To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act.” The commission is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”
From their recommendations, we encourage all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the United States of America.
On the evening of May 9th 2014, a house on 9th street caught fire. I passed by as the fire fighters were knocking down the flames. It appeared to have started in the front north west corner of the home.
I went by the fire station on the 10th to check out the report. There wasn’t any injuries due to the fire. The owners were at the hospital (out of town) and it appeared as though the fan in the front window had started the blaze.
I was grateful to find out there were no injuries, and the firemen quickly contained the fire and put it out.
It was wonderful to meet with the owners of The Backyard restaurant today. Located on 205 Main Street in Pawhuska, I sat down and talked with Sergio (Gino) and Lily.
Gino came to us from Miami. He’s the main chef and owner. He learned his trade by managing a restaurant and steak-house. He started cooking at home as a child. His family couldn’t keep him out of the kitchen.
Why is he in Pawhuska? That is the beginning of this story. Gino was a prize fighter, and fought for the world championship in welterweight boxing in 2000. He was 18, and very young for that career. The fight went to decision and the previous champion retained his title by 1 point. In a later fight, Gino broke his arm and was unable to continue as a boxer.
While he was prize fighting, though, he saved up. His mom, Odessa, taught him to save as much as he could from every job he had. She came with him and is helping him in his restaurant.
Gino met Lily, a young lady from Pawhuska, and came out on a vacation to meet her family here. He fell in love with the town and stayed.
At first the young couple considered buying a house in Skiatook. Then Gino saw a sign on main street – the Midway Cafe was up for sale. Thinking things through, he put everything he had into the restaurant. That way, instead of having a mortgage and working for someone else, he could work for himself and eventually get a home for he and Lily. Also, he has a positive impact on Pawhuska’s economy, employing 10 people at the restaurant.
It is a lot of work. His day starts around 5:30 am and the cleaning is done at night after 10 pm. This is his schedule 6 days a week. Taking inventory, doing the ordering and getting supplies, opening the restaurant, being there for breakfast and lunch. He’s grateful to have 2 other chefs for the morning and lunch shifts. Then he’s the chef until closing at 9 pm. Sunday he gets a little break by closing at 3:00 pm.
Breakfast is served all day long, and the food is really wonderful. If you haven’t stopped by, come by and meet our newest Pawhuska business.
Congratulations on your opening; Sergio, Lily, Odessa and all the crew at The Backyard restaurant, serving Cuban cuisine.
p.s. If you want to know Sergio’s last name, drop by and ask him while you order a meal – Mike.
Under consideration on April 7, 2014 at the City of Pawhuska council meeting is a proposal to enroll all utility service customers in the Pawhuska Ambulance Membership Program. Tentatively it would cost $4 a month and would cover all medically necessary ambulance transport by Pawhuska EMS for each permanent member of the enrolled household.
There would be no out-of-pocket expense and the fee would be added to the monthly utility bill. There is no need for action if this is acceptable for the household. If the customer wants to make a change or opt out of this service, contact with the City of Pawhuska’s Utility Customer Service department is required by calling or visiting their office in city hall between May 1st through the 30th of this year. After the 30th any changes to your plan will have to be made the next year in May.
Without membership, the charge for a single emergency ambulance response is currently over $800, that is per incident . Membership in this program is only $4 a month for the whole household for Pawhuska Utility customers; and is included on the electric, water, sewer and trash utility bill.
Currently, more than 200,000 households participate in an Ambulance Membership Program throughout Oklahoma. This plan provides peace of mind and protects each household member no matter how many times they have to call for help.
The City of Pawhuska Utilities Department is located at 118 West Main Street in Pawhuska City Hall and can be reached at (918) 287-3040.
The information in this article has been available at the City of Pawhuska Utilities office since March, 2014.
I remember, 50 years ago today at 12:30 pm CST, I was 9 years old, but I remember.
I remember the looks of the teachers at one another as they got our attention in class.
I remember being dismissed from school. We were told the President of the United States had been assassinated.
I remember the shock I felt as I made my way home. That our nation’s President, so young and so vibrant, was now dead at the hands of an assassin.
The television coverage brought us through each moment of his arrival in Dallas, the parade, then the shot that killed him and wounded John Connally. It was as vivid as if we were there, though for us, it was in black and white.
I remember the rest. The funeral procession with a horse and carriage. Little John saluting his fallen father’s casket as it passed by. Caroline’s black dress and black lace covering her young face.
I remember Lyndon Baines Johnson being sworn in as President.
I remember his promise to fulfill the legacy of JFK, and put a man on the moon.
I remember seeing the footprint on the moon, and two men for the first time braving an airless low gravity environment to fulfill mankind’s greatest exploration journey, and the flag of the United States of America being planted on the moon’s surface.
I remember one of my dearest friends, Marian Blancett, telling me about the man she knew as Jack. She had helped him campaign for President in Los Angeles. After he had been elected, she and her mother were part of the Telecommunications of America (TCA) Union and were on strike and picketing in L.A.
The President’s motorcade came up the street, and he stopped the motorcade. He had seen my friend and recognized her. “You worked for my campaign out here, didn’t you?” he said to her. “Yes, I did!” she replied. “What’s going on?” She told him the TCA had called a strike. “Well, keep up the good work!” he said, and got back into his limo.
The fact that he remembered my friend, just one of many who helped elect him, and then stopped the motorcade to find out what was happening says the world about who JFK was. He never forgot those who were a part of his life, and those who helped elect him.
I learned this year that one secret service agent might have prevented the assassination, and has had to live with that all these years. “I was asked about keeping the bubble top on his car. The weather was so clear and wonderful, I said let’s take it off. The other Secret Service agents with me agreed and said to remove it. If only…” Maybe if only, it would all have been so different. JFK would have most likely been re-elected, then Bobby would most likely have followed him. We would be living an a very different nation now if that could have happened.
But the “if only’s” don’t happen. The could have, would have, should haves are not real, nor can we really know what might have been.
I do thank God for John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the impact he had on our lives in this great country.
I remember him, his legacy, his impact and the man. Thank you, JFK, for your service to the United States of America.
The National Indian Taco Championship is a festival held downtown in Pawhuska, Oklahoma on the first Saturday in October. This year it will be held on October 5th 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
At the same time, the PRUC Fall Barrell Blowout we be at the Clarence Brantley Indoor Arena located at Osage County Fairgrounds.
During the Championship, there will also be an Indian Dance and Drum competition. Register the day of the event from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Children’s Exhibition will begin at 11:00 am. Preliminary rounds to follow.
Applications are still being taken to be Indian Taco Contestants and Non-Food Vendors. If you think you have the best Indian Taco to hold the title, sign up today to be a contestant by calling the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at (918) 287-1208!. The deadline September 30th so make sure you reserve your spot today!
You need to sign up on October 5th to be a judge in the Championship. For only $5 you can be either a preliminary judge, or a People’s Choice Award Judge. Limited spaces are available so sign up early.
Contestants from preliminary rounds will participate in the final round to win $1,000 and claim the title as the winner of the 2013 National Indian Taco Championship.
This event is sponsored by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, The Osage Nation, the City of Pawhuska, Osage County Tourism Bureau, and the Osage Casinos.
We hope to see everyone October 5th! It will be the perfect time to make a day out of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Make it a full fun day for yourself and your friends and family!
For more information about these events, please contact the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at (918) 287-1208.
September 24, 2013 – Pawhuska, OK
Today, Pawhuska Elementary School principal Les Potter was presented with a donation check for $3,420.00 by the Pawhuska Elks lodge manager Kim Moen with Pawhuska Police Chief Scott Laird. The donation came from the first of four planned raffles by the Elks Lodge to benefit the Pawhuska Public Schools. The next raffle is tentatively scheduled to begin around October 20th, 2013.