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Local THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, August 12, 2010- A3 Cimarron Valley OHCE has Fun With Tortillas Birthday" and "The More We our military boxes. Itis Bar- Patsy and Walter OWsley,, this event. Our group voted to participate and make bandanas for the children to color. Patsy Owsley made a motion and Phyllis Rodman seconded it. Our hostesses for today were Teri Ford and Connie Norrie. They served delicious refresh- ments and had decorated our tables in a "back to school" theme. They also had door prizes - delicious salsas and relishes made by Teri. Jacqui led the flag salute and the reading of our OHCE Creed. Gwen Barbaree told how we receive 86,400 sec- onds every day and should use them in the enjoyment of life. She also told us about a group that prays every day at 7 p.m. for our nation and our troops. We had one guest today, Sue Adkinson's granddaughter, Halloa Johnson. Our birthday girls for this month are: Mary Norrie, Lorayne Hughes, Jacqui Savage, and Nell Max- well. The group sang "Happy By Carla Westfall Cimarron Valley OHCE Our meeting was held in the Methodist Church in Perkins at 1 p.m. on August 9, 2010. The meeting was called to order by Jacqui Savage, our president. Connie Norrie introduced Rita Moore, a kindergarten teacher from Perkins who told us about the end of school event called the Kindergarten Rodeo. She asked if we would be interested in helping gout at It is Time Once Again for S torytime at the Library nate reading books, singing and playacting songs and fingerplays, and creating stories on the flannel board. The program continues with two crafts, and concludes with snack time, All activi- ties are related to a weekly theme. So come join us August 17, as we pretend to be dinosaurs, create a With the start of school comes the retum of story- time at the Thomas-Wilhite Memorial Library. On Tues- days at I0:30 am and 1:00 pm is Preschool Storytime. This 45 minute program is designed for children ages 2-5. Each program begins by guessing what is in the mystery bag, then we alter- POSSE 2011 to meet 2011. For those of you who may not know what the Perkins- Tryon POSSE is (Parent Organization Supporting Senior Extravaganza), is a non-profit group that promotes and rewards the excellence of seniors at Perkins-Tryon High School and provides for a safe after-graduation event (an over-night lock-in that takes place on graduation night). There will be a POSSE meeting on August 22, at 4 p.m. in the H. S. Com- mons Area. Please join us on Sunday afternoon for this meeting so we can get organized for the fundrais- ing activities for the month of September. All current seniors and their parents/ guardians need to attend this meeting. This meet- ing is critical to having a successful after-gradua- tion party for the Class of TOPS learns about the of measuring Tammy Peterman gave a visual demonstration of "The Importance of Mea- suring." She brought many examples of foods and used a digital kitchen scale and measuring cups and spoons to show the real portions of foods we normally eat! If you would like more infor- mation about the Fun Day, or about TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) please contact Patty Pappan at 405- 334-2683 or visit tops.org or TOPSWonders.com dinosaur puppet, and read books about dinosaurs. On August 24 we take a trip through the jungle and go on a lion hunt. This free program is designed to encourage literacy among preschoolers and toddlers, as well as familiarity with the library. This program also encourages social inter- action between participants, as well as helping them to learn simple concepts such as colors, shapes, and num- bors, and encourages move- ment with their hands and bodies. Older and younger siblings and friends are always welcome to attend. For babies from birth to two years is Lapsit Story- time. Lapsit is offered the first and third Wednesday of every month at 10"30am. The next lapsit will be offered September 1. The program theme is Pajama Time. This program lasts about 20 minutes and is a simplified storytime, with several board books read, and several songs that involve movement. This program is designed to encourage early literacy and to encourage interac- tion between babies and their caregivers. For children too old for Preschool Storytime and families too busy for day- time programs, the library offers an evening Family Storytime. This storytime is geared to children ages 3- 8, and includes books read out loud, games, activities, crafts, and snacks. Every month this storytime sur- rounds a particular theme. The next Family Storytime is A Fancy Nancy Fancy Tea Party September 16. This program is open to children and their families and friends. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Registration is not required for these pro- grams. For more informa- tion call 547-5185 or visit us at 101 E. Thomas St. in downtown Perkins. Count on us for convenience! Register online today! paynecountybank.com importance TOPS OK013 met on August 5 with 17 attend- ees; 14 TOPS, 2 KOPS and 1 guest. The week's weight recording was a celebration with a net loss of 15.25 pounds!! The TOPS Biggest Loser was Linda Watkins. A skit on the TOPS and KOPS pledge was presented by Jim and Kathy Albright and Kathie Tanner. The chapter is pre- paring for a Fun Day to be held in Stillwater on August 14th. Get Together". Our roll call was answered to "what is your favorite way to use tortillas." We had 23 members present today. Carla Wesffall read last month's minutes and they were approved as read. Phyllis Rodman and Gwen Barbaree gave the lesson "Fun with Tortillas". Phyl- lis passed around a bag with flour, salt, baking powder, shortening, and water to show how tortillas are made. She told the history and the health facts about this food. It was very interesting. Thank you, Phyllis. Charlotte Parrack invited us to the library's Sit 'n Stitch on Fridays. Friends of the Library are now meet- ing in the afternoon. "Read About it Oklahoma" starts Sept. 8. This series is about Oklahoma books. There was good participation from children for the summer W0grams. Emma Lou Hardin reports that she has received one more name for SCHOOL Continued from Page A1 "We stripped layers and layers of finish off of the gym floor and put a new finish on it," Ramsey said. The trim on the buildings were also repainted to match the new construction. He said eventually the con- cession stand at the old football field will be demolished, as well as a home at the southwest comer of Third and Thomas. Neither building is being used, and both have been the object of trespassers and vandals. New construction has also being going on at the high school campus. The site is now the home of a new 8,781- square-foot Performing Arts Center. CRUELTY Continued from Page A1 which the only witness testi- fied about the deplorable con- ditions in which the animals were found last September. "This was probably the worst case of animal cruelty I've ever seen. There were 84 dogs -- one dead and another died at OSU. They were in feces and mud a foot deep. They were climbing on top of each other to get out of the mud," Payne County Undersheriff Garry McKin- nis testified. "In the house, there were cockroaches everywhere. It was in such poor condition, the defendant (later) admitted she couldn't live there," the undersheriff testified. "The animals were seized and taken to the OSU Veteri- nary Center, all turned over to them," said the undersheriff, adding that all the surviving animals were adopted. You Can Payne Bank oW Us,. www.paynecou ntybank.com Main Bank. 202 S. Main Convenience Branch 417 E. Hwy 33. Perkins, OK bara Ahring' s granddaughter. Deborah Allensworth said the Cherokee Strip Museum has placed large order for our bon- nets and dolls. Several ladies took home bonnet kits to sew and dolls to make. Charlotte Parrack reports that we have several Christmas stockings ready to fill for the children at Christmas. We voted to buy chicken from Food Pyramid for the Lion's Club dinner. Members volunteered to bring the rest of the food for the meal which will be August 16% Our busy time at the fair begins on the 17~ when we will measure and mix the ingredients for our pies. Members need to be sure to show up for their work times. Summer Council was held on July 22, 2010. Several of our members attended along with some of their husbands. Those attending were: Velda Ewing, Carla Westfall, Lorayne Hughes, Edna West- fall, Jane Flint, Pat Freeman, Geraldine and Wayne Allen,:~, and Mary and Ray Norrie~ : '. Connie Norrie told the group about the Life Center in Still- water which caters to the elderly. She handed out a list of items to bring if we would like to support his project. Next month's lesson leader will be Charlotte Parrack who will tell us about "Is your diet balanced?" The next meeting will be a lunch at the church at 12 noon on Sept. 13th. Our hostesses will be Patsy Owsley and Charlotte Par- rack. The members attending today were: Sue Adkinson, Barbara Ahring, Deborah Allensworth, Gwen Barba- ree, Jane Flint, Teri Ford, Pat Freeman, Mariuse Green, Norma Hallman, Emma I_~u Hardin, Lorayne Hughes, Nell Maxwell, Jean Mihura, Connie Norrie, Mary Norrie, Patsy Owsley, Charlotte Par- rack, Phyllis Rodman, Jacqui Savage, Grace Soutee, June Stacy, Carla Westfall, and Edna Westfall. Phase I of this project consists of a band room, choir room and a drama room. The $1,362,400 project was let for bids on May 4, 2009. The center boasts a state-of- the-art sound system, electri- cally-operated screens, and theatre stage lighting in the drama roon'L The music rooms were designed with acoustics in mind, and both contain office space, workrooms, indepen- dent practice rooms, lockers for band instruments, and a storage area for band uniforms. The spacious choir room is also home to a baby grand piano, which was donated to the school by former super- intendent Cecil and Carol Acuff. The Performing Arts Center, which sits just to the west of the existing high school build- ing on east Highway 33, was designed for the addition of an auditorium in the future. "We're all very happy with [the new buildings]," Ramsey said, noting the school board and administration are very conscious of the growth of the school district during the past several years. "We have an eye to the future," he said. "During the next year to 18 months, I will probably be recommending we work on getting a new cafeteria at the junior high school and a new classroom at the elementary school." The undersheriff person- ally took care of 18 of the animals at his residence, he testified. "The long-haired dogs were matted with open sores. There were cockroaches and eggs on the bodies of the dogs," the undersheriff tes- tiffed. "There were dogs in the house including pups with no access to water in cages," the undersheriff testified. The undersheriff said he had been in law enforce- ment for 30 years and called it "the worst case of animal abuse I've ever seen." The judge ordered Middle- ton to pay restititution for the expenses incurred by the Sheriff's Office in caring for the animals "in an amount to be agreed on by the defense and the District Attorney -- if they fail to agree, the court will have a hearing in 90 days." After court recessed, the undersheriff told the Journal that "OSU donated spay and neuter on all of them. Our actual cost to OSU was about $4,000. All of the animals have been adopted." Although she was given the opportunity to speak in the 25-minute sentencing hearing, Middleton chose not to make a statement to the judge. Payne County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Myers told the Journal that he had arrived on the property in Vinco on Sept. 17, 2009, about 20 minutes after a neighbor called the Sheriff's Office. "He could see a deceased dog in the yard. He wanted us to check on the other dogs as well," commented Myers, who said that he found another dead dog in the yard. Most of the dogs on the property were full-blood cocker spaniels, dachsunds or chihuahuas, he said. The animals were very malnour- ished, the deputy said. Middleton, who was not on the property, was arrested a week later, court records show. "The dogs had skin lesions . from fecal material and urine, mange and fleas. The cocker spaniels had hair mats so full of feces that they had diffi- culty walking," Myers said. "When we got to the OSU Vet Med Clinic, they had 11 veterinarians on standby and 20 students and technicians to start assessing the dogs. "Most of the dogs had poor body condition, averaging 0 to 3 on a scale from 0 to 9 -- with 9 being normal," Myers said. Six dogs had to be eutha- nized -- five due to suffering and one due to aggression he said. The Journal learned that Middleton was previously convicted of animal cruelty in Missouri where she was given a one-year suspended sentence with two years' unsupervised PrObation for 14 misdemeanor counts in 2002, records show. Over 200 dogs and a few cats were seized from Middieton when she lived in West Plains, Mo., Christine Portman, Animal Cruelty Task Force Coordinator for the Humane Society of Mis- souri, told the Journal. In placing Middleton on a five-year suspended sentence for the felony crime of animal cruelty in Payne County, the judge Friday emphasized that a condition of her probation is "to not own any animal or other domestic pet at all -- permanently or temporar- ily."