July 2019 community breakfast

The community breakfast wasn’t short on fun or games as “contestants” played “Duncan Family Feud” fast money.

The cooler morning and rain might have led to the “light and lovely” group for the July community breakfast hosted by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce. This month’s breakfast was sponsored by First Bank & Trust Co.

Three of the cities gave updates. While Marlow’s city administer Jason McPherson said he “didn’t really have anything to share,” the Comanche city manager did let the group know they had been named a champion of senior health (for full story see the July 11 edition of The Duncan Banner).

Duncan’s mayor Ritchie Dennington spoke on the Department of Community Development’s project to get rid of dilapidated buildings.

“We’ve got several structures torn down and have five in the queue,” he said.

Dennington also spoke about the Buxton Company who the city hired to help with commercial development.

“Parks and Lakes installed two shade covers at the municipal pool,” he said. “When I was a kid we didn’t look for shade at the swimming pool — but times have changed, back then the sun didn’t hurt you — now we have cancer.”

Also, Dennington said attendance and camping at Duncan’s lakes are up.

Duncan Fire is done testing hydrants and have sent all the “rookies” to a safe driving course.

Adrianne Arrington got up and invited everyone to the United Way Barbecue Showdown 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in Fuqua Park.

“Last year we did it and it was extremely successful and so we wanted to make it an annual event,” she said. “We are seeking any sponsors and cooking teams for that. We profited about $6,000, served about 300 people in the rain — it was kind of muddy— so we are expecting a lot more than that.”

In other news:

• Chisholm Trail Arts Council (CTAC) reminded that today (July 12) was the last day to submit art to be part of the CTAC kick off art show. The show and reception start the new season of events, concerts and more. It set for Aug. 9.

• The Kiwanis Club is looking for “friends of Kiddieland.” These are volunteers who want to help make sure Kiddieland is operational as their membership is smaller. Volunteers must pass a background check and be able to help run rides. They will be trained on the rides and they might even let you drive the train.