Life on Council House Square

The plants are back on Council House Square

Have you noticed the plants back on Council House Square?  This year may just be the best year yet!  Deb Path, Kim Priegel and the Evergreen Gardening Club have outdone themselves on finding out what plants work the best in our sunny and shady areas of the square.  If you haven’t come downtown in a while – it’s time to come down and take a look!  Enjoy the atmosphere, sit on a bench, and maybe eat at Tavern 56 or El Don’s when you’re down!

What I’m the most proud of this year is how many people we’ve had step up to help water and take care of the plants.  This has been a project close to my family’s heart, and we’re super excited to see others stepping up to help!  TSET, always there to serve our community, is watering the square on Friday’s (and they’re fast too!), and OSU Prevention (another great asset we have here in town!) has also been helping water on Monday’s.  My wife and I water on Wednesday, and Deb Path helps look after them on the weekend (she’s the real brains behind the project).  I’ve even had a couple of groups just volunteer to take an evening when they can rather than be put on a schedule.  If you want to help, let me know!

For now, the heat isn’t quite intense enough to water every single day, but it won’t be long before the heat will start scorching everything in sight.  Get a friend or two, and water for half an hour once a week.  You’ll be making a difference and helping create a welcoming atmosphere in the heart of our community! This year, we’ve had several of our Council House Square stores taking care of their own plants as well, so you won’t even be watering all the plants you see on the square.  Three to four people can easily get the job done in about half an hour (maybe less, TSET’s setting records!), and we have everything you need ready to go for you!  This may even be a project you want to do with your kids – we have Parker do it with us!  He operates the hose, and it’s really just an excuse for him to get soaking wet… he loves it!

Projects like these create community, and that’s what attracted me to it in the first place.  You’re visibly improving an area, and you get to take ownership of it yourself.  You’re not passing the work along, or asking what somebody else is doing to improve our community – you’re getting out there and getting your hands dirty… or at least wet!  It’s simple, fun, and it will get you out and active in the evening hours.  To be honest with you, it was one of the first steps to our family becoming active (and I don’t mean volunteering, I just mean physically active).  Now, we work out together a few times a week, and I personally walk just about everywhere downtown if I can help it.  Our first steps towards this lifestyle started with taking care of the plants – so, maybe you have health reasons motivating you to come down and do it!

Whatever the reason, I’m happy to bring you on board.  Whether it’s just once, or if you’d like to do it weekly.  You’ll get a ‘Give Back’ shirt from the Main Street Volunteer program, and all the good feelings that go along with it!  

You can always email me at:, and listen anytime to the entire first season of my podcast, co-hosted with Anthony Nieto: ‘Mic On Council House Square’ at , or on the Okmulgee NOW app available for download on iTunes and Google Play. 

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Richard Larabee is an Okmulgee downtown resident. He was recently elected to serve as Okmulgee City Councilor for Ward # 3, and he is the current President of Main Street.  He also Co-Chairs The Okmulgee Task Force under the Chamber of Commerce.  He is an Independent Petroleum Landman, a Small Business Sales Consultant, and one of the owners of The Lokal Okmulgee, a destination coffee shop in our core business district downtown.  Richard is also the Senior Pastor of Together Church, which currently meets at The Lokal on Sunday mornings at 11am!  If you’d like Richard to come visit your business, offer financial solutions and local advertising advice - give his office today at 918-645-3161! #OkmulgeeRising #TellingOurStory


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