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DECEMBER 7, 2011 Festival Of Angels Continues HE FESTIVAL OF T ANGELS continues from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly
through Dec. 30. For more information, call (580) 762-2273. 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. Friday 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. A TRUNK SHOW/MEET THE ARTISTS reception will be presented by the Ponca City Art Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (580) 765-9746. THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER will be presented Dec. 15-18 by the Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. The horrible Herdmans, the most awful kids in town, set out to turn the town’s Christmas pageant on its ear in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. This holiday classic has charmed audiences for generations. Performed annually, it is ReACT’s Christmas present to the community. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Kinzer Performing Arts Center. For more information, call (580) 628-6214. SEASONAL SENSATION: A LIVE HOLIDAY REVUE, presented by Evan Children’s Academy and Inciardi School of Dance. Don’t miss this feelgood, family-friendly Christmas variety show brought to you by Director Suzanne Kem and numerous volunteers and performers. The “Seasonal Sensation” will be presented in the traditional format of NYCs Radio City Music Hall, where a movie is preceded by a live musical revue. The Wee Rocketts, a line of very young dancers, will warm your hearts as they appear on the Poncan stage for the first time. Rudolph will also be kicking up his heels on stage, so bring your family and enjoy the show. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $12 per adult and $6 per child ages 12 and younger. A free children’s Christmas movie will be shown each night. For more information, call (580) 765-0943. The event is a fundraiser for The Poncan Theatre. The COMMUNITYWIDE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY, presented by the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce, will be Dec. 20. Shop until Dec. 19th at participating merchants to receive a ticket and increase your chances to win $500, $1,000 or $5,000 in Santa Bucks. The winning tickets will be drawn starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce office. Winning tickets will be announced on Ponca City radio stations KLOR 99.3 FM, KPNC 100.7 FM, KIXR 104.7 FM, WBBZ 1230 AM, 89.7 FM The House FM, or My Praise 88.7 FM. Winning ticket-holders will have five minutes to phone the Chamber office to claim their prize. For more information, call (580) 765-4400.
Native American Art Show, Open House Saturday Littlecrow Trading Post, 214 South Fourth Street, will have a holiday open house and Native American art show Saturday. The show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., owner Janet Littlecrow said. Artists participating in the show include Sid Armstrong, Burgess Roye, Joe Cheshwalla, Tamara FawFaw, David Kaskaske and Michael Byrd. The artists represent all the north central Oklahoma tribes, including the Otoe Missouria, Ponca, Tonkawa, Osage, Pawnee and Kaw tribes, as well as other Oklahoma tribes. Featured artist Sid Armstrong also is serving as a host with Littlecrow. Armstrong was raised in Oklahoma, in the culture of the Ponca and Otoe Missouria tribes of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Ponca tribe. His father was an Otoe Missouria (Buffalo clan) and mother is a Ponca tribal elder, of the Eagle Clan. She is a granddaughter of Horse Chief Eagle, great-granddaughter of White Eagle. “Having started painting early in life at the age of 14, my love for art continued to
grow as I did,” Armstrong said in his online biography. “I was never told you can’t do that. I was always encouraged to paint.” He studied with now-retired watercolor artist Gene Dougherty at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa and the late Dr. Richard West Sr. at Haskell Indian Junior College. “Dr. West played a much bigger influence on my life with his teaching techniques,” Armstrong said. “It has stayed with me all my life.” Armstrong said he paints on a tablet and uses a digital pen. “Even though it is digital art, everything I do is still hand-painted like the old fashioned way. I merely traded my paint tools in for a digital pen and tablet,” he said. “I don’t use any ‘paint over’ programs which only transfers a photo into a painting style like Monet or Van Gogh. Many hours go into each one of my paintings — sometimes even months. There are no shortcuts.” When he speaks of his influences, he mentions his grandmother, who was of the Owl Clan and a medicine woman. “She helped heal people
from everywhere,” he said. “I always think about her when I paint owls. She had a very big influence on me. I learned how to be kind to everyone and everything in Nature. I am very mindful of what God has given to us — the four seasons, the four directions, the four elements — fire, water, air and earth. And how everything has a place in this world, and must be respected.” Armstrong and his wife Angelika have three sons and a daughter, he said. “My wife is the single greatest influence on my art. She is my best critic, and she keeps me on my toes. I pretty much needed that,” he said. Armstrong will show his original works, including some new pieces, along with gift cards and prints. Guests will have a chance to meet the artists during the open house and enjoy refreshments. Additional items will be sold on consignment from artists unable to attend. Littlecrow Trading Post is a small, Native American family-owned business selling handmade custom and instock powwow regalia, nativeinspired street wear and native-related products.
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Zoo Animals Make Their List for Santa, Too OKLAHOMA CITY — Many of your favorite furry, feathered and scaly friends at the Oklahoma City Zoo have a wild wish that you can help make come true. How about a boomer ball for baby elephant Malee? For Sea lions Piper and Pearl, water toys, please! Add perfumes and colognes for tiger cubs Leonidas, Leeloo, Lola, and Lucy, as well. Sensational scents to track, sniff and smell! With the Zoo’s Wild Wish Tree, secret Santas and animal
lovers have the opportunity to donate gifts for the animals. Located in the ZooFriends office inside the main plaza, the tree is decked out in holiday cheer with special ornaments bearing descriptions of enrichment items for zoo residents. Diverse in size, shape and cost, each wish list item has been selected with the sole intent of generating the interest, curiosity, play and enjoyment of a particular animal or species. “Wild Wish” items vary in price range from under $1 on
up, and include a wide range to provide entertainment and support for the animals. Some examples of “Wild Wish” items include: •Sugar Free Jell-O for the primates. •Small water pumps for the fish. •Puppy pools for the raptors. •Pet Igloos for the hedgehogs. •Specialty toys for animals like elephants and rhinos. •Gift cards for every animal area from stores like Home
Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, Target and Petsmart in any denomination. The complete list of items on the tree is available for viewing at www.okczoo.com. “Wild Wish” presents may be dropped off during regular office hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the ZooFriends Office. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31. For more information, call (405) 4250262. The zoo is closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The zoo is located at NE 52nd and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oklahoma City. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 11 and seniors ages 65 and older. Children 2 and under are free. From December through February, admission to the zoo is free on Mondays. For more information, call (405) 424-3344, visit www.okczoo. com or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ okczoobg.
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65 and Older Now Largest Part of U.S. Population, Census Says The U.S. population 65 and older is now the largest in terms of size and percent of the population, compared with any previous census, according to a new 2010 Census brief released last week from the U.S. Census Bureau on the nation’s older population. The group grew at a faster rate than the total population between 2000 and 2010. According to the 2010 Census, there were 40.3 million people 65 and older on April 1, 2010, increasing by 5.3 million since the 2000 Census when this population numbered 35.0 million. The percentage of the population 65 and older also increased during the previous decade. In 2010, the older population represented 13.0 percent of the total population, an increase from 12.4 percent in 2000. Faster than Total Population Between 2000 and 2010, the population 65 and older grew 15.1 percent, while the total U.S. population grew 9.7 percent. The opposite happened between 1990 and 2000 when the growth of the older population was slower than the growth of the total population, with growth rates of 12.0 percent and 13.2 percent, respectively. Growth Among Age Groups Examining the growth of 10-year age groups within the older population shows that 85- to 94-year-olds experienced the fastest growth between 2000 and 2010. This group grew by 29.9 percent, increasing from 3.9 million to 5.1 million.
Among five-year age groups in the older population, 65- to 69-year-olds grew the fastest. This age group grew by 30.4 percent, rising from 9.5 million to 12.4 million. The 65- to 69-year-old group is expected to grow more rapidly over the next decade as the first baby boomers start turning 65 in 2011. The only older population age group to decline between 2000 and 2010 was the 75- to 79-year-old age group. This group decreased by 1.3 percent from 7.4 million to 7.3 million. The changes in this group
mainly reflect the relatively low number of births during the early 1930s as fewer numbers of people entered these ages between 2000 and 2010. Changes by Gender While women continue to outnumber men in the older ages, men have continued to close the gap over the decade by increasing at a faster rate than women. The largest growth rate for a 10-year age group within the older population was for men 85 to 94 years old (46.5 percent). Women in this age group also increased but to a smaller degree (22.9
percent). When five-year age groups are compared, men 90 to 94 years old had the fastest growth rate (50.3 percent) while women increased the fastest in the 65- to 69-year-old age group (28.2 percent). The number of men per 100 women in the older ages has increased over time as differences in male and female mortality continued to narrow and more males entered into the older population. For most single years of age above age 65, the ratio of men to women was higher in 2010 than in 2000 and 1990.
In the 2010 Census, there were approximately twice as many women as men at age 89 (361,309 compared with 176,689, respectively). This doubling point occurred about four years older than it did in 2000 and six years older than it did in 1990, illustrating the narrowing gap in mortality between men and women at the older ages. Changes by Region Comparisons across the nation’s four regions in 2010 show that the South contained the greatest number of people 65 and older at 14.9 million, followed by the Midwest at 9.0 million, and the West at 8.5 million. The Northeast had the smallest number of people 65 and older at 7.8 million but also had the highest percentage of people 65 and older at 14.1 percent. Following the Northeast was the Midwest at 13.5 percent and the South at 13.0 percent. The West had the smallest percentage of people 65 and older at 11.9 percent. When compared with the 2000 Census, all regions grew in both the 65 and older and 85 and older populations. The region with the fastest growth in the population 65 and older was the West (23.5 percent), increasing from 6.9 million in 2000 to 8.5 million in 2010. The region with the fastest growth in the population 85 and older was also the West (42.8 percent), increasing from 806,000 in 2000 to 1.2 million in 2010. Rhode Island Decreased Among the 50 states, Rhode Island was the only one to decrease in the number of
people 65 and older, declining from 152,402 in 2000 to 151,881 in 2010. The District of Columbia’s 65-and-older population also decreased from 69,898 in 2000 to 68,809 in 2010. Compared with other states, Florida had the greatest share of the population that was 65 and older in both 2000 and 2010 (17.6 percent and 17.3 percent, respectively). West Virginia (16.0 percent), Maine (15.9 percent), Pennsylvania (15.4 percent) and Iowa (14.9 percent) followed in 2010. The state with the lowest share of the population 65 and older was Alaska in both 2000 and 2010 (5.7 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively). Alaska is also notable as the state with the largest growth rate for the population 65 and older. The state’s older population grew from 35,699 in 2000 to 54,938 in 2010, resulting in a percent increase of 53.9 percent. 85 and Older Between 2000 and 2010, all states experienced increases in the number of people who were 85 and older. However, the magnitude of growth varied among states. Alaska had the largest percent change between 2000 and 2010 (78.9 percent), increasing from 2,634 in 2000 to 4,711 in 2010. Mississippi had the smallest growth rate (3.4 percent) and increased from 42,891 in 2000 to 44,359 in 2010. Alaska was also the state with the lowest number and percentage of the population 85 and older when compared with other states.
Participation Rate in TANF Program Increased From 2006 to 2009 The participation rate for families with children in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), a federal welfare program, increased from 3.8 percent in 2006 to 4.8 percent in 2009, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. Based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the report, “Comparing Program Participation of TANF and non-TANF Families Before and During a Time of Recession,” examines whether participation in TANF and other programs ─ such as Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (known as WIC) and Medicaid ─ increased and employment decreased as a result of the economic recession. The report looks exclusively at families
with children under age 18 in 2006 and 2009. TANF replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children in 1997, significantly altering the nation’s welfare program. “The report suggests that the recent economic recession impacted American families with children and that the impact was not just limited to TANF families or poor families,” said report author Shelley K. Irving, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division. “Married-couple families, who have the lowest overall rates of TANF participation, saw an increase in their participation rate from 2006 to 2009.” Other findings: •There was no significant change in the TANF participation rates of male-maintained
and female-maintained families, nor an increase in the TANF participation rate of poor families. •Children living in TANF and non-TANF families were more likely to have an unemployed parent in the past 12 months in 2009 than in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, the percentage of families with no unemployment in the past 12 months fell from 66.9 percent to 59.6 percent for TANF families, from 78.1 percent to 66.5 percent for poor non-TANF families and from 95.1 percent to 91.4 percent for other non-TANF families. •From 2006 to 2009, participation in employment and job skills programs increased for TANF and non-TANF families. For example, TANF families were the most likely to be engaged in programs to help find
work, and their participation rate increased from 11.5 percent in 2006 to 25.0 percent in 2009. •Non-TANF families were more likely to receive energy assistance, food stamps and clothing assistance in 2009 than in 2006. The data in the report were collected from October 2005 to September 2006 in the Survey of Income and Program Participation and from September 2008 to August 2009. As in all surveys, these data are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. For further, information on the source of the data and accuracy of the estimates, go to www.census.gov/sipp/source.html Editor’s note: The report can be accessed at http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-127. pdf.
Poverty Rate for Some Children Shows Significant Increase Between 2007 and 2010, the poverty rate for schoolage children showed a statistically significant increase in about 20 percent of counties across the United States, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates for income and poverty in 2010 for every county and school district. In all, 653 counties saw a significant increase in poverty for children ages 5 to 17 in families and eight counties saw a significant decrease over the period. A similar analysis of median household income showed 735 counties with a significant decrease over the 2007 to 2010
period and 78 counties with a significant increase. The 2010 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) data are available for 3,142 counties and nearly 14,000 Title I-eligible school districts. The data represent the only current, single-year income and poverty estimates available for all sizes of counties and school districts. These estimates are released annually; however, 2007 was chosen for comparison because it was a prerecessionary year. The 2010 estimates also show that about one-third
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ing access to the county and school district statistics by selecting the geographic area for display, as well as thematic maps for all concepts available from SAIPE 2010 and 2009. More information can be obtained from the SAIPE main page, http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/index. html. SAIPE combines the latest American Community Survey data with aggregate data from federal tax informa-
Foundation To Hold Tax Seminar ARDMORE — The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will help farmers and ranchers in the Southern Great Plains prepare for tax season by hosting a free tax update seminar. The seminar will take place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Noble Foundation Kruse Auditorium at 2510 Sam Noble Parkway, Ardmore. During the event, agricultural economics consultants
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italization; • determining income for farm program eligibility; and • year-end tax planning. The seminar will also provide information related to Social Security topics, such as Social Security for spouses on the farm, rules that affect collecting disability and income levels that can impact Social Security benefits. “This is one of the most important times of the year for an agricultural producer, and we want to help provide our regional producers with the knowledge that will make them successful,” Childs said. “This seminar will discuss the latest information relevant to managing taxable income, and making informed decisions about Social Security benefits.” The event is offered at no charge, but advance registration is required. To register, call Tracy Cumbie at (580) 2246411 or visit www.noble.org/ AgEvents.
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Raindrops Holding Christmas Memorial
RAINDROPS, A SUPPORT agency for parents who have lost a child, will hold its Christmas Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Community Christian Church.
Raindrops, a support agency for parents who have lost a child, will host its 20th annual Christmas Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Community Christian Church, 2109 West Grand Ave. Entrance will be at the back door of the church. This service is held each December to remember children who have died before birth or at any age, including adult children. Anyone wishing to remember a child or children may attend, including family members, friends and caregivers. Donna McCoy, a volunteer with Raindrops, said this year’s service will include music, candle lighting, the placing of ornaments on a memory tree and a message of comfort and remembrance by the Rev. Lilly Freeman. At the conclusion of the ceremony there will be a time for placing memory ornaments on the Christmas tree. Those attending are asked to bring an ornament to place on the tree in memory of the child they wish to honor. The ornaments may be handmade or purchased and may be personalized to include the child’s name, life dates and photo as desired. The child’s name should be included on the ornament for identification. Those attending are also welcome to bring a photo to set on the memory table during the service and a short poem or writing to share during the placement of the ornaments on the tree. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Those unable to attend but wishing to have an ornament placed on the tree in memory of a loved one may call Donna at (580) 362-3961 or Carla at (580) 485-4488. An ornament will be purchased and placed on the tree in memory of the child. Donations are appreciated but not required. If donating, checks may be made to Raindrops, Inc., and mailed to Raindrops, 102 North Second Street, Ponca City, OK 74601. The Raindrops Christmas Memorial Service has become a tradition for many families in the area. “Memorializing a child at Christmas makes that child a real part of the holidays and reaffirms that he or she will always be a special part of the lives of those remembering,” McCoy said. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the agency’s Facebook page at Raindrops Group.
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RILEY IS a very lovable chocolate lab mix who is about 9 months old. She has lots of energy and needs a home with lots of love. She’s available for adoption from the Ponca City Humane Society. Call (580) 767-8877 for more information about Riley or any of the animals available for adoption.
How Can I Help? Santa’s Cause Too will start wrapping presents from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday 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 through Saturday. ————— Hope Ranch is in desperate need of hay for the horses in its therapeutic riding program. Contact Darrell Shelton at (580) 716-3250. ————— Are you looking for a chance to volunteer to help children? Several tutoring opportunities are available
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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 email@example.com. 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 Founda-
tion 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. ————— If you or your organization has a need for volunteer help, contact Midweek Editor Beverly Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (580) 765-3311, Ext. 137.
SHIDLER — Shidler’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, at Fourth Street on N Cosden Avenue, and proceed south on Cosden Avenue, dispersering at Grand Avenue. Molly Bivin with the Shidler Area Chamber of Commerce said Santa Claus enjoyed visiting with everyone last year. “He really liked the hot chocolate to get warm and all the homemade cookies, together with joining in the Christmas music sing-along,” she said. Please do join us in all the fun and help to start this wonderful season.” For information, e-mail chamber@shidleroklahoma, or call (918) 671-0732 or (918) 793-4011.
ANGEL IS a beautiful all white cat. She is a little shy and will need someone to give her lots of love and be patient with her. To see Angel or any of the adoptable pets at the Ponca City Humane Society, visit the shelter at 900 West Prospect Avenue.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS volunteer elf Delores Prelesnick assists a young shopper at last year’s event.
Children’s Christmas Shop Open Saturday in Newkirk NEWKIRK — Santa’s elves are busy planning their annual Children’s Christmas Shop which is scheduled for Saturday at the Newkirk Heritage Center, 116 North Main. The hours are 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and parents are not allowed to accompany children into the shop. They will, however, be required to register them in and then check them out when they finish shopping. All items will be priced in even dollar increments at $15 and under. For younger children, it is requested that parents send a list of whom the child is shopping for — such as Mom, Dad, baby brother — their ages as well as the amount they have to spend. In this way, the volunteer elves can assist the child so that they can purchase appropriate gifts for everyone on their list within their budget. All gifts will be wrapped, tagged and ready to go under the Christmas tree at home. For questions about the event, please call (580) 362-2377. As a different twist on Santa’s Shop this year, adults will be able to shop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Gift wrapping will not be available for this day.
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THE DORCAS Quilters of Albright United Methodist Church recently donated six quilts to the Child Share program at First United Methodist Church. Kay Grimme, Child Share Co-op Coordinator, said that when a child is placed in a foster home, Child Share aids the family with supplies until they begin receiving other support. The Dorcas group consists of Maxine Manering, Donna Evans, Jessica Marlow, Deloris Robinson, Carol Mann Daniel, Betty Sanders, Alberta DePew and Thelma Michaelson. “The quilts give the children something that is their very own and shows the caring of our community,” Grimme said.
Western Swing Ball Saturday in Winfield WINFIELD, Kan. — The Western Swing Christmas Ball will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Baden Square Community Center at Seventh Street and Gary in Winfield. Les Gilliam and the Silver Lake Band will help dancers celebrate the history of the Old West. Dress is Western
attire. Admission is $20 each and includes light hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (620) 222-2154.
From downtown Winfield, take Ninth Street east to Gary and then north two blocks. For more information, call Marilyn Alberding, (620) 2222154.
kB Craft Fest
Winter Arts & Crafts Show Crafters sharing the love of their crafts for the holidays!
Saturday, Dec. 10
9 am - 4 pm Hutchins Memorial Auditorium
Chapman Shoe Emporium
Contact: Kit Bratt 580.716.0531 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2601 N. 14th, Ponca City, OK Open 7 Days a Week Until Christmas!
600 E. Overbrook Avenue, Ponca City
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HORSEBACK RIDING is one of the activities available at Western Hills Guest Ranch.
THE THREE Forks Nature Center gives guests a chance to learn more about the outdoors.
Guest Ranch Offers Special Rate During Christmas Holiday Season WAGONER — Western Hills Guest Ranch, located in eastern Oklahoma on the shores of Fort Gibson Lake, is running a Christmas holiday special through Dec. 27. The ranch is offering a rate of $47 per night for any standard lodge room. Guests who book a large cabin or lodge suite can receive $10 off per night. The Christmas holiday is included and pet accommodations are available. There is no limit on the number of nights per stay and weekends are also included. To get the discounted rate, use the PROMO CODE: Manager Special.
The discount cannot be combined with other discounts or promotional coupons and group bookings and bunkhouses are not eligible. Only one booking per family is allowed. Western Hills Guest Ranch, operated in conjunction with Sequoyah State Park, offers lodge rooms, cottages, riding stables, a restaurant, nature center, outdoor cookouts and a wide variety of trails for hiking, biking, running and horseback riding. It offers a getaway is for families, reunions, couples and conventions. Western Hills Guest Ranch is the largest state park
lodge with 104 guest rooms and 44 cottages. It is 45 minutes southeast of Tulsa. Activities include the Sequoyah Golf 18 hole golf course, Three Forks Nature Center, hiking trails, Sequoyah Riding Stables, marina, horseshoe pits, tennis courts and playgrounds. There are numerous children’s activities planned throughout the spring, summer and fall. Historical sites, dining and unique shopping can be found just minutes from the lodge in the nearby towns of Wagoner, Muskogee and Tahlequah. For accommodations, call (800) 638-1486.
Ombudsman Urges People To Remember the Elderly OKLAHOMA CITY — While many are decking the halls this holiday season, many older Oklahomans are finding themselves spiraling into depression. In fact, for them the holidays may indeed be the loneliest season of all. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services Aging Services Division says while it’s important to remember families and children during the Christmas holidays, people also need to remember the elders. Lance Robertson, Director of Aging Services, says every older person was once young and vibrant, enjoying the holidays with their friends and family. Today, keeping them active and involved is the key to not only surviving the holidays, but actually enjoying them. “The holidays can be a time of great joy and fondness,” Robertson said, “but it can also be difficult for those who live alone and have little or no family interaction. Community support is critical and you often see faith-based organizations (churches) reaching out to encourage older adults in the community.” More often than not, the holidays can trigger memories of days gone by and loved ones who are no longer here. As a result, the Christmas season can be one of the most upsetting for older Oklahomans. “Depression rates really climb during the holiday season, and in large part for seniors it is due to the loneliness — particularly when older adults lose a spouse or when family functions are no longer organized,” Robertson said. “A sensible alternative to sitting around the house with the Christmas blues is to help others,” he added. “If an older adult is able, there are many things they can do. Volunteer at a local elementary school, visit a nursing home, work at the local food pantry
— something of that nature can really keep things in perspective and help prevent a spiral of sadness associated with one’s present state.” Many organizations realize the elderly face significant challenges when December rolls around. Churches, Robertson says, are “magnificent at focusing on this need during this time of year.” Also, various support groups can often be found to help widowers or even caregivers who have certain needs. The bottom line, he adds, is to keep the older person engaged and let them know they are loved and needed by the younger generation. “It is hard to fully capture the joy an older adult often feels when given the chance to interact with those who are younger. It certainly evokes fond memories of their own youth but is also a reminder of how precious life can be. It helps you to see someone who has much ahead of them and to get excited about that, as opposed to focusing on what limited time may lie ahead for you,” Robertson said. The Aging Services Division of OKDHS offers an array of programs to older Oklahomans and oversees the state’s Aging Network, helping 400,000 people each year. Esther Houser is the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman. In that role, she provides advocacy in support of elders who live in the state’s nursing homes, assisted living centers and residential care facilities. “One of the most important aspects of the Ombudsman role is our focus on each resident as an individual. The people who live in the longterm care facilities are people first — they are as different from each other as each of us is different from our coworkers or family members. It is so helpful to remember that as we try to remember them during the holidays,” Houser said.
“A nursing home resident may want to reminisce about how the holidays were spent when they were a child. One might only want to know what is going on outside the walls of the facility. One may very well want to go to concerts or church services or family gatherings. Still another might want to be left in their room to read quietly or watch sports,” she added. Houser says more than 60 percent of nursing home residents never have a personal visitor, and that may indeed be the best gift someone can give during the holiday season. “Visitors do not have to know a resident to be able to brighten someone’s day,” she said. “Even an hour might make someone’s Christmas a little merrier. “Just think of the joy you might bring to someone alone with no surviving friends or relatives. Just think what joy that someone might bring to you. We all need to remember our elders are some of the loneliest people around. Just giving a little time could be the greatest Christmas gift they could receive.” Gift Ideas for Seniors Houser offers some gift ideas to brighten the Christmas holidays for older Oklahomans. The greatest gift, she says, is time. But other suggestions for residents might include: •Money to have their hair fixed by the beautician; •House shoes or slipper socks; •Large print books; •Lap blankets; •Sugar-free candy; •Puzzles; •Pictures for their walls; •Sweat suits, robes, gowns or pajamas; •Night lights; •Large calendars; •Easy-to-read clocks; •Stuffed animals; •A basket made especially for a wheelchair or walker.
WESTERN HILLS Guest Ranch has a restaurant as well as meeting rooms for conventions.
Baseball Camp Set Dec. 28-29 ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — Cowley College is offering area baseball players an opportunity to learn from its experienced coaching staff and train in the Travis Hafner Training Center during the Cowley County Baseball Winter Camp, Dec. 28-29. Youngsters age 8-12 will take part in the camp on Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those ages 13-18 will take part in the camp Dec. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The camp is designed to provide instruction in all aspects of the game including hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, base running and strategy. Players will be split into groups according to age and ability in order to provide the most relative instruction. Cost of registration through Dec. 23 is $50. After Dec. 23 the cost of registration is $75. The Travis Hafner Training Center is a multimillion-dollar, 33,000-square-foot indoor training facility. The facility, which is located at 115 East Pierce in Arkansas City, next to the Tiger Baseball Stadium, is considered to be one of the top junior college indoor training centers in the nation. The facility features a multipurpose area, batting cages, weight facility, athletic training room, a pair of conference rooms, as well as locker rooms and restrooms. Email Tiger assistant coach Brock Buckingham at email@example.com to ensure a spot at the pre-registration price. Players should bring a baseball glove, baseball hat, turf/ tennis shoes, a bat, helmet, and catching gear, if a catcher. A printable camp waiver form can be accessed at www. cowleytigers.com/camps. Fill out the camp waiver form and turn it in at camp check in. Do not mail money or waivers to the college as it will be closed for the holidays. For more information, call Buckingham at (620) 441-5369 or email him.
Ophthalmologists Urge Parents To Check Toys for Potential Hazards to Children’s Eyes SAN FRANCISCO — As the holiday season approaches, parents across the United States are making their lists for Santa in hopes of making a happy occasion for their youngsters. And while the little ones may know what toys are the most popular, they are ill-equipped to determine which ones can potentially be dangerous. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 250,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2010; nearly three quarters of those injured were children under age 15. A serious eye injury from a toy can ruin a family’s holiday and, more seriously leave a child with permanent vision loss. During this holiday season, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding parents about the dangers that toys may pose to children’s eyes and offers its Top Five tips on how to choose safe toys for gift giving. •Avoid purchasing toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts. •Make sure children have appropriate supervision when playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause injury. •If you plan to give sports equipment, provide appropriate protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses. Check with your local eye doctor to learn about protective gear recom-
mended for your child’s sport. •Check labels for age recommendations and be sure to select gifts that are appropriate for a child’s age and maturity. •Keep toys that are made for older children away from younger children. “With so many toys being recalled or having the potential to cause injuries, many of my patient’s parents are wondering what toys are safe,” said David Wheeler, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist and clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “A good rule of thumb that I often share with parents is to choose a toy that is appropriate for their child’s age, abilities, and their willingness to supervise their child’s use of the toy. Being aware and thoughtful about what you are putting in your children’s hands is the best preventive medicine.” For more information about keeping eyes healthy during the holidays and all year-round, visit Eye Smart, the Academy’s public information website which provides information to the public about the importance of eye health. Through the EyeSmart program, ophthalmologists seek to empower people to preserve healthy vision, by providing the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. Visit www.geteyesmart.org to learn more.
Class To Redesign Country Club Logo ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — Giving her students an opportunity to work with a real client in a professional setting, graphic design instructor Sunni Goentzel presented students in the Visual Communication class the chance to re-design the logo for the Arkansas City Country Club. The students visited with Arkansas City Country Club general manager Darren McBride on Wednesday. McBride gave the students a tour of the facility and provided them with information on the history of the Country Club. He then answered any questions the students may have had. The 10 students in the course hope to use their visit to the Country Club as inspiration for their logo designs. Each of the logo designs will be on display and voted on by members of the Arkansas City Country Club, with the winning design serving as the re-design of the logo. “The students will all be working toward the same goal,” Goentzel said. “It
should serve as friendly competition and help push the students to see how their work stacks up against their peers.” Prior to the logo re-design, students in the Visual Communication class have worked on creating identity marks, as well as studied design principles, typography and color. Most of the work has been done with symbols. Goentzel has had previous classes work on creating logo designs for businesses such as the Muffin Top in South Haven, the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team, Cowley County Conservation District and the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited about working with the Arkansas City Country Club and hope we can phase in the new logo really soon,” Goentzel said. For more information on programs offered through Cowley College’s Graphic Design program, contact Goentzel at (620) 441-5266 or Goentzels@cowley.edu.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6-8 pm Parents are invited to come and bring their children ages 3 thru 5th grade
First Baptist Assembly Center Fifth and Oklahoma
ADmission is Free!
Everyone is encouraged to bring a new or gently used toy to put under the Christmas tree. These toys will be donated to the Domestic Violence Shelter in Ponca City. Children will be able to participate in games, crafts, dress up at the Nativity and have a picture made, decorate and eat their own cupcake and sing “Happy Birthday Jesus” before hearing the real meaning of Christmas from our Pastor, Andy Taylor.
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Longstanding Kansas-Missouri Border War Comes to an End It has been a few years since I’ve written an obituary for publication. But the effort in this space could qualify as one. What I am intending to eulogize is the longtime Border War (a football game between the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas). That football contest has been waged every year since 1891. This year Missouri defeated Kansas 24-10 in what is probably the last in the series. Why? Because Missouri has headed for what it perceives as greener pastures — the Southeastern Conference. Missouri has said it is interested in scheduling a nonconference game with Kansas. But so far at least, Kansas has said it doesn’t want any part of such an arrangement. I spent one year matriculating at the University of Kansas, so I have gained a small sense of what’s involved in the age-old rivalry. That is, age-old at least as far back as about 10 years before the Civil War. Before statehood, there was a lot of pressure on Kansans to join the Union as a free state from one side, and a similar amount of pressure from the other side to join as a slave state. Missouri was a slave state and there were a lot of skirmishes between free state advocates and slave state advocates. It all came to a head in 1861 when Confederate guerrilla William Quantrill led a band of raiders to invade Lawrence, Kan. During the raid the town was burned and more than 200 Lawrence citizens were killed. Lawrence still remembers. Missouri loyalists have pointed out that bands of Jayhawkers (a name given to Union loyalist fighters from Kansas) had looted and burned Missouri towns. When the University of Kansas adopted a mascot, the Jayhawk was chosen. A Jayhawk is depicted as a mythical bird. Dating back to the armed conflicts between Missouri residents and Kansans, Jayhawker was a negative term to sympathizers of the Confederacy. It has been said that the football rivalry was begun to help heal the deep wounds that had existed between the two states. I don’t know how much the football games have helped, but I know for a fact that longtime Missouri residents have no love for Kansans and vice versa, even 150 years after Quantrill. The late Don Fambrough, who until this past year gave a pep talk to KU football players before the Missouri game, coached at Kansas in two different stints. During that time he developed a sincere hatred for anything that had to do with Missouri. When he was ill, he was referred to a physician whose office was in Kansas City, Mo. “I’ll die first,” was Fam-
This and That About Sports By David Miller
THIS COLUMBIA, Mo., newspaper tells of a riot after a KU-Missouri basketball game.
A T-SHIRT that was popular recently preceding the annual Border War game. brough’s response to submitting to a Missourian’s care. Likewise, longtime Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart, on the eve preceding games in Lawrence (or Manhattan), would have his team stay in a hotel on the Missouri side of Kansas City rather than spend a night in Kansas. And on top of that, he forbade the team bus driver from buying gasoline in Kansas, not wanting to contribute to the Kansas economy. The two schools don’t even agree on number of wins each team has had on the Border War series. Kansas says that after this year, Missouri won 56, KU won 55 and nine games were ties. Missouri says the record is 57-54-9. In dispute is the 1960 game which Kansas won on the field by a score of 23-7. Missouri came into the game with a record of 9 wins and 0 losses and was ranked No. 1 in the nation. KU was 7-2, losing to Syracuse, ranked No. 1 at the time, and to Iowa, also ranked No. 1 at the time of that contest. Missouri would be the third No. 1 team the Jayhawks played that season. The winner of the MU-KU game would go to the Orange Bowl as the Big 8 champion. After the loss, Missouri challenged the eligibility of KU halfback Bert Coan, who had transferred from Texas Christian under some questionable circumstances. The situation
was much too complicated to concisely explain. But in the long run, the Big 8 Conference sided with Missouri and ordered Kansas to forfeit the games it had won over Missouri and Colorado that year. The NCAA ruled that Coan may have been ineligible for those two games, but declined to order a forfeit and in its records counts the win in the KU column. Missouri was declared Big 8 champion and made the trip to the Orange Bowl. Today Kansas counts the disputed game as a win, but Missouri also claims victory for that contest. I remember that situation vividly. I was a senior in high school, a huge KU fan because of an intent to enroll at KU the next fall. When I actually landed on campus, many of the 1960 football players were still around. John Hadl was the quarterback. Curtis McClinton was a hard-nosed running back for the Jayhawks. Coan was still in school, but had been declared ineligible for the 1961 season. I don’t remember many of the other guys, but I do remember a lineman who was appropriately named Elvin Basham. Other members whose names I recall were Roger McFarland, who operated as a member of the backfield and Ken Coleman, who was a fullback. Being an innocent from a
A MISSOURI FAN and a Kansas fan are just having fun here, really.
FORMER KU football coach Don Fambrough refused treatment by a Missouri physician.
THE UNIVERSITY of Missouri has gone head-to-head with the University of Kansas for 120 years. The longtime rivalry has come to an end because of Missouri’s move to the Southeast Conference. to happen on their watch. very small town in North CenMissouri won that game, tral Kansas, I was forever in there wasn’t any violence and awe walking around the halKU ended a disappointing lowed halls of the university. year that included a tie, with Occasionally I would bump lowly Wyoming no less. into someone like McClinI went on to finish my colton or Hadl and I know they lege schooling at Kansas State must have grown tired of my and lost some perspective on staring with my mouth open. the KU-Missouri rivalry. One time I literally bumped Years later I lived in Kansas into McClinton in the student City (on the Missouri side). I Union. He and I were in line had neighbors on one side for a hamburger and I was who were intense Missouri staring and didn’t notice that fans. I had neighbors on the the line had stopped moving. other side who were intense After our collision, he looked Kansas fans. On the eve of the at me, smiled and said, “ParBorder War game that year, don me.” I had actually talked there was vandalism done to with a celebrity and was quick both properties. No one knew to tell my friends back home for sure who was to blame, but that I had had an encounter both neighbors were blaming with Curtis McClinton the MISSOURI BASKETBALL the other for damage. football star. coach Norm Stewart forbade It wasn’t one of those kind I was also awestruck each his team members from buyof friendly disputes neighbors time I cashed my paycheck ing things in Kansas often have. This was serious for working in the dorm cafeteria. John Hadl’s wife was was one-fifth of the $15 I paid business. I was uncomfortable a teller at the University pay for a student season ticket at living in the middle. I felt window and often was the one the beginning of the school better when the Missouri fan Later I heard some got a promotion on his job and who helped me. Bumping into year. McClinton and having worked other students had received moved to St. Louis. There are other intense with Mrs. Hadl made me feel as much as $25 or $50 for their tickets. rivalries. The OU-OSU Bedlike a celebrity back home. What I missed out on was lam Series is a great one. But as usual, I digress from the spectacle of having police- Oklahoma-Texas is another the topic at hand. I missed the KU-Missouri men with dogs circle the field good one. KU-Kansas State is game my one year on the Law- before and after the game. yet another. But I get a little rence campus. It was Thanks- The year before, a couple of sad when I realize that there giving weekend and I decided minor riots had broken out are likely to be no more Borto go home. I had no trouble after the game in Columbia der Wars. Missouri feels it is makselling my ticket in the stu- (the disputed one). Lawrence dent section, but once again authorities were bound and ing progress joining the SEC. my small-town roots did me in. determined that such an out- Maybe so, but things won’t be I actually sold it for $3, which break of violence wasn’t going quite the same.
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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! Yuletide Display Decks the Halls at Marland Mansion
THE ELEGANTLY vaulted ceilings of the Marland Mansion entrance and the arched window at the end of the corridor beautifully frame one of the 17 Christmas trees on display.
TOYS BENEATH one of the trees at the Marland Mansion are sure to delight young visitors.
VISITORS ENTERING the Marland Mansion have the double benefit of seeing two decorated trees â€” one on the lower level and one on the main level.
News Photos by Rolf Clements
THE TOYS beneath the tree are reminders of Christmases Past.
A TREE on the lower level of the Marland Mansion is decked out with stars, instruments and garlands of red berries.
A CHRISTMAS tree with golden ornaments, combined with the tall floral arrangements in the dining table at the Marland Mansion, creates a luxurious, mellow atmosphere.
THE PONCA CITY NEWS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011–PAGE 7-C
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 580-716-3059. After Five Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street, prospective members welcome. Ponca City Rotary Club, 11:30 a.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Gamblers Anonymous, 7 p.m., Woodlands Christian Church, Fourteenth Street and Hartford Avenue, contact (580) 761-1770. Gam-Anon, 7 p.m., Woodlands Christian Church, Fourteenth Street and Hartford Avenue, contact (580) 382-1950. Friends of the NRA, 7 p.m., Ponca City Junior Rifle Club Range, contact 765-7324. First Monday of the Month Oklahoma City Vet Representative Harold Barse, readjustment counseling therapist, 9 a.m.-noon, OtoeMissouria Tribal Complex Enterprise Building Conference Room. Lions Vision Support Group, 10 a.m. at Ponca City First Christian Church, using the west entrance. Refreshments are served at 9:45 a.m. For a ride call 762-3263. The meetings are open to visually impaired residents. Autoimmune Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand, contact (580) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 7659595 or Jerry 491-1004. Third Monday of the Month Autoimmune Disease Support Group, 6 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Contact (580) 763-8051. Fourth Monday PM Patches and Pieces Quilters’ Guild, 6 to 9 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Contact 762-0761. Tuesday-Saturday Pioneer Woman Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ponca City, (Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays). Every Tuesday Band Playing, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Prayers for the Nation, noon to 1 p.m., foyer of First Lutheran Church, 1104 North Fourth Street. Country Notes Playing, 10 a.m.-noon, McCord Senior Center, 115 Mary Road, public welcome. Kiwanis, noon to 1 p.m., Ponca City Country Club dining room. Dragon’s Harvest Moon, story time for 3- to 6-year olds, 1 p.m., Ponca City Library. Space limited, sign up in advance. Exercise Classes in Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, 5:30 p.m., Assembly Center First Baptist Church, 218 South Sixth Street, with instructor Bill Goldsberry, no class fee/appropriate clothing required. DivorceCare, a seminar and support group, 5:45-7:30 p.m., Master’s Touch 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. Parkinson Support Group, 1 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center. Second Tuesday Camp McFadden Recreational Area Board Meeting, noon, Head Country BBQ Restaurant. Public invited; for information, phone 7629955. Kay County Mounties 4-H Club, 6 p.m., Contact Cynthia Blevins 765-3602 or (832) 7151558 for more information. Schooners Car Club Dinner and Meeting, 6 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Silent Dinner, for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Sign Language Users and/or any interested people, informal time to re-connect with old friendships and make new ones, 6 p.m., Hartford Avenue Church of Christ Fellowship Center, 1905 Joe Street. Cherokee Strip Corvette Club, 6 p.m., Pemberton Chevrolet, 3330 North Fourteenth Street, more information www.cherokeestripcorvetteclub.com. North Central Oklahoma Mothers of Multiples, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ponca City Library board room, all parents of multiples welcome. For more information, call 7652525 or e-mail NCOMOM@ yahoogroups.com. Northern Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, 6:45-8:30 p.m., Ponca City Library basement, more
information Todd Rivers, 7634998 or email childofgod777@ hotmail.com. 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@ yahoo.com. Third Wednesday Crystal Dawn Coalition, a Meth Prevention Initiative, 8:15 a.m., Northern Oklahoma Youth Services, 2203 North Ash Street, Ponca City. Operation Pioneer Spirit, 1 p.m., Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road, Ponca City; Organizing the day before, 10 a.m., at the museum, information, Pioneer Woman Museum, 765-6108 or Mary Anne Potter 767-1957 or operationpioneerspirit.com. All patriotic citizens welcome. Last Wednesday of Each Month International Club, 6:30 p.m., for more information, 762-3921. Every Thursday Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Representative, 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., American Legion, 407 West South Avenue. Any veteran needing assistance or has questions is welcome. Movie on big screen in the program room of the Ponca City Library at 3:30 p.m. See in-house brochures, or call to find out what’s playing. Open AA Meetings, 7 p.m., Ponca Tribal Social Development Center, all welcome. First Thursday Master Gardeners, 9 a.m., Cann Gardens. Kay-9 Dog Training Club, 7 p.m., Ponca City Library, public welcome, contact Ruth 401-5569. Classic Cars & Draggin’ Grand of Ponca City meeting, 7 p.m., Nazarene Church, 1900 West Grand Avenue, prospective members welcome. Second Thursday Ponca City Area Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chapter No. 698, noon, Pioneer Technology Center, Room B-120, contact Katy Muller 762-5935 or Mike Daugherty 765-3372. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14, 7 p.m., Post Home, 407 West South Avenue, all eligible persons invited. Contact 765-9073. “Lean on Me” Bariatric Surgery Support Group, 6 p.m., Ponca City Medical Center, Conference Room B. Contact 762-1186. Gold Wing Road Riders Association, 6 p.m., Pizza Hut, contact Daryl and Kathi Dunham, 762-6950.
Cowley Volleyball Team True Champs ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — With three players named National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans, the national champion Cowley College volleyball team had the most players named to the All-American list among all NJCAA Division II schools. Cowley head coach Jenifer Bahner said the number of All-American selections showed what a strong team the Lady Tigers had. “This is a great thing for our entire program,” Bahner said. “It took everyone on our team contributing for these girls to be honored.” Having already been named Jayhawk East Most Valuable Player, all-district, and to the all-tournament team at nationals, outside
hitter Martyna Gluchowicz capped her incredible freshman season by being named a First-Team All-American. Gluchowicz led the Lady Tigers with 340 kills and 50 blocks. She also added 199 digs and 26 aces. “To be named an All-American as a freshman sets a great standard for her,” Bahner said. Sophomore middle hitter Goda Jankauskaite thrived in her lone season at the school as she was named a Second-Team All-American. Like Gluchowicz, Jankauskaite was a First-Team allconference and all-district selection as she finished with 227 kills, 38 blocks, and 29 aces. Most impressive was her 40 percent hitting efficiency.
Sophomore setter Molley Scanlon’s dream season continued with her being named an honorable mention AllAmerican. Scanlon, who was a Second-Team all-conference and First-Team all-district performer, was named the Most Valuable Player of the National Tournament prior to receiving All-American honors. Scanlon led Cowley with an eye-popping 1,268 assists, while contributing 268 digs, 63 kills, and 25 aces. The three players had huge roles in Cowley capturing the program’s first-ever national title. The Lady Tigers finished the season unbeaten in the Jayhawk East (10-0), and rode a 22-match win streak to the championship and an overall record of 38-2.
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. kawcitychamber.org for contact information, visitors welcome. Vietnam Veterans of America, Northern Oklahoma Chapter 750, regular meetings, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue. Kay County DAV Chapter 16, 7 p.m., 1006 West Ferguson Avenue, Blackwell, For Benefit Questions, Call 580363-3309, Call 580-363-3241 for other information. Third Thursday of Every Other Month Kay County Local Emergency Planning Committee, noon, training room of Ponca City Fire Station No. 1, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, January, March, May, July, September, November. Fourth Thursday Hospice of North Central Oklahoma inc. and Higher Ground Center for Loss & Education Grief Support Group, 1:30-3 p.m., 1904 North Union Street Suiit 103, Ponca City, more details 580-7629102 or 1-800-814-9102. Alzheimer Support and Respite Group Meetings, 7 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Every Friday Ponca Language Arts Council, 1:30 p.m., Valdez Building, White Eagle, everyone interested in the Ponca Language invited. Senior Pitch, 6 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Cruise Night, 6 p.m., Chapman’s Shoes Parking Lot, North Fourteenth Street, Ponca City, Welcome hot rods, motorcycles, anyone interested in the hobby, hosted by Schooners Car Club. Every Saturday Ponca City Humane Society, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by appointment, 900 West Prospect Avenue.
Story Time for 0-3 Year Olds, 11:30 a.m., Ponca City Library, Children’s Area, Free, Public Welcome. Bro. Mike’s Gospel Jubilee, 6:30 to 9 p.m. One and a half miles east of the River Bridge on U.S. Highway 60. First Saturday of Every Month Ponca City Regional Airport and Ponca City Aviation Booster Club, Fly-In Breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., Building 14, Ponca City Municipal Airport. Second Saturday of the Month Ponca City American Red Cross provides Adult, Child, Infant CPR/FA, AED Classes, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 216 East Grand Avenue. Register online at www.oklahomaredcross.org, or call 765-6605. Figure 8 Stock Car Races and Demolition Derby, 8 p.m., 77 Speedway north of Newkirk. For information, call (620) 442-3250, or go to badascar.com. Third Saturday of the Month Osage County Republican Party Meeting, 10-11 a.m., Snider’s Soda Shoppe, 102 West Main, Hominy, contact 918-260-5762, Everyone welcome to attend and get involved. Now-Dec. 25 (daily) 88.7 Praise FM all Christmas Music, also on 98.5 FM Enid, 107.3 FM Stillwater, Send a Snowman e-card for chance to win iPad2 and listen online at MyPraiseFM. com. 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,” 1:303 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. 9-10 89.7 The House FM & 88.7 My Praise FM, Chart-Topping Contemporary Christian Band, Addison Road, for “An Acoustic Night of Stories,” Two free Christmas Concerts with a Love Offering Taken, Friday, Dec. 9, Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacAr-
thur Blvd., Oklahoma City and Saturday, Dec. 10, Eagle Heights Baptist Church, 2617 N. Jardot, Stillwater, 7 p.m., Call 767-1400 for More Information or Go to The House FM.com. 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. Book Release Party, 2-5 p.m., The Daily Grind, Free Snacks and Kelsey M. Wagner, autographing books, “The Rumble with Grumble: The Epic Adventures of a Turtle and Some Bees,” Children’s Book. Newkirk Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Miss Snow Princess will be crowned at the Kay County Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 Bob Perry Autographing “Lydie’s Ghost,” 1-3 p.m., Brace Books and More, North Fourteenth Street, Ponca City. “Lydie’s Ghost” a coming of age story set in Ponca City in 1986, Numbers for Position in Autographing Line Distributed Dec. 10, Beginning at 9 a.m., Each Number Admits Two Adults to the Signing Line. 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. 16-17 Seasonal Sensations-A Live Revue, 7 p.m., Poncan Theatre, 104 East Grand Avenue, Ponca City, Tickets $12 adults, $6 children 12 and younger, available at Box Office or online www.poncantheatre.org, call Maritza Rowland 580-765-0943 for questions. 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. Jan. 3, 2012 Parkinson Support Group Guest Speaker Jim Keating, president of the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, 1 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center.
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Painter Kevin Tero Featured In December Art Exhibition By day, Kevin Tero is an architect at the University of Central Oklahoma. In his spare time, he is a contemporary artist whose star is rising quickly. It has only been a couple of years since Tero started painting seriously, and he has already won awards including the Oklahoma City Paseo Art Association’s “Best in 2D Art” award. Publications in the Edmond-Oklahoma City area have published stories about his popularity with collectors. He sold 12 paintings in the 2010 Edmond Arts Festival and another dozen at the Paseo Art Festival. Tero’s works are being shown at an exhibition at the Ponca City Art Center, 819 East Central, through December. His work is described as contemporary and impressionistic, and subject matter ranges from landscapes to wildlife. Most of his paintings reflect what he sees
ARTIST KEVIN Tero shows his artwork at an arts festival in the Oklahoma City metro area. His work is being shown in an exhibit at the Ponca City Art Center through December.
The Lunch Box
frequently in his own environment. Images he will be showing at the Art Center include, for example, “April’s Bag,” a detailed look at the interior of a woman’s purse; “Hay,” a scene of a large round hay bales familiar to nearly every Oklahoman; “Forgotten Fruit,” perhaps from his own kitchen, and “Lunch Box,” a popular diner in downtown Oklahoma City. Tero, interviewed for an article in “Edmond Outlook,” said he always took art classes in school and drew, since he was a budding architect. He started taking his art seriously after a friend recommended that he sign up for a painting class with Bert Seaborn, a renowned American Impressionist from Oklahoma who has painted for more than 50 years. Hours at the Art Center are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call (580) 765-9746.
November Rains Have Drought on the Run in Oklahoma BY GARY MCMANUS
Associate State Climatologist Oklahoma Climatological Survey
With Oklahoma experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record, an extended period of above normal rainfall was desperately needed. Fortunately, that is exactly what occurred as Oklahoma enjoyed its 12th wettest November since records began in 1895. According to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the month finished more than an inch above normal, with a statewide average of 4.22 inches. Combined with September and October, the climatological fall season still came up a bit short, with an average of 8.61 inches across the state, 1.4 inches below normal. The month was
also a bit on the mild side at 1.2 degrees above normal, the state’s 52nd warmest November on record. Oklahoma’s summer, officially the hottest since 1895 for any state, propelled the January-November period to the fifth warmest on record at 2.3 degrees above normal. Significant long-term precipitation shortfalls remain across much of Oklahoma. The January-November statewide average finished at 22.67 inches, 12 inches below normal, to rank as the ninth driest such period on record. The western half of the state remained the hardest hit during that period with average deficits ranging from 10 inches in the Panhandle and the northwest to 15 inches in the southwest. South central Oklahoma’s deficit was still a whopping 18 inches even after
the recent rains. For western and south central areas of the state, the January-November period was one of the top-three driest since 1895. The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Hooker has recorded less than 5 inches of rain for the year thus far. The lowest annual total for any location in Oklahoma dating back to the late 1800s is Regnier’s 6.53 inches from 1956. Twelve Mesonet sites in far western Oklahoma have recorded less than 10 inches of rainfall for the year, with another 13 reporting 15 inches or less. The latest Drought Monitor released on Dec. 1 now has only 10 percent of the state in the exceptional drought category. The exceptional category is the worst possible designation under the Drought Monitor intensity scale. That figure was 69 percent at the end of
August. Approximately 40 percent of the state remains in the extreme-exceptional category, the worst two designations. All of that hardest hit area lies in the western half of the state. In contrast, more than 85 percent of the state was covered in extreme-exceptional drought three months ago. The Drought Monitor now has 85 percent of the state under some drought designation, from moderate to exceptional on the intensity scale. Only 3 percent of the state was considered to be in drought at this time a year ago. The latest outlook from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center expects the eastern half of Oklahoma to see drought conditions improve over the next three months. The western half of the state is expected to see drought persist or intensify over that period.
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