City of Pawhuska Ambulance

New Ambulance Membership Program

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.

Michael

 

JFK

I remember JFK

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.

JFK and JFK Jr Oval Office Desk

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National Indian Taco Championship

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.

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Elks Lodge Makes Donation to the Elementary School.

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.

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Paul Wolff - Man with Pipe

Labor Day

Labor day is a yearly national tribute to the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. It was first proposed by union leaders in the early 1880′s. Oregon was the first state to recognize the holiday by passing legislation on February 21, 1887. The first celebration of the holiday was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York city. The first Monday in September was selected as the official day to celebrate the holiday in 1884.  It was first nationally recognized in 1894. The holiday used to mark the return to school. In high society, the day was considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white. Today Labor Day is generally viewed as a time for barbeques and the end of summer vacations. I still celebrate the American worker. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your dedication and your faithfulness. You are America!

Michael

The Constantine Theater, November 2009

Constantine Theater Events in August

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The Constantine Arts Council has announced there will be a Talent Show at the Constantine Theater at 110 West Main Street here in Pawhuska. Starting at 7:00pm on Saturday, August 17th, 2013, admission is free. Donations will graciously be accepted in lieu of admission. A promise has been made that this event will be over by 9:00 pm at the latest. Please come and enjoy the many varied talents shared with us during the show.

On the same Saturday (8/17/13), auditions for the Fall Play “The Princess and the Pea” will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 am.

Also, later this month, on Saturday August 24th, the Disney film “Cinderella” will be shown at 7:00 pm.  The first 15 Girls dressed as a Princess will receive a PRIZE! The first 15 Boys dressed as a Prince will receive a PRIZE! So bring a child and come enjoy a Classic Disney film at the Constantine!!!! PRICE $2.00

Pawhuska OK as seen from an Ultralight Aircraft (photo by Brian Fitzgerald)

Pawhuska – From an Ultralight

Our thanks to Brian FitzGerald for sharing his trip on an Ultralight aircraft from his home in Wichita, KS to Pawhuska, OK. There is some truly remarkable photography here, wonderfully shared of our town from the air, and on the ground. Thank you, Brian, for letting us walk with you in your flight through our area!

Here’s the link to read about his trip through our area, and to see the terrific pictures he took!  (Click here)

- Michael

Pawhuska Fire Department

July 23, 2013 Storm

This was one for the journal. My journal, I mean.

We were visited with a sudden severe thunderstorm from the north. It moved through the area at about 50 mph, with wind gusts much higher than that.

During the night trees dropped branches, some power lines were knocked down, and damage to several roofs occurred. The most notable was damage to the local Pawhuska Fire Station and the Pawhuska Nursing Home.

The Nursing Home was evacuated until repairs can be accomplished.

Also, there may have been some damage to Pawhuska’s public boat dock and the boat shed next to it, according to Chief Laird. The dock had recently been repaired and remodeled.

Here are some pictures I took earlier today (7/24/2013)… I don’t know if the damaged area on Bluestem is new or old, but I’ve included it in this gallery.

Praying for those who’ve been affected by this storm, here and in the whole region. God bless you and we are grateful there haven’t been any injuries or casualties reported at this time.

Michael

Cavalcade 2013 - Photo by Lindsay Long (used by permission)

Pawhuska Cavalcade 2013

Thanks to Lindsay Long, we have some photos of the recent parade to share. Thank you Lindsay! We appreciate you allowing us to post your photos here.

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Memorial Day

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On this Memorial Day holiday, we remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Take a moment to listen to American Composer Charles Ives – his second movement commerating “Decoration Day” or as we now call it, Memorial Day. In music you can hear and feel the conflict of the day – and the special resolve that liberty will prevail. Especially please take the time to hear Taps played through, and remember all those who have sacrificed their lives for the United States of America. May God rest their souls, and may the gift of their life for our freedom never be forgot.

Click here to listen to Charles Ives music on YouTube.

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