NEWS

AROUND THE COUNTY — Aug. 10, 2016

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

TOURISM FORUM FRIDAY

A tourism forum is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Pawhuska Business Development Center, 1225 Virginia Short St.

Jointly hosted by the Osage County Tourism Committee, Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce and Osage County Industrial Authority, the six-hour event will include discussions on the economic and cultural benefits of tourism in Oklahoma. The Tourism Committee will explain how it spends local tax dollars to benefit Osage County.

Officials of the sponsoring organizations are especially interested in hearing what residents and visitors would like to see in Osage County, as well as what they think might draw more tourists here.

Persons attending the forum will find out how the county is placed in Oklahoma’s overall tourism market. They also could learn about what is being planned for the future.

The Forum is free to attend but RSVP is requested. To RSVP, contact the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at pawhuskachamber2@sbcglobal.net or by calling (918) 287-1208. For more information about the forum, contact Eddy Redeagle at eredeag@peoplepc.com or 918-637-1464.

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‘WELL’-EBRATION SET

The Osage Nation Prevention Program is putting on the fourth and final of its “Well”ebration events Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m., at Wakon Iron Community Center, 181 Wakon Iron Boulevard.

Water activities, a rock wall, inflatables, plus food, door prizes and a movie under the stars are all part of the entertainment for the free, health-oriented event.

The first Well-ebration was last Friday at the Fairfax City Pool. The second was held Saturday evening at Skiatook Central Park. Hominy City Pool will be the site for the third Well-ebration on Friday, Aug. 12. That event also begins at 6 p.m.

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LUCAS HOLDS MEETING

Oklahoma Third District U.S. Congressman Frank Lucas held an hourlong town hall meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Pawhuska Community Center.

While discussing the work he’s been doing in Washington, Lucas invited those in attendance to share their thoughts on various current events. He asked the constituents for input on legislation currently before Congress. During a two-day campaign trip, the Cheyenne Republican hosted similar meeting in Bristow, Chandler and Pawnee.

Lucas is currently is seeking his 11th legislative term. He received 73 percent of the vote in the recent Republican primary and will be facing Medford Democrat Frankie Robbins in November’s General Election.

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4-H LEADERS TRAINED

­Osage County will be starting the 2016-17 school year with eight new 4-H Club leaders, said Jessica Jantzen, 4-H Specialist at the local OSU Extension Office.

Fifteen area volunteers improved their leadership skills by attending a recent 4-H mini-­conference at the Osage County Health Department.

Participants studied youth parliamentary procedure and learned how to “break the ice” at meetings. They also became more familiar with their roles as 4­H leaders. Leaders decorated potatoes to match different personality types, like “sweet­tater”, “hesi­tater” and “dic­tater.”

Training topics included “A Leader Who Soars”, “Activities that Empower” and “Blue Ribbon Child/Blue Ribbon Project.”

Club leaders selected from 4-H adult volunteers “are essential to positive youth development and continuing the 4­H tradition in Osage County,” Jantzen said.

This year, Osage County 4­-H was awarded a $400 grant from Derald Suffridge, who supports leader-and-volunteer trainings through Stillwater’s 4­H Foundation. Thanks to Surffridge’s donation, the Osage County leaders were given new 4­H curriculum for growing youth projects such as fishing, cooking, leadership and citizenship. Each club also was given a kit with U.S. and 4-H flags and a gavel.

Osage County 4­-H is free to join and open to youth from 9­ to 19 years of age. For more information, contact Jantzen at: 918-­287-­4170 or Jessica.jantzen@okstate.edu.

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PASTURE TOUR SLATED

A Kay-Osage County Pasture Tour is being planned for Sept. 2.

The tour group will gather at Osage Casino-Ponca City at 6 a.m. and caravan to the Tower Hill Ranch, 5661 Foraker Road in Shilder. A working ranch horse demonstration is scheduled from 7-8:30 a.m. Tour participants (who will be restricted to their vehicles) are to observe as the horses bring in 100 head of pairs, sort calves off from cows and drag/work the calves.

Jessica Fettke and Tyler Thomas are to present a Native Range Talk from 9-9:45 a.m. at Tower Hill’s ranch headquarters. Northeast Oklahoma’s Cooperative Extension Agronomist Specialist, Brian Pugh, will discuss “desirable natives, forage quality,” management using fire and grazing and control of invasive species.

From 11 a.m. to noon, genetic testing for commercial Angus heifer selection will be the topic of discussion as the tour moves to the Blubaugh Angus Ranch Sale Facility at 10375 South 44th St. in Tonkawa. Heifers that have been tested with Zoetis GeneMax Advantage are to be viewed. Participants will learn about the GeneMax Advantage test and how to select replacement heifers using three index scores as well as Cow Advantage, Feeder Advantage and Total Advantage. Kelli Retallick, genetic service director of the American Angus Association, and Kevin Milliner, Zoetis Senior Cattle Genetic Specialist, will be the presenters.

Lunch, sponsored by Eastman National Bank, will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The Blubaugh Sale Facility is to be the site for a “Timed Artificial Insemination Program for the Commercial Producer,” presented by Oklahoma State University’s Animal Science Assistant Professor of Livestock Production, Dr. Stein. From 2:10-3 p.m. Bermuda Pasture Management will be discussed by Agronomist Specialist Josh Bushong, before the tour adjourns.

Persons interested in taking the pasture tour should contact Kay County Extension Agent Corbin Dewitt by Friday, Aug. 26. Dewitt can be reached at 580-362-3194.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

AVAILABLE

The Pawhuska Hospital Auxiliary is now accepting applications for health-career related scholarships which will be awarded for the fall semester.

Application deadline is Sept. 12. Forms are available at the Pawhuska Hospital. Completed applications may be returned to the hospital or to Dean Shoemate, Scholarship Chair, at 1330 Melody Lane, Pawhuska, OK 74056.

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL ON TAP

HOMINY — The community is invited to the Ice Cream Social and Fundraiser that’s to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Fred Drummond Home, 305 N. Price.

The free annual event will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. A demonstration of rope tricks is to be given by Richard Heinrich. For more information, contact the Drummond Home at 918-885-2374.