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Permit No. 182 Ponca City, OK

NOVEMBER 2, 2011

Laps of Love

Events To Honor Veterans ALL FESTIVAL, preF sented by the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club,

711 South Third Street, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. This family fun event will include inflatables, games, prizes and more. Admission bracelets are $5 and will be available at the door. For more information, call (580) 7654931. PCCA POUNDING THE PAVEMENT 5K RUN/ WALK, presented by the Ponca City Christian Academy, will be Saturday at the Marland Mansion. Packet pickup and race day registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the Marland Mansion, home of the Academy. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call (580) 765-6038. The 14th annual VETERANS DAY PARADE will be held on Grand Avenue in downtown Ponca City at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Come and see both antique plane and F-16 flyovers. Vets can meet for coffee and donuts from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 14. The parade will consist of veterans groups, civic groups, floats, bands, Shriners, bikes and school kids. . The parade will be followed by a luncheon for Veterans and honorees at American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue. This year, the Family Readiness Groups of the local National Guard and Army Reserve Units will be honored. Honor guards from veterans groups and OSU ROTC units, the National Guard and the Navy Reserve will lead the parade behind local police and sheriff units. Businesses, civic and local club groups that wish to participate should call the American Legion at 765-9073. Donations to assist in the expenses of the parade, including the WWII aircraft fly-over and Bagpipers, may be sent to the Ponca City Veteran’s Day Parade Association, 407 West South Avenue, Ponca City, OK 74601. The parade will be held rain or shine. The PONCA CITY SENIOR CENTER CRAFT FAIR, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. While downtown for the Veterans Day Parade stop by the Ponca City Senior Center for coffee and shopping. For more information, call (580) 763-8051. The annual CHICKEN NOODLE DINNER at Albright United Methodist Church follows the Veterans Day parade from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 128 South Palm Street. Admission for adults is $6, children age 3-12 $4 , and under age 3 are free. For information, call Chera Brewer at 765- 6432. The ROYAL AIR FORCE REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery at 2 p.m. Saturday and will include a Scottish bagpiper, Sons of the American Revolution group color guard and more. Following the ceremony, there will be a public viewing of the Royal Air Force original artifacts/memorabilia at Marland’s Grand Home. A never-before-seen film of the Royal Air Force Cadets will be shown at 3:30 p.m. at Marland’s Grand Home. For more information, call (580) 765-4105. The PONCAN OPRY TRIBUTE TO VETERANS SHOW on Saturday will feature special patriotic show honoring veterans. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8.50 for children 12 and under. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available by calling the box office at (580) 765-0943 or online at The opening reception for the MUCHMORE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ponca City Arts Center, 819 East Central Avenue. The exhibit and competition continues through Nov. 27. For more information, call (580) 7659746.

Couple Completes 100-Mile Swim Together in Eight Months Art and Alice Mires joined an elite group of swimmers last week as they completed their goal of swimming 100 miles together at the Ponca City Aquatic and Family Center — YMCA. The two swam side by side so they could touch the final wall together as they reached their goal on Thursday. The 100 Mile Club was started in 1997 by lifeguards who wanted to give lap swimmers a goal and a reward for their hard work. The program is simple — all you have to do is record your distance, said Stephanie Williams, senior marketing director for the Ponca City Aquatic and Family Center — YMCA. “When you reach 100 miles, you get a Y ‘100 Mile Swim Club’ T-shirt,” Williams said. “Simply stop by the front desk and register at no cost. Each time you swim, make sure you log your laps.” Log sheets are located on the table in the lap pool deck, Williams said. “You may use fins, paddles, kickboards, gloves and pull buoys during your workout to make your swim more interesting,” she said. “Break up your workout into smaller ones and change your strokes as you go.” There is no deadline for achieving the goal, she said. “Work at your own pace and reach your goal. Once

Going the Distance What is 100 Miles? Here’s the breakdown. At the Ponca City Aquatic and Family Center — YMCA’s indoor lap pool: Length = One end of the pool to the other (25 yards) Lap = Down and back (50 yards) 1 mile = 1,760 yards = Approximately 72 lengths or 36 laps Goal = 100 miles = 176,000 yards = 7,040 lengths or 3,520 laps you make the 100 miles, keep going and reach the next milestone of 200 miles. We will have additional mileage goals and gear to come,” she said. YMCA aquatic staff members will total each swimmer’s distance monthly. “Currently we have 79 active participants in the 100 Mile Club,” Williams said. “Those who have reached the 100 mile goal and the date they reached it include Samantha Wigley (Aug. 19, 2011), Matt Dobbins (Aug. 31, 2011), Ron Matheson (Oct. 6, 2011), JD Wolfe (Oct. 10, 2011) and Art and Alice Mires, (Oct. 27 2011). For more information, call (580) 765-5417.

ART AND ALICE Mires reached the 100 mile club goal together Thursday at the Ponca City Aquatic and Family Center — YMCA lap pool. They have been swimming their “laps of love” together since they started in March and by reaching their goal they are tied for fifth on the 100-mile club leader board.

Poncan Opry Welcomes Three Guests To Stage The Poncan Opry’s seventh show of the season will feature the Poncan Opry All-Star Band and special guests Dawn Jackson, Jim Winters and Kurt Shobe. Jackson was born and raised in Ponca City and as far back as she can remember, she loved to sing and listen to music. She says one of her fondest memories is of her grandfather singing “Delta Dawn” to her, as he would rock her when she was little. Her father, who was a talented musician, singer and songwriter, influenced her early years with folk rock and classic country music such as Simon and Garfunkel and George Jones. He always seemed to have a guitar with him and was always singing. She and her sister loved to sing along, she said. Jackson said she grew up listening to her mother’s 45s of 1950s, ’60s and ’70s music and came to love music from several different genres. Later, she said, her stepfather introduced her to classic rock. Although she prefers to sing country music, her vocal influences include female artists such as Olivia NewtonJohn, Helen Reddy, Debbie Boone, Crystal Gayle, Reba McEntire, Rita Coolidge and Linda Ronstadt. Jackson said she joined the church choir in 1992, which opened the door to singing in public for the first time. In 2003, she and three fellow church members formed a

contemporary women’s quartet, 4th Power. They shared their music in the area, singing at the Kay County Fair, Relay for Life events, regional women’s events, as well as several churches in the state. In 2006, two of the group’s members moved out of town, but Jackson continued to sing when given the opportunity. She eventually became the children’s choir leader, adult choir leader and song leader at her church. Her musical interests now include participating in the church handbell choir and the adult vocal choir, leading the children’s music during Vacation Bible School and singing solos during worship. Kurt Shobe started playing in bands in high school, at the age of 17. Growing up in Independence, Kan., at a time when the music scene there was in its prime, Shobe received training from some of the best musicians in the four-state area. Since that time, he has opened for some of the biggest names in the business, including Restless Heart, John Anderson, the Bellamy Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, and Tom T. Hall, and has spent time in Nashville and Branson. He has won awards, released a record, and has received a good deal of airplay for his original music. Shobe’s single, “In My Eyes,” went to No. 37 on the Indie Bullet Chart. Shobe engages the crowd with a powerful voice, plays a

Jim Winters

Dawn Jackson pretty mean guitar, and has a lot of fun making folks happy with his on-stage performances. Jim Winters started playing and singing at an early age. His first live audiences were in school shows and productions and then in church. After winning a talent show sponsored by a local radio station at the age of 14, he was invited to perform on local opry shows. Saturday nights would find Winters and his Mom traveling around the Midwest, where he would appear as a guest at the local venues. In 1983, Winters played six nights a week at Osage Beach on The Lake of The Ozarks. While he enjoyed the music, it made him realize that monotony can take the fun out of it. He moved back to Kansas City with his wife and son and went back to work full time. Ever since that time, he said, his music has been for fun. Performing on the local opry shows evolved into a chance in 1994 to appear each week as the emcee and lead male vocalist for Glen Smith in Tonganoxie, Kan. This venue eventually became known as Annie’s Country Jubilee. Winters was the mainstay at this location for 17 years. His wide variety of material and easy style has entertained thousands of friends and fans over the years. From Bob Wills swing to Hank’s Honky Tonk and Country styles, Winters gives them all his personal touch and strives to entertain his audiences and make sure that everyone has a good time.

Veterans Day Show When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Tickets: Individual tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. The Poncan Opry show is wholesome, family entertainment; singing, dancing and comedy. Information:

Kurt Shobe


Tree Care Conference Nov. 16

OFFICERS OF the Ponca City FFA chapter participated in the 2011 Oklahoma FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center in Enid in September. Shown at far left is Joshua Conaway, northwest district vice president, and far right, Brandon Baumgarten, state FFA secretary. Kevin Fraizier, the adviser of the Ponca City chapter, is far left, back row. Officers include Trevor Craft, president; Jamie Peterson, vice president; Cheyenne Grayson, secretary, and Haley Dilbeck, treasurer.

Ponca City FFA Officers Attend Training Officers of the Ponca City FFA chapter participated in the 2011 Oklahoma FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference in Enid recently. The eight state FFA officers planned and conducted this year’s conference based on the theme “Represent ... Your Image, Our Image, The Image.” The six elected officers from each of the 62 high school FFA chapters located in the northwest district attendd leadership training designed to help them better understand the importance of improving FFA’s image at the local, state and national levels. Kelly Barnes of Edmond was the keynote speaker for the conference. Barnes once wore the traditional FFA blue and gold jacket and

served as the state FFA president in 200304. Today he is an accomplished leadership coach and motivational speaker. His message focused on the individual power of thoughts and actions as a leader in a local FFA chapter. “The Oklahoma FFA Association is highly respected across the nation for the way our members look, act and compete,” said Courtney Maye, state FFA president. “We want chapter officers to think about what they can do locally to make our image even better.” The FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education Division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. There are 23,552 Oklahoma FFA members in 353 high schools statewide.

STILLWATER — Gardeners looking for innovative information regarding proper tree care should plan to attend a tree care conference hosted by the department of horticulture and landscape architecture at Oklahoma State University. Tree Care Conference is slated Nov. 16 at The Botanic Garden at OSU, located west of Stillwater. The conference is geared toward arborists, nursery professionals, urban foresters, landscape managers, landscape architects, Master Gardeners, related professionals and advanced hobbyists. The information offered at the conference will be the latest, research-based information available, said Mike Schnelle, OSU Cooperative Extension ornamental floriculture specialist. “Some of the best industry professionals will be on hand to share their expertise in the various lectures during the event,” Schnelle said. “Everyone who attends this conference will gain so much valuable information that will be applicable to all varieties of trees that are suitable to Oklahoma’s climate and growing conditions, as well as surrounding states that have similar climate and growing conditions.” Registration is $80 and must be postmarked by Nov. 7. Extension educators, Master Gardeners, OBGA members and students (with student ID) may pre-register at the discounted rate of $55. No late or day of registration will be accepted. Seating is limited and early registra-

and harmony as we cross over into the season of Vata, or late fall and winter,” said Smith. The healing science of Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that uses diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing. This ancient system originates from the Vedic culture of India. Gumman’s medical training integrates a wide array of therapeutic modalities drawn from Ayurveda, as well as acupuncture, herbology, naturopathy and yoga. A graduate of the Ayurvedic Medical College in India, Dr. Gumman holds a diploma in Naturopathy; a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Ph.D. from International University of Complimentary Medicine in Sri Lanka; a Masters of Public Health from OU; and an M.D. from the University of Health Sciences, Antigua. He is also a certified yoga instructor and is currently working on a book, “Ancient Wisdom, Modern Medicine.” Cost of the workshop is $50 and includes the workshop, handouts and a nourishing and healing meal with herbal teas prepared by Gumman. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Career Tech Student Organizational Fund. Reservations are needed by Nov. 5, and can be made by calling Smith at (580) 304-4771. The studio is at 1909 North Sixth Street.

Starks of Starks Tree Care in Enid, will talk to the group about job site safety; and Maureen Turner, chief horticulturist and operations manager for the City of Tulsa, who will present a talk on “Is it Dead Yet?” Schnelle also will speak to the group about selecting trees for Oklahoma. “There will be many other provocative concepts offered in a short period of time,” Schnelle said. For more information, call Stephanie Larimer at (405) 744-5404 or e-mail stephanie.

Salvation Army Becomes Regional Food Bank Partner The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has welcomed the Salvation Army in Ponca City to its network of more than 450 partner agencies in central and western Oklahoma. Thanks to this new partnership, Ponca City residents have more access to emergency food assistance. “An estimated 18 percent of people in Kay County will struggle with hunger today,” said Capt. John Robbins, commanding officer at the Salvation Army in Ponca City. “As a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank, we will be better able to serve the hungry in our community.” The Salvation Army, which is located at 601 South Third Street, is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The agency has both a food pantry and a homeless shelter to assist those in need. “Last year, the Regional

Food Bank distributed 459,000 pounds of product to Ponca City, which provided more than 35,000 meals to residents,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “This year, the Salvation Army will assist with distributing those pounds.” More than 600,000 Oklahomans struggle with hunger every day. The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed 90,000 people each week. During Fiscal Year 2011, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed a recordbreaking 46.2 million pounds of food and product through a network of more than 825 partner agencies and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. For more information, contact the Salvation Army at (580) 762-7501 or the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma at (405) 972-1111.

NOC To Perform ‘Wonderful Life’

Workshop To Focus On Food’s Properties Can your spice rack help reduce stress during the holidays? Can your lunch directly affect your mood? The ancient system of Ayurveda (eye-your-vay-duh) says yes. So do thousands of medical and scientific studies from around the world. Now area residents can hear directly from an Ayurvedic physician exactly how food, season changes and health interact. “The Spices of Life in a Season of Change” workshop will be presented from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Om Yoga & Pilates Studio. It will feature Dr. Amit Gumman of Harmony Healing Center in Oklahoma City. “In the Ayurvedic kitchen, your food and spices become your medicine,” said Kay Smith, owner of Om Yoga. “It’s simple to know which foods and spices will balance you when you become familiar with Ayurveda’s six tastes, the energy of food and the postdigestive effect of food. “This workshop will lend a new perspective on how our food can heal, rather than looking at our food as just a substance made of calories, fat and carbohydrates,” she said. “When the seasons change so do our dietary needs. We’ve invited Dr. Gumman to Ponca City to give us tools to keep the body in a place of balance

tion is encouraged. The registration fee includes lunch. The lectures will be taught by OSU faculty as well as industry professionals. Jen Olson, assistant Extension specialist at OSU, will share her expertise about landscape plant health and preventive disease management. Other speakers will include Brian Eshleman, certified arborist, who will provide information on climbing gear and techniques; Mike Wellner, district manager of Edko, LLC, will provide information on tree growth regulators; David

MARK FREEMAN thanks David Schaller of RCB Bank in Ponca City for donating to the Braden Community Center project.

Braden Celebrates Roof BRADEN — An ice cream social recently at the Braden Community Center’s annual meeting marked the completion of the new metal roofing project that was paid for by donations from the community in Osage County, many Ponca City residents and Ponca City businesses. The celebration was to thank everyone who donated

to the project, which saved the old Braden School Building. Storms in April severely damaged the roof. Members of the Osage County Westerners social group furnished the homemade ice cream and desserts. Everyone enjoyed playing cards after the desserts and prizes were awarded to winners and losers.

TONKAWA — The fall musical theatre production for the 2011-2012 season of the Fine Arts Division of Northern Oklahoma College will be a musical version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Frank Capra’s film classic tells the story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls. An uplifting chronicle of the extraordinary lives of ordinary folk, “It’s a Wonderful Life” exhilarates the mind and heart as it celebrates the innate goodness in us all. Performances of this heart-warming and well-loved tale will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20 on the main stage of the Kinzer Performing Arts Center in Tonkawa. Director of Music Theatre Dana Ayers will be directing and music directing the production featuring local children and NOC students in a variety of roles. “This is such a timely and beloved show to kick off the holiday season,” Ayers said. “We have a tremendously talented group of students from the college as well as area schools who are sharing their talents. It’s a great experience for them as well as a wonderful opportunity for the community to join us in learning timeless lessons about family, love and the impact each of has on the lives of those around us.” The cast includes Nicholas Hunter (Broken Arrow), Holly Colpitt (Mannford), Mark Standrich (Noble), Katelyn Roberts (Stillwater), Autumn Circle (Blackwell), Marie Reynolds (Cleveland), Jacob Cummins (Mannford), Taylor Hampton (Collinsville), Robin Whittaker (Bristow), Teka Marsh (Pond Creek), Charles Gerian (Blackwell), Nathan Kellart (Blackwell), and Brian Campos (Broken Arrow). Tonkawa favorites include Aryn Kitchell, Joslyn Cantrell, Delanie Ayers and Stephanie “Stevie” Phelps, while Ponca City regulars Trystan Carson, Matt Graves, Daniel Graves, Kelli Graves, Ryan Brown, Quinn Herron and Ian Cummings will also be featured. Others are Madison Swafford, Emily Ponce, Darrian Fisher and Haley Parrish. NOC Director of Bands Edward Dixon will be rehearsing the students and community members in the nine-piece pit orchestra, while choreography will be provided by Hannah Richmond, Nicholas Hunter and Dana Ayers. Technical Director John Michael Warburton will oversee the student technical crews. Admission is $7 for adults and seniors, and $3 for non-NOC students. NOC faculty, staff and students will be admitted free.

Blackwell Apartment Project Wins Rebate for Energy Savings BLACKWELL — Blackwell Mayor J. Mark Cordell and Drake N. Rice, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Director of Member Services, presented a rebate check from OMPA’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program Oct. 26, for the installation of energyefficient air-to-air heat pumps in the Jefferson Park Apartments, 1012 South 10th Street. The rebate check for $10,952.42 was given to Jim Rice, General Partner of Arzon Development Company in Stillwater. Also attending the check presentation was Mark Skiles, Blackwell City Manager and OMPA Board Member, and Tom Willis, OMPA Member Services Energy Engineer.

The Arzon company renovated the 60 apartments and installed energy-efficient improvements, including the air-to-air heat pumps, which qualified them for the DEEP award. Jefferson Park Apartments is the first commercial/industrial business in Blackwell to receive a DEEP rebate check. “This project demonstrates the commitment by the City of Blackwell to assume the leadership role of being good stewards to the environment and for Jefferson Park Apartments to actively promote energy efficiency,” Drake Rice said. According to Willis, “These improvements to the units reduced the energy demand by

an estimated 109 kW and reduced the summer electric energy usage by more than 125,000 kWh.” DEEP assists OMPA’s 39 member cities with their qualified customers to reduce their electric service energy demands and costs. This program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times. These projects include lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors. “The reduction of these demands help keep energy rates as low as possible for our

member cities and delays the need to add additional OMPA generation capacity to the system. This allows them, the member cities, to hold the line on the electric rates that are charged to their customers. It is a win-win situation for our cities and their electric customers,” added Willis. The funds available for approved projects will be determined by the OMPA Board of Directors. Funds available for an individual project will be determined through submission of detailed project plans. For more information on DEEP, visit the OMPA website at or contact Willis at

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STILLWATER — As if the hot and dry summer had not done enough to winter wheat, any green plants left over are becoming victims of starved, plant-feeding insects. Tom Royer, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension entomologist, said several reports have been made about leafhoppers attacking winter wheat. “Several leafhopper species will move into, and feed on wheat, including the painted leafhopper, the aster leafhopper and the gray lawn leafhopper, just to name a few,” he said. “These insects are small, wedge-shaped relatives of aphids that actively fly and move when disturbed.” The gray lawn leafhopper is grayish-yellow with dark brown markings and two black spots on its “face.” The aster leafhopper is greenish-yellow with three pairs of spots or dashes on its “face.” “These ‘plant vampires’ feed on the wheat plant’s sap with their needle-like mouthparts, and literally suck the life out of it,” Royer said. “Symptoms of leafhopper damage in wheat are similar to symptoms of nitrogen deficiency.” These symptoms include leaf blades possibly turning a green-yellow color and turning brown along the edges. However, based on years of research by numerous entomologists and plant virolo-

gists, leafhoppers do not transmit barley yellow dwarf virus. “Any correlation between treating a wheat field with an insecticide for leafhoppers and a seeming reduction in barley yellow dwarf incidence probably occurred because infective aphids were controlled as well,” said Royer. Canola is at risk because the aster leafhopper is a vector of aster yellows disease, which is caused by a mycoplasma that requires transmission by a host insect. This disease can be particularly damaging to canola, especially when it infects plants early. It affects more than 300 plant species including several common weeds such as horseweed, plantain, ragweed, wild carrot and wild lettuce. “The leafhopper picks up the disease as it feeds, but it takes nine to 21 days for it to become infective. Infective aster leafhoppers can spread the disease for up to 100 days,” Royer said. “Aster yellows disease is difficult to control but growers should not panic about asters leafhoppers and this disease,” he said. Typically, aster yellows infects 2 – 5 percent of plants in a given field with the occasional exception.” If noticeable symptoms of damage are present and leafhopper numbers are high, treatment with an insecticide is suggested.


Traveling Exhibit Honors Songwriters MIDWEST CITY — “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs”, a traveling exhibit about the contributions of iconic Jewish songwriters such as “Oklahoma!” writers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, is on tap Nov. 7-Dec. 4 at Rose State College in Midwest City. Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and Rodgers and Hammerstein are among the contributors to the great “American Songbook” during the period 1910-1965. The best songwriters of this time combined a genius for melody, a talent for pairing it with the perfect words, and an ability to connect with a wide audience. A high percentage of the writers were Jewish, from families who fled pogroms and persecution in Europe at the turn of the century and celebrated the freedom and opportunity of their home in the United States. Local supporters include the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, Temple B’nai Israel, the Jewish Foundation of Oklahoma City and several anonymous donors. The Rose State College Learning Resources Center is one of 55 libraries across the country selected as a host site for this exhibit. As part of the exhibition, the Learning Resources Center is offering free programs: •Nov. 7 — Opening Reception at 2 p.m. on the LRC’s second floor. •Nov. 21 — Public lecture by Dr. Jeremy Clifton of the Rose State College Music Department with live musical accompaniment, 7 p.m. in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre. •Dec. 1 — An Evening of Music, “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965,” 7 p.m. in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre, performed by students and faculty from Rose State College, Oklahoma Christian University and Oklahoma City University. •Dec. 4 — “A Fine Romance: The Fantastic Four Piano Ladies (including Dean Sharon Saulmon) Perform Gershwin, Berlin and Other Jewish Songwriters,” H.B. Atkinson Theatre, 2 p.m. For more information about the events and exhibit, contact Brad Robison at or call (405) 7337402.

Agriculture Appreciation Dinner Nov. 9 in Tonkawa

RICHARD RODGERS’ and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” began its record-breaking run on Broadway in March 1943, when America was at war on two fronts. Songs such as “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” captured American audiences with their optimism and high spirits during a challenging time.

CINNAMON VALLEY Exotics created a petting zoo, including this donkey and miniature pony, at the Kaw Lake Fall Festival held at Camp McFadden. Other activities included pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, hayrides and kayaking.

South African Entrepreneur To Speak at OSU on Friday cally disadvantaged South Africans. Some of his current partners include Microsoft, Vodacom (the leading cell phone company in South Africa), Dell and HP. Michael Morris, head of the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University, invited Rani to Stillwater. Morris had the opportunity to work with Rani in the past through the Entrepreneurhsip and Empowerment in South Africa program. “Luvuyo was initially a client entrepreneur in our South Africa program six years ago, when he was just getting started with his venture,” Morris said. “Our students have now worked with him in three different years.

He has become an amazing success story with 19 locations today in four different black townships. “He is empowering the poor through technology, while also mentoring dozens of other township-based entrepreneurs, and giving back in very significant ways to his poverty-stricken community. He is inspiring not just for what he accomplishes professionally, but also because of his enthusiasm, positive outlook, belief in people, and passion for making a difference.” Rani’s lecture, titled, “Uplifting the Poorest of the Poor: My Journey with Entrepreneurship and Technology,” is open to the public.

Roosevelt To Visit Enid Monday ENID — Step back in time to 1915 and meet a bully of a president as Teddy Roosevelt makes an appearance in Enid on Monday. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Briggs Auditorium at Northern Oklahoma College, Enid Campus. This is a free admission program with open seating. President Roosevelt will share family experiences in the White House, his adventures as a rancher and cowboy on the Dakota Plains, his experiences in Oklahoma Territory on the great wolf hunt, life in Cuba with the Rough Riders and more. The Northern Oklahoma

College/Enid Community Band will play a pre-event concert beginning at 6:45 p.m. Following President Roosevelt’s remarks, photographs will be available for purchase and to be autographed by the President. Theodore Roosevelt is portrayed by Gib Young, a retired U.S. Navy veteran and businessman from Huntington, Ind. Young is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and the Mount Rushmore Society. He has portrayed President Roosevelt for 10 years across the country for historical societies, schools, libraries, museums and more.

Several of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders were from Enid, including Captain Frank Frantz, Sgt. Charles E. Hunter, Trooper Walter M. Cook, Trooper William E. Crawford, Trooper Icem J. David, Trooper Shelby F. Ishler and Trooper James E. Vanderslice. This living history presentation is presented by the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Northern Oklahoma College and the Chautauqua Council of Enid. For additional information on this or other CSRHC programs, call (580) 237-1907 or visit the website at www.

Auditions Set for ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever!’ TONKAWA — An open audition for ReACT at NOC’s seventh annual production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Wilkin Theater at Northern Oklahoma College. Performance dates are Dec. 15-18. No previous experience is necessary. For many local children, this may be their first experience with live theater. “We at ReACT know the importance of the arts in developing children into productive members of their community,” said Chris Williams. “We ensure a good time to be had by all.

of Agritourism, and Chairman of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. Tolle grew up on a farm in Grant County and continues to reside and farm there with her husband Chuck. They have two sons, Clint, 16, and Cole, 12. Tolle earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Human Resource Management from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Business Administration from Cameron University. King has served on the personal staff of U.S. Congressman Frank D. Lucas for more than five years in a variety of roles and is currently engaged as Lucas’s Oklahoma Agriculture Liaison. In this capacity, he is Congressman Lucas’s link to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, agribusinesses, agricultural organizations and government agencies. King is a fourth-generation native of northern Caddo County, where he grew up farming peanuts and raising Black Angus cattle. An alumnus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, he resides in Weatherford with his wife Carissa. The event is free but reservations are required. Call (580) 628-2220 for reservations by Friday.

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STILLWATER — The School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University is hosting guest speaker Luvuyo Rani, an entrepreneur from the township of Khayelitsha in South Africa, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in Business Building 018. He started his business, Silulo Ulhuto Technologies, by refurbishing computers and selling them out of the trunk of his car. His brother then came on board and they extended the business to computer training and an internet cafe for poor residents of the township. Rani has since expanded this to 18 locations in four of the black townships, empowering thousands of histori-

TONKAWA — The Tonkawa Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Agriculture Appreciation Dinner on Nov. 9. The program has been planned for area farmers and ranchers, understanding the significance of agriculture to the economy. The event will be held at the Tonkawa High School cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. Garrett Johns, President of the Northern Oklahoma College Aggies, will provide musical entertainment and a barbeque dinner will be cooked and served by the Tonkawa FFA. Featured speakers for the event are Francie Tolle, presenting “Agriculture — the Unsung Hero” and Garrett King, presenting “Agriculture — a Call to Farms”. Tolle was appointed to serve as the Oklahoma State Executive Director for Farm Service Agency in July 2009. Prior to joining FSA, Tolle worked as the Legislative Policy Analyst for American Farmers and Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union, which included work on federal agriculture policy and the 2008 Farm Bill. Other positions she has held include Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, Agriculture Adviser to Congressman Brad Carson, State Director

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Library Association is seeking nominations for its annual award that honors library or literacy programs addressing social needs in local communities. “The Ruth Brown Memorial Award recognizes efforts by Oklahoma libraries, individuals or groups that provide programs addressing the state’s critical social issues,” said Tera McAmis, Chair of OLA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table. This OLA committee sponsors the award. The award commemorates Ruth Brown, a legendary Oklahoma librarian who fought to improve conditions for African Americans, which led to her firing as a librarian in Bartlesville in 1950. The Ruth Brown Memorial Award includes a plaque and a $500 grant. Nominees should have creative and innovative programs in place that effectively address a social issue concerning a group inadequately served by libraries. Just a few of the past winners include the Ava Webster Community Library in Bokoshe, Chickasha Public Library, for its Food and Fun Program; Positive Tomorrows, providing a library for homeless children; Allied Arts and Humanities Council of Bartlesville and the Bartlesville Public Library, for a three-year series of programs on the First Amendment; Anadarko Community Library, for an outreach program for seniors, which included book talks, discussion groups, and crafts; and Spiro Public Library for Child Fest, a summer day camp. The public is asked to encourage eligible groups or individuals to apply. The award nomination applications must be e-mailed by Feb. 15, 2012. Nomination applications can be submitted as email attachments at: tmcamis@pls.lib. or More information is available at organization/Roundtables/ social-responsibility-roundtable/srrt-about-ruth-brown/ srrt.htm The year 2011 marked the 61st anniversary of librarian Ruth Brown’s courageous efforts to integrate public library service in Bartlesville. She became librarian of the Bartlesville Public Library in 1919. In 1946 she helped form the interracial Committee on the Practice of Democracy to improve conditions for Bartlesville’s African Americans. The group became the only affiliate of the Congress of Racial Equality south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

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DOOFY IS a grey and white tabby and is 2 years old. He is available for adoption at the Ponca City Humane Society. For more information, visit the shelter at 900 West Prospect Avenue or call (580) 767-8877.

SKIPPER IS a 2-year-old Chihuahua mix. He is available to be adopted at the Ponca City Humane Society.

Hope Ranch needs round bales and square bales of hay for the horses in its therapeutic horseback riding program. Sponsorships also are needed for the students remaining fall session fees of $225 per student. This sponsorship will assist families in need. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, call (580) 716-3250 or email hoperanch@poncacity. net. ————— After Five Lions Club raises money by working at Oklahoma State University football games. The club needs five helpers to work at games on Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. 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, (580) 765-7728 or (580) 7625738. ————— Ponca Playhouse is preparing for “All My Sons,” directed by Christina Rich-Splawn, with show dates of Nov. 11-13 and 18-20. 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. All volunteers will receive training. Contact the Playhouse at poncaplayhouse@cableone. net or (580) 765-5360. ————— The Ponca City Area Literacy Council needs tutors. 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 pcarealiteracy@yahoo. com.

————— Raindrops Pregnancy Loss and Child Death Support at 102 North Second Street needs volunteers who are familiar with computers and office work to help with a newsletter. The support organization also needs postage in any denomination for mailing bereavement booklets to families. Postage can be mailed to Raindrops, 102 North Second Street, Ponca City OK 74601. Volunteers are also needed to sew and iron on Tuesday mornings. For more information, call (580) 362-5144. ————— Tutors are needed in Ponca City schools. Contact the principal at any school for information on volunteering as a tutor. The Northern Oklahoma Academic Tutoring Foundation also can help connect tutors with students needing help. Contact Ron Hartman at (580) 765-6010 for more information. ————— 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.

Healthy Snacks Becoming Easier To Serve Children STILLWATER — When it comes to nutrition, it is not often that parents want to follow the lead of some of America’s fast-food giants. However, an announcement earlier this year by one burger chain shows a major shift in eating behavior and consumer trends. In an effort to address childhood obesity, one fast food chain has added sliced apples and a low-fat dairy option to its meals designed for children. The chain also is reducing the portion size of French fries offered in a kid’s meal, said Deana Hildebrand, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist. “Many children across the country eat fast food on a regular basis, so cutting calories and adding fiber, calcium and other critical nutrients is definitely a step in the right direction,” Hildebrand said.

“In an effort to continue that movement, families can take a cue from these changes. One of the best options is to limit fast food meals so they’re an occasional, infrequent treat. Another longterm strategy is to eat at home and pack a healthy lunch that includes nutritious snacks for all members of your family, especially children.” Providing healthy meals and smart snacks is important to provide fuel to help children stay alert and healthy while they are at school. The American Dietetic Association indicates that children who eat balanced snacks pay attention longer in class, make fewer mistakes on tests and generally have fewer behavioral problems. After a full day of learning, many children look forward to a snack after school. Hildebrand suggests having a steady supply of snacks that do not include high levels of

————— 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 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) 765-6108. ————— 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. Volunteers are needed from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month to watch children during the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group. The program also provides volunteers for The Caboose and My Favorite Things 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. 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. ————— Hospice of North Central Oklahoma needs volunteers to wash bud vases for patients and always needs bud vases. Other opportunities are available 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) 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.

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processing, sugars and salt. “This also will help your child’s palate remain acclimated to fresh, natural foods,” she said. “Remember to offer appropriate serving sizes for snacks because they should supplement, not replace, regular meals.” Some smart snack ideas include graham crackers, non-sugared cereal, fruit, pretzels or plain popcorn, nuts, cheese, yogurt, whole grain bread or crackers, raw vegetables, dried fruit, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs and low-fat milk. To encourage consumption of healthy snacks keep them in-sight and ready to eat. Less healthy options should be less accessible. Also, snacks should be eaten at the table or in the kitchen, not in front of the TV. To keep serving sizes appropriate, serve snacks in a bowl or purchase individual serving packages such as the 100 calorie packs.

OSU Student From Ponca City Accepted Into Cambridge STILLWATER — Chad O’Connor of Ponca City was accepted into University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, capitalizing on a unique opportunity through the prestigious W.W. Allen Scholars Program at Oklahoma State University, considered the premier engineering scholars program in the nation. This program includes a scholarship and awards package to advance development towards being one of the nation’s top engineering graduates. O’Connor completed a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from OSU in May, and is currently pursuing a master of philosophy in advanced chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge. The Allen Scholars Program is designed to accelerate leadership and professional development, stimulate intellectual growth, enhance interpersonal skills, develop career and cultural perspectives, and to prepare graduates for a full awareness of global forces and opportunities. It is highlighted by the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Cambridge. “This program provides unique learning and networking experiences, with the defining characteristic being a one-year master’s study

at the University of Cambridge,” said Dr. Karl Reid, Regents Service Professor, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU. “Some of tomorrow’s corporate leaders will be former or current Allen Scholars. They are competitive and innovative professionals who will make a difference in our world.” The scholars program was established by W. Wayne Allen, former chairman and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Company. Aside from being personally mentored by Allen, the scholar receives an annual scholarship throughout their undergraduate studies at OSU, followed by full tuition, fees and housing for a master of philosophy degree program at the University of Cambridge. The value of this OSU exclusive program exceeds most other national engineering awards, totaling approximately $82,000 in scholarship, enrichment activities and study abroad experience. O’Connor is the son of Rhonda and Tim O’Connor and graduated from Ponca City High School. He was active in many areas at OSU including being selected for Phi Kappa Phi, a National Honors Society, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Honors College degree.

LOCAL GIRL Scout Nicole Rugeley has completed her Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Nicole’s project consisted of constructing four wooden benches for the Marland Children’s Home facility. Nicole’s adviser for the project was Sharon Macobee and Aaron Millemon assisted her in the design and construction of the benches. Pictured with Nicole are Sharon Macobee and Keri Bowman of the Marland Children’s Home.

Billings Christian Church Bazaar Nov. 22 BILLINGS — The Billings Christian Church will hold its annual bazaar Nov. 22 in the church fellowship hall. In the past, the bazaar has always been on the Friday before Thanksgiving. Due to

Cowley County Job Fair Thursday ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — People looking for work in Cowley County are invited to a job fair Thursday at Cowley College. Several employers in Cowley County are looking to hire workers for seasonal and permanent jobs. The Cowley County Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Brown Center at Cowley College, 215 South Second Street. A variety of Cowley County employers will be participating, including Skyline Homes, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, Kan Pak, Western Industries, Rubbermaid, Galaxy Technologies, Creative Community Living, Hospice Care of Kansas and Mid-Con-

tinent Financial, LLC. With this group of employers, there will also be a wide variety of positions being recruited. Highlights include CNC machinists, CNC programmers, tool makers, job builders, welders, tooling design engineers, various production and maintenance positions, maintenance mechanics, electricians, quality assurance, warehouse workers, and construction trades. Medical fields will be promoted as well financial planning. Cowley College will be promoting training and online programs; in addition, K-State Distance Education will provide information on its online degree programs.

This job fair will provide an opportunity for job-seekers to visit individually with company representatives to learn more about the company, the positions available and to how to apply. Workforce Center staff will be on site to provide assistance with reviewing resumes and provide interview workshops. There are well over 100 seasonal positions and approximately 150 permanent positions needing filled. The list of participating employers continues to grow. Information will updated as it comes available at www.cowleyfirst. com. For more information, call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 4423094.

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Another Blast From the Past — Roller Derby — Really Had a Point Last week’s column about Gorgeous George and professional wrestling provoked a number of comments from readers. Mention of the gorgeous one apparently brought back memories to those old enough to recall the early days of television. One caller, who said he would prefer that I didn’t know who he was, asked that I consider writing about another activity that got some air time back in the 1950s and 1960s — roller derby. Either he didn’t want his friends and neighbors to know that he had had any interest in watching roller derby or he didn’t want others to know he was old enough to recall when it was featured on television. I do recall watching some roller derby on the tube. It wasn’t ever something that I would skip a meal for, but it was a pretty handy excuse to avoid practicing the piano or doing homework. Such an excuse worked only in my mind, and never satisfied my parents, who were pretty closed minded about such things. To write effectively about roller derby required me to do some extensive research. But the notion was intriguing, along with vague recollections of some very mean-looking female skaters rolling around an oval track and lots of collisions and spills. When I said I needed to do research, I mean I had to do research. There was a 1972 movie starring Raquel Welch about a roller derby participant. But that isn’t helpful, because Raquel is the only thing I remember about it. And other than knowing the sport involves a lot of violent spills on a roller skating track, I had no idea what the object of the sport is. And if anyone doubts there is an object, this is what I’m told: The game itself is a series of races between two teams of five players. Each team’s jammer is the only player to score points. Three blockers try to stop the other team’s jammer while propelling their own jammer forward. Each team’s pivot acts like the pace car in a NASCAR race and controls the speed of the pack. She also keeps an eye on the jammers, calls her team’s plays and acts as a blocker. Helmet designs differentiate the positions — jammers wear stars, pivots wear stripes and blockers wear blank helmets. Each race is called a jam and lasts up to two minutes. At the start of the jam, the pivots and blockers gather in formation at the starting line. The referee blows a whistle and they skate as a pack while the jammers wait at the starting line. When the pack is 20 feet from the starting line, the referee blows the whistle again, and the jammers start to skate. The jammers try to catch up to the pack, work their way through and come out the other side. No one scores any points during the first lap, but the first jammer to pass the opposing team’s pivot becomes the lead jammer. A referee points out the lead jammer and follows her progress around the track. The lead jammer can “call the jam” before the end of the two-minute period by putting her hand on her hips. When the lead jammer calls the jam or the two-minute period ends, play stops and the officials calculate the score. Teams get one point for each opposing player the jammer passes during each lap. In general, this is four points per lap — one for each opposing player. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s take a look at the history of the sport. Sports promoter Leo A. Seltzer is credited with developing roller derby. Seltzer had noticed the popularity of dance marathons back in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

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MIDGE “TOUGHIE” Brashun was cited by the New York Times as being one of 18 skaters in the original Roller Derby Hall of Fame. She was selected by sportswriters as one of the outstanding women in sports in 1950 and was known as one of the first villains in her sport.

grew during the 1940s and ‘50s. The sport gained a reputation for being rough and aggressive, and players developed intense rivalries. People would pay admission to watch roller derby in arenas around the country. Some matches were broadcast over the radio and in 1948 a New York television station put the activity on TV for the first time. A 13-week season was aired on the CBS network that year. Seltzer developed the National Roller Derby League for the 1949-1950 television season. ABC was now the network airing roller derby. The NRDL consisted of six teams, the New York Chiefs, the Brooklyn Red Devils, the Jersey Jolters, the Philadelphia Panthers, the WashingtonBaltimore Jets and the Chicago Westerners. The Brooklyn team had no actual home arena and was usually cast as a “villain” team. Like professional wrestling promoters, Seltzer depended on the viewing public watching to see the “villains” lose. When I remember watching roller derby, the big team was the San Francisco Bay Bombers. Again according to Wikipedia, the Bay Bombers began its tenure in the NRDL in 1954 and won championship after championship, sort of like the New York Yankees in major league baseball. Leo Seltzer passed along the promotion business to his son Jerry who expanded it to become “big time” with large attendances recorded in the 1970s. A crowd of 19,000 plus attended a roller derby match in Madison Square Garden in New York city in 1970. Later that would be eclipsed by a crowd of 28,000 in the outdoor venue of Oakland Coliseum and eventually by a crowd of 51,000 in Chicago’s Comiskey Park. Despite this apparent success, high overhead costs forced many roller derby operations to shut down or limit activities in the 1970s. But there has been a revival of interest as I am told and there reportedly is a roller derby league that makes its home in Oklahoma City. Their matches are in the Old Farmers Market at 311 South Klein and from what I can gather, the 2011 season was over in September. While most of the televised matches featured women’s teams, the sport has had both male and female performers over the years. Some of the top names in the activities’ history include Annis Jensen, John Rosasco, Josephine “Ma” Bogash, Peggy O’Neal, Ivy King, Midge “Toughie” Brashun, and Hal Janowitz. Some of the names of current skaters on the Oklahoma City teams are colorful. The Tornado Alley Rollergirls roster includes Mya OH Mya, Scarla O’Teara, Sucka Tash, Kitty VonKlobber and Switchblade Rosie. SaraCidal and The Outlaw Josie Whales are the coaches.

CHARLIE ‘SPECS’ Saunders, left, and Ken Monte are two other Roller Derby hall-of-famers.’ A terror on the banked track, Monte was known for his speed and skill as much as his flying elbows and crushing knees -- and woe to the opponent who got in the way of one.

JOANIE WESTON, left, and Ann Calvello, right, are roller derby hall of fame member. Calvello competed in seven decades ranging from the 1940s through the 2000s until she was into her 70s. Weston was known as the Blonde Bomber and is thought to have inspired the heroine in the movie “Kansas City Bomber” starring Raquel Welch. On the Lightning Broads are the Blonde Brawler, Eliza Jukes You, Sinful Lee, Kaysa Payne and Galaxy Inferno. Switchblade Rosie (see Rollergirls roster) is listed as a coach. The Storm Chasers’ roster has Body Shot, Atomic Ann, Thunderella, No Meds Lana, Lil Kate Asphyxiate and Scary England. Even the referees have interesting names, such as Daniel Boom, Rudie McSka, Spinal Infraction and Hot H2O. If you are interested in following OKC Roller Derby, there is a web site — okcrd. com — that gives all the information you need. I see there that tickets are $15 each and

can be purchased at the door or online. In case anyone wonders, I am not suggesting that Roller Derby will ever replace football, basketball or baseball as the great American pastime. And I don’t see myself as making a special trip to the Old Farmers Market in The City. Those who know me well know that I would rather save the admission price to buy a meal at a nice Ponca City restaurant. But I did enjoy remembering the times when I tried to use Roller Derby on television as an avenue to avoid studying. As a matter of fact I had a long list of excuses. My parents didn’t buy any of the others, either.

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JOSEPHINE ‘MA’ Bogash was the game’s first marquee skater and also its first female Hall-of-Famer. Her son, Billy Bogash was Derby’s biggest scorer during the early days of the game and was player representative for the skaters’ association for many years. Billy Bogash was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame in the early 50s. He started promoting what he called “walkathons” since dance marathon participants were usually shuffling around rather than actually dancing. Some dance marathons reportedly lasted as long as 40 days before a winner could be determined. Participants usually were out of work, and were hoping to win the cash

prizes offered to the winners. Wikipedia says that celebrities like Frankie Laine and Red Skelton would emcee the “walkathons.” Seltzer promoted more than 20 such events and grossed $2 million. In 1935, the popularity of dancing or “walking” had worn off, but roller skating had become a fad and Seltzer’s attention turned in that direction. He staged roller skating marathons and from those came what is now known as roller derby. Sportswriter Damon Runyon noted that the most exciting moments were the collisions between skaters. Then, the competition changed from an endurance event to game with defensive and offensive skaters. Teams played on a banked track, and women and men played in alternating periods. Roller derby’s popularity

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JORDAN MCDOWELL now holds the title of Queen Alalah.

McDowell Crowned Queen Alalah LXXX ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — With the first Queen Alalah Dorothy Moore Harbaugh in attendance, Jordan McDowell answered the question of what it would mean to her to be among the exclusive group of women who have held the title of Queen Alalah. An hour later she was answering the same question after being crowned Queen Alalah LXXX Friday night in the Robert Brown Theatre. “I’m really excited, it means I have really big shoes to fill,” McDowell said. “It will be a fun journey. I look forward to meeting new people and all of the experiences that will come along the way.” The first runner-up was Rosi Simmons, another Arkansas City native. The other three candidates were Devin Dice, Samantha Nolting and Karlye Sturd. McDowell is the daughter of George and Heidi McDowell of Arkansas City. Queen Alalah LXXIV, Jordan Williams, was on hand to pass her crown onto McDowell. The coronation also had performances by Prairie Voice, ACMS Magic, Ryan Smykil and Advanced Cheer Crew Jr. Scott and Rhoda MacLaughlin served as the Master of Ceremonies and introduced the former queens and the visiting queens from surrounding towns in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Bob Frazee was introduced as the 2011 Arkalalah parade grand marshal. At Cowley, McDowell is involved in the Cowley Activity Awareness Team, Phi Beta Lambda, Chi Alpha, is a student ambassador, captain of FCA Huddle, and participates in intramurals and student life activities. Away from Cowley, McDowell works at the Arkansas City Traveler, where she writes stories and takes pictures for the newspaper’s Action section. She also works as an IYQ Camp Counselor and is an American Softball Association Umpire through the Arkansas City Recreation Center in the summer. After graduating from Cowley, McDowell plans to transfer to Washburn University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and then a Juris Doctorate in Family Court Law.

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STILLWATER — Shopping, wrapping gifts and making travel arrangements may be on many people’s minds during this time of year. It is also smart to think about year-end tax saving strategies. Fortunately, those individuals who are looking for a tax break still have time to reduce their 2011 tax bill, said Eileen St. Pierre, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension personal finance specialist. “It’s always a good idea to make a year-end contribution to your IRA. Actually, you have until April 15, 2012, to make all of your 2011 contributions,” St. Pierre said. “If you don’t have an IRA, now is a great time to start one. Again, you’ll have until April 15 of next year to set one up and claim a 2011 tax deduction. A qualifying individual can contribute up to $5,000 ($6,000 if you are age 50 or over) this year. Consumers may also want to consider extra payments at the end of the year into their 401(k), 403(b) or 457 plans. With these plans, you can contribute up to $17,000 ($22,500 if you are age 50 or over) this year.” The end of the year is also a good time to make any planned charitable contributions, especially if you itemize on your tax return. Payments for any job-hunting expenses can qualify as itemized deductions. “For those Oklahomans who may have lost their jobs in 2011, do not overlook filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) if you qualify,” St. Pierre said. “A married worker with three children who earned less than $49,078 could qualify for up to the maximum credit of $5,751. What’s great is that this tax credit is refundable, which means you’ll receive the full amount of the credit as a refund, even if you pay no taxes.” If your property taxes are due in January, consider paying them before the end of the year to increase your Schedule A deductions. Homeowners may want to pay their January mortgage in late December in order to take an additional deduction for interest paid. Just make sure the payment is processed before the end of the year so the interest amount gets reported on your 1098 form. “Many Oklahoma K-12 teachers spend money out of their own pockets to purchase learning materials for their classrooms,” she said. “These teachers, as well as principals and others who are employed in a school for at least 900 hours this year, can take up to a $250 deduction on materials they purchase to make a learning experience better for the students. This will be the last year for the educator expense deduction unless Congress extends it. ” Energy credits available in 2011 are not as generous as in previous years, but there are some available. The home improvement tax credit is significantly reduced to a lifetime maximum of $500 and only applies to 10 percent of the cost of home improvement (installation costs not included). If you got more than $500 from 2006 to 2010, you are not eligible for anything more. The credit for Energy Star windows and skylights is capped at $200 and eligible doors are capped at $500. Furnace and boilers are capped at $150, and they must meet 95 AFUE. Credit for air conditioners, heat pumps and water heaters is capped at $300.

STILLWATER — Bill Moyers, considered one of the great journalists in American broadcast history, joins Gerry Bonds on the next edition of “The Living Room” on KOSU Radio. The program airs at 6:30 p.m. today and will re-air at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Moyers is well known to fans of public media. For many years, he hosted “Bill Moyers Journal” on the Public Broadcasting Service and he established Public Affairs Television in 1986. He has won more than 30 Emmy Awards in his 40-year broadcast career. His current project, “Moyers and Company,” is in production with WNET-TV in New York. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Bill Moyers as our guest,” said host Gerry Bonds. “He witnessed the policymaking process in the White House during some very tumultuous times in modern American history, and he now speaks with passion about the economic catastrophe that

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“SCRATCHIN’,” A BRONZE by Patsy E. Lane, will be part of the OKLA exhibit at Woolaroc.

Oklahoma Lady Artists Returning To Woolaroc Museum and Preserve BARTLESVILLE — Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve has announced a new exhibit, “Seeing Beyond Through OKLA Eyes”, will open Nov. 16 and continue until Jan. 16, 2012 in the Bunkhouse Gallery.   An artist reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 27. Oklahoma Lady Artists (OKLA) was formed in 2007 to promote art in Oklahoma, individual art careers as well as women artists everywhere. The group consists of eight women who are widely diverse in personality and artistic expressions. Two members are primarily sculptors and the others are primarily painters. Some of the painters work mostly in oils while others favor watercolor and acrylics. Although they live in different parts of the state, the members come together several times a year for exhibitions, paint outs, meetings and sometimes just to enjoy the camaraderie and some pretty lively critique sessions. Perhaps the most function of the organization is the encouragement and sharing of information. They consider each other sisters and champions of one another. Members are like a pep club, always cheering for each other. The second OKLA Woolaroc Museum show artists are Helen F. Howerton, Sandy Ingram, Patsy E. Lane, Carolyn Mock, Freda de Odis,

Storm Strickland, Skip Thompson and Christine Verner. The works will be in realistic and impressionistic styles with western and wildlife themes. Additional art workshops and demonstrations are planned and will be announced.  Woolaroc will also hold its annual “Wonderland of Lights” every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 25 to Dec. 24. Established in 1925, Woolaroc encompasses 3,700 acres with a variety of native and exotic animals with American bison, elk, longhorn cattle and deer species.  The 50,000 square foot Museum contains Native American and Western art along with one of the world’s finest collections of Colt firearms.  The former country retreat was built by Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, predecessor to ConocoPhillips.  In 2009, Woolaroc was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. Woolaroc is located in the Osage Hills 12 miles west of Bartlesville and 50 miles north of Tulsa. It is open Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call Woolaroc at (918) 336-0307, Ext. 10 or 11 or go to www. For more information on the OKLA artists, visit


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New Election Rules Require Proof of ID NEWKIRK — The voter ID law, approved by 74 percent of Oklahoma voters on Nov. 2, 2010, went into effect on July 1 and voters will be required to show proof of their identity in next Tuesday’s special elections. The elections are a special Frontier School vote and a Newkirk Municipal special election. The new law requires all registered voters to show proof of identity in order to vote at the polling place on election day or to vote early at the election board office. Any item used for proof of identity for voting must have been issued by the federal government, the state or a federally recognized tribal government. In addition, the proof of identity must show the name of the person to whom it was issued, a photograph of the person and must include an expiration date that is after the election date. The law also states that the person’s name on a document used for proof of identity for voting must “substantially conform” to the person’s name in the precinct registry. Some documents that may be presented as proof of identity for voting include an Oklahoma driver license, a state identification card, a passport or military identification. Voters also may use the voter identification card they received by mail when they registered to vote. These cards are allowed even though they do not include a photograph or an expiration date. The voter identification card is provided to every voter free of charge when they register to vote. Replacement cards are also free of charge. By law, state identification cards issued to persons who are 65 years old or older do not have expiration dates, but are valid proof of identity for voting. A voter who does not have proof of identity that meets the requirements of the new law still may vote by provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is sealed inside an envelope instead of being inserted into the voting device. Information provided by the voter on an affidavit is investigated by election officials in the days following the election, and the ballot is either approved for counting or is rejected based on the outcome of that investigation. Voters can avoid proof of identity problems at the polling place by ensuring now that the name on their voter registration matches the name on their driver license or other proof of identity document, or by always using the voter identification card issued by the election board.

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KAY COUNTY Election Board Deputy Carol Leaming shows precinct officials how to operate new voting machines. The machines will be used for the first time in February elections. The new voter ID

law is in effect now and voters will need to show a photo ID or their voter identification card in next Tuesday’s elections. (News Photo by Sharon Rowen)

In-Person Absentee Voters Still Have Time for Ballots NEWKIRK — Registered voters in Kay County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in next Tuesday’s special Frontier School and Newkirk Municipal special election have missed the application deadline, County Election Board Secretary Cheryl Howard said. “They aren’t out of luck, however,” Howard said. Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so at the County Election Board office on Friday, Nov. 4, or Monday, Nov. 7. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to assist absentee voters. “In-person absentee voters fill out an application form when they get to the office. They are not required to give a reason for

voting absentee,” Howard said. “They are required to swear that they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling places on election day.” According to Howard, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information and then issues the voter’s ballots. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then puts them in the voting device. “It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” Howard said. Contact the County Election Board, located at 201 South Main Street in Newkirk for more information. The telephone number is (580) 362-2130.

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 580-4015766, accepted for courtordered 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 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. 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) 7638051. 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 762-5931 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 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. 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 Chris-

tian 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 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 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@ Northern Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, 6:45-8:30 p.m., Ponca City Library basement, more information Todd Rivers, 763-4998 or email Rural Water District No. 1 Monthly Board Meetings, 7:30 p.m., Enterprise School Building on Lake Road. Third Tuesday Po-Hi Leo Club, 6:20 p.m., Ponca City First Christian Church, following Friendship Feast. Children with Disabilities Family Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Opportunity Center, 2225 North Union Street, Ponca City. Wednesday-Friday Ponca City Humane Society, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 900 West Prospect Avenue. 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, 7656108 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 401-5569. 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, 7164594. Ponca City Newcomers Club, 6:30 p.m., Ponca City Country Club. Contact Teresa, 491-8863. Kay County Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (archaeology), 6:30 p.m., Ponca City Library, call Richard, 765-9661 for meeting programs. Guests welcome. Kaw City Area Chamber of Commerce, 7 p.m., Community Center, 300 Morgan Square, Kaw City, see www. 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 580-7629102 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 Ponca City Humane Society, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by appointment, 900 West Prospect Avenue. 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 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) 442-3250, 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. Nov. 8 McCord Volunteer Fire Department, 7 p.m., McCord Volunteer Fire Department Station, 22 Howard. Nov. 12 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. 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 580765-4931. Kildare School Craft Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., east of blinking light on U.S. 77, north of Ponca City, information Beth Schrickram 580-767-1979. 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. Nov. 14 Kay County Retired Educators Association, 11:30 a.m. Lunch, Magnolia Room in Maverick Cafeteria, Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa, Program: “An African Adventure” by Rex Ackerson, retired NOC faculty, lunch $7. Nov. 21 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, 7 p.m., Program to be Decided, Stillwater Medical Center, Board Room. Nov. 26 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. Dec. 10 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.


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THE WITCHES of City Hall are, from left, Rhonda Skrapke, Dana Bright and Rachel Stewert.

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