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JULY 27, 2011 Crazy Days Returning To Ponca City RAZY DAYS are coming C to Ponca City Thursday through Saturday! Enjoy

the fun and excitement of the biggest sale days of the year. Contact the Ponca City Area Chamber at Commerce for more information by calling (580) 765-4400. ARTS ADVENTURE continues through Friday at Northern Oklahoma College, sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council. This day camp is open to students entering grades 6 through 12. Courses include visual arts, computer graphics, instrumental and vocal music, photography, dance, video, theater and writing. Registration forms are available at the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce. Contact Kerri Gray at (580) 628-4710. The PONCA CITY ART CENTER is closed for summer break until Aug. 17. People wanting to inquire about upcoming classes may call 765-9746. The sixth annual CHILDREN’S SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL, presented by The Poncan Theatre, shows free children’s movies every Tuesday through Aug. 9, Show times are at 10 a.m., 1, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Come stay cool and enjoy a great movie. For more information, call (580) 765-0943 or visit www.poncantheatre. com. THE GRAND NATIONAL MOTO CROSS RACES continue through Saturday at AMBUCS Race Park. Races will be held daily, with tickets on sale at the gate. Tickets are $10 for adults; children 5 and younger will be admitted free. For more information, visit www. poncacitygrandnationalmx.com or call (580) 7623635. SPLASH FOR CF will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Swimmers can help make a splash for cystic fibrosis. Support Quality Water Services and the Ponca City Aquatic and Family Center — YMCA by gathering pledges for swimming laps. For more information, call (580) 762-7555. MUSIC IN THE PARK, presented by the Ponca City Park and Recreation Department, will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the parking lot of The Wally Smith Tennis Center, near Hutchins Memorial Auditorium. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs. For more information, call (580) 767-0430. “ALL FIRED UP,” a benefit fundraiser for the Ponca City Fire and Life Safety Council, will be Aug. 5 at the Marland Mansion, lower level. Enjoy a steak dinner with all the fixins’, prepared by three different teams of Ponca City Firefighters. Diners vote the winner. Other fun includes a DJ and live auction. Tickets are available at the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce. Call (580) 765-4400. The KAW POWWOW will be Aug. 5-7. Dancing begins at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 with Grand Entry and gourd dancing. Dancing begins at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 with supper being served at 5 p.m. Food concessions and arts and crafts will be available. For more information, contact Carolyn Delaney at (866) 404-5297 or (580) 269-2552, Ext. 210. The Ponca City Humane Society will have a FISHING TOURNAMENT at Osage Cove on Kaw Lake from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. The entry fee is $40 per adult and $10 per child age 12 and younger. The entry fee includes fishing for bass, crappie and catfish. Both boat and bank fishing will be allowed. Prizes will be given for first and second places in three categories. Registration applications can be picked up at the Ponca City Human Society, 900 West Prospect Avenue. All proceeds benefit the Ponca City Humane Society for the care of the animals. For more information, call (580) 767-8877.

Kids Have Lots of Fun Adventures During YMCA Camp

TEEN CAMP helped twice a week with the community garden at First Christian Church.

CAMP COUNSELORS Beast and Savie really got into to the YMCA’s weekly Color Wars activities.

YMCA CAMPERS Madysun and Allie competed in a Minute to Win It game called “Face the Cookie.” IN A friendly color war challenge, campers Sarah and Lynna work hard to papermache camp counselor Flea.

YMCA CAMPERS Sarah and Emily had a great time on the lightspace wall in the XRKade at the YMCA.


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End of Legion Tournaments Brings Memory of Championship Days It was with some sadness, but not surprise, that I learned that the Oklahoma Department of the American Legion had called off postseason baseball tournaments this year for its two younger divisions, AA and AAA. The lack of surprise is because of a overwhelming trend of Oklahoma high schools to conduct their own summer baseball programs. Very few places in the state now have bona fide Legion baseball teams. The sadness comes from my own fond memories of playing American Legion baseball as a youth, even though the team of which I was a member may have been among the 10 worst in the storied program’s history. The names of the other nine will remain unmentioned, largely because I can’t imagine nine others as poor as the one that included me on its roster. Despite having a lack of success, playing on the Mankato, Kan., Legion team was an important part of my development as a person, for which I’ll always be grateful. With the help of the Department of Oklahoma site on the World Wide Web, I learned that Ponca City had a team. but only one, to win the state American Legion championship — the 1940 outfit. Wanting to discover what I could about the 1940 team, I called Chuck McCollum, who was actively involved in the local Huff-Minor Post 14 American Legion baseball program almost every year since 1964. Chuck pledged his assistance, and true to his word he came up with material to get me started. The primary treasure he brought was a photo of the 1940 team, which included these persons: Tom Kappele, Fred White, Bernard Simpson, Bob McCartney, Robert Kane, Walt Harris, Eddie Helems, Merle Applebee, Lloyd McGee, Don Myers, Ellis Robinson, Cliff Vannest and Jack Dyer. E. A. Sutton is identified in the photo as the coach and Bob Casey is listed as a bat boy. “How many of the team members are still living?” I wondered after seeing the photo. “And are any of them living in Ponca City?” McCollum, who is a walking encyclopedia concerning American Legion baseball, had an answer. “Cliff Vannest lives here,” he said. And I discovered that Chuck had already visited Mr. Vannest to confirm his participation on the 1940 team. Vannest moved from Ponca City and lived for many years in Fort Morgan, Colo. But he’s back now and turned out to be very helpful. As an aside, one thing I learned is that Vannest is the father of Craig Vannest, Phil Turney’s sidekick in WBBZ’s broadcasts of Ponca City Wildcat football and basketball

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games. “We took a train to Newton, Kan., and then caught a train to Albuquerque, N.M.,” Clifford Vannest said about the 1940 team’s experiences. “Most of us had never been on a train before.” The trip to Albuquerque was to participate in the American Legion Regional Tournament, the next step after winning the Oklahoma tournament. The winner of the Albuquerque Regional would advance to the national World Series. Once the Ponca City outfit reached Albuquerque, things didn’t go well. “None of us (Ponca City pitchers) had pitched in high altitude,” he said. “We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. We lost both games we played.” Before the not-so-pleasant trip to Albuquerque, Ponca City had a good year that peaked with the state championship. The state tourney was played in Ponca City and Vannest said the team they bested in the title game was from Oklahoma City. “Gov. Red Phillips (Leon C., Oklahoma governor from 1939 to 1943) gave each of us silver baseballs the size of a good marble,” he said about winning the tournament. “My mother wore that baseball during the War. I don’t know where it is now.” Also, the Legion gave each team member a jacket for winning the state championship. Vannest went on to say that he was one of three pitchers on the team. “The best pitcher, in my opinion, was Jack Dyer. I was a pitcher and Lefty McGee was the other. Fred White was a catcher, but the one who caught me most of the time was Walt Harris. “I had a really good knuckleball. My son, Craig, coached the American Legion team in Ponca for awhile and one day I was visiting his practice. One of the kids came up to me and asked if I would show him how to throw a knuckler. I learned later that I had taught Clint Sodowsky how to throw that pitch.” Sodowsky pitched several years in Major League Baseball. Talking about his 1940 teammates, Vannest ticked off the positions he remembered each playing. “Don Myers was infielderoutfielder, Ellis Robinson played second base, Eddy

Helems was in the outfield, Bernard Simpson was at first base, Bob McCartney was at shortstop, Fred White and Walt Harris were the catchers, Tom Kappele played in the infield, Merle Applebee was at third base and Kane, I called him ‘Sugar’, played in the infield.” He remembered McCartney and Applebee as being especially good hitters. “We called McCartney ‘Monk’ because he had hair all over his body,” Vannest added. Vannest apparently wasn’t too shabby at bat either. “J. Guy Zigler, who wrote for The Ponca City News, kept statistics and he had all of my statistics from the time I played Little League through American Legion and he said my batting average for all those years was .470. My problem was I ran too long in one spot. I couldn’t run.” Vannest also had a story about a stranger visiting a relative in Ponca City who gave him a glove as a child. He learned much later that the stranger was Dizzy Dean. “I used that glove until it wore out. Just think what it would be worth today if I owned a glove given to me by Dizzy Dean,” he said. Vannest had memories of playing on a Ponca City semipro “town” team that played games at Conoco Park, including an exhibition against the bearded “House of David” team from Kansas City. “That was quite an experience, although it wasn’t really much of a game,” he said. He also talked about receiving an invitation to a St. Louis Cardinal tryout camp in 1942, but World War II intervened. In my quest to find out about other members of the team, I had some success through a variety of sources, including the internet and the morgue of The News. Bernard Simpson was killed in World War II. He is one of those honored in the Po-Hi War Memorial. Simpson was a member of the Class of 1940 at the high school. According to the information available, he was a member of the U. S. Army infantry and was killed when the troop ship he was on was torpedoed. The mishap took place on Christmas Day 1944, between England and France. Robert Kane died in November 2010, in Monroe, Wash.

According to his obituary, he had a career in the U.S. Air Force before retiring. Lloyd McGee was known as “Lefty.” His nickname was one given many left-handed pitchers over the years and he was a good pitcher, according to what I was able to determine. He was a decorated veteran of World War II and reportedly was a major league prospect before the war. He died Jan. 26, 1998. Walt Harris was a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. He went to the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship, but quit to pursue the possibility of a career in baseball. He played for a short time in the minor leagues, but he was more reknowned as an artist, specializing in Indian art. His works have been displayed at the Marland Grand Home and his July 1986 obituary in The Daily Oklahoman called him an artist of great accomplishment. And he worked for a time at The Ponca City News drawing a cartoon strip. Tom Kappele, who died March 5, 1989, in Maywood, Ill., did play some minor league baseball in the KansasOklahoma-Missouri League with Chanute, Kan., and later for the Miami (Okla.) Owls. After the war, he graduated from Oklahoma A&M with a degree in journalism. He and his wife were the authors of a syndicated newspaper column for children for 10 years. Bob McCartney died Dec. 24, 2003. According to his obituary he received invitations to attend a St. Louis Cardinals baseball tryout camp. He taught and coached numerous sports at Ponca City Junior High from 1947 to 1960 and then was named principal of McKinley School in 1960. He later became principal of East Middle School in 1967, a position he held until his retirement in 1985. The bat boy, Bob Casey, passed away Dec. 22, 2010, in Canyon Lake, Texas. He signed a professional baseball contract and played for the Ponca City Dodgers. Casey was in the furniture business in Ponca City and in Texas and taught school for a time. Fred White died March 1, 2007. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II. According to one report, Thomas Ellis Robinson Jr. died Aug. 2, 2007, in Illinois. Besides Vannest, living members of the team include Eddie Helems of Chouteau and Don Myers of Tulsa. I did contact and talk briefly to Mr. Helems through his wife, but he said he had little to tell about his 1940 experiences. Helems younger brother, Donald, lives in Ponca City, and also was a baseball player. His nephew, Jerry, was a longtime employee of The News before his recent retirement. I was unable to contact

CLIFF VANNEST displays his pitching form in this 1939 photo. Myers. And I was unable to learn the fates of Merle Applebee, Jack Dyer and coach E. A. Sutton. But I did find out that both Merle Applebee and his brother, Earl, played baseball for what is now the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

It has been 71 years since 13 players, a coach and a bat boy accomplished what has been only a dream to other Ponca City high-school age baseball players — winning a state championship. It has been a privilege to discover and to share just a little bit of their story.

CLIFF VANNEST shown here as a member of the Ponca City Cities Service team

THE 1940 Ponca City American Legion state championship team poses here for a team photo. Members include, back row from left, Merle Applebee, Lloyd McGee, Jack Dyer, Cliff Vannest, Don Myers,

Ellis Robinson, Eddy Helems, coach E. A. Sutton; front row, Bernard Simpson, Walt Harris, Bob McCartney, Robert Kane, Fred White, Tom Kappele and in front, bat boy Bob Casey.

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Firefighters Cool VBS Participants THE FIRST Baptist Church of Marland held its annual Vacation Bible School recently with an average attendance of about 50 people daily. This included not only the kids and a few adults from the Marland area, but also a group of missionaries from St. Peter, Mo., both children and adults, who divided their time and people up among three different chuches in the area. The final day of VBS was a pizza/water party in order to provide a much-needed break from the heat. Nearly 80 people attended that day, including local children, adults and the missionaries, and three members of the Marland Volunteer Fire Department. Operating the red line in the upper left photo is firefighter Michael Hays.

The members of the Marland Volunteer Fire Department participated in the Vacation Bible School cooloff. One of the firefighters is a local farmer, and the other two had the support of their employer, Two Rivers Co-Op, in taking a long lunch break to come and help out. In the lower left photo, operating the pumper truck is firefighter Roger Mooney. Present but not pictured was Chief Mickey Robinson. This was the second year in a row for the firefighters to participate. This year they were able to bring two firetrucks, a pumper and a tanker, and sprayed more than 4,000 gallons of water for the kids to enjoy, along with the water slides that the church provided.

Grazing Lands Conference Aug. 4-5 in Oklahoma City OKLAHOMA CITY —The Oklahoma Grazing Lands Conservation Association will host its annual “Grazing Lands Dollars and $ense” Conference Aug. 4-5 at the Meridian Conference Center at Interstate 40 and Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City. This year’s conference will focus on providing a great opportunity for producers to develop their skills in subjects related to grazing, livestock and economics. Greg Judy and Neil Dennis are featured speakers for this year’s conference. Judy

of Clark, Mo., runs a grazing operation on 1,400 acres of leased land that is made up from 11 farms. He and his wife Jan went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to paying off a 200-acre farm and house in three years with custom grazing on leased land, completely debt free. Today they own three farms and lease eight farms. Holistic High Density Planned Grazing is used to graze cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, horses, and stockers. They also own a 250-head

grass genetic cow herd, 300head hair sheep flock, goat herd and graze Tamworth pigs. They direct market grass-fed beef, lamb and pork through their website, www.greenpasturesfarm.net. Judy is convinced there is no better way to get into the grazing business then to lease some fallow land, employ high-density grazing and use other people’s livestock to do it. He has written several books on the subject. Dennis has been exploring new pathways in the science of grazing cattle for the past

25 years. Dennis’ love of the land and his passion for his agricultural heritage have given him fuel to forge into the realms of the unknown when it comes to soil health, grass management and cattle grazing. Once a purebred cattle and sheep producer and mixed farm operator, Dennis now knows the wealth of a farm is directly dependent upon the health of the land. He has successfully rejuvenated a 1949 seeded pasture with use of nothing more than high stock density and prop-

er recovery time; increased the carrying capacity of his lands by 300 percent to 400 percent and increased water infiltration up to a level of 5 to 10 inches per hour. Dennis is now living his dream: having fun in his fields where he has developed systems to move 800 plus head of cattle, easily, single-handedly and with minimum stress to man and beast. The evening of Aug. 4 there will be a screening and discussion of the film Fresh. This film features Michael

Pollan, Joel Salatin and others who are at the forefront of opening the eyes of the masses toward agriculture. Registration forms are available at the Kay County Conservation District office, 5501 North Pleasant View Avenue in Newkirk, (580) 3622438, or by emailing kayccd@ conservation.ok.gov The registration is $150 per person and includes attendance to all sessions, lunches and breaks both days. Registration for additional people from the same operation/ family is $100 per person.

No-Till Practices May Help Soil Structure, Reduce Compaction NEWKIRK — Soil compaction has long been a common problem in most farmland, especially those that are conventionally tilled, according to Susan Henning, District Manager of the Kay County Conservation District. Compaction can cause poor soil profile aeration and drainage, resulting in reduced root growth and oxygen in the root zone and ultimately reduced farm yields and profits. Although heavy farm machinery, rainfall impact and tillage especially in wet soils are known contributing factors, research summarized by Ohio State University

Extension Educator James Hoorman suggests that it may really be a “biological problem caused by a lack of actively growing plants and active roots in the soil.” Organic residues on the soil surface remaining in no-tilled fields reduce soil compaction from heavy equipment due to the cushioning effect. Even though organic matter compresses with heavy equipment traffic, it springs back to its normal shape. Conventional tillage breaks down these organic residues and speeds up the decomposition of organic matter. Hoorman states that in the

last hundred years, tillage has decreased soil organic levels by 60 percent. This organic matter is an important energy source for soil microbes, especially mycorrhizal fungi that keep nutrients recycling in the soil. Within the soil profile, mycorrhizal fungi combine with secretions from plant roots to form glomalin, which sticks soil particles together to form macroaggregates in the soil. These macroaggregates are those soil particles that give soil its structure and allow water and air to enter the soil profile. Researchers also suggest that continuous growing “active” plant

roots in addition to fungi are needed to maintain glomalin levels. In a typical no-till soybean-corn rotation, actively growing plant roots are present only a third of the time, but by adding cover crops in between the grain crops, producers can increase the presence of actively growing roots to 85 percent to 90 percent. Therefore, the partnership between the increased populations of fungi and the potential secretions from actively growing roots help maintain soil macroaggregates and soil structure. Tillage breaks down macroaggregates and creates a soil composed

mainly of the basic soil particles; sand, silt and clay. This leads to compacted, cloddy soils. These soils have reduced water infiltration, resulting in water ponding on the surface. Reduced organic matter removes the cushioning effect between soil particles and allows soil compaction to increase as the elemental soil particles chemically bind tighter together. For more information about incorporating no-till practices and cover crops into farm management schemes, contact the Newkirk NRCS/Kay County Conservation District at (580) 362-2438.

Drought Offers Chance To Renovate Ponds STILLWATER — There is one key ingredient for ponds to be able to function as designed: water. With the extreme dry conditions that most of Oklahoma has been experiencing over the past several months, many ponds have become noticeably smaller in surface area,

which causes several problems, but allows the opportunity for some renovation. Some of the problems include a decrease in palatability for livestock, followed by lower water consumption, unhealthy fish and low oxygen fish kills, said Marley Beem, Oklahoma State University

Winfield Humane Society To Celebrate Birthday WINFIELD — The Cowley County Humane Society will celebrate its eighth birthday with a volunteer recognition party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6. On this day only, adoption fees will be $8 and all animals come completely vetted. There will be vendors, games, contests, fun activities, and birthday cakes for both pets (rabies vaccination a requirement) and their people. Cake will be served at noon and hot dogs are available throughout the day. Games start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A best-dressed pet and best trick contest is set for 12:30 p.m. No birthday party is complete without presents. Check out cowleycountyhumanesociety.org for the Humane Society’s wish list — money is always appreciated. The shelter is located at 7648 222nd Road in Winfield. For more information, call the shelter at (620) 221-1698 or (620) 442-1698.

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traffic can produce shallow shorelines and ideal conditions for the growth of cattails, bulrush and other generally unwelcomed pond plants,” Beem said. “Low water levels can allow access by equipment to rebuild the slope to a more desirable 3:1 slope.” Some ponds may have a black layer of organic matter on the bottom. These ponds will benefit greatly from completely draining the pond and drying it until the bottom cracks. Also, ponds overrun with carp, bullheads, stunted crappie or other undesirable fish can be renovated by draining the pond and completely drying the bottom. A clean start is recommended.

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCY HOME REPAIRS The City of Ponca City is taking applications for its Special Services – Interim Assistance project. The purpose of this project is to provide financial assistance to low to moderate income qualified residents to stop the physical deterioration of residential properties. Special services funding is available for the replacement of deteriorating roofs, replacement of sewers, replacement of water lines, removal of architectural barriers, and any other emergency type situation. All applications will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis until the funds for this project are depleted. The homes for which applications will be accepted must be owner-occupied and located within the Ponca City city limits. Homeowners must be income qualified to be considered. Applications are available in the City of Ponca City Development Services Department located at 516 E. Grand Avenue or contact Rachel at 580-763-4577 for more information.

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Impact of OSU Engineering Program Reaches $1 Billion STILLWATER — An Oklahoma State University program that supplies engineering expertise has contributed more than $1 billion in total services and economic impact value to rural manufacturers in Oklahoma, according to program coordinators. “We’re excited to announce that the $57 million in services provided through the Applications Engineer Program in this fiscal year puts the total value of services and economic impact above $1 billion for the program since it started in 1997,” said Doug Enns, senior applications engineer. “The Applications Engineer Program is an important way that OSU and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance provide direct assistance to manufacturers that boosts economic development in rural Oklahoma and we are all very proud to announce the achievement of this milestone,” said Dr. Larry Hoberock, the program’s co-principal investigator and head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Dan Thomas, head of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department recently succeeded Dr. Randy Taylor as co-principal investigator. Both the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at OSU supply applications engineers for the program, which provides technical assistance to small and medium-sized rural manufacturers. The engineers work in cooperation with extension educators through the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. “The applications engineers provide onsite, one-on-one engineering and technology transfer assistance to help the manufacturers become more profitable and sustainable with increased sales, cost savings and other investments that create jobs and bolster Oklahoma’s economy,” Hoberock explained.

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The Applications Engineer program is supported by the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance with state funding provided through the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. On average, the program generates $71.4 million per year in economic development for Oklahoma, at an average annual cost to the state of approximately $600,000. This yields an annual average leveraging of state funds of 119 to 1. In order to receive engineering assistance, the client agrees to participate in a postproject assessment that measures the overall impact of the project some months after the completion of activities. “The assessment is conducted by a third party and is based on procedures developed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. It offers several measurements including the economic value of the service to the company,” said Enns. The assessment results indicate a $310 million increase in sales since 1997, $135 million retention in sales that would otherwise have been lost, $92 million in cost savings, and $112 million in new capital expenditures. The assessments also show that the applications engineers have helped Oklahoma manufacturers create or save more than 3,700 manufacturing jobs. The combination of jobs and the other assessment factors put the total economic impact for Oklahoma over $1 billion, according to Enns. OSU applications engineers are located across the state, and currently include Win Adams serving the northeast part of the state, Shea Pilgreen serving the southeast, Don Lake serving the west, and Doug Enns and Rajesh Krishnamurthy serving the central part of the state and providing statewide assistance as needed.

Wild Horse, Burro Adoption Set KELLYVILLE — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will hold a wild horse and burro adoption in Kellyville Aug. 4-6. The three-day event at the Creek County Fairgrounds will feature more than 50 animals. These are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Adoption begins with a competitive bid at 2 p.m. Aug. 4. First-come, first-served adoptions follow until 6 p.m., then again from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 and 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 6.

Application approval is required and can be done on site. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18 years old with no record of animal abuse. Adopters must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with free access to food, water and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses and five feet for yearlings. All animals must be loaded in covered stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist with the short application process, answer any questions and load horses. The standard adoption fee is $125, as set by law. Bidding will start at that amount. The BLM pays a one-time $500 care-and-feeding allowance to adopters of horses

at least four years old. The allowance is paid in full after one year when adopters receive official ownership title for their horse(s). All standard adoption conditions and fees apply. A limited number of eligible horses will be available. Younger horses, burros and trained animals are not eligible for this incentive. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 225,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country. For more information, call toll-free 866-4-MUSTANGS (866-468-7826) or visit www. blm.gov/nm. Directions to the Creek County Fairgrounds (17808 West Hwy 66): On I-44 take Exit 211 (OK Hwy 33) east 1/4 mile to stop light at OK Hwy 66 (Historic Route 66). Turn right to Fairgrounds on left.

Land Management Course Offered STILLWATER — A hundred dollars can go a long way for anyone interested in managing land for wildlife, livestock, fish or timber. That’s the cost for Land Management 101, a short course offered by the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. “This course would be particularly helpful for new or absentee landowners,” said Dwayne Elmore, OSU Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist. “We are offering advice and direction on several different topics that will prove helpful for landowners.”

One topic will be covering the techniques and differences in season of burn using prescribed fire. This section will illustrate the impacts to habitat and plants after burns and how frequency of burns will determine the outcome. Also, laws and regulations will be covered. Other topics include grazing management, timber management, wildlife management and pond management. “We will discuss how to set stocking rates and how animal movement and the use of cattle as a tool for other objectives is possible during the grazing management section,” Elmore said. “The tim-

Springfield Car Show Aug. 13 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Registration is under way for classic automobile owners who want to participate in the car show during the first annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival on Aug. 13 in Springfield, Mo. Car show registration is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. Registration is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and awards are presented at 6 p.m. Classes are: Antique – Pre 1925, Classic – 19251948, Stock/Modified – 19491985, Unrestored and Spectators Choice. All participants receive a T-shirt and door prizes will be awarded. The festival is set for noon to 8 p.m. on College Street west of Grant Avenue. The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is designed to celebrate and remember the role Spring-

field played in the Route 66 era. College Street, where the festival will take place, is on the original Route 66 byway. Other festival activities include live music, food, activities for kids, interpretive history and more. Admission for the festival is $3 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. For car show information, call Amber Geister at (417) 864-8003 or e-mail to shadyo@ swbell.net. For more information about the festival or to become a sponsor, call West Central Neighborhood Alliance at (417) 569-8866. For more information about Springfield, visit www. SpringfieldAdventures.com or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 678-8767.

Perry Library Plans Beach Party PERRY — Perry Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Program is nearing the end with only two more programs left. On Thursday, the magic carpet ride is coming home for a good old-fashioned Oklahoma beach party. The children will be playing in the water in the courthouse yard so dress them in bathing suits or old clothing. Children may bring their water guns and the library will provide water squirt toys. The group will meet at the bandstand at 10 a.m. When everyone is sufficiently wet and tired, they will sit down to a picnic lunch in the courthouse park. Children must bring their own sack lunches. The library will provide drinks and First Bank will provide cookies for dessert. The library staff urges all parents to participate in the event with their children and bring their lawn chairs, cameras and their own sack lunch. Children under the age of 7 may not be dropped off without a guardian over the age of 18.

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ber management section will cover basic forestry, harvest strategies, markets available in Oklahoma and more.” Landowners with ponds will learn how to stock fish and maintain good fishing, while soaking in pond construction and maintenance tips. Also, information on beneficial plants and weed control will be shared. Finally, wildlife management will include quail, white-tailed deer and wild turkey management. There also will be tips on how to deal with wildlife damage and how lease hunting can be profitable for landowners. The $100 fee includes lunch and should be made payable to OSU-NREM by Aug. 5. Land Management 101 will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Oklahoma County Extension Office at 903 North Portland Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information on the short course, call Elmore at (405) 744-9636 or e-mail dwayne.elmore@okstate.edu.

FIVE BAT-EARED fox kits, four males and one female, were born on May 4 at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Bat-Eared Foxes Born at Zoo OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Zoo has announced the birth of five bat-eared fox kits. The kits, four males and one female, were born on May 4 in their den on Wild Dog Drive. This was the first offspring for both of their parents and the first litter of bat-eared foxes born at the Zoo since 2005. The kits weigh approximately one to two pounds each. Bat-eared foxes are primarily nocturnal and the kits are still spending the majority of their time inside the den and out of sight. Lucky zoo visitors might catch them scurrying about their yard in the early morning or late evening hours as they start to get older and more active. Their preferred hangout is the back area of their habitat along the fence. Bat-eared foxes live in the dry savannas and brush of eastern and southern Africa and are easily recognized by their huge 5-inch ears. These large lobes serve multiple purposes — they are full of blood vessels that help disperse heat and keep the fox cool, and they give them acute hearing for listening for their primary diet of insects. They can even hear the underground movement of a termite or

beetle larvae! Bat-eared foxes can grow to be about 2 feet long and can weigh anywhere from six to 12 pounds. They are a sandy brown color with darker markings on their ears, nose, feet and tails. Their feet have claws perfectly suited for digging, whether going after a tasty insect or hollowing out a cozy burrow. Bat-eared foxes live in closely-knit family groups made up of two to five individuals. The Oklahoma City Zoo is located at NE 52nd and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oklahoma City and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. July 1 through Aug. 21, the zoo opens at 8 a.m. daily for Morning Zoo Rise. Now through Sept. 3, the Zoo will remain open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays with exhibit buildings closing at 7:45 p.m. All guests must leave Zoo grounds at closing time. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 11 and seniors ages 65 and older. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.

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Drought Brings Shortage of Hay, Grazing Forage; Corn Burns NEWKIRK — The northern one-fourth of Kay County received some much-needed rainfall recently, but the majority of the county still remains in the grip of severe drought as does three-fourths of the state, Kay County Conservation District Manager Susan Henning said. The Oklahoma Mesonet reports that north-central Oklahoma has experienced temperatures over 100 degrees, or about 9 degrees warmer than normal, since mid-June and has received only 46 percent of the normal precipitation, a deficit of more than 8 inches. Topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions are estimated 70 percent to 78 percent short and spring row crop conditions have deteriorated rapidly. Livestock producers are noting hay and grazing forages are becoming limited and water sources for livestock are dangerously low. Henning contacted a few local livestock producers and farmers to get their take on the drought situation. Joe Kreger, manager of Bois d’Arc Beefmaster Cattle, southwest of Tonkawa, reports that land west of Interstate 35 has missed out on recent rains. He is grazing his hay meadows instead of baling them for hay, due to the short supply of pasture grass. He estimates he has 30 percent to 40 percent of the hay he needs to make it through this winter. Forage and hay supplies are going to be limited this fall. Kreger said he believes that rotational grazing and improved pasture management implemented in the last decade is paying off during this dry spell, although he is

culling the lowest priority cattle and may wean some calves earlier than usual. Kreer said he is blessed with wells and rural water to ensure enough water for his cattle for now, but has had to fence off dried-up ponds to prevent cattle from getting mired in the mud. Right now the demand for cattle for exports and domestic use is still high; Kreger said he believes they just need to hold on through this tough time to be able to grow their herds again in the next couple years. Neal Otto, a farmer in the Kildare area, said there will be little to none of his corn harvested. The corn is brown all the way up the stalk and the high temperatures also killed the pollen in the tassels. Only spotty kernels, if any, appear on ears. Otto said he believes there could be some hope for late planted soybeans, but only if temperatures cool off and some more rain falls. The early planted soybeans have aborted blossoms in the high temperatures that are needed to set pods. He has baled some prairie hay, but jokingly says that when people see someone on a hay swather, they chase you down to ask about buying hay. Blackwell farmer Dale Wooderson, seed dealer for DeKalb corn and Asgrow soybeans, echoes Otto’s prediction that no corn will be harvested for grain in Kay County this year. Not only has corn in the western side of the county burned up, but most of it has lodged or fallen down on the ground. Wooderson said 2011 brings back memories of years

1954-55, which was almost a carbon copy. He remembers coming back from the army after six weeks’ training and finding his soybeans looking like cured tobacco. The flurry of soybean seed business he usually sees around July 1 was practically non-existent this year, as producers hesitated to put in after-wheat beans with the looming dry soil conditions. Wooderson said that he views this year as a “salvage operation,” collecting enough from crop insurance to barely pay the fertilizer costs. Warren Frantz, livestock producer and custom hay operator from the Ponca City area, reports that hay yield is down about two-thirds, the native grasses yielding better than Bermuda or plains bluestem. He has had requests for hay as far away as Ardmore, but supplies are limited. He suggests that producers check with the Noble Foundation and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture for sources of hay. Gary Potter, Blackwell Livestock Auction, reports increased volume of cattle sold July 18. Many producers are calling to inquire about strategies for reducing herd numbers due to scarce pasture grasses and ponds that are drying up. The Oklahoma City Stockyard reports increased cattle numbers with slightly declining prices. Temperatures above 100 are hurting the demand for light cattle. National Public Radio was on location in Western Oklahoma at the Elk City Livestock Auction this week. Cattle in the auction were the highest number ever recorded at more than 4,300 head. The sale

NOT ONLY has corn in the western side of Kay County burned up, but most of it has lodged or fallen down on the ground. The corn is brown all the way up the stalk. The high temperatures also killed the pollen in the tassels and only spotty kernels, if any, appear on ears. lasted nearly 12 hours. The also have the high potential cutting for hay or silage is Oklahoma Mesonet reports for accumulating nitrate. highly recommended. that Elk City has a 12-inch OSU Extension fact sheets Dan Collins with the Nationrain deficit. PSS-2903 Nitrate Toxicity in al Weather Service’s Climate Livestock producers are Livestock, PSS-2904 Prussic Prediction Center says that also worried about using Acid Poisoning in Livestock, it is highly unlikely that curfailed corn crops for hay or and PSS-2589 Collecting For- rent drought conditions will silage due to high nitrate age Samples for Analysis are be broken before the end of levels. Nitrates chemically valuable resources for pro- summer across Oklahoma and change to nitrites in the rumi- ducers. Texas, and odds are not much nant animals’ digestive tract, Whenever hay or silage better to see the drought leading to death through from corn contains ears, there totally end by the end of the asphyxiation due to lowered is also a risk of aflatoxin con- calendar year. This shortage transportation of oxygen by tamination. Testing forage for of soil profile moisture will hemoglobin in the blood. nitrates, prussic acid and afla- affect the planting of winter Johnson grass and sorghum toxin contamination before wheat this fall.

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TULSA — “To Capture the Sun: Gold of Ancient Panama” explores Gilcrease Museum’s unique holding of pre-Columbian gold and related ritual ceramics in the largest display of these objects since their acquisition by Thomas Gilcrease in the 1940s. The exhibition, which runs through Jan. 15, 2012, in the Getty Gallery, showcases artifacts originally used in the ritual practices of the people of Gran Coclé. The exhibition includes more than 200 items — gold artifacts used as personal adornments and symbols of authority for social, political and religious elites. A portion of the exhibit examines the rise of metallurgy in the Western Hemisphere and the role that the creation and use of gold ornaments played in the complex cultural networks of early central Panama. Visitors will discover the complex methods of lost wax casting and the creation of gold-copper tumbaga alloys that became signature processes in the region. The exhibition explores the making of gold objects and the role that these processes served in maintaining and enhancing connections with the cosmic forces of ancient belief. Also revealed is the symbolic and economic significance of gold in the region from preColumbian times through the Spanish Conquest, as well as the influence of pre-Columbian gold on the world economies of today. Archaeologists use the term Gran Coclé to refer to the culture area of ancient Central America that extends geographically from the Bay of Parita to the headwaters of the Rio Grande de Coclé in central Panama. The early inhabitants of this region lived along the inland river flood plains where an increasingly significant number of chiefdoms emerged during the first millennia of the Common Era. Across generations of human interaction and expanding populations, these chiefdoms developed unique systems of regional governance, intricately stratified social systems and complex forms of religious belief. Over the course of two centuries — from around 700 to 1500 CE — the people of Gran Coclé practiced elaborate

rituals to commemorate the passing of cultural elites. In the sanctity of underground tombs, the remains of important leaders were interred, often along with their retinue, in rites that archaeologists believe were used to assist in the journey from this world to the next. The bodies of these elites were adorned with intricate gold jewelry – incised plaques, finely-worked arm bands and bracelets, necklaces, as well as an assortment of human and animal effigy pins and pendants that had previously marked a given leader’s station in life. The burials included ornately decorated ceramic bowls, plates and other containers used in the veneration of the dead. “To Capture the Sun: Gold of Ancient Panama” revisits the famed early scientific excavations at Sitio Conte, where archaeologists unearthed a treasure trove of gold artifacts and polychrome ceramics in the 1930s. The exhibition presents the ongoing archaeological research in the region that continues to reveal new information on a still mysterious past, exploring these ancient societies and their use of gold not only in burial rites, but also as symbols of power. Key advisers to the exhibition include Richard G. Cooke, Ph.D., staff scientist for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama; Nicholas J. Saunders, Ph.D., professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol; John W. Hoopes, Ph.D., director of the Global Indigenous Nations Studies

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Gilcrease Exhibit Includes Gold Artifacts, Ritual Ceramics Program at the University of Kansas; Jeffrey Quilter, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the Archaeology Department at Harvard University and Deputy Director of the Peabody Museum. A companion book of the same name, “To Capture the Sun: Gold of Ancient Panama,” will be published in October. Contributors include Cooke, Saunders, Hoopes, and Quilter, with a foreword by Duane H. King, Ph.D., Executive Director of Gilcrease Museum and TU Vice President for Museum Affairs, and an introduction by Randy Ramer, Director of Exhibitions and Publications for Gilcrease Museum. Gilcrease Museum, located in Tulsa, is one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. The museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. Gilcrease Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. In addition to exceptional temporary and permanent exhibitions, the museum features themed gardens. The Restaurant at Gilcrease serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and offers a Sunday brunch. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors 62 and older; $6 for active duty members of the U.S. military; $5 for college students with valid ID. Children ages 18 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call (918) 596-2700.

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this usually causes no problems. In some cases, however, inflammation occurs, impairing the organ’s ability to function. Fatty liver can also cause scarring that, over time, can become severe enough to lead to liver failure. Risk factors include malnutrition, the metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes, certain medications, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, having had gastric bypass surgery, rapid weight loss and certain toxins and chemicals, including pesticides. The name implies that there is an alcoholic fatty liver disease, and there is. It is an early effect of excessive alcohol use and more treatable than alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis. There is a great deal of variation from person to person as to how much alcohol it takes to damage the liver. Most people who drink suffer no consequences; others may develop liver problems as a result of only three or four drinks a day over an extended period. In most cases, heavy alcohol use over several years is required to cause liver damage. Most of the above disorders

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How Can I Help? Hope Ranch, a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and youth, has a need for sponsorships for children for the upcoming 10-week fall riding session. Welders are needed to finish welding the fence at the ranch, and hay is needed in small square and large round bales. For more information, call (580) 716-3250 or visit www.hoperanchinc.org. ————— The Pioneer Woman Museum can use adult volunteers as docents and in the gift shop and reception area. Helpers are especially needed at the front desk on Saturdays, and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after 2 p.m. The museum can always use event volunteers, too. The museum is at Monument Road and Lake Road and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (580) 765-6108. ————— The Ponca Playhouse needs volunteers for set construction, props, costumes, ushers and concession workers. Call (580) 765-5360. ————— The Kaw Lake Association needs help from someone who can contact area businesses during the day to confirm the contact person, address, phone number and e-mail. This is the association’s list of prospective advertisers for its magazine. This work needs to be completed by the end of August. This is in spreadsheet form and could be e-mailed to the volunteer. This is a project that can be done from home. The Kaw Lake Association also needs volunteers to do the following:

•Deliver magazines to racks from Winfield to Stillwater, Enid to Pawhuska and parts in between. Volunteers can pick one town or a group of towns. The association will reimburse gas expense. •Someone to file invoices and other financial records in office. This person would work with a volunteer bookkeeper. •Volunteers to work various shows including ones in Oklahoma City (Aug. 12-14); Enid (Aug. 20-21) and Kansas State Fair (Sept. 9-18). The volunteer would work usually a two- to four-hour shift, depending upon the show — half days for the Kansas State Fair. The association would reimburse gas expense to and from the show. •Someone who knows Quickbooks to assist the volunteer bookkeeper in office. •A volunteer to update the association’s web site, including the Calendar of Events. This person could use their own computer or the association’s. •Someone to contact area chambers of commerce and gather events information and update the list for the 2012 magazine. To fill any of the Kaw Lake Association’s needs for volunteers, contact Kathy Tippin at kawlake@cableone.net or call (580) 762-9494. ————— Northern Oklahoma Academic Tutoring Foundation will have a workshop for potential tutors at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at First Presbyterian Church. The ongoing math tutoring program at the Presbyterian Church for fourth- and fifthgrade students from Roos-

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RASCAL is a 6-year-old rat terrier with papers, available for adoption at the Ponca City Humane Society, 900 West Prospect Avenue. For more information about Rascal or any of the pets available for adoption at the Humane Society, call (580) 7678877.

SIERRA IS a 2-year-old declawed calico cat available for adoption at the Ponca City Humane Society. For more information, call (580) 767-8877 or visit the Humane Society at 900 West Prospect Avenue.

Humane Society Needs Volunteers The Ponca City Humane Society is always in need of volunteers for a variety of jobs. Caring for rescued animals is an awesome responsibility — there are no days off or holidays when it comes to animal care. Here are some of the ways in which you can lend a hand: •Interact With Animals — Help socialize and train them; walk dogs, brush cats, bathe and groom dogs, transport animal to and from the vet. •Labor at the Shelter — Clean kennels, clean the people bathrooms or the office area, help with laundry and/or scoop poop from the yard. •Work in the Office — Greet visitors, answer phones, help process paperwork or other office duties. •Help with Special Events — Adopt-A-Pet fairs, Whine and Cheese fundraiser, Hazard Hounds golf tournament, Trail of Tails and other educational and community events. •Special Skills — Do you have a trade such as computer technician, carpenter, electrician, dog trainer, lawn care, veterinarian, or in other professional areas? Can you spare an hour or two each week to help? Stop by the shelter at 900 W. Prospect in Ponca City and fill out a volunteer application. The shelter is open Wednesday through

Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shelter also has a wish list of items that are used every day to care for the animals. The list includes: •Science Diet (or other quality brand) dry and canned food for dogs, cats, puppies, kittens •Dog treats (Milk Bones, rawhide chews) •Dog toys (washable) •Cat treats •Cat toys (washable) •Cat litter (clay, nonscoopable—use lots) •Dawn Dish Soap •Antiseptic hand gel •Antiseptic liquid hand soap •Paper towels (use lots) •Toilet paper •Baby shampoo •Trash bags (55 gallon) •Flea & Tick shampoo •Gate clips, Toggle locks •Dog collars (sizes: toy, small & medium) •Water Buckets (metal— medium & large) •Cat collars •Postage stamps •Dog leashes •Water hose spray nozzles (heavy duty) •Heartguard Liquid •laundry detergent (any kind) •Advantix Plus •Latex or vinyl disposable gloves •Neosporin •Household bleach •Rubbing alcohol •Bath towels and mats •Blankets (please,no fiber fill)

evelt School will continue for the upcoming school year. It is a 12-week schedule, meeting two days each week for one hour. The board of NOAT hopes to create a broader-based program throughout the community and encourages civic and service organizations to get involved. ————— New Emergency Resource Agency, 500 North First Street, is always in need of volunteers. Much of the work involves manual labor, moving boxes of food and furniture. There are work day opportunities several times a month, including food distribution days. Call (580) 7655372 for information. ————— Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound elderly clients. The time commitment is one and a half to two hours a day. There are eight routes which operate five days a week, and substitute drivers are always needed. Volunteers would pick up the meals in insulated bags at 11 a.m., deliver the meals and return the bags. The meals are provided through contributions to the program. For more information, call Patricia Leonetti at (580) 765-2402 or Marlene Gregory at (580) 765-8575. ————— The CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocates) needs volunteers. Individuals are needed to go through the required training for being abused children’s advocates, but the organization also needs individuals interested in becoming board members and other types of supportive activities which help the CASA volunteers do their work. The next training for CASA volunteers starts the last Thursday of September, but orientation for other helpers is done on an as-needed basis. For more information, call (580) 762-8341. ————— Marland Children’s Home needs volunteers to help organize clothes closets. Reading tutors also are needed. The staff is looking for someone to locate businesses who are able to donate items for the kids’ bedrooms, such as posters and decorative curtains with matching bedding. Staff is also asking groups to organize a “Sock Sunday” where they bring such items as socks, sun screen, hygiene products or non-perishable food items. The home also has a sponsorship program which pairs community members with the children to offer a medium for friendships, mentoring and the financial means to help provide for the children. The sponsorships include individual sponsorships, athletic/extracurricular sponsorships, dorm sponsorships or room sponsorships. Giving to the Marland Children’s Home helps provide a warm and loving home for these children. For more information, call (580) 762-4156 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.marlandchildrenshome.org. ————— The Poncan Theatre needs children and teen volunteers to act and work on shows, take tickets, hand out programs, work in the concession stand and help clean the theater. Adult volunteers can do many of the same activities and can also serve on volunteer committees that help plan and execute everything that happens at the theater. Call (580) 7650943 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. ————— RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteers Program) is seeking volunteers age 55 and older for a variety of needs. All volunteers are subject to a background check. Volunteers are needed to visit residents in nursing homes and assisted living centers.

HOPE RANCH sponsored a group of international visitors last week. The group, brought to the ranch by George and Ramona Santiago-Davis, is working at the Ponca City McDonald’s restaurant. Their desire was to ride a horse. Volunteers gathered and allowed the group to ride the Hope Ranch horses. Hope Ranch provides a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and youth. RSVP also has a program which includes training for tutors. RSVP needs volunteers on the second Monday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to watch children during the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group. The program also provides volunteers for The Caboose and My Favorite Things to sort donations and delivers Main Street flyers. For information, call (580) 762-9412. ————— The Domestic Violence Program of North Central Oklahoma needs volunteers to serve as Children’s Advocates. These advocates join the staff and other volunteers to assist in running a children’s group from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays. Volunteers may choose to come weekly, every other week, or once a month to help make a difference in the life of a child who has experienced family violence. Volunteers are also needed as Sexual Assault Victim Advocates. These advocates train with professionals to learn how to assist victims of sexual violence during their forensic medical examination. This is a low time commitment, highly rewarding opportunity to assist victims of crime. ————— Hospice of North Central Oklahoma needs volunteers to wash bud vases for patients and is always in need of bud vases. Other opportunities are available at Hospice of North Central Oklahoma for volunteers 18 years old and older. Call (580) 762-9102 for more information. A background check is required. ————— Kinkaid Veterinary Clinic sent this update: “The Great Pyrenees that had been severely wounded and had to have its front leg removed went to a very loving young lady. She has a mixed Great Pyr and the two dogs are quickly becoming best friends. Howley the wolf dog has been adopted to a couple and has already stolen their hearts. She will never be abandoned again. The German Shepherd mix is filling the life of a young couple who lost their beloved dog to Parvo disease. This adorable dog had his leg broken in two places and was then abandoned. Three lovely dogs have now found great homes.” Other animals are still

THIS PUPPY, called Sweetie by the staff at Kinkaid Veterinary Clinic, is a pit bull mix, approximately six to seven months old. A good Samaritan found her lying by the road severely injured. She had been attacked by another animal and required extensive surgery to repair her wounds. She is recovered now and wants a new home. She is energetic and likes to climb fences. She needs a fenced yard with an enclosed kennel when left alone. Sweetie loves to play with other dogs and is good with kids.

available for adoption at the clinic. Baby was found by a security guard at a casino. She was starving and had horrible skin problems. He got her treatment and cared for her for over a year, taking very good care of her. He had to leave town, boarded her and never came back. Her skin problem has returned. It is manageable and she is being treated, but her confinement has added to the skin problem. She will need a very loving and compassionate family to love her. In return she will bring much joy and return love to that family. The clinic also reminds all pet owners that the extreme heat is dangerous to humans and animals. Have plenty of water and deep shade to protect your pet during this period. Being inside with air-conditioning is even better for your pet. ————— Volunteering can begin at home with recycling. Ponca City’s Solid Waste Division Superintendent David Horinek came up with this list of amazing recycling opportunities. Contact him at (580) 767-0411 for more information, or visit the city Recycling Center at 1001 West Prospect Avenue. Here are some more of the unusual things that can be recycled. Hearing aids: The Starkey Hearing Foundation (starkeyhearingfoundation.org) recycles used hearing aids,

any make or model, no matter how old. Lions Clubs also accept hearing aids (as well as eyeglasses) for reuse; log on to donateglasses.org to find designated collection centers near you. iPods: Bring in an old iPod to an Apple store and get 10 percent off a new one. Your out-of-date iPod will be broken down and properly disposed of. Is there a catch? The discount is valid only that day, so be prepared to buy your new iPod. Juice bags: Because most are a combination of a plastic polymer and aluminum, these are not recyclable. But TerraCycle will donate 2 cents for each Honest Kids, Capri Sun, and Kool-Aid Drink pouch and 1 cent for any other brand you collect and send in to the charity of your choice. The organization provides free shipping, too. What does TerraCycle do with all those pouches? They turn them into colorful purses, totes and pencil cases that are sold at Target and Walgreens stores throughout the country. To get started, go to terracycle.net. ————— If you or your organization has a need for volunteer help, contact Midweek Editor Beverly Bryant at midweek@poncacitynews.com or call (580) 765-3311, Ext. 137. Please include current needs, any age restrictions, a brief description of the type of work volunteers would need to do and contact information.

CHAOS IS a very sweet pit bull mix with brown spots and a white body. His owner slashed his throat and now he is in jail for animal cruelty. He loves to jump high into the air to entertain himself. He is one to two years old and will be neutered and up to date on all shots. He will need a very tall fence to keep him safe, preferably an enclosed kennel when he is left alone. The veterinarians at Kinkaid Veterinary Clinic say that with proper care and a very loving family, he will do well and return much love.

A SWEET, SMALL mixed breed named Domino was brought to the Kinkaid Veterinary Clinic on Christmas Eve. He is approximately two to four years old and was found near Grand Avenue. He is very good around other animals and needs to be socialized around children. Domino is very energetic and friendly and he wants a fenced yard, lots of toys and many long walks with a caring loving family. He is up to date on his shots and is neutered. He looks like a miniature black lab. To give Domino a protective home with a fenced yard, please call Kinkaid Vet Clinic at 762-6314 or Jannie Ross at 762-7554.


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Area Calendar Every Day Principles Before Personalities, Narcotics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Harmony House basement (use south entrance by parking lot). Twice a Month Friday or Saturday Christian Singles Group meets twice a month, for more information on time and place, call 763-5945 or 762-1295. Third Sunday Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) North Central Chapter, for information call (580) 716-8500. Every Monday TOPS #308 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), First Presbyterian Church, 1505 East Grand Avenue, Ponca City, 5 to 5:50 p.m. for weigh-ins with meeting following. Contact DeeDee at 580-823-0540 or Natalie at 580-716-3059. After Five Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street, prospective members welcome. Ponca City Rotary Club, 11:30 a.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Gamblers Anonymous, 7 p.m., Woodlands Christian Church, Fourteenth Street and Hartford Avenue, contact (580) 761-1770. Young at Heart Dance, 7-10 p.m., The Sounds of JUSTUS (classic country and rockabilly), Moose Ballroom, 500 West Prospect, Ponca City, open to public, (snack night first Monday of the month), no smoking or alcohol, admission $5, information Ken Wilson 580-716-0156. Gam-Anon, 7 p.m., Woodlands Christian Church, Fourteenth Street and Hartford Avenue, contact (580) 382-1950. Friends of the NRA, 7 p.m., Ponca City Junior Rifle Club Range, contact 765-7324. First Monday of the Month Oklahoma City Vet Representative Harold Barse, readjustment counseling therapist, 9 a.m.-noon, OtoeMissouria Tribal Complex Enterprise Building Conference Room. Lions Vision Support Group, 10 a.m. at Ponca City First Christian Church, using the west entrance. Refreshments are served at 9:45 a.m. For a ride call 762-3263. The meetings are open to visually impaired residents. Autoimmune Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand, contact (580) 763-8051. Parent Voice Groups, support, education and resources to assist parents in advocating for their children who have behavioral or mental health issues, 6 to 7:30 p.m., 205 East Chestnut Avenue, child care and dinner provided, please RSVP 762-7561 Tammy or Deb. Christian Motorcyclist Association, 6 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Pioneer Genealogical Society, 7 p.m., Ponca City Library, guests are welcome, call 7625931 or e-mail kdzehr@sbcglobal.net for more information. First Monday and Tuesday Of Every Other Month AARP Driver Safety Class, February, April, June, August, October, December, 6 p.m., Pioneer Technology Center, classes intended for older drivers; however, drivers of all ages are eligible to attend. Most auto insurance

companies give discount for successful completion of classes, seating limited. Call (580) 718-0637 or 762-3265 to register. Monday-Friday Alcoholic Anonymous Simple Steps, Noon, Harmony House, 212 South Third Street. First and Third Monday Ponca Lodge No. 83 Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Masonic Center, 1200 West Grand Avenue. Second Monday Alzheimer Support and Respite Group Meetings, 1 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group, 5:30 to 7 p.m., First Christian Church, Fifth Street and Cleveland Avenue, free snack supper and meeting, activities for grandchildren provided; contact RSVP 7629412. Second and Fourth Monday Ponca City American Red Cross Chapter open for blood donors, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 216 East Grand Avenue, call 765-6605 for appointment and additional information. Ponca City After Five Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Prospective members welcome, information on club activities, David 7659595 or Jerry 491-1004. Third Monday of the Month Autoimmune Disease Support Group, 6 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Contact (580) 763-8051. Fourth Monday PM Patches and Pieces Quilters’ Guild, 6 to 9 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Contact 762-0761. Every Tuesday Band Playing, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Prayers for the Nation, noon to 1 p.m., foyer of First Lutheran Church, 1104 North Fourth Street. Country Notes Playing, 10 a.m.-noon, McCord Senior Center, 115 Mary Road, public welcome. Kiwanis, noon to 1 p.m., Ponca City Country Club dining room. Dragon’s Harvest Moon, story time for 3- to 6-year olds, 1 p.m., Ponca City Library. Space limited, sign up in advance. Exercise Classes in Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, 5:30 p.m., Assembly Center First Baptist Church, 218 South Sixth Street, with instructor Bill Goldsberry, no class fee/appropriate clothing required. DivorceCare, a seminar and support group, 5:45-7:30 p.m., Master’s Touich Christian Book and Gift Store, 312 East Grand Avenue, Ponca City, information 767-1054. Country Jam Country and Gospel Music, 6 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Bible Institute, 7 to 8 p.m., Ponca City Foursquare Church, 762-2729, a non-credited Broadway Bible College class taught by Pastor Blaine Herron. Every Tuesday and Thursday V.F.W. Bingo, early birds minis at 6 p.m., main at 7 p.m., two hot balls, V.F.W. Post No. 1201, 2900 East Prospect Avenue. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Exercise, 9:30 a.m., Ponca

Newkirk Main Street Plans Year’s Work NEWKIRK — Newkirk Main Street finished its annual contract documents and work plans for the year 2011-12 and submitted them to Linda Barnett, executive director of the Oklahoma Main Street Center during board training on July 18. The training was held after the monthly board meeting with approximately 18 board members, committee members and volunteers attending. Barnett gave a board member handbook to each participant. The format of the handbook covers the board of directors, potential members, term limits, officers, the organizational structure, job descriptions, effectiveness, volunteers and meetings. It was filled with photographs of Newkirk Main Street volunteers. Barnett said Main Street boards should represent the four W’s — Workers who are willing to roll up their sleeves and actively participate in the implementation of the program; wisdom which will further the mission of the local program; a worrier who will act as the reality check for the entire board; and wealth and ability to know where to get it. Each of the four Main Street committees is working on new projects. The design committee is excited about the barn quilts and hope to have several up before fall. The promotion committee is planning its annual brunch for teachers before school starts. The economic restructuring committee is hoping to attract a licensed daycare center back in the downtown and the organization committee is looking at a volunteer/leadership program in conjunction with the high school. All committees also are working diligently on making this year’s Charlie Adams Day the biggest and best ever. They have received word that the Newkirk Community Historical Society received its Oklahoma Arts Council grant for the entertainment. Pake McEntire and the No Deny band will present the music and Cordelia Clapp will be doing Native American signing. Lerin Thomas will sing the national anthem and Dutch Oven cookers will provide desserts. Blacksmith Clayton Hall will be on hand as well as Judith Hall the basket maker. The Main Street Mavericks will put on a heart-stopping show. Letters have gone out to barbecue cookers. Others who are interested in cookin may call the Main Street office at (580) 362-2377. Main Street provides the meat for the cookers. There is no entry fee, and trophies will be awarded.

City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. First Tuesday Caregiver’s Support Group Lunch and Meeting, Noon, First Lutheran Church, 1101 North Fourth Street, Ponca City, RSVP 762-1111. Second Tuesday Camp McFadden Recreational Area Board Meeting, noon, Head Country BBQ Restaurant. Public invited; for information, phone 7629955. Kay County Mounties 4-H Club, 6 p.m., Contact Cynthia Blevins 765-3602 or (832) 7151558 for more information. Schooners Car Club Dinner and Meeting, 6 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Silent Dinner, for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Sign Language Users and/or any interested people, informal time to re-connect with old friendships and make new ones, 6 p.m., Hartford Avenue Church of Christ Fellowship Center, 1905 Joe Street. Cherokee Strip Corvette Club, 6 p.m., Pemberton Chevrolet, 3330 North Fourteenth Street, more information www.cherokeestripcorvetteclub.com. North Central Oklahoma Mothers of Multiples, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ponca City Library board room, all parents of multiples welcome. For more information, call 7652525 or e-mail NCOMOM@ yahoogroups.com. Rural Water District No. 1 Monthly Board Meetings, 7:30 p.m., Enterprise School Building on Lake Road. Third Tuesday Children with Disabilities Family Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Opportunity Center, 2225 North Union Street. Every Wednesday Ponca City Noon Lions, 11:30 a.m. lunch, noon meeting, Ponca City Country Club. First and Third Wednesday Soroptimist International of Ponca City, a women’s service club, Noon, Pizza Hut, contact 763-1474 or Kathy 765-8043. Second Wednesday General Electric Retirees Association, 9 a.m., V.F.W., Arkansas City, Kan. Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme Garden Club, 11:30 a.m., Cann Garden home or members homes, Ponca City, brown bag lunch, Gardening Enthusiasts Welcome, for information call Mary Anne Potter 767-1957 or email herbs2@sbcglobalnet Ponca City American Red Cross provides Adult, Child, Infant CPR review classes, 5 to 7:30 p.m., 216 East Grand Avenue, call 765-6605 to confirm attendance and additional information. Ponca City Stamp Club, 6 p.m., location, members’ homes. For information, call John Hedrick, 762-6702, or e-mail john_hedrick2000@ yahoo.com. Third Wednesday Crystal Dawn Coalition, a Meth Prevention Initiative, 8:15 a.m., Northern Oklahoma Youth Services, 2203 North Ash Street, Ponca City. Operation Pioneer Spirit, 1 p.m., Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road, Ponca City; Organizing the day before, 10 a.m., at the museum, information, Pioneer Woman Museum, 7656108 or Mary Anne Potter 767-1957 or operationpioneerspirit.com. All klpatriotic citizens welcome. Last Wednesday of Each Month International Club, 6:30 p.m., for more information, 762-3921. Every Thursday Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Representative, 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., American Legion, 407 West South Avenue. Any veteran needing assistance

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or has questions is welcome. Movie on big screen in the program room of the Ponca City Library at 3:30 p.m. See in-house brochures, or call to find out what’s playing. Open AA Meetings, 7 p.m., Ponca Tribal Social Development Center, all welcome. First Thursday Master Gardeners, 9 a.m., Cann Gardens. Kay-9 Dog Training Club, 7 p.m., Ponca City Library, public welcome, contact Ruth 401-5569. Classic Cars & Draggin’ Grand of Ponca City meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, prospective members welcome. Second Thursday Ponca City Area Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chapter No. 698, noon, Pioneer Technology Center, Room B-120, contact Katy Muller 762-5935 or Mike Daugherty 765-3372. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14, 7 p.m., Post Home, 407 West South Avenue, all eligible persons invited. Contact 765-9073. “Lean on Me” Bariatric Surgery Support Group, 6 p.m., Ponca City Medical Center, Conference Room B. Contact 762-1186. Gold Wing Road Riders Association, 6 p.m., Pizza Hut, contact Daryl and Kathi Dunham, 762-6950. Kay County National Alliance on Mental Illness, 7 p.m., 201 East Chestnut Avenue. The group welcomes anyone with a mental illness or who is interested in support, education or advocacy for the mentally ill and their families. Contact 765-2814. Second and Fourth Thursday American Legion Membership Meeting, 7 p.m., Post Home, 407 West South Avenue. Third Thursday Interfaith Dialogue Group of Ponca City, call Jean Chambers for details, 7164594. Ponca City Newcomers, 6:30 p.m., Ponca City Country Club. Contact Joyce Fox 7629578. Kay County Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (archaeology), 6:30 p.m., Ponca City Library, check Ponca City News Sunday before meeting for program. Guests welcome. Kaw City Area Chamber of Commerce, 7 p.m., Community Center, 300 Morgan

Square, Kaw City, see www. kawcitychamber.org for contact information, visitors welcome. Vietnam Veterans of America, Northern Oklahoma Chapter 750, regular meetings, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue. Third Thursday of Every Other Month Kay County Local Emergency Planning Committee, noon, training room of Ponca City Fire Station No. 1, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, January, March, May, July, September, November. Fourth Thursday Hospice of North Central Oklahoma inc. and Higher Ground Center for Loss & Education Grief Support Group, 1:30-3 p.m., 1904 North Union Street Suiit 103, Ponca City, more details 580-7629102 or 1-800-814-9102. Alzheimer Support and Respite Group Meetings, 7 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Every Friday Ponca Language Arts Council, 1:30 p.m., Valdez Building, White Eagle, everyone interested in the Ponca Language invited. Senior Pitch, 6 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Cruise Night, 6 p.m., Chapman’s Shoes Parking Lot, North Fourteenth Street, Ponca City, Welcome hot rods, motorcycles, anyone interested in the hobby, hosted by Schooners Car Club. Every Saturday Story Time for 0-3 Year Olds, 11:30 a.m., Ponca City Library, Children’s Area, Free, Public Welcome. Bro. Mike’s Gospel Jubilee, 6:30 to 9 p.m. One and a half miles east of the River Bridge on U.S. Highway 60. First Saturday of Every Month Ponca City Regional Airport and Ponca City Aviation Booster Club, Fly-In Breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., Building 14, Ponca City Municipal Airport. Second Saturday of the Month Ponca City American Red Cross provides Adult, Child, Infant CPR/FA, AED Classes, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 216 East Grand Avenue. Register online at www.oklahomaredcross.org, or call 765-6605. Figure 8 Stock Car Races and Demolition Derby, 8 p.m., 77 Speedway north of Newkirk. For information,

call (620) 442-3250, or go to badascar.com. Third Saturday of the Month Osage County Republican Party Meeting, 10-11 a.m., Snider’s Soda Shoppe, 102 West Main, Hominy, contact 918-260-5762, Everyone welcome to attend and get involved. July 25-30 Grand Nationals Motocross, Ambucs Motocross Park, West Prospect Avenue. July 30 Bikers 4 Backpacks, Cars 4 Kix Community Cares Organization, Helping Kay County Kids with School Supplies, Clothing and Shoes, Donation Stations Include Newkirk Courthouse, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Ponca City Walmart 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Tonkawa Dorcetts Grocery 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Blackwell Cannon Chevrolet 9:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. and Braman Park, 9 a.m. til?, more information Connie Mayse 580-262-9081 or Christina ayse 580-789-1671. Aug. 9 McCord Volunteer Fire Department, 7 p.m., McCord Volunteer Fire Department Station, 22 Howard. Aug. 11-13 REACT Production “Becky’s New Car,” 7:30 p.m., Wilkin Theater, NOC-Tonkawa, Tickets $7, for tickets or more information reactatnoc@ yahoo.com. 101 Wild West Rodeo, 8 p.m., 101 Ranch Rodeo Arena, North Ash Street at West Prospect Avenue. Aug. 13 Kids Rodeo Book Sale, Sponsored by Friends of the Ponca City Library, 9 a.m.Noon, Lawn at Fifth Street and East Grand Avenue. 101 Wild West Ranch Rodeo Parade, 10 a.m., Downtown Ponca City, 12th Annual Kid’s Rodeo, Follows Immediately at Ponca City Library area. Aug. 14 REACT Production “Becky’s New Car,” 2 p.m., Wilkin Theater, NOC-Tonkawa, Tickets $7, for tickets or more information reactatnoc@yahoo. com. Aug. 15 Osage Cove Volunteer Fire Department, 6 p.m., Fire Station, corner U.S. 60 and Keeler Road, new volunteers always welcome. Oct. 29 Sportscard and Memorabilia Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Community Christian Church, 2109 West Grand Avenue, free admission, call 580-763-3760 for more information.

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Heartland Project Honors U.S. Soldiers Returning Home

Quilts of Valor Group Finishes 200th Quilt Top PAWHUSKA — Members of the Quilts of Valor from the Heartland group have reached an exciting milestone with the 200th quilt top being completed. Through agencies assisting combat veterans in Oklahoma, the quilts are being distributed and are designed to honor U.S. soldiers for their bravery and service to the country. These quilts represent heart-felt thanks for the soldiers’ work protecting freedom and give the group an opportunity to send prayers and good wishes upon their return home. The Quilts of Valor from the Heartland group continues to work each Tuesday in Barnsdall and strives to fill a need for returning-soldier support. Quilters from many small towns in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas donate their time and resources to make these quilts. The group of more than 40 women has received donations from the American Legion Auxiliary Post #198 and Auxiliary Post #1201, Pawhuska Elks Lodge #2542, and from a number of individuals making contributions “In Memory of a Loved One.” Taxdeductible donations make this project possible. The group is sponsored by Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Altar Society in Pawhuska. Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to Pam Carter at 801 East Main, Pawhuska, Okla. 74056. For more information, call Jody Bracken at (918) 639-0251.

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