• The Stillwater Water Garden Society will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m at the water garden of Ron and Nancy Frasier, 1400 Independence Lane in Perry.

From Sixth and Western in Stillwater, go west to I-35 and then north to Exit 185. After exiting the interstate, go 1.5 miles east on U.S. 77/S.H. 164. Continue one block east to 15th Street, then turn right. The house is a two story red brick with a three-car garage.

Cross Timber Koi will speak about fish at the meeting, answer questions and familiarize listeners with how to pick out fish and take care of them properly.

The Frasier water garden was on the tour last year. It was the one that had a wooden train engine for the kids to play on. The Frasiers have many areas of their garden that can’t be seen without exploring. There is a fire pit, a bridge, all kinds of animals and many shaded areas.

Seventeen members of the Stillwater Water Garden Society traveled to Wichita, Kan., recently for an all-day tour. The tour was planned by member Lionel Arnold. The group met a contingent of members in Perry and headed up I-35, stopping first at Botanica, the Wichita gardens.

Botanica has several water gardens and water features. One is a gigantic pond that originally had a natural bottom.

Water gardeners in Wichita donate fish, usually koi that have gotten too big for their ponds. These koi are excellent specimens that are colorful and very active. Several of the water lilies were in bloom. The rose garden was lovely and the butterfly house was beautiful the group reported.

Lunch was at the Wichita Museum of Art. A highlight there was a Chihuly hanging like a chandelier in the main room. Then beneath a glass floor were more specimens of the glass art.

The final stop was the Ulrich Museum on the campus of Wichita State University.

The Water Garden Tour committee reports that it is on schedule in organizing the 2006 Stillwater/Perkins tour. There will be 16 gardens, four of which are in Perkins. The tour will be June 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Booklets are on sale now for $5 at O’Higgins, Oasis, Stillwater National Bank, Keathly’s, Aqua Mart, Perkins Veterinary Clinic in Perkins and D’Mario’s Pizza in Perkins. More information is available from Sharral Tye at 612-0698.

• On June 8, TOPS OK13 had 10 TOPS and seven KOPS attend its weekly meeting at Payne County Health Department.

The best TOPS loser for the week was Wayne Smith, and the best KOPS was Beverly Lockwood. The group had a net loss of 14.25 pounds for the week.

Awards were given out for walking, exercise and food charts kept for the month of May. Receiving awards were Beverly Lockwood, Beulah Moore, Wayne Smith, Patricia Mitchell, Patty Pappan, Brenda Sisco, Gayle Hill, Tammy Petermann, Jackie Baird, Norma Smith and Bennie Lockwood.

The best loser for May was Brenda Sisco. The group had a net loss of 12.25 pounds for May.

Norma Smith gave a program on the importance of reading labels.

Several members from TOPS OK13 will be attending a funday Saturday in Enid.

For more information about Take Off Pounds Sensibly, call Helen at 372-9524 or Gayle at 547-2652 or visit . TOPS OK13 meets each Thursday at the Payne County Health Department. Weigh-in is from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., and the meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. It costs nothing to visit. To join is $24 a year for national dues and $1.50 a month for chapter dues.

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