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Aren’t you enjoying this October weather? We may still be in The Twilight Zone but at least we have cooler weather.

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With fall coming on, deer rut (mating season) will be here soon. If you are new to the area, you might be surprised to learn that very few places are completely off limits to deer activity in Payne County. In other words, this message is not just for those with rural landscapes.

Let us continue today with the discussion of the rezoning hearing involving 802 S. Western, 2302 and 2324 W. Eighth Streets. The City Council voted last week to send the rezoning back to the Planning Commission for another hearing.

Payne County rare birds for the week include a late Purple Martin at the Cushing Water Treatment Plant, the Upland Sandpiper heard twice, once over Whittenberg Park area and over Boomer Lake Park, and a short appearance by the Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Lake Carl Blackwell.

We are experiencing what (we hope) is no more than a once-in-a-hundred-year event. It will be a long time before we can fully comprehend all that has happened and is happening during this pandemic. This has been a difficult, dramatic time for so many of us, for so many different reasons. We …

Now that we are aware of the birds coming through the area as arriving and departing migrants, it will be and is already a special season. Over the past two weeks, listings were given for those species, and it is merely a waiting game, so if you haven’t been out to look for those migrants, d…

Stillwater Public Library is hosting an outdoor no-contact game night for area teens on 6 p.m. Friday. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enjoy an evening of fun and competitive no-contact “tag-based” games. To keep safely distanced, players will “tag” each other using lightweight objects, …

Payne County rare birds for the week include Short-billed Dowitcher, Red-necked Phalarope, and Western Kingbird all at Cushing Water Treatment Plant on Sept. 4, and Cedar Waxwing at OSU Botanic Garden on Sept. 5. Congratulations to all that made these discoveries.

At their September meeting, the Friends of the Library made the difficult decision to postpone the Sept. 16-19 used book sale. Their goals were to keep Friends members, volunteers, and shoppers safer and to not risk exacerbating the hospital’s current shortages. The Friends will reschedule t…

Beginning in March 2020 and continuing through May 2022, school meals are free for all public school students. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of school meals across America and throughout Stillwater. While schools and businesses were closed or at reduced capacity, famil…

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The September migrant arrivals for the first half of the month should be Northern Pintail, Eared Grebe, Sabine’s Gull, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Blue-headed and Philadelphia Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson’s Thrush, Vesper, Savannah, …

Even though Oklahoma continues to experience summer temperatures, homeowners who want to get new trees or shrubs planted should start making plans to do so now. Fall not only is a great time for decorating with pumpkins and scarecrows, it’s also a good time to get new trees and shrubs plante…

Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, thousands of new titles are being added to the Oklahoma Virtual Library from now through Sept. 30. Librarians have already ordered more than 2000 titles, including copies of popular …

Driving across Oklahoma it’s not unusual to see patches of wildflowers along the highway. Wildflower gardens can make a great addition to any landscape with their bright colors and variety of flowers.

Downsizing is a relatively new term. It basically means “getting rid of something,” whether that means employees or stuff that’s been cluttering up your home for years.

The Stillwater Public Library is moving forward with its next reading event taking place Oct. 2-Nov. 11. “NEA Big Read: Stillwater” is the library’s 10th community-wide reading series and explores survival and resilience through the books “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel and the “NE…

Stillwater’s precipitation for the week was 0.01 inches. Even though it has been cooler most mornings, the evaporation is about normal for the season with widening ground cracks for the occasional lizard and skink seeking a cool respite in the warmer parts of the day.

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Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are facing a choice as the federal government begins requiring their staffs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if the long-term care facilities want to continue receiving reimbursements from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

I believe it is the duty of each generation to pass on what they have learned to the generation that follows them, i.e., to their offspring.

In the late 1980s, a boy named Tomohiro Inoue graduated from a high school in Osaka, Japan and applied for admission to several Japanese universities.

As the school year begins, it is time to refocus on reading skills. The library is here to support families with resources to strengthen those skills, and hopefully, instill a love of books and reading.

When people come to visit the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar, they see numerous exhibits on a variety of topics focused on Stillwater’s history. What they may not see is what goes on behind the scenes to create an inviting and engaging museum experience, to house and maintain Still…

Beef Fall Fitness is an educational workshop put on by the Payne County Extension Office and the Stillwater Milling Company. The workshop will be held on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Payne County Expo Center. Come join us as we talk about Livestock Equipment, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, Cattl…

This World Lung Cancer Day, August 1, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is urging Oklahomans to quit tobacco using its FREE resources and highlighting the importance of lung cancer screening for early detection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cigarette smoking is the…

Over the past week, Payne County has seen 1.09 inches of rain. Rare bird observations for the same period included the Willow Flycatcher on July 16 at Teal Ridge Wetlands, a female Hooded Merganser at Boomer Lake on July 18, and a very vocal Scarlet Tanager in the wooded area off Lakeview Rd…

Beef Fall Fitness is an educational workshop put on by the Payne County Extension Office and the Stillwater Milling Company. The workshop will be held on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Payne County Expo Center. Come join us as we talk about Livestock Equipment, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, Cattl…

Our culture has excelled at labeling various phenomena with descriptive terms. “Road Rage” is an example. We used to just say, “Did you see that? That hacks me off.”

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