- Ada, Oklahoma


November 11, 2010

Fifth Season — the holiday season — is now upon us

Ada — I don’t know if you are aware that our part of the country has five seasons rather than the customary four.  We start off the year with winter, then spring, summer and fall, but there’s an extra season that comes early in fall and lasts through early winter.  That’s what is known as HOLIDAY season.  All traditional holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are adjustable.   For example, several of us joined the more than 1,000 people who shared Thanksgiving Smorgasbord last Sunday with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  For two of the people at our table, it was already the second Thanksgiving they had celebrated, and I’m sure most of us will tie on our bibs for several Thanksgiving feasts before the official T-Day gets here.  That’s all right. In my opinion, we can’t have too many good high-cal meals with friends and families, and we can’t have too much thanks-giving.

Actually, I think at New Bethel we got started on our holiday season last month with a wiener roast at Ruth Ann Taylor’s house.  There’s something about an outside fire with wieners and marshmallows roasting thereon that makes all of us feel like teen-agers again!   Follow that up with an autumn festival for children and families of the community, and you have a good send-off for the holiday season.  We had all sorts of games with interesting prizes.  Some of the kids needed pickup trucks to carry home the cupcakes they won at the cake walk.

We have several other forthcoming events on our church calendar including a Baptist Women’s Bible Study.  We are using a video series by Dr. David Jeremiah that we are finding interesting and challenging.  The study this week was at the home of Jodi Jackson.

Next Sunday,  November 14, at 3 p.m. we will host a baby shower for Holly and Danny Price, and on Tuesday, Nov. 16,  we are participating at a BSU luncheon providing dessert for ECU’s college students.  We are working with the women from Lightning Ridge Church.

Our Community Thanksgiving Service is Tuesday, Nov. 23,  at 7 p.m. at Byng Assembly of God church.  We will bring finger food for the fellowship service.  All churches of the community are invited.


Byng High School class  of 1985 had its 25th reunion at the Byng Student Center on Saturday Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.  Thirty-nine graduates attended,

Out-of-towners included Scott Alton, Frisco, Texas; Damon Barrick, Ponca City;  Oliver Brown, Fort Worth, Texas; John Burns, Oklahoma City; Charlene Burnside Rice, Wylie, Texas; Marcia Cooper Bush, Ector, Texas, John Dunn, Colcord, Okla.; Terri Gallaher McCarthy, New Orleans, La.; Billy Garrett, Oklahoma City; Dindy Grove Seliga, Siloam Springs, Ark.; Cheri Henry, Allen; Brian Kirkes, McAlester; and Charlie Law, Norman.

Those attending who still make their hones in Ada were Crystal Anson Bigham; Shawn Brassfield, Jeff Cali; Paul Elliott; Tracy Jackson, Gary Johnson, David Keith, Lis Phillips Modrrison, and Tina Lackey Ofsak.

Serving on the planning committee were Lisa Phillips Morrison Crystal Anson Bigham, Christy Whitlock Estes, Kevin Luper and David Keith.

Certificates and gag gifts were given to the following; TRAVELED GREATEST DISTANCE — Danielle Owens Delint, Wilsonville, Ore.; MOST KIDS — Janice Tims Hixon, Oklahona City, six kids; MARRIED LONGEST — Christy Whitlock Estes, Ada; 23 1/2 years.  MOST GRANDCHILDREN — Billy Garrett,. two grandchildren, boy and girl; MOST RECENTLY MARRIED— Terri Gallaher McCarthy, New Orleans; three years; MOST CHANGED GUY — Scott Alton, Frisco, Texas; MOST CHANGED GIRL — Danielle Owens Delint; Wilsonville, Ore.;  LEAST CHANGED GUY — Billy Garrett; LEAST CHANGED GIRL — Dindy Grove Seliga, Siloam Springs, Ark.;  MOST GRAY HAIR — Brian Kirkes, McAlester; LEAST AMOUNT OF HAIR — Scott Alton, Frisco, Texas.

Administrators, teachers and other guests present included Todd Crabtree, current superintendent; Bobby Johns, retired athletic director; Dorothy Logan, retired history and drill team teacher, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Maloy.  He was  assistant superintendent, and she worked in vocational education; Dorothhy Milligan, retired journalism teacher, Alan Simpson, tennis coach and teacher, and former basketball coach.  Mrs. Kelly Logan Bartley and her daughter and graduate of 1988, were also present.

The class of 1985 offered a special thank-you to Supt. Todd Crabtree.  He began his career as an educator, teaching science  to this class when they were freshmen.  He continued their science education each year thereafter, and when they were seniors,  he also was their yearbook sponsor.  The class expressed surprise that he continued to teach after his lengthy exposure to them and also expressed gratitude for his permission for the use of the Student Center for the reunion.


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