LUCAS SETS TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Congressman Frank Lucas will hold five town hall meetings next week in Pawnee, Pawhuska, Ponca City, Medford,and Enid on Aug. 29 and 30.

Residents of these locations are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington.

Lucas will be discussing his recent work in Congress, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and seeking input on legislation currently before Congress.

AUGUST 29

Pawnee county town hall meeting

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Pawnee City Hall

510 Illinois St.

Pawnee, OK 74058

Osage County Town Hall Meeting

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Pawhuska Community Center

520 Lynn Ave.

Pawhuska, OK 74056

AUGUST 30

Kay County Town Hall Meeting

9-10 a.m.

Standing Bear Museum

601 Standing Bear Pkwy.

Ponca City, OK 74601

Grant County Town Hall Meeting

11 a.m. to noon

Medford City Hall

615 North Front St.

Medford, OK 73759

Garfield County Town Hall Meeting

2-3 p.m.

Gantz Student Center, GU 100 (North Side of the Ballroom)

100 South University Ave.

Enid, OK 73701

RURAL WATER

DISTRICT GRANT

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Osage County Rural Water, Sewer, & Solid Waste Management District No. 3 (District) received approval for a $44,200 Rural Economic Action Plan Grant recently through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.

The district owns and operates a distribution system consisting of two standpipes, two booster pump stations, and water mains that serve approximately 270 customers. Due to their age, the existing water storage tanks are in need of rehabilitation. It is proposing to rehabilitate the southernmost standpipe in the system, which is 8 feet in diameter and 112 feet tall, by sand blasting the tank surface and repainting it, and installing a 4-inch gate valve and box. The estimated total cost of the project is $44,200, which is the amount of the requested OWRB REAP Grant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, calculated that the grant will save the District’s customers $79,560 in principal and interest charges by not having to borrow the project funds. Since 1983 the Water Resources Board has approved over $3.7 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

STORM SHELTER

SEMINARS SET

Osage County Emergency Management is scheduling storm shelter seminars through Osage County. The seminars explain storm shelter rebates, which can provide up to $2,000 to assist in the cost of purchasing and installing a storm shelter at a home in Osage County.

The applicant must be the homeowner, and the home must be their primary residence. The home also must be located in Osage County. Storm shelters that are already installed are not eligible.

Four meetings are scheduled throughout Osage County. Here’s the list.

11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 23: Pawhuska Fairgrounds, 320 Skyline Dr.

11 a.m and 6 p.m. Aug. 24: Skiatook Senior Citizens Center, 499 W. Rogers Blvd.

BARNSDALL FILING PERIOD

Candidates for the municipal office of mayor for the City of Barnsdall will file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 28.

Andrea Conner, secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period ends at 5 p.m. Aug. 30.

Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted at the County Election Board office for the city of Barnsdall Mayor two year unexpired term.

The office will be filled in the nonpartisan special election scheduled Nov. 14.

For more information, contact the Osage County Election Board at (918) 287-3036 or e-mail at oceb@sbcglobal.net.

SCULPTURE EXHIBIT CONTINUES

Preserving Arts in the Osage is hosting the Oklahoma Sculpture Society Statewide Show. “Sculpture in the Osage” is now open and will run through Saturday at Ole No. 1 Firehouse Art Center in historic downtown Pawhuska. The juried exhibition will highlight the work of members of the Oklahoma Sculpture Society. Hours for the show and sale will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday each week.

The Oklahoma Sculpture Society is a statewide organization working to improve their skills and highlight the work of Oklahoma Artists.

Preserving Arts in the Osage is a non-profit focused on bringing the arts alive in Osage County, arts education and organizational collaborations that encourage the growth of the community.