A Tulsa area Good Samaritan gave a very kind donation in the form of gift cards to be used for helping flood victims.  The Rogers County Long Term Recovery Group, along with state agencies and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief), are working to help roughly 300 families put their homes back together from the 2019 floods. They are currently in need of volunteers to help with sheetrocking. More volunteering needs will be coming as cases are evaluated and all resources have been combed through.  Pictured: Ron Burrows, Rogers County Commissioner; Crystal Campbell, Co-chair of the RC Long-Term Recovery Group, Tim McHugh, Co-Chair of RCLTRG and First United Methodist. 
So, by now we’ve all paid for that new gym membership, researched the latest diets and sworn off junk food. Welcome to a new year. Slow your roll there, people. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Wish I would’ve taken my own advice years ago. I got the great idea one time to stop drinking pop, dipping tobacco, and run my first 5k without any training all on the same day, cold turkey. Crazy right!! That was years ago and boy, have things changed. I still don’t drink any pop, have recently started dipping snuff again after four years without and take my running a little more serious now. ** Side note on dipping snuff** I stopped for four years but after being diagnosed with cancer this past year, my nerves were killing me. I was a wreck. I know for my health and well-being of my family, I will stop...
  Do you exercise with your dog, or would you consider doing any of the following?? Our dog needs a little more discipline or training before he can probably handle some of these, but it still fun to consider getting exercise with him! 1️⃣ Biking There's no need to leave your dog at home when you want to go for a bike ride. There are a number of dog leashes available online that are made for biking with dogs, like the hands-free WalkyDog Plus Bike Leash. The leash safely attaches to your bicycle, keeping your dog a safe distance from your bike. It also keeps you in control should your pup stop or pull on your ride. 2️⃣ Yoga You could strike a warrior pose on your own, but why not do downward dog with your dog? Doga, as it's called, is yoga for dogs and it's a great way to incorporate your pup into your...
Lance Swift, a loan officer at RCB Bank in Claremore, was named an “Honor’s Graduate” for his outstanding work on the Oklahoma Banker’s Association exam. He was also praised for his contributions to the 2019 Oklahoma Bankers Association Consumer Lending School. “Lance’s interest in the school was evident from the first session,” said Janis Reeser, executive vice president of education at the OBA. “His thoughtful questions and comments added to class discussion. He also encouraged the other attendees and provided support when asked.” Lance was chosen for the award by the OBA’s regents, staff, faculty and students. He will sit on the OBA advisory board and will speak with next year’s class on their final day. Every year, the OBA conducts more than 70 educational programs and seminars, which reach more than 5,000 bankers across the state. They educate students on the overall consumer credit function and how lenders can meet the...
Spring is right around the corner and the Master Gardeners Association of Rogers County is getting ready. Everyone is invited to their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 18, at 6p. Their first speaker of the new year will be John Kahre, Director of the Horticulture Program at Dick Conner Correctional Center. Kahre be speaking at the Rogers County Building starting at 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit mgaroco.com or contact John Haase at the Rogers County Extension Office, (918) 923-4958 or john.haase@okstate.edu Rogers County Youth Services, a non-profit counseling agency focused on Rogers County children, youth and families, will hosts the 13th annual Boots and Bling: Me and My Guy Dance on February 22nd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This gives fathers and father figures (no moms allowed) the opportunity to set the standard for what young women should find...
A good massage therapist can be hard to find, so we're making it easy on you! Amanda Preston attended the Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins, Colorado, 13 years ago and currently owns Claremore Health and Massage. Amanda practices all types of massage, including medical massage, recovery, and post-surgical scar tissue reduction, as well as lymphatic detox treatment, which is especially beneficial in cancer patients. Your traditional therapeutic massage is also popular; Amanda likes to offer a Swedish/deep tissue combination. She uses hot stones, Himalayan salt stones, and heat therapy as an added bonus. Cupping is available, too, which helps with detox, knots, scar tissue, and cellulite. Amanda is also fond of energy work, similar to reiki, called Healing Touch. Developed by nurses, it involves working with your aura and energy. The first step is a body scan, which helps to find interruptions in your energy, which can then be fixed...
With the recent resignation of Claremore Public School board member, Brandon Wofford - Ward 5, the CPS Board of Education is now taking applications to fill the vacant seat. The Board of Education has sixty (60) days to fill this vacancy beginning 1/1/2020. All applicants must live within the boundaries of Ward 5 to be considered. You can find the School Board Map here or on the Claremore Public School website.  If you are interested in speaking to or serving on the Claremore School Board, please contact Superintendent Bryan Frazier at bfrazier@claremore.k12.ok.us. The Board of Education will appoint the vacant seat on February 10, 2020. The deadline for consideration will be February 1, 2020.  
Photo credit: The Spruce Eats When our kids were young, we had a simple rule that saved us countless nights at the dinner table: “You don’t get to hate something you’ve never tried.” When we’d serve them a new recipe, they’d take one look at it and say, “I don’t like this.” This is an amazing defense mechanism against something that has broccoli in it. Upon seeing the tree-like stalks of broccoli poking their smelly heads through the crust of a casserole my kids would react instinctually. The mere presence of broccoli would cause alarm. “I don’t like this.” At which point I would say, “You don’t get to hate something you’ve never tried.” Until you’ve tried something, you’re not really allowed to have an opinion. You might love it. It might be your favorite thing in the world. It could change your life! But you’ll never know if you put up defenses before you’ve even...
Two folk/Americana duos, The Rough & Tumble and Piper & Carson team up for a great night of music in Claremore at Musician's Haven on February 1, 2020. The show starts at 7PM. Admission is a $10 donation at the door.  The Rough & Tumble are as easy to detect as a stray dog on your doorstep-- and as difficult to send home. The dumpster-folk, thriftstore-Americana duo, consisting of Mallory Graham & Scott Tyler and their menagerie of homemade instruments and noise makers, have been hobbling around the country in their 16ft camper with their dogs since 2015, taking their songs to the far corners of the US and to the weird little towns they pass along the way. Written during a time of trying despite the odds and a “year of honesty,” The Rough & Tumble released their latest album Howling Back at the Wounded Dog in September 2019....
Claremore Collective is hosting an event that you don't want to miss! Creating a Movement will be held Monday, February 17, from 3p - 5p at Will Rogers Auditorium at RSU. Eric Moon with Gateway Mortgage will be speaking on Creating a Movement. You will also hear from Amy Gordon, co-founder of moreClaremore.com and organizer of ZipperQ, Rory Peterson, Claremore Mountain Bike Trail, Trail Boss, and Jody Reiss, Chair of Rogers County Farmers Market. They will provide insight on how they were involved in the progression of their community projects. This is also a great opportunity for networking. We will see you there! Admission is $5 per person. Learn more and register HERE! 
Photo credit: Nancy Arsenault Once all the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of the prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith. When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is trust. Every night as we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but we still set the alarms to wake up. That is hope. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That is confidence. We see the world suffering, but still, we get married and have children. That is love. On an old man's shirt was written, "I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience." That is attitude. Have a happy day and live your life like these six...
Rogers State University will welcome alumni, friends and Hillcats fans of all ages to Claremore next semester for the 12th annual homecoming. Public events will be held February 10-15, 2020. Activities for students, alumni and the public will take place throughout the week. Gameday celebration will include family-friendly activities held at the Claremore Expo Center where the basketball games will be played. All pre-game activities are free and open to the public. “We hope many from the Claremore area as well as our campus community will join us during the week-long homecoming celebration,” said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice. “Homecoming is a great way for graduates of RSU and all predecessor institutions to reconnect with the university.” RSU is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). The homecoming games take place during conference competition on Saturday, Feb. 15 as the Hillcats face off against Washburn University. The women’s team tips...