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Fri
18
Aug

A Few of My Favorite Things with Katina Holland

Let Them Eat Cake

 

Part Three

 

In my circle of family and friends, we have several birthdays in August.  My nephew, my boyfriend, a coworker, a couple of friends, mine and even my late husband’s birthday (yes, I still celebrate it) are all in this month.  I decided to take the column this month and turn it into a series on cake.  Each aweek will focus on a different part of a cake from the cake itself, to the filling, to the frosting used to cover it.  

While I do like to cook, baking is my true passion.  I love making cakes and other sweet treats.  I love experimenting with new recipes and the people I work with are willing guinea pigs.  This is one subject for which I have plenty of content so this month will be easy to write.  The difficult part will be picking which recipes to use!

Fri
18
Aug

Life on Council House Square : Personal Update

 

I deeply appreciate the kind words many of you who read this column regularly have said to me when you see me out and about in the community! Writing this each week is something I look forward to, and I’m glad to know it’s encouraging others and making a difference! This week I would like to write about what’s been going on in my personal life recently, and, hopefully, I won’t bore you too much!

Fri
18
Aug

Lighting the Path Ahead

The renovation of the Grand Old Post Office is not a period restoration, and it’s not our goal to return the building back to its original appearance or function, however, when we have opportunity to reuse historically accurate objects within the building, we are doing so. I have previously told you about some of the salvaged items we are reusing, but this week let me tell you about some of the other finds that we are planning to bring back into the building.  

Q: What kind of furniture are you planning for the GOPO?

A: OSUIT will provide the kitchen appliances (refrigerators and stoves) in all the apartment units and supply all the windows with blinds for a unified look on the building. But other than beds and dressers for the bedrooms, the apartments will be unfurnished. This means students will be able to furnish their living rooms any way they wish and decorate their apartments to their own liking.   

Fri
18
Aug

Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy

 

From the 

A little plastic bait cup, a Snoopy pole, and a mountain of eagerness were my summertime companions when I hopped into the pickup truck with my dad on weekend crappie fishing trips back in the 1980’s. There isn’t much in all of my childhood summers that seemed to beat the feel of a lake breeze in my hair and the smell of freshwater fish carrying on that breeze, and I hold those fond memories close, thirty years later. 

Wed
16
Aug

Okmulgee Humane Society Pet Pals and News

Trying to be positive and put on a happy face while working animal rescue is getting to be a harder job than most of us has signed up for.

Every shelter and every rescue group is bursting at the seams. Foster homes are few and far between. Shelter workers are getting discouraged and stressed out.

There ares several things you in our communities can do to help:

1. Spay/Neuter your pets, or pay for someone that cannot afford it. Mounds Clinic is this Saturday and Sunday. Cats are  $35 and dogs are $45. Call 918-827-3374 or 918-260-9456 to reserve a spot. 

2. Volunteer at the shelter 1-4 hours any day Monday-Friday.

3. Volunteer to foster just one cat or one dog until it is adopted.This is no cost to you.

4. Make donations, supplies or money.

At the shelter this week are: Kodiak a 2-3 year-old Shep/Husky mix. Very friendly.

Willy is a 5-year-old  Shep/Basset mix, calm and friendly.

Fri
11
Aug

The Living Faith

Only Faith in Jesus is our Lifesaver

 

From all we have been told by Jesus and his disciples in Spirit and in Truth, we know well all our religious practices are not end in themselves; rather, they are performed to realize the biggest goal in life, namely to encounter the glorious and powerful God, not just during our prayertimes, but in everyday chores, especially in life’s critical situations. In many life’s events where the disciples encountered such crisis Jesus exhorted them and through them told us how to handle those critical moments. 

Fri
11
Aug

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Below is a letter to the City of Beggs which I hand delivered to the City Clerk: 

 

An Open Letter to:

Kathryn Bell, Mayor and Doris Tharp, City Clerk and Jim Sweeden, Code Enforcer.

On Monday, 31st of July, 2017, I spoke to a man with a pickup, pulling trailer with a mower on the trailer.  He was parked on Fifth (5th) Street just west of Okmulgee Street. The house number was 401; it may not have been reflective.  He said that the City sprayed the tall grass in right of way of 5th Street between Okmulgee Street and the alley. The dead grass appeared to be a fire hazard.  Please, what is the procedure for me to get the City to  mow and spray the right of way of 5th Street in front of 204 West  Fifth. Please, check City of Beggs’ maps; in doing so you will find the both Fifth and Osage Streets are seventy (70) feet wide.

Fri
11
Aug

Life on Council House Square

 What Changes Do You Want To See In Okmulgee?

The past three years in Okmulgee have brought a whirlwind of changes to our town! Young people are excitedly moving here to become a part of Okmulgee Rising, and our community has come together in a way that’s been missing for decades. Businessmen and businesswomen feel it, our local churches feel it, and our youth are even starting to step up and get involved. I’ve said it before, but this is truly the most exciting time to live in Okmulgee!

Fri
11
Aug

Lighting the Path Ahead

From time to time, I like to resubmit articles that evoked a strong reaction from readers. Here is one such article from last year… 

One of the best things you can have in life is “a good name.” I’m not talking about a name that is pleasant to the ear, but rather a name that conjures the respect and admiration of others. Whether you are a public figure or a private citizen, most people want to be well-regarded by their peers. Most businesses and organizations are the same—they want a good reputation. They would do almost anything to build and protect their brand name. I contend that a good reputation is just as essential to a community.

 

Q: I am always hearing people run down Okmulgee. Why does Okmulgee have so many critics? 

Wed
09
Aug

Night at the Orpheum - Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is another box office smash

Following the trend of depicting the true violence and horror of war, Christopher Nolan’s historical fiction film, Dunkirk takes the audience on a journey from which they can’t take their eyes.  Dunkirk follows the point of view of a soldier trying to escape the shores of Dunkirk, France, a pilot trying to protect those who are evacuating, and the brave citizens who volunteered their boats to ferry soldiers back to Britain. 

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