Today’s Mid-Week features the “Quilts of Valor” exhibition now on display at the Ponca City Art Center. Also on display at the Art Center is a copy of a scrapbook made by Ponca City High School students in 1942-1943. Nationwide, students and members of the public assisted in the World War II endeavor called the “School at War” program, lead by Sidney Bray. Bray donated his collection of 253 scrapbooks created in Oklahoma schools during the war to the Chambers Library at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. The scrapbooks may be viewed online at http://library.uco.edu/archives/collections/collection-bray.cfm. Kay County has 17 schools listed. The easiest way to search is by Keyword, which for our county would be KAY. Participating Kay County schools will then be listed — just choose the school you wish to see. Some of the schools no longer exist. Names of students and many adults are included in the unique scrapbooks.
Ponca City High School’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) will have a fundraiser today at Freddy’s Frozen Custard from 3:15 to close. To honor this, a customer must ask Freddy’s to donate 15 percent of the purchase.
Ponca City Medical Center is helping area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health insurance Marketplace. The hospital has partnered with Fairfax Medical Facilities, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center, with this effort. Jennifer Benson, a certified application counselor with Fairfax Medical Facilities, Inc. will be available at PCMC on Friday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to answer questions and assist people in the enrollment process. She will be located in the Main Lobby. Though a major function of www.healthcare.gov is assessing whether individuals and families qualify for financial help to lower the cost of health insurance, Benson can perform the same analysis and help with the sign-up process. To make an appointment with Benson call (580) 765-0418. She can also be reached via e-mail, email@example.com.
With winter weather here, the Ponca City Public School District will be testing their automated student notification calling system on Monday, Nov. 24. The test call is scheduled for Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. All Ponca City Public School parents/guardians will receive a phone call with a recorded message that evening.
Camp McFadden is baking your pies, cookies, fudge, cheesecakes, hot rolls and homemade bread this holiday season. Tonight is the last night to pre-order for Thanksgiving delivery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for an order form or call 765-8043 or 716-9015. Still plenty of time for Christmas orders. Proceeds benefit Camp restoration and programs.
Christmas is fast approaching and Operation Pioneer Spirit will be mailing Christmas packages in November and also the second week in December. Thank you for your continued support and prayers for our beloved Oklahoma fighting men and women. We have now mailed almost 12,000 packages. We will be organizing at the YMCA on Tuesday, Nov. 18 beginning at 10 a.m. and packing on Wednesday, Nov. 19 around noon. The chaplains and soldiers are requesting the following items: Handi-Wipes, hotel-size toiletries, snack foods, black/navy socks, wrapped cookies, small peanut butter/jelly (plastic jar), tuna fish/chicken in pouch/can, work gloves, black/navy skull caps, hand warmers, seasonal greeting cards, batteries, hard candy, shower flip flops, and Sudoku/crossword puzzles. Please no badly worn paperback books and no hardback books. Funds are low and money is always gratefully accepted. Please mail checks to Operation Pioneer Spirit, Box 923, Ponca City, Okla. 74602.
Bank of Oklahoma will close 29 grocery store branches, including the local branch at Food Pyramid on North 14th Street in Ponca City. “Today, the majority of our clients are using mobile and online banking, as well as deposit-friendly ATMS, for the transactions they used to do in these regular visits,” said Pat Piper, executive vice president. Branches closing include 11 in Oklahoma City, 10 in Tulsa, one in Grove and one in Stillwater. The branch in Newkirk will remain open.