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Value News Articles–June 2022

The Bixby Green Corn Festival Returns!

By: Christy Stephens | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

Even the mildest of winter seasons can leave us longing for spring and summer; to be able to put away the heavy coats and jackets, the chilly weather sweaters and boots, and to be outside in the sunshine and the greenery during the warm months. This is the time of year that people like most to spend time with family and friends in the sun-drenched outdoors and is especially delightful to enjoy at a festival. One such event to look forward to is the Bixby Green Corn Festival, held annually every fourth Thursday, Friday and Saturday in June. “This is the 48th year for the Optimist Club of Bixby [a local group dedicated to the improvement of the youth of the community] to be sponsoring the event,” says Kevin Dean, Chairman. “The event itself has been around since about 1948, when Clyde Miller, a local farmer, started it after a very fruitful harvest.” Held in downtown Bixby, the festival offers food, arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, contests, and pageants for three different youth age groups, vying for the title of Little Miss and Mister Bixby.

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Spring Cleaning!

By: Value News | Category: | Issue: June 2022

Winter has finally faded away and spring colors are in bloom. While it might look restorative outside your home, your chimney and dryer vents may still be dealing with a gloomy, cold weather hangover. A good spring cleaning is an opportunity to refresh your home and enable you to enjoy all the benefits of Oklahoma’s seasonal change. Here are a few reasons why spring cleaning is important: Breathing – Seems like a simple issue considering it’s a necessity of life. But when your home is lingering with creosote and ash the air becomes stagnant, and your respiratory health suffers. A solid spring chimney cleaning improves the air quality of your home and makes you feel better. With a clean-smelling chimney, your mood will improve and you’ll be open to welcoming visitors. Safety - Approximately 23,000 chimney fires occur every year, causing nearly a billion dollars in damage, and potentially the loss of lives. Having your chimney professionally cleaned annually will help you avoid a disaster.

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Destination Claremore Photo Contest

By: Kathy Smith | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

We want to put your best Claremore, Oklahoma photo in the spotlight. During your visit to this vibrant town take a great photo and upload it to our Valuenews.com website ‘SUBMIT A PHOTO’ gallery and you will be entered to win up to $500 Cash! What will your photo experience be? There is a lot to see and do in Claremore, located on historic Route 66. It’s a treasure-trove of photo opportunities filled with eclectic shops and unique boutiques, antiques, craft emporiums, museums, restaurants, and galleries. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts will enjoy Claremore Lake, parks, and many miles of multi-use trails. Here’s how to get started: Submit your photos to the contest by going to www.valuenews.com/submit-photo_id176 Questions? Call Value News, at (918)828-9600.

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If Not You, Who?

By: Tom Fink | Category: Rogers County | Issue: June 2022

Few can dispute that we live in interesting times, and they’re particularly interesting if you’re an employer. With the impact of COVID still being felt throughout the workforce, businesses and companies continue to struggle to employ and retain dependable staff members. As such, it can be challenging to find good employees – challenging, but not impossible. Enter Home of Hope and Rogers County Training Center. “Home of Hope, as a whole, works with more than 200 men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and we’ve been doing this since 1968,” said Ralph Richardson, CEO, Home of Hope. “We’re in five counties throughout northeast Oklahoma: Rogers County, Craig County, Delaware County, Ottawa County and Mayes County, so we’re kind of all over (Oklahoma).”

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MWP Cleaning Services

By: Tom Fink | Category: | Issue: June 2022

A year after founding Midwest Pathogend Services – a leader in whole-space disinfection and decontamination services – Midwest Pathogend Services decided to bring its specialized brand of cleaning services to residential spaces. “We’ve been doing high-end disinfection for the past year – hotels, businesses, schools, and other large spaces, etc., but throughout the pandemic, more and more people started reaching out to us – residences – to ask if we did ‘cleaning-type’ services,” says Chuck Peeples. “That seemed like a natural progression for us, so we created an offshoot of the main company, creating a new business, MWP (Midwest Pathogend) Cleaning Services.” Chris Schultheis, who had spent the last 20 years in the healthcare industry and Life Sciences area learned three years ago about a then-newly developed technology developed by a microbiologist, which, combined with a seven percent Hydrogen Peroxide fogging formula called CURoxide provided his customers the most comprehensive decontamination possible. As MWP owners, Schultheis and Peeples retain the same knowledge base, thoroughness, and professionalism previously utilized at Midwest Pathogend in the residential market, while expanding their services offered to best serve their new customers.

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Mark Your Calendars for a FUN TIME in Broken Arrow!

By: Christy Stephens | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

Oklahoma hosts many festivals that are praise-worthy, and one of the biggest festivals is Rooster Days in Broken Arrow. The annual Rooster Days Festival dates have recently changed – the previously announced dates took place in May, but the new dates are now June 9 through June 12. Other changes, all progressive, are also occurring and add to the overall enjoyment of the festivities. “We have transitioned to a Cashless system this year,” explains Amber Hinkle, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce Events Director. “This means our guests will not have to stop and purchase food tickets, as they have had to do in years past. This year, they can use their personal debit and credit cards at all our food vendor locations, without having to first stop and purchase food tickets. If we have guests who prefer to use cash, we will have a “Cash to Card Coop,” where they can exchange their cash for a gift card that can be used on-site with our food vendors. We hope this allows attendees to get to the fun faster than ever before!” Rooster Days is a long-standing and important tradition to the city of Broken Arrow and indeed, many people within the state go out of their way to attend. The festival offers indoor and outdoor vendors, crowd favorite food stands, and entertainment in various forms. Musical acts are highly anticipated, and the change in dates for the festival has not affected the lineup.

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Cherokee National Treasure to be Featured at Rt. 66 Native Arts Alliance Gala

By: Tom Fink | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: June 2022

Rt. 66 Native Arts Alliance is a collective of Native American volunteers and creatives who, among other things, showcase the work of various artists at the Vault Gallery in Catoosa, right off historic Route 66. As the group is made up of volunteers and is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization, funding is made possible through a variety of sources, chief among them being donations and fundraisers. This summer, the group will be hosting the biggest of these fundraisers, namely, the annual Rt. 66 Native Arts Alliance Gala.

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Affordable Resolutions to Your Tax Problems

By: Kathy Smith | Category: Financial Services | Issue: June 2022

High Tower Accounting & Tax has HEART. The firm’s mission is to restore hope to their clients and get their tax issues resolved. “I believe we are stewards of what we have in our hands and hope deferred can make a heart sick. Our whole heart is helping individuals and business owners get their lives financially back on track,” Olson added. Tax services include federal and state tax issues; including all 50 states: Tax resolution and planning in the areas of business, personal and specialty taxes. Tax audit representation. Assistance with levies and liens. Accounts considered uncollectable. Penalty abatements. Payroll tax representation. Offers in compromise. Installment agreements. Innocent spouse relief. State income tax representation. Sales tax representation. Assist filing delinquent taxes.

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Route 66 Road Fest to Celebrate Heritage, History of Historic Route 66

By: Tom Fink | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

The “Mother of All Road Fests” will be rolling into Oklahoma this June. Dubbed the Route 66 Road Fest, this celebration of America’s Mother Road, aka, Route 66, will be making a stop in Oklahoma City and Tulsa June 18-19 and June 25-26, respectively. With the coming 100-year-anniversary of Route 66, the American Automobile Association (AAA) will be starting the celebration early with two weekends to celebrate America’s rich history and give motorists the opportunity to experience Route 66 like never before. As Oklahoma boasts more than 400 miles of Route 66 – more than any other state, the Sooner State is the longest leg on the journey for those wishing to enjoy Route 66 from behind the wheel of their car, with a mix of historic and modern experiences along the way.

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Fireworks Shows, Displays & Extravaganzas

By: Value News | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

As the Fourth of July approaches, local communities throughout Oklahoma are gearing up for some unforgettable celebrations. Tulsa and surrounding towns have some of the best fireworks shows in the state. We have created a great list of some of the best places to enjoy the colorful night skies!

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How to Drive In-Store and Online Sales

By: Kathy Smith | Category: Professional Services | Issue: June 2022

Why are discounts a key to connecting with buyers in your area? Integrating deals and discounts into your marketing and advertising plan helps customers connect and reconnect with your business. Nowadays, everyone is looking for a good deal. Is your business benefitting from this demand? Would your business like to learn more about placement in our next lifestyle and home improvement mailing?

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Eastern Oklahoma's Largest Fireworks Retailer: Committed to You, Family & Summer Tradition

By: Value News | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

The Castle of Muskogee is Oklahoma’s only 37,000 square foot Fireworks Retail Showroom! The air-conditioned sales floor is nestled inside the Castle’s Great Hall and packed to the rafters with an array of pyrotechnics. The Castle is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, committed to making sure you find exactly what your family needs to celebrate this Independence Day. The Castle of Muskogee has an unmatched selection, with over 500 different products and new items added annually! We have family favorites from novelty items for children, beautiful fountains, to artillery shells and Heavyweight cakes with 500 shots. Each product is labeled with a brief description and QR code to scan and see a video display. All products are triple-inspected for safety and guaranteed to light.

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First Annual Family Fishing Derby Organized by Lazy J's Tackle & Hope Harbor

By: Tom Fink | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

For more than 60 years, Hope Harbor has helped children and their families by giving them the tools and support they need to move forward in life. This summer, Hope Harbor will be handing out a different kind of tool – a fishing pole – at the Family Fishing Derby. “Hope Harbor has long served families in the area, and we wanted to bring something fun, something that families could do together, do outside and do to build memories together, and we felt a fishing derby would be the ideal event for this,” said Hope Harbor Executive Director Dirk O’Donnell. Slated for June 25, this free event will provide up to 500 local children with free Zebco rod and reel combos, free tackle packs, and free live bait for the young anglers in the family.

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A Gem of a Rock Show!

By: Christy Stephens | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

The exploration of rocks and minerals is a fascinating one, and for those that have a curiosity about geology and aspects of earth sciences, the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society show in July is a perfect place to begin learning. The Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society is dedicated to encouraging interest in collecting rocks, minerals, fossils and artifacts, and do so by providing educational programs for schools and adult groups at any time of the year. The show has been running for over 30 years, and the society itself has been in existence since 1958.

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Blue Bell’s “Taste of Summer” 20th Anniversary Celebrates with 20 Flavors!

By: Christy Stephens | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

Sunshine, swimming, boating, picnics, holidays – there are so many things to love about summertime, and enjoying ice cream on a hot day or evening definitely ranks as one of the season’s top pleasures. On July 16, the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-Water Damage, and Blue Bell Ice Cream are happy to present their 20th annual Taste of Summer, an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, featuring the many delicious flavors of Blue Bell. Blue Bell Creameries created the festival 20 years ago as an annual way to say thanks to the community of Broken Arrow and beyond for their support. In addition to the main event of ice cream, live entertainment, cooling stations, food trucks, vendors and a Get Active Zone for all ages will also be featured. Typically, the local dance and music studios are invited to participate in providing the entertainment. “We have over 20 flavors of Blue Bell Ice Cream to try, as well as other Blue Bell novelty items,” says Lindsay Cunningham, Communications and Marketing Director of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce.

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Local Businesses Participate in Claremore Chamber's Annual Restaurant Week

By: Tom Fink | Category: Restaurants | Issue: June 2022

Claremore is known for several things. World-class museums, five-star event centers, historic buildings, and Will Rogers. But community leaders are wanting the northeast Oklahoma town along Historic Route 66 to also be known for something else: excellent restaurants. This summer, the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce will be bringing back Restaurant Week to showcase participating restaurants and eateries, each of whom will be offering special deals. “Restaurant Week is the chance for our Chamber members to participate in an event in which the focus is on them,” explained Barby Myers, Claremore Chamber President & CEO. “Participating restaurants will have a ‘meal deal’ or some kind of special that week to encourage other Chamber and community members to go, get a good deal, and maybe even patronize an establishment they don’t normally eat from as a way to support local businesses.” The inaugural Restaurant Week was held last year, with 25 participants, and was a “tremendous success,” Barby said – a success that the Chamber hopes to replicate again this year.

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Summer Fun with Jana Jae Events

By: Christy Stephens | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

Grand Lake has always been a popular destination for Oklahomans in the summer season, and Grove has three events every year that are eagerly anticipated: The American Heritage Music Festival, Cajun Fest and Jana Jae’s Fiddle Camp. Jana Jae is an American country and bluegrass fiddler, well-known for being a regular performer on Hee-Haw, where she met and married co-star Buck Owens. She continues to perform with several bands, as well as continuing solo work, and has performed with many of the best known performers in country music. She is internationally recognized, and the city of Grove is proud to have such a dynamic and talented performer within the community.

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Christmas in July

By: Christy Stephens | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: June 2022

Get your Christmas stockings out early - it’s time for Christmas in July at the BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center! Top-of-the-line products and procedures are available at drastically reduced prices. “Our top procedures for Christmas in July are Botox, dermal fillers such as Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Voluma, Volbella, Vollure and Bellafill, as well as our weight loss injectables,” states Melody Hawkins, of BA Med Spa. “For this reason, of course, we will be including all of the items once again for Christmas in July, with unlimited pre-purchasing; this allows our patients the opportunity to bulk buy and save for another year. We have expanded upon this by patient request and will be including two new amazing dermal fillers for the line of savings: Radiesse and Sculptra.” The staff at the BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center are very professional and knowledgeable, and at the same time friendly and welcoming; and the variety of products, programs, and services all contribute to the continuing success of their clients’ wellness needs.

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Burrows Seeks to Continue Enacting Positive Changes in Rogers County With Re-Election Bid for County Commissioner

By: Tom Fink | Category: Rogers County | Issue: June 2022

What a difference a decade makes. Nearly eight years ago, Ron Burrows was among the residents of Rogers County who watched as the then-members of the Rogers County Commissioners found themselves embroiled in one controversy after another, appearing regularly – and unflatteringly - on the front page of the local paper. Frustrated and determined to see change, Burrows set out to make a difference by running – and winning – a seat on the Rogers County Board of Commissioners. “There was so much disruption in county government at the time – it was embarrassing, to say the least,” Burrows said. “You know, I grew up in corporate America, where you were held accountable for your performance. If you didn’t perform, you were fired, and I looked at the board and felt I could improve on that. I felt that the people of Rogers County deserved better and I wanted to raise the bar on the expectation of county government.” Burrows won his bid for a seat on the county commissioners that year, and this summer, he hopes to continue the good work he started almost 8 years ago, as he seeks re-election for Rogers County Commissioner District 3.

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Aviation in the Heartland: Will Rogers Fly-In Soars Back into Oologah

By: Tom Fink | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2022

During his lifetime, Will Rogers flew higher than most – both literally and figuratively. Rising to worldwide success in Vaudeville, films, newspapers and magazines, Rogers was a man of multiple talents and passions, with one of his passions being the once-fledgling industry of aviation. This summer, Rogers, and his love of flying will be recognized with the Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In and National Day of Remembrance at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in northeastern Oklahoma. “This is a traditional part of the Birthplace Ranch and the history of Will Rogers, as well as Wiley Post,” said Will Rogers Memorial Executive Director Tad Jones. “It’s been an honor for us to host this family-friendly event every year – we didn’t even cancel it during the COVID years – we managed to keep it going, and we’re thrilled to bring it back again this year.” Sponsored by the Cherokee Nation, the fly-in will begin early, with gates opening around 7:30 a.m. for the public to arrive and watch and marvel as more than 100 small-engine planes from across the state, and some from outside the state, arrive and land on the grounds of the Birthplace Ranch in nearby Oologah.

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Don’t Trust Your Cleaning Needs to Just Anyone, Make Sure You Receive The Right Touch!

By: Christy Stephens | Category: | Issue: June 2022

A business owner typically deals with many details - day-to-day decisions, hiring the right people, and ensuring that services and customer interaction are of premium quality. One of the most important points in any business is a good first impression, and the state of one’s interior is always a factor. The quality of cleanliness in any business is one of the very first impressions that customers and clients notice when entering a business facility for the first time. It also has a direct impact on employees! It is an aspect of business that sometimes gets overlooked; however, a standing service appointment with a reputable cleaning company can ensure the success of a consistent sanitary and fresh workplace. The Right Touch Cleaning company can take on this important aspect for any business. “Our services include carpet cleaning, strip and wax, window cleaning and COVID-19 disinfecting,” states owner Alvin Sanders. “We use high-quality floor waxes, strippers, floor pads and cleaning products. We also employ CDC-approved disinfectants and modern cleaning equipment.”

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City of Broken Arrow Celebrates the Opening of a New Park June 14

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2022

The City of Broken Arrow is celebrating the opening of a new park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. The neighborhood park is adjacent to a new retention pond water feature with trail connections from the park to a walking trail around the pond. Other amenities include concrete plaza areas, shade structures, picnic tables, and benches.

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Rose District and AutismOklahoma Partnership

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2022

The Rose District and City of Broken Arrow are excited to continue its partnership with AutismOklahoma to provide Sensory Sensitive Days in the Rose District. We have three events planned for this year, with the first coming up June 23. Meet some of your favorite princesses and superheroes for a story time and interact with real-life superheroes from the Broken Arrow Police and Fire Departments!

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