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NOVEMBER 30, 2011 Fun Events Usher In Christmas TUNA CHRISTMAS,” A presented by the Poncan Theatre, will be per-

formed Friday through Sunday. Actors Phil Bandy and Dave May play all the characters in the town of Tuna, Texas. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (580) 765-0943 or online at The DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE with lighted floats from area schools, organizations, civic groups, churches and businesses will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 on Grand Avenue. Santa is rumored to be making an appearance. Parade entry forms are available at For more information, call (580) 767-0430. The TREE OF LIFE AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, presented by Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, will follow the Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Ponca Plaza parking lot. For more information, call (580) 762-9102. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, presented by the Ponca City Humane Society, will include an OU-OSU “Tail-gate Pawty,” including a live and silent auction, hors d’ouevres, drinks and dancing on Dec. 2 at the Ponca City Country Club. Tickets are $30 for singles or $50 for couple and may be purchased at the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce. Those attending are asked to bring an item from the Humane Society’s wish list to donate at the door. The silent auction opens at 5:30 p.m., with the event beginning at 7 p.m. Visit or call (580) 767-8877. The D.A.R. HOLIDAY PARTY will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Marland’s Grand Home. The free event includes hors d’ouevres, entertainment and a silent auction. For more information, call (580) 767-0427. Conductor Z. Randall Stroope and the OSU Concert Chorale and Orchestra will present GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL’S MESSIAH at the Seretean Center at OSU at 8 p.m. Friday. THE FESTIVAL OF ANGELS continues from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30. For more information, call (580) 762-2273. The GREAT BIG BAND, a swing/jazz band will be presented by the Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. There is no admission charge for this special show, which features the American songbook standards of Sinatra, Cole, Stafford, Clooney and the Dorseys. THE RENAISSANCE WINTER BALL, presented by the Pioneer Woman Museum Advisory Board, the Marland Estate Foundation and the Marland Estate Commission, begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Marland Mansion. This festive Christmas event is a joint effort between the Pioneer Woman Museum and the Marland Mansion to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to Oklahoma. The recognition of the Pioneer Woman of the Year and Renaissance award winners will be held at 8 p.m. with the celebration resuming by 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and only 400 tickets will be sold. For tickets or more information, call (580) 763-7497. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE and NATIVE ART SHOW will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at Littlecrow Trading Post, 214 South Fourth Street. Enjoy refreshments and meet artists Sid Armstrong, David Kaskaske, Tamara FawFaw, Joe Cheshwalla, Burgess Roye, Michael Byrd and Wilma Littlevoice. Consignment inventory will be in stock.

NATIVE ARTIST Clyde Otipoby starts a piece of pottery from unformed clay, and as shown in these photos provided by T.L Walker, shapes it into a vessel.

Standing Bear Museum To Host Artist Reception for Clyde Otipoby By BEVERLY BRYANT Midweek Editor The Standing Bear Museum will have a “meet the artist” reception from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday featuring artist Clyde Otipoby. Otipoby said he is hoping to see many former students and parents, as well as the many collectors of his work. “We will have expanded the display of his artwork to include an extensive collection in our art gallery,” museum Executive Director T.L Walker said. “There will be

many new designs and even though ‘all’ of his works are one of a kind, there will be some truly extraordinary works on display.” Walker said Otipoby is offering a 15 percent discount on all items from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday afternoon. From Dec. 5 to 9, all Otipoby items will be 10 percent off. “I first saw Clyde when I was very young and living in Arkansas City,” Walker said. “He would always be at the annual art festival held in

Wilson Park and would have his potter’s wheel set up just inside the north side of the rotunda. I would stand for long periods of time watching him work his magic with the clay. Those fond childhood memories make it even more special to be able to host this ‘meet the artist’ event.” The artist has influenced countless other children in the decades he has taught. Otipoby taught in Ponca City elementary schools for 34 years and is remembered by (See ARTIST Page 2C)

AN OTIPOBY piece called “Midnight.”

A DISPLAY of several of Clyde Otipoby’s pottery pieces

A TEA set by Clyde Otipoby.

Oklahoma-Grown Christmas Trees Available Locally OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry encourages purchasing a fresh Oklahoma-grown tree for the holidays and provides the following list of “Top 10 Reasons to go ‘Real’ this Christmas!” 10: Wallet-friendly value. Real Christmas trees are available in a variety of species, shapes and sizes to fit any holiday tradition or budget. 9: Support the Oklahoma economy. Real Christmas trees are grown by individual Christmas-tree growers and farmers, often with many generations of families working on the same land, and purchases supports Oklahoma business. 8: Real Christmas trees are recyclable. Trees can be used as mulch along park trails, underwater habitats for fish and compost for gardens. 7: Bring a little bit of nature into the home. Extra

See Page 2C for More Stories branches can be used as greenery. 6: Selecting a fresh tree is easy with the “Smell and Snap” test. Give the branch a gentle crush and smell the needles to check for a clean Christmas tree fragrance. Then, bend a needle between your fingers; if it snaps, similar to a carrot, the tree is fresh. 5: Environmentally friendly. Real Christmas trees are grown on sustainable farms just like produce, nuts and other crops, and they do not threaten natural forests. 4: Easy to care for. With simple, proper care, your perfect tree can stay green and healthy throughout the holidays, minimizing clean up and maximizing

the joy of your Christmas season. 3: Fun — and memories — for the whole family. Get everyone involved in the selecting a real tree by assigning fun jobs during the trip and take lots of pictures. 2: Real Christmas trees are truly a renewable product. Growers plant one or more trees to replace every tree they harvest. 1: The smell! You can’t replace the distinctive Christmas tree smell. Reach in to the middle of the tree every few days and gently crush the needles to release its fragrance. “You just can’t duplicate the many positives of a real Christmas tree,” says George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. A local Christmas tree farm is the Santa’s Forest Tree Farm at 6555 West Highway 60, Ponca City. The farm has been producing Christmas trees since 1988.


Ball and Burlap Trees Remain as Living Reminder of Christmas STILLWATER — The majority of sales from Oklahoma Christmas tree farms are choose-and-cut operations. However, some customers decide to try and keep the Christmas spirit going long after the holiday season. Some tree growers do not offer the ball-and-burlap method of sales, so check that out before you visit a farm. However, if they do sell this style, the grower should be able to make a bundle of the right size for you. From there, the tree is in your hands, forever. “Some people like to leave them outside and just decorate them on their porch (for Christmas),” said Craig McKinley, Oklahoma State

University Cooperative Extension forestry specialist. “Water them and take a little bit more caution because you have a big load of soil there.” An adequate water supply is vital to keeping a live tree. The ball should be soaked all the way through, without too much runoff. While in the house, the root ball should be wrapped in plastic or placed in a tub or bucket. “The roots that actually take up most of the moisture are toward the outside of that ball,” said McKinley. “The big roots in the middle are more for stability. Evenly distribute the water around the ball.” When a tree is being transplanted, there typically will be about a foot

of soil in a ball for every inch of diameter for the tree. This might not follow exactly for Christmas trees, as they won’t be immediately transplanted. Ball-and-burlap trees should not be kept in the house for more than 10 days. When the time comes to plant the tree, there are a few things you should know to increase its chances of survival. First and foremost, keep in mind which species of tree is best suited to survive Oklahoma’s weather. “Be careful what species you choose, because Virginia pine doesn’t make a nice yard tree,” said Chuck Tauer, forest genetics professor at OSU. “It requires way too much care.”

Tauer suggested that perhaps an eastern white pine might be a better selection in Oklahoma. No matter the species selected, there are some guidelines that need to be followed, including placement of the new tree. McKinley said to select a place that is cool and receives less sunlight. Once the location is selected, planting can commence. “You can plant it immediately after Christmas if you want,” McKinley said. “If you’re going to have a really hard freeze in the next day or two, just delay planting. If it can get in the ground and kind of get acclimated a little bit, the tree should do well because it is not actively growing.” The feeder roots should be buried

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Guidelines For Picking ‘Perfect’ Tree STILLWATER — The Griswolds understood the significance of picking out the family Christmas tree, as do many Oklahomans about this time of year. Visiting one of Oklahoma’s “choose-and-cut” tree farms is a good way to jumpstart the Christmas spirit. “Choose-and-cut is a family experience,” said Craig McKinley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension forestry specialist. “The choose-and-cut operation is selling an experience as much as they are selling a Christmas tree. It’s fun.” However, some time will need to be spent before arriving at the Christmas tree farm in preparation to picking out the right one. Families should measure the ceiling height where the tree will be displayed. “Trees grow when they get inside,” McKinley said. “Be aware of where you are going to put it.” Don’t forget to consider the width of the tree, and whether all sides will be displayed. Some trees at the farm may be a little flat or thin on one side, which is OK if that side will be back in the corner of a room. “People choose a Christmas tree species depending on tradition and individual taste,” said David Hillock, OSU Cooperative Extension consumer horticulture specialist. “Each species has a distinctive appearance and fragrance, and some people prefer a tree densely sheared to a conical shape, while others prefer a loose, more natural form.” No matter how big or small, how short or tall, or what color of tree your family chooses to bring home, it will be just right.

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Christmas Trees Date Back Centuries Before Christianity STILLWATER — The sight and smell of real Christmas trees gives us a reminder of many happy moments in the past, along with the promise of the bright future that spring is sure to bring. The tradition of putting up a real Christmas tree dates far back, even before the advent of Christianity. However, that tradition has been somewhat challenged as many Americans now purchase and display artificial Christmas trees. Craig McKinley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension forestry spe-

cialist, gives a brief history lesson and timeline of the Christmas tree. “Christmas trees have been around longer than Christmas,” he said. “Surprisingly, the first greenery and then the early display of trees had nothing to do with a Christian holiday.” The ancient Egyptians celebrated the winter solstice, which in the Northern hemisphere falls on Dec. 21 or Dec. 22, with evergreen boughs hung over doors and windows. Their celebration was in respect to the sun god, who was finally beginning to

THIS IS where a fresh-cut Christmas tree is wrapped before the customer takes it home from Santa’s Forest Christmas Tree Farm west of Ponca City.

get well. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we know it in the 16th century. However, the first record of one being on display was in the 1830s by German settlers in Pennsylvania. And, the rest as they say, is history. “The trend we are seeing is people going for the convenience of artificial Christmas trees,” McKinley said. “The Christmas tree industry has seen a decline in producers and sales from the 1980s, but for the past few years, sales of real trees have leveled to about 31 to 33 million per year across the U.S.” Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since the mid 1800s and the industry now employs approximately 100,000 people. McKinley provided some interesting dates and statistics on Christmas trees. The tallest known living Christmas tree stands 122 feet tall. The 91-year-old Douglas fir can be found in Woodinville, Wash., he said. President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 1923, with the National Christmas Tree Association providing the first family with its tree since 1966. In 1912, the first community Christmas tree in the United States was erected in New York City. “There is a lot of history and tradition that comes with a real Christmas tree, not to mention its simple beauty, aroma and freshness,” McKinley said. “I think most of us have fond memories of the family gathered around a just-cut tree.”

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within the first 6 inches to 8 inches of earth, and the bag should not be removed until the tree is in place. Once the tree is where you want it, cover the area with mulch to prevent the roots from freezing. “You probably ought to give a tree, even in the driest part of the year, 2 inches of water every two weeks,” McKinley said. “Trees do better if they go through a dry and wet cycle.” Recently planted trees should not be allowed to dry completely as water is essential for early stability. While the ball-and-burlap method is a little more work than a chooseand-cut tree, the Christmas memories come back every time you look at the tree, and your property value may increase because of your efforts.

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STILLWATER — We have all heard the warnings and seen the clips of Christmas trees bursting into flames and ruining someone’s holiday season. Oklahoma State University foresters have come together to shed some light on the difference between fact and fiction. “Christmas trees are safe,” said Craig McKinley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension forestry expert. “A Christmas tree cannot cause a fire any more than your sofa, or your couch, or your waste basket can.” Oftentimes in the video clip warnings, a “live” tree would have been set aside and dried for over a month before ignited. “They let the tree lay out in the hot sun for two months before they try to torch it,” said Chuck Tauer, OSU forest genetics professor, and Christmas tree grower. “The truth of the matter is that if you take a fresh cut Virginia pine and you stick it in a stand and in water, you’ll have a heck of a time getting that thing to burn.” McKinley recalled a PSA on the news in another state several years back in which the news reporter had a Fraser fir and tried to light it with a match. When the tree wouldn’t go up in flames, a small torch was used. “She couldn’t get the thing lit, and you could see they cut

the film, and then ‘wooompf’ they got this flame,” McKinley said. “And then she said, ‘Remember, a small spark such as this could destroy your Christmas’.” McKinley couldn’t believe his eyes and wanted to clear Christmas trees of any wrongdoing. A very small percentage of the time the tree was the first item ignited, according to McKinley. “Christmas time is a time of joy, with lots of presents and people in the house, so it is a human interest story when a house burns,” McKinley said. These fire stories have slowed in the United States since the use of lit candles on Christmas trees has stopped. That tradition continues in parts of Europe, which has Christmas trees with much more space between branches to allow for that type of decoration. “We’ve learned that candles on trees are not a good idea, even if they do it in Europe,” McKinley said. “Trees can be a fuel source. So can your sofa, so can your trash can, so can anything else. They don’t cause fires and they are not inherently dangerous.” With that said, McKinley did offer a warning about Christmas trees. “The biggest danger you are going to have with a Christmas tree is getting gouged in the eye with a needle,” he said.

Water Christmas Tree To Keep It Happier STILLWATER — While Christmas trees in the living room are no longer growing, they still need just as much water as if they were. Keeping the focal point of your Christmas decorations fresh and beautiful is simple, if a few important steps are taken. “The minute you cut down the tree, it’s not alive anymore,” said Craig McKinley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension forestry specialist. “All you’re trying to do is prevent its degradation. You’re not going to improve its quality.” A fresh Christmas tree can stay healthy for several weeks if given the proper care.

“When you get the tree home, cut about an inch off of the butt end to aid in water absorption,” said David Hillock, OSU Cooperative Extension consumer horticulture specialist. “Get the cut end into a container of plain water quickly. There is no need to add aspirin, sugar or flame retardant to the water.” Not making the initial cut prior to setting up the tree could be detrimental as the biggest key to keeping a Christmas tree “happy” is keeping it moist. After squaring off the new base of the tree, immediately put it in the tree stand, which should have a large water reservoir.

Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . (Continued From Page 1C) students of all ages for playing classical music and encouraging young artists. He now teaches art at the Ponca City Christian Academy one day a week and concentrates on his own artwork, working out of his studio, producing pottery and paintings and showing them throughout the year. Otipoby is a Comanche Indian and dances at several of the area powwows as a straight dancer. He can almost always be seen dancing at the Standing Bear Powwow in September. He is also a popular attraction at local festivals where he can be found doing face-painting. Otipoby has a B.S. in art education from Oklahoma State University and nearly 40 years’ experience in teaching. Mr. “O,” as his former students fondly call him, was born in Clinton Indian Hospi-

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tal. He moved with his family from Zuni, N.M., to Chilocco Indian School in 1947. His father was a teacher there and it is where Otipoby grew up. Following four years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Clyde himself became a teacher in Ponca City elementary schools, retiring in 2002. He is best known for his functional pottery but also does clay sculpture, painting and pencil sketching. His work is featured at the Ponca City Medical Center Emergency Department, along with other Native American artists. Otipoby designed the Kay County War Memorial which stands at the county courthouse in Newkirk. He has won numerous awards from the Philbrook Art Museum in Tulsa.

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How Can I Help? Santa’s Cause Too will start wrapping presents from 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 and will be open those hours every day until all gifts are delivered. The location this year is in the old Tan & Tone location in the Ponca Plaza shopping center. Park on the back side of the shopping center (east side) and look for the Santa hats. Volunteers may drop in any time for an hour or the entire shift. Santa’s Cause Too is a new nonprofit organization to help children in Kay County with Christmas gifts. The children will be referred through a third party, such as a school, child care facility or church, in order to help those children who might otherwise go without gifts during the holiday season. Volunteers are needed to work with the nonprofit to make donations, shop, wrap and deliver gifts. Donations will be used to help provide new toys on Christmas morning. Shopping will take place between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10. ————— Hope Ranch is in desperate need of hay for the horses in its therapeutic riding program. Contact Darrell Shelton at (580) 716-3250. ————— After Five Lions Club raises money by working at Oklahoma State University football games. The club needs five helpers to work at the Dec. 3 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, (580) 765-7728 or (580) 762-5738. ————— Are you looking for a chance to volunteer to help children? Several tutoring opportunities are available and need caring adult volunteers. 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 The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club needs volunteers to help as tutors during the club’s “Power Hour” each afternoon when children are doing their homework and practicing their reading skills. The club also needs adult helpers to accompany the students on outings when the children visit nursing homes or go to other community events. The volunteers would also help read stories to the children or tell them about the work they do in the community. For more information or to volunteer, call Capt. Robins at (580) 762-7501. The club also can use any donations of craft supplies. These donations may be made at the Salvation Army store. 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. ————— 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. ————— 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. ————— 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. ————— 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 donations of nonperishable food items and monetary contributions to provide food for families in need. The organization also 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.

Globetrotters Coming to Oklahoma City OKLAHOMA CITY — On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City at 2 p.m. Jan. 22, 2012. Tickets to see the world’s most famous basketball team start at $19 and are available at, www., the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office, or by phone at (800) 7453000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at The outstanding rookies include Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player at 7 feet, 8 inches; Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5 feet, 2 inches; and Fatima “TNT” Maddox of Temple University, the team’s first female player since 1993 and ninth female in team history. The new Globetrotters also feature the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, including the reigning champ Jacob “Hops” Tucker. At 5 feet, 10 inches, Tucker sports a 50-inch vertical leap, and his YouTube videos have garnered well over four million views. Tucker joins slam dunk runner-up John “Jet” Williams of UNCAsheville and semifinalist Darnell “Spider” Wilks of the University of Cincinnati. The 2012 rookie class has a total of three seven-footers, including 7 foot, 4 inch tall Jermaine “Stretch” Middleton, the thirdtallest player in team history, and 7 foot Anthony “Biggie” McClain. At 7 feet, 8, inches, Sturgess becomes the tallest Globetrotter ever after a career at Mountain State

University (W.Va.). He is the 19th internationally born player in team history, hailing from Loughborough, England. “The Globetrotters are excited to welcome a new generation of stars to carry on the storied tradition of the world’s most entertaining basketball team,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “This year’s rookie class features some of the most talented and promising players from across the world.” Current Globetrotters stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Dizzy Grant, Scooter Christensen, and many others will team up with the world class rookies for nearly 270 games on the North American portion of the World Tour, bringing the Globetrotter magic to over 230 cities in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and five Canadian provinces. Player rosters in each city will vary and are subject to change. The Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world-famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans — among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents — over more than eight thrilling decades.

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education,” Ross said. More than 80,000 students have participated in the essay contest since it began in 2006. “We are pleased to support the Bill of Rights Institute’s “Being an American” essay contest,” said Dr. Libby O’Connell, SVP, Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, History Channel. “The contest encourages students to think critically and truly makes the past relevant in their lives today.” Deadline for essay submissions is Dec. 15. All essays must be submitted at www. Submit. For contest guidelines, visit

Elks Help Fund Children’s Shopping Trip Through a collaborative effort, the Ponca City Elks Benevolence Committee recently was able to provide each of the 44 children at the Marland Children’s Home with a $100 shopping experience to supplement their winter wardrobes. Committee chairman Tom Overton said several members of the Elks are involved with the home, so it was easy to find a need for the group’s help. “Our Benevolence Committee talked with Diane Beekman, who volunteers and the

Antiques Roadshow’s Biggest Find From Tulsa TULSA — On July 23 in Tulsa, PBS’s Antiques Roadshow recorded the highestvalue appraisal in the series’ 16 years of production. Veteran Roadshow Asian arts expert Lark Mason identified a collection of five late 17th/early 18th-century Chinese carved rhinoceros horn cups and valued the set at $1 million to $1.5 million. The second highest-value appraisal recorded by Antiques Roadshow was of a collection of Chinese carved jade bowls, estimated to be worth as much as $1.07 million, discovered at the event in Raleigh, N.C., in 2009. The rhino horn cups were brought to the Tulsa Convention Center by one of approximately 6,000 ticket holders. The owner, who prefers to remain unidentified, told Mason he started collecting cups inexpensively in the 1970s and had no idea of the collection’s current value. Because of today’s strong market for Chinese antiques and antiquities, the collection’s value has increased dramatically since its original purchase. “As we continue our 16th season production tour here in Tulsa, we couldn’t be more excited about such an extraordinary, rare treasure, and we look forward to sharing it with the nation,” said Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer Marsha Bemko. Tulsa was the fourth stop on Antiques Roadshow’s sixcity 2011 production tour. The three episodes produced from the Tulsa event will air as part of Roadshow’s 16th season, from January to June 2012. Hosted by Mark L. Walberg, Roadshow’s new season includes programs recorded in Tulsa; Eugene, Oregon; El Paso, Texas; Minneapolis, Minn.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

home, and she said clothing was a big issue. We decided to try to give each of the children a $100 shopping experience.” Overton said that because the lodge is small, financing the project was a challenge. “First, we applied to the Elks National Foundation for a $2,000 Promise Grant, which they funded. We next asked the J.C. Penney Co. for help and they made a $1,000 donation to the home,” Overton said. “We were still short of our goal, so two of our newest members, Pixie Rowland and

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Anne Orr led the holding of an Elk golf tournament, which provided the needed funds,” he said. From 1926 to 2011, the home operated as the American Legion Children’s Home. Earlier this year a new nonprofit organization was formed to operate the home and the name was changed to honor E.W. Marland, founder of Conoco Oil Co., who provided the land and funds to construct the first dormitory. Currently the children residing at the home range in age from 11 to 18.

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SUGAR BEAR is a very sweet but shy lab mix female. She is going to need a home with lots of love and a family that will spend time working with her.

SMOKY IS a sweet gray and white male cat that does not seem to mind other cats or dogs but does not seem to do very well with small children. For information on adopting Sugar Bear or Smoky, call the Ponca City Humane Society at (580) 767-8877, or visit the shelter at 900 West Prospect to find another adoptable pet.

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stitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?” The top three student winners from each of the five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000, first place; $500 second place; and $250, third place. Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100. “The contest not only honors and awards sponsoring teachers, but also equips them with free lesson plans and other supplemental materials that meet state and national academic standards so they can easily incorporate the essay contest into their classrooms. The contest is really a tribute to the excellent work teachers do in the important task of civic


ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute’s sixth annual “Being an American” essay contest. The largest contest of its kind in the country, the “Being an American” essay contest explores the founding principles outlined in the Constitution. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in the Washington, D.C., area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored by the History Channel. “This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important founding principles communicated in our Constitution,” said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. “This context is vital to helping students see their founding principles as a meaningful part of the American experiment of selfgovernment.” Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering the following question: “How does the Con-

MARLAND CHILDREN’S Home volunteer Diane Beekman, Ponca City Elks Lodge Benevolences Committee Chairman Tom Overton, and Marland Children’s Home staff member Julie Tosh help two boys from the home who are ready to check out with their new clothes.

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THE OKLAHOMA Department of Career and Technology Education, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Kiamichi Technology Center partnered to create this mobile unit for training and emergency response to be used throughout the state.

Disaster Recovery, Emergency Training Simulator Unit To Roll Across State

To meet the needs for emergency preparedness and health provider training throughout Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, in partnership with Kiamichi Technology Center, has created the Disaster Recovery and Emergency Training Simulator Unit. The unit will be operational by Jan. 1, 2012. Funds from Tobacco Cessation Grant at the Oklahoma State Department of Health and lottery proceeds for technology awarded to Kiamichi Technology Center through the ODCTE were used to develop a 40- by 8-foot trailer fitted with a mobile satellite, triage/classroom area and an ambulance simulator. This unit is used for training emergency medical personnel and other healthcare providers as well as onsite triage during Oklahoma manmade and natural disasters. The unit also provides mobile satellite communications that allow simultaneous distance training at multiple sites/campuses. “A shortage of healthcare workers is a major concern on state and national levels,” said Phil Berkenbile, state director of CareerTech. “A serious lack of clinical training opportunities contribute to limited enrollment in education and training. “This initiative addresses recommendations by the Governor’s Council on Workforce and Economic Development’s Healthcare Industry Workforce report. The report urged development of solutions to limited clinical experience and maximization of flexible educational methods such as simulated and virtual clinical learning labs,” said Berkenbile. “Advancing skills of healthcare workers also will assist in recruitment and retention.”

This custom trailer is equipped with six high fidelity, adult and pediatric human simulators and capacity for 15 students. Satellite communications is available for distance education and cameras are strategically placed for recording students’ performance, said J.R. Polzien, program specialist, Health Careers Education. “Clinical simulation validates both basic and complex skills through a variety of scenarios by replicating common and uncommon patient management. Students participate in zero risk settings to practice critical thinking skills, build confidence and competence while promoting safety for both the provider and patient,” said Polzien. The unit also features lifesaving equipment including a heart monitor, c-collars, backboards and live oxygen administration to assist communities in preparing for and responding to disasters. This mobile unit also can double as a triage unit. Continuing education for all levels of healthcare and emergency care providers, including EMS, paid and volunteer fire departments, hospitals and related industries, also can be offered through this unit. “We can provide specialized continuing education and refresher programs for EMS and fire departments, especially rural volunteer departments and responders will not have to leave their communities for training,” said Polzien. Polzien said the unit also will be able to assist communities, medical facilities and nursing homes in emergency evacuations. For more information about the unit visit or contact Polzien at

TULSA — The Winterfest Holiday Market, a new event that began in 2010, is seeking local vendors, artists and merchants for this year’s event. The holiday market is slated for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 inside the BOK Center’s grand lobby and admission is free. The market will offer the perfect opportunity for guests to finish holiday shopping and will feature dozens of local vendors selling items such as homemade jewelry, candles, gourmet foods and spices, Tulsa-themed apparel and gift items, home accessories, sports memorabilia and products from area wineries. In addition to perusing gift items and booths, guests are invited to enjoy delicious concessions, free holiday music and entertainment, caroling and visits by “Segway Santa.”

Oversize Book Sale Dec. 7-22 At Library George Jones

George Jones Coming To Osage Event Center TULSA — George Jones, called by many the greatest living country music singer, will perform Dec. 17 at the Osage Event Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show. All tickets are general admission at $45 and can be purchased at the Osage Event Center box office or by visiting the event center at 951 W. 36 Street North, Tulsa. Tickets are also available online at In the early 1980s, Jones won nearly every award in music including a Grammy Award and Country Music Awards Single of the Year. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was voted the Favorite Country Song of All Time. “Why Baby Why,” was his first Top 5 hit before his first country No. 1 hit, “White Lightning.” His other hits include “The Race Is On” and “Whose Gonna Fill Their Shoes.” Jones grew up in Texas listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

Warrior Dash June 2 in Morris; Sponsors Seeking Athletes MORRIS — Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for thrillseeking athletes and partygoers. On June 2, 2012, runners will travel to 20851 South County Road 350 in Morris to take on 12 “bigger and badder” obstacles over 3.08 miles of extreme terrain. After conquering an insane physical challenge, racers celebrate with friends and family during an all-day festival with live music, food and beer. In 2011, 650,000 athletes turned to Warrior Dash events in 65 locations across the United States, Austra-

through or get lodged in the body. In most cases, an X-ray must be taken right away to ensure the battery has gone through the esophagus into the stomach. If the battery remains in the esophagus, it must be removed immediately. Most often, batteries move on to the stomach and will pass by themselves. However, the Oklahoma Poison Control Center suggests the following: •Don’t induce vomiting. •Don’t allow the child to eat or drink until the X-ray shows the battery is beyond the esophagus. •Watch for fever, abdominal pain, vomiting or blood in the stool. Report these symptoms to a physician immediately. •Check your child’s stool until the battery has passed. Loose batteries should be stored out of the reach of young children, as well as any household items containing the batteries. In cases where a young child swallowed a button battery, 60 percent had pried the battery out of a household item. For additional protection, parents can place strong tape over the battery compartment of all items containing button batteries. If anyone ingests a battery or you think they may have, immediately call the Oklahoma Poison Control Center at 1 (800) 222-1222. Pharmacists and registered nurses at the poison center are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Oklahoma Poison Control Center is a program of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy at the OU Health Sciences Center. For more information, visit

Tulsa Winterfest Holiday Market Dec. 10

Comedy Show Set for Dec. 8 In Bartlesville BARTLESVILLE — After creating a whole new stand-up comedy scene in their hometown of Stillwater, longtime friends Rob Neville and Jared Cranke are expanding Funnies Comedy Club to Bartlesville beginning Dec. 8. The shows will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 205 Southwest Frank Phillips Boulevard, and will begin at 8:30 p.m. Neville and Cranke have been promoting comedy shows together for the last four years and recently have found success in a series of monthly shows at the Quality Inn in Stillwater that started in January. Since then, they have recently completed a run of 10 consecutive shows to rave reviews and entertaining nearly 1,000 audience members. “These shows are a great way for real adults to have a night out on the town,” Neville says. “Get a babysitter for a few hours and come have a laugh with us. We guarantee you will have a good time.” Each show is approximately 90 to 105 minutes in length and normally consists of a headliner, feature comedian and Neville, a nationally-touring comedian who hosts most of the shows. The show may contain some adult language and content. Audience members must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink. Brent Dawson, who was seen on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, will headline the first show with white trash comedian Kyle Kubiak as a special guest. Tickets are available at the Hilton Garden Inn or online at www.myticketscene. com. Advance tickets will be $10. Tickets purchased the day of the show will be $12.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Among children, the rate of severe poisoning from button battery ingestion has steadily increased. Button batteries are the small, coin-shaped batteries that power many of the small electronic devices found in the home. In the past five years, the number of cases in which children have been seriously hurt has quadrupled, health statistics show. Awareness campaigns are emerging to help educate parents and caregivers about the potential risks if a child swallows a coin lithium battery. Children younger than the age of 4 are the most frequent victims, and in nearly all reported cases of severe complications, the 20-millimeter lithium cell battery found in household items such as games, flashing jewelry, reading lights, remote controls, singing greeting cards, toys, flameless candles, watches and hearing aids was to blame. “There is the possibility that an electrical current can occur when a child swallows one of these batteries, causing injury to sensitive tissue. Feeding tubes, breathing tubes and surgery can be required for the damage that may be caused,” says Scott Schaeffer, managing director of the Oklahoma Poison Control Center. Additional concerns include the potential for blockage of the airway, even if the child initially appears fine, or rupturing of the battery, which can cause tissue burns if the battery does not pass normally through the body. When a button battery is swallowed, it is impossible to know whether it will pass

lia, Canada and Europe as an alternative to the classic running race. Participants can expect new extremes for 2012, as Warrior Dash returns with bigger and more innovative obstacles than ever before. The festival area will be the scene of greater celebrations with more food, drinks and post-race activities. “Warrior Dash is an event that competitors and spectators will never forget and the combination of mud, sweat and beer keeps people coming back each year for more,” Race Director Alex Yount said.

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Warrior Dash is partnered with GreenSneakers, an organization with a uniquely effective and environmentally friendly fundraising opportunity. With the help of Warriors, 370,000 pounds of tennis shoes were donated and given a second chance at life in 2011. Warrior Dash participants requested “The craziest frickin’ day of your life” and Red Frog Events, a Chicago based company has answered their Warrior cries with 65 Warrior Dash locations for 2012 in the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe. Warrior Dash is the world’s largest running series that features a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme run. Warriors will conquer extreme obstacles, push their limits and celebrate.

The Ponca City Friends of the Library is sponsoring its annual coffee table — oversize book sale Dec. 7-22. The books will be in the reading area in front of the multimedia desk downstairs. Many of the books are in very good or like new condition and are the result of weeding the library’s collection as well as from donations. There is a great variety of topics to choose from. All books will be out on the first day of the sale, although as donations are received, more books will be added to the sale. A bonus this year will be quite a few older yearbooks from OU and OSU. They have been in the library collection, so have very few marks and the pages are clean of other writings. They will be at the same price as all the other books in this sale. Prices are $4 per book, or three books for $10. In addition to this special sale, all of the Friends’ books are available at the regular price of 50 cents for hardback books and 25 cents for paperbacks. These are located on the carpeted area in the book sale room. As always, the proceeds earned from the Friends of the Library book sales is used to support special programs at the library such as the Winter Adult Bingo and the Summer Children’s Reading Program, along with many other special programs offered throughout the year. The Friends of the Library will be having a Christmas Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, upstairs just inside the west entrance of the library. There will be cookies, coffee and hot spiced cider. The public is invited. Along with the open house, The Santa House will be in front of the library at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

The market closes at 6 p.m. in time for gusts to watch the annual Parade of Lights from the sidewalks and front plaza of the arena. Applications are presently being accepted for vendors for the event. Visit for more information and to download a registration form. Space is limited. Arvest Winterfest presented with the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation is open daily through Jan. 1, 2012 and features outdoor ice skating beneath the skyline, a 44-foot Christmas Tree, horse and carriage rides and free entertainment on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. A full Winterfest calendar is available online at For more information, please contact Jill Duvall, Special Events Coordinator at (918) 894-4267 or

Arkansas City’s Festival Of Trees Branching Out ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — This weekend’s Festival of Trees event will have several new activities at the Ark City Recreation Center. There will be a baked goods sale, along with free apple cider. Additionally, there will be handmade arts and crafts for sale which will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Hours for the events will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. At the end of the event on Sunday afternoon, all winners will be recognized for the best exhibits in each category, as voted on by all viewers who attended; the Silent Auction winners will be announced. Tickets may be purchased

from any Habitat for Humanity Board member and they will also be sold at the door during the event. Another very important addition to this year’s Festival of Trees will be a new family event. Families can choose a theme to use to decorate a tree, wreath or table centerpiece to be donated and sold at the Festival of Trees event, which will benefit the building of the 11th Habitat House in Arkansas City. Last year there were more than 70 exhibits, planners said, and they hope to reach 100 this year, creating a dazzling display of mostly local artistic talent. For more information, call (620) 441-8401 or 441-8766.

FSA Committee Ballots Due Dec. 5 in Offices NEWKIRK — J. D. Elwood, Jr., executive director for Kay County Farm Service Agency, announced that the deadline for eligible voters to return their 2011 FSA county committee election ballots to their county FSA offices is Dec. 5. “The FSA county committee system is unique among government agencies, because it allows producers to make important decisions concerning the local administration of federal farm programs,” said Elwood. “I urge all eligible farmers and producers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year’s election.” Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on disaster and conservation payments, establishment of allotments and yields, producer appeals, employing FSA county executive directors and other local issues. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. To be an eligible voter, farmers and producers must participate or cooperate in FSA programs. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, can also vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate names during the nomination period held last summer. Eligible voters who have not received ballots can obtain ballots at the Kay County FSA office. Dec. 5 is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to their county FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 5. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan. 2, 2012. For more information, visit the Kay county FSA office or visit


Thanksgiving: A Time for Family, Food and Football Thanksgiving is a day for family. The fact that a lot of good food is available is just a sideline. The older I become, the more I appreciate the day as one in which family gets together to share quality time. This year’s holiday wasn’t much different than earlier ones. Lots of time with family, and there was lots of delectable food to boot. Reportedly there was also some football played on the holiday. I say reportedly, because the residual effect of a huge turkey dinner, loaded with lots of goodies and an extra piece of pumpkin pie, usually kicks in about the time someone says “let’s see how the game is going.” All I need to do is sit down in an easy chair or perch on a couch and it’s lights outs for me. I hear it’s the tryptophan in the turkey that causes sleepiness. That doesn’t explain why I have the same symptoms when I’ve not eaten turkey. Images from childhood remind me that way back in the dim past, there was a tradition of going to a high school football game after a community Thanksgiving service in the morning and the noon Thanksgiving feast at home. In my neck of the woods, Thanksgiving marked the date of the big rivalry game between the Lucas Demons and the Luray Panthers up in North Central Kansas. The two schools were nine miles apart, so one year the Lucas contingent would make the trek down Highway 18 to Luray, and the next year the Luray folks would come to our place. Since it was late in November, the weather often was very cold. Once I remember my Dad driving the car over to the high school on Wednesday night, finding a parking spot that was close to the field so that he and I could sit out of the wind and see the action. He left the car there overnight and we caught a ride with a neighbor to the game. My mother wasn’t included. Her capacity to understand why anyone would want to watch a bunch of guys bumping heads, as she put it, was stretched beyond the maximum when the outside temperature was below freezing. The Thanksgiving game tradition in that vicinity ended sometime in the mid1950s. Kansas started having playoffs, and regular season schedules were ended well before Thanksgiving. Lucas and Luray began a Veterans Day rivalry that lasted until the two schools merged in the late 1960s. It is my understanding that most American high schools have had a “Turkey Day” game somewhere the past. But with the advent of state playoffs and the expansion of the basketball season, it doesn’t happen much at the high school level any more, at least in Kansas and Oklahoma. There are some places where the tradition still exists.

This and That About Sports By David Miller

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. Roosevelt carves a turkey in this 1939 photo. That year there were two Thanksgivings because the normal day (Nov. 30) was thought to be too late for holiday shoopers. Eleanor Roosevelt looks on.

SOME FAMILIES get involved in a little Thanksgiving Day football game of their own.

A CARTOON that links turkey and football. In San Jose, Calif., for is for the city’s public high example, there is the annual school championship. Thanksgiving football congame between Abraham Lincoln High School and San Jose tinues to be really big in New Connecticut has High Academy. This rival- England. ry goes back to 1943, and is approximately 50 big rivalplayed every year at 11 a.m. ry games on “Turkey Day.” The trophy that goes to the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, winner is a femur of a cow that New Hampshire, Vermont and some local butcher provided. Maine also have their share. Now that’s a trophy any team Knowing that weather in these would be pound to have on states usually turns winterish display. For obvious reasons long before Thanksgiving, one the game is know as the “Big has to recognize the hardiness of the football fans in that part Bone” game. An even older Thanksgiving of the nation. Other Northeastern states game is played in San Francisco. Started in 1924, the game outside New England that

RENATA BACA, left, and her husband, Harold, of Santa Fe, N.M., wear turkey hats to mark the Thanksgiving Day holiday as they wait for the start of an NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos in Denver in 2009. (AP Photo)

have a lot of high school football on Thanksgiving Day includes, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Maryland. Some of these rivalries are old, old, old, some dating back to the 1890s. Colleges also look to the Thanksgiving weekend for big rivalry contests. Here in Oklahoma, the Bedlam series between OU and OSU often has been played over Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s Dec. 3 game doesn’t fit the mode. Where I came from, the ancient Border War between Kansas and Missouri was always on the holiday weekend. This year may very well be the last as Missouri is pulling up stakes and moving to the Southeastern Conference. Another big Turkey Day rivalry that probably ended with this year’s contest was the one between Texas A&M and Texas. Another casualty of what I call the greediness of our day and age. Texas A&M is going where it thinks there is more money available — the SEC. Other big rivalries that most of the time are or were played on Thanksgiving weekend include the Iron Bowl (Alabama vs. Auburn), the Battle for the Golden Egg (Mississippi vs. Mississippi State), the Battle for the Golden Boot (Arkansas vs. LSU), the Georgia Hate Classic (Georgia vs. Georgia Tech), the Holy War (Brigham Young vs. Utah, which ended after 2010), the Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh (University of Southern Cal vs. Notre Dame), the Backyard Brawl (West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh), the Palmetto Bowl (South Carolina vs. Clemson) and the Sunshine Showdown (Florida vs. Florida State). The National Football League has been the source of football games for a long time. The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys annually host a game on Turkey Day. Since 2006, the NFL has slated a third game to fit in with its practice of having Thursday night games each week late in the season. This year (again I can only report what I learned later because I was busy resting my eyes) Green Bay defeated Detroit, Dallas edged Miami and Baltimore defeated San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day. Actually the NFL holiday

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WORKING OFF the main meal to make room for turkey sandwiches later is this family group of football players. games date back to its first year 1920 when there were six games on Thanksgiving. The NFL had been formed out a merger involving the New York Pro Football League and the Ohio League. The strange sounding team names are evident in a listing of the results from the 1920 games: Akron Pros 7, Canton Bulldogs 0; Decatur Staleys 6, Chicago Tigers 0; Elyria Athletics 0, Columbus Panhandles 0; Dayton Triangles 28, Detroit Heralds 0; Chicago Boosters 27, Hammond Pros 0; and Tonawanda (NY) 14, Rochester Jeffersons 3. There was some controversy in 1939 about the date of Thanksgiving, which complicated scheduling. Prior to that year, the holiday had always been the final Thursday of November. In 1939 that would have put Thanksgiving on Nov. 30. Back then shoppers and retailers were loath to buy or sell Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving. So a late Turkey Date meant a short Christmas shopping season. President Franklin Roosevelt was afraid that a Nov. 30 Thanksgiving would have a negative impact on an economy that was still struggling to recover from the Great Depression. Under pressure from business leaders, FDR moved the holiday back one week, to Nov. 23. Several states refused to recognize the change. After all,

the Thanksgiving high school football games were already scheduled. So, that year there were two Thanksgivings. Roosevelt was quoted as saying, “You can celebrate whenever you want, but if you wait to Nov. 30 there might not be any turkey left.” The only NFL game played on either date was a Nov. 23 clash between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. To avoid that happening again, in 1941 Congress passed a law establishing Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November. As we have documented here the connection between eating turkey and watching football is historic. Remember the Wish Bone formation that Barry Switzer and the OU Sooners made so famous? Running the Wish Bone has nothing to do with eating turkey you say? My favorite game involving the Wish Bone was Thursday, Nov. 25, 1971, when No. 1 Nebraska played No. 2 Oklahoma. Nebraska eventually won 35-31, but Sooner quarterback Jack Mildren ran the Wish Bone extremely well on this day. That was one Thanksgiving I stayed awake long enough to watch an entire game of football on the tube. I agree with those who call that contest the game of the century. It was certainly one of the top two or three. And it happened on Turkey Day.

Great BiG Band

Ponca City Arts & Humanities Council

Tuesday Dec. 6 7 pm at the

Poncan Theatre Doors open at 6 pm

This group of 22 musicians from the Perry area will perform big band music and a few Christmas selections. You might even recognize some Po-Hi alums in the band! The Great Big Band concert is brought to you by the Ponca City Arts & Humanities Council with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Council also receives support from ConocoPhillips, RCB Bank, Martin, Jean and Jackson Attorneys-at-Law and the Osage Casino.

SponSorS A HUGE TURKEY is photoshopped into a photo of Ford Field where the Detroit Lions play a game each Thanksgiving Day.


Train Show Returning to State Fair Park in Oklahoma City OKLAHOMA CITY — The 2011 OKC Train Show is returning for its 35th year to the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. This year’s show will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Travel and Transportation Building at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 at the door, and children 12 years of age and under are admitted free. The show will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 2011 OKC Train Show has more than 80,000

square feet of floor space reserved for exhibits, video presentations, contests, “how to” clinics, vendors and operating model railroads. This event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Railway Museum, a non-profit, historical, and educational organization dedicated to preserving Oklahoma’s Railroad history. The show has grown tremendously over the years to become an event that is eagerly anticipated by all rail enthusiasts in the region. The show will also feature the 4th Annual Great Train

Set Giveaway. Every hour during the Train Show, several complete model train set will be given away to a child aged 12 and under. Please see the show’s website at for rules and regulations. Last year, more than 100 children went home with a brand new train set. The show will also feature the Southern Plains Division “N” Scale Regional Convention. The convention will be held in conjunction with the show. The convention will fill one end of the building. They will have a collection of “N”

Scale operating model train layouts from across the Southwest that will fill a 60 foot by 80 foot area. Nearly 100 participants have registered so far for the convention. They will have several special events prior to the show and throughout the show. The show itself will encompass all areas of the railroad hobby. One will be able to see railroad memorabilia, toy trains, operating model railroads, contests, clinics and scale model trains. Some 110 exhibitors from 23 states will be displaying various prod-

ucts for those with even the slightest interest in railroading. Railroad photographs, slides, videos, memorabilia, railroad antiques, model railroad supplies, toy trains, railroad books, T-Shirts, calendars, and artwork will be amongst the many items displayed and sold by the businesses. It will also feature several major manufacturers in the Model Railroading industry, bringing with them new products for previewing and the chance for enthusiasts in the

region to meet representatives from these fine companies. In the past few years, more than 15,000 people have attended the show. A Children’s Play Area will be sponsored by the Oklahoma Railway Museum. This area will feature some “Thomas the Tank Engine” play boards where the children will be able to play with the Thomas the Tank Engine plastic and wooden railway systems. For more information, call (405) 842-4846.

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THE CAST and crew of “Monster in the Closet,” performed recently at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kan.

1,600 Children Attend ‘Monster in the Closet’ Show ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — More than 1,600 area children attended the morning and afternoon presentations of Cowley College’s Children’s Theatre production of “Monster in the Closet” by Angela D. Stewart recently in the Robert Brown Theatre. The children were from USD 470, Cedar Vale, Dexter, Central-Burden, Oxford, Newkirk, Shidler, and First Lutheran in Ponca City. Stu-

dents from Sacred Heart in Arkansas City and St. Mary’s in Ponca City, attended the final dress rehearsal. “The show was very well received, it was a really neat opportunity for those kids to see a live theatre performance,” theatre director Scott MacLaughlin said. “We were excited to have the support of USD 470 and the surrounding schools.” The story consisted of a

young girl named Emily, played by Kaitlin McDonough, who has a monster in her closet. Murray, the lovable closet monster, played by Ben Stranghoner, ends up being placed on probation by his boss the Dream King (Riley Emley), for goofing off on the job. When Emily and her friends plan to try to catch Murray, things go a bit haywire, bringing humor and ingenuity to this charming family show.

Rebecca Munoz served as the student director for the show, while Lane Russell handled the duties of stage manager. “Our students did a wonderful job of really taking ownership of the show,” MacLaughlin said. Along with the morning and afternoon presentations there was also an evening performance that was open to the public.

Theatres Invited to Participate in OCTAFest TONKAWA — Oklahoma Community Theatre Association is issuing an invitation to theatres to “Stake Your Claim” on theatrical excellence by participating in the 2012 OCTAFest July 11-15, 2012, on the campus of Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. Oklahoma’s live theaters are invited to compete for the opportunity to advance to regional and national festivals within the American Association of Community Theatres system. Professional adjudicators evaluate one-hour performances of licensed plays and musicals according to rules established by AACT. OCTA has a long history of winning theatres. In 2006, for the first time, two plays from Oklahoma theatres were selected to advance to regional competition and in 2011, Broken Arrow

Theatre advanced to national competition with their production of “The Gin Game.” OCTAFest was founded in 1970 as a biennial competition and educational event for Oklahoma theatres. Performances of licensed plays and musicals are scheduled during the afternoons and evenings with theater workshops during the morning hours. Productions are open to the public. OCTA is a non-profit organization made up of community theatres from across the state. The organization works to increase the excellence of live theatre at the community level. OCTA programs and services are funded from member dues, donations and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Information and OCTAFest applications will be available soon at the OCTA website,

Arts, Humanities Council Presents Big Band Concert The Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council presents The Great Big Band at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the historic Poncan Theatre, 104 East Grand Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert is free to the public. No tickets are required to attend. The Great Big Band was organized in August 2004, and comprises 22 musicians from Perry and surrounding communities. Four members of the band are Po-Hi alumni. The Band is beginning its eighth season and continues to provide the Big Band sound fans crave. Most of the music they perform is from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and early ‘50s, the band era,

although more contemporary arrangements are also included. Among the songs to be performed are “Route 66,” “Memories of You,” “The Nearness of You,” “Sentimental Journey” and “In the Mood.” A few Christmas melodies will be included in the performance. This concert is made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council also receives financial assistance from its members and local businesses such as ConocoPhillips, Martin, Jean and Jackson Attorneys at Law, RCB Bank, and the Osage Casino.

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. “We know that education is the best investment our society can make for the future,” said David L. Boren, founder and chairman of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. “If we make all of the right policy decisions in every other area but fail to adequately educate the next generation, we will imperil the future of our society. By working together to give outstanding students and educators the recognition they deserve, we send a strong message to our state and to the nation that Oklahomans value academic excellence.” Academic Awards Program nomination forms are available on the foundation’s website at Nominations are being accepted in the following categories: 1. Academic All-State, which honors 100 public high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship. Students must be nominated by their superintendents or principals. Schools are encouraged to nominate all eligible students. To qualify, students must meet at least one of the following requirements: a composite ACT score of at least 30; a combined SAT critical reading and

math score of at least 1340; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship. Academic All-State nominations must be postmarked on or before Dec. 2. 2. The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Elementary/ Secondary Teaching and Administration, which honors three educators (a public school elementary teacher, a secondary teacher, and an elementary/secondary administrator) with $5,000 cash awards and glass sculptures. 3. The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Regional University or Community College, which honors an outstanding teacher at a public regional university or community college with a $5,000 cash prize and glass sculpture. 4. The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Research University. A $5,000 cash award and glass sculpture will be awarded to one educator at a public research university. The deadline for All Medal for Excellence nominations has passed. Scholarship and award recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee, chaired by Tulsa attorney Teresa B. Adwan, and comprised of business, education and civic leaders, as well as former All-Staters and Medal for Excellence winners. Since 1987, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has awarded more than $3.9 million in academic awards and scholarships. For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www. or call (405) 236-0006.

PAWHUSKA — Candidates for the Board of Education in Osage County School Districts file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Andrea Conner, Secretary of the Osage County Election Board, said the filing period ends at 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The Board of Education positions at stake will be filled at the Annual School Election scheduled Feb. 14, 2012. If

1 — 3 year term Avant C-35 Office Post 3 — 3 year term Barnsdall I-29 Office Post 2 — 5 year term Bowring C-7 Office Post 2 — 3 year term Hominy I-38 Office Post 2 – 5 year term and Office Post 4 — 2 year unexpired term McCord C-77 Office Post 1 – 3 year term and Office Post 3 — 2 year unexpired term

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Filing Period Opens Monday in Osage County no candidate received more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in this election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will meet in an election on April 3, 2012. Offices for which Declaration of Candidacy will be accepted at the County Election Board office include the following: Anderson C-52 Office Post

Osage Hills C-3 Office Post 1 — 3 year term Pawhuska I-2 Office Post 2 — 5 year term Prue I-50 Office Post 2 — 5 year term Shidler I-11 Office Post 2 — 5 year term Woodland I-90 Office Post 2 — 4 year term and Office Post 3 — 4 year term Wynona I-30 Office Post 2 — 5 year term

STILLWATER — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pushed back the deadline for farms operational after Aug. 15, 2002, to amend or prepare and implement plans guarding against potential oil or fuel spills in lakes, streams, rivers and other waterways. The new deadline for farmers to complete their Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans is May 10, 2013. “Farms that were operational on or before Aug. 15, 2002, and that meet the EPA’s SPCC criteria should already have plans established,” said Scott Frazier, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension energy management engineer. The SPCC plans are not submitted to the EPA or any other agency unless there has been a reportable spill. The plans are simply maintained by the farm owner/operator. “The stated goal of the EPA’s SPCC program is to prevent oil spills into U.S. waters and adjoining shorelines,” Frazier said. “More specifically, the program and the plans are aimed at protecting U.S. water resources.” The plans, which help farmers reduce their potential liability from environmental damage, are considered a part of practicing “due diligence.” In announcing the decision to delay the completion date of the plans, the EPA cited several recent disasters that have adversely affected farmers. “An overwhelming segment of the continental United States was affected by flooding during the spring and summer of 2011. Other areas were impacted by devastating fires. Many counties in many states were declared disaster areas by either the federal or state government or both,” said the EPA in a statement. “As a result, EPA believes that, because of their unique nature, farms were disproportionately affected and need additional time to prepare and implement a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure plan.” The modified timeline does not exempt farm owners and operators from creating or updating an SPCC plan. It also doesn’t relieve farms from the liability associated with any oil spills that occur. Farms that fall under the SPCC program meet three criteria: •Farms must store, transfer, use or consume oil or oil products such as diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, crop oil, vegetable oil or animal fat; •Farms must store more than 1,320 U.S. gallons in aboveground containers or more than 42,000 U.S. gallons in completely buried containers. Individual containers must include at least one that is 55 gallons or more in size; and •Farms could reasonably be expected to discharge oil to waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines such as interstate waters, intrastate lakes, rivers and streams. Farmers are required to review their SPCC plans every five years to include any changes in the storage of oil products on their properties. Frazier said there are no figures currently available indicating how many farms in Oklahoma are impacted by the EPA program. “All farms that store significant quantities of oil and fuels on-site and meet the EPA’s stated criteria are responsible for creating a plan,” he said. “This documentation is both to prove farmers are aware of the regulations and to help remind them what to do. The primary goal of the SPCC is to help farmers protect themselves and the environment. It is not meant to be a means of penalizing people.” However, failure to make or update the plan by the deadline means the farm would be out of compliance with federal regulations. If a damaging spill occurs at a farm that met all three EPA criteria, and if the facility had no SPCC plan, the farmer could be subject to a fine as well as other liabilities resulting from the spill. The EPA website at (select the SPCC for Agriculture link) provides a step-by-step approach to developing and updating a plan, which includes details such as the contents and location of all oil storage containers on the farm, descriptions of preventive measures already in place, descriptions of actions that will be taken in case of an oil spill and a list of emergency contacts and first responders. Facilities with different amounts of oil storage may have different reporting guidelines — this is covered in the EPA SPCC website. Depending on the level of organization within a particular farming operation and how detailed pertinent records are, developing or updating an SPCC plan could take a matter of hours; however, said Frazier, it’s more likely to take several days. It’s also an excellent opportunity to implement preventive and safety procedures, while creating and updating the SPCC plan. “For new facilities, there is plenty of time to do this now,” said Frazier. “Just do it one step at a time.” For farms that began operating before Aug. 15, 2002, owner/ operators should explore whether they need to start building the SPCC plans. The EPA also may follow the 2013 deadline for these facilities, Frazier said. In the meantime, farmers should start working on their plans while working with EPA for clarification. Farmers also have one other option for managing SPCC plans. “Farmers can alter their operations so they do not meet some of the criteria,” Frazier said. “For example, farmers may be able to reduce their onsite storage to 1,000 gallons, in which case they do not meet the second criteria, and do not need an SPCC.” However, he cautioned that whether farmers have SPCC plans or not, they can still be liable for damages resulting from a spill. “This is why I would suggest implementing the common sense safeguards such as dikes, which are suggested by the SPCC, whether you need a plan or not,” he said.

Red Earth Museum, Gallery Shows Blackbear Bosin Works OKLAHOMA CITY — The Red Earth Museum and Gallery at 6 Santa Fe Plaza, Oklahoma City, will show the works of Blackbear Bosin from the Red Earth collection through Jan. 10, 2012. The show is free to the public and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This new exhibition featuring Oklahoma–born artist Francis (Blackbear) Bosin (Kiowa/Comanche) and his most recognized works. Bosin received national acclaim when National Geographic highlighted his painting Prairie Fire. He combined Oklahoma’s southern plains Kiowa Five technique with surreal-

ism, which he attributed to his unique, recognizable style. On Thursday, the museum and gallery will have a holiday open house, free to the public, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Jan. 14 to March 31, the museum and gallery will feature Light Foot • Strong Heart, the Photography of John Jernigan. With more than 30 years of experience in advertising, architectural and editorial photography, John Jernigan continues to finesse and refine his art, bringing us some of the most visually stunning images of our time. View the stunning images he took during the Red Earth Festival in this art exhibition.


Temporal Mechanics Union To Perform Percussion Concert ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — Temporal Mechanics Union, the percussion ensemble resident at Cowley College, will take the audience on a journey in rhythm around the world and beyond with their next concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Robert Brown Theatre at Cowley College. The concert is free and open to the public. TMU will begin the performance with a long medley of traditional rhythms that span many cultures across the globe. Starting in the West African kingdoms of Burundi, Ghana and Mali, the collection of social and ritual music will then travel across Persia and the Pacific Ocean to Columbia and Cuba, to end in the holiday music of the Bahamas. Each rhythm will feature a different arrangement of drums, metallophones, shakers and occasionally vocal elements. Beyond this world tour, TMU will perform several works from the experimental side of the repertoire. This

includes two pieces from Interplanetary Tour, an asyet unreleased audio drama recorded in 2009 at the same time as their debut album All Hands. “Lux Rhytmus� is a kind of composition called a soundscape, in which a collection of mechanical and musical sounds form the backdrop for melodic improvisation, all played at the lowest volume possible. “Chronomusicology� is composed in the minimalist style, using short repeated phrases to create a trancelike listening experience. The composition “Leaverage� by Daniel Goode continues in the experimental vein. The members of TMU will musically interpret the falling of leaves from above the stage. All three of these experimental pieces will be performed on TMU’s home-made microtonal instruments. These xylophone-like instruments use a tuning system called 31-EDO, or 31 equal divisions of the octave. In this tuning system, the familiar black and white keys of

the piano are augmented with pitches that fit in between, without repeating any notes. Using this tuning system, the ensemble can play music from many cultures, and well as invent hybrid key signatures. With these new instruments and compositions, TMU is one of only a few ensembles in the United States to regularly perform microtonal music, and is perhaps the only percussion ensemble to specialize in the 31-EDO tuning system. The ensemble will “get medieval� for the grand finale, the debut performance of “Hastilude.� This was a generic term for combat sports such as jousting and dueling in the Middle Ages, and the composition recreates the tournament experience by providing a musical interpretation of the sword play of four warriors. Each warrior is represented by a color, and when he is fighting the color-coded part of the score is performed by one or more members of TMU. As the armored fighters square off with swords and shields in

THE TEMPORAL Mechanical Union with the microtonal instruments the members created. are a quartet of experienced replica armor and simulated medieval European martial weapons to recreate medieval artists who are associated combat. with an area living-history This concert marks the group. Calling themselves The beginning of a year-long celRusted Steel Warriors for this ebration of the 10th anniverperformance, they will use sary of the ensemble.

pairs or all at the same time, the music will move through the various sections. Thus, the fighters actually compose the piece as they are recreating medieval combat on the stage. The fighters for this concert

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) 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@ Northern Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, 6:458:30 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 Jan Neylon, 767-1890 or Donna Earnest, 762-5299 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 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.

Dec. 4 Ponca City Council of Garden Clubs Annual Holiday Open House and Bake Sale, 1-4 p.m., L.A. and Mary Cann Memorial Garden home, 1500 East Grand Avenue, featuring Jalalpeno Pepper Jelly and Jalapeno Cranberry Pecan Jelly, along with many other items for holiday gift giving, open to the community with complimentary hot apple cider and homemade cookies. David A. Farris Autographing “Oklahoma Outlaws, Spooky Stories and All Around Folklore,� and “Mysterious Oklahoma,� 1:30-3 p.m., Brace Books & More, North Fourteenth Street, Ponca City. Animated Christmas Display Open House, 2-4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 204 S ‘A’, Blackwell, Free Admission, For Information 363-1460. Dec. 7-22 Ponca City Library, CoffeeTable, Oversize, Collectible Book Sale, $4 each or 3 for $10, Friends of the Library. 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. Dec. 11 Animated Christmas Display Open House, 2-4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 204 S ‘A’, Blackwell, Free Admission, For Information 363-1460. Dec. 13 McCord Volunteer Fire Department, 7 p.m., McCord Volunteer Fire Department Station, 22 Howard. Dec. 18 Animated Christmas Display Open House, 2-4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 204 S ‘A’, Blackwell, Free Admission, For Information 363-1460. Dec. 19 Osage Cove Volunteer Fire Department, 6 p.m., Fire Station, corner U.S. 60 and Keeler Road, new volunteers always welcome. Dec. 24 Animated Christmas Display Open House, 5-10 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 204 S ‘A’, Blackwell, Free Admission, For Information 363-1460.

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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 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 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 918260-5762, Everyone welcome to attend and get involved. Dec. 2-6 Open House Book Sale, Ponca City Library, Enjoy Our Open House on Dec. 2, Then Pick Up a Bag of Books for $2 During That Weekend, Friends of the Ponca City Library.

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OU Study Shows After-Care Affects Breast Cancer Survival OKLAHOMA CITY — University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center research reveals important differences in care and how it impacts survival in breast cancer patients. The research found a higher survival rate occurs when patients are treated by surgical oncologists versus general surgeons. That finding mirrored previous studies, but OU Breast Institute researchers didn’t stop there. They also looked at what factors might be causing the difference in survival rates. “We want to know what are the drivers of that difference,” said Dr. William Dooley, principal investigator. “Why is it that the patients of surgical

oncologists did better?” Dooley and fellow researchers Dr. Jinju Bong and Jeanene Parker, PA-C, evaluated data on more than 2,000 breast cancer patients who received primary breast cancer surgical care from 1995 to 2008. They found the overall survival rate was about 9 percent higher for patients treated by surgical oncologists than for those treated by general surgeons. The percentage of those who survived and remained free of disease following surgery was also higher – about 8 percent higher. The study found the improved survival was not linked to the use of different surgical

techniques, but due instead to other factors after surgery. “We found it was actually the followthrough after surgery that was important,” Dooley said. The study found a higher percentage of patients treated by a surgical oncologist completed all aspects of multi-disciplinary treatment in a timely fashion, complied with all cancer treatment and follow-up care and were involved in clinical trials. While patients have a responsibility to make sure they complete their treatment plans, he said, so do surgeons. The typical hospital model involved a general surgeon

handling the surgery and then handing the patient off to other doctors — a medical oncologist and or radiation oncologist, for example — for additional treatment. “This is a relay race where we’re passing batons back and forth,” Dooley said, “This study shows that we need to be absolutely sure the hand offs are good.” Dooley said the study also points to the need to develop better mechanisms to monitor and ensure that all aspects of recommended care are completed in a timely manner. The study was published in The Annals of Surgical Oncology.

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Sam Noble Museum Plans Special Holiday Happening

OKLAHOMA CITY — As colder temperatures settle into Oklahoma, more lowincome residents are now realizing a federally-funded program to help defray heating costs will be much less than previous years. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. But because of a drastic reduction in funding this year, many Oklahomans will not be eligible for heating assistance. “We began notifying the public early in the season that LIHEAP funds would be significantly less this year,” said Kathie Wright, OKDHS Programs Manager. “But as the temperatures have started to drop, we are being bombarded with phone calls, questions and comments from clients who are upset they may not receive assistance.” The OKDHS-LIHEAP budget is roughly one-third what it was a year ago, with only $16 million appropriated to fund multiple programs, including winter heating, energy crisis assistance and summer cooling. “Typically we have an open application period for winter heating assistance that normally would begin Dec. 1,” Wright said. “But because of the reduced funds this year, we will only offer assistance to pre-approved households, or those who already receive benefits through other OKDHS programs and are identified as most vulnerable. “This goes against the very core of our mission at OKDHS, which is to help Oklahomans in need. However, with limited funds from the federal government we can only do what we can with what we have,” Wright added. Additionally, Wright says the amount provided to households who are preauthorized will be less than previous years. “We were faced with some very tough decisions this year,” Wright said. “We could keep the same dollar amount paid to households in past years, and help less people. Or, we could reduce the dollar amount to each household and try to help as many Oklahomans as possible. We opted for that decision.” If Congress approves a budget and LIHEAP is funded at a higher rate than currently anticipated, OKDHS will consider accepting applications from other households at a later date in the winter of 2012. “Bottom line is that OKDHS is trying to help as many Oklahomans as possible with what we have been provided,” Wright said, “and we continue to hope additional funds will become available.”

NORMAN — Where can you see a mammoth in a Santa hat and Santa posing for photos with dinosaurs? The Sam Noble Museum is the place where the holidays take on Jurassic proportions! The museum’s annual Holiday Happening event is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free and visitors will enjoy live holiday music, crafts, storytelling and shopping throughout the evening. Santa Claus will be present to hear children’s holiday wishes and pose for pictures. Visitors may purchase photos on-site or take their own photos at no charge. The museum’s Discovery Room will be open, and the dinosaur mascots, Spike and Slash, will be there to meet guests. The museum’s Great Hall will be filled with free craft stations for kids, story times and live musical entertainment, including the McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church Youth Hand Bell Choir, McKinley Elementary School choir, and local singer-songwriter duo Tinderheart. Excavations, the museum store, will offer special onenight-only discounts on all merchandise during Holiday Happening. With a wide variety of truly unique gifts, including oneof-a-kind jewelry, educational toys, international holiday decorations and home decor items, Excavations is the perfect boutique to shop for everyone on your holiday list. The museum also is accepting donations of gifts for children and teens and non-perishable food items on behalf of Food and Shelter Inc. Donations can be brought to the museum any time during regular museum hours through Holiday Happening on Thursday. Food and Shelter Inc. is a nonprofit organization that maintains eight shelters for homeless individuals and families in Norman. The organization also provides free community lunches, assistance with rent and utility payments, children’s programs and other services to help prevent homelessness and help the needy in Norman to achieve independence. Each year, Food and Shelter Inc. provides a holiday party for all those in its care, and the donations collected during the museum’s Holiday Happening event will help make their party a success. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A family of four can visit for under $20. For more information, call (405) 325-4712, or visit the museum’s website at

BILL DOWNEY, an 84-year-old resident at Grace Living Center – Brookwood in Oklahoma City, responds with a big smile to employee Royce Kirk at a recent event.

Attitude of Gratitude Promotes Health, Happiness, Staff Says Yes, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, but researchers are finding that gratitude promotes health, happiness and social relationships every day of the year. Appreciation and gratitude are especially important in late life. A University of Michigan study found the effects of stress on health are reduced for older people who feel more grateful to God. The staff members of Grace Living Centers across Oklahoma agree that gratitude is a key element of well-being. Residents who express gratitude generally are more optimistic, more social and deal better with stress and illness. “It’s like a lifeline for them,” said Kelli Prather, activities director at Grace Living Center on NE 21st Street in Oklahoma City. “They are especially grateful for the community support we have since many don’t have families involved in their lives.” At the Clinton center, gratitude and prayer go hand in hand, said administrator Janis Raab. “We believe in the power of prayer and gratitude,” she said. “The family that prays together stays togeth-

er. And we are a family here.” It’s not only at Thanksgiving that many older Oklahomans give thanks. A number of residents from the centers talked about those things for which they are most grateful all year long: “I’m thankful to see the sun shine each day and to be in a country that’s free.” – Evelyn LaBrew, 76, NE 21st Street, Oklahoma City. “I’m glad to have seen my children grow.” – Shirley Dobbins, 64, NE 21st Street in Oklahoma City. “I’m thankful that Jesus loves me.” – Patsy Oronoff, 79, University NW in Tahlequah. “I’m grateful for family and having God in my life.” – Carol Harrison, 68, Jenks. “I’m thankful for what the Lord has done for me and for this Grace facility.” – Elva Presley, 92, Jenks. “I’m grateful to be able to do what I can for myself and for the people who take care of me.” – Jessie Austin, 77, Brookwood in Oklahoma City. “I’m glad to be alive and to be able to stand up again.” – Bonnie Koder, 84, Brookwood in Oklahoma City.

MADD Gives Oklahoma, Nation Three-Star Rating OKLAHOMA CITY — In connection with the fifth anniversary of its Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has unveiled a Report to the Nation, which rates the nation as a whole, along with each state, on its progress in implementing proven drunken driving countermeasures. On a five-star scale, both the nation and Oklahoma earned a three-star rating. “Oklahoma’s three-star rating provides an important indicator of where the state stands in its efforts to eliminate drunken driving,” said MADD Oklahoma State Program Director Loretta Denman. Oklahoma’s rating was determined by its adoption of the following proven drunken driving countermeasures: 1. Conducting sobriety checkpoints

2. Enhanced penalties for those who drive drunk with children in the vehicle 3. Utilizing Administrative License Revocation (ALR) for drunken driving offenders Oklahoma could have earned two additional stars by requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunken drivers and participating in “no-refusal” activities for those suspected of drunken driving. Launched in 2006, the campaign provides three key steps to eliminating this primary public health threat, which include supporting law enforcement officers who keep roads safe; requiring convicted drunken drivers to ‘blow before they go’ with an ignition interlock; and turning cars into the cure for drunken driving through the development of advanced and seamless in-vehicle technology. Throughout the United

States, 15 states now require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunken drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ignition interlocks, on average, reduce drunken driving recidivism by 67 percent. Laws requiring interlocks for first-time convicted drunken drivers in both New Mexico and Arizona have helped reduce drunken driving fatalities in those states by 36 percent and 46 percent, respectively. Due to the efforts of the family of 20-year-old Erin Swezey, who was killed when a drunken driver with numerous prior offenses struck her car on the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City, ignition interlocks are required for repeat offenders, first time offenders with a BAC of .15 or greater and for those who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer. First time offenders with a

BAC of .08 to .14 who want to drive legally in the six-month suspension time following a conviction, must also have an ignition interlock installed. The original version of the Erin Swezey Act in 2011 required interlocks for all first time convicted drunken drivers, but was amended in the legislative process. “Because we would like to see Oklahoma move towards a five-star rating, MADD calls on lawmakers to expand the Erin Swezey Act to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunken drivers,” Denman said. “Additionally, MADD believes judges, prosecutors and law enforcement should work together in activating no refusal crackdown activities.” No-refusal activities help cut down on refusal rates of suspected drunken drivers. During no-refusal weekends, law enforcement officers set

up sobriety checkpoints and arrange for judges to be oncall to issue warrants authorizing law enforcement to draw blood from suspected drunken drivers for BAC testing if the driver refuses a breath test. MADD has also announced updated figures showing that drunken driving costs the United States more than $132 billion annually. These costs include monetary and quality of life costs to victims of drunken driving, along with costs to both the government and employers. “It is only appropriate that we shine a light on Oklahoma’s drunken driving problem during the time of year when drunken driving crashes are most prevalent,” said Denman. “MADD urges residents to be extra vigilant about planning ahead for a safe way home when holiday festivities include alcohol.”


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