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Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Annual event is set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Pawhuska’s Freedom Celebration Parade is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4, at the American Heritage Bank. The parade, which is being coordinated by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, is to move west on Main Street (Highway 60) to the pocket park at City Hall, where it will conclude.

The Freedom Celebration Parade is a non-motorized public event. The Chamber announced there will be free water available, but due to concerns about COVID-19 there will be no hot dogs or apple cobbler this year. You can pre-register for the parade through the Chamber up through Thursday, July 2. Registration will be the day of the event — July 4 — at 9 a.m. in the American Heritage Bank parking lot.

Prizes will be given to parade participants in several categories, the Chamber said. Those categories are: best pet, best wheels, best family, most patriotic, most original and most outrageous, the Chamber said.

For registration details or other information, contact the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at 918-287-1208, or visit


Service is canceled; no new date set

The family of the late Jerry Howerton, a former Osage County commissioner who passed away April 28, canceled a memorial service that had been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the Ag Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds. The family canceled the service out of concern about possible transmission of COVID-19. A new date for the memorial had not yet been set as of Monday.


Pawhuska Library program is underway

The Pawhuska Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Program, titled “Imagine Your Story,” began June 15, 2020. Due to social distancing, a major focus of this year’s reading program is handouts of book-and-craft bags, a writing contest, and prizes.

Teen Summer Reading/Adult Summer Reading: Teens and adults reading at least six books during summer 2020, June 15 – August 15, will have their names entered in a drawing for a gift certificate from a local Pawhuska business. One teen winner 12 – 17 years old, and one adult winner will be chosen.

Pawhuska Library is open 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to browse and check out books. If patrons are concerned about social contact, curb service is available. Also e-books can be checked out through the library’s website,, or through the Ok Virtual Library. Ask librarians for instructions for e-book check out.

The Library currently is able to host small group meetings of 10 persons or fewer. As of Thursday, June 18, the library began hosting a weekly story time on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Call ahead to register to attend, 918-287-3989. Or, call with a request for an age-appropriate program for your small group. Topics may be targeted for children, teens, or adults; programming is subject to library needs.

Sponsors of Summer Reading are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Sonic Corporation.


Benefits available through OESC

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans eligible for 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits may now file online at

The federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is designed for individuals who have exhausted regular benefits. Eligible claimants will receive an additional 13 weeks of relief for the period of March 29, 2020, through the week ending December 26, 2020.

“The online application process is up and running,” said Secretary for Digital Transformation David Ostrowe. “Individuals should login to their account and follow the instructions to apply for PEUC relief.”

Claimants whose benefit year has ended since July 1, 2019, will be required to file a new regular unemployment claim before a PEUC claim can be submitted. If eligibility for regular unemployment relief is approved, the claimant will receive regular unemployment as opposed to PEUC. Individuals ineligible for regular unemployment benefits will be allowed to file a PEUC claim, against the previous monetarily eligible claim.

“It’s important that individuals first file for regular unemployment benefits,” Ostrowe said. “The system is designed to determine eligibility in stages. Just as with PUA, PEUC applicants must have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits in order to file for extended benefits.”

To qualify for PEUC, claimants must:

—Have a benefit year ending after July 1, 2019;

—Have exhausted their regular unemployment benefit allowance;

—File the PEUC application.

For claimants who exhausted their regular benefit allowance after the week ending March 28, 2020, the PEUC claim will be effective the Sunday following the week in which their claim was exhausted.

For individuals who exhausted benefits prior to the week ending March 28, 2020, the effective date of the PEUC claim will be March 29, 2020.

“PEUC claimants will also receive the FPUC payment of an additional $600 per week through the week ending July 25, 2020,” Ostrowe said. “These payments may be backdated to March 29, 2020, depending on when an individual’s regular unemployment benefits were exhausted.”

More information about PEUC and program eligibility is available at Scroll down to the “Your Questions Answered” section on the main page.


OBI collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is collecting convalescent plasma from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, as part of an experimental initiative to use the product to treat seriously ill patients.

By creating the only statewide registry of available patients, Oklahoma Blood Institute can ensure local patients receive the donated products and have the best possible chance at fighting the illness.

“We’re excited to play our part in ensuring Oklahomans have access to all treatment options, including convalescent plasma,” said John Armitage, MD, president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute.

Donors are encouraged to sign up for Oklahoma’s registry at: Bio-Linked allows users to submit confidential health and social information via a secure site and to list themselves as potential volunteers for medical research. Once qualified, plasma will be drawn, with each donor providing up to three therapeutic plasma doses.

“The Oklahoma State Medical Association is proud to have partnered with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to initiate this proactive program for our COVID-19 patients who may suffer from severe disease in the future,” said Larry A. Bookman, M.D., president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association.

To provide convalescent plasma, donors must be eligible to donate blood and meet the criteria below:

—Prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a positive laboratory test;

—Present negative results for COVID-19, either from nasal swabs or a molecular (RNA or nucleic acid) diagnostic blood test;

—Symptom-free for 14 days prior to donation;

—If female, either no history of pregnancy or negative for HLA (tissue typing) antibodies.