Value News Articles–2016

The Hamlet Tradition Continues in a New Way

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Restaurants | Issue: December 2016

For 30 years Tulsa area customers have served “only the best for family and guests, honey-kissed™ hams from The Hamlet.”

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In Good Hands

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: December 2016

Carolyn M. Berg, M.D., is a highly-specialized hand surgeon who performs procedures to treat everything from fingertips to elbow.

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The Diesel Expert

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Automotive | Issue: December 2016

Service Director Mike Fitzpatrick is proud to reintroduce their Diesel technician. Lloyd Hensley has returned to the service team of Classic Chevrolet as their Diesel Technician after a brief period of time away.

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Are You Financially Prepared to Live a Long Life?

By: Jocelyn Wood | Category: Financial Services | Issue: December 2016

By the year 2040, it is projected that 14.6 million Americans will live to 85 years old or older. This is triple in population from 6.5 million in 2014, according to the Administration of Aging.

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Tulsa's One Stop Shop

By: Jillian Moore | Category: Retail | Issue: December 2016

The tree is trimmed, the lights are up, and the stockings are hung on the mantel. Christmas brings many joys, but gift shopping is not always one of them.

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Taking Chances

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2016

The trickledown effect of state budget cuts have reached two state museums in Claremore; the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and the JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum. The JM Davis suffered a cut of more than $55,000 for this fiscal year, on an already lean budget.

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Face Time

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: December 2016

It’s the season of giving gifts, so why not give a gift for yourself? With treatments for all ages, from acne-prone teens to age-defying boomers and up, Face2Facial Med Spa in Owasso can help clients achieve smoother, healthier looking skin and a whole lot more.

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Holiday Gifts with a Twist

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Retail | Issue: December 2016

We all have that one person on our holiday gift list. Shopping for the woman who has everything can be difficult, whether it’s your mom, best friend, or sister. The ladies of Twisted Soul Sisters have all been there, which is why they offer unique and original pieces in their store for all occasions.

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Quality that Counts

By: Jillian Moore | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: December 2016

Joel and Kendra Wiland opened J. David Jewelry in Broken Arrow, OK, with just three rings and $500. Now, 20 years later, they own and operate that same store, as well as their newest location in south Tulsa.

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A Castle Christmas

By: Sarah Gile | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2016

Celebrate the best of family holiday traditions at The Castle of Muskogee. Take a leisurely drive through the Castleton Village, which is filled with thousands of holiday lights and displays. The drive through is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.

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Increase Your Energy and Immune System

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: December 2016

Dr. Tony Hicks of Body Worx Chiropractic in Bixby is all about treating people, not just their conditions. He operates under what he calls the 5 Pillars of Health: Nervous System, Detoxification, Nutritious Food, Exercise and Hormones.

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The Top Three Reasons to Buy a Car before Year's End

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Automotive | Issue: December 2016

Like most retailers, car dealerships everywhere push for those year-end deals. But what exactly makes the end of the year specials so different? Chad Jennings, General Manager of Green Country Mitsubishi in Bixby, says that it’s all about financing and inventory.

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Home for the Holidays

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Professional Services | Issue: December 2016

Leslie Yocham, agency training and recruiting supervisor at Choices for Life Foster Care, is often asked what it takes to become a therapeutic foster parent.

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A Voice for Hope

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2016

Throughout history, stars have served as a symbol of hope. From shepherds in the field, to the ancient Greeks, to even Peter Pan finding his way back to Neverland, stars have always been there to offer comfort and light to those who need it.

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AVB Bank Announces Addition of Commercial Lender

By: Cooper Rash | Category: Financial Services | Issue: December 2016

Barnes has over seventeen years of experience in the financial industry, including branch management, internal audit and consumer and commercial lending.

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Be Holiday Photo Ready

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: November 2016

Is a “double chin” bringing you down? This common condition affects people of all ages and sizes, even those who are otherwise in excellent shape.

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Carols and Crumpets

By: Sue Stees | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

The holidays are fast approaching and the perfect place to find unique handcrafted gifts and decorations is at Carols and Crumpets, the Tulsa Herb Society’s annual craft fair. It will be held Saturday December 3rd, 2016, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 South Peoria Ave. Admission is free.

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Honey Baked Holiday

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Restaurants | Issue: November 2016

Honey Baked Ham Co. and Cafe of Tulsa opened doors in 2003. Lee Griffin became the Owner/Operator in 2010 and currently serves families, businesses and organizations throughout the Tulsa Metro.

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A Decade of Gratitude

By: Jillian Moore | Category: Restaurants | Issue: November 2016

Desi Wok Indian Asian Grill has the perfect recipe for staying one of Tulsa’s favorite restaurants for more than 10 years.

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The Gleam Guard Difference

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: November 2016

Fall is finally here and with the cooler weather coming in, you can finally get to your home renovation list before the holidays, starting with your cabinets. While cabinets purpose is functional, they remain a focal point of the home.

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Spice Up Your Holiday Meal Cajun Style

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Restaurants | Issue: November 2016

Once again Hebert’s Specialty Meats is ready to take orders for those extra special Cajun style Thanksgiving dinners. Many a table will include favorite holiday meats with just the right amount of spicy seasonings to add a little heat to every mouth-watering bite.

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Step Back Into History

By: Vicky Bowlin | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Experience the true story of Christmas at Christview Christian Church’s Bethlehem Walk, a free outdoor walk through a living nativity.

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Twelve Years of Trees

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Safenet Services’ Festival of Trees jump starts the holiday season in Claremore each year. This year not only marks the 12th year for the event, with proceeds benefiting the domestic and sexual assault agency for women and children, but 25 years of operation for Safenet Services.

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A Special Thank You For Veterans

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Continuing a tradition that started eleven years ago, MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service is once again sponsoring Claremore’s annual Veterans Day parade, which will start promptly at 11:11 a.m. on Friday, November 11.

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Downtown Development

By: Jessica Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Three blocks of downtown Claremore received a new designation last month as the National Parks Service officially added the district to the National Register of Historic Places.

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A Belvidere Christmas

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

The holidays are all about tradition, and there are three traditions gaining popularity at the Belvidere Mansion: the annual Holiday Tea, the annual Holiday Home Tour and Christmas at the Belvidere Mansion.

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Win Cash for Shopping in Claremore

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

The Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Santa Cash promotion is just around the corner. The Santa Cash shop local event will run through noon on December 16th. “We are excited that we will reward shoppers with $15,500 in prizes this year,” reports Santa Cash Chair Julie Simmons.

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Smartphone Safety Tips

By: Jocelyn Wood | Category: Financial Services | Issue: November 2016

This year, are you planning to do the majority of your shopping in store, on your computer or by phone?

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Energize Your Life

By: Christian Ensor | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: November 2016

Tracy Standridge, DC, is the owner of Standridge Clinic in Owasso.Dr. Standridge has been in practice for 30 years, and is known for his commitment to using innovative and alternative methods of identifying and treating the root cause of his patient’s pain.

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Living In Style

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Real Estate | Issue: November 2016

You’ve worked hard all your life, and now you can finally do the things you’ve always yearned to do. Tapestry at Woodland Hills in Tulsa is the brand new Luxury Apartment Complex designed for those 55 years or older who enjoy an active lifestyle, adventure and being involved.

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A Pet's Paradise

By: Jillian Moore | Category: Pets | Issue: November 2016

Route 66 Dog Ranch has been providing an oasis in the country since March 2016. Your family dog has 64,880 square feet to run freely and safely at the Sapulpa facility while you’re on vacation.

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Clinical Hypnotherapy: A Natural Solution

By: Jillian Moore | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: November 2016

For James Browning, clinical hypnotherapy is more than a career - it’s a way of life.

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Holly Jolly Festivities

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

The holiday season has made its welcome once again. Whether you’re thinking about the cooler weather finally arriving, watching football after Thanksgiving dinner or hitting Black Friday sales, don’t forget to make time for those special events that you can only see this time of year.

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Veterans Day is November 11

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Cities and local organizations around Green Country have planned events for this Veterans Day to make sure our gratitude continues for those living and who have passed. Tulsa hosts one of the biggest Veterans Day parades in the United States.

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Girls Night Out at the New Fashion District

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Retail | Issue: November 2016

The District on Main in Claremore’s Girls Night Out is back again in a big way. On Thursday, November 17, Owner Cari Bohannan and her staff will reopen the store after hours at their new location on Will Rogers Blvd.

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Classic Hollywood Horror Halloween Bash

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Melanie Hasty-Grant and Ken Grant, Waterstone Private Wealth Management Owners, invite you to join them and other Owasso Area neighbors at the Classic Hollywood Horror Annual Halloween Bash happening at the Grant Haunted Mansion.

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Will Rogers Days Plans Expansion

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Will Rogers Memorial Museum opened Nov. 4, 1938, three years after the death of the man who still remains Oklahoma’s most recognizable native.

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Baked to Perfection

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Restaurants | Issue: October 2016

Honey Baked Ham Co. and Cafe of Tulsa does it all to please their customers. This unique business was opened in 2003 and current Owner/Operator Lee Griffin took over the helm in 2010. Families and businesses across the country recognize Honey Baked ham, turkey and specialty products as a superior holiday and everyday choice for families, businesses and clients. Select from packaged products or make your own custom package.

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A Charitable Tradition

By: Bev Schwarzkopf | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Epsilon Sigma Alpha in Broken Arrow will be hosting their 44th annual Benefit Craft Show for October 29. This popular tradition, at Oliver Middle School, located at 3100 West New Orleans, is from 9-4 p.m.

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Eat Right, Move Right

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2016

Eating and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Although we eat and move our muscles every day, we may not be doing the right things to achieve the greatest benefits for our bodies.

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Holiday Ready from Head to Toe

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: October 2016

Fall is finally here and nothing ushers in a new season better than a new look. Whether trying something new, or just wanting to look good for holiday parties and events, always start with the base: your nails.

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A Halloween Experience for All

By: Renee Profitt | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Fall is in the air, which means the Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee is just around the corner!

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Authentic Bavarian and Tulsa Culture

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

A beloved Tulsa tradition is back for a 38th year. The 2016 Linde Oktoberfest will take place October 20-23.

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Holiday Gifts from the Heart

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

The Tulsa County Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) will be hosting their second annual “Happy Holiday Gift Ideas” event on Monday, October 24 at the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Tulsa, located at 7903 E. 15th St., from 9:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Keep Moving Forward

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2016

Fitness Time for Ladies continues to grow in the next phase of their ongoing expansion. The popular women’s gym, located in the North Park Medical Center on Highway 66 North, will soon be offering ladies double the square footage of their current space with more options than ever before.

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Only One Call Away

By: Harold Blalock | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: October 2016

Garage doors are sometimes used as an entry door and operated 10 to 20 cycles a day and are a convenient part of our lives, taken for granted, until they malfunction.

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Claremore's Chamber's Sporting Clay Shoot

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first ever Sporting Clay Shoot on Friday, October 28, at Long Shot Ranch located west of Skiatook. Sponsors for this exciting event are Bill’s Sporting Goods, RCB Bank, BancFirst, Hillcrest Hospital/Claremore, HydroHoist Boat Lifts and TNG Power Equipment.

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Walton Joins AVB Bank Executive Management

By: Cooper Rash | Category: Financial Services | Issue: October 2016

AVB Bank is proud to announce that Randy Waldrup has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

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Saving You Time and Energy

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: October 2016

Everybody loves a good deal, especially on a quality product. When it comes to home renovation and building, you want the most for your buck without cutting corners.

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Being Mayberry in 2016

By: Eddie Curran | Category: Financial Services | Issue: October 2016

When I think of small town local businesses, I’m reminded of Mayberry from “The Andy Griffith Show”. In Mayberry everyone knows your name when you walk in the door. You pay with nickels, dimes or whatever you have. If not, you start a tab and pay it off when you can.

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Holiday Tea-Off

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Heart of Broken Arrow Arts & Crafts Show Saturday, November 12 , 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Park Community Center on Main Street.

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A Week to Remember

By: Jessica Wilbourn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Home of Hope, Inc. recognized their staff through National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week from September 11th through September 17th to honor the men and women who provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our communities.

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Transforming Lives for Over 20 Years

By: Scott McClung | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

UBER Healthcare of Tulsa recently announced the addition of Andronica Handie, DPM, MS, to their medical staff.

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Scares, Carnivals and Candy

By: Ruby Quinn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

October brings to mind beautiful fall leaves, cooler temperatures and children dressing up to cash in on tricks and treats.

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Timely and Innovative Healthcare

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2016

UBER Healthcare of Tulsa recently announced the addition of Andronica Handie, DPM, MS, to their medical staff.

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Shop to Your Heart's Content

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

The 23rd annual Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s Holiday Tea-Off will be held on on Thursday, November 10. The Tea-Off will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Broken Arrow.

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Realtors and Friends You Can Trust

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Real Estate | Issue: September 2016

Co-owners of OklaHomes Realty, Inc., Allen and Tia Stout, pride themselves on the principles of longevity, loyalty and quality of service, the same business model they have kept for the last 27 years. Their mission is to help people, whether their customers in business or Claremore neighbors.

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Optimizing Strength After Injury

By: Seana Warren | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2016

Serious injuries can affect more than the injured part of your body. People who follow a regular exercise schedule find it hard to cope with losing months or years of progress towards their physical fitness.

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Sally Kimbrough Wilton Joins AVB Bank’s Board of Directors

By: Cooper Rash | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2016

AVB Bank President and CEO, Ted Cundiff, and Chairman of the Board, Kelley Rash, have announced that Sally Kimbrough Wilton has joined the AVB Board of Directors. Wilton takes a seat on the board along with several of her family members, including: father, former President and CEO, Neely Kimbrough; sister, Kelley Rash; cousin, Georgeanna Brown-Thomas; and spouse, Thomas Wilton.

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Ladies Night Out

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

The Ladies Lifestyle event is returning with the new format introduced at last year’s festivities. The 11th annual affair is set for Tuesday, October 11 at the new Claremore Conference Center at 1400 Country Club from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. This event is a ladies night out with an array of shopping opportunities as well as booths offering information appealing to women of all ages.

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Quality Work Guaranteed to Last

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: September 2016

The kids are back in school which means the fall season is finally near. Soon the temperatures will drop, and leaves will be falling. There is nothing like ringing in a new school year like some home renovation, after all with the kids out of the house, you can finally tackle some of those projects on your to-do list. What better place to start than with what greets you every morning and afternoon:: the driveway.

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Why Do I Need Title Insurance?

By: Kenneth Wohl | Category: Financial Services | Issue: September 2016

Title insurance is a protection policy against loss which may arise from problems connected to the title of the property that you are purchasing.

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Waterstone Unveils Strategic Growth Plan

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Financial Services | Issue: September 2016

Waterstone Private Wealth Management is growing. The practice has been diligently working the last year on an expansion to align with Carson Institutional Alliance, an elite group of advisors strategically located across the United States.

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Stay Golden

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2016

There’s nothing quite as draining as needing immediate assistance and having a machine to take you through a nine-step process.

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Diagnosed with STRESS?

By: Dr. Leslie Masters | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: September 2016

Have you ever wondered, in this day and age when we have the most advanced medical care in the history of mankind, why so many people are exhausted, over-weight, can’t sleep and full of anxiety or depressed? It just doesn’t make sense. We should have the healthiest population of people ever.

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Celebration of Craftsmanship

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: September 2016

The Refuge Lifestyle, known for its rustic, handrafted furniture, celebrates four years of growth and upoming expansion this September.

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Sleeping with the Sharks

By: Kara Lovell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to dream under the sea? Well now you can. Pack up your PJs and sleeping bags and join the Oklahoma Aquarium for Sleep with the Sharks!

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Cruisers, Cars and Crafts

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

Over 300 vintage, modified and antique cars and motorcycles are expected to cruise into Claremore on September 23 for the 9th annual Route 66 Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show. The cruise-in begins at 6 p.m. w

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Streamlined for Success

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: Education | Issue: September 2016

Dental Careers of Tulsa specializes in practical, short-term and affordable dental assistant training with real-world application.The privately-owned program is licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools and has been training dental assistants in a fast-track environment since 1998.

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A Premier Choice in Caregiving

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Professional Services | Issue: September 2016

Choosing the right care for an elderly loved one is no easy task. In your home? An assisted living center? A retirement village? A nursing home? In their home? There is no one-size fits all. Every option has its merits.

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Reveal Your Natural Beauty

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: September 2016

After a season of long, sultry days by the poolside or chasing errands in the Oklahoma humidity, the beginning of fall is an excellent time to begin a healthy skin care program. Reveal Salon’s expert aesthetician Nicole McGinnis combines a powerful knowledge base, years of experience and a passion for body positivity to present her clients with skin care completely suited to their individual needs.

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Join the Race for Justice

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

The Demand Project’s Xplore for Justice Scavenger Hunt will commence Saturday, October 1, at the Center of the Universe. The Center of the Universe is located in downtown Tulsa at the apex of a rebuilt span of the old Boston Street Bridge between 1st & Archer Street and is directly northwest of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (Formerly the old Union Train Depot).

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What's In Your Water?

By: Seana Warren | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: September 2016

Did you know that up to 60% of the human body is water? The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, while the lungs are 83% and the skin contains 64% Even your bones are a watery 31%. It makes sense that we should replenish our bodies with clean, chemical free water.

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Tulsa's Restaurant Week Returns Sep. 10-19

By: Kristen Ware | Category: Restaurants | Issue: September 2016

In conjunction with September’s national Hunger Action Month, area restaurants are helping the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma fight childhood hunger in eastern Oklahoma by participating in Tulsa’s tenth annual Restaurant Week September 10 – 19.

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Want to Become a Research Hero?

By: Brigitte Richter | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2016

The development of new and better treatments for medical conditions requires not only thorough basic scientific research, but also clinical trials. Without the knowledge gained through clinical trials, no new medication would ever have the chance to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and reach the market.

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Preparing for Medicare Enrollment

By: Audrey Taylor | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

As Medicare’s open enrollment period approaches, Hillcrest’s Silver Elite program is hosting Medicare education luncheons across the Tulsa Metro area to help Medicare beneficiaries, their representatives and those soon-to-be eligible understand their options and the process.

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Chocolate, Wine and More

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

United Way of Rogers and Mayes Counties is proud to present their annual Chocolate Affair at the Claremore Conference Center on Thursday, October 6 from 7-9 p.m. This year’s event, titled the “Chocolate, Wine and More Affair”, is the second biggest fundraiser for the organization.

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Fix Up Your Cabinets For Fall

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: August 2016

Cabinets are the most visible and most used element of your kitchen. While their purpose is functional, they remain a focal point of the home. The kids are getting ready for back-to-school with new supplies and clothes, why not treat your kitchen too? Whether your cabinets are in extremely rough shape, have only a few smudges or are covered in thick grease from years of cooking, Gleam Guard Dust Free Wood Refinishing is the quick, clean, odor-free, reasonably-priced and highly effective solution.

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Where to Stop Before You Shop

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Retail | Issue: August 2016

As the school year kicks off, you may be ready to shop for a new wardrobe but still not know exactly what to buy. New clothing is an expected expense; however, there’s no sense in wasting money on clothes that will quickly fall out of trend. Don’t you wish you could peek into the future before you make this investment?

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A New Service to Honor Your Furry Family Members

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Pets | Issue: August 2016

In September of 1996, Angel Askins rescued a Bernese Mountain Dog and named her Maggie. As delighted as she was to have this sweet animal as a part of her household, she had no idea the bond she would form with Maggie until the following November when Angel’s father passed away unexpectly.

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Sock Hoppin and Doo-Woppin'

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

Rogers County Youth Services is excited to announce their annual fundraiser for 2016. Grab your poodle skirt and hair grease because this year’s fundraiser is all about the fabulous fifties, as it has been given the appropriate name of “2016 Sock Hoppin & Doo-Woppin’”.

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Coming Home

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of serving families in need at the Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa. They will be hosting their annual McDazzle Fun Ball on Thursday, August 25th at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa. Executive Director Jean Ann Hankins says she and her staff expect about 500 people in attendance.

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Wine, Dine & Jazz

By: Trisha Kerkstra | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

POSTOAK Lodge & Retreat is thrilled to announce the return of it’s own Wine & Jazz Festival, presented by Citizens Bank.

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Growing the Good

By: Melynda Stone | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

Katie Gibson (second from right) accepts a $500 sponsorship check from TSET Healthy Living Program Project Directors Jody Reiss (far left) and Alyson Short (Left of Katie). Caitlin Turpel (far right) is the Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Project Director. Reiss, Short and Turpel are members of the Prevention Team at Volunteers for Youth.

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It's Your Hour

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: August 2016

There never seems to be enough hours in the day. Between the pile of work on the desk and everything waiting at home, the to-do list never seems to get any smaller. But what if you used just one hour to save a life instead of running errands or grabbing an afternoon pick me up? BioLife Plasma Services makes donating plasma and saving lives a safe, clean process in a family-oriented environment.

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Plug Drainage Leaks in Your Finances

By: Jocelyn Wood | Category: Financial Services | Issue: August 2016

The first week of August is known as National Simplify Your Life Week. We cannot think of a greater time to refocus your energy on what’s important in life and reduce the pressures causing a strain on your health and happiness.

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Keep their Future Clear

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: August 2016

For Shelley Hayes, it was not hard to figure out that her daughter had challenges with vision. From a young age, she showed the telltale signs of poor eyesight—squinting while focusing, holding things closely while reading, having trouble concentrating and completing tasks, etc. Shelley had her daughter’s eyes examined and was not surprised to find that her child needed glasses.

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Beyond the Stars

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: Restaurants | Issue: August 2016

Full Moon Café is a perennial Tulsa favorite that’s getting a long awaited makeover, thanks to a team of gifted restaurant veterans under the charge of Barrett Byrd. In a world overpopulated by mind-bogglingly complex artisan foods and mashups, Full Moon Café has always been an oasis of rib-sticking crowd-pleasers in a chill, less than pretentious atmosphere.

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Have You Joined the Sisterhood?

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: Retail | Issue: August 2016

When Kelly Corey and friend Marti Coleman founded Twisted Soul Sisters Boutique six years ago, their vision was to offer women a place to shop for unique, fun clothing and accessories with the philosophy of friendship at the core.

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Safenet Services Partners with Harps Foods to Round Up Support

By: Emily Brown | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

Harps Foods of Inola, Chelsea, and Locust Grove have partnered with Safenet Services in their fourth annual Round Up campaign. “We are so happy to partner with Harps in this effort,” says Rose Ann McCaw-Ransom, Safenet board member and Round Up chair. “We appreciate their support and enthusiasm. They are an employee-owned business and the employees really take pride in helping raise money for Safenet.”

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Bird's the Word

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

The annual fundraiser banquet of the Tall Grass Heritage chapter of Quail Forever is an event for bird and animal lovers of all ages. The local division of the national group, Quail Forever, is hosting its third annual fundraising banquet on August 27 at the Creek County Fairgrounds in Kellyville.

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Heating Up the Competition

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

American composer and pianist John Tesh once said, “The world is full of people who have dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, of running a marathon, and of owning their own business.

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Rethink Your Remodel

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: August 2016

Brothers Glenn and Curtis Simms have made remodeling their business.

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Celebrating Country for 35 years

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Retail | Issue: August 2016

Fall is approaching which means cooler weather, football and back-to-school.

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Cutting Edge Style

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: August 2016

We hear the words “back to school” blowing in the wind everywhere this time of year, but hair and skin get blown by the wind all year long—especially in Oklahoma. That’s why the subject of education is not relegated to August at Carol’s Place Hair and Nail Salon in Claremore. Year round education about hair, skin, and nail care is extremely important to salon owner, Carol Graham, and her staff. They are constantly learning about new products and techniques and passing the benefits on to their clients.

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Making It Work

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: August 2016

Dr. Tony Hicks is not your typical chiropractor. His passion is to teach patients how to get healthy and stay healthy. The Bixby chiropractor firmly believes our current health care system does not work for chronic disease.

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Fall Fair Fun For All

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

When the nights turn cooler and the air a little crisper, Oklahomans anxiously await autumn decadences such as oversized sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, and holding hands on the midway at the local fair. The Rogers County Fair, established in 1914, is the perfect place to add to your fall bucket list. With its emphasis on traditional arts and agriculture, the event to be held September 15-18 at the Claremore Expo Center is everything a country fair should be.

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Flying Into New Traditions with Hometown Heroes

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

It’s been 81 years since Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in an Alaska plane crash. News of the crash on Aug. 15, 1935 remains a historic tragedy felt worldwide, but no place more stunned than Oologah, the town where Will was born of and the home place where he lived as a boy.

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Make Your Dream Garden a Reality

By: Sue Stees | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: July 2016

Dee Nash is a writer, speaker, garden coach, and blogger born and raised in Oklahoma. She has written for Oklahoma Gardener, Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening, flower, the Oklahoman, and Horticultural Horizons. Dee has written online for HGTV Gardens, Fiskars Corporation and Proven Winners Plants. She is a member of the Garden Writers Association.

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A Little Whimsy, A Little History

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Retail | Issue: July 2016

No one can deny that in the last decade, Catoosa, Oklahoma has transformed from a sleepy little town to a bustling, small city. With the addition of the Hard Rock Casino and other major businesses, Catoosa attracts visitors from all over the country.

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Because They’re Worth It

By: Chris Butler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Rogers County Volunteers for Youth invites golfers and hackers of all skill levels to participate in their 12th annual “Smokin’ Hot 100” Golf Marathon on Tuesday, July 26th at Claremore’s Heritage Hills Golf Course.

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RCB Bank Breaks Ground on New Location in Coweta

By: Jocelyn Wood | Category: Financial Services | Issue: July 2016

RCB Bank entered into the Coweta market with the groundbreaking of a new full-service banking facility that took place Friday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m. The new RCB Bank branch will be located at 27010 E. 116th St. South, on the corner of 116th and State Highway 51.

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Oklahoma Weather’s Tough, Get a Helmet

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Professional Services | Issue: July 2016

Seasons may change, but Oklahoma weather is hardly predictable. The summer heat will fade and fall will roll in before you know it, bringing back school, football and of course rain.

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A Classical Instrument That Still Knows How to Rock

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Since Ancient Egypt, the harp has played a significant role in all genres of music including Celtic, Classical, Bluegrass, Country, Rock/Pop, Show Tunes, Vocals, Jazz and even Heavy Metal.

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Master Your Wellness and Beauty

By: Dr. Leslie Masters | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: July 2016

Despite the busy world we live in, we all somehow find a bit of time to try to take care of ourselves. Some of us exercise, some of us buy only organic and others simply schedule Botox every 4 months.

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Visual Storytelling with a Sense of Self(ie)

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Professional Services | Issue: July 2016

Nothing is more difficult than trying to put your own spin on something that seems to have been done in just about every way imaginable.

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Why I Just Follow Jesus

By: A Jesus Follower | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Years ago while I was in the military, on one very dark night, I was driving a noisy Jeep on a runway with no person in sight in any direction.

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Family Dental Care You Can Trust

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: July 2016

Brett Dieterlen knew he wanted to be a dentist from a young age. Now 22 years into his own dental practice, Dr. Dieterlen is proud to have developed a premier office that handles needs for the entire family.

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Power Up Your Nutrition

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: July 2016

Summer is in full swing and vacation season is well under way. Whether you’ve got that last five pounds to lose or you just want to feel a little better before you hit the beach, it’s never too late to lose weight.

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Coming in Hot: Christmas in July

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: July 2016

Summer is coming to an end and the heat is rising. As temperatures crawl, everyone seems to get more and more busy between schedules, summer camps, projects and family vacations. Before you know it the kids will be back in school and you’ll be wondering where the last three months went.

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At Your Service

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Professional Services | Issue: July 2016

Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated business located in Bixby. The company provides heating, ventilation and air conditioning products and services throughout all of metropolitan Tulsa. The business is owned and operated by Randy and Debi Raper.

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Improve Your Sight, Improve Your Life

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: July 2016

In just a few short weeks, school will begin again, and thoughts are already turning to preparation. As parents visit retail stores to shop for clothing and school supplies, they often neglect to make another very important visit. In fact, it may not occur to most parents that a routine stop at the eye doctor should be a yearly priority for their children.

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May the Best Chili Win

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

American composer and pianist John Tesh once said, “The world is full of people who have dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, of running a marathon, and of owning their own business. The difference between the people who make it across the finish line and everyone else is one simple thing: an action plan.”

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A Journey to Excellence

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Education | Issue: July 2016

The Seventh-day Adventist educational system is the largest Protestant Christian School system in the world. Heritage Adventist School in Claremore is a part of that system, aiming to make its students feel safe and secure in a rural community.

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A Fresh Approach

By: Kayla Jones | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Blooming Acres: Where Inclusion Comes to Thrive, is a new vocational program that started in fall 2015 by A New Leaf. The organization received an innovation grant from Tulsa Area United Way in December 2014 for a Community Supported Agriculture Program, Blooming Acres.

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Is a New Kitchen in Your Future?

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: July 2016

USA Granite & Cabinetry has been at their location on East 61st Street for four years serving Tulsa and surrounding communities within a 75 mile radius of the store. The company is your local source for beautiful granite countertops and cabinetry for both home and business.

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Tulsa’s Hidden Gems

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Join the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society for their annual Gem and Mineral Show at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds on July 9 and 10.

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Iraq Veteran Finds New Career in Home Restoration Services

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Professional Services | Issue: July 2016

DMI Restoration provides full-service cleaning and restoration contract services to homeowners and businesses throughout northeastern Oklahoma. Serving us for 25 years, the company is proud of their team of experts who provide the utmost care while restoring your property to a home again.

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Uncork and Unwind

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Broken Arrow Neighbors serves the Broken Arrow Community as a basic-needs service agency for residents who have found themselves in compromised situations due in part to food and financial insecurity. The agency offers numerous resources geared to guiding individuals to self-sufficiency.

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Fit to Win

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: July 2016

Broken Arrow native Brittany Watts is presented as champion at the NPC Jr. Nationals Chamionship in Charleston. She will compete internationally in December.

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Think You Can Outsmart a Scammer?

By: Kyle Head | Category: Financial Services | Issue: July 2016

There are 3.17 billion internet users worldwide. To put that into perspective, there are around 323 million people living in the United States, so if everyone in the U.S. used the internet that would be less than ten percent of internet users worldwide.

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Creating Comfort for Over 25 Years

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Professional Services | Issue: July 2016

There’s nothing worse than your air conditioning going out in triple-digit temperatures. Everyone knows it’s hard to sleep, get up and go to work the next day refreshed and energized when you’re uncomfortable. Superior Service of Broken Arrow knows this, which is why they make it their mission to help you beat the heat with the most superior service experience ever.

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National Competition Brings Boatloads of Fun

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Fun for All Fundraiser

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Get your dice ready. The 9th annual Bunco tournament hosted by the Inola ESA Gamma Pi chapter will be held Saturday, August 13, 2016 starting at 4 p.m. at the Inola Hay Capital Round-up Club.

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A Penny Earned is a Penny Saved

By: Jocelyn Wood | Category: Financial Services | Issue: June 2016

Every year, my granddad would sit his grandkids down at the kitchen table and pour out a big jar full of coins he’d saved. We could have these coins but only after we sorted, divided equally and then rolled them. As little children, it felt like hours to complete this task, but the reward was a bag full of money.

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Committed to Customers

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: June 2016

Green Country Mitsubishi opened their doors to Bixby and its surrounding communities in October of 2014. Chad Jennings serves as the general manager/managing partner for the dealership. Jennings has spent his entire adult life in the automotive industry and enjoys being a part of Green Country Mitsubishi’s steady growth.

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An Old Custom with New Options

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Professional Services | Issue: June 2016

An old top hat sits inside Jack Selby’s office as a reminder of his first day of business in August of 1983. Sweat was dripping from his brow as he prepared to direct his first funeral in his new business. Every single detail was checked and double-checked as the temperature reached the triple digits.

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Gifts for All Seasons and Reasons

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: June 2016

Nestled in the middle of the shops of Seville, Canterbury Lane offers a unique variety of gifts and home décor in Tulsa. Located just off of South Yale Avenue, the cozy store is packed with gifts for any season, holiday or occasion. Sisters Allison and Emily Benesh own the store that their mother opened in 2007.

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Community Leaders Endorse Parson

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Professional Services | Issue: June 2016

Republican Carl Parson is owner and founder of Inola Portable Buildings & Pole Barns and feels confident in his bid for District 8 Oklahoma State Representative. Founded in 1999, Inola Portable Buildings is a staple in the Inola community. Carl grew up knowing the value of hard work and the meaning of building a life from the ground up. When Carl was only four years old, his father was killed in a car accident, leaving his wife and children behind.

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Home of Hope Admirals Banquet

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Home of Hope, Inc. is proud to present the 12th Annual Admiral’s Club Recognition Banquet and Charity Auction. The event is scheduled for June 4, 2016, at the beautiful Cherokee Yacht Club on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and will kick off at 6 p.m.

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More than Mufflers

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: June 2016

B&S Muffler is locally owned and operated by Martin Joyner and, according to most, is recognized as the number one muffler shop in town. The company has been at their Admiral & Yale location in Tulsa since 1992 and has kept their spot on Sheridan for 12 years now. But there’s more to B&S than just full performance mufflers.

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Claremore Air Show to Reach New Heights

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

The Claremore Regional Air Show is back! The family-fun event is scheduled to return for the first time in ten years on Saturday, June 11. This event held at the Claremore Regional Airport is free, open to the public and the only one of its kind in Northeastern Oklahoma. The show will commence with a sky divers flag jump and will provide thrilling displays of skill. A military presence will be a feature of the show, both in the sky and on the ground.

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Gardens, Tea Parties and Berries

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

The 21st annual Safenet Services Garden Tour will be held Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Claremore. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Stonebridge Garden Center, Pixley Lumber or at the Safenet Services office in Claremore. Proceeds from the event benefit domestic violence victims.

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A Year of Smiles

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Over 700 employees and friends of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa celebrated a year of smiles and accomplishments at the Annual Awards Luncheon May 10th at Southern Hills Marriott Hotel.

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Comedy Legend Coming to Broken Arrow

By: Adam Foreman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

History continues to be made at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in downtown Broken Arrow as comedy legend Carol Burnett will bring her show “Carol Burnett – An Evening of Laughter and Reflection - Where the Audience Asks Questions” on October 8, 2016. Tickets go on sale August 1.

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It’s All Local

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: June 2016

Downtown Collinsville is gearing up for one of the biggest car and motorcycle shows in the state. On June 11, more than 300 vintage and classic cars and motorcycles will take over Main Street during the city’s 15th Annual Hogs N’ Hot Rods Car and Motorcycle Show. The event is free and open to the public.

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Raise the Cigarette Tax Now to Save Health Care

By: Jimmy Leopard | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: June 2016

Health care in our state is on the brink of collapse. With impending medical reimbursement rate cuts coming to an already inadequately funded health care system, this summer may see the end of health care as we know it in Oklahoma.

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Woolaroc and Kidsfest

By: Bob Fraser | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

A clear sign that summer is officially here is when Kidsfest arrives at Woolaroc.

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Ten Years of Growth

By: Mike Blake | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: June 2016

Mark your calendar to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Linnaeus Teaching Garden, a project of the Tulsa Garden Center, on June 4, 2016.

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Established Company, New Name

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: June 2016

Nu-Roof & Construction might sound new, but the owners have a combined 50 plus years in the roofing and construction business. Five owners comprise the Nu-Roof Management Team: Brad Parson, Chris Merriott, Cass Benner, Shane Emerson and Rickey Stanley. The entire group is Oklahoma born and bred and have been friends for many years, some even since elementary school in Inola, OK.

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New Driveways

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: June 2016

Summer is here which means block parties, barbecues and home improvement tasks. If you’re looking to boost your home’s appeal, think of what you first notice upon arrival at a house. Is it the kitchen? Bathroom? Garage? No – it’s the driveway!

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Black Music Month

By: Cassandra Gaines | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music.

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Route 66 Blowout: History in the Making

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Summer is usually a cause for celebration because school is out for a few months, but it carries a bigger meaning in Sapulpa. The Route 66 Blowout is returning for a 27th year of fun, food and of course, cars. The annual event will be held on Saturday, June 4, in the heart of downtown Sapulpa.

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Let Freedom Ring

By: Christopher Davis | Category: Financial Services | Issue: June 2016

In honor of Independence Day, American Heritage Bank presents the 20th annual fireworks show in Sapulpa on Monday, July 4.

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Expanded Selection for 2016

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

The Castle of Muskogee, Oklahoma’s 37,000-square-foot fireworks retail showroom, keeps working to improve everyone’s enjoyment on the Fourth of July. The quantity and selection is amazing: imagine a Castle filled to the rafters with an array of pyrotechnic choices – that’s what awaits you in Muskogee!

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Donut Delivery in Tulsa

By: Julie Alexander | Category: Restaurants | Issue: June 2016

Some Saturday mornings, Alana Kennon feels like she has seven kids instead of three. A busy mom of avid soccer players, Kennon found a way to simplify things: When it’s her turn to provide snacks to the team, Kennon calls Donut Run, a new concept in food delivery. Rather than spending precious time in a drive-through or at the store, Kennon has the snack delivered directly to the soccer field.

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Tulsa County Fair

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

To the members of OHCE and 4-H, the Tulsa County Fair is the best kept secret in Tulsa. This annual event, set for July 21-22, encourages people to show their handiwork and skills in various categories such as painting, photography and quiltwork.

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Library Hosts 14th Annual Asian-American Festival

By: Jackie Hill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Celebrate and learn about the customs and traditions of the Asian-American heritage with entertaining, educational events for the entire family. The Tulsa City-County Library will present the 14th annual Asian-American Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Martin Regional Library.

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Quality. Experienced. Professionals.

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: June 2016

American Central Corp Owner Joe Esser has more than 30 years experience in the construction industry serving both residential and commercial customers. “We are experts in the services we provide,” says Esser, “our work is provided by experienced professionals who want each job done as though it were their own.”

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The Horse of Course Rewards Riders

By: Bethany Lawler | Category: Retail | Issue: June 2016

The Horse of Course presented its High Score award to multiple competitors this past weekend. This award is traditionally given to the highest scoring horse and rider pair of the entire show, whether the winner is an adult amateur, young rider or professional of any level. However, at the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, the Horse of Course decided to change things up. The popular tack shop rewarded the highest scoring junior, amateur and open rider of each competing level— 15 riders total— with an embroidered cooler for their excellent performance and notable marks.

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Music Roots a Country Mile Wide

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A Special Heart for Children

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa Watts began their outreach ministry at The Rock Church in 2007.

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Christians Living Single

By: Julie Alexander | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

After 22 years of marriage, Mary Morris was divorced and unsure of what the future held.

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Serve for Youth

By: Julie Alexander | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

May is tennis month! If you enjoy tennis at any level, please consider playing in the annual Serve for Youth tennis tournament in Claremore. We gather together to play tennis in honor of Dian Russell, a well-known Claremore tennis player and local tennis coordinator.

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The Secret Sauce to Achieving Your Goals

By: RCB Bank | Category: Financial Services | Issue: May 2016

What if I told you goals are like potatoes? Let me explain. One type of goal is like instant potatoes. Stir in water, heat up and enjoy. The other type is like real mashed potatoes. It’s a process that takes time, planning and work. First you have to peel the potatoes, then you cook them, and then you have to mash them until you get rid of all the lumps.

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Tulsa Teacher Launches HootofLoot.com

By: Kristy White | Category: Education | Issue: May 2016

Tulsa teacher, Cheryl Shane, is the creator and owner of the website hootofloot.com, a site designed for teachers to buy and sell both used and new discounted classroom supplies and materials.

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Mother’s Day Gifts to Last a Lifetime

By: Julie Alexander | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: May 2016

There are many ways to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day. Advertisements for chocolate-covered berries, floral delivery and perfume bombard the airways in the weeks leading up to the special day.

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Who Has the Best Chips and Salsa?

By: Sara Hadaway | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

Ever wonder which Tulsa restaurant has the best chips and salsa? Come find out out, and support foster care in Tulsa at the same time! The third annual Salsa de Mayo is coming back to Tulsa on Sunday, May 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the UMAC, 6836 S. Mingo Rd. in Tulsa. The event will determine which restaurant has the best chips and salsa in town.

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How to Treat Your Summer Skin

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: May 2016

Summer is on its way! Warm, beautiful days outside place the focus on your skin, and the bright sun reveals every brown spot, wrinkle and pore.

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Promoting Healthy Aging

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

The Broken Arrow Senior Center provides seniors access to a safe, comfortable place to meet new and old friends. The center hosts dozens of activities including line dancing, Monday night dances, fitness classes, cards and dominoes, scrapbooking, painting, pool, quilting, bingo, pot luck luncheons, field trips, ukulele jam sessions, tai chi and so much more.

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Old Fashion Picnic May 21

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

Founded in 1899, the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club is continuing one of their most cherished traditions. The group was originally formed as a club focused on creating social activities for local females to get together while they were on summer break from seminary. Men and women both were invited to these gatherings, and Will Rogers was even a member of the club.

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Great Design. High Tech. Cedar Ridge Insulated Siding®.

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: May 2016

Greg Wolter, Founder and President of Tulsa-based Community Builders, Inc., set the wheels in motion 34 years ago to build a home remodeling business equipped with a team of highly skilled professionals with proven experience in their respective fields.

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Bring Back the Roses!

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: May 2016

Unless you’re a longtime native of Broken Arrow, you’re probably wondering why all the recent fuss about roses.

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Spring Makeover for Your Cabinets

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: May 2016

Cabinets are the most visible and most used element of your kitchen. Everything else in the kitchen revolves around the cabinets! Spring is here, and if you want a kitchen that dazzles family and friends, focus on the cabinets.

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Celebrating the Renaissance Spirit

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

The Renaissance was a rebirth of the human spirit, igniting a passion for beauty expressed through poetry, art, music, intellect and romance. This pivotal time cultivated a desire for a noble life, for a freer opportunity for expression, and for the melding of intellectual curiosity, diverse culture and exotic commerce.

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Fly Me to the Moon

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

The Junior Ocieleta Club of Claremore is gearing up for its next big fundraiser event, a 40s-themed Hangar Dance in conjunction with this year’s Claremore Air Show. This Inaugural Hangar Dance, dubbed Fly Me to the Moon, will hopefully replace the previously held annual Christmas Home Tour organized by the Junior Ocieleta Club.

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Boots & BBQ Festival

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

Have you ever heard someone say “Kansas City Barbecue” and wondered, “What is the distinction?”

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Construction You Can Count ON

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: May 2016

Joe Esser has over 30 years in the building business. He started American Central Corp in 2009 as a general contractor specializing in residential and commercial services in northeast, southeast and central Oklahoma.

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We Must Prevent a Health Care Disaster

By: Mary Bransford | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: May 2016

Rural hospitals across Oklahoma are in crisis.

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New Health Care Initiative: makeOKbetter

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

The Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) today unveiled a new initiative, makeOKbetter, to broaden health care coverage under Insure Oklahoma.

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Stumped to Find A Quality Tree Company

By: Christopher Davis | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: May 2016

After a challenging and dynamic winter, spring is finally here. Before it is too late, preparations for severe storms, and grueling heat should be made. And if you are searching for tree service look no further than S&W Tree Specialists.

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Bringing Kids Back to Nature

By: Christopher Davis | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2016

For just about anyone older than 30, childhood memories typically include being sent outside to play with strict instructions not to return until the streetlights turn on.

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Summer is a Great Time to Begin Martial Arts Training

By: Mary Bransford | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: May 2016

Black Belt is the international symbol of an advanced martial artist and an exciting goal in your personal martial arts training program. Satisfaction for your perseverance is the reward that makes it worth the challenging journey.

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Infrared Radiation from the Sun Can Accelerate Skin Aging More Than UVA and UVB Rays

By: Mary Bransford | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: May 2016

With about 3.5 million cases in over two million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

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Messiah’s Mansion Coming to Claremore

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

This traveling exhibit brings Oklahoma a chance to learn a little bit of ancient history through a living museum.

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Kids Bowl Free

By: Julie Alexander | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Summer is right around the corner and parents are looking for fun activities to keep their little ones busy without breaking the bank. Andy B’s Entertainment Center has the answer and the best thing is, it’s free.

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Food Bank Event Seeks to Raise Two Million Meals

By: Kristen Ware | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

To combat hunger in eastern Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is hosting the 20th annual Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner and Auction, set for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at the Cox Business Center.

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Musical Mondays

By: Julie Alexander | Category: Professional Services | Issue: April 2016

Tulsa has a reputation as a city with a vibrant music scene. From red dirt and jazz to orchestral and opera, there is something for everyone.

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Providing Propane for Seven Decades

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: April 2016

Chelsea Butane was established in the early 1940s and was the local supplier of LP gas. The company was owned and operated by O.E. and Evah Whitenack.

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OHCE Friendship Day

By: Julie Alexander | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

At 90 years young, Mary Ellen Kingdom is an active community volunteer for several local organizations. But she always makes time for knitting, her favorite hobby. She will pass along her knowledge during a class on May 2 at the OSU Extension Center.

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The Backbone of Our Business

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: April 2016

Tulsa New Holland is still located on East Pine in Tulsa and has been serving area customers for 33 years.

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Tee Off for a Cause

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

For over five decades, the Rogers County Training Center (RCTC) has assisted individuals with developmental and physical disabilities to find independence and a meaningful way of life through vocational training and job placement services, while also providing area businesses with valuable labor, either on a permanent or intermittent basis.

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The Best Money Management Habit Ever

By: Jocelyn Wood | Category: Financial Services | Issue: April 2016

Who wants to save more money? To do so, we have to spend less, which can be accomplished in a number of ways.

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Home & Garden Show Coming Soon

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Spring has arrived, and homeowners know what that means – it’s time to spruce up the house and yard. Attendees can learn about home improvement, gardening and a whole lot more at the Claremore Home & Garden Show, April 15-17 at the Claremore Expo Center.

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Plant Your Feet in Jenks

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Attention all gardeners, plant lovers, and wannabe green thumbs! Widely anticipated as the official start to spring, the Jenks Herb & Plant Festival will be held Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Jenks. Organizers are excited to be celebrating the festival’s 20th year.

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The Most Dangerous Leftovers: Unused Medications

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Fifty-two people die from opioid pain medications every day in the United States.

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Berries Galore

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: April 2016

Are you looking for a fun, wholesome activity the whole family will enjoy? Take pleasure in a day picking berries at Huldy’s Farm, a family owned and operated berry farm in Inola, about 30 minutes east of Tulsa. Pack a picnic, have a wonderful time picking berries in the sunshine, and reap the benefits when you return home.

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Sip, Savor & Shop

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

The always-popular Sip, Savor & Shop: Taste of Claremore returns to downtown Claremore on April 30, offering an opportunity to sample local fare while enjoying the shopping offered in the downtown district.

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An Evening of Intrigue

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Prohibition was the legal prevention of the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the United States and lasted from 1920 to 1933.

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Injuries Increase During Spring and Summer

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: April 2016

It’s no coincidence that the season for extended daylight and outdoor activity is also the season for broken bones. Increased physical activity leads to increased likelihood of bone fractures and breaks.

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Spring Into the Expo

By: Frank Sawyer | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Tulsans have a new event to put on their calendars! The Spring Home & Outdoor Living Expo is scheduled for Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24 in the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square.

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Grow Your Garden

By: Mike Blake | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: April 2016

Is this the year, everyone envies your garden? Whatever your skill level, SpringFest Garden Market and Festival is a must visit for your 2016 garden, and admission is free. Tulsa Garden Center can help you create a great garden that will be the envy of your neighbors and friends. Join us at 2435 S. Peoria Ave. on April 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual SpringFest Garden Market and Festival, where you will find everything needed to create a beautiful garden. There will be a large variety of plants, gardening information, garden art, unique art and craft vendors, a kid’s zone with fun activities, and food and fun for the whole family.

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An Eclectic Blend of New and Old

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: April 2016

Claremore will get a touch of vintage décor with a lot of bling in May as the 3rd annual Memorial Weekend Ruffles and Rust Expo comes to town on Saturday the 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Claremore Expo Center.

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Create an Outdoor Oasis

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: April 2016

Jake Nicks established Outdoor Creations three years ago. He and his team of experts consider the outside of your home just as important as its interior. Outdoor Creations provides large pool houses, hardscaping, roofing, French drains, and Jake’s favorite, complete backyard renovations for outdoor living at its finest. Outdoor Creations also builds quality homes, remodels condos and apartments, and flips homes.

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American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2016 Saves Lives

By: Mary Waller | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, this can change, because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

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Time for a Spring Checkup

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: April 2016

Aire Serv® is a global franchise organization was established in 1992. Randy and Debi Raper are independent Aire Serv franchise owners/operators who provide installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems.

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They’ve Got the Dirt

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: March 2016

Many people know Don Hansen and his Thunderbird Berry Farm, located east of Broken Arrow on Hansen Road (321st East Avenue), just south of 71st Street (Kenosha). Don has recently announced the formation of a new business, Soil Smart Partners, for which Hansen will serve as mentor.

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Pointe Your Vehicle in the Right Direction

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: March 2016

South Pointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge serves Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma from the dealership at 92nd and Memorial in Tulsa. They offer great selections of new and pre-owned vehicles and exceptional service, maintenance and repairs. Service Director Tim McNabb leads the service department team of attentive, professional service advisors and technicians.

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NPI Names Brooke Hamilton as President and CEO

By: Simon Hammond | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

NPI (formerly Nameplates, Inc.) announced Brooke Hamilton will take the helm of the company as president and CEO. Hamilton has served as president since January 2012 and will now also serve as CEO with the retirement of current CEO Claudia Hamilton, who will assume the role of chairman.

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A Private Event Oasis

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

One of the most challenging steps in planning a wedding is finding the perfect location, and for several years the Tulsa metro area has been limited to only a handful of places available for such an important event.

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Thrift Harbor Celebrates 5 Years and New Location

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: March 2016

The team at Thrift Harbor in Claremore is excited to celebrate their five year anniversary this month. Since opening in downtown Claremore on March 14, 2011, the non-profit resale store and its vision have continued to grow.

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Learn the Essentials

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: March 2016

Kiyla Fenell came to a crossroads in her life last January. Her young son was seriously ill and was hospitalized for nine days, prompting her to embark on a search for natural health solutions. Among them? Essential oils.

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Spring Organizing Made Easy

By: Jim Butcher | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: March 2016

Spring brings gardening, cleanup and organizing. Do you have easy access to your gardening tools? Perhaps you vowed last year to finally get the garage organized, or you want to get relief from a cluttered home? Consider a portable building from the Armbristers in Claremore.

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Scams In All Shapes and Sizes

By: RCB Bank | Category: Financial Services | Issue: March 2016

Many of us, in fact, more than 30 million Americans annually, admit to being duped by some scam or another. If we are lucky, the loss is minimal and we change our response to door-to-door salesmen or phone solicitors. Some of us are not so lucky, and the financial and emotional loss is tragic. Everyone is at risk of being scammed. Fraudsters are intelligent.

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Run to the Well

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Most of us give little thought to where our water comes from when we turn on a faucet, but in countries like Uganda, potable water is at a premium. When a group of missionaries from Searcy, Arkansas visited the country in 1994, they quickly discovered how important water is to communities and to their own mission.

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The Place to Be

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: March 2016

Have you ever gone into a salon and felt intimidated or unwelcome? Perhaps the staff ignored you while you stood several minutes waiting for acknowledgement.

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We Do Driveways

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: March 2016

Spring is a popular time for remodeling and home improvement tasks. If you’re looking to boost your home’s appeal, think of what you first notice upon arrival at a house. Is it the kitchen? Bathroom? Garage? No – it’s the driveway!

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Paying Too Much for Your Prescriptions?

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: March 2016

According to Mark Wright, owner of GenScripts Pharmacy, millions of consumers pay for their own prescriptions out of pocket, have high-deductible insurance, are affected by the Medicare Part D “donut hole,” or have expensive insurance co-pays for at least part of their prescriptions.

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Don’t Be Alarmed, Be Aware

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: March 2016

Most of us are becoming aware of the Zika virus disease, heretofore confined to Central and South America. The first case of Zika in the United States was recently reported from Dallas, Texas.

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McLovin the Newly Renovated Claremore McDonald’s

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Restaurants | Issue: March 2016

The Tim and Patty Rich family own five McDonald’s locations, three in Owasso, one in Claremore and one in Mannford. Son Chris Rich manages the newly remodeled store just south of Claremore on Historic Route 66.

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The Function, Responsibility and Performance of the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office

By: Donetta Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

What exactly is a county assessor, and what are their responsibilities to the public? The Tulsa County Assessor’s Office of Ken Yazel clears up these common questions.

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County Grannies PlayHouse Welcomes All

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: March 2016

At Country Grannies PlayHouse in Inola, rescued and handcrafted items are the specialty. Owner Carolyn Dormier loves to bring life back to nostalgic pieces she has collected along the way, as well as create new items using the crafting supplies found in her store. “My vision is to make this a place for everyone in the community to feel welcome to come in for crafting, events, fellowship, friendship, shopping and consigning,” said Carolyn.

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Superhero Challenge

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Although every child deserves to grow up in a safe, supportive home, we are all frighteningly aware that child abuse happens every day.

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Building a Better Future

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Republican Carl Parson is owner and founder of Inola Portable Buildings & Pole Barns and has announced his candidacy for District 8 Oklahoma State Representative.

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Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Future.

By: Melanie Hasty-Grant | Category: Financial Services | Issue: March 2016

With the markets making a turn for the worst since January, the smell of fear is in the air. Not only is it in “the air,” you can sense it in the hearts of investors.

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She’s Nailing It

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: March 2016

If you want to feel good and look good for your busy spring calendar – weddings, graduations, proms, baby showers, perhaps an important job interview – don’t forget about your nails. Chipped polish, nails that have been chewed down, brittleness and discoloration – unsightly nails can ruin your entire look.

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Can You Walk a Mile in Her Shoes?

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

As the old adage goes, “Never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” To bring awareness to and raise funds for domestic violence and sexual assault in Rogers County, Safenet Services is sponsoring the 6th annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” on Saturday, April 16, during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. PAWS for a Cause will return this year as well, and supporters are invited to bring their canine friends to join the fundraiser.

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Party Like the Irish

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Claremore Main Street is gearing up for its annual St. Patrick’s Day events. The first will be an evening street party on Friday, March 11, followed by a lunch event on Tuesday, March 17.  

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Myers Thinks Outside the Pizza Box

By: Kristy White | Category: Restaurants | Issue: March 2016

Tulsa-based Mazzio’s LLC, the owner and operator of Mazzio’s Italian Eatery and Oliveto Italian Bistro, has named Stuart Myers, an experienced restaurant industry veteran, as its new vice president of marketing.

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Agora Spartan Craft Market

By: Kristy White | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Bixby North Elementary PTA is set to host its second annual Agora Spartan Craft Market to benefit Bixby North Elementary on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bixby North Elementary gym, located at 7701 E. 121st St. S. in Bixby.

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Sell Your Kids’ Outgrown Items

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: March 2016

You’ve probably seen the billboards and heard their commercials on the radio, but you may not know what the Just Between Friends sale is all about. Is it a buying club?

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Find Your Vim and Vigor Again

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: March 2016

VIM 360, previously Strength of Mind & Body, is a fitness and wellness studio offering Pilates, yoga, personal training, and wellness coaching. Teresa McIlroy, owner and physical therapist, is excited about the changes happening with the studio. They recently moved into a larger location, doubling their space from 2,500 square feet to 5,000 square feet.

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March Into Your Fitness Resolution

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: March 2016

It’s now the third month into the year – have you kept up the New Year’s resolution you made back in January? “I recently read a study that said only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolution, no matter what it is,” says Chad Gerstmeyer, owner of Optimal Fitness.

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Swimming Pools that Create Memories

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: March 2016

Josh Atkinson and his father-in-law, Bob Brady, are co-owners of Custom Pools. The company builds pools and does renovation of vinyl liner in the greater Tulsa area.

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Route 66 Cruisers Donate to Akdar Shrine

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

The Route 66 Cruisers Car Club donated $4,000 to Akdar Shrine for the Sponsored Children of the Akdar Shrine in 2015. Half went to the Stocking Fund and the other half went to the Transportation Fund. In the past 9 years, the club has donated a total of $21,000 to Shriners.

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Art in Transit Rolls Out Winners

By: Lale Samara | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: March 2016

The artists have given their best, and now Tulsa Transit and Transit Advertising, Inc. will apply the winning art to one bus and several benches and shelters around Tulsa.

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Spring Fashion at The District

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: March 2016

Spring is almost here! And The District on Main in downtown Claremore is prepared, with new arrivals coming in daily. From dresses for Easter to an expanding line of menswear, the upscale boutique promises to delight your senses when you walk through the door at 407 W.  Will Rogers Blvd.

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A Heart for Your Eyes

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: March 2016

Think you don’t need to see an eye doctor because your vision is perfectly fine?

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Calling All Outdoor Enthusiasts

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Hunting, fishing, archery, boating safety – all things outdoors will be coming to the Claremore Expo Center for the 3rd annual Outdoor Sporting Expo, March 12-13. Vendors and celebrities will be on hand with booths and demonstrations during the event that offers something for everyone in the family.

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Get Hooked Up with the Best

By: Jim Butcher | Category: Retail | Issue: February 2016

When was the last time you passed through Winganon, Oklahoma, or stopped at its popular bait shop? You may want to revisit soon.

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Sign Up for Voter Alert System

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

Are you part of the population that sees a “Vote Here” sign at your polling place and wonder, “Do I vote today?” or “What is this vote for?” If so, you are not alone.

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Smile Builders

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: February 2016

Steven White, D.D.S., is the owner of White Smile Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.

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Searching for a Pre-Owned Vehicle?

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: February 2016

Don Carlton Honda has been in business in 41 years, and the successful automobile dealership is still family-owned by Don and Brenda Carlton.

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Still a Classic

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: February 2016

Classic Chevrolet of Owasso has been locally owned by Wayne Cline and Keith Haney since 1988.

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Spring Into Gardening

By: Mike Blake | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: February 2016

The Tulsa Garden Center is pleased to announce that the Gardening InfoFair, the ever-popular kick-off to the spring gardening season, will be held on February 20, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Catoosa: A City of Growth

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

Catoosa, Oklahoma is a wonderful community located on Route 66 that continues to see growth and change. According to the 2010 census, Catoosa’s population rose 31.2% in only 10 years.

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Insure Your Garage Door with Scheduled Maintenance

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: February 2016

If your garage door opener has gotten excessively noisy and is creaking and groaning, it might need a checkup.

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Plan Now for a Lush Summer Lawn

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: February 2016

A thick, lush, head-turning landscape this summer begins with a phone call today to SoonerLawn. So much of ­caring for a lawn comes down to knowing what needs to be done and when to do it.

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Cabinet Refinishing

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: February 2016

Cabinets are the most visible and most used element of your kitchen. Everything else in the kitchen revolves around the cabinets! If you want a dazzling new look for your kitchen in 2016, focus on the cabinets.

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Financial Education for Generations

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Financial Services | Issue: February 2016

Linda Rainwater, as a financial advisor for Raymond James, is excited to announce the opening of her new company, Generation Income Strategies.

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Museum Spring Break On Tap March 14-18

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

Spring Break 2016 activities will be at both the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch this year March 14-18. Exciting events are being planned for Monday through Friday, said Bart Taylor, Museum assistant curator for education.

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Swimming Pools that Create Memories

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: February 2016

Josh Atkinson and his father-in-law, Bob Brady, are co-owners of Custom Pools.

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Save the Date: 18th Annual Creek County Spelling Bee Date Set

By: Melissa Struttman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

The date is set for Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event – Creek County Literacy Program’s Annual Spelling Bee is Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. at Sapulpa High School Commons.

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Me and My Guy Dance

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

In an article entitled “The Science of Dad: Engaged Fathers Help Kids Flourish,” author Stephanie Pappas discusses the importance of fathers and other male figures being involved in their children’s lives, writing, “Increasingly involved dads are good news for kids, studies suggest.

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Making Ideas Happen

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: February 2016

Jake Nicks established Outdoor Creations three years ago. He and his team of experts consider the outside of your home just as important as its interior. Outdoor Creations provides products and services that include large pool houses, hardscaping, roofing, French drains, and Jake’s favorite, complete backyard renovations for outdoor living at its finest. Outdoor Creations also builds quality homes, remodels condos and apartments, and flips homes.

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A Bargain for You, A Job for Someone Else

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: February 2016

Unlike most retail stores, a purchase at Goodwill means a great bargain for you and the opportunity for someone to receive training and get a job they otherwise would not have. This win-win situation is what sets Goodwill apart from all other stores. And it is why more and more smart shoppers go to Goodwill to have fun, save money and support a worthwhile cause within the community.

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The Secret to Saving Money

By: Jocelyn Wood | Category: Financial Services | Issue: February 2016

Only half of American households have a savings plan with specific goals.

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Stage for Success

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Real Estate | Issue: February 2016

The increasing use of technology and smart phones on a day to day basis has changed the world around us, including the real estate market. Whereas people used to schedule an appointment with a real estate agent to view a home they were interested in purchasing, it is now common practice for buyers to view pictures of potential homes on the Internet.

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She's Going to Hollywood

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

She’s going to Hollywood! While Kailey Abel, a Verdigris High School sophomore, is excited about the opportunity she has to compete in the final season of “American Idol,” the 15-year-old is grounded in her faith, trusting God to open or close the right doors for her.

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Providing Much Knee-ded Help to Central America

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2016

Two Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center surgeons traveled to Santa Tecla, El Salvador in November to become a part of three surgical teams that operated for four-and-a-half days, performing 72 free, life-changing hip and knee replacements to disabled individuals residing in the Central American country.

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Food for the Soul

By: Sherry Clark | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2016

If you consider yourself a top notch soul food cook, you still have time to enter the Cook-Off. The 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Soul Food Cook-Off will take place at the Muskogee Civic Center, January 16, 2016. Chefs will prepare their delicious soul food cuisine for thousands of attendees to enjoy.

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Enter the Workforce with a Confident Smile

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Education | Issue: January 2016

In response to a shortage of trained dental assistants in Northeast Oklahoma, the late Dr. John Carletti, Carletti Dentistry & Associates, made a huge commitment to service and education with the establishment of Dental Careers of Tulsa, an education and training program that prepares participants to make a decision that could change their lives – that of entering the dental profession as a dental assistant. Dental Careers of Tulsa was established in 1998, and Dr. Carletti’s legacy continues today through his son, J. Andrew Carletti, DDS, and daughter, Cathy Carletti-DuPriest.

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New Year, New You

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: January 2016

When the New Year comes around, many of us make the same resolution to transform our bodies and finally look and feel how we want. Make 2016 the year you actually achieve your goals! Losing weight isn’t easy. In fact, it may be one of the hardest things you’ve ever attempted.

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Tax Time Is Approaching

By: Jim Butcher | Category: Financial Services | Issue: January 2016

Tax time is approaching, but you can breathe easy. Changes to filing your 2015 tax return should be minor in relation to 2014’s regulations. Bob Brun, franchise owner of H&R Block in Owasso and Claremore and certified public accountant, explains that the expansion of 2015 reporting requirements is primarily due to changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as “Obamacare.”

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Volunteering for Will

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2016

A new class of Will Rogers Ropers, volunteers at Will Rogers Memorial Museums, officially ended their training and received their badges of honor and red bandana neckerchiefs in early December. It was just in time for two days of volunteering for Will’s Country Christmas, a first-ever holiday event at Will’s Birthplace Ranch.

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Don’t Wait ’Til Something Breaks

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: January 2016

When was the last time you thought about servicing your garage door opener mechanism or replacing the springs on your overhead doors? That long ago, huh? “Admittedly,” said Steve Lewis, owner of Superior Overhead Door, “most of us don’t maintain or service our garage doors, rollers, springs and related system parts until something breaks.”

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Clearly the Best Choice for Vision Care

By: Christopher Davis | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: January 2016

As we celebrate the New Year, we also begin compiling those infamous New Year’s resolutions. This year, make a commitment to giving your eyes the best possible care and book an appointment with Dr. Abby Hogle-Overstreet at Advanced Vision Center and Eye Boutique in Claremore.

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Insurance Coverage for Large Homes

By: Jim Butcher | Category: Professional Services | Issue: January 2016

In 2014, the median size new home set a record of 2,491 square feet, according to the American Enterprise Institute. Today’s generations are buying homes larger by a thousand square feet compared to the average new homes their parents purchased in 1973.

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What Are You Doing With Your Life?

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2016

Mark Sherwood, ND, and Michele Neil, DO, are certain that patients who commit themselves to getting well and staying well will keep their New Year’s resolution. Why? Because they have seen it time and time again. It works!

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Fit For Her-Eleven Years And Going Strong

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2016

“We have been truly blessed,” says Fit for Her owner Adana Gittleman, as she reflects on the facility’s upcoming 11th anniversary. During a decade when gyms and fitness centers opened and closed by the dozen, Fit for Her in Owasso has continuously grown each year.

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New Venue, Same Great Chair-ity Auction

By: John Reim | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2016

Join Volunteers for Youth at The Barns of Moore Farms east of Claremore for their third annual “Chair-ity” Auction, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. Bring out your Mardi Gras beads and get ready for a night of Cajun cuisine, jazz music, and art.

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An Oklahoma Treasure

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2016

Well-known Broken Arrow sculptor J. David Nunneley began his journey into the art world as an art student at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. His first job was that of a professional illustrator for a scientific instrument company.

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Don’t Let the Name Fool You

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: January 2016

Tony Sementi started Tile by Tony 34 years ago, serving all of northeastern Oklahoma. Although Tony began his operation with just tile, today he does much more, including partial and total bathroom and kitchen remodels.

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The 5 C's Every Small Business Startup Needs to Know

By: David Goodwin, RCB Bank Lender | Category: Financial Services | Issue: January 2016

Is 2016 the year you have resolved to start your own business? I suggest you get to know four people: a banker, a CPA, an insurance agent and an attorney. Building good relationships with these invaluable resources will help you and your business succeed.

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Glow from Head to Toe

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: January 2016

Touch of Sun Tanning Salon has loyal support from its customers. The business has received awards not only for their salon in Owasso, but at their Sand Springs facility as well. Maybe that’s because the well-managed facilities put emphasis on cleanliness, well-trained employees and quality, top-of-the-line equipment. One other factor that store manager Megan Gomez emphasizes is that Touch of Sun is a no-contract tanning salon.

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Taking the Bite Out of Collision Repair

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: January 2016

Do you cringe at the thought of having to take your vehicle to a collision repair company after being involved in a fender bender? And filing an accident report with the insurance company –who needs that?

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A Different Alternative to Pain Management

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2016

For more than 3,000 years, acupuncture has been practiced throughout the world. It is believed to be one of the oldest practices of traditional Chinese medicine. Many people who have exhausted their efforts with traditional Western medicine are now turning to acupuncture as an effective pain relief alternative to drugs, physical therapy and sometimes even surgery.

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Be Careful on the Ice and Snow

By: Jim Butcher | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2016

One of the biggest medical concerns during the winter months is slipping and falling, and possibly requiring surgery for broken bones. Hospital emergency rooms across the nation tend to see a lot of back injuries, including slipped discs and strains, from shoveling snow. Other common injuries include broken wrists, hip fractures, and even head injuries from falls.

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Plan Now for Spring Redesign

By: Jim Butcher | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: January 2016

Ah, the holidays are over. Now you’ve got a chance to rest, relax, enjoy yourself and give some serious thought to making your long-awaited dream come true – remodeling the kitchen. Spring is several weeks away and that allows you ample time to approach the idea and enjoy the process with the help of Premium Cabinets. The Tulsa-based company specializes in balancing quality and affordability, and is quickly becoming a popular destination for new cabinet installations.

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Navigate the New Year in a Nissan

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: January 2016

The Jim Glover automotive family has been serving Tulsa and surrounding communities since 1995. The most recent addition to the family is the all new Jim Glover Nissan, located off of Memorial on Skelly Drive, just east of Jim Glover Chevrolet.

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