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Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Registration is under way for the Pawhuska High School “All School Reunion,” which will be held June 3-4.

The PHS Class of 1966 will serve as host for the Saturday night Dinner, Music and Dance, set from 6 p.m. until midnight at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge.

Recommended attire is very casual. Dinner will consist of hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and desserts. There also will be snacks and cash bar, with music from all eras.

Persons who register for the dinner and dance before May 15 pay $25. After that date (or at door), the cost will be $35 per person. Checks should be made out to: Larry Stuart at P.O. Box 678 in Hominy, OK 74035. Please note on check: For 2016 Reunion and include the year of your graduation, maiden name (if applicable), and the name of your spouse or guest. Everyone is asked to contact former classmates and encourage them to attend.


Constantine Players’ spring theatrical production — “Happily Never After!!!” — will be presented Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, at the Constantine Theater, 110 W. Main St.

Saturday’s performance starts at 7 p.m. and the Sunday afternoon matinee is set for 2 p.m. A variety show, featuring local talent, will precede the main production. Ticket cost is $5 in advance, $7 at the door. On Thursday, there will be a preview performance for an all-school audience.

In the play by Tim Kelly, a local cast will portray characters who include Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the Frog Prince and a well-intentioned marriage couselor of the fairy kingdom. Directing the show and the play will be a local student, Serena Jeffers.


Osage County Health Department coordinating nurse Melissa Lovrich has been selected as the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Employee of the Year.

Lovrich joined the Osage County Health Department on July 28, 2014. A reception was held in her honor in Oklahoma City on May 10.


Five “Heroes & Legends of Osage County” will be honored during the annual dinner and auction of the Osage County Historical Society on Friday, May 20.

The barbecue event is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church’s Oakes Family Life Center, 620 Leahy Ave. in Pawhuska.

Five honorees include Strat Tolson, George Wayman, Harvey Payne, the late Janet Holcombe and Arthur Shoemaker.

Tickets cost $25 and are available at the Osage County Historical Society Museum, 700 Lynn Ave., or from any of the OCHS directors — including Shirley Roberts, Mary K. Warren, Garrett Hartness, Joyce Lyons, Frederick Drummond, Jack Shoemate, Roger Lloyd, Patty Gambill, Carolyn Helmer, Nancy Woodyard, Lu King and Kathryn Swan.


Pawhuska Kiwanis Club will host its annual FORE! KIDS Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 21, at Pawhuska Country Club.

The event format is to be an 18-hole, four-person scramble. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Teams are to be picked by drawing. Entry fee is $50 per person and includes fees, cart, lunch and prizes.

For early reservations, call 918-287-7108, or email or


The fourth and final session of a free youth soccer camp will be held Friday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium.

Players and coaches from the Oklahoma Wesleyan University soccer program are providing instruction for the camp, which opened April 29 and had other sessions Friday and Saturday. The WahZhaZhi Prevention Program and several ON departments sponsored the event.


Sharon Griffin will be honored for her 27 years of dedicated public service during a Friday, May 20, retirement celebration at the Osage County Health Department, 1115 E. 15th St.

The public is invited to attend the retirement event, which will last from 4-6 p.m.

Griffin started working for the State of Oklahoma in 1989 as a maternal and child health consultant for Osage and Washington counties. Later, she served as an administrative assistant for the ElderCare Program before taking a similar position with the Washington and Osage County Health Departments. In 2011, Griffin accepted the position of Local Emergency Response Coordinator for Osage, Washington, Rogers and Nowata counties.

Noting Griffin’s long-held passion for public health, organizers said “she dedicated her career to assisting her community and has tirelessly served the public during outbreaks and weather events. Her attention to detail and meticulous nature are surpassed by none. Sharon’s knowledge, experience and service to the State has been greatly appreciated and she will be missed.”


The third-annual Memorial Day Hike at Osage Hills State Park is scheduled Sunday, May 15.

Registration will start at 1:30 p.m. near the OHSP Barn, located about 1 1/2 miles inside the park entrance. The hike, sponsored by the Osage Hills Hiking Club, begins at 2 p.m. and is expected to take two to three hours to complete.

Organizers said participating hikers should be in good physical condition, as this month’s trail is expected to be of “moderate-level difficulty.” They recommended that the hikers wear sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes, while urging them to bring a hat, sunscreen, bug repellant and snacks. (Rain gear is not a bad idea, either, they added.)


The Osage Nation JOM Youth Powwow was held recently at the Hominy High School Gymnasium.

Head Man Dancer was Mattheu Rector and Hailey Holloway was Head Lady Dancer. Jeffrey Lookout served as Head Singer. Head Young Man was Joseph Goodfox Jr. and the Head Young Lady was Pehan Red Corn.

Lance Harden and Gideon Goodeagle served as co-masters of ceremonies, while John Bighorse Jr. was co-A.D. with Tim Lookout. Osage Gourd Dancers was the host gourd group.

The three top dancers in three under-18 age divisions received gift-card prizes, with judging in Straight/Traditional, Fancy/Grass, Cloth/Buckskin and Jingle/Fancy shawl categories.

Johnson-O’Malley programs of the Pawhuska, Hominy, Skiatook and Woodland school districts sponsored the event, which also included Princess coronation ceremonies.