BYNG — Byng’s Excellence in Education Foundation  is hosting a fundraiser that will conclude with a barbecue dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April  29, at Byng School Cafeteria. 

BEEF’s Board held a breakfast meeting at J.D.’s .Cafeteria at 7 p.m., Jan. 18,, and put the final touches on the campaign which the group hopes will provide them with funds for scholarships and for teacher grants.

Tickets for the dinner will be $25 each.  Those purchasing a ticket will also be eligible for several drawings throughout the night.  BEEF officials will conclude the night by drawing for the Grand Prize which will give  the lucky winner their choice of a premium John Deere Lawn Tractor (48-inch cut),  a Kawasaki 360 Four Wheeler or a pair of youth ATVs.  Only 600 tickets will be sold.

Tickets can be purchased from any board members of the foundation.  Phone Carlton Tilley at (580) 332-3031 or e-mail him at ctilley@peoplesec.com for more information.

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Three Byng residents are part of the AARP group which will offer free income tax service to Pontotoc County residents starting Feb. 2  These Byng people are Bette Cole, Andy Hood and Fran Henley.  These volunteers spent the past week in training to update new tax laws. For more information, phone Bette Cole at (580) 332-3882.

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There must be something in the January air that causes  people to start thinking about class reunions, for I’ve had calls about two such reunions that are in the planning stages.   Byng’s class of 1976 plans a meeting  at the Renaissance Salon, 313 N. Mississippi, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28.   Stacey Meeks Hopper, spokesperson, said they’re hoping to have a good-sized group to set a tentative date and to help get in touch with some graduates whose current addresses are unknown.  Stacy’s telephone is (580) 332-4263.

Class of 1966  is also hoping there is enough interest in a reunion to start work on it now.  Frances Phillips, phone (580) 436-1728, was  initiator of this group’s first reunion — their 20th.  Now that they have 40 years of the real world under their belts, several have suggested to Frances that, since she did such a good job the first time, she might try it again.  She’s willing to try, but, understandably, would like some help.  Call her if you’re interested.

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Jerry Studebaker, math teacher at Latta, pastor of Ada Bible Baptist Church, and former Byng resident, has spent the past several days at Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, undergoing tests to determine what has caused him to be in tremendous pain since he had a procedure in November that was supposed to offer alleviation from suffering. Doctors suspect Jerry has a bone infection, and they have started  antibiotics given by IV.  He is expected to be  released this week for treatment from Home Health.  Home Health personnel will arrive at 5:30 each morning and night.  Eventually, if this system shows signs of success, his wife, Lou Jean, will be trained to administer the injections, and, eventually, Jerry will be able to administer the antibiotics to himself. 

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The favorite indoor sport for most of us is eating, and one of our favorite topics of conversation is about the subject of food.  Almost every recipe has a story connected to it. For that reason, Ruth Ann Taylor has been encouraging  the people of Byng to give her or a member of the PAST Foundation favorite recipes, particularly those which have stories connected with them.

PAST (Preserving Area Stories in Time) is an organization that aims at eventually assisting Ada in having a museum that reflects the interesting and colorful history of the area.   The Little Red School House and the pioneer cabin, both of which are located near Wintersmith Park, They want to two projects in which PAST has played a major role.

In celebration of Oklahoma’s forthcoming centennial, PAST is preparing a cookbook honoring area families.  They plan to include family recipes and their accompanying stories.

Title of the book is “Recipes of our Heritage” covering the period from 1895 to the present.   They want stories and recipes from all eras, but they are especially interested in the early years, the Depression and the war years (World War I and World War II.)  They want to know how families coped with the great depression and what foods helped them get \by financially and emotionally?

How did they cope with rationing and meatless days.  What recipes were favorites?  Does your family still use them today.  Recent stories are as interesting as vintage ones.

The book will be arranged by decades, and the deadline for submitting recipes and stories is March 1, 2006. They want recipes to be in a format that everyone can use and get the  same great results your family enjoys. If the recipes includes terms such as dab, pinch or smidgen, please go into the kitchen and measure what each equals in terms of conventional measurement in parenthesis next to the term used by your family.

Send recipes to Dr. Ann Klepper, 722 East 17th Street, Ada, Okla. 74820. For more information phone Klepper at (580) 332-6059 or Ruth Ann Taylor at (580) 436-1116.