In the fall, it is easy to see an end to gardening for the year, but don't hang up your rake until you have completed a few last gardening tasks. To ensure your garden will shine next spring, here are some essential fall tasks to finish before the gray days of winter set in.

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Mary Hartsock, a Norman resident and retired educator of over 30 years,  turned 100 on Tuesday, and not even the COVID-19 pandemic could stop some of her many past students from coming out to celebrate with her.

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Ron Blissit restores other people's automobiles, but he won't do it for just anyone. The owners have to understand cars and preferably not be an attorney-at-law. One of Blissit's latest completed projects is a 1931 Pierce Arrow touring car.

Don't you love fall colors in your garden? Even though it has been dry, our spring rains and recent cool night temperatures have set the stage for some lovely autumn colors. Your landscape will be particularly beautiful if you plant perennials known for their fall color.

We all admire generous people. These are individuals who freely give and offer help to others, doing so with a joyous and happy heart. Why do we respect such persons?

Tulsa's first residents were Creek Indians who moved into the area in the early 1800s. Then came the railroad and cowboys driving cattle to the Tulsa railhead -- so far a typical settlement story for our state.

Fall is coming, and with it comes the beauty of flowers most often available this time of year: mums. Chrysanthemums are a staple in fall gardens. They are a national symbol of fall abundance, and this hardy perennial is an easy addition to give a gorgeous pop of color in your fall garden la…

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The Norman Parks and Recreation Department hosted a Labor Day fireworks display Saturday, with the purpose of celebrating essential workers over the holiday weekend.

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While it looked like Top of the World was closing its doors for good last month, a recent partnership announcement has allowed the business to remain open.

Our organization has suffered the same as our veterans and other small businesses since this pandemic reached our shores. Many of the veterans and surviving spouses who we assist are the most vulnerable to the virus. To protect them along with our volunteers, we temporarily suspended our ope…

Have you ever wished you could do something more lasting with your flowers and other natural plants in your garden? Consider making potpourri, which will provide earthy, lasting scents to grace your home with fragrance and beauty.

Have you seen all the butterflies in our landscapes recently? Butterflies in the local area seem to be extremely plentiful this year, and we are rewarded with the beauty and variety of these visitors to our gardens. Among the most beautiful of all insects, their striking appearance adds colo…

Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation received a special recognition from the Joint Special Operations Air Command. Along with a certificate, the nonprofit received an American flag that was flown during a combat mission over Iraq on March 4 on board a MC-12W aircraft in direct support of Opera…

Don't you love this time of the year? Our gardens are full of the most beautiful and plentiful vegetables and flowers, in the most amazing colors of Nature's bounty. What do you have in your garden?

In the past few weeks, we have been made aware that we are once again experiencing a dry period in certain parts of our beautiful state. It is possible to save water and still have a beautiful garden. Here are some tips for making the most efficient use of the water you have.

We are waiting patiently for our board of directors and the City of Norman to give us an opportunity to return to our mission of helping the men and women who served in the military of this United States of America. We believe that all veterans and their families deserve the best when it com…

Do you want to improve the curb appeal of your house? Adding a window box planter is one way to do that. The outlook of your home is as important as the indoor look is.

As we are waiting to reopen our foundation, many of you have contacted me or other volunteers wanting to know when we will be able to begin assisting veterans and their families. We are hoping that we will be able to start our programs soon. As our volunteers and the veterans we serve are mo…

Summer flowering bulbs are very easy to grow, and among the most beautiful flowers to grace our Oklahoma yards is the daylily. Many daylilies are in full bloom right now, and will continue to produce a magnificent show in our gardens all summer long. They would make a great addition to any y…

Although Western Nevada College has delayed its commencement ceremony to honor its graduation class because of COVID-19, the college announces and congratulated its list of graduates.

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Despite a spike in cases, Norman Mayor Breea Clark is moving forward with the city's Phase 2 of her reopen Norman plan with a contact tracing program in place.

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It seems like the longer our Veterans Foundation is closed, the more we miss seeing all our friends, veterans and the families who visit us each week for help with VA claims and questions. We are planning to reopen our facility the first week of June.

A small army of volunteer grape pickers gathered for coffee and harvesting instructions at the Ingels Vineyard on Norman's near east side a few years back. Inside the vineyard's lodge, Dr. George Ingels showed us how to correctly snip the Merlot grapes from the vines. Who knew grape harvesti…

Would you like to have an easy-to-maintain garden in your landscape, one that is inviting to native birds, butterflies, and insects? One possibility is establishing a prairie garden.

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NORMAN — Lexington Police Officer Eddie Zaicek told The Norman Transcript he did not make comments on Facebook which became the center of a criminal investigation, but the next day he changed his story to Norman police. 

This week, we would like to honor Executive Director Lora Malone. She has served in this role since June 2017. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the foundation; she works with volunteers and the board of directors to accomplish the foundation's goals.

Veterans in Norman and surrounding communities who need assistance with applying and processing claims for VA compensation, pension and death benefits, temporary financial assistance or other government programs can receive free help from Norman's American Legion Post 88, 710 E. Main St. in Norman.

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