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Barnsdall Halloween event slated for Oct. 31

By Misty Farber

Week of Oct. 21-27

Fall Break could not have come at a better time, as the students enjoyed the nice weather during their four-day weekend. The students' next break from school will be Thanksgiving Break, during which they will enjoy an entire week off. 

The Chamber of Commerce met last week to discuss several upcoming events, and had two guests introducing their businesses. The Chamber has kicked off its membership drive for the 2020-21 year, and it has had 32 businesses and 16 individuals join for the new year. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the Chamber at 918-847-2202. The annual membership is $25 for businesses and $15 for individuals. 

The Halloween event has been approved to take place on Oct. 31 in downtown Barnsdall. There will be free candy to hand out to the children as well as a costume contest providing $90 in prize money. The costumes will be judged in three categories: ages 5 and younger; ages 6 and older; best family group. 

The Chamber is requesting donations of cakes, cookies, brownies, and candy for the spook walk. If you are able to donate, please contact Claud Rosendale.

Also on the agenda was the discussion of the Christmas event to be held on Dec. 12 with more than $4,900 in prize money donated to give away in the drawing. Shop Barnsdall tickets will be given out at local merchants starting Nov. 1.

Ealisa Adams was at the Chamber meeting to introduce her new business, Bigheart Interventions. She will be providing individual and family therapy. For more information, contact Ealisa at 918-914-1327 or eadams@bigheartinterventions.com.

Misty Davis was also at the Chamber meeting, introducing herself as the new director for Barnsdall’s Grand Lake Mental Health Center. For more information about the services that Grand Lake provides, contact the Barnsdall Center at 918-847-3527. 

The Lighthouse Family Worship Center’s mobile pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 23. The pantry is for anyone who is in need of food assistance. The Lighthouse also has a food bank open by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The food bank serves all families in the surrounding communities. 

The Barnsdall High School Panthers football team will host the Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Mustangs at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Come out and support our team. Good luck, Panthers!

Barnsdall High School’s blood drive is next week, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. The blood drive will be in the high school gym. Appointments and face masks will be required. Appointments can be scheduled online at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time. You can also schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-733-2767, or contact Superintendent Jeff Lay. In order to save time, go to www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpas to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire.

The American Red Cross will be giving every donor who don blood at a drive between Oct. 15-Nov. 11 a chance to win a $1,000 Amazon gift card. In addition to the drawing, each unit given at this blood drive will count towards a scholarship for a Barnsdall senior.

The Barnsdall Junior High football team wrapped up its season last week. The boys will now start practice to begin the athletic seasons of basketball and wrestling.  These two sports will have their first game or match at the end of November. 

Community & School Events

Oct. 21

LFWC Mobile Pantry, 11 a.m. to noon

Oct. 23

HS Football at home vs. Pioneer-Pleasant Vale, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26

Food on the Move at Assembly of God Church, 10 a.m. to noon

Oct. 28

ARC Blood Drive at HS gym, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.