Around The County

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Magic show coming next week

The annual magic show for children will be performed at the Pawhuska Public Library on Tuesday, June 25. The show will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. next Tuesday, librarian Yvonne Rose said.

Steve Crawford, who has been doing magic shows for the Pawhuska Library for a couple of decades or so, will be the magician for the show, Rose said. She explained that the library’s theme for Summer Reading this year is “A Universe of Stories,” and she anticipates Crawford will probably include something in his performance about space. Crawford developed his interest in magic as a youngster, reading books at the Ponca City Library, Rose said.

The public is also welcome on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for the Pawhuska Library’s regular Summer Reading programming, she said.


20 hours of training to be provided

Each year dozens of Oklahomans give of their time and energy to become volunteer mediators through the Early Settlement Mediation Program, a program sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Locally, the Osage County District Court uses program volunteers to assist parties with cases that are disputed on the small claims dockets as well as domestic cases, such as divorce and child custody matters.

Marcy Cox, the Early Settlement-Northeast director, has scheduled a two-day mediation training session on Thursday June 27 and Friday June 28. This training will be held on the Rogers State University campus in Claremore, and will last from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. each day. There is no cost for the training.

“Applicants must complete the 20-hour training and commit to volunteering 10 hours mediating in the local courts,” Cox said, “Our volunteers often report they find mediating a personally rewarding and life-changing experience.”

Special District Court Judge David Smith presides over the weekly small claims docket in Rogers County, where the training will take place. After working with the program on numerous occasions, he offered an insight on how he sees the effectiveness of its involvement.

“This program has helped the court in many ways, in addition to helping make the community a more peaceful place to live,” Smith said. “I am happy to have mediators attend the small claims docket and look forward to meeting the new trainees.”

One such volunteer, Walt Gasior, of Bartlesville, gave his insight on participating in the program.

“Being a volunteer mediator serves the judge and the court system, the parties in their dispute and our community as a whole,” he said. “It is rare that our time and talents can provide help to that many people. Because there is rarely a dull moment, mediation also pays dividends for the volunteer mediators with interesting situations, surprises - both good and bad - which provides opportunities to learn and grow. As a mediator, you have opportunities to be a part of the solution and not just a detached observer. You can and often do make a difference.”

“Mediation is a powerful tool for resolving disputes,” Cox added. “When people are empowered to make their own decisions and given the opportunity to listen to each other in a non-judgmental atmosphere, they are capable of resolving their own conflict.”

The Early Settlement-Northeast program serves Osage County and five additional counties in Northeast Oklahoma. If you are interested in the training please contact the Early Settlement office at (918) 338-8027, or email For more information about the Early Settlement Mediation Program visit and click on the “Early Settlement” link.


Let It Ride to perform June 29

On Saturday, June 29, Terry Melton and the Let It Ride Band will perform at the Jack R. Ellis Memorial Theater in downtown Nowata. At 116 N. Maple, the theater is home to the Nowata Country Jubilee. The popular Bartlesville-area band will present a night filled with an entertaining repertoire of country-western and rock music.

The dance floor is ready, plus there is comfortable theater seating. Adult admission cost is $10. Children, under 12, are admitted free when supervised. The theater doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. The theater is handicapped-accessible. Parking is free. Food is available and door prizes, donated by area businesses, are drawn at the intermission. There is a 50-50 pot drawing. The Theater is tobacco-free and alcohol-free.