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April 4, 2017

You must admit this recent weather has been very interesting. I love it. Rain to sweltering hot to rain to snow. And the lightning thrown in there while I drove back from home from Gruver was sensational. You can’t get a better show that it from Netflix.

Spring is here. Winter is officially over. The college basketball champion has been named. Major league baseball opens. And then it snows. A week packed with things.

And there are lots of things happening locally, too. In fact, I have a bunch of random sayings that I’ve saved to share and lots of local happenings. Today’s column is just going to be random bits and pieces. If you’re looking for it to all tie together, you might well be disappointed! But then you’ll get over it.

The Heisman Trophy (coveted college football award and trophy) is made in Wilson, Okla., a little town of 1,500. Interesting.

There is a Spring Salad Luncheon at St. Peter’s Parish Hall at 12th and Quinn in Guymon on Thur., Apr. 6. It starts at 11 am and ends at 1:30 pm. There is takeout available and if you cannot get to the hall, you can have free delivery for orders of four or more. There are assorted salads, homemade soup and homemade hot rolls in addition to homemade desserts. All for just $10 a plate and you’ll be supporting the Catholic Fellowship Circle. This is worth putting on your calendar!

“That energy which makes a child hard to manage is the energy which afterward makes him a manager of life,” said Henry Ward Beecher. Beecher was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker known for his support of the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage movement. He is also the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

There is a dinosaur traveling exhibit, the Mobile Museum of Earth History, with more than 20 fossils coming to Guymon April 6 – 8. On Thursday and Friday, the 6th and 7th, there are tours from 4 – 7 pm and a presentation at 7 pm. On Saturday, the tours run from 9 am to 4 pm and presentations are at 10:30 am and 2 pm. This is presented by the First Christian Church and is to be seen at the Disciples Center, 802 N. Quinn in Guymon.

“We all fear the unknown – the strange, the different. The natural fears of parents are made worse by ignorance, and unfortunately, they pass them down to their children.” Jackie Robinson said this. Robinson was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. When he began his stellar ten – year baseball career for the Brooklyn Dodgers he broke the sport’s color line, bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s.

Friday morning, April 7, starts bright and early with Eggs and Issues. A Chamber of Commerce event, this is the perfect time to learn what is happening at the state capitol. Representative Casey Murdock and Senator Bryce Marlett are invited to come and tell what is happening with our law makers. This is the time you can state your concerns. It’s a lot more effective to state your concerns here than to whine about them at the coffee shop or hair dressers! Eggs and Issues has a full breakfast sponsored by TCEC this month and good people are there. Everyone is welcome to come to the meeting at the Ambassador Restaurant on Highway 64 North.

“Little girls are in fact smaller versions of real human beings, whereas little boys are Pod People from the Planet Destructo,” according to Dave Berry. A native of New York, Barry is a Pulitzer Prize winning American author and columnist.

Lifeway Christian Church is holding an Indian Taco Dinner and Silent Auction and Bake Sale, also on Friday, at the Methodist Enrichment Center, at 6th and Quinn in Guymon. Get advance tickets and they’re $8 for adults and $5 for kids. The dinner goes from 5 – 8 pm.

“If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money,” said Pulitzer Prize winning writer John Updike.

The Senior Citizens have a dance on April 15 with Cottonwood playing. The country and western dance is at the No Man’s Land Center, 515 NE 15th Street and is open to all. It goes from 7 – 10 pm.

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children,” wrote Alex Haley, the author of “Roots.”

Community Clean – Up takes place on April 22. Be a part of this. Lend a hand. Give an hour or two. Make a difference. Find out more by call the Main Street office at 338-6246.

“Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United State. Ask any Indian.” So stated Robert Orben, a professional comedy writer and magician.

We are putting together a group of classes designed for the business owner and manager or someone wishing to become an entrepreneur. If you have any classes you would like to see offered, call 338-6246. A list of the classes being offered is soon to be released.

Hope you have a fine time in this interesting weather on the bricks.