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Answer Crew | 11, 12, 21, 22
Gardening, Taxes, Fitness, Business, and Real Estate
Earlywine YMCA Fundraising | 14 The local YMCA has begun a fundraising campaign to support vital programs for the community.
Citizen Spotlight | 15
Brad Little and the Boy Scouts of America
School Bond Results | 16
Bond election to fund growing school projects
March Madness Contest | 17
Win big by casting your picks for the NCAA basketball
City Council Election Guide | 19
Team Up to Serve | 46
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City Council member Kathy Griffith explains why she’s not running for another term.
City Easter Activities | 24
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Senior Moment | 27
The ADvantage Long Term Care Program
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Importance of Local History
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New program for parents ensures school success.
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Moore football players serve tea to seniors at Heartland Plaza.
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t should come as no surprise that those who live, work, and shop in the Moore and South Oklahoma City area are very passionate about local businesses. This passion came to life throughout the month of January as Moore Monthly magazine introduced the first “Best of Moore & South OKC Awards.” It offered you a chance to cast your vote for restaurants, stores, entertainment venues, and much, much more. And boy, oh boy, did you vote! The response was overwhelming! Thousands upon thousands of voters logged on to our website daily to help support their favorite in each of 20 categories. The competition was intense, and in most cases, the voting went right down to the wire before a winner was named. Not only were voters enthusiastic. The various businesses jumped into the fray with creativity and passion to rally their patrons and ring up the votes in an effort to be crowned “The Best of Moore & South OKC” in their category. We believe this is just one more reflection of our community’s dynamic growth and positive change. It’s a change that brings with it opportunity and variety that make Moore and South Oklahoma City one of the best places to live in the state. With that in mind, we proudly announce the finalists and winners of the 2013 Best of Moore & South OKC Awards! (Finalists are in alphabetical order beginning on page 8.)
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Lewis Jewelers Finalists:
C J’s Jewelry Diamond Dee-Lite Jewelry Huntington Fine Jewelry Moore Gold & Jewelry BEST F INANC IAL I NSTITUT ION Winner:
Tinker Federal Credit Union
Deja’ Vu Ultimate Couples Spa Salon Finalists:
Cutting Edge Family Style Shop Diva Hair Salon Platinum Salon Salon Prodigy BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING Winner:
Allegiance Credit Union BancFirst First American Bank Republic Bank & Trust
Dustee’s Gordmans Rue 21 Target
BEST F ITNESS CEN T E R
B E S T KID S ’ C L O T HIN G
Earlywine Park YMCA
Anytime Fitness Fit Body Boot Camp Fitness 19 Flex Gym
JC Penney Justice for Girls Once Upon a Child Target
BEST MED ICAL CA R E
BEST AUTO CARE
Moore Medical Center Finalists:
Eyecare Oklahoma Homsey Family Dentistry Massengale Eye Care Integris Southwest Medical Center
Beneficial Automotive Maintenance Finalists:
Hi Tech Auto Service Hibdon Tires Plus Malibu’s Auto Moore Kar Kare
Broadway Florist Finalists:
Bruce Flowers & Gifts Capitol Hill Florist & Gifts A New Beginning Florist Sunshine & Roses B E S T E N T E R TAI N M E N T Winner:
Moore Warren Theatre Finalists:
Andy Alligator’s Blazers Ice Centre HeyDay Entertainment Center Yellow Rose Theater B E S T PI Z Z A Winner:
Marco’s Pizza Finalists:
All American Pizza Double Dave’s Pizzaworks Mario’s Pizza Mazzio’s Italian Eatery B E S T C HI C K E N Winner:
Boomerang Grille Chicken Express Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Slim Chickens
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Johnny Carino’s Finalists:
Banchetto’s Bella Vista Italian Kitchen Fontana’s Italian Restaurant The Olive Garden BEST SPECI AL OCCASI ON SPOT Winner:
Hollie’s Flatiron Steakhouse
Baked Cakes & Gourmet Desserts Finalists:
The Cupcake Lounge Flying Cupcake Bakery Jubilee Market Tealicious Bakery & Takery B E S T A SIA N Winner:
Charleston’s Restaurant Oscar’s Lounge in the Warren Theatre Outback Steakhouse Royal Bavaria
China House Dot Wo’s Genghis Grill Hibachi
BEST LUNCH SPOT Winner:
McAlister’s Deli Finalists:
The Greek Taverna Schlotzky’s Tealicious Bakery & Takery Two Olives Cafe
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Alfredo’s Mexican Cafe Finalists:
Ted’s Cafe Escondido Abuelita’s Mexican Restaurant Las Fajita’s Ricky’s Cafe BEST BARBECUE Winner:
Earl’s Rib Palace Finalists:
Billy Sims BBQ Dale’s BBQ House Swadley’s Van’s Pig Stand
BEST BURGER Winner:
Five Guys Burgers & Fries Finalists:
Bill’s Island Grill Earl’s Rib Palace Harry Bear’s All American Grill Louie’s Grill & Bar
We look forward to the 2014 Best of Moore & South OKC Awards and invite you to share your thoughts, comments and suggestions about future categories by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gardening Expert When is the next best time to plant seedlings in the garden? Next Planting Opportunity Variable weather conditions control our gardening projects. The local meteorologists predict the last freeze date to be April 15th. However, past experiences with growing plants in Oklahoma contradict this date. Usually, with a mild winter, you can expect to transplant your precious seedlings by the end of March. If you are planting by the astrological garden chart, check your Farmer’s Almanac for the precise window of time. Transplanting Since I favor growing heirloom tomatoes, the following is my successful method: first, you should have hardened off your seedlings by exposing them to the “real” world outdoors for a few hours at a time. When planting tomatoes, you can use either the vertical or horizontal method. Use the latter method if the seedling stems have become long and spindly. Using the vertical method, I measure two feet between plants, aligning them with the drip irrigation system. Then, dig a hole six to eight inches deep and fill it with water. In the bottom of the hole, pour in a half-cup of Epsom Salt, some crushed egg shells, and a banana peel. Again, fill with water to let the ingredients settle. Continue using this technique for all of your seedlings. Using a pair of scissors, snip off the bottom stems of the plant, leaving just a few leaves showing above ground. Pack in soil around the plant and firm it. Tomato stems below the soil will begin to form more roots, making the plant much stronger. Once it’s planted, pour water around the base to allow the soil to make good contact with the roots and stem. If you have planted an indeterminate tomato plant, you can plan on it becoming about six feet tall and bearing delicious fruit. Remember, the weight of the fruit will have a serious effect on the plants, so either cage them or place stakes nearby that can be tied together for support. Each of my heirloom tomatoes is a different variety, so I label them. In this manner, I can determine which plants bear the best fruit. If you use a drip line, before planting check that the openings are emitting water near the base of the plant. With water rationing in effect in Norman and some surrounding communities, this becomes a high priority. My garden research has led me to the use of the NO-till method, which enables the soil to continue improving without interruption. While my cover crops are reaching maturity, I will plant my seedlings right inside them. This method has been used at the
USDA experimental farm in Beltsville, Maryland, with great success. They plant hairy vetch in the fall, let it overwinter, and plant tomatoes within the cover crops in the spring. Some other crops to consider growing in March are root vegetables like beets and carrots. Above ground, plant lettuce, spinach, and some herbs. Here is a reminder about establishing raised beds. They are relatively easy to assemble using items generally available. I built nine beds using old lumber either nailed or screwed together. Fill the bed with cardboard, newspapers, grass clippings, shredded leaves and some top soil. Work in some horse manure or worm castings to make a fine growing medium. The recent Seed and Plant Exchange at the Norman Library was highly successful. About 80 ambitious gardeners came to gain more information about starting plants from seed and to learn about conserving water from Chris Ward from the Conservation District. She also brought a rain barrel to offer as a door prize. At the close, over 100 seed packets were given away. The public library staff members are great hosts. Resources: Ellison Feed and Seed Store, Norman; Norman Public Library for books, tapes, Internet searches, and more; Local garden clubs like the Herb Society Norm Park, Ed.D., Expert Gardener
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Question for a
I’m concerned about the state of our currency, our economy, our country. I’m thinking about rolling over my IRA into a self-directed IRA. I want to buy gold as a hedge against inflation or currency devaluation. I’m getting conflicting information. One gentleman has told me that I would have to pay regular income tax rates on the income I did not pay taxes on when I contributed to my IRA, but the gain on gold would only be taxed at capital gains rates. Is that right?
Do I need to take a protein supplement? Protein Supplements
A Potential Golden Opportunity Dear Golden Opportunity: Leaving aside all the implications about gold, currency devaluations and inflation, I’m glad you asked the question. The gentleman you were talking with may have confused IRA’s with regular transactions. Once you put money into an IRA, it is a conversion engine. Contributions are tax-deductible, assuming you have met the other requirements to contribute (covered in my article in the February, 2012 edition of the Moore Monthly). Once you have contributed, the funds are invested. They may be invested in a CD and only have interest income. The funds may be invested in stock or other assets. Those assets may be sold, redeemed, etc. within the IRA, but regardless, when you take a distribution, in whole or in part, the 1099-R you receive will be treated as ordinary income. I read a fascinating article recently in which the author said that both financial advisors and tax-deferred vehicles (IRA’s, 401(k)’s, etc.) may not be as good a thing as we have been led to think. His main thrust in dealing with tax-deferred accounts was that you convert capital gains to ordinary income, going from what is for most of us a lower tax bracket income to a higher tax bracket income. Illustration: You opened an IRA back when Microsoft first started, contributed $1,000.00. You’ve done nothing else with it and today, after all the growth and stock splits, etc., the stock is worth $1,000,000.00 (how realistic that is I don’t know, it’s being used for illustration purposes). If you owned that in a regular investment account and sold it over the next few years to avoid the new tax rates, etc. on income over $450,000 if you are married filing jointly, you would be paying 15% capital gains on $999,000 ($1,000,000 - $1,000 original investment) or $149,850. But, since you owned it through an IRA every dime of that would be taxed at ordinary income tax rates. Assuming you were in the 25% tax bracket with your other income, you would be paying a minimum $250,000 in income tax. That’s a difference of $100,150! Mike Rush, CPA Mrush11@cox.net, 405.833.0780
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Protein is essential, since it is the second most abundant thing in the human body. Water is the most abundant. Many people do not get enough protein from the food they eat, so they need to take a protein supplement to give their muscles everything they need to stay healthy and grow. Your muscles are made of protein, and you need protein for healthy body function and to heal your body. A good protein supplement should consist of amino acids. There are twenty amino acids and eight of them need to be eaten to be present in your body. The foods you need to eat to get the essential amino acids are from meat, eggs and milk. If you are a fairly active adult, you should eat between three-quarters to one gram of protein per pound of body weight. You may need to take a supplement because it is hard to eat enough protein from food to keep you body supplied properly. If you are very active or you do heavy weight workouts, you will need more. Not enough protein can cause problems with proper brain function, and can also make you feel weak and lethargic and lacking enough energy. You need to eat animal protein, lean beef, lean pork, chicken, fish, eggs or milk. Even though protein from plant products is good for you, you need the animal protein to get all the essential amino acids. It’s very easy to eat enough carbohydrates—it’s not so easy to eat enough protein. The best balance is 20% fats, 40% carbs, and 40% protein. If you put good fuel into your body, you will be healthier. A protein supplement is a good thing; it can help you stay healthy and help you to just feel better. The more you exercise and the more muscular you are, the more protein you will need. Your body does not store protein as it does fat and carbs, so you need it every day. Recent studies by the U.S. and Canadian governments, “show that a female 19–70 years old needs to eat a minimum of 46 grams of protein per day, and a male 19–70 needs 56 grams per day minimum, just to avoid protein deficiency syndrome.” Obviously this is a minimum you need, and more than that if you want to maintain peak physical condition and health. A good protein supplement can help you reach what you need. If you want to know if you are getting enough protein, track what you eat for two weeks. Write down everything you eat for two weeks and track fats, carbs, and protein intake daily. Look at the labels of everything you eat and write it down for each meal. Add up what you get daily. After two weeks, you will have a good idea of what you are eating and how you should change what you eat to be healthier. If you are not reaching that minimum level, you may consider taking a protein supplement. There are many choices such as bars, ready-made shakes, or drinks you mix yourself. If you don’t like one brand or flavor, try another brand or flavor before giving up. DeWayne Dawson, Flex Gym 631 NW 7th Street, Moore, OK 73160, 405-912-4994
Among America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery One of America’s best hospitals for Orthopedics Surgery is right here in Norman, Oklahoma. Norman Regional has been named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery for the past two years! Healthgrades is the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings. Healthgrades uses the federal government’s Medicare data to review and rate more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Other recent honors for Norman Regional include: • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013) • Ranked #1 in OK for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) • Ranked #2 in OK for Joint Replacement in 2013 • Five-Star Recipient for Spine Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013) • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013) • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 6 Years in a Row (2008-2013) • Five-Star Recipient for Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) Most orthopedic surgeries are performed at the HealthPlex hospital, located oﬀ Interstate 35 on Tecumseh Road. The Norman Regional program oﬀers complete care from your surgery to recovery. The HealthPlex and Moore Medical Center have physical rehabilitation programs to get you on your feet faster. Our Physical Performance Center located in Norman is staﬀed with highly-trained therapists including physical, occupational, and speech therapists. It’s also home to Norman’s only aquatic therapy program with a saltwater pool.
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Earlywine YMCA Kicks off Public Fundraising Campaign by Christiaan Patterson It’s that time of year again! The Earlywine YMCA kicked off the annual fundraising campaign in an effort to raise money that will support activities for residents of the community. This year the goal is to raise $102,500 by March. Pledges were made before the kickoff, which gave the group a head start. “We’ve already had our staff make our pledges, and our council members make their pledges. Also we’ve talked to our larger donors—those are the people who have given a thousand dollars or more—about coming in and donating,” said Paul Urquhart, executive director of Earlywine YMCA. The kickoff was held at the Shartel Church of God in late January, where members of the YMCA and other supporters gathered for a funfilled night of activities and storytelling. Guessing games about the Y were played while members and guests enjoyed learning about what the YMCA has to offer and how much it’s truly needed by the public. There are many programs offered by the YMCA that offer support and a sense of true belonging within the community. Aside from offering general classes to residents, the Y is active with two particular programs. One is the LIVESTRONG program for cancer survivors, and the other is for the Military Welcome Center at Will Rogers Airport. The LIVESTRONG program was established to assist those battling cancer and survivors of cancer, as well as those who support friends and loved ones with cancer, and gives them a chance to live a healthy life. One member and cancer survivor told her story about how much the Y helped turn things around after she found the program. “It was a good five years before I was able to find the LIVESTRONG program, and it made a tremendous change in my life. There were days I didn’t want to get out of bed, and now every day, even if it’s hard or hurts, I go,” said Sarah Dick. Another highly supported program is the Military Welcome Center at Will Rogers Airport. Last year alone, 30,915 veterans, recruits, and active-duty service men and women were welcomed with a hug or handshake. The center provides uniformed personnel with food, drink, gaming areas, and cell phones to contact family members. In addition, new recruits going to Fort Sill or graduating boot camp are given advice and encouragement from the veterans who volunteer their time to work at the center. Funds raised will go toward keeping these two programs and others going. The YMCA is open to all residents of the area and even outlying areas. These donations also help ensure that no one is ever turned away due to lack of finances. Potential members who have a limited income or special circumstance may apply for a discounted rate. 14 | MOORE MONTHLY | MARCH 2013
& the Boy Scouts of America
t’s an organization that’s been in the midst of great controversy recently, but this month’s Citizen Spotlight, Brad Little, says the Boy Scouts of America are still in need of support from communities like Moore. That’s why he’s rallying funding for the troops closest to home. “What’s happened with the larger organization in the recent months is one thing, but supporting the Last Frontier Council is another thing entirely,” he said. “There’s no reason people shouldn’t be supporting their local scouts. It’s a good program and I support what they stand for.” The BSA’s Last Frontier Council is made up of over 10,000 youth and more than 5,000 volunteers in twenty-four counties across central, western, and southwestern Oklahoma. Brad says his experience with the council is what keeps him motivated to help. “Scott Johnson, the field director for Frontier Council, asked me to help raise money,” he said.
“Norman and other communities have raised close to 25,000 dollars for these boys, and Moore is nowhere near that. So I told him I would lend my support.” As chairman of Moore’s Chamber of Commerce, Brad is in the process of raising awareness of local businesses. He hopes their involvement will help gain financial and shared momentum for the cause. “I’m just trying to raise money and spread the word,” he said. “Pretty plain and simple. There’s just no reason people should not know about this.” Moore’s rapidly growing school district also plays a role in Brad’s motivations. “Moore is the third-largest school district, so there are kids here that are affected, and community needs to rally some support,” he said. “These kids are our neighbors and go to our schools. Other communities see that, and we need to match that.”
Without community support, Brad says the Last Frontier Council members closest to home could be affected. “These funds pay for camps and other activities, and trips the troops go on. There’s 415 different units, so this gives them opportunities to go experience different things.” Those experiences resonate personally with Brad, and he hopes with others as well. “I was a cub scout way back when, and I know that the organization is instilling good values in kids,” he said. “So we’re just seeking support. No gift is too small.” If you would like to donate to the BSA’s Frontier council, contact Brad at Brad@ HeyDayFamilyFun.com or Scott Johnson at J.Scott.Johnson@Scouting.org. For more about the Last Frontier Council, go to www.ScoutingRocks.tv
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School Bond Results by Christiaan Patterson
oters trekked through the rain and snow to cast their votes and pass the General Obligation Bond last month. The $127 million bond will fund new construction projects to keep up with the rapidly growing school districts and provide future generations with a thorough education. “This bond issue is designed primarily to address the growth in our district, and is historical in two ways: it’s the first time we have ever recommended a fiveyear bond issue, and it is the largest ever proposed,” said school superintendent Susan Pierce (pictured above). Despite the low voter turnout, both propositions for the bond passed with about a 76 percent margin. Members of the school board and others in the district gathered for a small watch party the night of the election. When the final numbers rolled in, those participating let out a huge sigh of relief and filled the room with excitement. “It was a great turnout for a snowy day, and again our community went above and beyond to support us, and we’re going to do the same by showing them that we are good stewards of their money and by following through on these projects,” Pierce said. Both propositions passed with ease. The first proposition was for the construction projects for the Moore Public Schools. Proposals of the two new elementary schools and one new junior high school were shown at the board meetings during the previous months. The bond will fund these new schools. Additional improvements such as added gyms, band rooms, and classrooms will be built onto already existing schools in the district. All security systems should receive upgrades or replacement to keep up with school safety. Looking ahead, another major element in this proposition is the purchase of more land. Moore is growing fast, and so are the schools. At this time, Moore is growing at the rate of one new school every year. Making sure there is land available to keep up with the population in the years to come is very important for minimizing school overcrowding. The second proposition will fund the improvements and buy some new school buses. There are a few buses that need to be replaced due to high mileage or issues with older vehicles. Also, for the first time in Moore’s history, there will be activity buses for schools to take classes on field trips or to sporting events. It has been a long road of planning and looking into the future for the rapidly growing community. Now that the bond has passed, construction will begin within the next few months.
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THE MOORE DAILY MAD, MAD, MAD, MARCH MADNESS CONTEST By Rob Morris
It’s part of the annual rites of spring for American sports fans: filling out a bracket for the NCAA’s basketball tournament. This year you’ll have three chances to win with “The Moore Daily’s Mad, Mad, Mad, March Madness Contest.” Pay close attention, because here’s how it works: You’ll
simply choose winners for every game for each round of the tournament: First Round—March 19–24 (entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on March 18) Sweet 16—March 28–31 (entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on March 27) Final Four—April 6 & 8 (entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on April 5)
The individual who selects the greatest number of correct answers in each round will receive the following prize:
First Round—$50 gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods
Sweet 16—$100 gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods Final Four—$150 gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods
Only one winner will be chosen per round. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen via a tie-breaker for each round. How do you enter? Just do your homework once the NCAA tournament brackets are released and then head on over to TheMooreDaily.com and look for the Mad, Mad, March Madness contest link.
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2013 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILES 18 | MOORE MONTHLY | MARCH 2013
WARD 1 • Carl Britton, Jr. Why are you running? As a kid, my Father worked for the city that we lived in. I can remember watching council meetings and seeing the impact that council decisions have on city employees and the residents. That has stuck with me and I want to be an advocate for the city employee, the resident, and business development. I believe that it is important for me to give back to my community.
What are your plans if you win? First, resident quality of life, it is easy to get caught up in the exciting growth of our beautiful city. Water is a huge issue in our state and I want to make sure that we have a strategic plan going forward so we do not run into supply problems. Next, business growth and development. It is my goal to work side-by-side with the great people of the Moore Chamber and other city leaders to attract the right types of professionals/small businesses and improve the small business climate of Moore’s east side. The third and final issue is to maintain the education system.
WARD 1 • Eric Beu Why are you running? I’ve always been interested in politics and grassroots. I mean what is more grassroots than city council? I figure I’ll start here and if I have aspirations to move on up, I will eventually. When starting in politics, city council is a good place to start where people get to know you. You can get to know the voters and can receive a taste of politics.
What are your plans if you win? Obviously the Moore public schools are growing and I’d like to see that continue. Also, when students graduate, I want to see them go to college and come back create new business and raise their families. I also want Moore to focus on creating a comfortable community for those approaching retirement. All in all, I want to make sure the city continues to grow in a positive way.
WARD 1 • Robert Krows Why are you running? I am running to represent Ward 1 again because our city is experiencing tremendous growth and economic development. This growth and economic development presents many challenges. More than ever, the city needs a strong experienced leader who takes on these challenges by listening to his constituents and who makes decisions that protect the citizens of Moore.
What are your plans if you win? If my constituents re-elect me, my plans include, first and foremost, representing my constituents’ voices when making decisions for the City of Moore. Secondly, I plan to continue the work that the City has already started on a new underpass at SW 4th street and overpass at SW 34th street. Thirdly, I plan to continue the City’s dedication to resurfacing residential streets. Our residential streets were neglected for many years during the ‘90s. Last year, however, the City spent over three million dollars on residential street repairs and it is my goal to continue these efforts for years to come. Lastly, my plan is to keep working with my fellow councilmembers on improving the quality of life for our citizens.
What has been your most memorable project so far on the council? The most memorable project for me is the parks plan that the citizens recently approved. Never before has the City of Moore been in the position to focus on improving the quality of life for our citizens like this park plan does. The City is about to experience a wonderful facelift. Once finished, people from across the state will be talking about what an incredible and beautiful city Moore has become.
WARD 2 Scott Singer Why are you running? It is my hope that in working with the city council, we can continue the broadening of city services and the economic growth Moore has enjoyed in the recent past and which it continues to enjoy today.
What are your plans if you win? My plans are most specifically directed at the revitalization of the Ward 2 area. I believe that with the help of Ward 2’s cocouncilman Mark Hamm, we will address issues such as poor housing, blighted areas, crime, and a downswing of commercial assests, to the betterment of the Ward 2 citizens. It is further our hope that we can restore Ward 2’s vitality, making it more attractive for first-time home buyers and young famillies by providing attractive housing and other amenities that may act to bootstrap these families into the life and livelihood they’re seeking within our community.
WARD 3 Jason Blair Why are you running? I have really enjoyed having an active role in our city. The best part of the job for me is talking to someone who has a problem, and then helping find a resolution. I am running again because I want to continue to be a part of something that I consider to be so special.
What has been your most memorable project so far on the council? The most memorable project I have worked on would be the Parks Master Plan. It is always exciting to work on projects that are going to be beneficial to the quality of life for the residents of Moore.
Your Election Guide T
he primary election for Moore City Council will be held March 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If a candidate doesn’t receive at least 50% of the vote in the primary election, a general election will be held on April 2. The candidates for Moore City Council are Robert Krows (incumbent), Eric Beau, and Carl Britton for Ward 1; Scott Singer for Ward 2; and Jason Blair for Ward 3. Here are the important details you need to be aware of if you plan to vote in that very important election:
• If you haven’t yet registered to vote, you’ve missed the deadline for the March 5 city council election. The deadline to register to vote in the April 2 election is March 8. • State law requires that you register to vote according to your address of residence. • You may vote only at the polling place to which you are assigned based on the address where you are registered. • You may choose to vote on an absentee ballot, which can be obtained from the Cleveland County Election Board. • You can vote early at the Cleveland County Election Board office in Norman from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Friday and Monday before all elections. For more information, including ward and precinct maps, visit these websites: www.clevelandcountyelectionboard.com or www.ok.gov/elections. MARCH 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 19
Griffith not running for third term by Christiaan Patterson
ity Council member Kathy Griffith will not be running for a third term in the upcoming election since her new house is being bought outside the ward she currently serves. Despite the emotional decision to leave such a passion, the contributions she has given the City of Moore have been outstanding and unforgettable. “We thought about waiting until the summer and running for a third time, but I didn’t think it was fair to the citizens of Moore,” said Griffith. “I didn’t want to give them the assumption that I was going to go ahead and run, then bail out a fourth of the way through,” she said The process of purchasing a house outside the ward was an emotional one for her, but the decision had to be made when it came to her family. There are five generations who have lived and planted roots in Moore and they keep going. With a large growing family, Griffith needed more rooms and a place where she and her husband could create lasting memories for their fourteen grandchildren. “We love each and every one of them and we just want to be able to provide those memories of coming to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. In the years to come, the value in the home will be a legacy we can
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leave behind for our children and the children we have together.” Griffith has been on the city council for the past eight years and has made living in Moore even more pleasant. During the two terms, she has been deeply involved with all phases of the Veterans Memorial Park. Even after leaving the council, Griffith says she will continue to stay on the committee for future improvements. One of the many reasons for her passionate involvement in the park stems from her father, who was a chief warrant officer in the United States Navy. “A hundred years from now, family members won’t know much about that person, but with the memorial, they will know they gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Griffith. “I want that to be a place for families to go and remember their loved ones and be able to celebrate the future generations. It’s a timeless place.” Two other important projects Griffith had a hand in were bringing the Warren Theater to Moor, and the passing of the Our Parks Our Future proposition in November. Griffith recalled countless trips up to Wichita getting to know the company and what it was all about. Bill Warren, the owner, had so much
passion, and that was the key thing that she admired the most about the project. As for the Parks, she enjoyed talking with the people and what this meant to the city for generations to come. Once the proposition passed last year, Griffith felt confident that it was the right time to leave the council. She has no unfinished projects; however, she encourages the continued growth of the city by adding more activity places where residents can have fun and enjoy life. “As the Internet has evolved, people have become more concerned with their own neighborhood and community. It’s a reward [the new park] to the people who have made this town their home, a thank you for being here and supporting us—now go out and have fun.” For Griffith, the last eight years have been a rewarding opportunity to give back to her roots and make a difference in the community. Once settled in her new house, Griffith says she would absolutely consider running for council again in four years, and she encourages residents to enjoy the community. “If any citizen has any comments or complaints, I’ll always be here to point them in the right direction.”
ANSWERCREW Question for a
Business Expert One of my fellow small-business owners mentioned that the folks from Moore Norman Technology had helped them do some strategic planning recently, and that the result was an improved focus on the truly critical aspects of the business. My business is smaller, less complicated, and the market really hasn’t changed much in years. How would such an exercise benefit me? Strategic Planning Courses Most small business owners “don’t have or won’t take time” to truly analyze their business on a regular basis, the theory being that when you are in the trenches, every day battling competitors and serving customers, you are reacting and adjusting your business model almost daily. While that focus is required to stay alive and stay ahead, there is also the contrasting issue of being so close to the dayto-day operations that you “can’t see the forest for the trees.” Most times, it’s hard to think strategically when you put in 12- to 14-hour days, 6 or 7 days a week, but taking the time to do it can pay big dividends. Let me give you a few thoughts on how this works and things to think about. You need to drive the business from the present to the future. There are five elements to address in this exercise. They create answers to these questions: Who are we? Why are we? Where are we? First is vision. The role of vision is infinitely more powerful than the average leader realizes. Vision pulls us toward the future with an image of what the future could look like. It gives us compelling reasons for the sacrifice and effort needed to accomplish something significant. Second are the values that drive the company forward. The values held by each of us as leaders are primary sources of motivation in the enterprise. Priorities and activities that reflect our values are too often easily procrastinated, compromised, and eventually abandoned. But values drive us and empower us for accomplishment. Third is knowing the present business situation. Present business realities must be
understood and considered as planning takes shape. This takes true objectivity to be useful and effective. Ask yourself, • • • •
What are my company’s strengths? What are my weaknesses as an organization? What are the opportunities for the organization? What are the threats to the organization?
Fourth, a clear mission is the definition of the company’s primary activities. The mission of the enterprise is the tactical and operational focus for the company’s resources and efforts. While vision concerns what you are ultimately seeking to build in the company, mission is more concerned with the actual business activities you will be engaging immediately and in the near future. Fifth, strategy is the priority steps the company will take to move from the present to the future guided by the company’s values and focused by its mission. Integrated into the strategy development is the establishment of goals. It is critical that your goals be created following these principles: 1. The goal needs to be specific. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress by answering the following questions: Who is involved? What do I want to accomplish? Identify a location. Establish a time frame. Identify requirements and constraints, specific reasons, purposes or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
2. The goal needs to be measurable. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward each goal you set. Be able to answer the question, “How will I know when the goal is accomplished?” 3. The goal needs to be actionable. You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. 4. The goal needs to be realistic. This is tricky. You want to set the goal so that it represents a challenge everyone will strive to achieve, yet it must be seen as achievable or the effort to achieve it will subside. Your goal is probably realistic if you believe it can be accomplished. You will have to motivate the others to believe as well. 5. The goal needs to be timely. A goal must be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it, there is no sense of urgency. With all of the above in view and in proper perspective, develop a careful, comprehensive plan. This will consist of priority actions, which will leverage the business resources and opportunities, and clear accountabilities and assignments that will ensure the plan gets done. Greg Kieson Coordinator of Business Development Moore Norman Technology Center 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. email@example.com (405)809-3517 MARCH 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 21
ANSWERCREW Question for a
Real Estate Expert How do I get a real estate license? Steps to Obtain a Real Estate License If you’ve always dreamed of having a real estate license but didn’t know what steps to take, here’s the information. STEP 1 Education for Real Estate Testing Your first phone call needs to be to one of over 35 pre-licensing real estate schools approved by the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission (OREC). To find one near you or online, go to www.OK.gov.OREC and click on “Info to Obtain a License,” then click “Pre-Licensing Entities” for an up-to-date list of OREC approved schools. The school will give 90 hours of education. Once you’ve finished the class and passed the class exam, you will receive a certificate of Successful Completion, and you are ready to proceed to the application process. STEP 2 Application Process In order to obtain an Oklahoma real estate license, you must be at least 18 years of age. When making application to OREC you are required to use your full legal name. Your license will be issued in your legal name, but if you want to do business using a nickname or alias you may do so only if it is registered with the Commission. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct a background check. All applications must include the following information: • Proof of Citizenship—Federal law requires you to provide proof of citizenship or qualified alien status to receive any type of license. You must provide documentation of proof such as a legible copy of a birth certificate, valid passport, permanent
resident card, unexpired temporary foreign passport, etc. Evidence of Citizenship or Qualified Alien Status Form—a list of numerous documents that will meet the criteria of evidence. You must indicate on the form which type of proof you are submitting. Affidavit of Lawful Presence—submit an Affidavit Verifying Lawful Presence in the United States, which must be notarized. This form is required per Oklahoma Statute 56, Supplement 2007, subsection 71. Your application will not be complete without both the Proof of Citizenship and the Affidavit of Lawful Presence forms and supporting documentation. This is required in order to meet both federal and state laws. Photo—a passport-type photo the size indicated on the application must be provided.
The application allows you to sign up with a broker before taking the examination. It is not required to have this part completed before taking the examination; it’s included only as a matter of convenience if you want to proceed to have your license issued once you pass the examination and receive final approval of your application. You will have the option of placing your license on an inactive status in the event you have not yet selected a broker. Inactive status is necessary only if you have not yet chosen a broker and don’t expect to do so within the allowed 90-day period. STEP 3 Examination Information PSI Services, LLC, will administer the real estate licensing examinations for the State of Oklahoma. Examinations are delivered via computer at one of the PSI examination centers.
Once your application has been approved by the Commission, you will receive notice, and this notice will also be sent to PSI, LLC. You may then schedule with the examination vendor at a location of your choice. If you wish to schedule to take the examination in a location outside of Oklahoma, you must call PSI at 1-800-7339267. Examination fees will be paid directly to PSI Services, LLC, through an online registration service or by mailing the fee to PSI. Check their website for their mailing address. Applicants will receive results immediately following completion of the examination! If you fail the exam, you will be given the option to review your failed questions at the end of the exam; this will be your only opportunity for review. If you fail the exam you will have to contact PSI to reschedule. STEP 4 Obtaining a license upon passing the examination You may not begin any licensed real estate activities until your real estate license has been issued. You have two choices of license issuance: 1) you can have the license issued under a sponsoring broker; or 2) you can have the license issued on an inactive status. When your license is issued to a sponsoring broker, the license will be mailed to the broker’s office and the license must be displayed at the office location or available for review by the Commission. If you decide to have your license issued on inactive status, then a pocket card will be sent to your residence address of record. But remember, you are prohibited from performing any licensed activities while your license is inactive. To maintain any license with the Commission, you must continue to pay a license fee whether it is active or inactive. continued on next page...
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Provisional Sales Associateâ€”Upon passing the state examination and obtaining a Provisional Sales Associate or (PSA) license from the Commission, the PSA has a Part II post-license education requirement of forty-five clock hours that must be completed within the first year of obtaining a license. Once a PSA has completed Part II of the course requirement (post-licensing course) and has provided the Commission with evidence of such completion, and has submitted the appropriate form and fees at the end of their one-year license term, your license will be issued as a sales associate (SA) license. Sales Associateâ€”A sales associate (SA) license is the same as a provisional sales associate (PSA) license except that a sales associate no longer has a forty-five clock hour, Part II post-license education requirement, but rather an SA has a twenty-one clock hour continuing education requirement each active license term. Your license is a threeyear renewable license. Please feel free to contact me or the Education and Licensing Department with the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission toll free at 1-866-521-3389 or 405-521-3387. Kathy Griffith, Broker ePRO, GRI, SRS Prime Realty, Inc. 1530 SW 89th, A1 Oklahoma City OK 73159 405-759-3570
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City Easter Activities Have a Different Look This Year By Rob Morris
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on’t let two of the best Easter gatherings in town sneak up on you this year. First, the City of Moore will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, at Buck Thomas Park. The event begins promptly at 10 a.m. and is open to children of all ages. Here’s where you’ll want to pay special attention: this year each group of children will hunt on separate football fields. Look for the following colored banners to find your child’s group. 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Red Banner—children of all ages with disabilities Blue Banner—ages 0–2 Purple Banner—ages 3–4 Yellow Banner—ages 5–6 Green Banner—ages 7–9 Pink Banner—ages 10–12
Each age group will hunt on separate football fields at Buck Thomas Park. Look for your age group’s colored banner for field location. Parents with children in separate age groups can let younger children hunt with their older siblings. The hunts start on time, and parents will need to bring a basket or container for your children to collect eggs and candy. The Easter Bunny will be at the event, so bring your camera for pictures. In the event of rain, the hunt will be held at the Moore Community Center. Don’t forget...after you hunt eggs at Buck Thomas Park, you’re only halfway finished with the day’s fun! Head on down to Old Town for a Scavenger Hunt! Old Town merchants will have the treasures you’re looking for to claim your Grand Chocolate Prize from the Easter Bunny! (While supplies last). Bring your camera for a great photo! Pick up your Scavenger game piece at Broadway Florist—328 N Broadway—across from City Hall.
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SENIORMOMENT The ADvantage Long-Term Care Program
hat is ADvantage? The ADvantage program is a Medicaid funded program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Aging Services Division. The program serves seniors age 65 and older and adults with physical disabilities age 21 and older. It allows members to receive services while remaining in their own homes, instead of having to go into a nursing home. Some of the services available through the ADvantage program include case management, personal care, housekeeping, home delivered meals, prescriptions, specialized medical equipment, incontinence supplies and skilled nursing. The ADvantage program does not provide 24 hour care and you must be able to remain safely in your home. For many, ADvantage is a good alternative to other long-term care options like nursing homes. How does it work? Once you are approved for the ADvantage program, you will choose a Medicaid contracted agency that provides case management services. You and your assigned case manager will coordinate a care plan that will specifically meet your needs. Aging Services Inc. is one of over 20 case management agencies for the ADvantage program that operates in Cleveland County. At Aging Services Inc., as a case management agency, our goal is to give participants an opportunity to remain living at home with a combination of formal and informal assistance. Our Case Managers meet with our participants and/or their family members in their own home to assess, develop and then monitor services on a regular and ongoing basis. How do you qualify for services? In order to qualify for the ADvantage program, you must meet both financial and medical qualifications. Financial qualifications are determined by a case worker at the local Oklahoma Department of Human Services Center. To meet medical qualifications, you must meet nursing home level of care, which is determined by a nurse at the local Oklahoma Department of Human Services Center. How do you apply for the program? To apply, call the Oklahoma Department of Human Services ADvantage Care Line at 1-800435-4711. If you have questions and would like to discuss this program in a more casual and relaxed setting, contact Jay Vache, the ADvantage Case Management Supervisor for Aging Services Inc. at (450) 701-2154. Jay has over 20 years of experience working with senior adults in our community and he would be most happy to help you determine if this program would be a good fit for you and your
by Kathleen Wilson Director of Aging Services Inc. circumstances. According to Vache “The ADvantage program is not intended to take the place of a person’s informal support system/family but instead the ADvantage program supports the family in their efforts to keep their loved ones living at home. We see a lot of families that are burning the candle at both ends. Once we can get the ADvantage program going and there is a level of formal support assisting their loved one with bathing, meal preparation, housekeeping, etc., families are able to spend quality time with their loved ones. They can also minimize their leave from jobs and other family activities. Aging Services Inc. and other ADvantage Case Management providers take pride in developing customized care plans for the ADvantage members we serve. We write the care plan based on a person’s strengths and challenges. We strongly encourage the ADvantage family members and friends to maintain a vital role in the planning and developing of their care plan with their case manager.” Be as independent as possible, as long as possible. Take advantage of the ADvantage Program!
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SKETCHES Importance of Local History by L.T. Hadley
rom 1882, when Moore was incorporated, until 1912, there were no official recorded “minutes” of the actions of the trustees or growth and development of the town. Information handed down from parents to children and on to grandchildren provided the basic record of town progress, along with letters, county records, newspaper articles, and several bits of “personal remembrances.” Three years ago, almost the last of the earlier sources of Old Moore information died at 93. Carl Jantz lived in and around Moore from the time when as a boy of eight, he and his brother, Dave—on foot—drove their father’s small herd of cattle from Enid to begin a dairy in Moore. Shortly after the family arrived, the father died of typhoid from a polluted water well. Albert Smith spent nearly all his 87 years in Moore. He served several times as town trustee, chairman, city clerk, and kept the cemetery records for nearly 50 years. He knew virtually everyone because he and his wife, Ida, carried on the operation of his father’s grocery store. He knew at least one story about any name mentioned and loved to tell and retell those stories. Ethel Curless moved to Moore as a young teenager in 1899. In a town production of a play, she played the part of a girl named Nell, and a young man named Ben Leverich played her romantic interest. Their romance lasted scores of years after the play, and the name Nell stuck. Uncle Ben and Aunt Nell Leverich operated their café at several locations in Moore. She had a unique sense of humor and many stories to tell of earlier years.
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Mel Dyer built the first brick house in town for his young bride, Sally. The house still stands at the corner and Main and Chestnut. At 99, Sally still went most days to the senior center to quilt. Mel’s father, Sam, homesteaded two miles south of Moore and raised his family of ten. One son, Lester, was in the first graduating class of OU School of Pharmacy in 1906. He and his father bought the pharmacy, renamed it Era Drug, and Lester operated it for over 40 years. It was the place to buy schoolbooks, ice cream, horse reins, medicine, gloves, and fountain drinks. Mildred Moore was the unofficial town historian. Her father, P.R. Simms, was a jackof-all-trades and master of them all. He was a watch repairman, jeweler, inventor, barber, builder, and fire chief for 31 years. He took care of the chemical fire cart until he remodeled a pickup into the first fire truck. Every boy in town hoped to be there when a fire happened to see it in use. When asked to build Dyer’s new drug store, P.R. first invented a machine to make concrete blocks.
In 1912, Leon Platt was city clerk and the first to begin recording proceedings of the town and board meetings. He and his father began the Platt Lumber Company at South First and Broadway in 1906, where it operated for many years. A few days after the 1889 run, W.G. Jury bought a homestead from a dissatisfied settler. After World War 1, Jury’s daughter, Vera, and a young farmer named Allen January from an adjoining homestead married and raised their nine children near the original homestead. Vera and her brother, Joe, told many colorful stores of growing up in Moore. Applegates, Marvels, Dreessens, Wheelers, and hundreds more wrote some of their book of life in Moore; but have all left this scene of action, and much of their knowledge and experience left with them. A common failure for succeeding generations is to overlook the importance of historical information until too late. Perhaps all are too busy living it to take time to record it. What have you told your children and grandchildren of family or community history?
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Moore Gets an Early Birds Program for Parents by Christiaan Patterson:
or some parents, one of the hardest things to figure out is how to prepare a child for school success. Many programs already exist around the country to help those needing assistance with the proper resources to develop a child’s learning abilities. In Moore, a new program is being offered to do just that. Early Birds is a new program that was launched last month in an effort to assist parents with young children to get their kids on track for the upcoming school years. The reason is to prepare parents, since they are their child’s first and often most influential teacher. “A lot of times, parents want their children to come to school and be ready to learn, but they don’t know exactly what to teach their kids,” said Cindi Davison, Title I reading specialist at Northmoor Elementary. This class is designed for parents with children ages two to five. There will be three separate classes, which divide the ages two to three; three to four; and four to five. Instruction will be geared around each age group to fit the children’s needs and learning capacity. During the 90-minute class, instruction will emphasize how to read to kids while teaching them vocabulary and language skills. Another important detail about how to teach children these skills is by singing and turning these lessons into fun games. Parents will also have on-site child care while attending, so their full attention can be given during the class. While at these sessions, parents will have the opportunity to have discussions with others and ask questions. When finished, each participant will receive a free bag filled with toys and materials to use at home with the kids. Notebooks and other resources are provided as well. However, the class is limited only to certain families right now. “Right now, Northmoor has the only Early Birds program in the Moore Public Schools. We are piloting the program, and our hope is that ultimately we will be able to offer it to all eligible families in the Moore Public School System,” Davison said. Early Birds is limited to these few classes because it’s a test program. The hope is that people will attend and have a higher demand, which would lead to more classes being added. Currently, the program is made possible by generous donations from businesses in the area. Since this a new program, the class is being held for parents with children either already attending Northmoor Elementary, or who plan to send their kids to this school. The next class will be held April 2, 2013, at Northmoor from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you wish to attend, please contact the school (405) 735-4420. 30 | MOORE MONTHLY | MARCH 2013
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MOORE MONTHLY | MARCH 2013 • COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
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MOORE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS MOVED. MPD’s offices have moved to 224 S. Chestnut Ave., behind the Library, just north of the Community Center. Moore Police Citizens Police Academy will start February 26, 2013, and meets every Tuesday for 10 weeks. Anyone who lives or works in the City of Moore and is 18 years old is eligible. During the academy you will get to participate in everything a police officer does during the police academy. You will investigate a crime, learn defensive tactics, perform a traffic stop, watch an explosive demonstration, and learn the inner workings of the Moore Police Department. This is a free service provided by the City of Moore. Please call Sgt. Lewis to enroll at 405-793-4448. Moore Police Department Testing. March 5, 7 & 9 are test days at Winding Creek Elementary School. Call Sgt. Jeremy Lewis 793-4448. 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. Recycle Moore. Recycle Center at 400 N. Telephone Rd. Self-service open 24 hours. Attendant for drive-thru on duty 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday–Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Check out the recyclemoore.org website for details on what materials are accepted. Edward Jones Financial Seminars. Free for the general public. Held Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. and Monday, March 11, at 6 p.m. Call 793-5090 or email wWathan@cityofmoore.com. 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.
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Adopt A Pet. Call Moore Animal Shelter, 793-5190; 3900 S. I-35 Service Rd. Open M–F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 12 noon. City Council Election The primary election will be held on March 5, and the general election, if needed, will be April 2. Council members serve four-year terms. 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 to 6 p.m. Contact director Carissa Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer. CHHS Class of 1963 Reunion Planning is looking for classmates for their 50-year reunion on June 7th and 8th. Contact Rosemary at chhsclassof63@ yahoo.com or Diana at 381-2060 or Twyla, 691-1251 for more information. 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.) Jennifer Ashford-Roberson Lymphoma Fund. Donations requested to help this lifelong Moore resident battling stage 4 follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for six years. Donations will help fund a bone marrow transplant and can be dropped off at the Bank of Oklahoma location at Crest Foods in Moore. *Easter Egg Hunt. Buck Thomas Park. 10–11 a.m. Children of all ages with disabilities start at 10 a.m. Children 0–12 yrs. start at 10:30 a.m. Sections of field will be color coded for different age groups. Visit www. cityofmoore.com for more information. Spring Break Camps. Youth Basketball Camp: 9 a.m. to noon, March 18–20. Abrakadoodle Art camp: 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m., March 18–22. Extreme Animals Camp: 9 a.m. to noon, March 18–22. Mad
Science Camp: 9 a.m. to noon, March 18–22. Cost varies. Call 793-5090 for more information or to enroll.
The Hugs Project, nonprofit organization puts together care packages for our troops in Middle East. For more info call 651-8359 or TheHugsProject@cox.net. Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see www.bsmok6.org or go to City Hall. Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, 7939069, Brand Ctr. Moore Medical Ctr. Volunteer/Auxiliary Services. Volunteers needed. Contact Debbie Steele, 912-3485. 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 email@example.com
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 and above: $2.25. Required cost for meal for guests under 60: $5.00. P.A.L.S. Program for Seniors. Seniors will be assigned to a buddy who will call every day to check on you. Sign up with Officer Lewis, Moore Police Dept., 793-4448. Moore Council on Aging. Seniors may have transportation anywhere in city of Moore for errands or appointments. 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Mon.– Fri. Call 7993130 at least one day in advance. Dance Night at the Old School Building Live music at 201 N. Broadway every Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Seniors are welcome to participate. New Types of Transportation: *Metro Transit will provide van service for ages 60 and older on Tue. and Thu. from the Moore area to OKC medical appointments. Call Jackie at 297-2583.
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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.
AARP meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. at the Brand Senior Center, 501 East Main St., Moore. Programs are on subjects of interest to persons 50 years and over. Potluck dinner follows the program each month. Moore Old Town Association meets 4th Tue. every month at First United Methodist Church. For further information contact Janie Milum at: cjmilum@ sbcglobal.net Malcolm Hunter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Moore, OK meets 2nd Wed. of each month at Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, 6600 S. Penn, at 1 p.m. Contact Pat Towns,376-5653. Moore Rotary Club. Wednesdays at Belmar Golf Club, 1025 E. Indian Hills Road. Civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. 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.
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 p.m. Call 405-793-2600 for more information. Southern Hills Baptist Church. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) are invited to come on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month to have breakfast, listen to speakers, enjoy crafts, mentor moms and have great childcare. SHBC is located at 8601 S. Penn., OKC.
Medical Center. For more info call Page Cornelius at 831-4313. 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. momsclubsofmoore.com
First Baptist Church of Moore. FBC Moore Community Life/Recreation Ctr. Two basketball courts & racquetball courts, fitness center, walking/running track. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 735-2527. Tai Chi is avalible at First Baptist Church Moore every Tuesday at 6 p.m. The cost is $2 per class. Call 405793-2600 for more information. Karate is available at First Baptist Church Moore every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. 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. 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@ cityofmoore.com. Moore Community Center R.I.P.P.E.D. exercise classes. This endurance and fitness class takes place Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $15 dollars a month per person. For more information, call 793-5090 or email at wWathen@cityofmoore.com. 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.
Southern Hills School of Fine Arts, 8601 S. Penn, OKC 73159. Enrolling children and adults for private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, strings, brass and woodwinds. Call David Allen at 405-589-3618 or www.http://myshbc. com/arts. 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.
Fresh Start Community Church Celebrate Recovery, 12-Step Program will meet on Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m. at 309 N Eastern, 794-7313. Beth Haven Baptist Church. 12400 S. Western is having an Addiction Recovery Program every Friday at 7 p.m. Call Pastor Rick, 691-6990 for information. The OK Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation, monthly support group meetings, third Tuesday of every month at the Moore Chamber of Commerce (I-35 & Main St.) 6:30 p.m. Call 694-1098 for more information. First Baptist Church Grief Share. Support group for individuals and family members struggling with life events such as death, divorce, disappointments; and learning healthy ways to cope with life. Meets weekly on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street. First Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery. Support and help for those struggling with addiction. Meets weekly on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street.
Central Okla. Holistic Moms Network Chpt. meets 2nd Monday of month in the atrium area of the Moore
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*”Share-A-Fare” Age 60 and over or disabled may purchase taxi fare at a 40% off.
MOORE MONTHLY | MARCH 2013 • LIBRARY EVENTS
Moore Public Library
SouthWest OKC Public Library
Children’s Dept. 793-4347 Monday, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 11 a.m. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Tuesdays March 19, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2 p.m., Wednesdays March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays March 14 & 28, 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2 p.m.,
Children’s Dept. Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, & 28 at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 4:15 p.m. Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 4 p.m.
Music Together Children’s Story Time (2–6 years) Books, Barks and Buddies Spring Break Spectacular Baby Story Time Make and Take Spring Break Spectacular
TEEN/ADULT Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, March 5, 12 & 26 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
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Tax Help from VITA Computer Basics YourTutor Tax Help from VITA Zumba Tornado Season in Okla. E-Mail Basics Advanced E-Mail Open for Business Book Discussion Group Basic Microsoft Publisher 2010 GameOn On the Same Page Book Discussion Group Basic Microsoft Word 2010 Teen Scarf Making Pinterest for Beginners Intermediate Microsoft Word 2010 Moore Reads Book Discussion Group Facebook for Beginners Advanced Couponing
Children’s Story Time After School Kids Baby Story Time Magnets: A Science Program Make and Take BAM (Book and Movie)
TEEN/ADULT Tuesday, March 5, 10 a.m. E-mail Basics Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. Penn Ave. Literary Society Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. Searching Public Information Sources Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m. Brain Building Games for Seniors Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m. Business Connections Book Discussion Group
SOUTHERN OAKS LIBRARY Fan Fiction and Fan Art Contest continues this month at Southern Oaks Library. Submit your own art or story to be eligible. Complete rules are available at www.metrolibrary.org/fan or contact John at 631-4468. Entries may be submitted until March 17, at 6 p.m. They can be submitted in person at 6900 S. Walker in Oklahoma City or by email Emmett Till Lecture & Discussion. Join University of Central Oklahoma professor Kole Kleeman to learn more about the legacy of Emmett Till, and how his brutal murder in 1955 changed the Civil Rights movement. The discussion takes place on Saturday, Feb 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Southern Oaks Library 6900 S. Walker. For more information call 641-4468 or visit metrolibrary.org
CITY OF MOORE & BRAND CENTER
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. R.I.P.P.E.D.—The One Stop Body Shock R.I.P.P.E.D.—The One Stop Body Shock™ is a “Plateau Proof Fitness Formula” that helps you to create continuity, consistency and challenge in each and every R.I.P.P.E.D. class. It is Plateau Proof, because each component of the workout provides a uniquely different emphasis or system response, so your body never gets accustomed to the constantly changing format. Thus, regular R.I.P.P.E.D. participants achieve undeniable, ultimate results in minimal time, boasting 750–1000 calories burned in just 50 minutes. This total body, high-intensity style program, utilizing free weights, resistance and body weight, masterfully combines the components of R.I.P.P.E.D.—Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics and Endurance— as the workout portion along with diet suggestions to help you attain and maintain your physique in ways that are fun, safe, doable and extremely effective. The deliberate combination of the R.I.P.P.E.D. elements and how they are precisely organized in the R.I.P.P.E.D. class format provide the basis for the One Stop Body Shock System, by stimulating both, different energy systems and muscles in each workout segment, changing the focus and activities every 6 to 9 minutes. Along with driving, motivating music, participants jam through R.I.P.P.E.D. with smiles, determination and strength. No boredom here, for all levels, R.I.P.P.E.D. is effective, it’s tough yet doable; R.I.P.P.E.D. will absolutely challenge your levels of fitness and endurance! Class on Thursday, 6 p.m.–7 p.m. & Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Moore Community Center; $15 per month. For more information call 793-5090.
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Country M usic Hou se Singe Wii Bowli rs ng Last Cha nce Band Library BP & Sug ar checks Jack & P hyllis Poe to sing Country M usic Hou s e Singers BP Chec ks Cobbler P rovided b y Village John Vin on the Pa cent, “ M rk e d icare Upd Wendell ates” Nye to sin g I Deal He aring Los s
Exercise : Mon, W ednesda Line Dan ys & Frid cing Less ays 10:15 ons: Wed a.m. Wood Ca 12:15 p.m rving: Th . u rs days 9–1 Oil Painti 1 a.m. ng: Thurs 1p.m. Dominos , Card ga mes, Jig-S work to a aw puzzle ssist the s, Pool, Q homebou uilting, & nd or work Volunteer is availab le at the B MCOA b rand Cen us servic ter. e offers tr Moore fo ansporta r errands ti o n anywhere or appoin through F in the city tments fr riday. Ca om 8 a.m of ll 793-31 .to 3 p.m 30 for mo . Monday re inform ation.
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.
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CITY OF MOORE PARKS & RECREATION
CALENDAR OF EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
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March 1 • FRIDAY
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Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
march 2 • SATURDAy Kids Work Shop at Home Depot from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. kids will build a race car from a Home Depot Kit and paint it. Receive an apron and a certificate. For more details contact Deborah Sandmann at 405-895-6064 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Home Depot is located at 650 SW 19th Street. Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367
march 4 • MONDAY Moore City Council Meeting at Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000.
march 5 • tuesday Election Day for Moore City Council Wards 1, 2 & 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parks Board Meeting 7 p.m. at Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway.
march 7 • thursday Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
March 8 • FRIDAY Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
march 9 • SATURDAy Installing Door Locks & Accessories from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You can attend a free clinic on how to install door accessories. For more details contact Deborah Sandmann at 405-895-6064 or email@example.com. Home Depot is located at 650 SW 19th Street. Edward Jones Financial Seminars from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Moore Community Center. Classes are free. For more information call 405-793-5090 or email Whitney Wathan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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march 11 • monday Moore School Board Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Moore Public Schools Administrative Service Center, 1500 SE 4th Street.
march 12 • TUESDAY Networking Lunch at the Moore Chamber starting at 11:45 a.m. Call 794-3400 for more information.
march 14 • thursday Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
March15 • FRIDAY Hear a Story–Share a Lifetime with Peggy Farris, Territory Teller at Legend at Rivendell from 2 to 3 p.m. Peggy Farris shares exciting stories from the heart of days-gone-by. Admission is free, RSVP is requested by calling 405-691-2300. Join the Singles of FBC Moore for “Friday Night Live for HIM,” 7:30 p.m. in our Atrium with special guest speaker David Edwards. There is an optional dinner for $5.00 at 6:30 p.m. Please call 793-2624 for more information and reservations, or e-mail at marji. email@example.com. First Baptist is located at 301 NE 27th Street, just off I-35 South in Moore. Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
march 16 • SATURDAy Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
march 18 • monday Moore Public Schools Spring Break Begins ABRAKADOODLE ART CAMP begins18th and runs through Friday, March 22. Children ages K–8th grade. Two sessions daily: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The camps run through Friday, March 22. Cost is $75 for K–4th
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Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS & PERFORMANCES grade and $100 for 5th–8th grade. Call 793-5090 for information and to enroll. Extreme Animals Camp begins March 18 and runs through Friday, March 22, 9 a.m. to noon. Get ready for a wildly entertaining experience! Get up close and personal with endangered species, creepy-crawlies and more. For ages 7–12. Cost is $100. Call 793-5090 for information and to enroll. Youth Basketball Camp begins March 18 and runs through Wednesday, March 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Learn offensive, defensive skills and game-like scenarios from
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Westmoore’s head basketball coach, Scott Hodges. Campers will receive t-shirts, and snacks will be provided. For boys and girls, ages 7–16. Cost is $50 for first 20 paid participants. Call 793-5090 for information and to enroll. Mad Science Camp March 18 and runs through March 22, 9 a.m. to noon each day. When school is out, Mad Science is in! Your child can continue to learn even outside of class and won’t even realize it because “We have fun down to a science.” For ages 6-11. Cost is $100. Call 7935090 for information and to enroll. Moore City Council Meeting at Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000.
march 21 • thursday Networking Breakfast at the Moore Chamber starting at 8:00 a.m. Cost is eight dollars. Call 794-3400 for more information. Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
March 22 • FRIDAY Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
march 23 • SATURDAy Annual City of Moore Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. After you hunt eggs at Buck Thomas Park, come on over to Old Town for the big
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Old Town Easter Scavenger Hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. at Buck Thomas Park. Each egg hunt will take place on separate football fields. Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
march 25 • monday
march 30 • SATURDAy
Edward Jones Financial Seminars from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Moore Community Center. Classes are free. For more information call 405-793-5090 or email Whitney Wathan at wwathan@ cityofmoore.com
Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
march 28 • thursday
Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
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March 29 • FRIDAY Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
= Music = Theater
= Fund Raiser/ Volunteer = Education
= City/Chamber = Family = Group
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Scavenger Hunt. Old Town merchants will have the treasures you’re looking for! And you can claim your Grand Chocolate Prize from the Easter Bunny! The hunt begins when you pick up your Scavenger game piece at Broadway Florist, 328 N. Broadway, across from City Hall.
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Local American Legion Post 134 Welcoming Those Who Have Served By Christiaan Patterson
f you have ever served your country, regardless of which time period or war, the American Legion Post 184 in Moore is offering a hand of welcome. All military veterans and widows or widowers of veterans are encouraged to come on down and get involved. “I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all the veterans and widows of veterans to come in and see if our service officer can help them obtain some VA benefits,” said Post Commander Bill Allen. This post in Moore has been serving the community and its veterans for about 50 years. Today, the post has over 300 members ranging though all ages and wartimes. Most involved now are from the Vietnam Era; however, there are two WWII veterans and one from Operation Desert Storm. The American Legion is here to help those who have served receive the benefits they are entitled to. A service officer is on hand every second and fourth Wednesday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. to assist those having trouble with
VA navigation for benefits of any sort. Whether it’s a question about health care, the GI Bill, or Post 9-11 or employment, the service officer is there. In addition to helping people navigate the VA system, the post is highly active in the community. Post 184 offers services for Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day as well as funerals ceremonies for fallen comrades at local cemeteries. During the holiday season, these fellow veterans collect seasonal cards and stamps and take them to the veteran’s center in Norman. This allows those in the center a chance to write home to family members and send their greetings. Another program the post and other American Legions are involved with is the Boys and Girls State group. Each year the Moore post conducts interviews with the top students at the local high schools and raise money to send seven to ten boys down to Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant for a week of learning. The event teaches
these young adults the rights, privileges and responsibilities of American citizens. “The boys really do have a blast with it,” said Allen. “They go down and learn how to run their own government. It really teaches these kids good citizenship and Americanism.” The American Legion makes sure that those families who have a member MIA (missing in action) or a POW (prisoner of war) are not forgotten. After 9-11,the Legion resurrected the Blue Star Banners for families with someone serving, silver for a wounded soldier’s family, and a gold star given to a family whose son or daughter made the ultimate sacrifice. Among the many roles the American Legion fills, it also makes sure that homeless veterans have a place to go for support and programs to get back on their feet. For more information about how to get involved ,or questions regarding benefits, drop by the Post 204 1st Street in Moore on Wednesdays. MARCH 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 43
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Moore Lions & TeaLicious
Team Up to Serve Heartland Plaza Seniors By Rob Morris
hen you bring up the idea of a tea party, a lot of images leap to mind. One of the least likely pictures that cross the imagination would be that of football players serving tea and snacks to seniors. But that somewhat far-fetched scenario came to life in February at the Heartland Plaza Retirement and Senior Care Community. Heartland’s Life Enrichment coordinator, Cindy McIntyre, said the event began with an unexpected phone call from across the street at Moore High School. “Coach Todd Watters called in January and asked if his players could come over and interact with the seniors,” said McIntyre. “And my response was ‘Oh yeah! Come on over!’” McIntyre said it turns out that Coach Watters was looking to engage his players with the community in hopes of connecting the young athletes with seniors. “He said he’d like his football players to know seniors better,” said McIntyre. “How they lived when they were kids and how they were raised. He wants their identity as a team to extend beyond their teammates and into the surrounding community.”
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McIntyre is used to various clubs and youth groups participating in life at Heartland. The Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, FFA. and church youth groups are regular visitors. But this was the first football team that had shown an interest. “Originally we were just going to play Bingo with the residents, which is really big with the residents,” said McIntyre. “But then we started thinking about it, and said, ‘Wait a minute. What if we did a tea?’” The idea was for football players to have a chance to honor the seniors by serving them tea and getting to know them better. While you might expect some of those big, burly athletes to balk at the idea, the reaction was just the opposite. “We chose a tea party because it’s not a common thing, and Todd’s response was ‘Awesome! Let’s do it!’” McIntyre said. TeaLicious Bakery and Takery came along to Heartland to provide some delicious snacks, tea, and coffee as well as the delicate teapots used to serve the seniors at the party. And the event unfolded just as McIntyre hoped. McIntyre said, “We hope our seniors feel honored and appreciated, and that it will bring extra joy in their lives...and that they’ll see they haven’t been forgotten.”
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m H S B A S E B A L L Preview
Lions Will Rely on Newcomers in Bid to Return to State By Rob Morris
he 2013 edition of the Moore Lions baseball team is looking at a bar for achievement that has been set very high by last year’s team. In Tony Borum’s first year as the Lion’s head coach, the team got hot late in the season and rode solid pitching and timely hitting to a state tournament appearance. If this year’s team is to duplicate that feat, it will be powered by a roster filled with new faces. “I lost 12 seniors last year, but my younger players from last year have practiced hard and I believe that they are ready for the challenge,” said Borum. That blend of work ethic and skill has Borum feeling pretty optimistic as the team scrimmages in preparation for their season opener. While the team won’t bring the same level of experience as last year’s team, returning starters Austin Bright and Colin Webb should provide solid leadership for talented newcomers Colby Morales, Ryan Lujan and Donny Vail. “Speed and pitching would be our strengths,” said Borum, “Not having much experience on the varsity level would be our weakness as of right now.” As was the case last year, the Lions will be looking to get hot when it matters most. Getting into the post-season is the first step for Moore. As they found last year, once the tournament begins, anything can happen. One thing that’s proving to be a huge motivation for the Lions this year: the taste of playing on the state’s biggest stage in May. Borum says once you get a chance to play in the state tournament, it breeds a desire to get back. “Expectations are always the same,” he said “Make sure you give yourself the opportunity to win, and compete all the time.”
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m HS softball Preview
Lady Lions Ready to Improve on State Semi-final Finish By Rob Morris Moore High School is the oldest school in the district, and in a city known for its excellence in softball, that means the Lady Lions often carry a burden of high expectation. That’s just fine for head coach Mickey Wakefield, who believes this year’s team is ready to raise the bar of achievement to a new level. “I feel really good about this team,” said Wakefield. “It is a much more experienced team than our semi-finalist team of a year ago, and the young players we do have are very talented.” Leading the way for the Lions will be returning starting pitcher, Sahara Dennis, who was voted the team’s most valuable player last year. Wakefield said, “She does a great job of getting ahead of batters and making them swing at pitches that maybe they wouldn’t if they were ahead in the count.” Also expected to contribute to the team’s solid lineup are third baseman Hannah Lynch, outfielders Qiana Harrison, and Caitlinn Hall, and first baseman Zoey Pilcher. Wakefield also pointed to a pair of transfers he expects to play key roles as well. “Shortstop Sable Hankins will be eligible to play on April 2. She’s a special player who can hit with extreme power, and outfielder Kylie Gaither will bring a big stick to the middle of the order,” Wakefield said. The Lady Lions have a few players who are nursing injuries, but once the team is full strength, they should be very formidable at the plate. “I feel that this team will be a potent offense once we get everyone healthy,” said Wakefield. “We should be able to hit the ball up and down the lineup with pop all throughout.” Wakefield says freshman Halle Malone may have the most raw power he’s ever seen, and expectations are also high for Demi Dobbs, who, he believes, will also swing a big stick at the plate. The Lions head coach is fully aware that Oklahoma is full of great teams and that the toughest competitors he’ll see all year are located across town at Westmoore and Southmoore. But his team isn’t apologizing for having the highest of expectations this year. “I have made no bones about it this year—this could be one of the most talented groups we have had here at Moore in the past few years,” Wakefield said. “It will be tough, because there are so many good teams out there. But this group has the ability to have a special year. They just have to work every day to get better.”
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BASEBALL March 1 March 2 March 4 March 7 March 8 March 11 March 12 March 14 March 25 March 26 March 28-30 SOFTBALL March 1 March 4 March 5 March 7 March 8-9 March 11 March 12 March 14-15 March 25 March 26 March 29-30
BASEBALL Del City March 1-2 at Lawton Ike March 4 Lawton Ike March 5 at Norman North March 7 at Westmoore March 9 Choctaw March 11 at Choctaw March 12 at Edmond Memorial March 14 at Putnam City March 15 Putnam City March 21-23 at Broken Arrow Tournament March 25 March 26 March 28 at Putnam City West at Putnam City SOFTBALL Putnam City North March 1 at Southmoore March 7 at Tulsa Union Tournament March 8 Norman North March 12 at Dale March 14-15 at PC North Tournament March 25 at Norman March 26 Westmoore March 28 Big Cat Classic March 29-30
SOCCER March 1 March 5 March 8 March 15 March 26 March 28-30 March 29-30
at Westmoore at Norman Southmoore (Central JH) at Stillwater at Jenks at Chickasha Tournament at Putnam City Tournament
SOCCER March 1 March 8 March 14 March 28-29
Norman North at Moore Southmoore Big Cat Classic
Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls
TENNIS March 4 March 12 March 14 March 26 March 28 March 29
Westmoore (Earlwine) Boys/Girls Norman (Westwood) Girls Norman (Westwood) Boys Southmoore (Earlywine) Girls Southmoore (Earlywine) Boys at Cameron Tourn. (Lawton) Boys/Girls
TENNIS March 4 March 8 March 9 March 12 March 26 March 28
Westmoore Muskogee Muskogee Ponca City Moore Moore
Boys/Girls Girls Boys Boys/Girls Girls Boys
GOLF March 4 March 7 March 11 March 11 March 25 March 26 March 28
Stillwater Guthrie Ponca City Norman Seminole Southmoore Carl Albert
GOLF March 4 March 11 March 11 March 25 March 26 March 26
Stillwater Ponca City Norman Lawton Deer Creek Norman North
Lakeside Ponca City CC The Trails Ft. Sill CC Rose Creek Jimmie Austin (OU)
TRACK March 1 March 8 March 12 March 14 March 15 March 26
at Edmond Memorial at Norman at Putnam City at Edmond Santa Fe at Midwest City at PC West Relays
TRACK March 1 March 8 March 14 March 15
at Edmond Memorial Invitational at Greg Byram Classic (Norman HS) at Bishop McGuinness Invitational at Midwest City Invitational
Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys Girls
Lakeside Aqua Canyon Ponca City CC Trails Jimmy Austin/OU Westwood John Conrad
Boys Girls Girls Boys Boys Girls Girls
Girls Boys/Girls Boys Girls Boys Boys/Girls
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at South Grand Prairie (TX) Tournament at Westmoore Westmoore at Yukon at Duncan at Putnam City West Putnam City West at Edmond Santa Fe at Oklahoma Broncos Central Arkansas Invitational (Benton, AR) at Norman Norman at Edmond North Putnam City North Moore Putnam City Westmoore at PC North Tourney at Putnam City North Community Christian School at Norman Varsity festival Big Cat Classic
Boys/Girls Girls Boys Girls Girls Boys
BASEBALL March 2 March 2 March 4 March 5 March 8 March 11 March 12 March 14 March 18-23 March 25 March 26 March 30
at Jenks Muskogee (at Jenks) Southmoore at Southmoore Moore PC North at PC North at Midwest City at Pensacola (FL) Tournament at Edmond Memorial Edmond Memorial Carl Albert
SOFTBALL March 1 March 5 March 6 March 8 March 12 March 13 March 15-16 March 27 March 29
Putnam City PC West PC North at Norman North Southmoore at Norman at PC North Tournament at Putnam City Big Cat Classic
SOCCER March 1 March 8 March 14 March 28-30
Moore Norman at Southmoore at Bronco Cup (Mustang)
TENNIS March 4 March 8 March 9 March 12 March 26 March 28
Moore/Southmoore (Earlywine) Boys/Girls at Muskogee Girls at Muskogee Boys at Ponca City Boys/Girls Moore (Earlywine) Girls Moore (Earlywine) Boys
GOLF March 11 March 25 March 26
Seminole Jimmie Austin (OU) Girls Seminole Jimmie Austin (OU) Boys Southmoore Westwood Girls
TRACK March 8 March 12 March 26
at Norman at Putnam City at PC West Relays
Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls Boys/Girls
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S H S B A S E B A L L Preview
SaberCats Look for Stronger Finish in 2013
By Rob Morris
outhmoore was eliminated from postseason play last year by eventual state champion, Edmond North. It’s a loss that is motivating Coach Craig Troxell’s Cats as they prepare for a new year. “As always, we want to win the district championship, the regional title, and the state championship,” Troxell said. The SaberCats have some holes to fill on this year’s team if they are to reach the state tournament. “We were hit fairly hard by graduation last year,” said Troxell. “We do have a very strong nucleus coming back this year with some new talented faces.” Leading the way among the returning starters is shortstop/pitcher Tré Edwards. Edwards signed with the Arkansas Razorbacks in the fall. Troxell said, “Tré is a four-year starter and the best switch hitter I’ve ever coached. He’s a tough player.” The Cats also have top pitcher Nick Ward coming back. Ward was unbeaten on the mound in 2012, winning eight games. Troxell also loves Ward’s speed in centerfield. “Junior Colton Huggard is another strong hitter and fast player who’ll help us out,” Troxell said. Southmoore will also be looking to a host of promising new faces to power them on a deep tournament run” he said. “Those include Fort Scott Community College signee Bobby Pierce (1B/P), junior Kody Brannon (catcher), junior Jarrod Ledbetter (2B/SS), sophomore Blaze Schein (3B/2B) and sophomore pitcher Austin Davis. “Bobby will be in our starting pitcher rotation,” he said. “Kody will anchor us at catcher with his strong arm. He also handles the staff well. Austin will be our number-two pitcher this year. Jarrod and and Blaze are both very good, outstanding defenders,” And it is the team’s defense that Troxell believes will make the SaberCats competitive as the season wears on. “We are very strong up the middle defensively,” said Troxell. “We also have a lot of team speed.” Troxell says the team’s progress will ride on how the unproven pitchers and hitters do at the varsity level. But the early signs are promising. “If things fall into place, and everyone finds their niche, we can find our way to the state tournament,” said Troxell.
Lady SaberCats Have High Expectations in 2013 By Rob Morris
inning 29 games would be a thrill for the majority of the state’s high school softball teams. But for the Southmoore Lady SaberCats, it’s just one more step on the road to the ultimate goal: winning a state championship. That suits head coach Jason Lingo just fine. “We start every year with the expectation of being conference champions, regional champions, and state champions. So nothing has changed for us this season,” said Lingo. The Cats lost four players off of last year’s squad, but Lingo says a great nucleus of returning lettermen and an exciting group of newcomers should combine to make this year’s team even better than 2012. “As a coaching staff, we feel that, without question, the Sabercats will be better in all three facets of the game than we have ever been in our five-year existence,” Lingo said. For Southmoore that improvement begins on the mound with Carley Strawn, who has won 57 games for the Cats in her two years as the starting pitcher. Junior Katelyn Brown, senior Braeden Bradshaw, and junior Rachel Copus will also be counted on to provide big numbers at the plate. Lingo also has high expectations for seniors Hanna Schoonmaker and Autumn Ackerman. “These six ladies have had great off-seasons this winter and have played a lot of games for the Sabercats in the past—and they will be expected to lead us on and off of the field,” Lingo said. “We are, without question, better top-to-bottom than we’ve ever been.” Lingo ran off a big list of newcomers he expects will have a big impact for the Cats this year. They include freshmen infielders Arielle James, Emily Richardson, Rosie Stoeckel, Shelby Schantz, and outfielders Yesenia Torres and Allison Curry. All of those players saw playing time during the fall fast pitch season. Sophomore Cheyenne Mann has had a solid off season and will be asked to provide support at a number of different positions. Though only five years old, the Lady SaberCats softball program will clearly be one of the top teams in the state this spring. So when Lingo talks about winning conference, regional, and state championships this year, it’s not just typical coach-speak. “We know it’ll take a lot of hard work and focus for us to achieve those three goals,” he said.“But we’re looking forward to that challenge.” MARCH 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 51
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Lady Jaguars Look to Rebuild After State Championship By Rob Morris
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Chemistry Could Spark Jags to Special Season By Rob Morris
estmoore’s baseball program achieved one of its big goals in 2012 by hosting a regional tournament. This year the Jaguars believe they have a shot at a much higher postseason finish. Head coach Jarod Freeman says the 2013 edition of the team has a great blend of experience and talent that has him feeling very optimistic. “We are excited about this team,” said Freeman. “We have a large senior class and a great mix of younger players this season. The chemistry of this team could make it a very special season.” Among those seniors expected to provide strong leadership are catcher Cameron Knight, pitcher Alexander Svetgoff , and centerfielder Kevin Gay. Freeman says, “These guys will definitely have an impact. They’re the players that will lead this team day in and day out.” The Jaguar baseball program has produced a number of younger players who’ll be stepping into key roles. Freeman didn’t want to single out any one of those newcomers, but believes they’re up to the challenge. “We have a great crop of young players in our program but we will have play the season to see what kind of questions they can answer,” he said. The Westmoore schedule includes a trip to Florida for a week-long spring break tournament that could sharpen the team’s game. And of course, there are the big rivalry games with Southmoore and Moore, the team that bounced them from the playoffs in 2012. Freeman says his team’s experience will be a strength, but he has been around baseball long enough to know that the game can throw you curves. “Baseball is a funny game, and depending on the game or even the day, a weakness can always be exposed,” Freeman said. The plan for the Jaguars is to learn from their mistakes as the season progresses, correct the weaknesses, and get ready for a post-season run. It’s a plan that, as clichéd as it may sound, works when the team keeps its focus on the task at hand. “Our expectations are always the same,” Freeman said. “Focus on one pitch at a time, one out at a time, one inning at a time. If we can do this day in and day out, we can accomplish our goals of hosting a regional and advancing to the state tournament.”
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t’s a glorious moment that every high-school coach and athlete hope to experience. Hoisting a state championship trophy at the end of a long and challenging season is the dream, but it’s a dream that only one team gets to live. For the returning members of the Westmoore Lady Jaguar softball team, that dream still lingers from last season’s 32-win championship run. And it’s powerful motivation to rebuild and return to the big stage. Head coach Steve Schwarz says replacing five starters off of the championship team will be tough, but not impossible. “I think we have a lot of potential this year, but we will be a really young team,” he said.“It will have a little bit of a rebuilding year.” Returning starters Patty Padgett and Mariah Peace will anchor the team and provide leadership to a strong group of sophomores bidding for playing time. “Padgett was last year’s All-City player of the year in left center, and Mariah Peace is probably the best short stop in the state,” said Schwarz. “These two young ladies will be our leaders this year.” Schwarz believes his talented group of sophomores is ready to fill key roles for the Jags this year and will improve as they gain varsity experience. And while Westmoore is often known for strong offense, it could be play in the field that carries the team to success in 2013. “Our strength will be our defense,” Schwarz said. “We will be really solid in the field if we can stay healthy. I think our weakness will be the loss of some of our power and older players to rely on. We will also have a new player in the circle this year.” The Lady Jaguars have established themselves as one of the state’s premier slow pitch programs, so it should come as no surprise at all to hear their goal hasn’t changed. Schwarz said, “Our goal is the same every year, and that is to win the last game of the year, the state championship. But to do this, we are going to have to improve all season long.”
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Here Comes the Bride
Author: Beatrice Masini Illustrator: Anna Laura Cantone Publisher: Tundra Books Reviewed by Caitlin Goddard, Children’s Services, Moore Public Library
ust in time for spring love, I read this delightful picture book Here Comes the Bride by Beatrice Masini and illustrated by Anna Laura Cantone. This is the story of an extremely talented seamstress named Filomena, who loves to make wedding gowns. She is so talented that many women in town come to her begging her to make their dresses. While Filomena works on making their wedding-dress dreams come true, she fantasizes about what her own wedding dress would look like. Luckily, she doesn’t have to wait too long as Rusty, the mechanic who works next door, finally builds up the courage to ask her to marry him. She immediately sets to work making a dress that no one would ever forget— except maybe not in the way that she wants. This charming read, titled Una Sposa Buffa, Buffisima, Bellisima in its native Italian, features mixed-media art and incorporates both fashion and the Italian language. Here Comes the Bride was nominated for the White Ravens award in 2001 and named Andersen Award Best Picture Book in 2003.You can see why this little gem was nominated: the dresses appear to stand out on the page, and love between these two eccentric characters will warm your heart.
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The Fifty Year Sword
Author: Mark Z. Danielewski Publisher: Pantheon Reviewed by: Alex Batchelor, Information Services, Moore Public Library
ark Z. Danielewski’s breakout hit in 2000, House of Leaves, is a story within a story within a story that makes use of multiple narrators, rabbit-trails of footnotes, appendices, and labyrinthine text layouts to convey an absolutely terrific story about a haunted house. In 2006 his novel Only Revolutions was a finalist for the National Book award, and utilizes multiple narrators on opposite sides of the page, requiring the reader to flip the book over to get the full narrative. All of this to say Danielewski is not known for writing conventional books that are content to just sit within the cover and tell you a story. The Fifty Year Sword is no different. Set in east Texas, the story centers around Chintana, a local seamstress who attends a fiftieth birthday party at the home of an eccentric old man, and finds herself babysitting five orphan children during the event. A strange, AncientMariner type of man identified only as The Story Teller arrives to entertain the attendants with an epic, and, as the night wears on, increasingly unsettling story. The simplicity of the story works well with the complexity of the structure. The text of the story is printed only on the left pages, while the right pages consist solely of illustrations that are not drawn, but stitched in thread. The events of the evening are recounted by a rotating set of five different narrators denoted by quotation marks of various colors. This all sounds very complicated, but Danielewski’s books, which rely heavily on their visual components, are surprisingly easy to navigate once they are physically in front of you. The visual and textual components of The Fifty Year Sword work together to create a story with a wonderful tone of foreboding creepiness. The familiar, contemporary
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setting of a small, east Texas town offsets the fantastical narrative related by the Story Teller, and readers are allowed to be carried along with this strange story as a result. Because of the layout of the text, the 288 page count is somewhat misleading. The words are so sparsely spaced that the book is relatively short. The Fifty Year Sword is not Danielewski’s most ambitious, nor even his best work, but it’s a brief and enjoyable introduction to his unique, experimental style of writing, and readers who enjoy it would be well served by looking into some of his other books.
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34 City Athletes Sign College Letters of Intent By Rob Morris
ational Signing Day on Wednesday, February 6, was a festive day of celebration and joy as 34 of the city’s best athletes signed their names on college letters of intent. All three of the city’s high schools held signing ceremonies that were attended by family, friends, classmates, coaches, and teachers. Among the highlights were Southmoore’s D.J. Ward and Westmoore’s Nick Hardaway signing to play football for the University of Oklahoma; Southmoore’s Jackson Stallings signing to play football at Yale University; and Moore’s Derek Sivertsen signing to wrestle at Oklahoma City University, where he will join his brother on the team. Another notable achievement: the Southmoore football team had 10 of their players sign to play college ball. That’s the highest number in the state of Oklahoma this year. Here is a complete list of signings from February 6:
Moore High School Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Kylie Gaither, Southwest Christian University, Bethany, OK Tianna Gutierrez, Bacone College, Muskogee, OK Hannah Lynch, Hendrix College, Conway, AR Jazmine White , Northern Oklahoma College, Enid, OK Women’s Golf Taylor Greteman, St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee, OK Wrestling Derek Sivertsen, Oklahoma City University, OKC, OK Women’s Soccer Kenady Maynard, Mid-America Christian University, OKC, OK Cindy Ramos, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK Women’s Swimming Alex Ballard Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL Football Ethan Birdwell, Bethel College, Newton, KS
Southmoore High School Women’s Soccer Kenzi Bice, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK Alyssa Glitzke, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK Men’s Soccer Eric Koeninger, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK Women’s Golf Jessica Le, Southwest Christian University, Bethany, OK Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Braeden Bradshaw, Seminole State, Seminole, OK Football Cody Earp, Colorado State University at Pueblo, Pueblo, CO D.J. Ward, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK Jackson Stallings, Yale University, New Haven, CT Nick Ward, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC Terrance Bonner, East Central Oklahoma, Ada, OK Jonathan Martin, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK Karltrell Henderson, Southwestern OK State University, Weatherford, OK Jake Spradling, Northwestern OK State University, Alva, OK Dapree Carson, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR Jaleel Asbury, Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Tahlequah, OK
Westmoore High School Women’s Soccer Madison Dobbs, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Erin Sanders, Seminole State, Seminole, OK Football Cameron Knight, Butler Community College, Butler, KS Zach Clark, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK Nick Hardaway, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK Jerrit Moore, Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Tahlequah, OK Josh Morgan, East Central University, Ada, OK Addison Staggs, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK Jhames West, East Central University, Ada, OK MARCH 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 57
“A Good Day to Die Hard” Movie Review More “Yikes!” than “Yippe-Ki-Yay”
Photos © Warner Bros.
By Luke Small
Call it the Brett Favre-John McClane connection. Favre, the beloved quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, known for his toughness and ability to improvise on the field. McClane, the everyman cop who refused to give up even when he found himself outclassed and outnumbered. We all know how Favre’s career ended. Instead of walking away with class and dignity, he dragged the end out over a few extra seasons before completely embarrassing himself with a sordid “sexting” episode. In the latest episode of the Die Hard movies, “A Good Day to Day Hard,” Bruce Willis’s McClane is teetering dangerously close to the same, sad end. While the movie is packed with enough car chases, explosions, and narrow escapes to excite even the most...well...the most die hard “Die Hard” fan, it lacks the heart of even the last two entries in the McClane saga. The explosive charm of the first movie was that even in the most impossible of situations, McClane just kept tossing off one-liners and moving forward through the maze of the Nakatomi Building until he finally brought down Hans Gruber and his band of bank-robbing thugs posing as terrorists. There was a growing sense of danger and potential loss as the threats increased. Great hero, great villain and a great stage to play out the cat-and-mouse game between McClane and Gruber. Any sense of McLane being at risk in “A Good Day to Die Hard” is tossed out the window during a three-car chase through the streets of Moscow that sees McLane survive not one, but two spectacular crashes that destroy his vehicle. Not only does he survive them both, including one with an armored vehicle, he escapes without a scratch. I’m not kidding. Without. A. Scratch. This being a Die Hard flick, you know he’s going to end up covered in blood and down to a ragged t-shirt by the end of the film. It doesn’t matter though, because the message being sent is no longer “he’s human
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and he could die, but somehow he just might find a way through this” but something more along the lines of the old “The Cat Came Back” song, where even though the titular feline was bombed, it still survived. It’s just not believable. Add to that the hard-to-believe father-son storyline that propels the plot. Young John McClane, Jr. is involved in a vague CIA operation concerning betrayal, terrorists, and the chase for some sort of secret file. Naturally Jack has daddy issues, and John is there to patch things up. There’s also the missing comic touch provided in each of the previous four movies: the Twinkie-loving L.A. patrolman, Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson) in the first movie, eccentric airport worker Marvin (Tom Bower) in “Die Hard 2,” the cranky Harlem shop owner Zeus Carver in “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” and nervous computer hacker Justin Long in “Live Free or Die Hard.” But the truly fatal flaw of the movie is that there is no real villain to goad McClane into righteous pursuit mode. The main bad guys are politicians, which is fine in a movie like “The Manchurian Candidate” or “Enemy of the State.” But this is a Die Hard movie. The villain is supposed to be a psychotic megalomaniac with a mean streak that would make Hannibal Lector’s skin crawl. These guys are just bland. Finally, will somebody please tell this latest crop of young directors that the whole “shaky cam” approach to shooting action scenes should be put out of its misery? John Moore is at the helm of this mess, and to be honest, we had fair warning. After all, he directed “Max Payne” and the remake of “The Omen,” two movies with promising premises that were massively disappointing. It’s sad to see a game Bruce Willis going through the motions with a character that once made audiences cheer. It’s a lot like Brett Favre in his last few games with the Vikings. You can still see the shadows of what made him great, but you find yourself wishing he had walked away after his last “Yippee-ki-yay.”
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MOVIE REVIEW By Luke Small
“Identity Thief” movie Review by Caleb Masters “Identity Thief ” reunites Jason Bateman (“The Switch,” “Arrested Development”) with director Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses,” “Four Christmases’) for a road trip comedy starring the hugely popular Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”). Identity theft is a subject that has been pretty downplayed on the big screen so far. Needless to say, when this movie was looking to present such an interesting subject in the form of a comedy, it raised a few eyebrows. Does the duo deliver on laughs concerning the concept, or are we looking at another run-of-the-mill comedy that got dumped into theaters without a thought? “Identity Thief ” begins with a pretty clever opening that shows Sandy Patterson ( Jason Bateman) being called by a woman posing as a credit card insurance person (Melissa McCarthy), who asks for all of Sandy’s personal information so that he can protect his credit rating. Sandy unwittingly hands all of his numbers over to this woman, who is actually scamming him. It doesn’t take long for Sandy to realize that all of his credit cards have been maxed out and his name is being thrown around in Florida. After taking a new job, Sandy becomes convinced that he must reclaim his identity to protect his career, reputation, and family. He sets off to Florida to find the thief, but after meeting her, he realizes that bringing this woman to justice would be much harder than he imagined. The movie lays down a pretty interesting premise by giving us Sandy, who is the straight-edged, white collar guy to be a foil for the thief, played by Melissa McCarthy, who is actually the real star of the movie. Sadly, what seems intriguing quickly loses its shine when the movie takes a turn that warps this rather creative premise and essentially turns it into a road trip movie. Once “Identity Thief ” hits this point about a third the way through the film, it throws pretty much every cliché that can be found in any one of the most famous traveling duo movies. Car smashed by truck—check. Walk through the woods and get attacked by animals—check. Chased by bounty hunters—check. The film continues to throw these genre tropes into the story, and by the time the movie reaches an end, you’ll swear that you should have watched “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” “Rat Race,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” or even “Due Date” instead of this ambitious yet uninspired comedy. The movie relies on a tired formula, but luckily, Bateman and McCarthy are able to carry what could have been a train wreck and make it something worth a few laughs. McCarthy relies on her typical obnoxious gestures
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and physical gags, which still manage to be funny even when you can see the punch line coming from a mile away. She delivers liveliness and charm to her character, who, handled by just about anyone else, probably would have been totally unlikable and irredeemable by the end of the movie. Jason Bateman also relies on his tried-and-true everyman, who is just smart enough to be dangerous. His arrogance and naiveté lead to some of the best jokes in the movie as his decisions are always just ill informed enough to create horrifically hilarious consequences. While these two leads make this movie work the best they can, I can’t help but feel like we are seeing them play it safe by sticking with the same character gags they’ve run in most of their other popular movies. “Identity Thief ” has a few jokes that get some laughs, but what had to be one of my favorite references of the movie was one of the bounty hunters, played by everyone’s favorite, T-1000 (Robert Patrick). There are three bounty hunters chasing down Sandy and the perpetrator, and quite honestly, the two who had organized crime connections were less than funny or interesting, but Robert Patrick’s character, Skiptracer, is far more comical with his overzealous dedication to the bounty and his Southern sensibilities. Seth Gordon’s direction is sometimes felt, but never fully realized. His style, which is generally both clever and inventive, crops up in the scenes where Sandy is alone with his hostage having below-the-surface conversations and interactions. Sadly this fresh direction is not around for most of the movie as many of the biggest scenes of the movie feel as if they were borrowed from just about any generic road trip comedy. “Identity Thief ” is a comedy that has some interesting ideas and plenty of potential, but plays things far too safe with both its formulized story and talented leads. The movie delivers laughs when it has to, but fails to provide any jokes that will be quoted or replayed over and over for fans to memorize. There is little risk in this movie, and there is little payoff other than a few cheap laughs. “Identity Thief ” has indeed stolen the identity of about ten other road trip movies, and what we’re left with is a Frankenstein that is neither exceptionally funny nor remotely inventive. If you’re looking for a comedy to get you through the current dry spell we’re having in the theaters, then maybe “Identity Thief ” is worth a matinee. But if you’re looking for a comedy that will do something new, original, or be flat out hilarious, then you may want to wait until later in the year.
Brian Bosworth Comes Full Circle With “Revelation Road”
By Rob Morris
he image of Brian Bosworth sitting astride an intimidating motorcycle with a scowl on his face comes as no surprise to his fans in Oklahoma. But Bosworth’s new movie, “Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End” reveals that behind that tough image, some profound changes have been taking place. “I’ve hit a lot of guardrails on the roads of my life,” said Bosworth. “And I realized I had created this big mountain that I had to get over, so I started taking those things and trying to correct them one at a time.” That journey of self-understanding and healing has brought the former Sooner football star to a place of peace and contentment that he once thought would be difficult to find. Some of that has to do with the time when he roamed the Owen Field turf as a two-time consensus All-American linebacker for the OU Sooners back during the Barry Switzer era. At the time, he was probably better known by his persona, “The Boz” along with the colorful Mohawk and occasionally controversial statements and actions. It’s an understatement to say that “The Boz” was bigger than life. Much bigger. After a three-season career in the NFL, Bosworth was able to translate that persona into a Hollywood movie career that kicked off with the movie “Stone Cold.” Bosworth played a tough Alabama cop who goes undercover to thwart a biker gang’s plot to assassinate a candidate for governor. He went on to appear in more than a dozen movies and assorted television series. Bosworth says his appearance in “Revelation Road” was not something he was looking for.
“I was about five weeks out on getting married, Pure Flix, the company behind the movie, and my agent called with the pitch,” said Bosworth, typically pre-sells its movies and then releases them “I hadn’t heard from him in about three years and I on DVD. But Bosworth was so sold on the story and told him that I couldn’t do it.” its potential impact on kids that he wanted to do But his agent persisted, asking if Bosworth would something different. be interested if filming could be wrapped before his “I asked them to let me have me have the film so wedding. Bosworth decided to I could take it back to Oklahoma Revelation Road: look at the script. and screen it here.” Bosworth The Beginning of the End “Before he got off the phone, said. “The message of this film he said he’d send the script but he Sunday, March 10th is incredibly strong. It’s all about added, ‘I’ve gotta warn you. It’s where a person is at and the 7:30 p.m. a Christian movie.’” Bosworth journey they find themselves on Moore Warren Theatre said. “I didn’t really know what as a part of God’s plan.” that meant. I asked him if I had to learn Latin or Bosworth calls himself the chief publicist for the something.” film. He’s working purely on his own and is in the About 20 pages into the script, Bosworth called process of setting up screenings across the state. The the agent back with another question. Warren Theatre will host one of those screenings Bosworth asked, “Are you sure you sent me the on Sunday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. The event will right script, because apparently I just killed someone include photo and autograph opportunities for those with a giant hammer and I’m not sure how Christian attending. that is.” Though he no longer lives in Oklahoma, Bosworth His agent assured him it was the right script, so still calls the state home and considers the people Bosworth finished reading. When he got to the end, who live here as family. That’s the primary reason for he found himself profoundly affected. this very personal approach to distributing a movie. “It was a pretty powerful story,” he said.“I liked the “We’re probably going to be on the road for character a lot. It was as if he had been written with 40 days and 40 nights,” she said. “I am who I am me in mind.” because of the commitment and confidence my “Revelation Road” puts Bosworth back into the home state gave to me. And that comes from being saddle as “Hawg,” the evil leader of an apocalyptic a young kid who wasn’t really sure what he believed. motorcycle gang caught up in the aftermath of “The I came here and was under the leadership of Coach Rapture.” Boxworth embraced the role, pushing the Switzer and I had this group of fans that grew and producers to let him reveal more about what made loved me and understood that I was proud to be an his character so dark hearted. Oklahoman.” MARCH 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 61
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MONTHLY Each month students from Platt College face off in an “Iron Chef” style culinary challenge. But unlike other shows, their projects earn them real grades…and real bragging rights. Sponsored by Platt College. Food Fight North Food Fight North goes international in a challenge sure to bring out the students’ A-game. Chef Mark Chochran has been cooking for longer than his students have been alive—and so he knows what he wants. His expectations are high, the students’ nerves are up, and the dishes feature the styles of France, Germany, Russia, and even the Caribbean. Can the students survive what may be their toughest challenge yet? Find out on another exciting episode of Food Fight North! Food Fight South Chef Gene has another massive challenge coming for a new group of students who are new to the stress of the kitchen. It’s the kind of test that may just keep them up at night. How will the students handle the pressure of this Platt College kitchen? Find out on a new episode of Food Fight South!
Librarians Aiden Street and Sheila Crosby 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 March Madness and humor abound in this month’s episode of Library Connections. Aiden Street and Leslie Tabor showcase some great reads, while free tax preparation at the Moore Library and a three-county short story contest get some air time, too. Aiden also visits with a children’s librarian to learn more about a fun new musical program for kids. Viewers will learn how to make a fun instrument at home, too!
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by Christiaan Patterson
pring is on the horizon, which means it’s time to prepare for severe weather. This is the first year for the Weather Fair to be held at the Cox Convention Center starting on March 10. The event is a family-oriented, fun-filled day of learning and making everyone aware of dangers involved when Mother Nature starts brewing. “Severe weather changes constantly with frequency and its intensity. It happens all the time and there is no way to find a consistent trend,” said senior communications officer Calley McGehee Herth of the Oklahoma Insurance Department. “Be prepared at all times.” The three-day event is part public and part private. The first day is for those of the community to come out 64 | MOORE MONTHLY | MARCH 2013
and learn from demonstrations and storm chasers, such as Mike Morgan and Reed Timmer, on hand to describe different scenarios. A tornado simulator will be there for kids and adults to feel what wind from a small tornado feels like. Elementary students have been submitting designs for a weather poster contest leading up to the event. Those winners will be announced during the fair.” Several different vendors will be there as well to offer services such as insurance, roofing, engineering and many more. Everyone attending is encouraged to ask questions and get prepared for the likely event that severe weather comes through the area. Make sure to stick around for a while and register for the ultimate prize. At some point during the event, a storm shelter will be given away.
On the following two days of the event, officials come together for classes and planning for disasters. Meteorologists, Oklahoma Emergency Management, and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners gather to discuss scenarios and present solutions that could eventually save lives during severe weather. During these closed planning sessions, those attending will take a look at what has happened in previous years, how industry professionals prepare, and the different tools used. One hot topic is the issue of how effective the use of social media is in alerting people and gathering information about damage afterwards. Governor Fallin is among the special guests who will speak at the fair.
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Editor’s Note: Each month our Warren Movie Guide provides a listing of the top films expected at the Warren. Dates are subject to change.
WARRENMOVIEGUIDE MARCH 1 STOKER After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, whom she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives but becomes increasingly infatuated with him. 21 & OVER The night before his big medical school exam, a promising student celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends. JACK THE GIANT SLAYER A modern-day fairy tale in which the longstanding peace between men and giants is threatened as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess. MARCH 8 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL A small-time magician with questionable ethics arrives in a magical land and must choose between becoming a good man or a great one. DEAD MAN DOWN In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is seduced by one of his boss’s victims, a woman seeking retribution. MARCH 15 THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Magician Burt Wonderstone splits from his longtime stage partner after a guerrilla street magician steals their thunder. By spending some time with his boyhood idol, Burt looks to remember what made him love magic in the first place.
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THE CALL In order to save a young girl’s life, an emergency operator must confront a killer from her past. MARCH 22 THE CROODS The world’s very first prehistoric family goes on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN When the President is kidnapped by a terrorist who seizes control of the White House, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team rushes to respond, they must rely on Banning’s insider knowledge to save the President and prevent an even greater catastrophe. ADMISSION A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption. MARCH 29 G.I. JOE: RETALIATION The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
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Pioneer Library System Named as Oklahoma Humanities Award Winner By Rob Morris When the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) announced its 2013 award winners in February, the Pioneer Library System was honored with the Community Leadership Award. The library system received the award for its popular and innovative “Big Read” program, which featured Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club. The three-month program included scholar-led panel discussions, film screenings, professional storytelling, and children’s literature programs throughout Cleveland, Pottawatomie and McClain Counties. It also featured a personal appearance by the author herself. The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote meaningful public engagement with the humanities disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism and philosophy. “Under our mission to engage people with the humanities, it is fitting that we honor the people and organizations that are keeping culture—and our understanding of it—alive,” said OHC executive director Ann Thompson. “The work they do is often behind the scenes, so we’re happy to host this event to thank them for all the ways they make life and culture in Oklahoma more meaningful.”
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2604 N Moore Ave Moore, OK 73160 • 735-5500
By Luke Small
Custom Reef Creations Normally, the only fish a couple sees on their first date is on their dinner plates. But for Bill Brown and his wife, Melinda, on their first date, they encountered fish in a much different way––in a salt water aquarium. “We went to a local store, and she said, ‘You should do that.’” Bill had always been interested in maintaining salt water tanks ever since he saw a tank in a doctor’s office when he was a child. But price and fear of the unknown kept him away until the encouragement from his wife pushed him to start. Now, just one year into his new business called Custom Reef Creations, Brown has grown a hobby and a store that is one most fascinating in the area. “Once you have success in this, you’re hooked,” he said. Walking into Custom Reef Creations, you get the sense that you’re not in Kansas anymore, Kansas being your everyday fish store. Brown’s business centers on salt water ecosystems, that is, aquariums with salt water fish, coral, live rock, and invertebrates. Ecosystem is the key word; everything
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in the tank is alive. “It’s a 100-percent living and thriving ecosystem.” Forget the fish bowl you may have had as a kid with one or two fish swimming around plastic decorations. Brown’s tanks feature over a thousand different species of exotic coral, beautiful specimens you thought you would see only on the nature channels. Most of the coral starts off really small and then grows to mammoth sizes. Which brings us to the other interesting part of Brown’s job––he is a coral farmer. “I actually grow them, and trim them, and continue to propagate,” he said. Coral, like some plants, can end up starving out the rest of the space in your aquarium. In order for the ecosystem to thrive, customers with their own tanks have to prune and manage their coral. But if all this sounds too complicated, don’t be worried. “If somebody is willing to give 15 minutes a week to their hobby, they can have a very manageable saltwater tank,” Brown said. Even more fascinating than the varieties of fish or invertebrates is to hear Brown talk about his
products. You get just a taste of his extraordinary knowledge as he differentiates seemingly identical pieces of coral. Or rattles off the country of origin for an exotic fish. “I can educate you and, essentially, education is your power and insures your success.” Brown spends lots of time installing and servicing tanks for businesses and individuals, but his true passion is to see hobbyists frequent his store to find just the right fish. He also enjoys setting up firsttime buyers––who wouldn’t know a zoanthid from anemones––with their first tank. He understands it may sound daunting to maintain a saltwater tank. But Brown said with a little time and effort, you can invest in something that brings a great reward. “It’s now an investment in your happiness.”
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By Luke Small
Nutrition Revolution It was just four years ago when Tim Files found himself in a tough spot. The man who said he has always been into health and fitness, said he lost everything and was homeless. To top it off, his health was not the best, suffering through painful acid reflux. But it was through a friend that Files regained his passion for a healthy lifestyle. Now, four years later and a mere three months into his new business venture, Files said he wants to share his success with others. “If you run into a good thing, why wouldn’t you tell somebody about it?” he said. Files and his crew are sharing the gospel of healthy living at Nutrition Revolution, the newest store for Herbalife meal replacement shakes, powders, teas, and anything else to get you energized and feeling healthy. Open only a short time, it is hard to believe how quickly Nutrition Revolution has garnered such a following. Already, Files said, his customers are becoming regulars.
But the reason for their instant success cannot be attributed just to the tasty drinks. “We’re not here just to serve them shakes. We’re here also to give them education on what they need to put in their body,” Files said. To that end, Nutrition Revolution offers tons of free classes and clubs to help encourage you toward a healthier lifestyle. They also offer free advice from engaging wellness coaches. Whether you need
a great shake or tea. It is at the bar where the staff can engage and learn their customers’ stories. And it is not only about improving their bodies. “It’s not just about a healthy body. It’s about a healthy mind and spirit,” Files said.
the encouragement to lose a few pounds or the motivation to hit the gym, Nutrition Revolution has you covered. “You can go look outside these walls here. People [are] really needing a change in their lifestyle,” Files said. One of the great options at the Revolution is free fitness classes on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9 a.m. It is a chance to work out with others and feel a part of a community. Files calls it “building unity.” To help build that unity, Files and his team have built a very inviting bar where customers can sit and enjoy
Inspirational pictures of weight loss and healthy living are everywhere to help keep any discouraged person from quitting. But the pictures are a very small part of what keeps customers coming into Nutrition Revolution. What will keep this revolution going is the focus on community and creating a friendly atmosphere. As Files and his crew say when customers walk in the door, “Welcome to the club!”
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H E A LT H Y M O O R E Healthy Moore is a section that includes healthy living information and medical trends provided by experts from the Norman Regional Health System.
Recipe Modifications for Any Meal
by Kristen Kepka, dietetic intern
odifying recipes can help make your favorite meals healthier. There are ways to substitute or limit certain ingredients that are high in fat and sugar, but not change the great taste of your meal. Sometimes all that is needed is changing your cooking method to a healthier one. Here are some examples of simple modifications that can change the entire nutrient value of your meals: • Sour Cream—Use reduced fat sour cream, plain Greek yogurt, or reduced-fat evaporated milk and lemon juice. • Milk, yogurt and cheese—Use reduced fat or low fat varieties. • Butter and Oils—Use oils and spreads such as canola, olive, sunflower, or soybean instead of butter, lard, or cooking fats. Also try reducing the amount used in your recipe. • Salt—Use garlic powder, lemon juice, black pepper, or any other type of herbs you have. Try reducing the amount of salt that you use by not putting it on the table when dinner is ready. • Vegetables—Avoid peeling if possible (important vitamins and nutrients such as fiber are located in the peeling). Try steaming or roasting or baking to reduce the loss of nutrients when cooking. Try adding in finely chopped vegetables or vegetable puree to sauces. • Sweet Baking—Decrease sugar (use 1/4 cup per 1 cup flour). Add fruits, dry or fresh, to the recipe for added sweetness and add cinnamon or other spices for added flavor. Substitute the fat in baking with mashed bananas, low-fat yogurt,or fruit purees. • Adding in oats can increase the fiber, and adding skim milk powder in place of a ¼ of the sugar can add calcium and protein. • Breads, Rice and Pasta—Use whole wheat or whole grain. Rule of thumb: Make half of your grains whole. This means if you eat a sandwich on white bread for lunch and you are planning on having rice or pasta with your dinner, then choose brown rice or whole wheat pasta for dinner. • Meat and Chicken—Choose lean meats. Remove fat or skin before cooking. Grill or bake instead of frying. Try substituting meat for beans one night. Very lean meat is 85% lean to 15% fat • Mayonnaise/Dressing—Use oil-based dressings made from canola, sunflower, soybean or olive oils. Make your own
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dressing using balsamic or other vinegars, lemon juice, tomato paste, mustard, herbs, and spices, low-fat yogurt, and ricotta cheese. Examples of Healthier ways to cook your food: steaming, roasting/baking, microwaving, stir frying, and grilling. Recipe Alternative for: Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, white roll, and boiled broccoli with melted cheese.
Take the skin off the chicken and grill it.
Steam cauliflower till really soft and prepare like mashed potatoes. Add less gravy or use skim milk to make your gravy.
Change white roll to wheat or whole grain roll.
Steam or roast broccoli and add lemon, garlic, and pepper for flavor.
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.
PA R T I N G S H O T S Moore Chamber Luncheon
An enthusiastic crowd gathered on February 2nd at the Yellow Rose Theater for the 2013 Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon.
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Owners of the Nutrition Revolution store on S. Western are welcomed to the community by members of the South OKC Chamber of Commerce on February 11th.
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