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mm—w—vw— v—~~ w» A4 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, October 14, 2021 Opinions Fall is upon us! With fall storms rolling through over the week- end, football seasons in full swing and Old Settlers Day in the rearview, we know that we are surely in the midst of fall. This autumn has been mild for sure and the cool,darnpairthatanived early this week is the first real hint of the changing season. One thing I remember hearing repeatedly as part of my folk’s discussionstcmovetoOklahomainthe late 90’s was thattlrey’d get to experience four seasons. Frankly, my attitude toward the weather is probably less than chamber of commerce worthy. So,I won’t tell you much more about that! Be that as it may, Old Settlers Day was absolutely fantastic this year. The members of our community that dedicated countless volunteer hours planning and executing the festivities deserve whole hearted commendation! The Perkins Community Chartr- ber of Commerce, Perkins Police Department, Perkins Lions Club, Payne County Bank and others that put in tireless efforts pulled off what, in many conversations, has been called the best Old Settlers Day in years! Charley and I enjoyed a walk down Main Street after the parade and experienced exactly what planners hoped for. We got to enjoy time with friends and others from our community. I am absolutely impressed with the participation from vendors. I read online that over sixty vendors were present. It was fantastic to see CREC, dozens of small businesses peddling their wares, and even a candidate for City Commision out to meet residents and visitors. Saturday’s event and parade is one of those occa- sions I think you can say, “A Good Time Was HadBy All.” Sadly, I missed the parade as I was virmally attending the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Thankfully, during the conference’s lunch break, I got the chance to walk down town and witness family friendly games and the kids hot dog eating contest. As I understand it, a fellow City Commissioner made quite a showing in the adult version of that event! There is truly something to be said for community gatherings. When we are able to be together, in person, and enjoy something together, we are able to lay aside divisicns and realize that we share common values. One of my fondest memories from my childhood is the Texas Rice Festival which is held in Winnie, Texas every October. My favorite part of the event was working at the booth our church ran every year. We were the Blue Bell Ice Cream vendor for that event at the time. This year’s vendors at Old Settlers Day may not know it immediately, butthey have built an experience for someone that will last a lifetime. The participation of vendors on Main Street is invaluable and I sincerely hope to see-even more participants in next year’s 99th fall festival. I appreciate each of their efforts. to make this year’ 5 event special and congratulate them on being part of the best in years! I’d especially like to thank our Perkins Pelice and Fire Depart- ments for being present en masse Saturday. We easily take for granted that when our first responders are in uniform, they are working and taking time away from their families to serve our community. . On Sunday,0ctober 31,frcm5 to7 pm. ourChamberwill be hosting it’s next community wide event in the 36th Annual Monster Mash. The Monster Mash will be a drive through Trick or Treat even in the Territorial Plaza where the Chamber and, local businesses will hand out candy. Be sure to add that stop to your trick-or—treating plans for Halloween. Our community organizations rarely get the thanks they deserve for serving our community well. One thing is certain: each and every one has the very best hopes, dreams and expec- tations for this community in their minds at all times. I genuinely look forward to more community participation in the coming years. We have great things on the horizon in Perkins! .- — u - TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, just fill out this form, include your 'payment, and mail to: THE JOURNAL PO. Box 667 Perkins, OK 74059-0667 State Zip lCity _..._____.——— Rates: One year in Oklahoma...$30 One year out of state.....$35. IBE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 0" of the rates listed above if you are a current paid subscriber. ’ This past Week, I attended an interim study held by Rep. Jacob Rosecrants that focused on the benefits recess provides our school kids. Hearing how recess furnishes interactive learning opportunities was fascinating. The educators involved in the study said having more fre- quent recesses can lead to better academic outcomes and fewer behavioral issues. They explained how more free play can help retain a student’s attention in class and reduce the need for disciplinary actions. Recess also can help children learn better social skills. The presenters at the study Suggested the Legislature should protect recess as a student right but leave the details, such as how long breaks are, to teachers and their school districts. I will continue to watch this issue as I think it could greatly benefit both our educators and our children, as well as their families. There are more upcoming interim studies that I believe my Constituents will be interested in. 1321-109, by Reps. Carol Bush and Andy Fugate, Cre- ating a 360 Degree Agency View of Children in Foster Care, begins at l p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, before the. Children, Youth and Family Services Committee. As our state begins to update computer agency systems, it is important to examine data-sharing opportunities and challenges. This study will explore creating a single, comprehensive record of children in state custody looking at which agencies are involved, which agencies own the data, interoperability and data-sharing, as well as privacy issues, efficiency, avenues for improvement and best practices from other states. 1521-006, by Rep. Jim Grego, Rural Ambulance Ser- vice on County Lines, begins at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, before the House County and Municipal Gov- ernment Committee. Residents who live in rural areas on or near county lines report trouble receiving 91 1 and ambulance service from emergency service providers who say they can’t cross county or other jurisdictional boundary lines. The study will look for viable solutions to this problem. Both studies will be held in Room 206 at the Capitol. Just a reminder that these meetings are open to the public. They also can be viewed online by going tohttpszllokhouse.gov/Video/Default.aspx and looking for the name of the committee and the date. Video also is archived for viewing after the meeting for those unable to livestream. On a separate note, I want to mention that the First Americans Museum recently opened in Oklahoma City, and I had the pleasure of touring this remarkable facility. I like the fact that it is named for the “First Americans,” because that’s really a more accurate way to describe the native tribes who first inhabited this land. As modern Americans, it’s easy to forget there were people living on this continent before it was colonized by Europeans. I enjoyed the family-oriented atmosphere and seeing how each of Oklahoma’s 39 federally recognized tribal nations featured in the museum has their own unique culture. I encourage visitors to go when they have a couple of hours to browse and just take in ‘the wonder of this place. I hope many classroom teachers will bring their students to go through the museum and learn about our rich heritage. As COVID case numbers are declining, this is a great activity to get your family out of the house. It is an honor to serve you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 405-557-7304 or John.Talley@ okhouse.gov. Curriculum The two subjects our public schools should teach is four years of American Civics to graduate. If you’re 18 years old and can’t name the three branches of government or how many members of Congress there are, then civics might need to be reintroduced in public school. I’d also like to suggest that Native American languages be introduced and offered in schools as a second language. Shawn Crain Perkins It is easy for gardeners to become overwhelmed this time of year. I have been looking for time to make the last of the basil into pesto while coaxing the winter veg- gies up to size before all warmth leaves the air. I look at each perennial and herbaceous shrub determining if the foliage has deteriorated to the point it is no longer feeding the root; do I trim it back now or wait? What seems to become the priority is watering seedlings and processing falling leaves. The fall ritual of vacuuming, raking, bagging or mulch- ing leaves has become for me less of a chore and more of a meditative time. Nevertheless, it will consume its share of hours, precious hours. Embracing the mindset of thankfulness for a home, with trees, healthy trees and. . .a healthy body to carry out the work, helps me find that place of peace. A few Christmases ago I received a gift from :a close friend in California. She and another took themselves on a self-guided foliage tour of the Northeastern states. She collected fallen leaves of various'shapes, sizes and colors, pressed them, arranged them and mounted them in a frame. Simple, inexpensive, but the end result was one of elegance! Four years have passed; the leaves are still vibrant in color, hanging out of direct sunlight. Visitors always comment on this piece of “art”; it is truly beautiful. The easiest way to preserve leaves for framing or sea- sonal decor is to press them. Flower preSses can be used or one can simply opt for the old-fashioned book and paper towel technique. Begin by gathering fallen leaves before they air dry in the yard. Collect your favorites, avoiding leaves that are curled, have brown tips, or have discoloration from spots or leaf galls. Place the selections on a piece of newsprint or paper towel in the center of a book. Lay another towel on top, gently close the book and weight it down by stacking more books on top. Check your project in one week to make sure the leaves are drying and not rotting. Leave the leaves in the “press” until completely dry. Colorful fall foliage can be preserved to 'a more supple state by “drying” them in glycerin. Available at most drug stores, use the same guidelines for selecting curl, spot and gall-free foliage. Mix 2 parts water with 1 part glycerin. Pour about 1” of the mixture in the bottom of a glass baking pan. Lay the leaves in the liquid and place another smaller baking dish on top to weight them down. Check for suppleness after three days. If the leaves still feel dry, return them to the solution for three more days. When ready, remove the foliage and blot dry with a paper towel. Some try to' speed up the process of drying by using their microwave to zap the moisture. While thirty second intervals are recommended for this method, remember the fragile state of most leaves and the ability of things to actually catch fire in microwave. Be extremely careful. With holidays quickly approaching, who has time for projects“? None of us and all of us has bits and pieces of time in which we can slip in things that are important to us. If you are out raking leaves, look for treasures in ruby or jade and slip them in a book when you come inside, but before you put your feet up. Historically, leaf drop season is several weeks away here in Payne County. However, the current hot dry streak is accelerating the normal timeline and leaves are already dropping on several species. This is a good opportunity to remind you that fallen leaves are a valuable nutrient resource that should be captured and returned to the landscape. Here are some tips on how to do that without being overwhelmed by the process. No matter the ultimate destination for the leaves, the most helpfirl step is to simply mow frequently and chop them up into small pieces. This step net only lowers the volume of collection and storage needed, in some cases it can eliminate the need for any further aetion as long as the turfgrass is not completely covered up in the process. If mowing alone doesn’t take care of the leaves, the next step is composting. There are two basic approaches to this. The easiest thing to do is simply pile the leaves up and let nature break the leaves down over time. Since it can take‘several years for leaves to break down in this > REED, Page A2