Friday, July 26, 2013

Bits & Pieces: Of frogs & men

Remember the 80s video game Frogger? You know, the one where the frog has to cross the road, avoiding traffic and other hazards.

Sometimes I feel like that frog.

Especially on days when I’m trying to cross Third Street to visit a business “on the other side” of the traffic divide.

It’s a bit frustrating to stand in the crosswalks and realize the “yield” signs are often pointless.

In the last three months, I’ve decided it’s best not to step out into the street unless the oncoming traffic begins to slow, as a sign the driver acknowledges your presence.

Frankly, being in the crosswalk doesn’t mean you won’t get hit.

I’ve often been halfway through the intersection, and while one lane of traffic is stopped, the other continues to plow right on through, regardless of the signs.

Tuesday was one of those days.

A Bernice police cruiser almost had a new hood ornament – and the driver a front-page story he might not have liked.

Yes, I was talking on my mobile – to my mom — but I was halfway through the intersection. I didn’t dart out in front of traffic. Fortunately, I realized with enough time to stop.

Honestly, I have better luck getting traffic to stop if I “jaywalk” across the street. Not my first choice, but sometimes it seems, better than the legal method.

I’m not sure what we need to do about the signs, and maybe life is better since ODT placed them on the highway.

But frankly, I’m growing tired of feeling like a frog waiting to be squished.

Giving Spirit

On a happier note, I’m quite impressed with the giving spirit I’ve seen present in Grove and Delaware County. On Tuesday, we told you about a fundraiser organized by a local law office for Auntie Em Henderson. Today, we have a story about one for Letha Fisher taking place on Aug. 8.

I love the way the community pulls together to help people in need. I think it’s one of the things that makes a small town shine.

Miss Oklahoma returns

I had a chance to visit with Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold in advance of her visit to Grove on Saturday. She’s returning to help emcee the Miss Grand Lake Pageant.

You can read more about her in today’s issue. She’s quite impressive and a joy to talk with. One thing is for certain, in my mind at least, she’s going to shine at the Miss America pageant.

A “Save The Date” notice

The challenge has been issued. Saturday, Aug. 24 is the Second Annual “Guns and Hoses” blood drive.

That’s right, once again The Grove Sun, led by our own Samantha Edwards, has issued a challenge to the Grove Police and Fire Departments.

Which group can organize the most successful blood donors? Which department will prove the victor this year?

Will the fire department have a repeat win? Or will the police department rebound from the first year loss?

Keep posted. I’m sure we’ll have more to say as the day draws closer. We’re also cooking up a few things to make the challenge a bit of fun.

Have a suggestion on what the losing department (or chief) must do for the winner? Sam and I are taking suggestions. Fair warning. We plan to hold the loser accountable to the compete the challenge.

Kaylea M. Hutson is the managing editor of The Grove Sun. She can be reached at kaylea.hutson@grovesun.com or 918-786-2228. This column originally appeared in the July 26, 2013 issue of The Grove Sun

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