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Oklahoma state news briefs, June 7

Oklahoma state news briefs, June 7
Modified: June 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm •  Published: June 7, 2013



Well water tests offered

The state Department of Environmental Quality is offering free bacterial testing of private well water for those impacted by the recent disasters. Affected counties are: Adair, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Hughes, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington. Department officials recommend property owners affected by the recent disasters disinfect their wells. Instructions on disinfection are available at Property owners who want their well tested should call (800) 522-0206 to request a sample container and instructions.



Memorial set for lost pets

A memorial service honoring animals lost in recent central Oklahoma tornadoes will be at 1:30 p.m. June 15 at the Orr Family Farm, 14400 S Western Ave. The Rev. Susan Joplin of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral will officiate. Horn Canna Farm donated 600 canna bulbs for the event. Half of the bulbs will be planted at the memorial site before the service and the other half given to participants who lost a pet in the tornadoes to plant during the ceremony. “Speaking the name of the pet in conjunction with planting a bulb in the pet's memory has been beneficial for participants in the healing process,” said Joplin, who has conducted pet memorial services for a number of years. The public is invited to attend.