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Tired of the Same Old New Years Resolution? If you’re Female or Male, over 30 and have tried and failed at multiple diets These are the facts you must know Diets can cause more harm than good Your metabolism isn’t static. The human body is an amazing machine and it will adapt to what is thrown at it. Once calorie restriction starts, the body adjusts and so from then on you won’t be able to ever eat more food without gaining the weight back. Have you ever heard of yo-yo diets? This is a common mistake people make when trying to lose weight by eating less and less food. It will work for a short period of time but your body’s metabolism will adjust and once it does you will have to continue decreasing your calories to see and feel changes. Sometimes you will even be eating very little and still gaining weight. This is not a long term solution. Metabolic adaptation will take over and you will get stuck. Reducing calories is required to lose fat but it must be done realistically and in a safe manner. On the other hand, feed your body appropriately and your metabolism will adjust and allow you to eat more food and still burn fat from your body. Yes, you can eat more food and lose fat from your body. Dieting is research proven. Proven not to work. 95% of people that diet and exercise more, regain the weight and 66% will become even fatter. If your doctor recommends you to drastically cut your calories remove an entire food group or both from your daily food consumption you need to ask why and if it is safe. In the doctors quest to keep clients they will sometimes do what is best for them over the patient. Another great thing about eating enough food for your energy level is that it will help to improve bodily functions, improve sleep, balance out your hormones and balance out cholesterol and blood pressure. Endless cardio is not a necessity Come January, gyms across the country will come flooded with gym-goers with their new year’s resolutions in tow. The aisles of cardio equipment are always the most popular tool people use to get back in shape. Fortunately, cardio is one of the least efficient methods of reshaping your body. It can actually make your body store more fat in the long run. I used fortunately because if you are like most people you not only dislike doing cardio but you also do not have the time. With proper strength training you can save yourself hours every week avoiding the crowded gyms to do things that your family or your career demands of you. Also, focusing on calories burned during your cardio session is not a sound long term approach. Increasing your muscle mass will assist in burning calories for you even at rest. Some will say that your heart needs to work differently for cardiovascular health. Your heart is a muscle. You give your heart a need to pump more blood and oxygen, your heart will work harder, it doesn’t care if you are walking on a treadmill, strength training or even riding a bike. Strength training trumps cardio for fat loss! Lengthy workouts are a recipe for failure When you embark on your 2014 resolutions make it attainable. Do not set yourself up for failure. Are you really going to jump off the couch and commit to hours of exercise every day? You’ve been eating excess amounts of food for years now and all of a sudden you’re going to make a 360 in your nutrition. Can you do these methods for the rest of your life? Many people mistake the duration of their exercise program for intensity. Intensity trumps duration for fat loss. So you have a choice, you can either 4 | MOORE MONTHLY | JANUARY 2014

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EDITOR’S NOTE January. The month of clean slates and fresh starts. True, it’s the dead of winter and the world may seem cold and gray. But that flame of hope flickers to life for individuals and groups as they set new goals for the coming year. For one individual the goal is daunting: climbing one of the world’s tallest and most dangerous mountains to raise money for storm victims. We hope you’ll enjoy his story and follow online his attempt as he heads into thin air this month. You’ll also find plenty of updates and Answer Crew suggestions to help you with your own personal New Year challenges as we take our first lap around the 2014 circuit. Happy New Year, friends!

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NEW FEATURES IT’S A SMALL WORLD | 10 A mountaineer’s connection to Moore means he’ll be taking the spirit of the city to one of the world’s tallest and most dangerous mountains in January.

BAKING ALASKA | 29 The call of the wild leads a Moore High School graduate to open a bakery in a small Alaskan town on the edge of civilization. Now another Moore graduate has produced a documentary about the journey.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY | 31 Of all the houses rising from the rubble of the tornado damage zone, one has a very special meaning…and a unique story.

FROM MOORE WITH LOVE | 8 People across the City of Moore were the recipients of incredible generosity in the wake of the May 20 tornado. Now they’re that generosity forward to an Illinois city hit by a late-season tornado.

CENTRAL PARK PLANS | 14 Moore’s new Central Park will be the home of a stunning new community center filled with features designed to carry the city into the next century.



Westmoore softball player Destinie Lookout is named as a winner of one of the nation’s most prestigious athletic awards.

Former Mrs. Oklahoma Ryan McLaughlin has turned hardship and tragedy into a passion to help newborn children. We talked with her about how the brief but beautiful life of their daughter, Ellie Kate, has become a crusade to create “A Month of Reckless Love.”

REGULAR FEATURES EVENT SPOTLIGHT OCCC’S NEW THEATER OPENS | 62 It’s been nearly three years in the making and finally the public will get a look at Oklahoma City Community College’s state of the art theater.

ANSWER CREW | 19, 20, 22, 25, 47 January is the month for making New Year’s resolutions. February is the month for abandoning those goals. Our Answer Crew fitness expert walks you through making resolutions that will stand the test of time. You’ll also get helpful tips on prepping a house for sale, taking advantage of tax deductions that ended in 2013, and how you can anticipate price changes in your gas and groceries.

CINEMANIACS | 61 Caleb Masters takes us on an epic adventure with a look at an end-of-the-year trip back to Middle Earth. Find out why a bunch of dwarves floating down a white-water river in barrels is one of the year’s best action sequences in his review of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

SHOP & TASTE | 64, 65 If you’re looking for a taste of “southern fried” home decoration, Moore has just what you’re looking for. In this month’s “Shop” you’ll discover the unique process of “upcycling” and how it can enhance the look of your home. And grab your appetite as we head to “Smashburger” for a look at the city’s newest restaurant that offers burgers and more.

SENIOR MOMENT | 53 It’s a conversation that is often avoided, but in this month’s Senior Moment two experts walk you through the most important things you need to know about hospice care.

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From Moore With Love by Christiaan Patterson

“We just wanted to pay it forward from Moore.”


n November 17, the town of Washington, Illinois, was devastated when an EF-4 tornado hit. This pulled on the heartstrings of those in Moore and quickly led to an outpouring of support. One group of people gave up Thanksgiving weekend and drove to Illinois with gift cards and a trailer full of supplies, made possible by donations from Serve Moore and families who had lost everything on May 20. “I just wanted to do something because we were so blessed through all that chaos. We were just completely overwhelmed with the blessings that came from everywhere and so we just wanted to pass it on,” said Liz Foster, a Moore resident. When gathering supplies to be delivered, Foster carefully chose items like those her family needed right after the tornado. Everything from Chapstick to baby formula was purchased and sorted for delivery. Along with supplies needed for tornado victims, Serve Moore and the City gave t-shirts, and tools such as rakes and wheelbarrows, to assist Washington’s clean-up efforts. “We were really glad we could contribute some of the supplies and tools. It sounds like that town is in the thick 8 | MOORE MONTHLY | JANUARY 2014

of things, and our hearts and prayers go out to them. Everything that we have was given to us, so we are glad to be able to pass it along to those who need it,” said Sean Evans, founder of Serve Moore.

school, but what it did hit was completely destroyed. It was a difficult, yet hopeful scene to witness for one member of the group, who had spent hours clearing away Moore’s rubble on May 20.

The trip to Illinois took 12 hours there and 12 hours back. It was late when the group arrived in town and was directed to Bethany Community Church. However, despite the hour, church employees were grateful for the delivery. Tools and other supplies to assist with clearing debris were stored in the church’s gymnasium. Serve Moore’s tools added greatly to the supplies that had already arrived in the town.

“Being a storm chaser and seeing tornado damage is always a hard sight to see,” said Stephen Jones. “Getting to actually give back to a community that has been affected by a storm is always a good feeling—and getting to see a community bounce back is the best feeling ever. Being in Moore and Washington, and all I can see when looking at the rubble is watching a strong community pull together and climb out from beneath that rubble.”

“We’ve received a lot from all over the country,” Phil Smith, youth intern for Bethany Community Church, said. “But at our church, we are only receiving things that can help our volunteers that we are sending out. We are very focused on just serving people in the community by cleaning, clearing, and breaking down stuff.”

This group is not alone in its efforts to help out. Many organizations and individuals truly understand the disaster and how outside support can greatly speed the recovery process. Moore received supplies, volunteers, funding, love, and hope from all over the world—and thanks to that, the city is recovering extremely fast. Now its people can band together and pass along the torch of hope.

Before heading back home, the group made a stop in the disaster zone. The devastation looked all too similar to Moore’s own tragedy that occurred just six months before. Fortunately, it missed the town’s center and high

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Moore on the Mountaintop One man’s passion to help latest example of world-wide impact. by Rob Morris


here are only a handful of places on earth that reach above 20,000 feet, mountain peaks made up of unforgiving rock, ice, and snow that offer lethal challenges to anyone crazy enough to attempt to climb them. Thirty-one-year-old Ryan Kushner is one of the crazy ones. The Colorado resident got hooked on climbing a few years ago while tackling a 14,000 foot summit in his home state. He now climbs where few dare to go, embracing a personal challenge to reach the highest places on the planet. But as he stood atop the highest peak in North America recently, he held something in his hands that meant as much to him as the feat of actually reaching the summit of Alaska’s Denali (also known as Mount McKinley). It was a laminated photo honoring the victims and survivors of the May 20 tornado in Moore. “I left for Denali May 21th on a trip I’d been planning for six months,” said Kushner, “May 20th happened the day before I was leaving. It was actually happening as I was packing, and I was watching it on TV. It was pretty devastating to watch. I have some friends in the stormchasing community that live down in the area near Moore, and were there that day.” Acting on an impulse, Kushner raced over to a nearby Kinko’s to print off a sign honoring the folks in Moore so he could take it with him on his climb. As he stood atop Denali holding the sign, Kushner had no idea that another round of deadly storms was roaring through the Oklahoma City area that very day. Kushner said, “When I got back it was devastating to hear about the storms on the 31st and I started thinking maybe there was more I could do.” He wasn’t the only one wondering if there was some way to help Oklahomans affected by the storm. All across America and around the world, thousands of people were having the same thoughts and making plans to take action. Many of those volunteers came through the doors of the young Serve Moore organization. Serve Moore’s Chris Fox says that in the first days of work in the tornado zone, the organization didn’t track details on where the volunteers were from. But one amazing trend emerged early on: help was coming in from all over the world. “We often tell people that we had volunteers from all fifty states visited within the first week of operation and from all six inhabited continents within the second week of operation,” Fox said. Fox says those numbers were confirmed when a savvy front desk attendant began asking folks where they were from as they signed in. The attendant kept a list and began ticking off the states sending volunteers. The volunteers from foreign countries were spotted as Serve


Moore leaders gathered to discuss what was going on in the hectic storm aftermath. “[Awareness of ] the six continents came from regrouping meetings, where our leadership would get together and just pray and unpack what was happening so quickly,” said Fox. “In those conversations, people would mention folks they’d met and talked with. As a group of leaders of this new organization, we were continually humbled and deeply impressed by the number of volunteers who came, and the great distances they traveled to get here to help us.” Among the countries from which volunteers came were Australia, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Japan, and Afghanistan. And that brings us back to Kushner, posing for a photo on the summit of Denali and trying to come up with a way to help storm victims. He posted the Denali picture on his Facebook page and was surprised at the positive response to the posting, so he started talking with his friends about the idea of using his next climb to raise money for tornado victims in Moore. That next climb comes in January of 2014, a very dangerous attempt to reach the summit of Aconcagua, a 22,837-foot mountain in Argentina, the tallest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. People who make mistakes climbing at that altitude don’t end up injured. They end up dead.

“People do die very frequently,” Kushner said. “Many of them because they walk in there thinking it’s just a hike, and they forget the summit is nearly 23,000 feet. There’s extreme cold and limited oxygen, and they just don’t come prepared for that.” This climb will be different for Kushner. He plans on using the attempt at Aconcagua to raise money for Moore storm victims. Kushner said, “I just want 100% of the proceeds of what I raise to go to the people who were impacted by the storms last May. I’m spending about $3,000 of my own money to go do this. I don’t have a lot of money, and so this is something I can do to help.”

But it’s also about more than fundraising. The mountaineer says the challenge of climbing these dangerous peaks has changed him, made him less selfish than he used to be. So reaching the top is more about what he can for others than it is checking another goal off of his climbing bucket list. “I also want to give people something to cheer for. Some crazy guy in Colorado wants to go climb one of the tallest mountains in the world to help raise as much money as he can for the people of Moore, Oklahoma. The higher he gets, the more money he raises,” Kushner said. To do that, Kushner is partnering with an organization familiar to most everyone in Oklahoma these days. is handling donations for Kushner, and that includes making sure 100% of the money raised goes directly toward helping those affected by the May 20 storm. “No idea what the response is going to be,” Kushner said, “but connecting with ServeMoore has been a great help so that folks can give directly to needs in Moore— and that was a big step in making this happen.” Kushner and his team will be tackling the most difficult route up Aconcagua, a route called “The Polish Direct.” It’s a dangerous climb that claims lives almost every year. “The Polish Direct route is very dangerous, but we are very well prepared,” Kushner said. “One of the guys I’m going with is one of the strongest people I’ve ever climbed with and very technically skilled. I climbed Denali with him, and we’re not going to take unnecessary risks. We could get to the base of the glacier and see that there are Volkswagen-sized pieces of ice coming down and just say, ‘Nope, we’re gonna go do the Standard Route.’” Those interested in donating to Ryan’s cause can do so by going to and clicking on the “Give” link at the top of the page. They’ll need to make sure they enter the words “Ryan Kushner” in the comments section. Then they can go online in January and follow his progress. “We have a spot-tracker where people can go online and follow our progress up the mountain. We’ll also have a satellite phone so we’ll be able to check in a few times to talk about how it’s going, and my sister will be updating my Facebook page,” Kushner said. will also be tracking Kushner’s progress and posting regular updates on his journey up Aconcagua. City Beat Sponsored by

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Lookout Wins Warren Spahn Award by Rob Morris


t was great year, 2013, for Westmoore’s Destinie Lookout. The softball star played a key role in the Lady Jaguars’ playoff runs during the slow pitch and fast pitch softball seasons. She was named to the All-State team as well as All-District and All-City squads, and signed to play softball at the University of Oklahoma. Now the pitcher/infielder has been honored as one of 10 Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student Athletes for 2013. The Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student Athlete Award recognizes 10 high-school athletes and the outstanding high-school baseball and softball coaches.


The Ferguson Jenkins Award honors Oklahoma’s best high-school baseball and softball student athletes for their roles as citizens and successful athletes. The award is named in honor of Ferguson Jenkins, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, after a 19-year career as a power pitcher. He led Major League Baseball in wins from 1967 to 1980. Jenkins was the first pitcher to throw more than 3,000 strikeouts with fewer than 1,000 walks. During his career, Jenkins threw the only six-straight 20-win seasons in the last 45 years of major league baseball as a Chicago Cub. He was a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and the National League’s Cy Young Award winner in 1971.

The Ferguson Jenkins Awards will be presented at the Warren Spahn Award Gala on January 28, 2014, at the Oklahoma Sports Hall Of Fame & Jim Thorpe Museum, 4040 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City. At the event, gala organizers will also present the Warren Spahn Award to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball and the Bill Teegins Award to an accomplished sports broadcaster with Oklahoma ties. This year’s Warren Spahn Award winner is Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Teegins Award winner is Michelle Smith, former Oklahoma State softball player, and two-time Olympic Gold medalist.

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New Plans for Central Park Released by Christiaan Patterson


inal plans for the new central park in Moore were unveiled at a special public meeting earlier in December. TAP Architecture spent a year taking in citizen input, city needs and the city’s unique history in order to design a park that could meet expectations. “The design team has been inspired by the history of the site,” said Anthony McDermid, principal for TAP Architecture. “Apart from the components that are in the site, we think there is a golden opportunity to tell the story of Moore and why the location of this site is so important to Moore’s legacy.” Starting in the spring of 2014, construction crews will come in and ready

the land and begin landscaping. One of the first amenities to be built on site will be the aquatics center. This will have an outdoor pool, four or five slides, splash pad, and a lazy river. Due to maintenance costs, there won’t be an indoor pool, but the aquatics center should be open 100 days of the year. The goal is to have the aquatics center completed and opened by summer of 2015. The new community center will offer a 50,000-square-foot facility to replace the old 19,000-square-foot building. Bigger gyms and a fitness center should be sufficient to serve the residents of Moore and the growing needs of the community and should be completed and opened by the fall of 2015.


When people come to the park, they’ll see a formal garden sweeping the north face of the area with multiple walkways. In the center, a man-made lake will catch rainwater and fulfill the watering needs of the park itself. A bridge is planned over the lake to allow people to walk and enjoy the water from a different perspective. Located directly adjacent to the lake will be the new amphitheater that should house around 2,000 people, with room to expand. A covered farmers market will have a separate parking area for easier access and room for growth. As the date for groundbreaking draws closer, the response from the public is nothing less than exciting.

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Get Yourself Organized to Start the New Year

ANGIE O’KEEFE Happy New Year—2014 is here and you are probably already doing the regular resolutions like getting into shape and getting organized. January is a great time to start putting things in order from your closet to your finances and, of course, Pinterest should be one of your sources for the best organization ideas. I recently found a way to keep all my earrings separated, but together, using a simple piece of Styrofoam. Who would have thought it could be so easy? I’ll be demonstrating this handy project in January. We will show you several different ideas for organizing your world. Check out our Pinokies Pinterest board for all the projects we show each week, and remember, if you see some-thing on Pinterest you would like us to try, just email your request to:

ASHLEY MILLER I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions, but with a new(ish) job, I figure there is no time like the present! This year my goal is to organize my office. I love walking into a perfectly organized space, but my issue is always in the upkeep, once things get busy. One of my favorite ideas was the use of stop-light colors to help file documents. The green folder contains documents that need to be addressed right away. The yellow folder contains documents that can be addressed or might need to be referenced within the week. The red folder contains documents that need to be filed. These folders sit out on the desk and should be emptied by the end of each week. The folders are emptied by one of two ways: documents are filed or thrown away. If they are filed, the file should have the month and year in the file name. This should be done in pencil so that it can be updated as needed. At the end of each year, folders should be evaluated. If they haven’t been updated in a year, they should be thrown away or moved to a file cabinet. If they have been used within the last year and will be used in the upcoming year, then they should stay near your desk. What I love about these methods are the constant evaluation of files and documents. While it will take some time to set up, the weekly filing should make it easy to maintain. I’ve come across a lot of creative ideas on Pinterest for office storage and more, so check out my “Organize It” board for your pin-spirstion!

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ANSWERCREW Question for an Accountant What credits/deductions expired at the end of 2013? Great question. As usual, most people are only affected by a few

deductions/tax credits. Most tax credits are narrowly crafted for only

a few people. That’s what lobbyists in Washington, DC get paid for!

The one most likely to affect business readers of the Moore Monthly are the reduction of the Section 179 allowance from a potential maximum of $500,000 to $25,000.

Several deductions/tax credits benefitting individual income tax filers are scheduled to expire at the end of 2013, and they are:

• During the Great Recession, you could have all or some your primary

residence debt cancelled due to loan restructuring, foreclosure, or a short sale and NOT include that income on your tax return. After 2013, unless

another exception applies, you will be required to report that income on your tax return.

• Another Great Recession “perk”, the ability to deduct your mortgage

insurance premiums is scheduled to go away.

• The ability to deduct state sales tax instead of state income tax, IF your

state sales tax was more, expired at the end of 2013.

• Individuals who are 70 ½ or older could give away as much as $100,000

directly to an eligible charity without having to include any of the transfer in gross income (and inversely, NOT taking an itemized deduction for that same “contribution”). Why was that important? By not including it

in gross income, the individual(s) could help prevent the loss of itemized tax deductions, phase-out of personal exemptions or credits, additional

portions of Social Security being taxable or even the imposition of the new 3.8% surtax on investment income. More than 65% of taxpayers take the standard deduction. However, a tax-free distribution from an IRA was

the equivalent of a charitable deduction; that was an important technique for nonitemizers.

Top Seven Things to Know Before Signing up for Healthcare 1. No extra fees to use an agent to sign up for a healthcare plan on the

Federal Marketplace Website; a privacy notice must be signed if you use a licensed health insurance agent. With an agent you get the following

benefits for the entire year: ask your agent network questions, payment inquiries, billing issues, or concerns over covered services. 2. Two ways the government is offering cost assistance: Advance Premium Tax Credit:

Tax credit the federal government can pay in advance to the health

insurance company to help cover the cost of premiums; or you can elect to pay all premiums up front and then claim the tax credit at year’s end on your tax return.

Cost Sharing Subsidy:

Applies to those making 200% or less of the federal poverty level and

reduces out-of-pocket costs for co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles. 3. The government may require additional documentation for approval

of subsidies or advance premium tax credit. You have 90 days to provide the information.

4. Application/Enrollment Date for Federal Marketplace October 1–December 15

Coverage Effective January 1, 2014

January 16–February 15

Coverage Effective March 1, 2014

December 16–January 15 February 16–March 15 March 16–March 31

Enroll after March 31

Coverage Effective February 1, 2014 Coverage Effective April 1, 2014 Coverage Effective May 1, 2014

Coverage Effective January 2015

5. The penalty for no health insurance is either a flat fee of $95 per

person or 1% of your income, whichever is greater

As usual, all of the above comes with a great, big caveat. Congress could

pass retroactive legislation during 2014, reinstating those and other items. That is part of what makes tax planning so difficult for individuals and

businesses. And, another reason to stay in contact with your tax preparer/ accountant as you go through the Happy New Year.

6. If under 30, you can purchase a catastrophic coverage plan, which is

lower cost, but provides less coverage.

7. Dental/vision coverage included under the health insurance plan for

children 18 and under; however, most plans require you to pay all costs for services out of pocket until your reach your deductible.

Mike Rush, CPA 405 833 0780

Christopher L. Crow, PLCS Doyle-Crow & Associates 108 SE 3rd St Moore, OK 73160 JANUARY 2014 | MOORE MONTHLY | 19

ANSWERCREW Question for an Real Estate Professional What do I need to do (or not do) to prepare my house for the spring real estate market? The best thing about putting your house on the market in the spring is that’s the time of year when most people begin their house hunting and there’s a lot of foot traffic. Now is a good time to take a look at your house from the viewpoint of a buyer. Start with curb appeal, first impressions, neutrality of your house, placement of furniture, and condition of your home—and also how prepared to move you appear to be. These small changes and improvements now can have positive consequences when it’s time to sell your house. Curb Appeal—The curb appeal of your house is the very first thing the buyer see, so make it memorable! To make the most of your house’s wintertime look, make sure all dead tree branches and autumn leaves have been removed. For a pleasant aroma, add a fresh bag of cedar mulch to flower beds closest to the front door. Mow the grass periodically since weeds continue to grow during Oklahoma’s warm-again, cold-again weather, and edge as needed. First Impressions—Pay special attention to the front door, since it’s the buyer’s second “first impression.” Display a clean doormat at your front door welcoming the buyer. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door. Provide a seating area just inside the front door for the Realtor and buyer to remove their shoes if necessary. Maximize all available lighting by cleaning all windows—inside and out—before the first buyer arrives in the spring. Neutralize your house—whether you’re an OSU fan or an OU fan, chances are the first buyer may be the opposing fan and yes; these things do matter when selling a house. Buyers need to imagine their furniture working with your color scheme, and crimson and cream may clash with their colors. A neutral palette helps the buyer imagine living in your house—and bold, bright colors just may be a deal breaker. Buyers want to sign the papers on closing day and immediately move in without having to repaint. The same for artwork: animal prints or bold graphics need to be replaced with something simple, calm, and serene. Placement of Furniture—Remove as much furniture as possible. The buyer may have visited a few model homes before viewing your house and is used to seeing minimal amounts of furniture, décor, pictures, clothing in the closets, etc. Downsize by renting a storage unit just while your house is on the market.


Condition of your House—Hire a professional home inspector for a complete home inspection, including the roof. Make the necessary repairs and replacements while there is plenty of time to do a few repairs at a time and thus put less of a strain on your bank account. Don’t replace the carpets, just have them professionally cleaned. Buyers may choose to install hardwood floors, laminate, or tile, and if you’ve just replaced your carpet, it’s money wasted. Start packing—If you appear to be ready to move, it’s easier for buyers visualizing themselves living in your house. If there are 40+ years of accumulated belongings, furniture, treasures, keepsakes, tools, etc., it’s difficult for buyers to imagine you moving in time for them to close on “their” new home. Buyers may choose another home over yours because they feel sorry for you having to move ALL that stuff ! Preparing your house for the spring real estate market can seem like a daunting task with the shorter days, inclement weather, and out-oftown company. But with this checklist, and a little effort on your part, you’ll have it ready to go in no time!

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


ANSWERCREW Question for a

Business Owner

I keep reading about social & economic issues in various parts of the world, to include entire countries who are on the brink of economic collapse and those where there is military conflict. All of this is troubling and I clearly see the impact in fluctuating gas prices at the pump. I understand that there are a myriad of other factors that impact prices we pay for goods, but I am confused. Can you help me make sense of all of this? This is a complicated subject, but I’ll try. This discussion will necessitate

moving from our usual focus on business and business finance to economics and personal finance.

The world is becoming a “smaller” place with instant communications,

speedy travel between continents, the integration of world trade and

economies, and even the consolidation of sovereign interests in order

to maximize global interests and advantage (e.g., the European Union). Governments in developing countries are under pressure from their

citizens to raise living standards, which would require development of

local resources, especially those not previously fully exploited such as raw materials, manufactured products, and local labor and services that can be applied worldwide (such as call centers).

For purposes of this discussion, we will divide these global dynamics

into three areas:

1. Supply and demand 2. Speculative forces

3. Domestic and inter-governmental policies 1. Supply and Demand

In an uncontrolled environment, it is possible for supply and demand

to set prices for goods and services based on the market forces of “bid

and ask.” In reality, however, there are influences that alter the natural market forces and cause artificial prices. They can be a result of natural disasters (e.g., recent Japanese earthquakes) or manmade.

Examples of manmade factors are (a) supply or price fixing by groups

that control large amounts of supply, such as the OPEC oil cartel or the

diamond cartel headed by DeBeers and (b) restrictions on supply such as the civil strife in the Middle East and North Africa, or the constant attacks on Nigeria’s pipeline by insurgents in the oil-rich Niger Delta. 2. Speculative Forces

When there are products such as oil that have limited production areas

far from the consumer, and where oligopolies (only a few suppliers or a


cartel), an entire new industry has emerged in trading of “futures” (the right to take delivery of the product at some future date.) This segment

attempts to ensure that its supply of the commodity will be sufficient at

a specific future date to meet their needs (example: Southwest Airlines

buys future positions for delivery of jet fuel). When an event occurs (natural or manmade) that may disrupt delivery of the commodity at a future date, futures traders will “bid up” the future price to ensure their

needs are met. Because commodity suppliers tend to price their goods

at the current market value, the price impact to consumers is immediate, even though the inventory consumers are buying was purchased or produced at a lower price. This practice is called replacement costing. 3. Domestic and inter-governmental policies

Governmental policies can also have a substantial impact on the prices

consumers pay. For one example, direct subsidies or price supports. Few “urbanites” know that the price of milk to the farmer has been under

price supports from the government for decades, a policy designed to provide farmers a fair return on their investments.

Another example is the duties and tariffs applied to imported goods.

The US government, as a member of the World Trade Organization, negotiates trade agreements with many nations in the attempt to promote

exports and balance trade. There are, however, numerous instances where our government has given advantages to certain domestic industries (like steel) that are considered “basic” to protect them from aggressive foreign competition. It does that by enacting duties that must be paid on

imported goods to raise the price to a level that competes fairly with the domestic produced goods. And this increases the price of goods to you.

A third example is the government promotes and provides incentives

to certain industries to encourage the development of long-term

manufacturing capacity in the USA. A good example of this practice has been the subsidies provided to producers of ethanol, an alternative to hydro-carbons, or gasoline. However, there may be an unwanted secondary impact of these decisions. In the case of ethanol, the most

abundant stock feed used in ethanol is corn. Over the last year, the ethanol industry has consumed increasing amounts of corn, causing supply concerns, thus driving up food prices.

Greg Kieson

Coordinator of Business Development

Moore Norman Technology Center






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ANSWERCREW Question for a Gardener How can I become better educated about backyard gardening? You are on track just by recognizing that you need further knowledge. Several options are open to you, and some are right at your fingertips.

Those of you who have home computers can conduct searches, which open doors to a vast array of information. Let’s say that you wish to

know more about heirloom tomatoes. Type those two words and in

seconds, answers are right in front of you. If you don’t have a computer, check out the public library, where banks of computers await you.

This is the time of year when your FREE seed catalogs begin to arrive in the mailbox. It’s like enrolling in Horticulture 101. These

publications have become so sophisticated with their colored photos and

cultural material to assist you in making intelligent decisions about what to plant.

Here are a few examples: • Territorial Seed Co.

While investigating heirlooms, I discovered a wonderful nonprofit

organization in East Meadow, New York called WinterSown. For an SASE, they will send you up to 10 small packets of seeds of your

choosing. Each packet has about 10 seeds. This provides you with 100

seeds which, for most backyard gardeners, is ample. If this isn’t sufficient, you can buy seed packets at many retail outlets.

On the seed packets offered by Botanical Interests, you will find the following information:

• Captivating botanical illustrations • Days to maturity

• Depth to sow seeds; how and when to plant • A drawing of the seedling.

They also include the percentage of germination. For fresh seeds, 85 percent is normal.

• Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa

Need more encouragement? Workshops are offered through various

• Johnny’s Seed Co.

the Norman public library, where a Seed and Plant Exchange is sched-

• Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

• Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

• Gardener’s Supply for tools and equipment.

educational or private institutions, the Cooperative Extension, and at uled twice a year. It is free and open to everyone. The next one will be on Tuesday, February 11, at 10 a.m. Free seed packets will be distributed.

These catalogs are valuable tools for making your gardening experiences


seeds available every growing season.

• Marcum’s

more enjoyable. Here in the US, we are so fortunate to have fresh, viable

Most catalogs feature both heirlooms and hybrids so that you can make intelligent decisions. While I now favor heirlooms, especially tomatoes like Cherokee Purple, justification can be made for hybrids such as

Celebrity. The heirlooms aren’t as prolific as hybrids, but the

fruit is really delicious. Why not grow some of each so that you can judge?

• K & K Nursery • County Extension Offices

• Garden clubs of every size in every state • Newspaper and magazine columns • Public libraries.

Norm Park, Ed.D., Expert Gardener


Sketches of Moore

Two Centenarians Secret to Happiness by L.T. Hadley


n July 4th, 1776, the signatures of 56 men from the 13 United States notified the world that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” These men did not presume to promise Happiness, but the Pursuit of Happiness. In the 232 years since that day, thousands of citizens, residents, immigrants and hopefuls, each in his own way, have joined that pursuit in our fair land.

Our town has been the stage for every possible effort, plan, dream and desire to fulfill the great American dream—happiness. Among the multitudes that lived, worked and “pursued” are two very distinctive former residents who each 26 | MOORE MONTHLY | JANUARY 2014

found satisfaction and fulfillment in reaching beyond their own personal needs to help make life more pleasant and meaningful to others. Both lived to a grand old age, never losing zeal for helping others. Dennis Almack was a native of Kansas who came to Moore in 1925 after he met and married the daughter of Cleveland County Commissioner R.F. McBride. They later settled on a farm outside Moore, and then Dennis became a traveling agent for an insurance company. In 1934, he took the examination for postmaster and, on May 29, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed and commissioned him postmaster in Moore. He served in this position for 25 years. Mr. Almack was a diligent worker, putting in long hours on the job. He knew everyone in Moore and their address. For ten years, he met the mail train at 5:00am every day. The only incident happened one morning when he was awakened by the train, leaped out of bed to hit the dresser and break a rib. Nonetheless, he ran to meet the train only to find it was the 1 o’ clock train, not the 5 o’clock. He became actively involved in the Boy Scout movement in 1937, serving in all capacities from Cub Master to Assistant District Commissioner and, finally, won the Silver Beaver Award for volunteer work. He was a charter member of his church in 1961, serving as elder, trustee, treasurer and other positions. His motto was, “I try to live by the Golden Rule. I always try to find some good in everyone. It is there, if you look for it.” Dennis lived far past 100 years of age. Sallie Dyer was born in Missouri in 1900, but her family moved to Moore the next year and settled in the Moore area. She was only nine when her mother died, but a neighboring family, the Samuel Dyers, befriended the family. Eventually, when she was 17, Sallied married their son, Melvin. When they moved into Moore, Mel built the first brick house in Moore for his wife. The house where they spent the rest of their lives still stands on West Main. Sallie worked as a Red Cross volunteer and was given a certificate of appreciation from President Roosevelt for over 2,000 hours of service. She volunteered for 20 years in the school’s health program. In later years, she, along with other Senior Citizens, worked diligently to raise money

for the new Senior Citizens Center. Her main contribution was hours and miles of tiny, perfect stitching on quilts. She went daily to the center to quilt even until she was 98 years old. She lived until just shortly before her 100th birthday.

These are only two of the multitudes of people of Moore who have found that the concern and interest in the well being of others has been an important part of their successful “pursuit of happiness.” One poet wrote, “I have wept in the night for the shortness of sight that to another’s needs made me blind. But I never have yet had one single regret for being a little too kind.”

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Baking on the Edge of Civilization

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oore has become a wellknown city throughout the United States, especially after what could be deemed a series of unfortunate events. Now, the city is reaching the far distances of Alaska as something deliciously sweet popped up in the small town of Homer and documented by one of Moore’s own. Kari Barber, born and raised in Moore, graduated from MHS in 2000 and went on to study film in college. While attending grad school in 2010 at American University in Washington, D.C., Kari received a call informing her of a good friend, Jackie Johnson’s decision to quit her job and start a bakery in Alaska. This came on the heals of Jackie and her family losing their father, which left a difficult void at home. Jackie chose Homer after a previous trip had left her breathless at the beauty that stretched into Kachemak Bay. With her sister and mother on board for the move, Kari decided to leave school and document this adventure of a lifetime. “I called and asked my mom when they would be leaving and she said, ‘They are leaving from their mom’s house in Moore next week.’ I bought a ticket and flew from D.C. back to Oklahoma to start the film. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do or the film would take me, but I knew it would be an adventure,” said Kari. It definitely wasn’t easy juggling grad school, filming and becoming a new

mother. The biggest challenge of filming was the distance. Kari, living in D.C., made three trips to Alaska and two trips to Oklahoma, which was exhausting. Also, the ladies lived in a small loft above the bakery and woke up at 3 a.m. to begin each days cooking. Those early mornings proved to be tough and sometimes Kari missed the bakers heading downstairs. Soon it wasn’t just the early wake-up calls and long distance that became a challenge, but finances. Once expenses started becoming high, Kari created a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the film from friends, family and fans. Funds quickly came in and so did the support to continue onward and complete the documentary. “I really loved doing the Kickstarter campaigns to raise money for the film. It enabled me to reach out to people and really communicate with friends and fans. That was a huge support, not just monetarily, but in terms of encouragement too. Aside from money, another difficulty was how busy the women were, the kitchen was cramped and it was hard to maneuver with a camera to stay out of their way. The toughest challenge was resisting eating all the yummy baked goods - I failed at that one.” After three years of working on this documentary while finishing graduate school and having a second child, the film is ready for viewing. Baking Alaska became a story about two baby

boomer sisters from Oklahoma - Jackie and Kathy Hamrick - who, after their father dies, decide to pursue a dream of opening a bakery in Homer, Alaska. Their mom, Doris Simpson decides to join and make the bakery a family affair. The three women have to work together in challenging circumstances for the bakery to succeed. Looking back on the past three years, Kari has no regrets on following the story that would not allow her to sleep after hearing about it. Now, as a professor, she teaches students to follow those stories, which will keep you up at night and always be ready for a new adventure. “I think Jackie’s story appealed to me because I had led a very adventurous life. I left Oklahoma after graduating from OU and spent most of my career working as a journalist overseas in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Then I moved to Washington, D.C., got married, started graduate school and become a mother. I think a part of me missed adventure and nature.” The film recently screened at LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Ruby Mountain Film Festival in Elko, NV and the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. At Ruby Mountain and Santa Fe it won the prize for short documentary. Next it will show in Alaska at the Anchorage International Film Festival in December followed by the Oklahoma Trail Dance Film Festival in January of 2014. JANUARY 2014 | MOORE MONTHLY | 29

Making Progress

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rogress is being made by Moore Public Schools (MPS) in rebuilding two schools, constructing three brand-new schools, and replacing a gym at Highland East Jr. High. The three schools being built were funded by a bond issue passed by voters in early 2013. “We had a bond issue that passed in February of 2013,” said Jimi Fleming, public information officer for Moore Public Schools. “And part of that bond issue was to pay for two elementary schools and a new junior high. So far, the construction for the new elementary on Portland Avenue is at about the same as Plaza Towers.” As of mid-December, the elementary school on Portland had the foundation poured, exterior walls up, and the roof being constructed. Work on that particular site was extended after MPS approved a storm shelter to be added into the blueprint. The expedited cost of assuring the completion of the storm shelter is an added $500,000, making the total cost about $1.1 million. The


Shelter Oklahoma Organization covered the added cost with a generous donation in early December. Upon opening, the school will carry the name of Southlake Elementary. Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary are scheduled to open in August 2014. A few rounds of wintry weather delayed work at Briarwood; however, Plaza Towers is moving along at a steady pace. Foundation has been poured at both sites as well as the stem walls for the storm shelters. Exterior walls have been erected at Plaza Towers. The new elementary at the corner of Sunnylane and SE 34th St. ran into an engineering problem that will set the opening date back a year. Once complete, it will be the first two-story elementary in the district and be called Timber Creek Elementary. “The campus at Sunnylane ran into an issue with the water table, Fleming said. “So rather than spend a considerable amount of money to fix the foundation idea

we had to start with, we went back to the engineers and architects and started from scratch. That puts us back a little bit, and it won’t open until August of 2015.” As for the new junior high, bids have gone out to contractors and the district is waiting to start the groundwork for it. Highland East Jr. High is also looking to have its gym rebuilt by as early as August of 2014, complete with a storm shelter. The gym was destroyed on May 20, 2013. Looking ahead, MPS is considering the purchase of land connected to Moore High School. Currently, there is a vacant senior home on the 3.08 acres to the north of the school, which would be torn down if bought. The property would cost about $330,000 and would come out of a portion of the bond set aside for land purchasing. No final decision has been made.

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ouses have been popping up like crazy since the tornado, and for one family, the completion of their house came just in time for Thanksgiving. The Herrera family received the keys from Habitat for Humanity of Central Oklahoma City, marking the organization’s first completed home in the disaster area. “Words cannot describe it. We are so excited to be back home,” said Ana Herrera. “We feel blessed. We are just looking forward to being home for the holidays and being with family and giving thanks.” On May 20, the family’s house was completely destroyed when the tornado came through the area. Over the next several weeks, the family lived in hotels and

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were finally able to settle into a small rental house on the north side of Oklahoma City. Since moving, the family has dealt with extra commuting to work and school, as well as being away from the familiarity of Moore.

mailbox given to the owners that is said to bring only good news. Two bags of groceries also helped start the family off. For Habitat, this is only the beginning of helping families get back home in the disaster area.

“Since the tornado, we spent a couple weeks in a hotel and since then have been in a rental in Oklahoma City. So there has been a lot of driving. I used to drive 15 minutes to work—now it takes half an hour,” she said.

“This is our first home built in Moore for a tornado family, and it’s really exciting,” said Ann Felton, CEO for Habitat for Humanity of Central Oklahoma City. “We plan to build even more houses for people who were affected by the tornado,” The Herrera family spent the week of Thanksgiving moving in and celebrating the season. Other families are still in need of new housing, and Habitat is here to make that happen. If you would like to find out more about how to get involved, whether through donating time or money, please feel free to visit

The new house took about three weeks to complete and was built entirely by volunteers. At the home dedication, the Herreras were presented with the keys and welcoming words. As per tradition from Habitat, a special family Bible was passed along with a blessing for the house. There was also a new and custom-made


BEST OF MOORE & SOUTH OKC FINAL VOTING UNDERWAY by Rob Morris The finalists have been chosen and voting is now underway to determine the individual winners in 42 categories covering everything from haircuts to donuts and jogging shoes to pizza. This year’s expanded competition is very competitive, so vote early and often. Voting is taking place on the website and voters have until midnight, January 31st to cast their votes. You are allowed to vote multiple times during the day, but the website does limit how quickly you can vote to help prevent ballot-stuffing. Votes will be tabulated and the five top finishers will be announced at a special event in February.

Categories and Finalists: 1. BBQ Earl’s Rib Palace Dale’s BBQ House GFF Foods Swadley’s BBQ Van’s Pig Stand 2. MEXICAN Alfredo’s Chelino’s Las Fajita’s Ricky’s Qdoba 3. BURGER 5 Guys Burgers and Fries Dan’s Old Time Diner The Garage Harry Bear’s All-American Diner S&B Burger Joint 4. ASIAN China House Dot Wo GoGo Sushi Lemongrass Bistro Panda Express 5. BAKERY/CUPCAKES Baked Flying Cupcakes Johnnie’s Sweet Creations Super Mercado Morelos 6. LUNCH SPOT GoGo Sushi Jubilee Market Panera Bread Schlotzsky’s Two Olives 7. SPECIAL OCCASION SPOT Charleston’s Hollie’s Royal Bavaria Warren Theatre Yellow Rose Theater 32 | MOORE MONTHLY | JANUARY 2014

8. ITALIAN Bella Vista Fontana Johnny Carino’s Oliveto Sandro’s 9. CHICKEN Buffalo Wild Wings Chicken Express Chick-Fil-A Raising Cane’s Wing Stop 10. SANDWICH/SUB City Bites Jersey Mike’s Jimmy John’s McAlisters Schlotzky’s 11. PIZZA All American Eagle One Marco’s Old Chicago Sandro’s 12. NON-CHAIN RESTAURANT Harry Bear’s All-American Grill Hollie’s Royal Bavaria Soda Pop’s Two Olives 13. ENTERTAINMENT Andy Alligator’s Fun Park/Water Park HeyDay Entertainment Center Orr Family Farm Warren Theatre Yellow Rose Theater 14. CHILDRENS PARTY SPOT Andy Alligator’s Fun Park/Water Park City of Moore Parks HeyDay Entertainment Center Jump Zone Orr Family Farm

15. WATCH THE GAME Applebee’s Buffalo Wild Wings Harry Bear’s All-American Grill Louie’s Old Chicago 16. FLORIST A New Beginning Broadway Florist Bruce’s Flowers Capitol Hill Howard Brothers 17. AUTO REPAIR Beneficial Automotive Maintenance Christian Brothers Firestone Flair Body Works Ken’s Tire & Auto 18. OIL CHANGE Beneficial Automotive Maintenance Express Oil Change Firestone Hibdon Tires Plus Moore Oil & Lube 19. CAR DEALERSHIP Eskridge Honda Fowler Toyota Bob Moore Cadillac Bob Moore Ford David Stanley Dodge 20. KIDS CLOTHING The Boutique Gordmans Justice Once Upon a Child Target 21. GIFT SHOP Fan Outfitter’s The General Store Hallmark Mardel’s Showplace Market

BEST OF MOORE & SOUTH OKC FINAL VOTING UNDERWAY 22. WINE STORE East Moore Liquor Moore Liquor Quicker Liquor Riverwalk Liquor Wine Gallery

29. FITNESS CENTER Crossfit Alter Anytime Fitness Earlywine YMCA My Personal Trainer Planet Fitness

23. HAIR DESIGN Diva L.E. Salon Plush Salon and Spa Salon Inferno Sport Clips

30. BANK Arvest BancFirst First Fidelity Mid-First Bank Republic Bank

24. DENTAL CARE Dental Depot Freeman Family Dentistry Homesy Family Dentristy Moore Smiles Smile Galaxy

31. CREDIT UNION Allegiance Credit Union Communication Federal Credit Union FAA Credit Union Oklahoma Educators Credit Union Tinker Federal Credit Union

25. EYE CARE Eye Care Oklahoma Dr. Lance Ledbetter Massengale’s Moore Eye Care Dr. Jon Painter

32. JEWELRY CJ’s Jewelers Diamond Dee-Lite Lewis Jewelers Huntington Jewelers

26. EMERGENCY MEDICAL Immediate Care Integris Southwest Medical Center Moore Medical Center Moore Express Urgent Care St. Anthony’s Healthplex South

33. DAY CARE/ CHILD CARE Creative Kids Learning Center Earlywine YMCA First Baptist Church Primrose School Westmore Child Development Center

27. ORTHOPEDICS/ REHAB Jim Thorpe Rehabilitatio OSSO Orthopedics & Sports Medicine My Personal Trainer R & S Rehab Optimal Rehabilitation Southwest Orthopedic and Reconstructive Specialists

34. FUNERAL SERVICES John Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel Moore Funeral & Cremation Resthaven Funeral Home and Memory Gardens Vondel Smith & Sons Mortuary

28. SENIOR LIVING Chateau on the Green Grace Pointe Living Meadowlake Retirement Center Rambling Oaks Courtyard Assisted Living Community Village on the Park

35. INSURANCE AGENT Terry Cavnar State Farm Insurance Chad Cobble Insurance Agency Jim Evans State Farm Insurance Ginny Freeman Shelter Insurance Rita Wallenberg State Farm Insurance

36. NON-CHAIN RETAILER Moore Liquor Showplace Market Sooner State Pawn Southern Fried Vintage Warehouse Antique Market 37. DEPARTMENT STORE Gordmans JC Penney Kohl’s Target Walmart 38. SPORTING GOODS 405 Bicycles Academy Sports+Outdoors Al’s Bicycles Dick’s Sporting Goods Soccer USA 39. HOME BUILDER Evans Fine Homes Hayworth Homes Mashburn Faires McBride Construction & Roofing Meek Construction 40. DANCE STUDIO All That Dance Studios Applause Studios Connie’s School of Dance Earlywine YMCA Top Hat Talent Performing Arts Studio 41. HOTEL Best Western Candlewood Suites Fairfield Inn LaQuinta Inn Spring Hill Suites 42. HIGH SPORTS RIVARLY GAME Battle of the Big Cats Basketball Moore War Basketball Moore War Football Moore War Softball Southwest Showdown Football




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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.

GENERAL 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 carissa.taylor@ to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer. Fresh Start Community Church Food Pantry 309 Eastern Avenue, West Campus-Family Life Center. Open the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Canned and dry goods available. Must be a resident of Moore. (Please bring an ID). Oklahoma Home and Community EducationRobinson Group 11 a.m. 201 W. Indian Hills Rd, Moore. Contact Phyllis Embrey 895-6630. Dementia/Alzheimers Support Group Village on the Park 1515 Kingsgate OKC 3:00 p.m. Contact Karen Proctor at 692-8700.


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

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.


Serve Moore. Need help cleaning up or repairing your property after the tornado? Serve Moore is here to help get you back on your feet. Located at 200 S. Howard Ave. in Moore. Call for services or to volunteer. 735-3060. Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.



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

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.

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.

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

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courts & racquetball courts, fitness center, walking/ running track. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 735-2527.

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 .

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.

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.

FITNESS First Baptist Church of Moore. FBC Moore Community Life/Recreation Ctr. Two basketball

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.

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.

MUSIC/ARTS 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 405-5893618 or www.

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

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

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

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

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





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


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JANUARY 3 • FRIDAY S. OKC Rotary Club. Meeting is at noon. Southwest Integris Cancer Center. SW 44th and S. Western.

JANUARY 15 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 12-4pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446.

JANUARY 6 • MONDAY City Council Meeting at Moore City Hall at 6:30 p.m., 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000

Moore Rotary Club. Noon. Belmar Golf Club 1025 E. Indian Hills Rd.

JANUARY 7 • TUESDAY Parks Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. 301 N. Broadway. JANUARY 8 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 12-4pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446. Moore Rotary Club. Noon. Belmar Golf Club 1025 E. Indian Hills Rd. Community Dinner. 5:30 p.m. Free meal for residents at First Church of Moore. 301 W. Main St. Call 794-6671 for more information. JANUARY 9 • THURSDAY Taxes After the Storm. Presentation on what you need to know about filing taxes after the disaster. 6:30 p.m. at S OKC Public Library. JANUARY 10 • FRIDAY S. OKC Rotary Club. Meeting is at noon. Southwest Integris Cancer Center. SW 44th and S. Western. Yellow Rose Theater. “Elvis.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all night long with this new Las Vegas style show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. JANUARY 11 • SATURDAY Mad Hatter Tea Party. 2-4 p.m. at the S OKC Public Library. 979-2200 for more information. Yellow Rose Theater. “Elvis.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all night long with this new Las Vegas style show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. JANUARY 13 • MONDAY School Board Meeting. 6 p.m. for location.

Community Dinner. 5:30 p.m. Free meal for residents at First Church of Moore. 301 W. Main St. Call 794-6671 for more information. JANUARY 17 • FRIDAY S. OKC Rotary Club. Meeting is at noon. Southwest Integris Cancer Center. SW 44th and S. Western. Yellow Rose Theater. “Elvis.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all night long with this new Las Vegas style show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. 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 7932624 for more information and reservations, or e-mail First Baptist is located at 301 NE 27th Street, just off I-35 South in Moore. JANUARY 18 • SATURDAY Yellow Rose Theater. “Elvis.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all night long with this new Las Vegas style show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. JANUARY 20 • MONDAY Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All city offices closed. JANUARY 21 • TUESDAY City Council Meeting at Moore City Hall at 6:30 p.m., 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000

JANUARY 22 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 12-4pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446. Moore Rotary Club. Noon. Belmar Golf Club 1025 E. Indian Hills Rd. Community Dinner. 5:30 p.m. Free meal for residents at First Church of Moore. 301 W. Main St. Call 794-6671 for more information. JANUARY 24 • FRIDAY S. OKC Rotary Club. Meeting is at noon. Southwest Integris Cancer Center. SW 44th and S. Western. Yellow Rose Theater. “Elvis.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all night long with this new Las Vegas style show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. JANUARY 25 • SATURDAY Yellow Rose Theater. “Elvis.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all night long with this new Las Vegas style show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779. JANUARY 29 • WEDNESDAY American Legion. Open for all veterans from 12-4pm at 207 SW 1st St. in Moore. Call for more information 794-5446. Moore Rotary Club. Noon. Belmar Golf Club 1025 E. Indian Hills Rd. Community Dinner. 5:30 p.m. Free meal for residents at First Church of Moore. 301 W. Main St. Call 794-6671 for more information. JANUARY 31 • FRIDAY S. OKC Rotary Club. Meeting is at noon. Southwest Integris Cancer Center. SW 44th and S. Western. Yellow Rose Theater. “Elvis.” Dinner and a comical show that will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all night long with this new Las Vegas style show. Seating is at 6:30 with dinner following. Reservations required. Call for ticket pricing. 793-7779.

Road to Recovery Meeting. Presentation and discussion of tornado response. Moore Public Library 225 S. Howard. 793-5100




JANUARY 14 • TUESDAY Performing Arts Center. OCCC welcomes the public to see the new center.




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MOORE PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING Wednesday, Jan. 1 Saturday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m.

SOUTHWEST OKC PUBLIC LIBRARY Library closed, New Year’s Day Read, Create and Play Story Time Books, Barks and Buddies

Wednesday, Jan. 1

Library closed, New Year’s Day

Thursday, Jan. 2, 10 and 10:30 am Baby Story Time Baby Story Time Make and Take Story Time Baby Story Time Read, Create and Play Library closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Story Time Books, Barks and Buddies Baby Story Time Make and Take Lego Quest Story Time

Monday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m.

Children’s Story Time

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 4:30 p.m.

Lego Quest

Thursday, Jan. 9, 10 and 10:30 am Baby Story Time Saturday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m.

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Monday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m.

Children’s Story Time

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m.

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create)

Thursday, Jan. 16, 10 and 10:30 am Baby Story Time Monday, Jan. 20

Library closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 4:30 p.m.

Lego Quest

Thursday, Jan. 23, 10 and 10:30 am Baby Story Time Monday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.

Children’s Story Time

Thursday, Jan. 30, 10 and 10:30 am Baby Story Time TEENS AND ADULTS

Baby Story Time Lego Quest

TEENS AND ADULTS Wednesday, Jan. 1 Tuesday, Jan. 7, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m.


Library closed, New Year’s Day Computer Basics Open for Business Book Discussion Basic Microsoft Word 2010 On the Same Page Book Discussion Intermediate Microsoft Word 2010 Internet Basics Part 1 Library closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Internet Basics Part 2 Road to Recovery: Coping With Disaster Pinterest for Beginners Advanced Couponing Basic Windows 7 Understanding the Affordable Care Act Moore Reads Book Discussion Basic Microsoft PowerPoint 2010


Wednesday, Jan. 1

Library closed, New Year’s Day

Monday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Penn Ave. Literary Society

Thursday, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m.

CPA Tax Prep After the Storm

Monday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m.

Robots vs. Monsters Movie Night

Monday, Jan. 20

Library closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.

Business Connections Book

Discussion Group Monday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.


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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. Jan. 1 Jan. 2 Jan. 3 Jan. 7 Jan. 9 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 15 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 23 Jan. 27 Jan. 28

Closed for New Year’s 10:00 Wii Bowling 10:00 MCOA Monthly Meeting 10:00-11:00 Country Music House Singers // 10:30-11:30-Bp & Sugar Checks provided by Rambling Oaks 10:30-11:00 Respite Program 11:00-11:15 Dentists for Disabled 10:00-11:00 Last Chance Band 10:00 Library 10:30 BP & Sugar Checks Loving Care 10:30-11:30 BP checks Hearts @ Home 11:45 Cobbler provided by Village on the Park Closed for Holiday 10:00-11:20 Country Music House Singers 10:30-11:30 BP checks provided by Arbor House 10:00-11:00 MCOA Board Meeting 10:00 BINGO provided by Allegiance Credit Union 5:00pm AARPMeeting & Potluck Dinner

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





Westmoore, Southmoore Big Winners at State Dance Competition by Rob Morris


klahoma’s best pom squads and dance teams were on display at the 2013 Oklahoma State Dance Team Director’s Association competition on Saturday, December 14 at Oklahoma City University. Westmoore was the big winner, taking home a state championship in the 6A Jazz division. Westmoore also score big in the soloist competition. Kortnei Bruza won 1st place in the Senior Solo category. Teammate Madison Galier claimed 2nd place in the category while Meagan Vail took home the 1st place price in the Intermediate division. “We put so much work into. We practiced almost every day for the past few months and you just couldn’t ask for more from our team,” said Galier


Bruza said, “These girls are like my family and my best friends and it’s just really fun to be able to do this and to share something that we all love so much.” The Jaguar pom squad won the Outstanding Choreography award and Meagan Vail won 1st place in the Intermediate Soloist category. Southmoore also had a big day, taking second place in both 6A Jazz and 6A Hip Hop. The SaberCat pom squad was also awarded the picked up the Outstanding Showmanship award. While the Cats didn’t win a championship, they did steal the show with an emotional jazz performance based on the events of May 20. Senior Maddy Ferguson said it was a privilege to be a part of that display.

“It felt amazing, honestly, just to know that we may have touched lives of the people who were watching,” said Ferguson Southmoore dancer Viva Luna lost her home in the storm. She was overcome with emotion after the performance. “I’m just grateful to be here and grateful to have all these wonderful girls around me and to have their support,” said Luna. “They were here for me in my time of need when I least expected it. They all showed how much they cared for me and how much they care for one another.” Westmoore placed four team members on the OSTDA All-State Dance Team while Southmoore landed three members on the elite squad.


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ALL-MID-STATE CONFERENCE SELECTIONS - 2013 EDMOND MEMORIAL Waylan Anderson (RB/WR) Justin Marcha (K/P) Ashton Antwine (CB) Jake Mammen (LB) Ben Moore (SS) MIDWEST CITY Brandon Jones (DL) Connor Kinsey (DE/DL) Tyquae Russell (LB) Anthony Barclay (WR) KeSean Brown (RB) Bryan Hartfield (LB) Beau Butler (OL) MOORE Jordan Bernhardy (QB) Tyler Buckles (LB) Casen Haddox (DB) Ryan Lujan (TB) NORMAN Cade Parker Jakcob Dean Jake Stinson Cole Ridgway Dupree Young Cale Stumpff NORMAN NORTH Nick Basquine (WR/DB) Trey Wormington (DL) Jake Edzards (K) Tyler Sipe (WR/TE/LB) Carter Klein (S) Payton Prince (TE) David Cornwell (QB) SOUTHMOORE Houston Tyler (OL) Dakota Haynes (OL) Pierce Spead (RB) Jalen Adams (WR) Jaelon Walker (RB) Tyler Davis (OL) Corey Keyes (LB) Reginald Dantzler Jr. (DB) WESTMOORE Kieron Hardrick (RB) Denver Bebee (LB) Noah Hammons (OL) Ty Watkins (OL) Matt Day (LB) Jacob Tilley (DL) Austin Freeman (LB) 42 | MOORE MONTHLY | JANUARY 2014





SHOW GUIDE The Moore Daily offers you several different locally produced TV style shows


New episode every week. showcases The Pinokies: Three Local Women on a Mission to Help You Master the Web’s Hottest Site.

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MONTHLY Librarians Aiden Street and Ashley Miller take you on a journey behind the best fiction and nonfiction available, including interviews with authors, book reviews and updates on library services and events.

Sponsored by First American Bank New episode every month. sports reporter Rob Morris hosts this monthly interview show featuring athletes from Moore and South OKC.

Sponsored by Beneficial Automotive Maintenance (BAM).

January is all about resolutions and the Pioneer Library System is a great resource for those tackling all sorts of those wonderful New Year resolutions and goals. In this month’s Library Connections you’ll get some direction on how to locate those resources and put them to use. Plus, while winter isn’t a time when most people are thinking about severe weather, the Oklahoma Strong Community Response Team is looking ahead by offering a meeting to cover tips on surviving a tornado.


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ANSWERCREW Question for a Fitness Expert I want to set a New Year’s resolution. What can I do this year to get in better shape and lose weight? This time of year, it’s common for people to set resolutions for

your health. They want your money. It’s unfortunate, but losing

themselves, and more often than not, those resolutions include

weight takes time. It took time to put it on—it will take time to

getting in shape or losing weight. But, of course, the only thing as

take it off. Losing it too fast isn’t healthy, either, because you usu-

common as a New Year’s resolution is giving up on it a few weeks

ally end up burning a lot of muscle that way. But there’s a lesson

in—which is a shame because resolutions can be useful tools. It’s a

here: to the extent that fad diets work at all, they work by calorie

new year, the holidays and their attendant indulgences are over, so

restriction. Whether they tell you to cut fats or cut carbs or cut out

now is a good time to think about getting in shape. Here are some

particular foods or food groups, the actual mechanism behind the

tips that can help you set and stick to your resolution.

weight loss is always—without exception—calorie restriction. You

First and foremost, you have to set reasonable goals. Especially

can use this to your advantage. Want to lose weight? Lower your

after the overeating that comes with the holidays, many of us get

calories. You don’t have to cut out entire food groups or necessary

a little too eager with our fitness goals for the next year. It’s good

macronutrients like fat, just lower your consumption of calories in

to set high goals for yourself, but if they’re unattainably high, any

general. Switching from nutrient-deficient, high-calorie processed

progress you make will seem slow by comparison, which tends to

foods to simple, whole foods will do most of the work for you on

be discouraging. Be reasonable with yourself. If you want to lose

that front. Your body needs fat and it needs carbohydrates, it just

weight, don’t say you’ll lose fifty pounds a month, because the vast

doesn’t need excess amounts. Do not listen to any fad diet that tells

majority of people can’t do that, especially not in a healthy man-

you otherwise.

ner, even if they’re disciplined and have that much excess weight

Lastly, but perhaps most important, don’t get discouraged by set-

to lose. Instead, shoot for a couple pounds a week, maybe a little

backs. You’ll fall off your diet occasionally. A cookie calls your name

more, depending on just how much you have to lose.

and just can’t be ignored. It happens. Sometimes, despite your best

Next, you may find it helpful to break down a larger goal into

efforts and rigid adherence to your diet, you may gain a few pounds

smaller, more quickly achievable goals. Want to lose sixty pounds

back. Don’t quit, that’s perfectly normal! So many factors decide

this year? Great! But don’t expect to do it all at once. Look at it

whether we lose or gain weight, it’s practically impossible to make

this way: you’ve got fifty-two weeks in a year. To lose sixty pounds,

exact, nonstop progress throughout an entire year. Whether your

that’s just over a pound a week. While sixty pounds may seem

weight loss stalls, or perhaps reverses, don’t lose heart. Just as we

daunting, if you give yourself a reasonable amount of time to do

are entering a new year, tomorrow is a new day. Don’t give up just

it, and break it down into achievable increments, you’ll get there

because of a little hiccup in your progress. So you binged a little

before you know it.

last night. Well, that was last night. Today it’s back on the road to

Going along with the first two tips, one thing to avoid is crash

progress. Whatever the setback is, it’s not the end of the world, and

dieting. It’s a New Year’s resolution, not a New Day’s resolution;

it shouldn’t be the end of your resolution. By getting over it and

you’ve got time. So many fad diets are out there screaming for

continuing, you’ll become a stronger person. And sometimes, those

your attention (and often your money), promising ultra-fast, easy

little setbacks are exactly what we need to remind us of what we’re

weight loss. Like all fads, those diets will fade away, because they

aiming for.

don’t work, especially not for the long term. Losing weight is rarely fast, and never easy. You have to be disciplined. Anyone selling you a quick fix is, to put it nicely, trying to fleece you. Period. They don’t care if you lose weight, and they certainly don’t care about

Happy New Year, and stick with it!

Alex Warren

NASM-Certified Personal Trainer JANUARY 2014 | MOORE MONTHLY | 47

Temporary ER Now Open as Moore Medical Center Returns to Life by Richie Splitt

Rendering of the new Moore Medical Center.


e’re back! Emergency, as well as diagnostic imaging and lab, services have returned to Moore. On December 2, Norman Regional opened the temporary Moore Medical Center Emergency Services building. It contains not only emergency services, but also outpatient lab and imaging. In the first ten days it opened, the facility treated about 160 patients. Nick Stremble, RN, is the manager of the Emergency Department in Moore and said we have seen a little bit of everything so far. We have admitted patients with chest pain and sent two patients straight to surgery. We have also treated the more common illnesses such as sore throats, coughs and colds. During the winter weather we experienced in December, the Moore ER physicians and staff treated a few injuries related to the ice and snow storm. Nick said the patients he’s spoken with are glad to have the team back in town. He had a conversation with a woman who was taking her father in for blood work. His condition requires blood to be drawn every other week and they had been using Moore for years before the tornado. After the tornado, they used the HealthPlex in Norman, but her dad was very happy to stay home in Moore for his 48 | MOORE MONTHLY | JANUARY 2014

routine blood work! Numerous people have been utilizing the outpatient services and Tim Mower, the manager of Imaging at Moore, said they have completed nearly 200 radiology procedures since opening – including CT, ultrasound, and x-ray. Also, our staff is very happy to be back – both in their original department and in their community. Remember that Moore Medical Center Emergency Services is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your emergent healthcare needs. Also its outpatient Diagnostic Imaging and Lab services are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for testing at Moore, please call (405) 307-2290 and ask to be seen at Moore. To access the Moore Emergency Department, you can enter from Telephone Road, either coming north from 19th Street or south from 4th Street. It is located on the same site where the former Moore Medical Center once stood. Pending approval, Norman Regional also plans to open a temporary physical therapy facility on the site as well. It would offer comprehensive therapy services with a targeted opening date of March 2014. We plan to break ground on the new, permanent facility in 2014, just north of the temporary Emergency Department.

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Thank You for the Gift of Your Support This holiday season, Norman Regional Health System would like to celebrate and give thanks for the following: • Our dedicated staff and physicians who provide expert care with a compassionate spirit and our indispensible support staff who keep our doors open each and every day • Our amazing volunteers who share their time and talent to make a difference • Our generous donors and champions who share their passion and resources • The support of our community which both allows us to grow and has lifted us up during tragedy Our team is thankful to be back in Moore with the Moore Medical Center Emergency Department, a free-standing emergency and outpatient services building. Located where the former Moore Medical Center stood, this building offers 24-7 emergency services just in time for the holidays. The Health System also plans to rebuild Moore Medical Center as a five story, modern structure with plenty of services and amenities. We look forward to taking care of you and your family’s health needs! To the individuals who have made Norman Regional’s service to the community possible and our patients and family members, we wish a safe, joy-filled and memorable holiday season.

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WARREN MOVIE GUIDE JANUARY 3 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES After being “marked,” Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.

JANUARY 10 ONE CHANCE The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for and ultimately winning “Britain’s Got Talent”.

JANUARY 17 JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. RIDE ALONG Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister. DEVIL’S DUE An unexpected pregnancy takes a terrifying turn for newlyweds Zach and Samantha McCall.

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JANUARY 17 continued... THE NUT JOB Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury’s Nut Store.

JANUARY 24 I, FRANKENSTEIN Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.

JANUARY 31 LABOR DAY Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited. THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been - at that confusing mo-ment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So...where is this go-ing?”

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Let’s Talk Frankly about Hospice by Kathleen Wilson, Director of Aging Services Inc.


recently sat down with Leah Smith and Theresa Kitchen, who

Facts about hospice you may not already know.

the conversation about hospice can be very difficult for families.

5. If you are eligible for hospice, the service will allow you to continue

both work for Heartland Hospice. They understand that having

That is why Heartland Hospice has developed guidelines that can help

your comforting treatments as well as to see your own doctor.

seem frightening to patients and their families. It is important to be

quality of life.

as threatening. Listening to concerns and asking gentle follow-up

receive hospice care.

Keep in mind that there are myths about hospice that may need to be

as well as emotional and spiritual care for your family members.

patients and families about hospice care, and they would be happy to

life, when in fact, patients can receive it much earlier. In customer

on your own, below are some tips to help you get started.

known about hospice services sooner.

you get this sort of conversation started. We all know that hospice can

neutral and not use words or body language that might be perceived

questions will help you uncover and address your loved one’s fears. dispelled. The Heartland Hospice team is specially trained to talk to meet with you and your family. If you prefer to begin the conversation

Did you know that hospice care is available even if you are already

in an assisted living or long-term care facility, and hospice is fully funded by Medicare?

1. Individuals may be eligible through Medicare for additional support

services to help the individual to cope with an advancing illness.

2. Through Medicare, there is a benefit for which an individual may

be eligible that can help reduce pain or other uncomfortable symptoms. 3. Hospice care is 100% covered through Medicare. This includes

prescriptions, equipment and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis. However, hospice care does not cover room and board expenses.

Did you know that hospice care focuses on pain and symptom

6. Hospice will help you remain comfortable and maintain your 7. At Heartland Hospice, you are not required to sign a DNR to 8. Hospice provides physical, spiritual, and emotional care for patients 9. Many people think that hospice care is for the last few days of

satisfaction surveys, many Heartland Hospice families wish they had

Some 98% of Heartland Hospice families indicate that they would

recommend hospice services. If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact Heartland Hospice at (405) 579-8565 or you can contact

any number of other hospice service providers who are operating in our area. Hospice workers are trained to help ease your fears, to listen to your concerns, to manage your pain and

to help maintain the highest possible

quality of life in the final stages of life. If your circumstances are such

that you and your family are dealing with advanced illness, hospice has

the services and the expertise to help.


4. Would you be interested in a service that could help reduce your

pain and allow you to stay in the location of your choice?

a. In many situations, hospice care can help to reduce your need for


b. Hospice care focuses on quality of life such as helping you manage

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Beautiful Ruins Author: Jess Walter Pages: 337 Publisher: Harper Reviewer: Julie Kreft, Information Services Librarian, Moore Public Library


When an American actress appears in the tiny Italian island of Porto Vergogna,

hotel owner Pasquale Tursi cannot believe his good fortune. It is exactly the

Windblown Author: Edouard Manceau Publisher: Owlkids Books Reviewer: Kelsey Williamson, Children’s Services, Moore Public Library

publicity he needs to create his dream of running a glamorous destination hotel

instead of a place for local fisherman and the occasional drunken American writer. However, he quickly discovers that some blessings are also curses as he is plunged into a world of seduction, intrigue, and lies told to cover up other lies.

Beautiful small-town girl Dee Moray has finally hit the big time, snagging a role

Windblown, written by Edouard Manceau, is a delightful interactive children’s

in Cleopatra with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. But when things go

imaginations and inspire creativity. Windblown is recommended for ages three to

one of the problems that needs fixing.

picture book. It is charming yet exciting because it uses simplicity to stretch seven; however, this book truly has no age limit for its appeal.

from bad to worse on set, the studio calls in a “fixer,” and Dee finds herself being

As the lives of Pasquale and Dee intersect, they form a bond built on shared

The story begins with one tiny scrap of dark paper in the shape of a circle on

dreams shattered and an instant connection that stays with them for the rest

variety of shapes and colors as the story progresses. This cumulative story evolves

repercussions over decades and across continents. This is an epic and romantic

a simple white background all alone. We come across several more scraps in a

of their lives. The events that follow will change the lives of many, having

when different characters begin laying claim to our windblown shapes.

story. At times humorous, and at others heartbreaking, it is a lovingly told tale

Windblown, like many other picture books that can be found at your hometown

glamour will love finding cameo appearances by Burton and Taylor along with

about the choices that we make and must live with. Fans of Old Hollywood

library, is excellent for sharing a memorable reading experience between caregiver

“ripped from the headlines” gossip about their tumultuous romance.

critical thinking when reading this book. The text asks the reader open-ended

Beautiful Ruins spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and

and child. There are many possibilities for interactions and opportunities for questions that are great for discussions.

a movie adaptation is currently in the works. In addition to regular print, large

Try sharing this book and cutting out your own set of shapes to see what you

System has this title available as a book discussion kit, with discussion questions

group. If you would like similar book recommendations or have any questions for

six novels, one nonfiction book, and the recently released “We Live in Water,” a

print, and audio CD available from Moore Public Library, Pioneer Library

can come up with! This is an easy and engaging activity to do with one child or a

and an author interview included. Jess Walter is an award-winning author of

us at the library, please stop by the children’s desk and say hello!

collection of short stories.





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Smaug Desolates Expectations

by Caleb Masters

It’s been a year since Peter Jackson dropped us back into Middle Earth with “An Unexpected Journey.” I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first film or the decision to split the novel into three movies, but it still delivered enough promise to make way for worthy follow-up films. This film looks to build on the extended story presented in the first movie by bringing in characters like Legolas and Tauriel, while introducing other classic characters like Bard and Smaug. Can this film make a stronger case for our journey back to Middle Earth or is this new trilogy stuck to the greater shadows of “Lord of the Rings”? “The Desolation of Smaug” picks up where the last movie left off with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage), and the band of dwarves traveling across Middle Earth and into the woods of Mirkwood. It doesn’t take long before the dwarves run into the elusive elves of Mirkwood led by the king, Thranduil (Lee Pace), and his soldiers Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tariel (Evangeline Lilly). On their journey to reach the Lonely Mountain, the group encounters other characters including Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) and eventually the infamous dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). The road is filled with a surprising number of antagonizing characters, deadly road blocks, and terrifying secrets. As our main adventurers travel to the mountain, Gandalf (Ian McKellen) makes his own journey to investigate the greater evil that is emerging in Middle Earth. This is definitely act two of a three-part story, with the action picking up immediately and the film ending with one of the biggest cliffhangers of the year. The pacing is much tighter than the first film, thanks to a much better balance between all of the exposition, character developments, and action set pieces. The story of the sequel also finds far more creative ways to show off its characters. Characters like Bilbo and Gandalf may be taking on lesser roles in this film than in the first, but this allows characters like Thorin, Legolas, Bard, and even Kili (who is Kili? surprise!) to become more than just flat characters. The movie is filled with action set pieces that keep things moving. One of the most enjoyable and most exciting sequences I’ve seen all year is a scenario where © Photos courtesy of Warner Brothers Entertainment

the dwarves are floating downriver in barrels as they attempt to escape the orcs, and Legolas does his thing (you know….being an insane orc killing machine). It’s a ton of fun and brought out laughs in ways I didn’t know I had. If there’s one thing this movie does well beyond all else, it’s decapitating orcs. In “Lord of the Rings,” it was a rare and joyous occurrence to see straight-up beheaded orcs, but with this entry it looks like Peter Jackson is taking the gloves off and letting the blood spill. “The Desolation of Smaug” is a gorgeous movie with its continually impressive landscapes, brilliantly animated set pieces, and overall impressive aesthetic. Middle Earth has never looked more fantastical and full of vibrancy! The movie is absolutely breathtaking and at times even impressed me with its use of 3D. I’m not the biggest fan of Jackson’s decision to rely more heavily on CGI. Like “An Unexpected Journey,” the practical makeup effects used on orcs and other creatures remain CGI (a decision that was made across the board for all the films). The CGI has a way of taking me out of the movie, which is no small gripe with a fantasy usually about immersing the viewer in a fantastical world. It’s not a cardinal sin, but more traditional visual choices would have enhanced an already stunning movie. Peter Jackson reigns in his masterly direction of Middle Earth with ease and finesse. Except for the overuse of CGI, I’d say Jackson has filmmaking about Middle Earth down to an art form. The movie finds a pitch-perfect balance between humor, edginess, and character plotting. With so many new subplots and characters to introduce in an already seemingly over-dense story, Jackson does a great job at juggling the seemingly infinite number of balls he has in the air. His direction is the glue that holds the picture together. The fundamental question that fans and critics alike have been asking throughout the entire production of this trilogy is whether or not this should have been three movies long. The first film felt overlong, aimless, and full of unnecessary exposition which seemed to point to the idea that The Hobbit should have been one long epic, but then “Desolation of Smaug” comes out and is packed to the brim with engaging character arcs, a flowing story, and a great climax the leads directly to the next film. Jackson’s decision to split this up three ways remains an ambiguous one, but I can gladly say that the second outing is bigger, more sprawling, and has left me excited to see how the last film unfolds. Overall “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is not the next Lord of the Rings. It is not a great example of classic fantasy, but it is a highly entertaining return to a world many of us fell in love with years ago thanks to Tolkien and Peter Jackson. The return of fan favorites like Legolas are welcome nostalgia blasts and new characters like Bard and Tauriel shake up the dynamics enough to keep things feeling fresh. It’s a thrilling ride through your childhood imagination of fantasy with each scene building off of the other. In the end this is one Lord of the Rings fans must see on the big screen even if it’s not the next big thing in fantasy. It’s a full price ride for fans, but hardly anything greater.


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EVENT SPOTLIGHT: New OCCC Theater Set to Open by Christiaan Patterson If you’ve driven past Oklahoma City Community College lately, you may have noticed the final touches being added to the new Visual Performing Arts Center (VPAC). After more than two years of construction and a budget of 20 million, the time has come to unveil the VPAC, and you are invited to attend. On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, OCCC will host a series of events, all geared to introducing students, faculty and those in the community to this new addition. College officials are excited to present the new structure and have it open to the public. “Everyone at OCCC is looking forward to the dedication ceremony of the new theater on January 14th. The dream of a large theater on the campus has been the dream of the college for many years. Making it a reality was truly a collaborative effort from the students, the college, and many private donors,” said Dr. Paul Sechrist, president of Oklahoma City Community College. During the events, find out how this project got started and how it will affect not only future students, but also residents in the


metro. Students will give a presentation on what this new building stands for and much more. Here is what to expect at the theater dedication: • The event is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. with the official ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. • Live jazz music from students of OCCC. • A self-guided tour. You will have a chance to browse inside the VPAC and become familiar with the new amenities. Students will be on hand to show how the theater and classroom space will be used. • Meeting college officials. • Light refreshments. Part of the VPAC has been in service for a few years as students attend classes in music, theater, film, video and performing arts. The newer addition will offer more labs for art, drama, and theater courses. The grand opening will be on February 14 and the first performance is scheduled for March 12 with “Flipside: The Patti Page Story.”


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hen you hear the phrase “southern fried,” you are probably thinking of some unhealthy, but delicious southern cuisine from your favorite restaurant. You probably are not thinking of used cabinetry, old baseballs, and manual typewriters. But after stepping through the doors of the newest shop in Old Town Moore, you will be telling yourself, “I can’t believe I didn’t think of southern fried vintage!” “Instead of going out and buying brand new stuff, we can take old things, give it a different look, and resell it,” said Monica Schnell, co-owner of Southern Fried Vintage on Broadway in Old Town. Schnell and her mother, Diana O’Dell, used to be vendors in Jami Brookings’s store, Peek-a-BooTique, where they sold kids’ clothes. But Schnell and Brookings had a soft spot for old furniture and vintage items, so they decided to focus the business on repairing old or damaged furniture and selling unique items from pretty


much the same location as Peek-a-BooTique. While both owners still use their skills in monogramming and selling kids’ clothes, much of the floor space in Southern Fried Vintage is dedicated to items many thought were either lost to history or to the county dump. “We’re really proud of the old pieces of furniture that we get and then turn around that would normally be in the dump,” said Schnell. That process of turning around, called upcycling, helps give the furniture a fresh new look while maintaining its integrity as a vintage item. You can find old folding chairs, recycled dressers, and even old picture frames spread across Southern Fried’s showroom. One of the unique items is an old manual typewriter, perhaps like one you found in your Grandma’s attic. Most of the items are Brookings’s and Schnell’s, usually found after a hard day of picking. Don’t mind the rust or chipped paint on these items; that is what gives them their

appeal. The more rustic usually means the more unique the item is––and those items are flying off the shelves. “The more unique it is, the faster [it sells],” Schnell said. “It may sit here ten minutes. We put it on Facebook and it’s gone.” Items such as glass bottles and kitchen Ball jars are hot items, Schnell said. They are items that twenty or thirty years ago would have been as commonplace and as uninteresting as free WIFI is today. But in 2013, almost nothing makes us feel more nostalgic than an old Coke bottle. “[Customers] come in for the funky, unique things,” Schnell said. In a sense, you could say Southern Fried Vintage is keeping history alive. In ten years, we will be thanking the owners of Southern Fried Vintage for reminding us what people in “the good old days” were using.

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ason Coursey is a born and bred southsider. Living just on the line between Oklahoma City and Moore, Coursey has great ties to the community. So it is no wonder he decided to head up a locally owned franchise of Moore’s newest burger joint, Smashburger. “I know a lot of the people down here in Moore and the south side of Oklahoma City, so it helps being able to relate to the guests when they come in,” he said. Coursey is general manager of what he said is “one of the fastest-growing concepts in the nation.” Calling a restaurant a concept may sound unusual, but it is Smashburger’s interesting way of cooking burgers that gives the restaurant its name––and their burgers’ great flavor. Using a special press, cooks at Smashburger literally smash a ball of fresh, neverfrozen meat right on the flat-top grill. It is a technique that Coursey said (and many chefs would agree), “traps in the juices and gets a nice sear on the

outside of the burger; makes a nice crust.” But just implementing the technique alone won’t necessarily guarantee the perfect burger. Pressing down an inferior cut of beef will only lead to funny looks from unhappy customers (and perhaps the occasional holler from a disappointed kid). To make sure every customer enjoys a great burger, Smashburger uses the freshest meat possible. “You can really tell the difference in the quality of the meat,” Coursey said. The meat is even portioned out fresh each day, so it guarantees the meat is top quality. The burger is the foundation for Smashburger, but it is building some pretty spectacular creations on top of that foundation. All the toppings are cut fresh every day as well, making burger choices challenging, but in a good way. I mean, how could one choose between an Avocado Club and a Spicy Baja? That would be like choosing your favorite son or daughter, and believe me, you may start seeing

your kids as much as Smashburger does because they will constantly be going to eat there. (Parents, no letters please.) The burgers are the main attraction, but Smashburger’s grilled chicken sandwiches are no soft second act. Marinated and pounded out as well, the chicken sandwiches come in many of the same varieties as the burgers. There are also salads, as well as great sides including SmashFries, which are fries tossed in rosemary, olive oil, and garlic. Coursey’s personal favorite, though, are the Haystack Onions. “We go above and beyond for our guests. I’ll bend over backwards for a guest—anything I can do to keep the guest happy,” Coursey said. And he means it. As customers continue to flock to the newest location, customer service remains the same––fast, hot, and full of flavor. No wonder one of the fastest growing concepts has landed in Moore, Oklahoma.



New Year’s Resolution: Getting Active by Courtney Berry, Dietetic Intern


ne of your New Year’s Resolution goals might be to stick to an effective exercise regimen to help improve your overall health or lose weight. Staying physically active has numerous health benefits such as lowering your risk of early death; improving heart health (raising “good” HDL cholesterol and lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol); lowering our blood pressure; reducing risk of cancer; lowering risk of developing type II diabetes; weight control; increasing bone density; elevating your positive mind set; and enhancing your immune system to fight off colds and infections. Most people find that they are more motivated during the first few weeks and then relapse into their old habits, since exercising can interfere with their busy lives. Here are a few strategies for you to stick to your physical activity plan and prevent relapse: • Find an “exercise buddy”—having a support system (i.e., friend, sibling, family member, co-worker) helps to keep us on track, and most people find it fun to have someone alongside them while exercising. • Listen to music or recorded audiobooks while exercising or doing endurance activities (e.g., jogging, walking, bicycle riding). Music can help lift your spirits and enhance your determination in reaching your goals. • Set goal(s) and reward yourself once you have reach your milestone (e.g., treat yourself to a massage or manicure when you’ve walked or run a certain distance). • Write down dates and times of doing physical activity on your calendar—this will help you stick to your plan.


• Remind yourself that there will be times when you will not see immediate results of physical activity (weight loss or lowered blood pressure), but that you are making positive efforts to improve your health. • Record what type of physical activity you do and for how long—keeping a log of activities will help you to see your progress. • Always plan and prepare for challenges that can interfere with your exercise, like bad weather (exercise indoors or put on your rain gear and exercise anyway), traveling, unexpected family or work events, houseguests, appointments, etc. • Keep in mind that daily chores and activities also count for physical activity and also burn calories—e.g., house cleaning, mowing the lawn, chopping wood, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, swimming, etc. • Use a pedometer to keep track of how many steps you take on a walk, run, or jog. As you can see there are many ways to help us stay focused on our physical activity regimen for the new year. Also remember to begin with small, realistic goals you know you can achieve and stick with. Every step counts! It is good to have a support system to help encourage and support you when challenges arise, but it is ultimately you who control your progress and determination in reaching your goals. For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician.

CITIZEN SPOTLIGHT by Emily Jane Matthews

Ryan McLaughlin NKH, and the chaos of taking care of two healthy boys. But these experiences have allowed the McLaughlin family to be able to help and support other families dealing with special needs children, in many, incredible ways. One of these ways is through an event McLaughlin created called “In Honor of Ellie Kate—A Month of Reckless Love,” which just occurred throughout the month of December. “We want people to focus on others and to learn to love well and with reckless abandon. As individuals, we should love without worrying about any consequences. We should love in word and in deed,” McLaughlin said. This event was created to encourage giving love to those in need, and to celebrate the life and death of Ellie Kate, and includes ideas of ways to love others, ways to celebrate Ellie Kate, and events in which those interested can gather for this cause. The McLaughlins’ helping hearts were also in full force after the May 20 tornado in Moore, when they were asked to show love and support to families at First Baptist Church in Moore (including families just informed of their children’s deaths in Plaza Towers Elementary). “This was a humbling and heartwrenching opportunity, but we are forever grateful that we had the chance to let those families know that they weren’t alone; to show them that they could and would survive—and even thrive through their terrible loss,” she said. McLaughlin serves on the board of directors for the Save Babies

Through Screening Foundation. With the help of Bridgeway Church, she also started the Wonderfully Made Ministry (for special needs children and their families), and along with her friend Amy Haas, has created Hope Link, a 501c3 organization that aids families of children with rare, serious, and undiagnosed disorders. In spite of the constant struggle, Ryan McLaughlin seems to approach her unique life with nothing but optimism and an outstanding faith as she continues to take care of her beautiful family and help those in need around her. She strives to inspire others with her blog, which she updates frequently. More information about her and her family can be found there at www.thewonderfullymadelife. More information about Hope Link can be found at

Photos courtesy of Holly Hall with Legacy 49 Photography.


t’s 2007, and Ryan McLaughlin has just been crowned Mrs. Oklahoma, in a pageant that celebrates married women of beauty and intelligence. But you won’t find the typical pageant platform subject here with her crowning. Her area of concern is newborn screening in Oklahoma. At the time, Oklahoma was one of the lowest-ranked states when it came to testing newborns for genetic diseases. Ryan and her husband, Michael, were raising healthy son Conner, and daughter Ellie Kate, who suffered from a rare, terminal, genetic disease known as NKH (non-ketotic hyperglycenemia), so it is no wonder that Ryan McLaughlin is so passionate about newborn screening. Now, passing into the year 2014, a lot has changed for McLaughlin and her family. Two family members joined the McLaughlin household since 2007—Henry, the “promised” healthy son, and Lucy Belle, who was also born with NKH. Ryan and Michel were the happy parents of four little ones, but unfortunately, not for very long. Ellie Kate, Ryan and Michael’s “Consecrated Princess,” passed away shortly after her seventh birthday in December of 2012, living a much longer life than doctors had even expected. “We fight for Lucy’s life, we fight for the heart of our boys, and we desperately mourn the life of our Ellie Kate,” McLaughlin wrote in her blog. Ryan and Michael deal constantly with the heartache of losing a child, the daily demands of taking care of a child with



BUSINESS AFTER HOURS FRONTIER STATE BANK A very special holiday edition of the Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” gathering was held at Frontier State Bank to help celebrate the opening of the bank’s new office addition.

UNSUNG HEROES Music and great food were just some of the highlights as Moore Public Schools celebrated the May 20 heroes from their support staff.


SHS ONE ACT The Southmoore Drama Department presented their award-winning production of “If All the Sky Were Paper”, based on personal letters written during every war involving America.

FOGGY MOORE An unusually foggy day in December leaves Moore shrouded in mystery.

SNOW DAY Old Man Winter pays a visit to Oklahoma, shutting down schools for nearly a week and sparking lots of spontaneous snowy fun across the city.

SOUTHMOORE HOLIDAY SURPRISE The Southmoore Student Council expanded their Holiday Surprise program this year by delivering food and gifts to nearly 100 families.



WESTMOORE WINTER WISHES Westmoore Student Council teamed up with first hour classes to provide Christmas food and gifts for families at each of their elementary and junior high feeder schools.

PLUSH STUDIOS SUPPORTS RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE Plush Salon goes above and beyond their normal business day by putting on a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. The event featured food, giveaways and guest vendors at the salon’s location in the Palagio retail center.



Moore Monthly Jan 2014  
Moore Monthly Jan 2014