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Time to salute our neighbors

by Don Gammill Modified: May 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm •  Published: May 15, 2013

I’m a strong believer in recognizing those who have made significant contributions to their city or town, their state, their country, their world, or to others. You can toss in about anything else they have a major influence on.

Each day, the names and efforts of those who qualify for that praise appear online or in print (or both). These are outstanding efforts and people who make a difference.

So here’s a salute, and a few examples.

Members of Rural Neighbors OHCE celebrated their 100th birthday with song. (Chickasha Express-Star photo)
Members of Rural Neighbors OHCE celebrated their 100th birthday with song. (Chickasha Express-Star photo)

A century of service

CHICKASHA — For 100 years, the  Grady County Oklahoma Home and Community Education group, Rural Neighbors, has made a significant contribution to its area and beyond.

The group recently was joined by their supporters in celebrating service to the community and perseverance of home values.

The Chickasha Express-Star described the setting and the event, which featured some history, some entertainment, and lots of accolades.

Susan Routh spoke about “Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future.”

The newspaper reported that OHCE “started with projects such as making soap, dress forms, cheese and learning to cook with a pressure cooker. Quilting is an ongoing project which remains as significant today as it was when OHCE was formed.”

Read more at http://tinyurl.com/cdll6mw.

Artistic acclaim

BROKEN ARROW — Katie Pernu has added another honor to her list of accomplishments. Some of the middle-school teacher and artist’s stained glass work is in Paris for display at the 50th International Paris Air Show Le Bourget.

Ashley Key and Katie Pernu show Pernu's stained-glass artwork. (Broken Arrow Ledger photo)
Ashley Key and Katie Pernu show Pernu's stained-glass artwork. (Broken Arrow Ledger photo)

The Broken Arrow Ledger says the event is June 17-23 and that the work was inspired by a suggestion from her former student, Ashley Key.

Pernu, who already has done such honored stained glass such as a three-panel piece for Northeastern State University’s Broken Arrow campus, decided to give it a try. An aviation enthusiast, air traffic controller, and pilot-in-training, Key showed Pernu a photo of a radial engine and commissioner her former teacher to do the artwork.

A French friend of her husband saw it under way and, after some negotiation, she created pieces for him and for Ashley.

The honor and the artwork headed overseas. Read more by going to http://tinyurl.com/clyvveh.

 

Special Olympics

STILLWATER — And last, but certainly far from least, is one of the most exciting annual events in our state.

Incredible athletes, incredible volunteers, incredible experience. If you’ve never been a part of it, you’re missing out on a wonderful, rewarding

2013 Special Olympics Oklahoma Athlete of the Year Lyndsey Streeter, of Vinita, assists the Tim Stafford Unsung Hero Memorial Award winner, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Jennifer Fisher, in holding the ceremonial torch during open ceremonies.
(Stillwater NewsPress photo)
2013 Special Olympics Oklahoma Athlete of the Year Lyndsey Streeter, of Vinita, assists the Tim Stafford Unsung Hero Memorial Award winner, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Jennifer Fisher, in holding the ceremonial torch during open ceremonies. (Stillwater NewsPress photo)

time.

This year’s Special Olympics Oklahoma Summer Games got off to a rowdy and enjoyable start in the host city, the Stillwater NewsPress reported.

And it just kept getting better.

You just have to see it (or read about it) to get the picture. (http://tinyurl.com/cp864w8)

The athletes train hard to be ready to compete. The volunteers work hard to set everything up and provide the support and encouragement for the competitors.

Lots of smiles, lots of tears of happiness.

To these and all others who make great contributions to Oklahoma, here’s a hearty salute.

 

 

 


by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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