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Carving Out Camaraderie

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Bill and Carol Payne of Broken Arrow often pack up a picnic lunch and head for the lake, where he works on a woodcarving project and she settles in with her embroidery. It’s their pandemic therapy. “It absolutely is stress relieving,” says Bill,  a retired power plant engineer for American Airlines. “And you can work on it for a while and...

The Frontiers of Medicine

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While it has undoubtedly been a tough year for everyone, those in the healthcare sector have felt the pressure more than most. A relentless pandemic rages on, and Oklahoma’s best and brightest work tirelessly to keep us safe. We explore the ins and outs of COVID-19 and its effects on healthcare workers. We also cover advancements in cancer care, telemedicine and orthopedics, and give a general overview on lifelong health.

Renewing a Lost Craft

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“Calligraphy is the most intimate, private and spontaneous expressive means. Like a fingerprint or voice,it is unique with every person.” – Hermann Zapf Calligraphy, a form of visual art, is a skill very few people have knowledge of these days. Luckily, a handful of experts around Oklahoma continue to educate enthusiastic students about this fascinating pastime.   Jill Simmons, owner of the...

Ready to Bounce Back

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Pauls Valley is a familiar rest stop on the bustling Interstate 35 between Oklahoma City and Dallas-Fort Worth. But those who venture into the city will find a community rich in history and culture, a fascinating museum, and, once a year, one of the most unique fishing tournaments anywhere. The annual Okie Noodling Tournament – where competitors scavenge for catfish...

The Tulsa Mayoral Race Heats Up

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Candidates looking to challenge Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum are campaigning during a summer like no other. “We are in a really challenging year in Tulsa, with the global pandemic, a national recession, significant budget drops for cities across the state and a tremendous amount of turmoil around longstanding racial issues in our country,” says Bynum, 42, who seeks a second...

A Briefing on Tribal Nations

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Developing Infrastructure Iron Horse is not your run-of-the-mill industrial park, says James C. Collard, director of economic development for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  When the Canada-based Pro Pipe opens its $5.5 million factory at the tribal-owned park later this year, it will be doing so in the only active foreign trade zone on Native American land, says Collard. Pro Pipe will employ...

Education’s Changing Landscape

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In the pandemic’s wake, the paradigm of traditional education in Oklahoma is in flux, as institutions plan how to best serve students under ever-evolving health guidelines. The general consensus in higher learning? A blend of in-person and online methods may be the way to go. “To help guide Oklahoma’s universities, colleges and high schools, the Oklahoma Department of Education offers...

From Honoring Legacies to COVID-19 Relief

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Get your fill of artistic goodies this month around the state. At 108 Contemporary, visit Celebrating a Century of Life: Bob Hawks from Aug. 7 to Sept. 30. The show, which commemorates the 100th birthday of local member artist Bob Hawks, presents a curated selection of his woodwork and photography. The aptly named Art Doesn’t Stop at ahha Tulsa runs through...

The Changing Film Landscape

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Around Town It has been incredible and, frankly, heartening, to see the speed with which the Oklahoma film community has responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to technology, film festivals – which could easily have suffered death blows at the hands of the shutdown – have found ways to keep going, largely by migrating online. While June...

Face Mask Ordinance in Tulsa Approved

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On Wednesday evening, the Tulsa City Council passed a temporary ordinance to Title 27 of the Tulsa Revised Ordinances for the adoption of a new mask requirement. The ordinance passed 7-2. Mask mandates apply to those 18 and older “located within Public Service Areas of Places of Public Accommodation or an Educational Building. are required to wear face coverings at all...