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HAPPENINGS & EVENTS
Let's Talk About the Overflowing Cardboard Wagons
Garvin County Community Living Center (GCCLC) has received many calls and texts inquiring about the status of the cardboard recycling program. Most everyone knows that they utilize staff supervisors and developmentally disabled clients to operate the program. When the Covid-19 virus began shutting down businesses and activities, they were ordered by DHS to shelter in place. As one might guess many of their clients have health issues that put them in the "safer at home" group as well.
At this time, they have no tentative date to reopen the program. Rather than to continue to try to put cardboard in trailers or dog pens that are already full, they encourage the end-user to either take their recyclable items to Norman or to send them to the landfill. The trailers are full and continuing to try to add more is simply making a mess in the city's alleyways and behind buildings.
"We promise the community that as soon as it is reasonably safe to resume the recycling program, we plan to do so," says Cathy Cash, GCCLC.
New Chamber Board Shows Unity Amid Uncertainties
In a spirit of unity, the out-going Chamber Board has agreed to continue serving an additional year, despite the fact that the official end of many of their terms of office ended June 30.
“It’s a blessing to know that, despite how Covid-19 has upended many of our plans in the past few months, our Chamber Board is committed to continuity and service for the vitality of the Pauls Valley business community,” says Sherri Wing, Chamber President.
Changes to the Executive Board will occur, even as most members will continue serving in the new fiscal year -- July 1 to June 30, 2021. Incoming chair Connie Upton, HealthBack Home Health, will succeed current chair Jan Moran, AT&T, after the Chamber Banquet in September. A new Incoming Chair is yet to be named. Tyler Justice, Reavis Drug, will take the vacancy left by Howard Grider, formerly of Covercraft.
The Executive Board will fill 2 or 3 other vacancies. Nominations are welcome.
Allee Returns from Mission of Pandemic Proportions
One of our own “heroes” in the pandemic crisis is Dr. Brian Allee of SSM Health Medical Group-Pauls Valley. A major in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, Allee was called to serve April 15 through May 22. Much of that time was spent at a civilian hospital north of Boston that needed healthcare reinforcement because of the Covid-19 impact. He treated both Covid and non-Covid patients.
“It was a good mission and I think we, as a medical task force, provided needed support for the civilian population we served," he said. "I am glad I was able to support our nation and the people in that region, but it is also good to be home.”
Thank you, sir, and welcome home!
NEW MEMBERS & RIBBON CUTTINGS
Covercraft Lends Help to Healthcare Workers
Covercraft Industries is lending its manufacturing and engineering capacity to quickly expand production of urgently needed Personal Protective Equipment, mainly gowns and masks, for healthcare workers and first responders fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Covercraft’s expertise in working with non-woven specialty fabrics has allowed us to pivot our operations in the USA from crafting car covers, seat covers, and windshield sunscreens to helping provide hospitals and first responders with personal protective equipment incredibly fast”, says Clay Callan, President and COO of Covercraft Industries.
“Orders will begin shipping today and we have capacity to potentially build hundreds of thousands of units. As an industry leader in the product categories we manufacture, we felt it was our duty to step in and help our country in this time of need,” adds Callan.
Groups or organizations in need of these PPE products should contact Covercraft by calling (405)367-8930 or by email at email@example.com.
Field's Pies Featured
KWTV News 9 Oklahoma City features the delectable production that happens at Field's Pies, Pauls Valley. View the Nov. 21, 2019, feature here:
Celebrating Pauls Valley...