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OCTOBER 31, 2012

Around Historic Homes, Building Tour Sunday The Town ONIGHT’S THE NIGHT! T TRICK OR TREAT IN PONCA CITY Wednes-

day (tonight) is the official night for ghosts and goblins in Ponca City! TRICK OR TREAT FAIR, Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa invites trickor-treaters 12 years old and younger to the eighth annual Trick-or-Treat Fair in the Foster-Piper Field house, East Gym, tonight. Admission is free, and all children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Various NOC student organizations and sports teams will be hosting games and handing out candy. The photography club will also be taking free Halloween pictures, and there will be inflatable amusement games for the youngsters. For more information, call 580-6286789. BOOS FOR FOOD, benefitting the Ponca City Salvation Army, is tonight at The Poncan Theatre. Full Flava and The Kings of Time featuring Harley Hamme as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Amy Lynn as Janis Joplin, Vince Gibbs as Prince, with special guests VERS3TYLE. Also featuring: Charlie Redd and the Full Flava Kings, Oklahoma’s No. 1 Funk, R&B , Soul Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $10 for adults, $8 for kids and $25 for VIPs, with the donation of five canned good items. For more information, call 580-401-3352. GRILL NIGHT, presented by the American Legion Post 14, is Nov. 2. Join the American Legion for a ribeye steak or hamburger/ cheeseburger the first and third Friday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a 16-ounce ribeye steak with fries and drink for $15 or a third-pound hamburger/ cheeseburger with fries and drink for $5. For more information, call 580-7659073. THE FLY-IN BREAKFAST will be held at Ponca City Regional Airport from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call 580767-0470. THE 2012 “POUNDING THE PAVEMENT” 5K run/walk, presented by the Ponca City Christian Academy starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. It will begin and end at the Marland Mansion grounds. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the run. All funds raised will go toward the daily operation of the school. For more information, call 580-765-6038. EYES ON THE WORLD, presented by the Ponca City Art Center, continues through Nov. 11 at the Ponca City Art Center. “Eyes on the World” features work from nine photographers from various countries. The show, curated by local photographer Ken Crowder, comprises three images from each of the artists for a total of 27 photographs. For more information, call 580-7659746. A POKER RUN, presented by Moose Lodge No. 1031, starts with registration from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. The run begins and ends at the Moose Lodge, 500 West Prospect Avenue. Final destination activities include food, live entertainment, 50/50 and a live auction. First vehicle out at noon, final vehicle return by 5 p.m. Registration is $20 a driver, $10 per passenger. All proceeds go for Moose support of local charitable organizations. For more information, call 580-762-5265. DALE EISENHAUER AND KATHY BROWN perform Saturday at the Stagecoach Event Center. Chuck wagon dinner starts at 6:45 p.m., show begins at 7:15 p.m. Dutch oven desserts at intermission. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for 12 and under. For more information, call 580-3623160.

By BEVERLY BRYANT Midweek Editor Several historic buildings and homes will be open for visitors in Ponca City Main Street’s “Horse and Hound” Historic Homes and Buildings tour Nov. 4. The Main Street program is partnering with the Historic Preservation Advisory Panel on the project. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at each building on the tour as well as at Tour Central, the Shelter Insurance office at 1212 East Highland Avenue. Refreshments also will be served at Tour Central. The tour will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Visitors may start at any location and visit the locations in any order. Temple Emanuel A Jewish community has been in Ponca City as long as the city has existed. Records show that the first service was held in 1899 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Buchhemer. Between 1915 and 1930, 12 to 20 Jewish families participated in religious services held in homes and halls located in Ponca City, Tonkawa, Blackwell, and even Arkansas City. A lay leader who came by horse and buggy from his farm in Renfrow conducted many of the services. Beginning in 1923, a Jewish Sunday school was established to provide religious education to the Jewish children in the community. The first Sunday School classes were held in the Chamber of Commerce office. In May 1962, the desire to strengthen the ties of Jewish community lead to the organization of Temple Emanuel. One of the goals of the organization was to build a house of worship and in May 1964, ground was broken for the temple which stands today. The first services were held for the High Holidays in September 1964, with the formal dedication set for November to coincide with Hanukkah. The building was designed by prominent Ponca City architect Harold Kannady. He also designed a number of homes and businesses in Ponca City, including the original building for West Junior High School. When he presented the design, Kannady told the congregation that his inspiration for the lines of the building were the hands of God holding the world. The exterior of Temple Emanuel is brick and stucco, with a contrast in color and texture between the high central sanctuary and the rooms on either side. Two tables

with the Ten Commandments in Hebrew are on the outside of the building on both the east and west facades. Ponca City Federal Building In 1930, John Duncan Forsyth and Donald McCormick were chosen as architects for the new Art Deco-style building. The total cost of the building was $200,000, with an additional $50,000 paid for the lot. The construction provided a tremendous boost to the local economy during the early 1930s. An article in the March 14, 1934, issue of the Ponca City News described the building on the day the post office opened: “Native stone from the Marland quarries, Minnesota yellow kasota stone, Arkansas black marble, iron, aluminum and various woods have been combined to make Ponca City’s federal building an edifice of unusual beauty as well as one of attractive dignity and simplicity. Eagle flag holders in aluminum and aluminum indirect lighting fixtures on either side of the steps will strike a modern note as does the buff, white and black color scheme used throughout the building. “The first floor will be used by the post office proper, the second floor will house the federal court rooms and other federal offices. “A black and yellow color note is established in the lobby by the stairs, rises and treads which are of the yellow kasota stone and the black Arkansas marble. Stair banisters are of cast iron, painted black as are the other pieces of the metal used about the building, with a wood hand-rail. “Corridors on the second floor are of cream and black terrazzo and the walls are of white plaster. The court room is finished in cream colored acoustin plastering above a walnut chair rail. White wainscoting and a beam ceiling with cream colored acoustic plaster panels carry out the predominating decorative scheme. A brown and tan checkerboard cork flooring has been used.” Visitors touring the courtroom also will see the law library and the judge’s chambers. Kinkaid’s Veterinary Hospital Locate at Fourth Street and Cleveland Avenue, Kinkaid’s Veterinary Hospital represented a major change for Dr. David Kinkaid and his staff. A major renovation of the former Ponca Townsite Restaurant, designed by David’s son, Dr. Brett (See TOUR, Page 6C)

THE HOME of Dr. Bruce and Courtney Baugher, 910 East Overbrook Avenue.

THE DONALD Henderson home, 901 East Overbrook Avenue.

TEMPLE EMANUEL, at Highland Avenue and Poplar Street.

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KINKAID VETERINARY Hospital, Fourth Street and Cleveland Avenue.

Poncan Opry To Honor Vietnam-Era Veterans

Stormy Bennett

The Poncan Opry returns to The Poncan Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. This performance will march to a different beat as the Poncan Opry salutes Vietnam veterans. During the years of the Vietnam War, the nation was experiencing social and political changes on a scale never before seen, and the music of that time reflected it. The Poncan Opry Band will perform the music veterans were hearing while serving. This music embodied the changes from the Civil Rights movement, both the anti-war and pro-war beliefs, the environmental concerns, and nuclear proliferation. The Poncan Opry honors all veterans from all branches of the military, as well those who were POW/MIAs. The Poncan Opry will also feature special guest Stormy Bennett. Bennett was born in Louisiana, Mo., in 1951, the youngest of seven children. His family was a musical family and he grew up listening to them singing songs from the Chuck Wagon Gang, the Carter Family and others. His mother played guitar, and it wasn’t long until he developed a desire to be a musician as well, learning the basics from his mother at the age of 13. At the age of 15, Bennett got his first job playing guitar with a band. In 1974, he and

his wife Cheryl were married and he entered a career in law enforcement. However, the pull of music took over in 1981 and he picked up his guitar and hit the road, playing with various groups from Florida to Minnesota, Illinois to California and most of the states in between. In 1995, Bennett said, he got tired of living out of suitcases and watching his kids grow up through pictures. He decided to bid farewell to life on the road. He re-entered his career in law enforcement and today is a detective with the Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., Sheriff’s Office. In 2010, Bennett was nominated as an “America’s Most Wanted” All-Star for his work in eradicating methamphetamine and his intensive investigations of child abuse. The show features the high-energy style of the Poncan Opry Band, which consists of Bucky Fowler on lead guitar and vocals; Rob Loren on fiddle; Kurt Graber, steel guitar; James Hocutt, bass guitar; Mike Price, keyboard; Chuck Case, drums; and vocalists Karla Fowler and the Fowler Sisters: Kristine Saner, Kelcy Mohr and Kandace Sovereign. Tickets are available at www.poncantheatre. org or by calling 580-765-0943. The price is $16 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.


Students Get Harsh Look at What Drugs Do The Drugstore Program, a drug education program targeted at 5th, 6th and 7th graders, was held at Hutchins Memorial auditorium last week. This effort, which began in 1996, is held every four years, and is organized by the United Way. Many of the people that are part of the program are actually performing the jobs they do in the community on a daily basis. In addition, a myriad of volunteers are needed to make this program run smoothly. The students are bused to the auditorium in groups. The rigid schedule allows groups of students to process through the mimicked portrayal of a student being arrested on drug charges. The court system is depicted using career prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges. The probationary system is staffed by case workers from the Office of Juvenile Affairs. When the previously arrested student is found unconscious in a party scene, actual Ponca City Fire Department paramedics enter, followed by an Emergency Room scene, staffed by actual nurses. The relapse ends in death and a funeral scene follows. The final presenter is an actual Kay County Detention Center inmate, who explains that he lost his freedom, career and family because of poor choices he made to involve himself in drugs. The inmate has his hands and feet shackled while wearing his orange prisoner jumpsuit. He candidly cautions students against making the same poor choices that he has made. He assures them that poor choices will lead them to incarceration or death. The students were given a Drugstore T-shirt as they board the buses to return to school. The honorary chairmen for this session of Drugstore were David and Michele Baskin, whose son died as a result of a drug overdose.

FOLLOWING THE funeral scene, a Kay County Detention Officer, left, brought in an actual Kay County Detention Center inmate, center, convicted on drug charges, to speak with students about where making poor choices has landed him. At right is Ponca City Fire Fighter Scott Kulczycski, who also works as a Kay County Reserve Deputy. The convict explains to students that he has been incarcerated for two years at the Kay County Detention Center. He doesn’t know yet, since court proceedings aren’t complete, if he will go on to prison from here. The convict has volunteered to do these presentations. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and played professional basketball in a European league. With felony convictions, he is no longer eligible to teach. He tells the students that he doesn’t know where he goes from here or what kind of a job he will be able to get once he gets out. Visitation is limited to once a week, but his wife only comes about once every two weeks. He told students he hasn’t seen his children or grandchildren since he has been locked up. Throughout his talk he encourages the students to stay away from drugs and tells them the only difference between himself and them is bad choices.

LT. ANTHONY ROGERS shows students a drug display.

GEOCACHING: By BEVERLY BRYANT Midweek Editor It may sound odd to some, but there’s a growing group of people who have found fun in getting scratched up and bruised while searching for “treasure.” The growing hobby of geocaching (sounds like geocashing) nearly always causes some minor injury to the participants as they search locations using their GPS equipment. The search usually involves a hand-held device as well as their car GPS, in order to refine their locations. The North Central Oklahoma Geocachers includes members from South Central Kansas. The group has about 12 members, sometimes more. Members adopt their “caching” names — those in the

local group include oilbear125, shakinsometrees, bitman1, cisnguy, bliminonion and geobuddy23. One mother-and-son pair have T-shirts with individual tracking numbers in the design. “People come from all walks of life,” said Diana Ehlers (bliminonion). “In Kansas, just over the line, there’s a Catholic priest with more than 600 caches.” At a recent lunch, a group of geocachers met to talk about their hobby and explain jut what geocaching is. They talked about recent purchases of new plastic containers to hold their caches and ask about any that others may have available in certain sizes. In its most basic elements,

geocaching is a sort of puzzle game in which participants put small trinkets, along with a log book, in a container and hide it for others to discover. The geographic coordinates (latitude and longtitude) are recorded for others to find, using their GPS devices. The cacher then posts the coordinates, and sometimes some clues, on an account with Others see it there and go searching for it. It may sound simple, but getting to the proper coordinates is just the first part of the search. Caches can be hidden almost anywhere — hidden in a bush, in a high place or even inside a cedar tree. That’s where the scratches come from. There are three rules when

$3 for children ages 4 to 11, and children younger than 4 are admitted free. The Braman Methodist Women’s Service Group is ready for the bazaar. The group has four hand-quilted quilts of various sizes. “It’s Just Triangles” is 108 inches by 104 inches and is predominately brown with shades of autumn. “Plaid Diamonds” is 100 inches square and is a multicolored plaid accented with a blue border. “Pastel Mosaic” is 79 inches by 90 inches and is pink, blue and purple bordered with a floral

print. “Yellow Brick Road” is 74 inches by 81 inches and is yellow and gold with a maroon border. “Road Less Traveled” is 82 inches by 98 inches. It is machine-quilted with black and white prints accented with burgundy. Three machine-quilted throws also will be available. Many other items also will be available for the auction. The auction begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the evening will be used by the United Methodist Women for missions and other projects the group supports.

Lapidary Art Show Saturday The Rough and Tumbled Rock and Gem Club will hold its third annual Lapidary Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Members will demonstrate how to turn rocks into jewelry and lapidary art at the Ponca City Art Center, 819 East Central Avenue. The show is free. Collecting rocks and gems is

a hobby that can be shared by the whole family. This year’s show will feature a “Kids’ Corner” with educational and enjoyable activities for children and adults alike. Begun in 2010 this one-day show illustrates how to turn precious and semi-precious stones into works of art. B. Jay Bowman will demonstrate

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Braman United Methodist Church To Hold Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 7 BRAMAN — The Braman United Methodist Church will hold its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 7. At 4 p.m., numerous crafts, pie, cinnamon rolls, fruit breads, home-canned fruit, vegetables, pickles and other baked goods, jams, jellies and other items will be for sale in the foyer. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. It includes turkey, brisket, dressing, potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, homemade pies and rolls, coffee and tea. The cost is $6.50 for adults,

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a cache is found, geocacher Rhonda Cobb (oilbear125) said. “Once you find one, log your name. Trade evenly — which means if you take something from the cache, replace it with something of like value. And third, record your find on” Participants describe it as a high-tech game of hide and seek. “I use a multi-billion-dollar satellite to find a piece of Tupperware in the woods,” said Bobby Armstrong (bitman1). “It’s like an Easter egg hunt for adults.” Cobb said there are almost 2 billion caches hidden around the world with a half-billion people looking for them. “A lot of caches will take you to historic sites,” Ehlers said. “There are caches at the 101 Ranch, Cowboy Hill, the White Eagle monument, the Marland Mansion, both Ponca City funeral homes and many cemeteries.” Geocachers are asked to be respectful in their searches and to take care of the property as well as the cache itself, to maintain the fun aspect for everyone involved. “Anyone can place a cache, but I recommend you find at least 100 first, so you know the rules,” Cobb said. The hunters can be almost any age. Sherry Trussell (shakinsometrees) said she has gone with her nephews, who like to hide caches. The game can be played all over the world. Ehlers travels regularly and has found caches in Bermuda. “I haven’t been anywhere where I couldn’t find one,” Cobb said. “Someone has hidden one no matter where I go.” Recently, Cobb was awarded one of John Grisham’s 5,000 golden “Grisham Geocoins” to activate in one of the caches that she maintains. Doubleday, publisher of John Grisham’s “The Racketeer”


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RHONDA COBB was awarded one of the John Grisham’s 5,000 golden “Grisham Geocoins” to activate in one of the geocaches that she maintains. Cobb released the cache in Newkirk the same day that Grisham’s new book, “The Racketeer” went on sale. has released the Geocoins On, playacross the United States. Geo- ers can find a map that will cachers are asked to keep take them to the middle of the them moving by placing them road near the cache. From in other geocaches. Geocach- that point, the GPS will take ers can upload their best them to the spot. Grisham geocoin photos to the Even with that kind of help, John Grisham Facebook page it can be hard to spot a cache, to be entered to win one of 11 as this reporter learned. After autographed first editions of lunch, the group set up a prac“The Racketeer” and a Grand tice cache. Finding the coorPrize, a one-ounce bar of pure dinates was fairly easy, but gold. the cache was inside a bush — There are also items called covered with a layer of leaves “Travel Bugs” which are sup- that made it look like a bird’s posed to move from cache nest. to cache, with their journey Once it was found and recorded in the log book, in opened, there was a delightthe same manner as a “Flat ful collection of children’s Stanley” which is mailed from stickers, small fingernail one location with another. polishes and the other little Cobb has found 1,400 cach- “treats” one may find around es, and Ehlers has found more the house. than 9,600, she said. The caches also are rated according to difficulty, using a star scale. SUBSCRIPTION RATES

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Local Women Share Their Journeys Through Breast Cancer By BEVERLY BRYANT Midweek Editor The Ponca City Soroptimist Club presented four women who are surviving breast cancer at the Breast Cancer Awareness Banquet Oct. 25. The women — Cathy Cole, Vie Bottger, Debi Vap and Lisa Crone-Sheldon are all in different phases of their journeys, and their conditions are as unique as they are. No two women’s experiences are the same, but they all agreed to speak to spread the word about how important early detection is in breast cancer. Cathy Cole The day of the banquet, Cole completed the 22nd round out of 33 to 36 radiation treatments. She finished her chemotherapy before the radiation treatments started. Her journey started Feb. 9 when her hand brushed across her neck while she was at a Women in Agriculture conference in Tonkawa. “I discovered a soft tissue lump in my neck,” she said. She called her doctor to make an appointment to get it checked out, but it would have been several weeks before she could get in. On her way home, she decided to stop at AMC Urgent Care. “They did a bunch of tests,” Cole said. “It was a lymph node in my neck as well as several under my arm.” Tissue samples were sent to a special lab in California to determine what she was dealing with. “The tissue of origin test showed it was 95 percent breast cancer,” she said. Cole said once a diagnosis was made, she realized she wasn’t on the journey alone. “It is a rewarding trip to take because you learn so much,” Cole said. “But families are also on this journey and the family members each have their own experience.” She shared that her daughter Molly had posted on Facebook how proud she is of her mother and her fight against the disease. She has also experienced several spiritual moment that have lifted her up, she said. “I would have small panic attacks, like I felt when my son died in a car wreck. Then I felt a calm and knew someone was praying for me,” she said. “Just at that moment my friend Carey Head texted a prayer to me.” She said her friend Leann Parr, also going through breast cancer treatment, told her to “ ask me anything — and carry Kleenex.” Cole said she assumed the tissues would be for drying tears. Parr corrected her and said “You lose your nose hairs, too, and your nose drips.” The next day, another friend, Mary Rhyne brought Cole a little packet of tissues, unaware of the conversation. Last year Cole, who works with Ponca City Medical Center’s Health Woman program, started the Healthy Woman Mammogram during the Pink Heals Tour. The fund balance grew to $24,949 last year. She said more donations have been promised for this year. “It always warms my heart. I love this community and I am so glad to be a part of it,” she said. She ended with two commands to the audience: •Get your mammogram •Listen to your body. If something doesn’t seem right, check it out. Vie Bottger “This isn’t my first rodeo with cancer; it is my second,” Bottger said. “Twenty-one years ago in February I had a bone marrow transplant. Twenty years ago you couldn’t be over 40 years old to have a bone marrow transplant. Now people in their 70s get stem cell transplants,” she said. This time around, she said she had fallen asleep on the couch and woke up hurting “because I had laid on a piece of wood,” she said. “I went through a mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, a third mammogram with an ultrasound,” she said. “Then they had me come back in a week and I had a needle biopsy. “Waiting is the hardest part,” she said. “They just called me on the phone. It’s still a slap in the face. I sobbed for a few minutes and

Soroptimist International of Ponca City donated $1,000 to the Domestic Violence Center of North Central Oklahoma for medical care for the women at the shelter. “To be a survivor is an enormous thing,” DVCNCO director Amanda Doran said. “There’s not a finish line — every day there is an opportunity to make the choice to be a survivor. Thank you for the amount of power in this room — the remarkable power when so many people get together and say they will not endure their trial in silence.” The Soroptimists also donated $1,000 to the Healthy Woman Program fund to pay for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. BREAST CANCER awareness speakers Debi Vap, Lisa Crone-Sheldon and Cathy Cole share a laugh after the Soroptimist International of Ponca City Breast Cancer Awareness banquet last week. Not pictured is Vie Bottger. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant)

Personal Experience Drives Campaign for Pink Fire Truck By BEVERLY BRYANT Midweek Editor The Ponca City Fire Department has been a strong ally of the Pink Heals Tour, which has visited Ponca City the past two years. The tour was scheduled to appear again at the Breast Cancer Awareness Banquet this year, but unforeseen circumstances caused a last-minute cancellation. The tour did recently visit several cancer patients, however. The tour brings pink fire trucks, signed with messages of hope and remembrance, to communities all around the country. “Two years ago, Soroptimists found out about Pink Heals and Cathy Cole was like a bulldog determined to get them here,” Soroptimist Kathy Tippin said. For some of the city’s fire crew, it is very personal. David VanBuskirk “April 7 is a date on the calendar I will never forget,” Fire Marshal David VanBuskirk said. “I was headed to Oklahoma City for a workshop. We ate lunch and listened to speaker. “It was the same day my wife was going to get her first mammogram at the age of 40,” he said. “I look at my phone and saw she called me. She said ‘I had my mammogram and they see something that doesn’t look right and they are going to do an ultrasound. Don’t worry let’s see what happens.’ “A little later she called to say they were going to do a needle biopsy. I jumped in my car and I raced home at 90 miles an hour with a range of emotions,” VanBuskirk said. “I get home and my wife was saying everything’s good, but we’ll have to wait the weekend. We got the results on Friday — it was cancer, a very aggressive cancer,” he said. “I kept thinking this can’t be, she’s

then got up to fight.” In December, she had a mastectomy. The surgeon found more cancer and the surgery was a lot more extensive than expected. “Dumb drains,” she said. “They hurt and you can’t wait to get rid of them.” She said the doctors thought the cancer looked self-contained. “They wanted to take things one baby step at a time. Then they did adjunctive chemo and radiation. With experience and time, they have found that little pieces float off and cause cancer in the liver and other places,” she said. “Because of my bone marrow transplant my marrow is compromised, so I’ve been a trial and error for the poor doctor. I’ve changed chemo several times,” she said. Because of one of the drugs she has taken, she said, her heart function dropped down to 45 percent. “They prefer it to be at 50 to 65 percent,” she said. Bottger had five weeks of radiation. “I am, thankfully, through that. I couldn’t wait to get my appointment with the plastic surgeon — I will have surgery in February, and that will be the last step of this journey.” Her message to the audience: “You can never give up hope.” “We have so many people to thank,” she said. The nurses who deal with 75 to 100 patients a day, all with their

only 40. I turned to her and said ‘we are going to fight this and win this.’ “I almost sit back and say everything went almost perfect. It was a difficult time but we made it,” he said. “It went pretty good. She’s doing great today.” He looked at the Ponca City fire fighters who were acting as waiters, all dressed in pink T-shirts in support of breast cancer patients and survivors. “After all the surgeries I’ll say these firemen who are here tonight — they are not here because they are great waiters or because they look good in pink,” he said. “As Dave Graybill, the founder of the Pink Heals Tour says as we travel around the country, we love each and every one of you who is here tonight and our community.” VanBuskirk said the other fire fighters who participate in the Pink Heals Tour have been persistent. “They kept poking me to get a pink fire truck. I woke up one night and thought ‘We need a pink fire truck. How can we do this? How can we raise the funds.’ “Now’s the time to get started. As you know, if we set our mind to do something we get it done,” he said. “This year we went to several houses,” he said. “When we hand those ladies their flowers and tell them we love them, there’s not a dry eye in the bunch. “It is about love. About awareness. About Hope. “Tonight is our official kickoff of our Pink Heals Oklahoma Chapter. Next year we will have our own pink fire truck out front,” VanBuskirk said. “We need a vast array of people from accountants to people to fold T-shirts and sell T-shirts,” he said. Those interested in helping bring a pink fire truck to Ponca City are asked to email VanBuskirk at

different needs. I lost over half my blood and I didn’t know it. They couldn’t get my blood because I have a special antibody because of the bone marrow transplant.” She was not a willing hospital patient, she admitted. When the doctor wanted her to stay overnight, she found many excuses. “I needed makeup. They made up a makeup kit for me, got me some paper pajamas and a turban to get me to stay overnight,” she said. “They suffer along with us. It bothers them. Everyone is an individual to them,” Bottger said. “Everybody here putting this (banquet) on and the firemen who are serving, thank you. It means a lot. I’ve been through it and I’m still here.” Debi Vap “My journey began April 2. I had an appointment in Ark City in the morning, then a mammogram in Stillwater and then I was supposed to go to Newkirk to set up a concession stand,” Vap said. “So I thought I would cancel the mammogram. Then it hit me — no. It took 10 minutes.” The next day, they called her back in because they spotted something. “‘We want to make sure it’s really nothing,’ they said. On April 11, I got back in for diagnostic mammogram. “It was not anything I expected. When she got done, the radiologist really wanted to do an ultrasound,” she said. “They started the ultrasound

and couldn’t find what they were looking for. I came in the next day for an MRI ... they pinpointed it, found the size and I had a needle biopsy. On the way out they handed my husband a card with the name of a surgeon they already made an appointment for.” She said when she got the word about the needle biopsy, it was cancer. I went into the office of a co-worker and had a massive breakdown,” she said. “Then you either pick yourself up by your bootstraps or you lie down and do nothing.” From that moment, life became a whirlwind. “Meeting the surgeon was a nightmare,” she said. Neither she nor her husband caught everything the doctor said. “He knew a breast cancer specialist and I saw her by that Friday. The whole world lifted off of my shoulders,” Vap said. “That was the scariest conversation I ever had.” In Vap’s case, the lump was less than an inch and was found in a duct instead of a gland. “I had to have genetic testing done. We figured out it was not a genetic mutation,” she said. She had three surgeries in six weeks, Vap said. “A lumpectomy; a lift, tuck and reduction. And a port placement for chemo.” She had her seventh chemotherapy a week before the banquet. “My last one will be on Halloween. We will have more

Cathy Cole, director of the Healthy Woman Program, also thanked the organization. “I could not be more blessed. I have the most amazing job in the world,” Cole said. “It is also the most heartbreaking, as women come to me and ask, ‘Do you know how I can get help to get a mammogram?’ “When the Pink Heals tour came last year, I started this fund,” Cole said. I can’t thank our community so much for helping save lives. This is doing it.”

information on radiation then. It will be at least 33 treatments, every day,” she said. She said she is taking preventive radiation and chemo for the cure, not for remission. Vap said the personal support she has received has been incredible. “You’ll see a lot of people here who have name tags with the name of Debi. They aren’t all named Debi. They are doing this to support me,” she said. She said her son’s football team members all wear “Cancer Sucks” bracelets in their games. Her take-away message: “Mammograms are needed. Everyone has to have one,” Vap said. “Every April I get my mammogram, my ob/gyn exam and I pay my taxes.” “My journey continues and I hope to be finished by Christmas,” she said. Lisa Crone-Sheldon “A still small voice was nudging me as I gave the invocation during last year’s Pink Heals Tour,” pastor Lisa Crone-Sheldon said. “I went in and I think that event saved my life.” She talked to the audience about self care. “We forget to take care of ourselves. We never quite get around to it. But events like this remind us — we all need to take care of ourselves and get our mammograms,” she said. “I want to emphasize what a wonderful community we have and what wonderful resources we have in Ponca City,” she said. “I saw a member of my church there and we were joking. I had learned at a Soropitmist event that our medical center here has improved so much that we are right in line with the best. We have digital mammography.” Last year, after her mammogram, she said the doctor’s staff told her they saw some calcifications. “You need to be sure to come in next year because it could be cancerous or precancerous,” she said they told her. “At this event last year, I knew I needed to go get that mammogram, so I set aside time to drive down the street and take a few minutes to get a mammogram. My doctor said I needed to have a needle biopsy,” she said. “My husband bought me some hard lemonade and I was ready. We also went to the Rusty Barrel afterward and had a tumble-

weed.” The doctor called CroneSheldon into his office and said “We have a cancer.” “I thought ‘what’s this we?’” she said. “He got me in to a surgeon. We are so fortunate to have surgeons like Dr. Gilbert in our community. It is wonderful to get everything done right in Ponca City. I could continue doing my work to get my mind off all this other stuff,” she said. She had a mastectomy on the right side. I had a very small calcification. It was just a couple of star shapes, not even a lump,” she said. “They call that pleomorphic calcifications. They looked like snowflakes. That’s how they knew to check for it to see if it was cancer. It was probably the size of the first tick mark on a ruler. “They told me there was no way I would have felt this in a self exam. We really should know how to check ourselves routinely in the shower to make sure everything is still normal. In this case, the mammogram was the only way it could be caught,” she said. “There are a variety of cancers. Don’t compare yourself to every other story you have heard. Some are more aggressive. Some are fed by estrogen. Take it one day at a time and be proactive,” she said. “My husband kept me laughing and kept me from taking thing too seriously,” CroneSheldon said. “I didn’t have time to get emotional. I like to swim and do the breast stroke. Allen said ‘I guess you’re going to have to start using your arms now.’” She said VitaCare was an excellent source of help for fitting her prosthesis and undergarments, as well as swimming suits. “I want to say thank you to my church. They are here — many are on a spiritual retreat tonight,” she said. “My church showed love to me in a way that just blew my mind. I never knew how many were breast cancer survivors until then. Some of them took me to the doctor while I was still on pain meds and to get stitches out and tubes out. “Don’t wait until you have cancer to build that kind of support network.” Her message to the audience: “God is our protector. Yes, I had cancer, but it could have been much worse if I had not listened to that prompting,” she said.

Kaw Lake Fall Festival Slated Sunday at Camp McFadden Explore a nature trail, decorate a pumpkin, wear your most unusual costume ... these are some of the events at the Annual Kaw Lake Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Camp McFadden, on the west shore of Kaw Lake. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes to enter a special children’s costume contest with prizes for those 12 and younger. “This year we decided to have the Fall Festival on a Sunday,” said Kathy Tippin, executive director of the Kaw Lake Association. “With so many other things going on in the area and college football games on Saturdays, we hope this will prove to be a great family alternative for a Sunday afternoon.” Children 12 and under are encouraged to wear their costumes and enter the Costume

Contest for prizes. “We look forward to seeing all kinds of costumes,” said Wayne Mitchell, president of the Kaw Lake Association. For the adults there will be a Gift and Craft Show inside the Camp McFadden lodge. Among other activities for the day are a hay rack ride, nature hike and pumpkin decorating. And there are the usual camp attractions including the Canoe Pond and Nature Walk on the wonderful hiking trails. In addition, new to the camp will be kayaks on the Canoe Pond. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 6-12. Under 6 are free. For more information, contact the Kaw Lake Association at 580-762-9494 or 877-6716985 (toll free).

MARY AUSTIN, right, helps her two grandsons fix their hamburgers at last year’s Kaw Lake Fall Festival. The children are, from left, Blake Austin, son of Ryan and Stephanie Austin and Taylor Austin, son of Brett and Darcy Austin. This year’s festival is Sunday.


Whatever Happened to Boxing? A friend and I were having a relatively meaningless discussion recently, when he posed the question “Whatever happened to boxing?” Neither of us provided an answer to the question, it was simply a lead-in to more meaningless discussion about our memories of a time when boxing was a sport that drew a lot of the nation’s attention. Boxers were right up there with other sports notables. Muhammad Ali, Wilt Chamberlain, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Unitas, they were all heavyduty celebrities. In some ways, the boxers might have been the biggest stars. I never participated in boxing — except once. My brother-in-law had two pair of boxing gloves and a friend and I borrowed them once to see what it would be like to fight with gloves on. I remember landing a couple of blows, but my friend got me in the eye with a thumb. That ended that bout and my interest in putting on the gloves. But I have warm and fuzzy memories of being a boxing spectator in the years before my family had a television set in our home. We had a standing invitation to visit our neighbors, George Bergsma and his mother, Emma, who did have a television set. We usually went over to their house at least once or twice a week to view the TV offerings of that era. My mother insisted on seeing “I Love Lucy,” which we did almost every week. Another of our favorites was Edward R. Murrow’s Person to Person. If you don’t remember, Murrow would interview celebrities, usually in their homes. I specifically remember the interviews featuring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Liberace, Groucho Marx and Elizabeth Taylor. Both of my folks really liked “You Bet Your Life” Groucho Marx’s game show. One show that I got a kick out of was “Stanley” which featured Buddy Hackett and Carol Burnett, long before either became famous. For some reason, I would giggle every time the show came on. But I must have been one of the few to giggle at “Stanley” because it was cancelled after the first season. Another favorite was “Private Secretary” with Ann Sothern and yet another was “December Bride.” But my most favorite television experience of that era was the Friday nights when my Dad and I would go to the Bergsmas’ to watch the “Gillette Cavalcade of Sports” or the “fights” as George and my Dad called them. The “fights” were boxing matches between some highly regarded boxers and they always were competing in New York’s Madison Square

This and That About Sports By David Miller

BOXING CAN be a bloody sport as can be seen in this photo of Sugar Ray Robinson, left, fighting Carmen Basilio. Robinson once was called the best fighter “pound for pound” in the history of boxing.

JAKE LAMOTTA, shown above, was a very good fighter in his own right, but he was immortalized by the Robert DeNiro movie “Raging Bull.” LaMotta and Sugar Ray Robinson fought six times. Garden where the legendary Johnny Addie was the ring announcer. As I recall, Addie always wore a tuxedo. I also remember that George liked to see fights involving the smaller weight classes. He liked to see fighters box with finesse. Personally, I liked the heavyweights. I guess I was a little bloodthirsty as I wanted to see a knockout. And the bigger guys were more likely to punch their way to a knockout than the smaller ones. One of the things that made the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports special was the theme song. Remember the “Look Sharp/Be Sharp March” which I’m now told is the official name of Gillette’s theme music? I loved that music. The words went something like this “To look sharp and feel sharp too, choose a razor that’s built for you. Light, regular, heavy, a shaver for any beard, Ole.” Gillette spon-

GEORGE FOREMAN, famous for marketing his grills, really was a very fearsome boxer in his prime.

sored just about every important sporting event back in those years and the theme song could be heard at each. But Friday nights almost always meant boxing, Gillette and that great theme. As I mentioned earlier, our neighbor, George, liked the smaller fighters. Two of his favorites were Sandy Saddler and Willie Pep, who were featherweights. He would enjoy telling about how the two had fought several times and how one of their bouts was called the dirtiest fight ever fought. I saw both Pep and Saddler fight other fighters on the Gillette program and I remember seeing some pretty good fights involving one or the other. Other boxers I can remember that George liked were Paddy DeMarco and Kid Gavilan. I would rather see fighters such as Archie Moore, Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott box, because they were heavyweights or light heavyweights and knockouts in their bouts were more frequent. I also liked Rocky Marciano, but I never saw him fight on television. When I was a youngster, the only time Marciano pulled on the gloves was for a heavyweight championship bout. We listened to those on the radio, and as I recall, if it was for a championship, it was sponsored by Gillette. Marciano never lost and is considered one of the very best fighters ever. The earliest fight I remember hearing on the radio was one between Joe Louis and Ezzard Charles. Louis was the favorite of just about everyone I knew. He had a long and illustrious career and then had retired. But he ran into financial difficulty through

EZZARD CHARLES, right, and Joe Louis during their 1950 fight in New York. Charles won the match on points.

very sad circumstances. Those who handled his money failed to pay income taxes and Louis wound up owing the IRS millions of dollars. He started boxing again just to raise money to give to the U.S. government. The Charles fight was an attempt to get some big bucks, but not only did Louis lose the match on points, not very many folks showed up to buy tickets, and Louis’ share of the gate fell far short of the goal. Louis went on to fight some more, but he was too old, the reflexes were gone and he was never able to recapture the glory he had had in his prime. I remember crying (I was only six) when Louis lost the Charles fight and also remember my mother admonishing me that I shouldn’t get so “riled up” over a “sports thing.” Later I became a fan of the real Sugar Ray, Sugar Ray Robinson. Some have called Robinson the best fighter, pound for pound, to ever crawl into a ring. Robinson had some notable fights, with Carmen Basilion, Jake LaMotta, Bobo Olson and Gene Fullmer. He fought LaMotta (the subject of the movie “Raging Bull”) six times. When Marciano retired, there was a tournament to replace him as heavyweight champion of the world. The two finalists were Floyd Patterson and Archie Moore. I remember cheering for Moore and being upset when Patterson won. Again I was admonished not to get so worked up. I never did like Patterson and was happy when Ingemar Johansson knocked him out. And after Patterson regained the championship by whipping Johansson, I was happy when Sonny Liston knocked Patterson out in the first round. And eventually Liston would lose to a youngster named Cassius Clay, who eventually changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Ali fought in an era of great fighters, such as Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Ken Norton. They were all heavyweights. A middleweight in the same era was Sugar Ray Leonard, who was very, very good, but in my humble and biased opinion, was not as good as the first Sugar Ray. There were other fighters of note to come along, such as Tommy Holmes, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. But for me, my interest began to wane when fighters like Mike Tyson came along. Part of my disinterest is due to promoters such as Don King. And

THIS SUGAR Ray, (Sugar Ray Leonard) was a pretty good boxer in his era.

MUHAMMED ALI shown in his prime as a boxing champion. when Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear I lost all interest. I don’t think I could name one boxer in today’s world. If my mother were here she would nod in approval. She abhorred violence and could not understand how anyone

would be interested in watching a couple of men “pound on each other.” She was ultimately concerned that I might be inclined to take up boxing. She had little to fear on that count. That thumb in the eye experience had been enough for me.

MADISON SQUARE Garden ring announcer Johnny Addie, left, holds up the hand of Archie Moore, who successfully defended his light heavyweight title against Harold Johnson in 1954. Addie was a central character to the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports telecasts of Friday Night Fights in the 1950s.


THE NEWCOMER of the Year Award is presented to a volunteer who has joined RSVP since the last banquet and has been actively involved in the community. This year’s recipient is Kathy Turner, right, receiving her award from RSVP Council Member Sandra Lockwood. Turner has volunteered at RSVP, the Ponca City Senior Advisory Board and her church.

EACH MONTH, RSVP recognizes one volunteer who has demonstrated exceptional performance in their volunteer service, as evidenced by their reported hours and comments from their volunteer station or site manager. Pictured are Volunteers of the Month who have been recognized since the last banquet. They are, from left, Nancy Priebe, Barbara Shoemaker, Jeanette Bahjet, Carol Sneath, Paula Dill and Jack Kelsey.

RSVP Honors Volunteers at Annual Banquet The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Kay County recently held its 15th annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet at Kay Electric in Blackwell. The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the awards for Volunteer of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Overcoming Adversity, Kay County Community Awards, Station Partnership Award, Volunteer Supporter, Chatline, Frankie Moore Memorial I and II Awards, and Volunteers of the Month. Volunteers with RSVP of Kay County contributed a total of 119,777 hours of service to their communities during the past year, according to Director Rocky Hudson. The organization partners with 67 volunteer stations or sites where volunteers can serve. There are more than 600 volunteers who are members of RSVP of Kay County. Six volunteers from Ponca

City contributed more than 1,500 hours of service during the past year. They are Chuck Clark, Garvin Fryar, Virgie Haines, Laura Taylor, Peggy Wilson and Joe Wensler. Another group of Ponca City RSVP volunteers contributed between 1,001 and 1,500 hours of service. They are Maxcine Bussey, Joan Clark, Jack James, Ila McKee, Edith Mears, Glea Means and Jay Stafford. Another 42 Ponca City RSVP volunteers achieved between 500 and 1,000 hours of community service in the past year. They are Eulonda Alkim, Jeanette Bahjat, Betty Bales, Neva Balzer, Claudia Barnes, Delores Barnhart, Vonda Barnwell, Helen Bloxsom, Royce Caldron, Burton Casad, Marcia Caudle, Betty Cohenour, Darlene Cotton, Linda Dickerson, Roy Furr, Lawanna Gann, Blanche Giles, Sharon Glowacki,

Charles Godsey, Syble Hager, Clara Hargraves, William “Bill” Hermes, Sherrill Hickerson, Chuck Hoddy, Ruby Johnson, Marilyn Krepps, Ted Matson, Marcella Matthews, Lorraine McDonagh, Phyllis Moriarty, Barbara Nickles, Gerald Nield, Fay Nex, Merlynn Perdue, Leora Rhoads, Warren Rivers, Keith Romine, Shirley Rutledge, Sonny Sage, Gene Sullivan, Trelma Sullivan and Lavena Toon. RSVP is a United Way of Ponca City agency. It is also funded by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about RSVP or how to become an RSVP Volunteer, call 580-762-9412 or stop by the RSVP office at 205 West Hartford Avenue, Suite 100.

THE STATION Partnership Award is presented to one RSVP Station or volunteer site that has worked closely with RSVP to provide volunteer opportunities which are interesting and beneficial for volunteers while meeting valid community needs. This year the honor was given to the Ponca City Senior Center. Marie Trenary, left, Senior Programming Specialist at the Center, accepted the award from Earleine Harman, RSVP Council Member.

COMMUNITY AWARDS honor a volunteer in each of RSVP’s Kay County communities. This year’s award winner from Ponca City was Roy Furr. Furr volunteers for the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Ponca City, The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Ponca City Main Street and Kaw Lake Association. The presenter of the award is Carol Orr, RSVP Council Member.

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THE FRANKIE Moore II Awards are given to RSVP volunteers who have accrued a significant number of volunteer hours in one of three categories during the past year — between 500 and 1,000 hours of volunteer service, 1,001 to 1,500 hours, or more than 1,500 hours. Pictured are six of the seven volunteers who have accrued more than 1,500 hours of volunteer service. From left, they are Joe Wensler, Peggy Wilson, Benjamin Dill, Virgie Haines, Garvin Fryar and Chuck Clark. Not pictured is Laura Taylor.

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THE FRANKIE Moore I Award, given each year in memory of the former Volunteer Coordinator, is presented to the RSVP Volunteer with the highest number of reported hours since the last banquet. This year’s recipient was Peggy Wilson, left, who directs the day-to-day operations at the McCord Senior Center. Rita Sells, RSVP Council Member, made the presentation.

THE VOLUNTEER Supporter Award is presented to an individual or non-profit organization in Kay County which has supported the RSVP Program in various ways during the past year. The recipient of this year’s award is Jenny Ellis, left, Sales and Marketing Director for Sterling House of Ponca City. The presenter is Traci DeBoard, Volunteer Coordinator for the RSVP Program. THE VOLUNTEER of the Year Award is the highest recognition which can be received by a volunteer with RSVP of Kay County. It is bestowed on one individual each year who exhibits exceptional service to their community and is the recipient of other distinguished recognitions. In speaking of this year’s winner, RSVP Director Rocky Hudson said “Every time I see him, he is pouring himself into the service of helping others — whether at Ponca City Medical Center, the Outpatient Surgical Center or doing a one-time project for RSVP. Further, what sets him apart is not only the continuity of his service, but the quality of his effort.” Pictured receiving the Volunteer of the Year award from Hudson is Garvin Fryar, left.

Burbank Fire Department To Hold Cookoff BURBANK — The Burbank Volunteer Fire Department will have a chili cookoff at 4 p.m. Saturday. Entry in the cookoff is $25 per chili. Tasting bowls are $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and younger. Grand prize will be a gas grill and second prize will be a $100 gift card. Sponsors said there will be door prizes. For more information, call Trevor Davis at 580-716-7837. For chili entries, call Haley Lessert at 918-688-8834.

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THE EXTERIOR of the Federal Building in Ponca City. It houses the U.S. Postal Service as well as a branch of the Kay County District Court.

THE STATE SEAL, which is hung on the wall behind the judge’s bench.

THE JUDGE’S BENCH in the Kay County District Courtroom.

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LYDIE’S COTTAGE, on the grounds of the E.W. Marland Estate.

Tour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Continued From Page 1C) Kinkaid, makes the practice the only animal clinic in the downtown area. The practice moved to the new location in May. The clinic includes an inviting reception area with separate dog and cat waiting areas staffed by David’s daughter Kelli Backus. There is a special high-end pet boutique and a drive-up window on the north side of the building for picking up a pet’s special food or medication. Lydie’s Cottage John Duncan Forsyth, master architect for the E.W. Marland Estate, designed the original chauffeur’s quarters and garage. Several architectural elements used in the mansion were implemented in a smaller version in the cottage, including the scalloped ceiling and fish-scale stone floor in the entry. The exterior limestone and red clay tile roof match the other original buildings on the estate. The cottage included a living room, kitchen, and half-bath on the ground level, with two bedrooms and a full bath upstairs, plus four garages and two carriage stalls. Marland and his wife Lydie returned to Ponca City and the Marland Estate in 1939, following E.W.’s term as governor of Oklahoma. Forsyth remodeled the carriage area of the chauffeur’s house into a bedroom and bathroom, and E.W. and Lydie made this cottage their home. They only opened the mansion occasionally for special events. The restored cottage is furnished as Lydie’s home might have looked in the 1940s. The north upstairs bedroom contains the Marland Family Exhibit, highlighting various elements of E.W. Marland’s personal and public life — as a family man, a philanthropist and a politician. Many original artifacts and memorabilia help portray the family fun activities such as polo and fox hunting, as well as the extravagant life-

style of the Marlands. Also on the tour is the home of Dr. Bruce and Courtney Baugher, 910 East Overbrook Avenue. Other historic sites will be marked with signs, but not open to visitors. They include: •The Donald Henderson Home, formerly the G.B. Barnes house, at 904 East Overbrook Avenue, across the street from the Baugher home. G.B. Barnes was the son of B.S. Barnes, founder of Ponca City. G.B. joined his father in Ponca City shortly after the Cherokee Strip Land Run in 1893. For many years he was associated with the Murdoch Coffee and Spice Company in Kansas City, Mo., as a salesman, later representing the firm in Lincoln, Neb. In 1917, he bought the Barnes Grocery Store from his brother in the 300 block of East Grand Avenue. He sold it in 1933. In 1938 he retired and moved to Tulsa. There will be a sign marked “Master of the Hounds” at this home. E.W. Marland brought the sports of fox hunting and polo to Oklahoma. The little red foxes they hunted are not indigenous to this part of the country; Marland had them brought in from Pennsylvania. There are many of them living in this region now, and they are all descendants of a “Marland” fox that got away. The “Master of the Hounds” directed the hunters in the proper way of conducting themselves during a fox hunt. To become a part of the “Horsey Set” became the elite thing to do in Ponca City. •Marland’s Fourteenth Street Polo Field, which was on the west side of Fourteenth Street between Overbrook and Parkview Lane; •Hillcrest Polo Field and Pony Barn, No. 47 Hillcrest. Polo was also introduced to Ponca City by Marland. He organized a team and set up three different polo fields for practice and for competition.

Local Author Plans Book Release Party By BEVERLY BRYANT Midweek Editor Ponca City author Barbara Hay will host a book launch party for her new book, “The Bulldoggers Club: The Tale of the Ill-Gotten Catfish,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 in front of the Ponca City library. The children’s event will include pony rides and a trick roper and an appearance by the Red Dirt Rangers. “This is a Red Dirt book release,” Hay said. “The Bulldoggers Club” is a middle-grade reader for grades 4-6, Hay said. “It is for readers who like rodeo; it is multi-cultural and multi-generational,” she said. “I wrote it for reluctant readers. My goal is to encourage children to develop a love of reading and to become lifelong learners.” The book is the latest release by Roadrunner Press, which Hay founded in 2009. Roadrunner Press also publishes the works of M. Scott Carter, Linda McDonald and Joan O’Neill, in addition to Hay. Each of the authors is scheduled to appear at the book release party with their books. Jeanne Devlin came on as editor of Roadrunner Press in 2010 and took on the business side of the publishing company. She also makes the book selections. In addition, the company now has a marketing manager. “We are a regional press with a strong base in Oklahoma,” Hay said. The Roadrunner Press meets frequently in the cottage Hay uses as her writing studio, a charming green house situated between the former Ponca City News building and a former automobile lot in the 200 block of North Third Street. A long, heavy dining table serve as the conference table for business meetings. The cottage is a multi-functional location. In addition to being the home of Roadrunner Press, it still contains a gym which was established and run by Hay’s partner, fitness trainer Joe Andrew, who died at the age of 39 in 2011. Many of his clients continue to work out here and Hay expects to hire a new trainer in the near future. A large portion of the cottage, however, is Hay’s writing retreat. The rooms are decorated in a country French style and large windows look out on a courtyard, which currently is filled with a variety of autumnal flowers and garden art. A black cat with white whiskers affectionately greets visitors. Although Hay has a large home in Ponca City, the cottage often serves as an overflow location for guests and is used during writing retreats she has hosted. Decorative hat boxes keep her notes neatly filed on closet shelves. Hay, originally from Maryland, moved to Ponca City in 1993 when her husband Ron accepted a job here. He became ill in 2004 and had a liver transplant in 2005. He died in 2006. Hay maintains close connections with her four children, sons Ben, 28, and Peter, 26, and daughters Amelia, 22, and Julia, 13. She plans to run with her son in the Tulsa 5K run. “It keeps you on your game,” she said. She took her daughters, her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter on a research trip for a new series she is writing. They traveled in Hay’s SUV to the northeast United States; the trip also included a visit with family and a stop

LOCAL AUTHOR Barbara Hay with her new book, “The Bulldoggers’ Club,” at the desk where she writes. (News Photos by Beverly Bryant) in New York to see a Broadway Show. They also visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, crossing through the Hudson River Valley. On their way home, they stopped in Cleveland to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “That was a tribute to Joe,” she said. “He knew every piece of trivia about rock and roll.” She met Joe after her husband Ron died. “I started running and I and started working,” she came to see Joe as a trainer,” said. she said. “It gave me someShe stopped writing when thing positive to do through her husband became ill. my grief.” “I wrote a Haiku daily and She ran a 15K race in 2007 some short stories,” she said. and a marathon in 2008. In addition to her husband “I ran 20 miles every four and Andrews, Hay also lost days to train,” she said. “I her father in December 2011. made a 10-mile loop twice.” “I had to walk on hot coals to Hay said she has been writ- get here,” she said. “I’ve never ing for 20 years — she worked lost my hopefulness about life. nine years as a newspaper A window opens somewhere, stringer and has written fic- it seems, and I’ve had good tion since she was in high friends to support me.” school. She said many of those “In 1992, I started writing friends are part of Roadrunnovels,” she said. ner Press. Her first book, “The Lesson “We are like-minded souls,” of White Eagle,” was pub- she said. “We want to make lished in 2001 through a print- quality products that reflect on-demand publisher. the beauty of Oklahoma.” She has also worked as a 911 Among the works published dispatcher for the Ponca City by Roadrunner Press are calPolice endars by photographer David “Then I opened the press Fitzgerald and postcards.

A SITTING AREA on a hidden porch provides a cozy spot for morning coffee.

A COUPLE of gnomes hang out with the garden plants.

Pioneer Woman Museum Prepares for Renovation

By BEVERLY BRYANT News Staff Writer The Pioneer Woman Museum has started a partial renovation of the education room using private funds, in anticipation of a major renovation to start in January, museum director Jean Winchester said. The education room will be the new collecting room, she said. “We will be a collecting museum again,” she said. In January, the Oklahoma Historical Society will close the museum for several months for a big change in the building, Winchester said. “We will change the lobby and move the weaving area and rework both exhibits rooms,” she said. “The room that was the collections room will become the education room and will include a kitchenette,” she said. The renovation will include the repair of ceilings. The gift shop also will be redone. “The Women of Rock and Roll exhibit will leave and the permanent gallery will be updated,” Winchester said. “We will have old-fashioned

TURNED WOOD pieces made from box elder wood by Carl Petersen are among the items available at the Pioneer Woman Museum’s gift shop. These and other pieces by local artists are sold on consignment. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant) things that you use your hands for through computers,” she said. The gift shop is accepting museum-quality handcrafted consignment items, Winchester said. “You can already find beautiful handcrafted gifts available now from several Okla-

homa and regional artists, including Audrey Schmitz, Betty Biedermann, Carl Petersen, Darrell Bolin and the Long Hair family, Judy Morrison, Kitty McGinnis, and Jan Heffner. For more information about consigning items, call the museum at 580-765-6108.


Area Calendar Every Day Principles Before Personalities, Narcotics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Harmony House basement (use south entrance by parking lot). Twice a Month Friday or Saturday Christian Singles Group meets twice a month, for more information on time and place, call 763-5945 or 762-1295. Third Sunday Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) North Central Chapter, for information call (580) 716-8500. Every Monday TOPS #308 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), First Presbyterian Church, 1505 East Grand Avenue, Ponca City, 5 to 5:50 p.m. for weigh-ins with meeting following. Contact Donna McCoy 580-362-3961 or Natalie Welch at 580-716-3059 after 5 p.m. 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, 5 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. Parents of Multiples Club, 6-7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, South Fifth Street and East Oklahoma Avenue, Ponca City, for more information, poncacitypomc@gmail. com. 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. The Children’s Hour Grief Support Group, 6 p.m., 1904 North Union Street, Suite 103, Ponca City, call 580-762-9102 for information. Second and Fourth Monday 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. 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. 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 and Thursday 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. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Exercise, 9:30 a.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. First Tuesday Lions Kids Diabetes Support Group, 6:30 p.m., For Location Call Rick at 762-8383. 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, 319 West Grand Avenue, Contact Sharon, 763-8051 for more information. Classic Cars & Draggin’ Grand of Ponca City meeting, 7 p.m., Nazarene Church, 1900 West Grand Avenue, prospective members welcome. Second Tuesday Camp McFadden Recreational Area Board Meeting, noon, Head Country BBQ Restaurant. Public invited; for information, phone 762-9955. Schooners Car Club Dinner and Meeting, 6 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Cherokee Strip Corvette Club, 6 p.m., Pemberton Chevrolet, 3330 North Fourteenth Street, Ponca City, 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. Northern Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, 6:158:30 p.m., Pioneer Technology Center Conference Room, 2101 North Ash Street, more information Todd Rivers, 7634998 or email childofgod777@ Rural Water District No. 1 Monthly Board Meetings, 7:30 p.m., Enterprise School Building on Lake Road. Second and Fourth Tuesday Moose Lodge/L.O.O.M. Meeting Night, 8 p.m., Moose Lodge, West Prospect Avenue, Ponca City. 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. Fourth Tuesday Rough and Tumble Rock Club, 7 p.m., Albright United Methodist Church, 128 South Palm Street, Ponca City, call 479-619-8941 for more information. 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 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, 763-6020. 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. Celebrate Recovery for Anyone With Hurts, Habits, or Hangups (That’s All of Us), 6:15 p.m., Otoe Baptist Church, Red Rock. Open AA Meetings, 7 p.m., Ponca Tribal Social Development Center, all welcome. First Thursday Master Gardeners, 9 a.m., Cann Gardens. Writer’s Group, 7 p.m., Cyber Rover, 113 North Main, Blackwell, information Evyonna, 763-1638. Kay-9 Dog Training Club, 7 p.m., Ponca City Library, public welcome, contact Ruth 4015569. 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. Goldwing Road Riders Association, a motorcycle club, 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m., Pizza Hut, Ponca City, More Information, call Elston and DiAnn Ashpole, 580-762-8918. “Lean on Me” Bariatric Surgery Support Group, 6 p.m., Ponca City Medical Center, Conference Room B. Contact 762-1186. Families With Hearing Loss Support Group, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 South Sixth Street, Ponca City, Daycare Provided, Information Gineta 580-761-0393. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14, 7 p.m., Post Home, 407 West South Avenue, all eligible persons invited. Contact 765-9073. 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

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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 for contact information, visitors welcome. Vietnam Veterans of America, Northern Oklahoma Chapter 750, regular meetings, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue. Kay County DAV Chapter 16, 7 p.m., 1006 West Ferguson Avenue, Blackwell, For Benefit Questions, Call 580363-3309, Call 580-363-3241 for other information. Third Thursday of Every Other Month Kay County Local Emergency Planning Committee, noon, training room of Ponca City Fire Station No. 1, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, January, March, May, July, September, November. Fourth Thursday Hospice of North Central Oklahoma inc. and Higher Ground Center for Loss & Education Grief Support Group, 1:30-3 p.m., 1904 North Union Street Suiit 103, Ponca City, more details 580-762-9102 or 1-800-814-9102. Alzheimer Support and Respite Group Meetings, 7 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Every Friday Prayers for the Nation, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 739 North Fourth Street. 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. First and Third Friday Burger & Steak Night, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, Hamburger/Cheeseburger With Fries $5, 1-Inch Thick Ribeye With Fries $15 While They Last, Water or Tea Included, Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages Also Available. 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 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 Moose Lodge/L.O.O.M. Hosts Breakfast Buffet, 7-10 a.m., Moose Lodge, West Prospect Avenue, Ponca City. 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. November 2 Burger & Steak Night, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, Hamburger/Cheeseburger With Fries $5, 1-Inch Thick Ribeye With Fries $15 While They Last, Water or Tea Included, Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages Also Available. November 3 Ponca City Christian Academy “Pounding the Pavement” 5K Run/Walk, 8:30 a.m., Marland Mansion, Those registered by Oct. 22 will receive a T-shirt, For more information log onto or call 580765-6038. Iris Magnus Book Signiong, 10 a.m.-Noon, Hastings, 2900 North Fourteenth Street, Ponca City, signing her book “The Sweet Walk: Overcoming the Diabetes Challenge and Taking Control of Life.” November 5 Iris Magnus Book Signiong, 2-4 p.m., Walgreens, 2100 North Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kan., signing her book “The Sweet Walk: Overcoming the Diabetes Challenge and Taking Control of Life.” November 8 Noon Lions’ Dinner and Auction, Dinner 6 p.m. (catered by Stage Coach BBQ), Auction 7 p.m., Moose Lodge, 500 West Prospect Avenue, Ponca City, Proceeds to Lions many vision projects. November 10 Ponca City Veterans Day Parade, 10:45 a.m., Grand Avenue, Call 580-765-9073 for information or entries. November 12 Kay County Retired Educators Association, 11:30 a.m. lunch, Pioneer Technology Center 2101 North Ash, Ponca

City, Program: “Must Know Health Tips,” by Mary Allan, Pioneer Technology Center director of practical nursing, lunch $7. November 13 McCord Volunteer Fire Department, 7 p.m., McCord Volunteer Fire Department Station, 22 Howard. November 16 Burger & Steak Night, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, Hamburger/Cheeseburger With Fries $5, 1-Inch Thick Ribeye With Fries $15 While They Last, Water or Tea Included, Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages Also Available. November 19 Osage Cove Volunteer Fire Department, 6 p.m., Fire Station, corner U.S. 60 and Keeler Road, new volunteers always welcome. Ostomy Association of North Central Oklahoma, 7 p.m., Program to be Decided, Stillwater Medical Center, Board Room. November 24 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. December 7 Burger & Steak Night, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, Hamburger/Cheeseburger With Fries $5, 1-Inch Thick Ribeye With Fries $15 While They Last, Water or Tea Included, Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages Also Available. December 8 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. December 15 Lions’ Free Eye Screening and Visit With Santa for Children 6 Months and Older, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ponca City YMCA. December 21 Burger & Steak Night, 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, hamburger/cheeseburger with fries $5, 1-inch thick ribeye with fries $15 while they last. December 22 Pancakes/Sausage/Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast, 6:30-10 a.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, adults $5, children under 12 $3, children under 6 free, includes drinks. March 28 Lion ChildSight Free Eye Screening for Young Children, Hutchins Memorial Auditorium, 6-8 p.m., Ponca City.



Friday, Oct. 26

Saturday, Nov. 3

Featuring “The Hillbenders” from Springfield, MO

Featuring “Dale Eisenhauer and Kathy Brown”


Bluegrass & Barbeque Buffet

Country & Oldies Rock Chuckwagon Buffet


General Admission $35

Adults $30 • Children $15

Dinner starts at 6:45 • Music at 7:15 - two 45 minute sets Dutch Oven desserts at Intermission

Two-show Ticket Special: Buy tickets for both shows and save $5.00 on the total price!

Advance tickets suggested Limited tickets available at the door

(580) 362-2600


Where Is This?

THIS LOCATION played a very important role in the early days of Ponca City. It is also Ponca City’s smallest city park. The first person who emails with the correct location will have their name printed in next week’s “Where Is This?” (News Photo by Beverly Bryant)

Booster Club To Hold Auction, Chili Cook-Off RED ROCK — The Frontier Booster Club, in partnership with the Masonic Lodge of Tonkawa, will hold its 15th annual Chili Cook-Off and Auction starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. The auction follows at 6:30 p.m. in the Frontier School Cafeteria. To get to the cafeteria, go west on State Highway 15 from U.S. Highway 177 or east on State Highway 15 from U.S. Highway 77 to Frontier School. Tasting kits are $3 per person, which includes drink and dessert. Diners will cast their votes for “Best in the West.” Prizes are $50 for first place, $35 for second place, $25 for third place and $15 for best table presentation. To enter the chili contest, call 580-761-5428 and leave a message for Rhonda by noon Friday. There will be an auction of donated and handmade items. To donate an item, bring it to the Frontier Ag room in care of Shane Martin. Planners say there’s something for all and the heartburn is free. All proceeds will support the Frontier FFA and 4-H members.

This Week’s Adoptable Pets

JUNIOR IS a little over a year old, Cairn terrier mix. He is friendly and sweet and loves to play, Ponca City Humane Society Director Patricia Amador said. “He is strong-willed, though, so he needs a family that will understand this. He will do best in a home with no young children.” For more information, call 580767-8877 or visit the shelter at 900 West Prospect Avenue.

Roosevelt Plans Benefit Dinner

LAST WEEK’S “Where Is This?” caught us by surprise. Lifestyles Editor Carey Head took the photo on the left on Oct. 16. Just three days later, Big Tex, who stood at the Texas State Fair in Dallas for many years, burst into flames. It is a coincidence that the two photos were taken from approximately the same spot. Mike Newcomb was the first reader to identify this Texas icon. (Left photo by Carey Head; right photo provided.)

Arts and Humanities Council To Present Free Guitar Concert The Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council is pleased to host guitarist Steven King in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at The Poncan Theatre, 104 East Grand Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert is free to the public and no tickets are required to attend. However, Ponca City Arts and Humanities is asking the audience members who attend to bring at least one canned food item to be donated to NERA (New Emergency Resource Agency). King, a finger-style guitar champion from Spokane, Wash., will perform in a variety of musical genres. He studied music in California, sharing the same college music classes with rock legend Eddie VanHalen. King took his education further into jazz, arranging, orchestration and solo finger-style guitar. The concert at The Poncan Theatre will showcase King’s acoustic guitar abilities, which won him the coveted International Finger-Style Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kan., in 1994. As a clinician artist for Taylor Guitar Company from 1995 to 2005, King’s concerts and guitar clinics took him around the United States, Europe and Asia. King has recorded 21 guitar CDs, including seven highly acclaimed albums (the “Beatle-ing” series) dedicated to his own solo guitar arrangements of 100 Beatles songs. King’s solo guitar CD, “Classical Swing” is a unique solo guitar exploration of classical pieces played with a jazz influence. Other CDs featuring his guitar treatment of jazz standards, popular music, show tunes, and originals are

Roosevelt Elementary School, in partnership with the Ponca City Masonic Lodge, will have a fundraiser spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8. The dinner will be at the Masonic Lodge, 1200 West Grand Avenue. Meals may be purchased for dine-in or drive-through. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the school, 815 East Highland Avenue, or at the door. All proceeds will go to Roosevelt Elementary School to help with the transportation costs for school field trips and daily physical education/running program. The Masonic Lodge will match the funds raised.

GINGER IS a 7-month-old retriever mix. She was rescued from Blackwell and a nice family helped her get well. She is full of energy and loves to play. She will be a medium to larger dog but don’t let that pass her by. She will make a wonderful pet, Ponca City Humane Society Director Patricia Amador said. Call 580-767-8877 or visit the shelter at 900 West Prospect Avenue for more information.


Drawings every 30 minutes 7 pm to 10 pm.

Guitarist Steven King also fan favorites. Several videos of King are available on YouTube. Today, Steven is found at his computer, as well as the concert stage, cranking out unique world-class solo guitar arrangements of jazz and popular songs for study purposes, only obtainable by his students who are enrolled in his “Finger-Style Guitar College ” (online at Leslie Schauvliege, director of the Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council, said she feels King’s performance will appeal to a diverse audience

of all ages as his music is so varied. King is a personal friend and occasional musical partner of Edgar Cruz, a Ponca City fan favorite and Oklahoma Arts Council roster artist. King has played with Cruz at the UCO Jazz Lab on several occasions. This concert is made possible by assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council also receives financial assistance from individual donors, and local businesses.

Exhibit Honors Fallen Heroes NEWKIRK — Newkirk Main Street is sponsoring the photo exhibit “Remembering Our Fallen” Nov. 1-11 at the Kay County Courthouse. A very emotional exhibit, “Remembering Our Fallen,” is a reminder of the sacrifice made by more than 100 fallen service men and women who called Oklahoma home. They were killed in Afghanistan or Iraq. The photo display will be coming to Newkirk, hometown of Jed Hartley, who died while serving. Jared “Jed” Hartley, the son of Doug and Kathie Hartley, was born Jan. 2, 1983. He was a charter member of the Newkirk Junior Main Street, formed in 1997. He graduated from Newkirk High School in 2002 and enlisted in the army in the fall of that year. He was sent to Iraq in March of 2003 as a mechanic, but never content to stay in the background, he volunteered for 200 missions as a part of the 125th forward support battalion as a specialist. The 125th escorted convoys. He came home in October 2003, but then was sent back to Iraq, where he gave his life for his country on July 15, 2005. Jed was given the nickname “the Mighty

Mosquito” in basketball and the nickname followed him into the service. He was not physically a large man, but he was definitely a force to be reckoned with. “The warriors of the 21st century, professionals, who volunteered to join the United States Armed Forces, grew up in the shadow of Sept. 11, 2001, a defining moment for most of them,” said Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University, financial sponsor of the display. “They come from all walks of life and every corner of our country, daring to go where so many never would. They retain the face of freedom and build upon the legacies of those who went before them in a cause greater than themselves.” The exhibit was created by Patriotic Productions in Omaha, Neb., and is sponsored by Bellevue University. Oklahoma Central Chapter Guard Dogs will be responsible for moving the exhibit from community to community. Newkirk Main Street will host a brief ceremony on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit while it is on display in Newkirk, call 580-3622377.

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Mid-Week 2012-10-31  

Every Wednesday You'll Find What's Happening in Northern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas.

Mid-Week 2012-10-31  

Every Wednesday You'll Find What's Happening in Northern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas.