UW)--Several weeks ago, Dr. Darrell Floyd, Superintendent of Enid Public Schools and the 2015-2016 Campaign Chair for United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma, issued a challenge to City Manager, Jerald Gilbert, to see which employer group could raise the most money, per capita, by returning M&M mini containers with money. If Enid Public School employees lost, Dr. Floyd would spend two hours working in the Sanitation Department; if City of Enid employees lost, Jerald Gilbert would teach a kindergarten class.
The epic fundraising battle ended with City of Enid employees inching out an .82 cent per employee victory over Enid Public Schools. Earlier today at Enid City Hall, Dr. Floyd fulfilled his commitment by climbing on one of the city’s sanitation trucks to begin his tour of duty. The M&M campaign brought in almost $17,000. For the City of Enid, this was their largest single United Way fundraiser by employees to date, and for Enid Public Schools, the challenge almost doubled their 2014-2015 United Way giving. United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma provides funding to 15 member agencies.
The 28th Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held on October 30th at the Enid Event Center, and the 2nd Annual World Day of Kindness will take place on Friday, November 13th. For more information on either event, please contact the United Way office at 580-237-0821. United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma provides funding to 15 member agencies
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PP)--Enid City Commissioners Tuesday night approved a motion to acquire a downtown property the city obtained through condemnation proceedings. The property, at 115 W. Park, is among others the city has worked to acquire downtown. City Manager Jerald Gilbert said the property has been appraised at $600,424. The property has a 15,960-square-foot building, used by the owner for business purposes, currently is on the property.
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TG)--City of Enid officials said today’s local Great Tree Giveaway program concluded early. Over 100 trees (25 Chinese Pistache, 25 Shumard Oaks and 50 Shantung Maples) were distributed to Enid residents on a first come first serve basis and were gone by late morning. The Tree Bank Foundation will distribute 1,000 free trees to 17 communities throughout the state of Oklahoma during the month of October. The Great Tree Giveaway program has distributed more than 140,000 trees to 60 different Oklahoma communities since its inception in 2008.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says collisions between vehicles and deer on roadways in the state are becoming more likely as the deer mating season begins. AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says cooler autumn temperatures signal the start of the mating season and deer can be especially unpredictable. Mai says it's important for drivers to stay alert and expect the unexpected. AAA Insurance reports a total of 307 auto claims in Oklahoma last year that were identified as animal-related. The average claim was $3,404. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reports that in 2011, the latest year for which Oklahoma deer crash statistics are available, there were 467 reported crashes involving deer, resulting in two fatalities and 184 injuries. Sixty percent of the crashes occurred at night.
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SN)--Enid SPCA is offering a free spay or neuter program to some Enid pet owners, as well as preventative health care for their pets. Since 70 percent of Enid Animal Control’s intake comes from the 73701 zip code, SPCA Shelter Director Vickie Grantz told the Enid News and Eagle they will target that area. With the help of PetSmart Charities, the Enid SPCA will be able to offer the spays and neuters, along with health care to 500 owned cats and 500 owned dogs from the 73701 zip code. Plus, they offer a low cost spay/neuter program to those who make less than $40,000 per year. SPCA of Enid is located at 1116 Overland Trail. For more information, call them at 233-1325. Also, if you would like to adopt a pet from the SPCA they adopt out cats and dogs every day to loving homes.
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ND)--Students at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid and Tonkawa Friday will see the completion of construction of new dorms on each campus. The Jets Residence Hall in Enid and Mavericks Residence Hall in Tonkawa were built with a $5 million grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Real Property Master Lease Program. Each dorm has 21 suites with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two walk-in closets and four beds to house a total of 84 students. And, the dorms are constructed with Mother Nature in mind. The new dorms, will have safe rooms with heavy-duty doors and windows rated for an EF-5 tornado. Both halls will have 24-hour security with card access and video surveillance, and on-site laundry facilities. Ribbon-cuttings for both dorms will be Friday. The ceremony in Tonkawa will be at 10:00 a.m., and the ceremony in Enid will be at 2:00 p.m.
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BS)--The Hospice Circle of Love Fall Book Sale is Friday, Saturday, and next Thursday at 314 South 3rd. They have thousands of titles in a variety of categories. The book sale is a major fundraiser for Hospice Circle of Love, which works to bring quality of life at the end of life for terminally ill patients who are no longer pursuing curative, aggressive treatment. It is a free service to the patient and family. The book sale is Friday from 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00, and next Thursday from 9:00 to 2:00.
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MT)--The Cherokee Strip Model Railroad Association's “Enid Rail Heritage Day” is this Saturday, October 10th from 12:30 to 4:00pm at the Oakwood Mall Food Court. They will have a model train operating session on the club's HO-scale layout. There will be an informational booth about Oklahoma's Amtrak services, a train simulator, discounted coupons for the Oakwood Mall train, and more.
SB)--The Soggy Bottom Regatta is open for registration until October 15. Failure to register by this deadline will mean that you will be unable to participate in the Regatta. The Regatta is an event wherein contestants will build boats out of cardboard, duct tape, and a few other approved materials and race them at Crosslin Park Lake on October 17. Event coordinator, Tammy Wilson said there are two categories of boats - those manned by one person and those manned by a crew of four. Anyone over 18 may participate and anyone under 18 will need parent permission. Life jackets must be worn at all times. Each boat must be given a name. This name may be changed at a later date; however, one must be provided at the time of registration to assist in bookkeeping. To see all of the rules and regulations for boat construction, please visit http://enidevents.com/
FD)--Shelling corn, horse shoeing and pie making are just a few of the activities families will experience at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Family Farm Day event. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 and celebrates the proud farming heritage that built Northwest Oklahoma. This hands-on event for the whole family is made possible by the generous sponsorship of P&K Equipment. Admission to Family Farm Day is free with museum admission. Other event activities include pumpkin decorating, leather working, broom making, a farm yard, milking, butter making and quilting. At 1 p.m. a pie auction will be held to benefit Turkey Creek School. For more information on Family Farm Day or other CSRHC events, visit the website at www.csrhc.org or call (580) 237-1907. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located at 507 S. 4th Street in Enid. Museum admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.