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February 1, 2010

Power lunch

DUNCAN — Regular coffee drinkers and diners at Daybreak Diner, Kenneth Johnson and Tom Collinsworth found themselves Monday wondering what they could do to help the linemen and workers of Duncan Power.

Doing what coffee drinkers like to do, conversation was centered around the Oklahoma ice storm of 2010. Knowing that the workers, many of them their friends, had been busy since it hit Thursday, they realized a hot meal would probably be more than appreciated.

It didn’t take long for the pair to generate donations. Within minutes of bantering ideas about, donations materialized. And three hours later a room full of linemen were busy eating hot steaming chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes with gravy at the small diner that sits on U.S. Highway 81, just south of Main Street. Owner Mary Allen was prepared to pick up the tab.

“That was not right to have her feed them,” Collinsworth said. “We had to do something.”

The first two donations came from Harold Metheny and the Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church, Johnson said.

“We had about $625 in donations right away,” Johnson said.

For linemen like Tim Scifres of Duncan, and Jimmie Dial of Marlow, the meal was more than an appreciative moment.

“The guys are out there busting their butts for 24 hours, with maybe 8 hours sleep in between, and then to get sleep, hot food and anything else they need to do, it’s just difficult,” Scifres said. “Anyone knows you have to have food, if you go without for three or four days, you get nutty and just don’t make good decisions.”

Scifres said he hopes people are patient and that he hasn’t fared any better.

“I get done and then I go home to a house that’s 30 degrees, too. This is really appreciated and means so much to all of us.”

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