Friday, September 6, 2013

Bits & Pieces: Falling into September in Grove

A friend joked with me last week, about all of the upcoming events taking place in and around Grove in the next few weeks.

"For a small town, you are really busy," she said with a grin.

I just laughed. I told her between the Fall Open House, Delaware County Fair, Oktoberfest, REC Day, a Sailboat Race, and Pelican Festival, the month is packed with all kinds of fun.

Grove may be a small town, but its residents know how to party and ring the fall in with a bang!

I'm looking forward to popping into a few stores this weekend during the fall open house, as well as capturing some action at the fair.

Speaking of the fair, by the time you read this Friday, I may be hanging out in the show ring at the fair.

I hear there's an "adult showmanship" class, and I've been invited check it out, and see if my FFA and 4-H skills are still there for showing dairy cattle.

I'll admit, it's been a wee-bit since I've stepped into a show ring. Probably at least 10 years (or more). My dad laughed when I went home over the weekend to "borrow" my niece's boots for the event—my "show ring" boots seem to have been lost in the move. I imagine my FFA advisor (who coincidentally, is now my nephew's advisor) would also laugh.

So we'll see if I still have show skills—and I'm sure there will be a picture or two posted to Facebook of my attempts, along with other staff members from The Delaware County Journal. We shall see.

If you capture a photo at the fair, be sure to enter your favorite in the Fair photo contest. You'll only win bragging rights, but you will probably see it in print, and help us capture the memories of the fair!

Football is here!

Tonight marks the first football game of the season, and the first home game. Miami vs. Grove. Do you have your game face on?

Want to keep up with all things sports this fall? Have an iPhone (or Android), check out the Sports Blitz app. (In the app store, search for it using "American Consolidated Media" and "Miami Sports Blitz." http://bit.ly/162hgbv. The app showcases things from both the Miami News Record and Grove Sun sports departments - so you'll have area sports news at your finger tips!

Tailgating and more

Speaking of the first game, we heard yesterday the Grove PTO will hold its Seventh Annual PTO Tailgate Party at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at the Mid-School Practice Field. For $5 you can get hot dogs, chips and a beverage—and support a district-wide organization.

Golf Carts

Here's something I never anticipated writing about. Grove Police Chief Mark Morris would like the public to know—people driving golf carts within the city limits must have a valid driver's license.

The police department is keeping an eye out for underage golf-cart drivers, especially it seems, on Patricia Island, after a rise in complaints of reckless and or underage driving.

So be forewarned.... citations may be issued if your kidlet is caught behind the wheel of the cart.

Common Core

Common Core—and its potential impact on Oklahoma teachers continues to be a "hot topic" among both Democrats and Republicans alike.

Next week, Linda Murphy a Republican who has worked within the state government and education, plans to talk about Common Core at the "Get America Back" meeting (set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Trinity Baptist Church.)

Organizers hope the meeting will continue to spread information about Common Core and how it will impact students, teachers and administrators alike. If you have an interest in this issue, you might want to check out the meeting.

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 Sept. 6, 2013 issue of The Grove Sun

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