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Spencer City Star

March 2007

 

MARCH 18th-24th

 IS NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK

 

 

 

The dangers children face in their childhood are countless. Some can’t be foreseen, but others such as accidental poisonings, can and should be prevented. Medicines, household chemicals, and other substances routinely used in the home pose a great danger to our children, if not stored properly.

 

One of the most effective means of poison prevention is the proper use of child resistant packaging. But remember…... The packaging is child-resistant, not childproof. Therefore, it is essential that adults keep potentially poisonous substances locked away from children.

 

Here is a list of safety rules to keep dangerous products out of the hands of children:

 

  • Keep harmful products locked up and out of your child’s sight and reach.
  • Use safety latches on drawers and cabinets where you keep dangerous items.
  • Call medicine by its correct name. Don’t confuse your child by calling medicine candy.
  • Always keep alcohol out of the reach of children.
  • Take extra care during stressful times.
  • Replace safety caps immediately after use.
  • Check your home for old medications, and get rid of them.
  • Don’t take medicine in front of young children, because children tend to copy adult behavior.
  • Keep products in their original containers. Don’t put non-food products in food or drink containers.
  • Get rid of substances used for old fashion treatments such as oil of wintergreen, boric acid, ammoniated mercury, oil of turpentine, and camphorated oil.

 

Also remember the danger of poisoning when you are away from home, especially at a grandparents house.

 

Another line of defense is the availability of the Poison Control Center, where lifesaving information is only a phone call away.

 

If a poisoning does occur, parents or caregivers can call the center 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at

(1-800-222-1222) and learn the appropriate action to take to reduce the poison's effects.

 

 

FREE

INCOME TAX PREPARATION

 

The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma has partnered with Community Actions Agency of OKC to provide Free Tax preparation to Spencer residents at the Ralph Ellison Library on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00-4:00.

 

If you have an 8th, 9th or 10th grade student and made less than $50,000 for the year, your child automatically qualifies for FREE COLLEGE TUTITION ANYWHERE IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA!! Staff will be available to discuss the program in length as well as sign you up right on the spot!!! For more information contact, Marquitta Hornbeak at (405) 424-5243.

 

 

FREE COLLEGE TUITION

MARCH 17th

 

 

It is important that we begin now preparing for our children’s future.

 

Saturday, March 24th, the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City will host a City Wide OHLAP sign up at the Spencer Senior Citizen Building. There will be FREE FOOD, MUSIC, PRIZES AND TONS OF FUN. There will be a seminar for parents and students of seniors preparing for college. 8th, 9th and 10th grade students will be able to sign up for free college tuition. YOU MUST BRING A COPY OF YOUR MOST RECENT TAX RETURN. Be on the look out for flyers, telephone calls and mail outs regarding this great event.

 

 

2ND ANNUAL

 SENIOR CITIZEN PROM

 

 

Calling all Senior Citizens wanting to

“Shake a Tail Feather”

 

The Star Spencer High School after school tutoring program will host the 2nd Annual Senior Citizen Prom on Friday, March 9th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Star Spencer cafeteria.

 

Food and drinks will be available and dress is casual. Prom pictures are a must and we plan to have lots of fun. For more information about the prom, please call Shenice L. Huff at 409-1876.

 

 

 

PARENT NIGHT 2007

ROGERS MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

 

Rogers Middle School parents are encouraged to attend Parent Night 2007 on Thursday March 29th from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents and students will be able to visit several booths and speak with organizations regarding summer, spring and year round programs for students.

 

Worried about dinner? Don’t! The after school tutoring program students and staff will be prepared to serve you with an exquisite meal. Flyers will go home with the students as well as information on the school’s marquee. For more information, please contact Shenice L. Huff at 409-1876.

  

1st Annual Spencer Cougar Football Challenge

Saturday, March 17th

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kringlen Park

 

 

If you’re looking for a challenge, or just want to join the fun, come down to Kringlen Park on Saturday, March 17th and enter the Spencer Cougar Football Challenge. Sign ups start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. All contestants’ MUST be registered by 2 p.m.  Events include Sled and Line Drills, Punt Pass, and 40 yard dash. Food and Cougar memorabilia (hats, T-shirts, etc.) will be sold at the event.

Hotdogs and Gatorade will be FREE to all contestants participation in the event.

For early registration please contact Mr. Green at 517-0264 or Mr. Williams at 771-3671.

 

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT

About a City Service

 

If you have a complaint regarding a City service, wish to report a neighborhood nuisance, road condition, or just have a general concern, please contact City Hall about a Citizen Service Request or fill out the form included in this newsletter.

 

Completed, forms can be delivered in the City’s night drop, mailed via US postal service, or returned to the City Hall office.

 

Once forms are received, they are distributed to the appropriate City department for response. The staff will try to process requests within 15 days of receipt. Citizen Service Request forms are also available on the City website at (www.cityofspencer.us).

 

 

AFTER HOUR UTILITY CALLS

 

Effective Immediately!!!!  All after hour Emergency Utility calls, will be directed to the Public Work’s Department telephone at 830-3826. Please update your records. Reminders will be announced on our website at www.cityofspencer.us, on the bottom of your utility bill, and in the next printing of the local phone book.

 

REMINDER

 

Municipal Elections for City of Spencer, Ward two (2) will be held on April 3rd.