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lmunity [endar 1:30 p.m.-I nch will be p,m.- d meetin - Perkins ~, at city hall t p.m. - P~' .) meeting Winner Homebuilders For Home This and Week Garden Show Page 5 1 Page 8 s Meetin area. ride le, 615 e, E. Kirk S 31enwood(~ ing at !r. | 3 city questions pass, Miller wins in Perkins contest By Lawrence Gibbs choose," said Dorris. "We had a lot of sup- my supporters for their help on this cam- and Mac Crank port, but he had more. I get to relax a paign." About nine percent of the eligible voters while on Walden Hill with my cat." Williams pulled 75.92 percent of the in Stillwater Tuesday took the time to vote Asked about possible impact of the chain votes cast and Dorris got 24.08 percent. in the City Commission election for seat incident, she said, "I'm glad I did it. A lot Each of the City Charter change propos- No. 2. of people hadn't known what the hospital als passed by large margins. Tom Williams was picked by 1,788 of was doing until I drew attention to it." Proposition No. 1, appointing members them while Carmen Dorris captured 567 Williams only lost one precinct, No. 18, of the library board, passed 1,77 to 496; votes, according to Election Board figures 31-39. He won the absentees 145-30. proposition No. 2 about the sale of proper- Tuesday night. "I am very humbled by the support I ty passed 1,719 to 519, and proposition In Perkins, Mel Miller defeated Albert received," Williams said. "I will endeavor No. 3 passed 1,967 to 308. May, 199 to 171. to keep that in mind and do the best I can The new commissioners - Williams and "We gave the voters a choice and they for the people of Stillwater. I thank all of Tom Dugger in seat 1 take over April 26. ard finds way to earn weekly $50 TRASH COP Darrell Varnell was present- the County Commission meeting Monday official title is Environmental. Officer, Arthur presented the badge to Varnell, the meeting, and said the board felt he / of his authority. Although it's not shown 1is badge number is TC4. (Stillwater Journal photo by Lawrence Gibbs) ( ibbs the county jail population hit Commissioners 101 in the last couple of days. con- "There's a possibility the Sac Truman Carter, & Fox would come in and build for the a very large jail for us," after it was Commissioner Bill Deering said is some $25 in relating his discussions with money to helpCarter. Deering noted how the lands, nation had helped the county get news to a portion of some $60 million at the that had been set aside earlier for were told See Sac & Fox on page 3 City Commissioners do approve airport bidders By Lawrence Gibbs Stillwater City Commissioners proved Monday night they can have their cake and eat it too. A week ago, when it appeared the OSU Cowboys might be playing for the college basketball championship at 8 p.m. Monday, they juggled their meeting time. They fig- ured if they began their meeting at 6 p.m. - and even including an executive session - they would be out in time to be home and watching the game. Problem No. 1 - there wasn't enough time to change the meeting time. The law requires a 10-day advance notice. See Commission on page 3 THERE WAS A LOT OF EATING going on this past weekend in Stillwater. Kathy Dearinger is pictured here doing what everyone else was also doing Saturday at the Elks Lodge annual Blazathon. It was a fund-raiser for Judith Karman Hospital. There were 44 cooking units competing in the Elks contest and some 1,600 meals were served or passed out to be carried home. Then out at the Expo Center, the Breakfast Kiwanis Club kept everyone fed with their brisket sandwiches. More pic- tures elsewhere in today's paper. (Stillwater Journal photo by Lawrence Gibbs) Easter E Sunday The Stillwater Evening Lions Club annual "This Easter Egg Hunt has been going on groups. There will be one grand prize egg in Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for this week- since the 1940s (the late) Roy Hoke was each lane, with plenty of other eggs includ- end - on Easter Sunday, to be exact, one of the originators," Duckwall said. ing some plastic ones with money inside. ' And, as usual, it will be held in Couch The hunt will begin at 2 p.m. - after church Duckwall said parking will be available at Park, according to George Duckwall, who and after lunch - with the sounding of a fire the high school football stadium parking lot, along with Charles Foreman are co-chair- truck siren, he said. besides the parking locations within the men this year. There will be three lanes divided by age park. often endured the ire of city driv- the title "Cycling' Sam - the Safety Man" "ern for children's safety. Here, he helps two kids get across the cycle parked at the wait street at Eighth and Main. That's his in the background. (Photo courtesy Sheerer Museum) By D. Earl Newsom Some remember him as "Cyclin Sam, the Safety Man." Others still think of him as probably the best known and most con- troversial motorcycle cop ever to patrol the streets of Stillwater. Cyclin' Sam's real name was Sam Fennema. He died Saturday, March 27, in Edmond, where he had lived for many years after leav- ing Stillwater. He was 82. A celebration of Sam's life was held Saturday, April 3, with Baggerley Funeral Home in charge. For four years beginning in 1949, Fennema was the nemesis of Stillwater traffic violators. Some complained that he sounded his siren and flashed his motorcycle lights even if they were going only one mile over the speed limit or were creeping past a stop sign. But Fenema would reply, "I always gave drivers a leeway of five miles per hour. It was the constant repeaters that I went after." Fennema could hardly be accused of partiality. He once ticketed his wife for parking too close to a fire hydrant, and caught a Highway Patrolman driving without a license. While working as a policeman, Fennema pursued an engineering degree at Oklahoma A.&M. College. One day a professor awarded him an "A" on an assignment. The next day, Fennema fined him for speeding. See Cyelin' Sam on page 3