BYNG — Byng residents are loving//hating their road (old 99/370) that is in the process of being re-surfaced. 

 On the positive side is the fact that the county road crew didn’t drag their feet once they’d started.   I heard noise at the front of my house one morning this week and discovered a multitude of vehicles which were putting down a coating of hot tar, a thick layer of white gravel, pressing gravel into the tar, sprinkling the gravel with water, then brushing off the surplus. The crew covered the road from the city limits of Ada north to the intersection of the new highway, and it took them less than two days.   I watched with fascination as each vehicle maneuvered its way forward and backward.  I admired the skill of the drivers of those gigantic machines as they traversed backward as much as forward, straight as an arrow.  (Vehicular backing is not my strong suit according to my husband who sometimes asks me to direct him as he tries to put a boat in the water or get an RV onto its slab.  He sighs and gives up on my direction.)  I am, therefore, an ardent admirer of people who have backing skills.  The new road is pretty, nice and white with a few sparkles thrown in for good measure.

On the negative side is the fact that the new road is not comfortable to walk or ride on. I have only a short distance to walk to make my way to the school road and the track, but any car that passes me leaves my legs pockmarked from a generous spray of stinging gravel.  Too, trying to walk on the gravel is a bit likes trying to make your way across a field of ball bearings. Driving on the road is not much better.  There’s not a great deal of traffic (thank goodness) but, even at moderate speed, an automobile stirs up a sheaf of white dust which promptly settles all over the car.    Any car that passes throws gravel onto my windshield.  The road is more like seersucker or crepe than velvet. 

I realize that things will get better when the gravel gets packed down again, and eventually we’ll be glad we have it resurfaced. We know it’s far superior to the old road which had had all its cracks sealed to make way for the new surface resulting in many bumps, but one could see them coming and prepare for them. This new road is all one white, sparkly surface and looks smooth, but it isn’t.

However, we are thankful to our County Commissioner Gary Starns for remembering our transportation needs and we will be even more grateful when the new surface gets settled.

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Major topic of conversation in the community is the various school reunions being planned this year. Don’t forget the class of 1971’s 35th reunion Friday night and Saturday. Family night is at 7 p.m. at Wintersmith Park;   On Saturday there is a tour of the school from 1-4 with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Byng Student Cemter.

The Alumni Reunion banquet is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.   That morning at 10 a.m. a “Brick ceremony” is scheduled on the slope at the south side of the high school.  Students and alumni who paid $25 will have an opportunity to view their bricks which will have been laid previously.   A tour of the school will follow. 

The class of 1956 will celebrate its 50th year that weekend,  and advance word  is that the majority of that group will attend, with many coming from other states for the occasion.  

I will have details in a later column about the 20th and the 40th reunions which will take place later.

Staci Meek Hopper called me this week to tell me about the reunion for the class of 1976.  Their reunion is scheduled for Aug. 12 at Fossil Creek (about nine miles south of Ada on County Road 1620.) Their committee has had the reunion scheduled since January, but they still do not have addresses for some students. Staci asks that any alumnus or friend or family member of a 1976 alumnus phone her at (580) 332-4263 with addresses and/or phone numbers where they can be reached.   Officers of that class were Trudy Coffey (Green), president; Jim Gray, vice president; and Laurie Dew, secretary.

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Congratulations to Lisa Eidson.  She won second place in cultural items at the recent 2006 Red Earth Youth Art Competition.  She made a leather pot with a carved and painted design that she named Night Star.  She received a red ribbon, a certificate, and a $75 check.  Lisa is a Byng High School student.  Her parents are Wesley and Carla Eidson.

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Several Byng residents have returned from trips.   Joe Dixon, pastor of New Bethel Church, had a business trip to Palm Springs, California.  He says the trip was fine, it was just the getting there that was hard.  He had delays and unexpected waiting that, as he says, “just about took all the fun out of flying.”

My next door neighbor and kinfolks-by-choice, the Barrons , have also been traveling.  Abby took a long weekend, Thursday through Monday, recently and flew to Baltimore, MD to visit her daughter, Dawna Michele, who is Associate Director of the Career Center at Johns Hopkins University.  The  mother and daughter spent a day, but not nearly long enough, at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and they visited the home of Edgar Allen Poe on another day.   They found the Poe home interesting, but it was located in a run-down section of Baltimore, and they did not feel comfortable or safe in that area.

Last week it was Richard’s and Mitch\’s turn to do some visiting.  They took a driving tour of several western states, lingering longest in Utah and getting some excellent photographs of this favorite area.  They were gone from Sunday until Friday night.  “I don’t know who was more glad to see us return—Abby, the two dogs, or the two goats,” says Richard.                 

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Nathaniel Stone, a Byng alumnus, was in the area and a visitor at church Wednesday night with his grandparents, Bob and Freda Flatt.  Nathaniel is in the Armed Services and spent a year in Iraq.  He is presently at Oahu, Hawaii.   He likes that tour of duty very much, but says he

“wouldn’t be surprised” if he gets another visit to the Mid-East.   Nathaniel looked great, and it was so good to see him.  I remember how badly he was hurt in a motorcycle accident shortly after he graduated high school.   It was good to see that all visible scars have healed.

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