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2A-THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, November 15, 2001 J i. , TH E: EDITO R 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. Support modernization of our library By allowing our city commission the flexibility to allocate funds towards the rehabilitation and modernization of the existing Tho- mas-Wilhite library, the citizens of Perkins have an opportunity to help ensure that our downtown remains a viable source of com- munity activity for at least the next several generations...maybe more. Expanded and more state-of-the-art services, preservation of two locally historic buildings, and the sense of having a vibrant down- town that is alive & well will add to the list of so many things that we are proud to lay claim. There are not many Oklahoma towns, especially small ones like ours, that can boast of having a public library located smack in the middle of downtown, and even fewer that are housed in historic buildings. Perkins is a very special rural community. Let's con- tinue to do our part to make it even more special. David Holbrook Thank you for honoring veteran grads Thanks to Mrs. Hrencher and Ms. Harris (HS Student Council) for organizing the Veteran's Day Assembly on Friday, November 09, 2001. Congratulations to the three WWII Veterans taht were awarded diplomas. As a veteran it is especially rewarding to know that our service to this country is appreciated and collectively honored. Doug Scism My grandfather, Ross Jacobs, and two other veterans were recently honored at the Perkins High School gymnasium for their service in World War 1I. The veterans were awarded their high school diplomas in front of their families, friends, and the high school student body. As a high school teacher, I attend many school assemblies, and this is one that made me proud to be a product of the Perkins- Tryon school system. The students in attendance demonstrated tremendous respect for the veterans and were considerate and appreciative throughout the program. It was impressive to a visiting teacher to see an entire school of students behave so commendably. Many people helped make this special day happen for these men who served our country. To all of you, our families are deeply grateful. Thank you, Mr. Hyder and Mrs. Hrencher for organizing the assembly, and thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor for the wonderful music provided by the high school band and chorus. (You still sound great!) When Grandpa and I visited after the ceremony, I asked him if the program was as good as he had hoped it would be. He looked at me and said, "It was better." Sincerely, Jeree Youngker Tulsa, Ok A weekly column by Rick Lomenick Journal Assistant Editor Once again another Perkins-Tryon 4-H and FFA Pork Chop Din- ner and Auction has come and gone. And as usual it was a tremen- dous success. There appeared to be a lot more people attending this year's event even though Oklahoma State had both a football game that after- noon and a men's exhibition basketball game that evening. It ap- peared lots of folks got their priorities right and attended the local event. I was a bit late getting to the elementary gymnasium because of some previously scheduled basketball games to officiate. I was hoping as I was making my way to the event there would be some- thing left. I wasn't wronged. Despite having to wait in line that stretched the length of the basketball court, there was plenty of freshly-smoked pork chops ~ong with the baked potato, green beans, salad and peach cobbler l'~t. To say the least, I shot my diet to .... well you get the idea. In ~er words, it wa~ all delicious. ~rhe auction itseff was pretty well ran. ~Vith the'large number of items that went on the block, the covey of auctioneers did a good job was getting through them. There were several items that caught mine and Renae's attention and we placed bids on them. Some of them we got and some we didn't which is all part of the game. Along with the good food and auction, there was plenty of fel- lowship. We enjoyed sitting near Mark and Lori Grant on one side and Jimmy and Becky Carroll on the other. In front of us was Gene (USPS #42-8040) The Perkins Journal is published every Thursday at 11 ! E. Stumbo and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, OK 74059-0040 by Pomegranate, Inc, P.O. Box 40, Perkins, OK 74059-0040. Printed by the Stillwater NewsPress. Phone 405/547-2411 Fax 405/547-5640 e-mail: theperkinsjoumal@tbeperkinsjournal.com website: www.theperkinsjournal.com Cindy and Keith Sheets-Publishers Rick Lomenick-Assistant Editor Stacy Beal - Production Manager The publishers are solely responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the publishers. OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Send changes of address to: The Perkins Journal P.O. Box 40 Perkins, OK 740594N}40 ALL CONTENTS COPYRIGHTED 2001 MEMBER: Perkins Chamber of Commerce ,Perkins Main Street, Inc. Oklahoma Press Association National Newspaper Association p III mm Im mm mm ml inl Illlllilll~ TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, just fill out this form.~.nd mail with I remittance to: "- The Perkins Journal 111 E Stumbo I iP.O. Box 40 Perkins, OK 74059.0040 I Name IAddress City State Zip , Rates::One year in Oklahoma...$28 I | One year out of state...$32 I aBE A FRIENO, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 I .'off of the rates listed above if you are a current paid ==subscriber. Use the form above for your "friend" and list your I Iname here: Wollenberg. To say the least, the company was just as good! This event is just another reason why there are so many more benefits in living in a smaller community. Isn't Perkins just a great place to raise your family? Also, another thank you again to John Kalka for the NASCAR collector's car. What about this weather? Sure is a nice change from what we experienced a year ago at about this same time. The weather at Friday night's game was just right for the season. There was a definite crispness in the air and because there was no wind, it made standing outside a lot more bearable. Of course, the thrashing the Demons handed Nowata went a long ways in keep- ing the home crowd fired up too. Remember last year when the Demons traveled to Salina for their first round game? We had a touch of wintry weather during the week. And once at the game, the ramps and some of the seating on the visitor's bleachers were covered with ice. Just another example of the Oklahoma weather. And speaking of the playoffs. As you are probably well aware of, the Demons will host Eufaula in second round action Friday night. Prior to last week's game, many fans staked their claims to seats on the home bleachers as early as the day before the game by tap- ing blankets to the concrete seating. It kind of reminds you of what it may have been like during the land run of 1889 when sooners stake~ their claims early.This is yet another scenario showing that history does indeed repeat itself. Senior Citizens News by Kathleen Johnson Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 Cead mile failte (Irish Greeting) welcomes." Gaelic) "A hundred thousand Current Events: Music - Monday - 7-9 p.m. Birthday Luncheon every third Friday - Nov. 16, noon Mystery Dinner every fourth Friday - Nov. 23 - we leave ter promptly at 5 p.m. the cen- Happy Birthday: Goldie Lee Lee, Goldies middle name happens to be the same as her last name now...quaint. Happy Birthday, Girl. Pan Yerta, Linford Gunkle, Esther Nottingham, Betty Knight, Ann Kinder, Mary Dawn Vassar, Roy Hale, David Boettner, Ashley Gray, LaToya Neal, Robyn Butler, Linda Vickers, Misty Henley, Donna Brown, Nathan Sexton, Leanna Brownell, Maggie Wilson, Mitchell Walker, Peggy Tuley, David Guest. We wish you many, many more. Our musicians, led off by our emcee Bill Worthy of Agra - Bill Baker, Norvil Cole, Bob Penick, Perkins. Elois Edwards, Casey, B.J., Charles Kilgore, Ival Hesser, Max Porter, Howard and Betty Anderson, Harold Stamper, Stillwater. Bud Smith, Crescent. Glen Nottingham and Esther, Coyle. Murl Rhodes, Cushing. Stella Rogers, Agra. Willie Mouser, Norman. Millie and Evans Brown, Guthrie. Harvey Davis, Sherman Ander- son, Luther. Our Hostess, Mattie Lee Thompson, greeted 103 guests and 26 musicians. Kitchen Hostesses- Geraldine Allen brought pumpkin bread and ham sandwiches. Edith Cretsinger, vienna sausage sandwiches and pumpkin bread. Extras - Lola Ball, cinnamon rolls, Thelma Smith, lemon cake. Collen Parsons, ham and cheese sandwiches. Phyllis Cook, cookies. Thanks to each of yot;. We certainly appreciate every one who helps. Till we meet again, dear friends and relatives, Deo Volente, Pour pren dre conge, We wish you peace and love. All donors All Community Thanksgiving Service 7 p.m. - Sunday, Nov. 1 8 Lost Creek United Methodist Church iC All are I invited! UNITED WE GIVE American Red Cross blood drive Friday, Nov. 16th, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Old Church Center, First & Thomas 91in'r it the Cindy Sheets Journal 9 u lisher I have long thought that Perkins is a great place to live. another reason why it is just last week. Stacy and I were working away last Thursday we both clearly heard a screech of tires and a horrendous sound. Stacy came to my office door and said, wide-eyed, "That, sound good." I agreed, grabbed my camera and had happened. For those of you who have never been to The Journal's we are located just off Main Street on Stumbo, As soon as I turned the comer, I could see man, toward a white pickup sitting awkwardly of the intersection of Main and Thomas, just about a blocki of the Journal office. With a sinking feeling, I realized the pickup was Dale As I reached the accident scene I realized were feeling the same thing that I was - dread. I was relieved to see that Dale was sitting up in and talking to Bobbie Myers and a couple of other people. He was okay! But Bobbie turned to me and said she was afraid had a stroke and that was what had caused the accident to She said he had been sitting in his pickup across the street ing the park. I looked and saw the long black skid marks all the way the street and realized that Dale's pickup had struck wrecker, which was sitting on the comer, after the picku up quite a head of steam. It was fairly obvious that ably smacked his head quite hard when his pickup wrecker. Everyone was anxious to keep Dale calm and still until bulance could get there. There were whispered prayers and furtive looks north to the ambulance was on it's way. "Did someone call Florence?" ran over to do so. It was very quiet as we all waited with Dale for Florence ambulance. Finally Florence arrived. Bobbie and Deb Weis ran street to help l)er cross. Connie Norrie and I walked forward to lend our supt:mrt rence and maybe give her hand a soft squeeze in comfort. I was surprised when Florence looked into my eyes. no worry there. Her eyes were friendly and calm as even gave me one of her beautiful smdes, as if to say, "Don't he'll be alright." It seemed like she was the one doing the comforting! It took me aback so much that I couldn't say I stood there while the ambulance crew arrived and took away. I thought about that look that Florence gave to me way back to the office and for the rest of the day. Then I realized why she didn't worry. She knew this was here and would always be here to help if needed She knew that we were all around Dale because we knew that everything that could be done at that time, wasl done. And she knew this because she and Dale have lived whole lives. Dale just celebrated his 92nd birthday. I Florence's age, she being a lady and all, but they have both here long enough to know the character of this town. I figure she must know what she's about. This is a with wonderful, caring people in it. And she was correct, Dale is okay. I went into today, and there they both were, sitting at that comer just like they always do. It's good to know what to expect, isn't it? Don't forget to get your entry in The Journal's Holiday ries contest in! We have already received some, and we pecting many more. Bring it in! Publication deadline Please note that deadlines for display and advertising, and articles is 6 p.m. each Monday. Please fax, e-mail, or drop your items by the office I: that time for publication in that week's issue. For more information, call 405-547-2411 or