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Archive for: December 2012

Stone Ridge counselor submits grant request, receives donations for class

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Stone Ridge Elementary Counselor Lisa Marney wants to guide her students through the use of technology. She is doing this through a grant she wrote entitled, “Guide Them Through Tablet.”

Marney submitted the grant request on Donorschoose.org, a website where educators can request donations for programs in their classrooms.

With the help of nine donors through Donorschoose.org, Marney was successful in receiving $938 to go toward paying for a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 wifi tablet, a charging stand and a carrying case for her classroom. She has also sent in a request for a stylus and a video/audio adapter.

“You choose to put 10 or 15 percent back and that ups the money a little bit,” Marney said. “But that goes back into some of the other projects they put in themselves.”

She said on Donorschoose.org she had to submit a proposal indicating what she would like to do in her classroom. Donors search the website looking for projects which to donate. In her case, she had three or four anonymous donors that helped and there was also a match code, where Horace Mann Insurance Company would match a donation.

Stone Ridge Principal Margaret McNair Dale said she is proud of Marney and said she went above and beyond the call of duty to foster an environment where teachers can go above and beyond for their students.
“While she was gone on maternity leave, every day I would send her emails,” Dale said. “So, she is such a valuable part of our school in meeting the needs of our children and thinking of ways to meet the needs of our children too. Not just behavior plans, but this Galaxy tablet she is getting will help her coordinate her classes.”

Dale said Marney’s job description has such variety in it in meeting the needs of children, that there is no possible way for her to do all of it.

“She is working all the time to get everything done,” Dale said.

She added that Marney is always available for the students and is there for the good and bad days.
Marney said the reason she took the position at Stone Ridge is to be there for the kids and teaching is something that she is passionate about so having better technology in her classroom will make teaching and getting her message across easier.

Marney plans to utilize the tablet so she can communicate better with the children, the children’s parents and make it easier for them to communicate with her, too.

‘Lights on Piedmont’ judging set Dec. 10 to 12

Staff Reports

Judging in the annual Piedmont Chamber of Commerce announces “Lights On Piedmont” holiday decorating contest will begin Monday and will run through Dec. 12.

First, second and third place awards will be given to the best outdoor displays in both the commercial and residential categories again this year.

Judges will be making the rounds within the community viewing light displays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 10 to 12. Residences and businesses wishing to participate and have their display judged should have their displays turned on during those times.

“We encourage our local businesses and residents to decorate their places of business and homes and ‘light up’ Piedmont for the holiday season,” Chamber President Darren Owens said.

Chamber and Gazette team up to present open house Dec. 10

Staff Reports

The Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette will co-sponsor a Holiday Open House, Monday, Dec. 10 at the Timber Lodge Steakhouse for current and prospective chamber members.

The event will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will offer attendees free food, drink, entertainment and large numbers of valuable prizes.

“The event was well attended and well received last year, and we look forward to an even bigger night this year,” said Chamber President Darren Owens. “Everyone seemed to have a great time last year, and it is a great opportunity for those considering membership in the chamber to come meet our members and see what we do,” he added.

Open House Co-Chairs Tanner Cline of Edward Jones and Randy Anderson of the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette have been working very hard along with Chamber Executive Director Lisa Gigstad to make this a memorable event for our members and prospective members,” Owens said.

“We are proud to work with the chamber to put on this event for the chamber membership and to help introduce prospective members to the chamber,” said Gazette Publisher Roger Pugh. “We have lined up some great prizes for the drawings and I know it will be an enjoyable evening for all of those attending,” he continued.

Piedmont Glass breaks in a new home

By Matt Montgomery
Editor@piedmontnewsonline

Piedmont Glass owners Bobby and Shelly Williamson recently moved into the old ECI building on Monroe NW and are looking forward to getting their business in a new building off the ground.
Bobby Williamson said he’s excited to be in downtown Piedmont and become a part of Piedmont’s growing downtown.

“I’m excited to be a part of the locally-owned business community,” Williamson said. “My family and I are excited to help the growing community of Piedmont become self-sufficient as a locally owned business.”
His other business, Cim-Con started in 2009 as a commercial contract business, specializing in architectural glazing.

Then, Piedmont Glass started in September of 2010 to take care of the residential glass needs of the Piedmont area.

The Williamson’s started these businesses out of their home located on the northwest side of Piedmont.
Piedmont Glass specializes in residential glass and window replacement, mirrors and table tops and any other residential glass needs.

Bobby Williamson got his career started while growing up in Wichita Falls, Texas, working for his dad, where he taught him the glass business.

“I learned the glass business from the ground up,” he said. “Sweeping and mopping the floors was a part of my daily routine.”

Some things Williamson is looking forward to in the downtown Piedmont community is serving the needs of the Piedmont residents and surrounding community.

“One of the current projects we are working on is the new OCCC Performing Arts Building,” Williamson said. “The project is due to complete in the spring of 2013.

Among other projects they have with the city of Oklahoma City and numerous general contractors are the Cox Communications Center Hockey League improvements, a full window replacement at the 100 Walker Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Bethany Public Schools, as well as various other projects.

For more information, contact Bobby or Shelly Williamson at 373-1309 or 885-8847.

Or Williamson can be reached by email at cim-con@wavelinx.net

Bobby Williamson settles into Piedmont Glass and Cim-Con’s new home located at 113 Monroe NW. Williamson said he is excited about moving into downtown Piedmont and having the opportunity to serve the Piedmont community and the surrounding area. Piedmont Glass started in September of 2010 and Williamson’s other company, Cim-Con, started business in 2009.

Paradigm collects three dozen coats for the Piedmont Service Center

Staff Reports

Just in time before the first winter storm in the Piedmont area, the Associates at Paradigm AdvantEdge Realty delivered three dozen coats to the Piedmont Service Center. 
Piedmont Service Center Director Regina Mayabb said that going into the storm, the center only had two coats for people of the community who are in need of warmth.

Cindy Cheatwood, Managing Broker for Paradigm’s Piedmont office, said the mission statement for the local Paradigm AdvantEdge is that of community service and support. 

She also announced her office is extending the coat drive another month due to the high need of coats, gloves, hats and mittens. The drive originally was to end at the end of November. 

The Paradigm AdvantEdge office is located in the Colony Pointe Plaza and will be taking donations through December. 

“Bring new or used coats during business hours, or call our office and we will arrange for a pick up of your donation”, Cheatwood said.

The office number is 283-0700.

Submitted by Cindy Cheatwood
Agents from Paradigm AdvantEdge Realty Piedmont office delivered three dozens coats to the Piedmont Service Center just in time for a possible winter cold blast this weekend. The coats were collected during Paradigm’s November Winter Coat Drive. Pictured delivering the coats are (from left to right) Paradigm agents Neil McLean, Mary Newby, Cindy Cheatwood (Managing Broker), Steve Wittrock and Mary Walker. Paradigm also announced it was extending the coat drive through December.

 
This is the second community contribution since summer when the Paradigm office donated bottled water to the Piedmont Fire Department.

Canadian County game warden reflects past and love for wildlife

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Canadian County Game Warden Joey Rushing has been around wildlife his entire life, allowing him to garner a love of the outdoors from an early age.

Rushing started out fishing and didn’t start hunting until he was a teenager.

It wasn’t until he met Kingfisher County Game Warden Jack Witt in 1996 that he developed a love for the trade.

“I was farming in the summer, and he was a game warden and I just always thought that was the coolest thing, what he did,” Rushing said. “Dover is a small town and he knew my grandpa. When I was a farmer, he came by and introduced himself then he (Witt) started taking me noodling and we used to noodle on the Cimarron River.”

Rushing said he always wanted to be a farmer but didn’t have a farm. He said he also wanted to do something outside and be in law enforcement so that match up inspired him to want to be a game warden, so he acquired information from Witt on how to become one. Read more →

Piedmont Service Center: Food pantry is filled to the brim, residents come through

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont Service Center Director Dennis Owen said the Piedmont community has really come through with food drives, donations and service help in general.

In an effort to prepare food baskets for the needy in the Piedmont community, the Piedmont Service Center has collected food from food drives done by local schools and boy scout troops as well as local businesses.

“We have been receiving a tremendous outpouring from the community in terms of food collections,” he said. “We’ve had food drives at several of the local schools and in fact, in the latest one that was just completed for us, the kids collected over 850 pounds of food.”

Owen said even though he is relatively new to the Service Center, having been their director for under two years, the food pantry is as stocked as he’s seen it.

“It’s jammed up, I mean we are storing food creatively,” he said. “And, of course, on the other side of it, we are going to be providing and we are open for business any time. But, basically we anticipate that in addition to the sort of planned for activities, we have people in all sorts of circumstances not related to holidays at all. We all get hungry two or three times a day and it doesn’t have anything to do with the holidays.”

Owen said in relation to the season, people have been very generous in writing checks and the local churches have also been very supportive in helping the Service Center collect food, clothing and other necessities for a Piedmont family or two who are down on their luck this holiday season.

Piedmont Area Veterans in need of donations, help from community

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

The Piedmont Area Veterans met Tuesday night at the Historical Society Annex to discuss funds, donations and possible changes to the proposed Veterans Annex building.

Veteran Leon Meyer said the original 30-foot by 50-foot blueprint for the building may get some changes to it, as recommended by the city, but Meyer said he won’t know what those changes are until he and John Bickerstaff meet with the City of Piedmont this week.

The hot-button topic at the Veterans’ meeting Tuesday night was funds and how to raise more funds and how to get more people to donate to their cause. As of Tuesday, the Piedmont Area Veterans had $6,100 in cash and $40,000 worth of land, donated by Phil Boevers. The estimated total cost of the project is $160,000, according to Meyer.

Also, Judge Ken Dickerson told the veterans at the meeting that a stipulation has been made to the group’s IRS-recognized non-profit veteran’s organization tax exemption, and that stipulation is that 75 percent of the members must be a veteran or a past member of a military group or armed forces group to qualify for the exemption.

The Piedmont Area Veterans are also seeking out new members, but are having trouble finding all of the veterans in this area.

If someone is interested in joining the Piedmont Area Veterans, they can contact John Bickerstaff at 373-1424 or email him at mjbickerstaff@prodigy.net.

Piedmont senior’s pictures among 35 girls nationwide

Kaitlyn Cornman

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont senior Kaitlyn Cornman, 17, was recently chosen as one of 35 girls, recognized internationally from the website www.seniorsignite.com as a model.

Cornman’s photographer Jen Basford of 3 Girls Photography in Edmond submitted her photos into the Seniors Ignite contest.

Basford said the contest is an elite contest and it is an honor for Cornman to have been recognized out of a group of more than several hundred girls nationwide and from Canada.

Basford said Seniors Ignite is an organization that educates and trains the next level of high school senior portrait photographers.

Seniors Ignite will host an international contest to be held in the spring in San Diego, Calif. where the photographer selects the best model for the event.

Basford said 3 Girls Photography entered Cornman into the contest and entered 43 other girls, and Cornman was chosen out of the 43 models who entered to attend the Seniors Ignite Models contest in San Diego in the spring. She will take photos March 3.

Basford said Cornman will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego in March and gets to be photographed by some of the top senior photographers in the nation.
Basford said ultimately Cornman will get a modeling portfolio out of this contest and if she does well then she may even get a career out of it.

Cornman’s mom, Susan, said she is extremely proud of Kaitlyn.

“She deserves it because she is a good kid, and not just a pretty girl, but a good girl,” Susan Cornman said.”

Piedmont Police work to eliminate teen drug abuse

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Experts say prescription drug abuse among teenagers, statewide, nationwide and worldwide has reached the level of an epidemic. However, the Piedmont Police Department is being proactive and taking measures to reduce prescription drug abuse among the city’s teenagers.

Piedmont Police Chief Alex Oblein and Piedmont Special Resource Officer Scott Gibbons are working together to make sure they educate and make the youth of Piedmont aware of the risks of prescription drug abuse and educate them on the drugs themselves.

Gibbons said Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (D.A.R.E) is only taught up to fifth grade in Piedmont, so it takes him getting in the high school and recognizing issues and handling them before them turn into problems and utilizing the services of K-9 drug dogs.

“The school has stepped up the presence of drug dogs on campus,” Gibbons said. “They do a contract where they hire out and bring drug dogs to the campus.”

He added that these drug dogs have the capability to smell certain types of pills, especially pills like Adderral that are methamphetamine based.

Gibbons said there are three main types of prescription drugs that are commonly abused. Medicine for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, such as Adderral are commonly sold and traded between students.

He said Marijuana is always a constant, but painkillers like Oxycodone and Hydrocodone can be more dangerous than Marijuana and are more easily accessible.

Ultimately, he said it is going to take a joint effort between law enforcement and parents to eliminate teenagers getting the drugs in their hands in the first place. He said most of the time a kid will take the pills from the mom and dad’s or grandparent’s pill cabinets and take them to school and sell them, trade them or take them with their friends.

Gibbons and Oblein both said the City of Piedmont is working with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and a request has been made for a drug dropbox to be installed somewhere in Piedmont.

Gibbons said he doesn’t know when or if Piedmont will get a dropbox, so people can properly dispose of their old prescriptions, but said he hopes soon.

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