AROUND THE COUNTY

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

WALK FOR CANCER CURE

Pawhuska Elementary School is sponsoring a “Walk for the Cure” event Sunday on the track at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium.

In addition to aiding worldwide efforts to defeat cancer, the walk is to benefit two persons from the local school who are currently battling the disease.

Sign-up for the event begins at 5:30 p.m. There will be an opening prayer prior to the walk, which is scheduled to last from 6 to 8 p.m. A balloon release is to be follow the event’s closing prayer.

Proceeds from the sale of T shirts are going directly to the afflicted student and teacher.

“So far, we’ve raised over $300,” event spokeswoman Jon Marie Wilson said Monday when the event was endorsed by the local school board.

“We’re hoping to get at least $500 for each family,” Wilson added.

VINTAGE HONOR AWAITS

Osage Nation Congressman John Maker is to be inducted Saturday into the French Brotherhood of Muscat de Rivesaltes.

Muscat de Rivesaltes is a sweet white wine produced in France’s Mediterranean region. It was reportedly the beverage of choice for Big Soldier, a member of an Osage group that spent several years in Europe during the 19th Century. Maker, of Hominy, is a descendant of Big Soldier.

Big Soldier was one six Osages who were taken to France in 1827. After a tour that included visits with royalty, members of the Osage group were stranded for more than two years. Big Soldier eventually made it back across the ocean with the assistance of the Bishop in Montauban.

OCSO DEPUTY CRASHES

An Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy sustained minor injuries Thursday evening in a single-vehicle accident involving his patrol car.

The mishap occurred around 9:45 p.m. on State Highway 11, approximately five miles northwest of Skiatook, officials reported.

Deputy Brendan O’Driscoll, who has been an OCSO officer for about four years, was reportedly on patrol when the car left the roadway on a curve and overturned. After freeing himself from the vehicle, O’Driscoll was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was released later the same evening, officials said.

HELPWORKS BENEFIT SLATED

The annual auction and dinner to benefit Helpworks Inc. has been scheduled for Oct. 24 at Pawhuska Elks Lodge.

Dinner will start at 6 p.m. Cost for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The auction of donated items begins around 7 p.m. Raffles will be held for a 6.5 foot-by-7.5 foot quilt donated by Jody Braken ($1 tickets) and a Henry Golden Boy 22LR rifle donated by Big County Pawn ($5 tickets).

HALLOWEEN EVENT TIMES SET

The Halloween Trick or Treat sponsored by downtown Pawhuska businesses will be held from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 31.

OSAGE HIKERS TO HIT TRAIL

The Wah-Shah-She Girl Scout Camp will be the site for the Osage Hills Hiking Club’s second-annual “End of October Hikes” this Sunday.

Registration is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the camp, which is located near Woolaroc. The hikes start at 2 p.m. and are expected to last a couple of hours. Girls Scout officials granted special permission for the club to use the 400-acre Osage County facility.

Wah-Shah-She GS Camp is located approximately nine miles south of Bartlesville off Highway 123. A camp-turnoff sign is on County Road 2145 and the camp is about two miles further on CR 2600. Go about 1/2-mile (past the yellow storage shed on the left and house on the right) to the parking lot on the left.

Two relatively-easy hikes are to be offered back-to-back. Hike No. 1 starts on the South Wind Trail and goes about two miles on a relatively flat, mowed grass trail through the woods. Hike No. 2, for those who wish to continue, will go along the Sanctuary Trail for another hour or so.

Hikers should wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots and bring a hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, plenty to drink and lots of snacks.

WOMEN’S HEALTH FAIR COMING UP

Osage Nation Public Health will present the first annual Women’s Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at Pawhuska’s Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center, east of former Alco building.

Information will be offered regarding women’s health, and there will be free health screenings, free T-shirts (while supplies last) and door prizes.

For questions or more information, call 918-287-5525 or 918-287-5485.