We started May off with a great Weekly Chamber Luncheon at Fajita Rita's this past Thursday. Present were Sue Edwards, Lisa Clayton, Kathy Perkins, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Mark Young, Justin Young, Mike Ruby, and myself. For those of you who don't recognize the name, Mike Ruby, Mike works for OG&E and replaced Al Stevens, who recently retired. Al was always a great friend and supporter of the chamber, serving on our board for several years, and we wish him well in his retirement. We look forward to working with Mike, who has moved here with his family from the Oklahoma City area. We will be at Fajita Rita's for the month of May, so make plans to come join us at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.
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Another reminder, we have now opened up our Farmers' Market, preferably between the hours of 3 to 7 p.m. each Thursday. We know that for some vendors, those hours don't correspond with their availability, so we are leaving the day open for them. The idea is, however, that if most vendors can concentrate their efforts between the 3 to 7 p.m. hours, that makes it convenient for the public to know when the best time to drop by is. Our weekly Farmers' Market usually gets started slowly, but builds as the season gets going. With the unusually cool weather we have had, some gardens have yet to start producing. Looks like the heat will soon be upon us, though.
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For those of you who missed the catfish dinner that was put on by the Frank Gladd American Legion Post 20 this past Thursday evening, you missed seeing half the town. Tim Smith, head honcho of the American Legion and organizer of the dinner, along with his able crew, said they fed more than 250 diners, and had a very successful pie auction. They also gave local politicians a chance to be there and introduce themselves to the folks of Fort Gibson. Based on the number of pamphlets and cards I collected, there were 15 or more candidates there participating in the dinner, the pie auction, and sharing a few words. Proceeds from the dinner go to local children and youth clubs and projects. Great job done by our American Legion Post.