Loss of Coach Joe Gilbert weighs heavily on the heart

Misty Farber Barnsdall Correspondent

Week of July 22-28

It is with a heavy heart that I write this column, as Barnsdall has lost one of our most beloved community members, Mr. Joe Gilbert. I am honored to have been coached by Mr. Gilbert and to have worked beside him for the past seven years. I will miss our morning conversations in the office and will cherish those memories forever. Mr. Gilbert will be greatly missed and will always be in our hearts. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Mrs. Gilbert through this difficult time, as well as the many lives he touched throughout his life.

The Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce met this past week and discussed several items on the agenda, as the Chamber prepares for the second half of the year with the planning of the Halloween event, the Shop Barnsdall campaign and Christmas in Barnsdall. The Chamber approved the purchase of a VCR, inflatable screen and DVD to use for future family movie nights in the park. It was discussed to have a possible Shop Barnsdall T-shirt and bumper sticker made to encourage citizens to shop locally. The Chamber reported that Christmas in Barnsdall has already received commitments of several donations for the giveaway and organizers are working to solicit more. The Barnsdall Museum was also discussed — specifically a desire to have it open more regularly than the one day a year during BigHeart Day. The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be next month, on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at noon.

The Cherokee Nation has created a Respond, Recover and Rebuild Education initiative to assist with the purchase of school clothing and to help fund technology items for students ages 5 to 18. Students must be enrolled Cherokee Nation citizens to apply for the program. The program will give school-aged children $400 for technology and $150 to $300 for school clothing. Concurrent students who have already completed their concurrent applications in the spring will automatically receive $750 for the purchase of technology. The application can be accessed at and is due Friday, Aug. 7. For questions about any of the programs, please call (918) 453-5088.

It is that time of year to start your back-to-school shopping for school supplies. Please visit the Barnsdall Elementary School Facebook page for an itemized school supply list for each grade.

The Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship will soon be open for students who will be entering grades 8, 9 and 10 for the upcoming school year. The scholarship is for any student whose family income is $55,000 per year or less. This scholarship pays for the tuition at any Oklahoma college for four years and can range from $5,000-$6,500 a year. Students must meet the academic and conduct requirements throughout high school to stay eligible for the scholarship. The application is available online at Email or call 1-800-858-1840 for questions, or to request a paper application.