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2-THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, November 29, 2001 K~ Perkins voters will finally be A "yes" vote on Proposition : going to the polls on Dec. 11 to No. 2 v fll allow the city com- ! decide the fate of the Thomas, mission to spend up to that WilhiteMemorialLibraryreno- amount of the capital ' " ration and expansion project, imroVement funds on the 4" " Voters will consider two project. propositions on the ballot. The Thomas-Wilhite Memo- .:The first proposition deals with the approval or disapproval of allowing capital improve- ' ment monies to be spent on that :f expansion and renovation work. ,i. As things stand now, the ex- :11 isting buildings are not eligible I ',. to use the city's capital improve- ment tax revenues because those ;" buildings are not technically in- u" cluded as "city property" under the current ordinance which was adopted in 1983. ~r~ ,r A "yes" vote on Proposition No. 1 will simply allow some of the existing capital improve- " ment funds to be used for the ex- " ii isting library buildings, just as the funds are used for other city- C owned buildings. A"yes,' vote is not approving a tax increase. The capital im- ,,. provement funds already exist as a result of the City of Perkins one percent sales tax. 'S The second proposit!on ap- proves or disapproves the ex- penditure of a sum not to exceed $230,000 for the renovation and remodeling of the Thomas ', Wilhite Public Library." rial Library is a vibrant and up- to-date facility which contains many services that are unavail- able in larger communities. Those services include a fully automated collection, comput- ers, and even Perkins newspa- pers on microfilm dating back to 1892. The library board wants to make sure that the library re- mains vibrant while allowing for expansion and more use by pa- trons and the community. It is readily apparent to any- one who uses the library facili- ties in Perkins that the library is in need of more space. The children who enroll in the popular summer reading pro- gram are literally elbow-to-el- bow in the library. An expanded facility would allow for more shelf space, room for children's programs and adult meetings, and allow space to make the facility handi- cap accessible. The additional space will also allow for a safer environment for our library staff. The more spacious layout will be create more visibility, and structural repairs will dry up the leaky roof problem, which is also a danger to electronic equipment. Last but not least, the renova- tions to the existing library buildings will enhance the his- toric sandstone buildings and keep them intact, which will be a huge asset to our Historic 9tin'r it the ruth gourna/q ublisher Included in this issue is our special holiday section, including the entries from our Holiday Memories Contest. /., - : ......... 1~3 ........... :: "'~.7 ":.-. / ,, ........... TH TOR 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. Downtown District. More than a year ago, the li- Red Cross continues to provide help and care brary board conducted a ques- tionnaire asking Perkins area Dear Concerned American, average of 100,000 per day-to residents for their opinions on Because of you and the work survivors and emergency the renovation/remodel project, of thousands of Red Cross personnel working at the three Seventy percent were in favor volunteers, we are truly making disaster sites. We have offered of, as opposed to 27 percent a difference in the lives of those mental health and spiritual against, expanding the existing tragically impacted by thecounseling to more than library at its present location (in- barbaric attacks of September 144,000 disaster workers- cluding the use of the adjacent 1.1. Thank you for trusting the 43,000 of them volunteers-to Evans Building). American Red Cross with your provide services at the areas of heartfelt donations, need. More than 70 percent of I wish that I could personally While extraordinary progress respondants said they were op- take each ofyou to see how your has been made since the posed to either constructing a dollars are helping. I would take September 11 disasters, we new building or moving the li- you to Ground Zero in New realize there is much more to be brary to another existing build- York City, to the gaping crevice done. And we are listening to ing. at the Pentagon, to the you. America has spoken loudly When you look at all of this Pennsylvania field where the and clearly, and the Red Cross information, you can see that hijacked plane crashed, to the is honoring the national call for this election is merely a formal- commuter communities relief efforts to be directed ity. throughout the Northeast where solely toward the people Perkins area residents have loved ones never returnedaffected by the September 11 already said they want the im- home. tragedies. provements made. The need for You have already helped in so We have changed our policy the improvements is there. The many ways. The Red Cross has in three important ways: 1) We funds for the improvements is provided $137 million in cash are dedicating all of the money there. And no new taxes will be assistance and services to more collected in the Liberty Fund required to make this happen, than 25,000 families since solely to the immediate and All that is really needed is your September 11. This is an long-term needs of those "yes" vote! unprecedented rate of charitable affected by the attacks; 2) we are giving over an eight-weekgiving aid directly to victims in period. We have served more larger cash amounts and more than 10 million meals -anquickly; and 3) we are including That means no directed prayer, meditation, or required activities of any kind should be implemented. It's important for us to remem- ber that there are many differ- ent belief systems in this world, even in this state. One may work :; We had a tough time choosing winners for the contest, but it was for this person, while something a lot of fun reading thero. Thank you to all who entered the con- totally different may be mean- te t.r ingful to another. , ', St , I hope we can be sure to keep ,.. I also got a real kick out of Kathleen s story about the mouse what I'm sure is meant to be a running up her pants. Man, I bet she was really hopping. Thanks very positive measure, positive. for the laugh, Kathleen! (You can read about Kathleen and the St mouse in the Senior Citizens column.) Another Thanksgiving has St come and gone, and as I write i"7 As you probably noticed from the story on the front page, Lt. this, the first snow is falling out- Gov. Fallin and some of the other Republican leaders are propos- side. Holiday lights and decora- ing legislation which will require a minute of silence to be ob- tions are going up a!! over the ' served by publ cX fll ntt a" b i each s laool ar a; ' e! kiit . Maia Sfr et Y. t , :looking lovely. " ..... ' '" I In theory, I thinl this is a great idea. A moment to reflect, to When you re a Grinch like me : gather thoughts, pray, meditate, or just sit calmly is something that who is not fond of winter holi- " all of us can use. days or winter itself, you have , ' ,'This is a good, quick way to teach how to get a mini-vacation to think of things that you en- it" from stress, too. joy, so that you can make it '' As I said, in theory, I think this is a good idea. However, I hope through the season. , '" that, if this measure is passed, we all keep it clearly in mind that So here goes: fireplaces, soups this should be a minute of silence, and crusty bread, big sweaters, (USPS #42.8O40) The Perkins Journal is published every Thursday at 111 E. Stumbo and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, OK 74059-0040 by Pomegranate, Inc, EO. Box 40, Perkins, OK 74059-0040. Printed by the Stillwater NewsPress. Phone 405/547.2411 Fax 405/547-5640 e-mail: theperkinsjoumal@ theperkinsjoumal.com website: www.theperkinsjoumal.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. :.. :ALL coNTENTS COPYRIGHTED 2001 *Perkins Chamber of Commerce .Perkins Main Street, Inc. .Oklahoma Press Association .National Newspaper Association rll~l~l/ll~lll TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, just fill out this remittance to: The Perkins Journal |Name form and mail with II |Address City , State Zip Rates: One year in Oklahoma.,$28 One year out of atate...$32 BE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 off of the rates listed above if you are a current paid subscriber. Use the form above for your "friend" and list your Iname here: mmm n n n u u n n,n'u in d u u u n nnu , our aid recipients in a database with other agencies to streamlif process for everyone. September 11, 2001 changed the landscape country and the life American. We a disaster of this size. intensity but we're challenge-thanks to your help. Thank reaching out in this time and thank you trust the American we bring comfort nation during these times. Your trust is us, and we will do our to uphold it. Through it all, the Red Cross mission h! changed. Led by volunteers across help people prevent, arid respond to emer Our 1,000-plus netwt chapters helps victims 67,000 disasters a percent of which are fires. As we head into the months we know community will your continued su local Red Cross provide the same lifesaving help here at we are bringing to so affected by the tra September. Sincerely, Vicki Henington Executive Director, Noble County Cross C-009 5 0T 1;EI t, no bugs on the windshield, no weeding, fudge, hot spiced ci- You Might Be From A Small Town If... der, holiday lights, the smell of pine, basketball, longer 1. You can name everyone you 10. Everyone thought it was re- gested that you haul hay nights...I guess that's enough. I graduated with. ally cool to date someone from summer to get stronger. feel a little better now.2. You know what FFA is. the neighboring town. 18. Directions are give St 3. You ever went to parties at a 11. You had senior skip day. "the" stoplight as There were no winners last pasture, barn, or in the middle 12. The whole school went to 19. The city week for the Holly Jolly draw- of a dirt road. the same party after graduation, coffee shop. ings, so those prizes rolled over 4. Your idea of a FUN weekend 13. You don't give directions by 20. You decide to walk and six new numbers were was riding around parking lots street names, but instead, like where for exercise and 5 drawn this week! because that is where EVERY- this: Tum right by Mark's house, pull over and ask if you Be sure to check those num- BODY was. go two blocks east past ride. bers and the numbers listed in 5. Your idea of.an EXCITING Henderson's, and it's four21. Your teachers call several ads in this week's Jour- weekend was watching a fight houses left of the track field, your older siblings' nal. Lots of local businesses are in the parking lot. 14. The country club golf course 22. Your teachers also having in-house drawings 6.You ever went cow-tipping or had only 9 holes. (Or there when they taught your and have those winning num- snipe hunting, wasn't even one.) 23. The closest Taco bers posted at their businesses, 7. School gets canceled for city, 15. You can't help but date a Burger King is 30 miles so keep checking. Good luck! county, or state events, friend's exboyfriend/girlfriend. 24. So is the closest St 8. You were ever in the Home- 16. The people in the city dress mall. Make sure to let us know i.f coming parade, funny, then your town picks up 25. You have a you see pretty holiday decora- 9. You have ever gone home for on the trend a few years later, ing this because you tions. We'd love a picture. Homecoming. 17. The football coach sug- they're all true. A weekly column by Rick Lomenick Journal Assistant Editor Now that we're officially in the holiday season, let me be among the first to wish you Christmas greetings from my family to yours. As part of these early days of the festive season, there's the an- nual ritual of starting that Christmas shopping and traditionally the busiest day of the season is the day after Thanksgiving. Some- time, retailers use that day to somehow gauge how they will do, especially since consumer spending slowed down after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. However, based on our experience last Friday, there shouldn't be much of a shopping slowdown. Renae and I ventured out to look for some of the early bargains. Even though we didn't get as early of a start as many of you, we still felt like we made some good progress. Of course, the hustle and bustle of the day can sometimes bring out the aggressiveness in some. There were some instances when I saw a shopper get a bit testy because a particular item they were looking for was already sold out and it didn't matter if it was al- ready late in the morning. And despite the politeness shown by the store employee in explaining that the particular item was no longer available, the shopper refused to take no for an answer. I was hop- ing Santa was taking notes. Take it for grantedthat stores are going to be pretty busy between now and Dec. 24. It will be a true test of patience for yourself but it can be overcome. One suggestion is allow yourself some extra time so that need to be somewhere else, you'll have ample time to And remember, store employees are going to do their best; ting you through the checkout stands as quickly and posstble. And always keep smiling because it is conta How about that 1 the-wool Cowboys fan, I was ecstatic with the outcome. the same token, I was equally impressed with the head coach Bob Stoops handled the loss. I've always believed that Stoops is a first-class person. no excuses and gave OSU a lot of well-deserved credit in the 16-13 win. Obviously, he was disappointed in that his won't be able to defend their national championship on He is still a good ambassador for our state. The Sooners will go on to play in a post-season bowl will be hoping they win. In fact, I'll be cheering for all : teams. Oklahoma State referred to Saturday's win as their and it sure takes a lot of sting out of a disappointing gotta love it either way. Keep saving those Holly Jolly tickets? The drawing is coming up in just over two weeks. The only way you can have the opportunity to win the shop at one or all of our local businesses that are activel pating in the event. Then make sure you're present when ning number is drawn. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the numbers drawn can still win some pretty nifty prizes. Remember during the holiday season.