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Angel gifts are available
for pick up at local banks
The Beaver Ministerial Fellowship is asking local citizens for a little extra help this holiday season with its Angel gift program.
Normally, there are 75 to 100 children signed up for the program, which benefits kids from Beaver, Forgan and the Balko area. This year, however, there are already 90-plus children on this year’s list - along with approximately 70 families. Angel Gift envelopes are available at both banks in Beaver (First Security and Bank of Beaver City).
Last season, 122 children were provided with Christmas gifts by the generous communities. At the same time, some 75 families received a Christmas basket that included turkey and all the necessary items for a dinner. A total of 59 food items were included in each basket.
According to David Glascock of the Ministerial Fellowship, Angel Gifts need to be turned into one of the churches in Beaver or Forgan by Sunday, Dec. 14. On Thursday, Dec. 18, the Ministerial Fellowship and willing volunteers will wrap the gifts and prepare the Christmas baskets, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Beaver.
Members of the Beaver, Forgan and Balko fire departments have volunteered to once again deliver the gifts and baskets on Friday, Dec. 19.
Glascock said the Community Food Pantry is in need of many food items at this time - including canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese. Other items such as canned meat and potatoes are always welcome.
"We need lots of people to get out and get these angel gifts from our sponsors," Glascock stated. "Every year, the people in our area respond wonderfully to our programs. We really appreciate the assistance.
"There are a lot of needy folks in our area."
"Pink out" week a smashing
Beaver, Forgan STUCO groups give to four families. . .
During the annual "pink out" week last October, the Beaver and Forgan Student Councils combined to raise over $4.000 with the various events devoted to support those with cancer.
Events included t-shirt sales, the glow walk and the groups made various items for the auction that was held during the football game. Sponsors were Nancy McVay from Beaver and Tara Albert from Forgan.
"We want to give a huge thank you to the Beaver and Forgan communities for their generosity during our pink out week in October," McVay said. "Because of our great communities, Forgan and Beaver’s STUCO raised over $4,000 that was given to four different families."
Last Tuesday, two of the families were awarded money. Mrs. Mary Tibbetts and Haley (Pierson) Nichols were both given checks to help with their battles. Also, money was given to Mary Martinez and Heath Thomas, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant.
Mrs. McVay wanted to thank the following donors as well: Beaver Co. Memorial Hospital, Bank of Beaver, First Security Bank, Herald-Democrat, Bittersweet, Slatten Farms and Howard Drilling.
LONG FOOD LINE AT FAIRGROUNDS DURING THANKSGIVING
Beaver County Library
has many fall activities
The staff at the Beaver County Pioneer Library would like to share all of the exciting things going on at the Library. In the fall, winter and early spring every Tuesday the library features a "Lap-Sit" time with little ones from our community. This program is for babies, toddlers and preschool age children.
"We are averaging 12-15 children a week and look forward to them coming. The kids are learning through music, rhymes, stories, along with repetition," librarian Denise Janko said. "This program is open to all children, Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. and runs for about an hour, please don’t think that it is too late to get involved! Throughout this year we have also offered adult computer classes and literacy tutoring. Our goal is to offer services to all community members."
The library received a grant from the Libri Foundation’s BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit that enables libraries to expand their children’s, juvenile and young adult sections. The Libri grant is a matching grant and thanks to our Beaver Friends of the Library Association, we have had the privilege to add over 80 new books to our children’s, juvenile and young adult sections of the Library.
"The new books received are of a good variety. We have many new math and science books. Also added are several new young adult and juvenile series," Janko said.
Beaver County Library is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Beaver County Pioneer Library has also applied and received a "Zoo Grant" provided by the Oklahoma City Zoo. It will be used during the 2015 summer reading program.
The Library Staff would also like to thank all of our many supporters throughout the year. The Library will be open for the Beaver Downtown Holiday celebration on December 4th and our annual Open House December 15th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Santa Letters Wanted
for Christmas Issue
The Herald-Democrat will feature letters to Santa Claus again this year in the annual Christmas edition of the newspaper on December 25, 2014.
With only a few weeks remaining until the happy holidays and special paper, boys and girls are invited to send their letters to Santa, in care of The Herald-Democrat, Box 490, Beaver, OK 73932. Letters can also be sent via email to email@example.com!
All letters of course, will be forwarded to the North Pole after they are copied for publication. Only letters received by 5 p.m. on December 19, 2014 will be printed in the special Christmas issue.
Lansden family celebrates
70th year of publishing paper
This month (October, 2014) marks the 70th anniversary Willis and Merlee Phelps Lansden took a "leap of faith" and bought the newspaper, The Herald-Democrat, from H. H. Hubbart in 1944.
At that time, the newspaper plant was located on Second Street where the Senior Citizens building is now. It moved to its present location on Douglas Street in March, 1966.
The newspaper has run continuously since the summer of 1887. The Territorial Advocate only published three or four issues before selling to George Payne. It was then sold to a J. C. Hodge, who changed the name of the paper of The Beaver Advocate.
It changed ownership and names until 1896 when it was under the banner of The Beaver Herald. The publisher added Miss Maude O. Thomas to his staff as associate editor, August 9, 1900. Miss Thomas took over ownership in 1902.
The Beaver County Democrat was established by W. B. Newman in 1906. Several years later, the new owner L. B. Tooker consolidated the newspaper with a number of papers throughout the county, which included The Forgan Enterprise, The LaKemp Mirror, the Ivanhoe News, The Beaver County Republican and The Farmer’s News (Knowles).
It was then called The Democrat. The Gate Valley Star was later taken over by the Democrat in 1922. It was owned by A. W. Cox and A. L. Kimball by that time. In early editions there were word fights between the Beaver Herald by Miss Thomas and The Democrat by Mr. Kimball. The name calling wasn’t too bad by today’s standards, nevertheless, it was probably interesting for the subscribers.
August 1, 1923 marked the purchase of the Beaver Herald from Maude O. Thomas by A. L. Kimball, to form the present Herald-Democrat with Kimball serving as editor and publisher. The Forgan Eagle was consolidated with The Herald-Democrat, February 1, 1927. The Herald-Democrat again changed ownership on May 16, 1938, when it was purchased by H. H. Hubbart.
In October, 1944, the late Willis and Merlee Phelps Lansden bought the newspaper. During these many years, the family has seen many changes in the publishing business, going from hand set type and printing the newspaper in-house to sending the pages to be printed to the printers via computer.
As World War II was still on-going in 1944, Willis was basically putting out each week’s edition single-handedly. He had an army cot set up in the supply room so he could get a few hours sleep before getting up and going back to work. He did have a linotype operator at that time...the only problem was that usually on Monday mornings Willis would have to go bail the man out of jail after a weekend of carousing.
The pages would be made up by hand then carried to the printer. The blank newsprint would be fed into the machine one page at a time, which would print four pages. Then the large pages would be flipped over and print four more pages on the other side. The pages would go through a folder and ready for addressing to the subscribers. It was a tedious project to publish a newspaper back in the day, but Willis loved every moment of it. (Maybe not so much when a paper would jam in the folder!)
The Herald-Democrat received state-wide recognition when, in 1963, Willis was selected to serve on the Oklahoma Press Association Board of Directors. He served as president of the association in 1969 and remained on the board in an advisory capacity until July of 1970.
He also was appointed to the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission by Gov. David Hall, where he also served as the chairman in 1974-75. Willis was instrumental in getting quail and pheasants back in Beaver County at that time.
He and his wife served the community and state faithfully and with distinction until their deaths in 1985 and 1986. Then their children, Joe, Cheley and Kathal took over the publication of the newspaper. In 1996, Cheley and Kathal sold their interest in the business to their brother, Joe and nephew, Brent, who have been serving this community since that time.
Throughout the years, many folks have been worked at the newspaper helping to get the editions out each week, including three more generations of Lansdens. That’s 3,640 issues mailed throughout the United States to thousands of subscribers each week.
We are grateful to each and every one of our loyal friends and advertisers.
This wind farm is being constructed in
east Texas county. Some 142 have been completer. The Balko Wind project
begin this month where 162 will be
constructed south of Bryan's corner now. The transmission line should be
completed by now.
New manager takes over Dunes;
Plans to work promoting park
Heath Noyes is the new manager of the Beaver Dunes Park. He started his new job on August 25.
Noyes graduated from Vici High School in 1996 and earned his college degree in accounting in 2006 from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Noyes worked for the Woodward County Sheriff’s Department from 2002 through 2006 and most recently worked for the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s office for the past eight years.
Noyes is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and has one overseas tour of duty. He expressed excitement for his new job in Beaver.
"The key is to promote, promote and promote. Not enough people have heard of the Beaver Dunes," Noyes said. "My family really enjoys the area, and wee are excited to be here."
Noyes, on Monday, was working to place picnic tables in the ORV area and also plans to install some watchable wildlife stations in the coming weeks. He has many other great ideas for the park as well.
Heath and his wife Angela have six kids: Brendan Noyes; Kadyn Noyes; Addyson Noyes; Lauren Noyes; Austin Solo and Jordan Solo.
These are a few of sponsoring
businesses that support this
Beaver Ministerial Fellowship
Beaver County Memorial Hospital
Dr. Tim Becker, Dentist 625-3111
Beaver Oil Company
Beaver Ace Home Center 625-3102
Beaver Auction, LLC
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Pictured above is the tornado that hit the Woodbury home. Vance and Barbara Woodbury both died from injuries when the struck their home about 1/2 mile from this location near the Northern Natural Gas plant east of Elmwood. The tornado hit their home Wednesday evening, March 29, 2007 . Photo courtesy Beaver County Sheriff's office.
Above is a photo of the USS Mullinnix DD-944 which was used as a sink test back in the 1990's. The United States was testing new weapons. The ship was used during the Vietnam war but later decommissioned in the 1980's. The editor and publisher was stationed on the ship from 1963 until 1965.
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