By Cary Ammons
Antlers Public Schools, along with many other school districts, are preparing for the last few weeks of the first semester. With Thanksgiving Break over, students are being prepared for holiday festivities, practicing Christmas musicals and songs, playing basketball, and studying for semester tests.
By OSU Extension Services
The Griswoldâ€™s understood the significance of picking out the family Christmas tree, as do many Oklahomans about this time of year. Visiting one of Oklahomaâ€™s â€śchoose-and-cutâ€ť tree farms is a good way to jumpstart the Christmas spirit.
â€śChoose-and-cut is a family experience,â€ť said Craig McKinley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension forestry specialist. â€śThe choose-and-cut operation is selling an experience as much as they are selling a Christmas tree. Itâ€™s fun.â€ť
The countdown to the holidays is on, bringing with it the challenge of how to serve a large gathering fast and easy. Fear not! There's a simple solution. Forego the traditional, full-service, sit-down meal and opt instead for a buffet-style serving. Follow these three steps and yours will be a gathering remembered with fondness by both your guests and you.
Economics Favor The Highest Quality Paint
n times of economic stress, we all look for ways to cut back on expenses. But if youâ€™re thinking about having a contractor apply a cheap paint to the exterior of your home, you may want to reconsider. A careful analysis shows that in the long run, itâ€™s actually less expensive to apply the very best quality paint, despite its higher initial cost.
Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute, explains: â€śMost of the cost
of exterior painting goes for labor, not for paint. Paying somewhat more for top quality
Letâ€™s face it. Few of us are spending money the way we used to. But our homes are still
our castles, and we want them to be as attractive as possible. In fact, the lackluster economy is all the more reason to create a comfortable,welcoming cocoon where we can ride out the economic storm.
How to reconcile the desire to beautify a home with the need to economize? One possibility is to
add fresh color to the indoor environment with a new interior paint scheme.
The Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service recently kicked off the third year of OrganWise Guys, a highly interactive nutrition education program for elementary school kids, and announced the initiative has expanded by about 20 schools across the state for the 2011-12 school year.
The Oct. 19 kickoff and orientation at OSU-OKC drew a mix of teachers, 4-H educators and family and consumer sciences educators, including several who were getting their first taste of the educational program.
By Cary Ammons
November is here and what a treat. After such a hot and dry summer, the cooler temperatures and rainfall are a blessing. As for school, November marks the beginning for practicing for holiday plays, basketball season, deer gun season and Veteranâ€™s Day.
Antlers Public School wants to remind everyone of these upcoming events and to discuss with your child the importance of participating in holiday plays, playing on a team ad honoring our Veterans.
By OSU Extension Service
Costumes have filled the racks and bags of candy line the shelves. Children all over Oklahoma are trying to figure out what to dress up as for Halloween. In addition, children have visions of a trick-or-treat bag stuffed with sugary, sticky and sweet treats.
While the children are excited about trick-or-treating, many parents may be wondering how all of this candy will fit into a nutritious diet, said Deana Hildebrand, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist.
By Cary Ammons
Fall Break is upon us at Antlers Public Schools. October 20 & 21, Antlers Public Schools will be closed for classes. During this time, faculty encourages parents to spend time with their child to talk about grades, activities and upcoming events. Antlers Public Schools will have many activities planned for fall festivities. Some of them include football games, start of elementary basketball games, Band districts, School Carnival and many fundraising events. Please pay close attention to flyers sent home with students as to when these events will take place.
By Tracy Steffenson
I have been called a feminist by many people over the years, and I am proud to say that I am one. Not the â€śburn our brasâ€ť type but more the â€śI donâ€™t have to have anyone to get things doneâ€ť type. I wish that more people would step into this mind set and realize that life is not a fairy tale, and this goes for the guys out there as well.