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Oklahoman Published: June 11, 2014


Father’s Day gifts are special

DEAR MELBA: Want a Father’s Day chuckle? Four-year-old Sam loved candy as much as his dad did. Sam’s mother gave Sam’s dad a box of chocolates for Father’s Day.

The candy box was open, and Sam reached out and touched a piece. His mom said, “Sam, you know if you touch it, you have to eat it.” Sam then reached out and tenderly patted the top of every piece of candy. He then turned to his mother and said, “Well, now I guess I have to eat them all.”

— Carol Jackson, N.C.

Dad is turning 100

DEAR MELBA: Our father, Murrel McMahan, will be 100 years old June 23. He is a longtime member of the Southern Baptist Campers on Mission group and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams.

When he was 95, he went to Integris Southwest Medical Center and became a volunteer. Recently, James Moore, the hospital’s president presented him with the “You Make a Difference” award for outstanding service to the hospital.

One of Dad’s favorite hobbies is reading his mail. He would thoroughly enjoy birthday greetings from readers. His address is 6109 S Shartel Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73139.

— Sue McMahan, Oklahoma City

Lavender Festival Set

DEAR MELBA: Please tell readers about our 10th annual Lavender Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday in Apache. Live entertainment will include Grisselheads Group of Apache; belly dancers from Oklahoma City and Lawton; and live peacocks.

Also planned are an educational tour in the Lavender Garden with information about growing 10 varieties of lavender; a demonstration on propagating lavender plants, and a session on growing an herb garden.

Admission will be $5 per person, with senior citizens admitted for $4 and children under 12 getting in free. For more information, go to

— Jag Sodhi, Apache

Strawberry Cream Pie redux

DEAR MELBA: My sister noticed a mistake in our mom’s Strawberry Cream Pie recipe printed in your column May 21.

— Pat Bacon, Harrah

Here is the corrected version.



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