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SSM Health adds new El Reno doctor

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SSM Health St. Anthony is adding a new physician to its El Reno medical group.

Anas Siddiqui, MD, will provide comprehensive, non-emergency treatment for men, women and children with acute and chronic conditions, as well as preventive care.

“El Reno is a vibrant, closely knit community, and I look forward to getting to know patients and their families, developing relationships over time,” said Dr. Siddiqui. “My goal is always to listen carefully to patients and put their needs first.”

Canadian County Extension Service announces 4-H enrollment opportunities

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The Canadian County Extension Service is announcing enrollment opportunities for 4-H 2020-21.

There will be two separate days to allow families to enroll their children online, as well as multiple kiosks and plenty of staff on hand to help answer any questions.

Enrollment will be held Aug. 18 between 5 to 8 p.m. at the Canadian County Fairgrounds Education Building. Although this is a come-and-go opportunity, staff will require masks to be worn. Masks will be available for those who do not have one.

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Jeffrey awarded $500 OHCE scholarship

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Abby Jeffrey of El Reno was recently awarded a $500 scholarship from the Canadian County Association for Oklahoma Home and Community Education to be used during her first year of college.

Jeffrey is the daughter of Peter and Kristi Jeffrey of El Reno.

Proceeds from the quilt raffle and quilt block challenge contest at the 2019 Canadian County Fair were used to help fund the scholarship.

 

Finnigan descendants hold yearly reunion at Roman Nose State Park

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Descendants of Elmo and Agnes Finnigan held their annual reunion recently at Roman Nose State Park.

Attending were their sons, Mike Finnigan and family, Josh Finnigan, Teagan, E.J. and Dacien Finnigan and Kaylee Finnigan; Tim and Danella Finnigan and family, Steve and Tammy Dye, Jake and Scarlett Dye, Zac Dye, John and Sally Atkins and Coy Atkins; Pat and Cheryl Finnigan and family, Carson Mahoney, Rowdie and Crete Smillie, Jerzie Finnigan, Monica Griffitts and Ryatt Griffitts.

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Late-blooming plants provide colorful touch in many gardens

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As the garden was winding down last fall, I noted the plants that were performing valiantly and planned to include them again this year.

Fortunately, some had saved their show for the end of the season, indicating perhaps the best had been saved for last.

The colors of the late bloomers seemed deeper and more vibrant, as though the stressful conditions of the summer heat gave them an extra boost.

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Birth - Jade Elizabeth Green

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GIRL - Paige and Micah Green of Binger are parents of a girl, Jade Elizabeth, born July 24 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. Jade weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.75 inches in length.

Maternal grandparents are Kim Warren and the late David Warren. Great-grandparents are Diane and Richard Birdsong and Sandra and Paul Warren.

Paternal grandparents are Becky and Don Green. Great-grandparents are William and Sue Green.

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Pastor honored for 55th ordination anniversary

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Former El Reno Pastor Earl Philipp was expecting to quietly reflect on the 55th anniversary of his ordination as a minister on July 5, but he was surprised by what happened.

A procession of 19 cars paraded past his home, located between Mustang and Yukon, honoring the man they fondly referred to as “Pastor Earl.”

Philipp was ordained July 4, 1965, in Olney, Texas.

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Local agent teams up with El Reno Fire Department to promote safety program

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The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm agent Layne Conaway are teaming up with the El Reno Fire Department to support Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign that promotes home fire safety.

State Farm agents are delivering Fire Prevention Week tool kits to more than 100 fire departments across Oklahoma, including El Reno.

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Oklahomans should start planning fall garden efforts now

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With triple-digit heat across the state, many Oklahomans are looking forward to fall and cooler weather. Although there will be several more weeks of intense heat, gardening enthusiasts can get a jump-start on fall by planning their fall gardens now.

July through September is the optimal time to begin planting several vegetable varieties in order to have a bountiful fall harvest, said David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Extension horticulture specialist.

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Science proves talking to your plants can spur healthy growth

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The plant kingdom is highly complex and has been the subject of mystical intrigue since the beginning of time.

As with any stationary object, plants must develop an internal ability to protect themselves from all manner of assaults, be it atmospheric or predatory.

Part of their intrigue is their ability to adapt. Plants sprayed with Roundup will become resistant in five generations.

In the mid-70s, scientists were conducting studies on plants by attaching electrodes to them and measuring the plant reactions.