Chisholm Trail News

Page 2   God Bless America Chisholm Trail Community News WWW.CHISHOLMTRAILNEWS.COM May 31, 2023 and these wonderful individuals stay and complete projects great and small anyway.  So, as we close out this campaign, just let us say Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are appreci- ated.  I would like to invite you to our annual meeting on June 22, to be held at the City of Duncan Munici- pal building. For more information about the annual meeting, or our current Diaper Drive or Book Drive please give us a call at 580-255-3648, or better yet stop by and say “Hello”. You can find us Monday through Thursday 8:30-4:30 at 12 S. 8th Street in Duncan or visit our website What We Do | united- wayofsc.  Hope to see you soon, and thank you once again for your generosity, we couldn’t do it without you. ‘United Way Campaign’ continued from Page 1 Chisholm Trail Municipal Band kicks off concert season By Derrick Miller  The Chisholm Trail Municipal Band is ready to launch its sum- mer season, complete with several community performances.  But before the band can get to its live performances, the band is seek- ing local musicians to volunteer their talents to make this season a reality.  Those wanting to take part in the band should at- tend rehearsals, which are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first rehearsal was this Tuesday through the end of June. Rehearsals are in the new Black Box Theatre at the Duncan High School.  “The band is all volunteers, and we are looking for new members, especially adults,” according to a Municipal Band Facebook post. “All band musicians are welcome from middle school to senior citizen, and we do not require auditions.  “Musicians are invited to come sit in on rehearsals and try it out. We have players from all across South- west Oklahoma.”  Duncan Band Director Jeramy Haas will share directing duties with his brother Joel Haas of Lawton.  Performances are scheduled for June 9, 22 and 30 in the Fuqua Park Gazebo. The concerts are free. People can bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.  To sponsor a concert, contact treasurer Janet Deeg at 713-492-5522. For other information, contact Jennifer Bivens, band president, at 580-467-1803 or LaVonna Funkhouser at 580-467-2493. CTAC hosts annual playbill contest By Derrick Miller  The Chisholm Trail Arts Council is seeking art. More specifically, the Arts Council is hoping to find art that can be featured on the playbill for its upcom- ing season.  The Chisholm Trail Arts Council is hosting its annual playbill art contest. The selected art will be featured on the front of its playbill throughout the season. These playbills are used during the CTAC Live Concert series performances.  The deadline for the contest is June 15. There is no entry fee to submit art for this contest.  According to a Chisholm Trail Arts Council Face- book post, prize money will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Photos of the submitted art must be high quality, well lit and cropped with clean edges, according to the CTAC contest rules.  “For 2-Dimensional, no visible surrounding background outside of the artwork’s picture plane,” according to the contest rules. “For 3-Dimensional, a simple non-distracting background/backdrop should be used. If a 3D work has multiple angles to be viewed from, place all of its images in a college as one file/document.” Courthouse replica repaired By Derrick Miller  The restora- tion project on the Stephens County Courthouse replica has been completed.  Main Street Dun- can first announced plans to repair the replica toward the end of February. Throughout the month of March, the program collected donations to fund the repair. On Thurs- day, the Main Street Duncan organization announced the completion of the restoration.  “We would like to send a heartfelt thanks to those who contributed to cover the cost and to Joel Randell for the many hours he spent repairing the damage,” according to the Main Street Duncan Facebok page.  The bronze statue was first placed at 10th and Main in 2017 by the Duncan Enhancement Trust Authority. The statue included small windows, which is where the majority of the damage took place. Many of the windows were broken or missing.  According to the Main Street Facebook post Feb. 24, when the organization was seeking donations, “We are so proud to have the courthouse on Main Street. Please help us keep it beautiful.” Gene Brown replaces Lindsay Hayes on Council  Gene Brown, long-time Duncan resident, was appointed by the Duncan City Council on Tuesday, May 24, to replace Lindsay Hayes to serve as Ward 4’s council representative The remaining term runs until May, 2025.  Hayes had announced her resignation from the post at the end of March.  The council, in a special meeting May 16 discussed the vacancy and Councilman Jimmy Peters made a motion to appoint Gene Brown to fill the Ward 4 seat with a second from Councilman Nick Fischer. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.  Brown has served on the council previously. Coun- cilman Gene Brown’s service to Ward Four began with a first term in May of 1977, and his last term conclud- ed in 2015 as acting Mayor.  City Manager Kimberly Meek states “I am looking forward to working with Gene Brown as Ward Four Councilman and appreciate his continued commit- ment to our community.” Gene Brown New Beginnings Church moves to new location  Duncan New Beginnings Methodist Church has moved into a new facility at 1002 South 10th Street in Duncan, meeting in the Highland Park Family Life Center on Sunday’s at 10:00 am.  The Church formerly met at the Chisholm Trail RV Event Center.  The service is open and welcomes new attendees. Stampede the Trail by Blake Moren, CTCN Community Correspondant  On June 24, Simmons Center will have a Stampede the Trail event. At the event, there will be three types of runs, a Half Marathon run, a 5K run and a Kid’s Fun Run.  The Half Marathon begins at 7 a.m., and costs $65 if a participant registers before the day of the event. It costs $75 to register on the day of the event.  The 5K run starts at 8 a.m. It costs $30 to participate if a participant registers before the day of the event. On the day of the event, it costs $35 to register.  The Kid’s Fun Run costs $10 to register before June 24, and costs $15 on the day of the event. It begins at 9:30 a.m., and kids that are in kindergarten through the fifth grade can participate.  The event will be sanctioned by the USA Track & Field (USATF), the Nation- al Governing Body for track and field, long distance running, and race walking in the United States.  Those participating will get a free t-shirt, a participation medal and a swag bag filled with small gifts..  According to “Race medals will be handed out for first and second place for each age division, male and female.” Lawton-Fort Sill Freedom Festival by Blake Moren, CTCN Community Correspondant  Fireworks corregraphed to music, and many other activities are planned for the Lawton Fort Sill Freedom Festival.  On June 30, the Lawton-Fort Sill Freedom Festival will begin at the Elmer Thomas Park in Lawton. The park’s festivities will begin at 10 a.m., and the event will begin at 5 p.m. On Friday, the event will end at 9 p.m., and on Satur- day, July 1 the event will end at 10:30 p.m.  This event is free, and visitors are expected to bring their lawn chairs and picnic baskets. According to , the event will be “a day full of Independence Day fun.” It will also feature “one of the largest fireworks displays in Oklahoma along with many other fun activities.”  The other activities at this event will include pony rides, face painting and a bounce house, a inflatable and springy structure that resembles a building. There will also be food and drink vendors.  Vendor applications have been extended to May 19th.  The firework display will be choreographed to music.Personal fireworks are not allowed, neither are alcohol or pets, with the exception of service animals. Introduction to Water-Bath Canning Workshop by Brenda S. Gandy-Jones, OSU Extension Educator   Home canning is a fun way to make jams, jellies, and pickled vegetables—imagine locking in the fresh taste of summer to en- joy all year! Come learn how to safely preserve high acid foods. This method of canning is for acidic foods such as fruits (jams, Jellies, preserves, conserves, pie fillings), pickles, relishes, sauces, and tomatoes. We will provide step by step guidance through the canning process. This workshop is hands-on and will involve prepping the food, packing it into jars and processing using a Ball Fresh Tech Electric Canner and a tradition- al stove top water bath canner. You will take home a jar of the canned food.  This class is for people canning for the first time or for experienced canners wanting to improve their canning practices. For ages 18+ years old. Class size is limited. Registration is required call 580-255-0510. Seat is reserved when payment is received. Registration fee $15 covers the class material and food for canning.  Brenda Gandy-Jones Extension Educator for Family & Consumer Science and Stephens County (OHCE) Oklahoma Home & Community Education will co- host this workshop as the first in a series of home canning workshops planned for this summer.  The Workshop location is in the Stephens County Fairgrounds Conference Center, 2002 S. 13th Street, Duncan, OK 73533. Contact Brenda Gandy-Jones at the Stephens County Extension Office 255-0510 or email Brenda.gandy@okstate. edu for more information. Class Dates Friday- June 9, 2023 - 9-12pm (Pickling) Saturday- June 10, 2023 - 9-12pm (Pickling) Friday – July 14, 2023- 9-12pm (Jelly) Friday - August 4, 2023 - 9-12pm (Salsa) Saturday – August 5, 2023 - 9-12pm (Salsa) Old Courthouse 1921-1968 (Picture was taken at the Stephen County Historical Museum) The Manhat- tan Construction Company started construction on the facility in 1921. Designed by Oklahoma City architect Jewell Hicks, the building had a combination of Second Re- naissance Revival and Neo-Classical designs. The old Courthouse sat on a square in downtown Duncan and was demolished when the current courthouse was built. We had a Gen Z come into the auto parts store and ask if we had longer dipsticks because his car’s dip- stick no longer reached the oil. There is no hope! Thanks for Reading Us !