Kristy J. Geisler

What a great ending to October, and now we head to the month of Thankfulness. I feel truly blessed to live in Claremore and this past week was really a showcase of what makes our community great.

Monday was a ribbon cutting and rededication of the Coo-Wee-Scoo-Wee parkway. A project that wouldn’t have happened without the curiosity of the Ollie Starr and others in the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club finding an official state resolution in their archives. It stated that Highway 88 from the Will Rogers Memorial to Oologah was to be so named honoring Cherokee history and language; and in particular paying homage to the Pocahontas Club at that time. The bill was authored by then senator Clem McSpadden and Bill Briscoe, state representative in 1967. Remarkable that after all this time the renaming occurred and the dedication of the highway could take place in 2018.

I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing Congressman Markwayne Mullin speak at the ribbon cutting for The Group on Tuesday. This is a company that helps treat opioid drug addiction. They currently operate with about 45 offices across New Hampshire, Maine, Indiana, West Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, and California. This office is the first for them in Oklahoma and a welcome addition to our community as we work to solve this issue in our county. Congressman Mullin spoke candidly on how this epidemic can affect people from all walks of life, and his stories illustrated just how powerful the addiction is harming families and lives.

We have a leading lady in our community. Literally. Crystal Campbell was bestowed that title recently by the Claremore Chamber and Main Street. She certainly demonstrated to us all on Thursday at the Red Carpet event hosted by the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation Board of Directors how she earned the title. As the chairperson for the event, every detail was spectacular and well thought out – and said to me by several people in attendance – outstanding! I am thankful I get to serve on this board and appreciated the support the community gave in donating funds to renovate the theatre at the Memorial. We exceeded our targeted goal and anticipate that every item on the boards wish list will be completed. This will add even more value to our community as we continue to host events and groups at the museum.

We are going to share many more “thankful” stories in the Progress this month. Write us a letter to the editor with your thoughts, or feel free to post on our Facebook page.

Kristy J. Geisler is the publisher of the Claremore Progress.