Galvin makes math make sense at Briggs
One of the scariest courses in school, for many people, is mathematics.
If a person thinks math is hard, it’s often because a good teacher never helped the student achieve a basic understanding of the subject. Without a foundation to build on for more advanced classes, students may feel stupid or give up thinking math can be done, let alone fun.
Briggs Elementary School teacher Lora Galvin enjoys showing kids that math is easy and is part of everything in life – from art to games and design to engineering.
Pet Talk: A dog's friendship requires no sound
It is a popular yet misguided belief that deaf dogs are unable to be a loving member of your family.
Workshop hones parenting skills
In Cherokee culture, the word for hero is “a-tsi-lv-quo-di,” meaning “someone who is loved or admired.”
Parenting classes, sponsored by the Cherokee Nation, are helping adults become heroes to their children by teaching successful strategies for coping with behaviors. This is not parenting for people who are being sent to classes by the courts, but for all parents looking for tools to help them improve.
The Hero Project wants to make sure every child does his best, said project coordinator Dallis Pettigrew.
“When we started asking parents how we could do this, they kept telling us they need more ideas about dealing with the kinds of challenges that all parents face, like young children biting or having tantrums,” Pettigrew said.
Community support and parental support will help put the priority on children.
Fandango bicycling event is this weekend
Bicyclists have a chance to get out on the open road and enjoy the scenic views around Cherokee County this weekend.
Arrowhead Resort hosts the Freewheel Fandango Bicycle Ride Friday through Sunday, featuring rides of varying distances for participants. Some routes will bring bicyclists into town for OKsWagen and other city attractions.
“This is a big deal for Tahlequah,” said Dave Rogers of Paceline Cyclery. “They had between 150 and 170 riders last year, and there were 70 riders preregistered a few weeks ago. Some will wait to see how the weather goes and register on the site. It is great that several routes are going through Tahlequah. Some people will not want to camp, so they will stay at hotels and that will help us locally.”
Stalking the wild man
The legend of Bigfoot has been around for generations, and because of television programs such as “Finding Bigfoot,” interest in the creature is keener today than ever.
Evidence as to whether Bigfoot exists prompted representatives of MidAmerica Bigfoot Research Center to gather at their second annual Bigfoot Symposium, held last weekend at the Stilwell Community Center.
Jim Whitehead, western state director of the center, said he receives many questions about Bigfoot.
The unstoppable Izzy
Isabel Baker may be retired, but she’s one of the busiest women in Tahlequah.
She’s known by many as the first mother of the Cherokee Nation, the grand dame of the Cherokee County Democratic Party, a former professor at Northeastern State University, and an active member of First United Methodist Church, to name a few.
She can be seen jetting about town in her white Cadillac, always off to one meeting or another; a tribal function to support her youngest son, Principal Chief Bill John Baker; or to a courtroom to observe her other two sons, attorneys Tim and Donn, in action.
You’d never guess she’s a cancer survivor, having lost 40 percent of her right lung to the disease in 1997.
Baker confesses to smoking as a young woman, but she quit the minute she learned she was pregnant with her first child, Tim Jr.
Cancer treatments date back millennia
Modern treatments for cancer are the result of scientific discoveries made within the last couple of centuries, but cancer is not a new malady – and people have fought it throughout recorded history.
Humans have been aware of cancer for at least 3,500 years. The earliest documentation comes from Egyptian hieroglyphics dating to 1500 B.C.
A piece of papyrus tells of eight cases of breast tumors, which were excised and the wounds cauterized. It is also explained that the tumors are not treatable and must be removed. The early Egyptians might have been able to distinguish malignant tumors from benign, and blame for cancer fell on their gods.
Relay for Life 2014 celebrates 28 years
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society, and the 28th year since one man walked and ran around a track for 24 hours to raise money to fight cancer.
That feat by Dr. Gordy Klatt, in Seattle, sparked a worldwide movement now known as Relay For Life. Locally, Relay For Life of Cherokee County has been active since the 1990s.
“Most participants are from Tahlequah, but we want to reach out to all of Cherokee County,” said LaDonna Coffield, 2014 event chair. “We are hoping to get more people involved from Peggs, Keys, Woodall, and other communities. Money raised here stays in Cherokee County.”
Defining cancer can be difficult process
In the health care realm, everyone has heard of cancer and knows it causes tumors which can kill, but what, exactly, is cancer?
While no definition fits all cancers, the disease usually is characterized by cell growth and multiplication that is unregulated or not in coordination with adjacent tissues.
Such activity forms tumors, which can spread elsewhere in the body, often via blood circulation or the lymphatic system.
Cell growth and division is normal. It heals wounds, replaces skin and hair, and turns children into adults. In many cases, cancer seems to be these routine processes gone awry.
Rain dampens Family Fun Day
Despite some uncooperative weather, plenty of families chose to attend Saturday’s Family Fun Day at Phoenix Park, organized by the District 27 Cherokee County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Task Force.
The event was scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the skies opened around noon to unleash torrential rains that forced an early close.
“We still managed to raise about $400 for two hours,” Leah Moore, task force coordinator. “I was actually surprised by the response, since this was our first year
If the weather had been better, I think we would have done really well.”
Several agencies and organizations were represented.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offered skeet shooting and archery. Sequoyah State Park set up a display of snakes and animal skulls, the Tahlequah Police Department display touted meth lab awareness.
Other attending organizations included Tahlequah EMS, Eagle Med, Oklahoma Lake Patrol, Tahlequah Fire Department, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and CCR-START.
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