Underwood HCE gathers at Lake El Reno


The Underwood Home and Community Education Association of Canadian County met recently at Lake El Reno with Ann Ricketts as hostess.

Neta Liebscher called the meeting to order and led the flag salute. Bernita Davis offered minutes from the previous meeting, with Sue Snyder giving the treasury report.

A motion was passed to place free food items in local blessing boxes.

Members discussed changes in the county fair as well as items to be entered, with some volunteering to assist with fair booths.

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Bermuda can be the saving ‘grass’ for your lawns


This summer seems determined to rival the summer of 2011 when we had record-breaking heat, excruciating long days of humid sweltering and little rainfall, allowing thousands of grasshoppers to thrive.

This year, along with a pandemic, we can add the hazy dust from Africa to the miserable mix.

The fact that dust traveled across the entire Atlantic Ocean to our landlocked state is amazing, and besides being hazy, it has caused breathing problems and those who garden may develop crusty eyes from irritation.

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EHS student attends online version of Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute


Nearly 270 young artists from across Oklahoma spent a week studying with internationally renowned faculty and celebrity guest artists at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI).

Among those studying acting was El Reno student Kali Grizzle.

The attendees were selected from over 1,000 applicants during a competitive statewide audition process last winter, and they studied one of eight artistic disciplines: acting, chorus, creative writing, dance, drawing and painting, film and video, orchestra or photography.

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The spirit of giving


Some El Reno youngsters were in the giving spirit last week, setting up a lemonade stand and offering their product for free.

Emmie Evans, Teagan Finnigan, Cheyenne Denwalt and Jentri Denwalt were accepting donations and said they planned to use the donated funds to purchase snacks to give to nurses who work at local nursing homes.

Center of Family Love telethon raises more than $500,000


OKARCHE – More than $500,000 was raised for the Center of Family Love during a live stream telethon that was held in place of the nonprofit’s usual gala, an event that for the past two years delivered more than $1 million to help support the home for adults living with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The live stream event was held Saturday night and made history on several fronts.

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Solstice ushers in summer season


Summer solstice arrived last Saturday ushering in summer amid global celebrations with a rare eclipse occurring in the Southern Hemisphere. The longest day of the year, solstice occurs when both sunrise and sunset occur respectively at the earliest and the latest times during the year.

At noon the sun was in perfect balance directly overhead and your shadow was not visible at all.

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El Reno couple to celebrate 60th wedding anniversary


Larry and Connie Hodges will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Larry Hodges and Connie Coggins were married July 1, 1960, at First Baptist Church of Blanchard.

Larry and Connie have traveled to almost every state and many places in Europe, England, Ireland and Mexico.

They have river rafted and hiked in Colorado and enjoyed water-skiing and snow-skiing and flying in a helicopter that landed on a glacier in Alaska.

They also love to cruise with friends, with the Panama Canal as one of their favorite destinations.

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Hursts hold 50th year celebration with family


Randy and Terri Hurst of El Reno are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

The couple was married June 27, 1970, in Perryton, Texas.

Terri has been employed for the past 38 years at Canadian Valley as pharmacist and Naturopathy Medicine Practitioner.

Hurst is presently owner of Midwest Music Company in Weatherford and Enid after retiring after 30 years of education, finishing as the high school bandmaster for El Reno High School for 17 years.