Elgin Chamber: Military Family of the Year

The Elgin Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for Elgin’s Military Family of the Year. The award will be given to an outstanding military family residing in Elgin. The winning family will receive recognition at the Elgin Chambers of Commerce Annual Banquet held February 17 and receive $600 in gift cards that would be donated by Corvias, Elgin Realty, and Hillary Communications.

The Chamber President, Benne Brewer, has said, “We want to acknowledge the valuable contributions our military families make to keep Elgin a great place live.” He has also said that, “Elgin is fortunate to have many military families in our community. While we can never repay them for the sacrifices they make, we want to recognize and show our appreciation for them.”

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Elgin Chamber of Commerce, located at 8209 US Hwy 277, Suite 11 in Elgin, OK; the forms can also be downloaded from the chamber website at: http://www.elginchamber.net or from the Chamber’s Facebook page.

Families may self-nominate themselves and community members may also nominate a family. Ideal candidates demonstrate individual growth, family teamwork and community service. Nominees must be active duty or retiree and reside in the 73538 zip code, own a business in Elgin, or have children that attend Elgin Public Schools.

Nomination forms are due on February 1, 2018 and should be returned to the chamber office in person, by mail to PO Box 362 or emailed to amber.mcneil@corvias.com. Forms should be typed and, of course, late forms will not be accepted.

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2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Scotlyn Koehler, Chloe McLin, Sharon Muth, Samantha Pratt, and Kaylynn Risely have received recognition in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, to be presented by the Tulsa Community College School of Visual and Performing Arts.  This is a very remarkable achievement for these young women.  Their work was recognized by a panel of creative professionals as the most outstanding work submitted among their peers.

In their 94th year history, the Awards have recognized some of America’s most celebrated artists as teenagers such as Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Idelle Weber, Ken Burns, Paul Chan, and Kay WalkingStick.  TCC is proud to honor these EHS students among esteemed Scholastic Awards Alumni!

The 2018 Oklahoma Region will recognize these Gold Key Award winners at a ceremony on Saturday, January 27 at 11 a.m. in the Student Union on the TCC Metro Campus.

Scotlyn Koehler’s work, “Bird of Prey,” received a Gold Key in Drawing.

Chloe McLin received an Honorable Mention for her work, “Crazy Place.”

Sharon Muth received an Honorable Mention in painting and a Silver Key for her work, “Peach Tree Street.”

Samantha Pratt has received an Honorable Mention for her work, “Evergreen,” and received Silver Keys for her works, “Bibia Be Ye Ye” and “Headspace.”

Kaylynn Risely received an Honorable Mention for her drawing, “A Magician’s Thoughts.”

Empty Bowls

The 8th Annual Empty Bowls dinner will be held in the High School Cafeteria on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. This dinner will help alleviate hunger both locally and elsewhere by raising money for the cause.

The name ‘Empty Bowls’ is used to remind us/the community how there are people everyday that go hungry because their bowls are empty. For the past seven years we have been able to raise $10,140 for hunger relief, because of this we have in fact made a difference in the effort to end world hunger.

It’s easy to help the cause, all you have to do is pick a bowl made by EHS students, pay $10 and get a FREE meal of beans, cornbread, dessert, and a drink. There will also be ‘mini bowls’ included in the dinner that were made by a few of our elementary students.

If we all work together, we can make an even greater, positive impact on the hunger crisis at hand.

Picture credit given to the Arts Council of the Twin Counties

Paint It Pretty

The FFA Mothers Club is hosting a ‘Paint It Pretty’ party at Tiny Mae’s Bar & Grill on January 25, 2018. The event falls on a Thursday and will begin at 6 p.m. ending around 8 p.m.. Tiny Mae’s Bar & Grill is located at 9201 State Highway 17, Elgin, OK 73538. The ‘Paint It Pretty’ event is a fundraiser for the FFA Mothers Club.

They are offering three paintings to choose from, so be sure to email for your invoice and let the the women hosting the party, GaryAmanda Salazar Hollars and Amber Moser McNeil, what you would like to paint. The paintings are already sketched onto a canvas and all you have to do is paint.

Tickets are on sale now for $40 each, though there are a limited number of only 50 seats, so hurry and get them! To but a ticket email elginffamc@gmail.com and the ladies will email you back your invoice. Now seats are not reserved until payment has been received.

Information credit: Facebook Paint It Pretty-FFA Mothers Club
More information about Paint It Pretty can be found at https://www.facebook.com/paintitpretty1/
Picture credit: HouseLogic’s How to Pick Paint Color to Fix Any Room’s Quirks

Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease: A Local Outbreak

There has been an outbreak of the Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease in the Elgin Public School District. The disease is a mild, but contagious viral infection commonly found in young children, and a rarity in older teens and adults.

The disease is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. The disease is most commonly caused by a coxsackievirus. The coxsackievirus is very contagious, it can be passed around from person to person on unwashed hands and on surfaces contaminated by feces. The virus can also be transmitted in the air when someone sneezes or coughs. There is no specific treatment for the Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease just frequent handwashing and the avoidance of infected people.

Symptoms of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth may include the following:
Sore throat
Malaise, or the feeling of being unwell.
Painful, red, blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks.
A red rash, without itching that sometimes includes blistering, on the palms, soles, and     at times, the buttocks.
Irritability in infants and toddlers.
Loss of appetite.
The incubation period for the symptoms to manifest usually take from three to six days. The first sign of the disease is a fever, sore throat, and at time loss of appetite and malaise.
After the initial fever begins, sores may start to appear in the front of the mouth and throat; in the following days of the sores, a rash may appear on the hands, feet, and buttocks.

This disease is relatively minor, showing only a few days of mild symptoms and signs and is usually prescribed pain medications to relieve some of the symptoms. Although if symptoms progress or get to the point where the affected person isn’t able to drink fluids comfortably, then contact your doctor immediately.

Information credit: Mayo Clinic: Hand-foot-and-mouth disease.
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LFA Christmas Family Carnival – Christmas Connect

Lawton First Assembly is having a Christmas Family Carnival and Connect on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 5 o’clock p.m. until 8 o’clock p.m. The Carnival and Connect are going to be on the LFA Campus. This is an event, of course, for the whole family. The LFA Campus is going to transform itself with Christmas games and activities for the whole family to able to enjoy.  The night will involve a Cake Walk, Cookie Decorating, Christmas Craft Station, Inflatables, games, photo booths, and so much more fun. There are tickets available at lawtonfirst.org .

To find out more and to sign up online go to lawtonfirst.org/christmasconnect
Location of Lawton First Assembly: 2201 NW 82nd St, Lawton, OK, 73505.
Information credit: Facebook, Lawton First Assembly

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Breakfast with Santa

Join Tiny Mae’s Bar & Grill for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 8 am. to 9 a.m. (1st session) and 10 a.m. to 11a.m. (2nd session). Come and enjoy some tasty pancakes, bacon, hashbrown casserole, coffee, milk and juice are on the menu. There will be beautifully decorated Santa Room where you can bring your little ones for a picture with Santa Claus or by the roaring fireplace. To get tickets email elginffamc@gmail.com. They will email you your invoice for payment, reservations are not complete until payment is received. Tickets are still available for $15 each, now seats are limited so get your reservations now. The event is for the Elgin FFA Mother’s Club and is being hosted by Amber Moser McNeil.

Location: 9201 State Highway 17, Elgin, Oklahoma 73538
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Picture credit: St. Anthony’s High School