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So it has been a while since you opened a book for enjoyment. Sure, you pick up a repair manual from time to time, read articles on the internet and maybe even read to the kids, but there is more to reading than utility. The responsibilities of life may have pulled you away from the fun of r…

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No news to report on Payne County rare birds for the week, though we did have a nominal 0.19 inches of rain that was received in Stillwater over the past seven day period.

Many of these library shelf articles serve to make Payne County residents aware of services and programs offered by Stillwater Public Library. That is not the purpose of this article. This article is to spur you to use our resources to learn something new!

Payne County rare birds for the week include the Eastern Towhee at a private residence on Cimarron Hill Rd., a possible Mexican Duck, and the ongoing Red-naped Sapsucker at the OSU Botanic garden.

The Visit Stillwater team, which serves as Stillwater’s destination marketing and management organization and an integrated community development engine, can summarize our enthusiasm for a convention center development in Stillwater with two words – Game Changer!

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The Payne County rare bird alert takes an interesting twist regarding the still-present Red-naped Sapsucker. The original bird observed in early October appears to be the same bird still being found at the OSU Botanic Garden. It is a beautiful breeding male.

The Payne County arrival migratory report for the second half of the month includes Long-tailed Duck, Common Merganser, and Iceland Gull. The departures should be King Rail, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Black-crowned Night-Heron, American Bittern, Osprey, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and V…

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

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.

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