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Remembering Memorial Day With Lyrics

May 25, 2011

BY TRACY STEFFENSON

While we all prepare to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, 2011 a friend of mine, Verne Jackson, passed on some interesting information. And I was surprised when I read it and realized I didn’t know it.

This is something that I feel every American should know. We have all heard the haunting song “Taps” that is commonly played at soldier’s funerals. It is the song that gives us chills and can bring a tear to your eye with only a few notes.

A/C Preparation Can Prevent Overheating

May 18, 2011

By Beth Pike, Extension Educator, FCS & 4-H Pushmataha County Cooperative Extension

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It is no secret that Oklahoma can get hot, hot, hot during the summer months. Most Oklahomans are dependent on their home’s cooling system to help stave off the heat and help them stay cool.

Doing some preparation now can help ensure state residents are able to keep their cool when the mercury reads in the triple digits for days on end, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist.

Fire extinguishers are life-saving equipment

April 26, 2011

By Beth Pike,
Extension Educator, FCS & 4-H
Pushmataha County Cooperative Extension

Safety is always on the mind of a homeowner. One important safety tool to have in your home is a fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers are a critical component of saving property and lives, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist.

Jump $tart Your Money

April 14, 2011

By Trisha Gedon, OSU

STILLWATER, Okla. – April is Financial Literacy Month. To observe this, the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition is sponsoring Jump$tart Your Money Week April 23-29.

Why not take the time during this week to give your finances the boost they may need?

Eileen St. Pierre, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension personal finance specialist, said Jump$tart Your Money Week is a public awareness initiative intended for building financial knowledge so one can deal more effectively and confidently with money.

Springtime is perfect to visit four Little Dixie state parks

April 14, 2011

By Little Dixie CAA

The flowers are blooming, temperatures rising, and we have thankfully left all that ice and snow behind us. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of southeast Oklahoma’s flora and fauna.

School Spirit: Raising the Bar in Education

April 11, 2011

A Monthly Column from the Desk of ... Governor Mary Fallin

In my State of the State address this February, I told lawmakers that nothing is more important to the future of our state and our long-term prosperity than improving student achievement. To see that improvement, I’ve outlined a comprehensive series of reforms to increase accountability and transparency in education, get more money into the classroom where it can do the most good, and raise the bar for students and teachers.

Among the legislative items I am hoping to see signed into law are bills to:

Community Action Works: Mentoring program for children explained

April 6, 2011

One of Little Dixie’s newer programs is also one of its most visible: It’s called Passport to the Future. The purpose is to provide mentoring opportunities for children whose parents are in the criminal justice system.

Passport to the Future has a staff of five people: A program director, coordinator and mentoring specialist in Pushmataha County, and mentoring specialists in McCurtain and Choctaw counties. In just a few short years since the program’s inception in 2004, Passport staff has signed on 360 children and more than 200 mentors.

Just 100 Calories A Day

April 6, 2011

By Beth Pike
OSU Extension Services in Antlers

When it comes to weight gain, weight loss or weight maintenance, it can all boil down to just 100 calories.

Many people believe that weight gain is a result of no physical activity or excessively overeating, said Janice Hermann, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist.

How To Help Prevent & Control Wildfires

March 31, 2011

The prevention and control of wildfires are big concerns as the summer progresses and it is our turn to take responsibility and do what we can to help NOT start wildfires. Here are some helpful hints on how to keep your burning debris from causing a widespread problem.

For safe debris burning comply with Local Regulations. Contact local fire departments in advance to make sure that burning is allowed and to find out whether a permit is required to burn debris.

Gun Control: When is too much too much?

March 25, 2011

New local gun laws had to change following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. They ruled that an American’s Constitutional Right to gun ownership applies nationwide. Legal challenges and debate has continued after the ruling in June, that American’s have the right to own a gun for self defense anywhere they live. This ruling was in response to a challenge of a 28 year old gun ban in Chicago, Illinois.

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