I just returned home from attending the first ever Age 70 high school reunion in the town where I grew up, Norman, Oklahoma. I’d been there two years ago for a Norman High School 50-year reunion, so I expected the people and things around the area to be basically unchanged. Nope!

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Kathy Heiple raised three children in Norman, but she’s mothered many of the city’s most vulnerable over the years. While Kathy volunteered at area schools, the Red Cross and Full Circle Adult Day Care, she is best known as the founder of Health for Friends, which is now Variety Care. 

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Imagine you are in a hospital bed, in pain or needing help to go to the bathroom. You push a button to call the nurse and then you wait. 

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Gary Dodson’s father, Dayton Dodson, ran the Gibble Gas Station on Porter Avenue in Norman for a number of years, but when Gary was looking to start his own business, he knew he didn’t want to pump gas. Instead, he opened the first health food store in Norman. 

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Whether you overspent your budget over Christmas or are adjusting to life changes, budgeting and saving toward the future are priorities for many of us as we start the new year. 

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Helen and Claude Duchon don’t think twice about volunteering for the Thanksgiving Community Dinner put on annually by Food and Shelter at Norman High School. The annual event is just something they enjoy, and every year there’s something different to do.

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week.

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week.

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NORMAN — Iola Caldwell was born in Cleveland County out on Cemetery Road and 60th Avenue over eight decades ago. Her parents were hard working folks, an ethic she said she learned from them, and one that’s kept her working well past the time most people retire.

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Army veterans Judy Franco and Viola Pearl Russell are both mothers of sons. They both enjoy bingo, believe in the power of prayer and live at the Norman Veteran’s Center, two of only 16 female veterans out of 300 vets who live at the center. 

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week. All seniors are welcome. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling 321-3200. A $2.25 donation is suggested.

The Oklahoma Travelers, Larry and Barbara Brown, Gerald and Joyce Swanson and Ron Miller, will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Noble Senior Citizens Center, at 77th and Maguire. The group will perform country music. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite dish to share wit…

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The 21st Century Norman Seniors Association cancelled a business meeting for Saturday, Aug. 27 and will reschedule.

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Wearing blue, Norman seniors and their supporters turned out at city hall in support of a stand-alone senior center. There’s still no money identified for the proposed $8 million facility, but a resolution adopted by the city council directs the city manager to “further explore funding options.”

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Norman attorney Bill Hickman has been a long-time advocate for children with autism and for animal welfare. Recently elected to serve Ward 4, Hickman defeated three challengers with enough votes to avoid a runoff election. It was his second shot at the seat which he lost to incumbent Greg Ju…

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Norman seniors left city hall with big smiles Tuesday after a lengthy city council conference during which several council members pledged to pass a resolution in support of a stand-alone senior center. This, despite that no funding has been identified to pay for the estimated $8 million project. 

On Monday, we were privileged to be a part of the second annual Chickasaw Nation Veterans Conference in Thackerville. This conference was a day to honor and recognize the many Chickasaw warriors who have bravely served our great country. 

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week.

 The Oklahoma Travelers, Larry and Barbara Brown, Gerald and Joyce Swanson and Ron Miller, will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Noble Senior Citizens Center, at 77th and Maguire. The group will perform gospel music. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite dish to share wit…

Our volunteer of the week, Harold Reed, has been a part of our organization since we started in my workshop. Over the years, he has been instrumental in what we have done for the veterans and their families. He is always looking for things he can do to make our organization better. 

Each week, we recognize a volunteer who is part of our organization at Faith Pointe Baptist Church. Several members of the church congregation have volunteered to help. One of these is Marie Cape, of Norman. She is part of the coffee crew that makes sure there is always a freshly brewed pot …

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week.

First National Bank of Newcastle recently presented Veterans Corner with a check for $2,000. The funds will be used to purchase an ice machine for the kitchen. The ice machine will come in handy for a multitude of day-to-day activities and for special events. 

Each week, a volunteer is recognized for their dedication to Dale K. Graham Veteran’s Corner’s mission of helping veterans and their families receive VA benefits for which they are eligible. 

Jim Fugate is our volunteer of the week at Dale K. Graham Veteran’s Corner. He served with honor in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years. Fugate worked with us for several years in Goldsby. He recently returned to help us make a difference in the lives of other veterans at Faith Pointe Bapti…

Rebecca Medina, of Moore, recently wrote the following letter to Veterans Corner about her experience with one of our counselors:

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week.

Oklahomans living with Parkinson’s can now fight back at their disease with a new boxing program. A partnership between Norman Regional Health System, The Health Club and a national non-profit called Rock Steady Boxing uses boxing classes and coaches to help improve the lives of those with P…

The Norman League of Women Voters will host its annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 24th Avenue SW, in Norman. The meeting will include a salad and desert lunch provided by the League.

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week.

Veterans Corner recently assisted a veteran who was in bad shape physically and financially. One of our volunteers, Neal Owen, brought him to Veterans Corner for help. The team worked with him schedule a doctor’s appointment and made sure he had a ride to and from the doctor. 

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week.

A joyful ending: Marcia volunteered to help clean the new Veterans Corner building when it was under construction. After getting to know some volunteers, she began to open up and talk about her personal situation. 

Each week, we look at the many volunteers who are doing their part to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families. Two of them are the guys who make the food baskets that are given each week to men and women in our community. 

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been thinking about getting a long-term care insurance policy but have found the monthly premiums to be expensive. How can I find cheaper coverage?

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week.

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“Veterans helping Veterans” isn’t just a tagline, it’s a fact of life at Veterans Corner. Manyvolunteers helping week after week served in World War II, Vietnam and even Desert Storm. They have some amazing stories about their time in the military.

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A high number of voters cast ballots on the first day of early voting in the Presidential Primary. Four years ago, on March 2, 2012, Cleveland County Election Board records show 219 Cleveland County voters cast early ballots. This year, the county election board reports 826 voters cast ballo…

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Keith Gaddie, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Oklahoma, will speak at the Cleveland County Democratic Tyner Cornbread and Beans lunch on Friday, March 4 at Olive Garden Restaurant, 117 Ed Noble Parkway in Norman. Menu service will start at 11:15 a.m. with the s…

Bruce Goodin, a 14-year resident of the ODVA in Norman, is a paraplegic who speaks with the aid of a microphone and amplifier on his electric wheelchair, but he’s unable to use his arms and legs. 

Dear Savvy Senior, What is the IRS income tax filing requirements going to be this tax season? Due to health problems I stopped working early last year, so I’m wondering if I need to file.

The Cleveland County Aging Services Program, sponsored by the Areawide Aging Agency, announced meals for next week. All seniors are welcome. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling 321-3200. A $2.25 donation is suggested. Serving sites include the Norman Senior Citi…

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Less than a week remains for registered voters in Cleveland County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the March 1, 2016 Presidential Preferential Primary Election, County Election Board Secretary Bryant Rains said today.

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