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OCTOBER 12, 2011 Open House To Honor Dave May N OPEN HOUSE honA oring outgoing Executive Director Dave May

and his family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Poncan Theater. MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE, a storytime for babies from birth to 18 months, will be held in the Ponca City Library’s program room at 3 p.m. Thursdays in October. Storytime for Pre-K Plus will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays in the program room. Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call (580) 767-0345. THE McCORD SCHOOL ANNUAL PTM ARTS and CRAFTS FESTIVAL, featuring hand-crafted items and homemade cinnamon rolls, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at McCord Elementary School. For more information, call (580) 716-8012. WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS! The Kaw Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation will host the first Women in the Outdoors event to be held at Camp McFadden on Saturday. Whether you are a seasoned Women in the Outdoor participant or new to this event, the day will have something new and exciting to offer. For registration or event information, call (580) 304-1762. 1 2 3 READ TO ME is a come-and-go event all day on Saturdays during October at the Ponca City Library. Children can choose a book in the Children’s Department and a librarian will read to them. MAKE AND TAKE A SCARECROW from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake Ponca Park Shelter House No. 1. This event for children 12 and younger is sponsored by Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Garden Club and the Park and Recreation Department. It is open to the public and children will be able to take their scarecrows home. All materials will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (580) 767-0432. LADIES NIGHT OUT, sponsored by Team Radio at the Marland Mansion, is set from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Free wine and hors d’ouerves will be served. Tickets are free from participating local merchants. For more information, call (580) 765-2485. The ANNUAL PONCA CITY NOON LIONS AUCTION and DINNER will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Moose Lodge. Tickets are $15 per person. All proceeds benefit Ponca City Noon Lions Club projects. For more information, call (580) 7633273. “TUMBLEWEEDS,” starring renowned organist Dennis James, will be presented by the Poncan Theatre Oct. 20. James will provides the music for the William C. Hart classic “Tumbleweeds.” Primarily an organist, James has presented live accompaniments for silent films with piano, theatre organ, chamber ensemble and full symphony orchestras. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available by calling the Poncan Theatre box office, (580) 765-0943 or at www.poncantheatre. com. The 24 HOUR COMIC CHALLENGE is coming Oct. 20-21 to the Ponca City Library. This is a drawing challenge for Teen Read Week. Participants draw a page an hour for 24 hours. It is split into two days at 12 hours a day. At the end of the challenge, each participant will have an original 24-page comic book to be displayed at the library or to keep. There will be art supplies, snacks and participation prizes. The challenge is open to the public and will be a come and go event during library hours. For more information, call (580)7670345. Marland Children’s Home will have its Fall Fest and Potato Bake Oct. 21 with hayrides (haunted and regular) and midway games for smaller children in the gym. For more information, call (580) 762-4156.

Community Christian Church Pumpkin Festival Saturday

BRODY DYER was 5 months old last year as he discovered pumpkins can be fun in the Pumpkin Patch at Community Christian Church, 2109 West Grand Avenue. He was visiting from Lamont with his mom, Trisha Loveall. (News File Photo by Rolf Clements)

The annual Kids Fun Fest at the Community Christian Church Pumpkin Patch, 2109 West Grand Avenue, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. This year’s festivities at the pumpkin patch include face painting, a moon bounce, an obstacle course, a petting zoo, games, prizes, free giveaways and free hot dogs. Ron Davis from Tee Kay pets will be there with some friendly animals. Michelle Walenscak from Cinnamon Valley Exotic Animals will bring some special critters and “The Reptile Man” Jacob Rowlett will attend with his pet lizards and snakes. Barry Gabbert from Sports Card Heroes will give away free packets of sports memorabilia and Dave Guinn from Hall of Heroes will give away free comics and an assortment of items. Soda pop and water will be available, along with baked goods and the free hot dogs.

A PETTING ZOO is part of the fun each year at Community Christian Church’s Pumpkin Patch Fun Fest. In 2007, Shaylee Hollingsworth, then 4, went nose-to-nose with “Katie” the miniature horse. Olivia Jackson, then 8, held the friendly horse in rein. (News File Photo by Rolf Clements)

Kaw Lake Fall Festival Oct. 22 at Camp McFadden KAW LAKE — Scare your socks off in the Haunted Cabin, wear your most unusual costume and decorate a pumpkin at the Fifth Annual Kaw Lake Fall Festival. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at Camp McFadden on the west shore of Kaw Lake. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes to “trick or treat” the haunted cabin and enter a special children’s costume contest with prizes. “Members of the Po-Hi Leo Club are using their imagination to create our haunted cabin for chil-

dren,” said Kathy Tippin, executive director of the Kaw Lake Association. “We’re excited to have their ideas and help with this project.” Children 12 and younger are encouraged to wear their costumes and enter the costume contest for prizes. “We look forward to seeing all kinds of costumes,” said Deonne Gates, chairman of the Kaw Lake Association Fall Festival. For the third consecutive year there will be a craft show inside the Camp McFadden lodge.

The festival will feature kids’ games including inflatables, animals from Cinnamon Valley Exotics, penny in the hay stack, horses and other games. Among other activities for the day are a hay rack ride and pumpkin decorating, along with the usual camp attractions including the canoe pond and nature walk on the hiking trails. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 are admitted free. For more information, contact the Kaw Lake Association at (580) 762-9494 or (877) 671-6985.

BARTLESVILLE GIRL Scouts and others enjoyed the hayride last year. This year’s event will be Oct. 22.

THERE’S NOTHING better than gooey marshmallows cooked over a campfire and chocolate between two graham crackers. S’mores are one of the many fun activities at the Kaw Lake Fall Festival to be held Oct. 22 on the grounds of Camp McFadden on the west shore of Kaw Lake.

FAMILY NATURE Walk: This family took off on an adventure on the Nature Walk during the Fall Festival held at Camp McFadden last year.

Women in the Outdoors Program Saturday CAMP MCFADDEN — This Saturday, women will have the opportunity to experience the outdoors at the Women in the Outdoors program at Camp McFadden. Archery, canoeing and cooking in a Dutch oven are a few of the activities on the agenda for this one-day event. It is organized and conducted by the Kaw Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Women in the Outdoors program. Preregistration is recommended. The day will have something for newcomers as well as seasoned Women in the Outdoors participants. Women can attend four of the 18 course offerings, which include antler jewelry making, archery, canoeing, CPR, Dutch oven cooking, fishing fundamentals, flint napping, herbal gardening and line dancing. Other classes are Oklahoma birds, outdoor optics, RVing, self-defense, stained glass, target shooting,

water gardening, wine making and decorative wreath making. Registration fee is $65 and includes a one-year membership in the Women in the Outdoors, a one-year subscription to the Turkey Country magazine, breakfast and lunch and a Women in the Outdoors T-shirt. Participants must be 14 years old or older and those ages 14-17 must have a parent or guardian’s signature and present with them. There is a $5 discount for motherdaughter participants. Individuals wishing to stay overnight Friday evening can stay in one of the Camp McFadden cabins for an additional $10. A silent auction will be held throughout the day. For more information or to register, contact Angie Foster at (580) 304-1762 or email For information about Camp McFadden, call Mickie Schmith at (580) 762-9955.

Butterflies Are Free

FIRST LUTHERAN School students were able to closely observe the Monarch butterfly right after the students released them. The students raised the Monarchs in a classroom aviary. The butterfly’s favorite plant flower, the milkweed, grows in abundance outside the school. See more photos, Page 8C.


Middle Schoolers To Research Energy Issues

Ponca City Boy Named Bread Champ Karsten Blevins of Ponca City recently placed first in the specialty shapes category of the junior division at the State Wheatheart Bread Baking Contest at the Oklahoma State Fair. His entry of Sagmont Bread topped the other specialty shaped breads in the class, also winning him the title of Grand Champion for the junior division. The contest is an annual event sponsored by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. There were 128 participants from 42 counties, all champion or reserve champion winners at the county bread baking contests. Top bread bakers in the state were awarded. The contest consists of 12 classes, six in the senior division and six in the junior division. Senior division classes include white bread, whole grain bread, dinner rolls, other wheat breads, sweet breads and machine breads. Junior division classes include white bread, dinner rolls, other wheat breads, sweet breads, specialty shapes and machine breads. State champions in the junior divisions include Nikki Morris, Dewey County, white bread; Spencer Riley, Jackson County, other wheat bread; Jacob Hinkle, Grady County, sweet breads; Sheyanne McGlothin, Caddo County, dinner rolls; and Brenna Morris, Dewey County, bread machine. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission promotes greater utilization of wheat in both domestic and international markets through research, market development and public education. Five wheat producers representing designated districts across the state serve as the Oklahoma Wheat Commission’s board of directors. Current officers are Tom Stephens, Guymon, Chairman; Tom Glazier, Loyal, Vice-Chairman Don Schieber, Ponca City, Secretary/Treasurer; and member Kenneth Failes, Cherokee.

Tourism Conference Set in Alva

Braman Honors Miller Family BRAMAN — The Miller family has been staunch supporters of activities in Braman for more than two decades. Allen and Rhonda Miller married in 1980 and made their home 5 miles north of Nardin. Braman School has been home for all the Miller children. Matt began Braman School in the third grade and graduated in 1999 with the honor of co-salutatorian. Alissa and Mark attended Kindergarten through graduation, with Alissa graduating in 2002 as valedictorian of her class. Mark graduated in 2005. While in school, the children participated in basketball, baseball and softball. Alissa was active in drama and music while Matt and Mark were active in FFA. “My parents never missed a sporting event or program and were our biggest supporters throughout our school years,” Matt Miller said. Allen Miller served three terms on the Braman School Board with Rhonda supporting him all the way.

“Not only were they supportive during the time their children went to school, but they have remained very big supporters of events in Braman. Even after their children graduated, they have always been at sporting and/ or community events,” Braman Resident Paula Oliver said. Health issues prevent Allen from attending some events; however, there is usually a Miller family member to be found at them. Not only is the family close but they remain close to the community. Matt Miller purchased a home in Braman in 2008 and was elected as a board member for the town of Braman. Mark Miller continues to work for Kelle Oil Company, where he has been employed for the past five years. Alissa Miller now lives in Blackwell. The Family of the Year was announced during Braman Days Celebration and Alumni Reunion last weekend.

Oct. 28 Conference To Address Issue of Raising Grandchildren Registration is under way for a regional conference in Ponca City for grandparents raising grandchildren and others in a re-parenting role. The conference is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Kay County Retired Senior Volunteer Program. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at First Christian Church, Fifth Street and Cleveland Avenue. The theme for the conference is “Being a GRANDfamily.” Registration is $10 per person and scholarships are available. The cost includes a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. Free on-site child care is available for those who register in advance. The conference sessions will provide information about legal issues related to re-parenting, school issues, Internet safety, bullying, self-care, mental health and wellness issues and services available through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

The conference event will also feature vendor booths with information about state and local resources for those re-parenting. Oklahoma ranks among the top 10 states in the number of families with grandparents or other relatives raising children. In Oklahoma, almost 76,000 grandparents live with their grandchildren who are under age 18, and nearly 43,000 of those grandparents are solely responsible for those children. “Raising a child under traditional circumstances can be daunting, but raising a grandchild poses even more challenges and stresses,” said Lance Robertson, Director of the OKDHS Aging Services Division. “Lives are altered as these children have many diverse needs. We are happy to support these families in their efforts.” For more information, call RSVP at (580) 762-9412. To register for the conference, go to or call the Office of Registration and Records at (405) 325-2248.

Ponca City Public Meetings Upcoming meetings of Ponca City’s boards and commissions include: Oct. 13 Ponca City Development Authority, Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 420 East Grand Avenue, 7:30 a.m. Ponca City Housing Authority, 201 East Broadway Avenue, 10 a.m. Senior Advisory Board, City Hall, B.S. Barnes room, 516 East Grand Avenue, 3 p.m. Oct. 17 Ponca City Board of Commissioners, Work Session, City Hall, Commission Chamber, 516 East Grand Avenue, 2 p.m. Oct. 18 Marland Estate Commission, Marland Estate Lower

DELORES PRELESNICK is busy at work on one of her favorite projects — the Hole in the Wall park in downtown Newkirk.

Newkirk Main Street, Volunteer Finalists NEWKIRK — Keep Oklahoma Beautiful has notified Newkirk Main Street that it has been named a finalist in the Nonprofit Organization category for the 2011 Environmental Excellence Competition. In addition, Delores Prelesnick has been named as a finalist in the Individual


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ALVA — Oklahoma’s Red Carpet Country will host its Annual Tourism Conference on Tuesday at the Northwest Technology Center in Alva. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Don’t Go It Alone.” Red Carpet Country President Betty Warner and the Tourism Conference committee have worked to put together an informative and educational program. Several speakers will touch on topics such as “Making Every Visitor a Guest and Every Trip an Event,” “Don’t Go it Alone — How to Get People to Work Together” and “How to Find and Use Resource Partners for Your Event Planning.” Presenters for the day will be Rich Cantillon with the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Melyn Johnson with Guymon Main Street and Steven Barnes with the Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Round table participants for the “How to Find and Use Resource Partners for Your Event Planning” are Karen Wilcox, Perry; Jim Curtiss, Woodward CVB; Kim Little, Arbuckle Country Association; Jiff Fritz, Watonga; and Jimmy Berkenbill, Hennessey. Participating communities and tourism based business are invited to bring a display to promote an attraction, business or event in their community during the conference at no additional charge. Those interested in hosting a display are asked to call the Red Carpet Country office at 800-447-2698. Registration is required and can be completed by calling the Red Carpet Country office. Registration includes a new one-year individual membership to Red Carpet Country, conference lunch and lots of tourism information.

THE MILLER FAMILY, front row from left are Rhonda, Allen and Alissa. Back row, Matt and Mark.

EDMOND — Can local middle schoolers do a better job of solving the nation’s energy crisis than current leaders? Finding an alternative energy resource for fossil fuels remains one of the country’s top priorities, and academics, politicians and engineers are among those searching for solutions. This fall, middle schoolers from across the nation will join them in tackling this issue. Oklahoma’s middle schoolers will be among those participating in National Engineers Week Foundation’s 2011-12 Future City Competition. They will be asked to design a method of providing electricity for a future city using an energy source that does not deplete natural resources and has limited impact on the environment. Students start with a research essay describing their concept, which this year is themed “Fuel Your Future: Imagine new ways to meet our energy needs and maintain a healthy planet.” As students envision new ways to produce electric power, they will identify the benefits and risks of their energy source solutions and provide suggestions on how to minimize the risks that their solutions present. Participating students will use SimCity 4 Deluxe software to design a virtual Future City model incorporating their ideas. Then they will build a physical model using recycled materials which can cost no more than $100. As they address their alternative energy solutions, they will consider the safety, cost, efficiency and appearance of their ideas. They will also learn about the engineering disciplines that encompass their solution, including learning and identifying the steps of the design process. The 2011-12 Future City Competition is expected to attract more than 33,000 students from 1,000 middle schools in regions located across the country. The annual challenge has received national attention and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle schoolers to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Through hands-on applications, Future City participants discover by doing how engineering is both accessible and can make a difference in the world. Last year, for the first time, sixth graders were invited to join seventh and eighth grade students in the competition. “What a great opportunity this year’s competition affords middle schoolers eager to explore their potential,” said Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, a longtime sponsor of the Future City Competition. “Meeting the challenge they’re being tasked with will help them appreciate the in-depth research, analysis, innovative thinking and team collaboration employed by engineering professionals as they go about the crucial job of sustaining the world’s infrastructure. At the same time, these young people will get to enjoy the incredibly rewarding experience of creating something whose ultimate purpose is improving quality of life for all of us.” Debra Stewart, director of Shell Oil Company Supplier Diversity, Workforce Development and Diversity Outreach, said the energy company is very excited that the Future City 2011-2012 competition addresses such a real world issue. “This project will give students an opportunity to gain a further understanding of the importance of energy, the environmental impact and the skills it will take to find viable solutions,” Stewart said. “For our industry and the U.S. economy as a whole, it is critical that we continually encourage and stimulate interest in STEM from grade school through college to develop the “STEM-savvy” workforce of the future. Not only is this vital for our country’s leadership position in an increasingly competitive world, but also, with a keen understanding and possibly a career in these disciplines, individuals will have the opportunity to help shape the future of our country and global community.” Oklahoma is one of nearly 40 regions taking part in this year’s competition. The competition culminates with the regional finals in January, 2012. The winning team from Oklahoma will represent Oklahoma at the national finals in Crystal City, Va., which take place during Engineer’s Week in February 2012. The National Finals Grand Prize winners receive a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., provided by National Finals host Bentley Systems, Incorporated. “This competition is a great learning opportunity for the students and it’s so much fun,” said Todd Heimer, Oklahoma Future City regional coordinator. Registration deadline for schools nationwide is Oct. 31. Future City is also looking for engineering and technical professionals who may be interested in serving as mentors. For information, school registration, or to volunteer in the Future City Competition, visit or

Achievement category. Main Street and Prelesnick’s efforts will be honored along with other statewide finalists at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful 21st Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration on Nov. 10 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Contact Midweek Submit your story and photo ideas to Midweek Editor Beverly Bryant at or call (580) 7653311, Ext. 137. Deadline for submissions is one week prior to publication.

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Level, 901 Monument Road, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 Park and Recreation Advisory Board, City Hall, B.S. Barnes room, 516 East Grand Avenue, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Traffic Commission, City Hall, McFadden room, 516 East Grand Avenue, 1:15 p.m. Oct. 24 Ponca City Board of Commissioners and Utility Authority, City Hall, Commission Chamber, 516 East Grand Avenue, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 Historic Preservation Advisory Panel, City Hall, B.S. Barnes room, 516 East Grand Avenue, 4 p.m.

Study Finds Link Between Lung Function, Diabetes OKLAHOMA CITY — A study by University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center researchers found that reduced lung function often precedes metabolic syndrome and diabetes in American Indians. The study was conducted by researchers at the Center for American Indian Health Research at the OU College of Public Health. “American Indians have the highest prevalence of diabetes of any segment of the U.S. population,” said Fawn Yeh, Ph.D., one of the study authors. “In this population, we found that lung impairment appears to develop even before diabetes is diagnosed.” Elisa Lee, Ph.D., director of the Center for American Indian Health Research, said scientists are still trying to determine how all the conditions are linked. “It is thought to be the consequences of the systemic inflammation associated with lung disease,” she said. “So, it is important for clinicians to be aware of the relation-

ships between lung problems and diabetes and heart disease and advise their patients accordingly.” Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. While several other studies have found a link between lung function and metabolic syndrome or diabetes in whites and blacks, this is the first to look at American Indians. “This is valuable research because it points to the increasingly important role of prevention,” said Gary Raskob, Ph.D., dean of the OU College of Public Health. “Oklahoma has very high rates of diabetes driven by a growing problem with overweight and obesity. Our state also has very high rates of chronic obstructive lung disease, largely due to smoking. The fact that a diabetic patient may be at greater risk of lung disease supports the need to also address tobacco use in this population, as well as obesity.”


Ponca City Humane Society

How Can I Help? After Five Lions Club raises money by working at Oklahoma State University football games. The club needs five helpers to work at each game. The club buys eyeglasses for people in the Ponca City area and makes donations to non-profit groups in the area. To help, call (580) 716-0779 or (580) 765-7728. ————— The Kaw Lake Association needs volunteers (adults or older teens) to help with the Fall Festival on Oct. 22 at Camp McFadden. Volunteers are needed to staff the gate collecting admission, oversee the Canoe Pond (life saving certification preferred), help in the Nature Center with pumpkin decorating, assist at the fire ring with s’mores, judge costume contest and other tasks. To help, call (580) 762-9494 or (877) 671-6985 (outside Ponca City). If no answer, please leave your name and phone number. ————— Ponca Playhouse is getting ready to begin the second production of the regular season, “All My Sons,” directed by Christina Rich-Splawn. The Playhouse needs adults who are interested in set building, costumes and props. The Playhouse also need a person to write articles for the shows and other activities. The Playhouse will provide the necessary information, but needs a skilled hand to pull articles together. The Playhouse will train all volunteers. Contact the Playhouse at or (580) 765-5360. ————— The Ponca City Area Literacy Council has a special need for tutors. A third grader is in need of help with reading and math so he will not get behind. There also is a great need for volunteers to work with English as a second language learners. The Council provides training and all the materials and support for volunteers. The time requirement is only about an hour to

an hour and a half a week. For more information, call (580) 767-0351 or email ————— Raindrops Pregnancy Loss and Child Death Support is in need of a 16-foot awning for its downtown office at 102 North Second Street. The office also is in need of a volunteer electrician to install a ceiling fan. Other needs include any denomination of postage for mailing bereavement booklets to families. Postage can be mailed to Raindrops, 102 North Second Street, Ponca City OK 74601. The agency can also use volunteers for ironing and office work on Tuesday mornings. For more information, call (580) 362-5144. ————— East Middle School is in need of additional PIE Partners and the Mentor Program at Liberty School, Tutor Program at Union School and Reading Program at Woodlands School can all use volunteers. Contact the school principal at each of these schools for more information on any of these programs. ————— The Opportunity Center needs volunteers to work at two thrift stores which benefit the center’s clients. The stores are The Caboose in Ponca City and the Good Buy Shoppe in Blackwell. Volunteers would help sort and prepare items for resale. Consigners are also wanted for the Village Country Store at the Opportunity Center. Contact manager Kristy Russell at (580) 765-1972. ————— Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to work at the ReStore at 117 West Central. Times are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Volunteers who would like to work on building Habitat for Humanity homes or who want to learn to work on

homes can inquire at the store or call (580) 765-2974. ————— McCord Senior Citizen Center needs volunteers to help in the dining room. The center is open five days a week and serves home-cooked meals, prepared daily. Volunteers are needed to set up trays, pour drinks, carry trays for those needing help, pick up trays and set them in the dish washing room window, scrape dishes, wipe off tables, tidy up the rest rooms at the end of the serving time and sweep the floors. The center serves from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. Reservations are not needed. Those interested in volunteering may call Betty at (580) 762-7797 for more information. ————— 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 through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (580) 7656108. ————— 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. 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 always needs 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. ————— New Emergency Resource Agency, 500 North First Street, needs volunteers who can do manual labor, moving boxes of food and furniture. There are work day opportunities several times a month, including food distribution days. Call (580) 765-5372 for information. ————— If you or your organization has a need for volunteer help, contact Midweek Editor Beverly Bryant at or call (580) 7653311, 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.

HANNAH IS a Lab-Brittany Spaniel mix available for adoption at the Ponca City Humane Society. She is a medium-sized young female dog. To ask about adopting Hannah or any of the animals at the Humane Society, call (580) 767-8877.

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.

Cowley County Humane Society

Fairfax Heritage Days Celebration A BEAGLE named Jules is looking for a home. The 5-year-old female is calm and house trained. She is at the Cowley County Humane Society in Winfield, Kan.

Cowley County Humane Society Reduces Dog Adoption Fees WINFIELD — Looking for an exercise buddy, a best friend or a constant companion for the senior in your life? What about having a fuzzy face to greet you at the door after a long day at work? Cowley County is celebrating National Adopt A Dog Month through October by lowering dog adoption fees by 50 percent. This means adoption fees are either $40 or $60, depending on whether the chosen dog has been previously spayed or neutered. Studies have shown pet owners live longer, healthier lives. For nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lesson anxiety and even boost immunity, according to James E. Gern, M.D., a pediatrician at the University of WisconsinMadison. Dr. Gern also says that people who have grown up with pets have fewer allergies. Adult cats are free and kittens are $10, and all pets come completely vetted: They are spayed or neutered, vaccines, a microchip and a bag of cat or dog food. To view adoptable pets, go to cowleycountyhumanesociety. org or call (620) 442-1698 or (620) 221-1698. CCHS is located at 7648 222nd Road in Winfield; shelter hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Puppy Preparation Tips

PICKING PRIZES of fruit and toys are sisters Ryann and Grace Cave. The girls took part in the Hon-Kah-Zhi healthy living projects fun activities held in conjunction with Fairfax Heritage Day on Oct. 8.

JULIE WILSON, age 6, shyly smiles as she shows off the wind spinner prize and an orange selected as part of a healthy foods quiz and game challenge activities sponsored by the Hon-Kah-Zhi Project during the Fairfax Heritage Day event Oct. 8 in Fairfax. Her brother, Colton Wilson, 7, wears a medal won for placing in a one mile run held downtown.

Below are some suggested tips for bringing a new dog into your family. Remember that owning a new pet is like caring for a newborn baby — it will take a lot of time and dedication. Begin preparing for the new addition to your household weeks in advance. Allocate a space in your house for your puppy as well as an area outside where he can play. Consider purchasing the necessary items like a security gate. Also purchase essential products, like a crate, water and food bowls, a collar, leash, appropriate chew toys and puppy food. Active dogs can easily get into dangerous situations. Consider investing in child-proof locks for cabinets. Dogs have the tendency to chew on furniture and shoes. Spray pet-friendly lemon or bitter apple scents on items to avoid further chewing problems.

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MAKING BEAD bracelets at Fairfax Heritage Day was a popular activity with these youngsters. From left are sisters Grace, 3, and Ryann Cave, 4, and cousins Kylie Drebenstedt, 6, and Taylor Hoskinson, 11. Hoskinson wears two medals won for placing in both the one mile and two mile runs. Looking on is Spencer Cave, while in the background on Elm Street, barbecue grills are fired up for a charity fundraiser.

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FUTURE RESIDENTS break ground for their active adult community, called Oakcreek Community in Stillwater.

Stillwater Co-Housing Community Breaks Ground, Assists Habitat By BEVERLY BRYANT Midweek Editor STILLWATER — In anticipation of groundbreaking for the Oakcreek Community, Oklahoma’s first cohousing community, Habitat for Humanity volunteers were invited to remove paneling, moldings, pocket doors, hot water heater, chandelier, toilets, facings, some parquet floor, some cabinets and cabinet doors, the slate from the hearth, trim and any other reuseable construction items from the house that will become the Common House for Oakcreek Community. The Oakcreek Community is being created by a group of adults who aren’t satisfied with existing retirement options. Oakcreek community members participated in the design of their neighborhood and are committed to a set of guiding principles, including active, healthy living for body, mind and spirit; lifelong learning and growth; interdependence, mutual support and compassion; community service; environmental sustainability and stewardship. “We want to be good neighbors and members of the larger Stillwater community. Allowing Habitat to ‘harvest’ our future Common House for good, reuseable materials flows right out of our value statement,” said future Community homeowner Emma Tusing. The neighborhood design provides a balance between personal privacy and making it easy to know your neighbors with large front porches and walking lanes between the homes. The homes will be built to be very energyefficient and use geothermal heating and cooling to further reduce their use of nonrenewable resources. At present, 11 households are vested members of Oakcreek Community and have reserved 11 of the 24 home units. Members range in age

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY volunteers Jesse McIntyre, Tracie Dickerson, Caitlin Robertson (OSU students), and Bob Perkins (retired postal worker and “professional volunteer”) strip the paneling from the soon-tobe-remodeled Oakcreek Common House in Stillwater. from 58 to 85 and include poured it together to repre- Phillips, Project Manager, singles and couples, working sent the contribution that Brown Engineering; Kelly and retired. Members include each of the present 11 mem- Harris, civil engineer, Keya doctor, retired business bers have made toward the stone Engineering; and Genowner, OSU Spanish teacher, development of this commu- eral Contractor, Scott Campparish nurse, retired OSU fac- nity. The traditional “turning bell, Campbell Construction. ulty members, private-prac- the dirt with shovels” ritual The finished project will tice psychologist, avid tennis followed. Actual construction be a neighborhood of 24 players, retired librarian, is scheduled to begin Oct. 17 privately owned one- and estate/tag sale organizer and a with completion and move-in two-bedroom homes with phlebotomist. scheduled for fall 2012. shared open spaces and a None of the members are Oakcreek Community mem- 3,500-square-foot Common ready to retire from life. bers have created the design House for community gathThe group is seeking mem- of their new neighborhood erings, cooperative activities bers who want to embrace an and homes with the profes- and guest accommodations. active, welcoming, mindful sional assistance of architect The community is sited on 7.5 lifestyle in the second half of Charles Durrett of McCamant wooded acres along Boomer their lives. & Durrett Architects, Nevada Creek. Groundbreaking was held City, Calif., and Development More information about Oct. 6 at 1806 North Husband. Consultant Kathryn McCa- Oakcreek Community can be As part of the groundbreak- mant, Cohousing Partners, found at www.OAKCREEKing ceremony, members of LLC, Nevada City, Calif. or by calling Oakcreek brought soil from Local professionals work- Pat Darlington at (405) 880their current homes and ing on the project are Jana 3703.

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Lamont Alumni Reunion Nov. 26 LAMONT — Graduates from Lamont High School will be gathering in Lamont on Nov. 26 for the alumni association reunion. Starting at 4 p.m., the Methodist Church will host a gettogether coffee for all alumni. Former students who want to bring some pictures or old year books are asked to do so. At 6 p.m. the “Mardi Gras Banquet” and program starts in the old gym. Tickets are available from the State Exchange Bank for $15 per person. To purchase tickets, call Micki Metcalf at (580) 388-4345 or mail checks to State Exchange Bank in care of Micki Metcalf, Box 7, Lamont OK 74643. Deadline is Nov. 21. Make checks payable to Lamont High School Alumni Association. The honored classes are 2001 and 2002 and all classes are invited. This event is held every two years. Don Muegge will be the master of ceremonies and Stagecoach will furnish the meal.

MEGHAN KELLY was crowned the 2011-12 Teen Queen for the Cherokee Strip Riding Club of Perry. She is the daughter of Michael and Joyce Kelly and Vic and Rhonda Bennett. She also won Horsemanship and High Ticket Sales. During her next year as Teen Queen, Kelly said she hopes to represent the club by attending many rodeos in the state and talking to people about the sport of rodeo. 

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The Ponca City Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will present a free genealogy workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at Marland’s Grand Home, 1000 East Grand Avenue. The session will cover family research and will be presented by DAR State Regent Diane Hamill and DAR First Vice Regent Pat McFall, Certified DAR Genealogical Consultants. Everyone is invited to attend. Lunch will be available. For more information and reservations, call Sue Allen at (580) 762-5074.

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TULSA — The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program has been named the recipient of the Dr. Rodney Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health award, the highest honor of the Champions of Health awards. According to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, more than 26.7 percent of children in Oklahoma are living at or below poverty level. In response to this crisis, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma started the Food for Kids Backpack Program, which provides a weekly backpack full of food to elementary school-aged children at risk of going hungry over the weekend when federal free or reduced-price meals are unavailable. As the Champion of Oklahoma Health, the Food for Kids Backpack Program receives a grant of $15,000, which will be presented at the 2011 Champions of Health Gala at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Tulsa Convention Center Ballroom. Additional winners will be honored in six categories: Children’s Health, the Uninsured, Senior Health, Community Health and Corporate Health — Large Business and Small Business. Tickets to the Champions of Health Gala are available for $100 each and may be purchased through Friday by calling 1-(866) 876-4376. The Champions of Health Gala benefits the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, which provides Oklahoma children with free immunizations. For more information about sponsorships or the gala, visit The Champions of Health awards program is presented by the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma State Medical Association in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. In addition to the Dr. Rodney Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health award, six other winners will be recognized at the gala. Champion of Children’s Health, Miki Farris, Infant Crisis Services, Inc. Miki Farris and Infant Crisis Services have grown together over the past 27 years, offering a safe haven for families and providing formula, food, diapers and other basic necessities to more than 152,000 babies and toddlers in crisis. Infant Crisis Services will receive a grant of $5,000. Champion of the Uninsured, Shirley Harris, Restorative Dental Care, Dentists for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment, Inc. (D-DENT). Under Shirley Harris’ leadership, D-DENT has grown to become an office that coordinates the volunteer efforts of more than 450 dental professionals meeting the dental needs of Oklahoma’s uninsured population. Restorative Dental Care will receive a grant of $5,000. Champion of Senior Health, LIFE Senior Services. LIFE Senior Services promotes independence, quality of life and dignity for seniors through adult day services, case management, SeniorLine information and referral, caregiver support services, senior centers and affordable housing. LIFE Senior Services will receive a grant of $5,000. Community Health Champion, Telestroke Program, Sequoyah Memorial Hospital. The community served by Sequoyah Memorial Hospital ranks No. 1 in the nation for the incidence of stroke among residents. This knowledge drove Sequoyah Memorial Hospital to break into the field of telemedicine, providing residents with immediate access to life-saving health care. Sequoyah Memorial Hospital will receive a grant of $5,000. Corporate Health Champion – Large Business (100 or more employees), iCare Program, Melton Truck Lines, Inc. /AKA The Hawthorn Group. In 2006, Melton Truck Lines implemented an innovation wellness program for employees called iCare, which encourages healthy behaviors, provides health risk education and helps control health care costs for employees and for the group. Incentivizing through significant reductions in health insurance premiums for program participation has helped the program achieve success for more than five years. Corporate Health Champion – Small Business (Up to 99 employees), Plan Benefit Analysts. This two-time Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business isn’t a corporate giant, but associates will tell you they are doing their part to create a culture of wellness. At no cost to employees, the program offers free biometric screenings, onsite weight loss programs and competitions, “breather” breaks, exercise balls for chairs, gym membership reimbursement, Weight Watchers reimbursement, free running shoes, points-based incentives and incentives to participate in the Tulsa Run, kitchen stocked with healthy snacks, freshly brewed green tea, a Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and weekly recipes. The judging panel also named finalists in several of the categories: Champion of Children’s Health, Emergency Infant Services and Global Gardens Champion of the Uninsured, Jackson County Free Health Clinic, Jackson County Community Health Action Team; SoonerEnroll, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and The Heart Improvement Project, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine Champion of Senior Health, Geriatric Dentistry Outreach Initiative, OU College of Dentistry and Mike Bravo, Momentum for Oklahoma Seniors’ Health Community Health Champion, Free Nurses Clinic, Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, Inc. and Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, Oklahoma Dental Association Corporate Health Champion - Large Business (100 or more employees), The Well, Devon Energy.

Foundation Seeks Award Nominations OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools, is seeking nominations for its 2012 Academic All-State Scholarships and Medal for Excellence Awards. Scholarships and educator awards totaling $125,000 will be presented at the foundation’s annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 19, 2012, at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. The event, which is attended by nearly 1,000 public education supporters, is broadcast statewide on public television. Academic Awards Program nomination forms are available on the foundation’s website at Since 1987, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has awarded more than $3.9 million in academic awards and scholarships. For more information, call (405) 236-0006.

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Here’s a World Series Trivia Quiz — How Will You Do? This is the middle of October and to a sports fanatic, October means the baseball World Series. Or at least that was what it meant once upon a time. When I was much younger, the World Series was a special event when the games were heard in just about every business establishment and in classrooms at school. The games were played in daylight hours and most of the workaday world was tuned in. And no matter where I was as a child and younger adult, I usually knew what was going on in the World Series at all times. Consequently, when the suggestion was made that I try my luck on a World Series trivia quiz, I very confidently predicted to myself the test wouldn’t be much of a challenge. I followed through and will present the test I worked on, courtesy of the World Wide Web. You can find the answers below. 1. Which catcher hit a famous game-winning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series? (a) Johnny Bench; (b) Gene Tenace; (c) Carlton Fisk; (d) Thurmon Munson 2. Joe Carter ended the 1993 World Series with a home run in Game 6. Who was the first to end a series with a walk-off home run? (a) Mickey Mantle; (b) Reggie Jackson; (c) Bill Mazeroski; (d) Babe Ruth 3. There was no World Series in 1994 because of a strike. In what other year was there no World Series? (a) 2001; (b) 1904; (c) 1995; (d) 1942 4. Who has the highest career World Series slugging percentage? (a) Reggie Jackson; (b) Mickey Mantle; (c) Barry Bonds; (d) Babe Ruth 5. Who is the only pitcher to appear in all seven games of a World Series? (a) Paul Assenmacher; (b) Mike Stanton; (c) Darold

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BILL WAMBSGANSS helped the Cleveland Indians win the 1920 World Series by making a very rare play. (a) Dennis Eckersley; (b) Mariano Rivera; (c) Rollie Fingers; (d) Goose Gossage. 8. Who struck out 17 batters in one game, a World Series record? (a) Randy Johnson; (b) Sandy Koufax; (c) Bob Gibson; (d) Nolan Ryan 9. Who is the only player to be series most valuable player twice for two different teams? (a) Reggie Jackson; (b) Curt Schilling; (c) Randy Johnson; (d) Frank Robinson 10. Who is the pitcher who is the all-time leader in wins in

CARLTON FISK gets the ball he has just hit to land in fair territory by this hand motion. It did land fair for a home run that won a World Series game for the Boston Red Sox. Knowles; (d) Rollie Fingers 6. Who is the only player to win the Cy Young Award, the Most Valuable Player and World Series Most Valuable Player in the same year? (a) Bob Gibson; (b) Catfish Hunter; (c) Don Larsen; (d) Sandy Koufax 7. Who has most saves in World Series history?

the World Series? (a) Catfish Hunter; (b) Whitey Ford; (c) Andy Pettite; (d) John Smoltz 11. Which current team has the longest drought in winning the World Series? (a) Cleveland Indians; (b) Baltimore Orioles; (c) San Diego Padres; (d) Chicago Cubs

12. Who threw the only perfect game in a World Series? (a) Sandy Koufax; (b) Bob Gibson; (c) Don Larsen; (d) Orel Hershiser 13. What pitcher, brother of a Hall-of-Famer, was the youngest pitcher (19) in World Series history? (a) Paul Dean; (b) Ken Brett; (c) Joe Niekro; (d) Henry Mathewson 14. Which Yankees great has the most series extra base hits (26)? (a) Reggie Jackson; (b) Mickey Mantle; (c) Babe Ruth; (d) Yogi Berra 15. Who made the only unassisted triple play in the World Series? (a) Pee Wee Reese; (b) Derek Jeter; (c) Bill Wambsganss; (d) Phil Rizzuto 16. Who is the only National League player to hit home runs in his first two World Series at-bats? (a) Albert Pujols; (b) Andruw Jones; (c) Roberto Clemente; (d) Barry Bonds 17. Against which team did Willie Mays make his remarkable over-the shoulder catch in deep center field? (a) Boston Red Sox; (b) New York Yankees; (c) Chicago White Sox; (d) Cleveland Indians 18. Which was the first World Series to end in November? (a) 1989; (b) 2001; (c) 2003; (d) 2006 19. Which player appeared in the most World Series games during his career? (a.) Derek Jeter; (b) Chipper Jones; (c) Babe Ruth; (d) Yogi Berra 20. Which was the first wild card team to win a World Series? (a) Florida Marlins; (b) New York Yankees; (c) Arizona Diamondbacks; (d) Boston Red Sox Did you find it easy or difficult? Here are the answers. 1. Carlton Fisk. This one was easy for me. The image of Fisk running to first place waving his arms as if to influence the flight of the ball to fair territory is forever etched in my memory. Unfortunately for Fisk and the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati won Game 7 and the series. 2. Bill Mazeroski. Another easy one for me. I was listening to this game in 1960 in high school study hall. My loyalties were divided. I almost always rooted for the American League team, but I also liked the Pittsburgh Pirates and was one of several who were disciplined for dancing around in study hall after Mazeroski’s feat. 3. 1904. I got this right. Contrary to what some might think, I wasn’t around in 1904. But I do remember reading somewhere that the first World Series was played in

1903, but in 1904 the New York Giants refused to participate. The series resumed in 1905 and continued an annual run until 1994. 4. Barry Bonds had a career slugging percentage of .755. I missed this one with no earthly idea of what the right answer might be. And don’t spread it around, but I do admit I only have a vague notion of how slugging percentage is figured . 5. Darold Knowles. My second consecutive miss. I picked Rollie Fingers, I guess because I thought he had a really neat handlebar moustache. As a member of the Oakland Athletics, Knowles pitched in all seven games in the 1973 World Series. And who the heck is Paul Assenmacher? 6. Sandy Koufax in 1963. Three wrong answers in a row. I picked Catfish Hunter because I saw him pitch as a rookie for the Kansas City Athletics and he was ever after a favorite of mine. Never saw Koufax pitch in person. 7. Mariano Rivera. Got this one. I didn’t know for sure, but Rivera has the most saves of any pitcher during the regular season, so he was a good possibility. 8. Bob Gibson. Saw this game on television, a good portion during a time I was in a neat little Greek restaurant place where overworked journalists hung out. Gibson struck out 17 members of the Detroit Tigers in 1968. 9. Reggie Jackson. Miss No. 4. I never appreciated Reggie until after he retired. He was series MVP in 1973 with the Athletics and in 1977 with the Yankees. I was hoping the answer would be Frank Robinson, a player I liked better. 10. Whitey Ford. I got this one. Ford was a certain winner when he pitched in the World Series. He actually won 10 games. 11. Chicago Cubs. Another easy one for me. At one time I lived in Central Illinois where most people are either fans of the St. Louis Cardinals or the Cubs. Cardinal fans never let Cub fans forget that their team hadn’t won a World Series since 1492 or some such year (1908). 12. Don Larsen in 1956. I was listening on the radio in Mr. Webb’s eighth grade room back in Lucas, Kan. Mr. Webb almost didn’t let us listen to the game that day, because all the other kids had gotten bad results on their Kansas history exam. 13. Ken Brett. Ken is the brother of Hall-of-Famer George Brett. His appearance at 19 was in a Boston Red Sox uniform in 1967 against the Cardinals. George hadn’t made his appearance in the big leagues yet. Again I remember being in the Greek place watching the game on TV when he came into the game. 14. Mickey Mantle. Believe it or not, I missed this one. I picked Yogi Berra and wouldn’t blame anyone for questioning my Oklahoma residency in not knowing that Oklahoma native Mantle was the correct answer. 15. Bill Wambsganss. Thank goodness for multiple choice. I knew it was some guy with an unpronounceable last name. It happened in 1920 (again before my time) in Game 5 against the Brooklyn Robins. 16. Andruw Jones in 1996. I guessed on this one. Vague recollections of wondering who in the world would spell Andrew with a “u.” I would have been able to answer the question more confidently if it had been about the American League. Gene Tenace hit two home runs in his first two World Series at-bats in 1972. 17. Easy one for me. His catch came on a ball hit by Cleveland’s Vic Wertz. I was listening to the game on the radio and I remember the announcer going crazy. 18. 2001. A guess. This question identifies one of my pet peeves. Baseball wasn’t meant to be played when the snow flies. But in 2001, the 9-11 terrorist attacks delayed the regular season a week. 19. Yogi Berra (75 games). My man Yogi was a great player, but I have to admit he

THIS CATCH made by Willie Mays is one of the biggest outfield plays made in a World Series game. What team did he make it against in the 1954 series? was fortunate to play on a My score: 15 out of 20. Not team that made it to the World too bad, but not very good for Series almost every year of his someone who collects trivial career. facts like I do. 20. Florida Marlins in 1997. If I hadn’t been able to guess This required me to guess. on questions of which I wasn’t Thanks again to the multiple sure, I would have done much choice format. Otherwise I worse. I had a hunch this wouldn’t have had a chance to might be a humbling experiget it right. ence.

FRANK ROBINSON, a great baseball player, is in tears here, but reportedly it has nothing to do with his not being the correct answer to a World Series trivia question.

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Blackwell’s High-Energy Celebration

SWINGING SOME moves while the Damon Jackson Band plays in the background are Blackwell couple Johnny and Dianne Grace. Blackwell residents were treated by Blackwell Public Power to a free family evening at the fairgrounds on Oct. 7 featuring live music, chili dogs, prize drawings and energy conservation information.

THE DAMON JACKSON Band performed with a variety of instruments at the Blackwell Public Power thankyou picnic. BLACKWELL PUBLIC POWER employees share energy efficiency tips, give away CFL light bulbs and answer questions for Blackwell community members at the thank you event held Oct. 7 at the county fairgrounds.

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Engineers’ Society Honors Three OSU Division Teams STILLWATER —The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has honored Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, three times over. “The 2011 Blue Ribbon Awards garnered by our three teams represent ASABE’s highest level of recognition for Cooperative Extension programming quality,” said Dan Thomas, head of the division’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. “We’re very proud of our people and the programs receiving these national honors.” Jason Vogel, OSU Cooperative Extension stormwater specialist, and Sharla Lovern, a research engineer with the BAE department, were recognized for their “Oklahoma Low Impact Development” website, located at Low Impact Development is a comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach with the goal of maintaining and enhancing urban and developed watersheds. “The website is continually evolving as we add information and design aids that will enable individuals and organizations to maximize benefits in cost-effective ways, thereby strengthening stormwater management efforts in Oklahoma,” Vogel said. Doug Hamilton, OSU Cooperative Extension waste management specialist, and Craig Woods, OSU Agricultural Communications Services video producer-director, were recognized for their “Alternative Manure Technology” video series. “Many producers are reluctant to adopt new

technologies without firsthand experience, and it is particularly difficult to get public exposure for manure-related technologies in the media,” Hamilton said. “The video series was a creative way to expose producers to these useful methods for handling and treating animal waste.” To date, viewers from approximately 100 countries have watched the videos, with tracking data indicating that the videos have been accessed more than 8,000 times. Receiving an ASABE Blue Ribbon Award for their short publication, “Sensor-Based Variable Rate Application for Cotton,” were Randy Taylor, OSU Cooperative Extension machinery specialist; John Fulton, an Extension engineer with Auburn University’s Department of Biosystems Engineering; Ed

Barnes, Cotton Incorporated’s director of agricultural research; and Amanda Erichsen, OSU Extension assistant. “The work of these teams is indicative of the inherent connectivity Cooperative Extension programming and educational materials have on the lives and livelihoods of our agricultural producers and other state residents, as well as the communities and counties in which they reside,” said James Trapp, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service associate director. ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering as it applies to agricultural, food and biological systems. The organization boasts approximately 9,000 members hailing from more than 100 nations.

Larson To Conduct Southwestern Concert

STORY TELLERS for “From Sod to Stone” were, from left, Jack McCarty, Jim Mills, the Rev. Jim Hollifield, Roy Chaney, and Judge Philip Ross.

Newkirk History Program Well Received NEWKIRK — The annual Newkirk Historical Society program played to a nearcapacity crowd in the community room at the Heritage Center. The program, “From Sod to Stone: The Master Builders of Newkirk, OK” featured the Rev. Jim Hollifield

as Nehemiah Tubbs, Jack McCarty as E.W. Biggerstaff, Roy Chaney as Jesse Feagin, Judge Philip Ross as Al Todd and Jim Mills as William Morgan. The program was a part of an Oklahoma Humanities Council Opportunity Grant. Research for the project took

an entire year. The windows of the Heritage Center were filled with displays prepared by Caryl Morgan of Earth Road Graphics as a part of this grant. Members of the audience expressed their appreciation for the detail and personalization of the historical

accounts of Newkirk’s early builders. During the business portion of the meeting, Juhree Vanderpool, Sandra Lockwood, Karen Dye, Amy Horinek, Delores Prelesnick and Sue Roy were elected to serve two-year terms as directors.

WINFIELD, Kan. — The South Kansas Symphony will present its first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the newly renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus. The evening will open with Aaron Copland’s stirring “Fanfare for the Common Man,” which has been used in numerous movies, commercials and events, and will close with Modest Mussorgsky’s famed “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a piece with many small movements inspired by the paintings of Mussorgsky’s friend. For this concert, the symphony will welcome Ponca City conductor Dan Larson, a veteran educator widely recognized for excellence. “It was a brainstorm of our advisory board to invite several area conductors to come to campus and work with the symphony on a piece for one concert,” said executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens. “Dan’s orchestras have consistently won awards and he has been honored at the state and national levels for his skill as a music educator. We are fortunate to have him join us to open our season.” Larson will conduct “Dance of the Tumblers” from “Snow Maiden” by Nikolai RimskyKorsakov. Other selections included in the performance are “The Polovtsian Dances” from “Prince Igor” by Alexander Borodin and “A Mighty Fortress” by Vaclav Nelhybel. Thursday’s performance is underwritten by Thane and Vicky Rockhill. It will take place in the recently dedi-

cated Richardson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for preferred seating and $6 for general admission. Season tickets are available to all symphony concerts starting at $36. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272. Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,800 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

Sports Card, Memorabilia Show Oct. 29 Ponca City’s first Sports Card and Memorabilia Show in several years will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Community Christian Church, 2109 West Grand Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29. The public is invited and admission is free. Door prizes from local merchants will be given away during the show. The first 50 youth ages 14 and younger will receive a free pack of sports cards, candy and other goodies. Available for purchase will be all kinds of rookie and star cards, unopened boxes, autographed items and more. A few dealer tables are still available. To reserve a table for selling, buying, and trading of sportscards, call Barry at (580) 763-3760.


Vitamin D Important, But Optimal Levels Unknown How much vitamin D do you need? The answer depends on who you are, how old you are, where you live, the color of your skin ... and, possibly, who you ask. Vitamin D has been a subject of controversy among medical experts over the past decade. Most agreed that the long-standing recommended daily allowance (200 IU a day for most children and adults) was too low, and a panel was appointed by the Institute of Medicine to look into the matter. In November 2010, the panel recommended an increase in the RDA, but still left many of the issues unresolved. Vitamin D and calcium work as a team in promoting bone health, and that was the focus of the IOM when it increased the RDA to 600 IU for most adults and children. After age 70, the RDA goes up to 800 IU — a number still lower than many Vitamin D experts have been recommending.

By Judy Rupp, CIRS-A Northern Oklahoma Development Authority Area Agency on Aging The calcium recommendation called for the highest intake (1,300 milligrams a day) for adolescents ages 9 through 18. It’s important for young girls, in particular, to build strong bone density to protect them in later years. From ages 19 to 50, both men and women should get 1,000 milligrams a day, with women increasing their intake to 1,200 milligrams at age 51 and men following suit at age 71. Postmenopausal women were warned against getting too much calcium, which can increase the risk of kidney stones. Calcium is a major component of bone, and vitamin D plays a critical role in the absorption of dietary calcium. Regardless of how much calcium you consume, without adequate vitamin D,

you’re likely to end up with a calcium deficiency, forcing the body to meet its needs by leeching the calcium that is stored in bones. This results in decreased bone mineral density and, eventually, an increased risk of osteoporosis and osteopenia. A 2003 report found that vitamin D was even more important than calcium for preventing hip fractures in postmenopausal women. Over the past decade, studies have pointed to a number of additional potential benefits to be gained from vitamin D. Individuals with low levels of vitamin D appear to have a higher risk of many cancers (including breast, prostate and colorectal), heart problems, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, lower back pain and diabetes.

According to Dr. Michael Holick, an endocrinologist at Boston University and noted proponent of vitamin D, “it is estimated that children need at least 400 to 1000 IU a day while teenagers and adults need at least 2000 IU of vitamin D a day to satisfy their body’s vitamin D requirement.” By Dr. Holick’s standards, a great number of Americans are vitamin D deficient. The Institute of Medicine panel stated that the extent of vitamin D deficiency may be over-estimated. Examining expert testimony and more than a thousand research reports, they concluded that “the evidence is inconsistent and inconclusive at this time to warrant levels beyond our recommendations.”

more, and an older person, 30 minutes. The issue is clouded by widespread use of sunscreen, recommended by doctors to protect against skin cancer and premature aging of skin. Sunscreen with an SPF of 8 or higher, if applied correctly, will block vitamin D production. If vitamin D deficiency is indeed widespread in the American population, then the solution is supplementation. With the more modest requirements suggested by the new guidelines, most nonvegan Americans can meet their vitamin D and calcium requirements through milk, yogurt, cheese and fortified foods such as juice and cereal. The controversy regarding other health benefits of vitamin D — and the possible need for higher doses ­— will continue until randomized, controlled trials provide more definitive evidence.

Guitarist To Perform For Tonkawa Alumni

Moonlight Concert Tonight TONKAWA — A highlight of the Tonkawa High School homecoming festivities will happen tonight under the moonlight. Tonkawa High School alumni invite everyone to get in the mood for homecoming with a moonlight concert by guitarist Tom “Bat” Bennett from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Heart in the Park labyrinth located at Sixth Street and Grand Avenue in Tonkawa. Moon-themed melodies will lead the evening’s program. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music under the full moon, according to Heart In the Park chairwoman Melinda Glasgow. Light refreshments will be served. Following the concert, guests are invited to participate in the October Full Moon Walk as part of the pre-Homecoming celebration. During each month’s full moon, HIP hosts walks on the heart-shaped labyrinth, the only one of its kind in the world. The moonlight concert is a prelude to official Tonkawa High School Homecoming events starting Friday with an alumni coffee, assembly, parade and football game and concluding Saturday with the Distinguished Alumni Banquet. Bennett will also perform Friday between 1 and 2:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, adjacent to the labyrinth, and again at the First National Bank Patio on Main and Grand after the football game.

While doubling what it considers the safe upper limit from 2,000 to 4,000 IU, the panel also disappointed vitamin D proponents who have argued for upper limits of 10,000 and more. Although calcium is easily obtained from dairy foods and some green vegetables, vitamin D is not so readily available from diet alone. Major food sources are egg yolks, the flesh of fatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and shrimp), beef liver and fortified foods such as cereal, milk and orange juice. One very important source of vitamin D comes through exposure to sunlight, but individuals differ in the amount of vitamin D they are able to obtain through sunlight. To get adequate vitamin D, a light-skinned person needs 10 to 15 minutes of midday sun exposure on a day when sunburn is possible. A dark-skinned person may need 20 minutes or

GUITARIST TOM Bennett will perform during the annual Tonkawa Homecoming.

TONKAWA — As part of the Tonkawa homecoming activities, the Tonkawa High School Alumni Association will host guitarist Tom Bennett at the Centennial Park pavilion from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday. He will also appear on the First National Bank patio at Main and Grand after the Friday evening football game. Bennett’s performances spans 60 years of contemporary music including rock and roll, country, folk, oldies, classic standards, pop, soul and original songs. Also on Friday, the THS All-Class Alumni meeting will take place at 9 a.m. in the high school library during the alumni coffee hosted by the student council. During the meeting, former All-State athlete Volney Meece and former coach Larry Smith will be inducted into the Blubaugh Memorial Showcase. All alumni are invited to attend a coffee at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at First National Bank. Distinguished alumni Gerald Steichen and Richard Williams will be honored at the annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet  at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Renfro Center at NOC.

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. Every Sunday Celebrate Recovery: 12-Step, Faith-Based, Recovery Program, Dealing with overcoming hurts, habits and hang-ups, 6-8 p.m., Hutchins Memorial Building, North Fifth Street and East Overbrook Avenue, Ponca City, for information call 580-401-5766, accepted for court-ordered participant. 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 580716-3059. 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. 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, Otoe-Missouria 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 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 762-9412. 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 765-9595 or Jerry 4911004. 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 7620761. Tuesday-Saturday Pioneer Woman Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ponca City, (Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays). 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 Touch 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, Thursday and Friday Exercise, 9:30 a.m., Ponca 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 762-9955. 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 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@ Rural Water District No. 1 Monthly Board Meetings, 7:30 p.m., Enterprise School Building on Lake Road. Third Tuesday Ponca City High School Leo Club, 6:20 p.m., First Christian Church, following Friendship Feast. 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. Bingo, Moose Lodge, 500 West Prospect Avenue, 6 p.m., concessions available. 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@ 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, 765-6108 or Mary Anne Potter 767-1957 or All patriotic 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 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 4015569. Classic Cars & Draggin’ Grand of Ponca City meeting, 7 p.m., Nazarene Church, 1900 West Grand 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, 716-4594. Ponca City Newcomers, 6:30 p.m., Ponca City Country Club. Contact Joyce Fox 762-9578. 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 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. Kay County DAV Chapter 16, 7 p.m., 1006 West Ferguson Avenue, Blackwell, For Benefit Questions, Call 580363-3309, Call 580-363-3241 for other information. 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 580-762-9102 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, or call 765-6605. Figure 8 Stock Car Races and Demolition Derby, 8 p.m., 77 Speedway north of Newkirk. For information, call (620) 4423250, or go to

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. Sept. 14-Oct. 19 Fall Book Sale, $2 per bag, Ponca City Library, sponsored by Friends of the Library. Oct. 15 McCord Annual Arts & Crafts Fair and Cook-Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tasting Kits Available at 1 p.m. for $5, McCord Elementary School, South McCord Road. Autographing Session, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nancy Rowland available to sign copies of “Never the Same Again,” during McCord Elementary School PTM Festival, 977 South McCord Road, Ponca City. Haunted House Scrapbook & Card Class, 6 p.m., Inova Conference Room, 1500 North Waverly, Ponca City, RSVP to Jennifer (580) 761 by Oct. 7 to reserve your spot. Oct. 17 Osage Cove Volunteer Fire Department, 6 p.m., Fire Station, corner U.S. 60 and Keeler Road, new volunteers always welcome. Ostomy Association of North Central Oklahoma, Ponca City Support Group Meeting, 7 p.m., Ponca City — North Central Oklahoma Home Health, 111 Patton Drive. Oct. 18 Autographing Session, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Author Pam Kanaly available to sign copies of “Will the Real Me Please Stand Up,” First Baptist Church, 218 South Sixth Street, Ponca City. Oct. 22 Pancakes/Sausage/Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast, 6:30-10 a.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, adults $5, children under 12 $3, children under 6 free, includes drinks. Walk To Remember, 2 p.m.4 p.m., YMCA Walking Trail — Waverly and Grand, Ponca City, sponsored by Raindrops, Inc. 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. Nov. 12 Salvation Army Holiday Bazaar, includes Arts, Crafts and Much More, $30 a booth, Tables and Electric, Available for $5 each, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 711 South Third Street, Big Yellow Building, Ponca City, more information 580-765-4931. Kildare School Craft Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Numerous Vendors with Items, Kid’s Zone by BounceAlot While You Shop, Kildare School, More Information, Beth Schrickram, 580767-1979. Kay County Shrine Club Presents Rob Kent and the Texas T Band, 7:30 p.m., Hutchins Memorial Auditorium, Fifth Street and Overbrook Avenue, tickets information, 580-765-0966.


Students Launch Majestic Monarchs

ALEX LIN, 8, gently holds a Monarch butterfly just prior to releasing it into the wild recently at First Lutheran School.

A RELEASED MONARCH settles in on the flowers of a milkweed plant.

CAREFULLY SPREADING the wings of a Monarch butterfly and looking for telltale spots to identify the sex are fourth grade students Shelby Bliss and Hayli Grimes. The girls said this one is a female.

CHERYL KLEIN, fourth grade teacher at First Lutheran School, encourages a student who handles a Monarch butterfly for the first time. The class has raised several broods of Monarchs, from egg to release on the milkweed plants in the school landscaping.

News Photos By Rolf Clements

THE BUTTERFLY AVIARY in the fourth grade classroom of Cheryl Klein at First Lutheran School.


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SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 1, 8, 15, 22 • 7 PM TO 10 PM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 • 6 PM TO 10 PM *Valid at Tonkawa Casino only. Valid through October 31, 2011. Must be or become a Club member. One redemption per person. Must play $10 with Club card inserted on same day to be eligible. Must present coupon to the players club along with a valid photo ID. No cash value. Employees are not eligible to redeem offers. Management reserves all rights. Must be 18 years of age or older to gamble. Offer restrictions may apply. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-522-4700.


Win your share of $15,000! Drawings held every Saturday with the Grand Prize drawing of $4,000 on Saturday, October 29 at 10 pm. See The Club booth or visit for more information. Must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid photo ID to be eligible. Must be present to win and able to show a valid photo ID. Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma and Tonkawa Indian Casino reserves all rights. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-522-4700.

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