down from NYC

waited patiently outside First Baptist Church of Moore to receive

to help with the initial cleanup and bring supplies needed for

a generous gift. Inside, Cantor Fitzgerald anxiously set up the

the ravaged city. When the group was down here and saw the

booths and waited to greet these courageous families. Once the

devastation, the company knew then that financial help would be

doors opened, people flooded into the gym and were given a

needed to get these lives together again. On the 12th anniversary

MasterCard with $1,000 ready for use of rebuilding lives.

of 9/11, all paychecks and profit worldwide were pooled into the

“We are here to provide the kind of help that we can, which is financial assistance, said Hubbell. “When Hurricane Sandy hit,

relief fund. Together, the 2,000 families received 2 million dollars to help get back on their feet.


It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod World: Moore Medical Center on the Comeback Trail by Christiaan Patterson

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he Moore Medical Center is making

building against high winds and increase safety of

still being drawn up for the complete

Once the building is complete, it will be a fully

“The benefit of coming back to Moore is that

both patients and employees.

me and my staff will be back in the community we

rebuilding of the center; however, those in charge

functional ER. There will even be a CT scanner

we shouldn’t function any differently than we did

local hospital for residents. In order to meet the

For now, there will be no inpatient services. Those

a comeback, well sort of. Plans are

understand the value and importance of having a

needs of Moore while architects and designers

recreate the hospital, construction of a temporary

emergency room began around the first of October. “It’s going up very fast. These construction guys

really know what they are doing; they have a lot

installed, so patients don’t have to go elsewhere. needing those services will be transferred to another

services in the future are still in the works. It will

“This is a good-sized emergency service, and

in the community, and we wanted that connection

most critical piece for immediate health care needs back as quickly as possible,” said Whitaker.

Since the tornado, employees of the medical

the southwest side of the site. This will assure

center have been scattered to work throughout the

interfering with patients needs. The ER is housed

inside the center on May 20, is coming back to

construction crews can rebuild the hospital without

in a modular unit, which has been raised off the ground and tightened down into the concrete with

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Weather permitting; plans are to open the ER

visits and serves as a vital part of the community.

quickly since it annually receives more than 35,000

there,” said David Whitaker, CEO and president

Work being done is on the temporary ER on

the Moore Medical Center ER.

during the first week of December. As for the rest

obviously it was a piece we wanted to get back, the

of Norman Regional Health System.

before,” said Nick Stremble, RN and manager of

hospital. It’s important to bring this hospital back

of experience. This crew actually came from Joplin, where they did the full, contemporary hospital

were serving before the tornado. Once we are back,

metro. One such RN who rode out the tornado

manage the ER when it opens. The original staff, whom he worked with, will all be returning and are anxious to get back to Moore.

of the medical center, designs to provide even more take two to three years before the Moore Medical

Center will reopen to the public. This will be the second step for officials committed to staying in town.

“We’re excited and we want the community

to know that this is just the second step to our

long-term commitment to being here in Moore,” Whitaker said.

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Deadline Approaching for Best of Moore & South OKC by Rob Morris


hen we kicked off the inaugural “Best of Moore & South OKC” contest last year, we were pretty sure local residents would be excited for the chance to share their pride in local establishments. But the actual response was overwhelming. Our Facebook page, email, and website ( was flooded with nominations, votes, and comments. So this year we decided to expand the process to make sure everyone had a chance to participate. Part one of that process has been the nomination period, which began on October 1. That nomination period is now in the final stages. You can still help us compile a complete list of participants by nominating your favorites in any or all of our 42 categories simply by commenting on our Facebook page or by emailing But you’ll need to get your nominations in no later than November 15, because on November 16, we’ll announce our finalists. When the finalists have been determined, voters will be able to cast their ballots for their favorites in each of the 42 categories, beginning on December 16 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on January 31. All voting will be done on our website. We’ll be revealing the winners of the “Best of Moore & South OKC” contest later in February at a special dinner that we promise will be loaded with fun and festivities. The winners will also be revealed in the March edition of the Moore Monthly magazine.


And are the 42 categories for the “Best of Moore & South OKC”: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42.







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GENERAL *MOORE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS MOVED. MPD’s offices have moved to 224 S. Chestnut Ave., behind the Library, just north of the Community Center. YMCA Before and After School Care. Moore Community Center; call 378-0420 for participating schools and more information. 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 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 Education Robinson Group 11 a.m. 201 W. Indian Hills Rd, Moore. Contact Phyllis Embrey 895-6630.


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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 550-8516. Merry Heart Guidance Center. Free guidance counseling for those affected by May storms. Open to Adults, Teens and Children. 626 NW 7th St. Moore. Contact center at 703-8451.

VOLUNTEERS The Hugs Project. non-profit organization puts together care packages for our troops in Middle East. For more info call 651-8359 or email 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 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 am- 6 pm Santa Express. Want to help a child this Christmas? Donate any unwrapped new toy to the Moore Fire Department or participating business. All donations stay local. Call station 1 at 793-5110 for more details.

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

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: 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. Moore Rotary Club. Wed, at Belmar Golf Club, 1025 E. Indian Hills Road. Civic organization

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OKC Sunrise Rotary, meets on Thursdays, from 7am to 8 am at the Hampton Inn, 920 SW 77th St. Civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. 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. 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.

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 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 Program every Friday at 7 p.m. Call Pastor Rick, 691-6990 for information. The OK Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation, monthly support group meetings, third Tuesday of every month at the Moore Chamber of Commerce (I-35 & Main St.) 6:30 p.m. Call 694-1098 for more 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 or visit www.





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NOVEMBER 5 • TUESDAY Parks Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. 301 N. Broadway. NOVEMBER 6 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 12-4pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446 NOVEMBER 8 • FRIDAY “Denim and Diamonds” Southern Stamped Auction. It’s time to polish your boots and dust off your cowboy hat. The South Oklahoma City Chamber’s annual auction, the Southern Stampede, will be held at the Westminster Event Center with a new twist this year: Wear your boots and jeans like always, but feel free to glitz it up! This event includes: Taste of the Town, entertainment, silent and supersilent auctions, a wine toss, dessert auction and much more! Individual tickets are $40. Corporate tables (8 people) are $500. To purchase tickets or for more information call the SOKC Chamber at 405-634-1436. Yellow Rose Theater. “The Passenger.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you laughing all night long. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. NOVEMBER 9 • SATURDAY Tree Giveaway. Moore Community Center 301 S. Howard from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All tress will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call 793-5053. American Recycles Day. Bring in your paper, plastic, cardboard and electronics that no longer work to the Moore Recycle Center at 400 N. Telephone Rd. Event is from 8 a.m. to noon. Photo Rescue. If you lost pictures in the tornado on May 20, you have the opportunity to find them. Drop by from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Suburban Baptist Church at 424 E. Main St.

Yellow Rose Theater. “The Passenger.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you laughing all night long. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. NOVEMBER 11• MONDAY Veterans Memorial 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park 1900 SE 4th St. Join the community as veterans are honored for serving and giving the ultimate sacrifice. NOVEMBER 12 • TUESDAY School Board Meeting. 6 p.m. Check for location. NOVEMBER 13 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 12-4pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446 NOVEMBER 15 • FRIDAY Yellow Rose Theater. “The Passenger.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you laughing all night long. 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. NOVEMBER 16 • SATURDAY Yellow Rose Theater. “The Passenger.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you laughing all night long. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. Moore High Craft Fair, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Moore High School Commons. Fair is sponsored by the MHS Special Olympics team and all proceeds will benefit the team. For more information or to reserve a booth contact Shelley Conallis at shelleyconallis@ or Nikki Worthley at or call the Special Ed classroom at 735-4788. NOVEMBER 18 • MONDAY City Council Meeting at Moore City Hall at 6:30 p.m., 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000 NOVEMBER 20 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 12-4pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446 NOVEMBER 21 • THURSDAY CDBG Public Hearing; Final Review of the CAPER. Moore City Hall at 6:30 p.m., 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000 NOVEMBER 22 • FRIDAY Yellow Rose Theater. “The Passenger.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you laughing all night long. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. NOVEMBER 23 • SATURDAY Craft Fair/Bazaar. Some of the things that will be featured are herbs/ spices, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Arbonne, Herbalife and much more. Earlywine Park at 11801 S. May Ave in S. OKC. 9am-3pm. Contact Angie Anshutz at 378-0420 for more information. Yellow Rose Theater. “The Passenger.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you laughing all night long. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. NOVEMBER 27 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 12-4pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 94-5446. Hanukkah Begins. NOVEMBER 28 • THURSDAY Thanksgiving Day.


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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING Saturday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. Moore Read, Create and Play Tuesday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. Story Time Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. Books, Barks and Buddies Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Baby Story Time Saturday, Nov. 9 Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. Story Time


Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 Friday, Nov. 29

Baby Story Time Make and Take Read, Create & Play Story Time Books, Barks and Buddies Baby Story Time Story Time Baby Story Time Library Closed for Thanksgiving Library Closed for Thanksgiving

TEENS AND ADULTS Tuesday, Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29


Computer Basics YourTutor Partners in Education luncheon Zumba YourTutor Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training Library closed, Veterans Day Basic Microsoft Word YourTutor Zumba YourTutor Game On! On the Same Page Book Discussion Thanksgiving Recipes to Rock Your Socks Off! Basic Windows 7 YourTutor Zumba YourTutor Moore Reads Book Discussion Microsoft Publisher Library closed, Thanksgiving

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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. 11-1 10:00 MCOA Monthly Meeting 11-2 10:00-2:00 MCOA Annual Bean Dinner 11-5 10:00 Country Music House Singers // 10:00-11:00 BP checks Provided by Rambling Oaks 11-7 10:00 Wii Bowling 11-11 Closed for Veteran’s Day 11-12 10:00 Last Chance Band 10:00 Library 10:30 BP & Sugar checks Provided by Loving Care 11:05-11:20 Mystery Entertainment 11-14 10:30-11:00 Rett Cleveland County Sheriff’s Dept. 11-15 11:45 Root beer Floats provided by Generations Home Care 11-20 10:30-11:30 BP Checks provided by Hearts @ Home 11:45 Cobbler Provided by Village on the Park 11-21 10:30-11:00 Rivendell Choir 11:00-11:20 ONG Fall Season Safety Tips 11-25 10:00 MCOA Board Meeting 11-26 10:00 BINGO with Allegiance Credit Union // 10:00 Library 11-28 Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday 11-29 Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday 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






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HOLIDAY 2013 MOVIE GUIDE by Emily Matthews Thor: The Dark World RELEASE: November 8th DIRECTOR: Alan Taylor CAST: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston Thor is back, to save our world from a dark enemy. We get to see Natalie Portman in this second Thor film, and you’re going to want to check out how this human and god relationship turns out in this film. The Book Thief RELEASE: November 15th DIRECTOR: Brian Percival CAST: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson One of the directors of Downtown Abbey, Brian Percival brings us a film adaptation of the novel by Markus Zusak. The story of a young orphan girl as she struggles to adjust to her new family, while the horrors of WWII Germany are destroying the world around her, all while becoming friends with a Jewish refuge that her adoptive parents are sheltering. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire RELEASE: November 22nd DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Katniss and Peeta are back for the second installment of The Hunger Games series. When they won the Games in the previous film, a rebellion was sparked and this film promises to be even more intense than the last.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug RELEASE: December 13th DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson CAST: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom The next chapter in The Hobbit tale, Peter Jackson is sure to bring us another breathtaking look at J.R.R. Tolkien’s story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Gandolf, and the Dwarves. Sure to be a holiday favorite. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues RELEASE: December 20th DIRECTOR: Adam McKay CAST: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn The Anchorman cast is back for the sequel to the popular 2004 comedy. If you are at all a fan of the first film, you are sure to be entertained by this sequel, offering tons of comedy and great performances from its cast of so many big names.

Oldboy RELEASE: November 29th DIRECTOR: Spike Lee CAST: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley Who isn’t interested in a Spike Lee film? Oldboy is a retelling of a Korean film, by the same name, which was loosely based on the Japanese manga comic of the same name as well. This American version looks action packed and also offers a story different than what we are used to. Looks like a great film to kick-start the holiday season.

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Relase Date: November 1 “Ender’s Game” is the adaption of Orson Scott Card’s critically acclaimed sci-fi novel, and it’s one that fans have waited patiently for throughout the last two decades. For many viewers, this movie is finally Card’s vision realized on the big screen, but for most of us movie buffs out there, the most exciting thing about “Ender’s Game” (aside from the fact that it just looks incredible) is that Harrison Ford is making his first appearance in space since the conclusion of the original Star Wars trilogy. It’s got the story, the characters, and the bombastic visuals to give it all the makings of a great lead in to this year’s holiday season.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” Release Date: Holiday 2013

“The Wolf of Wall Street” is master director Martin Scorsese’s latest movie starring his frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio. The film looks like a real, modern-day Wall Street with DiCaprio playing the kingpin of wealth and corruption on Wall Street, where only his only limit is his imagination. “The Wolf of Wall Street” also features a pretty great supporting cast made up of Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, and Jon Bernthal. I’ve never seen a Scorsese movie I didn’t like, and having another opportunity to see him do a movie of this scale spotlighting just how elevated greed, embezzlement, and the dark side of capitalism has gotten gives me chills. This is by no means new territory for Hollywood….but it is for the man who brought us “Goodfellas,” “The Departed,” and “Gangs of New York. ”

“Out of the Furnace”

Release Date: December 6 “Out of the Furnace” is “Crazy Heart” director Scott Cooper’s next movie, and after delivering one of the best character studies of the last decade, I’m more than a little excited to see what his latest project looks like. “Out of the Furnace” stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck as Russell and Rodney Baze, who are raised in the economically depressed area of the Rust Belt. When Russell lands himself in prison, Rodney gets pulled into the deadliest crime ring in the Northeast. After making it out of prison, Russell decides to go after his brother, no matter the costs. The movie has a killer supporting cast with Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, and Willem Dafoe all playing pivotal roles. Between this cast, writer, and director, I’m expecting nothing short of excellence. If you don’t believe me, just pull up the trailer and prepare to be wowed.

“American Hustle”

Release Date: December 25 Apparently “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell loved his cast so much he thought he’d bring them all back for his next movie. “American Hustle” is Russell’s latest, starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, and Robert De Niro, delves into an FBI sting operation investigating art forgery and theft. It may not sound like lightning in the bottle, but given this incredible cast with O. Russell’s impressive direction (see “The Fighter,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), I think we’re in for a real show that is undoubtedly making a run at next year’s Oscars.

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Release Date: December 25

This movie shot to the top of my radar out of nowhere with its really unusual, yet mesmerizing, trailer that was released earlier this year. The movie looks imaginative, visually stunning, and full of heart. The story follows Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), who lives a monotonous life as a paper-pushing office worker. To escape the drag of life, Walter escapes to his own fantasies, full of adventure, romance, and a hope for something greater. It definitely sounds a bit existential for a family movie, but I believe that Stiller’s performance and direction will lend themselves to a story that parents, kids, twenty-somethings, and just about anyone else can enjoy and draw from. In other words: the perfect movie to take the family to on Christmas Day. © Photo courtesy of Lions Gate Entertainment




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Moore Resident Tackles “Extreme Makeover” in ABC Weight Loss Show by Christiaan Patterson


rowds applauded, hands waved and people cheered at Veterans Memorial Park to welcome home one Moore resident from a life-changing journey. But this was no ordinary welcome home. Kenny O’ Neal’s decision to get healthy and active landed him a spot on ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” show. After leaving in May, O’Neal was reunited with family for a taping of the final show on ABC. “These 90 days have taken so long in so many ways and have flown by. It meant the world to me to be able to go to Colorado and know that we had a foundation here of support for my family and me,” said O’Neal, Moore’s contestant for “Extreme Weight Loss.” O’Neal’s quest to change came after a friend passed away and the tornado ripped Moore apart. At 410 pounds, O’Neal was unable to physically contribute to helping his town in its time of need. This fueled the passion to change. Before the tornado, O’Neal wrote to the show and poured out his heart as to why he wanted to make a lifestyle switch. “This started as a weight loss journey, and I just wanted to lose weight to change myself and be better. And honestly, after meeting Chris [Powell, host of “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”], it wasn’t about my weight, it was about my addiction to food,” said O’Neal. “I had a best friend who had an addiction to food and he passed away. That moment inspired me to beat this addiction and not let it control me anymore.”

“It’s been hugely difficult. The summer was the most difficult since there’s nothing going on. I’m also a nurse at Norman Regional and working nights was a little tricky. But his mother has been such a help watching the kids. We got through it with family, thank goodness,” she said. Though the journey in Colorado may have concluded, the journey is only beginning. As O’Neal adjusts to being back home, he and the family must transition into the new lifestyle by making healthy choices. This means giving up certain foods and getting more actively involved with the kids. For the family, this could prove to be the most difficult part of the process. “This is the part of the journey where he has to figure this out at home: how to juggle eating habits, eating healthy, working out on top of working and the kids’ schedule, me, and everything else. It’s really the toughest part, I think, but we will be there to support him,” said Kristin O’Neal. Keeping up with his ultimate goal of weight loss, ABC also has added a quirky challenge to the mix: Until the season premieres in the summer of 2014, the family cannot post photos of what he looks like afterwards. So, if you want to see how much of an incredible transformation O’Neal has made, stay tuned.

Over the course of 90 days at the show’s boot camp in Colorado, O’Neal lost 101 pounds. This wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the love and support of his family and friends. His wife of 15 years, Kristin, and three children were his constant and solid rock for getting through. While he was away, Kristin held down the fort at home and had a few challenges along the way. City Beat Sponsored by

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very year it seems as though there are more and more places throughout the country giving out all sorts of free goodies to honor those brave men and women of the armed forces. This year that list continues to grow. To cut down on the trouble of figuring out where to get a well-deserved free meal or tasty appetizer, here are a few of the local eateries where you can stop and enjoy the day. Remember, wherever you go, proof of service is required. That’s either a photo of you in uniform, ID, DD 214, or just come in your uniform. Applebee’s Date and Time: Monday, November 11, during normal business hours. What you get: A special menu with seven meals to chose from. Only one is free, though. Where: All locations. Golden Corral Date and Time: Monday, November 11, from 4 to 9 p.m. only. What you get: Free buffet meal with a beverage. Where: All restaurants. Chili’s Date and Time: Monday, November 11. What you get: A choice of seven free meals. Drink not included. Where: All locations. Hooters Date and Time: Monday, November 11, 11 a.m. to close. What you get: 10 free boneless wings. Where: All locations. Denny’s Date and Time: Monday, November 11, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. What you get: All-you-can-eat pancakes. Where: Nationwide. Outback Steakhouse Date and Time: Monday, November 11, from 4 to 10 p.m. What you get: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola. Where: All locations. Great American Cookie Date and Time: Monday, November 11, all day. What you get: Free cookie Where: Nationwide Olive Garden Date and Time: Monday, November 11, all day What you get: Free meal with unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks. Where: All restaurants. TGI Fridays Date and Time: Monday, November 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. What you get: Free lunch. Where: Check with local restaurants before heading out.


Moore Medical Center Taking First Steps Toward New Building by Richie Splitt, Chief Administrative Officer of HealthPlex & Moore Medical Center


he weather is finally turning cooler and the fall season is upon us. Fall and winter can be some of the busiest times of the year, with the holidays and spending time

with family and friends. They are also busy seasons for healthcare, with accidents, injuries, and the flu season. Norman Regional is

currently building our free-standing Emergency Services on the site of the former Moore Medical Center. The building should be open in early December and ready to treat you and your family.

It will feature Emergency Services and also outpatient lab, for

blood draws and imaging services such as x-rays. It will have a fast track, like the former Moore Medical Center. A Fast Track ensures

that patients with minor illnesses and injuries are seen quickly. It helps with the overall flow of the Emergency Department and

makes sure every patient is taken care of in a timely manner. It will also be open 24/7 for your emergency needs.

The Moore Medical Center Emergency Services building may

look a bit different. A similar structure was used in Joplin, Missouri, after a tornado destroyed its hospital as well. But I assure you on the inside, Moore Medical Center Emergency Services both looks and functions the same as any other emergency room.

But don’t just take my word for it! You can see the inside of the

facility yourself at a special Fall Festival and Open House planned

from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. Our Emergency Department staff will be offering tours of the building. Bring your whole family for fun and free activities such as bounce houses, face

painting, balloon animals and more. We will also have door prizes, giveaways, and refreshments. For more details, make sure to check

I also wanted to update you on the recycling of the actual,

physical building of Moore Medical Center. Midwest Wrecking, our vendor in the demolition, was able to recycle some concrete and metal from the destroyed hospital. More than 9,620 tons of material was diverted from a landfill and recycled.


Rebuilding – Moore Medical Center and Emergency Services Moore Medical Center took a direct hit from the May 20, 2013 tornado. While the building was destroyed our doctors, nurses and staff continue their life–saving work in Moore. Less than seven months after the hospital was destroyed, Norman Regional will open a free-standing Emergency Department for the Moore community. This special Emergency Department will offer all the same services as the previous Moore Medical Center ER including expert physicians, trained nurses, laboratory services, diagnostic imaging and 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-aweek service. Moore Medical Center Emergency Services will also offer lab and diagnostic imaging for non-emergency patients. Visit Moore Medical Center Emergency Services at 700 S. Telephone Road (where the previous hospital stood) in early December. For more information, call 405-912-3096. Norman Regional looks forward to opening a permanent healthcare structure in the Fall of 2016. Find out more at

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John Burruss

Westmoore High School by Emily Matthews “Westmoore’s really not my job, it’s just

part of my home, just like my wife and my kids and my grandkids. It’s not where

we are [that is home], it’s when we are

together,” says John Burruss as he sits in his office on Wesmoore High School’s campus and describes why he loves his job, and his city.

John Burrus is Westmoore’s Athletic

Facilitator and he brings more than just

athletic knowledge to the school. Having been a Moore resident since 1963, Burruss has a love for the city, that runs deep.

“It’s my home,” Burruss says as he admits

to loving having been a part of Moore for

so long, for a number of reasons. “I can

tell the way-back-when stories, from 1963

Burruss says as he admits to loving having been a part of Moore for so long, for many reasons.

“For a blended family, it was pretty

coach, to being in charge of everything

After graduating in 1986 from The

Having been an educator for such a good

seamless,” says Burruss.

regarding athletics at Westmoore.

when I was toddlin’ to now that I’m 52 and

University of Central Oklahoma, known

amount of time, Burruss now gets to see his

place to grow up.”

on to teach a typing class to high-schoolers

he gets to work in the athletic department,

I think I’m toddlin’ again. It was a great

Burruss reminisces about meeting his

current wife, Donna, back when she was the

day care director of his son, Blake’s, daycare. Donna and John will celebrate their 25th

anniversary on April 1st of 2014. Burruss

then as simply Central State, Burruss went at Moore Christian Academy along side coaching various sports.

Then, in the

spring of 1990, Burruss began teaching at Westmoore High School.

With the exception of a school year spent

talks about how his son Blake and his

in Mustang as Athletic Director, Burruss

in Moore together as one big happy family.

computer teacher and football and basketball

stepsons, Matt, Ben, and Paul, all grew up

has stayed at Westmoore and gone from a

teaching efforts being put to good use when with previous students of his.

“I get to help young coaches grow and

develop just like I did with them when I was

teaching typing… We have kids coaching, no, we have adults coaching here that were my kids. It’s very rewarding to watch them

come back and want to be a part of that,” says Burruss.



SENIOR MOMENT A Special Evening of Holiday Events Coming to Moore! by Kathleen Wilson, Director of Aging Services Inc.

The evening of Friday, December 6, will be a night filled with

A silent auction will include many of the gingerbread houses and

seasonal spirit in Moore. This is the date of the Annual Christmas

numerous other gift items just in time for your holiday shopping.

organized by the Old Town Association. The Association is made

signed photograph of Kristen Chenoweth, and numerous OU sports

in Old Town. The event has been held for the last eight years and is

up of merchants, businesses, and individuals who are interested in showcasing Old Town Moore. This special evening will feature numerous programs and activities. A community meal will be served at 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Moore, 201 West

Main. The Old Town Christmas tree will be lit at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The silent auction will include a wide variety of gift baskets, a

memorabilia items, such as OU footballs signed by former Heisman

Trophy winners, framed photographs of Gaylord Memorial Stadium, and OU-themed gift baskets.

Aging Services, Inc. has partnered with the Culinary Arts students

Following the tree lighting will be activities offered by the merchants

from Platt College in presenting this program, and the partnership

photos with Santa.

prepare gingerbread house masterpieces for the Professional category.

and friends of Old Town Moore. There will also be opportunities for

The Moore Public Library, 225 South Howard, will host its Annual

will continue again this year. Numerous Platt college students will

The general public is also welcome to enter the contest by registering

Holiday Gala that evening. The library will be decorated for the

and making a gingerbread house for the competition. The houses can

to the hilt.

Aging Services Inc. The funds raised by this event will help to fund

season with garlands and lights, and a holiday tree will be decorated

Also this year the library will be partnering with Aging Services,

Inc. to present the Fifth Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Silent Auction. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and the

public is invited and welcome to attend. There will be six categories

be returned to the maker or included in the silent auction to benefit the Special Assistance program operated by Aging Services, Inc. The Special Assistance Fund helps senior adults with unexpected, bona fide expenses one time annually for up to $100 per person.

If you would like to make a gingerbread house or learn more about

of gingerbread houses: Professional, Corporate, Family, Kit, Adult,

our event, please contact Kathleen at 321-3200. Forms for entering

six categories, and there will be a special prize valued at over $200 for

Services website at ASI-CLEV-CO.ORG under the latest news tab.

and Teen. Gift baskets will be awarded to the winners in each of the Best of Show. A panel of “Celebrity Judges,� who are well known in

a gingerbread house in the competition can be found on the Aging

the Moore community will be doing the judging. They will select the

gingerbread house that is best in show and then select the winner of

each of the six categories. Especially for the little ones that evening, there will be gingerbread cookies to decorate and gingerbread tree ornaments to make.




A Perfect Proposal Author: Katie Fforde Pages: 384 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Reviewer: Julie Kreft, Information Services Librarian, Moore Public Library Sophie Apperly needs an adventure. In her mid-twenties, her friends are

beginning careers and families while she is still stuck at home. Her own highly

successful family members treat her more like hired (and poorly paid) help, and she

is desperate to carve out her own identity. So when her childhood friend invites her to visit her in Manhattan, Sophie jumps at the chance to leave dreary England for glamorous NYC.

Thanks for Thanksgiving Author: Julie Markes Publisher: HarperCollins Reviewer: Caitlin Goddard, Children’s Services, Moore Public Library As this year is wrapping up I thought about how this was not an easy year for

It should come as no surprise that her grand adventure does not go as planned

from the very beginning. He nanny job that would have financed her trip falls

through before she has even left the airport. Her friend is busy with her glamorous

job. Sophie begins to feel just like she did in England: useless, broke, and bored – until she meets Matilda.

A “grand dame” of New York society, Matilda runs into Sophie at an art gallery,

anyone. While it’s difficult to do, the important thing is to remind myself that I am

almost literally, and takes an instant liking to the young Brit. Unfortunately,

for a thanksgiving book, I know I wanted something that really got to heart of this

instant friendship with the young out-of-work nanny.

the mark. While the easy to read book mentions the little things that are charming

Thanksgiving in Connecticut with them and Sophie jumps at the chance to

be thankful for: family.

into the drama of debutantes, gossips, and marriage-minded mamas. Suddenly, she

detail of each page. I appreciate that this thanksgiving book doesn’t tread into the

How deep will Sophie fall into this game of pretending to love a rich, handsome,

so lucky and so grateful for all of the good in spite of the bad. When I was looking

Matilda’s cynical (and handsome) grandson Luke is suspicious of his grandmother’s

sentiment. This is where Julie Markes’ “Thanks for Thanksgiving” book really hits

Regardless of her grandson’s misgivings, Matilda invites Sophie to spend

about fall like the beautiful leaves, but also mentions the most important thing to

experience the American holiday. Once in Connecticut, she finds herself thrust

I love the semi-realistic drawings that appear to come alive under the extensive

is pretending to be Luke’s fiancé in order to save him from the marriage mart.

world of Pilgrims or parades, but moves to explore the whole season of fall.

At the end of the picture book it includes a page to write down all of the things

that you are thankful for, which can jumpstart the conversation between family

increasingly-charming man? What follows is a funny and warm-hearted comedy of errors, a fresh and engaging “fish out of water” romance.

Part Bridget Jones, part Carrie Bradshaw, Sophie is an endearing character and

members about the reason for the season.

the story is a lively, entertaining read. Fforde has published a number of other

you for umbrellas, rain boots and puddles, thank you for Mommy and warm, cozy

“Second Thyme Around.” In February, she was awarded the Contemporary

must add addition to their holiday reads.

available from Moore Public Library in regular print.

The rhymes are pleasant and there aren’t too many stretches, for example, “Thank

novels including “Stately Pursuits,” “Love Letters,” “The Wedding Season,” and

cuddles.” I think children and adults will find this gem of a picture book to be a

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As Special as Sports Ever Gets by Rob Morris


f you’re looking for pure joy in sports, you need look no further than the field of dreams where Moore’s Special Olympians gathered to play softball in October. The annual Special Olympics softball game at Moore High School brought out ballplayers from all three of the city’s high schools for an evening filled with laughter, smiles and unbridled enthusiasm. Moore High School sophomore Demi Dobbs was the lead organizer for this year’s event. Dobb’s admitted being nervous about the amount of work it took to pull off the game, but says the results outweigh all of the anxious preparations. “These kids look forward to this game so much,” said Dobbs. “So all of the stress that we go through is so worth it at the end when you get to see how much fun they’re having and how much they talk about it for weeks after the game is over.” The Special Olympians are paired up with high school students who assist them on and off the field during the game. While those special athletes love the attention they get from their comrades, it should come as no surprise to learn that the impact of Special Olympians on their high school partners is every bit as profound.


Moore High School senior football player Ryan Luhan is one of those students who volunteered to help out with the Special Olympics softball game. He and his friend, Jeremiah “J-Dog” Blair shared a lot of special moments. “It’s a great experience, man. I love being out here with these guys because they’re just so much fun to be around,” said Luhan. While most athletic contests define success by the final score, this one was measured in laughter and smiles. And by that standard it was easily on par with any championship game at any level. Two teams. One spirit. And that is as special as sports ever gets.

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Lady SaberCats Grab State Title in First Trip to Tourney by Rob Morris


hen Jeff Small took the head coaching position for fast pitch softball at Southmoore six years ago, he knew the road to competitiveness was going to be difficult.

“We had some tough days early on,” said Small. “Moore and Westmoore were both coming off playing each other in the state finals, and we were just starting our program.” But Small also saw the rich depth of softball talent available in Moore and he was convinced that it wouldn’t take long for the SaberCat program to become competitive. His belief paid off in a big way on October 19 as the Lady SaberCats beat Moore 4-1 to win their first-ever state championship. It was also the first state championship for a girls’ sport at Southmoore. Small said, “I’m so proud of these girls because they never stopped working, never stopped believing in what they could accomplish. These are really great kids, and this is a great moment for them and for our program.” Senior pitcher Katelyn Brown led the way for the Lady SaberCats in the title game, getting 11 strikeouts and holding a potent Moore offense to just one run. She also blasted a two-run homer in the third inning that put Southmoore ahead to stay. It was Brown’s first win over the cross-town rivals and a game that she’ll savor. “It feels pretty cool and exciting, and I’m proud of my team,” Brown said. “We pulled together as a team—not just for this game but throughout the whole year.” Some of the younger members of the state championship team also made major contributions to the Lady Cats’ run to a championship. Freshman Sydney Sherrill swung a big bat in the state tournament by going 5-for-7 at the plate with three RBI’s and four runs scored. “We really did this for Kate because she’s graduating and we wanted to win this for her,” said Sherrill. “Katelyn’s great for all of us freshmen because there are four of us on varsity and we’re all young, but Kate’s kind of been like a mom to us and always gets us through the times when we’re down.” With his team still celebrating in the background, Small was able to take a moment and put the historic win in perspective as he considered the offthe-field impact of the win. “Last night I was a little reflective as I was thinking about the game we were going to play today,” he said.“[I was] thinking back over the last several months, back to May and the things that happened with the tornado and how it affected both teams.” Small says the way all of these athletes responded in the wake of the May 20 tragedy makes this game—and this win—even more special. “The resiliency that kids show is amazing,” he said. “I had three kids in this bunch that lost their homes. I think softball gave them a little normalcy back. But for them to just persevere and keep working shows that they’re just great, great kids. I couldn’t be prouder of them.” 62 | MOORE MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2013


Moore Veteran Honored to Represent Others as Model for Statue by Christiaan Patterson Three decades, 30 years, 360 months, 262,800 hours or 15,768,000 minutes. No matter how you slice the time clock, this is the length of time and energy spent by one person protecting this country. Aaron Sloan, a lifetime Moore resident, has given three decades of his life to serving the United States and is still serving, in the same spot he grew up. “Hometown boy? Yea, I’m as hometown as they get,” Sloan said. Growing up in Moore, Sloan attended Plaza Towers Elementary, Highland East Jr. High and Moore High School. Outside of school, there were a few places in the town that he remembers as favorite spots. “I really miss the old Dairy Queen. What else can I say? I just miss it,” he said. “Also, Veterans Memorial Park is definitely at the top of my list. The Old Moore High School is another place that shows the history of our town and of course 12th Street, that was just great. But trying to pick out just one spot that’s the best is hard, because there are so many places in Moore that I love.” After graduating high school, Sloan found himself trying to figure out which steps to take next. He worked for a year and started getting into trouble. That was when he took a step back and made a decision in June of 1983. His father, who had served in the Navy, inspired Sloan to join the military but not the Navy.


“You know sometimes you get in trouble when you’re a kid [chuckles] and the next thing to do is join the military, to get that discipline and understand what life is really about,” he said. “But I had a fear of drowning, so I knew the Navy was out. I figured if I had to go to war and choose how I’d want to die, I’d rather be blown up than drown. So that’s how I selected the Army.” Since making that decision, Sloan served in the Army, then Army Reserve from 1986 to 2000, when he went full time Active Guard Reserve. This decision allowed him to continue living in the place he loved and raise a family. If having the honor of serving wasn’t enough, Todd Jensen, the director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Moore, asked Sloan if he would be willing to have a statue modeled after him. Wood carving artist Clayton Cross was called in to use the trees being cut down as a canvas for soldiers to be represented for each of the wars. Aaron was chosen to stand for all who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. “I can’t even begin to describe the emotions,” he said, “to be able to represent all the forces. It doesn’t matter what branch you are. Those statues represent us all.” The process of transforming a tree into a statue wasn’t easy, but it was a once-in-alifetime experience. Thankfully, Sloan didn’t have to stand and model as Clayton chipped away. Instead, multiple pictures were taken

of him in uniform and the artist used those to carve a masterpiece. The tornado on May 20 narrowly missed destroying the four carvings, however, Sloan’s did end up lying in the grass. “An hour after the tornado hit, someone showed me a picture of my statue lying face down in the grass, like he was trying to sleep,” Sloan said. “My guy was sleeping on the job. I guess it wasn’t his watch [chuckles].” For Sloan, Moore is home. Being able to serve his country and live in the place where he grew up has been such a privilege. Happiness is right here inside the community and at the heart of this city. “I don’t want to move no place else,” he said. “I don’t care if people dislike me or how many tornadoes come through this town, we will rebuild and move forward. I love this place.”

WARREN MOVIE GUIDE NOVEMBER 1 ENDER’S GAME 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. ABOUT TIME At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. FREE BIRDS Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. LAST VEGAS Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. NOVEMBER 8 THOR: THE DARK WORLD Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

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

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NOVEMBER 15 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. THE BOOK THIEF While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. NOVEMBER 22 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. NOVEMBER 29 OLD BOY Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked up into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.

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ay 20 was a pivotal moment in Moore’s history as a tornado destroyed the town for a third time. The storm took lives, property, and memories. However, there is hope of getting back what insurance cannot provide, thanks to the National Photo Rescue and local affiliates. On November 9 at the Suburban Baptist Church, 424 E. Main St., local Photo Rescue volunteers will be at the church to start the reunion of pictures with families. The event should start at 10 a.m. and last until 6 p.m. All families who lost their photos when the tornado came through Moore or South OKC are encouraged to attend. This event will be one of many over the next few years as pictures continue to come in. “It’s hard to count how many pictures have come into us,” said Angela Madory, public relations coordinator for OK Photo Rescue. “Thousands. Boxes. It’s truly unlimited. We expect to see more photos over the next two years as people find out about us and bring what they find, but people are still returning photos and we are glad about that.” Those who do come into the church will have the chance to sort through pictures that have been cleaned and taken care of. All photos have been categorized, photo-copied and numbered into a database for easier finding. When photos began coming into collection sites, most were covered with debris or even stuck together. Each photo was cleaned with a used dryer sheet, which gently pulls off the mud and other particles. If photos were stuck together, they were submerged in water and taken apart. “Photos were found as far as 60 miles away,” she said, “because that’s where the debris cloud took them. Once the photo is dried and cleaned, we number it and categorize it as to where it was found. It’s also scanned online, so later it can be restored.”


Since the tornado, volunteers from the OK Photo Rescue and others wanting to help have done neighborhood sweeps of the ground, picking up any piece of a photo that could be found. Many local businesses set up drop-off sites to help get the word out to the public. Even after five months, the work is far from over as pictures continue to slowly make their way into the hands of those who can reunite them to families. “We just want to get the photos, and memories that were lost, back to the people. We are still the local team,” Madory said, “and are doing what we said we were going to do.”

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SHOP&TASTE By Luke Small


841 SW 119th • OKC • 759-6001 Kristine Noblett and Chelsey Cavin have a variation on the famous line from the movie Field of Dreams that represents their business: “You build it, we’ll fill it,” Cavin said. Filling a home is the specialty of these two experts who are combining their talents to great success at Housewear, a new store located at 119th and Western. Housewears doesn’t frame your house, put in the plumbing, or make sure the electric works. But what Noblett and Cavin will do is just as important. In fact, you might say without these two, your new custom home wouldn’t truly be a home. “Housewear is a one-stop-shop for new homeowners or homeowners that are remodeling,” said Noblett, owner of Housewear. At this one-stop shop, new homeowners can shop for interior lighting, window treatments, celling fans, and even custom bedding. Cavin, as builder liaison, works directly with homebuilders to make sure the homeowner gets exactly what they want. Despite only being open since June, Housewear has seen tremendous success. “It’s almost overwhelming how busy we’ve gotten so quickly,” Cavin said. “We expected me to start slow and I think in the first week I had five new builders.” Housewear’s success is evidence of a continuing housing boom in Moore and south Oklahoma City, despite the events in May. But the housing boom is only partly responsible for Housewear’s great business. The other part comes from Housewear’s dedication to customer service and a desire to see families in their dream homes. “You have to get to know them personally,” said Noblett about her customers. “You want to know about their families.” You can get a taste of what Housewear has to offer at their showroom on 119th street. And although Noblett would have liked a location right near I-35, Western and 119th does not lack traffic. Indeed, customers have been flocking to see Housewears generous selection of interior home needs. There is even some furniture available as well as custom, monogrammed cutting boards, offered as a decorative touch for new homeowners. It is another example of Housewear going above and beyond to build relationships with their customers. Noblett and her husband used to make window treatments, such as blinds and shutters, out of their home, a while ago, but only really picked it up again about five years ago. It was at that time that the two talked about opening up a physical location to help new homeowners. They brought in Cavin to build relationships with builders and also because of her expertise in lighting. Now, with future plans to expand the business, Noblett and Cavin see only a bright future for Housewear. We’re going to be here for a while,” Cavin said. “It is going to be hard to contain our fire.”


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401 S Broadway St • Moore • 703-3994

The spark of motivation comes from inspiration. Simply reciting facts and figures to get someone to do something usually just leads to frustration. What most people need is an emotional tug, an inspiring story. Fit Body Nutrition, just inside Old Town at Broadway and 4th Street, might as well be the official sponsor of inspiring stories. And it all starts with the owners, Ben and Sara Coffman, whose inspiring story helped them launch Fit Body just two months ago. “I was inspired by my mother, growing up, watching her struggle with weight loss,” said Ben. Ben said his mother tried every diet imaginable, before Ben and Sara discovered Herbalife, a popular meal-replacement program using shakes and teas. After seeing their own results, Ben thought it may just help his mother. “If I see this work with my mom after 27 years of a struggle, I know it will work,” Ben said. Sure enough, Ben said his mom ended up losing 60 pounds and is training for a marathon this year. But the Coffman’s are not finished with just their family; they have a mission to help an entire state. “I’ve had a personal goal for five years now that I want to see Oklahoma not be the unhealthiest state,” Ben said. Oklahoma does rank near the bottom in terms of healthiest states (49th out of 50 according to the United Health Foundation), but if the Coffman’s have their way, Oklahoma will begin moving up the ladder. It all starts in Moore, though, where in such a short time, the Coffman’s have built a reputation for quality products, friendly faces, and super-fast customer service. That was on display when Moore Monthly went and visited the store. “We want to connect with people. We’re not just here to sell them something,” said Sara, as her husband filled another order for the Herbalife shakes on a busy morning. Customer after customer flooded the store, with Sara and Ben knowing most of them by name. Even parents, looking to make a nutritional difference with their kids, stopped by. “It can help young to old. We have something for everybody. Everybody’s welcome,” Sara said. A former Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Ben can coach just about anybody in nutrition and fitness. Fit Body does weight loss challenges and consultations for those looking for that extra motivation. “They have a place they can come and plug in that is not an intimidating gym setting,” Ben said. But that initial motivation comes simply from the inspiring stories that Fit Body hears everyday. One customer, Jennifer Brock, told us she dropped five pounds in just three weeks. “I used to have really low energy...and now I just go and I have so much energy,” she said. It is the simple milestones reached, the goals broken through, that have Fit Body Nutrition thriving. A focus on customer service and building relationships should keep Ben and Sara as fixtures in the Moore community for a long time.



Fall Offers a Wide Variety of Nutritious Fruits and Vegetables Amanda Thomas, dietetic intern The days are getting shorter and the air is becoming crisp, but you can still find plenty of produce in season. Fall offers a wide variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables to try during the holiday season. Eating seasonally and locally is a great way to stretch your food budget and will ensure that you are getting the freshest fruits and vegetables around. Here are some great fall and winter produce to try in your holiday recipes. • Squash. A fantastic cold-weather ingredient for soups, and wonderful when roasted. Squash is high in vitamins A and C. • Sweet Potato. Topped with marshmallows is not the only way to eat this versatile vegetable. It can be worked into a variety of dishes, from sides to desserts. Try spicy sweet potato fries or throw some into a stew. Sweet potatoes are bursting with vitamin A and high in potassium and fiber. • Apples. As American as…well, apple pie! Apples are an easy way to fill up on relatively few calories. Tote one as a portable snack and you will be getting plenty of vitamin C and fiber. Apple muffins are a great breakfast idea. • Pumpkin. Not just for carving on Halloween, pumpkins have high levels of magnesium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Try substituting pumpkin puree for oil in your baked goods. • Pears. Tired of apples? Try a pear for a helping of fiber and vitamin C. Try them baked or in a salad.


• Cauliflower. May not be as popular as broccoli, however, this vegetable is low in calories and high in fiber. Cauliflower is a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin C. Try steaming it and mashing with your potatoes to add some extra nutrients to the holiday classic. • Kale. Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor. It’s an exceptional source of vitamin C, vitamins A and K. Make kale chips as a fun and different appetizer by laying kale on a baking sheet and spraying it with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, parmesan, or red pepper flakes and bake until crisp. • Winter citrus fruits. Mandarin oranges, tangerines, blood oranges, and Clementines are very high in vitamin C. Another great option to put on a salad. Remember that eating produce in season is a tasty thing to do all year round, but we often forget about the yummy fresh fruits and vegetables in the winter and fall. Try something new and eat up! 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.



Moore Chamber of Commerce members gather to celebrate the opening of Monarch Dental.

MPS Japan Donation

A delegation of diplomats from Japan and Washington were joined by Moore schools superintendent Dr. Robert Romines, State Senator Anthony Sykes, State Representative Mark McBride and State Senator Randy Bass.




The Orr Family Farm celebrated their grand reopening this fall as the popular spot finished rebuilding and repairs from damage done by the May 20 tornado.



More photos from the Thunder’s scrimmage at Westmoore.


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Moore High School Nov 2 PC West Open Nov 9 Yukon Open Nov 22 Red & Blue Matches Westmoore High School Nov 16 Westmoore Open Nov 23 Southmoore Open Nov 27 STOP Open at Oklahoma City University Southmoore High School Nov 2 OU Dual Nov 16 Westmoore Open Nov 23 Southmoore Open Nov 26 Blue vs Gold Intersquad Dual Nov 27 Edmond Open

Southmoore High School Nov 25-26 Ponca City Festival (Boys Only)

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Moore Monthly - November 2013