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Spencer City Star


Monthly newsletter



January is

Family Fit Lifestyle Month



Two of the most common resolutions made every year are to be fit and/or lose weight and to spend more time with family. Most of us can relate to making and/or breaking one or both of those resolutions in the past. Why not make 2007 the year that you keep these resolutions by combining them? In an effort to keep both resolutions, spend your family time as health and fitness time. Here's some suggestions to keep your exercise program fun, consistent, and safe: Warm up! Take a few minutes to stretch before any activity. *Keep safety in mind. Wear appropriate headgear or pads when cycling or skating. (Moms and dads, this also means you.) * Let a different family member pick their favorite activity for the whole group to do together each week. * Buy a notebook and use it as a fitness diary. Record how long or far each family member walked, ran, or cycled each day. * Stick to a schedule. * Make regular physical activity a part of your family's daily routine. Take your children to the grocery store to help with the shopping. For younger children who may get impatient, make shopping a scavenger hunt. * Allow your children to help you prepare meals or snacks. * Let family members share in menu planning for the week. Each family member can participate by suggesting their favorite meal and side dish. * Help your children fix healthy, creative meals after school, or evening snacks. * Take trips to a farmer's market together or participate in a family cooking class.

Use these suggestions, or some of your own, to enjoy a healthy and happy life with your family.





With home heating bills expected to increase significantly this winter, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board is contributing $1 million to energy conservation assistance for Oklahomans in need. The contribution will support the Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which weatherizes homes for low-income Oklahomans, saving them up to 30 percent on their home heating bills. Through the Weatherization Assistance Program, energy efficiency services are performed free of charge for qualifying, low-income households. These services include weather-stripping doors, installing proper insulation, replacing windows, and other measures that help save energy and money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, home heating bills will increase an average of 25 percent this season. Weatherization measures provide long-term relief for low-income families and protect them against future fluctuations in energy prices and supplies. Savings can total $350 each year. Eligible applicants are low-income individuals and priority is given to the elderly, handicapped and families with children. Call 1-800-879-6552 or contact your local Community Action Agency (www.okacaa.org), for more information.


Lend a “helping hand”


The website My Hometown Helper is offering limited time “helping hand” mini grants. Community Support plays a key role in the determination of funding, and your help would be greatly appreciated. Please , visit  www.myhometownhelper.com, review the submitted projects, and comment with your support. We currently have requests for the following projects: Mobile Computers for Police Cars, Reserve Police Officer Uniforms, Photoshop Software, Weight Room Equipment for Star Spencer High School, Uniforms and Computer for Fire Department, TTY Machines, Ice Machine for the Senior Center, Lobby Furniture for the Senior Center, Silver Creek Park Equipment, and Football Equipment for the Spencer Cougars. Thank you in advance for supporting your community! We look forward to seeing your comments.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


The Day: On the third Monday of January each year, the entire nation takes pause to honor the life, memory, impact and service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A National Holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day sees a variety of types of commemorations across the United States. Oklahoma City events range from the yearly parade through downtown to a silent march. The Parade: Beginning at 2pm on Monday, January 15th in Oklahoma City, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade will start at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral at 127 NW 7th in downtown Oklahoma City. The parade route will move South before moving to Harvey, then South again to Robert S. Kerr. After advancing West to Walker and South to Sheridan, the parade will continue through Bricktown on Sheridan to Lincoln. It is expected to end at about 5pm. The 2007 parade theme is "Many Colors, One Dream: Our Strength is in Our Unity." The Prayer Breakfast: The 11th annual Midwest City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Reed Conference Center on the Rose State College campus will begin at 7:15am on Monday, January 15th.Organizers expect between 400-500 people will enjoy breakfast followed by speeches and music. The keynote speech will be given by Eric Anthony Joseph, Dean of the John William & Annie Laurie Coleman Heritage Center at Langston University. The Silent March: The traditional silent march, in the style of the early civil rights movement marches, will begin at 9am on Monday, January 15th. It will move from the Ralph Ellison Library on NE 23rd to the former Historical Society building on Lincoln Blvd. The Bell Ringing: At 11am, Governor Brad Henry will ring Oklahoma's replica of the Liberty Bell in front of the former Historical Society building on Lincoln Blvd. The MLK Jr. Holiday Coalition Program: This year's annual program from the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition of Oklahoma City will feature keynote speaker Constance Johnson, Oklahoma City Senator. Former Senator Angela Monson of Oklahoma City and Representative Opio Toure of Oklahoma City will serve as emcees. The program will include a number of speeches and will take place at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral on NW 7th from noon until the parade begins at 2pm.



Stay Informed—Be Involved


City Council Meetings are conducted in the City Council chambers at City Hall on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in public meetings. The following agenda items were addressed at the December 21st Meeting: Discussion and action on the final application of the State Revolving Fund Loan program * Discussion and action on the revisions of the SRF Loan program projects *  Discussion and action on the City’s participation in the MLK Day Parade and Celebration * Discussion and action on Resolution #67-12-06.  A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE RURAL ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN FUND TO SEEK SECOND PHASE OF FUNDING FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A 12” WATERLINE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF 23RD BETWEEN MIDWEST BLVD. For more information, including frequently asked meeting questions please visit our website at www.cityofspencer.us. or attend the next Council meeting.


Business Spotlight

Walgreens Photo Center



Have you had the opportunity to use Walgreens Photo Center? If not, I’d like to tell you what they have to offer.  Walgreens can take your digital, standard, or camera phone photos and create amazing gifts for almost any occasion. Do you need a gift for a birthday, wedding, or baby shower, and don’t know what to get? Do you know someone who has everything, and is extremely difficult to buy for? Try sharing a memory, or a special picture that you captured with your friends, co-workers or relatives. Photo gifts make gift giving fun and easy.

Some of Walgreens best selling photo gifts include: Mugs, Calendars, Posters, T-Shirts, Mouse Pads, Memory Books, Flip Books and Photo Cards. Other gifts ideas include: Ornaments, Candy Tins, Tote Bags, Aprons, Puzzles, Note Pads, Teddy Bears, Clocks, Coffee Mugs, Coaster Sets, Throw Blankets and more. Walgreens offers a user friendly online service at www.walgreens.com or visit the in-store Photo Center (8917 NE 23rd Street, Spencer) for more information. 


Employment Opportunities


The City of Spencer is proud to announce job openings in the January Newsletter. Job openings are a sign of growth in our city. If you know of someone in need of work, please share this information with them. For the good of the City, Spencer requires a criminal background check and performs a drug test on each applicant for all city positions. For upcoming notices, please see the city’s website www.cityofspencer.us. The city also posts positions with Workforce Oklahoma.  Here is a list of our current openings:

Public Works Operator—This position provides labor and data collection needs of the Spencer Utility Authority/Public Works. This included Streets, Water and Wastewater operations of the city. The Public Works Operator will install new services, assist with leak repairs and maintenance of the water and wastewater system, and collect data needed to report on the overall operation of our Utility System. The applicant must have a strong work ethic, good attitude, and the ability to obtain licensing and certification as required by the Department of Environmental Quality. High school diploma and Oklahoma driver's license required. Applicants must submit to check of their driver's record and background. Interested applicants should pick up an application ant Spencer City Hall or download from the City's Website at www.cityofspencer.us. This position offers $8.00 per hour, with full health, dental, and retirement benefits.

Police Reserve Officers— Spencer Police Department is seeking Reserve Officers to assist the full time staff. Applicants must be CLEET certified, have a high school diploma, and submit to a check of their criminal and driving records. Applications are available at the Spencer Police Department or at the City’s website at www.cityofspencer.us. Applicants will receive a commission card in the performance of their duties.

Permit Collections Clerk—Extra Money while helping the City of Spencer -The Office of the City Clerk requires a part time employee to collect peddler’s fees from Mary’s Swap Meet Friday through Sunday.  Hours for this position will not exceed 24 hours per week.  The applicant must have cash handling experience, no criminal history, the ability to walk and stand for long periods of time, and willingness to collect fees in all weather conditions. Fees collected by this position go directly to the support of the Spencer Parks programs.  In the past, these fees have made possible the purchase of sports programming, such as the Spencer Cougars, the Spencer Riding Camp conducted by Rita Cooksey, bleachers for general use at Kringlen Park, and acted as matching funds in the application of private and public grants for parks and recreations problems in Spencer, OK.   This position offers the applicant $7.00 per hour with no benefits.

Reminders and Requests



Mr. Peoples—Code Enforcement reminds you to remove all derelict vehicles, and keep your property clean and free of debris.

Ms. Fittro—Utility Billing reminds you that a Bulky Waste Pick-Up is scheduled for Monday, January 29th.

Mrs. Scovill— Administrative Assistant requests your newsletter ideas for upcoming newsletter issues.

Ms. Bell—Neighborhood Watch/Community Service Supervisor reminds you of the Meeting on January 20th at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall, and to Slow down on Saturday mornings as Youth Community Service Crews will removing roadside trash between 8 a.m. and noon.

Mrs. Lancaster—City Clerk requests your attendance at the next Council Meeting.


Community Calendar


January 1st New Year’s Day—City Offices will be closed.


January 4th Rezoning Meeting 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.


January 15th Martin Luther King Day—City Offices will be closed.


January  18th City Council Meeting 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.


January 20th Neighborhood Watch—(Liberty) 2:00 p.m. at City Hall.


January  29th Bulky Waste Pick-Up Please place your bulky items at the curb by 6:00 am on Monday the 29th  to minimize  confusion and the associated time and fuel wasted chasing “missed” items.