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THE PERK! RNAL-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1997 This newspaper is dedicated to the memor/es of Dr. IL V.;and Bea Clark (USPS 4Z 8040) Published every Thursday and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, Ok 74059-0040 1ZZ S. Main Box 40 Perkins, OK 74059 405-547-2411 FAX 405/547-2411 Rick & Kathy Clark Publishers The publishers are solely responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the publishers. Office hours: 9-5, Mon.-Ffi. Q-noon on Sat. Effle Emerson- Continued from Page One: church activities She is a member of the United Methodist Church and Eastern Star. Before they dissolved, she was a member of the Washington Irving Homemakers Club and the Good Cheer Social Club. What are some of the greatest changes she has seen since the turn of the century? "There are a lot of conveniences," she said, thinking of the times when water had to be pumped for the live- stock and to for family use--and milk came from cows at the farm instead of from a bottle at the grocery store. "There was a lot of hard work then," she recalls, "and I learned to do many things from my mother. We made soap and raised nearly everything we used except flour and sugar. There was no electricity and nearly every- thing had to be done by hand. Effie can remember when they traveled to Still.water in the lum- ber wagon. "We'd put the horses in the livery stable and then we'd eat lunch in the hotel," she recalls. As time went on, her father iI ii~ ~ ~ ' ~i ~ : Deadline for advertising & news submissions is Monday bought a car--a Oleason--before purchasing a Model T Ford. at 5 p.m. . " "We raised a big garden and cat,n_ ed vegetables and fruit. We POSTMASTER. Send changes of address to The Perkins also dried both fruit and vegetables: I learned to sew and I loved to do that. Everything we did was hard work--but I love working Journal, P.O. Box 40, Perkins, OK 74059 hard. Mother taught us to sew, crochet and embroidery. I can't do All content= Col yrlght 1997 much of that now ecause of my eyes," she said. Perkins-Tryon Board of Education r i i.--= i.- =. i iI ii_. I I i I i i i i. Asked what she attributed her long life to, Effie Emerson said, construction of the new band room | TO Subscribe By Mall Just Fill Out 1 i$ Form and Mall | "Well, I didn't expect to live so long--but I think it was maybe all special meeting Monday evening. The the hard work. All of our family worked. And I think having a good lion complete w th sound proofing IWRh Remittance To: Perkins Journal, P.O. Box 40,1 sense of humor helped I certainly am enjoying life now with all willgive the band program more fle | Perkins, OK 74059 | the conveniences--but that may be bad thing because now people the choir and band students to pi | | have to do exercises to stay healthy." |Nu _ ................................................... | Family and friends gathered on her birthday, January 19, 1997, same time. Band Director Kent TayloJ | | to wish her a Happy Birthday and to talk over life as it was then open house is being pla.nned for some$ and now The gathering was hosted by Florence Baker Holbrook, Shown from left to r ght are: RandJ I!Address .......................................................................... 1|whose husband is a nephew of Effie and son of the late Nora Locke.Wright Architects, Greg Dill |C | Holbrook. | Ity ..................................... State ................ Zip ............... I A belated Happy Birthday to you, Effie Clark Emerson, and may manager; Derrick Herring, Meridian |( ) One ),ear in Oklahoma.... $24 i you stay in good health and may God continue to bless you! cost estimator; RosaLee and Kent i( } 6 months in Oklahoma .... $14 School BoardMembers Calvin Rogg i() One year Out of State ..... $28 ..... I Towrl a don, Lloyd Moorman, Larry Huff, l( ) 6 months Out of .State .... $16 i Brwn" L .. J IIIIIII IIIIIIIIIIIIII School Board- conunuea=' from page one centage-wise the biggest drop is in Tryon. There are presently 77 students presently enrolled-ten are four-year olds," Hyder said. Hyder last month was asked by the board to give a report on the comparative, costs of the Tryon Elementary and the Perkins El- ementary. Those costs comparisons are $4,100 per student at Tryon; $2,149 per student at Perkins. He also reported on the number of students that have been trans- ferred out of Tryon. According to Hyder, 19 students were given transfers out of the district-ten of those regular transfers; 9 emer- gency transfers. "Regular transfers cannot be rescinded." It was also noted that regular transfers are "now on hold" due to the declining enrolment in Tryon. Hyder reported that by RIFing (Reduction In Force) 2.2 certified and 1.5 support staff would equal a $76,000 savings which he said would offset the loss of state aid for next year. The other scenario, he said would be to close the Tryon campus. "It is a fine school, fine facility, but I could almost absorb all of the Tryon students with Perkins Elementary and cut the budget $185- 190,000." There was more discussion and questions from the audience for almost two hours with the board finally directing the superinten- dent to come back to the board at the March meeting with RIFing recommendations. The measure passed, 4-1, with Board Member Dwight Brown of Tryon, voting no. When asked by a member in the audience which way the board was leaning-RIFing or closing the Tryon Elementary-Board Presi- dent Lloyd Moorman said that "I am not for closing the campus. We have a lot of things to discuss. We have to reverse the trend (loss ofenrolment). Those that have transferred out need to be talked to about transferring back." "It all boils down to numbers," Board Member Sheri Gordon said. "if the trend continues there is no choice but to close...it just boils down to numbers." Board Member Calvin Roggow, who was attending his last meet- ing after not seeking re-election said that "For the last ten years that I have been on the board we have always known that it cost more to educate students at Tryon versus Perkins. %Ve didn't make decisions to talk about this five years ago when Tryon decreased. If the board continues to do nothing, the dispar- ity between the cost will keep increasing...our costs are fixed too by the legislation without funding. don't want to be devisive-still we are responsible for the school's finances and have to have a plan in place," he said. "We have got to protect the budget." In other business the board approved ,4-1, having the superin- tendent look at hiring a "working custodial supervisor position" at a cost of approximately $20,000 per year. Brown voted against the measure because of the "budget crisis". After returning from executive session the board voted to employ administrators Milton Davis, Margaret Hrencher, Judy Collins, Joe Hrencher, and Lance Miller for the 1997-98 school year. The also approved the employment of Tina Bell as a high school/middle school cafeteria employee. "" se It takes an illness sometimes to make you truly appreciate your family and friends. I'm so richly blessed that it's overwhelming. They stand by you through everything I've compared myself to an old car: you work on something that breaks down and get a little more mileage out of it. I don't know how much mileage I have left, but if the care I've had means any- thing, YI1 live forever. The doctor is not only a good doctor, he's a good person. The hospital care was excellent, also the home care I firmly believe that we're here for some reason, only some of us don't know what the reason is. Maybe some day we can do some good for this world, even if we just brighten the corner where we are. My corner could use a good dusting first. My youngest child has given me incentive to hurry recovery, like a cruise, so just keep on keeping on. Dad always said that you couldn't kill an Eaton with a sledge hammer. I think he may have been right. annln By Mo Wassell Councilmembers met Monday nighl; for the regular monthly meet- ing and, among other business, approved a planning commission committee. The main objective of the newly created committee will be to research the needs of the community in terms of long-range goals and revise the existing ordinance that provides, for a plan- ning commission. According to Mayor Hall, "the existing ordinance doesn't fit anymore. Our town, with the size we're at, needs to get a little more formal in terms of development." As an offshoot of the Certified Cities Committee, the planning com- mission committee will review existing ordinances of other cities and recommend revisions to the Town Council for their consider- ation and action. Then, based on their findings and the action of the council, a new Planning Commission will be appointed with revised goals and responsibilities. The committee will consist of the following members: Rick Jarvis, independent insurance agent; Albert May, pastor of First Baptist Church; Wes Beane, chairman of Certified Cities Committee; Rudy Mandeville, construction con- tractor; and Kenneth Hall, outgoing councilmember. Apossible sixth member will be added to represent the school district. Said Hall, "The committee will be a tool for long-term develop- ment - a 'master plan' for the town The committee could graduate into the new Planning Commission. Our goal is not to be too intru- sive into residents' rights, but to help regulate that 'resident As' rights do not infringe on 'resident B's' rights." Other action taken Monday night was approval of Ordinance No. 221 (printed in its entirety on page __) which revises an existing ordinance regarding disconnection of utility service. According to City Attorney Roger McMillian, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a resident must have an opportunity for a hearing before ser- vice can be discontinued by a municipality. In anticipation of man- dated compliance with their ruling, Ordinance No. 221 provides that if a customer disputes the validity of reason for disconnection, they will have five (5) days prior to the date of disconnection in order to request a hearing. The hearings will be conducted by the Mayor, Town Clerk and/or Finance Director within five (5) busi- ness days from the date of request. Perkins Cub Scouts Pack 24 holds Pack 24 Cub Scouts meet every 3rd Thursda Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m. On January 16, wood derby races. Each Cub Scout had to design car. Each car had to pass legal specifications in races. Before the races started they voted on ten The Cub Scouts were their own judges in the 1. Best Tiger Cub - Payton Abernathy. 2. Best Wolf- Zack Tarlton. ' 3. Best Bear - Brian Williams. 4. Best Webelos 1 - Casey Perry. 5. Best Webelos 2 - Brian Plank. 6. Most Patriotic - Tyler Plank. 7. Car of the Future - Tony Hines. 8. Most Original - Matthew Walton (he also tary Spelling Bee). 9. Wildest Paint Job - Tim Harris. 10. Best Hot Rod Brad Hubbert. Awards given in these categories consisted of an ! that winners could mount their cars on at a were awarded to: Fastest time -' Nathan Bogert. Final race - Ryan Boyles. All Cub Scouts showed great sportsmanship. Upcoming Cub Scout events: J Blue and Gold Banquet, February 27 at 7:Q0 ementary cafeteria. In honor of the Anniversary of Boy Scouts day, BSA will be celebrating the week ing Anniversary Week: Scout Sunday - Fe xuary 2. Scout Sabbath - February 8. ,. Scouting Anniversary Day - February 8. Cub Scouts will be inviting family and friends to birthday cake, and an Award Ceremony will Library News Helen Marler, Librarian The library board had their re Barbara Tarlton, Betty Branstetter, and Charlotte The library has received the federal tax forms booklets. You are welcome to come in and Other services offered by the library are: *Fax sent: $2.00 first 5 pages, each additmnal *Copy machine: $0.15 per copy. Microfilm reader (our printer is broken - We hope A public appearance was made by Mary Kendrick of 606 Sharp" day, January 15, 1997. Those present were St., questioning the effects of new development across from her resi- dence on drainage problems experienced in the past. The council assured her that they were aware of the development and felt cer- tain water and/or rain run-off would not cause any drainage prob- lems. Chief Curtis Burns reported a much busier month than Decem- ber, with 66 traffic stops, 151 responses to calls (including three domestic disturbances, 12 citizen assists, three ambulance escorts, and eight other agency assists), and six arrests (including five ju- venile arrests for vandalism). Of 12 reports filed, 12 were closed, of which there were five car burglaries, four vandalism and three run- aways. Burns also reported that the grant application has passed the first culling process, but that the remaining applications totalled $66,000 more than was available. It is anticipated that each application will be cut 8%, which would result in the Town of Perkins receiving $8500-8600. Final approval of the grant is expected by the end of the month, with receipt of the money within the following month. Rick Lomenick, Park and Recreation director, reported that the basketball fundamental clinic has been a great success. They have had 45 children enrolled, and an award ceremony will be held Feb- ruary 14th with trophies presented to each participant. He also reported that Perkins will host a 4th grade girls'Tri-County basketball tournament this Saturday at the middle school gymna- sium. Teams from Oilton, Carney, Ripley, Agra, and Glencoe will participate. The 4th grade boys Tri-County tournament will also be at A ra on Saturday. He has started compiling a list of prospective coaches for the up- coming spring baseball and softball seasons, and will be visiting with tri-county and North Central Oklahoma Baseball League rep- resentatives in the near future. Other business conducted included approving the installation of two phone jacks at the library to accommodate connection to the internet. According to Helen Marler, Librarian, connection to the internet will offer patrons of the library a wealth of information. ODL (Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries) will be the provider at a cost of $17.00 per month, and they have purchased rights to more than 3000 magazines which can be accessed online. Betty Branstetter, of the Library Advisory Boltrd, reported that the cost for one of the jacks has been requested from ODL-grants, and that the second jack connection will probably be paid for through the same g ant. The council also approved a stop-raise for Bobble Myers, Finance Director, and approved the revised contract with the Animal Con- trol Officer which provides for $5.00/day cleaning fee (when ani- mals are impounded) and a $5.00/trip fee for transporting animals to or from the veterinarian. soon. ). We are in the process of preparing our computer ~^~-~,.% .,,. ~,~,. ~ Dear Rick: '""'( ........ !:i ...... ;:" The Certified Cities Steering Committee bution to the successful Winter Party on this acknowledgement is late but a couple "precedence over getting these mailed. Many surveys have been returned and the mid-March. Again, thank you for participating. Jo Atwood, Certified Cities Co-Chair P.S. Thanks for the subscription door prize and tion of articles. At that time we and the public will have access to: able information, such as many magazine nals (i.e., New England Journal of Medicine) formative sources. However, we still need another for public use as the one we have is too small for We would like to take this opportunity to Perkins and surrounding areas, to visit the more about the services offered. We also welcome and suggestions as to how we might improve we can do to make the library better for you. In the month of January we checked tapes. We enrolled 17 new patrons, and enj, hours with 15 children. Our library hours are: Mort. - 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. Tues., Wed. & Fri. - 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Thurs. - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sat. - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. We also have storytime for pre-schoolers everY 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.