Party planned to benefit schools

Robert Smith

The Pawhuska City Council last week approved a request from the local Merchants Association to block off the parking lot behind the 911 office downtown on Saturday, Sept. 8, for a “block party” benefit that will raise money to provide gift cards to teachers for use in buying classroom supplies.

Cheryl Potts, owner of the Million Dollar Inn on Grandview, made the request. She told the council there will be music, food and booths. She explained that organizers want this to be a family event.

“We don’t want parents to just drop their kids off,” Potts said.

Members of the Pawhuska Merchants Association will be donating items or gift cards/certificates to be raffled off to the general public during the event, she told the Journal-Capital. Teachers will be presented with Staples gift cards to buy supplies, Potts said.

The Merchants Association has sought support and participation by area churches. Anyone interested in helping can reach Potts at (918) 850-1006.

The city council also last week approved a request from the Pawhuska Merchants Association to block off the parking lot behind the 911 office for the purpose of public participation in a 100 Mile Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Randi Chesbro, of Sister’s Attic, made the presentation on this request. She fielded questions and concerns from members of the council about choosing that particular parking lot for the yard sale activity.

“We’re trying to pull people into the downtown shops,” Chesbro said, during a discussion with council member John Brazee. She added that the location behind the 911 office would be closer to the public restroom facility on Kihekah Avenue than the parking area behind the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce.

The request was approved by a 4-0 vote.

Council member Steve Holcombe expressed interest in how the Merchants Association’s plans will work out.

“I like what you are offering, and it’s going to be interesting to see how these work back to back,” Holcombe said, referring to the events being scheduled on two consecutive weekends.