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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee Planning Commission meets today

  • Workshop on commercial zoning is main agenda item.
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  • Shawnee’s Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting today beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall. On the agenda is a workshop regarding commercial zoning and the planning director’s report.
     
    The meeting is open to the public.
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    The Lincoln County Fair Board has announced its 4-H & FFA Junior Market Livestock Show and Premium Sale Auction will be held March 3-7 at the Lincoln County Fair Grounds.
     
    Entries are due on or before Dec. 13, 2013, by 2 p.m., for all animals showing in a market class, market swine must also turn in the completed premise identification sheet at this time with entry.
     
    All animals showing in the breeding shows (heifers and does) entries are due on or before Jan. 17, 2014, by 2 p.m., swine exhibitors must turn in their brucellosis/pseudorabies with a negative test result at this time to the Lincoln County Fair Board office located at the fairgrounds in the Agri Civic Center.
     
    The Fair Board has declared that absolutely no late entries will be accepted.
     
    Each exhibitor must be a bona fide member of a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter in Lincoln County. Members must not have graduated from high school or the equivalent before Jan. 1, of the year of the show.
     
    Youth who meet the age eligibility requirement for the current 4-H year and have a current enrollment card on file in the County Extension Office will be considered eligible to participate in the Lincoln County Spring Livestock Show and Premium Auction.
     
    FFA members must meet the eligibility requirements for their organization and have dues paid by February 1 of the year of the show. If you’re not sure that you are a current member of 4-H please contact the OSU Extension office. (405) 258-0560 or 1-888-607-2447 ext 275.
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    The Lincoln County OSU Extension Center is hosting an open house today, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
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    The Pottawatomie County Extension Office will again be offering the Master Gardener Training Course. The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer organization for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
     
    The classes will begin on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Topics will include research-based information on plant/soil nutrition, entomology, plant disease, weed control, lawn care, safe usage of pesticides and other topics. The program is for anyone with a high-school education or equivalent, and a genuine interest in growing plants.
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    The eight week program will be presented on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will receive approximately 40 hours of training from OSU Extension Educators and State Horticulture Specialists.
     
    Handouts of the programs will be provided. To gain a Master Gardener certification, 40 hours of assistance to the local OSU Extension Horticulture Program is required after attending the class. Hours can be accumulated through community service projects and assisting the Master Gardeners on horticulture projects.
     
    The registration fee is $40, non-refundable with the first half due at sign-up. The balance is due by the first day of class. To prevent the course from being cancelled, at least 15 participants must be enrolled. The maximum number of participants is 22.
     
    Deadline for enrolling is now the end of this week, Dec. 6. Applicants will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Applications are available in the Pottawatomie County OSU Extension Office at 14001 Acme Road, Shawnee, OK. For more information call the Extension Office at 273.7683.
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    The Pottawatomie County March of Dimes will continue its fund raising efforts with a spaghetti dinner on Dec. 10 at Tecumseh City Hall. The dinner includes spaghetti with meatballs, salad, bread, drink and dessert.
    The dinner will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Tickets are $6. Tickets may be purchased at Tecumseh Tag Agency, Branson McKiddy Real Estate and No. 9 Auto Sales.
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    The annual Downtown Shawnee Christmas Parade as of now will be held on Thursday, in historic downtown Shawnee. The Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and will run along its normal Main Street route.
     
    Keep an eye out for updates due to the weather.
     
    The theme for this year’s Parade is Celebrating Shawnee Heritage and entries should be designed accordingly. 
The Grand Marshal for this year’s Parade is the Shawnee Public Library.
     
    The Shawnee Public Library was organized in 1901 with 100 books that moved from home office to home office until the stately Carnegie Library was built in Woodland Park in 1905.
     
    In 1976, Shawnee Public Library joined the Pioneer Multicounty Library System to expand resources to Shawnee citizens. 

Entry forms may be picked up at the City Hall Annex Building (222 N. Broadway) and are due on Friday, Nov. 15. There is no entry fee. 

Please call 878-1665 for questions.
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    If you have ideas or something of interest for this column, please call me at 214-3922 or email me at michael.mccormick@news-star.com. Please include your name and a phone number for contact purposes.
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