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  • Bethel 4-H, FFA holding annual banquet

  • Auction, banquet slated Saturday night.
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  •  The Bethel FFA and 4-H will hold an annual auction and dinner this Saturday. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the auction at 6 p.m.
     
    The location is at Bethel Public Schools in the old gym, at 36000 Clear Pond Road, Shawnee. The old gym is located right off of Clear Pond on the north side.
     
    The groups reportedly have been working the last couple of months on getting donations for the auction, and building projects in the shop. There is also a silent auction held for smaller items that have been donated.
     
    FFA and 4-H members serve the guests dinner, and during part of the auction some students are sold in the labor auction. They then help with whatever their buyer may need such as fixing fence or even doing smaller tasks.
     
    This auction helps fund the Chapter throughout the rest of the year for activities that members attend and the speech contest the chapter hosts in the spring.
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    Tina Hanna, executive director of South Central Industries, is extending an invitation to Shawnee Community leaders to attend the Hassen Family Park Dedication, tour South Central facilities and meet the clients and staff.
     
    She said South Central is hosting a Park Dedication on Friday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at 130 N. Louisa, downtown Shawnee.
     
    She added “We sincerely hope you will be able to join us for a ribbon cutting and refreshments on this special day. Please feel free to call me at 405-275-3851.”
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    Changes coming to the state’s workers’ compensation system will be outlined and questions answered during a free conference at Gordon Cooper Technology Center.
     
    The interactive video conference sponsored by the American Subcontractors Association of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network is scheduled 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Interstate 40 and SH 18.
     
    The conference speaker is attorney James Ferguson with the Oklahoma City law firm of Walker, Ferguson & Ferguson. James Ferguson’s practice emphasizes workers’ compensation defense. The presentation will last one hour including 30 minutes for questions.
     
    Register for the conference online at www.asaok.com or call OBAN Coordinator David Hoffmeier at (405) 273-7493 ext. 2317.
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    Shawnee Electronic Recycling Day in recognition of America Recycles Day will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 8:30 a.m.-2 pm. The dropoff location is: Direct Colors Inc., 430 E. 10th Street, Shawnee.
    Page 2 of 3 - Accepted materials include: computers/laptops; computer peripherals; fax machines; printers; photocopiers; VCRs; home/office phones; consumer electronics (DVD players, alarm clocks, etc.); televisions, monitors, stereos, cell phones. For more information about this event and recycling in Shawnee, visit www.sustainableshawnee.org or call 275-6657
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    Duck hunting season is now in full force statewide with the opening of Zone 2 this past weekend.
     
    Josh Richardson, migratory game bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, said waterfowl numbers "look very good" this year, although slightly down from the last two record-setting production years. In addition, improved habitat conditions over much of the state as a result of drought relief should have a positive impact on duck hunting.
     
    "To our benefit, water conditions across most of the state have improved, and recent rains and forecasts of more to come continue to bode well," Richardson said. "This year it should be a little easier, as water levels have climbed back up to the vegetation level. Or, in areas still lagging behind on rainfall, the vegetation level has encroached out to the water level, providing better cover to hunt from."
     
    Richardson added that field hunters should find corn and soybean crops and new wheat crops that benefitted from recent rains as well.
     
    With over 1 million acres of surface water and a spot right in line with the Central Flyway, Oklahoma hunters who invest some time and effort into duck hunting generally have successful seasons. Except for a small split in the Zone 1 and 2 seasons that runs Dec. 1-14, Oklahoma sportsmen can hunt ducks for the rest of the year and into 2014. Full season dates, details and regulations can be found in the current "Oklahoma Waterfowl Guide," available free online at wildlifedepartment.com and in print where hunting licenses are sold.
     
    "As always, hunters should check the regulations to see what has changed from previous years," Richardson said. "This year the canvasback limit has increased to two birds per day, while Canada geese have increased to eight birds per day and light geese increased to 50 birds per day. Scaup limits were reduced this year to three birds per day."
    Duck seasons are generous, with opportunities to hunt a variety of duck species that spend time in Oklahoma during their annual southward migrations from their northern breeding grounds. Every summer the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes frameworks to states for structuring their migratory bird hunting seasons. The Service publishes the federal hunting season frameworks for these species after their meetings, and state wildlife agencies like the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation can then make their season selections within the federal framework guidelines.
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