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Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 21.
Oklahoman Published: August 21, 2014




is planned

A free conference for grandparents raising grandchildren is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Crossings Community Center, 2208 W Hefner Road. Experts will provide information about legal issues, connecting with schools, financial resources, social media safety and caregiver self-care. Oklahoma ranks among the top 10 states in the number of grandparents or other relatives raising children. More than 81,000 grandparents are living with grandchildren in Oklahoma, according to the U.S. Census bureau. Lunch will be provided during the conference. Pre-registration is required. Registration closes Sept. 12 or when seating is full. Visit or call 325-1022.


Value of care

is estimated

More than 1,100 Oklahomans received free dental, vision and medical services at a clinic in Oklahoma City, receiving about $423,000 services in care. The Remote Area Medical clinic on Aug. 16-17 at State Fair Park was the third event the organization has sponsored in Oklahoma since 2010. More than 1,600 dental procedures were performed, including 340 dental hygiene visits, 267 teeth filled and 982 teeth extracted. Volunteer optometrists and ophthalmologists saw 408 patients and made 455 pair of prescription glasses on site. About 270 patients saw medical doctors. Women’s health was a key service requested, with 47 pap smears performed.




Soldier will

receive home

The national nonprofit organization Homes for Our Troops will kick off the building of a specially adapted home at 11 a.m. Saturday for Army Spec. Quinton Picone. The groundbreaking ceremony will welcome Picone to the community and celebrate the building of his new home. The event will be held near Lot 4, Krebs Lake Road. The public is welcome. Picone was on foot patrol during his first deployment when he lost both legs after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Maiwand District, Kandahar, Afghanistan, in November 2011. A specially adapted home will help Picone with his goal of working at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.