Six Fallen Officers Added to Oklahoma Memorial

Six law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in Oklahoma were honored at the newly renovated Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial in Oklahoma City. Their names were dedicated during the 50th Annual Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Service at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Headquarters.

The six fallen officers added were: Perkins Police Officer Henry L. Cotton, died April 29, 1986, from complications following surgery for injuries sustained during a fight making an arrest March 28; Oklahoma Department of Corrections Corporal Stephen R. Jenkins Jr., who died Jan. 7, 2017, from a heart attack he suffered after chasing an inmate with contraband at the Clara Waters Correctional Center in Oklahoma City; Craig County Deputy Sheriff Sean F. Cookson, who died Feb. 27, 2017, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident the morning of Feb. 22 while in route to training; Tecumseh Police Officer Justin M. Terney, who died March 28, 2017, after being shot twice during a traffic stop about 11:30 p.m. the night before; Logan County Deputy Sheriff David J. Wade, who died April 18, 2017, shortly after being shot several times while serving an eviction notice in Mulhall; and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lieutenant D. Heath Meyer, who died July 24, 2017, from injuries sustained when he was accidentally struck late in the evening of July 14 by an OHP unit after he laid out stop sticks for a pursuit northbound on I-35 near NE 27th Street in Moore.

The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial is the oldest state law enforcement memorial in the United States. It was dedicated May 15, 1969. The memorial recently underwent a $180,000 renovation after it was found that the memorial plaza was sinking due to almost 50 years of rainwater running over and under it.

 

 

New Farmers Market Brings Freshness to Paseo

A new Farmers Market debuted in the Paseo Arts District in May, bringing organic local vegetables and featured products every Saturday.

The Paseo Farmers Market kicked off its first-ever market at Sixtwelve and now runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October. The market is a certified Oklahoma Grown market and will accept SNAP (Oklahoma Access EBT) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

The market also sells free-range eggs, herbs and plants, handmade soaps, pottery and other locally made items. Located in the heart of Oklahoma City, the market will address a need for local, nutritious food and bring a valuable economic boost to the region.

“The neighborhood around the district can be a bit of a food desert — as hard as that is to imagine — so the chance to help our neighbors access healthy, locally grown and prepared food is one of the reasons we are excited about this,” says Andrea Koester, owner of Holey Rollers.

A team of local Paseo business owners and residents operate the market. Sixtwelve is a community center focused on the arts, music, cooking, gardening and sustainable local living. The space sports a cooperative garden, a soon-to-be commercial kitchen, a gallery and an outdoor performance stage.

For more information, visit ThePaseo.org.

Prix de West Continues Show through August

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum continues its invitational art exhibit of more than 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions and awards. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this significant art exhibition and sale. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. For more information, visit NationalCowboyMuseum.org. 

OKC Zoo, Metropolitan Library System Launch Statewide Literacy Program

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and Metropolitan Library System launched a community literacy program, Read for Adventure, in May. Read for Adventure enables library card holders to check out the original children’s book Our Day at the Zoo from any of the 247 public library locations within the state to receive four general admission ticket vouchers to the OKC Zoo.

OKC Zoo and Metro Library launched Read for Adventure last February throughout all 19 metro library locations and experienced great success with more than 3,000 zoo vouchers distributed to cardholders within a year. The community program was created to promote literacy within families, increase their contact with the outdoors and provide an outlet for invaluable, nature-inspired discoveries. 

“Read for Adventure is a rewarding program that we’re excited to share with all Oklahomans,” says Greg Heanue, OKC Zoo senior director of marketing, public relations. “We hope this promotion will not only inspire children to read about wildlife, but provide them an opportunity to physically and visually connect with those same animals and plants here at the zoo.”

Read for Adventure continues through March 31, 2019. Zoo ticket vouchers are good through March 31, 2019. For more information, visit OKCZoo.org.

Town Village Retirement Community Launches ‘Journey to Healing’ Events

Town Village Retirement Community launched a monthly “Journey to Healing” meeting designed to help participants work through the challenges of loss and grief.

For those who have lost a parent or spouse, had a significant life change or who are struggling with the challenges of aging, the meetings are designed to encourage sharing and talking about loss or grief. Dan McGee, Ph.D., leads the group discussion.

The meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month. To RSVP, call 405.297.9600.

Oklahoma City Named in Top 10 for Building Savings

Consumer financial services company Bankrate released its report on the best cities for building a savings account, and Oklahoma City was listed in 10th place. By considering factors like income vs. cost of necessary living expenses like mortgages, bills and groceries, Bankrate found that Oklahoma City was among the top communities that allow residents to save more.

Kansas City, Cincinnati and Memphis were listed as the top three cities. So keep on saving up for an emergency fund or a cushion fund. Thanks to low cost of living and rising income, Oklahoma City families have a higher chance of saving money than other communities.