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WHAT’S INSIDE

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Upfront

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School Success: Building Champions Owasso Players Show Character

2020 New Year Baby: Meet all the Winners and Contestants

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Profile: Steve Mowery Many Opportunities Exist for Economic Development

Leaving a Legacy: Super Seniors Lady Rams Say Goodbye to 16 Seniors

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January/February Events Calendar

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Local Business: More than Just a Turquoise Couch Popular Furniture Consignment Shop a Big Hit

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Wedding Guide: Prairie Song Village a Unique Wedding Venue Close to Home

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Out & About: Photos from Around Town

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Pastor’s Corner: Kairos Time in a Chronos World

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Making a Difference: King’s Grove School Serving Very Special Residents

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Area History: A Look Back at Owasso Owasso History Museum Boasts Treasures from the Past

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UPFRONT

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New year, new decade, new outlook! The New Year. Such a wonderful time of optimism and excitement, and I enjoy it every year. I really like reflecting on how wonderful our life is, and plotting out how great the next year will be. I have to admit though, I’m continually amazed at how far we keep going. I remember when 1990 seemed out of reach. It seems sort of weird that we are at 2020, it still kinda sounds like a science fiction film date or something. With all that said, I think this is going to be a great new year and decade, and as you’ve already seen on the cover, we have an adorable bunch of kids to ring in the new year with. As you probably know, it was a contest — actually two contests, one judged by Facebookers, and the other by our panel of celebrity judges — but I’ll get to that a little later. We set up a professional photo shoot, moms and dads signed up their little ones, and one afternoon we took a bunch of cute pictures. Luckily for all of us, you can see the fruits of that labor in these pages.

another Class 6A football State Championship title. Certainly, no one here needs a refresher, but here’s one anyway. The Rams beat Jenks on December 7 in Edmond to take the title again, the second time in three years. And everyone thought this year was going to be Owasso and Broken Arrow. We have some cool photos from the game too. In other amazing news, the Lady Rams Softball team also had a banner year, finishing as Class 6A State Runner-Up. They graduated 16 seniors that had been with the team since the 8th grade, and 11 of those are going on to play college ball. I’d say that’s a big deal, no matter who you are. Well done, for sure. We also have a profile of a guy everyone knows, Steve Mowery. He talks about Owasso, past, present, and future. Good stuff, for sure. There’s also a look at the new consignment store, Turquoise Couch, and its owner, Amy Cannon. Certainly a nice lady and a place everyone should check out. There’s some feel-good stuff about the King’s Grove School and all the good they are doing right here in town, as well as a really cool wedding destination just a few miles up the road. All that, and the usual looks at the history museum, the pastor’s corner, and our out and about.

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calendar@owassomagazine.net Contributing Writers Tim Hudson, Maria Gus, Devin Williams, Marilyn Hinkle, Linzey Sladen, Jason Lucas Contributing Photographers Dana Pugh, Tim Hudson, Turquoise Couch, Kings Grove School, Lady Rams Booster Club, Christian Campbell, Owasso History Museum, Prairie Song

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While we did have the aforementioned contests going on — and I’m sure you’ve heard this speech before — all these kids really are winners here. They are all as cute as can be and we are happy that they are a part of our Jan/Feb issue. Major thanks to Shala Bible, John Cash, Marilyn Hinkle, Kaci Miller, Steve Mowery, Josh Quigley, and Holli Woodward for doing the hard part —the judging. And in other new and absolutely no less earth-shattering news, chalk up

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SCHOOL SUCCESS

Building Champions

Owasso Football Players Show Character & Create Community by Maria Gus This year, the Owasso Rams Football team hit quite a few milestones. Not only did the team succeed in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association 6A-I Championship, they also remained undefeated. What’s more, they did it with a tremendous amount of grit, teamwork, and community support. Athletic Director Zach Duffield attributes much of their success to the players’ countless hours of commitment, but he also praised the team for its incredible character and drive. “To go undefeated in our division, that’s a lot harder than people think,” said Duffield. “A championship season always has some luck or breaks that go your way, but in this case it was 13 games. They overcame adversity, injuries, and some nights they just perform better than other nights. This championship was a true testament to these kids.”

has been good, but now we’ve taken the final step,” said Duffield, “This championship has changed the face of Owasso football.”

Championships), and girls cross country team (State Runner-Up) were also big winners in 2019.

Owasso football has not only devoted countless hours to practice, but the entire community’s emphasis on character has also made a difference. While the team balances family obligations, work, and football, they also focus on giving back to their community. Duffield said that is something important to the entire athletic department. “We pride ourselves on becoming champions and preparing kids for life,” said Duffield.

Duffield has been told that this is the first time in Owasso football that the team has gone undefeated.

The entire Owasso education community has focused on building champions. “When I say champions, I don’t mean championships or trophies,” Duffield continued. “I mean becoming good husbands, wives, employees, and members of the community.” Duffield emphasized that character-building is very important in Owasso. The athletic department strives to emphasize integrity, pride in what you do, and teamwork.

Coach Bill Blankenship took over as head coach of the Owasso program in 2017. Duffield said that under Blankenship’s leadership, the program has gained strong momentum. “Our football program

The Owasso championship football team is just one example of the hard work and servant leadership in the community. The Owasso softball team (State RunnerUp), cheer team (two State

In December, Deuce Mayberry, Payton Lusk, Isaiah Jacobs, and Haydon Grant officially signed their national letters of intent to play football at the next level in the fall. These seniors are going on to schools like the University of Kansas, Missouri State, Maryland University, and the University of Tulsa. Duffield hopes to send these student-athletes out into the world and have them continue to make it a better place. Owasso athletic programs tackle two community service projects a year and emphasize doing something bigger than themselves,— lessons these athletes will take with them as they move on in life. “Being kind to people, that’s huge,” said Duffield. “Sometimes that’s overlooked. Saying please and thank you, yes sir, no sir, being kind to people or helping someone when they’re in need — those things don’t cost any money.” With a healthy dose of character building, the Owasso athletic department plans on only going up from here. “Winning championships is really awesome, but when you build champions, it’s even better,” stated Duffield. “Someday you’ll build those championships with champions, and that makes it even more special.”

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PROFILE

Steve Mowery Many Opportunities Exist for Economic Development by Tim Hudson For most Owasso residents, Steve Mowery needs no introduction. From running Mowery Funeral Service to his radio commentary to his recent acquisitions in the downtown area, Steve has been one of the key figures in Owasso’s growth. When did you move to Owasso? A: My dad came to Owasso in 1964 when I was one year old and I graduated from Owasso in 1980. Have you seen a lot of growth as you have been with the community? A: Yes. Most of Owasso at that time was all located on the west side of 169, and the population was probably about 1,200 people back in that day and time. So obviously, considerable growth has taken place since then. My dad worked for another funeral home here in Owasso when he drove the ambulance. Back then your local funeral home was your ambulance provider, and that was really what got him involved in funeral service. He built our current funeral home in 1981, and I joined him in 1985.

Can you tell our readers a little bit about your downtown property purchase? A: We have a commercial property downstairs and we have luxury lofts upstairs. They are one-bedroom and two-bedroom lofts, seven of which are already occupied with tenants. We have a flower shop that’s already located down there, and a microbrewery that should open up in January. We are really excited about that because we think it will bring a lot of opportunities downtown as far as entertainment for adults, music, events, and something that people can enjoy here locally without feeling the need to go to Tulsa. Can microbreweries turn into an anchor of the social scene?

Did you get to know most of the community that way?

A: We honestly believe that this will really be a gem. The young man that is going to be doing it is Donnie Eldridge, and he’s an Army veteran. This is a dream that he’s had and he’s been working on it for years. He’s been brewing beer for 15 years, and it’s just exciting to feel like you are a part of someone living out their dream. You can really tell when you talk to him that he’s a person who is getting to do what he has always dreamed of doing, and that’s really exciting.

A: Through that and doing Owasso radio, and being involved in different clubs and organizations.

What do you see for the future with Owasso after you’ve seen it grow so much already?

How long have you been involved in the sports scene?

A: I think, of course, a lot of rooftops, a lot of homebuilding. I think there’s still a lot of great opportunity for economic development in the downtown Redbud District, and I think a lot of people are going to be seeing success. My wife, Rene, and I have talked about how what we are seeing today may not have worked even 10 years ago. We think that the people are finally seeing that the time is right and things are changing. Of course, for she and I, the downtown holds a special place in our hearts, and we are excited to be a part of the revitalization that is going on down there.

A: This is my 19th year to broadcast Owasso athletics. In that time have you seen a few cool things happen there? A: There’s been a few state championships and some fun ballplayers that I know. I’ve just always wanted to try to give back, and I enjoy sports so that’s one way I can do it.

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LOCAL BUSINESS

More than Just a Turquoise Couch Popular Furniture Consignment Shop a Big Hit by Tim Hudson Just a few months into a new furniture consignment business, and one Owasso shop has people lining up for its service. “It’s just been overwhelming, the response we have gotten,” said Turquoise Couch owner Amy Cannon. “When we first came here we had some furniture on hand, but it didn’t take long until we were packed with consignment items. Now we had to put a hold on accepting new consignments until January because we are full.” The shop opened in Owasso in November, after Cannon closed another business, the Willow Tree Mall in downtown Claremore, after over a year of business there. “I was looking for something different. Something that there was nothing like, so I sold the mall to a business partner and came to Owasso. I love the color turquoise, and we sell furniture, so that’s how the name came about,” she said. Another factor that played into the decision to move was the the building that the mall was housed in kept getting sold — at least twice, she said. She wanted a place where “no one was selling our building. We could stay a while and not have to worry about that.”

According to Cannon, everything in the store is either gently used or new.

In addition to the consignment, the Turquoise Couch offers some booth spaces. She added that in a relatively short time, people started calling to have their items sold.

Some of the new items for sale include custom benches that Cannon says were designed by friends of hers.

"People have started reaching out to us with what they have, and we either approve it or reject it. We also have to tell them we have a waiting list,” she said. “We have tables, chairs, hutches, bookcases, and some home decor. There are wine racks, benches for your court or entryway, beds, bedding, and new comforter sets. We also have little things that the store purchases, and a kitchen line with new dishes.”

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“Our policy is that it has to be clean, not broken down, and not so outdated that it won't sell,” she said.

"We have a couple of long-time friends that have been making benches out of headboards. They have been bringing those from Pryor to sell at Turquoise Couch. These are nice, very solid benches that you are not going to find anywhere else,” she said. One policy that people seem to be having fun with is that customers load and unload whatever they are selling or buying. “We have a policy that we can’t load or unload for liabil-

ity reasons, and people understand; they have been amazing,” Cannon said. “When we came here, we didn’t know anybody and they didn’t know us. But we have had people spread the word and tell others that we are here. Come to find out, people did know who we were, because they had shopped with us in Claremore. We really enjoy it; once we arrived here it’s like my second home.” Turquoise Couch Consignment Furniture & Decor is located at 8751-A N 117th E Ave. Find out more by visiting their Facebook page or by calling (918) 346-3194.


AREA HISTORY

A Look Back at Early Owasso Owasso Historical Museum Boasts Treasures from the Past by Marilyn Hinkle

Photos courtesy Owasso History Museum The history of Owasso started in the 1830s when the Indians were relocated to the Indian Territory. Later, a Civil War Battle was fought on the banks of Bird Creek. In 1897, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway extended the railway 38.5 miles from Bartlesville to a site later known as Owasso. They dammed up a spring on what is now 86th St. N. to provide water for the train, forming Owasso Lake. These interesting facts and more are found at the Owasso Historical Museum, located at 26 S. Main St. Facts, items, and photos began to be collected by the local citizens and were presented to Librarian Velma Ward in 1965 when the Tulsa City-County Library was located in Owasso. So much information began arriving at the Library that many citizens began assisting Ward, and in 1979, the Owasso Historical Society was formed. It continued collecting and raising money to find a location to store and exhibit all those treasures and stories. In 1987, the Society purchased an old vacant building on Main Street known as the Komma building. It was built in 1928 and served the community as a grocery store until 1957. With the help of many volunteers, the building was refurbished and was opened to the public as a historical museum in 1991. Volunteers from the Historical Society operated the Museum until 2003, when they joined in partnership with the City of Owasso. The City now maintains the building and provides a staff person. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, noon till 4 pm. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Many things can be found in the Museum that provide a look a look at our past, such as Indian history, allotment locations, the history of our schools and businesses, along with the growth that has occurred in Owasso and the surrounding area.

Owasso 100 Years Ago

statehood, the manufacture, sale & distribution of alcohol was prohibited throughout the state, as it had been in the territories. The town had two grain elevators to handle the large amounts of corn, wheat, oats, and other grain grown in the area. Among other resources were oil, natural gas, coal, cotton, and a large acreage of native grass. A cotton gin was located near what is now 1st Street and Atlanta. In 1907, water was brought to town in barrels from Owasso Lake and sold for 50 cents a barrel.

From the Scrapbooks In the 1940s & 50s •

The City Limit sign was on the east side of the railroad track, & read, “OWASSO Pop 400.”

There were two grocery stores, Finch’s and Komma’s.

The Telephone Office was one room, with a switchboard and one booth. A caller would give the number to Mrs. Martin and if they didn’t know the number, they’d just give the name.

Movies were shown at the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall. In the summer they would be shown on the lawn. A white bed sheet was hung on the outside of the building to serve as the movie screen.

Mounger’s Hardware store stood on the northwest corner of Main & Broadway, where on a nice day, there would be a group of old men, sitting and swapping yarns, discussing the weather, and watching the people pass by, while waiting for the mail to be put up.

There was no football team, but they had a good basketball team and a very fine band.

When Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907, the Town of Owasso was 3 1/2 years old, with a population of 379 within the town limits and nearly three times that living within the surrounding Owasso Township. Grant Avenue (now known as Broadway), and also referred to at that time as Main Street, was the main business street. It began at the depot on the west and ran in an easterly direction for nearly half a mile. The business community was growing, with storefronts built in a western style similar to other towns throughout the frontier. There were no saloons. At the time of JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 | Owasso City Magazine

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2020 NEW YEAR BABY HAPPY NEW YEAR! The winner of our popular vote is 10-month-old Ruben Pedro Velardez. Ruben was able to charm his way to over 1,000 Facebook likes to take the 2020 Readers’ Choice title. According to his mom, Deysi Velardez, Ruben “loves rolling around and playing with his big sister.” “He also loves singing and his favorite fruit so far is bananas,” Velardez said. “He doesn’t like his car seat or being

in a bouncer, he considers himself a big boy already and wants to do everything on his own. He is a very sweet boy and spoiled baby by everyone in the family because he is currently the youngest in our families.” This year for Christmas, Ruben was excited to get a “Learn With Me” walker and a ball pit. We expect big things from Ruben and wish him well this year and in the future.

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2020 NEW YEAR BABY

Judges’ Choice Cover Winner: Nicholas Cunitz! Our Judges’ Choice winner for 2020 is 15-monthold Nicholas Cunitz. According to Nicholas’ mother, Jamie, he’s a big fan of both Mickey Mouse and dogs. She further said that he really doesn’t have any dislikes at the moment, and following Christmas morning he was the proud owner of a VTech “Elephant Zoo Jams” drum set and a “swing/slicker slide combo.” Eternal thanks to our panel of “Celebrity Judges.” It was a hard decision, and these guys rocked it! Thanks a million!

Contest Judges Shala Bible – Owasso Chamber of Commerce John Cash – Trails End Barbecue Marilyn Hinkle – Owasso Historical Museum Kaci Miller – State Farm Insurance Steve Mowrey – Mowrey Funeral Home Josh Quigley – Owasso Community Center Holli Woodward – McGraw Realtors

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LEAVING A LEGACY

Super Seniors Lady Rams Say Goodbye to 16 Seniors After Runner-Up Season by Maria Gus The Owasso Softball team will say goodbye to its “Sweet 16” this year. Sixteen seniors, who contributed to an incredibly successful program, have left a legacy as they look to take the next step. The 13 senior players and three senior managers have all been in the Owasso softball program since 8th grade. This season they were runner-up in the Class 6A State Championship, after a tough title game against Edmond Memorial. Both teams played well, with Edmond Memorial grabbing a lead in the fifth inning and holding on for the win. Head Coach Shane Eicher said he knew going into the year that they had a very special and talented team. Despite getting rained out of a tournament in St. Louis, the team bounced back as they traveled the path to Regionals. That was the moment that Coach Eicher said the team came to play. “They carried that drive over into the State Tournament,” said Eicher. “They beat Westmore, who had beaten us earlier, and the same with

Broken Arrow in the semifinals. We pitched great, we hit great, and we played great defense.” Coach Eicher places the credit solely on his team. “They deserve all the credit,” said Eicher. “They’re the ones out there playing. It’s all about these players.” Natalee Fuller serves as the team’s assistant coach. Eicher said that the team not only worked hard, but they’re all good kids. “We’re really proud of them,” said Eicher. “They act right, work hard, and are just a real pleasure to coach.” This outstanding group of seniors won District and Regional championships all four years they were in high school. Eleven of them will go on to play college softball. Players will attend schools across the region, including the University of Oklahoma, Northwest Oklahoma State, Northeast Oklahoma, and MidAmerica Baptist. “We’ve got most of our pitching coming back,” said Eicher. “We lose

every position player, but there are always kids waiting their turn.” When asked about building a team for next year, Coach Eicher said they’re up for the challenge. “You know, we’ve got to find the next person to step up,” Eicher said with a smile. “It’s going to be different, just because we have so many that are leaving. We still have two really good pitchers coming back. It’s always fun, like a new year of school.” No matter what, Coach Eicher said his biggest priority was to see the team demonstrate teamwork and sportsmanship. He stressed that their most important achievement was their behavior on and off the field. To that end, Eicher says he couldn’t be more proud of the team. “To see these players going on to play college softball and further their education, it’s just so cool,” said Eicher. “We want them to act right and do the right thing. And they do.”

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JAN/FEB EVENTS CALENDAR Know of an upcoming event you would like to see on our calendar? Submit the info to calendar@owassomagazine.net for a free listing!

Jan 1-5

Jan 10-19

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Miss Saigon

The Music Man

Chapman Music Hall

John H. Williams Theatre

Fri, Jan 3

Fri, Jan 17

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Board Game Night

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Join us every Friday for an evening of board game fun, led by Game Knights! Play from a selection of classic and contemporary board games in RPG, co-op, and other styles with fellow players.

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Sun, Jan 5

Post-op patients return, share their stories and connect with one another.

2 p.m.

Sunday Session Basketball skills training for 2nd grade through high school. Bring two basketballs, a water bottle, and be ready to work hard! First session is free. Sunday session is held every Sunday, at 2 p.m.

Thu, Jan 30

Times Vary

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Parenting 2.0 Bible Church of Owasso Two classes, one for toddlers-to-elementary , and one for teen-to-adult children. Whether you are a parent yourself or you are looking for some wisdom to share with other parents in your life, you should definitely come! The panelists will be sharing their advice and answering questions, applying biblical principles to the practical parenting situations we all face.

Sat, Feb 8 8 p.m.

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Feb 13-16 Times Vary

Dorothy and the Prince of Oz Chapman Music Hall

Jan 30-31 Feb 14-16

Blue Man Group: Speechless

4th Annual Beyond Awareness Summit

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John H. Williams Theatre

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Thu, Jan 23

Mon, Jan 6

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Bret Michaels: Unbroken The Joint at Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

Early Reader Book Club

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Jan 20-24

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Feb 6-9

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The Music Man

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August: Osage County

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Liddy Doenges Theatre

Mark Nizer: 4D & Sciencesplosion

Owasso Library Kindergarten through second-grade readers will enjoy books read aloud and then participate in an activity related to one of the books.

Thu, Jan 9 5 p.m.

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Jan 24-25

John H. Williams Theatre

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Empower Summit Owasso First Assembly Empower Summit is designed to empower men to great exploits. Why? To instruct, inspire, and empower men to influence their world. Cost? Free.

Feb 21-23 Times Vary

Godspell

10 a.m.

John H. Williams Theatre

2 Friends & Junk Vintage Market Tulsa Expo Center

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August: Osage County

9 p.m.

Liddy Doenges Theatre

Travis Kid Live Music

Jan 24-26

PJ’s Pub & Grill

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8 p.m.

17th Annual Green Country Home & Garden Show

Harry Potter and the Prisones of Azkaban in Concert

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Owasso Golden Agers Card Bingo

Seenagers Acoustic Jam

OCC Timmy & Cindy Room, (3rd Thur.)

OCC Timmy & Cindy Room

Owasso Golden Agers Mexican Train Dominoes

Owasso Community Center

1:30 PM

OCC Timmy & Cindy Room (2nd Wednesday monthly)

8:30 AM

Golden Agers Learn to Line Dance

8 AM - Noon

Blood Pressure Health Check

1 PM

Owasso Golden Agers Parkinson’s Support Group

OCC Rams Room

11:45 AM

OCC Timmy & Cindy Room

OCC Rams Room

2 PM

Owasso Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon

OCC Rams Room (1st Thursday monthly)

11 AM

Owasso Golden Agers Bunco

Owasso Golden Agers Senior Nutrition Daily Lunch (M-THU)

6 PM

2:30 PM

Owasso City Council/PWAPGA Old Central (First 3 Tuesdays monthly)

Owasso Golden Agers Line Dancing for Fun

Owasso Board of Adjustment

OCC Rams Room

Golden Agers Early Bird Fitness

OCC Rams Room 11:30 AM

Owasso Golden Agers Scrabble

OCC Lobby Area (3rd Tuesday monthly)

Owasso Golden Agers Writer’s Club

Tulsa Tech’s Owasso Conference Center (1st Wednesday monthly)

1:30 PM

Golden Agers Learn to Line Dance OCC Rams Room 4:30 PM

Thrifty Skate Night

OCC Eagles Room

Community Room (4th Tuesday)

1 PM

7 PM

Owasso Golden Agers Pinochle

English as Second Language Class

9:30 AM

OCC Recreation Room

Owasso Golden Agers Bingo

8:30 AM

OCC Timmy & Cindy Room

Owasso Golden Agers Early Bird Fitness

OCC Recreation Room

Wheels and Thrills

THURSDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

8 AM

8 AM

Owasso Chamber of Commerce Business Over Breakfast

Veterans Donuts & Coffee

FRIDAY

10 AM

OCC Timmy & Cindy Room (2nd Wed.)

OCC Rams Room

Owasso Economic Development Authority

2:30 PM

Community Room (2nd Thursday monthly)

Owasso Golden Agers Line Dancing for Fun

Golden Agers Early Bird Fitness

12 PM

OCC Rams Room

OCC Rams Room

Chamber Ambassadors Meeting

Various Locations (2nd Tuesday monthly) 8:30 AM 9:30 AM

Owasso Golden Agers Bingo OCC Timmy & Cindy Room

Various Locations (3rd Thursday)

School Events Tue, Jan 7

Fri, Jan 17

Fri, Jan 31

6 p.m.

6:30 & 8 p.m.

6:30 & 8 p.m.

9 a.m.

Owasso Wrestling vs. Stillwater

Rejoice Christian Basketball vs. Lincoln Christian (G/B)

Owasso Basketball vs. Tulsa Union (G/B)

Dual State Wrestling

6:30 & 8 p.m.

Fri, Feb 14

6:30 & 8 p.m.

Tue, Feb 4

Rejoice Christian Basketball vs. Metro Christian (G/B)

Fri, Jan 24 9 a.m.

Tue, Jan 14

Wrestling at Owasso Tournament

6:30 & 8 p.m.

Tue, Jan 28

Owasso Basketball vs. Sapulpa (G/B) 6:30 & 8 p.m.

Owasso Basketball vs. Bixby (G/B)

9 a.m.

Thu, Feb 6

Owasso Basketball vs. Muskogee (G/B) 6 p.m.

Thu, Jan 16

Owasso Wrestling vs. Ponca City

6 p.m.

6:30 & 8 p.m.

Owasso Wrestling vs. Bartlesville

Rejoice Christian Basketball vs. Regent Prep (G/B)

Fri, Feb 21 Wrestling Regionals

6 p.m.

Owasso Wrestling vs. Jenks

6:30 & 8 p.m.

Owasso Basketball vs. Bartlesville (G/B) 6:30 & 8 p.m.

Rejoice Christian Basketball vs. Holland Hall (G/B)

Fri, Feb 28

Fri, Feb 7

State Wrestling Tournament

9 a.m.

6:30 & 8 p.m.

Owasso Basketball vs. BA (G/B)

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Prairie Song Popular Village a Unique Wedding Venue Close to Home by Jason Lucas A Northeastern Oklahoma old west village is becoming a destination for brides and grooms across the state. Prairie Song, an 1800s-style old west town located just outside Dewey, Oklahoma and owned by Kenneth Tate & Marilyn Moore-Tate, is quickly becoming the destination wedding spot in the state. The village features a saloon, post office, general store, jail, school house, chapel, doctors office, and stables, among other things. In recent years, the chapel and several other locations on the grounds have become very popular for weddings. “It is the ideal location to host a peaceful country wedding, and we are able to accommodate weddings of all sizes,” Marilyn said. “The Wildwood Chapel is a log cabin that is able to handle small weddings, and we also have a banquet room that can handle a large ceremony. It would be difficult to find a better location that captures the real American country-western lifestyle.” Marilyn said that she and Kenneth had a dream they wanted to express through building Prairie Song. All of the buildings were designed and built by Kenneth, while Marilyn filled each building with beautiful 19th-century antiques,

designed the interiors, and arranged the display areas. “What started out as a cottage turned into the old west town of Prairie Song. No blueprints were used to build Prairie Song,” she said. “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience you won't want to miss.” Marilyn said that spots are already filling up, with people even asking about 2021. Each wedding is unique and special in its own way, she said. “Weddings normally take two to three days of set up time and tear down. You really have to see one, because Prairie Song is definitely not a cookiecutter place. We’ve been doing them for 32 years, and I’ve never had any two that are alike. There is so much to choose from, so many different sites and places. We have weddings down by the creek, some on the hills, even in the saloon,” she

said. “Some bring champagne bars and set them, up or things like that; this really is a blank canvas and they fill it in however they want to. Some of the wedding ideas have been amazing. Sometimes I can’t even believe it’s Prairie Song. It was just what the bride’s dreams were, unfolded on the canvas of Prairie Song.” According to Marilyn, the mission of Prairie Song is “to preserve and honor the heritage of pioneers who crossed the plains to settle in Indian Territory, and to acknowledge the Cowboy and Indian cultures of Oklahoma.” She feels weddings are a perfect way of accomplishing that. “We really do just love doing weddings. Everyone says that Prairie Song is a beautiful setting, and it is. We’ve really never advertised it until recently. It had just been word of mouth,” she said. Prairie Song is located on West 1600 Road in Dewey, about five minutes east of downtown, off of Highway 75 and Durham Road. To reserve a wedding date, or for more information on Prairie Song in general, call Marilyn at (918)5342662 or visit www.prairiesong.net.

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PASTOR’S CORNER

Kairos Time in a Chronos World Count Your Hours, But Make Your Hours Count by Pastor Linzy Slayden, Friendship Baptist Church of Owasso Time is an interesting concept. There are times when time seems to go rushing by, and other times when the clock seems to stand still. There are times when we are very much aware of time, such as when we are working on a project with a deadline and fighting against time. And then there are those wonderful times when we enjoy a day of leisure and hardly notice the time passing at all. LINZY SLAYDEN

We use the term “time” to mean different things at different times. For instance, sometimes we hear people say, “I had a good time with friends over the holidays.” At other times, we also hear others say, “It was one of the worse times of my life.” Or you may say to someone, “Our worship service is at 10 am. Come and join us.” If these are all examples or representatives of time, what, then, is time? The Greeks used two words to explain the different dimensions of time: kairos and chronos. Kairos time is elusive and hard to grasp for a modern person. We are much more familiar with chronos time. Chronos time is clock time; it is predictable and quantifiable. It is measured by hours, minutes and seconds and is sequential. “Time is money!” so says a modern consumer-driven culture, because time drives us to produce and consume. We are paid by the hour or by how effectively we use the time to get things done, not by how we need to make our time on earth meaningful and contented.

Kairos is different. It cannot be measured, it is not a quantitative concept, it is qualitative. Kairos refers to the “right” moment, the “opportune” moment, the “perfect” moment — when significant opportunities arise and when remarkable things happen. I encourage you as you move through this new year, even as your busy schedule threatens to overwhelm you, to look for “kairos” moments. To note them. Be aware of them. Such awareness over time may make more room for kairos in your life. At the end of the day, try to write down in a journal a kairos moment you had that day. Begin to see a pattern in what those moments look like for you, and maybe how you can make room in your chronos time, for kairos time. We cannot get away from chronos time. But chronos and kairos can exist side by side if we look for those moments in the midst of everyday happenings. Look for the kairos times, the times when God says, “This is the time.” Be present in your own life. Keep awake. Count your hours, sure, but more importantly, make them count. During this New Year, let’s focus on higher things as we wait upon and as we prepare for those opportunities that will come to us from God. And, let us be ready to act. Let us be ready to respond, let us be ready to engage with God — to further enhance God’s kingdom and to be one with God’s purposes here on earth and in heaven.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Serving Very Special Citizens King’s Grove School Dedicated to Providing Top-Notch Education by Devin Williams An Owasso school that got its start last September is assuring that some of the most special citizens in town get a top-notch education. King’s Grove School officials say they are dedicated to giving special needs youth a private, specialized day — coupled with residential programs. “We meet each and every child where they are and propel them forward,” says Katie Peters Larson, teacher, parent, and founder at King’s Grove. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), in 2017-2018, approximately 6.5 million U.S. youth were diagnosed with a disability that qualifies them for special education services. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, or IDEA for short, there is a provision that mandates free and appropriate education for any person between the ages of 3-21 who qualifies. Those 6.5 million special needs students make up nearly 13 percent of the youth who are educated in the country today. “When I speak to people about King’s Grove, they are shocked that there is nothing around like it ... the options are a public school or nothing,” Larson said. “The options for therapy, community connection, and education are so limited that it leads many families with special needs children into isolation.” The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) recently reported that 3.4 percent of special needs youths are educated in private, specialized day and or residential programs. That totals about 221,000 across the

nation. King’s Grove School is one such school trying to provide a different path of education to these children in the community. Larsen said that the school provides “Quality, Christian education for students with special needs” and that King’s Grove School’s mission comes from the desire to fill an unanswered need in the community. The mission statement reads in part: “We exist to help students with moderate to severe special needs fulfill their created purpose in God’s kingdom and their communities, and to strengthen families.” In recent years, there have been growing concerns amongst parents with children who have special needs and their advocates. A concern is that traditional educational practices and the everyday shuffle of public schools have been failing the students who desperately need the time, care, and patience in order to grow into adults with the best possible quality of life. As a result, many of the parents and guardians of these educationally displaced have turned to private education to ensure that the “appropriate education” that was mandated in IDEA is fulfilled, thus affirming the need for schools such as King’s Grove. Larson says that people at Kings Grove know these issues first hand. “Most of our teachers and staff are the parents of students,” she said. “The Headmaster, Linda Miser, knows and loves each one of our students. Before you can even begin to teach a special needs child you must understand their disability, their triggers, and how to communicate to overcome them. Linda is a student of each of our children and can calm down any child, even when they lose control.” For more information on how to contribute and support King’s Grove School, call or text 918-814-1085 or visit the school website at kingsgroveschool.com

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