Washita Valley Weekly

Page 2   Washita Valley Weekly “My Community Magazine” November 24, 2020 God Bless America • Closed Thanksgiving Enjoy Time with Your Family 784 Rush Avenue North Hwy 81 Business • Bedlam Party with Food Saturday • Mondays Free Pool Mondays • Wednesdays Karaoke @ 8:00 • Fridays Karaoke @ 8:00 1st/2nd Place Payout • Saturdays 8 Ball Pool - $10 Buy-in 2:00 pm Open 7 Days a Week! • Sundays Pot Luck Afternoon (Bring a Side) Come Have Fun with the Gang! Flowers and Gifts, Jay’s Jewelry, Okie Mountain Trading Co., Ross Seed, Chicken Express, Perrefitte Home & Gifts, The Southern Blossom Boutique, Steelman’s Framing Gifts & Sew Much More, Red Dirt Nutrition, Chick’s Liquor, Sooner Nutrition, Tammie’s Bling Boutique, Painted Pistols Cannabis Co, Alexander Eats, Liberty Drug, Wing T’s, Rustic Sequins, The s’Blended Cup, Two Vets Clothing Company, Hicks Company, and Canadian River Brewing Co.  The Buy Chickasha Campaign kicked off on Sun- day, November 15, and will end on Monday, Decem- ber 15. The drawing will be Tuesday, December 16, at 3:00 pm on Facebook live. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize or additional winners will be drawn.  To view a full list of rules, visit chickashachamber. com/buy-chickasha ‘Buy Chickasha’ continued from Page 1 “We Reach More People for Less Money than Anyone!” Established 2003 Direct Mail Weekly to the Communities of: Chickasha - Ninnekah - Rush Springs - Amber Alex - Pocasset - Verden - Anadarko also Direct mail to Duncan and Surrounding Area of Stephens County Since 1994 920 South 4th - Chickasha • 405-224-7467 3456 North Hwy 81 - Duncan • 580-255-2428  There are two ways Chickasha residents can dis- pose of limbs damaged in the recent ice storm:  1. Limbs may be taken to the Public Works facility, located at 502 Genevieve, daily from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Public Works will be open on week- ends for limb drop off on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of November.  2. The City will provide a curbside pickup at residences over the next weeks. Limbs need to be cut to a manageable size and placed by the curb. Public Works will begin driving through Chickasha to pick up up limbs this week. There is no need to call City Hall to request limb pickup.  IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT dump limbs at Borden Park. This is not a City-owned property, and unloading limbs or debris at this location is consid- ered illegal dumping. If you need assistance picking up limbs or cleaning up after the ice storm, please email tracey.austin@chickasha.org or call (405) 222- 6045 to be connected with a local volunteer. If you would like to volunteer to help our neighbors in need, please fill out the form at chickasha.org/volunteer. Got broken limbs?  An organizational meeting to promote the idea of a new YMCA facility had scheduled a townhall type meeting to gather support for a fundraising and idea generation for November 19th.  That meeting was cancelled due to the increas- ing number of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma and will be rescheduled early next year according to promoters.  Watch for further announcements regarding this event. YMCA meeting postponed  New this year are ‘table tents’, located on the tables at Chickasha restaurants Interurban and A&E Grill that have displays with scannable QR Code. When you use the camera of your smart phone to photograph the code, it will open a website that will allow you to donate directly to your community.  Those wanting to buy a gift for the Angel Tree can do so by visiting participating Walmarts to pick a tag off an Angel Tree or you can find instructions on their website www.salvationarmyusa.org to find out how to donate and purchase gifts online using Walmart’s Reg- istry for Good.  Also, Burkes Outlet in Chickasha and the Chicka- sha Chamber of Commerce are hosting toy drives this year. All gifts must be received by December 11th. Those who registered for the Angel Tree this year will be picking-up their gifts at a drive-thru toy distribution hosted by John Holt Chevrolet in Chickasha. ‘Bell Ringing’ continued from Page 1 Elmer Eugene Harris ...  Elmer Eugene Harris, also known as “Sonny”, passed away on October 11, 2020 at Reid Health in Richmond Indiana, at the age of 80. He resided in New Paris OH.   He was born on May 7, 1940 in Phoenix AZ. He was the son of the late Elmer Francis Harris and Luethel Edna ( McClain) Harris of Chickasha.  Sonny was preceded in death by infant son, David Harris and wife, Janice Harris.  Survived by his loving partner, Paulette Rediger in New Paris, Ohio; Brother and sister-in-law, Paul Harris and Alice Harris of Chickasha OK; Nieces: Paula and Mark Turner Of Highland Village TX: Pam and Chad Niell of Jonesboro AR: Mary and Rodney Horne of Jonesboro AR: Great Nieces and Nephews: Megan and Jeremy Brown: Hailey Turner: Branston, Nathan, and Audrey Niell: Beau and Berkeley Horne. Extended step-children: Pam and Rick VanWinkle of New Paris OH: Eddie and Tiffany Mohrmeyer, Okmulgee OK: Paul Mohrmeyer, Greenville OH; Janet Mohrmeyer of Eaton.  The family moved to Chickasha when he was small child. He graduated from Chickasha High School in 1958.  His family built and operated the U Lodge in Chicka- sha, now known as Budget Inn. He learned about construction work from his Dad. He built his own flooring and tile business in Chickasha, Oklahoma and Richmond Indiana for 40 years. After the flooring busi- ness, he operated a wrecking service, then bought his own trucking business under Harris Trucking. He drove from Ohio to California caring mostly caskets and other items. He traveled safely over a million miles in the 25 years of trucking.  He made trips to Chickasha at Christmas time to be with family and to race Paul for the hidden divin- ity candy or Cinnamon rolls made by his mother. He enjoyed many meals with friends and family at the family owned restaurant in New Paris, Ohio called “Red Front”. He was well known about telling his “Trucking Stories”. All you had to do is ask about his trucking and you had conversation for the evening. He was a member of the New Paris Masonic Lodge.  A memorial service was held at Barnes Funeral Home in New Paris OH on October 15, 2020 with Pastor Carlely Brewster Officiating. Graveside services will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha, Oklahoma at a later date.  Despite the fact that many events around the area are being cancelled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the annual lighted Christmas Parade in Down- town Chickasha is scheduled to happen.  The parade will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 5th.  It is, in fact, the most wonderful time of the year and the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce wants the tradition to continue. With hundreds of attendees, the parade showcases around 40 floats from businesses and community groups in and around Chickasha each year.  Sugar and spice will be the theme this year as busi- nesses in Chickasha compete with visions of Christ- mas Treats dancing in their heads. This is a sweet competition so businesses and organizations should be gathering your icing, sprinkles and cookies as the community welcomes Christmas into Chickasha.  Immediately following the parade, The Imaginar- ies will be providing a free for all ages Christmas Concert at 1st and Chickasha Avenue near the Depot. Chickasha Lighted Christmas Parade lines up Chickasha Public Library waives fines  Have you used the Chickasha Public Library, and then a little embarrased because you dropped them off a little late and haven’t paid those little pesky library fines?  Through the month of December you can redeem yourself and help out the local food pantry.  “The end of the year is a great time to get accounts cleared for a fresh start for the new year. I want customers to be able to check out Library books. This is a great way for customers to get fines waived and help the local Food Pantry too.” said Courtney Mayall, Youth Services Librarian at the Library in a news release.  The books must be turned in to the Library for the fines to be waived, perhaps you’ve already done that or perhaps you can do that now, and bring in a non-perishable food item, quantity doesn’t matter. All food is donated to the local Food Pantry. This program covers only overdues fines not replacement fees for lost or damaged books.  Donations for the Food Pantry are accepted and encouraged even if you don’t have fines. In addition to the much-needed food, many overdue books come home to the Library. Not having to repurchase popu- lar titles means the Library can buy more new books. The program runs from December 1st – December 31st.  The Library is located at 527 West Iowa in Chicka- sha. Call 222-6075 for more information.  The Friends of the Chickasha Pub- lic Library is sponsoring a Christ- mas Book Sale beginning Monday November 30 and running through Saturday December 5th.  The sale includeds books about Christmas and books that would make nice gifts. Donations are ac- cepted for your selection.  The sale runs each day during “Library Hours’. Christmas Book Sale It’s estimated that stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40%, heart at- tack by 25%, and stroke by 50%. Hypothyroidism is more common in older adults but hard to recognize because symptoms generally occur over the course of many years. 60% of people who have cancer are 65 or older. Health Facts My wife says I never lis- ten to her ... or, something like that. Seymore Folkes