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2-THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, February 1, 2001 We welcome letters to the editor. "All letters must be signed with a telephone number for verification of the writer (your telephone number won't be published). Please keep them as brief as possible. The editor reserves the right to reject any letter that is considered libelous or in bad taste. Letter to the Editor, Since Rick's death I have had some time to think about how much this community meant to him, and what he wanted" for Perkins. It, was Rick's dream to own The Perkins Journal and he got to do that. He cared about Perkins. He cared about the people who live here and about the businesses here. Rick wrote one of his columns about the song, "The Little Man." He did that to tell how strongly he felt about supporting the local Perkins businesses, rather than trading in Stillwater or somewhere else. He knew that the 50 cents you spend at Eades Hardware or Har- ris 66 or The Journal really does make a difference. The money that we made when we owned The Journal went back into Perkins - whether it was to buy equipment for The Jour- nal, or Blue & Gold sausage from the FFA, or to buy gas at the Whistle Stop. It was also important to Rick to keep the paper locally owned. He didn't want some corporation to Come in and change it, be- cause this town needs this paper. It was very hard for him to sell the paper, but he was comfortable in Jetting the paper go to Cindy and Keith. The paper is a business, but it is also a service to the community. That is how Rick wanted it, and I know it's also how Cindy and Keith want it. Sometimes people think small business owners are making a lot of money, but that is not true:Donations to local groups and civic organizations are sometimes a big sacrifice on their part. Yet the owners do this to support the community. I just want to open your eyes to these facts, and maybe make you think before you leave town to shop. Sincerely, Kathy Clark Perkins Letter to the Editor: This is long over-due, something I have wanted to say for months. Fhursday night's Perkins Main Street Membership appreciation dinner proved to be the impetus for me to at last put my thoughts on paper. To put it succinctly, I am inordinately proud of this younger gen- eration (those who are younger than I am) who are so generously using their vision, talents and abilities to revitalize and achieve great good for our growing community. So many of those.involved m'e "kids" I watched grow up here, Publication deadline Please note that deadlines for display and classified advertising, and articles is 6 p.m. each Monday. Please fax, e-mail, or drop your items by the office by that time for publication in that week's issue. For more information, call 405-547-2411. ................................................................. i.ll ............ i: ...................... ._.: .... : ....................................... (USPS #42.8040) The Perkins Journal is published every Thursday and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, OK 74059-0040 by Pomegranate, Inc., P.O. Box 40, H 1 E. Stumbo, Perkins, OK 74059-0040. Phone or FAX 405/547.2411 e-mail: theperkinsjournal @provalue.net Cindy and Keith Sheets-Publishers Rick Lomenick-Assistant Editor Becky Brake.Staff WriterfEditor The publishers are soley responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the publishers. OFFICE HOURS: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 Wednesday and Friday: By appointment p.m. Send changes of address to: The Perkins Journal EO. Box 40 .... Perkins, OK 74059-0040 ALL CONTENTS COPYRIGHTED 2000 elflJutoaA PRn$ MII0~al MEMBER: 'Perkins Chamber of Commerce Perkins Main Street, Inc. Oklahoma Press Association National Newspaper Association i= |TAT| FAIR OF OKLAHOMA nllmmnlnml :TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, just fill out this form and mail with remittance to: \, The Perkins Jo0rnal " 111 E. Stumbo P.O. Box 40 Perkins, OK 74059-0040 IName IAddress 'I City. State_____Zip Rates: One year In Oklahoma...$28 One year out of atate...$32 :BE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 off of the rates listed above if you are a current paid subscriber. Use the form above for your "friend" and list your I name here: LllllllllllmmlllllmJ where I have kept and interested eye on their progress and achieve- ments. So, to those who have remained in the community, to who went away, made their mark and returned, to those who went away but continue to maintain their interest in the community, and to those who have more recently found the advantages and pleasures of living in a small community with a fine school system, I offer my heartfelt thanks and admiration. I do appreciate all that you are accomplishing and I am blessed to be here, reaping the rewards of life in Perkins! Sincerely, Florence Nelson Wall Once again the Perkins community is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of one of our residents. Kendall Durfpy was on the Oklahoma State University plane that went down last weekend in Colorado. Kendall's wife, Patricia, is known to many of us through her efforts with Perkins Main Street and Perkins Chamber of Com- merce. We share her shock and horror and are holding her and her daughter in our hearts. Florence and Ephraim Wall stopped me last week during the Main Street banquet and told me that we are in error about Doc Wilhite having been located in this house. I checked it out with David Sasser, who reported that Jack Vassar also told him Doe Wilhite's office was located in the little house just east of this one. Thanks for keeping us straight Florence! "A" Thanks also to Boo Worcester for sharing one of her delicious recipes with me. She is a member of the Faith In Action group that fixes the meals for the Chamber of Commerce luncheons. Anyone who has had lunch with us at chamber knows what wonderful meals that group whips up for us! Can't wait to try the recipe at home. Well, I found out just how out of shape I really am this past weekend. A weekly column by Rick Lomenick Journal Assistant Editor Isn't it something that even though you don't know personally, their death airplane crash that killed all aboard is the perfect case in Probably the most notable person was director andCowboys' radio broadcaster Bill the others have become familiar names as well. Although he had journalistic ties elsewhere, I still feel sonal lo s of a colleague. And if you had the opportunity him, that is the impression you left with. 1 Since it was announced he was a passenger on the ill-ill plane that left no survivors, scores of media people -- i~ television, radio and newspaper -- have voiced the gen~ that Bill Teegins showed to others. I can echo those thou~ While working at the Altus newspaper, I occasionally OSU sporting events looking for local angles on homet0 dent/athletes. On some of those occasions, I would s'to-I when time would allow, chat with him briefly. He always with sincere words that left you feeling that you both 1. friends for years. Sometimes those TV guys .won't give market newspaper guy the time of day. A couple of years ago I took Kyle to an OSU basketba Afterward he was collecting autographs from players andi as they left the locker room. But he still wanted to get one ! that of Bill Teegins. A quick glance courtside showed Teeg] on the air as part of the post-game show. I allowed Kyle] along the edge of press row and ask for an autograph wasn't busy. Kyle not only got his autograph was a sincere handsh many kind words. That left quite an impression on Kyle even mentioned it as we were listening to the reports of Even while typing this segment I can think about the d earth way he reported the sports each night and the highs 81 of OSU football and basketball games. It was a style that matched by anyone else. He will be missed. Our congratulations to seniors Raven Redus and Floyd I for being crowed Perkins-Tryon basketball homecoming king during ceremonies Friday night. Also what made the night even better was that both Demonsand Demons came away with victories before I went to a paintball party with my 14-year-old son and his filled P-T gymnasium. friends. With both teams sporting solid winning records, it shot We actually had a joint birthday party for my son, Wit; and his "ttiein Wheh district tournament assignments were issued friend, Matt Lore. The boys invited ten other boys, and we went up week. And what would be even better would be to host a! to the paintball place at Stillwater. The only adults there were tournament again. Earlene, Clint, and Brian Lore, and Keith and I. We all divided up Keep your fingers crossed. into two teams and proceeded to defend our "fort" against each other. The object of the whole thing is to get a flag that is located in the center of the playing field, then to get the flag into the other Wetlands registry offers opportunl te.am's fort. And you have td do ithout getting shot with a paintball. We played all afternoon and just had a blast. Toward the end of the afternoon, the boys wanted to play a game with "them" (12 in number) against ' ou old people" (five in number). Finally we caved and said okay wed play them, A girl from Stillwater also joined our team for that game,-but we were so outnumbered that I was just sure they would overrun us. Nothing could be further from the truth. We truly proved that age and experience (and maybe a plan) is better than youth any day. At the end of the evening , Tended up with bruises all over, a knot on my head and yellow paint stuck in my hair. I melted into the recliner, then went to bed early and woke up even more sore the next day. But would I go again? You bet! ...Well, maybe after the soreness goes away .... To those of you who have called to see how Kathy is doing, or sent cards or your wishes to her in care of The Journal... We have made sure to let her know that you called, and we pass on those cards to her assv get them. She is having a tough time, but I know she' appreciates the caring that has been expressed. for landowners The new Wetlands Site Registry, developed by the Ok Conservation Commission, provides a voluntary "clearing of public and private lands available for wetlands restoratio owners interested in receiving assistance with res lands may add their land to the registry free of charge. Organizations and businesses with a need to compensate 1 development or use that has impacted wetlands perform "mitigation" by restoring, creating or enhancin in another area. The registry allows landowners restorable, and organizations can find potential sites restoration needs. The Oklahoma Conservation Wetlands Registry as one means to meet goals set Oklahoma's Comprehensive Wetlands Conservation was developed to identify, promote understahding and state's wetlands resources. More information my be obtained at the Internet web dress www.okcc.state.ok.us/Programs/do-main/wetlands wetlands_.registry.html or by inquiring at trict offices. Perkins ComprehensivePlan The following is part four of a five-part series that covers the Perkins Comprehensive Plan. Residents are encouraged to review each of these sections and provide their comments to the Perkins Planning Commission mem- bers. Perkins' Vision Statement ing of the value of neighborhood association. Develop a recognition program for successful nei sociations. Study cost/benefits of upgrading to a limited full-time first responder or EMT qualified fire personnel. Explore obtaining lifeline or a personal emergency based system to serve the community. Develop an incentive package and recruit a developer to age the development of an assisted-living facility in Our vision for Perkins is a well planned city with an excellent infrastructure and economic soundness reflecting targeted expan- sion, a friendly community filled with hometown pride, meeting the needs of its citizens and holding a firm grasp on its heritage as it is passed on to future generations. As part of the process ofdeveloping a new comprehensive plan, the citizens of Perkins have developed a vision for the community. The vision statement reflects the following ideals, goals and ob- jectives that will assist Perkins in maintaining its uniqueness while becoming an even mbre desirable community for residents and businesses. Ideal: Meeting the Needs of Citizens Goal#l: Meet the needs of our citizens by providing for a safe and secure community while providing community access to de- sired services independent from larger nearby communities. Ob_iectives/Policies. In promoting a safe and secure community, we seek the following objectives: To maintain high quality police and fire protection throughout the community. To encourage the establishment of neighborhood watch programs as part of neighborhood associations. To improve access to medical services such as: first responders and EMTs. To encourage and support the provision of services that would allow our senior citizens to live independently at home. To encourage and facilitate the development of assisted-living facilities for seniors in our community. Aqfi0n Points. The following action points are designed to ac- complish these objectives. Provide adequate budget to meet community needs for police and fire protection. "' Hold community/neighborhood meetings to develop understand- Improve availability of community and retail to our citizens at the local level. Objectives/policies, To improve access to services, we propose the following: Continue to improve city services and the pt formation. Provide for a greater diversity of retail services that shopping in the community and complement Main Street. Increase opportunities for recreational and social our youth at the local level. AgID.fl.I 0JlI The following action points are designed complish these objectives. Identify through surveys or other means areas of city which are perceived as lacking. Develop a web page for the City of Perkins. Seek assistance of the publisher of the Perkins lish a community information column. Encourage the Chambe| development committees to actively seek Develop a program of financial incentives to encourage retail services. Use existing school parent groups to identify possible tives to further meet the social activity needs of youth in Seek the implementation of an adult education survey by ! ian Technology Center. Make available publicly owned facilities for education. Enhance the transportation system for our Obiective/Policies. To ensure safe vehicular trans tems for our citizens, we seek the following: Continue promoting improvements for State Highways 177 to provide safe and efficient access for residents industry. See Comp Plan - page 5