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Opinion

August 26, 2012

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DUNCAN — Grab your schedule book. Sharpen your pencil. Pull out your telephone calendar. Get ready. We’ve got some planning to do.

Much is about to happen in Stephens County. If you don’t organize your time, line up an occasional baby sitter, circle specific dates or simply increase your awareness, you might miss something important or not reap the full benefits of living in Small town, America.

A couple of golf tournaments conclude today at The Territory and Generations Golf Course, but let’s start with Tuesday’s Republican run-off for the Senate District 43 Senate seat and follow that with Thursday’s publication of the August edition of Duncan…the magazine as part of The Duncan Banner.

High school football and all its pageantry begins throughout the county this week, allowing teams, cheerleaders, dance squads and bands to share the results of much hard work. Undefeated teams and unlimited excitement make for special nights. Duncan’s game at Guthrie Friday ought to be a good one, but remember classes won’t meet because it’s a professional day for teachers and staff.

The Mid-South Youth Rodeo and Stephens County Rabbit Breeders Show ought to gather Labor Day weekend attention, too, though the real focus may be on Oklahoma State’s home football game with Savannah State or OU’s late kickoff at UTEP. Alabama plays Michigan in Dallas’ Cowboy Classic, but that’s purely personal.

And don’t forget the traditional Labor Day golf tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

A display featuring Oklahoma’s first celebrities, the Abernathy Boys, opens at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Sept. 3 while the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s new community breakfast season begins Sept. 6 at the Simmons Center.

Circle Sept. 8 as day to see “The Dixie Swim Club,” an award-winning competitive stage performance by the Duncan Little Theatre and note Cameron University President Cindy Ross will host a private Putting with the President function for President’s Partners at The Territory Sept. 13.

The ever popular Western Spirit Celebration and the Heritage Herd longhorns highlight Sept. 14-15 with support by the Ambucs, who sponsor the third annual Wine ‘n on The Chisholm Trail, the Stock Horse Sizzler and Quilting on the Trail.

A kickoff in Fuqua Park for the United Way of Stephens County’s annual campaign – seeking $350,000 this year – is set for Sept. 15 while the Chisholm Trail Arts Council launches a new year that evening featuring The Quebe Sisters at the Simmons Center.

Vintage Day, spotlighting performers and exhibits, is on tap for the Foreman Prairie House Sept. 16 and Main Street Duncan observes its 26th year Sept. 18 with a banquet, antique cars and furniture at First Christian Church.

An “Evening of Shorts” is scheduled Sept. 21-22 at the Simmons Center by the Duncan Little Theatre with repeat dates Sept. 28-29 while the third annual Duncan Evening Lions for Sight-affiliated Poker Run is Sept. 22 and a new celebrity servers dinner benefitting the United Way is on tap Sept. 24 at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

The annual and competitive Southwest Oklahoma Seniors Games are scheduled at the Simmons Center Sept. 27. The Duncan Humane Society’s Spay-ghetti lunch and dinner is slated Sept. 28 at First Christian Church; the Duncan Crafts, Arts and Hobbies Show is at the Stephens County Expo Sept. 28-29; and Empire’s Volunteer Fire Department car and motorcycle show is Sept. 29.

Got all that?

September is going to be busy. Who says there is nothing to do in a small town?

Chances are there will be changes, additions and deletions along the way and no doubt by the time you add school events, church and business dates, weddings and birthdays, reunions and get-togethers, late vacations and other special occasions as well, your calendar book is full.

Hope today’s list, however, provides a good start to your planning.

And remember, the October calendar appears no less busy.

Have a good time.

edarling@duncanbanner.com

580-255-5354, Ext. 130

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