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  • rf-teacher-Williams.jpg Williams says teaching takes real conviction

    Heritage Elementary School Teacher of the Year Sarah Williams firmly believes that, no matter what your profession, at some point or another, a teacher has helped inspire or encourage you.
    “There is no way around us,” said Williams, a media science teacher.

    May 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-duct-tape-hulbert.jpg Kids get original with duct tape art

    How can you recycle old plastic VHS movie and music cassette cases?
    A table filled with a variety of colors and designs of duct tape inspired youth to cover these obsolete cases as decorative boxes, while others created flowers and jewelry from their own imaginations.
    Duct tape can be used for easy and affordable crafts, as it was Wednesday at the Hulbert Community Library.

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-camps-FILE.jpg Summer activities for area youth abound

    Summer fun is just around the corner as schools close their doors for vacation.
    Parents looking for activities to enrich their children’s summer experience or in need of opportunities for their children while they’re at work have several options.
    The libraries in Tahlequah and Hulbert have many free fun plans, including the Summer Reading Program, which encourages kids to enjoy reading. Northeastern State University and the Cherokee Nation have week-long day camps.

    May 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-volunteer-Fritz.jpg For Fritts, volunteering is second nature

    The 30th annual Save-A-Senior after-graduation party plans are almost complete, but the volunteer coordinator said they could still use donations.
    Shelia Ann Unger-Fritts became passionate about volunteering in her junior college days at Westark College, now the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, by donating her time in the Make-A-Wish foundation’s gift wrap store. Since then she’s been affiliated with Toys for Tots, the United Way of Adair County, Relay for Life, Stilwell Youth Wrestling, Stilwell Youth Football, numerous little league teams, several benefit runs and walks, the Shriners, Cornerstone Fellowship, Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Chapter, and her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students.

    May 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-tai-chi.jpg Tai chi class offers increased mobility

    Calm music played in a sunlit room, as a class of first-time tai chi students gently reached their arms open to the side, then back to the front.
    “Let’s welcome the morning and circle our arms,” the instructor said, demonstrating, “up and now back down.”
    At any age, a lack of physical movement for an adult can soon lead to a diminished mobility.
    A new class at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center, Tai Chi for Arthritis, is designed to give participants better balance, improve muscle tone and flexibility, increase circulation, reduce stress and even enhance their mood.

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-cemetery1.jpg Workshop touts gravestone preservation

    Volunteers learning to preserve tombstones and monuments rolled up their sleeves Wednesday as national masonry conservation specialist Jonathon Appell led them through a workshop at Tahlequah City Cemetery.
    A member of the Preservation Trades Network from Connecticut, Appell is teaching locals in a two-day seminar how to clean masonry safely, repair fragmented stones, reset loose or crooked stones, and how to use infill material and tools for re-pointing and repairing.
    Gravestone preservation and planning projects on which Appell has worked include the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Greensboro, N.C.; the Granary in Boston; and The Haven Crypt in Connecticut.

    May 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-artistSims.jpg Brilliant mosaics a special art form for Sims

    When Fran Sims entered a glass mosaic Cherokee star in the 2012 Cherokee National Holiday art show, it was a new medium for the event.
    Since then, she’s been busy completing her master’s degree. Her final paper has been written and graduation is on the horizon, so she’s already back to one of her favorite pastimes: creating art.
    Sims is a social worker with the Cherokee Nation, and she enjoys working with glass mostly as a medium, because she loves the look it produces.

    May 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • SR-JohnQuincyAdams.jpg Amendment fixed Electoral College problems

    When the American experiment began in the late 18th Century, a number of monarchies and absolute rulers around the world awaited its collapse during a transition of power.
    They have been disappointed for 238 years. The Civil War was certainly an existential threat, but otherwise, power transfers and procedural adjustments have been peaceful. An example of orderly adjustment is the 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
    Because it is an amendment of procedure, the text is much longer than most others

    May 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-Strawberry.jpg Stilwell seeing red with May 10 Strawberry Fest

    Sweet, red strawberries are ripe and ready for the place of honor at the oldest continuous festival in Oklahoma.
    The Stilwell Strawberry Festival is always the same weekend as Mother’s Day – this year, May 10 – and it’s a time of family celebrations and class reunions.
    The morning starts with a 5K run, and the day’s festivities include a parade, car show, queen crowning, berry judging, live music, arts and crafts, horseshoe tournament, free strawberries and cake and much more. An all-school reunion is held at the high school and a rodeo is both Friday and Saturday nights.
    And this year, helicopter rides have been added to the mix.

    May 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-Pastor-Hamilton.jpg Hamilton sees compassion, potential at UUCT

    Anyone attending the recent Tahlequah Community Playhouse show, “Nunsense” would have seen the spirited Mother Superior portrayed by Rev. Susan Hamilton.
    Just recently, Hamilton has begun speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tahlequah, where’s she’s attended the past nine months.
    A California transplant, she served as pastor at Parkside Community Church, and United Church of Christ in Sacramento, Calif., for 15 years.

    April 29, 2014 1 Photo

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